Autumn Winter and Spring 2012/2013 (NZ)
At Trafalgar, we'll treat you to an exclusive insider's perspective on the rich culture and landscapes of Europe. We'll show you the unexpected, provide local expertise and knowledge, and deliver unforgettable experiences. During autumn, winter and spring, those experiences are made even more special knowing you'll be enjoying them at a saving of up to 34% compared to the same holiday in summer. So join us when there are fewer crowds and Europe is radiant with festive celebration and seasonal colour. More than any other time of year, you'll discover it pays to travel with an insider!
www.trafalgar.com EUROPE & BRITAIN NOVEMBER 2012 TO APRIL 2013 AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING from NZ$129 per day UP TO 34% O FF SUMM ER PRICES GUIDED HOLIDAYS & CITY BREAKS AUTHENTIC LOCAL DINING EXPERIENCES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR EVENTS ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED Open the door to Europe’s three seasons of savings! At Trafalgar, we’ll treat you to an exclusive insider’s perspective on the rich culture and landscapes of Europe. We’ll show you the unexpected, provide local expertise and knowledge, and deliver unforgettable experiences. During autumn, winter and spring, those experiences are made even more special knowing you’ll be enjoying them at a saving of up to 34% compared to the same holiday in summer. So join us when there are fewer crowds and Europe is radiant with festive celebration and seasonal colour. More than any other time of year, you’ll discover it pays to travel with an insider! 2 Buckingham Palace, London CONTENTS REGIONAL EUROPE: Britain and Ireland Introduction Travelling like an insider Magical sightseeing Dining experiences including Be My Guest First Class hotels & Festive celebrations Sensational savings & air deals 2 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Lose yourself in the magic of the festive season with Trafalgar’s Christmas holidays. Those dreaming of a white Christmas can enjoy pretty alpine towns, the smell of roasted chestnuts, exciting sleigh rides and of course, the fairytale Christmas Markets. Code HEG8 WCPM/S WCMA WSTA Itinerary An English Christmas Christmas in Paris Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany & Switzerland English Stately Homes at Christmas Days Page 7 14 8 15 8 5 16 17 Discover the exciting cities of London, Paris and Rome on your own, while having accommodation, breakfasts and introductory sightseeing organised for you. City Breaks offer the assistance of our Local Hosts with the freedom to explore independently. Itinerary London & Paris incl. Family Experiences Paris & Rome London, Paris & Rome Winter in London 7 21 REGIONAL EUROPE: Italy Delve deep into the heart of Europe on our Regional itineraries, each offering a truly authentic holiday experience. Discover the Hidden Treasures that make each destination so unique, along with its delicious cuisine, as showcased by our exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences. Code WISIA WGIC WTDI WITMA WTBO Itinerary Simply Italy Great Italian Cities Italian Discovery Real Italy Best of Italy o Days 8 q 10 10 10 13 Days Page 6 32-33 7 34-35 Code WWOF WFRSA WPWO WHIG WSMP WORB Itinerary Wonderful France Highlights of France & Barcelona with Madrid ext. Spanish Wonder incl. Family Experiences Highlights of Spain & Portugal Spain, Morocco & Portugal Best of Morocco s Days 9 s 9 q 9 13 16 s 9 Page 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 REGIONAL EUROPE: Central & Eastern Europe Itinerary Prague, Vienna & Budapest Imperial Europe Days Page 48-49 50-51 o 10 10 EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Days Page q 8 18 s 8 19 10 20 Itinerary Real Britain Irish Highlights REGIONAL EUROPE: Spain, Portugal, Morocco & France Code WPVB WEOX CITY BREAKS: England, France and Italy Code WLLP WPAR WLPR IEC6/HI06 HEG6 Code WIBT WRIH Page 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-31 Proudly using 100% recycled paper Trafalgar, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 67,000* trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. *Calculations based on data from the Environmental Defense Fund. Be amazed every day as we take you deep inside the mysteries of the Eastern Mediterranean. By combining air, land and sea travel, we provide you with a seamless, hassle free holiday. Code WGBO EGBO EGWE EGVO TBOT ISBO Itinerary Best of Greece Best of Egypt with Jordan Option Wonders of Ancient Egypt Egyptian Voyager Best of Turkey Best of Israel Days 8 9 12 9 14 9 Page 52-53 54-55 56-57 58-59 60-61 62-63 EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES Providing an insider’s perspective on several countries in one itinerary, European Discoveries are an unforgettable introduction to Europe. Code WTAVA WROL WHIL WWWH Itinerary European Traveller European Dream European Highlights with Eurostar Option European Whirl with Eurostar Option Days 8 8 7 12 Page 64-65 66-67 68-69 70-71 Travel Information Hotels & Things to Know Extra Nights Accommodation & Transfers Gold Seal Additional Protection, Express Check-In, & Customised Group Holidays Booking Conditions 72 73 74 75 These symbols featured on itineraries indicate our: Family Experiences At Leisure itineraries Christmas and New Year’s arrangements River Cruise s New Itinerary 3 Train Travel 3 Tuscany, Italy Trafalgar is your key to travelling like an insider Every day of your holiday, in every season, Trafalgar opens the door to unforgettable experiences. For 65 years, we’ve been fulfilling travel dreams and creating lasting memories. With this wealth of local knowledge, we bring each destination to life by giving you an insider’s view into the very essence of its story to create a truly unique holiday experience. CLASSIC FAVOURITES & UNIQUE EXPERIENCES To provide you with the ultimate European holiday, we not only show you the major sights and attractions you would expect to see, but also surprise you with Hidden Treasures along the way. Our local expertise enables us to take you down the road less travelled – and you’ll find it’s paved with unique insider experiences you’ll never forget. 4 INCREDIBLE VALUE Travelling with Trafalgar makes real financial sense. Our buying power means we can negotiate bigger discounts and pass these savings on to you. Plus, you’ll save up to 34% compared to taking the same holiday in summer. Whatever the season, you’ll enjoy much better value with Trafalgar than if you were to do the same kind of holiday on your own. TRAVEL AT ITS BEST Wherever you go with Trafalgar, you’ll travel in comfort and style. Whether it’s by air, land, river or sea, we carefully select the mode of transport that will give you the optimum travelling experience and allow you to see each destination to its best advantage. With no maps or timetables to read, no worries about foreign road rules, parking or directions, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in easy, hassle free travel. Your Local Hosts at our London Reception Centre YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME When travelling with Trafalgar, the team at our London Reception Centre is always on hand to assist you with your day-to-day needs while in London. They can arrange additional nights’ accommodation, book day trips or tickets to major attractions and confirm any current bookings for you. THE FINEST TRAVEL DIRECTORS We pride ourselves on having the finest Travel Directors in all of Europe. These experienced professionals have the local knowledge to do what the guidebooks can’t – give you a true insider’s perspective on each destination and create a holiday experience you simply could not have on your own. With friendly attentiveness they act as your personal concierge to make your holiday seamless and hassle free, while also sparking an atmosphere of fun for the whole group. DEEPER LOCAL INSIGHTS 5 To further enhance your experience, entertaining Local Guides will join you in various destinations to share stories and knowledge of their home towns and local traditions. Get a true insider’s perspective from your Travel Director Sagrada Familia, Barcelona SHARE THE FUN WITH NEW FRIENDS Travelling is so much more fun when you can share the experience. Your companions will be made up of Englishspeaking travellers from around the world. As you share good times and make new discoveries together, you’ll find the group camaraderie really enriches your experience. Visit our Trafalgar Online Community, read posts from fellow travellers in our Forums and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel. 5 Magical sightseeing your journey of discovery Sightseeing with Trafalgar is about much more than simply seeing the sights. We take you on an unforgettable, in-depth journey of discovery. You’ll see the hidden places only the locals know about. You’ll experience the unique traditions that shape the diverse cultures of Europe from an insider’s point of view. And with fewer crowds during autumn, winter and spring, you can get a real feel for everyday life as you explore some of the world’s most enchanting cities. AS XC • E LU N T RE U RE S As you browse the following pages, you’ll discover an array of exclusive European experiences that you won’t find anywhere else but on a Trafalgar guided holiday. We call these our Insider Experiences and they’re included on every itinerary. You’ll find an easy-reference summary of them in the far left column on the itinerary pages in this brochure. E HI D DE UNIQUE INSIDER EXPERIENCES SIV EXCLUSIVE HIDDEN TREASURES G 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 years of experience and an intimate knowledge of Europe, our Travel Directors love being able to reveal its Hidden Treasures to you on every itinerary. Exclusive to Trafalgar, these authentic local experiences would never happen if you were travelling on your own. Visit www.trafalgar.com to watch our DVD and see how these magical moments create a truly unique sightseeing experience. FASCINATING LOCAL SPECIALITIES I Europe is a treasure trove of unmissable highlights! Our holidays include unique local artisans, presenting you with the opportunity to learn about the special crafts or traditions of the places you visit. Watch the remarkable art of glassblowing in Venice, explore a famous perfumery in the south of France, and enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Ireland’s famous Waterford Crystal. YOU WON’T MISS A THING J On every itinerary, Trafalgar provides state-of-the-art audio headsets for an enhanced sightseeing experience. These clever devices allow you to explore at your own pace while still listening to your guide’s commentary. No need to even stand nearby – you’ll hear every word with complete clarity. 6 Build lifelong friendships through shared experiences FREE VIP ENTRY TO MAJOR SIGHTS We want you to make the most of every moment on your holiday. This means that when you travel with Trafalgar, you don’t wait in line for the major sights included on each itinerary. You are chauffeur-driven to the sight and, at venues where pre-arranged tickets are included, you step right to the front of the line for a hassle-free, fast-track entry! SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING m On a number of itineraries in our autumn, winter and spring program, selected destinations will feature local guided sightseeing in groups of no more than 25 guests, affording you a more intimate and personal experience of the sight you are visiting. PERSONALISE YOUR HOLIDAY Trafalgar includes all the important elements of a perfect European holiday, plus we give you the opportunity to personalise your trip. On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. Love the works of Paul Cezanne? Then a visit to his favourite spots in his home town Aix en Provence may reveal some fascinating influences. Or if you’re a fan of ‘The Da Vinci Code’, you might like our trip to Scotland’s 15th century Rosslyn Chapel. For every iconic destination there's an insider experience waiting to be discovered. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany 7 DELECT D ERY AY E ABL EV IN DIN G â€˘ 8 Savour authentic flavours and unforgettable experiences Dining experiences unique & authentic It is impossible to get a true feel for a region without sampling its tasty local specialty dishes. Each European culture has its own traditional foods and we go to great lengths to ensure you get to enjoy the distinctive dishes and flavours of these local cuisines. In autumn, winter and spring, you get the added pleasure of experiencing the unique taste sensations that seasonal ingredients bring to the table at this special time of year. BE MY GUEST B A TRAFALGAR EXCLUSIVE Trafalgar captures the true essence of Europe with its exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences. These special treats give you a unique opportunity to savour authentic dishes of a region and mingle with your hosts at private estates, working farms, wineries and family-run restaurants. Schieszl Winery, Budapest, Hungary In the beautiful countryside just outside Budapest, be the invited guest of the Schieszl family at their historic winery. Hear from Conrad Schieszl about his family’s passion for winemaking and traditional Hungarian fare made with local seasonal produce. Then dine on mouth-watering favourites like roast suckling pig, baked fillet of trout and traditional plum cake with cream. Visit www.trafalgar.com to watch our DVD to see more of these superb experiences – it’s sure to whet your appetite! DELECTABLE EVERYDAY DINING N You’ll begin every morning with a delicious buffet breakfast, or in the UK and Ireland, a full cooked breakfast. At lunch, you are generally left to discover the local fare on your own, so you can make the most of your free time. Your Travel Director is on hand with insider tips on the best restaurants and local specialities to try. Selected lunches and dinners are included, often featuring the culinary delights of the various regions you visit. When travelling in the wine-growing regions of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, wine will be served with all your included hotel dinners. Wine tasting – a true delight in Europe EUROPEAN WINE TASTING H Europe is home to some of the world’s best wine regions, many of which are visited on your Trafalgar holiday. On selected itineraries, you will be invited to participate in Wine Tastings when you visit wine-growing regions such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France. HIGHLIGHT DINNERS F Most itineraries include a Highlight Dinner at a typical local restaurant offering food and atmosphere unique to the area you’re travelling in. Whether it’s a quaint bistro in Nice or a lively trattoria in Florence, these special dinners feature tasty regional menus and often include local beer, wine and soft drinks. WELCOME RECEPTION & FAREWELL DINNER F Being in a friendly group is all part of the Trafalgar experience, so we make sure you are given a proper introduction to your fellow travellers. On the first night, your Travel Director will host a Welcome Reception at the hotel, a local bar or restaurant, where you can get to know your travelling companions over a drink and a light meal featuring regional cuisine. Then at the end of your trip, you’ll get together and celebrate the good times you’ve shared with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. It’s the perfect occasion to say goodbye to new-found friends and toast your unforgettable holiday. Dine on seasonal favourites 9 Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens, Greece First class hotels ideally located From Europe’s grand cities to the spectacular countryside, Trafalgar’s guests stay in First Class accommodation, in locations that perfectly complement each itinerary so you can get the most from each destination you visit. At Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s especially gratifying to know you’ll be close to the heart of some of the world’s most spectacular holiday celebrations. A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP At Trafalgar, we know that a good night’s sleep is essential for the full enjoyment of your holiday. That’s why every hotel on your itinerary is carefully selected for quality, impeccable service and comfort to ensure you are well rested for the exciting day that awaits you. Your hotels are always First Class or better, featuring some of the world’s most renowned names such as InterContinental, Westin, Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott and Radisson. 10 FIRST CLASS QUALITY & SERVICE Our Product Team inspects and monitors each Trafalgar property to ensure the meticulous standards we expect from our hotel partners are maintained for your every comfort and satisfaction. As a Trafalgar guest, you will be treated to First Class service from the moment you arrive. You will find you have already been checked in, your luggage taken directly to your room and all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities are taken care of in your holiday price, leaving you nothing else to do but enjoy your visit. Festive celebrations like no other Experiencing a European Christmas is unforgettable. It truly is a magical time of year, touching the hearts of both young and old. During the festive season, Europe’s city streets are adorned with millions of twinkling Christmas lights, the joyful song of carollers fills the air along with the aroma of sweet gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS The fairytale European Christmas markets are a must at this time of year. You could spend hours wandering the stalls, sipping mulled wine and browsing the colourful array of handicrafts. And on Christmas Day wherever you are, we specially design the celebrations* to give you a true taste of local festive favourites. For example, in Budapest, enjoy a traditional festive meal amid the richly decorated surrounds of historical Gerbeaud Restaurant and toast a Hungarian Christmas to remember! Excludes Egypt, Israel, Morocco and City Breaks. * A PERFECT START TO THE NEW YEAR Imagine ringing in the New Year amid the vibrancy and energy of Europe with your new-found friends. You’ll experience a New Year’s celebration like never before. Picture colourful fireworks displays, live entertainment, fine wines and delectable dining. And with Trafalgar, it will be all the more special with little touches unique to the local region such as the Spanish tradition of sharing good luck grapes at midnight. Plus, we provide late night coach transfers for an easy, hassle free end to a perfect evening. Colosseum, Italy Somerset House, London 11 Trafalgar gives you a great deal more! Take advantage of our sensational offers and you’ll enjoy even bigger savings and get even more value out of every moment on your Trafalgar guided holiday. Red squirrel, UK BOOK EARLY – PAY NOW & SAVE! If you book and pay in full you’ll save up to 7.5% off the LAND-only portion of your holiday. Choose from these Early Payment Saving options: Pay (min) 10 Months prior to departure SAVE UP TO 7.5% Pay (min) 6 Months prior to departure SAVE UP TO 5% IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. All holidays must be booked and paid for in full for this discount to apply. This discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’, ‘London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’, ‘Winter in London’ and any products in our Eastern Mediterranean section. SINGLE TRAVELLERS One of the great benefits of guided travel is the ease of travelling solo, and with Trafalgar we make it simple by offering the following options: Guaranteed room share We understand that some guests travelling alone do not want to incur the additional expense of a single room supplement. So on the majority of our itineraries, Trafalgar offers you the opportunity to purchase selected holidays on a room sharing basis. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a ‘two-bedded’ basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note that we cannot guarantee that roommates will be of a similar age group. This is an enjoyable way to travel and meet new friends as well as being a positive way to stretch your holiday budget further. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. IMPORTANT: This service does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’, ‘London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’, ‘Winter in London’ or any itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean section except the Best of Turkey. Single supplement value If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you’ll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement. TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection Plan on page 74. 12 TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Travel together and save money SAVE 5% 5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the LAND-only portion of your holiday. So it pays to explore the world with your family and friends! 9 or more: If 9 or more guests travel together we offer attractive group discounts based on the number of people travelling. In a group of 9 guests 1 traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday. In a group of 16 guests 1 traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday. IMPORTANT: Space is limited to one group per motorcoach so book early! These discounts cannot be combined with our Young Traveller or Triple room reduction. All guests’ names must be advised to Trafalgar at the time of booking in order to qualify. The discount is per person only and does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’, ‘London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’, ‘Winter in London’, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. *Discount is on a twin-share basis only. DEFINITE DEPARTURES Definite Departures are holidays which have surpassed minimum booking numbers, confirming operation. Once a holiday reaches its minimum guest number, it will become a Definite Departure, identified on the Trafalgar website with a green tick: See www.trafalgar.com for more information. YOUNG TRAVELLERS (5-17) Share your holiday with your family SAVE UP TO 10 % Share your holiday memories with your family and take advantage of a discount on the LAND-only portion of your holiday. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure and MUST be accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room). IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. Children under 5 years of age are NOT accepted on any guided holiday. The young traveller must be the specified age at the time of travel to be eligible. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends Discount and Triple Room Reduction and does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’, ‘London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’, ‘Winter in London’, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. 2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday SAVE UP TO 5% Book two Trafalgar trips, each 7 days or longer for a reduction of up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the trip with the shortest duration. Take three holidays and save on two! Ask your Travel Agent for suggestions on your perfect holiday combination. There are too many to list here! IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the maximum value of how much you will save. Holidays are combinable with second and subsequent additional holidays. Holidays must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’, ‘London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’, ‘Winter in London’, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. FREQUENT TRAVELLER DISCOUNT Singapore Airlines operates 12 times per week from Auckland and daily from Christchurch to Singapore - one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Known for its vibrant culture, shopping and culinary delights, Singapore is also the gateway to 14 destinations in Europe. SAVE 5% Each year on average 50% of our guests have previously enjoyed the experience of travelling like an insider with Trafalgar. To express our gratitude, we extend membership into the Trafalgar Travel Club to all guests who have travelled with us, as well as a valuable credit worth 5% off the LAND-only portion of the next Trafalgar holiday of your choice. You will need to travel within five years of your last trip. Act NOW and take full advantage of this great offer! IMPORTANT: Trafalgar’s Travel Club is not available retroactively. Only one credit is available per person, per year, and only one credit can be redeemed against each further holiday. The Trafalgar Travel Club Discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, ‘An English Christmas’, ‘Christmas in Paris’, ‘English Stately Homes at Christmas’, ‘London and Paris’,’London, Paris and Rome’, ‘Paris and Rome’ and ‘Winter in London’. TRIPLE ROOM SHARING REDUCTION SAVE WH EN 3 TRAVE L Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction off the LAND-only portion of your holiday price. Each itinerary lists the Triple room reduction per person. Refer to the holiday of your choice. IMPORTANT: Triple room reductions are based on sharing a twin or a double bedded room with an extra bed which may be a ‘roll-away’. This reduction only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple room reduction offer and cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends Discount and Young Travellers Discount. singaporeair.com 13 An English Christmas WALES ENGLAND Stratford-upon-Avon Bath 6 Stonehenge Itinerary starts and ends here LONDON Overnight stays Trafalgar Square, London WR = Welcome Reception FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Half day sightseeing includes Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. • Stratford–upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • Bath Admire the Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths. • Stonehenge See the ancient stone circle. • Buffet breakfast daily. (BB) FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation, which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel. • 5 Sightseeing with specialist Local Guides in London, Stratfordupon-Avon and Bath. • A stylish wallet and travel documents. • A complimentary London Airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply. 7 Days from NZ$1399 per person twin share Ref: HEG8 Sat 10 Nov Sat 17 Nov Sat 24 Nov Ends London Single Twin Supp. Share Option Fri 16 Nov 1399 Fri 23 Nov 1399 Fri 30 Nov 1399 Starts London 720 720 720 e Sat 1 Dec Sat 8 Dec Sat 15 Dec Sat 22 Dec Ends London Fri 7 Dec Fri 14 Dec Fri 21 Dec Fri 28 Dec Single Twin Supp. Share Option 1425 1425 1425 1425 720 720 720 720 Triple rooms are not available. All prices are per person, twin share. Please note: Guaranteed room share is not available on this trip. e Itinerary on this departure may operate in a different order due to closures over the Christmas period. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra night accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 73. 14 Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Start End Duration: 7 English Days Channel Pace: Relaxed DAY 1 ARRIVE LONDON (6 NIGHTS) Welcome to London! Oxford Street, Bond Street, Knightsbridge and many of the large department stores are festively decorated. Hot chestnuts are sold in the streets and choirs sing Christmas carols in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you explore this fascinating city! Hotel: Holiday Inn Regents Park (F) DAY 2 LONDON SIGHTSEEING 5 See all the highlights of the city during your included morning sightseeing with an expert Local Guide including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the West End. Enjoy views of Buckingham Palace which is the London home and primary residence of the Queen. Spend time this afternoon discovering London on your own. You might like to see a carol concert or go to the theatre − our London Reception Centre can arrange many exciting activities for you! (BB) DINING HIGHLIGHTS Starts London Sightseeing stops DAY 3 LONDON − FREE TIME Your day is free to do as you please. Consider a trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Shop in Covent Garden or see the festive lights in the West End. You might like to visit one of the great museums to be found in the capital. (BB) DAY 4 EXCURSION TO STRATFORD-UPON-AVON 5 Stratford-upon-Avon is a quaint town dotted with half timbered houses and thatched cottages. Enjoy a scenic drive to this town made famous by William Shakespeare with information from a Local Guide. Visit the house where Shakespeare was born and raised. See Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Driving south through the rolling hills and charming villages of the Cotswolds brings you back to the capital. (BB) DAY 5 EXCURSION TO BATH AND STONEHENGE 5 Visit the Abbey and Roman Baths in the historic city of Bath with an expert Local Guide. Browse in the charming shops and boutiques and wander through enchanting Georgian streets which are described in the novels of Jane Austen. Admire the mysterious monoliths at the ancient site of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. (BB) DAY 6 LONDON − FREE TIME Spend the day as you wish. You might like to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Perhaps take an excursion to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels or travel up the River Thames on a boat. This evening, consider a Christmas service in Westminster Abbey or a West End show. (BB) DAY 7 DEPART LONDON This morning after breakfast bid a fond farewell to England and take away treasured memories of your festive English holiday. (BB) Christmas in Paris Notre Dame, Paris SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Paris See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Visit a perfumery. Enjoy a relaxing Seine Cruise. • Versailles Visit the Hall of Mirrors and admire the magnificent gardens of the Palace. DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet breakfast daily. (BB) FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Selected hotel accommodation, which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Paris. • 5 The expertise of a qualified Local Guide in Paris and Versailles. • A discount voucher for Galeries Lafayette department store. • A stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map. • Complimentary airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. See panel below. • J Audio Headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing. Ends Paris Twin Share Single Supp. Ref: WCPSA Novotel Tour Eiffel Single Twin Supp. Share Sun 11 Nov Sun 18 Nov Sun 18 Nov Sun 25 Nov Sun 25 Nov Sun 2 Dec 1085 1085 1085 440 440 440 1325 1325 1325 740 740 740 Sun 2 Dec Sun 9 Dec Sun 9 Dec Sun 16 Dec Sun 16 Dec Sun 23 Dec 1085 1085 1085 1085 440 440 440 440 1325 1325 1325 1325 740 740 740 740 Sun 23 Dec Sun 30 Dec DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING 5 Admire the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de l’Opera and the Eiffel Tower during your included sightseeing tour with an expert Local Guide. See Boulevard Haussman, home to all the major department stores − whose windows have spectacular festive displays − including Galeries Lafayette where you can spend your discount voucher! Visit the prestigious Fragonard Perfumery and buy beautiful Christmas gifts at discounted prices. From scented candles to premium beauty products, give your friends and family gifts they’ll love. Relax and see this splendid city from the comfort of a glass-covered boat. Your ticket for the cruise on the River Seine is valid for use on any day during your stay. See the city’s oldest and most historic monuments around Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower. (BB) All prices are per person, twin share. Please note: Guaranteed room share and triple rooms are not available on this trip. Airport Transfers Transfers on arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport will operate at 8:00am, 11:00am and 2:00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers from the hotel will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 8am and 11.30am. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra night accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 73. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. DAY 4 PARIS − FREE TIME Spend the day as you wish. Paris at this time of the year is less crowded so perhaps enjoy visiting the Louvre, or go to see the renowned Impressionist paintings at the magnificent Musée d’Orsay. (BB) DAY 5 TO DAY 7 PARIS FREE TIME You have plenty of time to shop and see the sights. Or simply stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens, the Tuileries and the elegant Parc Monceau. Paris at night is always a sight to behold, and never more so than at Christmas. The Champs Élysées is festooned with thousands of festive lights and decorations; the Avenue Montaigne is radiant, its designer shops elegantly bedecked for the season; the magnificent Eiffel Tower is gloriously illuminated with a very special light show! Your trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing a cabaret show. And where better than the Moulin Rouge − the most famous cabaret venue on earth! Book a Christmas show through your Local Host, who can also arrange trips outside the city for you, such as Chartres Cathedral or a full day trip to Normandy. (BB/BB/BB) DAY 8 DEPART PARIS A trip to Paris over Christmas is inspiring. This magical, romantic city is enchanting and you will take home many unforgettable memories after your holiday in the City of Light! (BB) CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Starts Paris DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (7 NIGHTS) Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey and look forward to a week in this elegant and glittering capital! Meet your Trafalgar Local Host this evening for an introduction to this wonderful city. DAY 3 PARIS – EXCURSION TO VERSAILLES 5 Visit the Palace of Versailles. Expert commentary from your Local Guide gives you an intimate understanding of the history and daily life at the court of the French kings. Admire the opulent interior of this extravagant palace and marvel at the vast, manicured ornamental gardens. (BB) 8 Days from NZ$1085 per person twin share Ref: WCPMA Campanile Tour Eiffel Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed 15 Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany & Switzerland INSIDER EXPERIENCES CZECH REPUBLIC G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Vienna and Salzburg. • GERMANY FRANCE MUNICH 2 SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS LIECHTENSTEIN • Christmas Markets Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Lucerne & Zurich. • Vienna See the Hofburg, City Hall and State Opera House. • Salzburg Admire the Mirabell Gardens and Mozart’s birthplace. • Munich View the Hofbräuhaus and the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz. • Neuschwanstein Castle Guided visit of the apartments. • Oberammergau Visit the Passion Play village. • Innsbruck See the Golden Roof and Old Town Square. • Lucerne See the Lion Monument and wooden Chapel Bridge. SLOVENIA Overnight stays Sun 25 Nov Sun 2 Dec Tue 27 Nov Tue 4 Dec Thu 29 Nov Thu 6 Dec 1850 1850 1850 500 500 500 Sun 2 Dec 1850 500 Sun 9 Dec Wed 5 Dec Fri 7 Dec Sun 9 Dec Single Twin Supp. Share Option Wed 12 Dec 1850 500 Fri 14 Dec 1850 500 Sun 16 Dec 1850 500 Tue 11 Dec Tue 18 Dec 1850 500 Thu 13 Dec Thu 20 Dec 1850 500 NZ$20 Triple room reduction Early Payment Discount 10 months NZ$140 6 months 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to NZ$93 Young Traveller Discount NZ$$90 NZ$185 All prices are per person, twin share. Option to pre-pay gratuities per person for Travel Director and Driver NZ$85 Airport Transfers On arrival at Vienna airport transfers will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Zurich Airport at 8am. Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of the Advent until 23 December 2012. Trafalgar reserves the right to substitute sites and excursions in keeping with the events of the season. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra night accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 73. 16 Start End CROATIA BOSNIA DAY 1 ARRIVE VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the magical Austrian capital, Vienna. Relax after your journey. Later, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube (F) 8 Days from NZ$1850 per person twin share Ref: WCMA Ends Zurich Sightseeing stops Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Complimentary Vienna airport transfers provided on Day 1. Zurich airport transfer provided on Day 8. Conditions apply. See departure panel below. • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book. Starts Vienna AUSTRIA HUNGARY FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS Single Twin Supp. Share Option Semmering Pass ITALY • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: ▪ E Welcome Reception including a light meal and drinks with your Travel Director in Vienna. ▪ 2 three-course dinners. ▪ F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne. Ends Zurich Salzburg 1 INNSBRUCK SWITZERLAND DINING HIGHLIGHTS Starts Vienna Oberammergau LUCERNE 2 VIENNA 2 Bavaria Neuschwanstein ZURICH Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. DAY 2 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND CHRISTMAS MARKETS 5 Explore the Ringstrasse during your festive sightseeing tour of Vienna. Your expert Local Guide shows you the Hofburg which was the former home of the Hapsburgs. You will also see the Parliament, City Hall and the grand State Opera House. Visit the ‘Christkindlmarkt’ and buy handmade wooden toys, seasonal gifts, delicious gingerbread and warming Glühwein from traditional decorated wooden stalls. (BB) DAY 3 VIENNA – SALZBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS) 5 Drive along the scenic Danube Valley to the beautiful city of Salzburg. Visit the enchanting Christmas market. See the beautifully manicured Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace and the Old City on your walking tour with an expert Local Guide. Then cross fairytale Alpine landscapes to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Dine this evening at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Sheraton Westpark (F) DAY 4 MUNICH ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Discover Munich on an orientation with your Travel Director. Admire the Marienplatz with its impressive Town Hall and the ornate Glockenspiel. Spend the re