Family Experiences 2013 (SA)
The world is full of incredible places and exploring it is a much more fulfilling experience when shared with your family.
2013 EUROPE & THE AMERICAS e kids get up to at See what adventures thes nces.co.za www.FamilyTravelExperie www.FamilyTravelExperiences.co.za Discover the secret to the perfect family holiday! The world is full of incredible places and exploring it is a much more fulfilling experience when shared with your family. Trafalgar’s tailored Family Experiences are the perfect way to introduce your kids to the diverse cultures and traditions of Europe and the Americas. Your kids will be just as eager to explore as you are, as their curiosity of the world unfolds around them and their imaginations grow with amazing sights, action-packed activities and captivating learning experiences that are fun for everyone. With over 65 years of experience, we go out of our way to deliver unforgettable travel experiences for families. We take care of every last detail to ensure your entire holiday is hassle free and infinitely easier than travelling independently. But the real secret to the ultimate family holiday is the memories you’ll relive together long after you return home. 2 Go horseback riding in ranch country, Wyoming, USA Contents Introduction What's Included Sightseeing It's the people you meet Dining Accommodation & Transport Sensational Savings & Air Deals Page 2 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 Europe Magic & Make Believe Castles & Kilts Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold Sorrento & Sicily Surprise Spanish Salsa European Wonderland Greek Island Hopper Days 8 10 10 10 9 11 10 Page 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 Paris, France The Colosseum, Rom e, Italy TreadRight Foundation Protecting the places we visit and cultures we interact with is important to Trafalgar. We are committed to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and protecting the destinations we visit to ensure they remain vibrant for future generations of travellers. Through the TreadRight Foundation, established by our parent company The Travel Corporation, we have helped to contribute more than $1.5 million to initiatives worldwide. To learn more, visit us at www.treadright.org. Peyto Lake, Alberta, Can ada The Americas Days Aloha Hawaii NEW 9 Wild West, Cowboys & Buffalos 8 Pioneer Adventures of the Old West 8 Canyon Country Jamboree NEW 9 Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills with optional Calgary Stampede 8/9 California Dreamin’ 8 Trails of Liberty 8 Adventures in the Wild Northwest 10 Dude Ranchin', Yellowstone & Glacier Roundup 10 Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes 8 Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries 11 Peruvian Amazon & Galapagos Island Cruise Extensions Page 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 48-49 50-51 52 In cooperation with TreadRight, we're pleased to support the National Trust, now for our second year. The National Trust is committed to the protection of the coastline and countryside in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. To date, we've supported the building of a state-of-the-art visitors centre at Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, as well as an appeal to safeguard the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Several Trafalgar itineraries visit National Trust sites. Please look for the TreadRight logo on select itinerary pages and visit www.trafalgar.com for more information on our commitment to sustainable tourism. Travel Information Hotels, Travel Protection Plan & Booking Conditions 53-55 ud to Trafalgar is pro recycled be using 100% ody of paper for the b . all its brochures 3 A family holiday to remember Planning a family holiday on your own is not without its challenges. On a Trafalgar Family Experiences holiday, we take all the stress away and create a hassle free journey, so your family can spend quality time together exploring each destination to its fullest. We take care of everything Choosing a Family Experiences holiday ensures your family enjoys hassle free travel filled with priceless memories. We look after all the details so the whole family can get the most out of their holiday and make new discoveries every day. See the Trafalgar difference for yourself with our unbeatable, value-formoney inclusions. WE HEARD STORIES OF INCA RULERS FROM OUR LOCAL GUIDE AT MACHU PICCHU WE GOT TO PAINT AND DECORATE OUR OWN VENETIAN MASK LAST VE B A HAD NING ABO ZIPLI UNGLE IN THE J ICA! R A T COS 4 Lincoln Mem orial, Washi ngton oming, USA ical Center, Wy Buffalo Bill Histor D.C., USA Travelling ON YOUR OWN Hassle free Travel WHAT WE INCLUDE • Spend hours researching and planning your • Expertly planned itineraries entire holiday • A travel wallet and travel documents • Make new friends • Rely on guidebooks to learn about destinations and where to go • Overcoming language barriers • Follow the usual tourist trail and see the same sights as everyone else • Waiting in line • Organising activities to keep kids entertained that are both fun and educational • Limited cultural experiences • Services of a professional Travel Director* • In-depth sightseeing with Local Guides and Local Experts. See page 8 • Authentic and unexpected sightseeing experiences like Local Specialities, Unique Insights and Hidden Treasures. See pages 6-7 • Free VIP entry to major sights • Family-friendly activities. See pages 6-7 • Kids cooking classes (on selected itineraries). See page 11 • Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing • Customise your holiday with Optional Excursions. See page 7 • Complimentary keepsake group photo • Carefully chosen, great-value First Class hotels and unique accommodation • Ideally located • Tailored for families with two-bedded rooms and private facilities (triple and quad rooms available upon request) • All baggage handling, hotel service charges, tips and taxes included • Breakfast included daily • Quality local cuisine with kid-friendly menus • Authentic Highlight Dinners. See page 11 • Kick-off Party and Farewell Dinner. See pages 10-11 • Exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences. See page 11 • Tips included • For other meals, help with reservations and directions to where the locals eat • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and restroom • Dedicated Coach Driver takes you everywhere • Complimentary airport transfers on the arrival and departure days of your trip See page 53 for details Sightseeing & Activities Accommodation • Unsure of quality and suitability of accommodation you book • Pay retail prices • Struggle with luggage • Additional outlays and hidden expenses such as tips, hotel service charges and taxes • Risk of poor quality • Spend more time searching for family-friendly options • Pay restaurant prices • Additional cost for tips Meals Transport * • Arrange your own transport which may not always be convenient or comfortable • Rely on maps and timetables to plan your route or stop for directions • Worry about parking Except Magic and Make Believe, which is locally hosted. 5 Sightseeing adventures LIKE NO OTHER! Our Family Experiences holidays are packed with endless activities suitable for travellers of all ages. You’ll explore all the popular sights you’ve been longing to see as well as places of special interest for the kids. And with free VIP entry into many of the major sights on your itinerary, your family will enjoy a hassle free sightseeing experience every time. Local Specialities I Our Local Specialities allow you to learn firsthand about the unique products, crafts and traditions of a region. You’ll watch skilled artisans at work and often sample the fruits of their labours. In Hawaii, learn to make flower leis. Create your own chocolate bar at America’s famous Hershey’s Chocolate World. Learn to dance the Flamenco in Spain, and in Italy, visit a gelateria to see how gelato is made before tasting a variety of flavours! e tun For a t y i r is o 'll v act You okie F Co See how ge lato is made in Florence RNED WE LEA CE THE TO DAN IN SPAIN O C N E FLAM Unique Insights l A REAL SAILOR SHOWED US AROUND THE USS MISSOURI On select itineraries, we take you deeper into the social and cultural landscape of a destination with visits to interesting places that are unique to a particular region. Experience life as a gladiator with a visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. Enjoy a glimpse into the lives of a traditional English butler and housekeeper at Tatton Park Mansion House. And learn about the battleship USS Missouri on a guided visit with a real US Navy sailor, on board this museum ship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Adrenalin-pumping adventures During your holiday, we'll thrill you with action-packed activities. Your family will enjoy flying along ziplines high above the jungle floor in Costa Rica. Feel the rush of white water rafting along the Athabasca River in Canada (or a more gentle and scenic float trip if you prefer). Rev up with dune buggy rides and sand boarding in the middle of the desert in Peru. Or take a high-speed jet boat ride down the Rogue River in Oregon. 6 Hidden Treasures G The world is full of amazing sights, but not all of them are as obvious as the famous landmarks. During your journey, your Travel Director will reveal at least one Hidden Treasure – a special surprise you wouldn’t get to experience without their in-depth local knowledge. HISTORY CAME TO LIFE AT THE GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD ST SAW THE MO NERY E AWESOME SC DOWN AT ON OUR FLO R SNAKE RIVE Fun learning experiences Along the way, we’ll provide you with insightful and educational experiences that will stimulate the minds of kids and adults alike. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Feel the history of the American Civil War come to life on a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield. And enjoy spine-tingling ghost stories on a candlelight tour in colonial Williamsburg. G TO LEARNIN IGHT AT F D R O SW SCHOOL R O T A I GLAD COOL! Y L S U O I R WAS SE Exciting Optional Excursions Apart from all the included sights and activities on your itinerary, we also offer a range of Optional Excursions that you can choose from – whatever your family’s interests may be! Optional Excursions are available at competitive prices from your Travel Director during your trip. Payment is made directly to your Travel Director by credit card or cash (in the local currency). In Paris, visit one of the world's largest museums on a guided tour through the Louvre. In the Swiss town of Lucerne, take the amazing cog-wheel train to the summit of Mount Pilatus to enjoy the stunning views. Or maybe a gentle float down Snake River through the spectacular scenery of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. For a full list of excursions, go to the itinerary pages at www.trafalgar.com 7 Say hello to new friends Travelling is just as much about the sights you see as it is the friendly local faces you meet. With each unique encounter, your family will be immersed in the local way of life as if it were your own. The other families you travel with will become lifelong friends, and your Travel Director will share their passion for the places you visit in ways beyond expected. St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy Travel Directors It’s the stories behind each destination that allow your kids to truly get a feel for the places they visit, and no one does it better than our Travel Directors. They are your friend who brings each destination to life, giving your family a real insider’s perspective on each region, in ways you simply couldn’t experience on your own. And they know exactly what it’s like to be hailed with questions from curious young travellers! rk, USA tone National Pa badge, Yellows r ge ran ior jun g Ranger presentin Travel Director J.P. sha res his vast knowledge Local Guides 5 Delve deeper into a city or region with entertaining Local Guides who'll join you during your holiday. As locals to the area, they’ll share their passion for the place they grew up in and take your sightseeing experience to a whole new level, showing you specific sights in more detail. Hear tales of ravens and royalty at the Tower of London. Or in Florence, discover Renaissance architecture and another Florentine favourite – gelato! Local Experts j At select locations, enjoy the company of Local Experts such as interpretive guides, indigenous storytellers, naturalists, geologists and historians. They’ll enrich your travel experience by sharing fascinating insights, based on their specialised knowledge in the area you’re visiting. In Arizona, meet Canyon Dave and discover how the Grand Canyon was formed. In Costa Rica, learn about sea turtles who nest in Tortuguero, or meet an Olympic athlete in training at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. F APS O THE E H HAD POTTING T FUN S URTLES A T SEA GUERO TORTU 8 conversation! Mondello, Sicily, Ita ly Join the e, Scotland Edinburgh Castl Marching Band, Share the experience with new friends It’s the power of travel that brings people together. As you make friends, so too will your kids. The lifetime friendships formed with other kids will see them learn more about the world outside the one they live in. And they’ll relish having a buddy to share their fun experiences with, on every day of their holiday. Be part of the Community Head to the Trafalgar Community and chat with others in our forums, ask questions, share photos and meet your travel companions before your trip even starts in our Trip Groups. Visit www.trafalgar.com/community Facebook Get information as it happens around the world from Trafalgar, our Travel Directors and guests travelling with us. Like us now at www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel Twitter Follow us on Twitter and get instant updates via @TrafalgarTalk Follow us at www.twitter.com/TrafalgarTalk Trafalgar Blog Be inspired and read real-life travel stories written by Trafalgar guests from all over the world. Visit www.TrafalgarBlog.com Share fun times! Monument Valley, Utah, USA 9 Tempt their taste-buds! Discovering the flavours of a region is a fantastic way to get a real feel for a new culture, and we make sure your Family Experiences holiday includes local dining experiences with family-friendly options, that perfectly complement your trip. Kick-off Party E We start your trip with a fun, informal get together so you can meet the other families you’ll be travelling with. Your Travel Director will host the party at your hotel or a local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a drink and a light meal featuring regional flavours. WE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE PAELLA IN SPAIN - YUM! Enjoy delicious local tastes The perfect start to your day Your family will wake up to a delicious buffet breakfast every day on your holiday. With such a tempting selection of hot favourites like eggs, bacon and sausage as well as cereals, pastries, fruit and more, everyone in the family will get to choose what they like. ui My Guest lunch in Ma Sack racing on a Be Flexible everyday dining We understand what it’s like to cater for varied tastes and appetites, so we make sure you have the flexibility to discover local dining places as a family. For lunch and several dinners, you can explore the local cuisine on your own and make the most of your free time. And you can always rely on your Travel Director’s suggestions on the best local restaurants. Delicious ki d-friendly menus 10 ht Dinner and show Chuckwagon Highlig Enjoy a western-style Kids Cooking Classes Roasting s'mores at Ucross Ranc h, Wyoming, USA Food is so much tastier when you make it yourself! You’ll find the kids have a wonderful new appreciation for different flavours and traditions, when they join in the fun cooking classes included in select Family Experiences itineraries. Learn how to make Spanish paella for dinner in Valencia. And in Rome, join an expert chef for a lesson on how to make authentic Italian pizza, including how to throw the dough! Highlight Dinners F Your family will absolutely love the Highlight Dinners we include on our holidays. Featuring the special flavours and settings of standout destinations on your trip, they’ll leave the kids with full bellies and happy memories. Tuck into a ranch-style dinner followed by a campfire while staying at a working ranch in Wyoming. Feast on a medieval banquet held in your honour at Ruthin Castle in Wales. Or simply relax with a poolside pizza party at Lake Powell in Utah. Farewell Dinners F On the last night of your holiday, you’ll join your travel companions for an included Farewell Dinner. It’s the perfect way to celebrate all the memorable moments and good times you’ve shared during your journey. IZZA P G N I TOSS ARDER H S I DOUGH IT LOOKS! THAN Enjoy great local food everywhere you go Be My Guest - Dining with the locals B It’s your exclusive invitation to meet and dine with the locals! Included on select itineraries, our Be My Guest experiences present a unique opportunity for your family to sample the authentic dishes of a region and mingle with your hosts at private homes, working farms and other exclusive venues. At La Mirandilla, a bull-raising ranch near Seville, take a guided walk with your host around the classic Spanish home, as you learn about the art of rearing bulls. Then sit down to a tasty barbecue dinner of local favourites including chorizo sausage and roast potatoes. Enjoy a unique farm-to-fork experience at an organic farm in Maui. Your family will learn about sustainable farming as you explore the property, and pick fresh produce to be used in your delicious lunch. The kids will also join in fun activities like tree planting and sack races. 11 A good night's sleep EVERY TIME! At Trafalgar, we select every hotel for its ideal location, quality, impeccable service and comfort, ensuring your family is well rested for the exciting day that awaits you. , Hawaii Waikiki Beach Resort Hilton Hawaiian Village Ruthin Castle, Wales WE GOT TO STAY IN A REAL CASTLE, AWESOME! Stay near the action We ensure every place you stay is suitably located so that you get the most out of each destination you visit. Marvel at the extraordinary views of the Grand Canyon while staying right in the heart of the National Park. Or relive what it would have been like during the Middle Ages, sleeping in a medieval-style castle dating back to 1277 in Wales. In Costa Rica, explore the jungle from the comforts of your Tortuguero National Park lodge. And in Hawaii, all of the hotels are beach front! Your hotels are always First Class or better, and include such world-renowned brands as Hilton, Novotel, Hyatt and Renaissance. If you’re travelling with a larger family, triple and quad rooms are available upon request and young travellers are also entitled to further discounts. Tryp Macarena Hotel, Seville, Spain Swimming at Ucros s Ranch, Wyoming , USA 12 We aim to please As Trafalgar guests, your family can expect high quality service at every hotel. No need to worry about hauling luggage around – we include porterage, hotel tips and local taxes in your holiday price! Upon arrival at your hotel, you’ll find that your Travel Director has already checked you in and arranged for your luggage to be delivered to your room. Our Product Team constantly reviews all hotels ensuring our high standards are always met. Transport Put your feet up and relax Arranging your own transport for your family while on holiday can be time-consuming and difficult. But with Trafalgar’s Family Experiences we organise it all for you, so you don’t need to think twice about how you’ll get around. Your family will travel in air-conditioned comfort on-board modern coaches fitted with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. The plush surrounds provide the perfect environment for kids to relax or socialise with their new friends. You'll all enjoy the panoramic views from the coach's high vantage point. And our on-board TVs will ensure everyone gets their entertainment fix. Hotel & Wellness, Peru Aranwa Sacred Valley Free Wi-Fi Access Trafalgar understands that during your trip you’ll want to stay connected with family and friends. At the majority of the hotels where you’ll stay we ensure that there is access to free Wi-Fi.* *On all land based itineraries. d style comfort an Travel in El Greco, Santorini, Gre ece Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dako ta, USA A sort, Utah, US Lake Powell Re Leave the driving to the expert Your professional Coach Driver takes away the pressure of travelling independently with your family. You’ll be chauffeured around each city and its major attractions, allowing your family to simply enjoy the ride. No maps or timetables to read, no need to worry about parking, luggage handling or directions – it’s the ultimate in hassle free family travel. 13 Trafalgar gives you A GREAT DEAL MORE! Galapagos Sea Lion pup EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNTS BOOK NOW FOR THE BEST DEAL! Book and pay early for these massive savings. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn. SAVE R2413 UP TO SAVE SAVE SAVE UP TO 10% 7.5% 5% Pay in full on or before 27th Dec 2012 and SAVE UP to R2413 per person Pay in full on or before 28th Feb 2013 and SAVE UP to R1809 per person Pay in full on or before 30th Apr 2013 and SAVE UP to R1206 per person UP TO UP TO This discount CAN be combined with other discounts where applicable and only applies to holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount”* in the price panel. Deposits must be paid at the time of booking and the balance be paid in full on or before the discounts end date. * Discounts only apply to European holidays featured in this brochure which display the amounts within the price panels on the itinerary pages. For non European itineraries please contact your Travel Agent or visit our website for applicable Early Payment discounts. BOOK YOUR AIR EARLY TO GET THE BEST LAND AND AIR DEAL POSSIBLE! SINGLE TRAVELLERS One of the great benefits of guided holidays is the ease of travelling solo. Trafalgar makes it simple by offering the following options: TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Travel together and save money 5% SAVE Guaranteed room share When travelling alone, we understand that some guests don’t want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That's why on the majority of our itineraries we give you the option to room share. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a 'two bed' basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note, we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. IMPORTANT: This service does not apply to Magic and Make Believe, Greek Island Hopper, Costa Rica and South America itineraries, optional itinerary extensions, extra nights' accommodation, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements and airport transfers. 5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the LAND-only portion of your holiday. So it pays to get together with your family and friends! 9 or more: If 9 or more people travel together, we offer attractive group discounts based on the number of people travelling. In a group of 9 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip. In a group of 16 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip IMPORTANT: Space is limited to one group per departure so book early! These discounts cannot be combined with our Young Traveller Discount or Triple Room Reduction. All guests must be booked at the same time in order to qualify. The discount is per person only and does not apply to Magic and Make Believe, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers, optional itinerary extensions and extra nights' accommodation. *Discount is on a twin-share basis only. Single supplement value If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you’ll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement. TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION Trafalgar's Gold Seal Additional Protection provides insurance coverage for you while you’re away, including trip cancellations or interruptions due to illness. For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection Plan information on page 54. DEFINITE DEPARTURES Definite Departures are holidays which have surpassed minimum booking numbers, confirming operation. Once a holiday reaches its minimum guest number, it will become a Definite Departure, identified on the Trafalgar website with a green tick: See www.trafalgar.com for more information. 14 YOUNG TRAVELLERS (5-17) Share your holiday with your family Take advantage of a great discount off the LANDonly portion of your trip when you travel with your family. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure and MUST be accompanied by an adult (limit of two Young Travellers per room in Europe and a limit of three Young Travellers per room in North & South America). 10 % SAVE UP TO Airfare deals you’ll love IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. Children under 5 years of age are NOT accepted on any guided holiday. The young traveller must be the specified age at the time of travel to be eligible. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends Discount and does not apply to airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers and extra nights' accommodation. Young Traveller Discount can only be combined with Triple and Quad room discount when children are under 16 years old. 2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday SAVE 5% UP TO Book two Trafalgar trips, each 7 days or longer for a reduction of up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the trip with the shortest duration. Take three holidays and save on two! Ask your Travel Agent for suggestions on your perfect holiday combination. There are too many to list here! IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the maximum value of how much you will save. Holidays are combinable with second and subsequent additional holidays. Holidays must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers, optional itinerary extensions and extra nights' accommodation. FREQUENT TRAVELLER DISCOUNT If you have travelled with us before, you’re entitled to a 5% discount off the LAND-only portion of the next Trafalgar holiday of your choice. You will need to travel within five years of your last trip and be a member of the Trafalgar Travel Club to qualify for this discount. 5% SAVE Act NOW and take full advantage of this great offer! IMPORTANT: Trafalgar’s Travel Club is not available retroactively. Only one credit is available per person, per year, and only one credit can be redeemed against each further holiday. The Trafalgar Travel Club Discount does not apply to Magic and Make Believe, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers, optional itinerary extensions and extra nights' accommodation. s TRIPLE & QUAD ROOM SHARING REDUCTION L Travel with three or four people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction off the LAND-only portion of your holiday price. Each itinerary lists the triple and quad room reduction per person. Refer to the holiday of your choice. IMPORTANT: These reductions apply only to itineraries featuring Triple and Quad room reductions in the price panel. Quad occupancy is strictly reserved for families travelling with young children and is not available to four adults sharing. In North and South America triple and quad room reductions are based on three or four people sharing one room with existing bedding arrangements, usually two beds, and does not include the cost of any additional bed or 'roll-away'. In Europe, Triple and Quad room reduction can only be combined with Young Traveller Discount when children are under 16 years old. WHEN 3 or SAVE 4 Combine Trafalgar's world-renowned guided holidays with a fantastic deal from one of our trusted partner airlines and you'll experience a holiday that far exceeds your expectations. Sensational airfare deals are available throughout the year. TRAVE For our latest offers and airfares, contact your Travel Agent or visit www.trafalgar.com R YEA ND Talk to your Travel Agent today! 15 Follow us on Twitter Stay updated daily with all the latest insider news and what’s current in the world of travel with @TrafalgarTalk on Twitter. Start following us at twitter.com/TrafalgarTalk ROU ! DEALS MAGIC & MAKE 8 Days from R16125 BELIEVE London Highlights SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Included ‘London Eye’ observation wheel ticket. • Windsor Excursion to Royal Windsor with a Local Guide including a visit inside this historic castle. • Paris Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower to the very top! ITINERARY DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON (4 NIGHTS) E Welcome to London, one of the world’s greatest cities! Check in to your hotel then start exploring – perhaps see the Royal Horse Guards on Whitehall or visit Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross station where Harry Potter left for Hogwarts! Meet later with your Trafalgar Local Host and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant. (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross, Bloomsbury (F) DAY 2 SIGHTSEEING IN LONDON 5 See London’s spectacular landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace – where you stop to watch the Changing of the Guard (subject to event taking place). Explore on your own this afternoon. Perhaps visit the National History Museum or the Tower of London. Get a ‘Harry Potter’s eye view’ of the city with your included ‘London Eye’ observation wheel ticket! (BB) DAY 3 SIGHTSEEING EXCURSION TO WINDSOR CASTLE Visit the historic town of Royal Windsor, which includes a guided tour of Windsor Castle – one of the Queen’s favourite castles where she regularly spends her weekends. (BB) DAY 4 FULL DAY FREE IN LONDON Spend a free day discovering the delights of London. Top attractions include Madame Tussauds, the London Dungeon and the British Museum. Shop in the West End and famous stores such as Hamley’s toy shop, Selfridges and Harrods in Knightsbridge. This evening, don’t miss the chance to see a major West End theatre show! (BB) DAY 5 LONDON – EUROSTAR HIGH-SPEED TRAIN - PARIS (3 NIGHTS) Transfer to London St. Pancras International and board the Eurostar for a short journey (2 hours, 15 minutes) to Paris. After check-in to your hotel, take a wander through famous streets or simply relax at an outdoor café and watch the world drift by! (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Paris Opera Grand Boulevard (F) DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Kick-off Party including a light supper and drinks with your Trafalgar Local Host in London (KP) • Buffet breakfast daily (BB) FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Eurostar high-speed train journey from London to Paris. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host while staying in London and Paris. • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply. See page 53 for details. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo. WINDSOR CASTLE 16 ARC DE TRIOMPHE = Overnight stays UK ON LOND STAR T Windsor 4 London Channel Tunnel Eurostar Train Paris 3 PAND RI S E France VIEWS FROM THE LONDON EYE DAY 6 SIGHTSEEING IN PARIS 5 Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide starts with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower for amazing views across the city. See Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and other famous landmarks. In your free time, consider taking the funicular railway to the top of Montmartre, or glide along the River Seine in a glass-topped boat and see Paris from a different perspective. (BB) DAY 7 FULL DAY FREE IN PARIS Today you are free to explore Paris. Perhaps visit the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, take a wander through the Tuileries or spend the day at the magnificent Palace of Versailles. The options are endless! (BB) DAY 8 DEPART PARIS Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris at the end of an exciting adventure in two of the world’s most fantastic cities! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) 8 Days from: R16125 per person twin share Ref: FLPS Price per Person Starts London Ends Paris Twin Share Option Single Supp. Starts London Ends Paris Price per Person Single Twin Supp. Share Option Thu 21 Mar Thu 28 Mar Thu 4 Apr Thu 11 Apr Thu 18 Apr Thu 6 Jun Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 28 Mar 16125 7030 Thu 4 Apr 16125 7030 Thu 11 Apr 16125 7030 Thu 18 Apr 16125 7030 Thu 25 Apr 16125 7030 Thu 13 Jun 16600 7030 Thu 20 Jun 16600 7500 Thu 27 Jun 16125 7500 Thu 27 Jun Thu 4 Jul Thu 11 Jul Thu 19 Sep Thu 26 Sep Thu 3 Oct Thu 4 Jul Thu 11 Jul Thu 18 Jul 16125 7030 16125 7030 16125 7030 Thu 10 Oct 16850 6800 GREAT SAVINGS 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Triple Room Reduction Quad Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 14–15. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 53. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: A London airport shuttle service is available. Please see page 53 for details. On Day 8 a complimentary transfer will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle at 08.00am. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. R843 p.p. R1265 R1890 EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS KP = Kick Off Party FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast HL = Highlight Lunch D = Dinner HD = Highlight Dinner BD = Buffet Dinner BG = Be My Guest FD = Farewell Dinner FAMILY EXPERIENCES – EUROPE 17 Thu 26 Sep 16850 7030 Thu 3 Oct 16850 6800 CASTLES AND KILTS ays 10 D from R20600 Stay in Ruthin Castle INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in London and Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Enjoy a Harry Potter themed half day city sightseeing tour in London. n Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the magnificent National Trust property Tatton Park Mansion house. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. ITINERARY DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world! After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel for a KickOff Party. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London. (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury (F) DAY 2 LONDON SIGHTSEEING l 5 Your Local Guide shows you the city’s sights, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the ‘Order of the Phoenix’. Admire the magical platform 9 ¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express! Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. This evening you might like to attend a medieval banquet with King Henry VIII and his court of knights, musicians and singers! (BB) DAY 3 LONDON – FREE DAY Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. Afterwards you might like to take an optional cruise along the Thames or an excursion SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide featuring Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Included visit to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. • Oxford See this famous University town associated with Harry Potter and enjoy a visit to one of the colleges. • Lacock Visit the picturesque town associated with Harry Potter. • Bath Orientation of this Georgian town and included visit to the Roman Baths. • Ruthin Castle Stay at this beautiful castle. • Liverpool Explore the free museums of this city, birthplace of The Beatles. Visit Crosby Beach to see ‘Another Place’. • Tatton Park Visit this elegant National Trust Mansion House and enjoy an ‘upstairs and downstairs’ visit with the housekeeper and butler. • Lake District Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Lakes en route to Windermere. • Hadrian’s Wall Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda. See Hadrian’s Wall which dates back to AD122. • Edinburgh See the Royal Mile and the famous Scott Memorial with your Local Guide. Interior visit of Edinburgh Castle. DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts (BB) • 4 evening meals: E Kick-off Party including a light supper and drinks with your Travel Director in London (KP) n 1 three-course dinner (D) n F Highlight Dinner at Ruthin Castle n F Farewell Dinner with drinks in Edinburgh (FD) FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London. • London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply. • Edinburgh transfers are available. See price panel. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo. 18 POSING WITH BEEFEATER, TOWER OF LONDON Scotland END EDINBURGH = Overnight stays Edinburgh 2 Hadrian's Wall ROMAN FORT AT VINDOLANDA Liverpool 1 Lake District Ruthin 2 Castle England Oxford Bath Lacock LONDO N START Wales Bristol 1 London 3 VISIT CROSBY BREACH AND SEE ÔANOTHER PLACEÕ BY FAMOUS ARTIST ANTONY GORMLEY to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help. (BB) DAY 4 LONDON – OXFORD – LACOCK – BRISTOL Travel west to Oxford for a walking tour of one of the most famous university buildings in the world! Visit the 16th century dining hall used as the inspiration for Hogwarts Hall (if students are not sitting exams). Later in Lacock – one of England’s most beautiful villages – see Harry Potter’s house and the picturesque town. Perhaps enjoy traditional afternoon tea and cakes! Arrive later in Bristol for a relaxing overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol (SF) DAY 5 BRISTOL – BATH – RUTHIN CASTLE (2 NIGHTS) Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and see Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Arrive later in Wales at a fantastic medieval-style castle which is your home for the next two nights! (BB) Hotel: Ruthin Castle (F) DAY 6 EXCURSION TO LIVERPOOL F Spend the day exploring Liverpool. There are many things to see and do, including the free World Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Fans of the Fab Four might like to join a