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ITALY Guided Holidays

Travel beyond the expected with exclusive Insider Experiences 19 unique itineraries and a choice of holiday styles All the details taken care of: Sightseeing. Hotels. Transport. Dining.

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Travel beyond the expected

Travelling is one of life’s greatest experiences. For every new horizon we cross, we broaden our own. With every culture we encounter, we enrich ours. For every intriguing new character we meet, we become more interesting people ourselves. It’s this passion for travelling differently which has inspired our guided holidays for more than 67 years. We’ve formed friendships with Italians eager to reveal their stories and secrets; honed our deep understanding of the culture and customs; uncovered hidden treasures; and crafted the art of sharing our discoveries to give you real and rich experiences. As you travel with us in Italy, looked after by our incredible Travel Directors, you’ll feel genuinely connected to the places you explore.

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“Travel is in our DNA. It’s our passion to help our guests travel beyond the expected.” Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

Experiencing more

FEATURING: opposite far left Pantheon, Rome, above - Cinque Terre

Our guided holidays don’t just skim the surface of Italy – they take you beyond the expected. Our Travel Directors help you absorb the spirit and soul of the places you visit. You experience unique insights, and meet local people who share insider knowledge and even invite you to dinner in their homes.

Want to travel at a leisurely pace? Slower-paced, our At Leisure holidays give you longer stays

Travel beyond the expected

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Experiencing more

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Expect… the unexpected & What’s included

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Our People. Our Passion

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Seeing things differently

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Flavours of Italy

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The right place to stay

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Your journey made easy

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Extend your stay, express check-in, Gold seal Additional Protection, transfers, things to know & booking conditions

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Six ways to save

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Italy

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Italian Holiday

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Contrasts of Italy

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Great Italian Cities

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Rome & Tuscan Highlights

Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

Italian Discovery Flavours of Italy Southern Italy & Sicily

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before 9am. Stopping for two to six nights on average in

Italy Bellissimo

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each destination, you have more free time to explore.

Italian Concerto

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Corsica & Sardinia

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Italian Glory

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and longer lie-ins – in fact, you rarely have to leave the hotel

Have set interests you want to explore? Designed with specific passions in mind, our Special Interest trips let you experience Italy through its food and wine on Flavours of Italy. Or get a different perspective

Best of Italy

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Grand Italian Experience

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on the landscapes between Rome, Florence and Venice on Contrasts of Italy, as you travel by high-speed train.

Italy: CostSaver

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Jewels of Italy

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Italian Dream

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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

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Italian Scene

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Splendours of Italy

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from our guided holidays. All the essentials are included, but more of the experiences are optional.

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Expect… the unexpected

It can be exciting to discover guided holidays aren’t all mapped out, as first-timer Paul Nugent explains.* There’s a romance to the notion of travelling independently. Hitting the open road, chatting with locals, seeing iconic sights. But I’ve found the dream is rarely the reality. For me, guided travel gave me the adventure I was after – with none of the hard work. On my first guided holiday, I was looking forward to the obvious benefits, like someone else looking after my every need. And having my route planned by people who would book the right hotels, pick the best restaurants and show me the landmarks – without me lifting a finger. But I soon realised I was getting more than that. Oh yes, before I travelled with Trafalgar, I thought I had guided holidays all mapped out. But this was something different.

I thought I had guided holidays all mapped out. But this was something different The difference started when I realised my luggage had made it on to the coach without me even thinking about it; my bag magically appearing at my hotel room and back onto the coach throughout the holiday.

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We’ve all been there. I’ve lugged a suitcase through European cities after long flights and transfers, hoping the

We were fast-tracked past the queues into iconic landmarks

Someone carrying that luggage. Someone checking me in and just handing me my key – these little luxuries left me free to just enjoy the experience.

More than a personal concierge … she knew more than I thought possible about the places we visited

spent together, but shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time. Sometimes I asked Anna for

budget hotel I found will be ok, my jet-lagged partner yawning at my side.

And I thought every moment would be

But it wasn’t just about bespoke

recommendations; sometimes I joined

moments. We’d come to see the sights.

Optional Experiences; and sometimes

And we were fast-tracked past the

I just headed to a little local café,

queues into iconic landmarks – saving

reminding myself I was really in Europe.

time, and making us feel a little like VIPs.

There’s something about travel which connects people

It was in one of these cafés when I found myself reading my guidebook for pleasure, rather than for help; and I realised this Trafalgar trip hadn’t let me see Europe; it had let me experience it -

Sharing experiences like dining with farmers in their home, my first

and enjoy it. * edited from Trafalgar Europe & Britain 2014 brochure

(inelegant) wine tasting, and watching My Travel Director, Anna, was more than

ancient Stonehenge appear on the

a personal concierge though. She knew

misty horizon, sped up friendships

more than I thought possible about the

which normally take years to form.

places we visited.

After all, there’s something about travel

She said it wasn’t just Trafalgar’s

which connects people, and having trips

heritage and unique experiences that

tailored to food lovers; to families; even

attracted her, but the bespoke training

to those wanting to lie-in; meant you felt

she’d get to help her share her home

you really were with like-minded people.

Shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time I confess, I thought a guided holiday would be like a cruise on wheels.

As we travelled, Anna told stories about

But I discovered an intimate, in-depth

the places she took us. And introduced

adventure, with truly exclusive moments.

us to her local connections, who’d share their cities and homes with us. And sometimes she took us off-route, choosing more scenic roads or showing us favourite hidden places.

• The services of your Travel Director • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

nation with her guests.

She introduced us to her local connections who’d share their cities and homes with us

What’s always included*

I thought I’d stay in run-of-the-mill hotels.

• All your accommodation • Breakfast every day • Approximately half your evening meals – including tips (for CostSaver trips, a selection of meals is included) • A luxury air-conditioned coach to travel in • All your hotel tips, charges

But from a buzzing city centre to an old

and local taxes – including

palace packed with tradition, each hotel

porter service

was cherry-picked to suit the day – and add local colour.

• Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing * For CostSaver inclusions see trip inclusions box on itinerary pages.

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Our people. Our passion.

Knowledge, experience, expertise A love of Italy; the passion to seek out new experiences; the warmth to make guests feel at home when they’ve only just arrived: Pino (opposite far right) is just one of the Travel Directors who bring our holidays to life. Looked after by our dedicated team, our bespoke Travel Director training programme puts them in our guests’ shoes, helping them become true Insiders by showing new ways to share their knowledge and bring every destination into focus in unique and inspiring ways.

A diverse group of people, they come from all different walks of life – but they share a love of travel and their home nation. This inspires them to open up their country to you, whether it’s a recommendation for a local restaurant that serves the most delicious version of a typical dish, or the best place to find those all important, and truly authentic, souvenirs. They explore the icons with you, then seek out surprise places and A Hidden Treasures that add an extra richness to your holiday, giving you unexpected stories that often become the memories you share when you return home. They could be personal favourites, like Pino’s much-loved Caravaggios, or something they found with your Coach Driver, like the lessused roads that cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains.

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They work hand-in-hand with our skilled and friendly drivers, capable chauffeurs with years of experience at the wheel. And with the many Local Experts they introduce you to along the way; people who live in the places you’re visiting, giving you a shortcut to understanding each region, and an even deeper and more personal perspective.

Born and raised in Italy, Pino Campi, one of our expert Travel Directors, uses his local knowledge, experience (and a little bit of Latin passion) to bring lesser-known aspects of Italy to life. When we bring our guests to Italy I want to show them its secrets, not just the sights they’ve come to see. Rome has so many stories, so much history. I love scouring the city for Hidden Treasures, like the Caravaggio paintings hidden in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. It’s an unassuming church that’s easy to miss, but inside it’s just beautiful. I love art history, so being able to take our guests somewhere they may not have found, and seeing their faces as I tell them about my favourite Baroque artist’s techniques and escapades, while

‘I’ve been working as a Travel Director for almost a decade. I love the fact that I inspire our guests, listening to them and finding out their interests and passions so I can use my knowledge to help them really discover and enjoy my country – a place they’ve often dreamed of seeing. It just makes me happy, taking care of the little details, getting to know people from all over the world, and making every holiday easy so guests can get on and enjoy themselves - I can’t think of a job I’d rather do.

they view his work, is one of my favourite moments.

Tap into the conversation You can see travel tips and photos from our Travel Directors, and connect with

Pino Campi, Trafalgar Travel Director

like-minded past and future travellers, on our Facebook page. And tap into more insider knowledge on Twitter and on our blog, updated regularly by Travel Directors on the road. www.facebook.com/trafalgartravel @trafalgartalk www.trafalgarblog.com

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Seeing things differently

When you’re visiting a new place, there’s nothing like having a friend there to welcome you. Someone to take you to the sights – but also take you deeper to reveal the secrets. Must-see sights There are places which make it onto postcards and into guidebooks. Places like the Colosseum, the Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. These exciting landmarks are always part of our trips. And our audio headsets give you the freedom to explore the sights at your own pace, pausing to take photos or just absorb everything around you, without missing out on your Travel Director’s insights. But we also take you beyond the expected, introducing you to local people and sharing our deep insider knowledge. Look out for the A Insider’s Experience sign on our guided holiday itineraries (Costsaver trips feature Local Guides only).

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Unique Insights Our A Unique Insights were inspired by our love of uncovering things not found in guidebooks. Sometimes these moments give a different viewpoint of the famous sights: in the hush of the Vatican museums we slip away from other visitors to tread the famous Bramante staircase, not usually open to the public. And sometimes they show a twist on local life: in Florence, one of our local connections – a professional

Local Experts

chef – shows us round a lively market

Our travels across Europe have

where we buy the ingredients for the

unearthed some unforgettable

delicious lunch we cook together.

characters. Local historians, chefs and wine makers: each A Local Expert adds a diverse personal spin to ‘seeing the sights’. Like our local historian in Pompeii, who talks about the life and beliefs of an ancient culture, and gives insight into the frescos and mosaics you can still see today. With anecdotes and quirky facts about life in the places you visit, they are the ultimate insiders in their hometown.

Local Specialities We take you to see artisans carrying out age-old traditions, like glassblowing and carnival mask making in Venice and wood inlaying in Sorrento, giving you a fresh perspective on the country’s culture. Watching them work gives you an appreciation for the A Local Specialities others just take FEATURING: top left - Tuscan countryside and Colosseum, Rome; middle left - Pisa; centre - Bramante Staircase, Vatican

home as souvenirs.

Travelling with care We don’t just go beyond the expected in our holidays. It’s our

Customise your trip Eveyone likes a little time for themselves, so our itineraries always include free time to explore on your own. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we can give ideas.

philosophy for all we do. And that means we’re not just responsible with carbon emissions, recycled paper and donations to charitable causes. We also support the communities we visit - learn more at www.trafalgar.com/SustainableTourism

Or you can join one of our Optional Experiences, created to help personalise your trip with more things that interest you – whether it’s a boat trip out to the Borromean Islands to see the sumptuous 17th century palace on Isola Bella, or a journey through the Dolomite mountains.

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More than meals, in Italy food is about memories – and socialising. There’s nothing like tasting authentic Italian cuisine. Like pasta with wild boar sauce in the Tuscan countryside, lemon cake surrounded by Sorrento citrus groves, or a sparkling Spumante in Asti. The places may be different, but there’s one philosophy held throughout Italy – food and drink is best enjoyed with friends, old and new. It’s this philosophy which inspires our dining experiences. Like our relaxed Welcome Receptions*, where you can get to know your fellow guests and Travel Director over drinks or dinner. And our Farewell Dinners*, the perfect forum to relive the memories, share email addresses and talk about where next.

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Flavours of Italy

FEATURING: top left - Libero Cooking School; centre - Be My Guest, Florence

Dining with locals We’ve formed many friendships as we’ve explored Italy seeking out unique venues and their hosts. Our A Be My Guest experiences aren’t just about fantastic food. Invited into the homes of people we’ve met on our travels, they’re also about hearing stories of local life and legends in intimate settings, from vineyards to farmhouses. Sharing a delicious meal with the Landi family – accompanied by rich Chianti made right on the premises. You’ll discover their family history as you savour traditional dishes prepared by Giadda and her mother - full of flavour, and made with fresh produce farmed

site that’s been their home for nine generations. And we visit the Telli Family, who invite you to dinner on a tiny island on Lake Maggiore. Arriving by boat, you are met by Signor Telli who leads you to a pretty tower. Serving up home-cooked Italian dishes, the family tell you about the young prince who used to play in the tower with his brothers and cousins, pretending it was a pirate’s hideaway. And how, years later, he returned to turn it into a restaurant called ‘La Piratera’, named after his childhood game.

Our secret recipe We carefully plan your dining to match the day. If we’re off on a road trip and won’t return until late, we’ll include a meal at the hotel restaurant. If we’re staying central, you’re free to find your own favourites – or try your Travel Director’s personal recommendations. And, if we’re staying near a restaurant we know and love, serving typical dishes, we’ll take you there for a Regional Meal*. Of course breakfast is always included, and we always plan in some time to stop for lunch in just the right spot for your journey. * Welcome Receptions, Farewell Dinners, Be My Guest experiences and Regional Meals are not included on CostSaver trips.

by Cosimo and Gregorio Landi, on the

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The right place to stay

FEATURING: centre Hotel Corallo, Sorrento; above - Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice; right - Hotel Ambasciatori, Florence

We seek out the right hotel to create the right experience, using the expertise we’ve built over 67 years to craft the perfect blend of charm, location and quality. You’ll stay in four or five star accommodation with us, and we’ll often choose internationally renowned names like Sofitel. But we know one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we handpick hotels which give you the most out of your destination: like in Venice, where we’ll either stay among the scenic canals or on Lido di Venezia island, where wealthy Italians vacation With our CostSaver itineraries you’ll stay in perfectly located three star hotels, in good neighbourhoods and with easy transport connections, to help you make the most of your holiday time.

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Authentic Accommodation Our local connections have introduced us to some unusual and exciting A Authentic Accommodation, each reflecting the area you’re in. There’s the hotel in the Vatican, which used to be owned by monks and donates profits to charitable missions; the typically Tuscan villa which has grown into a relaxing retreat in the green hills of San Gimignano; and the classic cliff-side hotel in Sorrento, created from an old patrician house where artists and intellectuals would meet in the 1920s.

Rest assured Wherever you stay, we always guarantee that you’ll receive the same impeccable service and quality – whether you’re in a cutting-edge modern hotel or one of our authentic guesthouses. We take care of check in, carrying your luggage and paying any gratuities, and more than half our hotels have free WiFi.

Your journey made easy

It’s not just about getting from A to B. With us, it’s about turning a trip to Italy into an extraordinary journey, about the countryside, city and coastal roads becoming more than just scenery.

Travelling in comfort

Greener travel

With comfortable reclining seats, an

We constantly strive to become more

onboard restroom, European electrical

carbon efficient: 2013 figures* confirm

outlets and WiFi in most European

our coaches emit less carbon or

countries, our air-conditioned coaches

greenhouse gas per guest than cars

are a luxurious way to travel.

or trains. And each of our coaches

And the panoramic windows give

is updated at least every five years,

incredible views.

ensuring we stay on top of innovations

Your Travel Director shares anecdotes

Other ways to travel

and knowledge of the places you pass on the way. Your experienced Coach Driver knows the roads less travelled, often taking you along scenic routes to reveal landscapes and towns you might not otherwise see. You don’t have to worry about navigation, parking costs or road tolls, and your luggage is taken care of door to door.

in carbon-efficient travel. Of course, we’re the experts in coach

* Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)

travel, but we sometimes select other ways for you to get about on your holiday. Hand-picked and quality checked by us, these add a different flavour to your holiday. Whether it’s taking the high speed Frecciargento train through scenic countryside to Florence, or taking a private boat out to a tiny

And as you travel, you get to know

island on Lake Maggiore for an exclusive

your fellow travellers; chatting, sharing

dining experience.

travel stories and beginning friendships sealed by a common love of travel.

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Regional

Italian Holiday Roman monuments, Venetian canals and Florentine artistry complement the tranquil beauty of Lake Garda, your base for one night of this perfect introduction to Italy. It’s Insider moments like… bypassing the main queues and stepping straight from the sun-drenched streets of Rome into the cool calm of the holiest place in the eternal city. Discovering why no photo can ever capture the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, as you stand before Michelangelo’s greatest work. And listening to our expert recount secrets of the Vatican’s past and present, unfolding the story of this incomparable Renaissance masterpiece, and the biblical lessons it depicts.

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome and Florence. Orientation of Venice. Visit St Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence.

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Gondolas, Venice

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A$2125 (per person twin share)

Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 6 hot buffet breakfasts. 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 5 | Lake Garda | Florence

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you! (WR) Hotel: Cardinal St Peter

Enjoy stunning views of Lake Garda this morning. Perhaps take the opportunity to join a boat ride across its waters before continuing your journey to Florence. This evening, enjoy a memorable A Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6 | Florence | Rome

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelos Pietà. View the Forum during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Visit the mighty Colosseum, site of public events, and see the Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for souvenirs or relax and watch the world go by. (BB)

In Florence, the city’s rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your A  Local Expert. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Travelling south, the Tuscan landscape − characterised by rolling hills and picturesque olive groves − is breath-taking. Through Umbria’s shady valleys, with olive and cypress trees, you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. Spend leisure time relaxing or exploring. In Rome tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Executive Style

Day 3 | Rome | Venice Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Through Tuscan landscapes and terraced olive groves, over the Apennine hills, past Bologna and finally across the Veneto plains before arriving at your hotel in Venice. Enjoy dining at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Hotel: NH Laguna Palace Day 4 | Venice Sightseeing | Lake Garda Savour the sights and sounds of this floating Byzantine city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Visit a A Local Speciality glass-blowing workshop, with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later, travel to the Italian Lake District. (BB) Hotel: Poiano

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$71 per person. Airport Transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 7 | Depart Rome After breakfast say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Don’t want everything included? Check out our similar Italian Dream holiday. Our CostSaver trips have fewer inclusions so you save money – giving you extra free time to explore independently. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

Statue of David, Florence KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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At Leisure

Rome & Tuscan Highlights With the heart of Tuscany as your base, ancient customs and medieval cities meet the Leaning Tower and picturesque olive groves, in a leisurely journey of culture and art. It’s Insider moments like… the quiet hush of the Museo Leonardiano, housed in the medieval castle that guards the old town of Vinci. It’s the murmur of voices as your Travel Director sheds light on the life and works of Leonardo, in the ancient town of his birth.  Feeling the past merge into the present, you leave the museum and step into the chatter of modern Italian daily life to explore Piazza Conti Guidi, where the earthy tang of olives groves is unchanged since Da Vinci himself walked the streets.

Tuscany

Colosseum, Rome

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence and Assisi. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the medieval town of San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of Siena, the Leonardiano Museum in the town of Vinci and St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi. Views of the Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence.

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St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

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It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! The city stands on the Tiber river and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will show you the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect introduction to the sights which await you! (WR) Hotel: Cardinal St Peter Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (6 Nights) Your included Small Group Sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome where you view the enormous Colosseum and the ancient Forum, once the centre of Roman rule. Later, enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the spa resort of Montecatini, your home for the next six nights! (BB DW) Hotel: Columbia Day 3 | San Gimignano and Siena Excursion Explore San Gimignano known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’, famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometres from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and handpainted Tuscan pottery. Later, in Siena, see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated annual Palio horse race, and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. (BB) Day 4 | Pisa and Vinci Excursion In the coastal town of Pisa see the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble Cathedral and the ornate Baptistery. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you will enjoy an A  Unique Insight about the life

of Leonardo da Vinci with an included visit to the Museo Leonardiano containing some of his work. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a wonderful A  Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills. (BB BG) Day 5 | Montecatini At Leisure Montecatini Terme is one of Italy’s most popular thermal spa destinations, and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please! Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day. (BB) Day 6 | Florence Excursion Your A  Local Expert gives you a fascinating account of the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. (BB)

Price per Person

Starts Rome 25 Apr Fri

Ends Rome 3 May Sat

Twin Share 2699

Single Supp. Option 560

Starts Rome 25 Jul Fri

Ends Rome 2 Aug Sat

Twin Share 2675

Single Supp. Option 560

2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri

10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat

2699 2699 2750 2750 2750

560 560 560 560 560

1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri

9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat

2675 2675 2675 2675 2735

560 560 560 560 560

6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri

14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat 5 Jul Sat

2750 2750 2750 2750

560 560 560 560

5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri

13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat

2775 2775 2775 2699

560 560 560 560

4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri

12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat

2675 2675 2675

560 560 560

3 Oct Fri 10 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri

11 Oct Sat 18 Oct Sat 25 Oct Sat

2699 2699 2699

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$91 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 7 | Montecatini At Leisure Enjoy a relaxed morning at the hotel before having a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch. (BB RM) Day 8 | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) | Assisi | Rome Set on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit the Basilica during your walking tour with a A  Local Expert. In Rome tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Day 9 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

San Gimignano KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Regional

Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre Fashion capital Milan gives way to the jagged, sun-drenched coastline of the villages of Cinque Terre, as refined elegance and untamed beauty unite in the contrasts of Northern Italy. It’s Insider moments like… the calming splash of fountains as you wander through the Villa Taranto gardens, the classic lines of northern elegance receding as you travel onwards to the Ligurian coast.  It’s feeling the sunshine and salt spray on your skin and the rich perfume of baking focaccia in the air as you discover the traditions of the fishing villages of Cinque Terre.  And marvelling at the rainbow of pastel-coloured houses nestling against rugged cliffs, as you learn about the epic flood of 2011 that threatened their future.

Cinque Terre

Milan

It's iconic places City Tours in Milan, Genoa, Parma and the Cinque Terre. Orientations in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Santa Margherita and La Spezia. Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto and the beautifully decorated monastic complex of Certosa di Pavia. View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa and the colourful coastal towns in the Cinque Terre.

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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

BAVENO 2 Italian Lakes

ITALY 2 MILAN 1

9 days – 1 Country Regional From:

A$2475 (per person twin share)

Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 8 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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Langhirano Genoa

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It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Milan (2 Nights) Welcome to Milan, Italy’s commercial and financial hub. Relax after check–in and later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: NH Touring Day 2 | Milan Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Milan. View the sights of the city including the Gothic Cathedral, the glass–domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit a museum or perhaps consider an optional experience to Sforza Castle. (BB) Day 3 | Milan | Baveno (2 Nights) Drive north–west to the Italian Lake District. Found on the southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is one of the most famous sights in Lombardy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy an A  Unique Insight into the flora of the local area when you visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. See azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias. You will have free time here for lunch. Later, stop to view the sights of Stresa on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special A  Be My Guest dining experience. (BB  BG) Hotel: Simplon Day 4 | Baveno Free Day A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an excursion to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. This evening dine at your hotel. (BB DW) Day 5 | Baveno | Genoa | Santa Margherita (2 Nights) Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a A  Local Expert. View some of the majestic Renaissance

and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi. Arrive in Santa Margherita, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore. (BB DW) Hotel: Park Hotel Suisse Day 6 | Santa Margherita | Full Day Cinque Terre Excursion Enjoy an included full day excursion to see the Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your A Local Expert. (BB)

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Starts Milan 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri

Ends Milan 12 Apr Sat 19 Apr Sat 26 Apr Sat 3 May Sat

Single Twin Supp. Share Option 2499 410 2499 410 2499 410 2499 410

Starts Milan 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri

Ends Milan 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat 2 Aug Sat

Single Twin Supp. Share Option 2475 410 2475 410 2475 410 2475 410

2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri

10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat

2550 2550 2550 2550 2550

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1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri

9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat

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2550 2550 2550 2550

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13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat

2575 2575 2575 2499

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$91 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

Day 7 | Santa Margherita | Langhirano | Soragna | Parma

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55.

Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as you drive towards Parma stopping in a small town called Langhirano. Here you will visit the Museum of Prosciutto di Parma and hear about this gastronomic delicacy which is famous the world over. Stop to take a picture of the castle at Torrechiara. Arrive in the small town of Soragna for a A  Local Speciality visit to the Museo del Parmigiano–Reggiano to discover the history and process involved in the manufacture of this popular cheese. This evening consider taking an optional experience for a gourmet dinner. (BB) Hotel: Parma e Congressi

Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52.

Day 8 | Parma | Pavia | Milan This morning enjoy a guided tour of Parma with your A  Local Expert. This gastronomic city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is famous for its architecture, prosciutto and cheese. It is also home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Later this afternoon you will stop at the famous Certosa di Pavia to admire the gothic and renaissance architecture of this monastic complex. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director. (BB  FD) Hotel: Novotel Milano Ca Granda Day 9 | Depart Milan This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Certosa Di Pavia, Pavia KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Special Interest

Contrasts of Italy Rome, Florence and Venice. The country’s cultural capitals are brought to life in a journey by high-speed train through the vibrant centre of Italy. It’s Insider moments like… being transported back to the 14th century by your Venetian guide as he leads you through the maze of streets to the ancient Rialto fish market, your ears ringing with the shouts of stallholders and the crunch of ice on shining scales. Marvelling at the variety of fresh seafood on display, the scent of salt in the air follows you onwards to the Bridge of Sighs, to hear the story of Casanova, and imagine the prisoners’ final laments.

St. Mark's Square, Venice

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Later, an orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino

Frecciargento train

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence and Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing

Duomo, Florence

Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s

Contrasts of Italy

SLOVENIA

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A$3099 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 Regional Meal lunch. 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including 2 high speed trains). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

High-Speed Train

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magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietá. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Free Time Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking a trip to the ancient Catacombs, or take an excursion to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d’Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance architecture. This evening, why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain. (BB) Day 4 | Rome | High Speed Train | Florence (3 Nights) Take the high-speed train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your A  Local Expert shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Finish at Piazza della Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori Day 5 | Florence | Excursion to Pisa This morning enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before a short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Field of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery – the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards, join your companions for a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB RM) Day 6 | Florence | Free Time Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries, there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover, such as the Boboli and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city

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with wonderful markets where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence’s elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider an optional experience to Chianti for dinner! (BB) Day 7 | Florence | High Speed Train | Venice (3 Nights) All aboard the express train for Venice! Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine hills and across the Veneto plain. It takes just 2 hours and 8 minutes to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. This evening, consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini Day 8 | Canal Cruise and Orientation Savour the sights and sounds of this unique Byzantine city as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge’s Palace on your orientation of the city. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the Accademia or relax and experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious seafood meal! (BB)

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Starts Ends Rome Venice 28 Apr Mon 7 May Wed

Twin Share 3375

Single Supp. Option 920

Starts Ends Rome Venice 28 Jul Mon 6 Aug Wed

Twin Share 3150

Single Supp. Option 800

5 May Mon 14 May Wed 12 May Mon 21 May Wed 19 May Mon 28 May Wed 26 May Mon 4 Jun Wed

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6 Oct Mon 15 Oct Wed 13 Oct Mon 22 Oct Wed 20 Oct Mon 29 Oct Wed

3375 3375 3375

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director A$62 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour Your A  Local Expert brings the city’s rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient fish market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo, and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, and celebrate this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Venice Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Piazza Navona, Rome KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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At Leisure

Great Italian Cities Floating islands, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy’s greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and Rome. It’s Insider moments like… tasting rich, traditional Tuscan soup, garnished with aromatic basil picked straight from your hosts’ own garden. The warmth of the charismatic Baj Macario family envelops you as they welcome you to the halls, vineyards and olive groves of their 14th century castle and share their family history. They tell stories of the murderous Pazzi, the original owners, as you stand in cellars that once were their dungeons, and invite you to enjoy an exclusive tasting of the Chianti wines produced on their estate.

Roman Forum, Rome

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Florence

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Orientation of  Pisa. Visit St. Francis Basilica, St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Roman Forum.

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Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - a great start to your Italian holiday! (WR) Hotel: Grand Palatino

magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. (BB)

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing

Day 3 | Rome At Leisure

Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s

Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples. (BB)

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Bologna

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Great Italian Cities

A$2799 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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Day 4 | Rome | Assisi | Florence (3 Nights) Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your A  Local Expert shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori Day 5 | Florence Sightseeing Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your A  Local Expert. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. (BB) Day 6 | Florence | Excursion to Pisa Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Field of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special A Be My Guest dinner in a historic castle. (BB BG)

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each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini Day 8 | Venice | Canal Cruise and Sightseeing Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal. (BB) Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to The Market Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a A  Local Expert of the colourful, centuries-old fish market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

Day 7 | Florence | Bologna | Venice (3 Nights)

Day 10 | Depart Venice

Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and  famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a A Local Expert includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Venice, Florence and Rome: Some departures may start in Venice and end in Rome operating with the same itinerary and inclusions, but in reverse. Please check with your Travel Agent at the time of booking. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$89 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Italian Discovery Wine regions, floating cities and historic capitals. Six of Italy’s best known cities are explored, in this regional feast of beauty and culture.  It’s Insider moments like… sharing a home-cooked meal with the Landi family at the Villa il Leccio, their home for nine generations. Savouring delicious dishes cooked to perfection by Giadda Landi and her mother, made with fresh produce grown and farmed on the land by sons Cosimo and Gregorio. Accompanied by a glass or two of Chianti, made right on the premises, they eagerly reveal their family history, and how they transformed a 14th century lookout tower into a buzzing family home and business.

Venice

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. Then, an evening orientation drive will take you to admire and view the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery! (WR) Hotel: NH Leonardo da Vinci

Verona

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi. Orientation in Venice and Turin. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna. See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona.

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A$2935 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (7 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5%

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see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Florence Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. View the city in all its glory from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your A  Local Expert reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. See the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, enjoy a memorable A  Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan Hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Day 4 | Florence | Pisa | Turin A short journey brings you to Pisa, and the famous Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. There’s time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin, see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Concord Torino Day 5 | Turin | Lake Maggiore | Milan From Turin via Lake Maggiore, you arrive in Milan. Your A Local Expert takes you on a tour of the city’s spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and the renowned opera house La Scala. (BB DW) Hotel: Atahotel Quark

Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time View the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating A  Local Speciality at a glass blowing workshop on Guidecca Island. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an optional experience to one of the islands in the lagoon! (BB) Day 8 | Venice | Ferrara | Bologna

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe.

Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Later, in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams - your A Local Expert shows you the sights including Neptune’s fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don’t forget to sample the excellent local cuisine! (BB) Hotel: Una

WiFi: See page 53 for details.

Day 9 | Bologna | Assisi | Rome

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis’ hometown with a A  Local Expert. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. See the Church of Santa Maria delgi Angeli, built on the site of his death. Later, travel south towards Rome, passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$101 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 10 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci’ to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Day 6 | Milan | Verona | Venice (2 Nights) Stop in Verona, where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to see Juliet’s balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena, still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice. (BB DW) Hotel: Viktoria Palace

Italian Gelato KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Special Interest

Flavours of Italy Bolognese in Bologna, Chianti in Tuscany, Prosciutto in Parma, this ‘foodie’ trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing an in-depth taste of a nation. It’s Insider moments like… the tranquillity of our San Gimignano hotel compared to the buzzing Italian food market as you shop with Libero, a charismatic chef we know in Florence. Together you choose the freshest local ingredients, like vegetables straight from the Tuscan soil. From the market to his kitchen, he teaches you how to make handmade ravioli and shares the secrets of Italian cuisine in a cooking lesson. Then invites you to the garden to enjoy the traditional meal you made from scratch, washed down with his homemade wine.

Florence

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the town of Greve, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the famous food markets in Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and along the Grand Canal. View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Kissing Towers in Bologna, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting holiday. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato. (WR) Hotel: Milton Roma Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time View the Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see the breathtaking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB)

Day 3 | Rome | Greve | San Gimignano (3 Nights) Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chianti’s and extra virgin olive oils! Greve’s main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don’t forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near San Gimignano. Tonight enjoy a special A  Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills. (BB  BG) Hotel:  Relais Cappuccina A Authentic Accommodation Day 4 | Florence Sightseeing Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Admire Piazza della

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A$3199 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 Regional Meal lunch. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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Signoria and the coloured marble Duomo. This evening, over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow! (BB DW) Day 5 | Tuscan Lifestyle Experience Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence by gaining a A  Unique Insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases of the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Regional Meal return to your Tuscan town for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please. (BB RM) Day 6 | San Gimignano | Pisa | Parma This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Field of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Regional Meal of local specialities awaits you. (BB  RM) Hotel: Palace Maria Luigia Day 7 | Parma | Bologna A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the wellknown meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a A  Local Expert who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialities. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an optional experience into the countryside to savour a gourmet dinner in the grounds of an ancient castle. (BB) Hotel: Una Hotel Bologna

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Day 8 | Bologna | Venice (2 Nights) See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a glass-blowing workshop for a A  Local Speciality demonstration and see other traditional crafts. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional experience. (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your A  Local Expert brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Venice

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$93 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Authentic Accommodation Relais Cappuccina, San Gimignano, Italy When visiting San Gimignano, we usually relax at nearby Relais Cappuccina to stay longer in the Tuscan hills. This charming A Authentic Accommodation centres round an Art Nouveau-style Italian villa, built by a local nobleman.

Florence KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Southern Italy & Sicily Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendours of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy’s largest active volcano, Etna. It’s Insider moments like… the smoky richness and deep red of the ‘Nerello Mascalese’ grape, grown in the volcanic soil at the foot of Mount Etna. It’s the taste of the fruit and the land, as you learn how to identify the subtle aromas from an expert local sommelier, and build up an appetite as you stroll through the farm, vineyards and cellars. And it’s finding the flavour of the Sicilian sunshine in the rich, heartiness of the cuisine, as you enjoy the freshest grilled vegetable antipasti, homemade pasta and renowned ‘Liperus’ wine.

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Abbey, Monte Cassino

It's iconic places City tours in Pompeii, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo. Visit the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the castle gardens in Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello. Cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return ferry). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome

Day 6 | Taormina Free Time

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and other sights – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: NH Villa Carpegna

Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savour a delicious A  Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna. (BB BG)

Day 2 | Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento (2 Nights)

Day 7 | Taormina | Enna | Agrigento

From Rome, visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Parco del Sole

Enjoy spectacular views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your A Local Expert takes you to visit the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. (BB) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace

Day 3 | Sorrento | Isle of Capri Excursion

Visit the Balio gardens situated at the ruined Venus Castle for breathtaking views of the sea, saltpans, and wooded hillsides. Continue your journey to the Sicilian capital, Palermo. (BB) Hotel: Grand Federico II

Watch a A  Local Speciality demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during our guided walking tour. (BB) Day 4 | Sorrento | Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights) Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria and take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and the resort town of Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden Day 5 | Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Mount Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. (BB)

Day 8 | Agrigento | Erice | Palermo (2 Nights)

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Palermo Airport at 8am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$101 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54–55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 9 | Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale and Mondello Meet your A  Local Expert this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See Piazza Bellini and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d’Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Visit the fishing village of Mondello with its breathtaking beach. Later join your companions and celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Palermo Say ‘arrivederci’ to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Taormina KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Italy Bellissimo The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colours, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri. It’s Insider moments like… waking in Capri to wander the sun-dappled streets, gelato in hand, as you discover the hidden highlights of this celebrity hideaway. Swimming in crystal-clear waters and lazing in the sunshine of a perfect island day. Days later, the lemony scent of Capri is recalled at ‘Il Borgo della Limonaia’, the Tuscan home of Daniella Callistri and her family. They welcome you to their home, the scent of lemons lingering as you taste the family olive oil and wine, before a meal of traditional Tuscan delicacies at the Callistri table.

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica the perfect introduction to your holiday. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel on your return to Rome. (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Pompeii | Isle Of Capri (2 Nights)

Isle of Capri

Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your A  Local Expert. In Sorrento, see fine craftsmanship at an inlaid wood factory, during a A Local Speciality demonstration. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Regina Cristina Day 4 | Capri Orientation and Free Time

Assisi

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence. Orientations in Venice, Montecatini and Siena. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, Palladian Villas, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo.

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Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the centre of local life! Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques, or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch. (BB) Day 5 | Isle Of Capri | Naples | Assisi Sail back across the Mediterranean to ‘Bella Napoli’. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your A  Local Expert shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died. Visit the Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Cenacolo A Authentic Accommodation

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Florence Pisa Siena

Adriatic Sea

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A$3499 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (6 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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Day 6 | Assisi | Venice (2 Nights) This morning after breakfast, travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Spend two nights on picturesque Lido island. (BB) Hotel:  Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria/Principie A Authentic Accommodation Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Venice is a remarkable Byzantine city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which is evident during your cruise to St. Mark’s Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a boat trip around the islands in the lagoon! (BB) Day 8 | Venice | Pisa | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights) This morning travel to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Later arrive in the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Minerva Palace Day 9 | Florence Excursion Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your A  Local Expert shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo, magnificent Baptistery

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and Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan A  Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country. (BB BG) Day 10 | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) | Siena | Rome Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the annual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a pavement café.  Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel:  Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici/Grand Hotel Tiberio Day 11 | Depart Rome After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Twin Share 3499 3499 3550 3599 3650 3650 3650

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12 Oct Sun 14 Oct Tue 16 Oct Thu 19 Oct Sun 21 Oct Tue 26 Oct Sun 28 Oct Tue

TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$111 per person.

Authentic Accommodation Cenacolo, Assisi, Italy An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, we often choose Hotel Cenacolo when in this scenic part of Italy. Sensitively restored, the stone walls of this A Authentic Accommodation hold slick modern decor.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice, Italy When we stay on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, we often plump for Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria. Rich in romantic history, this A Authentic Accommodation is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings. 

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Italian Concerto This relaxed exploration of Italy savours the old-world beauty of Venice, Florence and Rome, then journeys onwards, to the laid-back southern lifestyle of the Amalfi coast. It’s Insider moments like… the buzz of the crowd softening as you approach the historic ruins of the famous lost city of Pompeii. Dust stirring underfoot as you listen to tales of the tragic last hours of its existence. It’s imagining the streets ringing with laughter at the festival of fire, just hours before the molten lava of Mt Vesuvius buried the city. And standing in the cool shadows of temples as you discover the life and beliefs of an ancient culture, through the muted colours and designs of its mosaics.

Grand Canal, Venice

Italian pottery

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii and Florence. Orientation of Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii and the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, the ancient Romanesque Abbey at Pomposa, the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. See the home of the d’Este family in Ferrara.

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Italian Concerto

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ITALY

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11 days – 2 Countries At Leisure From:

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Adriatic Sea

A$3499 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (4 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Una Hotel Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time This morning join your A  Local Expert to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | At Leisure The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider a trip to the ancient catacombs or take an excursion to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d’Este. Visit museums and gardens, or simply experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk café in one of the city’s many piazzas. (BB) Day 4 | Rome | Monte Cassino | Pompeii | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights) Stop to view the Abbey at Monte Cassino and visit the cemetery in the valley below. In Pompeii buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - your A  Local Expert takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight. (BB  DW) Hotel: Pietra Di Luna/San Pietro/Panorama Day 5 | Amalfi Coast Free Time Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno! Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Day 6 | Isle of Capri Excursion Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour with

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Monte Cassino

included views of Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi town, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque Church. (BB) Day 7 | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) | Florence (2 Nights) North through Umbria and into Tuscany you arrive in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city’s many trattorias. (BB) Hotel: Croce Di Malta Day 8 | Florence Sightseeing and Wine Tasting Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your A  Local Expert shows you all the main sights including the marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, with its amazing sculptures. View the famous Ponte Vecchio, followed by a Wine Tasting with your Travel Director featuring popular Tuscan wines. Join your companions this evening for an authentic A  Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate. (BB BG) Day 9 | Florence | Ferrara | Venice Marvel at the breath-taking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara, see the family home of the notorious d’Este family. Arrive later in the Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Principe/Continental Day 10 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time See the island of St. George, the elegant Customs House, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square in your private launch. Stroll across St. Mark’s Square to see the Basilica and its campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends (BB FD)

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Single Supp. Option 820 820 820 820 820

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Single Supp. Option 820 820 820 820 820 820

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3750 3750 3750 3750 3750 3750 3750 3750 3750

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Starts Rome 14 Jul Mon 17 Jul Thu 21 Jul Mon 24 Jul Thu 28 Jul Mon 31 Jul Thu

TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$103 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 11 | Depart Venice Say ‘arrivederci’ to your companions as your memorable Italian holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Amalfi Coast KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Corsica & Sardinia Chilled island life meets ancient history and cultural diversity — French Corsica and Italian Sardinia are revealed in a relaxed taste of two unique islands. It’s Insider moments like… running your fingers across the sun-warmed stone of the ‘nuraghi’ at Su Nuraxi, an ancient site with a defence system unique to Sardinia. Narrow walls and cool alleys give way to bright blue sky, as you wander within the ruins listening to stories of the life in the village 2,800 years ago. Then meeting the modern locals in Alghero at Piera and Gavino’s farm. Welcomed by the family, you indulge in home-grown organic produce, sampling traditional recipes in the warmth of Sardinian hospitality.

Corsica

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Cagliari (2 Nights)

Day 3 | Cagliari | Barumini | Alghero (2 Nights)

Welcome to the capital of Sardinia and the island’s largest city located on the southern coast of Sardinia. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: T Hotel

Enjoy a scenic drive through the interior of the island stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Su Nuraxi which stands at the edge of Barumini, a farming town in Marmilla. A A  Local Expert will show you one of the most important architectural examples of early Sardinian civilization which is a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi. This megalithic complex was established in the late 2nd millennium B.C. during the Bronze Age. It remained buried until 1949, when a massive flood washed away the earth surrounding the upper section. It is regarded as the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form of prehistoric architecture in the world. Continue on to Alghero, a beautiful town with a strong Spanish influence. (BB DW) Hotel: Carlos V

Day 2 | Cagliari Sightseeing and At Leisure

It's iconic places City Tours in Cagliari, Barumini and Bonifacio. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the Nuraghi of Su Nuraxi, the town and gardens of Ile Rousse, the cultural capital of the island of Sardinia, Nuoro. Ferry across to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. View the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the San Pancrazio Towers in Cagliari. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century in Cagliari. Scenic drive along the magnificent Costa Smeralda coastline.

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Explore Sardinia’s capital and the largest town on the island with a A  Local Expert. Visit the castello district including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. This afternoon consider an excursion to the botanical gardens. (BB)

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A$3325 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return ferry). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

Bonifacio La Maddalena

Santa Teresa Gallura

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Palau

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Your Travel Director will take you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero this morning. Although part of the kingdom of Italy for many generations, this lovely old town still retains an air of the Spanish region of Catalonia, since it once formed part of the kingdom of Aragon. The local residents still speak with a Spanish dialect. Many of the older buildings are in a Catalan Gothic style reminiscent of Barcelona. See sights including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. This afternoon consider an excursion to the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia. This evening a scenic drive will take you to the home of a local family to experience a delightful Sardinian A Be My Guest experience. (BB BG)

This morning take a trip back to the exclusive and beautiful Costa Smeralda, which owes its name to the emerald green coloured waters. From the harbour town of Palau you will take a ferry to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. The old town perched on a hill is a charming maze of narrow streets and small squares. This is where the young Napoleon suffered the first defeat of his military career after islanders withstood a three-day siege launched from Corsica. Enjoy the scenery and sample some of the local cuisine in your free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel in Olbia. (BB)

Day 5 | Alghero | Bonifacio | Ajaccio (2 Nights) After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive along the northern coast to Santa Teresa Gallura, before taking the ferry across to the French island of Corsica, just a few miles away (crossing time approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Bonifacio enjoy a tour with a A Local Expert and then free time to explore this stunning fortified town. Dramatically situated on a limestone peninsula, there are spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the impressive Citadel plus a delightful harbour and marina. From Bonifacio, we continue to your luxurious hotel in Ajaccio for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Sofitel Golfe D’Ajaccio Day 6 | Ajaccio At Leisure Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional experience to another part of the island. Your Travel Director will advise of the options available to you. (BB DW) Day 7 | Ajaccio | Bonifacio | Ferry to Sardinia | Costa Smealda | Olbia (3 Nights) Travel back to Bonifacio for the return ferry crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura. From here enjoy a scenic drive along the fabulous Costa Smeralda coastline with its turquoise waters. Stop at the popular resort of Porto Cervo, the playground of the rich and famous developed by the Aga Khan in the 1960s, before continuing to your hotel in Olbia. (BB) Hotel:  Mercure Olbia Harmaea

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Cagliari Elmas Airport transfers will operate at 11.15am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport at 4.30am and 7am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$111 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 9 | Olbia At Leisure Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional experience to another part of the island. Your Travel Director will advise of the options available to you. (BB) Day 10 | Olbia | Nuoro | Oliena | Orgosolo | Cagliari Today travel south through the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia with ancient traditions which survive alongside modern life, evident in the landscape, the architecture and the cuisine. The museum in Nuoro, the capital of the province, has many reminders of the culture of this ancient population. Continue through the vineyards to Oliena where you will enjoy a Wine Tasting. See the ‘murales’ of Orgosolo and the famous bandit villages before returning to Cagliari for the final night of your trip. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers to celebrate your memorable holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Regina Margherita Day 11 | Depart Cagliari This morning, say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Corsica and Sardinian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Cathedral Santa Maria Cathedral, Alghero KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Italian Glory All roads lead to Rome. That’s why we start in Milan, our exploration of the beauty and culture of Como, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast leading us on to the vibrant Italian capital. It’s Insider moments like… the fruity explosion of olive oil on your tongue while sampling the fresh produce of the Fattoria di Maiano. At the heart of Tuscany, you’ll meet the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story a ‘Room with a View’ was filmed, and learn about the principles of organic olive oil production. Later, the smell of tomatoes, garlic and fresh baking bread beckons you from the formal gardens, to sit down together to a meal of lush local flavour framed by the rolling hills of Tuscany.

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Milan | Como (2 Nights)

Pompeii

It's iconic places City Tours in Milan, Venice, Florence, Pompeii and Rome. Orientation of Lake Como. Visit the excavations at Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri. View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, the Abbey at Monte Cassino and the Roman Forum. See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony. in Verona

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Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region! Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Barchetta Palace Day 2 | Milan Excursion Enjoy an orientation tour of Como before heading to Milan. In fashionable Milan, your A  Local Expert shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria. (BB) Day 3 | Como | Verona | Venice (3 Nights) See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony in

Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s most famous play. There’s time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening – the perfect introduction to this romantic city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Best Western Villa Mabapa Day 4 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. (BB)

Italian Glory

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Day 5 | Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Market

Day 10 | Isle Of Capri and Amalfi Town Excursion

Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your A  Local Expert brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an optional experience to Burano for some delicious local seafood! (BB)

Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW)

Day 6 | Venice | Florence (2 Nights) Travel through picturesque Tuscan countryside to Florence for a two night stay. Tonight, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an authentic A  Be My Guest dinner in a local restaurant with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Roma Day 7 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Learn about Florence’s artistic heritage during a walking tour with your A  Local Expert. See the multi coloured Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an optional experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’. (BB) Day 8 | Florence | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights) Drive south from Florence through Valley and past the Bay of Naples to in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Pietra Di Pietro/Panorama

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Day 11 | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) | Pompeii | Rome (2 Nights)

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe.

Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your A  Local Expert tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Abbey of Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

WiFi: See page 53 for details.

Day 12 | Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52.

This morning join your A  Local Expert to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB FD)

Airport transfers: On arrival to Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$131 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 13 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a memorable holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Day 9 | Amalfi Coast At Leisure Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean. The choice is yours! (BB) Venice KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Best of Italy Cities, lakes and coastlines converge. All points of the compass are covered on this extensive journey into the cuisine, history and landscapes of Italy.

It’s Insider moments like… the ripple of waves and reflection of the sky, as you speed by private boat towards Isola Madre, a secluded island where young princes used to play.  As Signor Telli welcomes you he brings the history of the island to life, and the story behind its nickname ‘La Piratera’. Then he introduces you to the family over traditional lakeside cuisine, and crisp chilled Gavi wine, as they explain how the childhood fantasies of a prince inspired their family restaurant, the setting for your delicious dinner.

Duomo, Florence

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Il Cantico Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Lake Como

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. Orientation of Venice. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena. View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence.

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Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento (2 Nights) Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your A  Local Expert tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. (BB DW) Hotel: Johanna Park/Corallo Day 4 | Isle Of Capri Excursion Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, a

A Local Speciality for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe. (BB)

Day 5 | Sorrento | Assisi Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Hotel: Cenacolo Day 6 | Assisi | Venice (2 Nights) Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop.  Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB DW) Hotel: Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Watch a A  Local Speciality demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a traditional

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Day 8 | Venice | Verona | Milan | Lake Maggiore (2 Nights) This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your A  Local Expert. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Simplon Day 9 | Lake Como Excursion Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special A  Be My Guest dinner experience. (BB BG) Day 10 | Lake Maggiore | Pisa | Florence (2 Nights) Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri Day 11 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB) Day 12 | Florence | Siena | Rome Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new found friends for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal. (BB)

A$2625 (per person twin share)

Includes: 12 nights’ accommodation (7 hotels). 12 hot buffet breakfasts. 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 5.

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TRIP NOTES Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$131 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

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KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Grand Italian Experience Mountains to coast, from the trulli houses of Alberobello to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, this trip reveals the traditions, art and landscapes that define the many faces of Italy. It’s Insider moments like… admiring the cool white walls of the Rotolo family farm, built in the classical trulli style unique to Puglia.  Welcomed by the couple and their four children you hear farming stories passed down through generations, and learn about the organic produce they grow and make.  Trying it for yourself, you enjoy delicious roasted meats and traditional tarali biscuits made from scratch by daughter Mariana, all washed down with the farm’s own wine and shared together with the family.

Alberobello

It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 4 | Alberobello Sightseeing and Free Time

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind after your journey. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your companions and your Travel Director, an expert on history and culture. Then take an orientation drive to see the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica, a perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: AW Cicerone Hotel

See the unique limestone houses – trulli – during your orientation of the town of Alberobello. This afternoon consider an optional experience to the town of Matera which served as one of the film locations for ‘The Passion of the Christ’, starring Mel Gibson. This evening enjoy a special A Be My Guest dinner in a traditional trulli building in Alberobello. (BB BG)

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing

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It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. Orientation in Siena, Venice and Alberobello. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence. Cruise to the Isle of Capri, by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the exclusive resort of Portofino. See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony.

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Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Alberobello (2 Nights) Drive eastwards through the spectacular Abruzzi Mountains to the Alberobello region near the Adriatic coast. (BB DW) Hotel: Sierra Silvana

Day 5 | Alberobello | Sorrento (2 Nights) This morning travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Sorrento famous for its delicious limoncello drink. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corsa Italia. You will then have free time to explore the town. (BB) Hotel: Grand Parco del Sole Day 6 | Isle Of Capri Excursion Watch a A  Local Speciality demonstration at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. See Capri town and Marina Piccola during your guided walking tour. Visit the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW)

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Day 7 | Sorrento | Pompeii | Assisi Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your A  Local Expert provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Continue your journey through the hills of Frascati and Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Cenacolo A Authentic Accommodation Day 8 | Assisi | Verona | Venice (2 Nights) Meet your A  Local Expert this morning for a walking tour of Assisi, including  a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Continue your   journey and visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB) Hotel: Biasutti Day 9 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Venice is a very special city. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local seafood meal on the Island of Burano. (BB) Day 10 | Venice | Cortina d’Ampezzo Traverse the Veneto plains to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites – a winter sport resort which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. See the world-famous Olympic ski-jump and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Europa Day 11 | Cortina d’Ampezzo | Italian Lakes Enjoy a scenic drive through northern Italy and the Lake District.  Arrive on the banks of Lake Maggiore where you have free time to explore the town of Baverno. Stroll along the banks of the lake or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café. (BB) Hotel: Simplon

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and the famous La Scala Opera House.  Later arrive on the Italian Riviera.  Cruise to the port of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita.  Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Park Suisse Day 13 | Santa Margherita Free Time Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an optional experience to the beautiful Cinque Terre. (BB) Day 14 | Santa Margherita | Pisa | Florence (2 Nights) Travel south into Tuscany and stop to view the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. Your walking tour with a A  Local Expert includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most famous landmarks. You might like to shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. (BB) Hotel: NH Anglo American Day 15 | Florence Free Time Enjoy a full day to explore this fascinating city. You might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s statue of David or visit gardens and palaces like the Boboli and Pitti Palace. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$171 per person. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 54-55. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 52. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Authentic Accommodation Cenacolo, Assisi, Italy An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, we often choose Hotel Cenacolo when in this scenic part of Italy. Sensitively restored, the stone walls of this A Authentic Accommodation hold slick modern decor.

Day 16 | Florence | Siena | Rome Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and Tuscan specialities before returning to Rome. Celebrate the end of your holiday this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB  FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Day 17 | Depart Rome After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Portofino KEY: A Insider Experience   WR Welcome Reception   FB Full Breakfast  BB Buffet Breakfast   L Lunch   D Dinner   RM Regional Meal   FD Farewell Dinner  BG Be My Guest Dining   DW Dinner with Wine

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Colosseum, Rome

Jewels of Italy Memorable Highlights

• Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum • Pisa Visit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the cathedral and Piazza della Signoria • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island

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• 6 buffet breakfasts • 2 three course dinners

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Unbeatable Highlights

• A stylish wallet, travel documents and map • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply Please refer to the price panel • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and our great range of optional experiences.

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Your Unbeatable Value Itinerary... Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture! Hotel: Ergife Palace

Fiori, the impressive Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery, for which Florence is renowned and don’t forget to try the ice cream! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. (BB D)

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Don’t miss the opportunity to join an optional experience to the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Later, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the Vatican City and the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s statue, the Pietà. In ancient Rome view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Afterwards, during free time, why not explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (BB)

Day 5 | Florence – Verona – Venice Head east to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and walk to see Juliet’s balcony. Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical, romantic city of Venice. (BB D) Hotel: Antony

Day 3 | Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights) Today head north to Pisa. Explore the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Villa Stanley Day 4 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Guide gives a superb commentary of the city’s history during your walking tour, which includes the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport Transfers: On arrival to Rome, Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9:30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$71 per person. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 52, 54 and 55. All prices are per person, twin share. KEY: FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner

Day 6 | Venice Orientation and Free Time Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a trip out across the lagoon to the Island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal. (BB) Day 7 | Depart Venice This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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Italian Dream Memorable Highlights

• Rome Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and views of the Forum and Colosseum • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Marks Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony on an orientation walk • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori and Giotto’s Bell Tower • Assisi Orientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis

Included Dining

• 7 buffet breakfasts • 3 three course dinners

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Unbeatable Highlights

• A stylish wallet, travel documents and map • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply Please refer to the price panel • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome! Relax and unwind after check-in and meet with your Travel Director this afternoon. Tonight, perhaps take a stroll through the city and soak up the vibrant atmosphere! Hotel: Pinewood Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit St. Peter’s

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Giotto’s Bell Tower, Florence

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Your Unbeatable Value Itinerary... Basilica, one of the holiest Christian sites in the world. Cross the River Tiber and admire views of the iconic Colosseum and the Forum, the focus of daily life in ancient Rome. Spend free time discovering the city on your own. (BB) Day 3 | Rome – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights) Follow the upper Tiber valley past the medieval hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto in Umbria to Tuscany, a unique and fertile landscape with olive groves and vineyards stretching into the distance. Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and arrive later close to the magical city of Venice. (BB D) Hotel: Best Western Hotel Quid/Antony Day 4 | Venice Orientation and Free Time Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to its heart, St. Mark’s Square. Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine basilica adorned with glass mosaics. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore this fascinating city in your free time or perhaps take a trip across the lagoon to Burano Island for a seafood lunch. (BB D) Day 5 | Venice – Verona – Florence (2 Nights) Drive west to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. View the vast Roman Arena during your walking orientation, where concerts are still held, and then see Juliet’s balcony. Your journey continues through

the gastronomic region of Emilia Romagna to Tuscany and the Renaissance city of Florence. (BB) Hotel: Hotel 500/Novotel Firenze Nord Day 6 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Florence enjoys a unique artistic heritage. Experience the delights during your sightseeing tour on foot with your knowledgeable Local Guide. Admire the Baptistery, renowned for its carved bronze doors, the marble Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, Giotto’s impressive bell tower, and the Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy a demonstration of leatherwork, with time afterwards to explore or to shop for high quality Italian goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BB D) Day 7 | Florence – Assisi – Rome Through the rolling countryside of Tuscany into Umbria, you arrive at the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the sights of St. Francis’ birthplace, including the medieval ramparts and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died. Later, on your final night in Rome, you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday with a special dinner. (BB) Hotel: Club House Roma

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$81 per person. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 52, 54 and 55. All prices are per person, twin share. KEY: FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner

Day 8 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome, your Travel Director and newfound friends as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Lake Como, Italy

Highlights of the Italian Lakes Memorable Highlights

• Lake Maggiore Visit Italy’s second largest lake and see towns dating back to Roman times • Lake Lugano Visit the Swiss city of Lugano located on the shores of this spectacular lake • Lake Como Enjoy the Alpine peaks and sparkling waters of this scenic lake as well as an included cruise to Bellagio • Verona Orientation walk including views of Juliet’s Balcony and the Roman arena • Lake Garda Visit Italy’s largest lake and enjoy breathtaking scenery on an included scenic drive • Brescia Visit the the second largest city in Lombardy after the capital, Milan • Milan Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Milan with your Local Guide including the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala

Included Dining

Unbeatable Highlights

• A stylish wallet, travel documents and map • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply Please refer to the price panel • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and our great range of optional experiences.

Juliet’s Balcony, Verona

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Galleria, Milan

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Your Unbeatable Value Itinerary... Day 1 | Arrive Milan – Italian Lakes (2 Nights) Welcome to the Italian Lakes region! Airport transfers will be provided from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel. After check-in, relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner at the Hotel. (D) Hotel: Capolago Day 2 | Lake Maggiore Excursion After breakfast a short drive brings you to Lake Maggiore which is the second largest lake after Garda and one of the most scenic. Immortalised in American writer Ernest Hemingway’s novel ‘A Farewell To Arms’, you will have free time to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands. (BB) Day 3 | Italian Lakes – Lugano – Saronno (2 Nights) This morning make your way to the Swiss city of Lugano which is also known as the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’. An ever growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful athletes have residences along the shores of this scenic lake. Later travel back into Italy where your two night stay near Como is in the town of Saronno. Well known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti), the sweet, almondflavoured Italian liqueur called Amaretto is also produced here. (BB) Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan Day 4 | Lake Como Excursion After breakfast enjoy a short drive to Lake Como and an included cruise to Bellagio called “the pearl of Lake Como”. The illustrious history of Bellagio dates back to Roman times, and to this day, continues to attract the rich and famous to its beautiful

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shores. Later return to the hotel for an included dinner. (BB D)

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Day 5 | Saronno – Verona – Lake Garda Scenic Drive – Riva Del Garda (2 Nights) This morning travel to Shakespeare’s romantic Verona where you enjoy an orientation tour of the town including sights such as the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Later you will have free time to savour the atmosphere of this historic city. This afternoon take a scenic drive around Lake Garda. Later check into your hotel in Riva del Garda for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Forte Charme Michelangelo International

Airport transfers: On arrival to Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 12.30 and 3.30pm to Varese. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$81 per person. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 52, 54 and 55. All prices are per person, twin share. KEY: FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner

Day 6 | Free Day – Lake Garda Relax and enjoy these peaceful and serene surroundings. Perhaps consider taking a boat trip across the lake or maybe join a full day excursion into the Dolomite Mountains where you can ride a cable car up one of the mountain peaks for spectacular views. (BB) Day 7 | Riva Del Garda – Brescia – Milan En route to Milan stop and visit the attractive town of Brescia for some free time. On arrival in Milan, enjoy a walking tour of the city centre with your Local Guide including the Gothic Duomo, the 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening enjoy a final dinner at the hotel with your companions. (BB D) Hotel: Milton Day 8 | Depart Milan This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Italian Riviera

Italian Scene Memorable Highlights

• Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum • Sorrento Visit this popular resort • Monte Cassino Views of the monastery high on the hill • Assisi Orientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island • Verona View Juliet’s Balcony and the impressive Roman Arena • Italian Lakes Visit Lake Como • Italian Riviera Drive this scenic route • Pisa Visit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the cathedral and Piazza della Signoria. Stop for breathtaking views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo

Unbeatable Highlights

• A stylish wallet, travel documents and map • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply • Please refer to the price panel • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating city and take in the vibrant atmosphere. Hotel: Ergife Palace Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Don’t miss the opportunity to join an optional experience to the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Later, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the Vatican City and the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s statue, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber in ancient Rome and view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (BB) Day 3 | Rome – Sorrento – Bay Of Naples Today head south to the Bay of Naples. Drive to the nearby resort of Sorrento to visit

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Grand Canal, Venice

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Your Unbeatable Value Itinerary... an inlaid-wood workshop. Then consider an optional experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Grand Moon Valley Day 4 | Bay Of Naples – Monte Cassino – Assisi Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered beneath a layer of ash for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Afterwards, leave the Bay of Naples and stop for views of the monastery at Monte Cassino, the scene of fierce fighting during the Second World War. Continue north to the mystical town of Assisi, built on the fertile slopes of Mount Subasio in Umbria. (BB D) Hotel: Il Castello Day 5 | Assisi – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights) Your morning orientation tour of Assisi reveals a town that has changed little since the time of St. Francis, who was born here in 1182. There is time to visit the great Basilica and see the Saint’s tomb. Later see the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died in 1226. Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to near the magical, romantic city of Venice. (BB D) Hotel: Il Burchiello Day 6 | Venice Orientation and Free Time Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a trip out across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal. (BB) Day 7 | Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Italian Lakes (Saronno) Head west across the plains of the Veneto to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s

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star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and walk to view Juliet’s balcony. Continue north to the Italian Lake District to visit Lake Como, a favoured summer retreat of the rich and famous, before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan Day 8 | Italian Lakes (Saronno) – Pisa – Florence This morning leave the Lakes and travel south to the famous town of Pisa. In Pisa, explore the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Arrive later at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord Day 9 | Florence Sightseeing – Rome There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Guide gives a superb commentary of the city’s history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery, for which Florence is renowned and don’t forget to try the ice cream! Later travel back to the Eternal City. This evening in Rome you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday in style! (BB) Hotel: Raganelli/Ergife Palace

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Single Supp. Option 500 500 500 500 500

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10 Aug Sun 12 Aug Tue 17 Aug Sun 19 Aug Tue 24 Aug Sun 26 Aug Tue 31 Aug Sun 2 Sep Tue 7 Sep Sun 9 Sep Tue

2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2099

500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

5 Sep Fri 7 Sep Sun 12 Sep Fri 14 Sep Sun 19 Sep Fri 21 Sep Sun 26 Sep Fri 28 Sep Sun

14 Sep Sun 16 Sep Tue 21 Sep Sun 23 Sep Tue 28 Sep Sun 30 Sep Tue 5 Oct Sun 7 Oct Tue

2099 2099 2099 2099 2099 2099 2099 2035

500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

3 Oct Fri

12 Oct Sun

2035

500

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$101 per person. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 52, 54 and 55. All prices are per person, twin share. KEY: FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner

Day 10 | Depart Rome This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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13450 A$

2

Bay of Naples

Splendours of Italy Memorable Highlights

• Rome Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and views of the Forum and Colosseum • Sorrento Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop • Assisi Orientation tour includes St. Francis’ Basilica • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony • Lugano Visit this magnificent lakeside resort • Italian Lakes Enjoy a free day with spectacular views • Pisa View the famous Leaning Tower • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral and Baptistery • Siena Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race

Included Dining

• 12 buffet breakfasts • 6 three course dinners

Unbeatable Highlights

• A stylish wallet, travel documents and map • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply • Please refer to the price panel • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and our great range of optional experiences.

Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome! After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening, why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the amazing atmosphere. Hotel: Ergife Palace Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest and most inspiring churches ever built. Your tour continues across the Tiber River with views of the Forum and the iconic Colosseum. Spend free time exploring the wonderful sights on your own. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ancient Catacombs. (BB) Day 3 | Rome – Bay Of Naples (2 Nights) Journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, why not take an optional experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast. (BB D) Hotel: Grand Moon Valley Day 4 | Sorrento Excursion Your excursion to the nearby resort of Sorrento starts with a visit to an inlaid-wood workshop, for which the area is renowned. Later, consider an optional experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. (BB D) Day 5 | Bay Of Naples – Assisi Drive into the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, birthplace of St. Francis. Your Travel Director gives you an orientation tour, which includes St. Francis’ Basilica, renowned for its fresco paintings. (BB D) Hotel: Frate Sole

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AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND Lugano

FRANCE

ITALIAN LAKES

HUNGARY

13 days – 3 Countries

SLOVENIA Verona

2

VENICE

CROATIA

2

ITALY

Mediterranean Sea

CORSICA

Overnight stays

Sightseeing stops

ASSISI

Adriatic Sea

2 1

2

Sorrento Start

End

Your Unbeatable Value Itinerary... Day 6 | Assisi – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights) Enjoy a scenic drive across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical floating city of Venice. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Il Burchiello Day 7 | Venice Orientation and Free Time You are surrounded by magnificent sights and sounds as you cruise by private launch along shimmering canals to St. Mark’s Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a fresh seafood meal. (BB) Day 8 | Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Lugano – Italian Lakes (2 Nights) Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous play, and stop to admire the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony. Continue via Milan to the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. (BB D) Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan Day 9 | Italian Lakes Free Day A full day to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Italian Lakes region. (BB D) Day 10 | Italian Lakes – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights) Cross the Apennine Mountains past Genoa, Columbus’ birthplace. In Pisa,

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marvel at the famous Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. Later arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Chianti hills! (BB) Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord Day 11 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Florence is one of the liveliest and most creative cities in Europe, and home to some of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture. Your Local Guide gives you an excellent account of the city’s history during your walking tour of the city, which includes the marble Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and the Baptistery. Afterwards in your free time, visit one of the many museums or shop for quality leather and gold or simply relax and enjoy the ambience! (BB)

Other savings

Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to A$126 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to A$63 p.p Young traveller discount A$240

Triple room discount A$100 p.p

Price per Person

Starts Rome 5 Apr Sat 12 Apr Sat 19 Apr Sat 26 Apr Sat

Ends Rome 17 Apr Thu 24 Apr Thu 1 May Thu 8 May Thu

Twin Share 2450 2475 2475 2475

Single Supp. Option 560 560 560 560

3 May Sat 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat

15 May Thu 22 May Thu 29 May Thu 5 Jun Thu 12 Jun Thu

2525 2525 2525 2525 2525

560 560 560 560 560

7 Jun Sat 14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat

19 Jun Thu 26 Jun Thu 3 Jul Thu 10 Jul Thu

2525 2525 2525 2525

560 560 560 560

5 Jul Sat 12 Jul Sat

17 Jul Thu 24 Jul Thu

2475 2475

560 560

Price per Person

Starts Rome 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat

Ends Rome 31 Jul Thu 7 Aug Thu

Twin Share 2475 2475

Single Supp. Option 560 560

2 Aug Sat 9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat

14 Aug Thu 21 Aug Thu 28 Aug Thu 4 Sep Thu 11 Sep Thu

2475 2475 2475 2475 2525

560 560 560 560 560

6 Sep Sat 13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat

18 Sep Thu 25 Sep Thu 2 Oct Thu 9 Oct Thu

2525 2525 2525 2525

560 560 560 560

4 Oct Sat 11 Oct Sat 18 Oct Sat 25 Oct Sat

16 Oct Thu 23 Oct Thu 30 Oct Thu 6 Nov Thu

2475 2475 2475 2475

560 560 560 560

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 53 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver A$131 per person. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 52, 54 and 55. All prices are per person, twin share. KEY: FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner

Day 12 | Florence – Siena – Rome Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti area of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its bi-annual Palio horse race. Marvel at its rich heritage during your orientation tour. This evening in Rome – your final night – you might like to mark the end of an enjoyable holiday with a meal out! (BB) Hotel: Ergife Palace Day 13 | Depart Rome This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and your fellow travellers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Want more included? Have you seen our similar Best of Italy holiday? This Trafalgar trip includes exclusive Insider Experiences, more meals and 4 star hotels – visit www.trafalgar.com

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Extend your stay in Italy We offer exclusive discounted rates (below) to help you extend your stay at the hotel where your holiday starts or ends. Ask your travel agent to make the reservation when you book your Trafalgar holiday – you’ll find the hotel details on your holiday’s itinerary page. Transfers are not included when you extend your stay with this offer, but Trafalgar can provide door-to-door airport/hotel transfers (see table below for prices). City

Hotel (A$)

Single

Twin

Transfer

204 209

151 145

43 43

Barchetta Excelsior **

280

203

164*

Milan

Milton NH Touring Novotel Milano Ca Granda

164 192 166

117 132 120

134* 134* 134*

Palermo

Grand Federico II

206

147

116

Rome

AW Cicerone Cardinal St Peter Club House Roma Ergife Palace Hotel Executive Style Hotel † ** Grand Palatino Grand Tiberio Il Cantico Milton NH Leonardo Da Vinci ** NH Villa Carpegna Pinewood Raganelli Sheraton Golf Parco De’ Medici Una Hotel Roma

292 267 187 206 255 339 267 316 274 320 258 223 206 220 316

204 199 139 147 178 232 190 239 199 224 187 149 147 166 223

61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61

Varese

Capolago Hotel

155

102

164*

Venice

Boscolo Bellini † ** Continental Venice Principe

320 337 393

226 253 251

170 170 170

Antony Hotel

189

137

91

Cagliari

Regina Margherita T Hotel

Como

Venice Mestre

*To Milan Malpensa airport. ** Seasonal supplements apply. † Certain days of the week attract a supplement All prices are per person per night. The above costs include twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. Continental breakfast daily. All hotel taxes & service charges. Private transfer prices are per person one way, and by car or minibus - you will be met after clearing customs and escorted to your vehicle. Please Note: Trafalgar will not be responsible for unused transfers as a result of missed flight connections.

GOLD SEAL

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

TRAF

GOLDALGAR’S PROT SEAL EC TION

Coverage for cancellation and return flight security for only A$99 per person Most guided holiday companies are interested in their guests only after they reach their destination. But with Trafalgar, you get a great deal even before you leave home with our Gold Seal Additional Protection plan for only A$99 per person (payable at the time of booking). Gold Seal Additional Protection includes:

Pre-paid Cancellation Option Your deposit and/or payment to Trafalgar will be refunded should you cancel your guided holiday for any reason prior to departure from Australia. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements* made by Trafalgar only. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason.

On Your Holiday Should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the guided holiday for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to Australia due to injury, illness or death, you and your companion will be refunded A$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the itinerary (note that in some cases hotels require a one-night cancellation fee). A doctor’s certificate is required.

Return Flight Security If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick** while you are on your Trafalgar holiday, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same booking class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip tickets on Trafalgar’s recommended airline(s) booked through Trafalgar from Australia Please note that travel agent fees and cancellation fees may apply. * Excludes airline deals and rail components. ** Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

Things to know before you go Passports & Visas Each guest is responsible for having a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip and all necessary visas and permits. Each guest must comply with entry, health and other requirements of the countries visited. We strongly advise you contact your Travel Agent or relevant government authorities to obtain the necessary travel information.

Travel documents You will receive your travel documents about 21 days before your departure.

Transfers

Brochure Terminology

All Trafalgar guests receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle bus on the arrival and departure day of their holiday at the times specified on individual itinerary pages. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle bus transfer timings may choose to book and purchase a transfer. Additionally, guests arriving before or leaving after the scheduled holiday day may also book and buy a transfer through Trafalgar providing that they also purchase the additional pre and post holiday hotel night(s) from Trafalgar. Gateway Airport

Inbound

Outbound

Cagliari

11:15 & 14:00

04:30 & 07:00

Milan Malpensa (IHLK)

09:00, 12:30 & 15:30

07:30 & 10:30

Milan Malpensa (INOR, ITGL)

09:00 & 12:30

07:30 & 10:30

Palermo

N/A

06:30 & 08:30

Rome (Fiumicino)

09:30, 12:30 & 15:30

07:00 & 09:30

Venice

N/A

08:00 & 09:30

The times listed apply only on the published arrival and departure dates of the chosen itinerary and are times when the transfer leaves from or arrives at the airport. Transfers are provided on a group basis. Regrettably, we cannot provide any refund for missed or unused transfers due to flight delays.

Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Expert or Travel Director; includes fast track entry (where applicable). View – A brief stop to take in the sight and capture photos. See – See the sight while driving by on the coach.

Why Express Check-In Our Express Check-In service helps us provide you with the best travel experience possible. It’s easy and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and enables us to deliver these great benefits: • A more tailored trip for you • No paperwork on holiday • Smoother hotel check-ins • Travel tips and exclusive savings on travel-related goods and services We will also be able to quickly locate you or your nominated contact in the unlikely event of an emergency. Please complete the express check-in as soon as possible after booking your holiday – find out more at www.trafalgar.com/aus/express All your details are kept secure and we will not share your information with third parties.

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Booking Conditions and other Important Information Large print version is available at: www.trafalgar.com

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION FEES SUMMARY INFORMATION LAND ONLY GUIDED HOLIDAYS Deposit Required $200 Final Payment 45 days No. of days: 45 days and over 45 - 22 days 21 - 8 days 7 - 1 days Day of departure / No Show

Penalty Deposit 25% 30% 50% 100%

YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Trafalgar Tours Limited is the ‘Operator’; collectively these companies are referred to as ‘Trafalgar’. Your agreement is with Trafalgar and a contract is formed when you make a reservation with us that we accept. The invalidity of any provisions herein shall not affect the validity of any other provisions agreement shall be construed as though the invalid provision was not contained herein and was replaced with an enforceable provision as similar as possible to the original provision. Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, Travel Agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date: The departure date is the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Inter-city Travel: By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries). Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Guided Holiday: By air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches. If due to circumstances beyond our control coaches are used otherwise than as advertised, a refund of $10 per person will be made. Hotel Accommodation: Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a two-bed room with private bath or shower. Triple rooms may be available on selected holidays in limited numbers. Triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. Every effort has been made to reserve two-bed rooms; however, on some occasions, rooms with one bed may be the only choice available. These rooms will be allocated to single travellers and couples first; other rooms may feature a single bed and rollaway bed, murphy bed or sleeper sofa. A limited number of twin-shared rooms are available with our Guaranteed Room Share service. Special room requests (smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms, as examples) must be made at time of booking. Special room requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Many hotels are 100% smoke-free, including guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public spaces, and employee work areas. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller program points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Free WiFi Internet Service: Complimentary WiFi service is available in many Trafalgar hotel guestrooms. When such a service is not available complimentary WiFi will be available in the public areas of most hotels. In most countries complimentary WiFi is also provided on-board the coaches. The WiFi on the coaches uses the mobile phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. In some countries and regions this service will not be available. Please note that it is not available on City Breaks or when the main Trafalgar coach is not being used, such as on transfer coaches and other local coach services. For further information please refer to the Trafalgar website. Travel Director: Guided holidays are conducted in English by a professional Travel Director. On City Breaks there may be a Local Host instead of a Travel Director. Meals: Meals are included as detailed on itineraries. Sightseeing: Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking guide (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers: Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary. There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. Porterage: Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each guided holiday hotel and porter service at airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary (please see ’Airport Transfers’ section for further details). There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. US$6 or local currency equivalent per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if suitcase exceeds weight or size limits. This is not assurance that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided holiday. Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or under seats and, therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Trafalgar and Trafalgar’s affiliated entities shall not be liable for loss or damage to baggage or any guest’s belongings. Guests should immediately report lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for an insurance claim. Trafalgar cannot assist in locating lost items after the guest disembarks or completes the Trafalgar holiday. Tips/Gratuities: Tips/gratuities are included for services on guided holiday provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels, airports and docks. Optional Prepaid Gratuities: If you have prepaid your gratuities to your Travel Director & Driver, this will be detailed within your holiday vouchers and holiday documentation. Please note that prepaid gratuities cover only the land portion of your holiday itinerary. We offer this option on the majority of our holiday itineraries. Please check the holiday price panels for the applicable holidays where this option is available. NOT INCLUDED IN GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE International airfares to and from your destination, air-related taxes and fees, any additional fees charged by the airline such as checked and/or excess baggage (visit www.trafalgar.com/baggage), seat selections, and/or any services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; when not prepaid discretionary tips/gratuities to Travel Directors; motorcoach drivers and local city guides; items of a personal nature; excess baggage; optional excursions etc. The guided holiday price also does not cover costs and expenses such as the return to your home if you leave the guided holiday at your own volition, due to illness, or as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities.

RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS 1. Your guided holiday will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a nonrefundable, non-transferable deposit as detailed in the summary table. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. The deposit forms part of your final payment. If not received within 7 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be cancelled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Final payment for your land reservation will be due prior to departure no later than as detailed in the summary table. 3. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days prior to departure date 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received as detailed within the summary table above. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. 5. Any special meal requirements must be provided at time of booking and are received on a REQUEST basis only. Trafalgar cannot assure special meal requests will be fulfilled. Trafalgar does not assume responsibility or liability if guest’s special meal requests are not fulfilled. 6. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide those monies promptly to us. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep interest earned on monies. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit. Early Payment Discounts: Discounts are applied at the time of booking and apply to the LAND-only portion of holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount” in the price panel, and require full payment by the applicable discount deadline dates (see Great Savings section), but no later than 45 days prior to departure for land-only holidays. If full payment is not received by the correct date - as stated on the invoice - the discount will be removed and the booking will be re-priced. These discounts are not valid on all itineraries or departure dates; do not apply to optional extensions, airfares, government taxes and fees, air flight supplements, extra nights’ accommodation, transfers and any cruise portion of a holiday. Full cancellation penalties apply. This offer is subject to availability, applies to new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Travel Documents: Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the guided holiday departure date (provided full payment has been received on time). If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents will be the responsibility of the Travel Agent. If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. Passports & Visas: All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport and applicable visas. Please refer to ’Things To Know Before You Go’ section. Your Travel Agent will advise you as to information and travel documents (such as passports, visas, affidavits, etc.) that will be needed for each person for whom travel services are being booked. Trafalgar bears no responsibility for such information. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes: A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained. • If full payment is not received 45 days prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Trafalgar or through your Travel Agent. Please also refer to Trafalgar Gold Seal Additional Protection. The charges detailed in the summary table (includes GST), representing costs incurred by Trafalgar in cancelling your travel arrangements, will apply when notice of cancellation for Guided Holiday is given after the booking is confirmed. Please also refer to Trafalgar’s Gold Seal Additional Protection. • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100% (unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation and/or chargeable transfers prior to and after the guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: Over 45 days $35 per person 45-22 days 25% of price for the accommodation and/or chargeable transfers 21-15 days 30% of price for the accommodation and/or chargeable transfers • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change incurs a $35 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your Travel Agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence: Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made by Trafalgar payment in full is required for your airfare at the time of booking your flights in relation to your Trafalgar holiday to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday. On receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport or government-issued ID for domestic travel, passport number, date and place of issue for each guest.

Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers including Trafalgar) change prices and routes from time to time. All airfares and routings are subject to change at any time until full payment is received and air tickets are issued. Air Cancellation: Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre-assigned seats. Some may charge for pre-assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes: Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest responsibility. Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. Trafalgar does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices: Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by an government or agencies may be passed on at any time, even after the deposit is received or holiday paid for. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided holiday price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided holiday within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in Australian Dollars unless specified. Other Fees and Taxes: Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed at time of booking. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. Guided Holiday Participation: On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: • Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting or dressing, as examples) should consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travellers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided holidays. Trafalgar does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Trafalgar is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on holiday, or for the quality of the care or services received. Some guided holidays include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided holiday, Trafalgar may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which Trafalgar does not control. Trafalgar cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guests traveling on international guided holidays. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the package holiday provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing of the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some excursions involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. Trafalgar may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guest or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Trafalgar’s terms and conditions. Behaviour: We are here to provide the best services possible but in doing so we will not tolerate abusive or aggressive behaviour from our Guests. We will refuse to deal with and may terminate the holiday of people who assault our Company Representatives or who continue to be verbally abusive or aggressive when asked to behave reasonably. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behaviour, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is

not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount: The Young Traveller must be under age 18 on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the start of travel to be eligible for the discount. Only one Young Traveller discount per room. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel With Family and Friends Discount. Please see our ’Sensational Savings’ pages for details. Itinerary Variations: Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your Travel Agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays: If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and post-night accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For your comfort: Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on traveling days. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Guided Holiday Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties: The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof. RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement: These booking conditions together with terms expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement between the parties. Changes: The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the Operator’s control. In such circumstances, the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Disclaimer of Liability: Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise. Safety: Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances. International Treaties: Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by

Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.Limited Role: Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd, but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of the state of New South Wales. Errors and Omissions: In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. We try to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of printing. However Trafalgar shall not be held responsible for printing or typographic errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Airline(s) do not by virtue of being referred to in this brochure represent itself or themselves as contracting with or as having any legal relationship with any purchaser of a holiday from Trafalgar. All bookings made with any provider of transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with the above mentioned Operator. If you decide you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit due to any law, condition or requirement of any government or government authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred, and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure: If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to make things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Guest Relations Department at the address below within sixty (60) days of the end of the Trafalgar holiday, as it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Data Protection: To process your guided holiday booking, Trafalgar will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guest’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organisations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. In making your booking, you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set out above. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided holidays and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other guided holidays and services offered by Trafalgar that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at Trafalgar, Attn: TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD, TRAVEL HOUSE, LEVEL 6, 35 GRAFTON STREET, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW 2022. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law.

OTHER CONDITIONS Each guest is required to comply with the terms, conditions, requirements, laws, rules and/or regulations of any service provider, or any country or governmental authority, and shall be liable for any such non-compliance. Booking Arrangements: Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent, or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. Additional Optional Excursions: With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided holiday, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Excursions and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Excursions and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided holiday, as many of them are carefully programmed to coincide with highlights available at the time of your visit. A detailed list and cost of these will be included in your travel documentation. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional excursions may vary due to seasonal conditions and require minimum guest participation. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please also see the relevant section of “Guided Holiday Participation” regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for optional excursions operated by independent third party suppliers.

TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD. (ABN 73 000 717 715) Travel House, Level 6, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, N.S.W. 2022 Telephone Numbers: SYD Metro area 9657 3333 All other areas 1 300 78 78 78 Fax: (02) 9657 3456 License No: 2TA00 1889 The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA. For further information visit our website at: www.trafalgar.com This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date.

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Six ways to save money

SAVE UP TO

A$487

Book and pay early The earlier you book and pay, the more you save with our Early Payment Discounts. We give you up to 10% off – so, to get our best prices, book before they run out.

Get 10% off

Get 7.5% off

Saving up to

Saving up to

A$487 per person

A$365 per person

until 15 Jan 2014

until 31 Mar 2014

Available on selected holidays – see itinerary pages. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. A deposit is required on booking and the full amount must be paid by the date shown. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn. See page 53 for full conditions.

Frequent Traveller SAVE 5% Discount Travelled with us in the last five years? Join our free Travel Club and get 5% off your holiday. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Only one discount available per person, per year, and only one discount can be redeemed against each further holiday. You must be a member of Trafalgar Travel Club at time of booking (you cannot save by joining after booking) or have travelled with one of our Travel Corporation sister brands (www.thetravelcorporation.com) in the last five years. Not available on extra night stays, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements or airport transfers.

Second Trip Discounts

SAVE

2.5%

Want to combine two of our trips? If they’re seven days or longer, we give you money off when you book two or more trips for one holiday.  ook two trips – and save up to •B A$113 per person on the shorter trip •B  ook three trips – and save on the two shortest trips

Trafalgar’s

GOLD SEAL

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ADDITIONAL PROTECTION Trafalgar's Gold Seal Additional Protection provides coverage for trip cancellations or interuptions due to illness. For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection information on page 52.

• Book more trips and keep saving Check the itinerary pages for the discount amounts and ask your Travel Agent for the best combinations. See itinerary pages for discounts. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. All holidays must be booked at the same time. Not available on extra night stays.

Definite Departures We guarantee our trips will depart (weather and other conditions dependent of course), as soon as enough guests are booked on them. After all, it would be a bit lonely if you were the only one on the coach. Just look for the green tick when you search for prices and dates on www.trafalgar.com

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Airfare deals Family & Friends Discounts

SAVE

5%

One size doesn’t fit all with families, so we have three different ways of saving money.

Group Discounts • Get 5% off per person – for groups of 5-8 • Get 50% off for one guest – for groups of 9-15 • Get one free place – for groups of 16 or more

Book any Trafalgar holiday in this brochure and take advantage of great air deals from our partners which start from just $1,699 return economy*. Our partners also offer great savings on Premium Economy^ and Business Class.

Cannot be combined with Young Traveller or Triple Room Discounts. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Limited to one group per coach and all guest names are needed at the time of booking. 50% off and free place are based on twin share (ask your Travel Agent for larger group discounts). Not available on Special Interest holidays with trains and extra night stays.

Young Traveller Discount Guests aged 5-17 save up to 10% when travelling with an adult on many holidays – see holiday pages for savings. See itinerary pages for discounts. Cannot be combined with Group Discount. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Only one discount per room. Young travellers must be aged 5-17 at the time of travel. Not available on extra night stays.

Triple Room Discount

Singapore Airlines offers you the ultimate travelling experience. You will enjoy unprecedented levels of comfort, cuisine and in-flight entertainment from this multi award-winning airline. Choose from over 100 non-stop departures each week from Australia to Singapore, and beyond to a network of 98 destinations in 37 countries. *Schedules correct as at 31 July 2013 Airfares available from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER/DRW

When you book a triple room we give discounts to all three guests – see itinerary pages for savings Available on selected holidays – see itinerary pages. Cannot be combined with Group Discount. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Rooms suitable for 2 adults and 1 child (three adults may find rooms too small as they often have 1 double and 1 foldaway bed with limited suitcase space).

Single Travellers We know solo travellers have different needs – some want the privacy of their own room while others would rather save money and share.

Guaranteed Room Share We’ll pair you up (don’t worry they’ll be the same gender) and, if we can’t pair you, you’ll get a single room at no extra cost.

Single Supplement To see our low single room prices, just check our itinerary pages. Sharing guests may be of different ages and will be in non-smoking twin bed rooms. Guaranteed Room share is not available on Special Interest holidays with trains and extra nights stays.

The alliance between Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways connects the Etihad Airways network of over 80 destinations worldwide to Virgin Australia’s network of more than 45 destinations throughout Australia. Together, the two airlines offer a comprehensive schedule of 28 weekly flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi and beyond to Europe, the UK and more.

For full details on these air deals and more great offers see your travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com *Air price based on low season return economy travel to Rome ex Melbourne; seasonal surcharges apply for other departures. Valid as of 12 August 2013 and subject to change availability or withdrawal without notice. All air bookings are to be created and owned by Trafalgar. ^Premium Economy Cabin not offered on all carriers. For full terms and conditions for each airline, please refer to the offers tab on www.trafalgar.com 14225TTCH

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Airfare deals Family & Friends Discounts

SAVE

5%

One size doesn’t fit all with families, so we have three different ways of saving money.

Group Discounts • Get 5% off per person – for groups of 5-8 • Get 50% off for one guest – for groups of 9-15 • Get one free place – for groups of 16 or more

Book any Trafalgar holiday in this brochure and take advantage of great air deals from our partners which start from just $1,699 return economy*. Our partners also offer great savings on Premium Economy^ and Business Class.

Cannot be combined with Young Traveller or Triple Room Discounts. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Limited to one group per coach and all guest names are needed at the time of booking. 50% off and free place are based on twin share (ask your Travel Agent for larger group discounts). Not available on Special Interest holidays with trains and extra night stays.

Young Traveller Discount Guests aged 5-17 save up to 10% when travelling with an adult on many holidays – see holiday pages for savings. See itinerary pages for discounts. Cannot be combined with Group Discount. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Only one discount per room. Young travellers must be aged 5-17 at the time of travel. Not available on extra night stays.

Triple Room Discount

Singapore Airlines offers you the ultimate travelling experience. You will enjoy unprecedented levels of comfort, cuisine and in-flight entertainment from this multi award-winning airline. Choose from over 100 non-stop departures each week from Australia to Singapore, and beyond to a network of 98 destinations in 37 countries. *Schedules correct as at 31 July 2013 Airfares available from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER/DRW

When you book a triple room we give discounts to all three guests – see itinerary pages for savings Available on selected holidays – see itinerary pages. Cannot be combined with Group Discount. Discount only applies to the land part of your holiday. Rooms suitable for 2 adults and 1 child (three adults may find rooms too small as they often have 1 double and 1 foldaway bed with limited suitcase space).

Single Travellers We know solo travellers have different needs – some want the privacy of their own room while others would rather save money and share.

Guaranteed Room Share We’ll pair you up (don’t worry they’ll be the same gender) and, if we can’t pair you, you’ll get a single room at no extra cost.

Single Supplement To see our low single room prices, just check our itinerary pages. Sharing guests may be of different ages and will be in non-smoking twin bed rooms. Guaranteed Room share is not available on Special Interest holidays with trains and extra nights stays.

The alliance between Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways connects the Etihad Airways network of over 80 destinations worldwide to Virgin Australia’s network of more than 45 destinations throughout Australia. Together, the two airlines offer a comprehensive schedule of 28 weekly flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi and beyond to Europe, the UK and more.

For full details on these air deals and more great offers see your travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com *Air price based on low season return economy travel to Rome ex Melbourne; seasonal surcharges apply for other departures. Valid as of 12 August 2013 and subject to change availability or withdrawal without notice. All air bookings are to be created and owned by Trafalgar. ^Premium Economy Cabin not offered on all carriers. For full terms and conditions for each airline, please refer to the offers tab on www.trafalgar.com 14225TTCH

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Let us take you beyond the expected Our guided holidays cover Europe, Great Britain, USA, Canada, South America, Asia and Hawaii. Have you seen our other collections? At Leisure, Family Experiences and CostSaver. Order your brochures now at www.trafalgar.com Connect with us at: www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel www.twitter.com/TrafalgarTalk www.youtube.com/TrafalgarWeb

Trafalgar Tours (Australia) Pty Ltd

To book or discover more, get in touch with your expert Travel Agent

Free Call: 1300 663 043 (all areas) Travel Agent Reservations Sydney metro: 02 9657 3333 All other areas: 1300 78 78 78 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 ABN: 73 000 717 715 Licence No: 2TA00 1899

Trafalgar is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

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