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EUROPE & BRITAIN Guided Holidays & City Breaks Travel beyond the expected with exclusive Insider Experiences 104 unique itineraries and a choice of holiday styles All the details taken care of: Sightseeing. Hotels. Transport. Dining. 2014 SAVE Early Payment Discounts. See page 244/245 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 locals eager to reveal their stories and secrets; honed our deep understanding of cultures 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, looked after by our incredible Travel Directors, you’ll feel genuinely connected to the places you explore. “Travel is in our DNA. It’s our passion to help our guests travel beyond the unexpected.” Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO Turn over for our Trafalgar Guide 2 Your Trafalgar Guide Our brochure is full of information to make sure you find the perfect holiday for you. Tip: for help navigating, leave this page open as you explore our European trip styles. Our trip styles Discoveries – Multi-country holidays giving an overview of Europe Regionals – An in-depth experience of one or a few countries Family Experiences – Trips made for sharing time together - perfect for all kinds of family groups At Leisure – Later starts and longer stays for a more relaxed pace Special Interest – Holidays with a focus on interests from history to food City Breaks – Single and multi-city unescorted holidays, with all the essentials organised NOR B S What’s always included • The services of your Travel Director • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras • All your accommodation – always with private facilities • Breakfast every day • Approximately half your evening meals – including tips • A luxury air-conditioned coach to travel in • All your hotel tips, charges and local taxes – including porter service • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing Londonderry Isle of Skye Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Dublin Killarney NORTH SEA York IRELAND UNITED KINGDOM THE NETHE Groninge CELTIC SEA Stratford-upon-Avon Waterford Rotterdam London Bath Bruges Plymouth Bayeux Mont St Michel Tours Amboise Lille Omaha Beach Caen Paris Amst Z BELGIUM Bruss FRANCE Beaune BAY OF BISCAY Bordeaux Chamon Lyon Aix-le Our Insider Experiences Local Experts – Feel the passion of a local as they share their home city with you Unique Insights – Get a rare insight or behind-the-scenes visit into well-known places Hidden Treasures – Encounter secret spots, found (and shared) by your Travel Director Local Specialities – Meet local artisans or sample regional produce Be My Guest – Hear stories from local families as you dine on home-cooked dishes with them Authentic Accommodation – Stay in places which embrace the region’s traditions or styles *or Egyptologist in Egypt and Local Host on City Breaks and Greek Cruises Santander Santaigo de Compostela Oporto Burgos Pamplona Salamanca Viseu Madrid Biarritz Avignon Aix-en Nimes Lourdes Marseille Ca Carcassonne Barcelona PORTUGAL Lisbon Evora Fatima SPAIN Cordoba Seville Valencia Granada Costa del Sol Vilamoura Fez Rabat Casablanca MOROCCO Marrakesh Ouarzazate Erfoud ALGERIA 3 www.trafalgar.com NORWEGIAN SEA Geiranger Sognefjord Lillehammer Bergen NORWAY Oslo GULF OF BOTHN IA FINLAND Helsinki LAKE LADOGA St Petersburg SWEDEN Stockholm Tallinn Stavanger ESTONIA Novgorod Aalborg LATVIA Copenhagen Riga RUSSIA Moscow TH SEA DENMARK BALTIC SEA LITHUANIA Vilnius Minsk THE NETHERLANDS Amsterdam Zutphen Berlin Groningen Hamburg Warsaw BELARUS POLAND rdam GERMANY Prague ruges BELGIUM Brussels Cologne Frankfurt Luxembourg Krakow UKRAINE aris Munich Zurich Innsbruck CZECH REPUBLIC Vienna SLOVAKIA Budapest MOLDOVA AUSTRIA SLOVENIA Zagreb CE Beaune Evian Chamonix Lyon Aix-les-Bains Turin SWITZERLAND Venice Milan HUNGARY ROMANIA CROATIA Plitvice Lakes Avignon Aix-en-Provence Nice Marseille Cannes arcassonne Florence ITALY Rome Olbia Isle of Capri CORSICA Ajaccio BOSNIA SERBIA & HERZEGOVINA Hvar MONTE Dubrovnik -NEGRO Alberobello Sorrento Lecce MACEDONIA ALBANIA Belgrade BULGARIA BLACK SEA GEORGIA Istanbul Canakkale Bursa Ankara Alghero Cagliari SARDINIA Palermo Agrigento Kalambaka Taormina Olympia GREECE Delphi Athens Mykonos Santorini TURKEY Izmir Pamukkale Konya Antalya Cappadocia SICILY MALTA CYPRUS LEBANON SYRIA CRETE MEDITERRANEAN SEA TUNISIA GAZA STRIP Tiberias Tel Aviv Jerusalem PALESTINE IRAQ Alexandria Cairo ISRAEL JORDAN Petra Ein Gev Amman EGYPT LIBYA Sharm el Sheikh Luxor Aswan SAUDI ARABIA RED SEA Taking you deep inside Europe Unique Insights A unique look at Italy’s passion for food, larger-than-life Florentine chef, Libero, meets you at his favourite market to buy fresh ingredients for Local Experts As you listen to Penny Lane, on the street which inspired the song, Phil excitedly points out The Beatles’ old haunts in his thick Liverpudlian accent before he takes you down into the buzz and atmosphere of the Cavern Club. A real-life friend of the band and local boy himself, the city feels alive with his personal memories. homemade ravioli. Inviting you back to his restaurant kitchen, you chat as you create lunch together before heading to his garden to dine al fresco and hear stories of life in Florence. Be My Guest Stepping into the Schieszl family’s wine cellar, the barrel forming its door doesn’t seem as important as the wine you taste. It’s not until later over dinner that Konrád tells you the spine-tingling story of how the barrel saved their Jewish neighbours’ lives during the war – and later saved his grandfather’s vineyard during communism. Authentic Accommodation Relaxing in its cool sun-dappled courtyards, discover hidden patios Local Specialities Meeting the makers of Scotland’s slowest distilled malt whisky, you experience their patience and dedication, learning the process before you get to try a ‘wee dram’. You also hear tales of smugglers, about how Rob Roy hid in the oak tree, and about the ghost of Cochran Cartwright, who fell in the dam on one of his regular ‘tastings’. connecting two former palaces which, along with classical Sevillian houses, create Las Casas de la Judería. A maze-like property that begs to be explored, each room has been restored to reflect the rustic opulence of the old Jewish Quarter of Seville. Look out for more A Insider Experiences on our trip itinerary pages 5 Discover your piece of Europe FEATURING: Opposite top right – Santorini, Greece; Opposite bottom middle – Moscow, Russia; Below – Istanbul, Turkey; Bottom left – Bavaria, Germany; Left – London, England 6 6 Europe is a continent of contrasts. Classic favourites live side-by-side with less discovered nations, with each bringing its own distinct personality. Understanding the nuances of each country, we take you deep into their differences, helping you make the most of every moment of your time in Europe. Italy Italy’s love of ‘la dolce vita’ has given rise to the Renaissance art, passion for food, and exuberant yet effortless style you see. We’ll also introduce you to the locals, secrets and stories behind each city and region, like the bustle of the Rialto fish market enlivening your senses as you step into this hub of Venetian life with our Local Expert, on a walking tour of Secret Venice. See our 17 Italy holidays on pages 28-61 Spain, Portugal, Morocco and France They might share borders, but once you cross into each of these neighbouring countries you quickly discover their many differences, from their modern ways of life to their traditions and history, revealed through the stories we tell. Like at the Alhambra in Granada, where one of our experts paints vivid pictures of life in the palace, showing you not just the intricate hand-carvings most visitors focus on, but the stories behind them. See our 14 holidays in these countries on pages 100-127 Eastern Mediterranean Warm island sands in Greece. Mineral-rich waters in the Dead Sea. The Blue Mosque of Istanbul. The dramatic scenery in Greece, Israel, Egypt and Turkey is met by monuments of ancient civilisations and the firmly held traditions of these countries. Meeting locals - like the residents of Demircidere who share their traditional bread-making secrets with you - takes you beyond the beaches and into the soul of the Eastern Med. See our 10 holidays Eastern Mediterranean holidays on pages 169-189 Britain and Ireland The royal pomp and pageantry; cream teas and country pubs; and traditional customs, local folklore and friendly characters you encounter take you straight to Britain and Ireland’s true essence. Like in Belfast, where our local cabbie takes you around the city in his black cab, passionately sharing his personal memories of ‘The Troubles’. See our 19 Britain and Ireland holidays on pages 62-99 Central and Eastern Europe including Russia and Scandinavia The many faces of Europe’s central and eastern bloc - like Russia, which emerged from the Iron Curtain with a vibrant edge - meet the contemporary cool of Scandinavia. Less well-known than their western neighbours, unique moments come thick and fast here, whether it’s sharing canapés with ballet dancers in St Petersburg, exploring the world’s cycling capital, Groningen, by bike, or trying the owner’s homebrewed beer in a Gasthof in the Austrian Alps. See our 20 holidays in these countries on pages 128-167 European Discoveries Sometimes seeing one destination just isn’t enough. Our multi-country European Discoveries are designed to take you on a seamless voyage across the continent - bringing together up to 12 countries in a single holiday. Each itinerary is meticulously crafted to balance the different identities of the places you visit, so you can experience the diversity of Europe. See our 18 European Discoveries on pages 190-225 7 How do you like to travel? We’ve designed our collection to help you see Europe your way. Lively or relaxed? One country or a dozen? We’ve listened to our guests and infused each itinerary with our 67 years’ experience and knowledge. Our holidays come with carefully planned sightseeing, dining and hotels, chosen so you can experience the best of the destination – with just the right blend of shared experiences and free time. DEEP INSIDE with Regionals Taking you deep into a destination, our in-depth Regional itineraries have been crafted for those wanting to absorb the spirit and soul of a country, or even a region like the Alps or Mediterranean where neighbouring countries share similar culture, scenery or even food. And then we add a unique twist with our Insider Experiences, so you can explore, chat or even dine with locals. Many travellers just see Paris. Our Best of France trip (page 108-109) goes beyond the chic capital to rich experiences like tasting local wine in Beaune. COVERING GROUND with Discoveries An instant introduction to Europe’s diversity, we created our Discoveries collection for those wanting to experience more of the continent in one holiday. Faster-paced encounters with up to 12 countries, they don’t just skim the surface; our Travel Directors still take you beyond the expected, introducing you to local people and moments. One of our bestselling holidays, Grand European (page 220-221) takes in 11 countries, as you get to know locals who share icons and secrets. 8 FOLLOWING PASSIONS with Special Interest Specially designed for travellers wanting to experience a particular side of Europe, our select Special Interest trips could see you discovering Italy through its food or England through its country gardens, or even crossing Europe by rail. A collection of carefully created holidays, they’re ideal whether you’re passionate about the theme – or just want to see Europe differently. Our WWI & WWII Battlefields trip (page 106-107) is particularly poignant for 2014, on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. INDEPENDENT BUT EASY with City Breaks The ultimate city break holidays, these FEATURING: far left Paris, France; top left Bayern, Germany; bottom left - Amsterdam, The Netherlands; left - Venice, Italy; below - Rome, Italy; above - Lindos, Greece unescorted single and multi-destination trips focus on Europe’s classic capitals. Giving the independence and excitement of a city break with the insider knowledge and ease of a Trafalgar holiday, all the essentials are organised and every new city starts with an introduction to the sights from one of our local connections. On our London, Paris and Rome break (page 234-235), locals meet you in each city to tell homespun stories about the famous icons. TAKING IT SLOW with At Leisure Slower-paced, our At Leisure holidays give you longer stays and longer lie-ins – in fact, you rarely have to leave the hotel before 9am. Usually stopping for two to six nights in each destination, you have more free time to explore – but still get the same insider knowledge of your Travel Director and Insider Experiences. Our leisurely Greek Island Hopper (page 178-179) mixes ancient Athens with a laid-back island feel, with three nights on both Mykonos and Santorini. SHARING TIME with Family Experiences Designed for all kinds of families sharing time together, our Family Experiences mix education and entertainment for everyone from children to grandparents while showing you the very best of Europe. Of course the hotels and restaurants have been hand-picked to meet family needs, but it is experiences like learning how to Flamenco together which make them different and memorable. Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold (page 36-37) sees families enrolling in Gladiator school and making pizzas with an Italian chef in Rome. Look out for these trip styles when choosing your holiday on page 10 Don’t want everything included? Our CostSaver range gives you amazing value – without compromising on the quality you expect from our guided holidays. You still get all the essentials and see more than just the icons, but more of the experiences are optional. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver 9 European Regionals Italy & Combinations Italian Holiday Rome & Tuscan Highlights Milan & Italian Treasures Gladiators, Gondolaâ€™s and Gold Flavours of Italy Italian Discovery Great Italian Cities Contrasts of Italy Corsica & Sardinia Days 7 9 9 9 Page 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 Northern Italy including Cinque Terre 10 36-37 10 38-39 10 40-41 10 42-43 10 44-45 11 11 11 46-47 48-49 50-51 Start your journey Italy Bellissimo Italian Concerto Italian Glory Best of Italy 13 52-53 13 54-55 17 15 56-57 60-61 10 58-59 Grand Italian Experience Southern Italy & Sicily Best of Italy & Sicily Britain & Ireland Real Britain Best of Devon & Cornwall Scenic England Amazing Britain Days 6 6 6 8 9 11 15 8 12 10 Page 62-63 64-65 66-67 68-69 70-71 72-73 74-75 76-77 78-79 80-81 Europe is covered and uncovered on our 104 itineraries, with 44 destinations and a choice of holiday styles to explore in our brochure. Enjoy your journey. Travel beyond the expected Your Trafalgar Guide Discover your piece of Europe How do you like to travel? Start your journey Expectâ€Ś the unexpected Our people. Our passion Seeing things differently Flavours of Europe The right place to stay Your journey made easy Everything is taken care of Connecting with our world Our hotel collection London Reception Centre & extend your stay in London Extend your stay in Europe Gold Seal Additional Protection, customised group holidays, express check-in & things to know Airport transfers & booking conditions Six ways to save 2 3-5 6-7 8 -9 10-11 12-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26 27 238 239 240 241 242-243 244-245 English Country Gardens Castles & Kilts Best of Britain The Britannia Britain & Ireland Highlights Wonders of Britain & Ireland Britain & Ireland Panorama Britain & Ireland Grandeur Irish Highlights Scenic Ireland 16 82-83 20 84-85 7 8 10 11 7 86-87 88-89 90-91 92-93 96-97 Best of Ireland Irish Experience Best of Ireland & Scotland Best of Scotland 15 94-95 13 98-99 Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities Spain, Portugal, Morocco & France The Treasures of France Wonderful France Paris & Provence WWI & WWII Battlefields Best of France Spanish Wonder Spanish Salsa Best of Spain Northern Spain NEW Best of Portugal Highlights of Spain & Portugal Spain, Morocco & Portugal Best of Morocco Days Page 8 100-101 9 102-103 11 104-105 13 108-109 9 9 11 112-113 114-115 118-119 12 106-107 Highlights of France & Barcelona with Madrid Option 10 110-111 15 116-117 11 120-121 13 122-123 16 124-125 9 126-127 10 Central & Eastern Europe including Russia & Scandinavia Best of Holland Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg Days Page 7 128-129 10 130-131 12 132-133 13 134-135 10 136-137 13 138-139 7 140-141 8 142-143 9 144-145 14 146-147 10 148-149 15 150-151 10 152-153 17 154-155 13 156-157 14 158-159 8 160-161 14 162-163 15 164-165 15 166-167 European Discoveries Delights of London & Paris NEW European Highlights with Eurostar Option European Traveller European Dream European Splendour European Wonderland European Marvel with Eurostar Option European Whirl with Eurostar Option Scenic Europe with Eurostar Option European Spotlight Contrasts of Europe including Eurostar European Interlude with Eurostar Option European Horizons with Eurostar Option Wonders of Europe NEW 9 190-191 7 192-193 8 194-195 8 196-197 11 198-199 11 200-201 12 202-203 12 204-205 12 206-207 12 208-209 15 210-211 15 212-213 16 214-215 17 216-217 21 220-221 27 222-223 29 224-225 Best of Germany Best of Germany & Austria Sound of Music Switzerland & Austria Swiss Delight NEW Contrasts of Switzerland Best of Switzerland Grand Alpine Experience Imperial Europe Bohemian Highlights Prague, Vienna & Budapest Highlights of Eastern Europe The Balkans & Venice NEW Highlights of Austria, Slovenia & Croatia Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow Traditional Europe incl. Eurostar with Eurostar Opt. 18 218-219 Grand European with Eurostar Option Great European European Supreme with Cruise Option & Eurostar Option Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords Best of Finland, Russia & the Baltic States Capitals of the North See our deals – with six ways to save on pages 244-245 Eastern Mediterranean Athens & Aegean Ancient Lands Aegean Odyssey Best of Greece Best of Greece with 7 Day Cruise Options Greek Island Hopper Days Page 168 169 170 171 8 8 11 Introduction to Greek Island Cruises City Breaks Introduction to City Breaks London Week London & Paris including Eurostar Magic & Make Believe Paris Week Paris & Rome London, Paris & Rome including Eurostar 7 226 227 8 228-229 8 230-231 8 8 232 233 8 172-173 15 176-177 10 178-179 5 180-181 9 182-183 9 184-185 8 186-187 14 188-189 Best of Greece with 3 & 4 Day Cruise Options 11/12 174-175 10 234-235 Jordan Experience with Dead Sea Option Best of Egypt Best of Israel Highlights of Turkey with Cruise Option Best of Turkey with Cruise Option Stopovers Singapore NEW Dubai NEW Abu Dhabi NEW 3 3 3 236 237 237 Travel with the world’s no. 1 We’ve won over 30 major travel industry awards in the last five years alone. We’re proud of this - but we’re always working hard to do even better. See all the awards we’ve won globally at www.trafalgar.com/nz/awards Trip Type Key Family Experiences At Leisure Special Interest 11 Expectâ€Ś the unexpected FEATURING: top left - Athens, Greece; top right - London, England; middle - Rome, Italy; above - Paris, France; left - Edinburgh, Scotland; right Rome, Italy 12 It can be exciting to discover guided holidays aren’t all mapped out, as first-timer Paul Nugent found out this year. There’s a romance to the notion of travelling. Hitting the open road, finding guesthouses with real character, chatting with locals at a bar and seeing the iconic sights. But, I’ll freely admit I’ve found the dream is rarely the reality. For some, travelling alone is an adventure. For me, guided travel gave me all the adventure I was after – with none of the hard work. I was also eagerly anticipating having my route planned out for me by people who really understand the countries I’d visit. It was knowing the hotels were all booked, the best restaurants had been picked and I’d definitely see all the landmarks – without me having been a slave to online search engines for months beforehand. And I’d no longer approach a reception, phrase book in hand, to ask It could be the time it takes to plan, the thought of driving on foreign roads or the prospect of making it round all the sights in just one day, but letting someone else do the work just makes sense. On my trip I got to see the places I wanted to see, but also got under the skin of the country – and still had a much-needed holiday. On my first guided holiday, I was looking forward to the obvious benefits, like the fact someone else would look after my every need and get me from A to B. The fact I wouldn’t have to negotiate public transport in my first five minutes in the country. And the fact I wouldn’t have to scramble for coins at tolls, worry about parking in a capital city, or read up on road rules on the plane ride over. I’ve driven round the Arc de Triomphe, along cliff-edge roads in Corsica and through the Mont Blanc Tunnel under the Alps. And, while I had some good times, I didn’t really get to take in the scenery and destination properly. (And I’m not entirely sure how I, the hire car or my relationship survived.) The thought of someone else doing the work for me had encouraged me to look at guided holidays. But it was realising someone was using their local connections to get me exclusive hotel, travel and sightseeing deals that sold it to me. Oh yes, before I travelled with Trafalgar, I thought I had guided holidays all mapped out. But this was something different. for directions before giving up and uttering the inimitable phrase ‘do you speak English?’ But I wasn’t on the coach long before I realised I was getting much more than my dream of a chauffeur, trip planner and linguist all rolled into one. I was getting more than I could have arranged on my own. I was looking forward to the obvious benefits, like the fact someone else would look after my every need I got to see the places I wanted to see, but also got under the skin of the country – and still had a much-needed holiday I thought I had guided holidays all mapped out. But this was something different www.trafalgar.com/WhyGuided 13 continued... The difference started when I realised my luggage had made it on to the coach without me even thinking about it; a very pleasant surprise that broke all those rules about ‘keeping your luggage with you at all times’. And it continued like that the whole holiday, with my bag magically appearing at my hotel rooms and back onto the coach. We’ve all been there. I’ve lugged a suitcase through countless European city centres after long flights and tricky hotel transfers. I’ve kept my fingers crossed that the budget hotel I found will miraculously have turned into a swanky pad, while my partner Vanessa grumbles every time my suitcase wobbles to the side and hits her in the shin. Someone carrying that luggage. FEATURING: right - Paris, France Someone checking me in at the hotel and just handing me my key. Someone there to point out restaurants to fit my random dining requirements – or the best shop to buy authentic gifts rather than over-priced tourist tack. It was these little luxuries which left me free to just enjoy the experience. More than a personal concierge … she knew more than most would think possible about the places we visited My Travel Director, Anna, was more than a personal concierge though. She knew more than most would think possible about the places we visited – understanding each region’s people, economy, history, politics and food. 14 Chatting with her over breakfast, she told me it wasn’t just the heritage which attracted her to Trafalgar. It was appreciating she’d get bespoke training to help her share her passion for her home nation. And knowing the itineraries would let her take her guests inside each destination – and add her own personal touch. But it wasn’t just about bespoke moments. We’d come to see the sights. After all, you couldn’t go home from Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or Rome without seeing the Vatican. And we were fast-tracked past the queues into iconic landmarks – it didn’t just save us time, it made us feel a little like VIPs. I have to confess, I had made assumptions about travelling as a group. I thought it would be like a cruise on wheels, but I soon discovered a more intimate and in-depth adventure, with moments which felt truly exclusive and local. Anna told me about the team who find the experiences she gets to share, like Christine who travels across Europe, literally knocking on doors to find amazing home-cooked meals and local characters travellers can dine with. She introduced us to her local connections who’d share their cities, homes or even dinners with us As we travelled, Anna told us stories about characters she’d met. She shared anecdotes about her own life growing up in the places she took us. And she introduced us to her local connections, who’d share their cities, homes or even dinners with us. I’d always thought guided holidays were all pre-planned, but sometimes Anna took us off-route, choosing more scenic roads or showing us hidden places she’d found and loved. Completely impromptu, she heard about a little village fair and pointed it out, answered a tricky question about a crop growing in the fields we were passing, and found a shop selling fabric for a fellow guest keen on quilting. There’s something about travel which connects people It was moments like this which sealed the friendships I’d made with my fellow travellers. It seems far-fetched that friendships can be forged so quickly – but there’s something about travel which connects people. Having trips tailored to families; to people with a passion for food; to travellers wanting to see more than one country; even to those wanting to lie-in; meant you felt you really were with like-minded people. Sharing experiences like dining with farmers in their home, my first (rather inelegant) attempt at wine tasting, watching ancient Stonehenge appear on the misty horizon, and losing my Cornish Pasty to a squawking seagull, only to find out half my fellow travellers did too, sped up bonds which normally take years to form. I thought I’d stay in run-of-the-mill hotels; but one night you could be staying in the buzz of a capital city and the next be in an old palace packed with tradition and romantic stories. It feels like each hotel is cherry-picked to suit the day – and squeeze in the most local colour. And I thought every moment would be spent together, but the sightseeing and shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time to dine, explore and unwind. Sometimes I asked Anna for her recommendations; sometimes I joined one of her Optional Experiences; and sometimes I just headed to a little café and reminded myself I was really here, in Europe, on holiday. It was in one of these cafés when I found myself reading my guidebook for pleasure, rather than frantically searching it for a restaurant, direction or foreign phrase; and I realised this Trafalgar trip hadn’t let me see Europe; it had let me experience it – and enjoy it. We were fast-tracked past the queues into iconic landmarks The sightseeing and shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time to dine, explore and unwind www.trafalgar.com/WhyGuided 15 Our people. Our passion. Knowledge, experience, expertise A love of his country; 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 nations. 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 weave between the jagged cliffs and stalactite caves of ancient Cheddar Gorge in England. 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. 16 Born and raised in Italy, Pino Campi, one of our 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 they view his work, is one of my favourite moments. ‘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. FEATURING: bottom left Aegean Islands, Greece; below - Rome, Italy Pino Campi, Trafalgar Travel Director 17 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 Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, 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. 18 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 Barcelona, one of our local connections helps us mingle with busy Spaniards bargaining at the lively La Boqueria Market. Local Specialities Meeting artisans who carry on age-old traditions gives a fresh perspective on a country’s culture, like the Venetian glassblowers, the Scottish whisky distillers and the cuckoo clock makers of Germany’s Black Forest we meet. Seeing them at work gives you an appreciation for the A Local Specialities others just take home as souvenirs. Local Experts Our travels across Europe have unearthed some unforgettable characters. Local radio personalities, black cab drivers, historians: each A Local Expert adds a diverse personal spin to ‘seeing the sights’. FEATURING: top right - Cambridge, England; centre - Vatican, Rome; top middle - Cairo, Egypt; top left - Edinburgh, Scotland; middle left - Pisa, Italy Like the students of Cambridge University, who talk about studying at this famous college as they punt you along the river. With anecdotes and quirky facts about life in the places you visit, they are the ultimate insiders in their hometown. Customise your trip Everyone 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. 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 sound and light show at the Egyptian pyramids or a horse and carriage ride in Innsbruck. “The perfect balance of planned activities, shopping experiences and suggestions for what to do in free time to maximize our travel opportunities.” Elaine, East Norriton, USA 19 More than meals, in Europe food is about memories – and socialising. There’s nothing like tasting classic food and drink in their home nations. Like fish and chips in a cosy British pub, crisp champagne in a French vineyard, or authentic gelatos in a slick Italian pavement café. The dishes may be different but there’s one philosophy which unites Europe – food 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 to go next. Flavours of Europe 20 FEATURING: top left - Libero Cooking School, Italy; centre - Be My Guest in Florence, Italy; bottom left - Rome, Italy Dining with locals We’ve formed many friendships as we’ve explored Europe 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. On the shores of Loch Ard in Scotland, father and son Fergus and Gregor Wood welcome you to their working hill farm. After hearing about life as a Scottish farmer, you head into their 17th century barn for a family supper of dishes like local lamb, and the obligatory whisky mac, served up with romantic stories of the farm’s connections to the infamous Rob Roy and a rousing ‘Session’ singing competition. And in Italy, 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. When we’re on a road trip and won’t return until late, we’ll include a meal at the hotel restaurant. When we’re staying central, you’re free to find your own favourites – or try your Travel Director’s personal recommendations. And, when 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, along with up to half your evening meals. And we always plan in some time to stop for lunch in just the right spot for your journey. 21 The right place to stay Of course, sometimes it is all about the star rating, so you’ll always stay in four or five star accommodation with us. Comfort goes without saying. 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. We know one size doesn’t fit all. So sometimes we stay with internationally renowned names, like Sofitel, InterContinental and Westin, and other times we hand-pick independent hotels which add a truly unique flavour. After all, the ‘right’ hotel doesn’t always meet set criteria – you can’t measure charm. And sometimes it’s all about being central: but we make sure we pick hotels that complement your stay, so you can truly get 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 choose to live and vacation. 22 FEATURING: top centre - The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Ireland; top right - The Amfora, Hvar, Croatia; right - The Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland; below - Amalia Hotel, Nafplion, Greece; below right - Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville, Spain; bottom right - Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice, Italy; centre - Hotel Corallo, Sorrento, Italy; bottom left - Kasbah Hotel Chergui, Morocco; top left Hostellerie Le Cèdre, Beaune, France Authentic Accommodation Our local connections have introduced us to some unusual and exciting A Authentic Accommodation, which we couldn’t resist sharing with you. Unique places to stay, each reflects the area you’re in. There’s the Turkish cave hotel in Cappadocia, where the Yigitoglu family proudly share their grandly restored house beside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. There’s the Renaissance palace in Spain, where Napoleon’s army slept before attacking Vitoria. And there’s the wonderful hotel we found near the Vatican, which used to be owned by Catholic monks and donates profits to charitable missions. Rest assured While we tailor our hotels to match our holidays, there are some things you can be sure of. You’ll receive the same impeccable service and quality, whether staying in a cutting-edge modern hotel or authentic guesthouse – our Quality Control team check each and every one of them. We take care of checking you in, carrying your luggage and paying any gratuities, saving you time and energy. And at most hotels you’ll find WiFi. www.trafalgar.com/EuropeHotels 23 Itâ€™s not just about getting from A to B, but the experiences you have along the way that turn a trip into an extraordinary journey. Europeâ€™s country, city and coastal roads become more than scenery with us. Your Travel Director introduces you to each destination before you arrive, and shares anecdotes and knowledge of the places you pass on the way. On the journey, you get to know your fellow travellers; chatting, sharing stories and beginning friendships sealed by a shared love of travel. Our Coach Drivers know the roads less travelled, so we ask them to take you on the scenic routes where possible to reveal landscapes and towns you might not otherwise see. And, with years of experience, they take the worry out of the road, looking after the parking costs, road tolls and prerequisite map reading for you (we even look after your luggage from door to door throughout the journey). Your journey made easy FEATURING: far right - coastal roads, Spain; bottom left - Paris, France 24 Travelling in comfort With comfortable reclining seats, an onboard restroom and WiFi in most European countries, our air-conditioned coaches are a luxurious way to travel. They have European electrical outlets so you can charge cameras and phones between destinations. And the panoramic windows give incredible views. Other ways to travel Of course, we’re the experts in coach travel, but we tailor our holidays and sometimes select other transport to enhance your trip. Handpicked and quality checked by us, these add a different flavour to your holiday. Whether it’s passing medieval ruins on a tranquil Rhine cruise or relaxing on the Bernina Express in Switzerland, on a train journey so uniquely beautiful it’s been recognised by UNESCO. Greener travel As part of our commitment to the environment, we constantly strive to become more carbon efficient. 2013 figures* confirm our coaches emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per guest than cars or trains. And we update the vehicles in our coach fleet to the latest model at least every five years, ensuring we stay on top of innovations in carbon-efficient travel. *Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) 25 Everything taken care of FEATURING: top left and right - London Reception Centre, England; bottom left - Florence, Italy Small details can make a big difference to your holiday. That’s why we can organise these little, but important, extras for you. Airport transfers We include complimentary airport transfers for your arrival and departure (at set times). But, if you’re coming earlier or staying longer (and have booked your hotel through us), or are just flying at a different time, we’ve also negotiated competitive rates for transfers at other times and can arrange them for you. More details on p242 Staying longer If you want to stay a little longer before or after your holiday, we source special deals through our trusted and quality checked hotel partners. You can find the hotels on pages 239-240 or, for London, on trip itinerary pages. Just ask your Travel Agent to book your extra nights. More details on p240 Tap into the conversation We know guests often have questions before they travel. Our Facebook page is the perfect place to connect with past travellers or other like-minded guests about to travel. You can also tap into our insider knowledge on Twitter. Or read our blog, updated regularly with news of our destinations and insights from our on-road Travel Directors. www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel @TrafalgarTalk www.trafalgarblog.com Personal concierge service Our welcoming team at Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre help you make the most of your time in this capital city. Listening to your needs, Hosts can book London sightseeing and attraction tickets, make recommendations and even help with transport. Pop in to speak to them or just use the space to catch up on news and emails, with complimentary internet access and local papers. You can even buy currency packs there – to get you started in each country you visit with us. More details on p239 26 FEATURING: centre Dover, England; inset - Paris, France National Trust Images/Andrew Butler Quarry Bank Mill, UK Connecting with our world – just one of the projects we help fund This unique project gives an insight into the Industrial Revolution which changed Britain – and the lives of the workers that fuelled it. And your visit with us helps the National Trust preserve it. We believe in going beyond the expected. It’s something you experience as you travel with us – but it’s also our philosophy for how we connect with our world. It’s about going beyond being responsible with carbon emissions, recycled paper and donations to charitable causes – we believe these go without saying; it’s about connecting with the communities we visit, and making it easy for you to do the same. Our holidays support local people and their traditions and livelihoods. It could be meeting artisans at their workshops, staying at a little authentic hotel, or dining on local produce at a farm or vineyard. These meaningful grassroots moments let us give back to the places and people who welcome us. We also work with our parent company’s (The Travel Corporation) foundation, TreadRight, which has donated more than USD$2 million since 2008. Through this foundation, we help fund National Trust work at the UK’s White Cliffs of Dover and Quarry Bank Mill. You can see this work first hand – just look for this logo on itineraries visiting a National Trust project and visit www.treadright.org to discover more. Quarry Bank Mill was built by Samuel Greg to profit from the power of the River Bollin. The project tells the stories of this community: the pauper children taken from families, the workers who toiled and the Gregs who lived in luxury. National Trust Images/Andrew Butler www.trafalgar.com/SustainableTourism 27 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. Gondolas, Venice 28 LAKE GARDA 1 VENICE 1 Italian Holiday CROATIA 7 days – 2 Countries Regional From: NZ$2399 (per person twin share) CONNECTION CRUISE ITALY FLORENCE 1 Adriatic Sea 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 3. Code: ITIH BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO Other savings BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$260 p.p Young traveller discount NZ$250 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$60 p.p Price per Person Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$130 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$65 p.p Price per Person CORSICA Mediterranean Sea 1 2 ROME Starts Ends Rome Rome 19 Apr Sat 25 Apr Fri 26 Apr Sat 2 May Fri 3 May Sat 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat 14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat 5 Jul Sat 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri 1 Aug Fri Twin Share 2499 2499 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2599 2599 2599 2599 2450 2450 2450 2450 Single Supp. Option 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 Start End Number of overnight stays Starts Rome 2 Aug Sat 9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat 13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat 11 Oct Sat 18 Oct Sat 25 Oct Sat 1 Nov Sat 8 Nov Sat Ends Rome 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri 3 Oct Fri 10 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri 24 Oct Fri 31 Oct Fri 7 Nov Fri 14 Nov Fri Twin Share 2450 2450 2450 2450 2465 2599 2599 2599 2599 2525 2525 2525 2499 2399 2399 Single Supp. Option 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) 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 Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time 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) 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 Day 5 | Lake Garda | Florence 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 6 | Florence | Rome 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 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) 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 pages 242-243 for details. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver NZ$80 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. 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 29 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. St. Peter's Basilica, Rome 30 Rome & Tuscan Highlights BESTSELLER BOOK EARLY ITALY MONTECATINI 6 Adriatic Sea 9 days – 2 Countries At Leisure From: NZ$3025 (per person twin share) Pisa Vinci San Gimignano Florence Siena Assisi Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 8 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 Regional Meal lunch. 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 3. CONNECTION CRUISE Code: ITRO BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO Other savings BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$314 p.p Young traveller discount NZ$300 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$100 p.p Price per Person Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$157 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$78 p.p CORSICA 1 1 ROME Starts Rome 25 Apr Fri 2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri Price per Person Mediterranean Sea Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops Ends Rome 3 May Sat 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat 14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat 5 Jul Sat 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat Twin Share 3050 3050 3050 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3025 3025 3025 Single Supp. Option 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 Starts Rome 25 Jul Fri 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri 3 Oct Fri 10 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri Ends Rome 2 Aug Sat 9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat 13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat 11 Oct Sat 18 Oct Sat 25 Oct Sat Twin Share 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3085 3135 3135 3135 3050 3050 3050 3050 Single Supp. Option 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 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) 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) 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 pages 242-243 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 NZ$102 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. 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 31 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. Vespa 32 BAVENO 2 Italian Lakes Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre ITALY 2 MILAN 1 9 days – 1 Country Regional From: NZ$2799 (per person twin share) Pavia Soragna 1 PARMA 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 3. Code: INOR BOOK & PAY EARLY Other savings BOOK BEFORE: UP SAVE TO NZ$290 p.p Young traveller discount NZ$280 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$50 p.p Price per Person Langhirano Genoa 2 Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$145 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$72 p.p SANTA MARGHERITA Price per Person Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops Mediterranean Sea Cinque Terre La Spezia Starts Milan 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri 2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri Ends Milan 12 Apr Sat 19 Apr Sat 26 Apr Sat 3 May Sat 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat 14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat 5 Jul Sat Single Twin Supp. Option Share 2825 470 2825 470 2825 470 2825 470 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 Starts Milan 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri Ends Milan 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat 2 Aug Sat 9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat 13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat Single Twin Supp. Option Share 2799 470 2799 470 2799 470 2799 470 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2899 2899 2899 2825 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 470 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) Day 7 | Santa Margherita | Langhirano | Soragna | Parma 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 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) TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 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 NZ$102 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. 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 33 At Leisure Milan & Italian Treasures The lush backdrop of Lake Garda, your home for five nights, the poetic beauty of the towns of the great Italian lakes is revealed in this enjoyable exploration of culture and style. It’s Insider moments like… the friendly chatter of the Fabiano family as they welcome you into their home, a five hundred year old convent on the shores of Lake Garda. As you tour the vineyards, you learn the techniques of organic wine production from expert winemaker Lorenzo Fabiano. He tells you about his favourite drop as you explore their wine cellars together. And then emerge to a traditional meal, with wine from the very vines you strolled between, as the family share rich tales of convent life in 16th century Italy. Lake Garda Milan It's iconic places City Tours in Verona and Modena. Orientation in Milan. Visit beautiful Lake Como and Lake Garda, the towns of Bassano del Grappa and Marostica. Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. View the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, the imposing Scaliger Castle at Sirmione and the Romanesque Cathedral in Modena. See Juliet’s Balcony and the Roman Arena in Verona. Bassano Del Grappa 34 Milan & Italian Treasures 9 days – 1 Country At Leisure Como Bassano del Grappa Marostica BESTSELLER BOOK EARLY From: NZ$2575 (per person twin share) Bergamo 2 1 5 LAKE GARDA Sirmione Verona MILAN Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 8 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 3. Code: ITMI BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO Other savings BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$280 p.p Young traveller discount NZ$260 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$30 p.p Price per Person Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$140 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$70 p.p ITALY Mediterranean Sea Modena Starts Milan 2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri Price per Person Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops Ends Milan 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat 14 Jun Sat 21 Jun Sat 28 Jun Sat 5 Jul Sat 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat 2 Aug Sat Twin Share 2599 2599 2650 2650 2650 2650 2650 2650 2650 2575 2575 2725 2725 Single Supp. Option 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 Starts Milan 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri 3 Oct Fri 10 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri Ends Milan 9 Aug Sat 16 Aug Sat 23 Aug Sat 30 Aug Sat 6 Sep Sat 13 Sep Sat 20 Sep Sat 27 Sep Sat 4 Oct Sat 11 Oct Sat 18 Oct Sat 25 Oct Sat Twin Share 2725 2725 2725 2725 2799 2799 2699 2699 2625 2599 2599 2599 Single Supp. Option 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Milan (2 Nights) Welcome to Milan! Relax and unwind after your journey. Later, see the sights during an orientation of the city centre including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: AC Hotel Milano Day 2 | Milan Free Time and Como Excursion Enjoy free time this morning to explore Milan. Later, travel to scenic Lake Como and visit Como town. Enjoy a cappuccino or a gelato in your free time before returning to Milan later in the afternoon. (BB) Day 3 | Milan | Bergamo | Lake Garda (5 Nights) Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the old town before continuing your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. (BB) Hotel: Portici Riva del Garda Day 4 | Marostica and Bassano Del Grappa Excursion Your excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Day 5 | Sirmione and Verona Excursion Stop to see Scaliger Castle at Sirmione. In Shakespeare’s romantic city of Verona, see the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony during your walking tour of the town with a A Local Expert. Spend this afternoon exploring this city at your own pace. Join your companions this evening and visit a villa near Lake Garda, converted from a 15th century convent, for a special A Be My Guest dinner and vineyard experience. (BB BG) Day 6 | Lake Garda At Leisure You have a whole day to do as you please! Take a stroll along the sparkling lakeside, relax surrounded by beautiful scenery, or perhaps take an optional experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range. (BB) Day 7 | Modena Excursion Enjoy today’s excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A A Local Expert will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th century Romanesque Cathedral. Sample some of the local speciality balsamic vinegars. After a short drive, visit the Ferrari Museum for a A Unique Insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari. (BB) Day 8 | Lake Garda | Milan This morning, travel back to Milan for free time to explore the city. This evening, join your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Starhotels Tourist Day 9 | Depart Milan Say ‘arrivederci’ this morning to Italy and your companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. 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 Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver NZ$102 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. Bergamo 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 35 Family Experiences Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold Rome’s savagery, Venice’s decadence and Florence’s romance – this family trip introduces the different characters of Italy, with three nights in three diverse cities. It’s Insider moments like… feeling the heavy weight of the sword in your hand, as a Gladiator teaches you and your children age-old combat skills at Gladiator training school. And listening to the gruesome history of battles and bloodshed in ancient Rome, almost hearing the roar of the crowd as you and your family enter the ring. And it’s imagining the heat of the sun beating down on those who trained before you, as they battled for their lives against tigers, lions and the fearsome weapons of their fellow slaves. Colosseum, Rome Italian Pizza It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Orientation of Pisa. Visit St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the amazing Vatican Museums, the 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. Grand Canal, Venice 36 SLOVENIA 3 VENICE Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold CROATIA 10 days – 2 Countries Family Experiences From: NZ$2925 (per person twin share) Bologna Pisa 3 FLORENCE Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 Farewell lunch. 4 dinners (including Kick-off Party, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Rome cooking demonstration). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3. Assisi Code: FGIC Adriatic Sea BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$365 p.p Other Young traveller discount NZ$360 savings Quad room discount NZ$510 p.p 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$340 p.p ITALY ROME 3 Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$183 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$91 p.p Mediterranean Sea Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops Price per Person Price per Person Starts Rome 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr Fri Ends Venice 13 Apr Sun 20 Apr Sun 27 Apr Sun Twin Share 3435 3650 3650 3650 3650 3650 3650 3650 3650 3650 3575 3575 3575 3575 Single Supp. Option 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 Starts Rome 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri Ends Venice 10 Aug Sun 17 Aug Sun 24 Aug Sun 7 Sep Sun 14 Sep Sun 21 Sep Sun 28 Sep Sun 5 Oct Sun It's travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Welcome to Italy! After check-in, take a wander through the city’s ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing Your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour, starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, tour the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the Forum. This evening, learn how to make a A Local Speciality during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and eat it too. Delicious! (BB D) Day 3 | Rome | Visit A Gladiator School and Free Time This morning experience a A Unique Insight into the life of a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history you will learn the basics of gladiatorial swood fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome’s rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do! Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant’Angelo, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. (BB) Day 4 | Rome | Assisi | Florence (3 Nights) With a A Local Expert discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Day 5 | Florence Sightseeing See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a A Local Expert, including the magnificent Cathedral and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards, your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato, a A Local Speciality in the city where it was invented! (BB) Day 6 | Florence | Excursion to Pisa View one of the most famous sights in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the ‘Field of Miracles’! Tonight, join your companions for a special A Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards. (BB BG) Day 7 | Florence | Bologna | Venice (3 Nights) Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna – the home of ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ – for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your A Local Expert. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical Byzantine city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic. (BB DW) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Day 8 | Venice | Canal Cruise and Orientation Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square and view the Bridge of Sighs, where condemned prisoners caught their last glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge’s Palace, St. Marks Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a A Local Speciality first hand during a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to make your own! Later, perhaps take a ride on a gondola – it’s a great way to see the city in all its glory! (BB) Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to The Market Glide along the canals to Rialto Bridge. Gain a A Unique Insight on your visit to an ancient fish market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a A Local Expert. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant. (BB FL) Day 10 | Depart Venice Say ‘ciao Italia’ at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) 2 May Fri 11 May Sun 16 May Fri 25 May Sun 30 May Fri 8 Jun Sun 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri 15 Jun Sun 22 Jun Sun 29 Jun Sun 6 Jul Sun 13 Jul Sun 20 Jul Sun 27 Jul Sun 3 Aug Sun Twin Share 3575 3575 3575 3575 3650 3650 3650 3650 2925 2999 3099 2925 Single Supp. Option 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 520 520 520 520 n 12 Dec Fri 21 Dec Sun n H 19 Dec Fri 28 Dec Sun n H 24 Dec Wed 2 Jan Fri 2015 n 2 Jan Fri 11 Jan Sun n Winter Departures (WGICF): Departures marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2014. for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! H Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome 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’s Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Guaranteed Room Share: is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless travelling as part of a family group. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver NZ$114 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. Gladiator School, Rome KEY: A Insider Experience KP Kick–off Party 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 37 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) 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 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. 38 2 VENICE Flavours of Italy CROATIA 10 days – 2 Countries Special Interest From: PARMA 1 1 BOLOGNA NZ$3625 (per person twin share) CONNECTION CRUISE Adriatic Sea SAN GIMIGNANO Pisa 3 Florence Greve 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 3. Code: ITIE ITALY CORSICA BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO Other savings BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$383p.p Young traveller discount NZ$370 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$120 p.p Price per Person Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$191 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$96 p.p Price per Person Mediterranean Sea 2 ROME Starts Ends Rome Venice 27 Apr Sun 6 May Tue 4 May Sun 11 May Sun 18 May Sun 25 May Sun 1 Jun Sun 8 Jun Sun 15 Jun Sun 22 Jun Sun 29 Jun Sun 13 May Tue 20 May Tue 27 May Tue 3 Jun Tue 10 Jun Tue 17 Jun Tue 24 Jun Tue 1 Jul Tue 8 Jul Tue Twin Share 3735 3735 3750 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3685 3625 3625 3625 Single Supp. Option 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 830 800 800 800 800 Starts Ends Rome Venice 27 Jul Sun 5 Aug Tue 3 Aug Sun 10 Aug Sun 17 Aug Sun 24 Aug Sun 31 Aug Sun 7 Sep Sun 14 Sep Sun 21 Sep Sun 28 Sep Sun 12 Aug Tue 19 Aug Tue 26 Aug Tue 2 Sep Tue 9 Sep Tue 16 Sep Tue 23 Sep Tue 30 Sep Tue 7 Oct Tue Twin Share 3625 3625 3625 3625 3650 3799 3825 3825 3825 3750 3750 3735 3735 Single Supp. Option 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops 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 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 This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) 6 Jul Sun 15 Jul Tue 13 Jul Sun 22 Jul Tue 20 Jul Sun 29 Jul Tue 5 Oct Sun 14 Oct Tue 12 Oct Sun 21 Oct Tue 19 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 pages 242-243 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 NZ$105 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 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. 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 39 Regional 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 Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time A Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A Unique Insight in the Vatican 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. Your included sightseeing tour with a Bramante's Staircase 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 40 SWITZERLAND Italian Discovery Lake Maggiore 1 ITALY Verona Ferrara 2 VENICE SLOVENIA 10 days – 2 Countries Regional From: NZ$3325 (per person twin share) CONNECTION CRUISE MILAN TURIN 1 BOLOGNA 1 FLORENCE Pisa 1 FRANCE Adriatic Sea 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 3. Code: ITDI BOOK & PAY EARLY UP TO Other savings BOOK BEFORE: SAVE NZ$355 p.p Assisi Young traveller discount NZ$340 15 January save 10% 31 March save 7.5% Triple room discount NZ$110 p.p Price per Person Frequent traveller reward SAVE up to NZ$178 p.p Second trip discount SAVE up to NZ$89 p.p Price per Person CORSICA ROME 2 1 Starts Rome 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri 2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri 6 Jun Fri 13 Jun Fri 20 Jun Fri 27 Jun Fri 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri Ends Rome 27 Apr Sun 4 May Sun 11 May Sun 18 May Sun 25 May Sun 1 Jun Sun 8 Jun Sun 15 Jun Sun 22 Jun Sun 29 Jun Sun 6 Jul Sun 13 Jul Sun 20 Jul Sun 27 Jul Sun Twin Share 3425 3425 3425 3425 3485 3499 3499 3525 3525 3525 3550 3325 3325 3325 Single Supp. Option 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 Starts Rome 25 Jul Fri 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri 15 Aug Fri 22 Aug Fri 29 Aug Fri 5 Sep Fri 12 Sep Fri 19 Sep Fri 26 Sep Fri 3 Oct Fri 10 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri 24 Oct Fri Ends Rome 3 Aug Sun 10 Aug Sun 17 Aug Sun 24 Aug Sun 31 Aug Sun 7 Sep Sun 14 Sep Sun 21 Sep Sun 28 Sep Sun 5 Oct Sun 12 Oct Sun 19 Oct Sun 26 Oct Sun 2 Nov Sun Twin Share 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3399 3525 3525 3525 3525 3425 3425 3425 3399 Single Supp. Option 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 Start End Number of overnight stays Sightseeing stops Mediterranean Sea see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held