Trafalgar's Guide to Guided for Travel Agents
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Ready to see the world differently? Travel beyond the expected with us Try ice wine in Niagara In Canada, you’re invited to a vineyard owned by a family we know. Near Niagara Falls, you share ‘farm to table’ dishes and taste some of their award-winning wines, including their famous ‘ice wine’. CANADA Enter an unexpected world with us USA Sleep at a real ranch In the USA, we stay at Red Cliffs Lodge – an 1800s ranch which still raises cattle and horses. Authentic Accommodation by the Colorado River and 2,000 foot high cliffs, it’s featured on the silver screen. We don’t believe in just seeing the sights; we believe in experiencing them. We don’t believe the soul of a destination is found in SOUTH AMERICA touristy restaurants; we believe it’s found in local life. That’s why all our guided vacations take you deeper, with Insider Experiences like these: Meet an Andes explorer In Peru, we introduce you to Peter, an archaeologist and Local Expert who has explored the Andes for 35 years. He will tell you stories about the Inca settlement he uncovered near Machu Picchu. 2 Explore with a Scot EUROPE In the UK, we explore Edinburgh with one of our Local Experts, often dressed in the obligatory tartan. Taking you around the city and into Edinburgh Castle, they tell tales of bravery, treason and life in Scotland. ASIA Learn Tai Chi in the park In Thailand, we join locals in Lumpini Park, where our Tai Chi Local Expert teaches you ancient fitness techniques. Strolling through the park, activities come to a standstill when the national anthem is played. Make ravioli in Italy In Italy, we take you to meet Libero, a Florentine chef who gives you a Unique Insight into the country’s passion for food – taking you to a local market to buy fresh ingredients, teaching you to make real Italian ravioli, and joining you for lunch. AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND “Always travel with an open mind and look forward to the unexpected, that’s how travel memories are made.” Michael Cronin UK and Ireland Travel Director This is just a taste of our Insider Experiences. Look out for more in our brochures. 3 The icons When you ‘go guided’, seeing the icons is guaranteed. After all, you can’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. But, with us, you see them differently. Uncover the secrets of our guided vacations We like to do things differently. We don’t skim the surface – we go beneath it. There are some things you’d expect from guided vacations: in-depth itineraries, the landmarks covered, quality hotels, the ease of traveling with experts. We give you all that, but we go further. We bring you the unexpected. 4 We don’t just tick off the sights. For 67 years, we’ve been unearthing unique insights, locals with personal stories and even connections who give our guests VIP entry at famous attractions. The people Even the people you travel with are different. Your fellow travelers, from around the globe, share your excitement of the experiences ahead. Then, there’s your Travel Director. They look after your every need, but are more than a concierge. The experience Once we’ve shown you the icons, we take you deeper with our Insider Experiences. These are genuinely exclusive moments, like joining families for home-cooked dinners at their farms, chatting with artisans, exploring with locals, or staying at authentic places, like an old monastery we just discovered near the Vatican. And every year we discover more moments to share. With a local connection to your destination, they can make recommendations, share memories and reveal hidden treasures. And there’s your driver. Of course they get you from A to B, but they also make sure your luggage is waiting in each new hotel room. The journey Sometimes the simplest things make all the difference. It’s having your room key ready so you don’t need to check in. It’s having WiFi on your luxury coach (in countries it’s available). It’s seeing places by night too. And it’s mixing shared moments with free time. So, all that’s left to decide is: are you ready to travel beyond the expected? 5 Getting inside our trips We know every second of your vacation is precious. So we balance shared experiences and free time, guarantee youâ€™ll see the icons and include little (and big) extras on the way. 6 The Lakes After free time at Lake Como, we sail to a private island on Lake Maggiore, for a Be My Guest dinner with the Telli family. Here’s how it works on one of our most popular trips, the Best of Italy: LAKE MAGGIORE 2 SLoVENIA Lake Como 2 VENICE Milan Verona CRoATIA Venice After your daily breakfast, you’ll take a cruise by private boat to St Mark’s Square to see icons like the Bridge of Sighs. We balance seeing the sights, with free time and Insider moments like meeting local glassblowers, a Local Speciality. ITALY FLORENCE 2 Pisa Siena ASSISI 1 CoRSICA ADRIATIC SEA 1 2 Monte Cassino SARDINA Florence While staying in romantic Florence, our Local Expert gives a local’s take on Italian life, while revealing its Renaissance icons, cobbled lanes and Ponte Vecchio. Pisa Traveling to Pisa, to view its Leaning Tower, you see Italian scenery from your luxury coach. ROME MEDITERRANEAN Pompeii SEA SARDINIA MILAN Our Local Expert in Milan gives their personal spin on Italy’s ‘capital of cool’ and sights like the Duomo and Galleria.’ Start Number of overnight stays End Sightseeing stops Rome A Welcome Reception lets you get to know everyone before you head to Il Cantico, an old monastery that’s our Authentic Accommodation. We explore the city and its icons with a Local Expert, get VIP entry into the Vatican and get a Unique Insight at the Bramante Staircase. We also end our trip in Rome, ideal for cruise connections, where our Farewell Dinner lets you say goodbye to newfound friends, before your complimentary airport transfer the next day. 2 SoRRENTo Isle of Capri Capri After an included boat trip to the island, and a guided walk to the famous gardens of Cesare Augusto, with their incredible views, you’ll spend the afternoon at leisure. Assisi Revealing their home town’s history, our Local Expert takes you to Assisi’s ancient sights, like the Basilica of St Francis. Sorrento While in Sorrento, you’ll meet the artisans who make inlaid wood carvings – intricate artwork considered a Local Speciality. Pompeii Your Travel Director shares insights en route to Monte Cassino and Pompeii, where a Local Expert reveals stories behind the ruins. 7 “We were granted behind the scenes access to locations travelers do not normally see… described and explained to us with such detail and eloquence.” Paul Nugent, Ireland Seeing it your way Our guests all have something After an instant introduction? in common: they want to travel Try our Discoveries – faster-paced, they visit up to 12 countries in one vacation, covering lots of ground, ideal if you want to explore more of a country or continent. beyond the expected. But we know you’re all a bit different too. That’s why our collection includes 8 a range of trip types – so you Want to delve deep? can travel your way. Try our Regional itineraries – an in-depth look at one country or region, the experiences take you deep into your destination. Traveling as a group? Got a tight budget? Taking the family? Try our Autumn, Winter and Spring trips, to travel out of the peak summer months – or our CostSaver trips which cover all the essentials and icons but let you pick and pay for other experiences as you go. Try our Family Experiences – mixing education, entertainment and family hotels and dining, they’re perfect for multi-generational families wanting to share time together. Ask about our Group discounts – our dedicated groups team can even tailor our existing vacations, or design an itinerary from scratch. Optional Experiences Our Optional Experiences have been created so you can personalize your trip. Want to see it at your leisure? Try our At Leisure vacations – you get longer stays in each destination and later starts, rarely leaving before 9am on travel days – and still feature Insider Experiences. Have a particular passion? From driving along the Via Veneto in Rome before an Italian dinner to an evening of Highland dance, haggis and bagpipes in Edinburgh, these add-ons give you the choice to do as much or as little as you want in your free time. Try our Special Interest trips – you can discover Italy through its food, England through its country gardens, or even World War history through Europe’s battlefields. 9 Something unexpected on every trip You can expect the unexpected whichever trip you pick - but, just in case you need help choosing from our 232 vacations, these are some of our guestsâ€™ favorites. 10 Best of Italy It’s Insider moments like... speeding by private boat to a secluded island where a young prince used to play. Welcomed by Signor Telli, you meet his family over local cuisine at an exclusive dinner. Britain & Ireland Highlights Highlights of Peru It’s Insider moments like... learning to pour Guinness in the famous Storehouse, Dublin’s skyline the backdrop as you take your first sip of Ireland’s iconic national drink, in the complex home of its birth. It’s Insider moments like... exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu with a local historian, and enjoying a Peruvian lunch at a grand colonial home, where our friendly host tells stories of his illustrious ancestors. All the highlights of these nations come together – from the five capitals, to scenic Lake District and historic Stonehenge. Mystical Machu Picchu, Lima’s colonial past, and the artisans of the Sacred Valley combine to reveal Peru’s culture and history. 11 days | 5 countries | From $2,325* REGIONAL 8 days | 1 country | From $1,995* REGIONAL Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia It’s Insider moments like... joining farmers in Tra Que village, before tasting Vietnamese dishes with the Tuan family. It’s sleeping on a junk boat in Ha Long Bay. And it’s meeting Mr Sau Tuong, who fought the Khmer Rouge. This extensive journey takes in Italy’s lakes, coastline and cities – including Rome, Florence and Venice. 14 days | 2 countries | From $2,765* REGIONAL European Traveler Scenic Parks Explorer It’s Insider moments like... standing before the Pietà and discovering why it’s the only work Michelangelo ever signed, as our historian shares the secrets of life in Vatican City – the world’s smallest nation. It’s Insider moments like... meeting an expert naturalist, who explains the forces of nature behind the bubbling pools, thermal mud pots and gushing geysers you see, as you explore the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park. This encounter with Europe’s most romantic cities shows the unseen side of icons like the Eiffel Tower and Venetian canals. Highlights of this trip into America’s National Parks include real cowboys, Old Faithful and the Rockies. 11 days | 5 countries | From $2,875* Discovery 14 days | 1 country | From $3,395* Discovery *Prices are per person, land-only and based on double occupancy. CST#2077132-20 A relaxed adventure in two incredible countries, with time in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat and Ha Long Bay. 16 days | 2 countries | From $4,350* At LeisurE 11 “We recommend it to all who want to be part of an engaging life experience.” George Lopos, Woodstock, USA Ready to find out more? Ask your Travel Agent today for a free Trafalgar brochure. Watch our Insider Experiences in action at www.YouTube.com/TrafalgarWeb Get ‘on the road’ stories at www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel Save with Early Payment Discounts and other deals see our brochures “The itinerary is exceptionally well-planned in that it creates a renewed anticipation every day.” Charles Robinson, Beechworth, Australia