Guide to Guided (Consumer)
When you travel with Trafalgar, we make sure you feel like a traveler not a tourist. Our guided vacations take you deep inside stunning worldwide destinations for an exclusive perspective that you won’t encounter any other way.
AW A RD WINN G IN TIO An Insider's View of the World Your guide to guided vacations. N VA CA S Contents See the world with an insider........................ 3 Top reasons to go guided......................... 4 � 5 The choice is yours................................... 6 � 7 Insider Experiences.................................. 8 � 9 --Exclusive Be My Guest More exclusive Insider Experiences.....10 � 11 Inside a trip with Trafalgar...................12 � 13 There's a Trafalgar vacation.................14 � 15 perfect for you 2 See the world with an insider! � AUTH When you travel with Trafalgar, we make sure you feel like a traveler not a tourist. Our guided vacations take you deep inside stunning worldwide destinations for an exclusive perspective that you won't encounter any other way. We share the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn't otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have discovered by yourself. It's the `insider view' from a friend. And it guarantees you an authentic and enhanced travel experience unlike anything you could have on your own or with any other company. IC ENT LO EX CAL P Enjoy meeting colorful local characters IENCES ER 3 No matter what kind of traveling you've done in the past, whether you're a couple, family, group or single traveler, whether young or young at heart, you'll discover that a guided vacation offers a perfectly-planned experience with distinct advantages over traveling any other way. Here are some of the best reasons to go guided! Hassle-free Experience Don't wait in line at major sights, worry about reservations, luggage handling, driving or parking--it's all taken care of for you. So Much Choice Choose from hundreds of worldwide itineraries across several travel styles to select the places, pace and price that's right for you. All-inclusive Value Hotels, sightseeing, luxury coach transportation, daily breakfasts and select meals, plus complimentary airport transfers, audio headsets, keepsake photos and more are all included in the price. Expertly-planned Itineraries Enjoy a careful balance of included sightseeing, optional excursions and free time to explore. XC � E LU S IV E HI D 4 ON ATI S Top reasons to take a guided vacation � WOR LDWIDE DESTIN DE N T RE URE S AS Professional Travel Director An experienced Travel Director accompanies you to act as your personal concierge, and along with Local Guides, share local knowledge and insider tips. Travel Companions Create life-long friendships and memories with your group of around 40 English-speaking travel companions from around the world. In-depth Experience Travel into the heart of a destination with the chance to experience both the day and nightlife of a place that quick shore excursions don't allow. Great Savings Benefit from the company's global buying power, offering significant savings versus making arrangements independently, plus a range of other year-round discounts and special offers. "Everyone should be treated like VIPs, just like we were. Our Travel Director was very attentive and knowledgeable and our Driver was top-notch. Every location was above and beyond my expectations, making our vacation a memory that will last forever!" Jasper, Canada Maria M. � Grand European 5 The choice is yours! Tuscany, Italy Guided vacations come in all shapes and sizes, so there's something for every traveler. And with hundreds of itineraries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand across thousands of available departure dates, Trafalgar offers you more selection than any other guided vacation company, hands down. First Class Europe With 104 itineraries across several vacation styles like At Leisure, Family Experiences, in-depth Regionals or multi-country European Discoveries, Trafalgar offers the ultimate selection to Europe. USA & Canada Choose from more than 50 itineraries across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, including At Leisure, Family Experiences and new Taste of North America vacations. Australia & New Zealand Trafalgar has Down Under covered with 50 travel offerings, including guided vacations, independent vacations and mini-stays and day trips. South America The 13 guided vacations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and South America include At Leisure and Family Experiences itineraries, plus eight pre- and post-trip extension options. Asia Trafalgar makes the exotic easy with eight guided vacations to China, Vietnam and Japan, plus combined land/river cruising in China, an 11-day Cambodia cruise and other exciting land extensions. 6 "Trafalgar exceeded our expectations. Everything was taken care of and went flawlessly. Our charismatic Travel Director and outstanding driver made our trip go from good to great!" Neil A. � European Traveler Offered worldwide, this relaxed-paced travel style offers two- to three-night stays in each destination, starts no earlier than 9 a.m. on most travel days and more free time to explore. These popular, hassle-free family adventures, available in several worldwide destinations, are full of activities for all ages like chocolate making, gelato tasting, cowboy rope-tricks and even gladiator sword fighting! Great for budget-conscious travelers, these European vacations feature the best value-for-money hotels, more free time and quality inclusions like a Trafalgar Travel Director and luxury coach travel, and still offer savings of up to 30% off the cost of independent travel. Autumn, Winter & Spring Enjoy Europe's must-see sights with fewer crowds, seasonal festivities and special holiday itineraries, plus savings of up to 38% off summer travel and lower airfares. 7 Count Francesco and guests at Fattoria di Maiano Insider Experiences --only with Trafalgar! What really sets Trafalgar apart are the unique Insider Experiences featured on every First Class itinerary. While other companies may scratch the surface when it comes to experiences like these, no other company offers the breadth and depth of authentic, local highlights like Trafalgar. Together our Insider Experiences make for a vacation unlike anything you could have on your own. Be My Guest B Your exclusive invitation to dine with the locals Exclusive to Trafalgar, Be My Guest dining experiences connect you with the true essence of a destination as only an insider can. You'll be invited into private estates, working farms, wineries and family-run establishments to savor amazing regional food and wine, and mingle with locals to experience their culture from a unique insider's view. These exclusive experiences are included on all First Class itineraries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Take a look at some of the experiences you could enjoy on the next page! 8 Fattoria di Maiano, Italy In the beautiful Tuscan countryside you'll be the invited guest of Count Francesco Miari Fulcis at his family's working olive grove estate. Enjoy an aperitif as you listen to the fascinating history of the Fattoria and the olive oil-making process before dining on an authentic Italian dinner accompanied by local Chianti wine. Beijing, China Travel by rickshaw in Beijing to a traditional Hutong home, where a local family will welcome you for an authentic home-made lunch featuring local cuisine. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia Enjoy an iconic Australian experience with lunch hosted by a real Surf Lifesaver overlooking Sydney's famous Bondi Beach. After an exclusive tour of Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club, take in the views and enjoy lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen's Club. Ledard Farm, Scotland Greeted by the sounds of traditional Scottish bagpipes, the Wood family invites you to their historical working farm. After a guided walk, enjoy a hearty lunch in the restored 17thcentury barn adorned with weapons and clan banners of the era, followed by traditional musical entertainment. Domaine Faverot, France In the foothills of the Luberon Mountains, you will be welcomed to Domaine Faverot, a familyrun winery dating back to the time of Napoleon. Learn about its history with a tour of the winery and enjoy sampling wines, then feast on a scrumptious buffet lunch of Provencal dishes. Morelea Farm, New Zealand In the Mt. Cook region of New Zealand's South Island, your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor invite you to their working sheep farm to discover an authentic taste of country life. Learn about daily life on the farm and enjoy an alfresco barbecue lunch, including Angie's delicious desserts! Nicholson Ranch Winery, California Nestled in the foothills of the prized grapegrowing region of the Sonoma Valley, here, you'll enjoy a personal tour of the family-run winery with one of the winemakers. Sample estate-produced wines, and then indulge in a gourmet lunch, with breathtaking views over the valley. Pappy's Cowboy Cookout, Montana Join Happy Pappy at his ranch for an evening of Old West hospitality in the beautiful Montana countryside. Listen to stories of the frontier while your barbecue dinner is cooked in true cowboy style, then afterwards gather round the campfire for harmonica lessons. Buenos Aires, Argentina In Buenos Aires, be welcomed by a local family, as they share their family recipes in their kitchen, tasting the fresh produce used to prepare the evening meal. You'll discover the secrets of kneading country bread before savoring the completed meal together. 9 Travel Directors It's the stories behind each destination that allow you to truly get a feel for the places you visit, and no one tells them better than our Travel Directors. Wherever you may be, they bring each destination to life, giving you a real insider's perspective that you simply couldn't experience if traveling on your own. These world-class professionals speak the language, offer local tips and are the friend you'd wish to have in every destination. Local Experts On select itineraries, enjoy the company of skilled Local Experts such as interpretive guides, indigenous storytellers, naturalists, geologists and historians. They'll enrich your travel experience by sharing fascinating insights based on their specialized knowledge in the area you're visiting. Explore the landmarks of the English city Liverpool connected with legendary band The Beatles with `Fab Four' expert, Philip Coppell. And in Buenos Aires, cultural expert Diego will enlighten you on Argentina's traditions and passions including the tango, Malbec wines, soccer and polo. "Our Travel Director Roberto helped us experience the culture of a variety of regions. The Hidden Treasures and especially Be My Guest brought to life an understanding of local customs. It was an invitation to think through the minds of the people we visited." Eiffel Tower, Paris Catherine C. � Simply Italy 10 EO PLE More exclusive Insider Experiences... E ET THE L OC AL P �M Take part in a hands-on cooking class at the famous Ramekins Culinary School, Sonoma Valley, CA Local Guides 5 Hidden Treasures G Delve deeper into the heart of a city with entertaining Local Guides who'll join you at various destinations during your vacation. As locals to the area, they'll share their passion for the city they grew up in and take your sightseeing experience to a whole new level. Get the insider's view on the historical landmarks of Washington D.C. Hear fun facts and anecdotes as you explore the city of Edinburgh. And in Vienna, your Local Guide will give a superb historical account of the Hapsburg dynasty as you stroll the Imperial Boulevards. Sometimes the most amazing sights are just around the corner, but how would you know where to look or that they were even there? With their intimate knowledge of each destination, our Travel Directors delight in revealing these exclusive Hidden Treasures to you on every itinerary, uncovering a unique sightseeing surprise you'd never experience traveling on your own. Local Specialties I Unique Insights Our Unique Insights, featured on select itineraries, will give you a real sense of culture, with visits to places which are distinctive to the area you're visiting. For example in Rome, follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Our Local Specialties allow you to experience local crafts and customs first hand, so you can truly appreciate the culture of the destinations you visit. Watch skilled artisans at work, learn about the history of the craft and often sample the fruits of their labors. In California's famous wine country, learn the art of blending wine at a private Sonoma Valley winery. Or in Venice, witness traditional gondola building and learn the strict codes of the craft or have your family paint Venetian Carnival masks. Find these Insider Experiences on each itinerary page in the brochures. 11 Inside a trip with Trafalgar! Discover the Trafalgar difference by following how First Class inclusions and unique Insider Experiences unfold on one of our most popular guided vacations, Best of Italy. Here are just some of the incredible inclusions: Day 2: Rome Enjoy your first taste of Italy when your Travel Director hosts a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal of local flavors. Get to know the others in your English-speaking travel group, typically about 40 people ages 35�65. Best of Italy, 14 day E Day 3: Rome After a hot buffet breakfast, make your way onto the coach for your sightseeing tour of all the incredible ancient sites of Rome. Rome Sightseeing Bypass the lines with included VIP entry to the Vatican and the Colosseum. With state-of-theart audio headsets, hear your Local Guide's commentary while wandering at your own pace as you visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and more. Our Unique Insight is privileged access to Bramante's step-less spiral staircase in an area of the Vatican Museum not open to the public. Day 5: Sorrento � Isle of Capri Cruise I Learn first-hand about Sorrento's famous Local Specialty of inlaid woodworking. Spend the afternoon on an included cruise to the lovely resort island of Capri. This evening, your hotel dinner includes local wine--as do all your included dinners on this trip! 12 "We saw so much of Italy in a short time. It was beautiful! We hit all the major sights and made a lot of new friends from around the world. This was our first guided vacation and all in all, it was a trip of a lifetime!" Charie S. � Best of Italy ys from $3,285* Day 13: Florence to Rome Relax in the reclining seats of your luxury motorcoach and take in the scenery through the panoramic windows on the drive back to Rome. Trafalgar carefully plans every itinerary so the longest drive is no more than 2 hours before taking a break. Rome Farewell Dinner F Back in Rome, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends and celebrate your Italian adventure at a memorable Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Day 12: Florence � Local Guide Florence's rich Renaissance history is brought to life as you walk the cobbled streets with your Local Guide. Later, spend free time exploring or shop for quality leather and gold. Day 10: La Piratera � Lake Maggiore B On an island in stunning Lake Maggiore, the Telli family invites you to an exclusive Be My Guest lunch of local Italian delicacies at their restaurant. Enjoy an aperitif as Signore Telli relates the island's aristocratic history. Day 8: Venice � Island of Burano Your afternoon could include a delicious seafood lunch on Venice's charming island of Burano, one of the Optional Excursions available for purchase from your Travel Director once your trip commences. Glassblowing I Learn about this Local Specialty as a skilled artisan transforms molten glass into a delicate piece of glassware right before your eyes. 13 There's a Trafalgar vacation perfect for you! There are hundreds of Trafalgar guided vacations to amazing destinations around the world. Here's just a small selection across the variety of vacation styles we offer to help you find the perfect insider's journey for you! Stonehenge, England San Francisco & Wine Country Delights 8 Days from $2,225* Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco and explore the lush vineyards of Napa Valley where you'll sample fine wines and even blend your own bottle of wine to take home as a memento. 10 Days from $2,125* Take a rickshaw ride to have lunch as guests of a local family at their home in Beijing, visit the Forbidden City with its imperial gardens and sacred structures, and stand in awe of the famous Great Wall. Classic China 11 Days from $2,150* Prague, Vienna & Budapest Explore the ancient Castle and charming Old Town in Prague, soak up the atmosphere of Vienna, and discover Budapest's Bohemian wonders, enjoying a delicious dinner of authentic cuisine as guests of a local family at their restaurant. 14 First Class Regional Vacations Best of Britain 15 Days from $2,925* Experience the very best of Britain including royal castles, medieval towns, mystical Stonehenge, and the charming Cornish peninsula, where you're invited to lunch at a working dairy farm, not to mention the glorious Lake District and the rugged beauty of Scotland. Highlights of Peru 8 Days from $1,995* Discover the allure of Peru through the colonial sites of Lima and the ancient Incan heritage of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, where you'll learn their fascinating history from Local Guides and a Local Expert while being awestruck by the stunning natural landscape. First Class Discovery Vacations European Traveler 11 Days from $2,535* See all the sights from London to Rome! Cross northern France, enjoy the glamor of Paris, visit beautiful Lucerne in Switzerland, admire the Italian Lakes, explore Venice and Florence and finish in the eternal city of Rome! Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 19 Days from $5,650* Explore New Zealand from the Maori culture and geothermal marvels of the North Island to the mountain glaciers and fiordlands of the South Island, then contrast with Australia's cosmopolitan Melbourne and Sydney to Cairns. 14 Days from $3,250* Scenic Parks Explorer Discover the amazing landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, marveling at your Local Experts' insights into how the geological forces and diverse wildlife formed these truly spectacular natural wonders. Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold 11 Days from $2,575* With so much to experience in Italy you may never want to leave! Float along Venice's canals with a delicious ice cream, make and eat Italian pizza, learn about life in ancient Rome at Gladiator School, admire the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and much more! RD WINN Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes 8 Days from $1,495* Swing through trees like a monkey and get up-close to turtles, frogs, butterflies and more, as you explore vast national parks, relaxing hot springs and volcanoes on this action-packed family adventure in Costa Rica. AW A Trafalgar is the trusted leader in guided vacations 98% guest satisfaction rate � Award-winning `Best International Tour Operator' five years in a row Over 65 years of experience � More choice than any of our closest competitors 15 G IN TIO *Prices are per person, land-only and based on double occupancy. 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