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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.

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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 expected.” Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

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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.

Bergen

Stavan

Our trip styles

What’s always included

Discoveries – Multi-country holidays

• The services of your Travel Director*

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

Isle of Skye

Edinburgh

• Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Londonderry Belfast

• All your accommodation – always with private facilities

Dublin

• Breakfast every day

UNITED KINGDOM

Killarney

CELTIC SEA

meals – including tips

Bayeux

travel in

behind-the-scenes visit into well-known places

or sample regional produce Be My Guest – Hear stories from local families as you dine on home-cooked dishes with them

Omaha Beach Caen Paris

FRANCE Beaune BAY OF BISCAY

*or Egyptologist in Egypt and Local Host on City Breaks and Greek Cruises

Bordeaux

Burgos Pamplona

Viseu

CO

Barcelona

Salamanca

Oporto

Avignon Aix-en-Prov Nimes N Marseille Cannes Lourdes Carcassonne

Biarritz

Santander Santaigo de Compostela

Fatima

SPAIN

Evora

Valencia

Cordoba Seville

Vilamoura

Granada Costa del Sol

Fez Rabat Casablanca

MOROCCO

Erfoud

Marrakesh Ouarzazate

Authentic Accommodation – Stay in places which embrace the region’s traditions or styles

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Madrid

PORTUGAL

SW

Ev Chamonix Lyon Aix-les-Ba

• Audio headsets for flexible

Lisbon

Lux

Amboise

Tours

taxes – including porter service

Travel Director Local Specialities – Meet local artisans

Brussels C

Mont St Michel

• All your hotel tips, charges and local

Hidden Treasures – Encounter secret spots, found (and shared) by your

Amsterdam Zutphe

BELGIUM

Lille

Plymouth

• A luxury air-conditioned coach to

with you Unique Insights – Get a rare insight or

Groningen

THE NETHERLA

Stratford-upon-Avon Waterford Rotterdam London Bath Bruges

• Approximately half your evening

Local Experts – Feel the passion of a local as they share their home city

York

IRELAND

sightseeing

Our Insider Experiences

NORTH SEA

Glasgow

ALGERIA

NORWEGIAN SEA

Geiranger Sognefjord

GULF OF BOTHN IA

Lillehammer

NORWAY

Bergen

FINLAND

SWEDEN

Oslo

St Petersburg Tallinn

Stockholm

ESTONIA

Stavanger

LATVIA

Aalborg

DENMARK

TH SEA

LAKE LADOGA

Helsinki

RUSSIA

Riga

Moscow

BALTIC SEA

Copenhagen

Novgorod

LITHUANIA Vilnius Minsk

Hamburg

Groningen

BELARUS

THE NETHERLANDS erdam

Amsterdam Zutphen

Warsaw

Berlin

POLAND

GERMANY

Brussels Cologne BELGIUM Frankfurt

Bruges

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Paris

NCE Beaune

SWITZERLAND

Avignon Aix-en-Provence es Nice Marseille Cannes Carcassonne

CROATIA Plitvice Lakes

Olbia

Isle of Capri

SARDINIA

BLACK SEA

BULGARIA

GEORGIA

Rome

Ajaccio

Belgrade

BOSNIA SERBIA & HERZEGOVINA Hvar MONTE Dubrovnik -NEGRO

ITALY

CORSICA

ROMANIA

Zagreb

Milan

MOLDOVA

HUNGARY

SLOVENIA

Venice

Florence

Alghero

Budapest

AUSTRIA

Innsbruck

Evian Chamonix Lyon Aix-les-Bains Turin

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA

Vienna

Munich Zurich

Krakow

Prague

Luxembourg

Alberobello Sorrento

MACEDONIA

Istanbul

ALBANIA

Lecce

GREECE

Canakkale

Bursa

Kalambaka

Cagliari

Palermo Agrigento

SICILY

Taormina

Delphi Olympia

Athens Mykonos

Izmir

AZ

Ankara

TURKEY

Cappadocia Konya

Pamukkale

Antalya

Santorini MALTA SYRIA

CYPRUS

CRETE

LEBANON

MEDITERRANEAN SEA TUNISIA

Tiberias Tel Aviv Jerusalem

PALESTINE

GAZA STRIP

Alexandria

IRAQ

Ein Gev Amman

ISRAEL JORDAN Petra

Cairo

EGYPT LIBYA

Sharm el Sheikh Luxor Aswan

RED SEA

SAUDI ARABIA

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 homemade ravioli. Inviting

Local Experts

you back to his restaurant

As you listen to Penny Lane, on

kitchen, you chat as you

the street which inspired the

create lunch together

song, Phil excitedly points out

before heading to his

The Beatles’ old haunts in his

garden to dine al fresco

thick Liverpudlian accent

and hear stories of life

before he takes you down into

in Florence.

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.

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 his grandfather’s vineyard during

Authentic Accommodation

communism.

Relaxing in its cool

during the war – and later saved

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

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.

Cartwright, who fell in the dam on one of his regular ‘tastings’.

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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

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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

Spain, Portugal, Morocco and France

rise to the Renaissance art, passion for

They might share borders, but

food, and exuberant yet effortless style

once you cross into each of these

you see. We’ll also introduce you to

neighbouring countries you quickly

the locals, secrets and stories behind

discover their many differences,

each city and region, like the bustle of

from their modern ways of life to

the Rialto fish market enlivening your

their traditions and history, revealed

senses as you step into this hub of

through the stories we tell. Like at the

Venetian life with our Local Expert,

Alhambra in Granada, where one of

on a walking tour of Secret Venice.

our experts paints vivid pictures of life

See our 17 Italy holidays on pages

in the palace, showing you not just the

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intricate hand-carvings most visitors focus on, but the stories behind them.

Britain and Ireland The royal pomp and pageantry; cream teas and country pubs; and traditional

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

straight to Britain and Ireland’s true

Central and Eastern Europe including Russia and Scandinavia

essence. Like in Belfast, where our local

The many faces of Europe’s central

cabbie takes you around the city in

and eastern bloc - like Russia, which

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his black cab, passionately sharing his

emerged from the Iron Curtain with a

personal memories of ‘The Troubles’.

vibrant edge - meet the contemporary

See our 19 Britain and Ireland holidays

cool of Scandinavia. Less well-known

on pages 62-99

than their western neighbours, unique

customs, local folklore and friendly characters you encounter take you

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

soul of the Eastern Med. See our 10 holidays Eastern Mediterranean holidays on pages

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

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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.

planned sightseeing, dining and hotels,

DEEP INSIDE with Regionals

COVERING GROUND with Discoveries

chosen so you can experience the

Taking you deep into a destination, our

An instant introduction to Europe’s

best of the destination – with just the

in-depth Regional itineraries have been

diversity, we created our Discoveries

right blend of shared experiences

crafted for those wanting to absorb the

collection for those wanting to

and free time.

spirit and soul of a country, or even a

experience more of the continent in one

region like the Alps or Mediterranean

holiday. Faster-paced encounters with

where neighbouring countries share

up to 12 countries, they don’t just skim

similar culture, scenery or even food.

the surface; our Travel Directors still take

And then we add a unique twist with

you beyond the expected, introducing

our Insider Experiences, so you can

you to local people and moments.

Our holidays come with carefully

explore, chat or even dine with locals. Many travellers just see Paris.

European (page 220-221) takes in 11

Our Best of France trip (page 108-109)

countries, as you get to know locals

goes beyond the chic capital to rich

who share icons and secrets.

experiences like tasting local wine in Beaune.

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One of our bestselling holidays, Grand

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

SHARING TIME with Family Experiences

Slower-paced, our At Leisure holidays

Designed for all kinds of families sharing

give you longer stays and longer lie-ins

time together, our Family Experiences

– in fact, you rarely have to leave the

mix education and entertainment for

hotel before 9am. Usually stopping for

everyone from children to grandparents

two to six nights in each destination, you

while showing you the very best of Europe.

have more free time to explore – but still

Of course the hotels and restaurants have

get the same insider knowledge of your

been hand-picked to meet family needs,

Travel Director and Insider Experiences.

but it is experiences like learning how

Our leisurely Greek Island Hopper

to Flamenco together which make them

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Don’t want everything included? Our CostSaver range gives you amazing value – without compromising on the quality you

different and memorable.

expect from our guided holidays.

with a laid-back island feel, with three

Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

see more than just the icons, but

nights on both Mykonos and Santorini.

(page 36-37) sees families enrolling

more of the experiences

in Gladiator school and making pizzas

are optional. Visit

with an Italian chef in Rome.

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(page 178-179) mixes ancient Athens

You still get all the essentials and

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European Regionals Italy & Combinations

Days

Italian Holiday Rome & Tuscan Highlights

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Northern Italy including Cinque Terre Milan & Italian Treasures

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Italian Concerto

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Best of Italy Italian Glory

Discover your piece of Europe

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How do you like to travel?

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Start your journey

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Expect‌ the unexpected

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Our people. Our passion

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Seeing things differently

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Flavours of Europe

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The right place to stay

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Your journey made easy

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Everything is taken care of

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Connecting with our world

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Grand Italian Experience

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Southern Italy & Sicily

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Best of Italy & Sicily

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Real Britain

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Best of Devon & Cornwall

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Scenic England

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Amazing Britain

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English Country Gardens

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Castles & Kilts

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Best of Britain

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The Britannia

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Britain & Ireland Highlights

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Wonders of Britain & Ireland

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Britain & Ireland Panorama

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Britain & Ireland Grandeur

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Irish Highlights Scenic Ireland

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Best of Ireland

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Irish Experience

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Best of Ireland & Scotland Best of Scotland

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Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities

Spain, Portugal, Morocco & France

Days

The Treasures of France

WWI & WWII Battlefields

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Wonderful France Paris & Provence

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13 98-99

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11 104-105

12 106-107

Best of France

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Our hotel collection

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London Reception Centre & extend your stay in London

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Spanish Salsa

Extend your stay in Europe

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Best of Spain

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Northern Spain NEW

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Best of Portugal

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Highlights of Spain & Portugal

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Spain, Morocco & Portugal

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Best of Morocco

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Gold Seal Additional Protection, customised group holidays, express check-in & things to know

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Italy Bellissimo

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Britain & Ireland

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Corsica & Sardinia

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Flavours of Italy

Contrasts of Italy

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Great Italian Cities

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.

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Gladiators, Gondola’s & Gold Italian Discovery

Start your journey

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Highlights of France & Barcelona with Madrid Option 10 110-111 Spanish Wonder

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Airport transfers & booking conditions

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Six ways to save

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114-115 118-119

Central & Eastern Europe including Russia & Scandinavia

Days Page

Best of Holland Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg

7 128-129 10 130-131

Best of Germany

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Best of Germany & Austria

13 134-135

Sound of Music

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Switzerland & Austria

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Swiss Delight NEW Contrasts of Switzerland

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Best of Switzerland

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Grand Alpine Experience

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Imperial Europe

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Bohemian Highlights

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Prague, Vienna & Budapest

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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The Balkans & Venice NEW

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Highlights of Austria, Slovenia & Croatia

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Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow

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Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords

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Best of Finland, Russia & the Baltic States

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Capitals of the North

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European Discoveries Delights of London & Paris NEW

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European Highlights with Eurostar Option

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European Traveller

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European Dream

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European Splendour

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European Wonderland

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European Marvel with Eurostar Option

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European Whirl incl. Eurostar

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Scenic Europe incl. T.G.V & Eurostar Option

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European Spotlight

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Contrasts of Europe incl. Eurostar

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European Interlude incl. Eurostar

15 212-213

European Horizons with Eurostar Option

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Wonders of Europe incl. Eurostar NEW

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Traditional Europe incl. Eurostar

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Grand European with Eurostar Option

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Great European

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European Supreme with Cruise & Eurostar Option

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Eastern Mediterranean

Introduction to Greek Island Cruises

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Athens & Aegean

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Ancient Lands

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Aegean Odyssey

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Best of Greece

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Best of Greece with 3 & 4 Day Cruise Options 11/12 174-175 Best of Greece with 7 Day Cruise Options Greek Island Hopper

City Breaks

Days Page

15 176-177 10 178-179

Jordan Experience with Dead Sea Option

5 180-181

Best of Egypt

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Introduction to City Breaks

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London Week

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London & Paris incl. Eurostar

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Magic & Make Believe

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Paris Week

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Paris & Rome

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London, Paris & Rome incl. Eurostar

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Stopovers

Best of Israel

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Introduction to Stopovers

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Highlights of Turkey with Cruise Option

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Dubai NEW

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Best of Turkey with Cruise Option

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Abu Dhabi NEW

3

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Trip Type Key

Family Experiences

At Leisure

Special Interest

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Expect‌ the unexpected

FEATURING: top left - Athens, Greece; top right - London, England; middle - Rome, Italy; above - Paris, France; left - Edinburgh, Scotland; right Rome, Italy

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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 was looking forward to the obvious benefits, like the fact someone else would look after my every need

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 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 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,

for directions before giving up and

the thought of driving on foreign roads

uttering the inimitable phrase ‘do you

or the prospect of making it round all

speak English?’

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.

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.

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

I thought I had guided holidays all mapped out. But this was something different

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

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.

scenery and destination properly. (And I’m not entirely sure how I, the hire car or my relationship survived.)

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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.

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Chatting with her over breakfast, she

But it wasn’t just about bespoke

I have to confess, I had made

told me it wasn’t just the heritage

moments. We’d come to see the sights.

assumptions about travelling as

which attracted her to Trafalgar. It

After all, you couldn’t go home from

a group. I thought it would be like

was appreciating she’d get bespoke

Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or

a cruise on wheels, but I soon

training to help her share her passion

Rome without seeing the Vatican. And

discovered a more intimate and

for her home nation. And knowing

we were fast-tracked past the queues

in-depth adventure, with moments

the itineraries would let her take her

into iconic landmarks – it didn’t just save

which felt truly exclusive and local.

guests inside each destination – and

us time, it made us feel a little like VIPs.

Anna told me about the team who find

add her own personal touch.

She introduced us to her local connections who’d share their cities, homes or even dinners with us

the experiences she gets to share, like

There’s something about travel which connects people

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

literally knocking on doors to find amazing home-cooked meals and local characters travellers can dine with.

It was moments like this which sealed the friendships I’d made with my fellow travellers. It seems far-fetched that

As we travelled, Anna told us stories

Christine who travels across Europe,

friendships can be forged so quickly – but there’s something about travel which connects people.

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

Having trips tailored to families; to

suit the day – and squeeze in the most

people with a passion for food; to

local colour.

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.

And I thought every moment would be spent together, but the sightseeing and shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time to dine, explore

scenic roads or showing us hidden

Sharing experiences like dining with

and unwind. Sometimes I asked Anna

places she’d found and loved.

farmers in their home, my first (rather

for her recommendations; sometimes I

inelegant) attempt at wine tasting,

joined one of her Optional Experiences;

watching ancient Stonehenge appear

and sometimes I just headed to a little

on the misty horizon, and losing my

café and reminded myself I was really

Cornish Pasty to a squawking seagull,

here, in Europe, on holiday.

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.

We were fast-tracked past the queues into iconic landmarks

only to find out half my fellow travellers did too, sped up bonds which normally take years to form.

The sightseeing and shared experiences were seamlessly paired with free time to dine, explore and unwind

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

they view his work, is one of my favourite moments.

FEATURING: bottom left Aegean Islands, Greece; below - Rome, Italy

Pino Campi, Trafalgar Travel Director

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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.

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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

Customise your trip

their hometown.

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.

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Flavours of Europe

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.

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

On the shores of Loch Ard in Scotland,

family tell you about the young prince

father and son Fergus and Gregor

who used to play in the tower with

Wood welcome you to their working

his brothers and cousins, pretending

hill farm. After hearing about life as a

it was a pirate’s hideaway. And how,

Scottish farmer, you head into their

years later, he returned to turn it into a

17th century barn for a family supper

restaurant called ‘La Piratera’, named

of dishes like local lamb, and the

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.

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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.

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

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.

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choose to live and vacation.

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

Rest assured

Our local connections have introduced

While we tailor our hotels to match our

us to some unusual and exciting

holidays, there are some things you

A Authentic Accommodation, which we couldn’t resist sharing with you. Unique

can be sure of.

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

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.

donates profits to charitable missions.

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It’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. Europe’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).

FEATURING: far right - coastal roads, Spain; bottom left - Paris, France

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Your journey made easy

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

Greener travel

Of course, we’re the experts in coach travel,

As part of our commitment to the environment,

but we tailor our holidays and sometimes select

we constantly strive to become more carbon

other transport to enhance your trip. Hand-

efficient. 2013 figures* confirm our coaches

picked and quality checked by us, these add

emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per guest

a different flavour to your holiday. Whether

than cars or trains. And we update the vehicles

it’s passing medieval ruins on a tranquil Rhine

in our coach fleet to the latest model at least

cruise or relaxing on the Bernina Express in

every five years, ensuring we stay on top of

Switzerland, on a train journey so uniquely

innovations in carbon-efficient travel.

beautiful it’s been recognised by UNESCO. *Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)

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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

Tap into the conversation

If you want to stay a little longer before

We know guests often have questions

or after your holiday, we source special

before they travel. Our Facebook page

deals through our trusted and quality

is the perfect place to connect with

checked hotel partners. You can find the

past travellers or other like-minded

hotels on pages 239-240 or, for London,

guests about to travel. You can also tap

on trip itinerary pages. Just ask your

into our insider knowledge on Twitter.

Travel Agent to book your extra nights. More details on p240

Or read our blog, updated regularly with

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

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news of our destinations and insights from our on-road Travel Directors. www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel @TrafalgarTalk www.trafalgarblog.com

FEATURING: centre Dover, England; inset - Paris, France National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Quarry Bank Mill, UK – just one of the projects we help fund

Connecting with our world

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.

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

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.

National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

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 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.

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.

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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.

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Gondolas, Venice

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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

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 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6 | Florence | Rome

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)

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 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

Starts Ends Rome Rome 19 Apr Sat 25 Apr Fri 26 Apr Sat 2 May Fri

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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. 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.

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)

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

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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.

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St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

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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

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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.

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)

WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details.

Day 6 | Florence Excursion

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

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)

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244–245.

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 extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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)

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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.

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Vespa

Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

BAVENO 2 Italian Lakes

ITALY 2 MILAN 1

9 days – 1 Country Regional From:

R22000 (per person twin share)

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.

Pavia

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Langhirano Genoa

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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

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Cinque Terre La Spezia

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Milan (2 Nights)

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SANTA MARGHERITA

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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

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Starts Milan 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri

Ends Milan 12 Apr Sat 19 Apr Sat 26 Apr Sat 3 May Sat

Single Twin Supp. Share Option 22250 3640 22250 3640 22250 3640 22250 3640

Starts Milan 4 Jul Fri 11 Jul Fri 18 Jul Fri 25 Jul Fri

Ends Milan 12 Jul Sat 19 Jul Sat 26 Jul Sat 2 Aug Sat

Single Twin Supp. Share Option 22000 3640 22000 3640 22000 3640 22000 3640

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22250 22250 22650 22650 22650

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22950 22950 22950 22250

3640 3640 3640 3640

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. 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.

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)

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

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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.

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Bassano Del Grappa

Milan & Italian Treasures

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9 days – 1 Country At Leisure Bassano del Grappa

Como

Bergamo

Marostica

5 LAKE GARDA

Sirmione

2 1

Verona

MILAN

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R20300 (per person twin share)

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.

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ITALY Mediterranean Sea

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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)

Starts Milan 2 May Fri 9 May Fri 16 May Fri 23 May Fri 30 May Fri

Ends Milan 10 May Sat 17 May Sat 24 May Sat 31 May Sat 7 Jun Sat

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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. 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.

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)

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

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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.

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Grand Canal, Venice

Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold

SLOVENIA 3 VENICE

CROATIA

10 days – 2 Countries Family Experiences From:

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 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.

Bologna

3 FLORENCE

Pisa

R22950 (per person twin share)

Assisi

Adriatic Sea

ITALY

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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 sword 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)

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Single Twin Supp. Share Option 28200 5200 28200 5200 28200 5200 28200 5200 28200 5200

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to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2014.

H  Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged

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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. 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.

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)

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

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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)

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.

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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

Flavours of Italy

2 VENICE

CROATIA

10 days – 2 Countries Special Interest From:

PARMA 1 1 BOLOGNA

Adriatic Sea

SAN GIMIGNANO Pisa

3

Florence Greve

ITALY

CRUISE

R28600 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 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.

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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

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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)

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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. 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.

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)

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

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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

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.

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Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Spiral Staircase in the Vatican

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 and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in

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R26200 (per person twin share)

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.

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ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Florence Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. View the city in all its glory from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your A  Local Expert reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. See the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. 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 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time View the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating A  Local Speciality at a glass blowing workshop on Guidecca Island. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an optional experience to one of the islands in the lagoon! (BB)

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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.

Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Later, in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams - your A  Local Expert shows you the sights including Neptune’s fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don’t forget to sample the excellent local cuisine! (BB) Hotel: Una

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.

Day 9 | Bologna | Assisi | Rome

A short journey brings you to Pisa, and the famous Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. There’s time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin, see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Concord Torino Day 5 | Turin | Lake Maggiore | Milan

Day 10 | Depart Rome

From Turin via Lake Maggiore, you arrive in Milan. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a tour of the city’s spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and the renowned opera house La Scala. (BB  DW) Hotel: Atahotel Quark

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Day 8 | Venice | Ferrara | Bologna

Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis’ hometown with a A  Local Expert. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. See the Church of Santa Maria delgi Angeli, built on the site of his death. Later, travel south towards Rome, passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

Day 4 | Florence | Pisa | Turin

Starts Rome 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri

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.

Say ‘arrivederci’ to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Day 6 | Milan | Verona | Venice (2 Nights) Stop in Verona, where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to see Juliet’s balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena, still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice. (BB DW) Hotel: Viktoria Palace

Italian Gelato 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

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Great Italian Cities Floating islands, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy’s greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and Rome. It’s Insider moments like… tasting rich, traditional Tuscan soup, garnished with aromatic basil picked straight from your hosts’ own garden. The warmth of the charismatic Baj Macario family envelops you as they welcome you to the halls, vineyards and olive groves of their 14th century castle and share their family history. They tell stories of the murderous Pazzi, the original owners, as you stand in cellars that once were their dungeons, and invite you to enjoy an exclusive tasting of the Chianti wines produced on their estate.

Roman Forum, Rome

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Florence

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Orientation of  Pisa. Visit St. Francis Basilica, St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, 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.

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Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - a great start to your Italian holiday! (WR) Hotel: Grand Palatino

magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. (BB)

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing

Day 3 | Rome At Leisure

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

Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples. (BB)

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R24850 (per person twin share)

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Day 4 | Rome | Assisi | Florence (3 Nights) Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your A  Local Expert shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori Day 5 | Florence Sightseeing Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your A  Local Expert. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. (BB) Day 6 | Florence | Excursion to Pisa Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Field of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special A Be My Guest dinner in a historic castle. (BB BG) Day 7 | Florence | Bologna | Venice (3 Nights) Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and  famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a A Local Expert includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace.

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Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini Day 8 | Venice | Canal Cruise and Sightseeing Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal. (BB) Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the market Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a A  Local Expert of the colourful, centuries-old fish market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Venice Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season!

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 at 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. Venice, Florence and Rome: Some departures may start in Venice and end in Rome operating with the same itinerary and inclusions, but in reverse. Please check with your Travel Agent at the time of booking. 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.

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

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Special Interest

Contrasts of Italy Rome, Florence and Venice. The country’s cultural capitals are brought to life in a journey by high-speed train through the vibrant centre of Italy. It’s Insider moments like… being transported back to the 14th century by your Venetian guide as he leads you through the maze of streets to the ancient Rialto fish market, your ears ringing with the shouts of stallholders and the crunch of ice on shining scales. Marvelling at the variety of fresh seafood on display, the scent of salt in the air follows you onwards to the Bridge of Sighs, to hear the story of Casanova, and imagine the prisoners’ final laments.

St. Mark's Square, Venice

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Later, an orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino

Frecciargento train

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence and Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing

Duomo, Florence

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

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R27550 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (3 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 Regional Meal lunch. 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including 2 high speed trains). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietá. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Free Time Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking a trip to the ancient Catacombs, or take an excursion to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d’Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance architecture. This evening, why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain. (BB) Day 4 | Rome | High Speed Train | Florence (3 Nights) Take the high-speed train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your A  Local Expert shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Finish at Piazza della Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori Day 5 | Florence | Excursion to Pisa This morning enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before a short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Field of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery – the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards, join your companions for a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB RM) Day 6 | Florence | Free Time Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries, there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover, such as the Boboli and the Pitti Palace.

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There are many villages just outside the city with wonderful markets where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence’s elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider an optional experience to Chianti for dinner! (BB) Day 7 | Florence | High Speed Train | Venice (3 Nights) All aboard the express train for Venice! Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine hills and across the Veneto plain. It takes just 2 hours and 8 minutes to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. This evening, consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini Day 8 | Canal Cruise and Orientation Savour the sights and sounds of this unique Byzantine city as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge’s Palace on your orientation of the city. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the Accademia or relax and experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious seafood meal! (BB)

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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. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. 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.

Day 9 | Secret Venice Walking Tour Your A  Local Expert brings the city’s rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient fish market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo, and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, and celebrate this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Venice Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Piazza Navona, Rome 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

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Corsica & Sardinia Chilled island life meets ancient history and cultural diversity — French Corsica and Italian Sardinia are revealed in a relaxed taste of two unique islands. It’s Insider moments like… running your fingers across the sun-warmed stone of the ‘nuraghi’ at Su Nuraxi, an ancient site with a defence system unique to Sardinia. Narrow walls and cool alleys give way to bright blue sky, as you wander within the ruins listening to stories of the life in the village 2,800 years ago. Then meeting the modern locals in Alghero at Piera and Gavino’s farm. Welcomed by the family, you indulge in home-grown organic produce, sampling traditional recipes in the warmth of Sardinian hospitality.

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It’s travel beyond the expected

It's iconic places City Tours in Cagliari, Barumini and Bonifacio. Orientations in Alghero, La Maddalena and  Nuoro. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the Nuraghi of Su Nuraxi, the town and gardens of Ile Rousse, the cultural capital of the island of Sardinia, Nuoro. Ferry across to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. View the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the San Pancrazio Towers in Cagliari. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century in Cagliari. Scenic drive along the magnificent Costa Smeralda coastline.

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Day 1 | Arrive Cagliari (2 Nights)

Day 3 | Cagliari | Barumini | Alghero (2 Nights)

Welcome to the capital of Sardinia and the island’s largest city located on the southern coast of Sardinia. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: T Hotel

Enjoy a scenic drive through the interior of the island stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Su Nuraxi which stands at the edge of Barumini, a farming town in Marmilla. A A  Local Expert will show you one of the most important architectural examples of early Sardinian civilization which is a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi. This megalithic complex was established in the late 2nd millennium B.C. during the Bronze Age. It remained buried until 1949, when a massive flood washed away the earth surrounding the upper section. It is regarded as the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form of prehistoric architecture in the world. Continue on to Alghero, a beautiful town with a strong Spanish influence. (BB DW) Hotel: Carlos V

Day 2 | Cagliari Sightseeing and At Leisure Explore Sardinia’s capital and the largest town on the island with a A  Local Expert. Visit the castello district including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. This afternoon consider an excursion to the botanical gardens. (BB)

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R29500 (per person twin share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return ferry). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Your Travel Director will take you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero this morning. Although part of the kingdom of Italy for many generations, this lovely old town still retains an air of the Spanish region of Catalonia, since it once formed part of the kingdom of Aragon. The local residents still speak with a Spanish dialect. Many of the older buildings are in a Catalan Gothic style reminiscent of Barcelona. See sights including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. This afternoon consider an excursion to the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia. This evening a scenic drive will take you to the home of a local family to experience a delightful Sardinian A Be My Guest experience. (BB BG)

This morning take a trip back to the exclusive and beautiful Costa Smeralda, which owes its name to the emerald green coloured waters. From the harbour town of Palau you will take a ferry to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. The old town perched on a hill is a charming maze of narrow streets and small squares. This is where the young Napoleon suffered the first defeat of his military career after islanders withstood a three-day siege launched from Corsica. Enjoy the scenery and sample some of the local cuisine in your free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel in Olbia. (BB)

Day 5 | Alghero | Bonifacio | Ajaccio (2 Nights) After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive along the northern coast to Santa Teresa Gallura, before taking the ferry across to the French island of Corsica, just a few miles away (crossing time approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Bonifacio enjoy a tour with a A Local Expert and then free time to explore this stunning fortified town. Dramatically situated on a limestone peninsula, there are spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the impressive Citadel plus a delightful harbour and marina. From Bonifacio, we continue to your luxurious hotel in Ajaccio for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Sofitel Golfe D’Ajaccio Day 6 | Ajaccio At Leisure Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional experience to another part of the island. Your Travel Director will advise of the options available to you. (BB DW) Day 7 | Ajaccio | Bonifacio | Ferry to Sardinia | Costa Smealda | Olbia (3 Nights) Travel back to Bonifacio for the return ferry crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura. From here enjoy a scenic drive along the fabulous Costa Smeralda coastline with its turquoise waters. Stop at the popular resort of Porto Cervo, the playground of the rich and famous developed by the Aga Khan in the 1960s, before continuing to your hotel in Olbia. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Olbia Harmaea

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Cagliari Elmas Airport transfers will operate at 11.15am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport at 4.30am and 7am. 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.

Day 9 | Olbia At Leisure Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional experience to another part of the island. Your Travel Director will advise of the options available to you. (BB) Day 10 | Olbia | Nuoro | Oliena | Orgosolo | Cagliari Today travel south through the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia with ancient traditions which survive alongside modern life, evident in the landscape, the architecture and the cuisine. The museum in Nuoro, the capital of the province, has many reminders of the culture of this ancient population. Continue through the vineyards to Oliena where you will enjoy a Wine Tasting. See the ‘murales’ of Orgosolo and the famous bandit villages before returning to Cagliari for the final night of your trip. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers to celebrate your memorable holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Regina Margherita Day 11 | Depart Cagliari This morning, say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Corsica and Sardinian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Cathedral Santa Maria, Alghero 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

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Italy Bellissimo The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colours, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri. It’s Insider moments like… waking in Capri to wander the sun-dappled streets, gelato in hand, as you discover the hidden highlights of this celebrity hideaway. Swimming in crystal-clear waters and lazing in the sunshine of a perfect island day. Days later, the lemony scent of Capri is recalled at ‘Il Borgo della Limonaia’, the Tuscan home of Daniella Callistri and her family. They welcome you to their home, the scent of lemons lingering as you taste the family olive oil and wine, before a meal of traditional Tuscan delicacies at the Callistri table.

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica the perfect introduction to your holiday. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight 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. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel on your return to Rome. (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Pompeii | Isle of Capri (2 Nights)

Isle of Capri

Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your A  Local Expert. In Sorrento, see fine craftsmanship at an inlaid wood factory, during a A Local Speciality demonstration. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Regina Cristina Day 4 | Capri Orientation and Free Time

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It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence. Orientations in Venice, Montecatini and Siena. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica, Palladian Villas, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo.

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Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the centre of local life! Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques, or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch. (BB) Day 5 | Isle of Capri | Naples | Assisi Sail back across the Mediterranean to ‘Bella Napoli’. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your A Local Expert shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died. Visit the Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Cenacolo A Authentic Accommodation

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Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation (6 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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This morning after breakfast, travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Spend two nights on picturesque Lido island. (BB) Hotel:  Principie/Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria A Authentic Accommodation Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Venice is a remarkable Byzantine city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which is evident during your cruise to St. Mark’s Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a boat trip around the islands in the lagoon! (BB) Day 8 | Venice | Pisa | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights) This morning travel to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Later arrive in the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Minerva Palace Day 9 | Florence Excursion Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your A  Local Expert shows you all the sights including views of

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the marble Duomo, magnificent Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan A  Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country. (BB BG) Day 10 | Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) | Siena | Rome Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the annual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a pavement café.  Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel:  Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici/Grand Hotel Tiberio Day 11 | Depart Rome After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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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. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Authentic Accommodation Cenacolo, Assisi, Italy An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, we often choose Hotel Cenacolo when in this scenic part of Italy. Sensitively restored, the stone walls of this A Authentic Accommodation hold slick modern decor.

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.

Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice, Italy When we stay on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, we often plump for Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria. Rich in romantic history, this A Authentic Accommodation is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.  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

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Italian Concerto This relaxed exploration of Italy savours the old-world beauty of Venice, Florence and Rome, then journeys onwards, to the laid-back southern lifestyle of the Amalfi coast. It’s Insider moments like… the buzz of the crowd softening as you approach the historic ruins of the famous lost city of Pompeii. Dust stirring underfoot as you listen to tales of the tragic last hours of its existence. It’s imagining the streets ringing with laughter at the festival of fire, just hours before the molten lava of Mt Vesuvius buried the city. And standing in the cool shadows of temples as you discover the life and beliefs of an ancient culture, through the muted colours and designs of its mosaics.

Grand Canal, Venice

Italian pottery

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii and Florence. Orientation of Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii and the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. View the Roman Forum, the ancient Romanesque Abbey at Pomposa, the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. See the home of the d’Este family in Ferrara.

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R31200 (per person twin share)

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Una Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time This morning join your A  Local Expert to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | At Leisure The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider a trip to the ancient catacombs or take an excursion to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d’Este. Visit museums and gardens, or simply experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk café in one of the city’s many piazzas. (BB) Day 4 | Rome | Monte Cassino | Pompeii | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights) Stop to view the Abbey at Monte Cassino and visit the cemetery in the valley below. In Pompeii buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - your A  Local Expert takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight. (BB  DW) Hotel: Pietra Di Luna/San Pietro/Panorama

with included views of Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi town, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque Church. (BB) Day 7 | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) | Florence (2 Nights) North through Umbria and into Tuscany you arrive in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city’s many trattorias. (BB) Hotel: Croce Di Malta Day 8 | Florence Sightseeing and Wine Tasting

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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.

Day 9 | Florence | Ferrara | Venice

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Marvel at the breath-taking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara, see the family home of the notorious d’Este family. Arrive later in the Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Principe/Continental

TRIP NOTES 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. 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.

Day 10 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time

Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno! Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Day 6 | Isle of Capri Excursion

Day 11 | Depart Venice

Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour

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Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your A Local Expert shows you all the main sights including the marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, with its amazing sculptures. View the famous Ponte Vecchio, followed by a Wine Tasting with your Travel Director featuring popular Tuscan wines. Join your companions this evening for an authentic A Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate. (BB BG)

See the island of St. George, the elegant Customs House, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square in your private launch. Stroll across St. Mark’s Square to see the Basilica and its campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends (BB FD)

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Say ‘arrivederci’ to your companions as your memorable Italian holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Amalfi Coast 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

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Best of Italy The essence of ‘la dolce vita’ is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores.    It’s Insider moments like… the ripple of waves and reflection of the sky, as you speed by private boat towards Isola Madre, a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where young princes used to play.  As Signor Telli welcomes you he brings the history of the island to life, and reveals why it’s nicknamed ‘La Piratera’. Then he shares tales of his family over traditional lakeside cuisine, and crisp chilled Gavi wine, and explains how the childhood fantasies of a prince inspired their family restaurant, the setting for your delicious dinner.

Duomo, Florence

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Il Cantico A Authentic Accommodation Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Lake Como

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. Orientation of Venice. Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena. View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence.

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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 and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento (2 Nights) Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your A  Local Expert tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. (BB DW) Hotel: Johanna Park/Corallo Day 4 | Isle of Capri Excursion Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, a

A Local Speciality for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe. (BB)

Day 5 | Sorrento | Assisi Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Hotel: Cenacolo Day 6 | Assisi | Venice (2 Nights) Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop.  Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Watch a A  Local Speciality demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a traditional

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Day 8 | Venice | Verona | Milan | Lake Maggiore (2 Nights) This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your A  Local Expert. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Simplon Day 9 | Lake Como Excursion Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special A  Be My Guest dinner experience. (BB BG) Day 10 | Lake Maggiore | Pisa | Florence (2 Nights) Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel:  Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri Day 11 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB) Day 12 | Florence | Siena | Rome Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new found friends for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal. (BB)

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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. 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.

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Italian Glory All roads lead to Rome. That’s why we start in Milan, our exploration of the beauty and culture of Como, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast leading us on to the vibrant Italian capital. It’s Insider moments like… the fruity explosion of olive oil on your tongue while sampling the fresh produce of the Fattoria di Maiano. At the heart of Tuscany, you’ll meet the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story a ‘Room with a View’ was filmed, and learn about the principles of organic olive oil production. Later, the smell of tomatoes, garlic and fresh baking bread beckons you from the formal gardens, to sit down together to a meal of lush local flavour framed by the rolling hills of Tuscany.

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Milan | Como (2 Nights)

Pompeii

It's iconic places City Tours in Milan, Venice, Florence, Pompeii and Rome. Orientation of Lake Como. Visit the excavations at Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri. View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, the Abbey at Monte Cassino and the Roman Forum. See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona.

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Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region! Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Barchetta Palace Day 2 | Milan Excursion Enjoy an orientation tour of Como before heading to Milan. In fashionable Milan, your A  Local Expert shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria. (BB) Day 3 | Como | Verona | Venice (3 Nights) See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony in

Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s most famous play. There’s time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening – the perfect introduction to this romantic city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Best Western Villa Mabapa Day 4 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. (BB)

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Day 5 | Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Market

Day 10 | Isle of Capri and Amalfi Town Excursion

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 including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an optional experience to Burano for some delicious local seafood! (BB)

Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW)

Day 6 | Venice | Florence (2 Nights) Travel through picturesque Tuscan countryside to Florence for a two night stay. Tonight, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an authentic A  Be My Guest dinner in a local restaurant with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Roma Day 7 | Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Learn about Florence’s artistic heritage during a walking tour with your A  Local Expert. See the multi coloured Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an optional experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’. (BB) Day 8 | Florence | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights) Drive south from Florence through Valley and past the Bay of Naples to in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Pietra Di Pietro/Panorama

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Day 11 | Amalfi Coast (Maiori) | Pompeii | Rome (2 Nights) Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your A Local Expert tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Abbey of Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio Day 12 | Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning join your A  Local Expert to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB FD)

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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 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 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.

Day 13 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a memorable holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Day 9 | Amalfi Coast At Leisure Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean. The choice is yours! (BB) Venice 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

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Grand Italian Experience Mountains to coast, from the trulli houses of Alberobello to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, this trip reveals the traditions, art and landscapes that define the many faces of Italy. It’s Insider moments like… admiring the cool white walls of the Rotolo family farm, built in the classical trulli style unique to Puglia.  Welcomed by the couple and their four children you hear farming stories passed down through generations, and learn about the organic produce they grow and make.  Trying it for yourself, you enjoy delicious roasted meats and traditional tarali biscuits made from scratch by daughter Mariana, all washed down with the farm’s own wine and shared together with the family.

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Day 4 | Alberobello Sightseeing and Free Time

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind after your journey. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your companions and your Travel Director. Then take an orientation drive to see the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica, a perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: AW Cicerone Hotel

See the unique limestone houses – trulli – during your orientation of the town of Alberobello. This afternoon consider an optional experience to the town of Matera which served as one of the film locations for ‘The Passion of the Christ’, starring Mel Gibson. This evening enjoy a special A  Be My Guest dinner in a traditional trulli building in Alberobello. (BB BG)

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It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. Orientation in Siena, Venice and Alberobello. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence. Cruise to the Isle of Capri, by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the exclusive resort of Portofino. See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony.

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Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight 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. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Day 3 | Rome | Alberobello (2 Nights) Drive eastwards through the spectacular Abruzzi Mountains to the Alberobello region near the Adriatic coast. (BB DW) Hotel: Sierra Silvana

Day 5 | Alberobello | Sorrento (2 Nights) This morning travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Sorrento famous for its delicious limoncello drink. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corsa Italia. You will then have free time to explore the town. (BB) Hotel: Grand Parco del Sole Day 6 | Isle of Capri Excursion Watch a A Local Speciality demonstration at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. See Capri town and Marina Piccola during your guided walking tour. Visit the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW)

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Day 7 | Sorrento | Pompeii | Assisi Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your A  Local Expert provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Continue your journey through the hills of Frascati and Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Cenacolo A Authentic Accommodation Day 8 | Assisi | Verona | Venice (2 Nights) Meet your A  Local Expert this morning for a walking tour of Assisi, including  a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Continue your   journey and visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB) Hotel: Biasutti Day 9 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Venice is a very special city. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A  Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local seafood meal on the Island of Burano. (BB) Day 10 | Venice | Cortina d’Ampezzo Traverse the Veneto plains to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites – a winter sport resort which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. See the world-famous Olympic ski-jump and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Europa Day 11 | Cortina d’Ampezzo | Italian Lakes Enjoy a scenic drive through northern Italy and the Lake District.  Arrive on the banks of Lake Maggiore where you have free time to explore the town of Baverno. Stroll along the banks of the lake or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café. (BB) Hotel: Simplon

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Day 12 | Italian Lakes | Milan | Santa Margherita (2 Nights) Arrive in Milan and enjoy a guided tour with a A  Local Expert.  See the Duomo, the Galleria and the famous La Scala Opera House.  Later arrive on the Italian Riviera. Cruise to the port of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita.  Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Park Suisse Day 13 | Santa Margherita Free Time Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an optional experience to the beautiful Cinque Terre. (BB) Day 14 | Santa Margherita | Pisa | Florence (2 Nights) Travel south into Tuscany and stop to view the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. Your walking tour with a A  Local Expert includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most famous landmarks. You might like to shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. (BB) Hotel: NH Anglo American Day 15 | Florence Free Time Enjoy a full day to explore this fascinating city. You might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s statue of David or visit gardens and palaces like the Boboli and Pitti Palace. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. (BB)

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s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. 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. 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.

Authentic Accommodation Cenacolo, Assisi, Italy An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, we often choose Hotel Cenacolo when in this scenic part of Italy. Sensitively restored, the stone walls of this A Authentic Accommodation hold slick modern decor.

Day 16 | Florence | Siena | Rome Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and Tuscan specialities before returning to Rome. Celebrate the end of your holiday this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB  FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Day 17 | Depart Rome After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Portofino 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

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Southern Italy & Sicily Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendours of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy’s largest active volcano, Etna. It’s Insider moments like… the smoky richness and deep red of the ‘Nerello Mascalese’ grape, grown in the volcanic soil at the foot of Mount Etna. It’s the taste of the fruit and the land, as you learn how to identify the subtle aromas from an expert local sommelier, and build up an appetite as you stroll through the farm, vineyards and cellars. And it’s finding the flavour of the Sicilian sunshine in the rich, heartiness of the cuisine, as you enjoy the freshest grilled vegetable antipasti, homemade pasta and renowned ‘Liperus’ wine.

Sicily

Abbey, Monte Cassino

It's iconic places City tours in Pompeii, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo. Visit the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the castle gardens in Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello. View St Peter's Basilica, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral. Cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

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Adriatic Sea

Monte Cassino

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Isle of Capri

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Southern Italy & Sicily 10 days – 2 Countries Regional From:

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R23450 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (5 hotels). 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return ferry). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Rome

Day 6 | Taormina Free Time

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and other sights – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: NH Villa Carpegna

Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savour a delicious A  Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna. (BB BG)

Day 2 | Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento (2 Nights)

Day 7 | Taormina | Enna | Agrigento

From Rome, visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Parco del Sole

Enjoy spectacular views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your A Local Expert takes you to visit the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. (BB) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace

Day 3 | Sorrento | Isle of Capri Excursion

Visit the Balio gardens situated at the ruined Venus Castle for breathtaking views of the sea, saltpans, and wooded hillsides. Continue your journey to the Sicilian capital, Palermo. (BB) Hotel: Grand Federico II

Watch a A  Local Speciality demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during our guided walking tour. (BB) Day 4 | Sorrento | Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights) Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria and take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and the resort town of Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden Day 5 | Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Mount Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. (BB)

Day 8 | Agrigento | Erice | Palermo (2 Nights)

Starts Rome 7 Mar Fri 14 Mar Fri 21 Mar Fri 28 Mar Fri

Ends Palermo 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar Sun 30 Mar Sun 6 Apr Sun

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Ends Palermo 13 Jul Sun 20 Jul Sun 27 Jul Sun 3 Aug Sun

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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 Palermo Airport at 8am. 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.

Day 9 | Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale and Mondello Meet your A  Local Expert this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See Piazza Bellini and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d’Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Visit the fishing village of Mondello with its breathtaking beach. Later join your companions and celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Palermo Say ‘arrivederci’ to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Taormina 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

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Best of Italy & Sicily Traditional north to passionate south, this odyssey traces the length of Italy, exploring its cultural and geographical diversity by land and sea. It’s Insider moments like… the knowledge of your Local Expert casting light on the shadows of Agrigento, one of the greatest ancient cities of the Mediterranean. Walking among the ruins, it’s hearing how a Greek settlement on the coast of Sicily helped the tyrant Thero fight for control of the island. And it’s seeing the piety of ruthless regimes as you wander between the cool pillars of the Temple of Concord, searching for marks of the enemy fire that scarred its walls more than 2,400 years before.

Greek Theatre, Taormina

It’s travel beyond the expected

Isle of Capri

It's iconic places City Tours in Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Palermo Agrigento and Assisi. Orientation of Sorrento. View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the Church of St. Apollinaris, St. Francis Basilica, the excavations at Pompeii, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples and an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri.

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Day 1 | Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 3 | Rome | Florence

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Milton Roma

This morning, travel to the Renaissance city of Florence, with free time to take a leisurely stroll through historic streets and soak up the unique atmosphere! (BB) Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

Day 2 | Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a A  Unique Insight 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. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB)

Day 4 | Florence Sightseeing | Venice (2 Nights) Experience the incredible sights of Florence on your walking tour with a A  Local Expert. See the magnificent marble Duomo, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio. Marvel at the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, drive to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola? (BB RM) Hotel: Le Boulevard Day 5 | Venice Sightseeing and Free Time Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is spectacular! View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a A Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider

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R38900 (per person twin share)

Includes: 14 nights’ accommodation (9 hotels and overnight cruise). 14 hot buffet breakfasts. 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including overnight cruise, ferry and return cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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a boat trip to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch. (BB) Day 6 | Venice | Assisi Drive south from Venice along the Adriatic coast. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Basilica on your walking tour with a A  Local Expert. (BB DW) Hotel: Grand Roseo Day 7 | Assisi | Pompeii | Naples | At Sea The ancient city of Pompeii was buried beneath volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and lay undiscovered for centuries. Your A  Local Expert gives a fascinating account of the excavations during your walking tour. A short journey brings you to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily’s capital. (BB) Day 8 | At Sea | Palermo Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your A  Local Expert for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honey coloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d’Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon. Hotel: Principe di Villafranca Day 9 | Palermo | Agrigento In Agrigento, your A  Local Expert takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palaca Day 10 | Agrigento | Enna | Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (2 Nights) Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, stopping en route to enjoy views of the fortress town of Enna. Arrive this afternoon in the resort town of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Caesar Palace

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Day 11 | Taormina | Free Time Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining an optional excursion to Savoca, the village made famous by ‘The Godfather’, and the crater of Sicily’s active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your companions for a very special A Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna. (BB BG) Day 12 | Taormina (Giardini Naxos) | Sorrento (2 Nights) Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery. Hotel: Johanna Park Day 13 | Isle of Capri Excursion Visit an inlaid-wood workshop to see a A Local Speciality demonstration of this local craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy an orientation walk of Capri town. Appreciate views across the sea and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own! Later in Sorrento – famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello − visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia. (BB DW)

Starts Rome 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri

Ends Rome 18 Apr Fri 25 Apr Fri 2 May Fri 9 May Fri

Twin Share 39400 39400 39400 39400

Single Supp. Option 6790 6790 6790 6790

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Ends Rome 25 Jul Fri 1 Aug Fri 8 Aug Fri

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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. 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.

Day 14 | Sorrento | Rome Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. Stop at Cassino to view the Benedictine Abbey. Arrive later in Rome, and spend the rest of the day shopping or seeing the sights. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB  FD) Hotel:  Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Day 15 | Depart Rome Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Palazzo Vecchio, 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

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Real Britain Cityscapes and scenic lakes, this lively round-trip goes from London to Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh and York for a fast-paced taste of British culture and craftsmanship. It’s Insider moments like… stepping onto the drive of a classic country house, in the England you always imagined. It’s chatting with your hosts as they unveil the history and heritage of their family home, and invite you to discover their little corner of tradition. It’s inhaling the lush perfume of an English country garden, feeling the tickle of grass against your feet. And, of course, it’s sampling real home cooking with local produce, as you experience British hospitality first-hand with the owners of this ‘country pile’.

Lake District

Stonehenge, Salisbury

It's iconic places City tour in Edinburgh. Orientations of Bath, Chester, Grasmere and York. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Wedgewood Visitor Centre, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts’ Alnwick Castle and York Minster.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stonehenge | Bath | Bristol

Day 5 | Edinburgh | Alnwick | York

Visit the historic stone monoliths at Stonehenge where pagans once worshiped before stopping in the Georgian town of Bath. Visit the Roman baths from which the city derives its name. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception with a traditional pub meal. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. View the castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and recently featured as Hogwarts in a number of Harry Potter films and also in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Cross the River Tyne and continue to the Roman city of York. See York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight enjoy a A  Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a country home. Meet the family and learn the history of the house before enjoying a hearty home cooked meal. (FB  BG) Hotel: Hotel 53

Day 2 | Bristol | Wedgwood | Chester Visit the Wedgwood Visitor Centre for a A  Local Speciality demonstration and learn about the manufacture of porcelain in the region known as the potteries. See the medieval city walls at Chester and admire the Tudor architecture and the galleried shops known as the Rows. In your free time, explore the city and perhaps treat yourself to a traditional English Cream Tea, or join an optional experience through the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to visit the Welsh town of Llangollen, home to the famous music Eisteddfod. (FB) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Chester

Day 6 | York | Stratford-upon-Avon | London Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage. Later, arrive back into London where your memorable holiday comes to an end. (FB)

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l  Edinburgh Tattoo 1-23 August 2014: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re

in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  Chester Horse Races 2014: On this date, your hotel may be in Manchester or

Liverpool - but sightseeing will still be as shown.

u Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

Day 3 | Chester | Grasmere | Gretna Green | Edinburgh (2 Nights)

n  Winter Departures (WIBT): Departures marked in the price panel are subject

to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2014.

Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils’. Visit the town of Grasmere to see St. Oswald’s church where the poet is buried. Stop at Gretna Green across the Scottish border, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith’s anvil. Then travel to the historic capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Apex European

H  Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged

for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season!

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See page 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Copthorne Tara For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Copthorne Tara providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details.

Day 4 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

This morning, discover the elegance of the city with your A  Local Expert on your included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur’s Seat. Your guided visit inside Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? (FB)

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.

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

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

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Best of Devon & Cornwall City to shore, the crafts and creativity of the west of England come in to focus as you journey through the ages, via Plymouth, Bideford and Bristol.  It’s Insider moments like… tracing the steps of Mr Darcy in the village where Pride and Prejudice was filmed, and seeing the spots that were captured in the Harry Potter movies – and imagining the magical tales spun about this place which has been barely touched by time. It’s taking in the dramatic Cornish coastline where smugglers used to thrive. And, after seeing local artists’ work on display at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, it’s crossing rugged Dartmoor and hearing legends on your way to the burial site of King Arthur.

St. Ives, Cornwall

Dartmoor

It's iconic places Orientations of Plymouth, Bristol, and Bath. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Polperro, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the gorgeous artists’ colony of St. Ives, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, the Roman Baths in Bath, quaint Lacock village and royal Windsor. View Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, St. Michaels Mount, Cheddar Gorge and Windsor Castle.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stonehenge | Bideford This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain before arriving at the historic seaport of Bideford. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at Welcome Reception including a light evening meal with drinks. (WR) Hotel: Durrant House Day 2 | Bideford | Tintagel | Polperro | Plymouth (2 Nights) Drive along the north Cornish coast to enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle which is steeped in mystery and legend and said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Travel through Bodmin en route to Polperro, a picturesque old fishing village with its narrow streets and lanes and old cottages dotted around the small harbour. This afternoon enjoy a A  Be My Guest Cornish Cream Tea on a local farm with spectacular views over the nearby meadows. Arrive later in Plymouth where tonight you have free time to explore this maritime city. (FB  BG) Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth Day 3 | Cornish Excursion This morning, why not take an optional cruise around famous Plymouth harbour before setting off to explore Cornwall. The Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint villages on the way to St. Ives, a popular resort with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michaels Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors on your way back to Plymouth. Tonight, why not join an optional experience dinner at a nearby traditional pub. (FB)

Day 4 | Plymouth | Glastonbury | Cheddar Gorge | Bristol (2 Nights) This morning gain an A  Unique Insight into contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. Travel through the spectacular limestone landscape of Cheddar Gorge en route to Bristol. Your orientation includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean-going, propeller driven, iron ship. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol Day 5 | Bath Excursion A short drive will bring you to the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the ‘Great Bath’. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Why not stroll around the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture, or visit the Jane Austin museum. Later, arrive back in Bristol where you have free time to explore the historic city. This evening join your companions for a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. 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.

Day 6 | Bristol | Lacock | Windsor | London Drive to the picturesque town of Lacock, with its honey coloured stone cottages and 15th century inns. The village has also been used as the movie location for Pride Prejudice and Harry Potter amongst others. Stop in Royal Windsor with time to explore the quaint town before returning to London where your memorable holiday ends. (FB)

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Scenic England Romans. Pagans. Twentieth Century pop icons. The cultural development of a nation is explored on this English experience, taking in London, Bath, Chester and Liverpool. It’s Insider moments like… the calls of Chester’s Town Crier echoing in the streets, as he shares the history of an age-old tradition. Showing you how to deliver a ‘proclamation’, he reconstructs the 15th century around you, with stories of a Crier’s life in historic Britain. Travelling back in time, stories of Tudors give way to those of foreign conquerors – revealing how the Romans changed Britain as you visit the ruins they left behind. You could even take a walk of the ancient city walls to see where history left its mark.

Tintagel

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

It's iconic places Orientations of Plymouth, Bath, Chester, Liverpool, York and Cambridge. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, picturesque Polperro, the ancient seaport of Bideford, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, the Roman Baths in Bath, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the market town of Skipton. View Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster and Kings College Cambridge. See the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail and the Yorkshire Dales scenery.

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Visit the ancient, mysterious Stonehenge, site of prehistoric pagan worship.  Enjoy a scenic drive through the English countryside en route to Plymouth where you enjoy a traditional Welcome Pub Reception where you enjoy a typical pub meal and drink with time to socialise with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth Day 2 | Plymouth | Polperro | Tintagel | Bideford Enjoy an orientation of Plymouth to see the Hoe and Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail. Why not take an optional cruise around famous Plymouth harbour before arriving in Polperro, a picturesque fishing village with its old cottages and narrow streets. Enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle which is steeped in mystery and legend and said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. This evening arrive in the ancient seaport of Bideford. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Durrant House Day 3 | Bideford | Glastonbury | Bath | Stratford-upon-Avon Discover the ruins at Glastonbury on an included visit, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England and said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Visit the world famous Roman Baths, a magnificent temple built around Britain’s only hot springs. After a scenic drive through the Cotswold countryside, enjoy an included visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. (FB) Hotel: The Falcon Hotel

Day 5 | Liverpool | Yorkshire Dales | York | Brontë Country A scenic drive through Lancashire brings you to Skipton on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.  Skipton is a quaint market town which straddles the Leeds – Liverpool Canal which was built to transport goods between these cities during the Industrial Revolution.  For lunch enjoy a A  Be My Guest experience at a Country House in the Yorkshire countryside.  Later arrive in York and see the famous Minster and walk along the ‘Shambles’. This evening you can relax at your splendid country hotel. (FB BG) Hotel: Marriott Hollins Hall A Authentic Accommodation Day 6 | Brontë Country | Cambridge | London See the magnificent architecture of King’s College Chapel in the prestigious university city of Cambridge. Enjoy free time for lunch and a walk to the River Cam to see the famous Cambridge ‘backs’. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday. (FB)

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All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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 Marriott Hollins Hall, Shipley, England 200 acres hold the truly traditional Marriott Hollins Hall in Shipley, a typically English ‘country pile’ built in 1878. Although this A Authentic Accommodation, featured on some of our trips, didn’t have its pool back then.

Day 4 | Stratford-upon-Avon | Chester | Liverpool See the ancient city walls, famous Tudor ‘Rows’ and fascinating Roman ruins in Chester on your orientation walk of the town. Enjoy a A  Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Later arrive in the exciting and friendly city of Liverpool. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool

Kings College, Cambridge 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

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Amazing Britain Sprawling cities and beautiful scenery – these are countries of contrasts. Lochs, lakes and bustling streets come under the spotlight in this comprehensive look at England and Scotland. It’s Insider moments like… the whistle and roar of the industrial revolution, evoked by the steam and clank of Quarry Bank cotton mill. The rush of Europe’s most powerful waterwheel the soundtrack, as your National Trust guide explains how channelling the power of the Bollin River changed the face and fortune of Britain. Water is a prominent feature of this land – you’ll see the River Avon in Shakespeare country, the spectacular Forth Bridge, the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, and Lake Windermere – the largest natural lake in England.

Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stratford-upon-Avon | York This morning, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York, view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles, and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink. (WR) Hotel: Hotel 53

Firth of Forth Bridge, Edinburgh

It's iconic places City tour in Edinburgh. Orientations of York, Glasgow, Grasmere and Bath. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Whisky Distillery, Quarry Bank Mill, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster and Hadrians’ Wall. See the 18th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews, Blair Castle, the Lake District’s and Cardiff Castle.

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Day 2 | York | Durham | Edinburgh (2 Nights) Lake District

Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the

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11th century Norman cathedral, the castle overlooking Palace Green, and a host of other fine period buildings. Photograph Hadrian’s Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s bustling capital. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn

Ben Nevis. Drive to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692. Travelling south through picturesque landscapes to Scotland’s prettiest loch, Loch Lomond.   Later you arrive in Glasgow where your orientation includes George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu/Marks Hotel

Day 3 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Return to England and visit the Lake District where the great poet William Wordsworth once lived. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘Daffodils’ and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. This afternoon gain a A  Unique Insight into the life of communities during the Industrial Revolution.  Manchester and the surrounding region was heavily involved in the textile industry and a visit to Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property, shows how the local towns were established during this important period in British history. (FB) Hotel:  Park Inn Manchester Victoria

Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street, the Scottish Parliament plus an included visit to Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knights Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds. (FB) Day 4 | Edinburgh | St. Andrews | Pitlochry | Scottish Highlands Cross the spectacular Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th hole! Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands.  Enjoy an included A  Local Speciality at a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’.  Arrive at Pitlochry, a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. A picturesque drive brings you to your hotel. Dine tonight in your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 5 | Scottish Highlands | Spean Bridge | Glencoe | Loch Lomond | Glasgow View the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and see views of Britain’s highest mountain –

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Day 7 | Manchester | Cardiff | Bristol This morning travel south and see the Malvern Hills as you enter Wales. Enjoy a A Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working farm where you can explore the gardens, see the animals and enjoy traditional Welsh hospitality. Later, drive through the capital city, Cardiff. See the castle and the Millennium stadium before crossing the Severn Estuary and arriving in Bristol. (FB  BG) Hotel: Mercure Holland House

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in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. Treadright: See page 27 for details. 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.

Day 8 | Bristol | Bath | Stonehenge | London Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London where your amazing holiday ends. (FB) 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

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English Country Gardens From the Bluebell steam train and seaside tastes of Brighton to the poetic gardens of Sissinghurst and traditional cream teas, discover the flowers and feasts of south-east England. It’s Insider moments like… walking in the shadow of Henry VIII at Hampton Court, your Local Expert recounting near-forgotten recipes from the Royal Tudor kitchen. Getting inspired by the green fingers of mastergardener Capability Brown, as you breathe in the scent of Sheffield Park gardens. The tang of salt spray in the breeze, as your National Trust expert helps you find the flowers unique to the White Cliffs of Dover. And tasting wine at Kent’s oldest vineyard, discovering a cool climate doesn’t prevent it making a good tipple.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive London (3 Nights)

Day 3 | London | Excursion to Wisley Gardens

After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Cumberland

This morning travel to the pleasant gardens of Wisley. Renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art glasshouse. Here you will enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing experience around parts of the garden. You will then have free time to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the grounds. Later, return to London when you will have the option to sightsee further or take an optional experience on the London Eye with a cruise on the Thames before returning to your hotel. (FB)

Day 2 | London Sightseeing and Excursion to Hampton Court Palace Kew Gardens, London

It's iconic places City tour in London. Orientation of Brighton. Visit Hampton Court Palace, RHS Wisley Gardens, Kew Gardens, Capability Brown’s Sheffield Park and Gardens, the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover conservation project, Canterbury Cathedral, Vita SackvilleWest’s Sissinghurst Gardens, Hever Castle, Winston Churchills’ Chartwell and tasting the wine at Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard – Biddenden Vineyards.

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See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with your A  Local Expert. This afternoon visit Hampton Court Palace, the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent palace of its age. See the vast Tudor kitchens, and the tapestries in the Great Hall with a A  Local Expert. Lose yourself in the most famous Maze and visit the Privy Garden. Tonight, consider joining your Travel Director for dinner at a lively restaurant or perhaps take in a West End show. (FB)

Day 4 | London | Kew Gardens | Sheffield Park and Gardens | Bluebell Railway | Sussex Coastline (2 Nights) Enjoy an included visit to Kew Gardens. This botanical garden is known as the world’s most famous – a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising centuries of royal history. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. Here you will take an included 40 minute bus tour around part of the garden. You will then have free time to lunch in one of the restaurants in the grounds. Later

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travel south and visit Sheffield Park and Gardens. The National Trust acquired this property in 1954 and the garden is comprised of four large lakes and a variety of rare trees and shrubs. The magnificent landscaping of the garden was laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown. From Sheffield Park enjoy a ride on one of England’s most famous steam trains – the Bluebell Railway. (FB D) Hotel: The Grand Hotel Eastbourne/Hilton Avisford Park/The Thistle Brighton Day 5 | Sussex Coastline | Excursion to Brighton After a leisurely start, enjoy a drive along the coast to Brighton. Thanks to the Prince Regent, the town has always enjoyed a reputation for elegance, fun and architecture. You may decide to visit the impressive Brighton Pavilion or shop for interesting items in The Lanes. “The Lanes” form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village. Perhaps enjoy fish and chips for lunch before returning to your hotel. This evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants. (FB) Day 6 | Sussex Coastline | Dover | Canterbury | Mount Ephraim Country House | Royal Tunbridge Wells (2 Nights) Travel to Dover for a A  Unique Insight into the White Cliffs of Dover. A member of the National Trust will provide a talk on the significance of the cliffs and the conservation thereof. Later visit Canterbury which is a historic English cathedral city. Parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide and this pilgrimage later provided the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century literary classic The Canterbury Tales. You will have free time to explore the city before enjoying a delicious A  Be My Guest Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Country House later this afternoon. Then it is on to Royal Tunbridge Wells for a two night stay. Dinner will be served at your hotel this evening. (FB BG D) Hotel: Mercure Tunbridge Wells Day 7 | Royal Tunbridge Wells | Excursion to Sissinghurst Gardens and Biddenden Vineyards Visit the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst. This garden was created in the 1930s by

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Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sissinghurst’s garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of “rooms”, each with a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls. This afternoon travel to Biddenden Vineyard - Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, enjoy a A  Local Speciality. Established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders, this vineyard is set in 22 acres on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley. Traditional Kentish ciders have also been made here for over 20 years together with farm pressed apple juices. The visit includes a vineyard walk, winery talk and tasting including a complimentary glass of wine. Later return to your hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells. (FB)

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in London during these departures, to replace the excursion to Wisley Gardens.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Treadright: See page 27 for details. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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.

Day 8 | Royal Tunbridge Wells | Hever Castle | Chartwell | London Enjoy a visit to Hever Castle for a Small Group Sightseeing experience with the gardeners to see these award-winning formal gardens. Each garden has its own style and character, from the giant topiary chess set and herb collection of the Tudor Garden to the magnificent Pompeiian Wall and collection of classical statuary in the Italian Garden. The celebrated Rose Garden contains over 4,000 roses within its walls, and there’s an impressive herbaceous border stretching over 100 metres. You will also have an included ticket to see inside the castle itself at your own pace. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and it has become well known as the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn – wife of Henry VIII. Later travel a short distance to visit Chartwell. This is where Sir Winston Churchill lived with his wife until his death in 1965. Now owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have been beautifully preserved. Return to London this evening where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Cumberland Day 9 | Depart London Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful English Country Gardens experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

White Cliffs, Dover

Sissinghurst Gardens, Sissinghurst 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

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Family Experiences

Castles & Kilts Castles, crown jewels and Harry Potter – this classic family experience introduces the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland. It’s Insider moments like… stepping inside Harry Potter’s red telephone box, butterflies fluttering in your tummy as you imagine the descent into the Ministry of Magic. It’s discovering Platform 9 ¾ in search for the Hogwart’s Express with your Local Expert. It’s waking up as a guest in Ruthin Castle, just as kings and queens have done for hundreds of years. And it’s the tingling of goose bumps on your skin as you listen to the tales of bravery and treason at Edinburgh Castle, home of royalty, rebellion and the Stone of Destiny.

Tower of London, London

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive in London (3 Nights)

Tatton Park, Cheshire

It's iconic places City tours of London and Edinburgh. Orientation of Bristol and Liverpool. Visit The Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Crosby Beach to see Another Place, Tatton Park to meet the Butler and Housekeeper, the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda, and Edinburgh Castle.

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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. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London. (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury Day 2 | London Sightseeing Your A  Local Expert 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

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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! (FB) 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 experience to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city or take a cruise along the Thames. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help. (FB) Day 4 | London | Oxford | Lacock | Bristol Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire – one of England’s most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter’s house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for a relaxing overnight stay. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol 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! (FB) Hotel: Ruthin Castle Day 6 | Excursion to Liverpool Spend the day exploring Liverpool. There are many things to see and do, including the free

Lacock

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English Channel 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 ‘Beatles Tour’! At Crosby Beach see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ before returning to your castle for free time in the afternoon. Tonight, join your companions for a medieval feast! (FB RM) Day 7 | Ruthin Castle | Tatton Park | Lancaster Visit Tatton Park for a A  Unique Insight, into an elegant mansion house set in 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride in a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight. (FB D) Hotel: Lancaster House

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l  Edinburgh Tattoo 1-23 August 2014: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re

in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7.00am and 9.00am. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless travelling as part of a family group. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Day 8 | Lancaster | Hadrian’s Wall | Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda for an insight into life as a Roman soldier and see excavations on the site. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in AD122, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out! (FB) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh

For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240.

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244–245. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 9 | Edinburgh Sightseeing Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert, including the Castle, Royal Mile and the famous Scott Monument. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an excursion to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Britannia. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Day 10 | Depart Edinburgh Say goodbye to your companions at the end of an amazing holiday. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply. (FB)

Ruthin Castle, Ruthin 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

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Regional

Best of Britain This British experience unveils the pomp, ceremony and unique soundtracks of England, Wales and Scotland through its cultural traditions and tastes. It’s Insider moments like… travelling down Penny Lane to the sound of the song as Phil, bonafide friend of The Beatles, shares stories of the band in his Liverpudlian lilt. It’s experiencing the silence of Tintern Abbey and the Isle of Skye. And it’s hearing the West Country voices of the Dyer family, who welcome you to Blackmore Farm – Ann treats you to a feast in the Great Hall of the 15th century manor house, with local cider and often the dairy farm’s own scrumptious ice cream.

Stonehenge, Salisbury

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stonehenge | Bath | Exeter (2 Nights)

It's iconic places City tour in Liverpool and Edinburgh. Orientations of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, picturesque Polperro, Glastonbury Abbey, the Roman Baths in Bath, the town of Ludlow, the Clan Donald Centre, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. View Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, Alnwick Castle the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts and York Minster. See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the 18th hole at St Andrews.

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This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later, we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Drink in a local pub followed by dinner in your hotel. (WR) Hotel: Mercure Exeter Southgate Day 2 | Plymouth | Polperro | Dartmoor Excursion Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the pilgrim fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. Visit Polperro, a quaint fishing village nested around a picturesque harbour.  Later, cross rugged

Dartmoor, famous for its dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Later enjoy a A  Unique Insight into local crafts at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, before arriving at your hotel. (FB) Day 3 | Exeter | Glastonbury | Cardiff Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury. Visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special A  Be My Guest lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination.  View the impressive castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel. (FB BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre Day 4 | Cardiff | Tintern | Ludlow | Chester | Liverpool Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you drive along the beautiful Wye Valley. View the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired the romantic

Isle of Skye

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2 Pitlochry Fort William Mallaig Glencoe SCOTLAND St. Andrews

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poets. Cross the beautiful Welsh Marches at Hereford to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes views of the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the ‘Fab Four’ as you drive through Liverpool with your A Local Expert on an included Beatles tour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool Day 5 | Liverpool | Lake District | Glasgow Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Regional Meal in a local restaurant. (FB RM) Hotel: Jurys Inn Glasgow Day 6 | Glasgow | Glencoe | Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (FB D) Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 7 | Isle of Skye and Scenic Highland Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens.

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Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Hotel: Apex European/Marriott Day 9 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (FB FD) Hotel: Hotel 53

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Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB D)

This morning, your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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.

Day 11 | York | Stratford-upon-Avon | London View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born and raised. Explore the cobbled streets or walk along the banks of the River Avon.  Later, travel back to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB)

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

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The Britannia England, Wales and Scotland unite, on this epic regional journey through the cultural highlights of Britain - St Ives, Snowdonia and the Isle of Skye. It’s Insider moments like… the creak of wood and whisper of leaves as you glide along the River Cam in Cambridge, finding out the best way to steer a ‘punt’ from your chauffeur, a student at the university. Meeting the owners of the restored Hall at Abby-Cwm-Hir, who tell you renovation stories as you tour their Gothic home. And the memory of the clash of steel against steel at Caernarfon Castle, the history of this medieval stronghold singing through the stones as you explore the ancient battleground of Welsh and English alike.

Durham Cathedral, Durham

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Brighton | Southampton Meet your travelling companions and Travel Director before leaving London for the south coast town of Brighton. See the exotic pavilion, built for the Prince Regent who later became King George IV.  Walk through The Lanes, a shopping area full of quaint and quirky shops and cafes.  Stroll along the seafront or even onto the famous Pier.  Later, arrive in Southampton where you join your Travel Director and fellow companions to enjoy a Welcome Reception in a typical English pub. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn Southampton Day 2 | Southampton | Stonehenge | Plymouth (2 Nights) Cambridge

Travel through the beautiful New Forest to mystical Stonehenge where you visit the ancient stone circle. Cross Salisbury Plain through lush countryside to the historic naval city of Plymouth for a two night stay. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound during your orientation of the city. This afternoon, you might like to join an optional cruise around the historic harbour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth Day 3 | Cornish Excursion

Isle of Skye

It's iconic places City tour in Edinburgh. Orientations of Brighton, Plymouth, Bath, Bristol, Chester, Manchester, Glasgow, York and Cambridge. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, the Roman Baths in Bath and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the imposing Caernarfon Castle, Quarry Bank Mill, the town of Gretna Green, the Clan Donald Centre, the Isle of Skye, a Scottish Whisky Distillery, Edinburgh Castle, the market town of Melton Mowbray the university city of Cambridge and the National Stud  at Newmarket. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, medieval Alnwick, Durham Castle and Cathedral and York Minster. See the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, the Lake District, Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands and the 18th hole at St Andrews.

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The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint fishing villages, which you will see on the way to Land’s End, the most westerly point in England. Visit St. Ives, a beautiful resort popular with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors, on your way back to Plymouth. (FB) Day 4 | Plymouth | Glastonbury | Bath | Bristol Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Enjoy a scenic drive to Bristol. This evening offers an opportunity to join an optional experience to the idyllic village of Lacock to enjoy dinner in a traditional English inn. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu

Day 5 | Bristol | Stratford-upon-Avon | Llandrindod Wells This morning we travel to the town of Stratfordupon-Avon. Visit the birthplace and visitor centre of William Shakespeare, with time to explore the city or enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later, enjoy a picturesque drive through the Welsh Marches to Llandrindod Wells. Enjoy an extra special A  Be My Guest experience at a Victorian Gothic Revival mansion overlooking the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Enjoy drinks and canapés before a guided tour of the house and gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  BG  D) Hotel: Metropole Day 6 | Llandrindod Wells | Snowdonia National Park | Caernarfon | Manchester (2 Nights) Take in the breath-taking views of North Wales as you travel through Snowdonia National Park. Visit the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed which attracts many artists who appreciate its natural beauty.  In Caernarfon visit the ancient castle built by Edward I.  In 1969 this was the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles to become the current Prince of Wales. A scenic drive along the North Wales Coast will bring you to Manchester, a city famous for its industrial heritage and immense creative output. (FB  D) Hotel: Jurys Inn Manchester Day 7 | Chester and Quarry Bank Mill Excursion This morning visit Chester and see the ‘Rows’ and the Cathedral during your walking orientation. In your free time why not walk the impressive city walls. Manchester was the heart of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, so an included visit to Quarry Bank Mill a National Trust property gives a A Unique Insight into how communities lived during this period. (FB) Day 8 | Manchester | Lake District | Gretna Green | Glasgow Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery, from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that

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Day 9 | Glasgow | Glencoe | Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. (FB) Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 10 | Isle of Skye and Scenic Highland Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB D) Day 11 | Scottish Highlands | St. Andrews | Edinburgh (2 Nights) Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Enjoy a A  Local Speciality with an included visit to a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’ before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh Day 12 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal

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inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Glasgow

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Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Day 13 | Edinburgh | Alnwick | Durham | Harrogate Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. View Durham Castle and Cathedral, both striking examples of Norman architecture. Tonight, dine at your hotel in the spa town of Harrogate. (FB D) Hotel: Yorkshire Hotel

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in Edinburgh during these dates.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. Treadright: See page 27 for details. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Day 14 | Harrogate | York | Melton Mowbray | Cambridge

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

In York, your Travel Director will show you the magnificent Minster, the city walls and the famous Shambles on your orientation tour. Travel south to the market town of Melton Mowbray famous for traditional English delicacies such as Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies. Here enjoy a A  Local Speciality piemaking demonstration and tasting with a local pie-maker. Later arrive in the stunning university city of Cambridge. This evening, celebrate the conclusion of a memorable holiday with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. After dinner your Travel Director will take your and your travel companions for a Farewell Drink in a local pub. (FB FD) Hotel: Cambridge City/The Belfry

For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240.

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244–245. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 15 | Cambridge | Newmarket | London See the magnificent architecture of King’s College Chapel in the prestigious university city of Cambridge. Get an inside look at life as a student at one of these renowned colleges as you glide past the famous ‘backs’ on the River Cam with your A  Local Expert ‘chauffeur’ on a flat-bottomed boat known as a ‘punt’. This afternoon visit the Newmarket National Stud, devoted to thoroughbred horse breeding since 1916 where you will gain a A Unique Insight into the raising of thoroughbred champions. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday. (FB)

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

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Britain & Ireland Highlights Engineering, invention and Romantic Poets, the epic diversity squeezed into a remarkably tiny region is explored through the towns, cities and countryside of Britain and Ireland. It’s Insider moments like… learning how to pour the perfect Guinness in the famous Storehouse, the panoramic view of Dublin’s skyline as your backdrop. Watching the peaty blackness gather at the bottom of the glass, as those last few drops are added at the perfect moment. And maybe even seeing the artistry, as the traditional Shamrock design appears, symbol of the country in which you stand. And taking your first sip of Ireland’s iconic national drink, in the complex home of its birth.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stratford-upon-Avon | York | Harrogate A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later, in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn

It's iconic places City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. Orientations of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the town of Gretna Green, the Falkirk Wheel, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and gardens. See the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Day 2 | Harrogate | Lake District | Glasgow (2 Nights)

George Square, Glasgow

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Lake District, your journey north is impressive. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu/ Marks Hotel/Crutherland House Day 3 | Edinburgh Excursion Today, visit Edinburgh. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action. This evening you will enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow. (FB RM) Day 4 | Glasgow | Belfast | Dublin (2 Nights) Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your A  Local Expert. Cross the border into the Irish Republic and later arrive in the thriving city of Dublin. (FB) Hotel: Mespil Day 5 | Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. Enjoy a A  Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB)

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Day 6 | Dublin | Kildare | Kilkenny | Waterford This morning gain an A  Unique Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a A  Local Speciality when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Waterford Marina Day 7 | Waterford | Cardiff Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable A  Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FD BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre Day 8 | Cardiff | Bath | Stonehenge | London Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end. (FB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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.

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

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Wonders of Britain & Ireland Churchill and Wordsworth. Castles and legends. Rugged beauty and hidden places. The icons and secrets of Britain and Ireland are explored in a cross-country itinerary over land and sea.  It’s Insider moments like… exploring the nooks and crannies of Molly Gallivan’s farm, shared with her seven children two hundred years ago. Meeting Stephen and his wife, today’s owners, who’ll share stories of Molly’s illegal home brew, sold to locals in her secret ‘Sibheen’ pub. And chatting about traditional farming life in Ireland past and present, as the air thickens with the smell of homemade Irish stew and fresh apple pie, eaten together in the hearth-warmed rooms of Molly’s own cottage.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stonehenge | Bath | Cardiff

Edinburgh

It's iconic places City tour in Dublin and Edinburgh. Orientations of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of Oxford University’s colleges (when open). View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts’ Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill’s grave at Bladon. See the Lake District’s magnificent scenery. Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry.

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Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through spectacular countryside to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture of the city and visit the Roman baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. View the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. See the Millennium Stadium as well as the historic Cardiff Castle during your orientation of the city. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical Welsh pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre Day 2 | Cardiff | Waterford Enjoy free time this morning to relax, explore the city, or take the opportunity to visit Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Waterford Marina

Day 3 | Waterford | Blarney | Kenmare (2 Nights) Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your A Local Speciality demonstration in the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. This evening, join your companions for a A  Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Kenmare. (FB BG) Hotel: Kenmare Bay Hotel Day 4 | Ring of Kerry Excursion Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’.  It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied place in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap.  Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. (FB)

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Day 9 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the Georgian architecture in the New Town. (FB)

See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. Enjoy a A  Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening, consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Day 7 | Dublin | Chester | Liverpool Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, lanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllanty siliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (FB RM) Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool Day 8 | Liverpool | Lake District | Edinburgh (2 Nights) Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh – your home for the next two nights. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB) Hotel: Holyrood

Day 10 | Edinburgh | Alnwick | York Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the aweinspiring Minster. (FB) Hotel: Hotel 53 Day 11 | York | Stratford-upon-Avon | Warwick View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage before visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon- Avon. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel in Warwick. (FB FD) Hotel: Hilton Warwick

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This morning, visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The spectacular group of medieval buildings, perched on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, was once the seat of the kings of Munster. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. This evening, arrive in the lively Irish capital, Dublin. (FB) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane

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Day 6 | Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

R27250 (per person twin share)

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in Edinburgh during these dates.

H  Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been

arranged for this departure, including tickets to Hogmanay.

s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

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Day 12 | Warwick | Bladon | Oxford | London

WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details.

This morning, explore the town of Warwick or join an optional experience to Warwick Castle. Visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill’s grave. In Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, enjoy an orientation of the city. View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges (when available). Return to London this evening and say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a wonderful holiday. (FB)

Your London Hotel: Cumberland/Park Plaza County Hall For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland/Park Plaza County Hall providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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 Britian and Ireland Experience holiday. Our CostSaver trips have fewer inclusions so you save money – giving you extra free time to explore independently. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

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

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Britain & Ireland Panorama In the craic and Guinness of Ireland or the tea and scones of England, the welcoming hospitality of the British Isles is one of its biggest attractions and one of your lasting memories. It’s Insider moments like… picturing the scene as the world’s most famous liner left the tiny town of Cobh on its ill-fated journey, a Titanic expert shares how it changed the community forever. Seeing the old custom’s house, you can imagine the Irish emigrants as they took their last steps on terra firma, preparing for a new life in America. And, as you walk through the streets with our Irish insider, you get a sense of the excitement and nervousness they felt as they waved goodbye to loved ones staying behind in Cobh.

Galway Cathedral, Galway

York Minster, York

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stratford-upon-Avon | York A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later, in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Tonight dine at your hotel where you have a chance to meet with your Travel Director and travelling companions. (WR) Hotel: Novotel York Centre/Novotel Leeds Day 2 | York | Jedburgh | Edinburgh (2 Nights) Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more! View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh. (FB) Hotel: Novotel City Centre/Barony Castle Hotel/ Cardrona Hotel Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich

It's iconic places City tour in Edinburgh and Dublin. Orientations of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the Clan Donald Centre, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey ruins  and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster and the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail. See the Isle of Skye.

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Day 3 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time Your morning sightseeing tour with your A Local Expert includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur’s Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. During the Edinburgh Festival, your stay includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Tonight, consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes! (FB)

Day 4 | Edinburgh | St. Andrews | Pitlochry | Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. (FB D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore/Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 5 | Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB D) Day 6 | Scottish Highlands | Glencoe | Glasgow Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a A Unique Insight into one of Europe’s most important 19th century burial grounds. (FB) Hotel:  Jurys Inn Glasgow/ Crutherland House

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Cross the border into England and enjoy a special A Be My Guest lunch at a working farm in the idyllic Cumbrian countryside. Learn about traditional farming methods and see the sheep, goats and cattle before enjoying lunch in the farmhouse. Later arrive in Grasmere where you view the grave of William Wordsworth. See England’s largest lake, Windermere before arriving in Manchester. (FB  BG) Hotel:  Park Inn Manchester Victoria/Jurys Inn Manchester

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh for a walking tour with a A  Local Expert. This was the final port of call for the Ttitanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your A  Local Speciality tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Talbot

Day 8 | Manchester | Chester | Dublin (2 Nights)

Day 13 | Wexford | Cardiff

In Chester see the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’ before traveling along the scenic North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey, on your way to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal on a canal boat in Dublin. (FB  RM) Hotel:  Camden Court/ Bewleys Ballsbridge Hotel/Ballsbridge Hotel

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Maldron

Day 9 | Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A Local Expert. Enjoy a A Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Day 10 | Dublin | Galway | Limerick Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick. (FB) Hotel:  Radisson Blu Limerick Day 11 | Limerick | Ring of Kerry | Cork Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in the city of Cork. (FB D) Hotel: Rochestown Park

R34200 (per person twin share)

Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation (11 hotels). 15 full breakfasts. Be My Guest lunch. 6 dinners (including Regional Meal, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown (including return ferry). All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Day 14 | Cardiff | Bath | Glastonbury | Plymouth (2 Nights) Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth. (FB) Hotel:  Jurys Inn Plymouth/ Copthorne Plymouth/Furture Inn

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in Edinburgh during these dates.

s Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Day 15 | Cornish Excursion

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Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

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.

Day 16 | Plymouth | Stonehenge | London Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB)

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Britain & Ireland Grandeur An experience of extremes, no corner of the British Isles is left unturned, from rural Glastonbury to its five ultra-urban capitals: Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. It’s Insider moments like… driving through the streets in a Belfast Black Cab, as you hear the history of The Troubles from someone who lived them. The gritty closeness of your cabbie’s memories is amplified by hearing them with just a handful of travellers in such a unique setting. Borrowing his pen to add your own message to Belfast’s peace wall, and pausing to hear the hidden messages behind the murals that pepper the city’s walls, this cab ride covers the famous and the infamous of a two-sided city.

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | London | Stonehenge | Plymouth (2 Nights) Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Later, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Copthorne/Jurys Inn/Future Inn Day 2 | Cornish Excursion Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! (FB) Day 3 | Plymouth | Bath | Cardiff On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital Cardiff. (FB) Hotel: The Parc Hotel/ Maldron Hotel Day 4 | Cardiff | Waterford

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It's iconic places City tour in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh. Orientations of Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow, and York. Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, Quarry Bank Mill, Culloden battlefield, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Isle of Skye, and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher,  the 18th hole at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, and York Minster. Scenic drives on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry and the rugged Connemara countryside.

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Black Valley and Moll’s Gap.  Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. (FB) Day 7 | Kenmare | Limerick | Cliffs f Moher | Galway Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. In Galway, view the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel:  Connacht Hotel/Maldron Hotel Day 8 | Galway | Connemara | Donegal | Letterkenny From Galway travel through the dramatic Connemara landscape. Later stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Visit Donegal and see the 15th century castle before heading to Letterkenny. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Letterkenny/Clanree Hotel Day 9 | Letterkenny | Londonderry | Giant’s Causeway | Belfast

See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium. Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel in Waterford. (FB  D) Hotel:  Waterford Marina/ Filtzwilton Hotel

Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your A  Local Expert and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant’s Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. Finish the day with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road through Ballycastle to Belfast. (FB) Hotel:  Stormont Hotel Belfast/ Europa Hotel

Day 5 | Waterford | Blarney | Kenmare (2 Nights)

Day 10 | Belfast Sightseeing | Dublin (2 Nights)

Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a A  Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel:  Kenmare Bay Hotel/ The Travel Inn Killarney/Carlton Hotel Tralee/ Gleneagle Killarney Day 6 | Ring of Kerry Excursion Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’.  It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the

This morning, meet your A Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab. Re-join your Travel Director and continue south. Cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital of Dublin, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel:  Mespil/Bewleys Ballsbridge Hotel/Ballsbridge Day 11 | Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. Enjoy a A  Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB)

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Day 12 | Dublin | Chester | Liverpool Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Enjoy a A  Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. (FB) Hotel:  Jurys Inn Liverpool/Jurys Inn Manchester Day 13 | Liverpool | Quarry Bank Mill | Lake District After a leisurely start, visit Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property that brings to life how communities lived together during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester and the surrounding area was greatly involved with textile manufacturing during this period and today’s visit will give you a A Unique Insight into life during this important time in British history. Later, make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel:  North Lakes Hotel/Castle Green Hotel Day 14 | Lake District | Gretna Green | Glasgow Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (FB RM) Hotel: Marks Hotel/Jurys Inn Day 15 | Glasgow | Glencoe | Isle of Skye Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre at Glencoe – ‘Glen of the Weeping’.  Pass through Fort William and see Britain’s Highest mountain, Ben Nevis.  View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing onto the Isle of Skye.  Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel: Dunollie/Kings Arms/Tongadale

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Day 16 | Isle of Skye | Loch Ness | Scottish Highlands Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Enjoy a special A  Be My Guest lunch in a beautiful Highland Castle. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB BG D) Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons

Day 18 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB)

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Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB) Hotel:  Marriott Edinburgh/Cardrona Hotel Peebles/Jurys Inn

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in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  York Horse Races: On this departure, your hotel may be in Harrogate or Leeds

instead of York – but your sightseeing will still be as shown.

u Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Your London Hotel: Cumberland For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or Cumberland providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. Treadright: See page 27 for details. 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.

Day 19 | Edinburgh | Alnwick | York

For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240.

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (FB FD) Hotel: Hotel 53/Novotel York Centre/Novotel Leeds

Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 20 | York | Stratford-upon-Avon | London View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB)

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Irish Highlights The fast-track to Ireland – this seven-day encounter with the southern side takes you from Dublin and back, stopping at Waterford, Limerick and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way. It’s Insider moments like… smelling the sweet aroma of Catherine Fulvio’s slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join this world-renowned chef for dinner at her 350 acre farm near Dublin. The encounter takes you beyond her usual cookery school, into the heart of her home – to hear Catherine talk about her Glenealy house and sit down to enjoy treasured family dishes, like her mother’s brown soda bread. And you’ll go beyond the showroom at Waterford Crystal, into the workshop where the master craftsmen work on exquisite pieces of art.

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It's iconic places City tour of Dublin. Orientation of Waterford, Limerick and Galway. Visit the famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Youghal, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty folk park. View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John’s Castle and St. Marys Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway. Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry.

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Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Camden Court

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

Day 2 | Dublin | Co. Wicklow | New Ross | Waterford Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. Then on through County Wexford before arriving in the town of New Ross. See the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, and gain a A  Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a A  Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton Day 3 | Waterford | Youghal | Blarney | Killarney (2 Nights) This morning, visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Visit Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ then travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: International Hotel Killarney

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Ring of Kerry

R12500 (per person twin share)

Day 5 | Killarney | Cliffs of Moher | Bunratty | Limerick Take the ferry across the Shannon estuary to scenic County Clare. A picturesque coastal drive through the beautiful villages of Kilrush and Lahinch brings you to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition.  Visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. In Limerick, view King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Day 6 | Limerick | Galway | Dublin This morning, head north to Galway.  View the cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city before continuing to Dublin. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a A  Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB  BG) Hotel: Camden Court Day 7 | Depart Dublin

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. 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.

Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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Scenic Ireland This leisurely trail winds through the Emerald Isle, from Dublin’s 16th century botanical gardens to the utterly remote Dingle Peninsula, the country’s westernmost point. It’s Insider moments like… tucking into homemade Kerry Lamb Stew and soaking up its rich gravy with bread fresh from the oven. You eat by the glow of an oil lamp and to the smell of turf burning in the open fires at Quills Farmhouse. And you join Andrew to learn the secrets of traditional Irish cooking. With views over the lakes of Killarney, you chat to farmers going about their business. You are transported back to 1930s Ireland: a time before electricity had reached the countryside and when a trip to the well was a daily chore.

Blarney Castle, Blarney

St. Brigid's Church, Kildare

It's iconic places City tour of Dublin. Orientation of Adare and Kildare. Visit Botanical Gardens Dublin, Cormac Chapel at Cashel, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’ and St Bridget’s Church in Kildare. View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, The Rock of Cashel,  the statue of Charlie Chaplin, Molls Gap and Ladies View on the Ring of Kerry, and the thatched cottages of Adare. Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry and the rugged Dingle Peninsula.

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Charlie Chaplin Statue, Waterville

Dingle Peninsula

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Blarney Castle

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Day 5 | Ring of Kerry Excursion

Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director over a traditional Irish meal with drinks at your Welcome Reception in a local pub. (WR) Hotel: Trinity Capital

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’.  It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. On our journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan’s Daughter.  Pass through Cahirciveen and Waterville.  Later the landscape is dramatic as you pass through Molls Gap and see the Lakes of Killarney.  Tonight enjoy a A  Be My Guest farmhouse experience which also includes a cooking demonstration. (FB BG)

Day 2 | Dublin Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Founded in 1795 and dedicated to conservation, education and science, the gardens are now home to over 15,000 species of plant. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Day 3 | Dublin | Rock of Cashel | Blarney | Killarney (4 Nights) Leave the capital city and drive through scenic countryside to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel. This is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. Its rich heritage is reflected in the picturesque complex of fortified town houses, a medieval monastery and a Georgian Cathedral. It also has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’! Dine tonight at your hotel in Killarney. (FB D) Hotel: Killarney Plaza Day 4 | Dingle Peninsula Excursion Today, experience a breath-taking excursion round the Dingle Peninsula. Ireland’s most westerly point, the peninsula featuring ring forts and ancient ruins as well as verdant hills, magnificent mountains and sandy beaches. (FB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. 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.

Day 6 | Killarney At Leisure Enjoy a full day to do as you please. Killarney National Park offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horse riding or golf on championship courses overlooking the Killarney Lakes. Alternatively, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings - find a quiet spot, put your feet up, and admire the views. (FB) Day 7 | Killarney | Kildare | Dublin Follow scenic roads through the beautiful Irish countryside to Dublin. View the thatched cottages in the village of Adare, voted the prettiest village in Ireland. Visit St. Brigid’s Church in Kildare. St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner in Dublin and raise a toast to your newfound friends and scenic Ireland! (FB FD) Hotel: Trinity Capital Day 8 | Depart Dublin After a hearty breakfast, say farewell to this beautiful country and your companions at the end of a magical holiday on the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Adare 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

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Best of Ireland Our in-depth focus on Eire, this round-trip reveals how Ireland’s landscapes determine its lifestyle, uniting popular essentials like kissing the Blarney Stone with unique meetings with local characters. It’s Insider moments like… foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch, before taking your ‘scavenged’ ingredients and saltwater back to our Irish friend’s home to see how they’re used in local dishes. And exploring the Gaelic-speaking Gaeltacht regions, whose history and traditions are revealed through the rugged beauty of the Ring of Kerry and Connemara coastline, and the tranquil serenity you find within the walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Dublin Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin.  Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director as you board your canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old canals. (WR) Hotel: Ballsbridge Hotel Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

Day 2 | Dublin | Co Wicklow | New Ross | Waterford

It's iconic places City tour of Dublin. Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal. Visit the famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Youghal, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Adare, Bunratty folk park,  Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal. Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

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Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross

Head through scenic Co Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy.  Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a A  Unique Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants.  Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal in crafted during your guided tour of the visitor centre, to sample this A Local Speciality. (FB D) Hotel: Waterford Marina

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Cliffs of Moher

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R21650 (per person twin share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation (7 hotels). 9 full breakfasts. 1 Be My Guest lunch. 1 Be My Guest lunch. 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Day 3 | Waterford | Youghal | Blarney | Killarney (2 Nights) Visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the gift of the gab as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Dromhall Hotel Day 4 | Ring of Kerry Excursion Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap.  Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words (FB D) Day 5 | Killarney | Dingle Peninsula | Adare | Limerick

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemarra with its Twelve Ben’s mountain range and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country’s most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. (FB) Day 8 | Galway | Knock | Co Donegal Excursion| Donegal Heading north we stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Explore the region of Co Donegal where old traditions still play a part in everyday life. In the town of Donegal, see the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. (FB) Hotel: Kee’s A Authentic Accommodation This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the banks of Loch Erne in Northern Ireland.  On arrival in Dublin you will have plenty of time to explore this lively city.  Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny bridge. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. (FB  FD) Hotel: Ballsbridge

Day 6 | Limerick | Bunratty | Cliffs of Moher | Galway (2 Nights)

Day 10 | Depart Dublin

Day 7 | Connemara Excursion This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ featuring

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. 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.

Day 9 | Donegal | Dublin

Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape.  Visit Adare, known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, en route. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. (FB) Hotel:  Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick

Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Later arrive on the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique A  Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants before sitting down for a hearty lunch with spectacular views. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. Later arrive in Galway. (FB  BG  D) Hotel: Connacht

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Authentic Accommodation Kee’s Hotel, Donegal, Ireland Four generations of the same Irish family have welcomed guests to Kee’s Hotel in Donegal, our A Authentic Accommodation on many of our trips to the city. New and old come together, from the leisure club to the bar’s open fires.

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Irish Experience This foray into the diversity of the North and the South of Ireland takes you inside the increasingly cool cities, like Dublin and Belfast, and much reported ‘emerald’ countryside. It’s Insider moments like… hearing born-and-bred Irishman Ronan’s passion as he takes you round his ‘home turf’. He reveals Londonderry’s progressive present, having been UK City of Culture 2013, and its deeply troubled past – taking you to the riotous Bogside area and to walk the 400-year-old walls. Finding yourself between these eras in New Ross, take your ticket to board a replica famine ship. Join passengers re-creating scenes from the 1840s when people fled to escape the potato famine, becoming early Irish Americans.

City Hall, Belfast

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

King John's Castle, Limerick

It's iconic places City tours of Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giants Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’ , Youghal, the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross. View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara, the Cathedral of Galway, King John’s Castle and St. Marys Cathedral in Limerick. Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry.

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Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Expert. Later, board your canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old canals. (WR) Hotel: Mespil Day 2 | Dublin | Belfast Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your A  Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the city’s recent history in a Black Cab. (FB) Hotel: Stormont

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Day 3 | Belfast | Giant’s Causeway | Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights) This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, an A  Unique Insight exhibition dedicated to the world’s most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom. (FB) Hotel: Everglades Day 4 | Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time Walk along the 17th century city walls with your A  Local Expert and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an optional experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Day 5 | Londonderry/Derry | Belleek | Galway (2 Nights) Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor centre for  a A  Local Speciality demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Travel via Sligo to Galway where you dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel: Maldron Galway Day 6 | Connemara Excursion Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, the country’s most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. (FB) Day 7 | Galway | Limerick | Killarney (2 Nights) Travel through County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation

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of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh? (FB) Hotel: Scotts Day 8 | Ring of Kerry Excursion Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’.  It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight.  On our journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan’s Daughter.  We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap.  Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Join your companions this evening for a A  Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney. (FB BG)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Treadright: See page 27 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. 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.

Day 9 | Killarney | Blarney | Waterford | Kilkenny Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Pass through Youghal en route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your A  Local Speciality demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle. (FB D) Hotel: Kilkenny Day 10 | Kilkenny | New Ross | Co. Wicklow | Dublin Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody and gain a A  Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. Travel through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (FB FD) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane Day 11 | Depart Dublin Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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Best of Ireland & Scotland Wild scenery, hearty cuisine, warming whisky and Guinness. This Gaelic adventure introduces you to the classic symbols of Ireland and Scotland, and the secret and secluded alternatives. It’s Insider moments like… the warm hit of Glengoyne whisky, made by tenth generation distillers, as you taste Scotland’s slowest-made malt blend in an epic setting. After seeing the process, you can splash out to distil your own bottle. In Ireland, it’s hearing the legend of giant Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway, knowing your visit will support its future. Or joining our Insider at the Irish National Stud, for an exclusive journey to meet retired horses and experts who’ve made this one of the world’s greatest horseracing nations.

Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Dublin (2 Nights) Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director as you board your canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old canals. (WR) Hotel: Mespil/Ballsbridge Hotel Titanic Visitor Centre, Belfast

Day 2 | Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your A  Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Day 3 | Dublin | Kildare | Waterford

Highlands

It's iconic places City tour of Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh. Orientation of Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Glasgow. Visit the Irish National Stud the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway, Glasgow Cathedral, the battlefield of Culloden, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle. Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry.

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Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a A Unique Insight on the breeding of these horses. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your A Local Speciality demonstration and tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Fitzwilton/Marina Hotel Day 4 | Waterford | Blarney | Killarney (2 Nights) At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry

Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. Join your companions for a A Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney. (FB  BG) Hotel:  Dromhall Hotel/The Travel Inn Killarney/Gleneagle Killarney Day 5 | Ring of Kerry Excursion Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. (FB) Day 6 | Killarney | Limerick | Galway | Castlebar Drive through Adare one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone as you pass through Limerick. In Galway, view the Cathedral, built on the site of an old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square during your free time. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Breaffy House A Authentic Accommodation /Harlequin Hotel Day 7 | Castlebar | Donegal | Londonderry Head north through Sligo to Donegal where you view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. In Londonderry walk along the 17th century walls with your

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A  Local Expert and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. (FB) Hotel: Everglades/Tower Hotel

Day 8 | Londonderry | Giant’s Causeway | Belfast Visit the Giants Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking ballast columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.  Later arrive in Belfast where you have an included city tour with your A  Local Expert which takes in Queens University and City Hall. (FB  D) Hotel: Europa Hotel Day 9 | Belfast | Glasgow (2 Nights) This morning visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a A  Unique Insight into the history the world’s most famous ship. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive through spectacular Ayrshire countryside on the way to Glasgow. (FB) Hotel:  Jurys Inn Glasgow/Marks Hotel/Crutherland House Day 10 | Glasgow Orientation and Free Time Your morning orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, before enjoying free time to explore the city at your own pace. This afternoon, enjoy a A  Local Speciality by visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. (FB) Day 11 | Glasgow | Glencoe | Isle of Skye Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. Pass Fort William at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Glenfinnan see the monument to the final Jacobite Rising, as well as the famous viaduct which has featured in the Harry Potter films. Cross by ferry to the breath-taking Isle of Skye where you dine tonight in your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel: Tongadale Hotel/Dunollie/Kings Arms

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Day 12 | Isle of Skye | Loch Ness | Scottish Highlands Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats, ending his aspirations to the throne. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 13 | Scottish Highlands | Pitlochry | St. Andrews | Edinburgh (2 Nights) Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh Day 14 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival in August, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

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s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfer will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7am and 9am. Treadright: See page 27 for details. 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 Breaffy House, Castlebar, Ireland A real taste of Ireland, we often stay at Breaffy House in Castlebar, County Mayo. Dating back to 1890, the turret, 90 acre grounds and country house feel of this A Authentic Accommodation is mixed with modern comforts.

Day 15 | Depart Edinburgh After a hearty Scottish breakfast say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of an unforgettable Celtic holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Please note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodation on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodation on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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Best of Scotland The urban hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Legends and lochs. Castles and country. This leisurely look at Scotland covers the essentials – but still has time to stop for a ‘wee dram’ or two. It’s Insider moments like… being greeted by the father and son farmers of a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard, as they approach in traditional dress. Hearing them recount the stories of Rob Roy MacGregor, the outlaw and hero who roamed this region, they share their contagious energy, Scottish pride and homespun dishes, eaten as you hunker down together in their barn. An active farmstead, every experience is slightly different; one day you could be playing with sheepdogs, the next helping them feed new-born lambs.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

It's iconic places City tour of Edinburgh. Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling. Visit Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle. View the 18th hole at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights) On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Centre Day 2 | Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) Day 3 | Edinburgh | St. Andrews | Pitlochry | Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore/Macdonalds Four Seasons Day 4 | Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB D)

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Day 5 | Scottish Highlands | Glencoe | Glasgow (2 Nights) Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. This afternoon visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Your orientation tour of Glasgow also includes magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Glasgow Day 6 | Stirling Castle Excursion Enjoy some free time this morning in Glasgow to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads’ and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a A  Local Speciality visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience a A Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard. (FB BG)

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l  Edinburgh Tattoo 1-23 August 2014: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re

in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7am and 9am. 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.

Day 7 | Depart Glasgow After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities This diminutive country has a surprising fund of castles, cities and culture, all sewn into a patchwork of brooding highlands and undisturbed islands, like Orkney, Skye and Mull. It’s Insider moments like… taking a walk through Edinburgh Castle with a local character, no doubt dressed in the obligatory tartan.You’ll go behind the castle’s much-seen scenes, substituting the obvious for the obscure on this one-of-a-kind walk. Just the start of your castle encounters, Dunrobin, Eilean Donan, Glamis and Stirling castles appear on the horizon as you travel from highlands to lochs and along the Whisky Trail, dipping into a history of smugglers, Scottish kings and scotch – and into Glenlivet for a tasting.

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Glamis Castle, Glamis

It's iconic places City tour of Edinburgh. Orientation of Aberdeen, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow. Visit Glamis Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O’Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Battlefield. View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th hole at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.

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Day 1 | Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)

Day 3 | Excursion to The Borders

Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Centre

This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh. (FB)

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Day 4 | Edinburgh | St. Andrews | Glamis Castle | Aberdeen

This morning, your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB)

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel in Aberdeen. (FB  D) Hotel: Park Inn

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Day 5 | Aberdeen | Speyside | Culloden | Inverness Follow the River Dee through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to join the Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside. More than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are located along the River Spey. Visit Glenlivet distillery to witness the production of this A  Local Speciality and to sample a ‘wee dram’. See the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated in 1746. Arrive later in Inverness. (FB) Hotel: Thistle Day 6 | Inverness | Loch Ness | Thurso (2 Nights) Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Royal Hotel Thurso Day 7 | Orkney Islands Excursion From the north eastern tip of the British Isles, John O’Groats, take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and walk through the remains of the famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to visit Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Day 8 | Thurso | Isle of Skye Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool.  View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB  D) Hotel: Kings Arms Day 9 | Isle of Skye | Ballachulish (2 Nights) After a leisurely morning in Portree, travel to the south of Skye and take the scenic ferry to Mallaig.  View the Glenfinnan viaduct which

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feature in the Harry Potter films. At Fort William, see Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in all its glory before arriving in Ballachulish for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Ballachulish/Isles of Glencoe/Caledonian Hotel Oban Day 10 | Mull and Iona Excursion Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground  of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Day 11 | Ballachulish | Glasgow (2 Nights) This morning, travel south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the wellknown Scottish song. Arrive in the Trossachs National Park for a A  Be My Guest lunch on a working Scottish farm. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry, as well as a visit to St Mungo’s Cathedral. (FB BG) Hotel: Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

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l  Edinburgh Tattoo 1-23 August 2014: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re

in Edinburgh during these dates.

s  Alternative hotels: Departures may be accommodated in alternative locations.

All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfer will operate at 9am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7am and 9am. 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.

Day 12 | Stirling and Bannockburn Excursion Enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads before making your way to nearby Bannockburn – the site of the famous Battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England.  Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in Glasgow. (FB FD) Day 13 | Depart Glasgow Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Aberdeenshire 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

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The Treasures of France Criss-crossing the north, this trip fuses fairytale châteaux and vineyards in the rich Loire Valley with the chicness of Paris and the poignancy of standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. It’s Insider moments like…. seeing the sights of Paris with a Local Expert before visiting Honfleur, a pretty port immortalised by Monet. Picturing the royalty that once graced the turreted châteaux of the Loire Valley, and stopping at Chenonceau – our Local Expert shows you the fairytale castle’s contoured gardens and elegant architecture, and its arched feet straddling the River Cher. And being welcomed into Château de l’Aulée by the Henrion family, who have lived here for five generations, to sample wine and local delicacies.

Notre Dame, Paris

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The Louvre, Paris

It's iconic places City tour in Paris and tour of The Loire Valley. Orientations of Bayeux and Amboise. Visit the Eiffel Tower, Amboise Chateau, Bayeux Tapestry, the town of Rouen and the picturesque port of Honfleur, the monastery of Mont St. Michel the historic D-Day beach of Omaha the chateaux of Chenonceau and Chambord as well as Chartres Cathedral.

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Welcome to France! Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you. (WR) Hotel: Mövenpick Neuilly Day 2 | Paris | Rouen | Honfleur | Bayeux Your morning sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the Tulleries Gardens. A short drive brings you to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Visit Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Arrive later in Bayeux, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Novotel Bayeux

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Day 3 | Bayeux | D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) | Mont St. Michel Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and military cemetery. Visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You might like to finish your day with an optional experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier. (BB DW) Hotel: Le Relais du Roy Day 4 | Mont St. Michel | Loire Valley | Amboise (2 Nights) Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel.  Travel through the countryside of the Loire Valley and later arrive at a castle and wine cellar for a special A Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting and meet the colourful characters of the Henrion family who live here. Arrive later at your hotel in Amboise where you dine tonight. (BB BG DW) Hotel: Novotel Amboise Day 5 | Châteaux Excursion Your A  Local Expert takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy-tale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture – reflected in the waters of the river – is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women have greatly influenced its construction and development. Katherine Briçonnet oversaw construction in 1513, creating one of the most remarkable castles in history. Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici contributed to the splendour by commissioning a bridge to span the river from the castle and the addition of luxurious landscaping. The Château contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto, among others. Return to Amboise to visit the château where King

François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of SaintHubert adjoining the château. (BB) Day 6 | Amboise | Chambord | Chartres | Paris (2 Nights) Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn’t live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage. Marvel at the architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue to the glittering capital, Paris. Tonight, consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned! (BB) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am. 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.

Day 7 | Paris Free Time Your day is free to enjoy this magical city. You might like to shop for souvenirs and see more sights. Paris is home to a number of famous museums and galleries including the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Consider browsing the Left Bank or join an optional experience to Versailles for a tour of the famous Palace which was built by Louis XIV. This evening, the finale of this great trip starts with visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breath taking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 8 | Depart Paris Say ‘au revoir’ to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Chateau d'Amboise, Loire Valley 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

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Wonderful France The best of both worlds, France’s capital Paris meets its capital of cool, St-Tropez, on this chic retreat. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from the slow scenic drive to the high-speed TGV. It’s Insider moments like… relaxing with an aperitif in hand on your host’s terrace in Provence. As lamb roasts on a wood-fired oven, the Marie family tell you about the food and wine you are about to enjoy, and their friends treat you to a rendition of traditional Galoubet-Tambourin music. All before hearing the history of their Auberge – the stables have been in the family for four generations, but thankfully the horses have now made way for this friendly, rustic restaurant.

Pont Saint-Bénezet, Avignon

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It's iconic places City tour in Paris and Arles. Orientations of Avignon, Aix-enProvence, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Lyon and Beaune. Cruise along the Cote D’Azur. Visit Eiffel Tower and  St. Tropez. View the Pont du Gard, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, the Cours Mirabel in Aix-de-Provence, The Old Town and Place Massena in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the basilica of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon.

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Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks. (WR) Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

Relax on the Riviera or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Flower Market in the Old Town of Nice. Why not take an optional experience to the medieval and fortified hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, former home of Marc Chagal and Yves Montand, famous for its art galleries and boutiques. (BB)

Day 2 | Paris | TGV Train | Pont du Gard | Avignon

Day 6 | Nice | Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume | Lyon

Take the impressive and fast TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. View the Pont du Gard  aqueduct, an impressive structure dating back to the Romans.  Later, your orientation of Avignon includes views of the impressive Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon

Travel to the sleepy provencal village of St Maximin la Sainte Baume. Here the basilica, built in the late 13th  century over a roman villa, following the dream of the Count of Provence, is said to be the lost  burial site of Mary Magdalene.  Later pass the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône before arriving in Lyon, the great gastronomic city & UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town before enjoying a Beaujolais dinner in a local ‘Bouchon’. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland

Day 3 | Avignon | Arles | Aix-en-Provence

Day 7 | Lyon | Beaune | Paris (2 Nights)

Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles with a A  Local Expert, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening in the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, join your companions for an authentic A  Be My Guest dinner of regional food at a provençal family restaurant. (BB  BG) Hotel: Novotel Aix Beaumanoir

Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Arrive later in Paris, the city of light! Tonight, why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret. (BB) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

Traverse scenic hills to the coast and the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Bridget Bardot was ‘found’. Take a boat cruise to Ste. Maxime. View the Bay of Cannes before making your way to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the Cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Arrive in Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Massena. (BB) Hotel: NH Nice

Day 8 | Paris Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Later, consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles, once the Royal residence of Louis XIV. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 9 | Depart Paris This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. 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.

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

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Paris & Provence Slow-paced and scenic, the South of France is the heart of this trip – with time in Paris, before heading to Provence and the proverbial ‘playground of the glitterati’, the French Riviera. It’s Insider moments like… winding through the Provençal countryside en route to beautiful Menerbes, as you listen to the stories of the landscape and culture that inspired ‘A Year in Provence’. Later, in Luberon, it’s meeting and getting to know the Meillan-Pages family at their vineyard, and exploring the grounds as you listen to the techniques and philosophy behind the cultivation of the grapes. Tasting the fruits of their labour, you sip the wine they described and dine with them on their favourite regional dishes.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Paris (3 Nights) Welcome to Paris, France’s glittering capital! Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions later for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city’s impressive sights – the perfect introduction to your holiday! (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

It's iconic places City tour in Paris and Arles. Orientations of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nice and Monaco. Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, an Olive Oil Mill in the Luberon region and Menerbes. View the Pont du Gard, the Cours Mirabel in Aix-de-Provence, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Cannes Film Festival Centre, The Old Town and Place Massena in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco. Cruise along the Cote D’Azur.

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with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to round off your day with a famous Parisian cabaret show. (BB) Day 3 | Paris At Leisure Today is free for you to explore the delights of Paris. The city is home to many worldrenowned galleries and museums including the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay and Les Invalides, featuring Napoleon’s tomb. Cruise along the River Seine, stroll through the Tuileries or join an optional experience to the world famous Louvre Museum. (BB) Day 4 | Paris | TGV Train | Aix-en-Provence (2 Nights) Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Aix-en-Provence, a vibrant student city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rontonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. (BB) Hotel:  Grand Hotel Roi Rene M Gallery A Authentic Accommodation Day 5 | Aix-en-Provence | Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, enjoy a scenic trip into the Luberon region.  Visit the hilltop town of Gordes which was used in the film A Good Year featuring Russell Crowe. Later, visit an Olive Oil mill for a A  Unique Insight into the production of Olive Oil.  Experience a delicious a A  Be My Guest lunch of local dishes at a family run winery in the famous Luberon area and learn about the excellent wines which are produced here. Return later to Aix-en-Provence with free time to do as you please. (BB BG) Day 6 | Aix-en-Provence | Arles | Avignon A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your A  Local Expert. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Avignon, your orientation includes the famous broken bridge, the bustling Place de l’Horloge and the Palace of the Popes, an immense fortification built in the 14th Century. Dine

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tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Mercure Cite Des Papes Day 7 | Avignon | St Remy and Les Baux de Provence Excursion Arrive at St. Remy de Provence where you have time to explore the food markets and mix with the local people shopping for fresh produce. At Les Baux de Provence one of the most beautiful villages in France, admire the stunning views over Arles and the Camargue. Arrive back in Avignon with free time to explore the quaint streets and squares of this fascinating city. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfer will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Nice Airport at 5am and 9.30am. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Day 8 | Avignon | Cassis | Nice (3 Nights)

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.

Drive south to coastal Cassis and take an included cruise around the bay and view the limestone coves – calanques − which provide shelter for local wildlife. Later continue to Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the Old Town. (BB) Hotel: Ellington

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244–245.

Day 9 | Excursion to Monaco and Monte Carlo Drive along the elegant Côte d’Azur to Monaco. See the Palace of the Grimaldi family − they have ruled from this residence for 700 years − and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Continue along part of the Grand Prix circuit to Monte Carlo with the chance to visit a casino − you might get lucky and win! Later in Nice, there is time to shop for souvenirs or relax. (BB)

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Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Roi Rene M Gallery, Aix en Provence, France Named after a 15th century king, who was a poet, artist and gourmand, the Grand Hôtel Roi René gives a real taste of French style and panache, so this A Authentic Accommodation is often our base when exploring Aix-en-Provence.

Day 10 | Nice At Leisure Spend the day exploring Nice at your leisure. Visit the flower market in the old town. Maybe relax on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean. This evening, raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 11 | Depart Nice Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Cathedral, Monaco 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

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WWI & WWII Battlefields On the anniversary of the start of World War I, this journey to the most poignant places in southern England, northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands has even greater significance. It’s Insider moments like… taking a personal moment to reflect on the huge loss of people and the sacrifices made during two world wars. Travelling to the historic Normandy D-Day beaches; listening to a haunting Last Post played at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where you can buy a wreath to lay in memory of the men that lost their lives; and often seeing sights important to your nation, like Deville Wood, where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive London (2 Nights) After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Cumberland D-Day landing, Xxxxxxxxxxxx Normandy

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It's iconic places City tour in London and Paris. Orientations of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Reims, Ypres, and Amsterdam. Visit the D-Day & Overlord Embroidery Museum and Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, Amiens Cathedral, Military cemeteries throughout Northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands, Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, Passchendale Memorial in Ypres, the Eiffel Tower and the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek. See John Frost Bridge in Arnhem and the Dam Square and the Mint Tower in Amsterdam.

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Day 2 | London | Sightseeing and included Imperial War Museum Visit See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see many of the most important weapons and vehicles of the twentieth century including a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise down the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening. (FB) Day 3 | London | D-Day and Overlord Embroidery Museum | Portsmouth | Overnight Ferry to Caen Today leave London and head south towards Portsmouth. Visit the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum. This Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944.

The Museum’s centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany. Later stop in Portsmouth to enjoy free time in the Historic Dockyard. See the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France. (FB D) Day 4 | Overnight Ferry | Normandy Beaches | Bayeux | Caen Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. See Arromanches, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Travel to Caen for your overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre/Novotel Bayeux Day 5 | Caen | Visit Memorial de Caen | Amiens This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War, this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Mercure Amiens Cathedrale/ Novotel Amiens Est Boves

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After an early start, visit some of the 1916 Somme Battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no graves. Visit Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. Later, arrive in Paris for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse

This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over two thousand Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time they advanced across the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war. Then stop to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special ‘liberation cake’. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatized in the 1977 movie ‘A Bridge Too Far’. See the bridge named after Major-General John Dutton Frost who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Later arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel:  Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City/Novotel Amsterdam City

Day 7 | Paris Sightseeing and Free Time Your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This afternoon consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret. (BB) Day 8 | Paris | Reims | Lille (2 Nights) Visit the city of Reims – famous for its magnificent cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, formerly the place of coronation for French kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The region is also famous for production of Champagne.  Many of the large champagne producing houses have their headquarters here.   Enjoy an informative A  Local Speciality Champagne Tasting at one of these houses. Later at Vimy Ridge, see the memorial to the Canadian soldiers who died during the first World War. Later in Fromelles see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force. (BB DW) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lille Day 9 | Lille | Excursion to Ypres Battlefields Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark, Vancouver Corner and many other places of interest. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness. The Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8am and 10am. London Airport Shuttle: Service available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 242 for details. 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.

Day 11 | Amsterdam Sightseeing Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Later visit the town of Volendam to learn about the production of Dutch cheeses and see how clogs are made.  This afternoon you may wish to enjoy some free time in this vibrant city or perhaps visit Anne Frank’s House. This evening enjoy a unique A Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions. (BB BG) Day 12 | Depart Amsterdam Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best of France Châteaux, chic beach resorts, cheese and wine – all you want to see and taste in France. But this in-depth experience also peels back the layers to reveal the soul of this great country. It’s Insider moments like… standing in the musty cellars beneath the Hospices de Beaune as you taste classic Burgundy wines – perhaps the subtle depths of Pinot Noir or the signature richness of Chardonnay. It’s imagining the wealthy wine merchants who come here every year to sample the harvest before the world-famous charity auction at this 570 year old building. And when you’re standing on the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, it’s about taking the time to remember the soldiers who gave up their lives on June 6, 1944.

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Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialities. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and then enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breath-taking sights. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel/Radisson Boulogne Day 2 | Paris | Beaune | Lyon Drive south into Burgundy wine country, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune and sample the delicious A  Local Speciality wines of this region. Tonight in Lyon, why not try out some gourmet specialities for which the city is justifiably famous. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland Day 3 | Lyon | Avignon | Monaco | French Riviera (2 Nights) Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, ‘sur le pont

d’Avignon’. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favoured by artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to many rich and famous people! Explore the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. Later, enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel. (BB  RM) Hotel:  Boscolo Plaza/ Marriot La Pore de Monaco/Mercure Rouen Champs de Mars Day 4 | French Riviera Free Time Spend today as you wish. The Côte d’Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening, why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants. (BB) Day 5 | French Riviera | Arles | Carcassonne Visit the town of Arles, with free time to explore the city. Pass Alaric’s Mountain to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 53 towers during your sightseeing tour

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with a A  Local Expert. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne. (BB DW) Hotel: Mercure Porte De La Cite/Best Western Le Donjon Day 6 | Carcassonne | Lourdes | Biarritz Wind your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes toward the Pyrenées. See the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette’s grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage. In Biarritz, walk along the renowned surfing beach where the Atlantic waves come crashing in. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Novotel Biarritz Anglet Aeroport Day 7 | Biarritz | Bordeaux (2 Nights) Follow the west coast north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons Day 8 | Dordogne Excursion Enjoy a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion, possible one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production.  Spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB) Day 9 | Bordeaux | Loire Valley Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley, and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Château Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a special A  Be My Guest dining experience in a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord/ Alliance Tours Centre

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Day 10 | Loire Valley | Mont St. Michel | Omaha Beach In Brittany, visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel, featuring the Abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach, where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day museum and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB  DW) Hotel:  Mercure Omaha Beach/Novotel Bayeux/Mercure Pont L’Eveque Deauville/Novotel Caen Cote de Nacre Day 11 | Omaha Beach | Giverny | Paris (2 Nights) Head south-east towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. 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.

Day 12 | Paris Sightseeing and Free Time Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – see all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert! See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. Or simply relax and watch the world go by! This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 13 | Depart Paris Say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Burgundy 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

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Highlights of France & Barcelona This twin-country trip follows the spine of France’s wine country and the foothills of the Pyrénées, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain’s capital, Madrid. It’s Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, as your Travel Director returns from the bar with a tray of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Tasting this powerful wine on its home soil adds a local twist to the tales you’re told of Avignon’s past. Learning how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here (not Rome) in 1309, these stories of religious connections are almost as delicious as the drink itself. And the setting, near the Palace of the Popes, gives a feeling you could be back in the 14th century, when the wine’s fame began.

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Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Paris La Defense

Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. See the impressive Château Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening, join your companions for a very special A  Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

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It's iconic places City tour in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona. Orientations of the Loire Valley, Bourges, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles. Visit the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Les Invalides, Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres. View Chateau de Chambord, Palais Jacque Coeur and Cathedral in Bourges, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, Monaco’s Royal Palace and Cathedral and the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles.

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Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde see all these sights and more with your A Local Expert. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city’s many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an optional experience to the magnificent Louvre. (BB)

Day 4 | Loire Valley | Lyon Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a A  Local Expert through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules’ of France’s largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Mecure Lyon Saxe Lafayette

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Day 5 | Lyon | Avignon | Nice (2 Nights) From Lyon drive to Avignon, see the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalised in the French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Here you will enjoy a glass of the famous A  Local Speciality wine on a Provencal terrace with the locals.  Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city which includes the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. (BB) Hotel: Massena Day 6 | Nice | Excursion to Monte Carlo Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers with a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques! This afternoon, enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d’Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco! (BB) Day 7 | Nice | Arles | Carcassonne Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the double ring of ramparts featuring 53 towers during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. (BB DW) Hotel: Les Trois Couronnes

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Day 8 | Carcassonne | Figueres | Barcelona (2 Nights) This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrenees and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum.  Here you will gain a A  Unique Insight into the world of Salavdor Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. At La Roca Village, shop for designer goods before arriving in Barcelona - capital of the Catalonia region. (BB) Hotel: Vincci Bit Day 9 | Barcelona Free Time With your A  Local Expert enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see the Sagrada Familia and Columbus Monument. Later why not enjoy tapas in Placa Reial or shop for local food in La Boqueria market. Consider an optional experience this afternoon to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Barcelona Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page. (BB)

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On the day your holiday ends you will be transferred to Barcelona Airport for a short flight to Madrid. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your First Class hotel accommodation in Madrid. Enjoy a two night stay with included hot buffet breakfast enabling you to have a whole free day to explore Madrid on your own. Day 10 | Flight Barcelona | Madrid

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All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

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: Transfers on arrival from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8.00am. 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.

Day 11 | Madrid Free Day After breakfast enjoy a full free day for sightseeing in Madrid. (BB)

From R6150 per person twin share

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Spanish Wonder Explore every side of Andalusia, including its Moorish twist, and visit the principal Spanish cities of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona – with local experts on every encounter. It’s Insider moments like… moving among locals at the maze-like La Boqueria market, its halls echoing with the booming and gossiping voices of its community of stallholders. Picking at samples of regional Manchego cheese, Jamón Serrano and fat olives, this insight into the shopping style of the Spanish has the potential to leave your stomach full and wallet empty. Entering from Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, our Insider guide points you to their favourite traders and the most authentic tapas bars, at a market dating back to the 1200s.

Alhambra Palace, Granada

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Madrid (2 Nights) Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Rafael Atocha Peñíscola

Day 2 | Toledo Excursion And Madrid Sightseeing

It's iconic places City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona. Orientations of  Valencia. Visit Puerto Lapice Inn, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, Cathedral in Seville, Montjuic hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona. View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the Opera House of Valencia.

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Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España, and see Puerta del Sol, the city’s hub with your A  Local Expert. Later, why not join your new found friends for a typical Spanish dinner? (BB)

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Day 3 | Madrid | Cordoba | Seville (2 Nights) Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your A  Local Expert. Tonight, you might like to take an optional experience to watch a fiery flamenco show. (BB) Hotel: Melia Lebreros Day 4 | Seville Sightseeing and Free Time Meet your A  Local Expert for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the fascinating Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique A Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB BG) Day 5 | Seville | Granada Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a A Local Expert. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. (BB) Hotel: Carmen Day 6 | Granada | Guadix | Valencia Travel from Granada, via the Mora Pass, and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and see the impressive modern architecture of the Opera House. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Primus Valencia Day 7 | Valencia | Peñiscola | Barcelona (2 Nights) Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the

ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities. (BB) Hotel: U232 Day 8 | Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a A  Local Expert. Enjoy your A  Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore, or join an optional experience to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna.  This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Day 9 | Depart Barcelona Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Please note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 9. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be in Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Don’t want everything included? Check out our similar Spanish Experience holiday. Our CostSaver trips have fewer inclusions so you save money – giving you extra free time to explore independently. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

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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 Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am. 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.

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

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Spanish Salsa The colour and spectacle of Spain bursts across this fun family adventure – from the Kick-Off Party in Madrid to your Farewell Dinner in Barcelona. It’s Insider moments like… stirring a pan full of steaming paella in the very city it was invented – as a Valencian chef shows how it’s cooked and the children add in fresh local ingredients. Sitting down for dinner, you all taste your creation together. Seville adds more Spanish flavour as you dance the flamenco, learning the moves from a local dancer. And in Barcelona it’s felt in our visit inside Camp Nou, Europe’s largest football stadium, where you feel the passion the country, and continent, has for the sport.

Plaza de España, Seville

It's iconic places City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, and Barcelona. Orientations of Granada and Valencia. View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the Opera House of Valencia.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 6 | Granada | Gaudix | Valencia

Bienvenidos a Madrid! After check-in, spend time exploring this amazing city! Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kickoff Party and learn more about your Spanish adventure! (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Madrid

See the unique cave dwellings in Gaudix, some of which resemble small cottages, while others are walled earthen mounds with whitewashed chimneys sticking out from the top! Living underground helps the Andalucians escape from the fierce summer heat. In Valencia – renowned for its oranges – see the Bull Ring and the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte. Paella was also invented here and tonight you enjoy a A  Local Speciality paella-making lesson plus you get to eat it afterwards! (BB  DW) Hotel: Primus Valencia

Day 2 | Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing In Toledo, your walking tour with a A  Local Expert includes a visit to the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé. Toledo is renowned for steel and nearly all of the military swords in Spain were forged here! In the capital, Madrid, wander along wide tree-lined boulevards to see the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España and the Puerta del Sol on your guided sightseeing tour with a A Local Expert. (BB) Day 3 | Madrid | Cordoba | Seville (2 Nights) Hear tales of the legendary Don Quixote, a muddle-headed ‘knight’ who jousted with windmills! In Cordoba, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs with a Local Expert and learn about the region’s rich Moorish history. Arrive later at your hotel in Seville and enjoy a spectacular A  Be My Guest Spanish-style barbecue this evening! (BB BG) Hotel: Novotel Marques Del Nervion Day 4 | Seville Sightseeing and Free Time Your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour through Seville’s tree-lined streets. Visit the beautiful cathedral with its mighty Giralda Bell Tower and the tomb of Christopher Columbus. See the pools of the Maria Luisa Park, built for the 1929 World’s Fair, and walk through the Jewish quarter. This afternoon, enjoy a A Local Speciality Flamenco dancing lesson taught by a A Local Expert. (BB) Day 5 | Seville | Granada Marvel at the picturesque scenery as you drive to Granada. Your A  Local Expert takes you on a guided sightseeing tour, which includes a visit to one of the most impressive sights in Spain – the Moorish Alhambra Palace. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the ‘Generalife’ featuring stunning views across the town and surrounding hills from the terraces. (BB) Hotel: Alhamar

Day 7 | Valencia | Peñiscola | Barcelona (2 Nights) North along the coast in Peñiscola, stop to view the medieval fortified castle, built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar. Later in Barcelona, your A  Local Expert shows you all the city’s major sights, including Gaudi’s fantastic architectural creations, the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and the Gothic quarter featuring a magnificent Cathedral. (BB) Hotel: Barcelo Sants

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change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2014.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless travelling as part of a family group. Airport transfers: On arrival to Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am. 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.

Day 8 | Barcelona Excursion to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou This morning join your Travel Director for an included A  Unique Insight visit to Camp Nou - FC Barcelona’s football stadium – the largest in Europe. Here you will visit the museum of the multiple winners of the Spanish Championship and UEFA Champions League. Then enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore. This evening, celebrate the end of your amazing trip with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 9 | Depart Barcelona Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your Travel Director and travel companions at the end of this memorable Spanish adventure. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Seville 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

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Best of Spain This sample of everything Spanish reveals its best, and most debated, sides – from its cosmopolitan city life to its on-going passion for Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. It’s Insider moments like… sipping sangria with the Martin family in the cool and shady courtyard of their hacienda, surrounded by acres of olive groves and orange orchards. Watching the process of olives being turned into oil – an essential of Mediterranean Spanish life. And sampling a selection of this golden elixir before sitting down to dine with your hosts under the Andalusian sky. There’s more Spanish cuisine among the throngs at the Boqueria Market in Barcelona, as you’re guided to the best stalls in this ancient trading place.

Cibeles Fountain, Madrid

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Madrid Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid! Relax after check-in, or go for a walk through the bustling streets. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening orientation drive – the perfect introduction to your holiday! (WR) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon Day 2 | Madrid | Burgos | Santander Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid’s tomb in the vast Gothic cathedral. Cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains to the coast, arriving later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Santemar Hotel

It's iconic places City tour in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid. Orientations of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia. Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, Cathedral in Seville, Prado Museum, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba. View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza,  the Castle of Peniscola, Serrano and Cuarte Towers and Opera House of Valencia, and the Cave Houses of Guadix.

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Day 3 | Santander | Bilbao | San Sebastian | Pamplona This morning in Bilbao, view the Guggenheim Museum, a striking building by US architect Frank Gehry which houses a vast array of modern art.  Continue along the coast to San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during your orientation walk. In the city of Pamplona, most famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB DW) Hotel: NH Iruna Park

Day 4 | Pamplona | Zaragoza | Barcelona (2 Nights) Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo at Zaragoza. Rising gently from the sea, Barcelona is Spain’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Your home for the next two nights, this fascinating metropolis dates back to Roman times and boasts a rich artistic and architectural heritage. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Gran Via Day 5 | Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and take in panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Enjoy your A  Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine on your guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Consider joining an optional experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’. (BB) Day 6 | Barcelona | Peñiscola | Valencia Drive past orange and almond orchards to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continue through the ‘huertas’ to sunny Valencia, the third largest city in Spain,

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where your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, and the cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Tryp Oceanic Day 7 | Valencia | Guadix | Granada Travel inland to the ‘sierras’ to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada, but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Alhamar Day 8 | Granada | Costa del Sol (2 Nights) Your A Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Moorish Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across the town and surrounding hills. Admire extraordinary architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Arrive on the Costa del Sol where you stay for the next two nights. Perhaps join an optional experience to the white washed village to Mijas. (BB) Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol Day 9 | Costa del Sol Free Time Today, relax on the Sunshine Coast. This is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but was once a series of quiet fishing villages. Shop for souvenirs in the old town of Torremolinos, or spend time relaxing on the beach. (BB) Day 10 | Costa del Sol | Gibraltar* | Seville (2 Nights) A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an optional experience to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez – famous for sherry production – to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show! (BB) Hotel:  Las Casas De La Juderia A Authentic Accommodation Day 11 | Seville Sightseeing and Free Time Travel through Seville’s tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your A  Local Expert. Visit

Seville Cathedral and see the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted to a bell tower. Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral. Visit the pools and fountains in Maria Luisa Park as well as the imposing Plaza de España. Your guided tour finishes with a walk through the Jewish quarter. Tonight, join your companions for a delicious A Be My Guest dinner at an Olive Oil Mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive tree’s. (BB BG) Day 12 | Seville | Cordoba Meet your A  Local Expert and visit of the Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of HispanoIslamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Cordoba Day 13 | Cordoba | Madrid (2 Nights) On arrival in Madrid meet your A  Local Expert for a sightseeing tour of the city. See Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before your visit of the world famous Prado Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of European art in the world, including masterpieces by Velazquez. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon Day 14 | Toledo Excursion and Madrid Free Time

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. 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 Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville, Spain A collection of traditional houses, Andalusian palaces and flower-filled courtyards have been brought together at Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, an unusual A  Authentic Accommodation we regularly stay at when exploring Seville.

Your A Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 15 | Depart Madrid Say ‘adios!’ to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) * Important note: The visit to Gibraltar is subject to Gibraltarian and Spanish visa requirements. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specifc requirements.

Olive groves, Andalucía, Spain 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

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Northern Spain Our new north Spain trip showcases the ultra-modern urban treats of Bilbao, like the landmark Guggenheim museum, and rural spots, like Covadonga and the Picos de Europa national park. It’s Insider moments like… staying the night in a real Renaissance palace, where Napoleon’s troops once rested before they attacked nearby Vitoria. Stepping into the grand sandstone structure, you see it has been polished into a modern retreat but still feel the history in its wooden floors and hamlet setting. In Oviedo, it’s in the icy cider your Travel Director hands to you as you relax together in a bar. Sipping the cool nectar, they share the town’s love of the drink – a passion obvious from its many ‘sidrerias’, or cider houses.

Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Madrid Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn Madrid Day 2 | Madrid | Burgos | Argomaniz

It's iconic places City tour of Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid. Orientations of Burgos, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo. Visit the Cathedral of Burgos, the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the University of Salamanca and the Prado Museum in Madrid. Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa.

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Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos.  Visit El Cid’s tomb in the vast Gothic Cathedral. Passing through the northern wine regions of Spain, enjoy a A  Local Speciality wine tasting at a typical bodega. Tonight stay in a historic Spanish Palace, once used as the headquarters of Napoleon’s army during the Peninsular war. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel. (BB  DW) Hotel: Parador A Authentic Accommodation

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Day 3 | Argomaniz | San Sebastian | Bilbao | Santander (2 Nights) Arrive in the city of San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach. San Sebastian is known as the culinary capital of Spain so why not enjoy the local pinchos? Perhaps see the City Hall, once the home of the casino, or the Baroque Basilica of Santa Maria. In Bilbao, view the modern Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. Later, arrive in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region. (BB DW) Hotel: Santemar Hotel

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Day 7 | Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing Your A Local Expert will explain the ‘Way of St James’ and why hundreds of people walk here as part of a pilgrimage on a daily basis. Visit the vast Cathedral and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four distinct architectural styles. Why not enjoy an optional experience to the Rias Biaxas for breath-taking views of the Galician coast. The region has long waterways stretching inland which are said to be the mark left by God’s hand when he cleansed himself after creating the world. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival at Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11am.

Day 8 | Santiago de Compostela | Zamora | Salamanca

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Relax and unwind either with a day at the beach or a walk through the historic centre. Alternatively, why not join your Travel Director for an optional experience visit to the coastal town of Comillas, and see the cobbled streets and squares or visit Gaudi’s Capricho. Visit the picturesque fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera, once a fisherman’s refuge and later enjoy the Cave of Altamira with its Palaeolithic paintings. (BB)

A drive through Galicia and the region of Castel-Leon to Zamora, known as a ‘museum of Romaesque art’. See the 12th century cathedral with its richly sculptured Bishop’s Door and the scaled Dome. Later arrive in Salamanca where a A Local Expert will take you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Spain’s oldest University as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor. (BB DW) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244–245.

Day 5 | Santander | Picos de Europa | Covadonga | Oviedo

Day 9 | Salamanca | Madrid Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the Picos de Europa, a mountain range rich in flora and fauna. The region sits between two main pilgrim routes and has numerous historic market towns. Visit the grotto of ‘Our Lady of Covadonga’.  Here you also have the chance to visit the Basilica made from the pink marble of the surrounding hills.  Arrive in Oviedo, and enjoy a A  Local Speciality glass of the famous cider which comes from this region.  Tonight enjoy a A  Be My Guest dinner where you sample some delicious Asturian cuisine. (BB BG) Hotel: Ayre Oviedo

Visit an outlet shopping mall for designer clothes and gifts before arriving in Madrid where you visit the Prado Museum which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. See the Plaza Espana, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain during your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Madrid

Day 4 | Santander At Leisure

Day 6 | Oviedo | Luarca | Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights) Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet village and has managed to preserve its seafaring charm. Stop in the hilltop cemetery for views of the rugged coast and over the fishing port. Arrive in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This, for many people, will be the end of their ‘camino’. (BB) Hotel: Tryp Santiago

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Includes: 10 nights’ accomodation (7 hotels). 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239–240. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Authentic Accommodation Parador Hotel, Argomaniz, Spain A Renaissance palace in the hamlet of Argomaniz is often our home here – as it was for Napoleon’s troops before they attacked nearby Vitoria. A Authentic Accommodation, you can still feel history in Parador Hotel’s stone walls.

Day 10 | Madrid Free Time Today is free to enjoy this wonderful capital city and your chance to shop or visit museums or galleries.  Why not consider joining an optional experience to the city of Toledo.  Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Day 11 | Depart Madrid Say ‘adios’ to Spain and your new found friends as your Spanish holiday come to an end. (BB)

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Best of Portugal Following a loop from Lisbon, this journey around Portugal brings together the beaches of the Algarve, the unique port wine of the Douro and multiple UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. It’s Insider moments like… experiencing the intense berry flavours and mellow warmth of Port in the 200 year old cellars below Oporto. Standing by the oak barrels, listening to a connoisseur describe the making, the merchants and the money it can fetch, it helps uncover the story behind this unique wine. Encountering another intoxicating passion of the Portuguese, just days later you find yourself standing at the pilgrimage site of Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children almost 100 years ago.

Oporto

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights) Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city’s colourful landscape. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: HF Fenix Urban

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It's iconic places City tour in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto. Orientations of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Belmonte, Viseu, Conimbriga, Tomar, Nazare and Obidos. Visit the Palace Gardens in Palacio de Mateus, the University Library of Coimbra, the Roman Ceramic Museum of Conibriga, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fatima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos. View the Roman Tower of Belmonte, and the Castle of Guuimaraes.

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Évora

See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB)

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Day 3 | Lisbon | Vilamoura (2 Nights) Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Enjoy a A  Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where the Lusitano horses are reared, before arriving on the Algarve coast and the town of Vilamoura – your home for the next two nights. (BB BG) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Day 4 | Algarve Excursion This morning, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-western most point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived. (BB) Day 5 | Vilamoura | Evora This morning, travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Evora. Join your A  Local Expert and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Ossuary Chapel. Evora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an optional experience to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: M’AR De AR Muralhas Day 6 | Evora | Castelo de Vide | Belmonte | Viseu Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town’s Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. (BB) Hotel: Grao Vasco Day 7 | Viseu | Mateus | Guimarães | Oporto (2 Nights) Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced.  Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine

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bottles.  Continue via Guimaraes for views of the impressive castle. Tonight enjoy a Regional Dinner on the waterside of Oporto. (BB  RM) Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto Day 8 | Oporto Sightseeing and Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River, the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Wine Tasting at a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB) Day 9 | Oporto | Coimbra | Conimbriga | Tomar | Fatima Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra, see ancient streets and squares and visit the Old University featuring an ornate Baroque library. In Conimbriga, visit the Roman Ruins and see some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics in Portugal. In Tomar, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fatima. Dine tonight in your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Fatima

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Lisbon 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 Lisbon 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.

Day 10 | Fatima | Batalha | Nazaré | Obidos | Lisbon Visit the Shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fatima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: VIP Grand Lisboa Day 11 | Depart Lisbon Say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a spectacular Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Algarve 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

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Highlights of Spain & Portugal This trip shows Spain and Portugal at their best – the Alhambra Palace, the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the historic port of Cadiz and vibrant cities like Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon. It’s Insider moments like… finding out why a metal feather-plumed opera house, an eye-shaped planetarium and an aquarium in the form of a water lily emerged from a dried up riverbed – you get an inside guide on a walk around Valencia’s ultra-modern City of Arts and Science. It’s tracing the movements of Christopher Columbus in Cadiz, as you learn about the flowers and plants he brought to the city. And it’s hearing about the turbulent history of Granada’s Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century by Spain’s last Muslim dynasty.

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It's iconic places City tour of Seville, Cordoba, Lisbon, Granada, Madrid and Toledo. Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve and Salamanca. Visit  The Cave Houses of Guadix, The Alhambra Palace, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, The Shrine at Fatima and the Prado Museum in Madrid. View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca.

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Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain! Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your travelling companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive this evening – the perfect introduction to this magical city! (WR) Hotel: AC Cuzco Day 2 | Madrid | Cuenca | Valencia In Cuenca view the hanging houses which are built on the edge of the cliffs over the deep gorge. On arrival in Valencia your orientation drive will include views of the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte. Gain an A  Unique Insight into the striking architecture of the impressive Opera House, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Tonight,

why not sample Paella, a speciality from this region? (BB) Hotel: Confortel Aqua 4 Day 3 | Valencia | Guidix | Granada Travel inland through the ‘sierras’ to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada, but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight in a local restaurant for a special Regional Meal. (BB RM) Hotel: Hotel Carmen Day 4 | Granada | Cordoba | Seville (3 Nights) Your A  Local Expert takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish

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architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In Cordoba visit the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba, the former mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano – Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics with a A Local Expert. Later, arrive in Seville, your home for the next three nights. (BB DW) Hotel: Melia Lebreros Day 5 | Seville Sightseeing and Free Time See the Giralda Bell Tower with your A  Local Expert during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centre piece of the 1929 World’s Fair, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Tonight, why not experience the passion of the Flamenco? (BB) Day 6 | Seville | Cadiz Excursion Visit the historic port city of Cadiz. Columbus departed from here during some of his voyages, and the exotic plants and trees are dotted throughout the city are said to have been brought here by him upon his return. Once home to the vast Spanish Navy. Cadiz was raided by Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure. Why not join your Travel Director for a visit to nearby Jerez to sample its famous sherry which is renowned from the region. In the evening you will experience a A Be My Guest dinner at a traditional homestead and gain an insight into the family history of Olive Oil production. (BB BG) Day 7 | Seville | Algarve Cross the border into southern Portugal for a leisurely afternoon on the sunny Algarve. Spend time relaxing on the beach or take a stroll along the harbour of Vilamoura. (BB) Hotel:  Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Day 8 | Algarve | Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights) Head north over the Serra de Arrabida mountains to Lisbon. On your included sightseeing, with a A  Local Expert visit UNESCO World Heritage

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site of the Hieronymite Monastery as well as seeing the Belem Tower. Tonight why not sample a traditional Fado show? (BB) Hotel:  Olissippo Marques De Sa Day 9 | Lisbon Free Time Free time today to explore all of Lisbon’s attractions.  Why not explore the lively Rossio Square where street cafes overlook the baroque fountains, or the Alfama district with its medieval alleyways and outstanding views. Later, perhaps join an optional experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) Day 10 | Lisbon | Fatima | Salamanca A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol Day 11 | Salamanca | Madrid (2 Nights) Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains to Madrid. Enjoy an included city tour with a A Local Expert where you see the Royal Palace, Puerto del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. (BB) Hotel: AC Cuzco Day 12 | Toledo Sightseeing and Madrid Free Time Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tome, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Later, arrive in Madrid where you have free time to explore the city. Tonight, join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival at Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11am. 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.

Day 13 | Depart Madrid Say ‘adios’ to your travelling companions, your Travel Director and these beautiful countries at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) 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

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Spain, Morocco & Portugal The Moorish influence on the culture of Spain, Portugal and Morocco is clear throughout this journey, but the differences that make each country so distinctive also stand out. It’s Insider moments like… running your hand across lotions and potions in a tiny pharmacy in Marrakech’s ancient Medina. Guided through a labyrinth of lanes by a Moroccan expert, the pharmacist of this 1940s-esque apothecary describes how he blends native herbs and spices. He can even give you a diagnosis and recommend a remedy from his cabinet of age-old natural tonics. You also meet locals from cities across Spain and Portugal, hearing their Insider takes on places like Granada’s Alhambra Palace and Lisbon’s UNESCO-listed monastery.

Alhambra Palace, Granada

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Madrid (2 Nights) Welcome to Spain’s capital Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city, or simply relax before meeting for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at your hotel. Later, enjoy an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: Vincci Soma Day 2 | Madrid Sightseeing Your A  Local Expert shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, take an optional experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid’s nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours! (BB) Day 3 | Madrid | Toledo | Granada

Marrakesh

It's iconic places City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon. Orientations of Fatima. Visit the  Alhambra Palace in Granada, St Heironomyte Monastery, Cathedral in Seville, Bahia Palace, Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo. View the Shrine at Fatima and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.

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Your A  Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Visit an inlaid steel factory to see local craftsmen at work. Admire the breath-taking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of Andalusia, to Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB DW) Hotel: Alhamar Day 4 | Granada | Costa del Sol This morning your A Local Expert takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in

the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. (BB) Hotel: NH Marbella Day 5 | Costa del Sol | Fez (2 Nights) Travel along the Mediterranean coast and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings you to the Imperial city of Fez, Morocco’s second-largest city. (BB  D) Hotel: Royal Mirage Day 6 | Fez Sightseeing and Free Time Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your A  Local Expert. View the fortifications and Royal Palace, during your morning sightseeing tour. Admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet showroom. This afternoon, see the sights of your choice or consider an optional experience to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city when you look for souvenirs at the bazaar! (BB) Day 7 | Fez | Marrakesh (2 Nights) Travelling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favourite holiday spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Later this evening you might like to consider an authentic Moroccan show optional experience. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis

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Day 8 | Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a A  Local Expert. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palmreaders, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for a A  Unique Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an optional experience to a Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Day 9 | Marrakesh | Casablanca | Rabat Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart’s most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a A Local Expert includes a panoramic drive of the Corniche, plus views of the Hassan II mosque with the world’s tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Farah Golden Tulip

and the Rio Tinto mines, and past the castle at Aracena. Crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks, you arrive in Lisbon. (BB) Hotel:  Olissippo Marques De Sa Day 13 | Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your A  Local Expert. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) Day 14 | Lisbon | Fatima | Salamanca A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

Day 10 | Rabat | Seville (2 Nights)

Day 15 | Salamanca | Madrid

Today, drive northwards to the coast and board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey through the Jerez vineyards, home of sherry. Next, continue to Andalusia’s most beautiful city, Seville, for a twonight stay. This evening, why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show? (BB) Hotel: Zenit Seville

Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon, explore the city at your own pace and later join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: NH Eurobuilding

Day 11 | Seville Sightseeing and Free Time See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Admire the tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds in the Maria Luisa Park and visit the imposing Plaza de España. See Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral and enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable A  Be My Guest dinner with a local family at an olive oil farm with a local family. (BB BG) Day 12 | Seville | Lisbon (2 Nights) Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham

Day 16 | Depart Madrid This morning, it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements. Airport transfers: On arrival to Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. 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. 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

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Best of Morocco This grand circle of Morocco’s mountains and cities puts your senses into overdrive – embracing the buzz of mopeds, the scent of spice and the delicate tastes of roses and orange. It’s Insider moments like… marvelling at endless shades of red, from terracotta to fierce magenta, created in the tannery pits in Fez. Watching the stained workers hand-dying material, you witness time-honoured methods. Stepping through the unassuming door of a riad later that day, the lavish side of Morocco reveals itself. Joining its owner, you hear his home’s history, see the ornate decoration and join him to taste homemade dishes – often made with fragrant orange blossom, sweet honey and, of course, Morocco’s famous piquant spices.

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It's iconic places City tour of Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca. Orientation of Rabat, Menkes, Erfoud and Ouarzazate. Visit Midelt, Tafilalt Oasis, Bahia Palace and Ait Ben Haddou. View the Ziz Valley and the Todra Gorge.

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Day 5 | Erfoud | Tinghir | Ouarzazate

Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco! Tonight, meet with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Casablanca

Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country! Follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Le Berbere Palace

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Day 6 | Ouarzazate | Aït Ben Haddou | Marrakesh (2 Nights)

Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability and up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 2 | Casablanca | Rabat | Meknes | Fez (2 Nights) Travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco’s history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country’s oldest imperial city. (BB) Hotel: Royal Mirage Day 3 | Fez Sightseeing Explore the médina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world, during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a A  Unique Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your companions this evening for a very special A  Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialities in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina. (BB BG) Day 4 | Fez | Erfoud Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB  L  D) Hotel:  Kasbah Chergui A Authentic Accommodation

See the sights during your orientation tour of Ouarzazate. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-nTichka Pass to Marrakesh - the ‘Red City’. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the médina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest traditional market (‘souk’) where you might like to do some last minute shopping. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis

TRIP NOTES Airport transfers: On arrival Casablanca Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Casablanca Airport at 7am, 10am and 12pm. 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.

Authentic Accommodation Kasbah Chergui, Erfoud, Morocco In a quiet desert near the dunes of Erfoud, grand Kasbah Hotel Chergui, where we often stay, is typically Moroccan. A Authentic Accommodation, its latticework, hammam and Bedouin tent dining mix with luxury touches like its pool.

Day 7 | Marrakesh Sightseeing Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snakecharmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to take an optional experience to a Berber village. Tonight, you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) Day 8 | Marrakesh | Casablanca This morning, travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca, see the sights during your sightseeing tour including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque built for the late king’s 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Casablanca Day 9 | Depart Casablanca Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate 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

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Best of Holland Taking in every angle of this little country, this is a rare opportunity to go beyond the tulips and canals of Holland’s postcards to see its pretty towns and unique customs from the inside. It’s Insider moments like… starting the day waking up on board the SS Rotterdam, in a city famous for its maritime history – and ending it sitting down to supper with Dignie and Gina, at their Dutch farmhouse. Strolling together to a neighbour’s farm, to see how their dairy cows are milked, you settle in to taste regional dishes like mustard soup or beef salad. The inside look at The Netherlands continues the next day, as you pedal through Groningen with our local friend, who lives there and shows why it’s the world’s cycling capital.

Canal scene, Amsterdam

Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens

It's iconic places Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen. Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Keukenhof (when open), Royal Delft Pottery, a trip up Euromast in Rotterdam, National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek, Hoge Veluwe Park, KröllerMüller Museum in Zutphen, Het Loo Palace, Staphorst and Volendam. View the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam.

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Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise aboard a canal boat and enjoy a light meal with welcome drinks. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Amsterdam Day 2 | Amsterdam Sightseeing and Free Time Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ during your Small Group Sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert of the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work with an insight into this A Local Speciality. (BB) Day 3 | Amsterdam | Aalsmeer | Keukenhof | The Hague | Delft | Rotterdam An early start takes you to Aalsmeer to see the flower auction. During the flowering season (April until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. This afternoon, travel through The Hague to the town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a closer look at the manufacture of this A  Local Speciality, hand painted, porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, your city orientation on arrival will take place on an included Spido boat cruise for a A  Unique Insight into the most important river port in Europe. Stay this evening aboard the SS Rotterdam and enjoy free time to explore the city. (BB) Hotel:  SS Rotterdam A Authentic Accommodation Day 4 | Rotterdam | Groesbeek | Arnhem | Oosterbeek After breakfast, enjoy an included A  Unique Insight of the city by taking a trip up the

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Euromast tower. Thereafter continue your journey to Groesbeek and visit the National Liberation museum. Once the site of part of Operation Market Garden in 1944, the museum now commemorates Holland’s occupation and liberation during World War II. Next, make your way to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. (BB) Hotel: De Bilderberg Oosterbeek Day 5 | Oosterbeek | Apeldoorn | Staphorst | Groningen This morning visit Hoge Veluwe Park and the ‘Kröller–Müller’ Museum which houses some of Van Gogh’s most famous works. Continue to Apeldoorn and visit the 17th century Het Loo Palace with its enchanting formal gardens. Visit the town of Staphorst, whose inhabitants are famous for their traditional dress, en route to Groningen. This evening, join your companions for a memorable A  Be My Guest dinner of delicious Dutch specialities. (BB  BG) Hotel: Mercure Martiniplaza Day 6 | Groningen | Volendam | Amsterdam Groningen has been named the world’s best city for cycling and what better way to enjoy this A  Local Speciality than a guided bicycle tour of the city? After seeing the sights about town, enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Frisian Lake District. Continue along the Afsluitdijk to Volendam where your A  Local Expert gives you an insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Tonight in Amsterdam, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB  FD) Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport Transfers: On arrival to Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8am and 10am. 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 SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands The SS Rotterdam is the largest passenger ship ever built in The Netherlands. When we’re able to stay on board this A Authentic Accommodation, welcomed by its crew, you get a deep insight into Rotterdam’s ship-building history.

Day 7 | Depart Amsterdam This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your travelling companions as your memorable holiday in The Netherlands comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg This leisurely trip around Benelux reveals the treasures of three of Europe’s smallest nations – from the canals, picturesque towns and fairytale castles to Rembrandt and Royal Delft. It’s Insider moments like… strolling up the tree-lined lane to a pretty 18th century farmstead, where its owner waits with an aperitif for you in his courtyard. Marc Nyssen is still farming the land he was born and raised on and he reminisces about his family’s history on the Hoeve – where they’ve farmed for five generations. Sitting down around the big wooden table, he tells more stories as you dine on a meal straight from the Hofstede De Stamper farm – with home-reared beef bourguignon, creamy gratin and tangy apple pie.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Amsterdam (3 Nights) Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing cruise aboard a canal boat. Later, get to know your travelling companions at a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drinks. (WR) Hotel: Hilton/Crowne Plaza South

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It's iconic places City tour of Luxembourg and Bruges. Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Gent and Brussels. Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, Royal Delft Pottery, the Gardens of De Haar Castle, General George Patton’s Grave, Orval Abbey and Dinant. View The American Memorial at Bastogne. Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges.

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In Amsterdam, enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece, the ‘The Night Watch’, during your guided Small Group Sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work for an insight into this A  Local Speciality. During the flowering season (April until mid-May),

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an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. (BB) Day 3 | The Hague | Delft and Rotterdam Excursion After a leisurely morning, travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft. Visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a closer look at the manufacture of this A  Local Speciality, hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, the most important river port in Europe. After a short city orientation, visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbour. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please before returning to Amsterdam this evening. (BB) Day 4 | Amsterdam | Haarzuilens | Maastricht | Bastogne | Luxembourg (2 Nights) In Haarzuilens, visit the magnificent gardens of fairy-tale De Haar Castle. Continue your journey and stop in the historic fortified city of Maastricht. Enjoy free time to explore the city before continuing to Bastogne. View the American Memorial, erected to commemorate the 76,890 American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Arrive later at your hotel in the Duchy of Luxembourg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Day 5 | Luxembourg Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning, visit General George S. Patton’s grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with a A  Local Expert shows you the sights including the breath-taking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Your Travel Director will be able to advise on how to get the most from your free time in the city. (BB) Day 6 | Luxembourg | Orval | Dinant | Bruges (2 Nights) Visit Orval Abbey, a Cistercian monastery famous for producing Trappiste beer. Continue your journey and stop in the pretty town of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax – best known for inventing the saxophone. Later, arrive

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in picturesque Bruges and join your fellow travellers this evening for a special A  Be My Guest dinner at an 18th-century farmstead. (BB BG) Hotel: De Medici Day 7 | Bruges Sightseeing and At Leisure Admire the sights of Bruges including the town square during your walking tour with a A  Local Expert. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit a Lace Centre to see the production of this A  Local Speciality. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace. (BB) Day 8 | Bruges | Gent | Brussels (2 Nights) Visit the beautiful city of Gent and see the three famous Gent towers – Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. This afternoon in Brussels your Travel Director shows you the city’s highlights, including the Atomium, Royal Palace, Japanese Pagodas, the Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis. (BB) Hotel: Thon EU

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Brussels Airport at 8am and 12pm. 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.

Day 9 | Brussels | At Leisure Today is free for you to do as you wish! Explore the Grand Place, join a beer or bike tour, or simply relax in a café and watch the world go by. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most from this leisurely day. This evening, celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Brussels This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Please note: your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions. Amsterdam 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

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Best of Germany The scenery of the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps. The history of Heidelberg, Rothenburg and Frankfurt. The modernity of Munich and Berlin. This trip reveals Germany at its best. It’s Insider moments like… your first glimpse through Castle Liebenstein’s ramparts down to the villages and boats on the Rhine below, as you make your way up to the hillside fortress after your cruise along the river. Klaus Nickelig and his sister Anita excitedly share tales of the castle and the knights who lived there. Then they take you into their banqueting hall and kitchen to try their home-cooked ‘Reibekuchen’ potato cakes and marinated roasts with ‘knodel’ dumplings, as they share more of the castle’s legends.

Neuschwanstein Castle

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Frankfurt Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

Reichstag Parliament

Day 2 | Frankfurt | Rhine Cruise | Cologne

It's iconic places City tour of Berlin. Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg. Visit Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower and Modlareuth Open Air Museum. Cruise along the River Rhine. View Neuschwanstein castle and Bavarian Alps. See the Lolerei Rock and the Wagner Festival Theatre in Bayreuth.

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Cruise along the mighty River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock, to Boppard. Pass the famous vineyards along the Rhine Valley before arriving in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Lindner City Plaza Glockenspiel, Munich

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Day 3 | Cologne | Hamelin | Hamburg Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairy-tale fame and is immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg, see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Ameron Day 4 | Hamburg | Berlin (2 Nights) Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Day 5 | Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time This morning enjoy a A  Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs! (BB) Day 6 | Berlin | Dresden A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. See the highlights of this astonishing Renaissance city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Consider taking an in-depth look at the treasures of Dresden on a optional experience. (BB) Hotel: Pullman Newa Day 7 | Dresden | Modlareuth | Bayreuth | Nuremberg Visit the Modlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into ‘divided Germany’, see the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original Berlin wall. In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB) Hotel: Maritim Nuremberg

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Day 8 | Nuremberg | Rothenburg | Munich (2 Nights) Your Travel Director takes you on an orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most wellpreserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the old town hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments before following the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. (BB) Hotel: Hilton City Day 9 | Munich Sightseeing and Free Time See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening, consider an optional experience to the Hofbräuhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall. (BB) Day 10 | Munich | Neuschwanstein | Black Forest Stop at Neuschwanstein to view King Ludwig’s fairy-tale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how this traditional A  Local Speciality is made during a demonstration of the craft. Tonight enjoy a A  Be My Guest experience deep in the heart of the Black Forest. (BB BG) Hotel: Maritim Titisee

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8am and 10am. 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.

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Day 11 | Black Forest | Heidelberg | Frankfurt A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach Day 12 | Depart Frankfurt This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best of Germany & Austria Cruising on the Rhine. Taking Bavaria’s Romantic Road. Passing through the scenic UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Vienna. This is the ultimate German and Austrian road (and river) trip. It’s Insider moments like… getting your bearings in Berlin from our local friend, who lives in the city and points out their home town’s famous sights – from the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag. Starting the next day with exclusive early access up the Berlin TV Tower, for a 360° view, you find your feet before being left to explore the city at your own pace. These insider perspectives on Europe’s cities continue in Austria, as you meet our friends living in Salzburg and Vienna who share their personal insights.

Rhine valley

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach) Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in, your Travel Director shows you the dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz during your orientation. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone! (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach Day 2 | Frankfurt (Offenbach) | Rhine Cruise | Cologne At St. Goar embark for a cruise along the scenic River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique A  Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Continue by road via Bonn to Cologne where an orientation includes views of the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own. (BB BG) Hotel: Lindner City Plaza

St Michael's Square, Vienna

It's iconic places City tours of Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna. Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck. Visit Berlin TV Tower and Neuschwanstein Castle. Cruise along the River Rhine. View the Cologne Cathedral, Fortress and the Prince-Bishops’ residence in Würzburg and Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg. See the Lolerei Rock and Melk Abbey.

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Day 3 | Cologne | High Speed Train | Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Marienberg Fortress, Wurzburg

Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital, Berlin. Your A  Local Expert gives an

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exciting account of Berlin’s rich and momentous history during your included sightseeing tour. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building, German State Opera House, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. (BB) Hotel: Andels

of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit world-class museums and Hapsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show. (BB)

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Travel to Salzburg, where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in ‘The Sound of Music’ during your walking tour with your A  Local Expert. View Mozart’s birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel and Conference Centre

This morning enjoy a A  Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin’s secret past. This evening, you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous. (BB) Day 5 | Berlin | Bayreuth | Rothenburg This morning, travel south and cross the River Elbe en route to Bayreuth – home of the exclusive Wagner Festival. Continue your journey to Würzburg-Marienburg Fortress, see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops’ residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Prinzhotel Day 6 | Rothenburg | Munich (2 Nights) Enjoy an orientation walk in the medieval town of Rothenburg. Continue through splendid countryside to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities. (BB RM) Hotel: Sheraton Arabellapark Day 7 | Munich Sightseeing and Free Time Your orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and City Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight, why not discover some of Munich’s lively beerhalls it’s what the region is famous for! (BB) Day 8 | Munich | Neuschwanstein | Innsbruck (2 Nights) Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig. A horse drawn carriage will take you to the castle grounds where you have time to explore this fairy-tale structure. Later, cross the Austrian border to Innsbruck. View the famous Olympic ski-jump before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Innsbruck Day 9 | Innsbruck Orientation and Free Time Your orientation includes the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest

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Day 11 | Salzburg | Dürnstein | Vienna (2 Nights) Enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the river from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon for free time to explore the city. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am 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.

Day 12 | Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time From the Opera to the Hofburg and St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Parliament, view all the wondrous sights of the elegant Austrian capital during your included sightseeing tour with a A  Local Expert. Marvel at the oldest and most secret part of old Vienna on your walking tour. In your free time discover a wealth of cultural delights, museums, galleries and memorials to famous composers. Your Travel Director will be able to advise as to how to get the most out of your free time in the city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Day 13 | Depart Vienna Bid farewell to your companions at the end of this wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Sound of Music Not just for fans of the film, this Austrian adventure also takes in the country’s romantic cities, dramatic scenery, epic history and timeless connections to music. It’s Insider moments like… reaching the storybook-style castle of King Ludwig in the Bavarian mountains by horse-drawn carriage. Or treading in the footsteps of the Von Trapps in Salzburg, before joining Johann and Manfred Stadler in their rustic ‘gasthof’ for a more authentic take on Austrian life. Entering the family’s 200 year old barn, in the low hills of the Berchtesgaden Alps, you sample their ‘home brew’ – popular with local hikers. Then join the brothers for ‘Ripperl’ smoked pork chops and rich Black Forest Gateau or fruit tart.

Salzburg

It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Munich (2 Nights) Welcome to Munich. Relax after check-in and later enjoy an evening orientation drive including views of the Olympic Stadium. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Hilton City

Ornamental garden

It's iconic places City tours of Salzburg and Vienna. Orientation of Munich and Innsbruck. View Mozart’s Birthplace in Salzburg, Wilten Basilica and Golden Roof in Innsbruck. Visit Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle, the Alpine resort of Berchtesgaden, Mondsee Church made famous in the film The Sound of Music and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. See Melk Abbey.

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Neuschwanstein

Munich is a lively, prosperous medieval city – a perfect blend of traditional and modern. See the sights during your morning orientation including the Hofbräuhaus, Marienplatz, Ludwigstrasse and the majestic Opera House. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Visit galleries and museums, shop for souvenirs or consider an optional experience

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to the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. This evening you might like to join your companions for a night out at a local beer hall. (BB) Day 3 | Munich | Oberammergau | Neuschwanstein Castle | Innsbruck (2 Nights) In Oberammergau, see the theatre where the Passion play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by the plague. Drive into the scenic Bavarian mountains and arrive by horse and carriage at Neuschwanstein Castle. Experience a guided tour of this fortress, built in the 19th century for King Ludwig on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. Arrive later at the famous town of Innsbruck where you will enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Grauer Bär Day 4 | Innsbruck Sightseeing and At Leisure Your orientation includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit world-class museums and Hapsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show. (BB) Day 5 | Innsbruck | Berchtesgaden | Salzburg (2 Nights) Continue through the picturesque valley of the River Inn and pass the Wilder Kaiser Mountain. Visit the National Park of Berchtesgaden, featuring awe-inspiring mountains. Continue on to Salzburg. (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Day 6 | Salzburg Sightseeing and At Leisure See the city’s sights with your A  Local Expert including the Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Afterwards, discover the delights of Salzburg for yourself. Visit a museum or go shopping for

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souvenirs. This evening, enjoy a A Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof. (BB BG) Day 7 | Salzburg | Vienna (3 Nights) View the Church in Mondsee where the marriage of Captain Von Trapp and Maria was filmed for ‘The Sound of Music’. Traverse the Salzkammergut, a picturesque region of mountains and lakes, whose salt deposits brought great wealth to the area. See Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Am Konzerthaus Day 8 | Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time This morning enjoy an exclusive A  Unique Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburg royal collection of art at the Kunsthistorisches museum prior to admission of the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later, your A  Local Expert reveals the city’s major landmarks and palaces during your included sightseeing tour. The Imperial Boulevards lead to views of the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof’. Why not indulge yourself and try some local cuisine such as schnitzel or strudel.  Walk along the Kärntnerstrasse in the centre of the city and shop for souvenirs. (BB)

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TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: On arrival to Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8.00am 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.

Day 9 | Vienna | At Leisure Spend the day as you wish. Why not explore museums, palaces, galleries, cafés, memorials to famous composers and parks? Vienna has it all. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 10 | Depart Vienna Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Switzerland & Austria Into the very heart of Europe, this trip takes in scenic Switzerland and Austria, but also sneaks you into miniature Liechtenstein and over the border into the northern fringes of Italy. It’s Insider moments like… getting an insight into one of Austria’s oldest traditions, as you watch the balletic horses of the Lipizzaner Stud Farm in their alpine pastures. Dating back 400 years, you hear how the farm is protecting the country’s cultural heritage and protecting this world-famous breed – which is, surprisingly, an endangered species. More than an insight into these noble baroque horses, it unveils Austria’s love of culture and refined social scene – which you also witness in Vienna’s elegant cafés.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Zurich Welcome to Zurich! After check-in, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of Switzerland’s financial capital. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and trip briefing. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport Day 2 | Zurich | Liechtenstein | Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg

A scenic drive along Lake Zurich brings you to Liechtenstein where you stop at its capital Vaduz. Follow the Arlberg route into the Tyrol, past the pretty skiing area around St. Johann and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains to Salzburg. This impressive city is dominated by Fortress Hohensalzburg. (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn

It's iconic places City tours of Salzburg and Vienna. Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck, Geneva and Lucerne. Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa and Zermatt. View the castle of Chillon, the city of Berne, and (weather permitting) the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau mountain, Jet d’Eau in Geneva, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck. See Melk Abbey.

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Alpenhorn, Switzerland

Your A  Local Expert shows you a wealth of fascinating sights during your walking tour including Mozart’s family house and the Domplatz. Admire breathtaking scenery as

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you travel past Lake Mondsee and through the Wachau Valley to see the impressive Melk Abbey en route to Imperial Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn

the scenic town of Stresa. See the beautiful Borromean Islands as you head towards the Simplon Pass. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in Zermatt. (BB D) Hotel: Albana Real

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Vienna is a beautiful city featuring grand palaces and buildings such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Marvel at all these wonderful sights with your A Local Expert. Stroll through the oldest part of the city - ‘Am Hof’. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own. Tonight, why not visit a nearby village for dinner at a lively ‘Heurigen’ inn. (BB)

Spend your free day relaxing in the shadows of the magnificent Matterhorn or perhaps consider a mountain trip for fantastic views of the surrounding Alpine peaks. (BB)

Day 5 | Vienna | Graz | Piber Stud Farm | Villach Admire galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares in Graz. Visit the Lippizaner Stud farm at Piber for a A  Unique Insight into the breeding of the athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. Later arrive at your hotel in Villach where you dine this evening. (BB  D) Hotel: Romantik Post Day 6 | Villach | Cortina d’Ampezzo | Innsbruck The Alpine scenery is breathtaking as you drive into Italy via Carbonin and Lake Misurina to the Tre Croci Pass. Explore Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort set in the heart of the Dolomites. Traverse spectacular mountain passes as you cross back into Austria. At Innsbruck, admire the Golden Roof, St. Jakob’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and the Olympic ski-jump during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Grauer Bär Day 7 | Innsbruck | St. Moritz This morning travel over the border into Switzerland and cross the enchanting Engadine. Arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore the pristine landscape! This evening enjoy a A Be My Guest dinner. (BB BG) Hotel: Bären A Authentic Accommodation Day 8 | St. Moritz | Stresa | Zermatt (2 Nights) Traverse Alpine landscapes to Thusis and follow the San Bernadino route to Bellinzona, famous for its three castles. Continue via Locarno to the shores of Lake Maggiore and explore

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Day 10 | Zermatt | Geneva | Lake Geneva (Evian) A spectacular drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva where you view Lord Byron’s Castle of Chillon. Admire the sights of Geneva during your orientation tour including the old Cathedral, the Jet d’Eau fountain and the United Nations building. Follow the southern shores of Lake Geneva to Evian, renowned for its pure mineral water. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Evian Les Bains Day 11 | Lake Geneva (Evian) | Berne | Interlaken | Lucerne (2 Nights) Travel via Berne, the Federal capital of Switzerland, to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where you see the mighty Jungfrau (subject to weather conditions). Interlaken is one of the oldest and most popular tourist resorts in Switzerland. Cross the Brünig Pass to the charming town of Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Astoria

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All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

TRIP NOTES WiFi: See pages 242-243 for details. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8.00am from Lucerne. 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 Hotel Bären, St Moritz, Switzerland All the charm of a Swiss chalet but with the comforts of a hotel, including a pool, Hotel Bären’s our stop on many nights in St Moritz. The Alpine setting and wood panelled bar and restaurant make it A Authentic Accommodation.

Day 12 | Lucerne Orientation and Free Time Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. View the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard, during your orientation tour. Spend free time afterwards exploring the old town, shopping for watches and chocolates, or consider an optional experience up a nearby mountain! Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Day 13 | Lucerne | Depart Zurich Say goodbye to Europe and your new found friends at the end of this amazing holiday. Airport transfers are available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Swiss Delight The contrasts and culture of Switzerland are revealed in the beauty of St. Gallen and St. Moritz, the majesty of Mount Pilatus and the contemporary buzz of Swiss capital Zurich. It’s Insider moments like…the taste of fresh cream and rich cocoa at the Alprose chocolate museum, where you discover the secrets of one of Switzerland’s most famous exports before tasting it yourself. It’s savouring the distinctly Italian flavour of Lugano and the German precision and quirky cool of Zurich. Taking a cable car to the peak of Mount Pilatus, watching as lakes and mountains spread out like a carpet beneath you.  And the cherry blossom and Swiss cows you see, before enjoying hearty cuisine at a traditional ‘stubete’ lunch.

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Kreuzberg mountains, Switzerland

It's iconic places Orientations of St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Lucerne and Zurich. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage 16th century library in St. Gallen, the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, the exclusive resort of St. Moritz, Mt Pilatus by Cable Car and stop in scenic Bellinzona. View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne.

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It’s travel beyond the expected Day 1 | Arrive Zurich and transfer to St. Gallen (2 Nights) Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial centre. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in St. Gallen. After check-in, relax and enjoy your surroundings. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and trip briefing. (WR) Hotel: Einstein Day 2 | St. Gallen Orientation and Be My Guest Experience This morning visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage 16th century library a A Unique Insight within the monastery complex. For lunch, you will enjoy a memorable A  Be My Guest experience at a traditional ‘stubete’ in the picturesque Appenzell. This afternoon you may like to participate on an optional experience to Mount Säntis where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Alps. (BB BG) Day 3 | St. Gallen | Vaduz | St. Moritz Visit Vaduz, the capital in the tiny mountain principality of Liechtenstein where a spectacular turreted castle sits above the city. Travel on to one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland – St. Moritz. Surrounded by mountains and lush forests, this scenic town sits alongside a shimmering lake and is the epitome of a typical Swiss resort town. Enjoy an orientation walk through the town with eye-catching buildings and big-name boutiques before checking in to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Laudinella

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where you will stop in the town of Bellinzona to view the UNESCO-listed trio of medieval castles. Continue on to the bustling city of Lugano with its pavement cafés and palm-tree lined promenades along the lake. Enjoy a A  Local Speciality visit to a chocolate museum where you will find out about the production and consumption of chocolate! (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Day 5 | Lugano | Lucerne Orientation Today your drive will take you towards the most central part of Switzerland. On arrival in Lucerne, view the Lion Monument and the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before time to explore this picturesque town on the shore of Lake Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Grand Europe Day 6 | Lucerne | Zurich This morning enjoy a A  Unique Insight of the Swiss Alps when you travel by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus. When you reach the top you will enjoy stunning views over the lakes and mountains and see Lucerne nestled below you. Back in Lucerne, explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate before departing for Zurich. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (BB FD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

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