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Y O U R S O M E D AY I S

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Someday, you said. Someday you’ll go and see the world. You’ll see that special place, the place you’ve been imagining all these years. Someday you’ll make those plans, step out your front door, and just go. This trip is the one you’ve spoken about, dreamed about, laid awake at night thinking about. You’ve waited for a sign to tell you when to go on your trip of a lifetime. Your someday is here. For the past century, Collette’s guided the way, taking people on their trip of a lifetime. That’s 100 years of dreams made reality, 100 years of memories made, and 100 years of making someday today. And we’re not done yet. We have more trips of a lifetime to take our travelers on, more reasons for travel to fulfill. But the most important trip is one yet to come—yours.

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italy’s treasures

Crostini

Venice Gondola

Tuscan Wine

verywhere you go, Italy feels like a dream. The magical island of Isola dei Pescatori perched in the waters of Lago Maggiore. The painted villages of Cinque Terre blooming like flowers on the oceanside cliffs. The winding streets of Florence filled with Renaissance-era architecture and charm. You pinch your own arm, just to make sure you’re awake, and that these places are real. They are.

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italy’s treasures 12 days • 17 meals from $2,999*

immerse yourself

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Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures.

Spend two wonderful nights in romantic Venice.

Discover the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Acquaint yourself with Florence on a tour of the city’s treasures.

Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori.

Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

Bask in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by an expert chef. Attend a cocktail party in Stresa, and sample some local products.

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Florence

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Days 1–3 Overnight Flight – Stresa, Italy Taste local vintages at a wine shop during a cocktail party. Sail to a welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you’ll stop in at a local farm to sample their artisanal cheeses expertly paired with regional wines. Enjoy some leisure time in Stresa. Day 4 Orta – Italian Riviera Travel to Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. Stop at Lake Orta and take a boat to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafés and shops of this lakeside resort before continuing on to the Italian Riviera. Day 5 Cinque Terre Travel by rail through the colorful medieval villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on oceanside cliffs. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Day 6 Lucca – Tuscan Villa Drive to the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls. Then you’ll choose the way you explore Lucca: on foot or by bicycle. Either way, your tour will show you the Cathedral of San Martino, the Piazza Napoleone and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Enjoy a taste of the region by sampling some local delicacies at specialty food shops. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa. Tuscany

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Siena

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Day 7 Florence Take a walking tour of the city’s treasures, including the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica. Explore on your own before returning to your Tuscan villa. Day 8 Siena Travel to Siena for an expert-led walking tour. Visit the town’s cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Stroll through narrow medieval streets as you experience life in this historic cultural center. Day 9 Tuscan Countryside Visit a Tuscan winery and tour their wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. Participate in a cooking lesson given by the winery’s very own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch paired with wines produced on-site. At dinner, continue your sampling of Tuscan cuisine in one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants. Days 10-12 Bologna – Venice En route to Venice, stop in Bologna for a guided walking tour of the center, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. Sample local delicacies at specialty food shops before continuing on to Venice. Cruise to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square for a locally guided walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge’s Palace. Finally, celebrate your adventures during a farewell dinner. 7

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ExPLORING South AfRica, V I C T O R I A FA L L S & B O T S WA N A

Wine Region

Zebras on Safari

Cape Town

s your 4x4 jeep rumbles across the wild expanse of Entabeni Conservancy, you’re struck by just how dynamic South Africa is. Just a few days ago you were strolling through the charming Moorish Malay Quarter of Cape Town, and now you’re dead-set on snapping a picture of an elephant, or even a lion. The untamed beauty of this place, standing in stark contrast to the wonders of the city you just explored, makes this experience all the more moving.

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ExPLORING South AfRica, VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA 14 days • 23 meals from $4,846*

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Head out for an African sundowner by 4x4 and enjoy the sunset.

Enjoy 7 wildlife safaris in search of the “Big Five.”

Savor a true African dining experience and handwashing ceremony.

Spend some time at a local village in Zimbabwe learning about the culture. Meet and interact with African elephants.

Step aboard a cable car and be whisked atop Table Mountain. Embark on a walking tour of stunning Victoria Falls.

Visit a South African winery for a farm lunch paired with wine. Enjoy a traditional Braai (barbecue) complete with local favorites in Chobe.

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Table Mountain Cable Car

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Days 1–4 Overnight Flight – Cape Town Step aboard a cable car and be whisked to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet to the top of Table Mountain. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pausing along the way at Milnerton Lighthouse. Savor a true African dining experience as you participate in a traditional African hand-washing ceremony before sampling local delicacies. Travel out to Cape Point on the southwestern tip of Africa. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope, and take a tram to the top of the mountain. Leisurely hike down the mountain, and continue on to Boulders Beach to see the penguins who make their home there. Make some new South African friends during a home-hosted dinner. Day 5 Stellenbosch Travel to the beautiful winelands of the Western Cape. Visit a winery for a tasting before enjoying a delicious and locally-sourced dinner. Settle into your hotel, located in the heart of bustling Stellenbosch, your home for two nights. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore this charming town, the second oldest in South Africa. Day 6 Hermanus Enjoy a leisurely drive over the Sir Lowry Pass to the quaint seaside village of Hermanus. A walking tour acquaints you with the village. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the shops and art galleries. Days 7–8 Johannesburg – Entabeni Conservancy Fly to the city of Johannesburg. Head to the Entabeni Conservancy upon your arrival to take an afternoon game drive. Ready your cameras as you search for the “Big Five” – lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards and rhinos. As the sun sets, enjoy a traditional African Cape Buffalo – Safari Game Drive

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Victoria Falls

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sundowner cocktail. Get out of your 4x4 and watch as the sun sinks behind the mountains. The next day, rise before the sun and continue your game drive, stopping to learn to follow the clues left by wildlife during a track identification walk with a ranger. Continue on your game drive adventure, seeking the elusive “Big Five” once more. Return to the lodge for dinner under the stars. Day 9 Entabeni Conservancy – Johannesburg Carry on your quest for the “Big Five” before breakfast. Later, journey to the vibrant city of Johannesburg. Enjoy some leisure time in Sandton this afternoon. Days 10–11 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Spend some time at a local village learning more about the regional culture. Embark on a walking tour of stunning Victoria Falls. Sip a sundowner poolside and watch the spectacular African sunset while the animals gather at the watering hole. Explore a local craft market. Meet African elephants and have the opportunity to interact with them. Days 12–14 Chobe, Botswana Watch for bushbuck (African antelope) as well as bird life during a nature walk with a local guide. Cross the border as you travel to Chobe, Botswana. During an exciting safari cruise, spot wildlife along the water’s edge, including hippos and crocodiles. The next day, set out on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. In the afternoon, continue your game drive or take a safari cruise down the river. View the animals as they drink from the river. Dine by the river with a chef who will teach you the art of cooking a traditional Braai (barbecue). Fly to Johannesburg where your tour comes to a close. 11

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Machu Picchu &

the GalapaGos Islands

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Peruvian Pottery

Andean Weaving

ew people get to stand in these storied places, and even fewer can describe them after they’ve been there. The Galapagos Islands, a place of discovery and exploration, hidden in the warm azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Machu Picchu, a place of ancient wonder and culture, nestled among the Andes above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You are following the path of the scientists and explorers who have walked this path before. This isn’t just a guided tour, it’s an expedition.

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Machu Picchu & the

GalapaGos Islands 15 days • 29 meals from $7,119*

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Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum of the Peruvian Andes.

Embark on a 5-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with a naturalist guide.

Savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner.

Venture through the Andes in a domed train to Machu Picchu. Stand at the "Middle of the World" at the Equatorial Line Museum.

Spend the day exploring the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. Admire the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your Machu Picchu hotel. Delight in a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch at a local Quechua community.

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Machu Picchu

Quechua Village Lunch

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Days 1–2 Lima, Peru – Tour Begins Discover Lima’s history during a tour through the historic city center. Get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner.

Foundation. Tour Quito’s colonial center. Savor lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater. Cross between hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the “Middle of the World.”

Days 3-4 Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of weaving textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha. Stop in Pisac to browse the handicraft market. Settle in at your hotel in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio. Travel to a nearby community and participate in traditional workshops. Visit the Ollantaytambo archaeological site. Savor an authentic pachamanca dinner.

Day 10 Quito - San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos – Embark Ship Fly to beautiful San Cristóbal Island. After enjoying lunch aboard the m/v Galapagos Legend, arrive at the Port Baquerizo Moreno for an up-close look at the endangered tortoises. Stargaze from the deck of your ship.

Days 5-6 Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Stay at the base of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a culinary demonstration. Return to Machu Picchu or explore the local markets. Make a stop at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Day 7 Cuzco Join a local guide on a walking tour of the city, or, board your coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Travel above the city to discover the sacred ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city before your authentic dinner. Days 8–9 Quito, Ecuador Fly to Quito. Enjoy a special visit to a Children International community center, supported by the Collette Marine Iguana

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Day 11 Española Island Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay. Continue on through the volcanic terrain of Suarez Point. During your nature walk, watch for hooded mocking birds and blue-footed boobies. Venture to count Waved Albatross at the world’s largest colony. Finally, visit the spectacular Soplador. Day 12 Floreana Island Land at storied Post Office Bay. Snorkel, if you choose, with green sea turtles or set out to search for Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers. Sail to Cormorant Point. Use this opportunity to spot a small colony of penguins. Seize another chance to snorkel. Day 13 Santa Cruz Island Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding program. Trek through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato. Embark on a walk inside dormant lava tubes. Days 14–15 Daphne Island – Quito Garner panoramic views as you circumnavigate Daphne Island. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas along the rocky shore. Fly back Quito. Take a nighttime panoramic tour en route to your farewell dinner at a historic restaurant. 15

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india MYSTERIES OF

Bengal Tiger

Indian Cuisine

Delhi Architecture

hey told you that when you returned from India, you’d return a different person. You’ll see the world with fresh new eyes, having found something that’s hard to put into words. The intricate art of the architecture. The soulful layers of cultural and religious traditions. The myriad of landscapes, and the charm of the people. Everything about this place comes together to create an unparalleled experience that you will be talking about for years to come. The more you see of this place, the more you realize that they were right – you’ll return a different person.

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india MYSTERIES OF

15 days • 26 meals from $2,799*

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Spend two nights in Varanasi, India’s holiest city.

See the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

Stand in awe of the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony.

Experience two game drives in Ranthambore National Park.

Sit down for a homehosted dinner and observe daily life inside the old city.

Ascend by jeep to the top of Amber Fort.

Explore Old Delhi's narrow streets by rickshaw.

Revel in an interactive cooking demonstration followed by dinner.

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Ganga Aarti Ceremony

Amber Fort

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Days 1 - 3 Overnight Flight - Delhi, India Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Explore Old Delhi’s narrow streets by rickshaw. Tour New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret. See the India Gate war memorial and the Parliament. Days 4 - 5 Udaipur Stay at a restored palace perched on a hill and overlooking the lake. Participate in a relaxing yoga class with a local expert, or, enjoy a morning walking tour of Udaipur just as the city begins waking up. Visit the City Palace. Stop at Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids of Honor. Cruise along Lake Pichola and take in views of the Jag Mandir Palace and the City Palace. Days 6 - 7 Jaipur Take a scenic drive through the countryside to the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Stop at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja. Visit the City Palace. Marvel at Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726. Ascend by vintage jeep to the top of Amber Fort. Visit a local school where the children are part of a midday program supported by the efforts of the Collette Foundation. Tap into local customs during lunch as you learn about turban and sari tying. Stroll through a flower market for a glimpse into the art of making garlands used in traditional ceremonies. Enjoy a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration. Sit down for a home-hosted dinner. Days 8 - 9 Ranthambore In Ranthambore National Park learn about Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. Meet a naturalist who Taj Mahal

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will discuss the wildlife of the country. Embark on two game drives by canter (an open-air vehicle). Watch for marsh crocodiles, hyenas, sloth bears and even tigers. Visit the Ranthambore School of Art which helps students from neighboring villages and trains them to be self-sufficient artists. Visit Dastkar Ranthambore Project, founded in 1981 by six women united to protect India’s traditional artisans. Join an interactive cooking demonstration. Days 10 - 11 Agra Travel by train to Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, witnessing the first rays of sun glistening on the white marble — a truly memorable moment. Visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Days 12 - 13 Khajuraho Board your train on the way to Khajuraho. Visit the Chandel Temple complex and behold some of the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India. Visit the Ghats – the banks of the river – to witness the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony. Days 14 - 15 Varanasi – Delhi Cruise along the River Ganges past various Ghats where people ritually cleanse themselves. Take a city tour of Varanasi. Continue to Sarnath where Siddarth Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon on a quiet grove in the 6th century B.C. Discuss Hindu philosophy with a scholar. Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi for your return flight home. 19

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C U LT U R E S O F

PERU and bOlIvia

Lima

Andean Culture

Andean Weaving

ou’ve launched yourself away from everyday life to find yourself in new worlds. The emerald peaks and ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” reveals itself as the curling clouds pull away. The glistening plains of the Uyuni Salt Flats stretch out for seemingly infinite distances, and as the sun sets, a cacophony of stars begin to shine. Breathless, you can only try to take in these moments.

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PERU and

Learn centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.

Venture through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train.

Explore the colorful markets of Peru & Bolivia, including the famous Pisac village market.

Spend the afternoon with a guide uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu.

Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel located at the base of Machu Picchu.

bOlIvia 14 days • 26 meals from $4,999*

Delight in a Peruvian Paso horse show.

Explore the breathtaking and surreal Uyuni Salt Flats.

Delight in a home hosted lunch at a local Quechua community. Experience the serenity of a picnic lunch on the Uyuni Salt Flats.

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Days 1-2 Lima, Peru – Tour Begins Begin in Lima, the "City of Kings." Discover its fascinating history during a tour through the historic city center. Admire the San Francisco Monastery, and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, and the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. A reserved balcony at the Archbishop’s Palace allows you to witness the changing of the guard. Visit the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, and enjoy dinner on the grounds. Day 3 Lima – Sacred Valley of the Incas Fly to Cuzco. Travel through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of textile crafting during a visit to Awana Kancha, a “living museum.” Stop in Pisac village to browse the handicraft market. Visit a local hacienda for a farm-to-table lunch and a Paso horse show. Settle into your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas – Sacred Valley Visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement inhabited since its inception. Learn renowned artistic techniques at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio. Visit a Quechua community and interact with the locals. Participate in workshops that teach traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Learn cultural dances and listen to traditional music before a home-hosted lunch of local specialties. Day 5 Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train and ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering these majestic ruins. Stay at the base of Machu Picchu and attend a culinary demonstration before enjoying a tasting menu at your resort.

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Day 8 Cuzco – Uros Floating Islands Fly to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet the people who call this place home as you explore the village center. Embark on an afternoon cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Walk on the spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds. Arrive at your lakeside hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Day 9 Puno – La Paz, Bolivia Arrive at the lakeside town of Copacabana. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Explore the main square and local market before cruising to the birthplace of the Inca Empire, Isla del Sol. Climb the ancient steps and see ruins dating back more than 500 years. Walk along agricultural terraces and take in spectacular views of Lake Titicaca during your visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex. Experience a Shaman blessing on a cliff overlooking the lake. Board a traditional Titicaca vessel for a cruise to view the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Arrive in La Paz. Day 10 La Paz Visit Moon Valley, a maze of canyons, giant spires and geological formations. Continue to the city center where you will see the main square, Plaza Murillo, surrounded by La Paz Cathedral, Presidential Palace and the Congress building. Then, choose to visit the Gold Museum, with its impressive collection of pre-Columbian precious metals, or, visit Casa Pedro Murillo, the former home of the martyr of Bolivian Independence. Take a cable car ride above the city. Venture into the Witches Market and mingle with the locals buying supplies for ritual offerings to the Pachamama. Relax during a cocktail reception, and dine on traditional Bolivian cuisine.

Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cuzco Take an optional tour to Machu Picchu to view the sunrise, or, explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Sample the beer selection at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Continue on to Cuzco.

Day 11 La Paz – Uyuni Fly to Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. Ride in 4x4 vehicles to tour the spectacular salt flat. Visit the Train Cemetery where the remains of steam locomotives rest. Continue to the village of Colchani to observe the traditional methods of salt extraction. At Incahuasi Island, in the middle of the salt flat, marvel at the hundreds of ancient cacti. Enjoy a picnic lunch out on the salt flats. Arrive for your 2-night stay in a hotel made of salt bricks. Enjoy your unique accommodations or take an optional salt flats stargazing experience.

Day 7 Cuzco Follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city, or, board your coach for a tour of the city’s main sites. Both trips show you the Cathedral, Santo Domingo, the Plaza de Armas, and the central market. Travel above the city to the sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city. Return to Cuzco for an authentic dinner and a traditional folkloric performance.

Days 12-14 Uyuni – La Paz Relax in the morning before returning to explore the salt flats. Arrive at the village of Chantani, at the base of Tunupa Volcano, and visit the local museum and ancient burial ground. Your local guide will assist in a memorable perspective photo shoot on the salt flats. Toast to the end of your visit to Uyuni with a sunset reception on the salt flats. Fly back to La Paz and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner showcasing Bolivian fusion cuisine.

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JOURNEY THROUGH

southern france

Gordes Lavender Fields

Provence

French Wine

he flavors of Southern France are the flavors of life. The full-bodied taste of a Bordeaux will forever transport you back to charming medieval villages and vineyards. Tasting truffles will now call up memories of a truffle hunt through elegant woods, and the fresh farm-to-table fare that came after. Taste is a sense tied deeply to memories, and these delicious tastes will bring these moments rushing back for the rest of your life.

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JOURNEY THROUGH

southern france 10 days • 13 meals from $3,999*

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See the Medoc wine region, along the stunning "Route des Châteaux."

Visit La Cité du Vin wine museum, referred to as the "Guggenheim of wine."

Experience a multi-course wine pairing dinner.

Discover the medieval city Saint-Émilion.

Stay two nights on the grounds of a beautiful château in the Dordogne Valley.

Hunt for truffles with a local chef and his keensensed dogs.

Witness the spectacular Carrières de Lumières Cave Show.

Savor the wines of Bordeaux, Saint Émilion, Medoc and Dordogne Valley. Savor farm tastings throughout the French countryside.

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while enjoying the chateau’s spa. Bid adieu to the Dordogne Valley and make your way to Carcassonne, a storybook come to life, replete with drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets. Step back centuries to medieval times and explore this breathtaking city independently.

Day 3 Bordeaux – Medoc This morning, explore Bordeaux during a guided city tour. Embark on an interactive journey through a world of wine and culture at La Cité du Vin, ending with a glass of wine while overlooking a 360-degree view of Bordeaux. Next, travel the “Route des Châteaux,” viewing the historic wine estates of the Medoc region. Walk through a winery to absorb the atmosphere, smell the grapes, and taste the wine. Enjoy an evening at leisure to take in the sights and sounds of Bordeaux.

Day 7 Carcassonne – Saint Rémy Journey from Carcassonne to Provence. En route, marvel at the Saint-Benezet Bridge and the Pont du Gard, the greatest surviving stretch of Roman aqueducts. In the village of Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” you’ll gain an inside look at the village during a walking tour with your local expert guide. End with a visit to the dramatic Palace of the Popes, a center of European religion since the Popes moved there in 1309. Sip on locally crafted cocktails followed by dinner.

Days 5-6 Dordogne Valley – Carcassonne Venture to the countryside for a charming local market experience. Stop in Eymet, one of Southern France’s iconic “bastides” before visiting the Chateau Monbazillac – a wine cooperative best known for its dessert wine. This afternoon, explore the Dordogne Valley by pedaling the ancient narrow streets on a bicycle tour, or, relax

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Days 1-2 Bordeaux, France – Tour Begins Allons-y! Welcome to Bordeaux, a region known for its vibrancy and its world-renowned wine. Dine at a local restaurant famous for its sélection de vins and locally-sourced meat to mark the beginning of your journey through the south of France.

Day 4 Bordeaux – Monestier (Dordogne Valley) A tuk-tuk vehicle brings you through the charming medieval village of Saint Émilion, one of Bordeaux’s largest winemaking areas. Arrive at the Château Des Vigiers, known as “Petit Versailles,” your home for the next two evenings. Enjoy a fine dining experience in this 16th-century estate.

Medoc Winery

Truffle Hunt

Days 8-10 Saint Rémy Sojourn to France’s famed lavender fields and museum in Gordes. An unforgettable epicurean adventure commences with a truffle hunt led by a local chef and trained truffle dogs. Après hunt, savor a farm tasting in the countryside, among landscapes said to have inspired Van Gogh and other artists. Navigate the winding medieval streets of Les Baux-deProvence. Experience a beautiful multimedia presentation, the Carrières de Lumières, set in the ancient quarries of the Alpilles Mountains. Later, take time to relax or explore the charming village of Saint Rémy. A farewell dinner leaves you to compare experiences with your fellow travelers as you prepare to say “au revoir” to Southern France. 27

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TREASURES OF

egypt

Feluccas on the Nile

Egyptian Spices

Tomb of Tutankhamen

gypt has been a mystical destination for travelers through the ages. Ancient Romans ventured here to learn from Egyptian scholars. Turn-of-the-century world explorers rode camels across the desert to seek out hidden desert ruins. Pictured on postcards and travel guides and posters hanging in offices, many have aspired to someday travel to Egypt. Now, you’re a part of a new age of travelers venturing forth to find a land of unique customs, storied history, and wonder.

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TREASURES OF

egypt 13 days • 22 meals from $2,199*

immerse yourself

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Embark on a leisurely paced 4-night cruise to discover the secrets of the Nile.

Explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C.

Dine like the pharaohs did, overlooking the storied banks of the Nile.

Dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party.

Visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.

Meals aboard your ship feature locally sourced cuisine and unlimited wine.

Take in a sound and light show at Karnak Temple.

Discover the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1-3 Cairo, Egypt – Tour Begins Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past. Travel to nearby Giza where we’ll meet a local archaeologist who will lead us on a visit to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the iconic Great Sphinx, one of the oldest and largest monuments in the world. Travel south to Sakkara. Explore the site of ancient Memphis, home to a nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and stand before the oldest of all pyramids, the Step Pyramid. Enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. Days 4-5 Cairo – Luxor Discover the remarkable collections of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. See the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi and the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun himself. Later, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Mennon. Return to the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Days 6-7 Luxor – Edfu Return to the West Bank this morning and head to the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the wellpreserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. Board your cruise ship and begin your adventure on the Nile River. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. Explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C. Sail down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. Dress up and join the fun Pyramids at Giza

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Khan el Khalil Market

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during a traditional galabeya party. Days 8-9 Edfu – Aswan Step into another world at the wellpreserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo – your stop for the evening. Following dinner, enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance. Set sail to Aswan, the Nubian city. Discover the Philae Temple, a true Egyptian architectural wonder. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Aswan. Day 10 Aswan – Abu Simbel Optional Tour Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. Choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II, relocated here during the construction of the High Dam. Choose to board the wooden sail boats known as “felucca” and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island for a short stroll through the botanical garden, or, experience Nubian culture past and present during a visit to a fascinating museum. Days 11-13 Aswan – Cairo Return to Cairo. Venture to the Citadel, a medieval fortification resting on a hill overlooking the city. It’s the perfect place to take in grand views. Learn about the city’s rich history on a walking tour of Old Cairo before enjoying some free time to shop in the world-famous souk of Khan el Khalil. Perhaps you’ll stop for a traditional cup of tea. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land. 31

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Wonders

& T H E YA N G T Z E R I V E R

Fisherman

Tea Ceremony

Giant Panda

ou can feel the essence of China everywhere you venture in this vast country. You can feel the antiquity in the stones of the Great Wall as you walk along it. You can feel the future in the hum of Shanghai’s Maglev train as it whisks you to the city center. You can feel the richness of life through the people you meet in markets and the beauty of the land as you cruise down the rivers. China can’t be summed up in a paragraph, or even a book. Once you’ve experienced China, you’ll keep it with you forever.

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& T H E YA N G T Z E R I V E R 19 days • 40 meals from $3,599*

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Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show.

Walk on the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.

All aboard the Maglev train reach speeds over 260 miles per hour!

Take a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise on the Yangtze River.

Savor traditional Chinese food including dumplings, noodles and Peking Duck.

See a Giant Panda in its natural environment.

Share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony.

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Terracotta Warriors

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1-3 Beijing, China – Tour Begins Arrive in Beijing, the ancient capital of China. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square. Discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex. Day 4 Beijing Today’s destination is the Great Wall of China. Learn about the wall’s history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section. Visit a jade museum to learn about the jademaking process. Return to the city, driving past the Olympic Village. Day 5 Beijing Explore the spiritual Temple of Heaven. Take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the traditional alleys of Beijing. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumpling-making class before a traditional calligraphy lesson and lunch. Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Dine on delicious Peking Duck. Days 6-7 Beijing – Xian Fly to the ancient city of Xian. Savor a traditional Xian dumpling banquet at dinner. Explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic exhibition center to see life-sized warrior models being made. Enjoy a Xian specialty, hand-pulled noodles, at lunch. Days 8-9 Xian – Xiling Gorge Board your ship for a 4-night cruise up the Yangtze River. Take a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge. Discover the site of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome dinner and cabaret. Days 10-11 Qutang Gorge – Shibaozhai Ride up the remote Shennong Stream in traditional pea boats. Returning to the ship, and enjoy the majestic vistas of Wu Gorge. Pass the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge. Arrive at Shibaozhai, the “Precious Stone Great Wall of China

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Yuyuan Garden

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Fortress.” Choose to climb the stairs to the top for a perfect view of the river and surrounding countryside. Days 12-13 Chongqing – Chengdu Disembark the ship in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu. Sample the flavors of the local Sichuan cuisine. Visit the Panda Breeding Sanctuary and learn how pandas are being brought back from the edge of extinction. Visit the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, former home of the "Shakespeare of China." Explore Jinli Ancient Street and its traditional buildings. Days 14-16 Chengdu – Guilin Board a flight to Guilin to begin a 3-night stay. Take a walking tour around Ronghu Lake. Enjoy a visit to the Longji Rice Terraces, known as the “Dragon’s Backbone." Walk through the fields and the nearby villages, meeting locals along the way. Set out on a Li River cruise that takes you from Guilin to Yangshuo, past amazing limestone scenery. Arrive in Yangshuo and visit West Street, home to shops selling traditional paintings, calligraphy and more. Relax at one of the many outdoor cafés. Day 17 Guilin – Shanghai Welcome to Shanghai, the economic capital of the People’s Republic of China. Take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Explore the past as we visit a silk museum. Cruise on the mighty Huangpu River. Days 18-19 Shanghai Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Set out for the waterfront district, along the Huangpu River. Explore Old Town’s narrow streets and relax in the Yuyuan Garden. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Visit the Urban Planning Center. Finally, celebrate your adventure during your farewell dinner before enjoying an incredible acrobatics show. 35

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ICONIC

ISR AEL

Dome of the Rock

Dead Sea Scrolls

Western Wall

ou felt the energy and passion of Israel as soon as you stepped off the plane. The sun warms your shoulders as you make your way across the ancient Roman ruins of Caesarea. The soothing waters of the Dead Sea swirl around your feet. From the top of the Mount of Olives, you see all of Jerusalem sprawled out before you. In the ancient and storied land of Israel, every moment holds the weight and meaning of a thousand generations. And here you are, absorbing it all.

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ICONIC

ISR AEL 10 days • 16 meals from $2,499*

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Venture to the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea, built around 22 B.C.

Discover the ancient cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem.

Get a taste of Israeli flavors during lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz.

See a boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee approximately 2,000 years ago. Ascend the ancient walls of Masada by cable car.

Explore the oldest city on earth — the ancient ruins of Jericho. Enjoy the wonder of the Dead Sea.

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Caesarea Ruins

Jericho

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1-2 Tel Aviv, Israel Explore Israel, an ancient land rich in tradition and home to some of the world’s most important historic treasures. Explore Tel Aviv, a bustling city on the Mediterranean coast. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the ancient port city of Jaffa. Day 3 Tel Aviv – Tiberias Follow the coast to the ruins of the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea, built around 22 B.C. by Herod the Great. Travel the Valley of Armageddon to the excavation site of Tel Megiddo. Next, take in the breathtaking panorama of Haifa and the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens on Mount Carmel. Step back in time in the ancient Crusader city of Acre. Day 4 Tiberias – Sea of Galilee Set off for Cana, considered to be the site of Jesus’ First Miracle. In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Continue to Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount; and Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Visit the ancient fishing village of Capernaum before exploring the Galilee Boat Museum. See a boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee approximately 2,000 years ago before a cruise on the Sea of Galilee itself. Taste the local flavor during lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz. Day 5 Tiberias – Dead Sea Peek into Roman times at Beit Shean’s ancient theater. Continue along the Jordan River Valley to Jericho. Journey to Qumran, the discovery place of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceed to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. Then, choose to either stop in the AHAVA Visitors Center and Jerusalem

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learn about Dead Sea cosmetics, or, “float” in the tranquil waters of the Dead Sea. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Day 6 Dead Sea – Jerusalem Ascend the ancient walls of Masada by cable car to Herod’s Palaces, the Roman Camp and the Synagogue. A stop in the city of Bethlehem, spread along the Judean Hills, brings you to the Church of the Nativity. Arrive in one of the most captivating cities in the world, Jerusalem. Day 7 Jerusalem Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. See the Church of Ascension and the Garden of Gethsemane. Discover the Kidron Valley and the tombs of Mary, Absalom, Zachariah and James. Continue to St. Peter in Galicantu and Mt. Zion to discover the room of The Last Supper and the tomb of King David. Marvel at the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, home to a selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Conclude your day at the Garden Tomb. Days 8-10 Old City, Jerusalem Come to know the Holy City of Jerusalem on a walking tour of the old walled city. See the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Temple area, the Dome of the Rock, the Pool of Bethesda, and the Church of St. Anne. Walk the Stations of the Cross as you traverse the Via Dolorosa, beginning at Pilate’s Judgment Hall and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue exploring the city independently, or peruse the worldrenowned Mahane Yehuda Market. Join your fellow travelers for dinner at one of Jerusalem’s most popular restaurants. 39

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elegant ireland

Irish Pub

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Irish Whiskey

our travels across the Emerald Isle began with singing, music, dancing, and pints in a cozy pub in Dublin. It’s ending with an elegant dinner inside the ivy-covered walls of Dromoland Castle. Between those two moments, you’ve explored 800-year old castle ruins, kissed the legendary Blarney Stone, and felt the ocean winds at the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Ireland has always been at the top of your bucket list. It’s time to cross that off.

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Dromoland Castle

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elegant ireland 9 days • 11 meals from $2,549*

immerse yourself

impress yourself

indulge yourself

Take in an evening of traditional song and dance.

Jump into Ireland's vibrant capital city — Dublin.

Feast like royalty when dining at Dromoland Castle.

Enjoy an evening of storytelling and song at Castlemartyr Resort.

Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.

Enjoy complimentary wine and beer with every dinner.

Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher.

Savor organic Irish ciders and apple syrups on a visit to a family-owned farm.

Spend two nights at Dromoland Castle, one of Europe’s most iconic hotels.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Irish Artisan

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1-3 Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins There is no better place to begin your journey than Dublin, Ireland’s dynamic capital city. Enjoy a rollicking “Irish Night” complete with traditional entertainment. Set out with a local guide on a drive to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park, or, take a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. After, unwind near your hotel or continue to independently discover Dublin’s countless cultural offerings. Day 4 Dublin – Castlemartyr Leave Dublin behind to visit the country’s medieval capital – Kilkenny. Meander its historic streets and soak up the unique sights of the city built on both banks of the River Nore. Visit a family-run farm and hear about Irish farming traditions. Later, relax at the Castlemartyr Resort, a grand manor house seemingly pulled from an ancient tale. Cap off your evening enjoying Ireland’s oldest form of entertainment, storytelling. Day 5 Castlemartyr – Killarney Visit the Old Midleton Distillery where a guided tour and tasting will showcase the extraordinary story of Jameson Irish Whiskey, or, choose to stay behind to stroll Castlemartyr’s 220 stunning acres and enjoy its amenities. Later we travel to historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss

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the Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Arrive in Killarney. Day 6 Killarney – Ring of Kerry Join a guide for an adventure on one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world – the Ring of Kerry; this world-famous trail is part of an unspoiled region that is home to the types of plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery for which the Emerald Isle is known. Or, if you prefer, you may stay behind to enjoy a relaxing day at your five-star resort. Day 7 Killarney – Dromoland Castle Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the history of aviation travel between North America and Europe. Foynes is also where Irish coffee was invented, so drink up! Then, journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. That night, arrive at stately Dromoland Castle. Days 8-9 Dromoland Castle - Shannon Live the life of a royal as you enjoy an entire day at leisure at Dromoland Castle. Perhaps enjoy a round of golf, a luxurious spa treatment, or simply relax in your regal surroundings. Dine in the castle and toast the end of an unforgettable trip! Your journey comes to a close in Shannon.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES F EATU R I NG R O C KY M O U N TA I N E E R ®

Moose

Vancouver – Steam Clock

Capilano Suspension Bridge

or the rest of your life, you’ll never forget these majestic sights. Capilano Canyon’s quiet forests from the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge. The roaring white waters of Hell’s Gate, safely viewed from your glass-dome window onboard Rocky Mountaineer. The glittering Columbia Icefield through the windows of a rugged all-terrain vehicle. At every turn there is wild, untamed beauty enhanced by luxury accommodations. These scenic vistas will forever be etched in your mind.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES FEATURING ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

8 days • 12 meals from $4,299*

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Spend two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, listening to captivating storytelling and getting a first-hand look at thick green forests and turquoise glacier-fed lakes from every angle.

Explore Capilano Suspension Bridge, suspended high above the forest floor and the rushing Capilano River.

Enjoy delectable dishes inspired by the landscapes unfolding beyond your sparkling-glass window, complimentary drinks, and gourmet snacks onboard the train.

Connect with your travel companions as you journey by rail alongside aweinspiring vistas, such as the Kicking Horse River and the Spiral Tunnels.

Stroll the spectacular Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Take a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos.

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Columbia Icefield

Capilano River Regional Park

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1-2 Vancouver, British Columbia – Tour Begins Enjoy a memorable breakfast at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Afterwards, it’s your turn to cross this exhilarating suspension bridge. Once you reach the other side, several exciting activities await. Try the new Cliffwalk, a walkway hugging to the rock face above Capilano Canyon; or venture out on a Treetop Adventure made up of 7 suspension bridges. Begin a Vancouver sightseeing tour at beautiful Stanley Park. Stop in at picturesque Granville Island Public Market and stroll through its fascinating stalls of crafts and artisan food. Continue through Chinatown, the city’s waterfront, and Gastown. Day 3 Victoria – Vancouver Take a scenic ferry to Vancouver Island to visit the lovely Butchart Gardens. Take a short sightseeing tour of Victoria, the "City of Gardens." Enjoy some leisure time to explore this lovely seaside spot. This evening you will journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride. Day 4 Vancouver – Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops Board the Rocky Mountaineer train on a spectacular voyage from Vancouver to Banff, Alberta in SilverLeaf Service. Spend two days amid coastal forests, roaring river canyons and lofty mountain peaks. Today begins with a journey through the verdant farmlands of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. See the mighty Fraser River and the raging white waters of Hell's Gate. © Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

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The landscape then transforms to semi-arid desert as you travel toward the city of Kamloops. Days 5-6 Kamloops – Rocky Mountaineer – Banff, Alberta Continue east toward the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains. Travel the rail route that united Canada as a nation, along the powerful Kicking Horse River and through the Spiral Tunnels. You may even catch a glimpse of wildlife, including moose, elk, bighorn sheep, bears and soaring eagles. Arrive in Banff where you will enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay. Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” Meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During leisure time, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown. Days 7-8 Banff – Icefields Parkway Set out along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Marvel at lofty waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and the picture-perfect snowcapped mountain ranges. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where you may take a fun ride across this 1,000-foot thick mass of glacial ice, or, walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley. Stop at stunning Peyto Lake, a serene glacier-fed lake. Join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner where you’ll enjoy regional cuisine and toast the end of a wonderful trip. Head home on the morning of your eighth day. 47

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C U LT U R A L T R E A S U R E S O F

J A PA N

Sushi

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Geisha

cool breeze blows across the warm waters of the onsen in Hakone. A musical rain falls on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. A warm sun shines down on the picturesque slopes of Mount Fuji. Japan – a beautiful land of contrasts and culture – is a place you’ve always imagined exploring. Bring your imagination to life.

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JA PA N 14 days • 21 meals from $4,999*

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Explore the famous Yanaka Ginza district, the shitamachi, with old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo’s past.

Take in magnificent views of Mt. Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway.

Stop for a sushi lunch in Tokyo’s famous fish market.

Explore the hot springs of Hakone, on the shores of Lake Ashi. Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train.

Visit multiple UNESCO sights including Shirakawa-go, Shrine Island and Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Enjoy Hida beef dinner and sake tasting at a local sake brewery. Experience a traditional kaiseki dinner with Geisha show in Kyoto.

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Gion District, Kyoto

Tokyo

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1-3 Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, and experience a traditional kaiseki-style meal at a festive welcome dinner. Explore Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. Turn to the tranquility of the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji. Get away from the bustle of Tokyo to experience a quiet and peaceful tea ceremony. Venture to Tokyo’s old town, Yanaka Ginza. Days 4-5 Tokyo - Hakone Experience Tokyo city’s magnificence from the top of Tokyo Tower. Take a morning stroll through the grounds of the Imperial Palace, the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens, and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate. Walk through Tsukiji, the world’s largest, busiest fish market. Enjoy a sushi lunch inside the market itself. Find peace and harmony at the Meiji Shrine. Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs and spas. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. Climb aboard Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. Take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise to see epic views of the mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. Day 6 Hakone - Takayama Start at Matsumoto Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine during lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Step back in time in the Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Visit one of Japan’s last family-owned sake breweries. Afterward, experience traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner.

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famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Venture over to the Samurai district and enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family. Travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. Days 9-10 Kanazawa - Kyoto Experience the beauty of KenrokuEn, the Garden of Six Qualities. Dive in to the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson. In the center of town, take in the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own into Kanazawa. Travel to Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan. Visit Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Stroll through the Gion district where you may spot women in traditional dress along the narrow lanes of teahouses. Dine in the heart of the city at a traditional yakitori restaurant. Day 11 Kyoto - Hiroshima - Kyoto All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island,” where the iconic torii gate and the Itsukushima Shrine appears to float on water. Head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park and see the ruined Atomic Dome. Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train. Days 12-14 Kyoto Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii which lead you to the inner shrine. Move on to Nijo Castle, and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru Garden. Next, visit Marumasu Nishumuraya for a lesson in the art of stenciling. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and Geisha show. 51

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T H E

C O M P L E T E

South Pacific

Kangaroo

Aboriginal Culture

Great Barrier Reef

n the other side of the world, there are lands full of adventure and wonder. Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania are places filled with crimson deserts, viridian jungles, and golden beaches, all calling for travelers to experience them. The South Pacific is where you can delve into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, explore the sandstone domes at the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and watch penguins frolic on the beach at Phillip Island. We only live once – now’s the time to travel to this special corner of the globe.

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THE COMPLETE

S ou th P a c if ic 27 days • 38 meals from $6,999*

immerse yourself

impress yourself

indulge yourself

See koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Savor a memorable bush dinner in the Australian Outback.

Feel at home when overnighting at a New Zealand family’s home. Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.

Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta at the base of Ayers Rock. Witness Little Penguins traverse the beaches at Phillip Island.

Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Days 1–3 Depart from Home - Cairns, Australia Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead. Your tour opens in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Day 4 Great Barrier Reef Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise, and make your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny island on the outer reef. Or, dive into the ocean and go snorkeling. Day 5 Cairns Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up close as you walk across specially designed boardwalks. Day 6 Uluru (Ayers Rock) Fly to Uluru, the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock, in the heart of the Australian Outback. Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta and the beautiful area surrounding the base of “The Rock.” Later, witness a stunning sunset over a glass of champagne as the Rock’s hues shift and change with the setting sun. Day 7 Alice Springs A short flight over the “Red Centre” brings you to Alice Springs. Learn how people once communicated in the remote Outback during a sightseeing tour that includes a stop at the Old Telegraph Station. Visit the School of the Air to find out more about the educational system of the Outback. You also have the opportunity to meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Supported by the Collette Foundation, Drum Atweme is a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner. Days 8–9 Darwin - Kakadu National Park Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour,” where your specialist guide shares stories of creation and everyday Aboriginal life. Later, board your flight to the city of Darwin on the northern edge of Australia and drive into the heart of Kakadu National Park. Witness artwork dating back thousands of years as you view Nourlangie Rock. During an afternoon cruise, be on the lookout for sun-basking crocodiles, as well as waterfowl like jabiru, egrets, herons and eagles. Days 10–11 Melbourne Enjoy a city tour featuring Fitzroy Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance and bustling Victoria Market. Stop at a koala conservation center before arriving at Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

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Days 12–13 Hobart, Tasmania Brace yourself as you meet the adorable and fearsome Tasmanian Devils of the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center. Take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies. Witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blow Hole. Days 14–16 Sydney Enjoy a tour of Sydney, birthplace of modernday Australia. Marvel at one of the world’s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbor. Enjoy a day of leisure as you discover the wonders of Sydney. Learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Take a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbor. Days 17–19 Queenstown, New Zealand During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Day 20 Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Enjoy the alpine paradise of Mt. Cook – a larger-than-life experience. Day 21 Christchurch Travel to the historic city of Christchurch. Enjoy some free time to explore. Days 22–23 Picton – Wellington On your journey to Picton, admire the coastal views, scenic river valleys and vineyards. Sail across Cook Strait on your way to Wellington. Take a panoramic sightseeing tour. Visit the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. Days 24–25 Rotorua Rotorua is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Choose to stay in a hotel or make yourself comfortable when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for the night. Visit Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Spot the iconic Kiwi birds, New Zealand’s mascot. Meet skilled carvers who work at a local jade factory. Visit the Agrodome for a sheep shearing demonstration. Days 26–27 Auckland Arrive in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, “The City of Sails,” and take a panoramic city tour. Join your fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip. 55

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