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WORLDWIDE TRAVEL GUIDE 2020-2021

A NEW SMALL GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. See page 38 for details.

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RESOURCES

THE RIGHT TOURS FOR your clients & THE RIGHT TOOLS

for you

We can’t do what we do without our agents. We know it, and you know it, and that’s why we have a reputation for being the most travel agentfriendly tour operator out there. Our travel agents are our partners, our allies, and the reason for our success. Because of all those reasons, we want to give you the tools to be successful. Our Agent Resource Guide is one of those tools.

In these pages, you’ll find everything you need: • Match the right tour to the right client with every tour right at your fingertips. • Every special event, every tour extension, they’re all listed here. • Info on agent benefits, marketing resources, earning more commission, and more.

COVER: Rajasthan, India

The step wells of Rajasthan, India, are works of art and feats of engineering. See this on our Mysteries of India tour, pg. 72.

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RESOURCES

every tour

AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Below you’ll find a full listing of our available tours that will take you to every continent, but that’s just the beginning. For more details on all of our incredible destinations as well as additional options and excursions, visit collette.com.

R E S O U R C E G U I D E ........................................................................ 6-35 E X P L O R AT I O N S S M A L L G R O U P Introduction to Explorations........................................................... 38-39 Italy’s Treasures, 12 days................................................................... 40, 41 Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside, 11 days.................................42, 43 Northern Portugal & Spain, 11 days...........................................44, 45 NEW The Azores: Jewels of Portugal, 10 days.................................. 46, 47 NEW The Baltics Revealed, 11 days........................................................48, 49 NEW Journey Through Southern France, 10 days...........................50, 51 The Northern Lights of Finland, 8 days...................................52, 53 Icelandic Adventure, 10 days.........................................................54, 55 Countryside of the Emerald Isle, 10 days................................ 56, 57 Switzerland: Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks, 10 days...........................................................58, 59 NEW Journey Through Egypt & Jordan, 13 days..............................60, 61 Colors of Morocco, 11 days..............................................................62, 63 The Plains of Africa, 14 days...........................................................64, 65 Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana, 14 days......................................... 66, 67 NEW Australia & New Zealand Uncovered, 22 days.....................68-71 Mysteries of India, 15 days................................................................72, 73 Mysteries of India featuring the Holi Festival, 15 days.......................................... 74, 75 Kingdoms of Southeast Asia, 14 days........................................76, 77 NEW Patagonia: Edge of the World, 14 days......................................78, 79 NEW Machu Picchu & Galápagos Wonders, 14 days................... 80, 81 Costa Rica: A World of Nature, 12 days...................................82, 83 NEW Roaming Coastal Maine, 7 days...................................................84, 85

Europe I TA LY Italian Vistas, 13 days........................................................................... 90, 91 Reflections of Italy, 10 days.............................................................92, 93 Rome & the Amalfi Coast, 10 days............................................. 94, 95 Tuscany & the Italian Riviera, 8 days......................................... 96, 97 Spotlight on Tuscany, 9 days.......................................................... 98, 99 NEW Northern Italy & Its Lakes, 9 days........................................... 100, 101 Rome, Florence & Venice, 8 days...........................................102, 103 Southern Italy & Sicily, 12 days.................................................104, 105 Splendid Sicilia, 10 days.................................................................106, 107 NEW Sicily & Malta, 13 days................................................................... 108, 109 I C E L A N D & S C A N D I N AV I A Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice, 9 days....................................... 110, 111 Greenland & Iceland: A Nordic-Inspired Voyage, 9 days............................................. 112, 113 Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, 7 days........................... 114, 115 NEW Highlights of Norway, 9 days........................................................116, 117 Norwegian Coastal Voyage, 12 days....................................... 118, 119

Spectacular Scandinavia, 14 days............................................ 120, 121 IRELAND & THE UNITED KINGDOM Shades of Ireland, 10 days........................................................... 122, 123 Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland, 13 days...................................124, 125 Irish Splendor, 8 days......................................................................126, 127 Exploring Britain and Ireland, 15 days.................................. 128, 129 Exploring Britain and Ireland featuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 15 days............... 130, 131 British Landscapes, 10 days....................................................... 132, 133 England’s Treasures, 12 days...................................................... 134, 135 Exploring Scotland & Ireland, 13 days...................................136, 137 Discover Scotland, 10 days......................................................... 138, 139 Special Event: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.... 140, 141 Spotlight on London, 7 days....................................................... 142, 143 AC R O S S E U R O P E London & Paris, 8 days................................................................. 144, 145 Treasures of Europe, 12 days.......................................................146, 147 FRANCE Spotlight on Paris, 7 days............................................................. 148, 149 France Magnifique, 15 days......................................................... 150, 151 French Impressions, 11 days....................................................... 152, 153 Spotlight on the French Riviera, 9 days............................... 154, 155 Special Event: Nice Carnival.......................................................156, 157 S PA I N , P O R T U G A L & M O R O C C O Spain’s Classics, 11 days............................................................... 158, 159 Spain’s Classics & Portugal, 14 days...................................... 160, 161 Spain’s Costa Del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera, 12 days........................................... 162, 163 Sunny Portugal, 10 days................................................................ 164, 165 Portugal & Its Islands, 13 days.................................................. 166, 167 Spain & Morocco, 13 days........................................................... 168, 169 GREECE & THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Exploring Greece & Its Islands, 15 days................................170, 171 NEW Greece Island Hopper, 11 days...................................................172, 173 Classical Greece, 10 days.............................................................. 174, 175 Iconic Israel, 10 days........................................................................176, 177 CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE Exploring the Alpine Countries, 13 days...............................178, 179 Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains, 9 days.................................... 180, 181 Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria, 10 days...................................................... 182, 183 Discover Croatia, Slovenia & the Adriatic Coast, 12 days...................................................... 184, 185 NEW Croatia & Its Islands, 12 days......................................................186, 187 Imperial Cities, 11 days................................................................... 188, 189 Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe, 14 days...................................... 190, 191 Discovering Poland, 12 days....................................................... 192, 193 NEW Imperial Russia, 9 days.................................................................. 194, 195 Germany’s Cultural Cities featuring The Romantic Road, 11 days....................................................196, 197 Classic Christmas Markets, 9 days........................................ 198, 199 Magical Christmas Markets, 8 days...................................... 200, 201 RIVER CRUISES La Belle Seine, 9 days.................................................................. 202, 203 Magical Rhine and Moselle, 10 days................................... 204, 205

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Springtime Tulip River Cruise, 9 days..................................206, 207 Classic Danube, 11 days.............................................................. 208, 209 Christmas on the Danube, 9 days............................................ 210, 211 FA I T H T O U R S Israel: A Journey of Faith, 9 days............................................. 212, 213 Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 9 days....................... 214, 215 Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle, 11 days......................................................216, 217 Shrines of Italy, 11 days.................................................................. 218, 219 NEW Shrines of Ireland, 9 days.............................................................220, 221 NEW Shrines of France, 11 days.......................................................... 222, 223 Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes with Barcelona, 10 days...........................................................224, 225 Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain & France, 12 days..........................................................226, 227

Oberammergau

NEW

Imperial Cities with the Oberammergau Passion Play, 11 days.............................232, 233 Exploring the Alpine Countries with the Oberammergau Passion Play, 13 days....................234, 235 Germany’s Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road with the Oberammergau Passion Play, 13 days....................236, 237 Switzerland & Germany with the Oberammergau Passion Play, 9 days......................238, 239

Exotics

NEW

SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA & A N TA R C T I C A Peru: From Lima to Lake Titicaca, 10 days.......................242, 243 Peru: From Lima to the Sacred Valley, 8 days.................................................................244, 245 NEW Journey Through South America with Peru, 22 days....................................................................... 246, 247 NEW Journey Through South America, 16 days.........................248, 249 Tropical Costa Rica, 9 days.........................................................250, 251 Discover Panama, 9 days............................................................252, 253 Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, 14 days...............................................254, 255 ASIA Wonders of China & The Yangtze River, 16 days.....................................................256, 257 Cultural Treasures of Japan, 14 days.....................................258, 259 AFRICA Spectacular South Africa, 14 days...........................................260, 261 Treasures of Egypt, 13 days.......................................................262, 263 AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND From the Outback to the Glaciers, 20 days...................... 264-267 The Complete South Pacific, 27 days................................... 268-271 South Pacific Wonders, 15 days.............................................. 272, 273 South Pacific Wonders with New Zealand’s North Island, 18 days................................274, 275 Exploring Australia, 18 days....................................................... 276, 277 Exploring New Zealand, 22 days............................................. 278-281

North America USA Canyon Country, 8 days...............................................................286, 287 Painted Canyons of the West, 9 days..................................288, 289

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National Parks of America, 12 days........................................290, 291 America’s National Parks & Denver, 14 days...................292, 293 Pacific Northwest & California, 8 days...............................294, 295 Hawaiian Adventure, 10 days.................................................... 296, 297 Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise, 12 days.........................298, 299 Alaska & the Yukon, 13 days..................................................... 300, 301 America’s Cowboy Country, 8 days..................................... 302, 303 Spotlight on South Dakota, 7 days....................................... 304, 305 The Colorado Rockies, 9 days..................................................306, 307 Spotlight on Santa Fe, 6 days................................................. 308, 309 Spotlight on Santa Fe Holiday, 6 days ................................. 310, 311 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 6 days...................................... 312, 313 Spotlight on San Antonio, 5 days............................................ 314, 315 Spotlight on San Antonio featuring Stock Show & Rodeo, 5 days........................... 316, 317 Spotlight on San Antonio Holiday, 5 days.......................... 318, 319 Mackinac Island, 8 days................................................................320, 321 Mackinac Island featuring The Tulip Time Festival, 8 days........................................... 322, 323 America’s Music Cities, 8 days................................................324, 325 America’s Music Cities Holiday, 8 days..............................326, 327 Spotlight on New Orleans, 5 days.........................................328, 329 Spotlight on New Orleans Holiday, 5 days....................... 330, 331 Spotlight on New Orleans featuring New Orleans Carnival, 5 days............................................. 332, 333 Special Event: New Orleans Jazz Festival....................... 334, 335 Spotlight on Nashville, 5 days..................................................336, 337 Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains, 9 days............................................. 338, 339 Nashville & the Smoky Mountains Holiday, 8 days..... 340, 341 Southern Charm, 7 days............................................................. 342, 343 Southern Charm Holiday, 7 days........................................... 344, 345 Heritage of America, 9 days......................................................346, 347 Spotlight on Washington, D.C., 6 days............................... 348, 349 Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls & New York City, 9 days............................................................... 350, 351 Spotlight on New York City, 5 days...................................... 352, 353 Spotlight on New York City Holiday, 5 days................... 354, 355 Islands of New England, 8 days..............................................356, 357 Colors of New England featuring Coastal Maine, 8 days........................................ 358, 359 Colors of New England featuring Portland, 8 days....................................................... 360, 361 Autumn in Vermont, 7 days...................................................... 362, 363

C A N A DA Canadian Rockies by Train, 9 days....................................... 364, 365 Canadian Rockies featuring Rocky Mountaineer, 8 days..............................366, 367 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park, 7 days.............................................. 368, 369 Special Event: Calgary Stampede..........................................370, 371 Charming French Canada, 9 days.........................................372, 373 The Best of Eastern Canada, 9 days..................................... 374, 375 Maritimes Coastal Wonders, 11 days.................................... 376, 377 Wonders of Newfoundland, 12 days..................................... 378, 379 OTHER Tour Extensions................................................................................382-388 Deck Plans for River Cruise Ships.........................................389-393 Frequently Asked Questions.................................................... 394, 395 Air & Reservation Information.................................................396-399

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MAKE THE MOST OF

your guide

We’ve designed our agent resource guide to make your life easier, and to help you make more commission. AGENT RESOURCES

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Why Collette?

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The Travel Agent Network

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Itinerary Guide

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The Collette Passport Club

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Agent Learning

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Agent FAM Tours

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Marketing Resources

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Earn More Commission

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why COLLETTE

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TOP reasons to

work with collette

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No Commission Rebating Our strict price protection policy levels the playing field, protecting both your time and commission. We are loyal to our agent partners, and never allow commission rebating.

Commission with a Comma You should earn money for your hard work. That’s why we make sure agents earn commission on almost everything* booked with us before travelers depart. Earn an average commission of $850 - $1,200. (*does not include Instant Purchase Air)

More Inclusive With more up-front inclusions like cultural experiences, iconic must-sees, meals, excursion choices, and more, you can rest assured your client’s tour won’t be back-loaded with options.

91% Retention Rate Agents that work with Collette have a 91% retention rate, showing that once your clients go on a Collette tour, they’ll return to you again and again for their travel needs.

98% Customer Satisfaction Rate Collette has a 98% customer satisfaction rate, so your clients will come home beyond satisfied with their guided tour experiences, and will spread the word about their incredible experience.

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MAKE THE MOST OUT OF OUR

itineraries

We’ve crafted our itinerary pages to be quick reference guides and detailed day-to-day resources, so both you and your clients can choose the perfect tour. Here, we’ve highlighted a few key areas that will maximize your client’s experience, and maximize your earnings.

maximize your client’s experience

TOUR NAME # DAYS • # MEALS FROM $XXXX Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Find the Right Fit From our Classic tours to shorter Spotlights stays, to immersive small group tours and more, our travel styles ensure a trip that’s tailored to your client’s touring preferences. LOOK FOR THESE FLAGS:

single hotel stay river cruise tour faith spiritual journey SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented # breakfasts • # lunches • # dinners

Identify Selling Points This easy-to-read list categorizes and orders the key guest experiences on tour. The most important cultural inclusions are at the top so that you can easily point out what differentiates this tour from others.

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maximize your earnings Extend Their Stay Make more money with added days. Where listed, your clients can add days before or after their tour as well as optional extensions that add in a few more experiences.

Combine Two Tours We provide suggestions for travelers looking to extend their journey by adding on another tour. Often the suggested tour will start a few days after the featured tour for a seamless experience.

$XXXX $XXXX

Give Your Clients Options

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Depending on the tour date chosen, your clients can choose from optional special events and experiences that make their trip more memorable - and put more money in your pocket.

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AGENT

learning

build your business with group sales Selling to groups can become a huge part of your business. With Collette, an expert in Group Travel, you can learn how to sell and promote group tours, and grow your clientele so that Groups will come back again and again and book with you. AND REMEMBER: With Collette, you never have to put any money down for Group bookings.

START HERE PRE PROMOTION 18-10 months before departure

Meet with a Business Development Manager

Schedule travel presentation

Connect with Client Relationship Specialist

Approve flyers

PROMOTION 10-8 months before departure

Promote using weblink

Promote using flyers, posters & postcards

Sign up for gateway

Receive flyers

Promote with social media & newspapers

POST PROMOTION Travel presentation (anytime)

Bookings to be received with deposits

Learn The Power of Selling Groups WATCH ON DEMAND AT:

collette.com/agentwebinars

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4 months - 2 weeks before departure

Final payments are due

Receive documents

To learn more, or to set up a one-on-one Groups information session, contact your Business Development Manager.

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online webinars Our webinar series explores topics that are relevant to you and your business.

Sample webinars

why you’ll want to check out our monthly webinars: tune in anywhere

brief & relevant

Easily view our webinars on a computer, phone or tablet wherever you are. And don’t worry if you can’t make the meeting time. We record every webinar so you can access the content when it fits your schedule.

Our webinars are scheduled for 30 minutes with a question and answer session at the end. You’ll gain plenty of useful knowledge in a short period of time so you can keep your focus on your clients.

topics that matter

watch it live & on-demand

Our industry-leading webinars span topics that matter most to you. Discover destination highlights, stay on top of the latest travel trends, learn how to leverage social media to make more money and so much more.

Our latest webinars can now be watched live and on-demand easily by going to the following link: collette.com/agentwebinars

Visit collette.com/agentwebinars

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MARKETING

resources

booking online Our website makes booking online easier than ever. Get in-depth information on every tour we have, get the latest on our hot deals and sales, and more.

TOOLS THAT MAKE BOOKING

quicker AND easier

Show or hide your tour commmissions

Add member benefit discounts

Offer codes appear automatically

Updated air search with call-back request

Guaranteed dates are displayed

Flex/refundable air & airport codes

Log into collette.com to book your clients online.

DID YOU KNOW?

You Can Share an Itinerary to a Client with the Click of a Button Our website has a new feature where, with one click, you can email an itinerary for any of our tours directly to a client. Instantly, a PDF itinerary will land in their inbox. HERE’S HOW TO DO IT: 1

Click the “

2

Fill out their information.

Email” button.

3

Hit “Send PDF”

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free customized print materials

We offer free customized mail pieces, like postcards, direct mailers, and flyers, to send to your past clients to spark their interest in traveling with you again. These pieces will feature your call to action and contact information right on them, and are a great way to generate repeat business. All at no cost to you. flyers

mailers

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LA BELLE SEINE RIVER CRU

2-FOR-1 SALE

E LA BELLE SEINE RIVER CRUIS 9 DAYS, 20 MEALS | OCTOBER

29, 2019

Immerse yourself your companion cruises for free. Book our La Belle Seine tour, and Offer only on a tranquil 7-night river cruise. in French culture and Parisian romance Space is limited, so book now. available on the October 29th departure.

HIGHLIGHTS

PRICING

Offer Valid

June 14 – July 15, 2019

OFFER CODE: SEINE2FOR1

HAYDN - Lower Deck STRAUSS - Middle Deck MOZART - Upper Deck

MOZART SUITE - Upper Deck

$3,699* $4,699* $4,999* $6,999*

• • • •

Y TYPE ONLY *VALID FOR DOUBLE OCCUPANC

Tour Giverny, Monet’s home and gardens for more than 40 years. Visit Honfluer, a remarkable maritime city. View some of Paris’ famous landmarks during a panoramic coach tour of the city.

Visit a local distillery for a calvados (apple brandy) tasting.

AGENT NAME AND AGENT NUMBER

GOES HERE

for new retail bookings only made departure of La Seine Belle tour. Offer is valid SEINE2FOR1 to save per person on 10/29/19 member benefits. Call to reserve. does not include airfare. **Mention offer code or combinable with any other offer, excluding *Pricing is based on double occupancy, and valid on existing bookings, group bookings on a first come, first served basis. Offer is not through 7/15/19. Space is limited and available Seller of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279 CST#2006766-20 UBN#601220855 Nevada

postcards

you’re invited! CTA HERE CST# 2006766-20 UBN# 601220855 Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279

YOUR LOGO

travel provided by

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THE

travel agent NETWORK

connect with other agents from all across the nation Join Collette’s Travel Agent Network on Facebook, and connect with hundreds of other agents across the US for sales tips, industry news, insider sneak peeks at new tours, info on the latest travel trends, and more.

Visit facebook.com/groups/ColletteAgentNetworkUS

SCAN HERE TO GO TO THE TRAVEL AGENT NETWORK NOW

why join COLLETTE’S TRAVEL AGENT NETWORK? Get the most up to date info on Collette’s latest sales, marketing campaigns, and the biggest travel trends happening now.

Watch our “road show” videos, 3-minute videos that keep you in the loop on competitive analysis, rebating live interviews, new tours, and more.

Talk to fellow travel agents about the industry, and broaden your own business network.

Find the latest and breaking industry news through trade articles and US Tour Operator Association posts.

Let your voice be heard – we’ll be posting polls and questions, looking for agent feedback. See behind the scenes moments from the world’s most in-demand destinations.

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Show your love for travel by sharing your favorite travel moments from recent FAMs, Tours or Vacations.

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THE

collette PASSPORT CLUB

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recognizing our loyal guests The Collette Passport Club is designed to celebrate valued guests with travel benefits and special recognition. And with an incentive to book again in a defined time period, you can count on loyal, happy clients coming back to you to book another tour.

150

$

TRAVEL CREDIT Collette Passport Club members receive a $150 travel credit for each trip they take.

IMPORTANT FEATURES & INFORMATION

• The full $150 credit is

applied to your client’s next Collette tour when travel is completed within 12 months of the original trip. $100 of the credit remains valid within 1324 months. Credit expires 24 months after the original trip.

• New guests who complete a trip will be automatically enrolled in the program.

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AGENT

fam TOURS

learn what a collette tour is all about on a familiarization tour Take a FAM tour and get first-hand knowledge of how we operate, what it’s like to be on a Collette tour, and network with other professionals. Plus, you’ll be able to sell a destination more confidently if it’s a place you’ve been before.

NEW

Journey Through South America Thundering waterfalls, lost cities, snowcapped volcanos, and world-renowned cuisine – all this and more awaits you on 3 dynamic South American countries.

DEPARTS 04/16/2021

Iguazu Falls

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Dubrovnik

NEW

Kentucky Horse Farm

Discover Croatia, Slovenia & the Adriatic Coast

Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains

Dive into centuries of Croatian history as you explore its medieval cities, tranquil lakes, and quaint local villages.

From the equestrian culture of Kentucky to the pioneer spirit of Tennessee, venture through the heart of Appalachia.

DEPARTS 04/24/2020

DEPARTS 08/06/2020

Arc de Triomphe

Panama Locks

Discover Panama

France Magnifique

Encounter a land nestled between turquoise seas in enchanting Panama, where jungle forests, diverse culture and stunning coastlines abound.

From the enchanting streets of Paris to the seaside paradise of Nice, grab a baguette and rendezvous with the best of France.

DEPARTS 05/07/2020

DEPARTS 11/05/2020

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EARN MORE

commission

personalize their experience. maximize your earnings. Give Your Clients More Options with Added Excursions, Tour Extensions, and Back-to-Back Tours Our expert team carefully develops these excursions and extensions to enhance our tours for a seamless travel experience. Your clients can add a day, a few days, or even an entire tour to their itinerary with zero hassle. Plus, the more you book before your client departs, the more commission you earn!

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add more to their tour optional excursions

pre- & post- nights

ALGARVE COASTAL CRUISE Many tours offer a collection of optional excursions that give your travelers a different perspective on their destination. Enhance your client’s experience and help them make the most of their tour.

Collette can easily add a pre-night or post-night stay to an existing itinerary. Your clients enjoy the benefits of an early arrival or late departure, and you’ll enjoy a streamlined booking process.

tour extensions

back to back

+ BANGKOK • 3 Nights Our tour extensions compliment so many tours perfectly. These shorter excursions, added before or after a tour, are the best way to add even more memories to a trip. See pg. 382 for our tour extension listings.

Collette can help you combine two tours into one grand experience. Many of our tour dates line up perfectly to allow your clients to create a custom travel experience. Call for more details.

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special EVENTS

make travel a

special event Give your clients a unique, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Many of our tours feature included access to some of the biggest events around the world. This is the perfect way to enhance a tour, or to give clients a special reason to travel at a certain time of year.

F EB RUARY

Nice Carnival Incredible floats pass by onlookers, accompanied by music, dancers, and lights. Experience this on: • French Impressions featuring Nice Carnival, pg. 152 • Spotlight on the French Riviera, pg. 154

APRI L

New Orleans Jazz Festival Immerse yourself in the jazz music event of a lifetime in the city that created it. Experience this on: • America’s Music Cities, pg. 324 • Spotlight on New Orleans, pg. 328

NOVEMBER–DECEMBER

Holiday Tours Lights, decorations, holiday markets, you can find it all during this special season. Experience this on: • Spotlight on London, pg. 142 • Classic Christmas Markets, pg. 198 • Magical Christmas Markets, pg. 200 • Spotlight on Santa Fe, pg. 310 • Spotlight on San Antonio, pg. 318 • America’s Music Cities, pg. 326 • Spotlight on New Orleans, pg. 330 • Nashville and the Smoky Mountains, pg. 340 • Southern Charm, pg. 344 • Spotlight on New York City, pg. 354

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AUGUST

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Military bands gather in front of Edinburgh Castle to perform incredible music. Experience this on: • Exploring Britain and Ireland, pg. 130 • British Landscapes, pg. 132 • Exploring Scotland & Ireland, pg. 136 • Discover Scotland, pg. 138

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FE BRUA RY

F EB RUARY

MARCH

New Orleans Carnival

Stock Show & Rodeo

Holi Festival

Enjoy Carnival during its first weekend, right when the parades start rolling. Experience this on: • Spotlight on New Orleans, pg. 332

Watch some of the country’s top cowboys compete at this classic western event. Experience this on: • Spotlight on San Antonio, pg. 316

This Hindu festival celebrates spring with a raucous rainbow of colors. Experience this on: • Mysteries of India, pg. 74

© Holland Area Visitors Bureau

M AY

MAY–SEPTEMBER

Mackinac Island Tulip Time Festival

Oberammergau Passion Play

Witness a sea of blooms at the Windmill Island Gardens during tulip season. Experience this on: • Mackinac Island, pg. 322

In Germany, this Passion Play has been happening every ten years since 1633. Experience this on: • Imperial Cities, pg. 232 • Exploring the Alpine Countries, pg. 234 • Germany’s Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road, pg. 236 • Switzerland & Germany, pg. 238

J ULY

Calgary Stampede Take your seat at “the greatest rodeo show on earth,” in Alberta, Canada. Experience this on: • Canadian Rockies by Train, pg. 364 • Canadian Rockies featuring Rocky Mountaineer, pg. 366 • Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park, pg. 368

S E P T E M BE R – O C TO BE R

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Watch hundreds of hot air balloons take flight during this Balloon Fiesta. Experience this on: • Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, pg. 312

Visit collette.com/specialevents to learn more about these special events.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan Fushimi Inari-taisha, Japan

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collette

differences We’ve detailed how we make the booking experience different for you, now share this section with your clients to show all the ways Collette makes the travel experience different for them.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH US? start to finish, we take care of everything Planning your travel can feel overwhelming, and Collette’s here to solve it. Let us focus on the logistics of arranging transportation, accommodations, food, and sightseeing. You want to focus on the incredible times ahead. Collette guided tours are the best way to travel, hands down.

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all your logistics are handled. We believe that the only thing you should be planning on is enjoying yourself, so we’ll take care of the transportation and logistics all during your tour. your accommodations are arranged. Stay in 4-star and above accommodations throughout your trip, with expertly paced itineraries keeping one-night stays to a minimum. plenty of meals are included. To get a true taste of a destination, you need to sample it, which is why each tour includes many delicious meals, along with culinary experiences designed to delight your palate. your travel itinerary is honed to perfection. Our handcrafted tours are planned by industry experts who walk the streets and experience them. We perfectly balance tours between must-sees, cultural experiences, and plenty of free time. plenty of choices you can make. With 160+ tours, four different travel styles, and the all new Explorations, you can pick your ideal travel experience. for us, social responsibility is a way of life. We believe that travel should be a force for good and by uniting with our employees, partners and travelers, we can make a positive impact in our local and global communities. flex your creative planning muscles. Make your trip your own with It’s Your Choice, optional experiences, pre- and post-night stays, tour extensions, and more. we’re in this together. We’re all behind you – before your tour, during, and after. Our 24/7 customer support is ready to guide you on your perfect tour. Lisbon, Portugal

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MORE PEACE OF MIND by your side every step of the way

wear your love of collette on your sleeve

Did you know you can buy your own Collette gear from Lands’ End? The Collette Travel Storefront by Lands’ End is your onestop shop for Collette clothing and accessories. From parkas and pullovers to blazers and scarves, the Travel Storefront will have you dressed and ready to go on tour in style. Find it at: business.landsend.com/store/colletteguest

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Relax, we’re on it. Of all the things Collette delivers, one of the most valuable is the knowledge that everything is taken care of. Wake each morning with a new experience in front of you and do it all without having to worry about a thing.

unpack less, enjoy more

guaranteed to go

PERFECTED TOUR PACING More than 40 of our tours feature zero onenight hotel stays. It means you’ll spend the right amount of time in each destination and less time packing and unpacking.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE Choose from thousands of guaranteed departure dates. Reserve with complete confidence as these selected departures are guaranteed to operate.

travel protection

private sedan service

PEACE OF MIND Our industry-leading, worry-free travel protection plan offers you a full refund unlike many plans that only offer a voucher. Cancel for any reason right up to the day prior to departure.

Leave the hassle of getting to the airport behind. Enjoy round-trip home to airport sedan service with the purchase of air. It’s the perfect way to begin (and end) your journey.

INCLUDED PERSONAL TOUCHES

(SEE PAGE 395 FOR MORE DETAILS)

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the collette passport club RECOGNIZING OUR LOYAL GUESTS Travel with Collette to become members of Collette’s loyalty program, the Collette Passport Club. Members automatically earn a $150 credit every time they travel along with various other benefits. (SEE PAGE 395 FOR MORE DETAILS)

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GET TO KNOW our tour managers Ian Pletzer, Tour Manager weighs in on the jungles, cultures and wildlife you’ll find in south africa What made you choose the adventurous life of a Tour Manager? I love the flexibility of being a Tour Manager as well as seeing the beautiful sights of my region at different times of the year through the different eyes of our travelers.

MEET

ian pletzer collette tour manager for 2 years hometown: PLETTENBERG BAY, SOUTH AFRICA favorite country to travel to: ANYWHERE I CAN GO ON SAFARI

What makes you unique as a Tour Manager? I think my expertise and personal experience on safari is something unique that I get to share with guests. My father first took me to Botswana on safari 35 years ago. We ran out of gas, camped in the wild, hyenas stole our cooler filled with food and there was nobody else in the park to help. It was definitely an adventure! While that experience might have scared others, it only made me want to explore Africa even more. What’s a must-try experience on tour? For those adventurous eaters, I recommend trying mopane worms, a South African delicacy. The mopane worm is actually a caterpillar of a species of the emperor moth. They are very nutritious and in many rural areas of Africa, mopane worms are a staple food item. What’s your go-to Tour Manager “fun fact?” We have some of the most delicious wine in South Africa, and I like to tell our guests about Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world. Apparently it is modeled after Route 66 in the United States, but we like to say it’s better because you’ll get to see stunning scenery and drink wine along the way.

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Ian’s top 3 travel tips 1

Always expect the unexpected and keep this acronym in mind: T.I.A.: This is Africa.

2

Have a positive attitude.

3

Always remember your binoculars while on safari!

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GLACIAL ADVENTURES Take a walk onto a glass bottom platform at the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley OR choose a fun ride across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. CANADIAN ROCKIES & GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – PAGE 368

IT’S YOUR CHOICE enjoy more freedom to explore Everyone’s road is different, and that’s why Collette offers It’s Your Choice excursions. Many of our itineraries now feature different paths you can take. Before your departure, simply select the included excursions that best suit your interest. On select days, you’ll set out on these customized included experiences.

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UNCOVER CLOUD FORESTS

BIRDWATCHING & BOB’S PEAK

Join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem OR take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica.

Meet some fuzzy and feathered new friends on a birdwatch trip to the Kiwi Birdlife Park OR hop in a gondola that will whisk you away to the top of Bob’s Peak in Queenstown for some amazing sights.

TROPICAL COSTA RICA – PAGE 250

SOUTH PACIFIC WONDERS – PAGE 272 EXPLORING NEW ZEALAND – PAGE 278

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MORE INCLUDED you’re not just going on tour you’re having a

travel experience

Every time you set out on one of our travel experiences, we’re striving to give you the most inclusive travel experience possible. What does that mean for you? More iconic must-see sights and more cultural immersion selected by our experts. More meals at local restaurants, and more authentic dining experiences. 4-star and above accommodations, strategically selected to capture the destination. We’re not just taking you on a tour, we’re making it a travel experience you’ll never forget.

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Old Faithful, North America

Boomerang Throwing, Australia

Riad Yacout, Morocco

Paella Cooking Demonstration, Spain

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Trakai Castle, Lithuania

must-sees

cultural experiences

They’re called “must-sees” for a reason. Our carefully crafted itineraries include those iconic, can’t-miss, must-see sights for each of our incredible destinations.

Liven things up by meeting a new culture. Our cultural experiences, hand-crafted by our experts, allow you to truly get to know both the destination and the people who call it home.

accommodations

culinary inclusions

Settle in to 4-star accommodations. We carefully choose each hotel to enrich your experience, making sure they’re located in strategically selected spots that capture the destination.

Meals become memorable moments. Our meals are culinary experiences that allow you to explore new cultures in an engaging, not to mention flavorful, way.

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MORE TRAVEL STYLES choose a travel style that best suits you

classic

an easy, inspiring way to see the world

river cruise

exploring the world’s scenic rivers Ideal for relaxed travelers: enjoy a balance of leisure time and guided explorations.

Ideal for forging new friendships. 100+ globe-spanning tours: from close to home to a world away.

360°

Come full circle with 360° views on open-air panoramic decks.

Hit all the highlights at a value-minded price.

Say “cheers to free beers” (or regional wine) with dinner.

No time to plan? No problem. We’ll handle the details.

See port cities from a new perspective aboard intimate 4-star vessels and off the docks with a local expert.

collette.com/en/collette-gives-you-more/classics

collette.com/en/collette-gives-you-more/river-cruise

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spotlights

city stays and quick getaways Ideal for urban explorers: discover the city with plenty of free time. 5-9 day stays make perfect getaways. Calling all overpackers: unpack just once at a centrally located hotel. Know where the locals go with a guide by your side. collette.com/en/collette-gives-you-more/spotlights

faith

journeys that inspire Ideal for those who wish to connect with their faith on a deeper level. Take a personal pilgrimage: walk in footsteps of your faith’s forefathers. Reverent and reflective: from shrines and holy sites to included Mass on many tours. Modest accommodations capture the humble surroundings in which they sit. collette.com/en/collette-gives-you-more/faith

This is your time to head off the well-known path and appreciate all the extraordinary moments held in the everyday. It’s time to wander, to wonder, and to awaken your soul.

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EXPLORATIONS

This is your time to head off the well-known path and appreciate all the extraordinary moments held in the everyday. It’s time to wander, to wonder, and to awaken your soul.

IT’S TIME TO SPARK YOUR SENSE OF WANDER.

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SMALL GROUP TRAVEL REINVENTED

FEEL THE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

You’ll share the road, a few meals, and a variety of special moments with a small group of about 15 people. Every Explorations traveler is unique, but you’re all traveling to connect with the world in a more authentic way.

No one has traveled the same path as you. And no one will experience the world just as you do. Embark on a travel experience that includes a good balance of unique, hard-to-replicate experiences and plenty of “you” time.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY:

AUTHENTIC SURROUNDINGS Explorations includes a variety of unique places to rest during your travels. Each 4-star and above hotel is chosen for its history, the view, the location, or the amenities to capture the spirit of your destination. Visit collette.com/explorations to see specific hotel details for your trip.

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES It’s often said that experience is the best teacher and we couldn’t agree more. Some are active, some a little adventurous, and some have the power to change your life. Hard to replicate and impossible to forget, these experiences will shape your understanding of a destination and ultimately your vision of the world.

WHAT'S ON THE MENU:

CULINARY ADVENTURES Local cuisine is all about the experience and ambiance served up alongside a mouthwatering meal. Explorations seeks to delight the palate with an unforgettable and hard to replicate epicurean adventure designed to provide you with the local flavors your destination has to offer.

SET YOUR SIGHTS

ON EXPLORATIONS Discover our video collection and come in for a closer look at what an Explorations travel experience is all about: explorations.com/videos

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ITALY’S TREASURES

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

12 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $3199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Italian Lakes Region • Stresa • Italian Riviera • Cinque Terre • Lucca • Florence • Siena • Tuscan Countryside • Wine Tasting • Italian Cooking Class • Bologna • Venice

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures. •• Discover colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. •• Embark on a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Discover Lucca on foot or

on bicycle.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Journey by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a lovely welcome dinner. •• Learn the art behind Tuscan cuisine during a cooking lesson with an expert chef. •• Indulge in local delicacies during a cocktail party in Stresa.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Regina Palace Hotel or Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore  ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE

During your stay you may choose to enjoy views of Lago Maggiore by upgrading your accommodations to a lake view room. CALL FOR DETAILS

Days 4, 5 Grand Hotel dei Castelli, Grande Albergo or Hotel Due Mari, Sestri Levante, Italian Riviera Days 6 - 9 Villa Lecchi, Tuscany or Villa Sanpaolo, San Gimignano Days 10, 11 Hotel Ca’ dei Conti, NH Venezia Rio Novo Hotel or Hotel Santa Marina, Venice

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Cinque Terre

Vineyards, olive groves, and cities that float. Incredible history, indelible culture, and unforgettable cuisine. This is l’Italia at its most iconic. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel along breathtaking landscapes and venture into metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history. Discover Italy on an unforgettable journey that delves into its most cherished treasures. Day 2: Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some antipasto snacks. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, where you’ll engage with new friends at a dinner welcoming you to Italy. (D) Day 3: Stresa In an ancient village nestled in the mountains, a local family welcomes you to sample their very own artisanal cheeses, paired with the region’s best wines. The remainder of the day in Stresa is at your leisure. Explore the piazzas, flowerlined cobblestone streets, and lakeside promenades. Or, perhaps relax and enjoy

the breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise of this scenic lake region. (B) Day 4: Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera Witness picture-perfect views from Lake Orta, the ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to Isola di San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey to the Italian Riviera and discover its immeasurable grandeur along the Liguria coast. (B, D) Day 5: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre Italian Riviera Travel by rail to spend your day discovering colorful Cinque Terre (UNESCO), a string of medieval villages perched on the edge of the sea. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this aweinspiring landscape. (B) Day 6: Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscany  Encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, Lucca exudes an old-world ambience. Old storefronts and busy piazzas offer a

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statue of David. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa. (B)

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Day 8: Tuscany - Siena - Tuscany Travel south to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surround you within this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the narrow medieval streets on a guided tour. Visit the Gothic cathedral, an architectural marvel featuring frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon. (B, D) Day 9: Tuscan Countryside Take in Tuscany’s landscape, a spectrum of verdant vineyards and endless groves. In the heart of the countryside, a family-owned wine estate welcomes you. After a tour of the wine cellar, the estate, the vineyards and the olive groves, engage in a lunchtime cooking lesson with the estate’s own chef. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan lunch and toast with wines produced on-site. Return to your villa for some leisure time in the afternoon. Continue your culinary journey tonight at a traditional Tuscan restaurant. (B, L, D)

glimpse into the city’s medieval past, which have served as local gathering spots for more than 2,000 years. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Discover Lucca on foot -OR- pedal the city via bicycle. Whatever you choose, you’ll see historic marvels including the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. After you’ve worked up an appetite, tour Lucca’s specialty food shops and sample the region’s seasonal delicacies. Stop at a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. End the day in a historic Tuscan villa for a rejuvenating 4-night stay. (B, D) Day 7: Tuscany - Florence Tuscany Welcome to Florence ­— the birthplace of the Renaissance and the beloved home of the Medici family, Galileo, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour and see medieval Florence’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo — the center of religious life in medieval Florence — and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s unparalleled

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Day 10: Tuscany - Bologna Venice On a walking tour, discover the culture of Bologna, a city barely changed since the time of the Renaissance. Browse the city’s specialty food shops and sample local delicacies along the way. Arrive later in Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” and settle in for a 2-night stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world. (B) Day 11: Venice Spend the day in Venezia, the floating city home to lavish art collections, wonders of architecture, and where marbled palaces tower over gondola-laden canals. Travel by boat to Murano for an expert glass-blowing demonstration, a renowned tradition on the island. Journey back to St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s iconic main square. A local guide takes you on a tour of its incredible sites, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower, and St. Mark’s Basilica. Say arrivederci to Italy at a savory farewell dinner. (B, D)

MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

UP TO 1 WEEK

PRE OR POST NIGHT

STOPOVER

PRE: LAGO MAGGIORE POST: VENICE CALL FOR DETAILS

CHOOSE FROM:

Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt CALL FOR DETAILS

EVEN MORE TIME? Combine Italy’s Treasures with another tour for one seamless, non-stop travel experience. CALL FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

STARTING AT STARTING AT

$3199 $3499

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on November 7, 2020 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 7, 14 April 4, 13, 18, 20, 25

May 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30 June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27 July 11, 18, 25 August 1, 15, 29, 30, 31 September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 September 14, 19, 20, 21

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 26, 27, 28 October 3, 4, 5, 10, 12 October 17, 24, 31 November 7 March 6, 13, 20 April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Milan and depart from Venice. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The dinner at Isola dei Pescatori is held from April to October; from November to March, dinner will be in the town of Stresa. On occasion, due to inclement weather, your boat trip to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice.

Everything we hoped for! Driver and tour guide were exceptional, and the experiences were fun and educational at the same time. —Collette Traveler

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TUSCAN & UMBRIAN COUNTRYSIDE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

11 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $2699 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Orvieto • Spoleto • Cooking Class • Montefalco • Wineries • Bevagna • Olive Oil Farm • Assisi • Home-Hosted Lunch • Florence • Siena • Monteriggioni • Volterra • Guarnacci Museum • San Gimignano

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• See Spoleto on a guided walking tour. •• Behold the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, a 13th-century aqueduct. •• Marvel at the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Explore Siena’s beautiful

Gothic cathedral at your own pace or join a guide and immerse yourself in local life in a contrada, one of many small, close-knit neighborhoods. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 4 dinners •• Participate in a cooking class in a 16th-century Umbrian farmhouse. •• Experience a home-cooked meal at one of Umbria’s country homes. •• Sample Umbria’s most prized wine.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Hotel Kolbe, Rome

Days 3 – 6 Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca, Trevi, Umbria or Hotel Dei Duchi, Spoleto, Umbria Days 7 – 10 UNA Palazzo Mannaioni, Montaione, Tuscany or Park Hotel Le Fonti, Tuscany

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Tuscany

Venture off the beaten path in Italy as you travel along country roads in Umbria and Tuscany. Day 1: Overnight Flight On a journey through Italy’s roads less traveled, discover its treasures from Rome to Umbria to Tuscany, and the marvels of wine, cuisine, culture, and history in between. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Italy’s dynamic capital city beckons. When in Rome, do as the Romans do — start your journey at a delicious welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Rome - Orvieto - Umbria Olive and cypress trees accent the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. Stroll the historic streets as a local expert points out the city’s treasures and visit the Gothic cathedral to gaze at a Signorelli fresco. Discover Orvieto’s wonders independently this afternoon. Spend the next four nights enveloped by the splendors of country life in an Umbrian hill town. (B, D) Day 4: Umbria - Spoleto - Cooking Class Umbria Medieval palaces command the foreground of ancient Spoleto. A walking tour through the city’s streets reveals centuries of architectural history, from the Ponte delle Torri aqueduct to the gilded elegance of the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. Explore Spoleto’s shops and cafes during time on your own this afternoon. Sit down to a

once-in-a-lifetime meal inside a 16th-century farmhouse nestled in the Italian countryside. There, you can stroll the herb garden (weather permitting), and learn how cheese is made on the farm. Your palate-expanding journey continues as you join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson followed by your early dinner in the countryside. (B, D) Day 5: Umbria - Montefalco - Winery Bevagna - Olive Oil Farm - Umbria Explore the charming medieval town of Montefalco, and step back in time in the place they call the “Balcony of Umbria” — a name given to the town for its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Sagrantino is this region’s most-prized wine; head to a local winery to see why during a tasting before sampling a variety of authentic Umbrian dishes at lunch. In Bevagna, marvels of Roman and medieval archaeology are the highlights of an impressive walking tour. Cap the day off learning about locally-made olive oil at a family-run frantoio, or olive presser. (B, L) Day 6: Umbria - Assisi - Home-Hosted Lunch - Umbria Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Set out on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide. Learn all about its history

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MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

UP TO 1 WEEK

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Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich

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Siena

as you stroll the medieval streets, pausing along the way to see its famed Basilica of St. Francis. Later, a local family welcomes you as their honored guest to their country home for lunch. Share stories and make an Umbrian friend. (B, L) Day 7: Umbria - Winery - Tuscany Time slows down among the sunflower-covered hills and villages of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. Among the vineyards and olive groves of this UNESCO World Heritage site, tour a winery’s family estate and cellar before indulging in an authentic Tuscan lunch. Created by the winery’s chef, this meal is expertly paired with the vineyard’s very own wines. Retire afterwards to a restored Tuscan palazzo. (B, L) Day 8: Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany Get at a glimpse at another age on a locally guided walking tour of Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Behold the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in the religious center of the Piazza del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio, and tap in to Florence’s creative side at a local artisan’s workshop. After, take some time on your own to explore the city’s bounty of treasures. (B) Day 9: Tuscany - Siena Monteriggioni - Tuscany  Siena is medieval Italy at its most visually striking. Take a guided walking

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tour of the city, and learn about the world-renowned Palio Horse Race, held twice a year at the Piazza del Campo. Then, it’s your choice! Explore Siena’s beautiful Gothic cathedral at your own pace -OR- join a guide and immerse yourself in local life in a contrada, one of many small, close-knit communities, each one unique with traditions all its own. In the walled town of Monteriggioni, wander its quaint streets on your own. (B) Day 10: Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano - Tuscany Arrive in Volterra, a walled town perched high above the countryside boasting a history that dates back to the 7th century B.C. Spend time at the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe, built in 1761. Witness a live alabaster-carving demonstration at a local workshop. Travel later to the “City of Beautiful Towers,” San Gimignano. Stroll the Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna, and marvel at a skyline dotted with more than a dozen 13thcentury medieval towers. Tonight, gather together for a farewell dinner paired with an entertaining interactive presentation on wine, delivered by the restaurant’s own sommelier. (B, D) Day 11: Tuscany - Tour Ends Your journey through Tuscany and Umbria comes to a close today. (B)

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STARTING AT STARTING AT

$2699 $3099

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on October 31, 2020 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 21, 28 April 4, 18, 25

May 9, 16, 23, 26, 30 June 6, 20 July 18 August 22 September 5, 8, 12, 15

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

September 19, 22, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7, 10 March 16, 20 April 10, 17, 24, 27

(featured itinerary)

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Rome airport and depart from Florence or Pisa airport. All departure transfers will depart from Tuscany region to either Florence or Pisa airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Great small group tour of Italy. I feel like I saw the real Italy! The service was great all the way from pickup at my door to hotels, to the experience of the people we met who cooked for us. The tour manager was well organized, great with people and very informed on all places we traveled. I can’t wait for my next adventure with Collette. —Collette Traveler

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NORTHERN PORTUGAL & SPAIN

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

NEW TOUR

11 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Porto • Port Wine Tastings • Guimarães • Braga • “Green Wine” Tasting • Santiago de Compostela • León • Douro River Valley • 3-Night Quinta Winery Stay • Pinhão • Douro River Cruise • Cooking Class • Vista Alegre Factory • Aveiro

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Call a picturesque quinta estate in the Douro River Valley your home for 3 nights. •• Walk through rows of traveling vines as you explore Portuguese vineyards on foot. •• Take advantage of a day at leisure in the Douro River Valley.

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the legends of Santiago de Compostela – with a walk along the camino or on a walking tour that glimpses into the city’s myths. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Enjoy wine tastings of northern Portugal – including vinho verde, port wine, and Douro River Valley grapes. •• Look out onto the vineyard from your immersive cooking class.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

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Days 2, 3 Pestana Porto Goldsmith, Porto Days 4, 5 Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela Day 6 AC Hotel by Marriott Leon San Antonio, Leon Days 7 - 9 The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca, Douro River Valley  ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE During your stay at the Wine House Hotel, you may choose to upgrade your room to a unique wine barrel for 3 nights. CALL FOR DETAILS

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Feel the essence of Portugal and Spain as you wander through vineyard rows and medieval towns. Day 1: Overnight Flight Vibrant tiles, sparkling coastlines, and aromatic wines – all this and more awaits you in Northern Portugal and Spain. Day 2: Porto, Portugal - Tour Begins Say olá to Porto, a coastal Portuguese city whose spirit far outshines its modest size. Resembling an outdoor museum, you will feel the pull of history as you meander down cobblestone streets, along tile-sided storefronts, and under striking red rooftops. Breathe in the captivating energy of the scenic Ribeira waterfront before getting a taste of the culture at a local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Porto Pass by friendly faces as you discover the city’s secrets on a walking tour with a local expert. The bright blue-and-white tiles of Carmo Church contrast with the gray lining, creating a larger-than-life painting that appears to be lifted straight out of a storybook. Watch the famous rabelo boats coast by as you gain insight into this city’s history of transportation and port wine. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish; you may choose to take a stroll across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia and visit one of the many port wine cellars for a tour and tasting. (B)

Day 4: Porto-Guimarães-Braga-Ponte de Lima-Santiago de Compostela, Spain Venture into Guimarães, the legendary birthplace of Portugal. Allow the city’s old world charm to envelop you as you explore the grounds of a 10th-century castle. Continue to Braga and visit the revered Bom Jesus. The church invites you to climb its zigzagging staircase, providing views of the town that are worth the ascent. Take a sip of the crisp flavors of vinho verde (green wine) and explore a family owned quinta in Ponte de Lima. Get a glimpse into the source of this fresh, lightly sparkling wine as you are led through the vineyards. The day ends in Santiago de Compostela, whose history is deeply rooted in superstitions and faith. (B, L) Day 5: Santiago de Compostela  Choose how you delve into the lore of the city because today, it’s your choice! Engage with one side of the city’s beliefs on a tour focusing on the myths of Santiago -OR- connect with centuries of travelers and walk a portion of the city’s famous pilgrimage path with a local guide. Visit Mercado de Abastos, wander along the colorful stalls of fresh produce and savory cheeses. Take advantage of a free afternoon

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raising your accommodations to the next level with an innovative wine barrel room, allowing you to admire the vineyard rows from the comfort of your own bed. (B, D) Day 8: Douro River Valley Discover Pinhão, a charming town along the Douro River featuring tranquil vistas and delicious port wine. Wander the vineyards and olive groves on your own, following the directional plaques along whatever path your heart desires. Learn about the harvesting and production processes of world-renowned port brands. Navigate along the most picturesque landscapes of the Douro River on a traditional wooden rabelo boat. Marvel at the rows of twisting vines, lush trees, and colorful houses from a different perspective. (B)

to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll join an optional dinner at a local restaurant, featuring mouthwatering seafood. (B) Day 6: Santiago de Compostela León Your journey continues in León, a city of indescribable energy and mesmerizing architecture. On a city tour with a local guide, pass by the Casa Botines, a work by the eccentric Antoni Gaudi, and take in the imposing León Cathedral, whose gothic towers appear to reach straight into the sky. The remainder of the day is yours. (B) Day 7: León - Bragança, Portugal Douro River Valley Explore Bragança, an isolated medieval town. Wander among the stone houses and gaze at the 12th-century castle, rising above the skyline. Continue to the Douro River Valley, a region of Northern Portugal known for its lush hillsides and delicious port wine grapes. Be welcomed to the Quinta da Pacheca, an estate that has been producing wine since the 1700s. Settle in for a leisurely 3-night stay in the midst of the vineyard’s scenic paths and warm hospitality. After touring the grounds, enjoy a wine tasting and dinner made up of fresh local ingredients. For true connoisseurs of wine, consider

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Day 9: Douro River Valley Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you’ll picnic in the vineyards, meander along the green hills, or venture into the nearby town of Régua. Or, consider an optional tour to Lamego where you’ll travel to the peak of the town via coach before hopping on a bike and exploring; coast down the winding streets, perhaps stopping for a delicious bola sandwich, and enjoy the downhill ride back to the quinta. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you will close out the day with a cooking class at your winery home. Allow the fresh air to gently float around you as the kitchen walls slide open, creating the feeling that you are preparing food directly in the vineyard. Indulge in traditional Portuguese recipes – all paired with enticing vintages from the estate. (B, D) Day 10: Douro River Valley - Aveiro - Porto Leave the wines and vines behind as you depart the Douro River Valley. Take a peek into the process of creating Portuguese porcelain at the Vista Alegre Factory and Museum; here you’ll get to observe workers creating exceptional ceramic pottery. Your journey then takes you to Aveiro, a stunning waterfront town where hand-painted boats pass through the canal. Allow your eyes to drift along the nouveau architecture of this quaint fisherman village; perhaps you’ll pause for a bite of an ovos moles, a “soft egg” pastry that the city is known for. Head back to Porto for your farewell dinner and toast to a trip well-traveled. (B, D)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Porto. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Upgrade to a wine barrel room is limited and subject to availability. Please inquire at time of booking for additional details. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m.

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THE AZORES: JEWELS OF PORTUGAL

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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10 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Off Road Sete Cidades Experience • Lagoa do Canario Viewpoint • Furnas Valley • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden • Natural Thermal Pools • Serra do Cume • Angra do Heroísmo • Algar do Carvão • Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center • Volcanic Stone House Stay • Pico Wine Museum • Wine Collaborative

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Traverse the rim of the Sete Cidades caldera and gaze upon the twin lakes from Lagoa do Canario viewpoint. •• Delight in an exclusive visit to the Terra Nostra Tea House for lunch. •• Spend 2 nights in the eco-friendly lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Sete Cidades

•• Day 6 — Swim in Biscoitos natural

volcanic pools or hike along the lava fields and vineyards.

•• Day 8 — In Lajes, visit the whaling

museum or take advantage of free time in town to explore the area independently. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Experience a truly unique Cozido das Furnas lunch in Furnas valley. •• Sample cheeses and get an inside look into production at a familyowned cheese factory. •• Visit a local bakery that makes queijadas, a pastry made with egg yolks.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 The Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Days 5, 6 Hotel Cruzeiro, Terceira Days 7, 8 Aldeia da Fonte Nature Resort, Pico Day 9 The Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel  ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE

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Enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal. Day 1: Overnight Flight From volcanic craters and thermal waters to lush vegetation and picturesque coasts, enjoy the natural splendor of this Portuguese archipelago. See why the Azores are referred to as “the Hawaii of Europe.” Day 2: São Miguel, Açores, Portugal - Tour Begins This is the Azores. A set of islands virtually untouched by urban development. Your adventure begins on São Miguel, the largest of the nine volcanic islands. Get to know Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, on a brief walking tour of the area. Celebrate the beginning of your journey with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D) Day 3: São Miguel Leave the main road behind and embrace an off-road adventure on the “Green Island.” Traverse the dirt roads and pass by dairy farms before pausing at the highest point of the island. Venture to Sete Cidades, the striking blue and green mirror lakes, where you’ll navigate the rim of the entire crater. As you circle these bodies of water, gaze down upon the dazzling blue lake (reflecting the

sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the earth). Take a short hike to admire the astounding viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario. Return to Ponta Delgada with free time to relax. Or, continue your exploration with an optional tour…perhaps you’ll choose to swim with a pod of dolphins or embark on an intimate whale watching excursion. (B) Day 4: São Miguel On your way to the dynamic volcano complex of Furnas, get a glimpse of Portugal’s sweet side at a family run queijadas (pastry) bakery. Trading the warm aroma that wafts through the air of the bakery for the encompassing scent of floral splendor, wander through the organic paradise of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden on a guided tour. Immerse yourself into a heated pool of rejuvenation in the natural thermal waters of the Furnas valley. Watch as your lunch is raised out of the heat of the volcanic earth and served as a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal. As you dig into your food, admire an exclusive viewpoint of Furnas Lake from the Terra Nostra Tea House. Continue on to the pastures of Porto Formosa, home to one of the only European

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Then, it’s your choice! Swim in the natural volcanic pools of Biscoitos -OR- hike along lava fields and vineyards. Enjoy leisure time in Angra afterwards or entice your taste buds on an optional Portuguese wine and tapas experience. (B) Day 7: Terceira - Faial - Pico Say bom dia (good morning) to Faial, the “Blue Island” of the Azores. With hydrangeas as far as the eye can see, discover the remarkable beauty of this island. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by the family-owned Morro cheese factory, where you’ll sample their products. Encounter the volcanic vitality of Faial when you take in the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center. Your exploration continues on a ferry ride to Pico, the nearby island known for its lava fields and vineyards. Settle in amongst the lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte. Here, overlooking the sea, the sounds of rolling waves will serenade you to sleep for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner at this innovative cliff-side abode, stroll through the luxurious gardens, and let the incomparable view of the Atlantic wash over you. (B, D)

tea plantations. Enjoy an evening of leisure in São Miguel. (B, L) Day 5: São Miguel - Terceira Say hello to the island of Terceira. Stand along the edge of the crater at Serra do Cume viewpoint and take in the island’s patchwork of infinite green. Swap the grassy fields for sandy shores at Praia da Vitória, or “Beach of Victory.” Get to know Angra do Heroísmo with a guide. Recently restored in traditional style, admire the white facades and colorful trims of the iconic buildings. Get a taste of Azorean culture during dinner at a local restaurant where you’re invited to try alcatra, the savory meat stew Terceira is known for. (B, D) Day 6: Terceira  Enjoy a morning at leisure. Maybe you’ll decide on an optional tour to a dairy farm, where you’ll milk a cow and taste the dairy products. Or perhaps strap on your hiking boots and embark on a trek along two volcanoes at Mistérios Negros Nature Reserve. Next, gather and head underground to experience the ethereal Algar do Carvão, the “Cavern of Coal,” with an expert guide. Feel the quiet stillness as you descend into this ancient lava tube, gazing up at the stalactites hanging above you.

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Day 8: Pico  Walk along the surreal landscape of grapes that grow between plots of rocky stone walls as you explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO). In the center of the vineyard, climb the bright red windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields, lava rocks, and vines. Introduce yourself to the history of this island’s vineyards at the Pico Wine Museum. Next, taste these exclusive wines of limited production at a wine collaborative. Then, it’s your choice! In Lajes, choose to visit the whaling museum highlighting the historical ties of the industry to the culture of the islands -OR- take advantage of free time in town to explore the area independently. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from João Paulo Airport, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights from São Miguel to Terceira (30 minutes), Terceira to Faial (30 minutes), and Pico to São Miguel (30 minutes) are not included in the price of this tour. Internal flights must be purchased through us. Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of booking.

Day 9: Pico - São Miguel Depart Pico for São Miguel and enjoy some time at leisure. Whether you want to relax on the sandy shores, wander the streets of the capital city, or get one last taste of Portuguese pastries, spend the day however you please. Tonight, toast to the end of your Azorean adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D) Day 10: São Miguel - Tour Ends Say adeus (goodbye) to the Azores as you depart this Atlantic archipelago. (B)

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THE BALTICS REVEALED

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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FEATURING ST. PETERSBURG

11 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2849 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Vilnius • KGB Museum • Trakai Island Castle • Hill of Crosses • Riga • Art Nouveau Museum • Latvian Cooking Class • Pärnu • Bogging Adventure • Tallinn • Medieval Dinner • Estonian Open Air Museum • St. Petersburg • Hermitage Museum • Catherine Palace • Traditional Georgian Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Embark on a bogging adventure with a local naturalist. •• Walk into a snapshot of the rural past at the Estonian Open Air Museum. •• Impact Moment: Support a local organization that empowers young Lithuanians to learn about their heritage and honor people that were relocated during the Soviet occupation.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Stroll through Vilnius with a

local or explore the neighborhoods by bike with a local guide. •• Day 6 — Wander through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes or walk above the shrubs on a boardwalk. •• Day 7 — Paint your own Marzipan sculpture or visit Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Prepare traditional ingredients with a modern twist in a Latvian cooking class. •• Dig into authentic medieval cuisine at a candlelit dinner in a merchant’s home. •• Indulge in exotic comfort food at a Georgian restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Artagonist Hotel, Vilnius Days 4, 5 Neiburgs Hotel, Riga Days 6, 7 Hotel Palace, Tallinn Days 8 – 10 Pushka Inn Hotel, St. Petersburg

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From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover eccentric murals in Lithuania, Gothic towers in Latvia, storybook streets in Estonia, and extravagant palaces in Russia. Bordering their namesake sea, this is the Baltic region of Europe. Day 2: Vilnius, Lithuania - Tour Begins Step into another time in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Stay in the heart of medieval Old Town (UNESCO) – where cobblestone streets lead through a seamless mosaic of cultures. Joining new friends tonight, get a taste of the culture at a local restaurant where you will excite your palate with warm and hearty comfort food. (D) Day 3: Vilnius  Today, discover Vilnius University, the oldest in the Baltic states. Then, it’s your choice how you get to know the city. Stroll the winding streets with a local expert, getting a glimpse into Vilnius’s deep Jewish heritage, Bohemian lifestyle, and its budding art district -OR- explore the neighborhoods by bike with a local guide; as you coast along, let the vibrant colors of imaginative street murals catch your eye. Next, we

gather to uncover the nation’s dark past at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, better known as the KGB Museum, located in the former Nazi and Soviet headquarters. Feel the emotion wash over you as you read personal accounts from the victims and their families. (B) Day 4: Vilnius - Trakai - Riga, Latvia Embrace the fairy-tale aura around you at the Trakai Island Castle. Surrounded by curving coastlines and towering pines, the burnt orange walls of the fortress appear to rise directly out of the gentle waves of Lake Galvė. Enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds and village. Make sure to stop in one of the cozy restaurants for a bite of a kybyn – a traditional Karaim dumpling. Continue on to the Hill of Crosses, a mystical shrine from the 1800s that has been rebuilt and expanded continuously over time. Cross over the Latvian border to Riga, the country’s capital and the largest city in the Baltic region. With an evening at leisure, enjoy Riga’s opulent Old Town, the setting for your centrally located Art Nouveau hotel. (B)

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Day 5: Riga Discover neoclassical architecture as you walk the streets with an expert guide. Get a glimpse into the past as you venture along the historic squares and streets, reflective of German and Russian tastes. Take a ride through the Art Nouveau district, where you’ll see stately apartments and elegant façades. Experience the Art Nouveau museum and marvel at the iconic spiral staircase, adorned with unexpected artistic touches. Become awestruck at Riga’s famous central market, where flowers, fruit and pastries overflow the stalls of this converted airplane hangar. Take advantage of an afternoon to yourself before an interactive cooking class where you’ll use traditional ingredients with a modern twist. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you dig into the flavorful feast. (B, D) Day 6: Riga - Pärnu, Estonia Tallinn  Your journey takes you to Estonia, the northernmost Baltic country. Arrive in Pärnu, Estonia’s sunny seaside resort town. Take time to explore this town on your own, with charming cottages and stunning white-sand beaches. Then, join a local naturalist for a true Estonian tradition – a bogging adventure. Choose how you explore the area because it’s your choice! Traipse through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes, trekking over the sodden moss while scooping the berries out of the water for a taste, brushing your hand against the blanket of waterlogged peat -OR- breathe in the fresh pine air as you walk above the shrubs on a boardwalk, winding your way across the bog and taking in the entirety of the natural landscape. We gather and continue on our way to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This city is home to medieval avenues, striking red rooftops, and a distinctly modern culture. Settle into Hotel Palace, built in 1937 and located next to the city’s main square. This evening, feel the city’s history firsthand at a medieval restaurant lit by candles and set in a wealthy merchant’s house. Enjoy authentic food and traditional music as you are transported back in time to a night in the 15th century. (B, D) Day 7: Tallinn  The day begins at the Estonian Open Air Museum, exploring on foot and with a horse-and-carriage ride. Peek into the rustic lifestyle as you delve into the area’s rural history, wandering by preserved houses, wooden churches and timeworn windmills. Discover Tallinn’s twisting cobblestone streets, feeling as if

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you’ve ventured into a world where the Middle Ages live on. Choose how you connect with the city’s culture because it’s your choice! Experience Tallinn’s age-old tradition of Marzipan, which has been used for both medicinal practices and as delectable desserts; paint your own edible sculpture to take home as a tasty souvenir -OR- visit Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary, where you can learn about the intriguing range of herbal remedies. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. (B) Day 8: Tallinn - St. Petersburg, Russia Head east through the Baltic region and make your way to St. Petersburg, Russia’s Imperial capital. Full of regal beauty and layers of history, the city is considered to be the “Venice of the North.” To start your 3-night stay in Russia, delve into the country’s rich culture at a dinner featuring Russian specialties. (B, D) Day 9: St. Petersburg Get acquainted with the city before heading to the Winter Palace, a vibrant dwelling that served as the former home of Russian tsars. Wander into the glory of Russian aristocracy as you make your way through this lavish green-andwhite complex. Inside, experience the Hermitage Museum with an expert guide. Gaze in wonder at the collection of paintings, the second largest in the world, containing pieces by Monet and Matisse. The rest of the day is yours to explore captivating St. Petersburg on your own. Perhaps you will go on an optional excursion to Peterhof, an estate known to be the “Russian Versailles.” (B) Day 10: St. Petersburg Continue your Imperial odyssey at the Catherine Palace – a monumental manor that functioned as the Russian tsars’ ornate summer home. Let your eyes drift along the iconic exterior, in its signature shade of robin’s egg blue. Welcome the feeling of royalty as you gain exclusive early access into the palace. Tonight, treat your taste buds to traditional Georgian cuisine at a farewell dinner featuring an exotic spin on savory comfort food from the neighboring country. Toast the end of your whirlwind adventure as you reflect on your excursion through the Baltics and Russia. (B, D)

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This trip requires a passport and a visa. A visa is required for travel to Russia. It is the passenger’s responsibility to obtain any required visa and/or documents prior to departure. Please allow a minimum of approximately 6 weeks for processing your Russian visa. All guests should check with the appropriate foreign consulate for additional entry requirements. All document fees are at the expense of the traveler. Our air passengers will arrive into Vilnius and depart from St. Petersburg. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Bog shoes are not permitted certain times of the year (typically mid-April to mid-June) during bird-nesting season. During this period, all guests will have to utilize the wooden boardwalk, but will have the added benefit of seeing more bird species than in other seasons.

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JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Saint-Rémy • Provence • Truffle Hunting • Gordes • Avignon • The Popes’ Palace • Pont du Gard • Carcassonne • Choice on Tour • Saint-Émilion • Winery Tour • Bordeaux • La Cité du Vin - Wine Museum

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Hunt for truffles with a local chef and his truffle-sniffing dogs. •• Venture to Gordes and explore its vibrant local market. •• Get an up-close look at the Pont du Gard aqueduct during an exclusive bridge crossing.

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explore Carcassonne on your own or embark on a medieval themed walking tour with a gallant knight or noble lady. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Indulge in the wines of Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion and the Dordogne Valley. •• Revel in a wine-paired, multicourse dinner. •• Savor farm tastings throughout the French countryside.

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Journey through some of the world’s most decadent wine regions and discover the flavor, color, and culture of France. Day 1: Overnight Flight Journey through the French countryside to the Dordogne Valley and Bordeaux – two of the world’s most decadent wine regions. Day 2: Saint-Rémy, France - Tour Begins Welcome to the historic village of SaintRémy. Settle in for a 3-night stay in this quaint provincial town with pretty, narrow streets and charming boulevards. Tonight, meet your fellow explorers over dinner as you toast to the beginning of a grand adventure. (D) Day 3: Saint-Rémy Join your Tour Manager this morning for a short orientation of Saint-Rémy. Next, let an unforgettable epicurean adventure commence with a truffle hunt led by a local chef and trained, truffle-sniffing dogs. Avant hunt, savor the unique experience of a farm tasting in the countryside, among landscapes said to have inspired Van Gogh, Picasso, and Renoir. (B, L) Day 4: Saint-Rémy - Gordes - Saint-Rémy Depart this morning for the picturesque town of Gordes. Along the way, visit the lavender museum and learn the origin of this beautiful, fragrant flower that the village is famous for. Then, enjoy some free

time in Gordes to explore its vibrant local market. The afternoon is yours to explore Saint-Rémy at leisure or you may choose an optional tour to the hilltop town of Les Bauxde-Provence where you will experience one of the world’s most impressive multimedia presentations: the Carrières de Lumières. Making use of a former quarry, iconic works of art are projected onto the surrounding rock and the images are accompanied by stirring music. (B) Day 5: Saint-Rémy - Avignon - Pont du Gard - Carcassonne Travel to the village of Avignon (UNESCO), often called the “City of Popes.” See all this village has to offer on a walking tour with a local expert guide. Visit the dramatic Popes’ Palace, the seat of the European papacy from 1309 to 1377. Next, depart for Carcassonne. En route, marvel at the Pont du Gard, a surviving stretch of aqueduct built in the 1st century A.D. Get an up-close look at the ancient structure with an exclusive bridge crossing before enjoying some free time for lunch. Later, we arrive in Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site and virtual storybook replete with drawbridges, towers and cobblestone streets. (B)

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Day 6: Carcassonne - Dordogne Valley  This morning, it’s your choice! You can enjoy leisure time to explore the city as you wish, perhaps visiting the 12th-century castle on your own -OR- you may embark on a medieval themed walking tour with a gallant knight or noble lady who will highlight the legends, mysteries, and architecture of the Middle Ages. After enjoying free time for lunch, we continue our journey to the Château Des Vigiers, known as “Petit Versailles.” Tonight, enjoy a fine dining experience in this 16th-century estate. (B, D) Day 7: Dordogne Valley Venture to the countryside to explore some of the Dordogne Valley’s quaint villages. Make your first stop at the inspiring village of Issigeac; then it’s off to Eymet, one of Southern France’s iconic “bastides” (fortified towns). Next, you are in for a treat when you visit a wine cooperative and symbol of the Bergerac region since the 16th century – best known for its dessert wine. This afternoon, explore the château grounds at leisure. Perhaps you will take in a round of golf or relax and enjoy the luxurious spa. (B) Day 8: Dordogne Valley - SaintÉmilion - Bordeaux Travel to Saint-Émilion (UNESCO),

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one of France’s largest winemaking areas. Take a walking tour of the Old Town featuring a visit to the underground Monolithic Church. Once you are acquainted, enjoy time to take in this perfectly compact French village. Complete your Saint-Émilion adventure with a walk through a winery to absorb the atmosphere of the vineyards and taste this highly prized wine. Head to Bordeaux, a region known as much for its vibrancy and dynamism as its world-renowned wine. Enjoy the evening at leisure to take in the sights and sounds of Bordeaux. (B) Day 9: Bordeaux Discover a local’s perspective of Bordeaux on a guided walking tour. Embark on an interactive journey through a world of wine and culture at La Cité du Vin. Then enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. A local restaurant famous for its sélection de vins and regionally sourced meat invites you to a culinary adventure expertly pairing locally sourced foods and wine. Compare notes and experiences with fellow travelers as you say au revoir to the magic of Southern France. (B, D)

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April 2020

May 2020 - April 2021

April 20, 27

May 9 June 13 July 18 August 15

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 5, 19 October 3, 10 April 17, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Marseilles and depart from Bordeaux. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Guest accommodations are not in the main chateau.

The variety of experiences in the many towns we visited were wonderful — well beyond what we had expected.

—Collette Traveler

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF FINLAND

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

8 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $2949 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Helsinki • Senate Square • Helsinki Cathedral • Lapland Region • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort • Finnish Sauna • Meet & Greet with Santa • Reindeer Safari • Northern Lights Searches • Husky Safari • Glass Igloo Accommodation

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Introduce yourself to majestic Lappish reindeer and meet Santa Claus himself. •• Lead your very own dog sled team. •• Spend the night in a glass igloo amid the Lappish wilderness.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Indulge in Finnish cuisine at Helsinki’s local restaurants. •• Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Lilla Roberts Hotel, Helsinki Days 4 - 6 Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort West Village, Kakslauttanen ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE Upgrade your stay to a Kelo glass igloo for all 3 nights. CALL FOR DETAILS

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Lilla Roberts Hotel, Helsinki

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©Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

Hunt for the elusive northern lights and discover fascinating Finland, “Daughter of the Baltic.” Day 1: Overnight Flight On an adventure to the top of the world, experience a side of life that feeds the imagination and leaves you forever enchanted with Finland, “Daughter of the Baltic.” Day 2: Helsinki, Finland - Tour Begins Hei Helsinki! Finland’s vibrant capital, where history converges with architectural style and combines with a laid-back vibe across beautiful islands and pristine public parks, welcomes you. This evening, gather with new friends for a welcome dinner in the city center. Hyvää ruokahalua! (Bon appetit!) (D) Day 3: Helsinki Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. If Finland’s heart beats in Helsinki, then Helsinki’s core is in Senate Square, home of Helsinki Cathedral, the city’s most iconic building. Walk the streets of empiricdesigned Tori Quarters before enjoying some free time in Market Square, the city’s most famous international market. Become transfixed by the sprawling lawns, rocky

cliffs, and ornate villas of Kaivopuisto Park. During your leisure time, explore more of Helsinki independently. (B) Day 4: Helsinki - Kakslauttanen - Northern Lights Search Escape to northernmost Finland’s winter wonderland on board a flight to Ivalo and magical Lapland. Like a storybook come to life, Lapland’s culture is steeped in myth and legend. Relish encounters with reindeer and unspoiled views of the northern lights. At the breathtaking Kakslauttanen Resort, spend two nights in your very own Finnish log cabin indulging in your personal Finnish sauna and other unique fixtures. Trek north toward Inari on a chase for the northern lights. Stops along the pursuit allow you the chance for a front-row seat at nature’s dazzling, electric light show. (B, D) Day 5: Kakslauttanen - Santa Claus’ Home - Reindeer Safari - Northern Lights Hit the snow and mush to breakfast aboard an authentic Finnish sleigh. From Kakslauttanen, head to the home of Santa

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Claus, an epicenter of Christmas cheer. Among prancing reindeer, learn about Santa’s origins during a meet and greet at his house. Under the Arctic moonlight, a reindeer farmer introduces you to some friendly Lappish reindeer that will escort you on an exhilarating reindeer safari through remote Kakslauttanen. Gain insight into the importance of reindeer herding to the Sámi indigenous culture. Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish tradition, under the cover of blankets in the surround of northern Finland’s unspoiled wilderness as you continue the search for the elusive northern lights. (B, D) Day 6: Kakslauttanen - Husky Safari - Northern Lights Search Breathe in the fresh Arctic air this morning and step into the role as leader of your own dog sled team. Zoom through the wilderness on a husky safari, driving your husky guides that are as fast as they are adorable. Spend some time getting to know these amazing dogs and learning about their different commands. You’ll also be introduced to the equipment you’ll need to

experience this incredible Arctic adventure at its best. Enjoy your last night in the heart of the Lappish wilderness, nestled in your incredible – and private – glass igloo. You may even see the northern lights dancing overhead. (B, D) Day 7: Kakslauttanen - Helsinki Say goodbye to enchanting Lapland and fly back to Helsinki. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city’s central squares and get in tune with the latest Finnish trends at a collection of charming shops. Tonight, in downtown Helsinki, toast to grand adventures and new friends. (B, D) Day 8: Helsinki - Tour Ends Set out for home with incredible memories and a longing to return. (B)

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January - April 2020

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January 10, 13, 16, January 18, 23, 25, 30 February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 February 20, 22, 27, 29 March 5, 7, 12, 14 March 19, 21, 26, 28 April 2, 9, 16, 18, 23, 25

Itinerary featured is for October 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

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October 31 November 2, 5, 7, 12, 14 November 19, 26, 28, 30

December 3, 5, 7 December 10, 12, 14 January 7, 9, 14 January 16, 21, 23, 28 February 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 February 15, 18, 20, 22 February 25, 27 March 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 March 20, 25, 27 April 8, 10, 15

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Helsinki. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Inter-flights are not included in the land price of your tour and must be purchased through us. This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to Arctic terrain. Outdoor activities in early November or April may vary depending on snowfall. If there is not enough snowfall, the husky safari will be substituted for a husky meet and greet and hike experience. The reindeer safari will be substituted with a horse drawn carriage northern lights search. The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.

MOST unique trip I’ve ever taken, and I’ve been to lots of places. Very few people have been north of the Arctic Circle to stay in a glass igloo and sleep under the stars while searching for the Northern Lights. —Collette Traveler

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ICELANDIC ADVENTURE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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10 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $3999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Reykjavík • Golden Circle • Thingvellir National Park • Gullfoss Waterfall • Akureyri • Húsavík • Whale Watching • Diamond Circle • Lake Mývatn • Snæfellsnes Peninsula • Vatnshellir Cave Tour • Exclusive Icelandic Delicacy Tasting • Blue Lagoon

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Learn about the tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. •• Relax in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths. •• Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier aboard an Icelandic mountain truck.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! Húsavík Whale Watching •• Day 4 — Explore the countryside on

horseback or take a photography tour featuring Icelandic horses.

•• Day 8 — Embark on a guided hike

to a glacier or venture on a walk through a rugged lava field. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Taste hákarl - cured shark meat. •• Indulge in Icelandic-inspired cuisine at a local restaurant. •• Experience Icelandic delicacies during an exclusive tasting at the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, CenterHotel Plaza or CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavik Days 4 – 6 Raudaskrida Hotel & Guesthouse, Husavik Days 7, 8 Fosshotel Stykkishólmur, Stykkishólmur Day 9 CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, CenterHotel Plaza or CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavik

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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From ethereal lava fields to thundering waterfalls, fuel your sense of adventure and explore the remarkable landscapes of Iceland. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to Iceland where adventurous landscapes give way to a rich cultural heritage. Day 2: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Epic history greets you this morning in the country’s capital: Reykjavík. Explore the city on a walking tour and discover the towering Hallgrímskirkja church, the harbor, the Kraum Icelandic Design Centre, and the Harpa Concert Hall. Tonight, make friends with your travel companions during a traditional Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Reykjavík - Golden Circle Reykjavík A journey along the Golden Circle is your gateway to Iceland’s most incredible natural wonders. Stop at a family-owned dairy farm and enjoy cheeses produced onsite. Journey onward to the otherworldly Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk between two continents at the crest of the MidAtlantic Ridge. Get lost in the beauty of the Gullfoss’ (Golden Falls) 100-foot double cascade waterfall, and see Strokkur, the famous fountain geyser. (B)

Day 4: Reykjavík - Akureyri - Goðafoss Húsavík  This morning, fly to Akureyri. Upon arrival enjoy some leisure time to absorb the quaint culture of Iceland’s “Capital of the North”. Then, it’s your choice! Saddle up and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the countryside on a horseback riding excursion -OR- grab your camera for a photo tour with Icelandic horses as you walk with them along beautiful vistas. Stop at one of Iceland’s most historic waterfalls, Goðafoss, where Iceland was converted to Christianity. Later, settle into your farmhouse in the Icelandic countryside. This familyowned property holds an environmental gold certification. Savor the stillness of its rural surroundings during a 3-night stay. This evening, enjoy the true essence of farm-to-table as locally sourced ingredients are incorporated in your dining experience. (B, D) Day 5: Húsavík After a continental breakfast made with farm-sourced ingredients, the day begins at Grenjaðarstaður, a fascinating collection

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Sparkling fjords, volcanic peaks, and the Snæfellsjökull ice cap (immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth) are just some of the sights you’ll see along the way. Bask in Iceland’s barren and dramatic scenery while you drive through the northern horse country. Stop at a wool factory, one of the remaining shops still using 100% Icelandic wool. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to explore the quaint fishing town of Stykkishólmur. (B, D)

of Icelandic turf settlement homes. Venture into the town of Húsavík, the first place in Iceland settled by the Norse, and visit the town’s whaling museum. Then take to the sea! Gear up in thermal wear and join expert whale watchers on Skjálfandi Bay, aboard specialized Zodiac boats to get close to whales. Later, enjoy some leisure time and meet the people who call this town home. (B) Day 6: Húsavík - Diamond Circle Dettifoss - Lake Mývatn - Húsavík Explore the highlights of the magnificent Diamond Circle. Begin with the powerful Dettifoss waterfall before visiting Lake Mývatn. You will have a chance to explore the Dimmuborgir lava formations, a field of ethereal rock structures. Continue on to Skútustaðagígar and get up close to pseudo-craters that resemble mini volcanoes. Then, take a soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths. Enjoy the warm, mineral-rich geothermal waters of this man-made lagoon. This evening, enjoy another farm-to-table dinner. (B, D) Day 7: Húsavík - Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Stykkishólmur Head to Stykkishólmur, the gateway to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Day 8: Stykkishólmur - Vatnshellir Cave - Snæfellsjökull Glacier Experience  Today, continue your journey through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with its black sand beaches, stunning cliffs, volcanic craters, and tiny fishing villages. Journey 100 feet below the ground in an 8,000-year-old lava tube on a tour of Vatnshellir Cave. See amazing stalagmites before experiencing total and absolute darkness. Back in the light of day, gear up to ascend the captivating Snæfellsjökull glacier via mountain truck! Under a tented venue surrounded by Iceland’s natural splendor, join your mountain guides for a tasting of local specialties. Then, it’s your choice! Gear up with crampons and an ice pick and join an expert on a hike that brings you to nearly 3,000 feet onto a glacier, where breathtaking ice formations and crevasses reside in full view -ORventure alongside a guide for a hike through lava fields, showcasing the landscape’s textures and pigments. (B) Day 9: Stykkishólmur - Borgarnes Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík Head south and embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure. Learn about a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. Before leaving, test your culinary courage and try the local specialty, hákarl (cured shark meat). Dive into the origins of Icelandic heritage and visit the Settlement Museum. Embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, best known as the home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of this geothermal wonder, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Come together this evening for a farewell dinner at a restaurant featuring Icelandic-inspired cuisine. (B, D)

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Prices based on September 29, 2020 departure

May - September 2020 May 5, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 June 2, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 23, 28 August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 25

September 1, 3, 8, 15, September 17, 22, 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Reykjavík. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, a pre or post night may be required in some Icelandair gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 10:00 a.m. The internal flight is not included in the land cost of your tour. This flight needs to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air.

Brilliant tour of Iceland. Ticked all my boxes. Went to all the important sites at the right pace. Knowledgeable tour guide, and good standard of hotels throughout.

—Collette Traveler

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COUNTRYSIDE OF THE EMERALD ISLE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $2399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Dublin • Cooking Class • Irish National Stud • Distillery Tour • Kinsale • Diner’s Choice • Garnish Island • Dingle Peninsula • Cliffs of Moher • Aran Islands

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. •• Overnight on the enchanting Aran Islands and jump head-first into Irish culture.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Aran Islands

•• Day 5 — Choose to join a local

expert on a historic tour of Cobh port or spend a leisurely day in Kinsale and enjoy its many galleries, shops and cafes.

•• Day 7 — Explore Dingle’s country

lanes on foot or spend time in Dingle Town where the Guinness is always freshly tapped. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Enjoy a welcome reception in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral. •• Put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class at a premier culinary institution in Dublin. •• Enjoy Diner’s Choice in Ireland’s gourmet capital of Kinsale.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hampton Hotel, Dublin Days 4, 5 Actons Hotel, Kinsale Days 6, 7 Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Day 8 Tigh Ruairí, Inisheer, Aran Islands Day 9

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

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From remote islands and historic Dublin, to less-traveled roads and charming villages, discover the best of the Emerald Isle. Day 1: Overnight Flight This is your chance to experience a seldomexplored side of Ireland. From the vaults of Christ Church Cathedral to the rolling hills of Dingle, we’ll bring you back to your Irish roots (even if you don’t have any). Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Fáilte and welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private tour and welcome reception in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral. Within the medieval walls of the city’s oldest structure, surrounded by nearly 1,000 years of Irish myths and legends, toast the start of an incredible adventure. Day 3: Dublin A local expert escorts you through Dublin’s magnificent sights. Enjoy the culture and color of Ireland’s famous shopping thoroughfare, Grafton Street. Get lost inside the gardens of St. Stephen’s Green, and marvel at the green expanse of the largest enclosed city park in all of Europe, Phoenix Park. This evening, enjoy some good craic Gaelic for fun - as we put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. (B, D)

Day 4: Dublin - Irish National Stud Midleton - Kinsale Take to Ireland’s country roads. Stop in County Kildare for some scrumptious homemade treats at a café that employs individuals with intellectual disabilities. Tour the Irish National Stud, home to regal thoroughbreds and opulent gardens. Head south to the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Give it a go with a tasting of the distillery’s production. Continue on to the quaint coastal village of Kinsale. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice in Ireland’s gourmet capital! Choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Kinsale’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 5: Kinsale - Choice on Tour  Start your day with by joining a local expert on a leisurely walking tour. Then, it’s your choice! Visit the seaside town of Cobh, the last stop of the RMS Titanic; circuit this historic port alongside a local expert - this is the place where 2.5 million Irish people left their native land for new frontiers -ORspend a leisurely day in Kinsale and enjoy its many galleries, shops and cafes. (B) Day 6: Kinsale - Garnish Island - Killarney Embark on the drive of a lifetime on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll fall in love with the

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quaint towns and charming villages along this iconic coastal route. Board a ferry and sail to a place that must be seen to be believed, Garnish Island. Sheltered in the Glengarriff harbor of Bantry Bay, this hidden island is home to one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. Continue over the Cork and Kerry mountains to Killarney via the breathtaking Caha Pass. (B)

private tour through the labyrinth of stone walls blanketing the island. Learn about the island’s 250 inhabitants, their livelihoods and devotion to traditional culture and customs. As the last ferry leaves for mainland Ireland, settle into your island abode amid desolate yet striking beauty for an experience that’s totally unparalleled. (B, D)

Day 7: Killarney - Dingle - Choice on Tour - Killarney  Not far from the spirited pubs of Killarney await the enchanting hills and weather-worn bluffs of Dingle. Travel through a maze of green to Ireland’s most westerly point, Slea Head, where the locals will remind you that, “the next parish over is Boston.” Then, it’s your choice! Explore Dingle’s country lanes on foot -OR- enjoy time at leisure in Dingle Town, a place where pubs double as hardware stores and the Guinness is always freshly tapped. (B)

Day 9: Aran Islands (Inisheer) Ennis Enjoy a morning to sleep in, or wake early for a sunrise hike to O’Brien Castle. Greet the sun as it rises over the Irish mainland and illuminates Inisheer’s picturesque stone walls. Later, dive into local culture during a knitting workshop and learn traditional methods and stitches used to make the famous Aran sweaters. Don’t worry if you’re not a knitter, you’ll be a pro before you know it! Next, experience the traditional craft of making the St. Brigid’s Cross. Throughout Ireland you will see these crosses affixed to homes to ward off evil and danger. This evening, after ferrying back to the mainland, toast the end of an incredible adventure! (B, D)

Day 8: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher Aran Islands (Inisheer) Leave the rugged southern coast behind and embark on an adventure, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Board a ferry bound for Inisheer, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. Take in unrivaled views while sailing beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Upon arriving in Inisheer, take a

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Day 10: Ennis - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close today, leaving you with the spirit of Ireland in your heart forever. (B)

with another tour for one seamless, non-stop travel experience.

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Prices based on March 28, 2021 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 29 April 12, 19

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 30 June 7, 14, 21 July 12, 19 August 2, 16

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(featured itinerary)

September 6, 13, 19 September 20, 27 October 4, 11 March 28 April 11, 18, 25

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Dublin and depart from Shannon. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Too many favorite experiences! From lodging in a B&B to a castle to first-rate hotels, then to great cities and lovely villages encompassed with storybook landscapes. Every day was a favorite! —Collette Traveler

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SWITZERLAND: HIDDEN TRAILS & MAJESTIC PEAKS

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Swiss Travel Pass • Neuchâtel • Walking Tour of Neuchâtel’s Historic Quarter • Local Wine Cooperative • Bern • Zermatt • Lake Geneva • Vevey • Chocolate Workshop • Lavaux Terraced Vineyards • Wine Tastings

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover Neuchâtel’s historic quarter and the treasures of the Belle Époque period. •• Explore the vineyards of Swiss wine country on foot. •• Use your 1st Class Swiss Travel Pass as an all-access entry to museums and more.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Enjoy a full day of leisure

in Vevey or discover Montreux and Chateau de Chillon then travel back to Vevey via Lake Geneva. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Participate in an immersive chocolate workshop. •• Savor lunch at a family-owned restaurant in Lavaux. •• Enjoy a wine tasting at a UNESCO World Heritage site.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac, Neuchâtel Days 5, 6 Unique Hotel Post, Ambassador Hotel or Hotel Alex, Zermatt Days 7 – 9 Astra Hotel, Vevey

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Zermatt

From the soaring Alps to the picturesque Swiss Riviera – set your sights on an active journey across Switzerland by train. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to a world wedged between Germany, Austria, France and Italy - the country of four languages that’s one of the most heralded destinations in Europe. Your journey through Switzerland will be entirely by train, offering an up close and personal rendezvous with the best the country has to offer from the Alps to the historic villages of the Swiss Riviera. Get ready to experience the culture, history and lifestyle of Switzerland firsthand. Day 2: Neuchâtel, Switzerland - Tour Begins Willkkommen! Bienvenue! Board a Swiss Rail train to Neuchâtel, where Gothic landmarks and sandstone grandeur beckon you to discover the abundant history of this medieval waterfront city. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner at a local brasserie. Retire to your lakefront room with incredible views of Lake Neuchâtel. (D) Day 3: Neuchâtel - Auvernier - Neuchâtel Good morning, Neuchâtel a la Belle Époque! Set out on a walking tour and discover the

treasures of Neuchâtel’s historic quarter with its unique architecture and structures from the Belle Époque period. Next, it’s on to the village of Auvernier. Visit a local wine cooperative, where a tour of the cellars demands a tasting of their everlasting vintages and a chance to learn how nature, soil and tradition converge to create a vintage’s character and flavor. (B) Day 4: Neuchâtel Enjoy a day of leisure in Neuchâtel. You may use your Swiss Travel Pass to explore the surrounding areas or just relax and stroll this charming place. Perhaps you will choose an optional e-biking excursion on Switzerland’s Absinthe Trail to Maison de l’Absinthe to learn the history of production and enjoy a private tasting and cooking experience. (B) Day 5: Neuchâtel - Bern - Zermatt From Neuchâtel, travel via train to Bern, the Swiss capital city. Enjoy time at leisure to discover Bern’s enthralling blend of influences - old and new. Then it’s on to the striking resort village of Zermatt nestled against the backdrop of the Matterhorn. (B, D)

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Day 6: Zermatt Zermatt’s modern holiday amenities steeped in traditional Alpine roots make this pedestrian city a truly peak experience. Today is yours to explore all this village has to offer. Consider using your Swiss Travel Pass to ascend the Gornergrat Railway to take in breathtaking views of the famed Matterhorn. (B) Day 7: Zermatt - Vevey Say goodbye to Zermatt and head to the north shore of Lake Geneva to Vevey, one of the “Pearls of the Swiss Riviera,” with awe-inspiring views of the Alpine panorama. While the city’s promenades and majestic hotels are classic reminders of the Belle Époque, its modernity is characterized by its art and music festivals, and the ever-present memory of Charlie Chaplin, who spent the last quarter of his life as a resident. Enjoy a walking tour before paying a visit to Läderach. Switzerland is world-famous for its chocolate, and Läderach chocolate is Swiss perfection. Participate in an immersive tasting workshop that reveals a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artistry behind the handmade Swiss chocolate. (B)

Day 8: Vevey - Lavaux - Vevey A relaxed morning in Vevey preludes your journey to the terraced vineyards of Lavaux. Begin with lunch at a family-owned restaurant before visiting with our friends, Jacques and Aurelia, for a wine tasting nestled amongst the vines. Traipse the Lavaux vineyards (UNESCO) on foot before enjoying another tasting of the region’s finest varieties. (B, L) Day 9: Vevey  Today, it’s your choice! Enjoy a full day of leisure in Vevey. Take advantage of your Swiss Travel Pass and discover the city’s museums, including the Swiss Camera Museum, Charlie Chaplin Museum, and the Nestle Foundation’s Nest -ORdiscover Montreux and Château de Chillon, then travel back to Vevey on Lake Geneva. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of Vevey’s best local restaurants. (B, D) Day 10: Vevey - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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May 2020 – April 2021 May 15, 22 June 5, 12, 19

July 10, 24 August 7, 14, 21, 28 September 4, 11, 18

October 2, 9, 16 April 16, 23

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Zurich, Switzerland. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 12:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. Upon arrival, a representative will meet you at the Zurich airport to secure luggage transfer; then accompany you via train to Neuchâtel - using the Swiss Travel System - and escort you to the hotel. Transfer times will be provided closer to departure. For departure transfers, you will independently make your way to the Zurich airport with your luggage using the Swiss Travel System. Your Tour Manager will provide you with train schedules for the most convenient routing and timing. Your Swiss Travel Pass will be needed for ALL transportation on this tour, utilizing the Swiss Travel System. Porterage service for luggage is included between hotels.

Everything was wonderful, from the transportation to the hotels and food offerings. Our tour included great options and included amazing experiences. —Collette Traveler

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JOURNEY THROUGH EGYPT AND JORDAN

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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NEW TOUR

13 DAYS • 23 MEALS FROM $3799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairo • Egyptian Museum • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx • Aswan • 3-Night Nile River Cruise • Kom Ombo • Edfu • Luxor • Valley of the Kings • Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple • Amman • Wadi Rum • Petra • Dead Sea • Arabic Literature Discussion

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover the secrets of the Nile, the world’s longest river, on a leisurely paced 3-night cruise. •• Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI during a tour of Valley of the Kings. •• Connect with locals at a women’s rug weaving cooperative.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Behold the Luxor Temple or

enjoy high tea where the elite once did at the Old Winter Palace. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 7 dinners •• Enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by locals and discuss Arabic literature with a philanthropic entrepreneur. •• Prepare your meal and eat familystyle at an Arabic cooking class.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City, Cairo Days 5 – 7  Sonesta St. George Day 8

Marriott Hotel, Amman

Days 9, 10 Movenpick Resort, Wadi Musa, Petra Days 11, 12 Movenpick Resort and Spa, Dead Sea

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Experience a dramatic world beyond imagination as you enter into lands of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty. Day 1: Overnight Flight Feel as if you’ve stepped into another time as you enter a world of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty. Eons of history and iconic wonders, mouthwatering bites of savory cuisine, and stretching sunsets fading against the desert horizon – discover the essence of Egypt and Jordan. Day 2: Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins Your adventure starts this evening in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. A constant thrum of energy wrapped around you, feel the everpresent heartbeat of the country in the city streets. Located strategically along the banks of the Nile, generations of wanderers have traversed these grounds just as you do now. Day 3: Cairo Spend the morning with an Egyptologist for a lecture on ancient Egypt. Your look into the past continues at the Egyptian Museum, a collection featuring some of the area’s oldest artifacts. This evening, connect with your fellow adventurers at a welcome dinner featuring local specialties. (B, D) Day 4: Cairo - Giza - Cairo Venture to nearby Giza and embrace the

Egypt you have always imagined at the iconic Pyramids. Stand in awe before the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the Great Sphinx’s stoicism, a colossal structure jutting out of the desert sand, full of mystery and intrigue. (B) Day 5: Cairo - Aswan - Philae - Board Ship A 2-hour flight brings you to Aswan, a breathtaking port city up the Nile. You may choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated there during the construction of the High Dam. This afternoon, discover the mysteries of Philae’s temple. Located on a small island, this complex can only be reached by motorboat. Then, board your cruise ship, your home for the next three nights, and watch the Egyptian landscape slowly drift by you. After a captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner, connect with Egypt’s culture at an ancient Nubian show. (B, D) Day 6: Kom Ombo - Edfu - Esna Coast along to Kom Ombo and visit a rare double temple. Continue on to the

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Day 8: Luxor - Disembark Ship Amman, Jordan Say goodbye to the land of the pyramids as you fly from Luxor to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Get a peek into this innovative city housing both modern technologies and ancient relics. Tonight’s street food dinner includes local specialties of hummus, falafel and kunafa. (B, D) Day 9: Amman - Wadi Rum - Petra Cross Jordan all the way to the south as you leave Amman for the isolated desert of Wadi Rum. Nicknamed the Valley of the Moon, this ethereal landscape resembles nothing found on earth. Cruise through the reserve on an open-air vehicle tour. Enjoy lunch at a local camp before venturing onward to Petra, the fabled “Rose Red City.” In the evening, stroll down the street to an authentic Arabic cooking class. Prepare your meal, featuring fresh ingredients from local markets and traditional Jordanian recipes, before digging in family-style. (B, L, D)

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mesmerizing Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the ancient god Horus and serving as one of Egypt’s bestpreserved temples. Sail to Esna before enjoying a festive Galabeya Party, where you might don a traditional Egyptian gown. (B, L, D) Day 7: West and East Bank of Luxor  Start the day on Luxor’s West Bank, trekking along elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Delve even further into Egyptian legends with an exclusive viewing of the tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses VI. Continue on to a local farm nestled along the banks of the Nile. At the farm, discuss this Egyptian way of life between sips of freshly brewed tea. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II -OR- enjoy high tea at the Old Winter Palace, which hosted esteemed guests such as Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, and the great Egyptologist Howard Carter, who announced the discovery of King Tut’s tomb here. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)

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Day 10: Petra Weave along sandstone carvings as you tour the archeological site of Petra with your guide. Serving as a crossroads between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra contains ages of hidden wonders just waiting to be explored. Enjoy leisure time to discover the site on your own. (B) Day 11: Petra - Dead Sea Connect with the local community at a women’s rug weaving cooperative, where you’ll be able to peruse the rugs designed in traditional styles. Then, arrive at your hotel in the Dead Sea and take advantage of the luxuries and your direct access to the legendary sea. (B, L, D) Day 12: Dead Sea - Madaba - Dead Sea Get a glimpse into the foundation of Christian reverence at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the venerated site of Jesus Christ’s baptism. In Madaba, delve deep into St. George’s Church and its famous Byzantine mosaics. Then, connect with an inspiring native who encourages literacy through his bookstore. At the store, you’ll enjoy a traditional farewell lunch cooked by locals as you chat with the philanthropic entrepreneur, discussing Arabic literature and culture. Like Moses long before you, gaze upon the Promised Land at Mount Nebo before returning to your hotel. (B, L) Day 13: Dead Sea - Tour Ends Your epic adventure comes to a close today. (B)

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September 2020 - April 2021 September 21, 28 October 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 30

January 25 February 8, 15, 22

March 1, 8, 15 April 5, 12, 19, 26

This trip requires a passport and visa. A visa is required for Egypt and Jordan. An Egyptian visa must be obtained at your own expense upon arrival in Egypt, at the approximate cost of 25 US Dollars, paid in cash. You need to purchase the visa before getting in line for immigration. For US, Canadian, UK, EU and Australian citizens, a Jordanian visa is arranged by our local Jordanian agent in advance. The Jordan exit fee is approximately 15 US Dollars per person, paid in local currency. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details or specific entry requirements for this tour. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time without notice, based on governing authority. Passport numbers are required in advance. Please provide yours at time of booking. Our air passengers will arrive into Cairo and depart from Amman. Airport transfers available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. The Egyptian Government charges a camera and/or video fee of approximately 18 US Dollars, per camera, for taking photos or video inside any enclosed sites such as tombs. There is an additional cost to enter inside the Pyramids. Rates are subject to change at any time based on governing authority. If you wish to take advantage of any of these extras, your Tour Manager will facilitate the onsite purchase of these tickets by collecting the fees at the beginning of the tour day. The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour. Order of sightseeing on board the ship may vary based on departure and weather conditions and is at the sole discretion of the cruise line. Due to flight schedules, the Abu Simbel option must be purchased at time of booking. Some days will have early departures for excursions to avoid the midday high temperatures. If traveling during Ramadan, please note that the order of some features may vary and that some meal experiences may be replaced with meals in the hotel instead of local restaurants/venues. Each guest is responsible for proper medical documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

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COLORS OF MOROCCO

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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11 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $2349 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Casablanca • Hassan II Mosque • Rabat • Meknes • Fes • Sahara Desert Tented Camp • Oasis Visit • Camel Ride • Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou • High Atlas Mountains • Marrakech • Cooking Class

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Stroll through the cobbled alleyways of ancient markets and medinas. •• Spend two nights at a tented camp in the Sahara Desert. •• Visit a desert oasis to meet a local farmer.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Visit the Jardin Majorelle

and the Berber Museum or explore the Musée Yves Saint Laurent and discover how the colors and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 6 dinners •• Experience Moroccan hospitality during a festive dinner at your riad. •• Select your own ingredients before a culinary workshop at a local women’s cooperative.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Barceló Anfa, Casablanca

Days 3, 4

Riad Yacout, Fes

Days 5, 6 Xaluca Luxe Bivouacs Belle Étoile, Sahara Desert, Merzouga Day 7 Hotel Xaluca Dades, Boumalne du Dades Days 8 – 10 Es Saadi Hotel, Marrakech

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Day 1: Overnight Flight On a captivating adventure through a land of centuries-old culture and customs, discover the “Land of Sunset” and “Gateway to Africa” — the place they call Morocco. Day 2: Casablanca, Morocco - Tour Begins Your journey begins in Casablanca. This evening, take in the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger as you join your fellow travelers for a traditional Moroccan dinner. (D) Day 3: Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fes Gaze upon the intricate, colorful artistry of ceramic tile and hand-carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque. Then we’re off to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The mausoleum’s ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations make this a tomb truly fit for a king. Then, it’s on to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO World Heritage site), home of the ancient door, the Bab El Mansour, and the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis. Arrive at your riad, a traditional Moroccan building, just in time for dinner. (B, D) Day 4: Fes Get ready to discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Step back in time on an

eye-opening tour featuring the centuries-old Madrasa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th-century medina, explore the alleyways and stalls of this ancient market. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colorful vats. (B) Day 5: Fes - Midelt - Erfoud - Sahara Desert Cross some of Morocco’s most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, pause in Midelt to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Erfoud, the “Door to the Desert,” and make your way by 4x4 jeep to your tented camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert. (B, D) Day 6: Sahara Desert Expedition Rise early to watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin your day by traveling to a desert oasis. Meet a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before traveling to a village to experience traditional North African Gnawa music. Continue on your desert expedition and meet a nomadic community that travels

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across the desert with the changing seasons. Return to your camp as the sun sets over the dunes. (B, L, D) Day 7: Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Boumalne du Dades Return to the edge of the desert via camel and marvel at the sunrise as it illuminates the sands. In the new light of day, begin the journey to Todra Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Arrive in Morocco’s “Grand Canyon,” Boumalne du Dades, where a golden sun lights up the gorge’s river valleys and burnished mud-brick homes. (B, D) Day 8: Boumalne du Dades - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou - Marrakech Follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles. Arrive at the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover the earthen buildings, defensive walls, and corner towers that make the ksar a striking feat of Moroccan architecture. Make a stop at a local argan oil cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. Continue along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages, before arriving in the ancient city of Marrakech. (B)

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Day 9: Marrakech  Among the mosques and palaces, souks and riads, visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. See the vibrant Jewish Mellah and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. Then it’s your choice! Visit the Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase the beauty and ingenuity of Morocco’s cultural heritage -OR- explore the Musée Yves Saint Laurent and discover how the colors and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. (B) Day 10: Marrakech Today, join a local women’s cooperative in an interactive cooking class. Source your own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country’s most celebrated dish: the tagine. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey. (B, L, D) Day 11: Marrakech - Casablanca Tour Ends Board your transfer to Casablanca this morning to connect with your flight home. (B)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 23, 30 February 6, 13, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 9, 12, 16, 23

May 7, 14, 21, 28 September 20, 24, 27 October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 October 22, 25, 29 November 1, 5, 8, 12, 22, 29

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December 3, 6 January 24, 28 February 4, 11, 18, 21, 25 March 4, 11, 14, 18 April 8, 15, 22, 25, 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Casablanca. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Return flights from Casablanca should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. Due to flight schedules, a post-night may be required in Casablanca (at an additional cost). If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate program with us. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.

The tour was excellent, we saw so much and our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. —Collette Traveler

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THE PLAINS OF AFRICA

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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14 DAYS • 33 MEALS FROM $4299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Nairobi • Aberdare National Park • Shaba National Reserve • Samburu National Reserve • Sundowner • Lake Nakuru • Masai Mara • Karen Blixen Home • Amboseli National Park • 11 Game Drives • Africa’s “Big 5”

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Feed Rothschild giraffes up-close at a sanctuary. •• Learn the traditions of the Samburu people during a visit with a tribe member. •• Enrich yourself in the culture during a visit to a Masai village. •• Impact Moment: Give back to nature with a “seedball,” which limits the cost of planting indigenous trees

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 11 lunches • 10 dinners •• Indulge in a traditional dinner in the bush with Masai entertainment. •• Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the bush, surrounded by nature.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Day 3 Aberdare Country Club, Nyeri Days 4, 5 Sarova Shaba Lodge, Shaba Reserve Day 6

The Ark Hotel, Nyeri

Days 7, 8 Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Days 9, 10 Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara Day 11

Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Days 12, 13 Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli

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Enjoy Kenya’s vistas and wildlife as you traverse the African plains on an intimate safari adventure. Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore Kenya’s wildlife, up close and personal, against stunning vistas across the plains of Africa. Day 2: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins A continent of adventure stirs the soul in Kenya, the heart of safari country. Spend the night at Nairobi’s first luxury hotel, the Sarova Stanley. Complement your journey with an opportunity to give back to nature with a “seedball.” The compact balls of seed limit the cost of planting indigenous trees around the world. A moment of impact can grow into a lifetime of change, so toss your seedball out the window anytime during your journey. Day 3: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park Set out in the central highlands to the mists of Aberdare National Park. Inside this isolated volcanic range, peaks reach as high as 14,000 feet. Indigenous forests surround you on all sides, and red soil drowns under brilliant waterfalls. Set your eyes on Mweiga Hill, where a welcome party of giraffes wait to greet you at your lodge. Overlooking the park, enjoy the lodge’s amenities at leisure this afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Buffalo Springs Reserve - Shaba Reserve Discover the magic of the Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves – home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife. Arrive at peaceful Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, head for Buffalo Springs – a starkly beautiful semi-desert that’s a mecca for birds and wildlife. On your game drive, see if you can spot the “Big 5” – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. (B, L, D) Day 5: Shaba Reserve - Samburu National Reserve - Shaba Reserve Marvel at the striking contrast of sand, sky, and bush during a morning game drive inside Samburu National Reserve. Return to Shaba Reserve for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5.” As the sun sets over the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, enjoy a traditional Sundowner, and relish the chance to deepen your cultural experience. In the company of a Samburu tribe member, learn about the culture, traditions, and folklore of the Samburu region and its people. (B, L, D)

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Day 6: Shaba Reserve - Aberdare National Park Journey to the forests of Aberdare National Park. An amazing experience awaits you upon arrival to your lodge, The Ark. This incredible place is an experience all on its own. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, The Ark offers four viewing decks that make it easy to watch the game go by. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a discussion about conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures in the region. Many animals visit the salt lick and the Ark’s floodlit water hole throughout the night. So you don’t miss any of the action, you can choose to be notified through the unique buzzer system of any wildlife sightings. (B, L, D)

up happy, refreshed, and ready for your morning and afternoon game drives through the grassy plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara. The Mara thrives in the same ecosystem as the Serengeti and plays host to one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet: the annual wildebeest migration. This is truly nature’s greatest theater, where savanna, cloud shadows and amazing wildlife spot the horizon. During a picnic stop, take in the vast landscape and discover for yourself why the ancestors described this place as Mara, meaning “spotted” in Maa. After a Mara sunset, head over to your incredible tented camp and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the animals in the distance. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Aberdare National Park Lake Nakuru To the middle of the Earth and beyond! Hit the road for a spectacular, mountain kissed journey on the way to Nyahururu waterfalls. One of the Great Rift Valley’s soda lakes, Lake Nakuru is a haven of ecological diversity surrounded by picturesque ridges and bushy grassland. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi Return to Nairobi and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen for a true Out of Africa experience. Have Rothschild giraffes eating right out of your hand (literally!) at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Get an up-close-andpersonal meeting with these fantastic creatures while feeding them from a platform that stretches as far into the sky as they do. (B, L)

Day 8: Lake Nakuru Wake up in the embrace of Nakuru’s acacia forest. During this morning’s game drive, make sure your binoculars are ready – this is rhino country. Find this park absolutely brimming with wildlife, on the ground and in the air. Regale in a true taste of Africa: a traditional breakfast prepared right in the bush. Unwind at your lodge before continuing your journey through the park on an afternoon game drive. Return just in time to witness one of Nakuru’s unforgettable sunsets. (B, L, D) Day 9: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve Welcome to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Your tented accommodations in the Mara provide you with all the deluxe amenities of a proper lodge, with the added adventure of being on level with the wild. Graced with an astounding collection of wildlife including lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants, the Mara offers an unsurpassed safari experience on your game drive this afternoon. Enrich yourself in the culture during a visit to a Masai village. Tonight, indulge in a traditional bush dinner, complete with a Masai dance performance. (B, L, D) Day 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve Ernest Hemingway said, “I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” Wake

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Day 12: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park Open plains, free-running lions, roaming herds of elephants, and so many other animals take up the majority of the real estate in Amboseli National Park. Take to the plains for an afternoon game drive in the breathtaking aura of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. (B, L, D) Day 13: Amboseli National Park All of Amboseli is at your feet today during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning “salty dust,” this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there’s a good chance you’ll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last chance to spot some more members of the elusive “Big 5.” If you haven’t tossed your “seedball” into the wilds yet, now’s your chance to make an impact on the continent you’ve grown to love. (B, L, D) Day 14: Amboseli National Park Nairobi - Tour Ends Return to Nairobi for your departure for home. You may choose to reserve a day room to freshen up prior to your flight. (B)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20 March 5, 19 April 16, 23

May 14 June 4, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 September 3, 6, 10, 13 September 17, 20, 24

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October 1, 8, 15, 22 November 5, 12 January 21, 28 February 4, 18 March 11 April 22

This trip requires a passport and visa. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Nairobi. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be scheduled prior to 4:00 p.m. If travelling internationally with a child under the age of 18, please check directly with the airline for the legal documentation that is required. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to procure the proper documentation to travel and many requirements vary by airline and destination. We will not be responsible for costs incurred for missed flights or canceled tours where a guest fails to secure proper documentation. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Park fees (approximately $572 USD) are included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change and are payable at time of final payment. Soft duffel bag luggage is required for this tour with maximum weight of 15 kgs. (approximately 33 pounds). A Kenya visa is required for this tour and must be obtained in advance. To apply for your visa in advance, please go to www.ecitizen.go.ke to submit an application and register yourself as a visitor. You will need a scanned copy of your passport as well as a passport photo to apply for the visa. Please allow for ample time as it may take up to a week or more to process. Bring a printed copy of your visa to present upon arrival in Kenya. The current cost of the single entry visa through this website is $51 USD, rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Should you wish to use an alternate visa service provider, additional processing fees may apply.

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EXPLORING SOUTH AFRICA, VICTORIA FALLS, & BOTSWANA

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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14 DAYS • 28 MEALS FROM $4487 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cape Town • Table Mountain • Cape Winelands • Pilanesberg National Park • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park • 9 Wildlife Safaris

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Head out for an African sundowner via 4x4 and enjoy the sunset. •• Explore the Dutch architecture and vineyards of the Cape Winelands. •• Interact with African elephants.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 13 — Continue the wildlife

search by land on a game drive or venture down the river for a different perspective on a safari cruise. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 10 dinners •• Experience an authentic bush dinner under the stars in Pilanesberg National Park. •• Sample South African wines at a vineyard tasting. •• Get to know a Capetonian family over dinner in their home.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

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Days 2 – 4 The Portswood Hotel, Cape Town Days 5, 6 Spier Hotel or De Zalze Lodge, Stellenbosch Days 7 – 9 Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park or Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park Days 10, 11 The Wallow, Victoria Falls Days 12, 13 Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane

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Get ready for an unparalleled journey through the cultural diversity and abundant wildlife of southern Africa. Day 1: Overnight Flight From urban centers to wild safaris, Africa takes you by surprise. Day 2: Cape Town, South Africa - Tour Begins Welcome to South Africa’s cultural mecca of Cape Town. Nicknamed “The Mother City,” it captivates you at every turn. Explore Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a Cape Town hotspot. From heritage sites to lively restaurants, the waterfront is one of South Africa’s most compelling destinations. Day 3: Cape Town Rise over the landscape in a cable car to Table Mountain, taking in views of Cape Town, Lion’s Head, and historic Robben Island. Return to the city via Table Bay. Pass through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pause at Milnerton Lighthouse. The rest of the afternoon is yours. Tonight, taste the country’s beloved flavors at dinner. (B, D) Day 4: Cape Town Travel to Cape Point, the southwestern tip of Africa. Set out on an easy hike down the mountain, wandering by patches of native flowers. Stop at Boulders Beach for the rarest of black-tie events – a rendezvous with endangered African penguins! Tonight,

you’re an honored guest in a local family’s home. Over dinner, exchange stories and get to know what everyday life is like here. (B, D) Day 5: Cape Town - Stellenbosch The Winelands of the Western Cape await - one of the world’s most beautiful wine countries. A short drive takes you to the idyllic town of Stellenbosch – one of South Africa’s most famous wine regions. Among rolling vineyards and historic Cape Dutch architecture, make the most of free time in the afternoon. This evening, learn about South Africa’s renowned varietals during a wine tasting. Cap the evening off with a dinner featuring locally-sourced ingredients. (B, D) Day 6: Stellenbosch - Franschhoek Stellenbosch Enjoy a full day exploring the country’s Winelands. Start in the Stellenbosch Valley and enjoy a tasting at your first winery of the day. Perhaps you’ll try the local favourite, Pinotage, which is a Pinot Noir blend with fruit and oak undertones. Travel to the charming village of Franschhoek for lunch. Take advantage of time at leisure before visiting a second winery in the afternoon. (B, L)

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morning and afternoon game drives, continue your search for the “Big 5” and other local animals, such as giraffes or cheetahs. (B, L, D) Day 10: Pilanesberg National Park - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Fly to Victoria Falls today – an aweinspiring Natural Wonder of the World. When you arrive, check in to your lodge – an authentic African tent camp with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. This afternoon, when rainbows are at their best, witness the awesome power of Victoria Falls. As the sun sets and the animals gather around the watering hole, toast the stunning African landscape with a sundowner. Your evening continues with dinner on the shores of the Zambezi River overlooking Victoria Falls. (B, D)

Day 7: Stellenbosch - Johannesburg - Pilanesberg National Park Take to the skies on a flight to Johannesburg. In a place where the lions reign as kings, head to Pilanesberg National Park, a fascinating game reserve set within an ancient crater. This is the wild Africa you’ve always dreamt of – now laid out before you just waiting to be discovered. Venture out in a 4x4 in search of the “Big 5” across vast marshlands and craggy landscapes. Enjoy a drink at a traditional African sundowner and watch as the sun disappears behind the mountain. (B, D) Day 8: Pilanesberg National Park Answer the call of the wild before sunrise. In the open expanse of Pilanesberg, among the pitch-perfect sounds of the wild, drive out in your 4x4 on a chase for the elusive “Big 5.” Enjoy coffee and tea amongst the wildlife prior to your return. In the afternoon, drive past the big cats preparing for the hunt before you indulge in a bush dinner under the stars. Allow your mind to wander as you stare up at the sky in awe, marveling at the parade of stars and constellations only seen in the Southern Hemisphere. (B, L, D) Day 9: Pilanesberg National Park Discover the wildlife around you with another full day in Pilanesberg. On

Day 11: Victoria Falls Embark on an experience of a lifetime. Greet African elephants, spend some quality time interacting with them in their own habitat, and learn some of their unique behaviours. After you’ve worked up an appetite, join a local Zambian family for a home-hosted lunch. This evening, you might decide to join an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. (B, L, D) Day 12: Victoria Falls - Chobe, Botswana Cross the border into Botswana and arrive in Chobe – an untamed national park whose namesake river twists its way throughout the area. During a captivating safari cruise along the Chobe River, spot elephants and hippos that linger and swim along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun. (B, L, D) Day 13: Chobe National Park  On a game drive through Chobe National Park, embark on an unforgettable wildlife excursion that features diverse ecosystems and unparalleled biodiversity. After lunch, it’s your choice! Continue the wildlife search by land on an afternoon game drive -OR- venture down the river again for a different perspective on a safari cruise. Tonight, gather by the river for an unforgettable, chef-hosted farewell dinner. Learn the secret to cooking a traditional braai, complete with some local favorites and delicacies. (B, L, D) Day 14: Chobe - Johannesburg, South Africa - Tour Ends Fly to Johannesburg today, where your tour comes to a close. (B)

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January - April 2020

May 2020 - April 2021

January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 February 1, 5, 12, 15, 19, 26 March 4, 7, 14, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 19, 22

May 13, 27 June 17, 24 July 8, 15, 17 August 5, 19, 26 September 2, 5, 12, 16, 19 September 21, 23, 26, 30 October 3, 7, 14, 21, 24, 28

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(featured itinerary)

November 4, 11, 18 January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17 February 20, 24, 27 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21

This trip requires a passport and visa. You must have at least 4 blank pages (with visa hologram) remaining in your passport to allow for the entry stamps issued for South Africa and Botswana as well as the visa for Zimbabwe. The 2 pages for South Africa MUST be facing each other. Failure to comply with this law will result in denied boarding of your international flight. A valid multiple entry visa is required for Zimbabwe. Multiple entry visa cost is approx. $45 USD for US citizens. The visa may be purchased upon arrival, in cash only. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. A mandatory tourism levy of 30 USD is required for all travelers upon arrival at the port of entry of Botswana. This levy can be paid by cash or credit card. Fees are subject to change. Park fees are included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change and are payable at time of final payment. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Zimbabwe and Botswana. Consult your physician 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. For guests transiting via Europe, an additional overnight flight will be required. Day rooms or overnight stays can be arranged for a cost upon request. In order to most fully experience the wildlife, you will be traveling by custom built safari vehicle which requires climbing in and out frequently and travel on bumpy roads. To experience Africa fully, we recommend that all guests be in reasonably good health and prepare properly. Unfortunately, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this trip. In addition, passengers who require assistance walking or who travel with oxygen tanks will not fully enjoy this trip and we strongly recommend a different tour. Our air passengers will arrive into Cape Town and depart from Johannesburg. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, return flights from Johannesburg should not be scheduled prior to 6:30 p.m. The internal flights are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND UNCOVERED

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

NEW TOUR

22 DAYS • 31 MEALS FROM $6299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Maori Culture • Cook Strait • Nelson • Abel Tasman National Park • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Franz Josef • New Zealand’s Wild West Coast • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Sydney Opera House • Adelaide Hills • Barossa Valley • Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru • Great Barrier Reef

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore New Zealand’s pristine wilderness and coastlines on several easy walks. •• Walk amongst the history and heritage of Maori culture. •• Spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef – with included options to snorkel, hike, or chat with a marine biologist.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 8 — Walk along the rainforest

Truman Track or enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel.

•• Day 9 — With a local guide, view the

Franz Josef Glacier via an exclusive trail or learn more about Kiwi conservation at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

3 NIGHTS • 4 MEALS

EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH 3 NIGHTS in fiji!

Escape to a tropical paradise and relax with a fresh fruit drink, read a book, go for a swim, or just bask in the atmosphere of this stunning archipelago. See page 388 for more information.

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Uncover Maori culture in New Zealand. Dive into the Outback of Australia. This is Oceania, a paradise in the South Pacific. Day 1 – Day 2: Overnight Flight Encounter the untamed vitality and the captivating culture of New Zealand and Australia – a perfect blend of wildlife and urban energy that is rooted in tradition, but is ever evolving with the Outback air. Delve into the South Pacific heritage and get a close look at New Zealand’s Maori lifestyle and the roots of Australia’s Aboriginal groups.

of intricate design, to get a glimpse into this captivating society at a Maori culture center. Get exclusive access to an archaeological site not open to the public during a guided exploration of a waterfront pa (Maori for village). Taste Maori heritage in a hangi dish and discover the roots of the culture at the Te Papa Museum. Admire the rolling waves as you share conversation, connecting over dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Wellington, New Zealand - Tour Begins Your journey starts in New Zealand. Feel the ever-present heartbeat of Maori culture on this set of islands. Comprised of natural beauty and striking contrasts, live the Kiwi lifestyle for the next 10 days. Say hello to Wellington, the colorful capital city of New Zealand. Take in the gourmet eats, seaside charm, and scenic coastline as you feel the warm ocean breeze of the “Windy City.”

Day 5: Wellington - Nelson Surrounded by green slopes and rolling mountains, the Cook Strait will offer a picturesque landscape as you cruise over the stunning waters on your way to the South Island. Visit Nelson, the oldest city on the island. Enjoy an evening at leisure to experience this coastal hub, full of local works and a trending foodie scene. This local art hub highlights works from the area, artisan food markets, and sparkling waters. (B)

Day 4: Wellington Jump right into Maori culture as you are greeted with a traditional powhiri, an elaborate ceremony for welcoming guests. Marvel at the carved wakas, sleek canoes

Day 6: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson Explore the Nelson Market, a bustling open-air market featuring delicious foods

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and goods from local artists. Chat with New Zealander artisans as you walk along the spirited stalls and peruse an everevolving library of Kiwi crafts. Venture on to Kaiteriteri, a coastal paradise where you’ll set sail through the graceful natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park. Coast over the crystal clear waters as you pass by verdant swathes of reaching trees huddled along the shoreline. A picnic lunch awaits at the Anchorage, a scenic bay set amongst a backdrop of gentle waves and sandy coasts. (B, L)

serenity and enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel. Then, we gather to experience the natural phenomenon of the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Feel the spray of the ocean crashing against these unique limestone formations with a flapjack façade. On your way to Franz Josef, New Zealand’s glacier country, you’ll get to experience Hokitika, better known as a “cool little town.” Discover the area’s seaside allure by combing the beach in search of New Zealand jade or perhaps you’ll explore the shops and eateries in town. (B)

Day 7: Nelson - Cape Foulwind Seal Colony - Punakaiki or Hokitika This morning meet with a local artist at his studio to learn about New Zealand greenstone carving. Then, venture to Cape Foulwind and find yourself set among dramatic ocean overlooks, towering mountains, and rustling foliage. Watch the dynamic colony of fur seals lounging on the sun-soaked rocks and dipping into the crashing waves. Tonight, dine at your beachfront hotel, a natural haven of craggy peaks and lively waterspouts. (B, D)

Day 9: Franz Josef  Choose how to start your day because it’s your choice! View the Franz Josef Glacier with a local guide, traversing an exclusive trail not open to the public -ORget a glimpse of kiwis at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, where you’ll learn more about conservation and rehabilitation of this national icon. Enjoy free time to relax. Perhaps you will step into the rainforest and soak in the steamy thermal waters of the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. (B)

Day 8: Punakaiki or Hokitika - Franz Josef  This morning, it’s your choice! Start the day surrounded by ethereal flora as you meander along Truman Track, a path that weaves through thick rainforest and onto a hidden beach below -OR- soak in a bit of coastal

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Day 10: Franz Josef - Queenstown Journey through the thick rainforest and emerge on the “wild” west coast. With cliffs and beaches on your right and the southern snowcapped Alps on your left, there will be no shortage of riveting landscapes to

capture your eye. Pause in Wanaka, a slice of tranquility nestled along a mountain-lined lake. Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, and settle into your home for the next three nights. (B) Day 11: Queenstown - Milford Sound Queenstown Take in the Milford Sound, a surreal fjord stretching through the Southern Alps. En route, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and cross through an ancient red beech forest. Take in the natural splendor around you as you cruise along the waters of the dramatic Milford Sound. With cliffs rising up to nearly 4,000 feet, you’ll see why this is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following your cruise, return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure. You may choose to return to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L) Day 12: Queenstown Today is yours! Explore the adventure capital whichever way your heart desires. Perhaps you’ll choose an optional tour to Mt. Nicholas Farm, where you’ll get a hands-on

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND UNCOVERED (CONT.)

22 DAYS • 31 MEALS FROM $6299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Maori Culture • Cook Strait • Nelson • Abel Tasman National Park • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Franz Josef • New Zealand’s Wild West Coast • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Sydney Opera House • Adelaide Hills • Barossa Valley • Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru • Great Barrier Reef

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 19 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 7 dinners •• Taste Maori culture at a hangi lunch. •• Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner. •• Sip lavender tea and enjoy culinary treats at a lavender farm in Barossa Valley.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2 Overnight Flight Days 3, 4 Rydges, Wellington Days 5, 6 Rutherford Hotel, Nelson Day 7 Punakaiki Resort , Punakaiki or Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika Days 8, 9 Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef Days 10 – 12 Peppers Beacon, Queenstown Days 13 – 15 Quay West Suites, Sydney Days 16, 17 The Manna of Hahndorf, Hahndorf Day 18 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Days 19 – 21 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

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experience with merino wool. Or you might choose to experience the thrill of a jetboat ride on the Shotover River. Tonight, gather around the table as a welcomed guest when you join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner. (B, D) Day 13: Queenstown - Sydney, Australia Wish New Zealand goodbye and fly to Australia, home to expansive Outback and lively waterfront cities. Start your Aussie adventure in Sydney, the country’s largest city. Acquaint yourself with the streets on an orientation tour, gathering your bearings and getting a glimpse at the highlights. As the sun sets, admire the city skyline on a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour and watch the sky transform into a myriad of pinks and oranges over the iconic Sydney Opera House. (B, D) Day 14: Sydney Take a step into the past and explore the historic Rocks neighborhood, situated along the edge of Sydney Harbour. Continue along to the port Circular Quay before strolling through the winding paths of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Here, you’ll delve into Aboriginal culture by learning about native plants and foraging for traditional foods. Go behind the scenes of the Sydney Opera House on an expert-led guided tour of this

legendary venue. (B) Day 15: Sydney Make the most of your final day in Sydney with a full day at leisure! You may choose to go on an optional Sydney Foodie Safari or take in a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Included harbor ferry passes will help you get around. (B) Day 16: Sydney - Adelaide - Hahndorf Set off on a short flight to Adelaide, the cosmopolitan hub of South Australia. Indulge in a wine tasting at d’Arenberg Cube, home to eccentric architecture and vibrant surroundings, and discover why the wine maker is referred to as the “Willy Wonka of Wines.” Visit Hahndorf, a charming village in the Adelaide Hills and the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. Get a taste of German cuisine and local flavors at tonight’s dinner. (B, D) Day 17: Hahndorf - Barossa Valley Hahndorf Treat your taste buds to a full-day exploration of the Barossa Valley’s fine food and wine. Breathe in the calming essence of lavender at Lyndoch Lavender Farm, joining an expert on a guided tour of the estate. Savor a light lunch during a lavender tea party, featuring flavorful bites and

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lavender sweets. Your vintner voyage continues at the famous Seppeltsfield Winery, one of the oldest in the Barossa Valley. (B, L) Day 18: Hahndorf - Adelaide - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Your adventure continues to the mesmerizing Uluru (Ayers Rock). After your flight from Adelaide Hills, relish in free time this afternoon before gathering for an unforgettable evening set in the stunning backdrop of this Aboriginal destination. Experience the Sounds of Silence dinner, a gourmet meal overlooking the glowing Uluru. As the sun drops behind the horizon and the Milky Way starts to twinkle, relax as you eat dinner under a bed of stars, overlooking Australia’s greatest natural wonder. (B, D) Day 19: Ayers Rock - Cairns Get a close look at the iconic, monstrous red rocks emerging from the earth, sprung up as if beckoned toward the clouds. On a guided tour of Uluru’s base and the neighboring Kata Tjuta rock formations, discover the heritage of Australia’s Aboriginal people. Fly to Cairns and enjoy an evening at leisure, getting to know this gateway to an underwater paradise. (B)

Day 20: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you will soak up the sun and sprawl out on the shore of a tiny sand island, located along the outer reef. Or consider tapping into your adventurous side and go snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering an active pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation, gaining insight into this protected habitat. Or maybe you’ll choose to join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island. (B, L)

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September 2020 – April 2021 September 14 October 5, 26

November 2 January 18 February 8, 22

March 1, 8 April 12

This trip requires a passport. ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority) are required for US and Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and New Zealand. Our air passengers will arrive into Wellington and depart from Cairns. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

Day 21: Cairns Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or explore the tropical city of Cairns. Toast to the end of your journey at a farewell dinner, reflecting on your Outback escapade. (B, D) Day 22: Cairns - Tour Ends Your tour of New Zealand and Australia comes to a close today. (B)

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MYSTERIES OF INDIA

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

15 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Old Delhi • Rickshaw Food Tour • Jaipur • Hawa Mahal • Amber Fort • Home-Hosted Dinner • Ranthambore Game Drives • Taj Mahal • Chandela Temple Complex • Ganga Aarti Ceremony • Varanasi

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Marvel at the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony. •• Venture through the main streets and back roads of Old Delhi via rickshaw. •• Impact Moment: Enjoy lunch at

Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Return to your hotel to

relax or visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans.

Taj Mahal

From the iconic tigers of Ranthambore to the legendary Taj Mahal, step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 6 dinners •• Learn the secrets to preparing incredible Indian food at a homehosted dinner. •• Indulge during a food tour through Old Delhi. •• Experience an incredible farewell dinner in Varanasi.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 The Park New Delhi, Delhi Days 5 – 7 Trident Hotel, Jaipur Days 8, 9 Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore Days 10, 11 Trident Hotel, Agra Day 12 Radisson Jass Hotel, Khajuraho Days 13, 14 Radisson Hotel, Varanasi

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Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover India’s perfect synthesis of nature, spirituality, and regal legacy. From the fabled Taj Mahal to the iconic tigers of Ranthambore, step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color. Day 2: Delhi, India - Tour Begins A paradise of contradiction, Delhi features a mesmerizing modern energy, age-old monuments and an all-encompassing vitality that courses its way through the busy streets. Experience everything this dynamic metropolis has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi. Day 3: Delhi Start your morning at the expansive Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments dating back to the 1500s. This sprawling complex inspired countless mausoleums, including the legendary Taj Mahal. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Gather with your group in the evening for a memorable dinner featuring Indian specialties. (B, D) Day 4: Delhi Cut through Old Delhi’s buzzing streets on a rickshaw – your mode of transportation

for an exhilarating food tour. Down narrow streets and corridors, enjoy bites of local flavor as you meet Delhi’s friendly food vendors. Your culinary adventure continues in the sacred Sikh temple, where you’ll find a lively communal kitchen. In the afternoon, see the famous monuments of New Delhi such as the India Gate and Parliament building. (B, L) Day 5: Delhi - Jaipur A scenic drive through the countryside delivers you to Jaipur, the “Pink City.” Your first stop is at the Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of Jaipur as you stroll through the heart of the Old City. Walk the perfumed aisles of a flower market, where garlands are created for traditional Indian ceremonies. (B) Day 6: Jaipur Take in the extensive palace complex of Amber Fort, India’s former seat of power. Head to the palace by means of a vintage jeep, scaling the hills overlooking Jaipur. This afternoon, experience the aromas of the Jaipur Spice Market. In the evening, get to know a local family as you join them for a hosted dinner in their home. (B, D)

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Day 10: Ranthambore - Agra Hop on a train, coasting through tunnels and around bends as you follow the rails to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. Home to stone forts and marble mausoleums, culture comes alive in this animated city. (B) Day 11: Agra The Taj Mahal, a stunning vision in white marble and sandstone, was built as an expression of love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Experience the romantic spirit of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the colors of the sky dance on the bright façade and shimmer in its reflective pool. Later, visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy lunch at Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence, allowing them to reclaim their lives and livelihoods through employment and sisterhood. (B, L) Day 12: Agra - Khajuraho Start your morning with a train ride to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range, find a city of stone temples and mystifying sculptures. (B, L, D) Day 7: Jaipur Set out to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur, starting with the City Palace. Nearby, take in the impeccable masonry at the Jantar Mantar – the world’s oldest stone sundial. The afternoon is yours to discover Jaipur however you please. (B) Day 8: Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park The tiger is a creature of unending fascination in India. Seek out tigers in their natural habitat at Ranthambore National Park. Learn about Project Tiger’s conservation efforts and the impact the organization has had on the Ranthambore sanctuary. Connect with a naturalist, introducing you to India’s extensive wildlife. (B, L, D) Day 9: Ranthambore  Surrounded by deep forests and scattered ruins, board a canter (openair truck) and pass by barking deer, Indian gazelles and exotic birdlife as you follow the tigers’ paths in search of the sanctuary’s renowned wildlife. Then, it’s your choice! Return to your hotel to relax -OR- visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans. In the afternoon, return to the wild for another opportunity to watch for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, hyenas and the park’s famous tigers. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Khajuraho - Varanasi Take in the Chandela Temple complex, home to unparalleled temple architecture and intricate stone carvings. Fly to Varanasi – India’s holiest city – where spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. Sail along the River Ganges and pass by the ghats (banks) where locals wade into the river. From the Dashashwamedh Ghat, enjoy a reserved seat to experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky. (B) Day 14: Varanasi Today, take advantage of a morning boat ride for an opportunity to see the sunrise on the River Ganges. Travel to Sarnath, where Siddhartha Gautama – later known as Buddha – gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. Discover this holy site and gain insight into the country’s divine past. Celebrate your adventure through India alongside new friends at a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 15: Varanasi - Delhi - Tour Ends Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi, where a day room has been reserved for you to freshen up before your return flight home. (B)

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$2499 $3499

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January - March 2020

September 2020 - March 2021

January 9, 16, 30 February 6, 13, 20 ★ March 4 March 12, 19

September 25 October 2, 9, 23 December 4 January 8, 15, 22

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

February 5, 12, 19 March 12, 19 ★ March 26

Itinerary featured is for September 2020 – March 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

SPECIAL EVENT Holi Festival

Participate in Holi - the traditional “festival of color” - and celebrate the arrival of spring. MARCH 4, 2020; MARCH 26, 2021

This trip requires a passport and visa. Passport information is required in advance, please provide at time of booking. A visa is required for this tour at your expense. The approximate visa cost is $135 USD. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Delhi. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Due to flight schedules, flights arriving into Delhi may arrive very late in the evening on Day 2 or just after midnight the morning of Day 3. A pre or post night may be required (at an additional cost). Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be booked prior to 8:00 p.m. on the last day. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

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MYSTERIES OF INDIA

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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FEATURING

HOLI FESTIVAL 15 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $2799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Old Delhi • Holi Festival • Rickshaw Food Tour • Jaipur • Hawa Mahal • Amber Fort • Home-Hosted Dinner • Ranthambore Game Drives • Taj Mahal • Chandela Temple Complex • Ganga Aarti Ceremony • Varanasi

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Travel to Khajuraho on an exciting train journey. •• Marvel at the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony. •• Participate in the Holi celebration of color and springtime’s arrival. •• Impact Moment: Enjoy lunch at Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Return to your hotel to

relax or visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 6 dinners •• Learn the secrets to preparing incredible Indian food at a homehosted dinner. •• Indulge during a food tour through Old Delhi. •• Experience an incredible farewell dinner in Varanasi.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 The Park New Delhi, Delhi Days 5 – 7 Trident Hotel, Jaipur Days 8, 9

Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore

Days 10, 11 Trident Hotel, Agra Day 12 Radisson Jass Hotel, Khajuraho Days 13, 14 Radisson Hotel, Varanasi

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From the fabled Taj Mahal to the tigers of Ranthambore, step into a world of vibrant color featuring the renowned Holi Festival. Day 1: Overnight Flight From the fabled Taj Mahal to the iconic tigers of Ranthambore, step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color in India. Day 2: Delhi, India - Tour Begins A paradise of contradiction, Delhi features a modern energy, age-old monuments and an all-encompassing vitality that courses its way through the busy streets. Experience everything this metropolis has to offer. Day 3: Delhi Start your morning at the expansive Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments. This sprawling complex inspired countless mausoleums, including the legendary Taj Mahal. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Join your group in the evening for a dinner featuring Indian cuisine. (B, D) Day 4: Delhi Participate in Holi - the traditional “festival of color.” This Hindu festival of spring celebrates fertility, love, triumph of good over evil, and of course, color. Join people from all around India and the world in throwing powdered color in celebration

of the arrival of spring. For centuries, Holi has remained a joyous occasion, a time for friends to come together and enjoy themselves. Experience Holi up close under the brilliant Technicolor rains of green, orange, red, and purple colored water, and see India and the Hindu culture in a new light. Later, cut through Old Delhi’s buzzing streets on a rickshaw – your mode of transportation for an exhilarating food tour. Down narrow streets and corridors, enjoy bites of local flavor as you meet Delhi’s friendly food vendors. Your culinary adventure continues in the sacred Sikh temple, where you’ll find a lively communal kitchen. In the afternoon, see the famous monuments of New Delhi such as the India Gate and Parliament building. (B, L) Day 5: Delhi - Jaipur A scenic drive through the countryside delivers you to Jaipur, the “Pink City.” Your first stop is at the Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja. Walk the perfumed aisles of a flower market, where garlands are created for traditional Indian ceremonies. (B) Day 6: Jaipur Take in the extensive palace complex of

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your hotel to relax -OR- visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans. In the afternoon, return to the wild for another opportunity to watch for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, hyenas and the park’s famous tigers.

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Day 10: Ranthambore - Agra Hop on a train and follow the rails to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. (B) Day 11: Agra The Taj Mahal, a stunning vision in white marble and sandstone, was built as an expression of love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Experience the romantic spirit of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the colors of the sky dance on the bright façade and shimmer in its reflective pool. Later, visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy lunch at Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence, allowing them to reclaim their lives and livelihoods through employment and sisterhood. (B, L)

Amber Fort, India’s former seat of power. Head to the palace by means of a vintage jeep. This afternoon, experience the aromas of the Jaipur Spice Market. In the evening, get to know a local family as you join them for a hosted dinner in their home. (B, D) Day 7: Jaipur Explore the beautiful city of Jaipur, starting with the City Palace. Nearby, take in the impeccable masonry at the Jantar Mantar – the world’s oldest stone sundial. The afternoon is yours to explore. (B) Day 8: Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park The tiger is a creature of unending fascination in India. Seek out tigers in their natural habitat at Ranthambore National Park. Learn about Project Tiger’s conservation efforts and the impact the organization has had on the Ranthambore sanctuary. Connect with a naturalist, introducing you to India’s extensive wildlife. (B, L, D) Day 9: Ranthambore  Surrounded by deep forests and scattered ruins, board a canter (openair truck) and pass by barking deer, Indian gazelles and exotic birdlife as you follow the tigers’ paths in search of the sanctuary’s renowned wildlife. Then, it’s your choice! Return to

Day 12: Agra - Khajuraho Start your morning with a train ride to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range, find a city of stone temples and mystifying sculptures. (B, L, D) Day 13: Khajuraho - Varanasi Take in the Chandela Temple complex, home to unparalleled temple architecture and intricate stone carvings. Fly to Varanasi – India’s holiest city – where spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. Sail along the River Ganges and pass by the ghats (banks) where locals wade into the river. From the Dashashwamedh Ghat, enjoy a reserved seat to experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky. (B) Day 14: Varanasi Today, take advantage of a morning boat ride for an opportunity to see the sunrise on the River Ganges. Travel to Sarnath, where Siddhartha Gautama – later known as Buddha – gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. Discover this holy site and gain insight into the country’s divine past. Celebrate your adventure through India alongside new friends at a farewell dinner. (B, D)

MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

3+ NIGHTS

PRE OR POST NIGHT

EXTENSION

PRE/POST: DELHI

DUBAI

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tour for one seamless, non-stop travel experience. CALL FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

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$2799 $3999

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on March 26, 2021 departure.

March 2020

March 2021

March 4

March 26

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

Itinerary featured is for the March 2021 tour departure. Departure prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

This trip requires a passport and visa. Passport information is required in advance, please provide at time of booking. A visa is required for this tour at your expense. The approximate visa cost is $135 USD. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Delhi. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Due to flight schedules, flights arriving into Delhi may arrive very late in the evening on Day 2 or just after midnight the morning of Day 3. A pre or post night may be required (at an additional cost). Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be booked prior to 8:00 p.m. on the last day. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

Day 15: Varanasi - Delhi - Tour Ends Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi, where a day room has been reserved for you to freshen up before your return flight home. (B)

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TOUR KINGDOMS NAME OF SOUTHEAST ASIA • XX MEALS XX DAYS

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

FROM xx 14 DAYS • 20 MEALS $ double occupancy. Land only,FROM per person, 2599 $

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS

xx • xxx • xxx • xx • xxx • xxx • xx • xxx • Hanoi Puppet • Ninh xxx • xx •• Water xxx • xxx • xx •Theatre xxx • xxx • xx • Binh Province • xxx Monk Blessing Ceremony • xxx • • Pak Ou Caves • Angkor Wat • Ta Prohm Temple • Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta • Cu Chi Tunnels

CULTURAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES EXPERIENCES •• Take xxx. part in a private blessing ceremony and meet the monks of a •• xxx local monastery. •• xxx •• Journey to the famous Pak Ou Caves, the home of hundreds of Buddhas. •• See the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground Viet Cong passageways.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day x — x. Day 4 4— — xxx Enjoy a leisurely bike ride •••• Day

to the ancient temples of Bich (Be sure to arrange tripby departure) Dong Pagoda orbefore travel coach to the Thung Nham Bird Garden, a sanctuary with more than 40 species of birds. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• x breakfasts • x dinners •••12 • xxbreakfasts • 4 lunches • 4 dinners •••Sample famous Vietnamese dishes • xx on a walking food tour. •• xx •• Savor some of Hanoi’s finest food during dinner inside a restored French Colonial-style mansion.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4

Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

Days 5 – 7 Sanctuary Hotel, Luang ACCOMMODATIONS Prabang or Le Parasol Blanc, Luang Prabang Day Overnight MemoireFlight D’Angkor, Siem Days1 8 – 10  Reap Days 2, 3 Hotel Days 11 – 13 Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

On some dates alternate hotels may be used. On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Visit Southeast Asia, an ancient and mysterious world where each day paints a new picture of rich cultures, lost civilizations and vibrant cities. Day 1: Overnight Flight Take in the majesty of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on a journey through these kingdoms of Southeast Asia. Day 2: Hanoi, Vietnam - Tour Begins Welcome to Hanoi. Known for its French colonial architecture, tree-lined streets, and vibrant street food scene, Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and second most populous city. Day 3: Hanoi Rise early to walk to the “Lake of the Restored Sword,” Hoam Kiem Lake. Become mesmerized by Tai Chi practitioners moving along the waterfront in this peaceful respite as the city comes to life for the day. Later this morning, take a step back to Imperial times on a walking tour through the Old Quarter. After, enjoy a walking food tour which includes some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes like banh mi and pho. At the end of the food tour, enjoy a Vietnamese coffee and views of Hoam Kiem at a hidden rooftop café. Admire the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Take in the well preserved traditional architecture at

the Temple of Literature. Tonight, gather with new friends at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants in a restored French Colonialstyle mansion, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B, L, D) Day 4: Hanoi  Travel through Vietnam’s striking countryside to the province of Ninh Binh, the picturesque setting of northern Vietnam’s Red River Delta. In the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, visit the Temple of King Le and learn about the history of his ancient empire. Then, it’s your choice! Venture to the centuries-old temples of Bich Dong Pagoda on a leisurely bike ride -OR- travel by coach to the Thung Nham Bird Garden, a sanctuary with more than 40 species of birds. Board a local boat this afternoon and cruise along landscapes bordered by terraced rice paddies and small villages. (B) Day 5: Hanoi - Luang Prabang, Laos Enjoy your morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the spiritual capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. When you arrive, embark on an architectural walking tour of the city’s old quarter where you’ll discover a

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convergence of heritage and Colonial influences. See the Buddhist temple Wat Xieng and its Tree of Life mosaic that makes this temple one of the city’s most beautiful. You’ll also visit Wat Visoun, the city’s oldest temple. Dine and share stories with new friends in a traditional Laotian village this evening, where a home-hosted dinner introduces you to the best of authentic Lao cuisine. (B, D) Day 6: Luang Prabang Enter the spiritual heart of Laos this morning via a local tuk-tuk. Visit Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Chat with young English students at Luang Prabang Library before visiting a Buddhist temple, where you’ll take part in an exclusive private blessing ceremony, delivered by one of the monks. Next you’ll head to the “Whiskey Village” of Ban Xang Hai, and Ban Thing Thong, a riverside weaving and fishing village where you’ll learn about life – and art – in rural Laos. Be welcomed to the village with a special Baci ceremony – a Laotian tradition that brings good luck and vanquishes bad spirits. After visiting Pak Ou Buddha Cave, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Conclude your afternoon with a relaxing cruise down the Mekong in a private boat. (B, L) Day 7: Luang Prabang Today, journey out of Luang Prabang through the idyllic Laoatian countryside to a traditional Hmong hill tribe village in Ban Long Lao. Spend time exploring the village and get to know the tribe and their daily way of life. Then, set out on an easy hike through lush jungle and panoramic mountain scenery to the incredible Kuang Si Waterfall. When you arrive, visit the Bear Rescue Center and discover how the center is making strides to conserve the black bear population. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure back in Luang Prabang. (B) Day 8: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, Cambodia Enjoy free time on your own this morning before your flight to northwest Cambodia and Siem Reap, gateway to the wonders of Angkor. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant while enjoying a traditional Apsara show. (B, D) Day 9: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Siem Reap Depart by tuk-tuk for Angkor Wat this morning just in time to see a magnificent sunrise moving over it. A perfect example of classic Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat

is the Kingdom of Cambodia’s most-heralded treasure. Enter its eastern gate and exit at its west to watch the light of the sun play on its magnificent stones. Have breakfast back at the hotel before returning to Angkor Wat. This afternoon, visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic complex that is partially overgrown with jungle debris. At Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmers, begin your visit at the Terrace of the Leper King, followed by the temples of Baphuon and Bayon, the former a 12th century masterpiece at the very center of Angkor Thom. (B) Day 10: Siem Reap This morning we visit Kampong Khleang, a permanent community built on the floodplain of Tonle Sap Lake. Meet local residents and learn about their fishing-based economy and daily lives. After lunch, continue to Les Artisan d’Angkor Workshop, a development project that teaches the Khmer arts, like stone and wood carving, to young adults. (B, L) Day 11: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Start your day at the JWOC Community Center and make new friends with the local school children. Next, board a flight to historic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. For centuries, the city has been the commercial hub of the region, creating a cultural melting pot. This afternoon you’ll get acquainted with the city’s colonial landmarks on a tour that features the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. (B) Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City Today we take to the waters of the famous Mekong Delta. As you sail along, your guide will delve into the history and culture of the region. Lush tropical gardens and islands, floating markets, and the bustling energy of these expansive waterways give an intriguing peek into everyday life. Travel by sampan deeper into the delta and stop for a lunch in a lush tropical garden. (B, L) Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City This morning, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Conclude your day with a farewell dinner in one of the city’s best restaurants. (B, D)

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January - April 2020 January 10, 24, 31 February 7, 28 March 6, 13, 20 April 20

This tour may vary for departures after April 2020. Call or visit our website for complete information.

This trip requires a passport and visas. Our air passengers will arrive into Hanoi and depart from Ho Chi Minh. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Visas are at your expense. The approximate cost for a one month multiple entry Vietnam visa is $50 USD and you must apply online prior to departure. Upon arrival please have your approval letter and 2 passport photos. You will need 1 blank page in your passport. You can obtain the visa for Cambodia at the airport upon arrival. The cost is approximately $30 USD and two complete blank pages are required in your passport along with one passport photo. A Laos visa is required for this tour at your expense. This can be purchased upon arrival in Luang Prabang, Laos. The approximate cost is $35 USD. One blank page is required in your passport. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from the date of return home. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal doctor for specific details on the destinations you are travelling to and from. Due to flight schedules, a pre and/or post night stay may be required in some gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. If you’d prefer not to hike on Day 7, a vehicle is available to bring you to the falls. Not all vendors accept credit cards or travelers checks; therefore, it is recommended you bring small amounts of US dollars which are widely accepted for personal use.

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PATAGONIA: EDGE OF THE WORLD

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

reinvented

NEW TOUR

14 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $5869 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Buenos Aires • Ushuaia • Tierra del Fuego National Park • 4-Night Fjord Cruise • Cape Horn • Wulaia Bay • Pia Glacier • Garibaldi Glacier • Agostini Sound • Aguila Glacier • Condor Glacier • Magdalena Island • Torres del Paine National Park • Patagonian Estancia • Perito Moreno Glacier • Tango Show

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Get a glimpse into Argentine culture at a lively tango performance. •• Meet and swap stories with local gauchos (cowboys). •• Embark on a 4-night cruise through the fjords and ethereal wilderness of Patagonia.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 8 dinners •• Spend the day at a Patagonian estancia and connect with the locals at a traditional lamb roast. •• Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with every dinner while onboard your cruise ship.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta or Hotel Emperador, Buenos Aires Day 4

Los Acebos, Ushuaia

Days 5 – 8 Stella Australis, Australis Cruises Days 9, 10 Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales Days 11, 12 Esplendor, El Calafate Day 13 Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta or Hotel Emperador, Buenos Aires

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Take a step into a world of pure nature in Patagonia, where crystal-clear waters meet mountainside glaciers. Day 1: Overnight Flight Snowcapped mountains towering in the distance. Vibrant teal waters lapping against the shore. Glaciers carving their way through the valleys. This is Patagonia – a rugged wonderland of nature nestled along Argentina and Chile. Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tour Begins Your journey starts in Buenos Aires. The city radiates a Latin-infused rhythm interwoven with its European heritage. Meet your fellow travelers for a cocktail reception at your hotel, located in the heart of the chic and stylish Recoleta neighborhood. Head to a local restaurant with your new friends and indulge in savory Argentine flavors. (D) Day 3: Buenos Aires Embark on a panoramic city tour and coast down the famous Avenida 9 de Julio, where Parisian architecture and verdant trees line the world’s widest avenue. Discover the city’s most well-known sites and stop at the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. Enjoy free time to explore San Telmo, where street performers tango on the sidewalks and vibrant street

murals dance along the walls. Return to Recoleta for an evening at leisure. (B) Day 4: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia, your gateway to Patagonia’s natural splendor. A remote harbor town nestled between the Andes and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia proudly calls itself “the southernmost city in the world.” Get acquainted with the city on a brief walking tour before enjoying free time to explore on your own. (B) Day 5: Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Board Ship - Chilean Waters Begin your Patagonian adventure at Tierra del Fuego National Park. With the wind in your hair and fresh air in your lungs, breathe in the peace and serenity around you, intensified by the dramatic landscape of waterfalls, glaciers, and forests. Set sail from the mainland on the Stella Australis, your home for the next four nights. Head for one of the most remote corners of the world as you cross into Chilean waters. (B, D) Day 6: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Disembark at Cape Horn National Park, home to an archipelago of islands considered

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façade, emblematic of the region’s untouched nature. Continue by boat to the Condor Glacier – where calving hunks of ice send spinetingling echoes into the air. (B, L, D) Day 9: Magdalena Island Disembark Boat - Punta Arenas, Chile - Puerto Natales Start your morning on Magdalena Island with a hike through a massive colony of Magellanic penguins to the island’s historic lighthouse. Embark on your final sail through Patagonia as you head further into the strait, docking at Punta Arenas. Discover this coastal metropolis with an expert guide, where brightly colored houses meet modern skyscrapers. As the day draws to a close, continue on to Puerto Natales. (B) Day 10: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales Venture into Torres Del Paine National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Among the jagged mountains, ethereal teal waters, and expansive grasslands, you may spot soaring condors, inquisitive guanacos (llamas), and independent felines. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls as you make your way through what is known as South America’s most incredible national park. (B, D)

to be the “End of the Earth.” Anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay and visit the historic radio station, formerly used by the Chilean Navy. Choose how you explore the area with an expert guide, selecting between three different hikes of varying difficulty. Each choice will offer sprawling vistas of the gentle bay. (B, L, D) Day 7: Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier Take a Zodiac to shore and stand in awe before the Pia Glacier, a colossal mass of ice slowly crawling down the mountains, followed by a choice between two hikes. Cruise further down the channel and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier – one of three Patagonian glaciers that continues to grow rather than shrink. Set off on a challenging hike through the forest to a glacial waterfall with views of the fjord below. If you’re not up for the hike, opt to stay onboard the ship and admire the stunning glacier from the upper decks. (B, L, D) Day 8: Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier - Condor Glacier Make your way to shore on a Zodiac for a day by the Aguila Glacier. Start by strolling around a lagoon formed by a melting glacier. As you stand in front of the glacier, feel humbled by its pure immensity and stark white

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Day 11: Puerto Natales - El Calafate, Argentina Return to Argentina at El Calafate. En route, stop to spend time with some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Enjoy a traditional lamb roast lunch as you chat and learn about the culture. Make your way through the edge of the Patagonian countryside before settling into your hotel, featuring unparalleled views of Lake Argentino. (B, L, D) Day 12: Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate In Los Glaciares National Park, allow the wonder of Perito Moreno Glacier to take hold of your senses. This gigantic tower of vibrant ice rests against blue-green waters – an awe-inspiring blanket to the natural world. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs, listening to the resounding crack of ice sheets breaking free. (B) Day 13: El Calafate - Buenos Aires Fly to Buenos Aires and make the most of some time at leisure. Gather for a farewell dinner at La Ventana Tango House, where you’ll savor Argentine cuisine before viewing an authentic tango performance. (B, D) Day 14: Buenos Aires - Tour Ends Say adios to Argentina as your tour draws to a close this morning. (B)

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MACHU PICCHU & GALÁPAGOS WONDERS

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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14 DAYS • 28 MEALS CALL FOR DETAILS

HIGHLIGHTS Lima • Sacred Valley of the Incas • Cooking Class • Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio • Home Hosted Meal • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Choice on Tour • Colonial Quito • “Middle of the World” • 4-Night Galápagos Cruise

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods in the Peruvian Andes. •• Wind through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train. •• Stand tall in the “Middle of the World” at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Visit the Incan ruins of

Sacsayhauman Fortress or explore the neighborhood of San Blas. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 9 dinners •• Master two of South America’s classics, ceviche and pisco sours, at an interactive cooking class. •• Indulge in a farm-to-table meal in a local community.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2 Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima Days 3, 4 Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, Yucay Day 5 Casa del Sol, Aguas Calientes Days 6, 7 Casa Andina Premium, Cuzco Days 8, 9 Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda, Quito Days 10 - 13 Galápagos M/Y Passion

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Journey from the Land of the Incas to the Galápagos archipelago, enjoying a 4-night cruise aboard a personal yacht. Day 1: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Touch down in Lima, the “City of Kings.” Across ancient lands and legends, experience the Peruvian Andes. Day 2: Lima Become fascinated by Lima’s history on a tour through the historic center (UNESCO), where the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas stands out among the colonial architecture. Visit the former home of a conquistador. Enjoy a menu of artful Peruvian dishes at a welcome dinner. (B, D) Day 3: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas Fly to Cuzco. Follow the trails with a local guide to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn about centuries-old methods of traditional textiles at Awana Kancha – known as the “palace of weaving.” Stop in Pisac village and browse a handicraft market full of vibrant colors. Discover why Peru has consistently been named the world’s top food travel destination during a fun-filled interactive cooking class where you will learn how to master ceviche and pisco sours. Settle in to your hotel nestled in

the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B, D) Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas Visit the terraced ruins of Ollantaytambo, the only Incan settlement that has remained continually inhabited since its inception. At the ceramic studio of artist Pablo Seminario, see how he uses techniques inspired by ancient cultures. With a nearby community, learn traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Learn their dances before enjoying a farm-to-table meal. (B, L) Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu Hop aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train and head toward the “Lost City of the Incas.” Wrapped inside a semitropical jungle and hidden by mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. (B, D) Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cuzco Enjoy some leisure time this morning. You may choose an optional excursion to Machu Picchu at sunrise, or maybe you’ll explore the local markets before boarding the Vistadome back to the Sacred Valley.

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Santa Cruz. Launch your ecoadventure aboard the M/Y Passion, an exclusive 14-person yacht, your home for the next 4 nights. After lunch, set sail toward Black Turtle Cove, a lagoon home to rays and turtles. Spot pelicans and herons diving into the water for fish. (B, L, D) Day 11: Genovesa Island Head to Genovesa Island and anchor in Darwin Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for red-footed boobies trotting around the prickly pear cacti. The afternoon brings you to El Barranco where lava cliffs shelter tropical birds and a colony of seals. Hike along a trail to the edge of a cliff before trekking further inland. (B, L, D) Day 12: Marchena Island - Santiago Island Grab your snorkel and jump into the water at Punta Espejo, a marine hotspot off Marchena Island. Home to pods of dolphins, sharks, and coral, this is the perfect spot for 2 morning snorkel excursions. Continue to Santiago Island and walk across a hardened lava flow in Sullivan Bay. Look for ethereal bubbles, where crystallized minerals poke out among the plant fossils. Along the coast you might find some Galápagos penguins waddling around, dipping into the water for some tasty fish. (B, L, D) Head to Cuzco to feel the culture at a community dining experience. (B, D) Day 7: Cuzco  Start your morning with a local guide, visiting the Koricancha Temple, the central Plaza de Armas, and the Cuzco Cathedral. Later, it’s your choice! Travel above the city to discover the Incan ruins of Sacsayhauman Fortress -ORembark on a walking tour of San Blas. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, enjoy a dinner with local flavors. (B, D) Day 8: Cuzco - Quito, Ecuador This morning, fly to Ecuador’s capital, Quito. The city (UNESCO) is a full of lively culture, colonial architecture and vibrant history. (B) Day 9: Quito Visit the Children International community center, supported by the Collette Foundation, and meet some of the children. In Quito’s colonial center, tour the Presidential Palace. After lunch, stand at the “Middle of the World,” between two hemispheres, at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum. (B, L) Day 10: Quito - Santa Cruz, Galápagos - Embark Ship Fly to the gateway of the Galápagos,

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Day 13: Bartolome Island - Santa Cruz Island Start the day at Bartolome, named after one of Darwin’s friends and fellow researchers. Ascend the wooden stairs to the island’s summit, providing an incomparable vista spread out before you. Climb back down to the white sand beach frequented by nesting sea turtles. Don your snorkel and float in the clear water, keeping your eyes peeled for diving penguins. After lunch, continue on to the island of Santa Cruz. Head toward Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) and spend time in its saltwater lagoon, where flamingoes and black-necked stilts wade through the water. Venture further onto the island and discover an iguana nesting site. (B, L, D) Day 14: Santa Cruz Highlands Disembark Ship - Quito - Tour Ends After breakfast, disembark your yacht in Puerto Ayora. Continue on toward the Santa Cruz Highlands, where you will visit a ranch that hosts giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Bid the Galápagos goodbye and fly back to Quito, where a day room will be available close to the airport before your flight home. (B)

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Visit collette.com/664 for full itinerary. This trip requires a passport. Complete passport information is required 60 days prior to departure to book train tickets to Machu Picchu and to confirm flights to the Galápagos Islands. If passport information is incomplete or inaccurate within 60 days, there is a strong possibility that we will be unable to confirm you on the same travel schedule as the rest of your group. You will be subject to any additional charges incurred from failing to provide passport information within the designated time frame. In general, hotels in Peru (outside of Lima) are small with one or two levels and do not have elevators which may require you to climb 10-15 steps to get to/from the room. The cabins available are Outside cabins, located on the Lower and Upper Decks. Upgrades may be available to Suites (Lower or Main Deck). Please check pricing for upgrade fees. The yacht has a limited quantity of cabins available in each cabin category, and some cabins may only have one bed. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at the time of booking. If the cabin category preferred is not available at the time of booking, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply. Every sailing will have a maximum of 14 passengers; however, if Collette is unable to fill the minimum capacity of 9 on the yacht, inventory will be opened to the general public. The normal daily schedule when on board the ship consists of a shore excursion immediately following breakfast, return aboard for lunch, and an afternoon shore excursion. Transfers to/from the boat are by small boats called “pangas.” Landings are either “dry” or “wet” and you might have to wade ashore in shallow water. At all times you are accompanied by your naturalist guide. Shore excursions normally last 2 - 2.5 hours each. In some cases, the terrain can be a little strenuous. Passengers should consult their physician should they have any concerns regarding their physical condition. The internal flights on this program in Peru and Ecuador are not included in the land price and must be purchased with the air portion of your tour. Internal flights that are purchased will be ticketed and distributed on tour by your Tour Manager. For passengers wishing only to purchase interair from us, own air must be arranged into Lima and out of Quito. Required interflights include four segments: Lima-Cuzco, Cuzco-Quito, QuitoBaltra Island, Baltra Island-Quito.Tour prices may change due to the unique nature of the government restrictions on the Galápagos Islands. Visitors are required to have valid travel/health insurance to travel to Ecuador. The health insurance must cover medical services abroad. If you have purchased our Travel Protection Plan, your coverage meets this requirement. We will attach a document for proof of coverage that you are required to keep with you while on tour. If you opted not to purchase our travel protection, you will be required to have proof of your own coverage. Each guest is responsible for proper medical documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change.

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COSTA RICA: A WORLD OF NATURE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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12 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $2699 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Tortuguero National Park • Sarapiquí • Tirimbina Rainforest Center • ChocolateMaking Demonstration & Tasting • River Safari • Finca Experience • Culinary Demonstration • Arenal Volcano • Hanging Bridges • Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching • Manuel Antonio National Park

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Learn about Costa Rica’s ecosystem and local culture. •• Visit the world’s first green turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park. •• Explore Arenal during a captivating 3-night stay.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Explore the nearby

rainforest during a locally guided horseback riding excursion or enjoy a leisurely guided hike through the nearby forested area of the hotel.

•• Day 7 — Embark on a thrilling zip

line experience through the Arenal rainforest or enjoy a moderate hike along the trails of Arenal Volcano National Park. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 8 dinners •• Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner. •• Taste for yourself why cacao is called “food of the gods” and observe the process of converting this magical seed from bean to bar. •• Explore a family owned finca and have a farm-to-table experience, complete with culinary demonstration.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Doubletree by Hilton Cariari Hotel, San José Days 2, 3 Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero Days 4, 5 Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos Days 6 – 8 Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal Days 9, 10 Parador Resort and Spa, Manuel Antonio Day 11 Doubletree by Hilton Cariari Hotel, San José

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From thrilling water journeys to ethereal jungle expeditions, discover what pura vida means to you when you explore the essence of Costa Rica. Day 1: San José , Costa Rica - Tour Begins Pura Vida. In English, it translates to “the simple life.” But pura vida is so much more: it’s an attitude; a celebration of life in the moment. It’s time to experience what pura vida means to you. You’re on your way to explore a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the world, where pura vida is an unofficial motto and a way of life. Welcome to the emerald of Central America: Costa Rica. Day 2: San José - Tortuguero National Park Seemingly endless mountain horizons. Complex evergreen forests. These are the wonders of Tortuguero National Park. Head down the rivers to the world’s first sea turtle research station and go behind the curtain of this jungle paradise. Later, relax at your incredible lodge, an oasis in the middle of the jungle. From the dynamic calls of monkeys to the gentle chatter of birds, settle into your new home and listen to the rainforest around you. (B, L, D) Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Begin the day on an excursion to spot the elusive green macaw and other unique

winged creatures that flock to Tortuguero. If you’ve ever wondered what life was like on the other side of a rainforest’s lush green walls, a nature cruise through the park is your special glimpse. (B, L, D) Day 4: Tortuguero National Park - San Carlos Cut through the mists of the rainforest on a languid boat ride towards Sarapiquí and Tirimbina Rainforest Center. On land, an experience for the senses awaits at a cacao plantation. Observe the process of converting this seed from bean to bar, and taste for yourself why cacao is called “food of the gods.” Later, arrive at your secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Stroll the butterfly and botanical gardens lined with fruit trees, including lemon, guava, mango and tangerine. (B, L, D) Day 5: San Carlos  Explore the beauty of your surroundings on a Peñas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river on a peaceful adventure, taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as your naturalist guide describes the wildlife around you. Visit the

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Day 7: Arenal  Today, it’s your choice! Since Costa Rica is the birthplace of zip lining, glide over the canopies on a mindblowing rip through the jungle -ORmake your way across lava fields for an up-close look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava. The afternoon is yours to discover the town of La Fortuna or the naturally heated pools of the hotel. (B, D) Day 8: Arenal The Arenal Volcano goes by many names: Pan de Azúcar, Canaste, Volcán Costa Rica. Ultimately, it can be translated to a single declaration: extraordinary. In the shadow of this famous monolith, the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge cruise or an exhilarating white water rafting experience. Or, simply hang back at the resort, opt for a spa service, explore the grounds, and soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs. (B)

farm of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, gourmet coffee and more. Then, it’s your choice! Continue to explore the lush landscape on horseback -OR- go on a guided walk through a private forest reserve. Either way, you’ll get an intimate look at the flora and fauna that populate the trails and hear how the native species interact in this rich ecosystem. (B, D) Day 6: San Carlos - Finca Don Juan - Hanging Bridges - Arenal Envelop yourself in Costa Rican culture at Finca Don Juan. Explore this family-owned farm during a tour featuring gardens that are organically grown through the concept of sustainability. Taste the exotic fruit harvest and experience the traditional way to process sugar cane. Enjoy a sip of cane liquor before engaging in a culinary demonstration and a farmto-table lunch. Later, suspended over the rainforest floor, relish a bird’s-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal’s famous hanging bridges. High above the jungle canopies, marvel at a cloud forest taking shape around you. Settle into your resort where you’ll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal’s famous volcano for the next three nights. (B, L, D)

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Day 9: Arenal Volcano - Tárcoles Manuel Antonio National Park Rendezvous with wild crocodiles among the mangroves of Tárcoles’ Rio Grande. On this exhilarating jungle crocodile safari, float along beneath the towering jungle, looking just below the water’s surface for a glimpse of these incredible creatures. This afternoon, check in to your resort, located just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Before dinner, watch the sun set over the Pacific alongside birds in every color of the rainbow. (B, L, D) Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park Welcome to the jungle, a truly remote experience with nothing around you except the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park. The rich idyll of verdant rainforests and white sand beaches is the definition of untouched beauty. In this natural wonderland, traverse the trails or go for a swim in the turquoise waters as wildlife rummages in the canopies. (B) Day 11: Manuel Antonio National Park - Coffee Plantation - San José This morning, wake up and smell the coffee at a local coffee farm that produces some of Costa Rica’s wellknown beans. Then say goodbye to the coast and hello to San José . Toast to the pura vida of Costa Rica tonight over a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 12: San José - Tour Ends Bid Costa Rica farewell as your tour comes to an end today. (B)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 February 2, 9, 11, 16 February 18, 23, 25 March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 April 5, 19, 21, 26, 28

May 10, 17, 24 June 14, 21 July 12 August 9, 23 September 6, 20 October 4, 11, 18 November 1, 3, 8, 10

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December 1, 6, 8 January 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 January 24, 26, 31 February 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16 February 19, 21, 23, 28 March 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 March 16, 19, 21 April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from San José . Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The planned excursions were excellent. I rarely felt rushed. Our full-time guide and bus driver were excellent.

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ROAMING COASTAL MAINE

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL,

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NEW TOUR

7 DAYS • 9 MEALS FROM $2299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Portland • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens • Bar Harbor • Acadia National Park • Lobster Trap Pull Demonstration • Wine Tasting at Cellardoor Winery • Camden • Rockport • Damariscotta • Oyster Farm

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Watch as traps are hauled from the ocean onto a working lobster boat. •• Lose yourself in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, either by bicycle or scenic drive. •• Take in the picturesque Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 4 — Admire the landscape as

you drive scenic Park Loop Road with a local guide or traverse Acadia’s pathways on a guided bicycle tour of the famous Carriage Roads.

•• Day 6 — Peruse the 150 antique

automobiles of Owl’s Head Transportation Museum or meander through the vast collection at the Farnsworth Art Museum. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 2 dinners •• Enjoy lunch at a traditional Maine lobster shack. •• Participate in an oyster shucking lesson before digging into the local delicacies. •• Sample the vintages during a wine tasting at Cellardoor Winery.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2 Hyatt Place Old Port, Portland Days 3, 4 Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, Bar Harbor Days 5, 6 Samoset Resort, Rockport

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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This is Maine, where rocky shores, infinite nature, and endless lobster forge a coastal New England classic. Day 1: Portland, Maine - Tour Begins Welcome to Maine, a “Vacationland” of intricate coastlines and all-encompassing natural beauty that serves as the perfect getaway. From charming towns and scenic ocean overlooks to oyster shucking and lobster hauling, experience the best of this New England retreat. Tonight, connect with your new travel companions and prepare for the start of an unforgettable sojourn. Day 2: Portland Discover the essence of this vibrant harbor city by means of a true New England classic – a trolley. From the opulent Victoria Mansion to the hum of the Old Port, your guide will introduce you to Portland’s hidden gems. Trade in the charming streets of the city for the rugged coastline, stopping at the picturesque Portland Head Light. Get a chance to delve into the culture of Portland with free time to explore this seafaring city on your own. (B, D)

Day 3: Portland - Boothbay Harbor - Bar Harbor Head north to Boothbay Harbor, the maritime haven that is home to little shops, picture-perfect boats, and local artists. Enter the natural wonderland of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, nearly 300 acres of grassy fields and woodland trails overflowing with floral hues. Your scenic journey continues with a stop at a lobster shack to indulge in a Maine lobster roll. Later, arrive in Bar Harbor, an iconic vacation spot featuring rich blue waters and home to Acadia National Park. With an evening at leisure, explore the bustling downtown, full of cozy cafes and indulgent ice cream shops just steps from your hotel. (B, L) Day 4: Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park Bar Harbor  This is Acadia National Park. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air and allow the nature around you to captivate your senses. Choose how

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to explore Acadia because today, it’s your choice! Admire the striking mountains, towering forests, and rocky shorelines as you drive scenic Park Loop Road with a local guide -OR- traverse Acadia’s winding pathways on a guided bicycle tour of the famous Carriage Roads. Then, dive into the cuisine and culture of Maine when you join a local lobsterman on a lobster boat. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean and watch the cages get pulled to the surface. (B) Day 5: Bar Harbor - Lincolnville Camden - Rockport Your trek along the coast continues in Lincolnville, where you’ll soak in the rustic appeal of Cellardoor Winery’s 200-year-old barn and sip the local wines – a rarity in the New England climate of the “Pine Tree State.” Head to Camden for some time at leisure, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore this quintessential Maine town. Later, arrive at the oceanfront Samoset Resort in Rockport, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy an evening at leisure; perhaps you’ll

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stroll along the Granite Breakwater of Rockland Harbor to get a different perspective of the lapping waves. (B) Day 6: Rockport - Damariscotta Rockport  Welcome to the Damariscotta region, a stunning peninsula full of fresh seafood straight out of the water. Get an intimate look at a working oyster farm on the Damariscotta River and learn how to dig into these local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson. Then, it’s your choice! Cruise through a collection of 150 antique automobiles at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, containing vintage aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, and more -OR- meander through the vast selection of American artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum, home to over 15,000 works. Tonight, toast to the end of your seaside sojourn and bid Maine farewell over dinner. (B, D)

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If your clients are culinary connoisseurs or lovers of wine, they’re going to love Italy. The Tuscan countryside is especially filled with vineyards and incredible cuisine.

These countries, especially in the south, are perfect fits for travelers looking to go somewhere a little more exotic while still staying in Europe. The Moorish influence on the architecture gives it a unique vibe.

Each country in Europe has specific souvenirs they’re known for. Look for embroidery in Austria, perfume in France, wood carvings in Germany, sweaters in Ireland, and glass in Italy.

Pack shoes with good traction (many European streets have cobblestones) and clothing that is versatile and easy to layer.

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scandinavia & the nordic countries

Many of our tours take trains or stay in cities nestled in the Alps. The Alps often have snow even in late spring and early fall, perfect for travelers from places where it never snows.

These countries are uniquely suited for those travelers who want to travel somewhere new, but aren’t ready for a true language barrier. Most locals speak English incredibly well in these countries.

Eat like a local while in Europe. While fine-dining restaurants offer amazing cuisine, tiny family-run bistros or cafes also offer incredible food and drink.

When traveling to Europe (or any foreign country), try to learn a few common phrases like ‘hello,’ ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’

If you plan on using your phone or other electronic devices, make sure you have a travel adapter with you.

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ITALIAN VISTAS 13 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $3399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Colosseum • Ruins of Pompeii • Sorrento Coast • Isle of Capri • Florence • Statue of David • Leaning Tower of Pisa • Tuscan Winery • Venice • Murano Island • Verona • Stresa • Lugano, Switzerland

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Get an in-depth tour of the famous Colosseum. •• Relax on a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri. •• Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Rome

•• Day 10 — Join a local expert to view

the St. Mark’s Square Basilica and the impressive Doge’s Palace or go ‘off the beaten path’ and experience the Castello Sestiere district on a walking tour. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 dinners •• Visit a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample the local wines.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Palatino or Kolbe Hotel, Rome Days 5, 6 Towers Hotel or Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento Days 7, 8 Grand Hotel Baglioni or Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence Days 9, 10 Hotel Bellini Venezia, Venice Days 11, 12 Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE During your stay at the Regina Palace Hotel, you may choose to enjoy views of Lago Maggiore by upgrading your accommodations to a lake view room. CALL FOR DETAILS

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From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the chic charm of Capri, this is one spectacular Italian getaway. Day 1: Overnight Flight Ciao, Italy! Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Welcome to Rome. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. (D) Day 3: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour A locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine Hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. You’ll also see the catacombs — burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (B) Day 4: Rome Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. (B) Day 5: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast Journey south toward the brilliant Bay of

Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast. (B) Day 6: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri Sorrento Coast A scenic boat ride brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast. (B, D) Day 7: Sorrento Coast - Florence Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy’s best art and architecture.

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Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant. (B, D) Day 8: Florence A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. (B) Day 9: Florence - Pisa - Venice Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. (B, L) Day 10: Venice - Murano Island Venice  Embark on a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where it’s your choice! Join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the Basilica

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and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace along with the legendary Bridge of Sighs -OR- step off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B) Day 11: Venice - Verona - Stresa Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore. (B, D) Day 12: Stresa - Lugano, Switzerland- Isola Dei Pescatori, Italy-Stresa Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Lugano for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery. (B, D) Day 13: Stresa - Tour Ends Your Italian adventure comes to a close today. (B)

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$3399 $4199

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Prices based on December 5, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 27 February 17, 24 March 9, 16, 23, 28 April 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 25 June 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 11, 13, 20, 25, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 29, 31 September 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 September 19, 21, 26, 28 October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 17,

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October 19, 24, 26, 31 November 2, 7, 9, 30 December 5 January 25 February 22, 27 March 1, 8, 15, 20, 29 April 7, 10, 12, 17 April 19, 24, 26

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Rome and depart from Milan. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Italian Vistas was a wonderful way to see a lot of Italy in a short time. We saw just about everything you can think of when you think of Italy. —Collette Traveler

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REFLECTIONS OF ITALY 10 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2449 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Colosseum • Assisi • Perugia • Siena • Florence • Chianti Winery & Cooking Class • Venice • Murano Island • Milan

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. •• Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 8 — Explore St. Mark’s Square

and visit the Doge’s Palace or go off the beaten path and stroll through the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Enjoy a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. •• Visit a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region and enjoy a chef-led cooking class with lunch.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Mediterraneo Hotel, Rome Day 4

Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia

Days 5, 6 Hotel Albani or Hotel NH Firenze, Florence Days 7, 8 Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Hotel Bellini Venezia or Hotel NH Venezia Rio Novo, Venice Day 9 Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa, Malpensa

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Venice

Embark on a captivating journey that takes you from the piazzas of Rome to the canals of Venice. Day 1: Overnight Flight Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture, art and romance. Your journey begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins We begin in Rome, the “Eternal City.” This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. (D) Day 3: Rome This morning, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. (B) Day 4: Rome - Assisi - Perugia/Assisi Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key Italian

phrases. Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis. Then you’re off to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. Behold one of the grandest squares in Italy — the Piazza IV Novembre — and delight in the medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals. (B) Day 5: Perugia/Assisi - Siena - Florence A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena. You are sure to find many surprises among its shops and outdoor cafés. Later, arrive in Florence – the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” — and visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible statue of David. Tonight, gather for dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D) Day 6: Florence This morning, during your cultural tour of

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Florence enjoy views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city on your own. (B) Day 7: Florence - Venice Start your day with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about the winery’s famed Tuscan wines and enjoy a chef-led cooking class. Next, sit back and savor regional delicacies during a delicious lunch. This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the wooded Apennine Mountains toward the Valley of the Po. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands and its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. (B, L, D) Day 8: Venice - Murano Island Venice  See Venice from the water as we board a boat bound for Murano Island for an up-close glass-blowing demonstration. Discover the secrets of this ancient art and marvel at the intricate designs of each oneof-a-kind piece. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where it’s your choice! Join a local expert on a walking tour of this famous square to

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view the stunning Basilica and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs -ORgo off the beaten path to explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; get to know authentic Venice and see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. (B) Day 9: Venice - Milan Malpensa Today you travel to Milan. Take in some of the city’s amazing sights on a locally guided walking tour: view the Opera House La Scala and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and visit the Duomo – this magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third largest church in Europe. Later, perhaps you will indulge in some shopping at the “Quadrilatero della Moda,” Milan’s high-fashion district. Continue to Milan Malpensa for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 19 February 10, 12 March 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 25, 30 April 1, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 June 24, 29 July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26, 31 September 2, 7, 9, 14, 16 September 21, 23, 28, 30 October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 October 26, 28

(different itinerary – see note)

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November 2, 4, 9, 11 November 16, 23, 30 December 2 January 27 February 10, 24 March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 March 17, 21, 22, 24 April 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 April 26, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Rome and depart from Milan/ Malpensa. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On occasion, due to inclement weather, your boat trip to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice.

The cities we toured were outstanding, but I must say my favorite was Venice. There was something magical about those canals! —Collette Traveler

Day 10: Milan Malpensa - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close in Milan Malpensa this morning. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/14

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ROME & THE AMALFI COAST 10 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Colosseum • Montecassino • Amalfi Coast • Sorrento • Buffalo Milk Mozzarella Factory • Paestum • Pompeii • Winery Visit • Naples • National Archaeological Museum

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover the amazing mountaintop monastery of Montecassino. •• Tour a buffalo milk mozzarella factory. •• Visit the fascinating National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• In Minori, sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. •• Enjoy a tasting and lunch at a local winery at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Imperial, Rome Days 4 – 8 Hotel Raito, Vietri-sul Mare, or Lloyd’s Baia Hotel, Salerno, Amalfi Coast

 OOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE R During your stay at the Raito Hotel you can choose to enjoy a sea view by upgrading your accommodations to a Superior room. CALL FOR DETAILS

Day 9 A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel or Donna Laura Palace, Rome

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Amalfi Coast

Art, food, wine, culture, and history: indulge in the finer things in life across Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Day 1: Overnight Flight Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Journey through southern Italy and experience its rich scenery, art, culture, food and wine. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the “Eternal City” of Rome! Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring wines and local delicacies. (D) Day 3: Rome This morning you may join an optional tour to the magnificent treasures of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine Hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. (B)

Day 4: Rome - Montecassino - Amalfi Coast Journey to the Amalfi Coast. En route, make a stop at the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino which is perched on a mountaintop south of Rome. Discover its rich history while exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel, peaceful courtyards and fascinating museum. (B, D) Day 5: Amalfi Coast - Sorrento - Amalfi Minori - Amalfi Coast Begin your day exploring the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento. This afternoon you’ll do a double-take as you travel to one of Italy’s most-spectacular destinations, Amalfi. Spend some time on your own to explore this stunning seaside town before continuing on to Minori, where you’ll get to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Savor a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop, then enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)

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Day 6: Amalfi Coast - Paestum Amalfi Coast After breakfast, discover one of Italy’s most surprising products during a tour of a local buffalo milk mozzarella factory. Visit Paestum next, where a local guide escorts you through some of the best-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece. Enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B, D) Day 7: Amalfi Coast - Optional Capri Enjoy a day at leisure to take in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast. Or, perhaps you will choose to purchase an optional boat trip (weather permitting) to the wonderful Mediterranean island of Capri. Once on Capri, you’ll explore this Mediterranean paradise on the sparkling Bay of Naples when you embark from the port of Salerno and cruise to the wonderful Isle of Capri. Pass the hill towns, colorful homes, lush gardens, and architectural marvels that dot the dramatic Amalfi Coast. On Capri, enjoy a locally guided minibus tour with lunch before setting out on your own to admire the charming town of Anacapri and its grand views of the island and the Bay of Naples.

Afterwards, ride the funicular toward the Marina Grande, where the ferry waits to return you to the Amalfi Coast. (B) Day 8: Amalfi Coast - Pompeii Winery - Amalfi Coast Today, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. See the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town from 2,000 years ago as a local guide provides you with an in-depth historical tour of this remarkable archaeological site. At the foot of Mount Vesuvius, stop at a local winery to savor the famous Lacryma Christo wines and enjoy a typical Neapolitan lunch. (B, L) Day 9: Amalfi Coast - Naples Rome Bid addio to the Amalfi Coast and head to colorful and vibrant Naples. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in the world. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and salud to the end of a marvelous visit to Italy. (B, D)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 23 February 20 March 12, 19, 26 April 16, 18, 23, 25

May 2, 7, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28 June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23 August 13, 20, 27 September 3, 5, 10, 12 September 17, 19, 24, 26 October 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 5, 7, 12 December 3 January 28 February 25 March 11, 18, 20 April 8, 15, 22, 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Rome. Airport transfers are available for purchase. During your stay on the Amalfi Coast: standard accommodations at the Hotel Raito are limited and available on a first come, first served basis for departures utilizing that hotel. Upgrades to superior rooms with sea view are available at an additional cost. Please inquire at time of booking.

The tour covered everything and was well organized. The hotels were great. Our bus driver was a marvel on the winding mountain roads. I think Pompeii was the highlight of the tour. —Collette Traveler

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TUSCANY & THE ITALIAN RIVIERA 8 DAYS • 10 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Tuscan Estate • Florence • Siena • Tuscan Winery • Lucca • Italian Riviera • Cinque Terre • Portofino

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience a guided tour including a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino. •• Spend 3 nights in a beautiful Tuscan estate. •• Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Join a Florentine guide and

see the city’s iconic sites or see Florence’s lesser-known treasures with a local expert. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Partake in an interactive pastamaking demonstration. •• Savor regional wines with every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Hotel Paggeria Medicea, Tuscany or Fattoria degli Usignoli, Tuscany Days 5 – 7 Grande Albergo Sestri Levante, Italian Riviera

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Cinque Terre

From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the sun-soaked coast of the Italian Riviera, a rendezvous with Italia awaits. Day 1: Overnight Flight Experience the romance of travel among the rolling hills of Tuscany and along the colorful coast of the Italian Riviera. Day 2: Tuscany, Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins Welcome to Tuscany. Settle in for a relaxing 3-night stay at a traditional Tuscan estate. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a lively welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate  How will you experience the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance?” It’s your choice! Join a local Florentine guide to see the city’s iconic sites: view the remarkable Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce -OR- join your local guide and see

Florence’s lesser-known treasures – the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo Church; admire historic Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, and visit the Orsanmichele Church. Delight in leisure time to relax or discover this dynamic city on your own. (B) Day 4: Tuscan Estate - Siena - Tuscan Winery - Tuscan Estate A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the lovely medieval city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its small specialty shops and outdoor cafés. Then it’s on to one of the oldest wine estates in the Siena region. Sit down with a family member to hear about their wine and taste their creations along with other local products. Return to your countryside estate.

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Perhaps you’ll explore its Medici villa. Tonight, enjoy an interactive pastamaking demonstration with the onsite chef. (B, D) Day 5: Tuscan Estate - Lucca Italian Riviera As you head towards Italy’s picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Join a local guide for a tour showcasing the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Continue on to the spectacular Italian Riviera and check in for your 3-night stay. (B, D) Day 6: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera Spend the day exploring the colorful cliff-side villages of the Cinque Terre with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. We make our way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. (B)

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Day 7: Italian Riviera - Santa Margherita Ligure - Portofino Italian Riviera Travel to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Board a boat to glamorous Portofino. Soak in the view of the town’s colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure for free time to peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D) Day 8: Italian Riviera - Tour Ends Today your journey comes to a close. (B)

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March - April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 13, 27 April 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22 June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 24 August 21, 28 September 4, 10, 11

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September 18, 24, 25 October 2, 9, 16 November 5, 6 March 19, 25 April 9, 23

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Florence or Pisa. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

We were able to experience a great deal of Italy in a limited amount of time. Although we have discussed many times the trip and all of the scenic and historical highlights, we are unable to say definitively which part was our favorite. We loved the tour and looked forward to each day’s new adventure. —Collette Traveler

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9 DAYS • 10 MEALS FROM $1699 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Montecatini Terme • Florence • Lucca • Gothic Line • Pisa • Cooking Class • Siena • Winery Tour • Cheese Farm • San Gimignano

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. •• See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans’ last lines of defense during WWII. •• Visit the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Explore Siena’s beautiful

Gothic cathedral at your own pace or join your guide to get to know local life in a contrada (neighborhood).

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 3 dinners •• Sample delectable wines during a wine tasting in the Chianti region. •• Spend time at a cheese farm to taste flavorful pecorino cheese. •• Learn about Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

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Days 2 – 8 Hotel Ercolini and Savi, Grand Hotel Francia and Quirinale, or Grand Hotel Vittoria, Montecatini Terme

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Tuscany

Embrace vintage Italia as you savor fine wine, blissful countryside and ancient cities that inspired the Renaissance on this Tuscan getaway. Day 1: Overnight Flight Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture...this can only be Tuscany. Unpack once on this journey among Italy’s most charming towns. Day 2: Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, nestled in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure. (D) Day 3: Florence A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. Start with a visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Then, join a local Florentine guide who highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures. At the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. Take the remainder of your time in Florence to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. Later, while

en route to your hotel, visit a family-owned leather shop and learn about the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. (B) Day 4: Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares are just some of Lucca’s charms. Visit the medieval Basilica di San Frediano. Its otherwise simple façade is adorned with a colorful 13th-century mosaic. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace. Then set off for Borgo a Mozzano to see the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Continue on to the Gothic Line. Built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. You’ll visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers. (B) Day 5: Pisa Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa including the Piazza dei Miracoli, or “Field of Miracles” (UNESCO). Keep your camera handy during our stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. You probably won’t be able to resist taking a picture that makes it appear as if

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you are holding this iconic structure up. Visit the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy. This impressive building of Romanesque and Gothic architecture is known for its perfect acoustics. This evening, travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Partake in a cooking class featuring a bounty of local ingredients and culinary techniques that have been passed down for generations. Then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor during dinner. (B, D) Day 6: Siena  Welcome to Siena. Discover this charming town with a local guide. Embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Take in stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Then, it’s your choice! Explore Siena’s beautiful Gothic cathedral at your own pace -OR- join your guide to get to know local life in a contrada (neighborhood). Next, make your way to a Tuscan winery and meet the people behind some of Chianti‘s finest wines. Learn from experts as you savor a selection of the local varieties. You’ll also learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making olive oil. (B) Day 7: Montecatini Terme The day is yours to relax and

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experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards; explore its string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. (B) Day 8: San Gimignano - Cheese Farm Visit This morning make your way to a cheese farm. Learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it for yourself. Soak in breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills as you travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some gelato. A delightful experience awaits this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines in the magical Tuscan countryside. (B, D) Day 9: Montecatini Terme - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close today. Depart with many fond memories of Tuscany. (B)

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$1699 $1999

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Prices based on December 3, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

January 23 February 27 March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16, 18, 23, 25

April 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 September 2, 3, 9, 10, 17 September 23, 24, 30 October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, October 21, 22, 28, 29

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November 2, 4, 5 November 9, 11, 12 December 3 January 28 February 24, 25 March 3, 4, 8, 10, 11 March 15, 17, 18, 25 April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 April 20, 21, 22, 29

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive and depart from Florence or Pisa airports. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

We picked this tour because we wanted to see Tuscany and we did. Our tour manager and bus driver were great. The tour was everything we hoped it would be.

—Collette Traveler

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NORTHERN ITALY AND ITS LAKES

NEW TOUR

9 DAYS • 10 MEALS FROM $1899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Padua • Glassblowing Demonstration • Venice • St. Mark’s Square • Lake Garda • Sirmione • Lake Maggiore • Lake Como • Bellagio

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• See the famous sinking castle in the Sirmione peninsula. •• Witness a glassblowing demonstration on Murano Island. •• Cruise Lake Como, a beloved retreat of the rich and famous.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 3 dinners •• Journey by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner featuring local cuisine.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Methis Hotel and Spa, Padua Days 5 – 8 Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore

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Wander along winding canals and cruise on mountain-lined lakes as you take in the essence of Northern Italy. Day 1: Overnight Flight Take the best of Italian culture – savory cuisine, friendly locals, eons of history – and add the beauty of mystical lakes. A blend of winding canals and gently lapping waves, this is the northern lakes region of Italy. Delve deep into this relaxing hub, serving as a favorite getaway for the international elite. Day 2: Padua, Italy - Tour Begins Your journey begins in Padua, an ancient city rooted in legend. Set in the picturesque Veneto region, some believe that Padua was founded by war heroes after the fall of Troy. The Bacchiglione River carves its way through the town, resulting in lovely riverside promenades and stone step-bridges. Meet your fellow travelers while enjoying a taste of Italian culture at a welcome dinner. Truly get to know the town’s legacy as you settle into your home for the next 3 nights. (D) Day 3: Padua - Murano - Venice - Padua Start your day with a visit to Murano Island, known for its intricate glass making. Witness a glassblowing demonstration, providing a glimpse into the methods behind this fine

art. Feel the grandeur of the past come alive as you make your way to Venice, a floating labyrinth settled on a lagoon. Pass through the sprawling St. Mark’s Square with an expert guide and admire the Campanile, a brick bell tower that rises above the piazza. Step outside the main square and explore the Castello district, making your way past historic buildings and architecture as you walk the narrow streets. Enjoy an afternoon in Venice at leisure. Perhaps you will opt for a gondola ride through the postcard-worthy canals, taking in the city from a different perspective. (B) Day 4: Padua Start the morning by strolling the streets of Padua with your guide. Make your way inside the Basilica of St. Anthony, a stately cathedral built in the 13th century. Engage with locals and feel the dynamic energy as you walk along open-air markets and street vendors setting up shop in the piazzas. Pass by the ornate Palazzo della Ragione, the former meeting place for the town’s council. Feel the history in the air when you see Caffe Pedrocchi, a famous coffee shop frequented by the intellectuals that

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Lake Como

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influenced the Italian Risorgimento of the 19th century. The rest of the day is yours to discover the town however you wish. Perhaps you will choose to go on an exclusive optional tour down the Brenta Canal, enjoying an aperitif on your private boat as you admire the opulent homes on the water’s edge. (B) Day 5: Padua - Lake Garda - Lake Maggiore This morning, head to Sirmione, an old village situated on the shores of Lake Garda. Embark on a boat ride through the Sirmione peninsula and see the famous sinking castle. Enjoy time at leisure to discover the narrow streets or simply relax alongside the bright blue waves of the lake. End the day next to Lake Maggiore, a stunning Italian lake, and toast to the start of your leisurely 4-night stay. (B, D) Day 6: Lake Maggiore Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the nearby lakeside streets. Perhaps you’ll take an optional tour and coast along the ethereal water of Lake Maggiore by boat for an up-close look at the Borromean Islands before docking at Isola Bella, known as the “beautiful island.” Join an expert guide and venture into the Borromeo

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Palace, a seaside Baroque beauty with an exotic garden. Then, return to your boat and cruise by the remaining Borromean Islands. (B) Day 7: Lake Maggiore The entire day is yours. You might soak up the sun on the beach, relax in an outdoor café, or head out on the waves by boat. Perhaps you will take an optional tour to Lugano, Switzerland to see the lake from the other side of the Italian border. (B) Day 8: Lake Maggiore - Lake Como - Lake Maggiore Indulge in a day of sunshine and scenic peaks at the paradise of Lake Como, nestled against the Alps and a beloved retreat for the rich and famous. Enjoy a guided cruise of the waters before stopping in Bellagio, an ancient peninsula that fosters winding streets and unparalleled views. Enjoy some free time to discover the city’s secrets on your own. Return to Lake Maggiore and venture to Isola dei Pescatori by boat, enjoying a farewell dinner of local cuisine to celebrate the end of your trip. (B, D) Day 9: Lake Maggiore - Tour Ends Wish Italy arrivederci as your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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$1899 $2299

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Prices based on November 4, 2020 departure.

June 2020 – April 2021 June 17 July 15

August 12 September 9, 23, 30 October 14

November 4 April 14, 21

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Venice and depart from Milan. All arrival transfers will depart from Venice airport for Padua. All return transfers will depart from Lake Maggiore for Milan airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Your visit to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice in the event of inclement weather. Due to inclement weather in the winter months, your farewell dinner at Isola dei Pescatori may not be possible. In such an event, your farewell dinner will take place in the town of Lake Maggiore.

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ROME, FLORENCE & VENICE 8 DAYS • 9 MEALS FROM $1899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Colosseum • Florence • Academy Gallery • Duomo • Bologna • Food Walking Tour • Venice • St. Mark’s Square

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Join a local expert and explore the rich history of Rome’s Colosseum. •• Visit the Academy Gallery to view Michelangelo’s extraordinary David. •• Attend a glass-blowing demonstration on Venice’s Murano Island.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 2 dinners •• Enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and more during a Bologna food walking tour. •• Dine in true Italian style with wine at every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio or Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome Days 4, 5 Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence Days 6, 7 Hotel Santa Marina, Venice

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Florence

Dine on traditional cuisine and embrace a culture steeped in romance in three iconic cities. Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us for a fabulous Italian adventure, featuring the magic of Rome, Florence and Venice. Come along with us and embrace the history, culture, art and romance of this incredible country. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Welcome to Rome. This evening, meet your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour This morning, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The mythic Pantheon and the Piazza Navona are also

featured. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. (B) Day 4: Rome - Florence This morning you continue to Florence – the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Upon arrival, discover the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Florence’s cultural riches independently. (B) Day 5: Florence This morning, meet a local expert for a walking tour of this city that is a work of art all its own. Your guide will highlight the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry. You also

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Colosseum

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visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive Palazzo Vecchio. (B) Day 6: Florence - Bologna - Venice Today, travel the beautiful Emilia Romagna region to Bologna, Italy’s foodie capital. Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour highlighting the culinary side of this historic city. Explore one of Bologna’s oldest food markets and check out traditional food shops. Discover Bologna’s culture, architecture and history as you enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and so much more. Later, continue to Venice, often called La Serenissima (the most serene) of cities. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore the hidden spots of this charming city; perhaps you will take an optional gondola ride. The locals say the best way to get to know Venice is to “get lost” here. (B, L) Day 7: Venice Explore enchanting Venice with

its 117 tiny islands surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Your Venetian journey opens on Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square, the city’s lively hub. A local expert will guide you on a walking tour through the area highlighting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower with its famous Moors. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure at your farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 8: Venice - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many fond memories of incredible Italy. (B)

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February – April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

February 20 March 12, 19 April 16

April 30 May 7, 14, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 27 July 16, 25 August 8, 20, 27 September 3, 10, 17, 19

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Itinerary featured is for April 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 1, 3, 15, 22 November 2, 5, 12, 30 December 3 January 28 February 25 March 11, 18 April 8, 22

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Rome and depart from Venice. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On occasion, due to inclement weather, your visit to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

Our tour guide was amazing! Collette had everything planned perfectly. It was fantastic that the tours and a lot of the meals were included. —Collette Traveler

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SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY 12 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Palermo • Monreale • Agrigento • Valley of the Temples • Giardini Naxos • Taormina • Catania • Mt. Etna Volcano • Matera • Alberobello • Amalfi Coast • Sorrento • Pompeii

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Be amazed by the Greek Theatre in Taormina. •• Sample fine wine during a vineyard tour. •• Experience Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Join a local guide in

Catania and watch the daily bartering at the local market or explore the Allied Landing Museum, which features exhibits on the nations involved in the conflict. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Wine is included with every dinner. •• Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery’s agriturismo restaurant. •• Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Federico II Central Palace or Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo Days 4 – 6 Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos Days 7, 8 MH Matera Hotel, Matera Days 9, 10 Towers Hotel Stabiae or Michelangelo Hotel, Sorrento Day 11 Donna Laura Palace Hotel, or Hotel Degli Aranci, Rome

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Matera

Encounter a crossroads of civilizations as you venture from Sicily to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Day 1: Overnight Flight The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it is here that you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine. Day 2: Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine. (D) Day 3: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo Acquaint yourself with Palermo on a tour of its lovely squares - the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini - and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque architecture along the way. See the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit a 12thcentury cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to peruse the city’s shops and museums, or take some time to relax. (B)

Day 4: Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos Travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland toward the town of Agrigento. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), where you’ll get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 3-night stay. (B, D) Day 5: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos Set out for beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, see Corso Umberto, view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore. (B) Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos  Journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit

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Day 8: Matera - Alberobello - Matera Explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Continue to a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce. Enjoy free time in Matera to browse the boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes (UNESCO) known as trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs. (B, D) Day 9: Matera - Salerno - Sorrento Peninsula Travel towards one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the Bay of Naples. Stop in Salerno, where you’ll have the chance to explore the historic city center independently. Remember to take a moment to gaze at Salerno’s impressive cathedral, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in all of Italy. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon, then sit back and take in the views of this magical place. (B, D)

the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later, gather to discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening. (B) Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera Venture to Messina for a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled, beautiful region of Calabria into the Basilicata region. Make a stop at one of the area’s local wineries where you’ll join an expert on a walk through the cellars and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery’s own agriturismo restaurant. (B, D)

Day 10: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Amalfi - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula Savor time this morning in the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento. Then begin your adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Stop in the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial beauty before heading to Minori. Use this opportunity to sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Later, sit down for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B) Day 11: Sorrento Peninsula Pompeii - Rome Drive along the Bay of Naples to the excavated ruins of Pompeii, nestled at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. A local guide gives you an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeologic site, where you’ll become immersed in history as you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town. Later, travel to Rome to celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

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$2499 $2999

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Prices based on December 1, 2020 departure

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 21 February 18 March 3, 10, 17, 24 April 7, 13, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23 July 7, 14, 28 August 11, 25 September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 September 22, 26, 28, 29 October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17

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October 20, 24, 27, 31 November 3, 7, 10 December 1 January 26 February 23 March 2, 9, 13, 16 April 6, 13, 17, 20, 27

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Palermo and depart from Rome. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

We were treated to wonderful, delicious and authentic cuisine in every region that we visited throughout Italy. Collette was able to culturally immerse us in the various activities and tour explorations.

—Collette Traveler

Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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SPLENDID SICILIA 10 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Palermo • Cefalù • Farm Visit • Erice • Agrigento • Taormina • Siracusa

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit a medieval palace where you’re welcomed by a countess. •• Journey to the beautiful seaside town of Cefalù and stroll the streets like a local. •• Spend 4 nights in Taormina and explore the island’s most impressive sights.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Set out on a panoramic

coach tour of Palermo or stroll the streets of the city with a local guide. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 4 dinners •• Learn to make ricotta cheese at a family farm in the Sicilian countryside, followed by an unforgettable homemade farmhouse lunch. •• Sample Sicilian “street food” at a local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo Day 5 Baia di Ulisse Hotel, Agrigento  ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE During your stay at the Baia di Ulisse Hotel, upgrade your standard room to a frontal sea view room. CALL FOR DETAILS

Days 6 – 9 Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina R  OOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE During your stay at the Hotel Villa Dioidoro, upgrade your standard room to a frontal sea view room. CALL FOR DETAILS

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Taormina

Explore the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily. Day 1: Overnight Flight You are on your way to Sicily. Allow yourself to take in the immersive culture, the layers of ancient history, and the incomparable beauty of this sparkling Mediterranean island. Day 2: Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island’s history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Palermo  Make the most of Palermo this morning because it’s your choice! Choose to set out on a panoramic coach tour of Palermo, including stops at the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana Church, and the dazzling Monreale Cathedral -OR- stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide, feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time as you pass by medieval remnants, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains. Make your way inside St. Catherine of Alexandria, a

Baroque church where you can sample local pastries baked with the nuns’ secret recipe. After your tour, wander through an open-air market displaying traditional Sicilian “street food” before getting a taste of these classics at a local restaurant. Later, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace’s stunning chambers. (B, L) Day 4: Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo Journey to the countryside with a local guide and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù (UNESCO), a seaside town that’s home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Embrace Italian country life as you set off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets you upon arrival. Get a glimpse of the delectable products they make on the farm and observe how they create a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese! Watch a chef prepare local specialties before getting a taste of the farm’s own products with a hearty lunch made from family recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

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Day 5: Palermo - Erice - Agrigento Today’s journey brings you to Agrigento, a coastal hub of preserved Greek temples. Along the way, meander through the town of Erice and roam the streets. Admire the town from an awe-inspiring lookout point at Venus Castle, built upon an ancient Roman temple. Continue on to Agrigento, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort’s amenities. (B, D) Day 6: Agrigento - Taormina Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this onceprominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights. (B, D) Day 7: Taormina Today, discover Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city where you’ll see the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own in this city perched high above

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the sea. Perhaps dine at a sidewalk café or shop in the town’s boutiques. (B) Day 8: Taormina The entire day is yours to explore! With free time, you can choose to relax on the coast, dig in to Taormina’s mouthwatering cuisine, or even take an optional tour to Europe’s largest active volcano – Mt. Etna. (B) Day 9: Taormina - Siracusa Taormina Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa (UNESCO). An expert shares stories of Siracusa’s creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast Sicilian culture as you’re serenaded by local musicians during dinner. (B, D) Day 10: Taormina - Tour Ends Your journey through Sicily comes to a close today. Return home with cherished memories of an unforgettable adventure. (B)

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Prices based on February 27, 2021 departure.

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 25 February 22 March 14, 28 April 18, 25

May 2, 23 June 13 July 25 August 22 September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 31

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 7, 14 December 5 January 30 February 27 March 6, 20 April 10, 17, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Palermo and depart from Catania. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The tour of Sicily was excellent. We pretty much saw everything one could see, the bus was comfortable, hotels were good, and the food was great.

—Collette Traveler

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SICILY & MALTA

NEW TOUR

13 DAYS • 18 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Palermo • Cefalù • Farm Visit • Erice • Agrigento • Taormina • Siracusa • Tas-Sliema • Mdina • Valletta

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit a medieval palace where you’re welcomed by a countess. •• Journey to the beautiful seaside town of Cefalù and stroll the streets like a local. •• Enjoy a free day in Malta, the island paradise of the Mediterranean.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Set out on a panoramic

coach tour of Palermo or stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 5 dinners •• Learn to make ricotta cheese at a family farm in the Sicilian countryside, followed by an unforgettable homemade farmhouse lunch. •• Sample Sicilian “street food” at a local restaurant. •• Taste the wines of the region while in Malta.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo Day 5

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Days 6 – 9 Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina

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Days 10 – 12 The Waterfront Hotel, Tas-Sliema

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Explore the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily and the island paradise of Malta. Day 1: Overnight Flight You are on your way to Sicily. Allow yourself to take in the immersive culture, the layers of ancient history, and the incomparable beauty of this sparkling Mediterranean island. Day 2: Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island’s history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Palermo  Make the most of Palermo this morning because it’s your choice! Choose to set out on a panoramic coach tour of Palermo, including stops at the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana Church, and the dazzling Monreale Cathedral -OR- stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide, feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time as you pass by medieval remnants, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains. Make your way inside St. Catherine of Alexandria, a Baroque church where you can sample local

pastries baked with the nuns’ secret recipe. After your tour, wander through an open-air market displaying traditional Sicilian “street food” before getting a taste of these classics at a local restaurant. Later, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace’s stunning chambers. (B, L) Day 4: Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo Journey to the countryside with a local guide and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù (UNESCO), a seaside town that’s home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Embrace Italian country life as you set off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets you upon arrival. Get a glimpse of the delectable products they make on the farm and observe how they create a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese! Watch a chef prepare local specialties before getting a taste of the farm’s own products with a hearty lunch made from family recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

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Day 8: Taormina The entire day is yours to explore! With free time, you can choose to relax on the coast, dig in to Taormina’s mouthwatering cuisine, or even take an optional tour to Europe’s largest active volcano – Mt. Etna. (B) Day 9: Taormina - Siracusa Taormina Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa (UNESCO). An expert shares stories of Siracusa’s creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast to Sicilian culture as you’re serenaded by local musicians during dinner. (B, D) Day 10: Taormina - Pozzallo Tas-Sliema, Malta Say goodbye to Italy and venture to the island paradise of Malta. Cross the Mediterranean by high-speed ferry to one of the smallest countries in the world. Enter the town of TasSliema, home to breathtaking coasts and deep blue waters. In this fishing village that was transformed into a resort town, you’ll find quaint cafés and seaside promenades. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B) Day 5: Palermo - Erice - Agrigento Today’s journey brings you to Agrigento, a coastal hub of preserved Greek temples. Along the way, meander through the town of Erice and roam the streets. Admire the town from an awe-inspiring lookout point at Venus Castle, built upon an ancient Roman temple. Continue on to Agrigento, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort’s amenities. (B, D) Day 6: Agrigento - Taormina Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this onceprominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erean Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights. (B, D) Day 7: Taormina Today, discover Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city where you’ll see the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own in this city perched high above the sea. (B)

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Day 11: Tas-Sliema - Mdina - Valletta - Tas-Sliema Get an intimate look at Mdina – the “Silent City.” As there are no vehicles allowed in town, you will join a local guide for a walking tour featuring the medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. Head to a local winery where you’ll get a chance to taste the wines of the region. Your adventure continues in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Discover this fortified city on a panoramic coach tour. You’ll take in the picturesque Barrakka Gardens overlooking the harbor, featuring a charming blend of natural beauty and terraced arches. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B) Day 12: Tas-Sliema The day is completely yours to experience the island of Malta however you please. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to a temple complex older than Stonehenge, stopping at a vibrant fishing village and natural blue grotto along the way. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers as you recount your favorite memories of the Mediterranean islands. (B, D) Day 13: Tas-Sliema - Tour Ends Say goodbye to Malta and the Mediterranean as your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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$2999 $3599

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Prices based on December 5, 2020 departure.

May 2020 – April 2021 May 2, 23 June 13 July 25 August 22

September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 31 November 7, 14 December 5

January 30 February 27 March 6, 20 April 10, 17, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Palermo and depart from Malta. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Well-laid out tour, interesting sites, professional tour manager and guides. It was magical. —Collette Traveler

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ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE 9 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Reykjavík • Golden Circle • Thingvellir National Park • Gullfoss Waterfall • Geysir • Snæfellsnes Peninsula • Breidafjördur Bay Cruise • Seljalandsfoss • Vík • Skógar Museum • Skógafoss • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon • Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier • Lava Exhibition Center

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Learn about the 400-yearold tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. •• Explore Icelandic life at the Skógar Museum. •• Glide past icebergs on a cruise of the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

An island of dramatic contrasts, Iceland is a landscape forged by ice and fire.

•• Day 4 — Choose between a lava

cave adventure or explorative lava field walk.

•• Day 8 — Choose between floating

in the Blue Lagoon or visiting the Perlan Centre with its interactive exhibits. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Savor Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant. •• Try cured “hákarl,” an Icelandic delicacy. •• Relish Iceland’s local cheeses during a visit to a family-owned dairy farm.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Centerhotel Plaza or Centerhotel Midgardur, Reykjavík Day 4 Fosshotel Stykkisholmur, Stykkishólmur Days 5 – 7 Hotel Katla by Keahotels or Hotel Dyrholaey, Vik Day 8 Centerhotel Plaza or Centerhotel Midgardur, Reykjavík

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Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Come to know Iceland, a place where steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving behind thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Day 2: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbor and Reykjavík’s oldest building home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a grand Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Reykjavík - Golden Circle Reykjavík Travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Your adventure begins with a stop at a family-run dairy farm. You’ll be welcomed by one of the family members who will share with you what a “day-in-the-life” is like for them before you enjoy various cheeses that are made right there on the farm together with a taste of their famous ice cream. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in A.D.

930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes - Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you’ll learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. You’ll also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B) Day 4: Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes Breidafjördur Cruise - Stykkishólmur  Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches and rocky coastlines, soaring waterfalls and volcanic craters, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. It’s your choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where

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the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Visit the Lava Exhibition Center where you’ll learn about Iceland’s historical eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Arrive in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village, and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B, D) Day 6: Vík - Skógar Museum - Vík Drive along the scenic south shore to the Skógar Museum with its turf-built houses and outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts that reflect the various aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Next, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach scattered with caves and surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs. The beach is also rich with bird life, such as the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, gannet, and various types of seagulls. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D) Gullfoss

you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites -OR- choose to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of the varying textures and colors of this dramatic landscape that is truly nature’s artwork. Next, embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. See the fishing boat that their grandfather used and the tiny farmer’s church before exploring the museum, where you’ll learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before you go, taste the Icelandic delicacy “hákarl” – cured shark meat. Your day concludes with a private nature cruise of Breidafjördur Bay with Seatours. Experience countless birds like puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white-tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean waters. Seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! (B, D) Day 5: Stykkishólmur - Lava Exhibition Center - Vík Continue the adventure traveling along Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy on a visit to Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland, and

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Day 7: Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafel - Vík Set sail among the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for possible seal sightings and get to taste the 1,000 year-old ice that surrounds you. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. (B, D) Day 8: Vík - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall -Blue Lagoon or Perlan CenterReykjavík  Before departing the south shore, make a picture stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Next, it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineralrich waters of the geothermal pool located in the middle of a dramatic lava field -OR- visit the Perlan Center, where you’ll explore the wonder and mystery of Iceland through interactive exhibits; use your pass to delve into the Ice Cave, the Planetarium, the virtual aquarium and more. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D) Day 9: Reykjavík - Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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Starting at Starting at

$2999 $3599

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on April 14, 2021 departure

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 31 April 2, 5, 8, 12, 13 April 16, 19, 22, 25

May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 May 20, 24, 27, 31 June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17 June 21, 24, 28 July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 July 22, 26, 29 August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

August 19, 23, 26, 30 September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 September 20, 23, 25 April 7, 11, 14, 18 April 21, 25, 28

(featured itinerary)

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Reykjavik. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in some Icelandair gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. Puffin can usually be viewed mid-May through mid-August. During the months of April & October, the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon cruise may not operate due to seasonality. The Vatnshellir Cave tour is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic or have back or knee problems. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive by 10am.

Visiting Iceland was a once in a lifetime experience! The scenery was stunning, people were friendly, and almost everyone spoke English. —Collette Traveler

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GREENLAND & ICELAND: A NORDIC INSPIRED VOYAGE

NEW TOUR

9 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $4999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Reykjavík • Blue Lagoon • Golden Circle • Gulfoss Waterfall • 5-Night Greenland Cruise • Sisimiut • Disko Bay • Traditional Kaffemik Social Gathering • Eqip Sermia Glacier • Ilulissat Icefjord • Itilleq • Kangerlussuaq

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover the unique traditions of Greenland’s native Iniut during a visit to a remote fishing village. •• Partake in a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik social gathering. •• Soak in the mineral-rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 6 dinners •• Try traditional Icelandic cuisine during dinner at a popular Reykjavík restaurant. •• Visit a family-run greenhouse and learn how geothermal energy is used to grow vegetables. •• Enjoy daily breakfast, lunch and dinner while aboard the MV Ocean Atlantic.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavik Days 3 – 7 MV Ocean Atlantic Day 8 CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavik

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Uncover the Nordic treasures found in two captivating island countries - Greenland and Iceland - as you travel by land and sea. Day 1: Overnight Flight Awaken your intrepid spirit as you travel by land and sea on an expedition to two captivating Nordic countries - Greenland and Iceland. Day 2: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Your Nordic tour opens in Reykjavík. Step into Icelandic culture and explore the historic side of this capital city during a guided walking tour. As we make our way through the old section of the city, see the towering Hallgrímskirkja Church, City Hall and the Harpa Concert Hall, with its famous glass façade. Continue on to the Blue Lagoon, located on the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Enjoy time at leisure to take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a delectable Icelandic dinner at a distinctive local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Reykjavík - Golden Circle Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Board Ship Travel the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most renowned natural wonder. Begin at Thingvellir National Park and stand at the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (UNESCO), the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Next, lose

yourself in the beauty of the Gullfoss Waterfall. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir and see the fountain geyser known as Strokkur. Then visit Friðheimar, a family-run greenhouse cultivation center. Learn how the Icelanders grow delicious vegetables with the aid of the island’s geothermal energy; you’ll also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic horses. This evening, fly to Greenland and board the MV Ocean Atlantic. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner as your ship glides through the frosted blue waters of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord. (B, D) Day 4: Sisimiut Visit the town of Sisimiut, where colorful wooden homes cling to the craggy terrain. On a walking tour, discover the historic Colonial Quarter, Sisimiut Museum, the iconic Blue Church and the bustling city center. This afternoon, you’ll return to your ship and continue north of the Arctic Circle into the southern waters of Disko Bay. (B, L, D) Day 5: Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island - Eqip Sermia Glacier Drop anchor in Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island (or “The Large Island”). Nestled in Disko Bay, find mountains and glaciers. Wander

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through town, pausing to admire the intriguing Lutheran octagonal church, nicknamed “God’s Inkpot.” Stop at a local community center where you’ll attend a Greenlandic kaffemik, a traditional celebratory gathering complete with coffee, cake, dancing and music. Head back to the ship to see the enormous Eqip Sermia Glacier. Situated 50 nautical miles north of Ilulissat, the Eqip Sermia Glacier is one of the most active glaciers in Greenland and renowned for its jaw-dropping beauty. Your ship will sail close to the glacier’s face in order to safely discover its brilliant shades of white and blue. (B, L, D) Day 6: Ilulissat Today you cruise to the town of Ilulissat – the “Iceberg capital.” In the bay, discover massive icebergs floating along the waters – a result of the natural marvel, the Ilulissat Icefjord (UNESCO). The icebergs produced by this glacier represent more than 10% of all icebergs in Greenland. With free time to explore, you may spend the day discovering Ilulissat’s array of cultural attractions, or enjoy a leisurely hike to take in incredible views of the surrounding nature. You may also choose to embark on an optional boat trip to the Icefjord to get an up-close view of this ice-carved marvel, or perhaps take an optional helicopter ride for

a bird’s-eye view of the stunning glacier from high in the sky. (B, L, D) Day 7: Itilleq - Kangerlussuaq Leave the resplendent Disko Bay behind for the remote settlement of Itilleq. Approximately 100 people live here, making their living off of fishing, trapping and hunting. Take a stroll through this charming hamlet and learn how locals have worked to preserve their unique traditions and Inuit heritage. Board your ship again and make your way to Kangerlussuaq. Along the way, be dazzled by panoramic views of snowcapped mountains, deep valleys and raw tundra. (B, L, D) Day 8: Kangerlussuaq - Disembark Ship - Reykjavík, Iceland Disembark your ship and be shuttled to shore by Zodiac. Head off by 4WD tundra coach to Reindeer Glacier. View the colossal walls of ice as your guide talks about the history and folklore of the area. Back in Kangerlussuaq, enjoy time to explore the natural beauty that surrounds you and the rich landscape that has been shaped by glaciers. This evening, bid farewell to Greenland and return to Iceland via charter. (B)

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Prices based on August 12, 2020 departure

August 2020 August 7, 12, 17

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Inside Cabin Category D, Outside Deck 3 Category C, Outside Deck 5 Category B Suite, Outside Deck 7/8 Category A Suite, Outside Deck 5 Premium Suite

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$8099 $8999 $9299 $11799 $12399 $13599

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Reykjavík. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Port taxes and fees are included in the land only tour cost. The Reindeer Glacier excursion is included as part of your Collette tour. The cruise line will offer this excursion to other guests on board at an extra cost. Cruise ships have a limited quantity of cabins available in each cabin category. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at the time of booking. If the cabin category preferred is not available, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply. The cruise portion of this tour is operated by Albatros Expeditions and will have Albatros English-speaking expedition representatives accompanying you throughout the program. The cruise is not Collette exclusive and a Collette Tour Manager will not be accompanying you for this portion of your tour. A Collette Tour Manager will be with you in Reykjavík on Days 2 and 3 of the program. A Collette representative will assist you during airport transfers on Days 8 and 9 of the program. Swimwear (swimsuits, sandals) must be easily accessible upon arrival to the Blue Lagoon. A carry-on bag is ideal. Onboard gratuities are not included in the price of your tour. Suggested tipping on board cruise: $13.50 USD per person, per day for the ship’s crew. To transfer to and from the ship, travelers will use rafts and/or Zodiac boats. Travelers must be able to sit on the side of the raft (which is an inflatable tube) and hold on to the safety ropes – requiring agility, strength and balance. Due to this agility requirement, a person who uses a wheelchair or walker may be denied boarding by the Captain. If this happens, there are no other suitable options for the traveler’s accommodations. The only airplanes in the area are charter flights, which do not arrive every day. There are also no hotels on land where travelers can wait for the cruise to return. Without a charter flight, the traveler would have to be evacuated by helicopter (at their expense). Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights must arrive prior to 9:30 a.m. The roundtrip flight from Keflavik airport, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland is not included in the cost of the tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. This cruise maintains a high activity level, and should not be viewed as a leisurely excursion.

Day 9: Reykjavík - Tour Ends Your tour comes to an end. (B)

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ICELAND’S MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS 7 DAYS • 10 MEALS FROM $2199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Reykjavík • Northern Lights Cruise • Search for the Northern Lights • Golden Circle • Thingvellir National Park • Geysir • Gullfoss Waterfall • Lava Exhibition Center • Vík • Seljalandsfoss • Skógar Museum • Skógafoss • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon • Skaftafell National Park • Vatnajökull Glacier • Blue Lagoon

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore Skógar Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life. •• Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. •• Learn about the volcanic nature of Iceland during a visit to the Lava Exhibition Center.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 5 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Savor gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant. •• Challenge your taste buds with a sample of traditional hákarl (cured shark meat) and Brennivín (Icelandic schnapps).

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 CenterHotel Plaza or CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavík Days 3 – 5 Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka or Hotel Dyrhólaey, Vík Day 6 CenterHotel Plaza or CenterHotel Midgardur, Reykjavík

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Northern Lights

There’s something magical in the air. Chase the aurora borealis across this ethereal wonderland. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Where steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights. Day 2: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city. Get acquainted with old town Reykjavík on a walking tour featuring Hallgrímskirkja church, city hall, the harbor, and the Parliament building. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. Leave behind the bright city lights and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the northern lights – one of nature’s wonders. When revealed, you’ll be dazzled by the flickering light display of bursting color that unfolds before your eyes. (D)

Day 3: Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Lava Exhibition Center - Vík Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site marks the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the eruptive energy of the Icelandic landscape with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Then, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, stop at the Lava Exhibition Center to learn about Iceland’s historic eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Continue southeast to Vík , the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. For each of your three nights in Vík , weather permitting, you’ll set

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out into the peace and stillness of rural Iceland in search of the elusive northern lights. On foot, or with the assistance of our motor coach and driver, you will venture out away from the light pollution to where the views of the sky are ideal. Three nights of searching means three times the likelihood that you’ll find this incredible natural light show. (B, D) Day 4: Vík - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar Museum - Vík Journey to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Visit Skógar Museum with its turf-built homes and outstanding collection of artifacts covering all aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby, view the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Later, see Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations, cliffs scattered with caves, and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. Later this afternoon, challenge your taste buds when you try samples of the traditional Icelandic delicacies hákarl (cured shark meat) and Brennivín (Icelandic

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schnapps). After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. (B, D) Day 5: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon Skaftafell National Park - Vík Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Vatnajökull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains, an Alpine environment, and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. After dinner, continue searching for the shimmering northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B, D) Day 6: Vík - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula. Known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineralrich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavík for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B, D) Day 7: Reykjavík - Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$2199 $2599

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on November 30, 2020 departure.

January – March 2020

(different itinerary – see note)

January 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 January 20, 22, 24, 29, 31 February 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17 February 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 March 2, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 March 20, 23, 25, 27, 30 Itinerary featured is for September 2020 – March 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

September 2020 – March 2021 (featured itinerary) January 14, 16, 17, 19, 23 September 30 January 25, 26, 28, 31 October 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 February 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 October 12, 13, 15, 16, 18 February 10, 12, 13, 15 October 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 February 16, 18, 19, 21 October 27, 28, 30, 31 February 23, 26, 28 November 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 March 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12 November 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 March 13, 15, 16, 18 November 20, 24, 27, 29, 30 March 19, 21, 22, 24 December 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 December 11, 12, 14 January 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Reykjavík. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The northern lights cruise is weather dependent and may be canceled in the event of serious weather. The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed. Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in some Icelandair gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 10:00 a.m.

This was a trip of a lifetime! I loved the glacial lagoon. To watch the pieces of glaciers swirling around, knocking into each other, heading out into the ocean in so many shades of blue is an experience I won’t forget. —Collette Traveler

For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/563

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HIGHLIGHTS OF NORWAY

NEW TOUR

9 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $2799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Oslo • Viking Ship Museum • Stave Church • Flåm Railway • Sognefjord • Briksdal Glacier • Geirangerfjord Cruise • Bergen

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit the intricately-designed Borgund Stave Church, erected in 1180. •• Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier. •• Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Enjoy traditional Norwegian fare in one of Oslo’s oldest buildings. •• Dine in Bergen’s historic Bryggen neighborhood.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Bristol or Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo Day 4

Fretheim Hotel, Flam

Days 5, 6 Alexandra Hotel, Loen Days 7, 8 Scandic Neptun, Bergen

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Seven Sisters Waterfall

Venture to a place where crashing ocean meets craggy mountains, forging the natural majesty of the Norwegian fjords. Day 1: Overnight Flight Begin your journey to a land of mountains, glacial fjords, legends, and charming people, as you set off for Norway. Dive into the culture of the region, connecting with layers of Viking history, attention-grabbing nature, and a sense of refined traditions. Day 2: Oslo, Norway Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s grand capital. An up-and-coming foodie destination, Oslo combines classic tastes with modern twists. Meet your fellow travelers for a hearty and delicious welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Oslo Join a local guide and begin your day at the mighty Viking Ship Museum, where three ancient Viking vessels are on grand display. Venture down Karl Johan Street, passing by iconic buildings such as the Royal Palace and city hall as you take in the charming heart of downtown Oslo. Make your way

to Vigeland Park, home to a collection of statues and sculptures that the legendary artist Gustav Vigeland constructed during his life. This afternoon, enjoy free time to relax or continue discovering the hidden secrets of Oslo on your own. (B) Day 4: Oslo - Flåm Heading north of Norway’s capital, enter the majestic and unique landscapes of the fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church, an awe-inspiring building dedicated in honor of the Apostle Andrew in 1180. Continue to the quaint village of Flåm, your gateway to the grandeur of Aurlandsfjord. Traverse the terrain on the renowned Flåm Railway, one of the steepest train rides in the world, and climb 3,000 feet past rushing waterfalls, looming mountains, and picturesque valleys. Admire the scenery along the mountain plateau of Myrdal before descending into the fjord of Flåm. (B, D)

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Bergen

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Day 5: Flåm - Loen Immerse yourself in the striking nature of the Sognefjord before traversing the Briksdal Glacier. Surrounded by thundering waterfalls and towering mountains, the glacier is considered to be one of the most awe-inspiring in all of Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll” car (the park’s open-air vehicles), and arrive for a relaxing stay in Loen, a welcoming village situated in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. (B, D)

Day 7: Loen - Bergen Norway’s impressive landscapes continue to weave their spell on you as you travel to Bergen, the portal from the fjords. The Bergen of today – charming, old-world, and scenic – is much different from when it was founded by the legendary Viking warriors of the past. Enjoy a free evening to uncover the mysteries of this former Viking seaport, nestled against the imposing mountain range. (B)

Day 6: Loen - Geiranger - Fjord Cruise - Loen Find yourself immersed in the enchanting landscapes of Norway’s fjord region. Soak up the mesmerizing landscape on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise in Geiranger (UNESCO). Discover Norway’s mightiest waterfalls – the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil, and the Suitor. Marvel at the homesteads built along the steep sides of the mountains, where farmland has endured for centuries. (B, D)

Day 8: Bergen Stroll along the historic and iconic Bryggen harbor front (UNESCO) on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before reuniting with your fellow travelers at an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood, home to pleasant little houses stacked side-by-side against the harbor. (B, D)

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$2799 $3399

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Prices based on April 23, 2021 departure

May 2020 – April 2021 May 8, 15 June 5, 19

July 10, 24 August 7, 21 September 11, 25

October 9 April 23

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Oslo and depart from Bergen. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Day 9: Bergen - Tour Ends Say “ha det” to Norway and depart for home with incredible memories of your adventures. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/642

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NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE 12 DAYS • 23 MEALS FROM $4199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Oslo • Viking Ship Museum • “Norway in a Nutshell” Tour • Flåm Railway • Nærøyfjord Cruise • Bergen • 6-Night Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound • Ålesund • Trondheim • Arctic Circle • Tromsø • Kirkenes

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Travel the breathtaking Bergen Railway through fjords and mountains. •• Travel on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering. •• Unpack and relax during a truly unforgettable 6-night Norwegian cruise. ©Hurtigruten Cruise Line/Trym Ivar Bergsmo

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 8 dinners •• Enjoy the freshest culinary products on board the ship with most ingredients locally sourced. •• Savor Norwegian specialties while dining at a historic restaurant in Oslo.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3

Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo

Day 4

Scandic Neptun, Bergen

Days 5 – 10 MS Midnatsol, Hurtigruten Cruises Day 11

Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Journey across Scandinavia by land and sea to discover stunning fjords, breathtaking mountains, and Viking legends. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for Norway, in one of the world’s most incredible regions, Scandinavia. In this land of intense natural beauty and famous for its deep fjords, Viking legends, and wellpreserved historical sites, you’ll see majestic mountains, fishing villages, and historic towns. Experience a true milestone as your ship sails across the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe. Day 2: Oslo, Norway - Tour Begins Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s fascinating capital city. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Oslo This morning set out on a tour of regal Oslo featuring the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, Karl Johan Street, a view of the Royal Palace, City Hall and the new Opera building. Then it’s on to Vigeland Park, where you will find the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland’s life’s work. (B)

Day 4: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm Railway Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen Today you embark on the legendary “Norway in a Nutshell” tour! All aboard the Bergen Railway to experience Europe’s most scenic rail journey. Have your camera ready as this legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking fjord and mountainous terrain on its way to Bergen. Switch trains in Myrdal and travel 12 miles on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering, taking you 2,800 breathtaking feet in 55 minutes to the village of Flåm on Sognefjord, Norway’s longest (120 miles) and deepest (more than a mile). Next, cruise Nærøyfjord (UNESCO), the narrowest fjord in Europe with stunning views of waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. In Gudvangen, your journey continues by bus with the breathtaking Stalheimskleiva hairpin road (available May through September only), a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends. In Voss, board the train for Bergen, one of Norway’s oldest and most iconic cities. (B)

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and cultural hub dating back to medieval times. (B, L, D) Day 7: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound Today, enjoy some time in the historic city of Trondheim. Founded by Viking King Olav in A.D. 997, it was the location of the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessings. Later, continue toward the Land of the Midnight Sun, passing rugged coastlines en route to Rørvik, which sits among 6,000 islands. (B, L, D) Day 8: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound Today you become one of a select few as your cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle on your way to Bodø. Gaze at the distant rugged peaks and to the infinite sky … keep an eye out for white-tailed sea eagles found in this region. Continue sailing, crossing the stunning Vestfjord and past the breathtaking Lofoten Islands before pausing briefly at the villages of Stamsund and Svolvær. Later, sail on past the majestic Trollfjord. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bergen - Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Board Ship Join your fellow travelers on a leisurely paced walking tour of Bergen. Explore the picturesque, old Bryggen Wharf (UNESCO) with its tiny wooden houses and narrow streets. Mingle with the locals at the fish market located in the “heart” of the city. Then prepare for your memorable 6-night cruise – the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” – sailing along the stunning Norwegian coastline. This evening, board your Hurtigruten ship. Sit back and take in the treasure trove of landscapes, scenery, sights and sounds that surround you. (B, D) Day 6: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound This morning’s view from the ship will be either the tranquil Stadhavet Sea or the majestic Geirangerfjord as we make our way to the charming village of Ålesund. Take a stroll through the fairy-tale streets of Ålesund, a vibrant town known for its colorful art nouveau architecture and its stunning setting at the entrance of the Geirangerfjord. Then it’s on to Molde for a brief stop at this trading

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Day 9: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound Take in the serenity as we sail past a chain of islands on our way to the small town of Harstad. Stop here for a moment before continuing on to Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. Find yourself immersed in beautiful fjords and mountains. Located 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is home to the world’s northernmost university, botanical garden and cathedral. (B, L, D) Day 10: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Your voyage continues along Norway’s northernmost region, pausing briefly along the way at sleepy villages and busy ports surrounded by breathtaking panoramas. Have some time in the peaceful town of Honningsvåg, the capital of North Cape, situated closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo. (B, L, D) Day 11: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Kirkenes - Disembark Ship - Oslo Early this morning we arrive in Kirkenes, home to the Sami people who have herded reindeer for centuries. Disembark your ship and fly back to Oslo. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip filled with the breathtaking scenery and cultural treasures of Norway. (B, D)

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$4199 $5299

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Prices based on September 27, 2020 departure.

May – September 2020

May 18 June 9 July 12, 23 August 3, 14 September 5, 16, 27

Staterooms

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Superior Outside Cabin

Double

$4199 $4499 $5199

Solo

$5299 $5799 $6899

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Oslo. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flight from Kirkenes to Oslo is not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us. Hurtigruten’s ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable. The ships carry goods, vehicles and passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life. The ships are calling at ports around the clock. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Cabins are assigned by Hurtigruten; stateroom numbers will be supplied upon arrival at the ship in Bergen, Norway. Both Outside and Superior Outside can have obstructed views. May through July affords the opportunity to experience the “midnight sun,” offering up to 24 hours of sunlight above the Arctic Circle and giving you more time to enjoy the sights and make new discoveries. The northern lights in the Northern Hemisphere from October through the Norwegian winter months are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As viewing is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.

Everything about the trip was very well planned. We enjoyed cruising along the coast and visiting the fishing villages.

—Collette Traveler

Day 12: Oslo - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/576

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SPECTACULAR SCANDINAVIA 14 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $3999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Copenhagen • Swedish Country Farmstead • Manor House Stay • Stockholm • Oslo • Viking Ship Museum • Stave Church • Flåm Railway • Sognefjord • Briksdal Glacier • Geirangerfjord Cruise • Bergen

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit a Swedish country farmstead for a traditional fika. •• See the intricately-designed Borgund Stave Church, erected in 1180. •• Overnight in a historic manor house in the Swedish countryside. Stockholm

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — In Stockholm, choose to

explore the Vasa Ship Museum and learn about the vessel’s shocking maiden voyage or visit the ABBA Museum, an interactive exhibition about the Swedish pop sensation. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 8 dinners •• Savor Swedish cuisine in Stockholm’s old town. •• Experience the New Nordic Cuisine movement in Copenhagen.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1  Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen Day 4

Toftaholm Herrgard, Vittaryd

Days 5, 6 Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm or Scandic Hotel Continental, Stockholm Days 7, 8

Hotel Bristol, Oslo

Day 9

Fretheim Hotel, Flam

Days 10, 11 Alexandra Hotel, Loen or Hotel Union, Geiranger Days 12, 13 Scandic Neptun, Bergen

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Watch a Nordic postcard unfold before your eyes and discover the lands where Vikings reigned. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to explore Scandinavia by land and experience one of the world’s most incredible regions. Day 2: Copenhagen, Denmark - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to venture out on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a local dining experience highlighting the New Nordic Cuisine movement of Copenhagen. (D) Day 3: Copenhagen Join a local expert and set off on an engaging walking tour of Denmark’s capital city. Explore Nyhavn, the picturesque harbor lined with colorful facades and charming cafes, as well as Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family. See the Royal Theater and Marble Church before enjoying some free time to enjoy Copenhagen on your own. (B) Day 4: Copenhagen - Swedish Countryside Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Visit an 18th century farmstead

and enjoy a traditional fika (coffee break) while learning about life in the Swedish countryside. Continue on to Toftaholm Herrgård, a family-run lakeside manor house and your home for the evening. (B, D) Day 5: Swedish Countryside - Granna Stockholm  Bid farewell to your countryside retreat and travel to Granna, a town situated on the shores of Lake Vättern and famous for its charming wooden houses, cobblestone streets and delectable candy shops. Continue north to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. Once you’ve arrived, it’s your choice! You may choose to explore the Vasa Ship Museum and learn about the vessel’s shocking maiden voyage, when it sank in a single nautical mile; the perfectly preserved ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor -OR- visit the ABBA Museum, an interactive exhibition about the Swedish pop sensation. Tonight, enjoy Swedish cuisine in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. Capture the flavor of a bygone era at this stunning restaurant comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century. (B, D)

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life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax or explore Oslo independently. (B) Day 9: Oslo - Flåm Travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church, the intricate structure built in dedication to the Apostle Andrew in 1180. Arrive next in the quaint village of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on the renowned Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest train rides, and ascend 3,000 feet past mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flåm, taking in the breathtaking views each way. (B, D) Day 10: Flåm - Loen/Geiranger Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll car” before arriving for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. (B, D)

Day 6: Stockholm View Stockholm’s greatest vistas and attractions, including Gamla Stan (Old Town), Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament. You’ll also enjoy a visit inside Stockholm’s stunning City Hall which displays towering brick walls paired with an opulent interior. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Stockholm independently. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that offers a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago. (B) Day 7: Stockholm - Oslo, Norway Take a quick flight to Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. As Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is the center of the country’s government and the home to the royal family. Here, you’ll find a cosmopolitan hub with world-class museums, restaurants and art. This evening, enjoy traditional Norwegian fare in one of Oslo’s oldest buildings. (B, D) Day 8: Oslo A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking vessels. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park, home to the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland’s

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Day 11: Loen/Geiranger - Fjord Cruise Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, soaking in some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery along the way. Known to be one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you’ll find Norway’s mightiest waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. You’ll notice that homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where these farms have been kept for centuries. (B, D) Day 12: Loen/Geiranger - Bergen Be inspired by Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen – the gateway to the fjords. Founded with Viking roots, the Bergen of today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscapes. (B) Day 13: Bergen Join a guided walking tour of Bergen. Stroll along the historic harbor front, known as the Bryggen (UNESCO). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood. (B, D)

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DOUBLE SOLO

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Prices based on October 1, 2020 departure

May – October 2020 May 7, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25

July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 September 3, 9, 10, 17

September 23, 24 October 1

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Copenhagen and depart from Bergen. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us.

This was an incredible trip through Scandinavia. A perfect balance of large cities (Copenhagen... Stockholm...Oslo) with a lot of natural beauty in western Norway.

—Collette Traveler

Day 14: Bergen - Tour Ends Depart for home today with incredible memories of your Scandinavian journey. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/102

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SHADES OF IRELAND 10 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Dublin • Irish Evening • Kilkenny • Waterford • Blarney Castle • Killarney • Ring of Kerry • Farm Visit • Jaunting Car Ride • Limerick • Cliffs of Moher • Galway • Castle Stay

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle. •• Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads. •• See sheepdogs in action when you visit a working farm.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Embark on a panoramic

tour of Dublin with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and more or go on a walking tour of the city’s historic center.

•• Day 4 — Tour the Waterford Crystal

factory and learn how crystal is made or visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century wine vault. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment. •• Taste the “water of life” during an Irish whiskey tasting. •• Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle!

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge Hotel or Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin Day 4 Granville Hotel or Tower Hotel, Waterford Days 5, 6 Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Plaza Hotel or The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens, Killarney Days 7, 8 Absolute Hotel or George Hotel, Limerick Day 9

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From history-filled Dublin to the rolling green hills and dramatic coast, experience Ireland’s charm on a journey through the Emerald Isle. Day 1: Overnight Flight Anticipation mounts as you wind your way toward the Emerald Isle and its many wonders. Rich history, rolling hills and warm smiles lie ahead in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. With tomorrow comes quintessential Ireland.

embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. (B, D)

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. (D)

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone Killarney Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice…choose your included dinner from a “menu” of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 3: Dublin  Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. (B) Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford  Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford,

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages

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and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture. (B) Day 7: Killarney - Adare - Limerick Start your day with a traditional jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. Travel to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for some time at leisure. Continue to Limerick, where a panoramic city tour showcases King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the “City of the Violated Treaty.” (B) Day 8: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher Galway - Limerick Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner. (B, D)

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Day 9: Limerick - Tullamore/ Kilbeggan - Kingscourt You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends Your journey ends in Kingscourt. (B)

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$2199 $2699

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Prices based on March 3, 2021 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 - April 2021

March 2, 7, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30 ★ March 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 April 1, 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 22 April 23, 25, 27, 29

May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20 May 23, 27, 30 June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 June 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 July 1, 6, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29 August 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 19, 20 August 22, 26, 27, 29, 31 September 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 September 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 24, 26, 28, 30 October 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 October 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 October 22, 24, 26, 28 November 2, 4, 7 March 3, 8, 18, 20 ★ March 10, 11, 13, 15 April 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 April 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 April 24, 26, 28, 29

SPECIAL EVENT St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate in Ireland in the birthplace of St. Patrick, the “Apostle of Ireland.” MARCH 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2020 MARCH 10, 11, 13 & 15, 2021

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On day 10, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

The scenery was so different all over Ireland. I liked that we could choose an optional tour. The driver and the tour guide were very professional. —Collette Traveler

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SHADES OF IRELAND FEATURING

NORTHERN IRELAND 13 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $3099 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Dublin • Irish Evening • Kilkenny • Cliffs of Moher • Waterford • Blarney Castle • Farm Visit • Killarney • Ring of Kerry • Jaunting Car Ride • Galway • Donegal Town • Derry • Giant’s Causeway • Glens of Antrim • Belfast • Titanic Experience • Traditional Irish Ceili

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Overnight on the grounds of a historic manor house. •• Experience the daily life of an Irish family during a visit to a local farm. •• Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional ceili in Ulster.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Embark on a panoramic

tour of Dublin with a local guide or go on a walking tour of the city’s historic center.

•• Day 4 — Tour the Waterford Crystal

factory or visit the Medieval Museum for a tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century wine vault. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment. •• Choose from a “menu” of Derry’s best restaurants.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Ballsbridge Hotel, Herbert Park Hotel or Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin Day 4 Granville Hotel, Waterford Days 5, 6 Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Plaza Hotel, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens or Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Day 7 Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Day 8 M  anor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen Days 9, 10 City Hotel, Derry Days 11, 12 Europa Hotel or Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

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Giant’s Causeway

Experience Ireland in all its vibrant shades as you travel from the lively city of Dublin to the untamed natural beauty of Northern Ireland. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on an amazing Irish adventure that tells the complete story of the Emerald Isle. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. (D) Day 3: Dublin  Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. (B) Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford  Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum

for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. (B, D) Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone Killarney Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney, where you will board a traditional boat and sail through breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, enjoy dinner on the town. (B, D) Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches and quaint villages. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisanmade crafts. End your day with a traditional jaunting car ride through one of Ireland’s best kept secrets — Killarney National Park. (B) Day 7: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis Bid Killarney farewell and travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Walk along the rambling

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edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel and experience the finest in Irish hospitality. (B) Day 8: Ennis - Galway - Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then continue on to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends in the northwest reaches of Éire. (B, D) Day 9: Enniskillen - Donegal Town - Derry Take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, travel to Derry, known for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square in the heart of the city. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice … choose your included dinner from a “menu” of Derry’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 10: Derry - Inishowen Peninsula - Derry This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as

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you explore Ireland’s northernmost point. Return to Derry, and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 11: Derry - Giant’s Causeway Glens of Antrim - Belfast See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim to Belfast. (B) Day 12: Belfast Begin the day with a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, and hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the Titanic Experience, Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Top your day off with a traditional Irish ceili; an experience that takes you back to 20th-century Ulster. Enjoy rousing music and dance as your Irish adventure comes to a close. (B, D) Day 13: Belfast - Tour Ends Your tour ends in Belfast. (B)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

★ March 9, 16 March 26 April 6, 13, 20, 23, 27

May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 25 June 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 29 July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 13, 17, 24, 31

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28 October 5, 8, 12, 19, 26 November 2 ★ March 8, 11, 15 April 8, 12, 19, 22, 26, 29

SPECIAL EVENT St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate in Ireland in the birthplace of St. Patrick, the “Apostle of Ireland.” MARCH 9 & 16 2020 MARCH 8, 11 & 15, 2021

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers arrive into Dublin airport and depart from Belfast or Dublin airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Return flights from Dublin airport should not be booked before 11:00 AM. On day 13, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel.

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IRISH SPLENDOR 8 DAYS • 8 MEALS FROM $1649 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Dublin • Christ Church Cathedral • Blarney Castle • Killarney • Dingle Peninsula • Farm Visit • Cliffs of Moher • Whiskey Distillery • Cabra Castle

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Travel the Dingle Peninsula, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal routes. •• See the Rock of Cashel, the historic site where St. Patrick preached. •• Overnight on the grounds of a historic castle

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 2 dinners •• Enjoy cocktails and canapes in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral. •• Delight in a whiskey tour and tasting at the home of Tullamore D.E.W. •• Learn how a traditional Irish farm works over homemade scones and tea.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Ashling Hotel, Dublin Days 4, 5 Killarney Avenue Hotel or Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Day 6

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Day 7

Cabra Castle, Kingscourt

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Cliffs of Moher

From the breathtaking sights of County Kerry to the historic Rock of Cashel, savor a true taste of “Irish Splendor.” Day 1: Overnight Flight Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and incredible cuisine. Make a return to times past when you join us on an unforgettable tour of the amazing “Emerald Isle.” Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Dublin with a visit to Christ Church Cathedral. Join your fellow travelers for canapes and cocktails in the cathedral’s crypt. Day 3: Dublin Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Then, enjoy some leisure time to independently explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Killarney Depart Dublin for Ireland’s breathtaking countryside. Visit the town of Cashel for views of the historic Rock of Cashel, the reputed location where St. Patrick preached and converted the King of Munster. Next, journey to historic Blarney Castle where you’ll have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. End your day in charming Killarney and enjoy dinner this evening at one of Killarney’s best local restaurants. (B, D) Day 5: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula Killarney Set off this morning to follow what is perhaps Ireland’s most majestic coastal route – the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop

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for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Travel to the town of Dingle and drive the beautiful Slea Head road, where some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes are found. (B) Day 6: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher Ennis Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family and enjoy homemade scones and tea during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. End your day in the charming town of Ennis. Enjoy the ambience of your historic hotel, cozy up to its roaring peat fire, and feel the warmth of Irish hospitality. (B) Day 7: Ennis - Tullamore Kingscourt Start your day with a cross-country journey to Irish whiskey territory. The

ancient town of Tullamore has long been associated with the whiskey industry. During a visit to one of these historic distilleries, learn the process of whiskey making and delight in a tasting of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 8: Kingscourt - Tour Ends Your tour comes to an end in Kingscourt. (B)

My daughter and I had an excellent experience with our Irish Splendor tour… Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the sightseeing was breathtaking.

” —Collette Traveler

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Prices based on November 11, 2020 departure.

January – March 2020

October 2020 – March 2021

January 28 February 11, 25 March 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25 ★ March 11, 15

October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 December 1, 2, 9 January 20, 27

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February 17, 24 March 2, 3, 9, 10 ★ March 15, 16 March 23, 24, 30

Itinerary featured is for October 2020 – March 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation. This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights must arrive prior to 2:00 p.m. On some dates this tour operates in reverse.

SPECIAL EVENT St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate in Ireland in the birthplace of St. Patrick, the “Apostle of Ireland.” MARCH 11, 15, 2020 MARCH 15, 16, 2021

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EXPLORING BRITAIN & IRELAND 15 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS London • Stonehenge • Bath • Cardiff • Waterford • Blarney Castle • Killarney • Diner’s Choice • Ring of Kerry • Jaunting Car Ride • Farm Visit • Dublin • Irish Cooking Class • Wales • Lake District • Edinburgh • York • Stratford-upon-Avon

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Behold the sights of Killarney on a traditional jaunting car. •• Find inspiration in the Lake District’s quintessential English villages. •• Overnight within the medieval walls in York.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Tour the House of

Waterford Crystal factory or take a walking tour of Waterford.

Stonehenge

•• Day 12 — Set out on a locally guided

coach tour of Edinburgh or take a walking tour of the city.

•• Day 14 — Tour the childhood home

of Anne Hathaway or enjoy a leisurely Avon River cruise.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 7 dinners •• Give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner. •• Experience a traditional English carvery

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton, London Day 4 Hilton, Cardiff Day 5 Tower Hotel, Waterford Days 6, 7 Scotts Hotel, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, The Killarney Plaza Hotel or The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Days 8, 9 Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin Day 10 Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Cheshire Days 11, 12 Apex Grassmarket Hotel or Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh DoubleTree by Hilton, York Day 13 Day 14 Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Travel through the most fashionable cities and historic places of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a comprehensive journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your journey opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: London Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle. (B) Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Bath Cardiff, Wales Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the

colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath’s cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Your day ends in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. (B) Day 5: Cardiff - Ferry to Ireland Waterford Join a local expert on a leisurely-paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to Waterford, your home for the evening. (B, D) Day 6: Waterford - Blarney - Killarney  This morning, it’s your choice! Tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection

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of Waterford Crystal in the world -OR- enjoy a leisurely-paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and discover its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that if you do, you will be blessed with the “gift of eloquence.” This evening it’s Diner’s Choice … tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 7: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney This morning explore Killarney National Park on a traditional jaunting car ride. Then travel along the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Later, see border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a familyrun farm. (B) Day 8: Killarney - Rock of Cashel Dublin Today we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the aweinspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee! (B, D) Day 9: Dublin Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own. (B) Day 10: Dublin - Ferry to Wales Cheshire Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the second longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the

most magnificent scenery in all of Britain. Tonight, experience dinner at a traditional English carvery. (B, D) Day 11: Cheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland Edinburgh Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city. (B, D) Day 12: Edinburgh  Today it’s your choice! Come to know this regal city during a locally guided panoramic city coach tour -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently. (B) Day 13: Edinburgh - York, England En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13thcentury Minster. (B) Day 14: York - Stratford-uponAvon  Journey to charming Stratfordupon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice! Tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife -OR- set out on a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner. (B, D)

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$3499 $4499

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Prices based on November 6, 2020 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 13, 20 April 2, 16, 17, 23, 24

May 1, 8, 22 June 5, 11, 12, 19, 26 July 10, 17 ★ July 30, 31 ★ August 6, 7, 13, 14 August 28

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 4, 10, 11, 17 September 18, 24, 25 October 2, 9, 16 November 6 March 12, 18 April 8, 9, 16, 23, 29

SPECIAL EVENT Edinburgh Military Tattoo

©Heiko DeWees

Travelers arriving in Edinburgh from August 9 - August 25, 2020 will receive tickets to Edinburgh’s famous Military Tattoo Show. Please inquire at time of reservation. AUGUST 9-25, 2020

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from London. Airport transfers are available for purchase. All transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airport (approximately a 2 hour drive). On day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 11:00 a.m.

Day 15: Stratford-upon-Avon Tour Ends Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Britain and Ireland. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/62

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EXPLORING BRITAIN & IRELAND FEATURING THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO 15 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $4249 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS London • Stonehenge • Bath • Cardiff • Waterford • Blarney Castle • Killarney • Diner’s Choice • Ring of Kerry • Jaunting Car Ride • Farm Visit • Dublin • Irish Cooking Class • Wales • Lake District • Edinburgh • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo • York • Stratford-upon-Avon

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Behold the sights of Killarney on a traditional jaunting car. •• Find inspiration in the Lake District’s quintessential English villages.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

•• Day 6 — Tour the House of

Waterford Crystal factory or take a walking tour of Waterford.

•• Day 12 — Set out on a locally guided

coach tour of Edinburgh or take a walking tour of the city.

•• Day 14 — Tour the childhood home

of Anne Hathaway or enjoy a leisurely Avon River cruise.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 7 dinners •• Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine during a cooking class and dinner. •• Experience a traditional English carvery.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton, London Day 4 Hilton, Cardiff Day 5 Tower Hotel, Waterford Days 6, 7 Scotts Hotel or The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Killarney Days 8, 9 Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin Day 10 Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Cheshire Days 11, 12 Apex Grassmarket Hotel or Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh DoubleTree by Hilton, York Day 13 Day 14 Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, Stratfordupon-Avon

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Travel through the most fashionable cities and historic places of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a comprehensive journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your journey opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: London Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle. (B) Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Bath Cardiff, Wales Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and

their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath’s cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Your day ends in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. (B) Day 5: Cardiff - Ferry to Ireland Waterford Join a local expert on a leisurely-paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to Waterford, your home for the evening. (B, D) Day 6: Waterford - Blarney - Killarney  This morning, it’s your choice! Tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world -OR- enjoy

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a leisurely-paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and discover its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that if you do, you will be blessed with the “gift of eloquence.” This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 7: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney This morning explore Killarney National Park on a traditional jaunting car ride. Then travel along the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Later, see border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a familyrun farm. (B) Day 8: Killarney - Rock of Cashel Dublin Today we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the aweinspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. End your day in the exciting city of Dublin, with time to discover the city’s charm on your own. (B) Day 9: Dublin Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee! (B, D) Day 10: Dublin - Ferry to Wales Cheshire Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the second longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh

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countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain. Tonight, experience dinner at a traditional English carvery. (B, D) Day 11: Cheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland Edinburgh Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city. (B, D) Day 12: Edinburgh  Today it’s your choice! Come to know this regal city during a locally guided panoramic city coach tour -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Later this evening, take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events. (B) Day 13: Edinburgh - York, England En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster. (B) Day 14: York - Stratford-uponAvon  Journey to charming Stratford-uponAvon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice! Tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife -OR- set out on a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner. (B, D) Day 15: Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Britain and Ireland. (B)

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$4249 $5599

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Prices based on August 6, 2020 departure.

July – August 2020 July 30, 31 August 6, 7, 13, 14

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from London. On day 15, all transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airports (approximate 2 hour drive). Airport transfers are available for purchase. On day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 11:00 a.m.

Our guide and drivers were amazing! We always felt safe with our drivers. We saw so much on this tour it is hard to pin point a favorite memory. I expected to like Ireland the most and was surprised to find that I fell in love with Scotland, especially Edinburgh. —Collette Traveler

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BRITISH LANDSCAPES 10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS London • York • Edinburgh Castle • Lake District • Chester • Llangollen • Wales • Stratford-upon-Avon

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. •• Discover the picturesque Lake District. •• Explore Wales during a tour of Llangollen.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Explore Edinburgh by

coach or by foot on an allencompassing guided tour.

•• Day 8 — Embark on a panoramic

city tour and walk through Chester’s Rows with a local guide or follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and walk on the city’s ancient walls with a local guide. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Enjoy a private dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. •• Enjoy London’s culinary renaissance at a dinner highlighting contemporary British cuisine.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, London Day 4

DoubleTree by Hilton, York

Days 5, 6 Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh or Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh Days 7, 8 Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, Chester Day 9 Hotel Indigo, Stratford-uponAvon

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Day 1: Overnight Flight Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland, and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines dramatic history and natural wonders. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, get a taste of contemporary British fare as you join your fellow travelers for a meal highlighting London’s culinary renaissance. (D) Day 3: London Start the day with a local guide and view London’s quintessential sights. Make your way past famous icons including the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Buckingham Palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city on your own. (B) Day 4: London - York Say farewell to London and visit the 800-year-old university town of Cambridge en route to the medieval city of York. Upon arrival in York, enjoy a brief orientation tour to

get the lay of the land. Or, for a faster journey, choose to arrive in York earlier on your own by way of an optional high speed rail. Climb aboard at London’s King’s Cross station and navigate the busy British train just as the locals do. Sit back and relax as you travel 125 mph through England’s stunning countryside, arriving in York just over two hours later. After your quick ride, meet up with a local expert and walk the labyrinth of quaint, narrow streets and see the city’s famous Minster. Tonight, stay within the historic walled section of the city. (B) Day 5: York - Borders Region, Scotland Edinburgh Enjoy a leisurely morning in York before traveling north to “bonnie” Scotland. Stop to see Hadrian’s Wall, built in the 2nd century to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Once the mark of the northern border of the Roman Empire, this ancient fortification stretches across the country. Make your way through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh. Discover Scotland’s capital and see how medieval crossroads blend seamlessly with a vibrant modern energy. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

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Day 6: Edinburgh  Today, it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The rest of today is yours to explore the city independently. (B) Day 7: Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Chester Your final stop in Scotland comes at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to get married. Return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the district’s heart, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End the day in Chester, your home for the next two nights, where ancient walls enclose charming Tudor and Victorian houses. (B, D) Day 8: Chester - Llangollen, Wales Chester, England  Choose how you discover Chester because today it’s your choice! Embark on a panoramic city tour and then walk through Chester’s Rows to peer into the city’s hidden

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secrets, hopping in and out of these iconic 2-tiered shopping galleries with a local guide -OR- follow in the footsteps of ancient Roman soldiers and medieval archers with an exploratory hike on the city’s ancient walls. Then, cross over into Wales and discover Llangollen, one of the country’s most picturesque villages. See the area from a different perspective when you sail along the top of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Admire the view from the bridge-like waterway, towering more than 120 feet above the landscape below. (B) Day 9: Chester - Stratford-uponAvon Step back in time on a journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit the Bard’s birthplace – the childhood home of William Shakespeare. After touring the home, enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Toast the end of a wonderful journey while actors in traditional costume perform some of Shakespeare’s most renowned scenes. (B, D) Day 10: Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends Your journey through Britain concludes today. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

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March – April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

March 12, 19 April 2, 9, 16, 23, 25

April 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 16, 23, 25, 30 ★ August 6, 8, 13, 20 September 3, 5, 10, 12

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September 17, 19, 24 October 1, 15, 29 November 5 February 25 March 11, 18 April 8, 15, 22, 24, 29

SPECIAL EVENT Edinburgh Military Tattoo Travelers arriving in Edinburgh from August 7 - August 25, 2020 will receive tickets to Edinburgh’s famous Military Tattoo Show. Please inquire at time of reservation. AUGUST 7-25, 2020

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from London. On day 10, all transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airports. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to transfer scheduling, flights on the last day of your tour should be scheduled after 11:00 a.m.

Excellent itineraries and guide. Enjoyed all of the dining options and our coach driver was excellent. The Military Tattoo in Edinburgh was beyond description, simply awesome. —Collette Traveler

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ENGLAND’S TREASURES 12 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Liverpool • Lake District • Worcester Cathedral • Bath • Stonehenge • Salisbury • Glastonbury • Cornwall • St. Ives • Wine Pairing Dinner • Great Western Railway • London

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Spend three nights in the Georgian town of Bath. •• Journey by train from Cornwall to London’s Paddington Station. •• Explore the monastic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Bath

•• Day 4 — Experience the romance

of the Lake District and visit Rydal Mount or embark on a guided hike through glacial valleys and along lakeside trails. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Enjoy a private wine pairing dinner at a Cornish winery. •• Savor a traditional English roast at one of Kensington’s most popular local restaurants.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Hotel Indigo, Liverpool

Days 3, 4 Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa, Lake Windermere Days 5 – 7 Apex City of Bath Hotel, Bath Days 8, 9 The Cornwall Hotel & Spa, St. Austell Days 10, 11 Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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On this English voyage, experience resplendent countryside, lakeside trails, and majestic locales fit for a poem. Day 1: Overnight Flight “Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream.” William Wordsworth wrote those words for his poem Travelling over 160 years ago, yet they still capture the essence of the outof-the-way places and the contemplative beauty of England. Join us as we take in Stonehenge, Liverpool and London. Along the way, we’ll stray from the well-traveled path with stays in Bath, Cornwall and Wordsworth’s own Lake District. Day 2: Liverpool, England - Tour Begins Welcome to Liverpool, home to four English lads who changed music forever. Today, this once rough and tumble city is known as much for its unrivaled love of football as it is for The Beatles. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner on the Albert Dock. (D) Day 3: Liverpool - Lake District This morning, we set out to explore Liverpool with a local guide. Along the way, learn about the rich heritage of this historic port. Later, spend time at the restored Albert Dock complex or perhaps visit The Beatles Story (the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to the group),

the Maritime Museum or the International Slavery Museum. Then, we travel to the scenic Lake District and settle into our hotel for two nights on the shores of Lake Windermere. (B, D) Day 4: Lake District  Discover a corner of the world that gave inspiration to famed writers such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Sir Walter Scott. Set sail on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Take in the tranquil backdrop as we cruise into a charming lakeside village for some leisure time. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Soak up the romance of the Lake District with a visit to Rydal Mount, the home of poet William Wordsworth -OR- soak up some poetic inspiration on a guided hike through glacial valleys and along gorgeous lakeside trails. (B) Day 5: Lake District - Worcester - Bath Today we head south to England’s rural heartland. Stop at Worcester Cathedral for a guided tour of this architectural marvel and final resting place of the legendary King John. Next, take a short drive to the ancient

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you on a tour through Britain’s finest 13th-century Gothic cathedral. (B) Day 8: Bath - Glastonbury Cornwall Today, visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, once the richest monastic community in England and the reputed home of the legendary King Arthur. Then travel south to Cornwall, England’s remote southwestern peninsula. Cornwall has always danced to its own tune. Passing through rugged moors and lush valleys, it becomes clear why this farreaching corner of the earth has been a source of inspiration for so many. Stop at Lanhydrock. This pictureperfect country house perfectly pairs great wealth alongside the comfort and familiarity of a family home. The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, while the spacious dining room and bedrooms remain truly elegant. (B, D)

Roman town of Bath, your home for the next three nights. (B, D) Day 6: Bath England is blanketed with beautiful cities, but Bath may just be the jewel in the crown. Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your local guide on a walking tour. Follow in the footsteps Jane Austen, Thomas Gainsborough and Charles Dickens as you take in beautiful Georgian façades, manicured parks, and the famous Royal Crescent, a dramatic row of 30 terraced houses. Next, visit the Roman Bath Museum to see these elaborate spas that have been prized since Roman times for their curative properties. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently. (B) Day 7: Bath - Stonehenge Salisbury - Bath Today we visit one of the world’s most iconic sights. Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious rock formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived here and try to imagine their true purpose. Then it’s off to the medieval market town of Salisbury. Enjoy free time to explore on your own before visiting the famous cathedral that towers above the city. Join a local guide who takes

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Day 9: Cornwall See iconic St. Michael’s Mount, a monastery turned castle that stands steadfast off the shores of Penzance in the mouth of Mount’s Bay. Then, travel along Cornwall’s stunning coastal road to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. Visit the popular artist colony and resort town of St. Ives for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we visit a local winery for a farm-to-table dinner and wine pairing. (B, D) Day 10: Cornwall - Great Western Railway - London All aboard! Bid a fond farewell to Cornwall and board your Great Western Railway car en route to London’s Paddington Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning English countryside. Your welcome to England’s bustling capital begins with a local expert who will show you the quintessential sights, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. (B) Day 11: London Today is yours to explore London. Or, you may choose to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle; originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is one of the oldest royal residences still in use today. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a traditional English roast at one of Kensington’s favourite local restaurants and toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D) Day 12: London - Tour Ends Your journey through England comes to a close today. (B)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 25 April 15, 22

May 13 June 17 July 8 August 12

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Manchester and depart from London. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The England’s Treasures tour was outstanding. Our tour director was so knowledgeable, personable, enthusiastic, and organized. All we had to do was relax and enjoy the tour, the great meals and very nice accommodations. —Collette Traveler

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EXPLORING SCOTLAND & IRELAND 13 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $2999

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Edinburgh • Whisky Distillery • Loch Ness • Urquhart Castle • Loch Lomond • Glasgow • Belfast • Titanic Experience • Giant’s Causeway • The Causeway Coast Rail Journey • Derry • Glenveagh National Park • Armagh • Castle Stay • Dublin

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. •• Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster. •• Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Take a locally guided

panoramic tour of Edinburgh or join a local expert for an in-depth walking tour of the Old Town.

Giant’s Causeway

From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Sample the “Water of Life” at a Scottish whisky distillery. •• Taste apple cider at a family-run farm. •• Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Day 4 Best Western Palace Hotel or Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness Day 5 Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish or Muthu Royal Hotel, Tyndrum Day 6

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

Days 7, 8 AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast Days 9, 10 City Hotel, Derry Days 11, 12 Barberstown Castle, Kildare

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 1: Overnight Flight From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await. Day 2: Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Tonight, experience how traditional Scottish ingredients are getting a modern twist during a welcome dinner at one of the city’s popular restaurants. (D) Day 3: Edinburgh  This morning, it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic tour; explore both Old Town and New Town before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse -OR- join a local expert for a walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town; meander the cobbled streets before descending into underground vaults. (B) Day 4: Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Inverness Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf – see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town, and explore on your own. Enjoy a privately guided tour at one of Scotland’s

renowned whisky distilleries and taste for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. (B, D) Day 5: Inverness - Loch Ness Ballachulish/Tyndrum This morning, take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness before disembarking at the base of famed Urquhart Castle. Continue south through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel, situated in the charming Highlands. (B, D) Day 6: Ballachulish/Tyndrum - Luss & Loch Lomond - Glasgow Drive through the heart of Scotland and pass Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Continue along the western shore of Loch Lomond, stopping in the picturesque village of Luss. Arrive in the Victorian metropolis of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. (B) Day 7: Glasgow - Belfast, Northern Ireland This morning, travel along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. Later, you are invited to a traditional Irish céilí. This experience takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare of turn-of-the-century Ulster. Enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of Guinness

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as you lose yourself in the rousing music. Then it’s time to dance! (B, D) Day 8: Belfast Enjoy a privately guided tour of Belfast. Learn about the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete today’s tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum. (B) Day 9: Belfast - Glens of Antrim Giant’s Causeway - Derry Venture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO). Then, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys along the Causeway Coast to Derry. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine’s Cathedral, and the Guildhall. Perhaps you’ll take an optional evening of storytelling and traditional music at one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants. (B) Day 10: Derry - County Donegal Glenveagh National Park - Derry Today’s journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle. Tonight, it’s

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Diner’s Choice…choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Derry’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 11: Derry - Armagh - Cider Farm Visit - Barberstown Castle, Republic of Ireland Depart on a journey through the scenic countryside of Northern Ireland, stopping in Armagh to view the twin cathedrals dedicated to Ireland’s Patron Saint. Then, visit a family-run cider farm and explore the orchards before sampling their award-winning ciders. Continue on to the Republic of Ireland. Your day concludes at Barberstown Castle, a 13th-century castle and country house hotel. (B) Day 12: Barberstown Castle - Dublin - Barberstown Castle A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city’s magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. This evening, toast the end of an incredible adventure during a farewell dinner at your castle hotel. (B, D)

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March - April 2020

May 2020 - April 2021

March 15, 29 April 5, 19, 26

May 10, 17, 24 June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19 ★ August 9, 16, 19, 23

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(featured itinerary)

September 6, 13, 20, 27 October 4, 11 March 7, 14 April 11, 18, 25

SPECIAL EVENT Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Travelers arriving in Edinburgh from August 9 - August 23, 2020 will receive tickets to Edinburgh’s famous Military Tattoo Show. Please inquire at time of reservation. AUGUST 9-23, 2020

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Edinburgh and depart from Dublin. All transfers depart from the Kildare area for Dublin airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Best tour guide ever! Same for coach service. Care for the group was very evident right from the start. —Collette Traveller

Day 13: Barberstown Castle - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/199

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DISCOVER SCOTLAND 10 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Bagpipe Lesson • Whisky Distillery • Isle of Skye • Armadale Castle • Loch Ness • Orkney Islands • Dunrobin Castle • Sheepdog Demonstration • St. Andrews • Edinburgh Castle • Scottish Cooking Experience

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit a working farm and meet a shepherd and his sheepdogs. •• Reflect at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the half-hour battle that changed history. •• Discover the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae. Scottish Highlands

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — In Edinburgh, take a locally

guided panoramic city tour or join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Learn the art of producing Scotch whisky during a distillery tour and tasting. •• Enjoy an interactive cooking experience at one of Edinburgh’s premier culinary institutions.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Hilton Glasgow, Glasgow

Days 3, 4 Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish Days 5, 6 Pentland Hotel, Station Hotel, Castletown Hotel or Royal Hotel, Thurso Day 7 Grant Arms Hotel, Grantownon-Spey Days 8, 9 Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

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From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles layered in history, Scotland awaits. Day 1: Overnight Flight An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities and stirring history. Day 2: Glasgow, Scotland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Glasgow, Scotland’s Victorian capital city. Start your Scottish adventure with a visit to the National Piping Centre. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it’s your chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travelers for a lively welcome dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant. (D) Day 3: Glasgow - Glencoe - Ballachulish This morning, bid Glasgow farewell as you travel to one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. Continue on to the Highlands, making your way through the breathtaking scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Admire the green hills and mountainside waters as you arrive at your countryside hotel on lovely Loch Linnhe. (B, D) Day 4: Ballachulish - Isle of Skye Ballachulish Take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry

and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills. Then, visit Armadale Castle & Gardens and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish along the same road, see Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. (B, D) Day 5: Ballachulish - Loch Ness - Thurso Today, enjoy stunning and unspoiled landscapes as you journey further into the Highlands. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes). Visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle before enjoying a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open — you never know when Nessie will appear! Travel off the beaten path to Thurso, one of Scotland’s most remote towns on the North Coast. Embrace the rustic environment of the Scottish Highlands as you settle in for your 2-night stay. (B) Day 6: Thurso - Orkney Islands - Thurso Grab your windbreaker – it’s time for an adventure on the Orkney Islands. Ferry

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to this former Viking stronghold off the northernmost coast of Scotland, where artists admire the everchanging clouds rolling across the sky like a time-lapse at double speed. A local guide introduces this ethereal place that few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Continue on toward the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Make your way through the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland. (B, D) Day 7: Thurso - Eastern Highlands As you make your way back from the northern coast, visit Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of Scotland’s history. You’ll also stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle which dates back to the 1300s. Take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. Enjoy an overnight stay in a quaint town in the Eastern Highlands, surrounded by Scottish wilderness. (B, D) Day 8: Eastern Highlands - Pitlochry - St. Andrews - Edinburgh Begin your day with a visit to a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain

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wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Continue on to the vibrant Victorian town of Pitlochry for some time at leisure before traveling to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. End your day in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. (B) Day 9: Edinburgh  Today it’s your choice! Choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided panoramic city tour, exploring both the Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective, you may join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot. Descend into the city’s vast underground vaults and uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening, enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. With a “wee dram” in hand, toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D) Day 10: Edinburgh - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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$2399 $2699

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Prices based on March 14, 2021 departure

March - April 2020

May 2020 - March 2021

March 15, 29 April 6, 19, 20, 26, 27

May 4, 10 June 8, 21 July 12, 26 ★ August 2, 9, 10 ★ August 16, 17, 18, 24

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September 13, 20, 27, 28 October 4, 5, 11, 18, 25 March 14, 21

SPECIAL EVENT Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Travelers arriving in Edinburgh from August 9 - 25, 2020 will receive tickets to Edinburgh’s famous Military Tattoo Show. CALL FOR DETAILS AUGUST 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 & 24, 2020

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Glasgow and depart from Edinburgh. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Most of the hotels do not have elevators, requiring guests to navigate stairs to reach their room. Rooms in these hotels are smaller than average. Armadale Castle and Gardens is open from April to October. On other dates a visit to Eilean Donan Castle will be substituted. Dunrobin Castle is open from April to October. When it is closed you will visit Fort George or similar. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

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Discover Scotland featuring the Isle of Mull 10 DAYS, 14 MEALS MAY 17, 24; JUNE 7, 29; JULY 5, 19; AUGUST 3; SEPTEMBER 6, 7; 2020, APRIL 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 2021

Discover Scotland featuring the Isle of Mull and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 10 DAYS 14 MEALS AUGUST 10, 17, 18 & 24, 2020

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ROYAL EDINBURGH

military tattoo Take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events. In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, military bands from around the world will drum out their military tattoos, accompanied by a spectacle of lights, fireworks, and more. SEE THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO ON SELECT AUGUST DEPARTURES OF:

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SPOTLIGHT ON LONDON

single hotel stay

7 DAYS • 8 MEALS FROM $1599 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Buckingham Palace • East End Culinary Tour • London Underground • Kensington Palace or Churchill War Rooms • Big Ben • London Theatre • Oxford • Blenheim Palace

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore London’s famous Underground, known to locals as “the Tube.” •• Enjoy a privately-led walking tour of Oxford.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 4 — Explore the neighborhoods

of Kensington and Knightsbridge with a local guide and visit Kensington Palace or travel to Westminster station to snap a photo of Big Ben and then visit the Churchill War Rooms.

London Parliament

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 5 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 2 dinners •• Gather for a special dinner at a traditional English restaurant. •• Sample British fare on a culinary walking adventure through London’s East End.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 6 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt, London

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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London is calling. Answer its call as you encounter majestic pageantry, storied history and grand charm. Day 1: Overnight Flight London calls. Experience the regal touches and daily charms of life in this grand city. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Welcome to London, a sophisticated metropolis with a timeless style all its own. Its bustling city streets are lined with beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, celebrated monuments and grand theaters – and you’ll be a part of it all! This evening, experience a classic British pastime when you join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: London Join a local expert on a panoramic city tour. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace, the London home to Britain’s royalty since 1837. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. End your city tour with

a visit to Harrods, London’s most iconic department store. This afternoon, become acquainted with London’s trendiest borough on a walking culinary tour of the East End. Discover a world of English cheeses and traditional fish and chips, taste London’s Indian influence with a sampling of chicken curry, and more! Finish the day at East London’s “pub of the year” for an ale tasting. (B, L) Day 4: London  Start your day like a true Londoner. Hop on the famous Underground, known to locals as “the Tube.” Opened in 1863, this engineering marvel was the world’s first metro system. Next, it’s your choice! Join a local guide and explore the neighborhoods of Kensington and Knightsbridge, known for their iconic shops and famous residents, before a visit to Kensington Palace, once the home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana

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-OR- travel to Westminster station and snap a photo in front of Big Ben before heading north on Whitehall, known as the center of Her Majesty’s Government; catch a glimpse of 10 Downing Street before visiting the Churchill War Rooms. Later this afternoon we gather to enjoy a matinee performance at a London theatre. (B) Day 5: London - Oxford - Blenheim Palace - London Travel across England’s beautiful countryside en route to the historic city of Oxford, one of the world’s most famous university cities. Join a local expert on a privately-led walking tour that brings life to this quaint, yet privileged place. Enjoy some free time to explore the city at leisure before setting out to visit Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most magnificent homes, for a self-guided tour. Famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers a glimpse into the life of English royalty. (B)

Day 6: London It’s your last day in London. Spend the day independently exploring more of London’s treasures. Or you may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner at a favorite London restaurant and toast the end of a wonderful getaway! (B, D) Day 7: London - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B) ALSO AVAILABLE

Christmas in London Experience our Spotlight on London tour with during the festive holiday season.

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$1599 $2099

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Prices based on March 25, 2021 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 5 April 2

May 7, 21 June 4, 18 July 16 August 6, 20

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(featured itinerary)

September 3, 17 October 15 March 25 April 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from London. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Excellent arrangements in London. Outstanding tour manager. Great location for hotel – close to many attractions and easy access to Tube station. —Collette Traveler

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LONDON & PARIS 8 DAYS • 9 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS The Tower of London • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Eurostar Train • Paradis Latin Cabaret • Arc de Triomphe • Eiffel Tower Dinner • Seine River Cruise

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Take advantage of a full day of leisure in both London and Paris. •• Cruise along the Seine against a backdrop of Paris’ glittering skyline. •• Embark on a tour of London with a local expert.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — In London, explore the

Churchill War Rooms or tour regal Westminster Abbey.

•• Day 6 — In Paris, see the iconic sites

on a panoramic drive or set out and travel via the metro.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 3 dinners •• Enjoy London’s culinary renaissance at a dinner featuring contemporary British cuisine. •• Immerse yourself in Parisian culture with a dinner at the city’s oldest cabaret theatre. •• Savor an exclusive dinner at the Eiffel Tower, featuring delicious cuisine and breathtaking views.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London Days 5 – 7 Crowne Plaza Republique, Paris

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From cosmopolitan London to romantic Paris, cross the English Channel via train and take in the best of these iconic cities. Day 1: Overnight Flight From cosmopolitan London to romantic Paris, see the best of the world’s most captivating cities. To help make the most of your getaway, unpack just once in each city. Enjoy a leisurely-paced journey with plenty of time for independent exploration.

the Churchill War Rooms, the secret underground center of Britain’s government during World War II -OR- tour Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of Britain’s monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II. The evening is yours to do as you wish. (B)

Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your tour opens in London, the United Kingdom’s dynamic capital. This evening, get a taste of contemporary British fare as you join your new mates for a meal highlighting London’s culinary renaissance. (D)

Day 4: London After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a day to explore at your leisure. You may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle. Originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today. (B)

Day 3: London  Join a local expert for a day in London. Begin with a panoramic tour highlighting the must-sees, including Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Kensington and Knightsbridge. Stop by Harrods, the most iconic department store in all of London. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Return to wartime Britain while exploring

Day 5: London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France Today, you’re on to Paris! Hop aboard the sleek, futuristic Eurostar High Speed Train to get there in just two hours. A sophisticated metropolis of style and culture, Paris’ bustling city streets are filled with colorful history, fascinating museums, renowned

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monuments and grand theaters. Tonight, celebrate your arrival in Paris with a special dinner at the legendary Paradis Latin, the city’s oldest cabaret theater. Enjoy a savory meal complete with wine, champagne and a captivating show. (B, D) Day 6: Paris  It’s your choice! Come to know the highlights of Paris by coach or by metro! Set out on a panoramic coach tour -OR- for a truly Parisian experience, take in some of the most iconic sights by metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome with a local guide. Write your own story during a free afternoon. You may choose an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre Museum, indulge in some of the world’s best shopping on the Champs-Elysees, or simply do as the Parisians do and sit at a sidewalk café and watch the beauty that is Paris go by. (B)

Day 7: Paris Be romanced by Paris – today is yours for the taking. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles and relive history as you walk through the various rooms of the State Apartments, including the Queen’s bed chamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Eiffel Tower, featuring French cuisine and breathtaking views.* End the day with a romantic Seine River cruise set against Paris’ glittering skyline. (B, D) Day 8: Paris - Tour Ends You depart today, but London and Paris will remain in your heart forever. (B)

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$2499 $3299

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Prices based on August 19, 2020 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 26 March 11, 18 April 1, 15, 29

May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 24 July 8, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 September 2, 3, 9, 16 September 17, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28

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November 4, 11 December 2 January 27 February 24 March 10, 17, 24 April 7, 14, 21, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into London and depart from Paris. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Paradis Latin may be considered unsuitable for children; please consult your Tour Manager. The Louvre and Versailles optional tours must be purchased at a minimum of 45 days prior to departure. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse. *Depending on availability, the dinner may take place on the Seine River Cruise instead of the Tower.

Paris and London are 2 of our favorite cities in the world and Collette gave us a wonderful experience in both places. —Collette Traveler

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TREASURES OF EUROPE 12 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $3199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS London • Eurostar Train • Paris • Eiffel Tower Dinner • TGV High-Speed Train • Lucerne • Venice • Italian Vineyard Experience • Florence • Michelangelo’s David • Rome • The Colosseum

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Travel across two countries on high-speed trains. •• Enjoy free time in Paris and Rome to explore at leisure. •• Stroll through the floating city of Venice.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 5 dinners •• Enjoy an unforgettable dinner at the Eiffel Tower. •• Sample delectable wines and traditional cuisine at a vineyard in the Chianti region.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge, London Days 4, 5 Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile or Le Meridien Etoile, Paris Day 6 Radisson Blu Hotel, Andermatt or Ameron Hotel Flora, Lucerne Day 7 Hilton Garden Inn Mestre, Venice Days 8, 9 Starhotel Tuscany, Florence Days 10, 11 Cardinal Hotel St. Peter, Rome

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Rome

Set your sights on the journey of a lifetime and discover all the must-sees of England, France, Switzerland and Italy. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to some of the most magnificent countries in Europe.

Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and more. Enjoy breathtaking views of Paris along with French cuisine during an unforgettable dining experience at the Eiffel Tower! (B, D)

Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your tour opens in London, home to Big Ben, Parliament, Harry Potter, and the Queen. Come together with your fellow travelers and toast the start of an incredible journey during a welcome dinner in England’s sophisticated capital city. (D)

Day 5: Paris Enjoy a full day to explore Paris independently. Perhaps you will have lunch in Le Marais, wander the neighborhood around the Opera Garnier, or head north to Montmartre and watch artists at work. Or, choose to go on a locally-led tour of the Louvre, home to more than a million precious works of art, including the Venus de Milo and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. (B)

Day 3: London This morning, check out the quintessential sights of London. Alongside a local guide, see the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Afterward, enjoy some time at leisure to explore this iconic city on your own. (B) Day 4: London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France Board the high-speed Eurostar train and relax in style as you’re whisked away to Paris, the “City of Light.” Famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion, Paris’ history will astound you and its style will dazzle you. See its best during a panoramic city tour featuring views of Notre Dame

Day 6: Paris - TGV Train - Lucerne, Switzerland - Andermatt Embark on a rail journey from Paris to Lucerne onboard the TGV, France’s highspeed train. Take in magnificent scenery as you bid au revoir to France and cross into Switzerland. Discover why Lucerne has been rated Switzerland’s most beautiful city on a walking tour. Among stunning views of the lake and the mountains, journey through city streets, covered bridges, lakeside promenades and bustling plazas. Later, continue to the quaint village of Andermatt, nestled in the Ursern Valley. (B)

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Paris

Day 7: Andermatt - Venice, Italy This morning, travel south through the pastoral landscapes of Switzerland. Crossing into Italy, traverse through the heart of the Alps, taking in vistas of snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. Pass through the bucolic Italian Lake District, a holiday destination since Roman times. (B, D) Day 8: Venice - Florence Cruise to the island of Murano, renowned for its long tradition of glass-making. Embark on a leisurely walking tour of Venice with its collection of 117 tiny islands, surrounded by 150 canals and 400 bridges. In this floating city, see the Bell Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica and marble palaces on gondolaladen canals. This evening, stop at a vineyard in the heart of Chianti for a tour, tasting and traditional fare. Continue to Florence, where you’ll spend tonight amongst the beauty of the Tuscan region’s capital, home to masterpieces of art and iconic symbols of centuries-old history. (B, D) Day 9: Florence Today, tour Florence, home of the Medici, Gucci, and il Duomo. Stroll the city streets for a real-life history lesson, and discover the four pillars of city life: art, architecture, food, and fashion. Visit the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del

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Fiore and the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s famous David. (B) Day 10: Florence - Rome Leave Florence and head for Rome. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure upon arrival. Gaze at the Pantheon and see the oval-shaped Piazza Navona that’s lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. Or, you may choose to join an optional tour to the Vatican, one of the most sacred places on Earth, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover masterpieces of art and architecture that surround St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, where the Pope has addressed thousands of people. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$3199 $4099

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on December 3, 2020 departure

March - April 2020

May 2020 - April 2021

March 26 April 2, 16, 23

May 21 June 11 July 23 August 20 September 3, 10, 17, 24

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 12 December 3 March 11, 18 April 8, 15, 22

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into London and depart from Rome. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On occasion, due to inclement weather, your visit to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice. The Louvre optional tour must be purchased prior to departure.

Day 11: Rome This morning, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. Tonight, gather with new friends and toast the end of an epic journey through Europe at a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends Your European adventure comes to a close today. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/636

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SPOTLIGHT ON PARIS

single hotel stay

7 DAYS • 8 MEALS FROM $2099 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Champs-Élysées • Arc de Triomphe • Eiffel Tower Dinner • Seine River Cruise • Montmartre • Louvre Museum • Parisian Food Tour • Versailles Palace & Gardens • Musée d’Orsay • Place des Vosges • Notre Dame

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• See Paris at its best as you uncover the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. •• Navigate Paris like a local by riding the metro to destinations. •• Feel like a true Parisian when you discover the beloved neighborhood of Montmartre.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Visit the Musée de

Montmartre with a local guide or head inside Sacré-Coeur basilica and look out at the city from above. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 5 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 2 dinners •• Enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Eiffel Tower with unparalleled views of the “City of Light.” •• Feel the hustle and bustle of the city with your personal foodie guide and sample French delicacies on a walking food tour.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 6 Le Méridien Etoile, Paris

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Be filled with joie de vivre as you soak in the romance and unparalleled charm of Paris. Day 1: Overnight Flight Iconic skylines of picturesque towers. A trend-setting culinary scene. The inspirational muse for the world’s greatest artists. Fashion-forward haute couture. This is the “City of Light.” Feel the essence of Paris as the locals do – with its chic cosmopolitan vibe and constant energy. You’re on your way to a 5-night stay in the thriving heartbeat of France. Day 2: Paris, France - Bonjour! Be swept off your feet as the Paris of your dreams comes alive. Make your way down the iconic Champs-Élysées, the hotspot for Parisian fashion, and marvel at the towering Arc de Triomphe. Words can’t do justice to the view from within the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive dinner featuring savory French cuisine. After your meal, cruise the Seine on an evening boat ride, watching the city skyline come to life around you. (D) Day 3: Montmartre: An Artist’s Eden  Step into the shoes of a local and navigate Le Métro – your main mode of

transportation for the week. Get to know this underground system with a local pro, giving you the freedom to set off later as you wish. First stop – the hip bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre. Blending artistic roots and quirky modernity, this 18th arrondissement neighborhood is home to classical painters and cultural provocateurs. Choose how you discover the area because it’s your choice! With a local guide, venture into the Musée de Montmartre and glimpse into the roots of cabaret and the lives of Paris’ most famous artists -OR- head inside Sacré-Coeur and take in the city from this iconic hilltop basilica. As your day comes to a close, make the most of an evening at leisure. Perhaps you will enjoy an optional dinner at the dynamic Paradis Latin for a champagne-flowing, cancan-kicking, music-driven night at the cabaret. (B) Day 4: The Louvre, the Lisa, and the Local Foodie The ethereal glass pyramid at the Louvre’s entrance serves as your gateway into another realm, where ancient sculptures

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lead to 19th century canvases. Wander past and marvel at the palette progeny of Raphael and Botticelli before making your way to Da Vinci’s renowned Mona Lisa. Your cultural lesson continues with a culinary quest through the Montorgueil neighborhood. Follow a local foodie through the well-loved streets, indulging in specialties from family-owned stores and cozy cafés. From hot-off-the-griddle crepes to buttery pastries that melt in your mouth, you’ll get a true taste of French cuisine. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. (B, L) Day 5: Once Upon a Versailles Channel your inner royal at Versailles – an imperial titan located in the heart of France. There’s a reason why Versailles has served as a model for countless international abodes, which you’ll discover as you wind your way through sprawling green gardens and palace halls with a local guide. From the prominent Hall of Mirrors to the opulent bedchamber of the queen, take in the palace’s most famous sights. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you’ll join an optional tour of L’Opera quarter, where you’ll have time to peruse

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luxury Parisian retailers and visit the world-famous Fragonard Musée du Parfum to discover the art of perfume making. (B) Day 6: Paris as You Please It’s your last day in Paris – how will you spend it? Perhaps you will visit the highly acclaimed Musée D’Orsay and enjoy your included ticket to this former railroad station, which now houses some of the world’s best impressionist art. Or maybe you’ll join your Tour Manager on a trip to Le Marais, a favorite neighborhood of the locals; here you’ll meander through the flourishing trees and bright grassy patches of Place des Vosges, the oldest town square in all of Paris. Enjoy free time to explore this neighborhood’s popular market and trendy boutique stores. Take a short walk down to Île de la Cité to snap a picture of the awe-inspiring Notre Dame. Tonight, say salut as you toast to the end of your Parisian getaway. (B, D)

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$2099 $2899

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on February 23, 2021 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 24 March 23 April 13

May 5, 12, 26 June 16 July 21 August 4 September 1, 8

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 13, 20 November 3 February 23 March 16 April 13, 27

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Paris. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On occasion, the Louvre Museum may not be available for guests who purchase this tour within 45 days of departure as space is limited at the Louvre. For these guests, alternative sightseeing may be provided depending on availability. You will be traveling by metro throughout Paris for majority of this tour and should be reasonably fit in order to get on and off this mode of transportation.

Our tour was superb. Our tour manager was efficient and knowledgeable. She got us places on time, and we never wasted time. —Collette Traveler

Day 7: Paris - Tour Ends Au revoir! Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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FRANCE MAGNIFIQUE 15 DAYS • 19 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Paris • River Seine Cruise • Normandy • Omaha Beach Cemetery • Le Mont St. Michel • Loire Valley • 2-Night Château Stay • Château de Chenonceau • Winery Tour • Lyon • Avignon • Nice • Monaco • Monte Carlo

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Seine and drift past famous landmarks. •• Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive UNESCO Bayeux Tapestry. •• Learn the secrets of perfume making in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 11 — Get to know Lyon with

a local expert or embark on an appetizing adventure in Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse food market. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Dine at a traditional bouchon where you will sample Lyon’s cuisine. •• Delight in a tour and tasting at a local winery. •• Enjoy a delightful dinner at a traditional French restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hyatt Regency Etoile or Le Méridien Etoile, Paris Days 4, 5 Mercure Caen City CenterPort de Plaisance, Caen Days 6, 7

Hôtel Oceania, Saint-Malo

 ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE During your stay at the Hôtel Oceania, you may choose to upgrade your room to a Deluxe Sea View room. CALL FOR DETAILS

Days 8, 9 Château de Beauvois, Loire Valley Days 10, 11 Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette, Lyon Day 12 Mercure Pont d’ Avignon, or Mercure Hotel Cite Des Papes, Avignon Days 13, 14 Splendid Hotel & Spa, Nice

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From the enchanting streets of Paris to the seaside paradise of Nice, grab a baguette and rendezvous with the best of France. Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on your journey through France. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of your French voyage with a sunset river cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine, which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the Right Bank and the Left Bank. Head to one of Paris’ local restaurants for a savory French dinner. (D)

largest invasion in history took place during World War II. Visit the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic Battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-lesBains, where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France, before making your way to the hotel. (B)

Day 3: Paris Start your day by taking in the most iconic sights of Paris on a panoramic coach tour. With your local guide, see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, and the bustling Place Vendôme. Take advantage of a free afternoon to write your own story. Perhaps you’ll take an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre. (B)

Day 5: Caen - D-Day Landing Sites - Caen This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery and stop by the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center. See the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte-Mère-Église, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit the landing beaches of Utah and Juno. (B, D)

Day 4: Paris - Caen Set off for the Normandy coast, where the

Day 6: Caen - Bayeux - Saint-Malo Travel back in history when you stand before

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the impressive Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO), a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Enjoy some free time to explore the historic town on your own. Then it’s off to Saint-Malo, Brittany’s famous coastal village. Immerse yourself in the beautiful beaches, striking blue water, and views of the fortified Old Town. Tonight, enjoy a wonderfully prepared local dinner. (B, D) Day 7: Saint-Malo - Le Mont St. Michel - Saint-Malo Travel to Le Mont St. Michel (UNESCO), the “Wonder of the West.” Resting on the border between Normandy and Brittany, this worldfamous pilgrimage site sits on the edge of the sea and becomes an island at high tide. Take in the breathtaking views as you stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, dating back to the 11th century. Return to Saint-Malo and enjoy time to relax or explore independently. (B) Day 8: Saint-Malo - Chinon - Loire Valley Journey south to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO site brimming with châteaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Arrive in the medieval village of Chinon. Joan of Arc first met young Charles VII here and shared her vision that he would defeat the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Visit the market, abundant with fresh produce, flowers and local products, and take time to enjoy lunch along the banks of the Vienne River. Next, tour a local winery and discover some of the Loire Valley’s best wines. This afternoon, feel like royalty when you arrive at your 15thcentury castle accommodations at the Château de Beauvois. Delve into the history of this site frequented by King Louis XIII as you enjoy some leisure time to explore the grounds or relax on the château’s charming terrace. This evening, delight in gourmet French cuisine in the opulent dining room of your château. (B, D) Day 9: Loire Valley - Amboise Loire Valley Embark on a tour of the spectacular Château de Chenonceau. Perched along the banks of the Cher River, it is a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Head to the picturesque center of Amboise. Enjoy free time for exploring and getting to know the local culture. (B) Day 10: Loire Valley - Lyon Travel the French countryside to the gastronomical capital of France, Lyon

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(UNESCO). The city was once an important area for silk production. Today it is famous for its worldrenowned cuisine. This evening, experience this cuisine firsthand when you dine at a bouchon, a local restaurant that serves traditional Lyonnaise fare. (B, D) Day 11: Lyon  Choose how you spend the day because it’s your choice! Get to know Lyon with a local expert, visiting the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the historic Old Quarter -ORembark on an appetizing adventure in Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse food market, where you’ll peruse its many culinary delights and sample some local goods before exploring the area independently. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. (B) Day 12: Lyon - Avignon Get acquainted with the walled city of Avignon on a morning orientation tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. With your free time, perhaps you will choose to explore the 14thcentury Palais des Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace, or take a relaxing stroll along the river and see Pont Saint-Bénézet, one of the city’s most iconic sites. (B) Day 13: Avignon - Antibes - Grasse - Nice Travel to Antibes and rub shoulders with Europe’s elite in this Riviera getaway. After some free time to explore, continue to Grasse, the center of the world’s perfume industry. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting a famous parfumerie. Then journey to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous. The evening is yours to explore this seaside destination. (B) Day 14: Nice - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market in Nice. Then it’s off to discover Place Masséna and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Your journey takes you to Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, the final burial site of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. Gather for a farewell dinner tonight to celebrate the end of a magnificent trip to France! (B, D) Day 15: Nice - Tour Ends Set out for home with many magnificent memories. (B)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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DOUBLE SOLO

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$3499 $4649

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on March 11, 2021 departure.

March – April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

March 19, 26 April 16, 23

April 30 June 18 July 16 August 20

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for April 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 3, 10 October 15, 22 March 11, 18 April 15, 22

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Paris and depart from Nice. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The tour hit all the sites I had on my France bucket list. The hotels were conveniently located near restaurants and within walking distance of sites of interest. —Collette Traveler

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FRENCH IMPRESSIONS 11 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Paris • Eiffel Tower Dinner • Versailles • Giverny • TGV Train • Avignon • Palace of the Popes • Aix-en-Provence • Cézanne’s Workshop • Gordes • Wine Tasting • St. Paul de Vence • Nice • Monaco • Monte Carlo • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Whisk through the French countryside aboard the high-speed TGV Train. •• Tour the atelier (workshop) of the famous painter, Paul Cézanne. •• Stroll through the hillside village of Gordes.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Take a panoramic coach

tour highlighting Paris’ most iconic sites or visit the Musée D’Orsay with its magnificent French Impressionist art collection. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Savor French cuisine and enjoy spectacular views while dining at the Eiffel Tower. •• Enjoy a tasting of Provençal wines while taking in commanding views of Mont Sainte-Victoire at a vineyard in Provence. •• Enjoy a typical French lunch in the tea room of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Le Méridien Etoile, Paris Days 5 – 7 Grand Hotel Roi René, Aix-en-Provence Days 8 – 10 Splendid Hotel & Spa, Nice

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Venture from cosmopolitan Paris to provincial Provence to coastal Nice as you take in timeless French art, cuisine and culture. Day 1: Overnight Flight Journey through the best of France as you explore lively Paris, romantic Provence and delightful Nice. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Paris, the “City of Light.” Tonight, sample delicious French cuisine and witness breathtaking views during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, get a different perspective of the city during a Seine River cruise. As you glide along, admire Paris’ glittering skyline. (D) Day 3: Paris  Come to know Paris your way. It’s your choice! Take a splendid panoramic coach tour featuring the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, the ChampsÉlysées and the Notre Dame Cathedral -ORenter the world of Impressionism with a visit to the Musée D’Orsay with its magnificent French Impressionist art collection. Live out your own Parisian adventure during a free afternoon. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the world-renowned Louvre, home to the iconic Mona Lisa. This evening,

an optional dinner and show at Paris’ oldest cabaret, the Paradis Latin, is offered. (B) Day 4: Paris - Versailles - Giverny - Paris Explore the history, architecture and gardens of Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces and finest, most complete examples of 17th century architecture. Your local guide will recount the history of the palace and lead you through the various rooms of the State Apartments. Discover its immeasurable opulence and see its treasures including the Queen’s bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You then have time to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete. This afternoon, Claude Monet’s famous paintings come to life with a visit to the artist’s lovely home and enchanting gardens in the village of Giverny. The remainder of the evening is at leisure for you to explore Paris’ many hidden treasures on your own. (B) Day 5: Paris - TGV Train - Avignon - Aixen-Provence Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train and

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is a local specialty. Delve into the Provençal landscape during a visit to the picturesque region of Luberon, known for its beautiful lavender fields. Take time in the hilltop village of Gordes to explore its charms. Visit the Lavender Museum and learn about this precious plant, its unique distillation process and its uses throughout history. You are in for a treat this evening when you stop at a local vineyard with commanding views of Mont SainteVictoire and enjoy a tasting of their delicious wines before indulging in a sumptuous Provençal meal. (B, D) Day 8: Aix-en-Provence - Grasse St. Paul de Vence - Nice This morning, journey to the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, and learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting one of the region’s famous parfumeries. Next, travel to the hilltop village of St. Paul de Vence. Enjoy some free time to explore charming sun-dappled streets, elegant fountains and breathtaking views. Then it’s off to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous. (B)

“fly” through the beautiful French countryside on your way to Provence. Arrive in Avignon for a delightful tour of this historic walled city. Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” acted as a center of European religion for 70 years when the Papacy moved there in 1309. A visit to the Palace of the Popes brings this history to life. Continue to Aix-en-Provence, a lovely town once frequented by Hemingway and the inspiration to many artists. This evening, enjoy Provençal cuisine at your hotel’s elegant restaurant. (B, D) Day 6: Aix-en-Provence This morning a local expert takes you on a tour of Aix-en-Provence. This charming city is full of lively streets, squares and fountains. Walk in the steps of Cézanne when you visit his atelier (workshop) and enter the artist’s most private space. The afternoon is yours to continue to discover the city’s many secrets. (B) Day 7: Aix-en-Provence - Luberon Gordes - Aix-en-Provence Visit the Musée du Calisson, a confectionery factory where you will discover the unique taste of a calisson. This delicacy — a mix of almonds, candied melon, orange blossom fragrance and marzipan–

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Day 9: Nice - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice Today, witness the splendor of Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. (B) Day 10: Nice - Saint-Jean-CapFerrat - Nice This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market in Nice. Continue to Saint-JeanCap-Ferrat and visit the luxurious apartments of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Explore the lush gardens with magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. Your visit to the villa is complete with a light lunch served in the charming tea room. The remainder of your day is free to discover Nice’s Place Masséna and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Partake in world-class shopping, sample the many French delicacies found in the south of France, or simply relax and take in the laid-back atmosphere along the Riviera. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a quaint restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 11: Nice - Tour Ends Your tour ends today, leaving you with many wonderful memories. (B)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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DOUBLE SOLO

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$2999 $3699

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Prices based on March 4, 2021 departure.

February – April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

★ February 13 March 19 April 23

April 30 May 28 June 4 July 16 September 3, 17 October 15

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for April 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

★ February 11, 18 March 4 April 15

SPECIAL EVENT Nice Carnival

A perfect blend of tradition, celebration, and fun, attend one of the most famous carnivals in the world. FEBRUARY 13, 2020; FEBRUARY 11 & 18, 2021

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Paris and depart from Nice. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Lavender fields typically bloom during the summer months of June – August and are not guaranteed on any departures.

Everything was well planned, and our time was used well. It was a good balance of activities. —Collette Traveler

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA

single hotel stay

9 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Nice • Antique Market • Grasse • Fragonard Perfumerie Workshop • St. Tropez • Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting • Monaco • Monte Carlo Casino • Cannes • Antibes • St. Paul de Vence • Nice Flower Market • Eze • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit the stunning seaside palazzo Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens. •• Explore the ancient port town of Antibes. •• Learn the secrets of perfume making during a hands-on workshop.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Visit the Marc Chagall

Museum, featuring paintings and stained-glass windows or visit the Matisse Museum, highlighting this painter’s modern artwork.

•• Day 4 — Enjoy leisure time to

explore the iconic open-air market on the Place des Lices or experience St. Tropez by sea on a boat cruise. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Savor a wine-paired tasting menu featuring flavors of the South of France. •• Visit a vineyard for a tour and tasting of local rosé wines. •• Enjoy a typical French lunch in the tea room of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 8 Splendid Hotel & Spa, Nice

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Nice

Uncover the chic resorts, sun-soaked beaches, and elegant allure that attract the rich and famous to the exquisite French Riviera. Day 1: Overnight Flight It’s time to live the good life. Embark on a getaway to the fabulous French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur. With its elegant coastal resorts, superb eateries, chic boutiques and captivating museums, it’s the ultimate sunny retreat for the elite. Unpack your bags just once and stay at a single hotel for your entire adventure which begins with an overnight flight to France. Day 2: Nice (French Riviera), France - Tour Begins Your tour commences in the city of Nice, known for its legendary opulence and balmy beaches. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, Nice is a seaside paradise. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring delightful French cuisine artfully presented. (D) Day 3: Nice - Grasse - Nice  Get to know Nice on a tour of the city. Explore the antique market and hunt for local treasures. Visit the Cathedral of Sainte Reparate, an architectural gem located in the center of the Old Town, or Vieille Ville. This Baroque cathedral is one of France’s national monuments known for its extravagant interior and expansive

artwork collection. Then it’s your choice! Visit the Marc Chagall Museum and find the largest public collection of the artist’s outstanding paintings, his stained-glass windows adorning the concert hall and a fascinating mosaic, which Chagall created specifically for the building -OR- visit the Matisse Museum, devoted to the modern art of French artist Henri Matisse, best known for his revolutionary use of brilliant color and exaggerated form. Continue to Grasse and learn the secrets of perfume making during a hands-on workshop and tour of the Fragonard Perfumerie where fragrant formulations have been prepared since 1782. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere of this charming town before returning to Nice for an evening at leisure. Perhaps you will take a stroll along the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais or visit Place Massena, the town’s center of activity. (B) Day 4: Nice - St. Tropez - Nice  Continue to explore France’s Côte d’Azur on a full day trip to St. Tropez, the most famous destination on the French Riviera. Travel along the spectacular Corniche coastal road and marvel at the views of idyllic beaches, seaside cliffs and hilltop towns. Then, it’s

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the epicurean delights of the South of France. (B, D) Day 6: Nice The day is yours to create your own adventure. Relax by the sea, take in a museum or venture into the old city and window shop at the fashionable boutiques. Alternatively, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Aix-en-Provence: visit the Musee du Calisson, a confectionery factory, to discover the unique taste of this local specialty; explore Paul Cézanne’s workshop and enter the French artist’s most private space; join a local expert on a guided tour of Aix-en-Provence’s bustling streets, romantic squares and marvelous fountains on market day. (B)

your choice! Enjoy leisure time at the iconic open-air market on the Place des Lices. Your senses will be tantalized by an array of foods including breads, cheeses, olives, spices, fruits and vegetables. Shop a myriad of stalls filled with quality home accessories, paintings and typical French Riviera-style fashion -OR- experience St. Tropez by sea on a boat cruise as you take in the old village, sunny beaches and spectacular “millionaire’s bay” where celebrity homes dot the coastline. Before returning to Nice, visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting of wines including the Côte d’Azur’s famous rosé wines. (B) Day 5: Nice - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice Travel the spectacular coastline and pass the charming town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on your way to the Principality of Monaco. A tour of Monaco will introduce you to the Place des Armes, Avenue des Beaux Arts, and the Cathedral of Monaco, the resting place of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. View the changing of the guards at the Prince’s Palace before continuing to the famous Casino of Monte Carlo. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Nice. This evening, savor a wine-paired tasting menu highlighting

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Day 7: Nice - Cannes - Antibes - St. Paul de Vence - Nice Journey to Cannes and rub elbows with Europe’s elite. A local expert joins you on a walking tour of Cannes where you will learn the history of the city and the nearby Lérins Islands. Walk in the footsteps of celebrities when you see the Film Festival Palace and the iconic red carpet featured during the Cannes Film Festival. Visit Antibes to enjoy the typical Provençal market and explore this ancient port town, a favorite of Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Marvel at historic St. Paul de Vence, situated atop a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside. This walled medieval village is full of hidden alleyways, incredible restaurants and several specialty shops. As you explore, soak in its distinctive light, said to have inspired Matisse, Braque, Chagall and many other artists. (B) Day 8: Nice - Eze - Saint-Jean-CapFerrat - Nice This morning discover Nice’s famed flower market and be enchanted by brightly colored blooms and other enticing delicacies. Venture into the hilltop village of Eze, situated in the Alpes-Maritimes. Next, head to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, referred to as the crown jewel of the French Riviera, where you’ll visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Uncover the lush gardens replete with jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Your visit to the villa is complete with lunch served in the tea room overlooking the Bay of Villefrance. Enjoy free time to relax and take in the laid-back atmosphere along the Riviera. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, L, D) Day 9: Nice - Tour Ends Depart for home with many wonderful memories of your journey through the Cote d’Azur. (B)

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Prices based on October 24, 2020 departure

February – April 2020

September 2020 – April 2021

February 8 ★ February 15, 22 March 14, 28 April 4, 18

September 12, 26 October 10, 24, 31 November 7

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

February 6 ★ February 13, 20 March 13, 20 April 10, 24

Itinerary featured is for September 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation. This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Nice. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

SPECIAL EVENT Nice Carnival

Enjoy the elaborate floats, flower parades and electric atmosphere of this exciting event on the French Riviera. FEBRUARY 15 & 22, 2020; FEBRUARY 13 & 20, 2021

Great trip. Just enough of a mix between group touring and free time. —Collette Traveler

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carnival Celebrate in the most unforgettable way by attending one of the world’s oldest and most famous carnivals. Dating back to the middle ages, the Nice Carnival is a party not to be missed. The carnival’s theme changes every year and is celebrated with two spectacular parades. Mingle with locals and travelers alike as you take in the many sights and sounds at this high energy and entertaining event. GO TO NICE’S CARNIVAL ON SELECT FEBRUARY DEPARTURES OF:

• Spotlight on the French Riviera • French Impressions

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SPAIN’S CLASSICS 11 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2649 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Madrid • Royal Palace • Toledo • Córdoba • Seville • Flamenco Show • Granada • The Alhambra • Valencia • Paella Experience • Barcelona • La Sagrada Família • Park Güell

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Feel the energy of Spain at a flamenco performance in Seville. •• In Córdoba, take a walking tour of the Mezquita, a religious marvel.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Walk along the

cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and Plaza de España with an expert guide or get a glimpse into the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Savor a “paella experience” including a paella-making demonstration and lunch. •• Enjoy local cuisine and regional wines at dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 H10 Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid Days 4, 5 Melilá Sevilla, Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento or Hesperia Sevilla, Seville Day 6

Meliá Granada, Granada

Days 7, 8 SH Valencia Palace Hotel, Valencia Days 9, 10 Hotel Colón, Evenia Rosselló or H10 Casanova, Barcelona

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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La Sagrada Família

Embark on a Spanish adventure as you take in medieval architecture, idyllic landscapes and delectable cuisine. Day 1: Overnight Flight You are on your way to a colorful cultural adventure featuring the best of Spain. Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s lively capital. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Madrid - Toledo - Madrid During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. An expert-led tour of the 18th-century Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, the throne room, royal armory and the impressive courtyard. This afternoon, travel to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. (B) Day 4: Madrid - Córdoba - Seville Travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Córdoba. You may opt to take the AVE high-speed train to reduce travel time and increase leisure time in Córdoba.

Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, an architectural marvel built by the Moors in the 8th century as a magnificent mosque, was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Córdoba in the city’s well-preserved and historical old Jewish Quarter. Later, transfer to Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D) Day 5: Seville  Decide how you see Seville today because it’s your choice! Walk along the cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter with an expert guide, admiring the white washed houses and aromatic orange trees before continuing to the stunning Plaza de España -OR- get a glimpse into the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, gently drifting by timeworn bridges and towers. Later, visit the ornate Seville Cathedral (UNESCO), the largest gothic church in the world, and see Columbus’ tomb and the Giralda bell tower. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B)

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Day 6: Seville - Granada Travel along the peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra (UNESCO), a stone fortress overlooking the entire city and serving as a mesmerizing example of Islamic architecture. (B, D) Day 7: Granada - Valencia Travel through Spain’s amazing landscape, viewing rolling hills dotted with picturesque olive groves, while en route to the Mediterranean coast. Arrive in the city of Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture surrounded by citrus groves. (B) Day 8: Valencia - Albufera - Valencia See the City of Arts and Sciences — an ultramodern, multi-faceted educational institution — on your way to Valencia’s historic old town where you will enjoy a walking tour guided by a local expert. View the ornate 14th-century Serranos Towers and imposing 15th-century Quart Towers; then arrive at the bustling central market, one of the largest in Europe, where you’ll shop side-by-side with the locals before concluding your tour at the impressive 13th-century Gothic

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cathedral. Later, travel to Albufera, the area where paella cuisine originated. A paella experience awaits you. Enjoy a boat ride on the canals surrounding rice field plantations, a visit to a traditional fisherman’s home known as a barraca, a paella-making demonstration and an authentic paella lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L) Day 9: Valencia - Barcelona Travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona’s fascinating boulevards including the famous Las Ramblas. (B) Day 10: Barcelona Today, get an in-depth look at vibrant and lively Barcelona. Your panoramic tour showcases the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, Antoni Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites including La Sagrada Família, Batlló House and the unconventional Casa Milà building with a guided visit to Park Güell. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain! (B, D) Day 11: Barcelona - Tour Ends You return home with vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage. (B)

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$2649 $3249

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Prices based on December 5, 2020 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 1, 22 March 7, 21 April 16, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 30 June 6, 20 July 18, 25 August 1, 22, 29, 31 September 5, 7, 12, 14, 26

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 2, 7, 28 December 5 February 6, 27 March 6, 13, 20 April 10, 17, 19, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Madrid and depart from Barcelona. Airport transfers are available for purchase. If the Alhambra palace is not available, another top Spanish attraction will take its place. The walking tours of Toledo (day 3) and the Alhambra (day 6) are considered to be more strenuous in nature due to the uneven walkways, number of steps and some uphill walks that are required in order to see the historic sights.

Spain is a beautiful country with very friendly people. Our guide was outstanding. I would recommend this trip to everyone. —Collette Traveler

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SPAIN’S CLASSICS & PORTUGAL 14 DAYS • 18 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Lisbon • Jerónimos Monastery • Belém • Nazaré • Óbidos • Madrid • Royal Palace • Toledo • Córdoba • Seville • Flamenco Show • Granada • The Alhambra • Valencia • Paella Experience • Barcelona • La Sagrada Família • Park Güell

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Step back in time in Toledo, the former capital of the Spanish Empire. •• Feel the energy of Spain at a flamenco performance in Seville. •• Take in Portugal’s stunning “Silver Coast.”

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Lisbon

•• Day 8 — Walk along the

cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and Plaza de España with an expert guide or get a glimpse into the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 dinners •• Savor a “paella experience” including a paella-making demonstration and lunch. •• Enjoy local cuisine and regional wines at dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon Days 5, 6 NH Collection Abascal, Madrid Days 7, 8 Meliá Sevilla, Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento, Hesperia Sevilla or NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas, Seville Day 9

Barcelo Carmen, Granada

Days 10, 11 Eurostars Rey Don Jaime or SH Valencia Palace, Valencia Days 12, 13 H10 Casanova or Hotel Colón, Barcelona

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Embark on an Iberian adventure as you take in medieval architecture, idyllic landscapes and delectable cuisine. Day 1: Overnight Flight You are on your way to a cultural adventure featuring the best of Portugal and Spain. Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins Welcome to Portugal, where quaint farming villages and cork and olive tree plantations dot the landscape. Begin your journey in Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital city. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Lisbon A tour of Lisbon features the Jerónimos Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Monument to the Discoveries and the Tower of Belém (UNESCO). The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Or, perhaps you will opt to join an optional tour of Portugal’s Estoril Coast. (B) Day 4: Lisbon - Nazaré - Óbidos - Lisbon Your day on Portugal’s “Silver Coast” begins with the quaint seaside town of Nazaré, famous for its dramatic cliffs. Continue on to the charming medieval walled town of Óbidos. You will have free time to explore each town independently and take in their beauty. (B)

Day 5: Lisbon - Madrid, Spain Depart Lisbon and cross the border into Spain. Soak in the countryside before arriving into Spain’s capital city — Madrid. (B, D) Day 6: Madrid - Toledo - Madrid During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. An expert-led tour of the monumental 18th-century Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, the throne room, royal armory and the impressive courtyard. This afternoon, travel to Toledo (UNESCO), the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. (B) Day 7: Madrid - Córdoba - Seville Travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Córdoba. You may opt to take the AVE high-speed train to reduce travel time and increase leisure time in Córdoba. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of

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capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra (UNESCO), a stone fortress overlooking the entire city and serving as a mesmerizing example of Islamic architecture. (B, D) Day 10: Granada - Valencia Travel through Spain’s amazing landscape, viewing rolling hills dotted with picturesque olive groves, while en route to the Mediterranean coast. Arrive in the city of Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture, surrounded by citrus groves. (B)

the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, an architectural marvel built by the Moors in the 8th century as a magnificent mosque, was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Córdoba in the city’s well-preserved and historical old Jewish Quarter. Later, transfer to Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D) Day 8: Seville  Decide how you see Seville today because it’s your choice! Walk along the cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter with an expert guide, admiring the white washed houses and aromatic orange trees before continuing to the stunning Plaza de España -OR- get a glimpse into the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, gently drifting by timeworn bridges and towers. Later, visit the ornate Seville Cathedral (UNESCO), the largest gothic church in the world, and see Columbus’ tomb and the Giralda Bell Tower. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B) Day 9: Seville - Granada Travel along the peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great

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Day 11: Valencia - Albufera Valencia See the City of Arts and Sciences; an ultramodern, multi-faceted educational institution, on your way to Valencia’s historic old town, where you will enjoy a walking tour guided by a local expert. View the ornate 14th-century Serranos Tower and imposing 15th-century Quart Tower; then arrive at the bustling central market, one of the largest in Europe, where you’ll shop side-by-side with the locals before concluding your tour at the impressive 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Later, travel to Albufera, the area where paella cuisine originated. A paella experience awaits you. Enjoy a boat ride on the canals surrounding rice field plantations, a visit to a traditional fisherman’s home known as a barraca, a paella-making demonstration and an authentic paella lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L) Day 12: Valencia - Barcelona Travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona’s fascinating boulevards including the famous Las Ramblas, dotted with colorful bird and flower stalls. (B) Day 13: Barcelona Today, get an in-depth look at vibrant and lively Barcelona. Your panoramic tour showcases the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuïc, Antoni Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites including La Sagrada Família, Batlló House and the unconventional Casa Milà building with a guided visit to Park Güell. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Portugal and Spain! (B, D) Day 14: Barcelona - Tour Ends You return home with vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage. (B)

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$3499 $4299

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Prices based on November 11, 2020 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 11, 25 April 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 10, 24 July 8, 22 August 5, 12 September 2, 9, 12, 23, 30

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11 February 24 March 3, 17 April 7, 14, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Lisbon and depart from Barcelona. Airport transfers are available for purchase. If the Alhambra Palace in Granada is not available, you will instead visit another top Spanish attraction. The walking tours of Toledo (day 6) and the Alhambra (day 9) are considered to be more strenuous in nature due to the uneven walkways, number of steps and some uphill walks that are required in order to see the historic sights.

Our tour director was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the history and culture of locations, and very attentive to the needs of participants. In the time we had, we saw and learned a great deal. —Collette Traveler

For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/263

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SPAIN’S COSTA DEL SOL & THE PORTUGUESE RIVIERA 12 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $2799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Madrid • AVE High-Speed Train • Cordoba • Málaga • Costa del Sol • Granada • Alhambra • Ronda • Seville • Cascais • Lisbon • Sintra’s National Palace

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Journey on the thrilling AVE highspeed train. •• Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita, a religious marvel. •• Travel to Ronda, one of Spain’s loveliest and most historic towns.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Delve into Madrid’s artistic

side during a panoramic tour and visit to the Prado Museum or take a walking tour of Madrid featuring sites of the Habsburg era. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Enjoy the fresh flavors of Málaga’s coastal cuisine with a dinner in the Costa del Sol. •• Savor regional wines with every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Riu Plaza España, Madrid Days 4 – 6 NH Málaga, Málaga Days 7, 8 Melia Sevilla, Seville Days 9 – 11 Vila Gale Cascais Hotel, Cascais ROOM UPGRADE AVAILABLE 

During your stay at Vila Gale Cascais Hotel you can choose to upgrade your standard room to a seaview room. CALL FOR DETAILS

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Costa del Sol

From bustling capital cities to peaceful stays on the Mediterranean coast, get a true taste of the Iberian Peninsula. Day 1: Overnight Flight Enjoy a true taste of the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Tonight, enjoy a charming welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Madrid  Today, it’s your choice! Join a local expert who introduces you to Madrid’s architectural treasures on a panoramic tour; then, explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum which boasts the world’s finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya -OR- take a walking tour of Madrid featuring sites of the Habsburg era: discover the Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the famous Andalusian Tavern “La Torre del Oro;” the Mercado San Miguel, the last remaining market constructed in forged iron; Arco de los Cuchilleros (the Arch of the Knifemakers); and Plaza de la Villa with its historic Baroque and Mudéjar-style buildings. The remainder of your day is at leisure or you may choose to purchase an optional tour to Toledo. (B)

Day 4: Madrid - AVE High-Speed Train Cordoba - Málaga Sit back and enjoy stunning landscapes as you travel via AVE high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita (UNESCO). Originally built as a mosque, it was converted into the city’s cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236. Stroll through the streets of the historic Jewish Quarter. Continue on to Spain’s Costa del Sol and enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay in beautiful southern Spain. (B, D) Day 5: Málaga Today is yours! Enjoy time to relax and experience the beauty of coastal Andalusia. Or, you may choose to purchase an optional tour to Gibraltar. (B) Day 6: Málaga - Granada - Málaga Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain. Travel past rolling hills dotted with olive groves. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra (UNESCO), a stone fortress overlooking the entire city and serving as a mesmerizing example of Islamic architecture. (B)

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Cascais

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Day 7: Málaga - Ronda - Seville Head to Ronda, a stunning historic town perched upon a cliff in Andalusia. Explore the old town full of twisting narrow streets, the 18th-century Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) over the El Tajo gorge, and La Alameda Park with its wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Then, continue to Spain’s “cultural capital” – Seville. (B, D) Day 8: Seville In Seville, see Columbus’ tomb, the ornate cathedral (UNESCO), and Giralda Bell Tower. Take a walking tour of the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter with its cascading bright flowers, whitewashed buildings and winding streets. Continue to Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park – one of the loveliest parks in all of Europe. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you will attend an optional tapas market tasting and flamenco show at one of Seville’s most famous tablaos (flamenco club). (B) Day 9: Seville - Estremoz, Portugal - Cascais Depart Spain and travel through the Portuguese countryside to Estremoz – a historic town whose marble can be found in Portuguese monuments throughout the country. Spend the

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morning exploring this hilltop town on your own before gathering for a lunch full of local flavors. Continue on to Cascais, the picturesque resort town situated along the coast of the Portuguese Riviera. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B, L) Day 10: Cascais - Lisbon - Cascais Your journey takes you to Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital city. Embark on a panoramic city tour that takes you through the postcardworthy streets of the Alfama District. Take a step into the past and tour the medieval St. Jorge Castle, the sprawling Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO), and the seaside Belem Tower (UNESCO). The rest of the day is yours to explore independently. (B) Day 11: Cascais - Sintra - Cascais Head to the town of Sintra (UNESCO), a favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Explore Sintra’s National Palace and peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts. Enjoy leisure time to discover the storybook streets on your own. Travel back to Cascais and indulge in savory Portuguese flavors at a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 12: Cascais - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$2799 $3699

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on February 25, 2021 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 27 March 12, 26 April 2, 16, 23

May 14 June 4, 18 July 16 September 3, 10, 17, 24

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 8, 22 November 5 February 25 March 11, 18 April 8, 15, 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Madrid and depart from Lisbon. Due to tour scheduling, passengers should arrive no later than 4:00pm. All of our transfers will depart from Cascais to Lisbon airport (approximately a 40 minute drive). Airport transfers are available for purchase. On the rare occasion that the Alhambra Palace in Granada is not available, our guests will instead visit another top attraction.

This was our 3rd Collette trip, and we will be back again soon. Thoroughly enjoyed it! 5 Stars to our Tour Manager, he was great! —Collette Traveler

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SUNNY PORTUGAL 10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $1799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Portuguese Riviera • Lisbon • Óbidos • Sintra • Arraiolos • Cork Factory • Évora • Alentejo • Lagos • Algarve • Faro • Tavira • Winery Visit • 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Sagres

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Spend the night in Évora, known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” •• Enjoy a leisurely three-night stay on the sunny coast of the Algarve. •• Admire the stunning Cape of St. Vincent, where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the ocean.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 4 — Explore Sintra

independently and wander through the winding streets or venture into the National Palace of Sintra. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Taste the wines of the Alentejo region during a winery tour. •• Savor the flavors of the Algarve with a tasting menu featuring local dishes, liquors and pastries.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Hotel Vila Galé, Cascais Day 5

Vitoria Stone Hotel, Évora

Days 6 – 8 Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, Algarve Day 9 Turim Marquês Hotel or Turim Avenida da Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Algarve Region

From the coastal capital of Lisbon to the sunny cliffs of the Algarve, venture along Portugal’s stunning shoreline. Day 1: Overnight Flight Ancient castles and Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and welcoming locals – Portugal is waiting for you. Day 2: Cascais, Portugal - Tour Begins Say hello to the Portuguese Riviera, your home for the next three nights. With mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril – all hinting at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility – embrace the feeling of luxury. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Cascais - Lisbon - Cascais Embark on a panoramic Lisbon city tour and uncover the city’s most famous sights. You’ll see the Alfama District – Lisbon’s oldest quarter – along with the Belém Tower (UNESCO World Heritage site), and the Monument to the Discoveries. Step into the past at the 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO) and Lisbon’s Maritime Museum, which offers a glimpse into the country’s naval achievements. Enjoy some time to discover the narrow cobblestone streets, meandering past seaside cafés or pausing to shop for

ceramics, lace and hand-woven works. You’re on your own for the remainder of the day. You may choose to join an optional experience to savor Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform traditional Fado (UNESCO). (B) Day 4: Cascais - Óbidos - Sintra Cascais  Explore the picture-perfect city of Óbidos, where white-washed houses sit snug within medieval city walls. Continue on to Sintra (UNESCO), a breathtaking coastal hub that served as the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Then, it’s your choice! Explore this quaint hilltop village independently and wander through the winding streets lined with cork products and pastries -OR- venture into the National Palace of Sintra. (B) Day 5: Cascais - Arraiolos - Évora Make your way through Portugal’s charming countryside. Visit Arraiolos, known as the “village of rugs,” and delve into the history and art of Portuguese tapestries. Visit a local cork factory, where you’ll learn about the product’s importance to the local economy and why Portugal is the world’s top cork producer. Your journey then takes you to

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Alentejo Region

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Évora (UNESCO) – the “Museum City of Portugal.” In addition to Évora’s 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana, this medieval walled city is also the home to the mysterious 16th-century Chapel of Bones. Indulge in fullbodied wines from the Alentejo region during a winery tour and tasting. (B) Day 6: Évora - Monsaraz - Lagos Journey to the stunning coasts of the Algarve – the southernmost region of Portugal. On the way, pause to take in the dramatic vistas from the village of Monsaraz. Then, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering seaside cliffs. From this bustling port city, many celebrated voyagers began their explorations and it was the home to the first school of the navigators. Stroll through the fortress and historic buildings as you take in the surrounding views of the Atlantic. (B, D) Day 7: Lagos The entire day is yours to experience the incomparable Algarve on your own. Geraniums, camellias and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange, and almond trees, while brightly colored fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract visitors from all over the world. (B)

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Day 8: Lagos - Faro - Tavira - Lagos Journey to Faro, the gateway to the Ria Formosa lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic center and see the 9th-century Roman walls and its sought-after golden coastline. During lunch, discover the flavors of the region as a local chef highlights Algarve gastronomy during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a tasting menu featuring iconic dishes of the region complete with local liquors and pastries. Continue to Tavira, an ancient Moorish city that blends traditional architecture with sandy beaches and a modern atmosphere. Return to Lagos for an evening at leisure. (B, L) Day 9: Lagos - Sagres - Lisbon Discover the secrets of the 16thcentury fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” Stand in awe before the stunning Cape of St. Vincent, where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Bid Portugal goodbye during a dinner in Lisbon and celebrate the end of your unforgettable journey. (B, D)

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4 NIGHTS

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Prices based on December 1, 2020 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 18, 21, 25 March 3, 10, 13, 17, 27 April 14, 17, 21, 28

May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 June 2, 9, 16 July 7, 14 August 25 September 5, 8, 12, 15 September 19, 22, 26, 29 October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

October 20, 24, 27, 31 November 3, 7, 10, 14, 28 December 1, 5 January 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 20, 23 April 6, 13, 17, 20, 27

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Lisbon, Portugal airport. All transfers will depart from Lisbon airport for Cascais (approximately a 40 minute drive). Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The tour guide was excellent and the local guides were engaging. The hotels were simply magnificent. It was just a great experience over all. —Collette Traveler

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PORTUGAL & ITS ISLANDS 13 DAYS • 18 MEALS FROM $2549 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Lisbon • Portuguese Riviera • Fado Dinner Show • Batalha • Óbidos • St. Michael Island-Azores • Ponta Delgada • Plantation Visits • Furnas Valley • Sete Cidades • Cooking Demonstration • Madeira Island • Monte • Botanical Garden • Espetada Dinner/Show • Cabo Girão

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience the beauty of Portugal’s Riviera with visits to Cascais and Estoril. •• Discover the bountiful crops of the region at pineapple and tea plantations. •• Gaze upon the pristine twin lakes of Sete Cidades.

Sete Cidades

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — Stroll through the Terra

Nostra Botanical Park or relax in the park’s mineral rich thermal water pool.

•• Day 8 — Explore the interpretation

center at Sete Cidades or take a leisurely hike. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Experience a truly unique cozido das furnas lunch in Furnas Valley. •• Learn the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration. •• Celebrate your Madeiran adventure with entertainment and a traditional dinner known as an espetada.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Eurostars Lisboa Parque, Lisbon Days 5 – 8 Azoris Royal Garden Hotel, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores Days 9 – 11 Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Funchal, Madeira Island Day 12 Eurostars Lisboa Parque, Lisbon

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Experience the best of Portugal as you explore its capital city, coastal villages and remote islands. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel through some of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. Experience Lisbon, the Azorean island of St. Michael, and the island of Madeira. Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins Your adventure opens in Lisbon where Old World traditions still thrive. Experience medieval towns, coastal villages, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril Lisbon Set out on a tour of Lisbon featuring the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belém (UNESCO). Later, explore the town of Sintra (UNESCO), the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Enjoy a visit to the National Palace. Continue to the coastal resorts of Cascais and Estoril on the Portuguese Riviera. This evening, indulge in Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado. (B, D) Day 4: Lisbon - Batalha - Nazaré - Óbidos - Lisbon Travel to the “Silver Coast,” a region of sleepy villages, vineyards and age-old castles. You

visit three distinct villages, each with its own cultural character. Venture to the magnificent Batalha Monastery, built to commemorate the Portuguese victory over the Castilians. Experience Nazaré, a seaside community named for a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that arrived here in the 4th century. Then it is on to picture-perfect Óbidos, where whitewashed houses are guarded by a hilltop castle. Return to Lisbon and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B) Day 5: Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada To the Azores! Fly to St. Michael, the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the Azores archipelago. A brief walking tour of Ponta Delgada’s town center highlights the Portas da Cidade (The City Gates), Saint Christ’s Church, St. Sebastian Church, and the seashore promenade. Later, take in the beautiful vistas of the mystical Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), and join an Azorean at a pineapple plantation, where an expert leads you through the farm’s greenhouses. (B, D) Day 6: Ponta Delgada - Terra Nostra Botanical Park - Furnas Valley - Ponta Delgada  Today, it’s your choice! You may take a stroll through the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, home to the world’s largest collection

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ground). At Sete Cidades, it’s your choice! You can explore the Sete Cidades Interpretation Center -ORyou may prefer to take a leisurely hike inside the crater and admire the pristine Bay of Silence. Afterwards, journey to Ribeira Grande, known for its historic 16th- and 17th-century buildings. See City Hall, the Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge. Visit a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, Nordeste. Here, explore the natural beauty and famous waterfalls of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes. (B) Day 9: Ponta Delgada - Funchal, Madeira - Monte - Funchal Fly to Madeira, an island that boasts a subtropical climate, mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its collection of more than 2,500 plants. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking scenic Funchal. Discover Madeira’s history during a panoramic tour of Funchal’s plazas, Colonial mansions, a 15thcentury cathedral and the local market. Tonight, celebrate with a traditional dinner known as espetada. Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a favorite local dish cooked over an open fire. (B, D) of camellias -OR- you can rest and relax in the park’s mineral rich thermal water pool. In Furnas Valley, experience a cozido das furnas lunch in which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth; you’ll also explore Caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. Afterwards, head to a tea plantation where you will learn about timeless methods of production. The day ends as you delve into the art of hand-painted ceramics during a studio visit. (B, L) Day 7: Ponta Delgada The morning is yours to explore Ponta Delgada or perhaps take an optional tour…maybe you will choose to swim with dolphins, take a whale and dolphin watching boat trip, or kayak and hike around Sete Cidades. Later, discover the secrets of Azorean cuisine during an interactive cooking demonstration at one of the island’s most popular restaurants. Your evening finishes with an incredible dinner. (B, D) Day 8: Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Ponta Delgada  Today, gaze at the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities). Composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater, it is the island’s most iconic national park. From the edge of the crater, one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other looks green (reflecting the

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Day 10: Funchal - Câmara de Lobos São Vicente - Porto Moniz - Funchal Begin your day with a visit to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village and picture-perfect bay. Travel past banana plantations and vineyards while en route to the world’s second-highest cliff, Cabo Girão. Stop in São Vicente, an agricultural town with dramatic views of the coast. In the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, enjoy free time for a swim (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic pools. (B) Day 11: Funchal - Camacha - Funchal Set out on a winding trip through the mountains to Camacha and Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest point. Visit a family-owned embroidery shop and meet local artisans who offer a first-hand look at their delicate craft. Then, it’s time to sample some worldfamous Madeira wine. This afternoon you may choose to join a local guide on an exhilarating optional levada walk and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains. (B)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 20, 27 April 17, 24

May 2, 23 June 6, 20 July 18 August 15

(different itinerary – see note)

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September 5, 12, 26 October 3, 17, 31 March 13, 20 April 7, 10, 17, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Lisbon. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights are not included in the land price of this tour. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us. The levada walk is approximately 45 minutes on a flat surface.

Our tour guide was excellent. She was helpful with all situations that came up. —Collette Traveler

Day 12: Funchal - Lisbon Board your flight and return to the metropolitan energy of Lisbon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid adeus to Portugal during a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 13: Lisbon - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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SPAIN & MOROCCO 13 DAYS • 18 MEALS FROM $2949 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Madrid • Córdoba • Granada’s Royal Chapel • Seville • Paella Demonstration • Flamenco Show • Jerez de la Frontera • Sherry Tasting • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fes • Rabat • Mausoleum of Mohammed V • Marrakech • El Bahia Palace • Koutoubia Mosque • Casablanca • Hassan II Mosque

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Embark on a walking tour of Córdoba’s religious marvel, the Mezquita. •• Visit the final resting place of the Catholic Monarchs at the Royal Chapel of Granada. •• Stroll through the cobbled alleyways of the ancient Medina of Fes.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 11 — Visit the Jardin Majorelle

Botanical Gardens and the Berber Museum or visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Chefchaouen

Make your way across two continents and discover a vivid tapestry of cultures, customs, and cuisines.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Enjoy a tour and tasting of sherry at a bodega. •• Learn the secrets of paella in the region of Andalusia. •• Savor traditional Moroccan fare at a family run riad.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Riu Plaza Espana, Madrid Day 4

Barceló Carmen, Granada

Days 5, 6 Eurostars Torre Sevilla, Seville Day 7 Hilton Tanger City Center, Tangier Days 8, 9 Barceló Fès Medina, Fes Days 10, 11 Radisson Blu Marrakech Carre Eden, Marrakech Day 12

Mövenpick Hotel, Casablanca

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 1: Overnight Flight Visit two continents and enjoy a true taste of Spain and Morocco’s centuries-old customs, cuisine and colorful culture. Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Gather with new friends tonight for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Madrid On a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. An expert-led tour of the Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, the throne room and the palace’s impressive courtyard. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Perhaps you’ll go on an optional tour to magnificent Toledo, a 192 B.C. city on the Tagus River. (B) Day 4: Madrid - Córdoba - Granada Travel to the Moorish city of Córdoba. Reduce travel time and increase leisure time when you choose to take the optional AVE high-speed train! On arrival, embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita (UNESCO). Originally built as a mosque, it was converted into a cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236.

Stroll the historic Jewish Quarter, and later, travel along the peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada. (B, D) Day 5: Granada - Seville Join a local expert for a tour of the Moorishinfluenced city of Granada. Explore the city’s main sights and enjoy a visit to the Royal Chapel. Get a glimpse of what life was like when the Moors occupied the city on a short walk through the Albayzín neighborhood. Later, arrive in Seville, Spain’s cultural capital. (B) Day 6: Seville - Paella Demonstration Flamenco - Seville Join a local expert and uncover the intriguing myths, stories and legends of Seville. Tour the Royal Alcázar (UNESCO) and walk through its beautiful courtyards. Stroll the sprawling Alcázar grounds to find one garden after another. See the Giralda Bell Tower and the Seville Cathedral (UNESCO). Continue on to the narrow streets and whitewashed buildings of Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter of Seville. At a local restaurant this evening, learn the secrets of paella. Then, take your reserved seats for an authentic flamenco

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Day 9: Fes Discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn of its historical importance as a center of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion during a fascinating panoramic tour that includes the Medersa Bou Inania, built in 1325. See the Jewish Quarter, the city ramparts and the gates of the Palace. Then, set out on a walking tour in the Medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is home to the world’s oldest continuously functioning university. Amid the cobbled alleyways of this ancient market, you’ll find donkeys and mules laden with goods walking alongside buyers. Spend time at the famous leather tanneries that date back to the 11th century and are considered to be among the oldest tanneries in the world. (B) Day 10: Fes - Rabat - Marrakech It’s off to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and explore the Oudaya Kasbah. This evening, arrive in the exotic city of Marrakech. Explore the city by night during an optional excursion to Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, complete with a horse and carriage ride and a unique fusion dining experience. (B) show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B, D) Day 7: Seville - Jerez de la Frontera Tarifa - Tangier, Morocco Depart Seville and journey to Spain’s sherry region. Stop at a bodega in Jerez de la Frontera for a tour and tasting before sitting down for locallycurated tapas. After lunch, head to Tarifa and board the high speed ferry to the incredible continent of Africa! A short ride across the Strait of Gibraltar brings you to Morocco and the city of Tangier. Enjoy a free evening to explore this revitalized seaside city. (B, L) Day 8: Tangier - Chefchaouen - Fes Journey from Tangier to Chefchaouen - the “Blue City” of Morocco. Take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains, enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted Medina. Enjoy free time to explore the famous indigo-blue streets of this small town and stop in one of the many handicraft shops. This afternoon, arrive in Fes (UNESCO). The “Mecca of the West,” Fes has retained its position as a religious capital of the region. This evening, dine at a family run riad and taste traditional Moroccan delights, the recipes of which have been passed down from generation to generation. (B, D)

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Day 11: Marrakech  Explore Marrakech and its ancient El Bahia Palace where you will find nesting storks standing guard. Visit the vibrant Jewish Mellah and see the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass by the Royal Palace during a tour of the ancient city wall. Enter the 11th-century walled Medina and enjoy time to mingle with locals and artisans as you shop at the ancient market. Then, it’s your choice! Visit one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Morocco, Jardin Majorelle, before venturing to the Berber Museum -OR- visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum – a showcase of art, fashion, and design by the iconic Algerian designer. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. (B, D)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 14, 28 April 18, 25

May 2, 30 June 6 September 5, 19, 26

(different itinerary – see note)

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(featured itinerary)

October 3, 17, 31 February 27 March 6, 13 April 10, 17

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Madrid and depart from Casablanca. Airport transfers are available for purchase. At times, without advance notice, the Royal Palace in Madrid may be closed due to official government business. When this happens, the Royal Palace will be substituted with a visit to the Prado Museum or the Modern Art Museum. Should the Royal Alcázar of Seville close for a government function, it will be replaced with a visit to the Seville Cathedral.

Day 12: Marrakech - Casablanca This morning, venture to Casablanca and tour the Hassan II Mosque, a stunning and impressive high-tech architectural masterpiece. See the city by night on your drive along the seashore to your farewell dinner at Rick’s Café, the legendary saloon from the film Casablanca. (B, D) Day 13: Casablanca - Tour Ends Your tour of two countries with a rich, history comes to a close today. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/632

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EXPLORING GREECE AND ITS ISLANDS

Santorini

15 DAYS • 22 MEALS FROM $3499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Athens • Taverna Dinner Show • Metéora • Delphi • Olympia • Greek Farm Visit • Cooking Class • Greek Dance Class • Mycenae • Nafplio • Mykonos • Santorini • Ancient Akrotiri

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Come to know two breathtaking Byzantine monasteries in Metéora, built over 600 years ago. •• Experience the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. •• Broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek music with a delightful Greek dance class.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Take a comprehensive tour

of the Acropolis or embark on a walking tour of some of Athens’s hidden gems, including the Temple of Hephaestus. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 13 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 8 dinners •• Feast on local food and wine at a traditional taverna. •• Partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. •• Sample the finest wines in Greece during a winery tour in Santorini.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Crowne Plaza City Center or Holiday Inn Attica, Athens Day 4 Grand Hotel Meteora, Kalambaka Day 5 Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort, Arachova Days 6, 7 Europa Hotel or Amalia Hotel, Olympia Day 8 Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas, Amphitryon Hotel or Amalia Hotel, Nafplio Days 9, 10 San Marco Hotel, Mykonos Days 11 – 13 Aegean Plaza, Costa Grand Hotel, Santorini Palace or El Greco Resort, Santorini Day 14 Crowne Plaza City Center or Holiday Inn Attica, Athens

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece and bask in the brilliance of the Mediterranean. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional taverna, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment. (D) Day 3: Athens  Enjoy a panoramic tour of the highlights in Athens showcasing the city’s ancient and glorious monuments, such as the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Olympic Stadium. Next, it’s your choice! Choose a comprehensive tour of the incredible Acropolis -OR- embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems, including Pnyx – where democracy was formed in Greece – and the Temple of Hephaestus. This evening, perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional local food tour of Athens. (B)

Day 4: Athens - Thermopylae - Metéora Kalambaka Travel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas who died defending the city against the Persians. Arrive in Metéora and visit two remote monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. End your day at a family-owned taverna where you will savor a delicious meal with recipes passed down from generations. (B, D) Day 5: Kalambaka - Delphi - Arachova This morning, visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. Continue to the ancient city of Delphi, one of Greece’s most important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, the ancient theater, and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient

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Day 8: Olympia - Mycenae - Nafplio Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arcadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Nafplio. (B) Day 9: Nafplio - Athens - Mykonos This morning, transfer to the port of Athens for the high-speed ferry ride to Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy magnificent views as you cruise across the brilliant Aegean Sea to this island paradise. (B, D) Day 10: Mykonos Enjoy a relaxing day to independently explore the charms of Mykonos. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity. (B) Day 11: Mykonos - Santorini Cruise to the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean, the fabled island of Santorini. (B, D)

artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of Man. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. (B, D) Day 6: Arachova - Olympia Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. Visit a local farm in the countryside and meet with the owners to learn about everyday life. Following the tour, enjoy a tasting of local wines, olive oil, homemade jams, marmalades and sweets. (B, D) Day 7: Olympia Your guided visit to ancient Olympia includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium – where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. – and the museum. Next, learn how to cook some of the region’s best dishes as you partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances with a delightful Greek dance class. (B, L, D)

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Day 12: Santorini - Oia - Santorini Begin your day with a visit to the excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. Known as the “Minoan Pompeii,” the flourishing town was at once destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. Next, travel through a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the spectacular town of Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. End your day with a visit to a local winery that produces the unique and famous wines of Santorini. (B) Day 13: Santorini Your day is at leisure to relax or independently explore Santorini, considered one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Shop in Thira’s charming town center, take in the breathtaking scenery, visit a local museum or simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel. (B) Day 14: Santorini - Athens Bid farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 29 April 2, 5, 16, 26

May 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28, 31 June 4, 7, 29 July 9, 27 August 24, 27 September 3, 7, 10, 13, 14

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September 17, 20, 24, 27 October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 March 28 April 1, 8, 11, 12, 15, 25, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Athens. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Many activities in this itinerary include walking on uneven terrain, or require significant walking at times. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate tour. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.

It was the third time I used Collette, this was a good trip. An excellent tour guide and great group. Collette always has you stay on wonderful places and it did that again. Best tour guide I’ve ever had. —Collette Traveler

Day 15: Athens - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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GREECE ISLAND HOPPER

NEW TOUR

11 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2599 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Athens • Taverna Dinner Show • Acropolis • Mykonos • Santorini Island Tour • Ancient Akrotiri • Oia

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Join a local expert in Athens and explore the city’s world-renowned sites. •• Enjoy 3 days at leisure in Mykonos, the whitewashed island in the Aegean Sea. •• Take a peek into the 15th century BC at the excavation site of Akrotiri.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Indulge in local food and wine accompanied by traditional music. •• Sample the finest wines in Greece during a winery tour in Santorini.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Crowne Plaza City Center, Holiday Inn Attica or Airotel Stratos Vassilikos, Athens Days 4 – 6 San Marco Hotel, Mykonos Days 7 – 9 Aegean Plaza, Costa Grand, Santorini Palace or El Greco, Santorini Day 10 Crowne Plaza City Center, Holiday Inn Attica, Airotel Stratos Vassilikos, Athens

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Mykonos

In Greece, discover a place where age-old legends and monuments intertwine with warm sunshine and island-style living. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to Greece – where Mediterranean sunshine and bright blue waters meet eons of creative ingenuity and an everlasting legacy. Feel the energy of the past and allow the ocean breeze to ruffle your hair; this is the picture-perfect getaway you’ve always dreamt of. Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins Begin your journey in Athens, the immortalized capital of Greece. Meet your fellow travelers at a local taverna in the city’s historic district, indulging in local cuisine and wine with traditional Greek entertainment. (D) Day 3: Athens See the best of Athens with a local expert who highlights the city’s ancient roots on a comprehensive panoramic tour. Make your way along the world-renowned

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monuments, including the towering Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Olympic Stadium. Step into the past on a tour of the legendary Acropolis, an ancient complex housing a collection of temples. Admire the breathtaking view of the city below and discover the country’s beloved icon: the illustrious Parthenon. Make the most of an evening at leisure. Perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional local food tour of this capital city. (B) Day 4: Athens - Mykonos Start your day aboard a sleek, high-speed boat ride to Mykonos, an island paradise surrounded by the crystal-clear Aegean Sea. From sandy beaches and seaside cafés to street musicians and a never-ending nightlife scene, Mykonos offers limitless opportunities to kick back and enjoy the island’s irresistible lifestyle. (B, D)

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Parthenon, Athens

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Day 5: Mykonos The day is yours! Take time to explore on your own and discover this trendy destination however you’d like. (B) Day 6: Mykonos Enjoy another day at leisure. Perhaps you will head down to the beach to soak up some sun, sip a cup of coffee on the waterfront promenade, or explore the town’s winding streets as you weave in and out of whitewashed buildings. (B) Day 7: Mykonos - Santorini Your journey continues to Santorini, the Eden-like island where bluedomed rooftops and gentle ocean waves complement the bright white buildings and rocky hillsides. A picturesque landscape and iconic destination, Santorini’s charms reveal themselves during your 3-night stay. (B, D) Day 8: Santorini - Oia - Santorini Uncover the past at Akrotiri, an ancient city buried and preserved in volcanic ash that is commonly

referred to as the “Minoan Pompeii.” Take a peek into the 15th century BC and explore the town. Head through a landscape of vineyards and volcanic cliffs to Oia, a seaside village with the island’s best viewpoints. End the day with a visit to a local winery and enjoy the famous wines of Santorini. (B) Day 9: Santorini Make the most of a day at leisure. Relax, shop in the island’s charming town center, or even visit a local museum. (B)

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May 2020 – April 2021 May 1, 8, 15, 22 June 12, 26 July 10

August 21 September 4, 10, 11 September 17, 18, 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23 April 17, 20, 23, 26

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Athens. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flight on this program is not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

Day 10: Santorini - Athens Depart the islands and fly back to Athens for your final night in Greece. Toast to the end of your sun-filled getaway at a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 11: Athens - Tour Ends Wish the Mediterranean goodbye as your tour draws to a close today. (B)

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CLASSICAL GREECE

Metéora

10 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Athens • Taverna Dinner Show • Metéora • Delphi • Olympia • Greek Farm Visit • Greek Dance Class • Cooking Class • Mycenae • Nafplio

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Come to know two breathtaking Byzantine monasteries in Metéora, built over 600 years ago. •• Experience the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. •• Broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek music with a delightful Greek dance class.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Take a comprehensive tour

of the Acropolis or embark on a walking tour of some of Athens’ hidden gems, including the Temple of Hephaestus. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Feast on local food and wine at a traditional taverna. •• Partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Crowne Plaza City Center, Athens Day 4 Grand Hotel Metéora, Kalambaka Day 5 Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort, Arachova Days 6, 7 Europa Hotel, Olympia Day 8 Amphitryon Hotel or Amalia Hotel, Nafplio Day 9 Crowne Plaza City Center, Athens

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional taverna, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment. (D) Day 3: Athens  Enjoy a panoramic tour of the highlights in Athens showcasing the city’s ancient and glorious monuments, such as the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Olympic Stadium. Next, it’s your choice! Choose a comprehensive tour of the incredible Acropolis -OR- embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems, including Pnyx — where democracy was formed in Greece — and the Temple of Hephaestus.

This evening, perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional local food tour of Athens. (B) Day 4: Athens - Thermopylae - Metéora Kalambaka Travel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas who died defending the city against the Persians. Arrive in Metéora and enjoy guided tours of two remote monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. End your day at a family-owned taverna and savor a delicious meal with recipes passed down from generations. (B, D) Day 5: Kalambaka - Delphi - Arachova This morning, visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. Continue to the ancient city of Delphi, one of Greece’s most

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important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, the ancient theatre, and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of mankind. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. (B, D) Day 6: Arachova - Olympia Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. Visit a local farm in the countryside and meet with the owners to learn about everyday life. Following the tour, enjoy a tasting of local wines, olive oil, homemade jams, marmalades and sweets. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances at a delightful Greek dance class. (B, D)

includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium — where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. — and the museum. Next, learn how to cook some of the region’s best dishes as you partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. (B, L, D) Day 8: Olympia - Mycenae - Nafplio Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Nafplio. (B) Day 9: Nafplio - Athens This morning, enjoy free time to further explore Nafplio before heading back to Athens. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

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January – March 2020

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January 19 February 2, 16, 23 March 1, 15, 22

November 2020 – March 2021 (featured itinerary) January 24 November 1, 8, 29 February 7, 14, 21, 28 December 6 March 7, 14

Itinerary featured is for November 2020 – March 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Athens. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Many activities in this itinerary include walking on uneven terrain, or require significant walking at times. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate tour. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.

Day 10: Athens - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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ICONIC ISRAEL 10 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Tel Aviv • Jaffa • Carmel Market Food Tour • Caesarea • Druze Lunch • Acre • Sea of Galilee • Golan Heights • Nazareth • Mount of Olives • Jerusalem • HomeHosted Dinner • The Western Wall • Bethlehem • Yad Vashem • Holocaust Survivor Discussion • Dead Sea

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Connect with the Orthodox Jewish community at a home-hosted dinner in Jerusalem. •• Engage in a conversation with a Holocaust survivor at Yad Vashem. •• Enjoy two nights in Tel Aviv, Israel’s dynamic and thriving strip of metropolitan life.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Choose to learn about the

world-famous cosmetics that come from the Dead Sea or “float” in the tranquil, healing waters of the Dead Sea. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 4 dinners •• Sample wines integral to Israeli traditions at a vineyard in Golan Heights. •• Enjoy a traditional Druze lunch and learn about this Arab-Israeli community. •• Get a taste for Israeli cuisine on a walking food tour in Carmel Market.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Isrotel Tower Hotel, Tel Aviv Days 4, 5 Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias Days 6 – 9 Dan Panorama or Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

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Discover the ancient world of Israel, where legendary stories of humanity’s collective history blend with the thriving dynamic of modern life. Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore Israel, an ancient land rich in tradition. Step into a living history museum and discover some of the most celebrated treasures in the world. Day 2: Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins Welcome to Tel Aviv, a thriving, reinvented city on the Mediterranean coast. Feel the bustling energy humming around you and jump right into this epicenter of Israelichic. The city cultivates an ever-evolving restaurant scene paired with sparkling coastlines, resulting in an hub of urban sophistication. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception at your hotel. Day 3: Tel Aviv This morning, walk the narrow stone streets of Jaffa, an ancient port city. Then it’s on to Carmel Market for a walking food tour. Sample fresh hummus and savory street foods as you connect with the locals, getting a true taste of everyday life. This afternoon you may soak up the sun on sandy beaches or join your Tour Manager to explore the “White City,” the UNESCO World Heritage section of Tel Aviv, highlighting the famous Bauhaus architecture. Enjoy an evening at leisure to take in the city’s captivating

nightlife. Experience Tel Aviv’s dynamic boardwalk, rooftop lounges, sophisticated cocktail bars, and more. (B, L) Day 4: Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Haifa - Acre Tiberias Follow the coast to the ruins of the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea, built around 22 B.C. Chat with locals over a plate of enticing Arabic food as you bond with members of the Druze community at an intimate lunch in their home. Afterward, take in the breathtaking panorama of Haifa and the Baha’I Shrine and Gardens on Mount Carmel (UNESCO). Step back in time in the ancient Crusader city of Acre. Your day comes to a close in Tiberias, a sacred city overlooking the Sea of Galilee. (B, L, D) Day 5: Tiberias - Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights - Tiberias Begin your day by exploring the Galilee Boat Museum. Stand in awe before a boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee approximately 2,000 years ago before heading out on a cruise on those same waters. Enjoy lunch at a winery in the Golan Heights, a slice of fertile agriculture set on a rocky plateau. Wine has been a part of Israeli life since biblical times, deeply rooted in tradition but also evolving with modern life. (B, L, D)

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Day 6: Tiberias - Nazareth - Mount of Olives - Jerusalem Depart Tiberias for the historic city of Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Continue south to the Mount of Olives and marvel at the all-encompassing view of Jerusalem. Housing layers of history and heritage, allow the resilient spirit of the city to capture your senses. Tonight, get to know a local family as you enjoy a traditional meal in their home. (B, D) Day 7: Jerusalem Walk in the footsteps of millions before you and discover the old walled city of Jerusalem (UNESCO). On this walking tour, you’ll see the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Temple area, the outside of the Dome of the Rock, the Pool of Bethesda, and the Church of St. Anne. Next, 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. Then, immerse yourself in the everyday culture of Israel at the Mahane Yehuda Market; smell the wafting aroma of spices, admire the tiers of fresh fruit, and hear the constant chatter of hungry locals. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps you will choose an optional walking tour that delves into Jerusalem’s current political climate. (B)

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Day 8: Jerusalem - Bethlehem Jerusalem Begin your day in the city of Bethlehem, spread along the Judean Hills. Visit the Church of the Nativity – the birthplace of Jesus and the first church ever built. This afternoon, return to Jerusalem for a poignant visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. You won’t just tour this powerful museum, but you’ll get to have an open conversation with a Holocaust survivor. The rest of your day is at leisure. (B) Day 9: Jerusalem  Travel to the desert fortress of Masada (UNESCO), situated on a cliff next to the Dead Sea. Ascend the ancient walls of Masada by cable car and explore Herod’s Palaces, the Roman Camp, and the Synagogue. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the AHAVA Visitors Center and learn about the world-famous cosmetics that come from the Dead Sea -ORexperience the natural buoyancy of the Dead Sea during a tranquil “float” in its healing waters, rich with salt and minerals. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and toast the end to an incredible journey. (B, D)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 15, 22 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 8, 13, 15, 22, 29

May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 9, 16 July 7 August 18, 25 September 1, 5, 8 October 10, 13, 17, 20 October 24, 27, 31 November 3, 7, 10

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December 1 January 12, 16, 30 February 2, 6, 9, 16 March 2, 9, 13, 16 April 6, 10, 13, 20, 27

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Tel Aviv. Our air passengers will depart from Jerusalem for Tel Aviv. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, you may require a very early morning departure from the hotel on the last day (Day 10). Travel distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is recommended that you arrive at Ben Gurion airport approximately 3 hours prior to departure. In addition to Israel, this tour travels through the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

Every day was memorable. The guide went the extra mile to indicate at every location the historical event that took place. —Collette Traveler

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EXPLORING THE ALPINE COUNTRIES 13 DAYS • 17 MEALS FROM $3299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Vienna • Danube Cruise • Salzburg • Mozart Dinner Concert at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller • Munich • Oberammergau • Meet a Passion Play Performer • Innsbruck • Bavarian Castles • Black Forest • Château de Chillon • Zermatt • Lucerne

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Take a lovely cruise along the Danube River. •• Make a stop at the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey. •• Meet a Passion Play performer in Oberammergau.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 —Walk through the charming

streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour or visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage and see traditional costumes and handicrafts. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Savor a special dinner highlighting local cuisine in the heart of Vienna. •• Delight in a Mozart Dinner Concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant in Salzburg.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier, K+K Hotel Maria Theresia or Grand Hotel Wien, Vienna Days 4, 5 Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg  lte Post Hotel, Oberammergau Days 6, 7 A or Riessersee Hotel, GarmischPartenkirchen Day 8

Hotel Hofgut Sternen, Titisee

Days 9, 10 Hotel Alex or Ambassador Hotel, Zermatt Days 11, 12 Ameron Hotel Flora, Lucerne

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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The Matterhorn

Discover storybook castles and opulent palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to explore three distinct Alpine cultures set amid incredible landscapes. Day 2: Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Vienna. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine. (D) Day 3: Vienna Come to know Vienna this morning during a locally guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. You will visit the incredible Schönbrunn Palace and see the impressive St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or visit one of its many museums. (B) Day 4: Vienna - Salzburg After a short journey through the countryside, embark upon a charming cruise along the Danube, one of Europe’s most important waterways. Later, make a stop at the Benedictine Melk Abbey before continuing to the “City of Music,” Salzburg. Tonight, transport back in time during a Mozart Dinner Concert in the elegant

Baroque Hall of the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. (B, D) Day 5: Salzburg Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the amazing sights you will see along the way include the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. (B) Day 6: Salzburg - Munich, Germany Oberammergau/Garmisch-Partenkirchen Welcome to Germany. In Munich, feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Later in the day, arrive at your home for the next two nights — the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play. This evening, enjoy a magical dinner and a visit by a local performer from the village. (B, D) Day 7: Oberammergau/GarmischPartenkirchen - Innsbruck, AustriaOberammergau  Take in the scenery of the spectacular

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Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck, located in Tyrolean Austria. Then, it’s your choice! Walk through the charming streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, getting a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. (B) Day 8: Oberammergau/GarmischPartenkirchen - Black Forest Today fairytales become reality during a picture stop of Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Next you are off to the heart of the Black Forest, a region famous for artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks and Hummels. (B, D) Day 9: Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland Welcome to Switzerland! Your first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Château de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn from Tasch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air. (B, D) Day 10: Zermatt All of Zermatt is at your fingertips. Enjoy a full day at leisure or perhaps you will set out on a one-of-a-kind adventure on a leisurely guided hike through the very heart of the Swiss Alps. (B) Day 11: Zermatt - Grimsel Pass Lucerne Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snowcapped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake,” the city of Lucerne. (B) Day 12: Lucerne Set out on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore the best of Lucerne. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a wonderful trip. (B, D)

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April 2020

April 2020 – April 2021

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April 30 May 2

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(featured itinerary)

October 8, 15, 22 April 8, 22

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Vienna and depart from the Zurich, Switzerland airport. All transfers will depart Lucerne for Zurich. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. Danube River Cruise is available mid-April to mid-October.

Well organized, very good group dinners, hotels were very good, and the tour director was excellent. Trip was a great balance of Austria, Southern Germany and Switzerland. —Collette Traveler

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ALPINE LAKES & SCENIC TRAINS 9 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $3199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Lucerne • GoldenPass Train • Zermatt • Glacier Express Train • St. Moritz • Bernina Pass Train • Como • Lago Maggiore • Farm Visit with Wine and Cheese Pairing • Lake Maggiore Cruise • Island Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Board a lake boat and cruise to the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. •• Stroll the lakeside boulevards of Lucerne, St. Moritz and Como. •• Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Explore on foot during a

guided walking tour or experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum to explore at your own pace. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Savor a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm. •• Relish a traditional dinner on the Isola dei Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Ameron Hotel Flora Lucerne, or Hotel Waldstaetterhof, Lucerne Days 4, 5 Ambassador Hotel, Zermatt Day 6

Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz

Days 7, 8 Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Glacier Express Train ©Christof Sonderegger/swiss-image.ch

Climb aboard legendary Alpine railways and set out on a journey across the captivating landscapes of Switzerland and Italy. Day 1: Overnight Flight Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe.

carved from sandstone to commemorate the heroic soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI in 1792. (B)

Day 2: Lucerne, Switzerland - Tour Begins Arrive in Lucerne and take some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city. (D)

Day 4: Lucerne - GoldenPass Train Montreux - Zermatt This morning, travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt. (B, D)

Day 3: Lucerne Today, explore this “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. See the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison; the watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument,

Day 5: Zermatt  Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

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Day 6: Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St. Moritz Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz and enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or stroll the lakeside boulevard. (B, L) Day 7: St. Moritz - Bernina Pass Train - Lake Como, Italy - Lago Maggiore Embark on a journey through the Bernina Pass while traveling along one of the most scenic railway lines in the world en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in striking views of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your adventure, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Then drive along the picturesque shores to the town

of Como. You will have free time to explore this famous resort and take in the magnificent views of Lake Como before continuing to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters against the backdrop of the Alps. (B) Day 8: Lago Maggiore Travel to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm where you will learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Then sample their delicious creations and learn how to pair them with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Your evening begins with a wine tasting before boarding a lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. There you savor a traditional farewell dinner. (B, D)

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October 1, 5, 12, 15 April 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Zurich and depart from Milan. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive into Zurich prior to 4:00 p.m.

Tour guide was fantastic. She kept us moving and on time providing lots of info and many great comments about the area and sights. The Alps were beautiful and the weather was great. —Collette Traveler

Day 9: Lago Maggiore - Tour Ends Your thrilling Alpine journey ends today in Lago Maggiore. (B)

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DISCOVER SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA & BAVARIA 10 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $2599 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Bern • Cheese Making Demonstration • Montreux • GoldenPass Panoramic Train • Gstaad • Lucerne • Austrian Alps • Innsbruck • Salzburg • Mirabell Gardens • St. Peter’s Restaurant • Tyrolean Folklore Show • Bavaria • Neuschwanstein Castle • Oberammergau

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. •• Witness the musical tradition of Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show. •• Discover Oberammergau and the rich history of the Passion Play.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 6 — In Innsbruck, choose

between two leisurely walking tours: focus on the city’s history and popular attractions or focus on its unique architectural structures. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Savor a dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue. •• Delight in dinner at the 1,200-yearold St. Peter’s Restaurant, Austria’s oldest. •• Glimpse into the cheese production of Gruyères and sample these dairy delights.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 5 Hotel Bern, Hotel Baeren, The Hotel Bristol or Hotel Ambassador, Bern Days 6 – 9 AC Hotel by Marriott or Hotel Grauer Bar, Innsbruck

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Journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities as you experience three Alpine countries. Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover spectacular Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria on a tour featuring 4-night stays in two cities. Day 2: Bern, Switzerland - Tour Begins Your journey begins in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. This UNESCO World Heritage site rests in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue. (D) Day 3: Bern Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the gothic cathedral which dominates Old Town’s skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently or perhaps take a ride in the red carriages of the Gurtenbahn funicular railway, climbing Gurten Mountain to an altitude of 2,574 feet (858 meters) for impressive views of Bern, the surrounding towns and mountains. (B)

Day 4: Bern - Gruyères - Montreux Panoramic Train Ride - Gstaad - Bern Travel to Gruyères, famous for its creamy cheeses. Sample some of these delectable dairy treats during a cheese making demonstration. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. (B) Day 5: Bern - Lucerne - Bern Set out for Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of this 800-year-old city such as the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. Tonight, dine at one of Bern’s great restaurants. (B, D) Day 6: Bern - Innsbruck, Austria  En route to Innsbruck, make your way through Liechtenstein, the smallest

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Golden Roof, Innsbruck

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German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, it’s your choice! Select one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof” -OR- you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. (B) Day 7: Innsbruck - Salzburg Innsbruck Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. Enjoy a walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in The Sound of Music), the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart), and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg’s fabulous sights. Complete your day with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks. (B, D) Day 8: Innsbruck Savor a free day in this beautiful city. You may stroll through Old Town and shop at many of the city’s

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outstanding stores or you may just relax and breathe in the mountain air while enjoying a beverage in one of the many cafés that dot this charming city. Later, experience the rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show hosted by a well-known local musical family. (B) Day 9: Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Oberammergau Innsbruck Today fairy tales come to life with a tour of Bavaria’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Built by King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Next, continue on to the picturesque village of Oberammergau. Enjoy a brief tour and learn more about this charming place, famous for its Passion Play. Performed every ten years to fulfill a pledge made by the villagers to God for sparing their city from the plague in 1633, the Passion Play has grown into an international event. Tonight you are treated to a farewell dinner in one of Innsbruck’s traditional restaurants. (B, D)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 19 April 2, 12, 16, 21, 30

May 1, 3, 7 October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29

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November 5, 6 March 18 April 8, 15, 22, 23, 29

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation. This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into Zurich, Switzerland airport and depart from Munich, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m.

This was our fourth tour with Collette and it was, as usual, exceptional. Our tour guide was excellent. The views of Switzerland were spectacular. —Collette Traveler

Day 10: Innsbruck - Tour Ends Your tour comes to an end in Innsbruck. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/45

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DISCOVER CROATIA, SLOVENIA AND THE ADRIATIC COAST 12 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $2499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Dubrovnik • Čilipi Family-Style Dinner • Split • Diocletian’s Palace • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Opatija • Istrian Peninsula • Farm-to-Table Dinner • Ljubljana • Lake Bled • Pletna Boat Ride • Zagreb

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy lies. •• Stroll through Split and see the famous Diocletian’s Palace. •• Experience old-world charm with a Pletna boat ride to the picturesque island in the center of Lake Bled.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Join a local expert in

Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbor for a cruise followed by a visit to Lokrum Island or access the walls that contain the old city of Dubrovnik. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Visit a local family for dinner in the Konavle region outside Dubrovnik. •• Sample farm-to-table delicacies of the Istrian Peninsula during dinner at a local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Valamar Lacroma Resort, Dubrovnik Day 5

Atrium Hotel, Split

Day 6

Lyra Hotel, Plitvice

Days 7, 8 Grand Hotel 4, Opatija Days 9, 10 Hotel Lev or Austria Trend Hotel, Ljubljana Day 11

Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Dubrovnik

Dive into centuries of Croatian history as you explore its medieval cities, tranquil lakes, and quaint local villages. Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic, a “must see” region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, intriguing cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery. Day 2: Dubrovnik, Croatia - Tour Begins Your tour begins in the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner this evening. (D) Day 3: Dubrovnik  Join a local guide on a tour of “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy resides, and see Dubrovnik’s many historical sites, from Rector’s Palace to the City Walls. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Join a local expert in Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbor for a cruise with magnificent views of the medieval city walls before visiting nearby Lokrum Island where you can swim, marvel at exotic plants or take a walk with peacocks -OR- receive a ticket to access the walls that contain the old city of

Dubrovnik and gain a different perspective on this remarkable place with leisure time to explore the city. This evening, travel to Čilipi in the culturally-rich Konavle region, where you’ll be welcomed for dinner at a familyowned restaurant. Visit with the family and learn about life in the Croatian heartland as you sample regional wines. At dinner, servers introduce you to a culinary feast, prepared in the way of their ancestors. (B, D) Day 4: Dubrovnik Spend today at leisure. Relax or independently explore the marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings of Dubrovnik’s breathtaking Old Town. Or, perhaps you’ll embark on an optional culinary excursion where you will journey along the Pelješac Peninsula and sample local wines paired with fresh oysters plucked from the sea. (B) Day 5: Dubrovnik - Split Savor stunning sea views as you travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop dramatically into the

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the heart of this natural wonder that extends over 73,000 acres. From the forest landscapes of Plitvice Lakes, travel this afternoon to the seaside resort of Opatija, known as “Croatia’s Riviera.” This fashionable region was once the summer retreat for Roman Caesars and Habsburg Monarchs. Get acquainted with this coastal town on a brief walking tour. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B) Day 8: Opatija - Istrian Peninsula Opatija Discover the richness of the Istrian Peninsula with its Italian and Croatian influences. Pay a visit to a local distillery, where the owners use regional plants, fruits, and herbs to produce brandies, snacks and other treats. Discover a picture-perfect example of a rural Croatian town. In the late afternoon, a delightful farmto-table dinner at a local restaurant lets you sample the regional wines and culinary delicacies of the Istrian Peninsula. (B, D)

aquamarine of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a stop in a quaint village in the Croatian countryside. You will have time to taste some of the local specialties and perhaps take a walk through the village square. Upon arrival in Split, set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO), one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments, and also see the peristyle of the palace and the Temple of Jupiter. (B, D) Day 6: Split - Plitvice Lakes Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. You might consider an optional trip to Trogir, a city of medieval walls, towering cathedrals, and captivating Venetian architecture. This afternoon, travel to Plitvice Lakes, one of the oldest, largest, and most beautiful national parks in Croatia. Inspiring scenery is one of the wonders you’ll experience at this designated UNESCO World Heritage site. (B, D) Day 7: Plitvice Lakes - Opatija Travel among the park’s dense forests and 16 terraced lakes, where waterfalls and free-flowing cascades connect one lake to the other. Enjoy a short cruise that takes you into

Day 9: Opatija - Ljubljana, Slovenia Travel into picturesque Slovenia, arriving in Ljubljana, a capital city in the midst of a cultural renaissance. Upon your arrival, meet a local expert who introduces you to this quaint town, nestled gently along the banks of the river. Your tour includes the impressive City Hall and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The evening is yours to relax and explore the city. (B) Day 10: Ljubljana - Lake Bled Ljubljana Surround yourself with the tranquility of Lake Bled. You’ll experience the old-world charm that comes with taking a Pletna boat to the picturesque island in the center. Spend time exploring the 17thcentury cathedral, St. Mary’s Church, and the “wishing bell.” Enjoy some time to stroll the quiet paths of this lakeside community at your own pace. (B) Day 11: Ljubljana - Zagreb, Croatia Today we travel to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Embark on a tour of this fascinating city that has marked the intersection of Eastern and Central Europe for more than 1000 years. After free time this afternoon for independent exploration, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in Zagreb. (B, D)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 27 February 24 March 9, 16, 23, 26 April 9, 15, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21, 27, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 September 17, 18, 23, 24

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October 1, 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2, 3, 9, 30 January 25 February 22 March 8, 15, 16, 22 April 8, 14, 15, 22, 29

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Dubrovnik and depart from Zagreb. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Based on return flight options, an early morning departure from the hotel may be required on the last day. Departures October 5 through March 23 will begin in Opatija and end in Zagreb. For these dates our air passengers will fly into Zagreb. The routing will vary, and the Montenegro pre-extension is not offered on these dates. Please confirm at time of reservation.

First class experience. Hotels were quality, food was great, tours very informative. Best of all, a very nice pace; with enough time to relax and still get a lot done.

—Collette Traveler

Day 12: Zagreb - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Zagreb this morning. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/258

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CROATIA AND ITS ISLANDS

NEW TOUR

12 DAYS • 19 MEALS FROM $3199 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Zagreb • Stone Gate • Šibenik • Cathedral of St. James • Krka National Park • Split • 7-night Adriatic Cruise • Diocletian’s Palace • Trogir • Bol • Hvar • Biševo Blue Cave • Vis • Korcula • Mljet National Park • Slano • Dubrovnik

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Stand before the breathtaking waterfalls in Krka National Park. •• Partake in traditional Croatian entertainment. •• Explore the Old City of Dubrovnik with a local expert.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Visit Split’s Archaeological

Museum and see a diverse range of artifacts or visit the Meštrovic Gallery and admire works by sculptor Ivan Meštrovic. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 3 dinners

•• Dine on Continental and Istrian cuisine at a favorite local restaurant in Zagreb. •• Enjoy traditional Dalmatian delicacies prepared according to ancient recipes. •• Experience a Captain’s welcome dinner upon arrival in Split.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Sheraton Hotel or The Westin Hotel, Zagreb Days 3, 4 Amadria Park Hotel Ivan, Sibenik Days 5 – 11 MS San Spirito

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Hvar

From medieval architecture to ethereal waterfalls, coast along the sparkling Adriatic Sea and experience the best of Croatia. Day 1: Overnight Flight Wander along medieval walls, marvel at enchanting waterfalls, and relax on sunny islands. From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, set out to experience the best of Croatia and the Adriatic Coast. Day 2: Zagreb, Croatia - Tour Begins Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! Settle into your hotel amidst the vibrant cafes and cobblestone streets before meeting your fellow travelers over dinner featuring Istrian cuisine. (D) Day 3: Zagreb - Šibenik Step right into the history and culture of everyday life in Zagreb as you tour the city with a local guide. Become acquainted with the city as you see the main sights of the capital, including the Croatian National Theater and Opera House, the Croatian Parliament building, the illustrious Zagreb Cathedral, and the legendary Stone Gate. Then, it’s off to Šibenik! Make the most of your free evening and get to know this Dalmatian town’s historic architecture and striking coastline. (B)

Day 4: Šibenik - Krka National Park Šibenik Set off on a walking tour through the ancient alleyways and roads of Šibenik where you’ll get a chance to see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, venture to the breathtaking Krka National Park, where waterfalls tumble through dramatic gorges. Meander along the trails that surround the falls before embarking on a boat ride that takes you along the river to Skradin. Tonight, embrace the culture of Croatia and become captivated by authentic traditional entertainment with dinner. (B, D) Day 5: Šibenik - Split - Board Ship  Your adventure continues in Split! Discover Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. In this bustling port, explore Diocletian’s Palace, the city’s famous ancient fortress. One of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Emperor Diocletian chose the palace to be his retirement home because of the incomparable beauty of Split. A guided tour takes you through the

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mysterious passageways and into the lower levels of this massive structure. Then, it’s your choice! Visit the oldest museum institution in Croatia, Split’s Archaeological Museum, founded in 1820; marvel at a diverse range of artifacts from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age -OR- admire the works of 20th-century sculptor Ivan Meštrovic during a guided tour. The Meštrovic Gallery features an array of the artist’s creations including sculptures, drawings and architecture. The museum itself is considered an art monument. In this classical city, you’ll board the 4-star MS San Spirito this afternoon. Settle into your new home for the next seven nights and revel in all of the luxuries of a small cruise ship. Later, relax onboard before experiencing a Captain’s welcome dinner. Enjoy your meal accompanied by live Klapa music, the traditional Croatian style of singing. (B, D) Day 6: Split - Trogir Enjoy a morning at leisure to discover Split on your own. Then it’s off to Trogir, a coastal gem renowned for its picturesque Venetian architecture. Stop for a quick swim along the way before arriving in this charming town. Admire the striking stone houses and towering cathedral as you tour the city with a guide. (B, L) Day 7: Trogir - Bol - Hvar Start your day in the town of Bol, located on the picturesque island of Brac. With free time this morning, perhaps you’ll choose to swim along the shore of the “Golden Cape,” known to be one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. Return to the ship for lunch, then cruise to the sunny island of Hvar. Along the way, you’ll coast by quaint coves and bays tucked along the Adriatic Sea. Upon arrival in Hvar, get acquainted with the area when a local guide introduces you to the history, culture, and lifestyle of the city. Discover how lavender was traditionally grown in the region for centuries and take a closer look at the custom. Enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps you’ll dine in one of the many local, family-owned restaurants that Hvar is known for. (B, L) Day 8: Hvar - Biševo - Vis Embark on a morning cruise to the island of Biševo. This island is home to the Blue Cave, a stunning grotto with a luminous blue glow. Cruise on to Vis, a small island practically untouched by tourism and overflowing with Renaissance architecture and beautiful beaches.

With free time this afternoon, relax onboard the ship or choose to go on an optional tour of the island ending with a farm-to-table dinner. (B, L) Day 9: Vis - Korcula This morning, it’s on to Korcula, debated home to one of the world’s most famous explorers: Marco Polo. Decide for yourself if he was born in Korcula or Venice as you tour his alleged home and take in the fantastic sea views from its tower. Join a local guide and make your way along the narrow stone streets while you wander among the medieval buildings and vibrant houses in the town known as “Little Dubrovnik.” Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure to discover the charms of this age-old city. (B, L) Day 10: Korcula - Mljet National Park - Slano This morning, arrive in Mljet National Park. Stroll around the Large and Small lakes before exploring the Islet of St. Mary, home to a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Don’t miss out on a chance to take a swim in the strikingly blue waters. Then, your journey continues to Slano, a port city just outside of Dubrovnik. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure…consider an optional excursion to Ston, a nearby fortified city known for its decadent oysters and seafood. (B, L) Day 11: Slano - Dubrovnik This morning, cruise past the Elaphiti Islands and be welcomed into Dubrovnik. You’ll see why the city is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” when you take in the medieval stone walls, iconic Baroque rooftops, and winding cobblestone streets. Embrace the unspeakable feeling that you’ve stepped into another time as you explore the Old City with a local guide. Enjoy outstanding views of the city during your farewell lunch onboard. With free time in the evening, perhaps you’ll visit the famous City Walls or ride a cable car to the top of the Mount Srd for aweinspiring views of Dubrovnik. (B, L) Day 12: Dubrovnik - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends Say goodbye to Croatia as your tour of the Adriatic Coast comes to a close today. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Zagreb and depart from Dubrovnik. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Both the boat ride to Skradin and the Blue Cave operate on a weather-permitting basis and depending on water conditions. Onboard gratuities are not included in the price of your tour. Embarkation on day 5 is after 1:00 p.m. On the last day, disembarkation is no later than 10:00 a.m. Cruise ships have a limited quantity of cabins available in each category. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at time of booking. If the cabin category preferred is not available, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

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IMPERIAL CITIES 11 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $2549 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Prague • Prague Castle • Cesky Krumlov • Vienna • Schönbrunn Palace • Classical Music Performance • Danube River Cruise • Bratislava • Lunch with Locals • Budapest • Matthias Church • Fisherman’s Bastion • Visegrad • Renaissance Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Tour the majestic Prague Castle. •• Enjoy a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. •• Get a glimpse into Hungary’s communist past during an exclusive talk with a local.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Enjoy a panoramic tour

of Budapest with a local guide or take in the city from a different perspective on a walking tour. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Enjoy traditional Czech culture and cuisine at a folklore show in Prague. •• Join local residents for a community hosted lunch in Dunaalmas. •• Savor a Renaissance-style dinner at a medieval castle restaurant near Budapest.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 K+K Hotel Fenix, Prague Days 5 – 7 K+K Hotel Maria Theresia, Vienna Days 8 – 10 The Aquincum Hotel, Budapest

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Budapest Parliament

Bask in the splendor, history, and romance of Europe’s regal capital cities of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe – Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Along the way, enjoy traditional entertainment, local cuisine, and a glimpse into this region’s eminent history. Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic - Tour Begins Arrive in Prague, the “City of 100 Spires.” Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D) Day 3: Prague Feel the magic and wonder of Prague. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, take in the iconic, statue-lined Charles Bridge, a picturesque structure stretching over the Vltava River. This evening, perhaps you will take an optional tour and join a local expert to discover the city through its craft beer and food scene. (B) Day 4: Prague The day is yours to discover Prague on your own. With your free time, consider shopping for famous Bohemian crystal or visiting one of the city’s many museums, such as the

Lapidarium, home to 11th-century stone sculptures. Stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj which functions as a clock, calendar, and primitive planetarium. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. This evening, enjoy traditional Czech culture at a folklore show in one of Prague’s popular restaurants. (B, D) Day 5: Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria Travel through the scenic countryside on your way to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Lined with towering Baroque architecture, explore the quaint preserved streets before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna. (B) Day 6: Vienna This morning, join a local guide at the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna’s city center and behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks, and gothic spires that fill the city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure where perhaps you will partake in the city’s famous café culture as you walk the streets, watching locals take a moment out of their day for a hot coffee and bite of cake.

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Tonight, hear Vienna’s past come alive through music and experience a classical performance featuring the works of Mozart and Strauss. (B, D) Day 7: Vienna - Danube River - Melk - Vienna Immortalized by Strauss, the Danube serves as your passageway to the medieval town of Durnstein. Embark on a scenic Danube River cruise through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. This evening, relish in a chance to explore Vienna on your own. (B) Day 8: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary Say hello to Bratislava, the former Imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire. Get to know the city’s 4000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Connect with the villagers of Dunaalmas and join local residents for a community hosted lunch. Learn how to make a traditional strudel, a favorite in this region. Arrive in Budapest, your home for the next three nights. This evening, sit with a local Hungarian and engage in a personal conversation, listening to captivating stories about his life in the former communist area. Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. (B, L)

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Day 9: Budapest  Choose how you capture the spirit of Budapest because today, it’s your choice! Join a local expert for a panoramic tour of the city, where you’ll discover the incredible NeoGothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, and the Parliament House -OR- hit the streets of the city with a local expert and see the iconic highlights from a different perspective on a walking tour, taking in the House of Parliament, the Imre Nagy statue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and more. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Budapest on your own. Perhaps you will head to the city’s famous thermal pools for an afternoon of relaxation. (B) Day 10: Budapest - Visegrad Budapest After a morning at leisure, head to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Step into the past at a 14th-century castle, where knights with authentic weaponry recreate the times of chivalry and kingdoms. Then, embrace the lifestyle yourself and enjoy an exclusive Renaissance-style dinner in the castle. (B, D) Day 11: Budapest - Tour Ends Say goodbye to these regal cities as your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 30 April 20, 27

May 2, 5 September 26, 29 October 5, 12, 19, 26

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(featured itinerary)

November 2 March 22 April 12, 19, 26

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Prague and depart from Budapest. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The Danube River Cruise to Melk Abbey is available mid-April to mid-October. Outside these times, a cruise through Vienna will be substituted. Visitors are required to have travel/health insurance to travel to the Czech Republic. The health insurance must cover medical services abroad. The minimum coverage of the insurance has to meet the Czech Republic standards for tourist travel. These standards can be found by contacting the Czech Republic Embassy in the US. If you have purchased our Travel Protection Plan, your coverage meets this requirement. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

This is the second Collette Tour I have been on and it was just as wonderful as the first. The guides and tour director are very knowledgeable about the countries visited and can always answer any questions asked.

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MAGNIFICENT CITIES OF CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE 14 DAYS • 18 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Germany • Dresden • Czech Republic • Hradčany Castle • Austria • Schönbrunn Palace • Hungary • Lunch with Locals • Matthias Church • Poland • Auschwitz • Warsaw

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience the cultures of Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Poland. •• Take a poignant journey through history at the camps of Auschwitz.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Embark on a traditional city

tour of Berlin or join a “Cold War” — focused tour that includes a visit to the Berlin Wall Museum. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 dinners •• Dine at one of Vienna’s most beloved restaurants. •• Experience traditional Czech culture during a folklore show and dinner. •• Join local residents for a community hosted lunch in Dunaalmás.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre or InterContinental Hotel, Berlin Days 4, 5 K+K Hotel Central, K+K Hotel Fenix or Hotel Eurostars Thalia, Prague Days 6, 7 Mooons, Vienna Days 8, 9 NH Hotel, The Aquincum Hotel or Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center, Budapest Days 10, 11 Holiday Inn City Centre, Krakow Days 12, 13 Mercure Grand Warszawa Hotel, Warsaw

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A blend of world history and fairy-tale charm comes to life in the culturally rich cities of Central & Eastern Europe. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to experience the very best of Europe’s cultural capitals. Day 2: Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins Arrive in Germany’s capital city of Berlin, a blend of deep-rooted history, modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Berlin  This morning, it’s your choice! Choose a city tour that introduces you to Berlin’s rich history; see Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfürstendamm and the Reichstag Building -OR- join a “Cold War”-focused tour that includes a visit to the Berlin Wall Museum, followed by a walk through the area that was once “Checkpoint Charlie” and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. This afternoon you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Cecilienhof Palace. (B)

Day 4: Berlin - Dresden - Prague, Czech Republic Depart Berlin for the “Golden City” of Prague. En route, make a stop in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, with time to explore this lovely town on the banks of the River Elbe. This evening get to know traditional Czech culture during a folklore show and dinner featuring local drinks. As a special treat, meet the dancers and learn some of the moves yourself during a private dance lesson. (B, D) Day 5: Prague Your introduction to this fairy-tale city opens with a visit to the remarkable Hradčany Castle and the haunting St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue with a leisurely walking tour through the Old Town, showcasing the Golden Lane, the unique Astronomical Clock and the statue-lined Charles Bridge. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this great city. This evening, perhaps you will take an optional tour and join a local expert to discover the city through its craft beer and food scene. (B)

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arrival in historic Budapest, a local expert provides an informative city tour featuring Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Old Buda, the New Parliament and Gellért Hill with a special stop at Heroes’ Square, a unique monument to the many diverse leaders of Hungary. (B, L) Day 9: Budapest The beautiful city of Budapest is often referred to as “the Queen of the Danube.” Today is yours to discover this city divided by the Danube with historic Buda on one side and cosmopolitan Pest on the opposite bank. This evening, perhaps you’ll take in the essence of the region during an optional dinner followed by a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline. (B) Day 10: Budapest - Donovaly, Slovakia - Krakow, Poland Take in the picturesque landscapes en route to Poland. Make a stop in the hidden village of Donovaly, nestled in the Low Tatras mountain range of Slovakia. Your home for the next two nights is the lively city of Krakow, which still offers an oldworld charm. (B, D)

Charles Bridge, Prague

Day 6: Prague - Vienna, Austria Leaving the Czech Republic, arrive in colorful and vibrant Vienna, the “musical city.” After a short orientation drive through the city, your afternoon is at leisure. Later, enjoy an evening in one of Vienna’s most beloved restaurants where dinner mixes with local cultural flavor to create an unforgettable night. (B, D) Day 7: Vienna This morning, experience the city on a tour highlighting some of its architectural marvels, including the lavish Schönbrunn Palace and the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently. Perhaps you will visit one of the famous museums, sip a Viennese coffee at a local coffee house, or simply relax in this capital of Austria. Tonight you may choose to join an optional Mozart concert and dinner in the city. (B) Day 8: Vienna - Budapest, Hungary Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque Hungarian countryside. Connect with the villagers of Dunaalmás and join local residents for a community-hosted lunch. Learn how to make a traditional strudel, a favorite in this region. Upon

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Day 11: Krakow Discover Krakow’s historic Old Town on a city tour complete with stops at the Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, and the University. You’ll also view Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city on your own. (B) Day 12: Krakow - Auschwitz Warsaw Today you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to witness the camps of Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors as well as the resilience of the human spirit that occurred within those walls. Afterward, travel through the Polish countryside to Warsaw, the reconstructed and modern capital of this rejuvenated country. The evening is yours to relax or explore. Browse one of the city’s art galleries or fascinating museums, or simply relax at an outdoor café. (B) Day 13: Warsaw The moving history of Warsaw, both joyous and tragic, is yours to embrace as you embark on a locally guided tour of this capital city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. (B, D)

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May 3, 10, 24, 31 June 7, 14, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23, 30 September 12, 13, 19

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September 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18 November 1 March 14 April 10, 11, 18, 25

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Berlin and depart from Warsaw. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Visitors are required to have travel/health insurance to travel to the Czech Republic. The minimum coverage of the insurance has to meet the Czech Republic standards for tourist travel. These standards can be found by contacting the Czech Republic Embassy in the US. If you have purchased our Travel Protection Plan, your coverage meets this requirement.

This tour of Central & Eastern Europe had plenty of sights, and was done at just the right pace. —Collette Traveller

Day 14: Warsaw - Tour Ends Your tour comes to an end today. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/135

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DISCOVERING POLAND 12 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Warsaw • Malbork Castle • Gdansk • Solidarity Shipyards • Torun • Gingerbread Baking • Wroclaw • Black Madonna • Jasna Góra Monastery • Krakow • Auschwitz • Folklore Show & Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit the Jasna Góra Monastery to witness the world-famous Black Madonna. •• Explore the poignant history of Auschwitz.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Venture to the resort town

of Sopot or enjoy a shopping excursion to learn about Polish amber.

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Immerse yourself in Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner. •• Learn how to make gingerbread according to a 500-year-old recipe.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Mercure Warszawa Grand, Warsaw Days 4, 5 Radisson Blu Hotel Old Town or Hotel Gdansk Boutique, Gdansk Day 6

Hotel Bulwar, Torun

Days 7, 8 Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town, Wroclaw Days 9–11 Holiday Inn City Center Hotel, Krakow

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Poland’s treasures, uncovered. Embark on a poignant, engaging journey from Warsaw to the shores of Gdansk. Day 1: Overnight Flight Your journey through Poland, a land of amazing castles, poignant history and welcoming culture, begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Warsaw, Poland - Tour Begins Welcome to Warsaw! The city has a blend of old-world charm and a modern energy. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Warsaw Embrace the moving history of Warsaw, a city reborn after WWII, as you embark on a locally guided tour. Your journey through this capital city includes a stop at the monument dedicated to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. The afternoon is at leisure to take in the alleyways, visit a quaint café in Warsaw’s Old Town, explore a museum or simply relax. (B) Day 4: Warsaw - Malbork Castle - Gdansk Depart for Gdansk this morning. En route, stop in the town of Malbork, home to Malbork Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. A guided tour of this 700-year-old structure introduces you to the world of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Continue to Gdansk, stopping at the Gdansk Shipyards, site of the creation of the anti-Communist

Solidarity movement in 1980 that helped liberate Poland from Soviet rule. (B, D) Day 5: Gdansk - Choice on Tour  This morning, join a local expert for an introduction to this strategic and remarkable port city; get to know its deep history during your tour which highlights City Hall and St. Mary’s Church. Later, it’s your choice! Join your Tour Manager on an excursion to the seaside resort town of Sopot -ORremain in Gdansk and join a local guide on an educational shopping excursion during which you’ll learn about Polish amber at a demonstration, followed by the opportunity to purchase the stone. Your evening is at leisure. Take a stroll through a beautiful square, shop for local handicrafts, or soak in the seaside atmosphere. (B) Day 6: Gdansk - Torun Today you travel to the town of Torun, a UNESCO World Heritage site and birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer. Torun remains one of the bestpreserved medieval towns in all of Europe and is one of the “Seven Wonders of Poland.” On arrival, walk past Copernicus’ house before stepping back into history while baking and sampling your very own gingerbread according to a 500-year-old recipe. (B)

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Day 7: Torun - Wroclaw This morning, join a local expert for a walking tour of this unspoiled town. Later this afternoon, arrive in the ancient city of Wroclaw. Tonight, join your traveling companions for some locally-brewed beer and a traditional “home-style” dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D) Day 8: Wroclaw A morning tour of Wroclaw brings you up close and personal to this large and ethnically diverse city. It could be the only location where you can find a Stare Miasto (Old Town) with a Synagogue, a Lutheran church, a Roman Catholic church and an Eastern Orthodox church standing near each other. The remainder of the day is at leisure to savor Wroclaw’s idyllic parks and captivating culture. Be sure to go in search of the many “dwarfs” hidden on the streets of the city! (B) Day 9: Wroclaw - Czestochowa Krakow This morning we depart for Krakow, an enchanting city famous for its well-preserved town center. En route, stop in Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland, where each year over 5 million pilgrims journey to pay their respects to the famous Black Madonna. Housed in the Jasna Góra Monastery, journey inside for an upclose look at this miraculous image.

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Arriving in Krakow, enjoy some free time to get acquainted with the city. (B) Day 10: Krakow Join a local expert as we explore the city on a panoramic tour that includes Market Square, St. Mary’s Church and the university. You will also see the famous Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll stroll the quaint side streets of Krakow’s famous Old Town, have coffee in one of the largest squares in Europe, or walk along the river for views of the new sections of the city. You may also visit the Schindler Museum or join your fellow travelers on an optional excursion. (B) Day 11: Krakow - Auschwitz Krakow Today you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors as well as the resilience of the human spirit that occurred within those walls. This evening celebrate traditional Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner, complete with wine and beer. (B, D) Day 12: Krakow - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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September 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17 March 20 April 10, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Warsaw and depart from Krakow. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Everything was wonderful: the tour manager, the fellow travelers, the local guides, the Polish people, the sights, and the historical buildings. —Collette Traveler

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IMPERIAL RUSSIA

NEW TOUR

9 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $2399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Moscow Metro • The Kremlin and the Armoury Museum • Red Square • St. Basil’s Cathedral • Walking Food Tour • High-Speed Train • St. Petersburg • Traditional Georgian Dinner • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood • Hermitage Museum • Catherine Palace • Vintage Soviet Car Ride

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Navigate Russia’s bustling capital like a local when you travel via the stunning Moscow Metro system. •• Ride through the historic streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car. •• Join a local expert for an in-depth conversation on life behind the Iron Curtain.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 4 — Take a tour where

you’ll learn about the tensions surrounding the great “Space Race” or take a guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Get a true taste of local culture during an immersive walking food tour where you’ll learn about Russian culinary traditions. •• Dine at a classic Georgian restaurant and sample dishes popularized during Imperial Russian times. •• Get introduced to Russian cuisine and culture during dinner at a local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow Days 5 – 8 Solo Sokos Hotel Place Bridge, St. Petersburg

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Get a glimpse into the world’s largest country and experience the distinctive allure of Russia, a land abundant with intrigue and history. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to one of the most magnificent countries in Europe. Day 2: Moscow, Russia - Tour Begins Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s glamourous capital city where beguiling architecture, complex history, and posh culture thrive. Let the energy of this intriguing city wrap around you and inspire your curiosity. Day 3: Moscow Your journey through Moscow begins with a short ride on the Metro, Russia’s incredibly elegant and efficient public transit system. With lavish mosaics, ornate stained glass and stunning architecture, each stop on the Metro is like a mini-museum with its own unique allure. Arrive at the Kremlin (UNESCO), the beating heart of Moscow and the seat of power in Russia. Home to a stunning collection of wealth from eras when tsars reigned supreme, this fortress complex is a can’t-miss glimpse into Russian history. Enjoy a guided visit of the Armoury Museum, home to a priceless collection of Imperial crown jewels, weaponry, and Faberge eggs. Continue on your exploration of the Kremlin with a visit to the Assumption Cathedral, designed in

the ornate Old Russian style. In the bustling Red Square of Moscow, pause to admire the iconic domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Next, visit GUM, the lavish department store at the heart of the city. Later, a local expert reveals a bit about life “behind the Iron Curtain,” during an informative lecture about Soviet society. This evening, enjoy a traditional Russian dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D) Day 4: Moscow  See Moscow’s most iconic landmarks from a new point of view as you float along the picturesque waters of the Moscow River. This afternoon, an epicurean adventure awaits! Get a taste of local flavor as you stroll the streets with a local guide and savor authentic dishes found on the tables of many Russian families. Take some time to digest and enjoy some free time to explore this lively city. Later, it’s your choice! Choose between a themed tour, “Back to the USSR,” where you’ll gain insight into the tensions between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and the great “Space Race” -ORtake a guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most significant art museums in Russia with over 100,000 artistic works. The evening is yours to soak in the splendors of your final night in Moscow. (B, L)

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Day 5: Moscow - St. Petersburg Enjoy a leisurely morning before hopping aboard a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, the “Venice of the North” and Russia’s Imperial capital. Spend the remainder of the day independently exploring this thriving hub for art, history and culture as you wish. Tonight, delight in traditional Georgian cuisine at a favorite local restaurant. Savor the exotic comfort food and drink of a region that has been producing wine for over 8,000 years. (B, D)

Built for Peter the Great, this Russian wonder is a true glimpse into the glory of Russian aristocracy. Enter the breathtaking green and white complex and make your way to the incredible Hermitage Museum for a guided tour. Second in size only to the Louvre, the Hermitage is home to the largest collection of paintings in the world, with works from the likes of Monet and Matisse. (B)

Day 6: St. Petersburg Experience the Imperial Russia of your dreams, full of regal beauty and iconic sights. A panoramic tour of St. Petersburg brings this historic city to life. See St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the famed Palace Square. Go inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg’s most elaborate church. After getting acquainted with this vibrant city, you can opt to spend the remainder of your day at leisure or take an optional tour of the meticulously landscaped grounds and soaring fountains of the Peterhof Grand Palace, better known as the “Russian Versailles.” (B)

Day 8: St. Petersburg Take a step back in time with a tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace. Built in 1717, the Rococo palace was once the opulent summer home of Russian tsars. It’s said the building was torn down and rebuilt six times to satisfy the grand visions of Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth. Enjoy exclusive early access here and marvel at the robin’s egg blue exterior and the lavish décor of the interior rooms. Next, we’ll see St. Petersburg from a different perspective - from the interior of a vintage Soviet car! Feel as if you’ve entered a different era as you ride through the city in luxury. Tonight, get one final taste of Russian culture and cuisine during a farewell dinner and traditional folk show. (B, D)

Day 7: St. Petersburg Welcome to the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg’s most iconic building and the former home of Russian tsars.

Day 9: St. Petersburg - Tour Ends Today, say do-svidaniya (goodbye for now) to Russia as your Imperial journey comes to a close. (B)

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This trip requires a passport and visa. A visa is required for travel to Russia. It is the passenger’s responsibility to obtain any required visa and/or documents prior to departure. Please allow a minimum of approximately 6 weeks for processing your Russian visa. All guests should check with the appropriate foreign consulate for additional entry requirements. All document fees are at the expense of the traveler. Our air passengers will arrive into Moscow and depart from St. Petersburg. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

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GERMANY’S CULTURAL CITIES

FEATURING THE ROMANTIC ROAD 11 DAYS • 13 MEALS FROM $2799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Berlin • ICE Train • Hamburg • Hamelin • “Pied Piper” Tour • Castle Stay • Würzburg • Rothenburg ob der Tauber • Wine Tasting • “Night Watchman“ Tour • Neuschwanstein Castle • Munich • Beer Tasting

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Enjoy an overnight stay in a 16th-century castle. •• Embark on a guided tour of Hamelin with a flute-playing “Pied Piper.” •• Feel like a local when you take the sleek ICE train from Berlin to Hamburg.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Explore the Miniature

Wonderland, home to the world’s largest model railway system or visit the International Maritime Museum. •• Day 10 — Venture to the innovative BMW World or visit the Dachau Memorial — the former concentration camp. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners •• Indulge in a wine tasting at a local restaurant. •• Enjoy a beer tasting followed by a farewell dinner in one of Munich’s famous restaurants.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Riu Plaza, Berlin Days 4, 5 Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Day 6 Schlosshotel Muenchhausen, Hamelin Days 7, 8 Hotel Tilman Riemenschneider, Rothenburg ob der Tauber Days 9, 10 Eurostars Grand Central Hotel or Eurostars Book Hotel, Munich

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Through Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, come to know Germany and the charms of its Romantic Road. Day 1: Overnight Flight This enchanting journey takes you to see the best of Germany as you travel to some of the country’s most iconic cities and through its picturesque countryside.

Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Cecilienhof Palace. (B)

Day 2: Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Berlin, Germany’s capital. Maintaining a blend of deep history, modern flare and multi-cultural influences, Berlin has served as a European icon for centuries. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 4: Berlin - Hamburg Feel like a local when you travel to Hamburg, hopping on the sleek ICE train that connects all the major German cities and reaches speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Take in “the Venice of the North,” with winding canals and an impressive harbor that made it a center of trade for centuries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before getting the lay of the land on a brief orientation tour. The evening is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps you will take an optional evening cruise, admiring the cityscape as you coast along. (B, L)

Day 3: Berlin Start your day by getting acquainted with Berlin’s main sights with an expert guide. Reflect at the Holocaust Memorial before continuing on to the lively Potsdam Square. Stroll down Niederkirchner Strasse to see remnants of the First Wall and walk through the “Topography of Terror” exhibition, delving into the rise and fall of the Third Reich. See Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. Explore the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square, pass through the colorful Old Town, and head down Avenue

Day 5: Hamburg  Today, it’s your choice! Feel as if the world has shrunk around you at Miniature Wonderland, home to the largest model railway system in the world with over ten awe-inspiring themed landscapes -ORvisit the International Maritime Museum,

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Franconia wine region. En route, make a stop in Würzburg, a Bavarian wine town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. Enjoy time to explore the town on your own before continuing to Rothenburg, located high on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Arrive at your city-center hotel, the perfect location to discover this captivating town. Take an evening stroll to a local restaurant for a taste of local wines followed by a traditional German dinner. Later, join a colorfully costumed local expert for the famous “Night Watchman” walking tour of the medieval town. (B, D) Day 8: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Gather at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum and be treated to a private tour. See an ornament-making demonstration and shop for handmade Christmas ornaments. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you choose. (B)

which houses nine levels of seafaring adventure including exhibits on Viking dragon boats, deep-sea diving, and a ship simulator. This evening, gather for a walking tour along Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s red light district. The area has been immortalized as the place where the Beatles cultivated their fame in the early 1960s. Join in on the rock-legend fun with a local Beatles expert, who wields a ukulele as you travel down memory lane. (B) Day 6: Hamburg - Hamelin Made famous by the Pied Piper in the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hamelin is your next stop. Feel like you have stepped into the pages of a storybook when the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” leads you through the city, playing catchy tunes as you discover Hamelin’s charming Tudor-style architecture. The fairy tale continues at a breathtaking 16th-century castle, surrounded by lush gardens and serving as your home for the night. (B) Day 7: Hamelin - Würzburg Rothenburg ob der Tauber Journey to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located on the Romantic Road and in the heart of the

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Day 9: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Neuschwanstein Castle - Munich Make your way through mountains and along winding country roads as you leave Rothenburg behind for a tour inside the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Continue to Munich, the vibrant capital of Bavaria. Your evening is free to explore the city independently. (B) Day 10: Munich  Come to know the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a walking tour that highlights the world-famous Glockenspiel and Marienplatz — a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Venture to the innovative BMW World to learn the history of this dynamic global automaker -OR- embark on a poignant journey through history at the Dachau Memorial, the former concentration camp where you will learn about the terrors of war and the resilience of the human spirit. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a beer tasting followed by a farewell dinner in one of Munich’s most famous restaurants. (B, D)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Berlin and depart from Munich. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

Really enjoyed the background and history conveyed to us for each location by the tour manager. Enjoyed ALL hotels. —Collette Traveler

Day 11: Munich - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS 9 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Black Forest • Strasbourg • Würzburg • Nuremberg • Rothenburg • Oberammergau • Innsbruck • Munich • Christmas Markets

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience the 600-year-old holiday spirit of “Christkindlesmarkts” in Germany, France and Austria. •• In Würzburg, see the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Strasbourg

•• Day 7 — Walk through the charming

streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour or visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage and see traditional costumes and handicrafts. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 4 dinners •• Enjoy traditional Bavarian cuisine in Oberammergau.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hofgut Sternen, Black Forest Days 4, 5 Maritim Hotel, Würzburg or Mercure Schweinfurt Maininsel Hotel, Schweinfurt Days 6 - 8 Alte Post Hotel, Oberammergau or Riessersee Hotel, Garmisch

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Sip mulled wine and collect unique crafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on a glorious holiday adventure through the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe. On this journey you will have time to sip mulled wine and shop for handicrafts in some of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Day 2: Black Forest, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the Black Forest. Here you will relish the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D) Day 3: Black Forest - Strasbourg, France Black Forest Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and country roads of Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France, where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Mingle with the locals as you explore the

Christmas market featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink before returning to Germany. (B) Day 4: Black Forest - Würzburg/ Schweinfurt Depart the Black Forest for the quaint Franconia region of Germany. Your destination is Würzburg. Stroll through the streets with your expert local guide and discover the city’s history. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18thcentury residence of the prince-bishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. You will have time to browse for local specialties in the lively Christmas market. (B, D) Day 5: Würzburg/Schweinfurt Nuremberg - Würzburg/Schweinfurt Start your day with a city tour of historic Nuremberg. Learn about old town’s 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city; the Imperial Castle; and the Justice Palace, site of the War Crimes Tribunal in 1946. Your city tour concludes with a visit to the historic Nuremberg Christmas Market,

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one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany dating back to 1628. Here you can spend time sipping Glühwein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market its name - “Little Town from Wood.” You can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys. (B) Day 6: Würzburg/Schweinfurt Rothenburg - Oberammergau We begin with a stop in lovely Rothenburg, one of the most wellpreserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After some free time to explore the town, continue on to Oberammergau, a perfect example of a Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. It is the ideal place to shop for cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and Hummel figurines. (B, D) Day 7: Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau  Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck nestled in the heart of the mountains. Then, it’s your choice! Walk through the charming streets of Innsbruck

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on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage for a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market. (B) Day 8: Oberammergau - Munich Oberammergau This morning, travel to Munich and be introduced to this exciting city with a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Oberammergau where you will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. This evening, join your fellow travelers as you toast to a memorable trip during a farewell dinner featuring Bavarian cuisine. (B, D)

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November 28 December 5, 12

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Zurich and depart from Munich. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. On some dates, this tour operates in a different order, arriving into Munich and departing from Frankfurt, Germany. Please confirm at time of reservation.

The Christmas Markets were wonderful as always! Got a lot of unique treasures and lovely memories!

—Collette Traveler

Day 9: Oberammergau - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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MAGICAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS 8 DAYS • 10 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Innsbruck • Seefeld • Carriage Ride • Salzburg • St. Peter’s Restaurant • Oberammergau • Munich • Christmas Markets

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience the 600-yearold holiday tradition of the Christkindlesmarkt. •• Venture by train to Seefeld for a horse-drawn carriage ride and a taste of schnapps. •• Unwind and shop for handmade crafts in the heart of the Alps.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 3 — Walk through the streets of

Innsbruck on a locally guided tour or visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 6 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 2 dinners •• Experience a strudel demonstration and learn the history behind the traditional dessert. •• Delight in dinner at Austria’s 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 6 AC Hotel, Innsbruck or Hotel Grauer Bar, Innsbruck Day 7 Mövenpick Munich Airport, or Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel, Munich

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Experience the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria, where the tradition of the Christkindlesmarkt began over 600 years ago. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to uncover the unique charms of Austria and Germany and the incredible Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market)! Day 2: Innsbruck, Austria - Tour Begins Welcome to the town of Innsbruck, capital of the Alps. Spend the next five nights nestled in the heart of the mountains. Tonight, accompany your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner to celebrate your arrival in Austria. (D) Day 3: Innsbruck - Seefeld - Innsbruck  This morning, it’s your choice! Walk through the charming streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -ORvisit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, getting a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. Next, journey by train 3,600 feet above sea level to the idyllic village of Seefeld, one of the world’s great ski resorts thanks to miles of lakes and trails. Step off

the train into the pure Alpine air to find an authentic horse-drawn carriage — and a traditional gift of schnapps — waiting for you. Don’t be shy. Belt out a carol or two as you are whisked across the snow to meet our good friend, Peter, who invites you to participate in an interactive demonstration of how to make (and eat!) traditional strudel. Say “Auf Weidersehn, Peter!” and glide your way back to Innsbruck. (B) Day 4: Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck Over the mountains and through the woods of the Austrian countryside resides the storybook Old Town of Salzburg. Head over to Mirabell Gardens and the iconic “Do-ReMi steps” from The Sound of Music. Then, journey through the baroque heart of the Old City and the famous thoroughfare of Mozart’s birthplace. Head out to enjoy a free afternoon with the locals, affectionately known as “Salzburgers.” Be sure to enjoy a traditional Mozart chocolate (or two) and do some treasure hunting at any of six Christmas markets. Your day concludes at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller, the oldest

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Salzburg

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continuously-serving restaurant in Europe. Inside this centuries-old gem, indulge in a traditional dessert that’s described as “sweet as love and soft as a kiss.” (B, D) Day 5: Innsbruck Enjoy a full day at leisure in Innsbruck. Go treasure hunting at the Christmas markets, brimming with the sights, smells, and sounds of the season. Be on the lookout for St. Nicholas and even Krampus as they march through the market stalls. Revel in good cheer while brass bands play from the towers and indulge in some gluhwein and stollen, while chestnuts roast on open fires. (B) Day 6: Innsbruck-Neuschwanstein, Germany-OberammergauInnsbruck, Austria View the magnificence of Neuschwanstein Castle as you enjoy a photo stop of the fairytale creation of Bavaria’s “Mad King.” Your journey continues to Oberammergau. Enjoy a lunch featuring regional cuisine before spending some time on your own getting to know this pictureperfect Bavarian village. (B, L)

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Day 7: Innsbruck - Munich, Germany Wilkommen to Munich! Embark on a city tour of this Bavarian capital where Olympic Park and the famous Glockenspiel are just some of the sights you’ll see along the way. Your tour comes to an end at the famous Hofbräuhaus, where you may wish to take a seat and enjoy a bier before heading to a jolly farewell lunch! The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Do some final holiday shopping at the largest Christmas market of the whole tour and delight in the merriment of the season one last time. (B, L) Day 8: Munich - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Munich. All transfers will depart from/return to this airport. Approximate travel time between Innsbruck, Austria and Munich is 2 hours. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 3:30 p.m. On some departures, the order of sightseeing may vary.

Tour was very exciting and not just because it was Christmas time. We were in a very beautiful part of Europe with lots of history and the Alps. —Collette Traveler

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LA BELLE SEINE

river cruise tour

9 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $3799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Paris • 7-Night River Cruise • Seine River • Auvers-sur-Oise • Rouen • Honfleur • Normandy • Château Gaillard • Giverny

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore Normandy on a full day excursion. •• View the Gros Horloge, Rouen’s astronomical clock. •• Tour Auvers-sur-Oise, inspiration for many of Van Gogh’s paintings and masterpieces. Paris

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 7 dinners •• Visit a local distillery for a Calvados (apple brandy) tasting. •• Celebrate your journey during a Captain’s Gala dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 - 8 MS Amadeus Diamond

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Immerse yourself in French culture and Parisian romance on a tranquil 7-night river cruise through the resplendent Normandy region. Day 1: Overnight Flight Depart for Paris, France to start your journey through the Normandy region. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship Your journey opens in Paris. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers outstanding features: the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, delicious cuisine including regional wines with every dinner, and exceptional service. Tonight, a cocktail is served in the Panorama Bar where you will meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Conflans - Auvers-sur-Oise This morning, arrive in Conflans, situated at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. Visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, once home to several 19th-century painters including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissaro, and perhaps most famously, Vincent van Gogh. Embark on a tour of Auvers-sur-Oise that retraces van Gogh’s time here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where he rented his room, the idyllic fields that inspired his last masterpiece, and his final resting place. This afternoon, cruise

past lovely French countryside scenery as your journey continues. (B, L, D) Day 4: Rouen Today your ship docks in Rouen, the historical capital of Normandy. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this medieval city highlighting its many monuments and architectural treasures. Visit the cathedral and the Church of Joan of Arc before viewing the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Spend time at leisure to continue exploring the city; perhaps you will visit Place du Vieux-Marché, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the 15th century. This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion with a local expert along the “Abbey Trail” to the ruins of both St. Wandrille Abbey and Jumièges. Learn about the rich history of the churches, castles and abbeys that once populated this region. (B, L, D) Day 5: Le Havre - Honfleur - Le Havre Continue on to Le Havre, a city located at the mouth of the Seine River. Perhaps you will join an optional morning sightseeing tour to Étretat, a charming fishing village situated on the Normandy coast with stunning clifftop views, where a guided walking tour highlights the various artists who have painted there through the years. This afternoon, journey to Honfleur, a

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remarkable maritime city. Explore the narrow streets and the old port with a local guide. View the Lieutenancy, the Old Salt Stores and St. Catherine’s Church before enjoying time to shop or explore independently. (B, L, D) Day 6: Le Havre - Normandy Excursion - Caudebec-en-Caux A full day of remembrance awaits; travel through Normandy to visit some of the significant D-Day Landing sites of World War II. Begin at Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. View Omaha Beach, one of the U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy. Next, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and visitor’s center. Enjoy an included lunch locally before traveling on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. This evening, rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux. (B, L, D) Day 7: Les Andelys - Château Gaillard - Giverny Begin your morning with a stop in Les Andelys to visit Château Gaillard, constructed in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart. Admire the striking views of French countryside from the château’s vantage point on

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a promontory along the Seine. Next, continue to Giverny, where tranquil gardens inspired Monet’s greatest works. A guide will share stories of Monet’s time here as you tour his home and its surrounding gardens. Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing. (B, L, D) Day 8: Paris This morning, take a panoramic coach tour that features views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum, the famous Champs-Elysées and the Jardin des Tuileries. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring this great city. Or, perhaps you will select from two optional excursions: choose to visit King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles, the largest in Europe, for a guided tour of the palace and stroll the magnificent gardens which are amongst some of the world’s most famous. Or, choose to join an optional guided walking tour of the Montmartre district highlighting its narrow winding streets that have drawn artists to them for hundreds of years. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner where you will bid adieu to the illuminated “City of Light.” (B, L, D) Day 9: Paris - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

SEE PAGE 384 FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$3799 $5799

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on October 13, 2020 departure

June - October 2020

June 23 October 13

Staterooms

Haydn (lower deck) Strauss (middle deck) Mozart (upper deck) Mozart Suite (upper deck)

Double

$3799 $4799 $4999 $7199

Solo

$5799 $7799 $8399 $12499

See page 390 for ship deck plans.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Paris. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights must arrive prior to 3:00 p.m. Embarkation on day 2 is upon arrival; however, cabins will not be ready for check in until after 4:00 p.m. Disembarkation on day 9 is normally at 9:00 a.m. Ports of call are subject to change based on pier availability and weather conditions. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waitstaff on board the ship are not included and are at your discretion. The optional excursion to Versailles is only available if booked at time of final payment, in advance of departure. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

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MAGICAL RHINE & MOSELLE

river cruise tour

10 DAYS • 22 MEALS FROM $3899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Amsterdam • 7-Night River Cruise • Rhine River • Cologne • Moselle River • Cochem • Wine Tasting • Koblenz • Rüdesheim • Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum • Mannheim • Speyer • Strasbourg • Titisee

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Set out on a 7-night cruise along the Rhine. •• Discover lovely Strasbourg on a guided tour. •• Take in the sounds of barrel organs and medieval instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 8 dinners •• Enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner aboard your ship. •• Visit one of Cochem’s renowned wine cellars.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 8 MS Amadeus Silver III Day 9

Dormero Airport Hotel, Zurich

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Cochem

Glide along the enchanting Rhine and Moselle rivers on a leisurely journey to the Netherlands, Germany and France. Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us for an exciting tour featuring Strasbourg and the romantic Rhine Valley. This journey brings you through one of the most historic and dramatic regions in all of Europe. Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship Your tour opens in Amsterdam where you will board your ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. Your ship offers an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner, and daily onboard musical performances. This evening, meet in the lounge for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner. (D) Day 3: Amsterdam Join a local expert for a city tour of Amsterdam including a voyage along the city’s centuries-old canal system. Board your canal boat and sail by charming cafés and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cologne, Germany Glide down the river this morning and pass through the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Your journey brings you to Cologne where you will join a guide for a walking tour of the city’s Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets. Admire the Cologne Cathedral as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic and the Romanesque church of St. Martin. (B, L, D) Day 5: Moselle River - Cochem Set sail on the Moselle River to Cochem before a guided tour through this lovely town and Reichsburg Castle. The castle is set on a precipitous rock high above the town and offers breathtaking views of the Moselle Valley. End your tour of Cochem with an introduction by a local winemaker to one of Cochem’s wine cellars and taste regional Mosel wines. (B, L, D) Day 6: Koblenz - Rüdesheim Continue on to Koblenz and get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a walking tour. See such sights as the town’s old quarter, badly damaged during World War II and

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then rebuilt, as well as the Schaengel Fountain at the town hall. Your next stop is Rüdesheim. Set out on a tour of the city and its famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett (Mechanical Music Museum) where you will be treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments. (B, L, D) Day 7: Mannheim - Speyer The river takes you to Mannheim where you will have free time to explore the city on your own. Or, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the town of Heidelberg. Later, sail to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, and step back in time on a walking tour to explore the Old Gate and the Jewish baths. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B, L, D) Day 8: Strasbourg, France Your journey takes you to Strasbourg, a provincial capital of France that blends centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences together, creating a unique character. Discover the history of the city on a guided tour of the old quarter, Petite France, featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Highlights also include Place de la République and Place

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d’Austerlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship. (B, L, D) Day 9: Basel-Disembark Ship Colmar - Black Forest, Germany -Zurich, Switzerland Today is filled with exploration! Disembark your ship in Basel, Switzerland and travel to the Alsace wine region to spend time in beautiful Colmar, France. Step back in time with a local guide on a walking tour of the Old Town highlighting its many architectural landmarks before enjoying some free time to explore this charming city on your own. Next, drive to Titisee, a German resort town nestled alongside its picturesque lake hidden deep in the Black Forest. Savor some leisure time to browse the shops for the region’s famous cuckoo clocks. You’ll have an opportunity to meet a local artisan who demonstrates how these cuckoo clocks are made with traditional techniques. Enjoy a dinner of Black Forest regional specialties before arriving in Zurich. (B, D) Day 10: Zurich Airport Area Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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Double

$3899 $4599 $4899 $6999

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$6099 $7499 $8199 $11899

See page 391 for ship deck plans. This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Amsterdam, Netherlands airport and depart from Zurich, Switzerland airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Embarkation on day 2 is upon arrival; however, cabins will not be ready for check in until after 4:00 p.m.; on day 9, disembarkation is normally at 10:00 a.m. Ports of call are subject to change based on pier availability and weather conditions. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of reservation; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. These changes may include items being missed during the tour; however, every effort will be made to substitute another attraction if possible. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

Wonderful experience on a beautiful ship. Food choices and presentations were excellent. Tour guides were knowledgeable, always prepared and flexible.

—Collette Traveler

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SPRINGTIME TULIP RIVER CRUISE

river cruise tour

9 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $3399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Amsterdam • 7-Night River Cruise • Volendam • Arnhem • Middelburg • Ghent • Bruges • Antwerp • Kinderdijk Windmills • Keukenhof Gardens

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience Kinderdijk, home to Holland’s largest collection of windmills. •• Explore “Liebfrauenkirche,” Belgium’s largest Gothic church. •• Return to medieval times during a walking tour of Bruges.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 7 dinners •• Visit a local cheese farm for a tasting. •• Celebrate your journey during a farewell dinner and folklore show in Amsterdam.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 8 MS Amadeus Brilliant or MS Amadeus Queen

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Keukenhof Gardens

Float by blooming fields of flowers and windmills on a resplendent tulip river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Day 1: Overnight Flight Savor springtime in Holland and Belgium with a cruise that highlights the blooming Dutch tulip fields. Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands - Board Ship - Tour Begins Your journey opens in Amsterdam, the 800-year-old thriving capital of the Netherlands. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, delicious cuisine including regional wines with every dinner, and outstanding service. Tonight, a cocktail is served in the Panorama Bar where you will meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner. Enjoy an overnight stay on the ship in Amsterdam. (D) Day 3: Amsterdam - Volendam - Cruising After breakfast, view some of Amsterdam’s most important sites and diverse architecture while on a city tour. You will also get to see the city from the water during a delightful canal cruise. Midday, visit the little fishing town of Volendam where

you can still find fishermen dressed in traditional caps and baggy-legged trousers. A visit to a local cheese farm illustrates the process of how cheese from the area is made and also allows you the opportunity to sample some of the delicious results! During dinner, the ship resumes its cruise to the IJssel Sea. (B, L, D) Day 4: Arnhem Late this morning we arrive in Arnhem, location of the favorite summer retreat of the Dutch royal family. This afternoon, pass by lovely Dutch scenery as your journey continues. (B, L, D) Day 5: Middelburg - Cruising Today your ship docks in Middelburg, the capital of the Dutch province, Zeeland. It is known as “the monumental city” because over 1,100 monuments dot its landscape. This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion to the Deltaworks Project located at Neeltje Jans. This is an amazing example of how the Dutch have truly tamed the environment in which they live. Your excursion continues with a stop in the lovely town of Veere, a prosperous trading port

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in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade with Scotland; today it is a favorite spot for visitors. (B, L, D) Day 6: Ghent, Belgium - Bruges Welcome to the Imperial city of Ghent. Lined with typical patrician houses in its city center, Ghent conveys the splendor of days gone by. Perhaps you will join an optional sightseeing tour that includes St. Bavo Cathedral, with its worldfamous painting of the altar of the citizens of Ghent and the “Belfried” with its bell tower. This afternoon, be transported back to another time during a leisurely paced walking tour of Bruges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities. (B, L, D) Day 7: Antwerp Today the ship docks in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, which boasts beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture and lively cafés. Join a local expert exploring the city’s historical sites including the legendary Brabo Fountain and “Liebfrauenkirche,” Belgium’s largest Gothic church housing works by Rubens, the prolific painter. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping and independent exploration.

Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala Dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing. (B, L, D) Day 8: Kinderdijk - Utrecht Amsterdam Stop in Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage site) to experience Holland’s largest concentration of windmills, many still operating, and to get a revealing glimpse into Holland’s age-old battle with the sea. After lunch, explore the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, spanning more than 70 acres within a beautiful park of tranquil ponds and shaded paths. With more than seven million tulips and other flowers on exhibit, Keukenhof is a kaleidoscope of color in bloom. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner and a typical Dutch folklore show celebrating the end of an unforgettable river cruise through Holland and Belgium. (B, L, D) Day 9: Amsterdam - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Amsterdam. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Ports of call are subject to change based on pier availability and weather conditions. Embarkation on day 2 is upon arrival; however, please note that cabins will not be ready for check in until after 3:00 p.m. Disembarkation on day 9 is normally at 9:00 a.m. River cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

The tour directors were excellent and ensured that we were well informed and kept the needs of those with disabilities in mind. We enjoyed visiting Kinderdijk and the tulip gardens. —Collette Traveler

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CLASSIC DANUBE

river cruise tour

11 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $3849 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Budapest • 7-Night Danube River Cruise • Bratislava • Vienna • Wachau Valley • Linz • Passau • Regensburg • Munich • Füssen • Linderhof Palace • Oberammergau

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline. •• Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city. •• Visit King Ludwig II’s ornate Linderhof Palace.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 9 dinners •• Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard your cruise ship. •• Attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

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Days 2 – 8 MS Amadeus Brilliant Days 9, 10 Luitpoldpark Hotel, Füssen

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Budapest

On a cruise of the Danube River, make your way along fairy-tale cities, medieval villages and stunning vistas. Day 1: Overnight Flight Sail past breathtaking scenery, pausing along the way in quaint villages and lively cities on a timeless trip down the Danube River. Your tour opens with an overnight flight to Europe. Day 2: Budapest, Hungary - Board Cruise Ship Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, panorama bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. After a welcome aboard cocktail reception and dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a funfilled folklore show. (D)

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Day 3: Budapest Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman’s Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria Tour Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate and the Archbishop’s palace. This afternoon, sail towards Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city. (B, L, D) Day 5: Vienna Join a local expert exploring Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna’s Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. (B, L, D) Day 6: Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon

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you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. (B, L, D) Day 7: Linz - Passau, Germany This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the charming riverside town of Linz. Next, continue on to Passau, which is set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers. (B, L, D) Day 8: Regensburg A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight,

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partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard. (B, L, D) Day 9: Passau - Disembark Ship Munich - Füssen Today, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time, continue on to the quaint Bavarian town of Füssen. (B, D) Day 10: Füssen - Ettal Oberammergau - Füssen Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. This artistic “Royal Villa” was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years. (B, D) Day 11: Füssen - Tour Ends Today your tour comes to an end. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into Budapest and depart from Munich. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 4:30 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. on the last day of your tour. All transfers will depart from Füssen for Munich airport. Travel time between Füssen and Munich airport is approximately 2 hours. Embarkation on day 2 is after 4:00 p.m.; on day 9, disembarkation is normally at 8:00 a.m. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

Went on a cruise with Collette and everything was great! I didn’t have to worry about anything...flying, tickets, meals, cruise, adventures...anything! They let me totally enjoy my vacation! —Collette Traveler

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CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE

river cruise tour

9 DAYS • 19 MEALS FROM $2699 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Würzburg • Rothenburg • Nuremberg • 6-Night Danube River Cruise • Regensburg • Passau • Wachau Valley • Glühwein Party • Vienna • Hofburg Palace • Vienna Opera House • Christmas Markets

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Browse the famous Christmas markets along the Danube. •• Join a local expert as you explore Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna. •• Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 7 dinners •• Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard your cruise ship. •• Attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Maritim Hotel, Würzburg, Germany Days 3 - 8 MS Amadeus Brilliant

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Nuremberg Christmas Market

On a boat cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Day 1: Overnight Flight Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe. Day 2: Würzburg, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in historic Bavaria in a town along the banks of the Main River. Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax and soak in the charms of Franconia. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Würzburg - Rothenburg Nuremberg - Board Cruise Ship This morning, join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of Würzburg, known as “the jewel of the Main River.” Würzburg is an ancient Franconian wine town rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops, which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. Proceed to Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. Enjoy free time to explore the town and its charming Christmas market, or perhaps visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store and museum. Continue on to Nuremberg where you will board your ship for a leisurely 6-night cruise along the Danube River. This beautiful vessel offers outstanding services:

the newest technology, a panoramic deck terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with all dinners, and exceptional service. This evening, enjoy a special dinner onboard. (B, D) Day 4: Nuremberg Stroll along the streets with an expert guide on a city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg’s Christmas market, which is Germany’s oldest, dating back to 1628. The city is also known to be a toy-making center, and perhaps you’ll shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremberg’s famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Your cruise continues across the continental divide and through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. (B, L, D) Day 5: Regensburg A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the

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12th century, the old Town Hall, and the Porta Praetoria, built in A.D. 179 and one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town to Regensburg’s charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts. (B, L, D)

cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city, in the early evening. After dinner, you may choose to join an optional excursion in the imperial city to experience the magic of Vienna by night and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas market, located in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). (B, L, D)

Day 6: Passau Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city exploring the Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St. Stephen’s Cathedral–home to Europe’s largest church organ, and the charming Christmas market. Take advantage of leisure time to discover the town on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Vienna Join a local expert exploring Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna’s Baroque elegance; stroll along the Karntner Strasse or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. A wonderful farewell evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner, followed by a special Christmas concert for your enjoyment performed by the ship’s orchestra. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Wachau Valley, Austria Emmersdorf - Dürnstein - Vienna Nexxt, cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before joining an excursion to the nearby town of Dürnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a Glühwein Party before returning to the ship. Continue

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Day 9: Vienna - Disembark Ship Tour Ends After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to an end. (B)

Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Frankfurt, Germany and depart from Vienna, Austria. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Embarkation on day 3 is after 4:00 p.m.; on day 9, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 a.m. An early morning departure from the cruise ship may be required due to air schedules to some U.S. and Canadian cities. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. Cabins are available on lower (Hadyn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

What an amazing and charming trip; the river boat experience was also wonderful. Visiting the Christmas Markets that had been going on for such a long time was the best!

—Collette Traveler

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ISRAEL: A JOURNEY OF FAITH

faith spiritual journey

9 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Jaffa • Caesarea • Nazareth • Cana • Tiberias • Sea of Galilee • Mount of Beatitudes • Capernaum • Golan Heights • Caesarea Philippi • Tel Megiddo • Bethlehem • Jerusalem • Mount of Olives • Mount Zion • Ein Karem • Via Dolorosa • Western Wall • Garden Tomb

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Stroll through the winding alleys of historic Jaffa. •• Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. •• Stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared Christmas night.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 7 dinners •• Get a taste of the local flavor when you enjoy lunch at a kibbutz.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv Days 3, 4 Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Tiberias Days 5 – 8 Dan Boutique Hotel or Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

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Sea of Galilee

Walk in the hallowed footsteps of Jesus Christ and see some of the world’s ancient cities on this spirited sojourn to Israel. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel to the Holy Land on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world. Day 2: Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias Journey to the ancient port city of Jaffa for a leisurely stroll through the winding alleys of the historic area. Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) by St. Peter; and where Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial (Acts 23). In Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23), visit the Church of the Annunciation and the place where Joseph’s home and workshop were as well as the site of the fresh water spring used by the Holy Family. Your day continues with a visit to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle. Arrive in Tiberias for a 2-night stay. (B, D)

Day 4: Tiberias - Sea of Galilee Capernaum - Golan Heights - Caesarea Philippi - Tiberias Cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a replica of the boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7). Nearby Tabgha is the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the five thousand. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). In Capernaum, Jesus performed many miracles and it was the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught and reflect on his teaching and preaching of the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:13, 23). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21) on three occasions. Get a taste of the local flavor when you enjoy lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz, in the Golan Heights. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and near where Peter made his great confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Your day ends at the River Jordan at the Yardenit Baptismal site. (B, L, D)

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Day 5: Tiberias - Tel Megiddo Bethlehem - Jerusalem Visit Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), the site of the final battle before the coming of the Messiah. In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2), enter the Church of the Nativity, the oldest continuously functioning church in the world. View the cave where Jesus was born. Stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared on that first Christmas night, spreading good tidings of great joy for all the people. Later, arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem. (B, D) Day 6: Jerusalem - Mount Zion - Ein Karem Your time in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Mount of Olives. Afterwards, visit the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the traditional site where Christ taught the Lord’s Prayer; its name refers to the “Our Father” prayer. Continue to the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Nearby is the Tomb of the Virgin Mary and the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Travel to Mount Zion and stand in the Upper Room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper (Mark 14). Then, continue to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist and the place to which Mary traveled to share her good news with Elizabeth. (B, D)

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Day 7: Jerusalem Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea to discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; visit Masada; and perhaps even float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. (B, D) Day 8: Jerusalem Your day begins at St. Stephen’s Gate where St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Continue to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place where the parents of the Blessed Mother lived. Visit the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic. Then, follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His crucifixion; pass by the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Next, visit the Western Wall of the Temple before stopping at the Garden Tomb, the possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and site of the resurrection of Jesus. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers to celebrate the end of this unforgettable and holy experience. (B, D)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Tel Aviv. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, you may require a very early morning departure from the hotel on the last day (Day 9). Travel distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport is approximately 1.5 hours (depending upon traffic conditions). Due to security checks, it is recommended that you arrive at Ben Gurion airport 3 hours prior to departure. In addition to Israel, this tour travels through the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

Our tour guide was especially good. The trip was planned so that we saw so many things, more than we even expected.

—Collette Traveler

Day 9: Jerusalem - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/596

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ISRAEL: PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

faith spiritual journey

9 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Jaffa • Caesarea • Nazareth • Cana • Tiberias • Sea of Galilee • Mount of Beatitudes • Capernaum • Church of the Transfiguration • Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • Jerusalem • Mount of Olives • Church of the Holy Sepulchre • Western Wall • Via Dolorosa • Celebrate Mass Daily

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before he was crucified. •• Celebrate daily Mass at several significant religious sites. •• Visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 7 dinners •• Get a taste of the local flavor when you enjoy lunch at a kibbutz.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv Days 3, 4 Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Tiberias Days 5 – 8 Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

On an inspirational journey through Israel, strengthen your faith and feel closer to God. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel to the Holy Land on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world. Day 2: Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 3: Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias Journey to the ancient port city of Jaffa for a leisurely stroll through the winding alleys of the historic area. Celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Church. Travel to the walled city and Roman ruins of Caesarea. It was here that St. Peter converted the first pagan, Centurion Cornelius, to become a Christian, and where St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Your day continues with a visit to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle, at a wedding feast where you can renew your marriage vows. Arrive in Tiberias for a 2-night stay. (B, D)

Day 4: Tiberias - Sea of Galilee - Tabgha Capernaum - Tiberias This morning enjoy a special treat when you take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where many of the apostles were fishermen and where Our Lord preached. Travel to nearby Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, built to commemorate the miraculous feeding of five thousand. Stop at the Mount of Beatitudes for a stunning view of the Sea of Galilee. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter where Our Lord appeared to the apostles after His resurrection. In Capernaum, visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house. Get a taste of the local flavor when you enjoy lunch at a communal settlement known as a kibbutz. Finally, visit Yardenit, the Jordan River baptismal site. (B, L, D) Day 5: Tiberias - Mount Tabor - Bethlehem - Jerusalem Travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed to Bethlehem and enjoy a stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared on the first Christmas night.

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Church of the Nativity

Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity, built on the birth site of Our Lord. Later, arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem. (B, D) Day 6: Jerusalem, the Old City Your visit to Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the traditional site where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer; its name refers to the “Our Father” prayer. Next, visit the Mount of Olives and the site where Our Lord wept over the city, now known as Dominus Flevit. Afterwards, visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Travel to Caiaphas’ Palace – known today as St. Peter in Gallicantu – where St. Peter once denied Our Lord in one of its courts. This afternoon, travel to Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of his birthplace, and celebrate Mass. (B, D) Day 7: Jerusalem Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea to discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; visit Masada; stop at AHAVA Visitors Center; and perhaps even float on

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the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Later today, gather with your fellow travelers to celebrate Mass. (B, D) Day 8: Jerusalem - Western Wall Enter the old city through St. Stephen’s Gate where St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Continue to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place where the parents of the Blessed Mother lived. Visit the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic, and see the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of His crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Walk through the Muslim, Christian and Jewish quarters to the Western Wall of the Temple. Then, follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His crucifixion. Next, visit the Church of the Dormition (commemorating Our Lady’s Assumption) and the nearby Hall of the Last Supper. In Jerusalem, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers to celebrate the end of this unforgettable and holy experience. (B, D) Day 9: Jerusalem - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B)

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January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 27 February 24 March 2, 9, 23, 25 April 18, 20, 25, 27

May 4, 13, 18, 20, 27 June 10, 17 July 22 August 26, 31 September 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 October 11, 12, 14, 17, 18 October 19, 21, 24, 25 October 26, 28, 31

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November 2, 4, 8, 9 November 11, 14, 16 December 2 January 20 February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 March 3, 10, 15, 17 April 7, 12, 14, 21, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Tel Aviv. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, you may require a very early morning departure from the hotel on the last day (Day 9). Travel distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport is approximately 1.5 hours (depending upon traffic conditions). Due to security checks, it is recommended that you arrive at Ben Gurion airport 3 hours prior to departure. In addition to Israel, this tour travels through the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

The boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and the sites in the old city of Jerusalem were the most memorable.

—Collette Traveler

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GREECE: THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL THE APOSTLE 11 DAYS • 20 MEALS FROM $3058 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Athens • Taverna Dinner Show • 3-Night Cruise • Mykonos • Ephesus • Patmos • Santorini • Thessaloniki • Kavala • Philippi • Meteora • Delphi • Corinth • The Acropolis

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Stop at two monasteries in Meteora and learn about the resident monks. •• See Mars Hill where Paul delivered his “Men of Athens” speech. •• Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, one of the finest museums of Byzantine art.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 8 dinners •• Feast on local Greek cuisine and fine wine in a traditional taverna.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, or Holiday Inn Attica, Athens Days 3 – 5 Olympia Celestyal Cruises Days 6, 7 Capsis Hotel, Thessaloniki Day 8

Famissi Eden, Kalambaka

Day 9 Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort, Arachova Day 10

Holiday Inn Attica, Athens

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Follow the path of Paul the Apostle as you discover natural beauty and ancient history on this Grecian sojourn. Day 1: Overnight Flight Paul the Apostle, the prolific writer of the New Testament letters, was one of the first Christian missionaries. Trace his journey through the ancient cities and pastoral countryside of Greece and Turkey. Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Athens, Greece’s lively capital. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic district – the Plaka – a lively historic neighborhood nestled at the foot of the Acropolis. Feast on local cuisine and enjoy fine wine in a traditional taverna while Greek entertainment creates a wonderful ambiance around you. (D) Day 3: Athens - Piraeus (Embarkation) Mykonos Embark on a wonderful 3-night cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily while on board. Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands, is your first stop. This charming, mountainous island is known for the hundreds of tiny chapels, whitewashed buildings and beautiful windmills that dot its landscape. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life

continues amidst the bustling activity. Enjoy free time to explore this island paradise. (B, L, D) Day 4: Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos, Greece Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi for an included excursion to the ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Paul the Apostle spent three years during his ministry and where its inhabitants were the recipients of Paul’s famous epistle. Visit the House of Mary, where she is said to have spent her last days. A visit to the ruins includes the Agora, the great theater, and the stadium where chariot races took place and gladiatorial combats were held. It is said that Paul himself fought here against wild beasts. Continue your cruise to Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean.” Visit the Monastery of John and the Cave of the Apocalypse where John the Evangelist, inspired by God, wrote the Book of Revelation during his exile. (B, L, D) Day 5: Heraklion (Crete) - Santorini Enjoy an excursion to the incredible open-air museum of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Then, during free time in Crete’s largest city, enjoy a variety of museums, shopping, or visit a nearby winery to sample traditional Greek wine. Later, arrive on the

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Join a local expert for a guided tour of this historic town featuring the archaeological site and monuments spanning the Ancient, Roman and Byzantine eras. See the dungeon where Paul was held prisoner and the site where he baptized Lydia, the first Christian in Europe. (B) Day 8: Thessaloniki - Meteora Kalambaka Proceed through the fertile Thessalian Valley – the “breadbasket” of Greece – to spectacular Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These dark, sandstone pinnacles rise abruptly from the plain of Thessaly, with six historic monasteries perched upon their peaks. Beginning in the 10th century, hermits, monks and ascetics sought solitude and spirtual solace in these dramatic crags. Visit two amazing Meteora monasteries which are renowned for their intricate construction and exquisite Byzantine art. Overnight in Kalambaka. (B, D)

fabled island of Santorini, known as the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Enjoy time at leisure to independently explore this lovely port or purchase a ship excursion from the cruise line. (B, L, D) Day 6: Piraeus - Disembark Cruise Ship - Thessaloniki After an early morning disembarkation, travel north. Make a picture stop at Thermopylae, famous for its heroic defense by Leonidas and his courageous Spartans against the Persian army. Your day ends in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Founded in 315 B.C., Thessaloniki was an early center for Christianity; it is where Paul visited and preached during the winters of A.D. 49-50 and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, one of the finest museums in the world devoted to Byzantine art and civilization with an impressive collection of many Byzantine and early Christian frescoes, icons and artifacts. (B, D) Day 7: Thessaloniki - Kavala Philippi - Thessaloniki Travel to the coastal town of Kavala where Paul, accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot on European soil. In nearby Philippi, Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, planting the seeds of Christianity.

Day 9: Kalambaka - Delphi Travel through scenic mountain terrain to Delphi, one of the most moving sites of the ancient world. Once considered the “navel of the world,” Delphi is nestled on the slopes of Mount Parnassus in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Pilgrims once came from all over the ancient world to consult its mysterious oracle. A guided tour takes you along the Sacred Way to see the Doric Temple and the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasuries, and the intriguing Archaeological Museum with its staggering collection of ancient artifacts including the 5th-century bronzed Charioteer. (B, D) Day 10: Delphi - Corinth - Athens Travel to Corinth where Paul wrote two epistles, lived and preached for two years. Explore ancient Corinth on a guided tour featuring the Agora, where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, and the Bema, where Paul was brought before the tribunal, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. In Athens, see the hill of Areopagus (Mars Hill) – where Paul delivered his famous “Men of Athens” speech – and visit the incomparable Acropolis. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a marvelous trip. (B, D) Day 11: Athens - Tour Ends Return home inspired by the incredible, soothing landscapes and the words and deeds of Paul the Apostle. (B)

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May 2020 - April 2021

March 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20 June 3, 10, 17 July 8, 22 August 26 September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4 March 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28

This trip requires a passport. Your cruise ship provides a “blanket visa” when visiting Ephesus, Turkey. There is no need for you to buy a Turkish visa as long as you travel with the group to/ from Ephesus. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Athens. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, a pre or post night may be required at an additional cost to you. Port taxes, service charges and fees of approximately $159 USD (subject to change without advance notice), quoted at time of booking, per person are included in the land-only tour cost. Single cabins, if confirmed, are higher. Order of ports may be changed by the cruise line. Cruise ships have a limited quantity of cabins available in each cabin category. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at the time of booking. If the cabin category preferred is not available at the time of booking, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply. Prior to full payment for the program, the cruise line reserves the right to impose a supplemental fuel charge. Should this occur, you will be notified of the additional charges. On Mykonos Island, round trip transfers by bus to/from the ship to/from Mykonos Town are included in the land price of the program. Many activities in this itinerary include walking on uneven terrain, or require significant walking at times. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate tour. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.

We enjoyed the trip and had a lot of fun and saw a part of the world that goes back to ancient times. —Collette Traveler

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SHRINES OF ITALY

faith spiritual journey

11 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $2299 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Rome • Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi • San Giovanni Rotondo • Tomb of Padre Pio • Abbey of Santissima Trinita • Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary • Vatican City • Papal Audience • Christian Rome City Tour • St. Mary Major • St. John in Lateran • St. Peter’s Basilica

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Spend time at the renowned Abbey of Montecassino, founded by St. Benedict. •• In Pompeii, visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary. •• Join a local expert for a fascinating tour of Assisi. St. Francis Basilica

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2 Cardinal Hotel St. Peter, Rome Days 3, 4

Hotel Cenacolo, Assisi

Days 5, 6 Hotel Parco delle Rose, San Giovanni Rotondo Day 7 Hotel Scapolatiello or Holiday Inn Salerno, Cava de Tirreni Days 8 – 10 Cardinal Hotel St. Peter, Rome

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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From the hallowed Basilica of St. Francis to the glorious Sistine Chapel, discover why Italy is a bastion of Catholicism. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel on an inspirational journey to some of the most fascinating religious sites and relics in the world. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. (D) Day 3: Rome - Assisi Travel north to Assisi and begin your tour at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St. Francis spent most of his life. Pause to reflect at the Chapel of the Porziuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint prayed. Later, have time at the Church of St. Clare, who founded the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild his church. Join a local expert for a fascinating tour of Assisi highlighting the huge 13thcentury basilica where you can see many of St. Francis’ possessions and a series of

frescoes depicting his life. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis this afternoon. (B, D) Day 4: Assisi - Optional Florence Excursion Enjoy a full day at leisure to independently explore historic Assisi. Or, join a full day optional excursion to Florence, the “Renaissance City,” where a local expert provides a leisurely paced walking tour featuring the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – one of the largest in the Christian world, and the Baptistery doors. You also view the Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy several hours at leisure in Florence before returning to Assisi. (B) Day 5: Assisi - Loreto - San Giovanni Rotondo Travel across the Apennine Mountains toward the Adriatic Coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto. Discover the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto where more than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage. You will celebrate Mass before continuing your journey to San

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and Campania to Cava de Tirreni. Be introduced to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. After a guided visit to the abbey you will have the option of celebrating Mass. (B, D) Day 8: Campania - Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary - Abbey of Montecassino - Rome Continue your travels to the town of Pompeii where you will visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity. Later, travel to Montecassino to discover the renowned abbey founded by St. Benedict in the 6th century A.D. This sacred place houses the relics of St. Benedict and his sister, Saint Scholastica. Montecassino also became famous during the battles that took place here during World War II, when the abbey was bombed and destroyed. End your day in Rome. (B)

Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio. (B, D) Day 6: San Giovanni Rotondo Monte Sant’ Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo Begin your day with a special visit to Monte Sant’ Angelo. Take in the stunning views of the Gargano Peninsula and explore one of the most celebrated shrines of early Christianity – the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Many popes and saints have knelt and prayed at this grotto, seeking the protection of Saint Michael. Later, return to San Giovanni Rotondo and celebrate Mass in the sanctuary of Padre Pio. This is followed by a tour of the sanctuary, including the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918, as well as Padre Pio’s tomb. Then, visit the new church dedicated in 2004 to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. You will also see the confessional where Padre Pio spent many hours directing pilgrims on their journey toward God. (B, D) Day 7: San Giovanni Rotondo - Abbey of Santissima Trinita Campania Journey through the picturesque landscape of the regions of Apulia

Day 9: Rome - Papal Audience This morning, attend the weekly Papal audience at Vatican City to receive the blessing given by His Holiness Pope Francis. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure. Perhaps you will go on an optional tour of Rome’s iconic sites, getting a glimpse into the “Eternal City” with visits to the Colosseum and St. Peter in Chains. (B) Day 10: Rome - Christian Rome City Tour - Vatican Museum Celebrate Mass in the morning before making your way to the catacombs, where early Christians hid and buried their dead. Visit St. Mary Major and St. John in Lateran – the former residence of the popes. Explore the Vatican Museum and view historical treasures, including the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s restored mural of the Last Judgment. End your visit to the Vatican in the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Feel the grace around you as you meander along the towering marble columns and stand in awe before Pietà, Michelangelo’s renowned sculpture. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy. (B, D)

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February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 11 March 24, 31 April 14, 21, 28

May 12, 19 June 16, 23 July 7, 21 August 25 September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 5, 6, 12, 13, 20

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October 26, 27 November 2, 3, 10 December 1 January 26 February 16, 23 March 9, 16, 23 April 6, 13, 20, 27

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Rome. Airport transfers are available for purchase. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

Our tour manager was very knowledgeable and shared her experiences with all on the tour. Sites visited were exceptional. —Collette Traveler

Day 11: Rome - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Rome. (B)

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SHRINES OF IRELAND

faith spiritual journey

NEW TOUR

9 DAYS • 11 MEALS FROM $2149 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Irish Night • St. Patrick’s Cathedral • Book of Kells • The St. Patrick Centre • Down Cathedral • Armagh • Westport • Marian Shrine of Knock • Croagh Patrick • Kylemore Abbey • Galway • Cliffs of Moher

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish song and dance. •• Enjoy a privately guided tour of the St. Patrick Centre in County Down. •• Take in unrivaled views as you cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher.

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS •• Visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. •• Join a local expert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. •• Celebrate mass at the Marian Shrine of Knock.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 4 dinners

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin Day 4

AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast

Days 5, 6 The Wyatt Hotel, Westport Days 7, 8 Clayton Hotel, Galway

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Connect with your faith on a poignant journey to Ireland’s holy shrines and famous sites. Day 1: Overnight Flight From the famed Book of Kells to the Marian Shrine of Knock, discover the spiritually revered sites of the Emerald Isle. Make your way through Dublin, Belfast, Westport and Galway to experience Ireland’s religious heritage, rich history, and natural beauty. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Arrive in the “Fair City” of Dublin, Ireland’s historic capital city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an evening of traditional Irish music and local cuisine. (D) Day 3: Dublin Begin the morning with Mass before joining your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Dublin. See the lively O’Connell and Grafton streets, Phoenix Park and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Feel the spiritual magnitude of the 11th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral – the spiritual heart of the city – when a local expert details the rich history of this iconic building. Your tour continues on the grounds of Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. As one of the most famous religious

masterpieces of the medieval world, stand in awe before this ornate Latin gospel. With the remainder of the day at leisure, relax or explore the cultural and spiritual offerings of Dublin on your own. (B) Day 4: Dublin - Downpatrick - Belfast, Northern Ireland Depart Dublin for “Saint Patrick’s country.” Feel the past come to life at the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick. On a privately guided tour, gain a glimpse into the history of Ireland’s patron saint. Learn the story of his death as you explore St. Patrick’s first Irish church at Saul. The legend continues with a visit to the medieval Down Cathedral, the burial place of St. Patrick. A site of meditation and worship, this cathedral has become a symbol of the Irish people’s deep connection to their religious past and Celtic roots. Make your way to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city. (B) Day 5: Belfast - Armagh - Westport, Ireland Your journey takes you to the town of Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both

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Kylemore Abbey

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the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Discover the Armagh Cathedral, destroyed and rebuilt over ten times since its initial founding in the 5th century by St. Patrick. Wind your way through a patchwork of green to the charming coastal town of Westport, settling in for a relaxing 2-night stay. (B, D) Day 6: Westport - Marian Shrine of Knock - Westport Relish in the chance to worship at the Marian Shrine of Knock. On this site in 1879, fifteen witnesses saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin with St. John and St. Joseph. This revered spot is visited by 1.5 million pilgrims each year, including Pope St. John Paul II in 1979 on the 100th anniversary and Mother Teresa in 1993 to pray. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Westport to explore the town’s quaint shops, historic pubs, and award-winning restaurants. (B) Day 7: Westport - Croagh Patrick Kylemore Abbey - Galway Start the day at Croagh Patrick, St. Patrick’s holy mountain. In the 5th century, St. Patrick fasted for forty days on this mountain’s iconic summit. Set off for Kylemore Abbey, a stunning Benedictine monastery

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established in 1920 by nuns fleeing Belgium during World War I. Explore the Abbey and its historic Victorian Walled Garden, restored by the Benedictine community. Your day comes to a close in Galway, Ireland’s historic “City of Tribes.” (B, D) Day 8: Galway - Cliffs of Moher Galway After morning Mass, get to know the city of Galway on a guided tour. Explore the city’s winding lanes and historic Erye Square, taking in the energy and excitement of colorful shops and historic pubs that Galway is known for. Leave the city behind and travel along stunning vistas and rolling hills on the Wild Atlantic Way. Board a ferry and take in unrivaled views as you sail beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher. This evening, return to Galway and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to celebrate your spiritual journey through the Emerald Isle. (B, D)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Dublin. Between April and October, our air passengers will depart from Shannon airport. Between November and March, our air passengers will depart from Dublin airport, which may require an early morning transfer. Return flights from Dublin airport should not be booked prior to 11AM. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Mass times and locations are subject to change.

Day 9: Galway - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close today, leaving you with the spiritual reverence of Ireland in your heart forever. (B) For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/474

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SHRINES OF FRANCE

faith spiritual journey

NEW TOUR

11 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $2599 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Paris • Seine River • Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal • Notre Dame Cathedral • Sacre-Coeur • Lisieux • Basilica of St. Thérèse • Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres • International Stained Glass Center • Nevers • Paray-le-Monial • Lyon • Bouchon Dinner • La Salette • Avignon • Carcassonne • Lourdes

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Admire the city of Paris on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the River Seine. •• Join the Marian Procession at the Sanctuary of Lourdes on both nights during your stay. •• Worship at La Salette – one of the most stunning pilgrimage sites in all of France.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Discover Lyon’s

cobblestone streets with a local guide or make your way through the Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse food market for tastings. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Experience Lyon’s traditional cuisine with dinner at a local bouchon. •• Dine at a local Parisian bistro.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel, Paris Day 4 Le Grand Hôtel de l’Espérance or Hotel Mercure Lisieux Normandie, Lisieux Day 5

Hotel Kyriad, Nevers

Days 6, 7 Hôtel Charlemagne, Lyon Day 8

Avignon Grand Hôtel, Avignon

Days 9, 10 Hotel Mercure Impérial, Lourdes

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Feel the irresistible spirit of France on a pilgrimage to the country’s holiest sites and most revered shrines. Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to France, a country where everlasting faith coincides with age-old history. Start your spiritual journey in Paris, the gateway to the country’s most revered sacred sites. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins Your introduction to France begins in beautiful Paris. Unpack for a 2-night stay in the heart of the city before enjoying a sightseeing cruise along the Seine River, taking in the shining “City of Light” from the river. Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner at a Parisian bistro. (D) Day 3: Paris Start your day at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré and requested the creation of the Miraculous Medal. Attend Mass before continuing on a panoramic tour of the city. Pause at Notre Dame Cathedral, an aweinspiring medieval marvel that has served as a religious icon for centuries. Admire the city’s most famous sights including Les Invalides, the Paris Opera House, the Louvre, and Concorde Square. Visit Sacre-Coeur, a

basilica perched upon a hill in Montmartre, and explore the sacred halls while admiring unparalleled views of the city below. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to the Louvre, where an expert guide takes you through the museum’s religious art. (B) Day 4: Paris - Lisieux Depart Paris for Lisieux. This holy town was the home of St. Thérèse, the “Little Flower” – a modern saint known for her eternal love of humanity through her work of the Lord. Discover the city with a local guide who will highlight the life of the young 19th-century saint. Explore the Carmelite convent, where Thérèse became a nun at the age of 15. Then, visit Les Buissonets, St. Thérèse’s family home, to get a glimpse into the teenage saint’s upbringing. Continue on to the Basilica of St. Thérèse to attend Mass in the crypt – a beautifully adorned room of marble and mosaics. Enjoy French cuisine at a charming local restaurant before settling into your hotel. (B, D) Day 5: Lisieux - Chartres - Nevers Travel to Chartres and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (UNESCO), a towering

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Day 7: Lyon  Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, a towering citadel overlooking the city of Lyon. Then it’s your choice! Explore Old Lyon’s cobblestone streets with a local guide -OR- make your way through the Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse food market for tastings of local delicacies. With the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps you will join an optional tour to Ars and visit the Shrine dedicated to St. Jean Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars and patron saint of the priesthood. (B) Day 8: Lyon - La Salette - Avignon Your path continues to La Salette, where you’ll stand in awe before the stone basilica reaching for the heavens among the surrounding mountains. The cathedral was built to honor the site where two French children received a vision and message from the Virgin Mary, serving as a pilgrimage in the modern day. After Mass, enjoy time at leisure to explore this revered area. This afternoon, travel to Avignon (UNESCO), a fortress city along the Rhône that served as the seat of the papacy in the 1300s. (B)

Gothic cathedral believed to be the home of the Virgin Mary’s veil. After your visit to the cathedral, enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own. Then, see the science behind the artistry of church windows at the International Stained Glass Center, providing insight into the techniques used for age-old cathedrals and contemporary buildings. Your journey takes you to Nevers, the final resting place of St. Bernadette. Displayed in a glass tomb, kneel in prayer before the preserved saint. (B, D) Day 6: Nevers - Paray-le-Monial Lyon Begin the morning on a spiritual journey with a local guide and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. A native of Lourdes, St. Bernadette interacted with apparitions of the Virgin Mary from the age of 14. This afternoon, arrive in Paray-le-Monial, where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received messages from Jesus Christ. Visit the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret. Make your way to Lyon and experience the city’s traditional cuisine. Enjoy dinner at a bouchon – a local restaurant that highlights why the city is the gastronomical capital of France. (B, D)

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Day 9: Avignon - Carcassonne Lourdes Make your way to Carcassonne (UNESCO), a storybook brought to life replete with drawbridges, towers and cobblestone streets. Step back to medieval times on an independent exploration of this breathtaking city. As the afternoon sun starts to head toward the horizon, make your way to Lourdes, a humble town that draws visitors from every corner of the world. Nestled against the Pyrenees Mountains, Lourdes is the site of 18 miraculous appearances by the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette. After dinner, join the Marian Procession at the Sanctuary, where verses of Ave Maria and the Holy Rosary drift over the candle-lit crowd. (B, D)

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$2599 $3199

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Prices based on November 4, 2020 departure.

September 2020 – April 2021 September 2, 9

October 14, 21 November 4

March 10 April 21, 28

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Paris and depart from Toulouse. All of our transfers will depart from Lourdes to Toulouse Airport. Airport transfers are available for purchase. In Lourdes, there is a candlelight procession every night at 9:00 p.m. and a procession for the sick every day at 3:00 p.m. (available only from Easter through the end of October). Mass is subject to availability and may not be offered in English. Due to transfer scheduling, flights on the last day of your tour should be scheduled after 10:30 a.m.

Day 10: Lourdes After morning Mass, embark on a walking tour of the city with an expert guide. Recount the life of St. Bernadette, including her birthplace and baptismal font. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the legendary town as you wish, and feel the town’s resilient faith and undeniable spirit. This evening, relish in another opportunity to join the Sanctuary’s procession. Reflect on your poignant journey and gather for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D) Day 11: Lourdes - Tour Ends Depart for home, carrying your spiritual journey within your heart. (B)

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PILGRIMAGE TO FÁTIMA & LOURDES WITH BARCELONA

faith spiritual journey

10 DAYS • 16 MEALS FROM $1999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Fátima • Aljustrel • Valinhos • Cathedral of Burgos • Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas • Lourdes • Grotto of Massabielle • Carcassonne • Barcelona • La Sagrada Família

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Worship in the most revered basilicas of Fátima and Lourdes. •• Spend time at the magnificent Cathedral of Burgos.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 7 dinners •• Gather for a memorable farewell dinner in Barcelona. •• Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel de Fátima, Fátima Days 4, 5 Hotel Almirante Bonifaz, Burgos Days 6, 7 Mercure Impérial Hotel, Lourdes Days 8, 9 Evenia Rosselló Hotel, Barcelona

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Fátima Shrine

Travel to some of the world’s most revered pilgrimage centers and experience the cultures and beauty of Portugal, France, and Spain. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel overnight to Portugal, one of Europe’s most hospitable countries. Here, you can enjoy a superb climate, historic sites and beautiful scenery. Day 2: Fátima, Portugal - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Fátima, Portugal’s worldfamous religious center. (D) Day 3: Fátima - Aljustrel - Fátima You may celebrate Mass before traveling to the original town of Fátima and the parish church where the children Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia were baptized. Continue on to Aljustrel, where the children lived, and view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos. Later, return to Fátima to enjoy free time for personal worship and to explore the basilica and its grounds. (B, D) Day 4: Fátima - Burgos, Spain Attend a morning Mass before traveling east to Burgos, known as the cradle of the Castile region. Situated on the Pilgrim’s Road, Burgos stands on the banks of the

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Río Arlanzón with the slender, elegant spires of its famous cathedral rising into the sky. Mass is available this evening. (B, D) Day 5: Burgos Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Burgos’ beautiful medieval town center. Spend time at the Cathedral of Burgos, a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, offers such masterpieces as the filigree work in the spires of the towers; the starry dome; the choir; the sarcophagi and the golden staircase. Next, visit the 12thcentury Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas. Founded as a Royal Pantheon and a spiritual retreat for society ladies and royalty, the complex consists of the church, monastery and the enclosed premises of the Cistercian nuns. Mass is available this evening. (B, D) Day 6: Burgos - Lourdes, France Today, travel northeast through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lourdes. This is

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Lourdes, France

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where the Virgin Mary appeared in the Grotto of Massabielle to the poor shepherd girl, Bernadette, for a total of 18 times between February 11 and July 16, 1858. Since then, this little market town has been a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Tonight you may wish to partake in a candlelight procession. (B, D) Day 7: Lourdes After morning Mass, enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette: the “Boly Mill” (site of the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the “Cachot,” and the parish church housing the baptismal font of St. Bernadette. Later, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town’s rich historical and natural heritage. Become immersed in the atmosphere that reigned during the apparitions and revel in the spirit of brotherhood that is still present today. (B, L, D) Day 8: Lourdes - Carcassonne Barcelona, Spain Celebrate Mass before your journey through southern France’s Pyrenees to historic Carcassonne. Feel as though you’ve traveled back in time as you explore this well-preserved

medieval city on your own. Later, cross back into Spain and travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. (B) Day 9: Barcelona Celebrate Mass at the crypt of La Sagrada Família, followed by a visit to the elaborate, expansive basilica. Once completed, Gaudi’s masterpiece will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Later, get to know more of the city’s treasures, including views of Antoni Gaudi’s Milà House (UNESCO), the Columbus Monument and Parc de Montjuïc. Spend this afternoon at leisure exploring the city further or choose an optional excursion to the quaint mountain village of Montserrat. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a dinner celebrating the end of a memorable tour. (B, D) Day 10: Barcelona - Tour Ends Return home eager to share vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage. (B)

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DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$1999 $2399

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Prices based on October 25, 2020 departure.

February – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

February 2, 16 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 17 June 7 July 19 August 23, 30 September 5, 6, 13, 20 October 4, 17, 18, 25 November 7, 8

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

December 6 January 31 February 28 March 7, 14 April 4, 11, 25

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Lisbon and depart from Barcelona. All of our transfers will depart from Lisbon airport for Fátima. Travel time from Lisbon to Fátima is approximately 90 minutes. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 2:00 p.m. Mass is subject to availability and may not be offered in English. In Fátima and Lourdes, there is a candlelight procession every night at 9:00 p.m. and a procession for the sick every day at 3:00 p.m. (available from Easter through the end of October). On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

My wife had always wanted to go to Fátima and this tour was perfect. With knowledgeable guides and perfect hotels, we were able to visit the shrines and have Mass every day in locations I could not have imagined.

—Collette Traveler

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PILGRIMAGE TO PORTUGAL, SPAIN & FRANCE

faith spiritual journey

12 DAYS • 19 MEALS FROM $2349 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Fátima • Aljustrel • Valinhos • Porto • Santiago de Compostela • Cathedral of Burgos • Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas • Lourdes • Grotto of Massabielle • Carcassone • Barcelona • La Sagrada Família

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Worship in the most revered basilicas of Fátima and Lourdes. •• Spend time at the magnificent Cathedral of Burgos. •• Explore the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela with a local guide.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 10 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 8 dinners •• Gather for a memorable farewell dinner in Barcelona. •• Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Hotel de Fátima, Fátima Days 4, 5 Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago, Santiago de Compostela Days 6, 7 Hotel Almirante Bonifaz, Burgos Days 8, 9 Mercure Imperial Hotel, Lourdes Days 10, 11 Evenia Rossello Hotel, Barcelona

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Discover the world’s most revered pilgrimage sites and experience the cultures and beauty of Portugal, Spain and France. Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel overnight to Portugal. Enjoy a superb climate, historic sites and beautiful scenery. Day 2: Fátima, Portugal - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Fátima, Portugal’s worldfamous religious center. (D) Day 3: Fátima - Aljustrel - Fátima You may celebrate Mass before traveling to the original town of Fátima and the parish church where the children Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia were baptized. Continue on to Aljustrel, where the children lived, and view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos. Later, return to Fátima to enjoy free time for personal worship and to explore the basilica and its grounds. (B, D) Day 4: Fátima - Porto - Santiago de Compostela, Spain Make your way to Porto. Join a local expert on a tour through the city’s historic center (UNESCO), highlighting the cathedral of Porto. See the imposing 18th-century Clérigos Tower, the impressive Dona Maria Pia Bridge, and the medieval quarter. Continue on to Santiago de Compostela; the pilgrim city where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was discovered. Explore one of

the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. (B, D) Day 5: Santiago de Compostela Learn about the “Way of St. James” from a local expert and find out why hundreds of pilgrims walk here daily. Explore the world-famous cathedral, adorned with an ensemble of towers, arches and windows. Gather as a group to celebrate Mass. Discover Praça do Obradoiro, a monumental square of pure grandeur and home to some of Europe’s finest historical buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B) Day 6: Santiago de Compostela - Burgos Travel east to Burgos. Situated on the Pilgrim’s Road, Burgos stands on the banks of the Rio Arlanzón with the slender, elegant spires of its famous cathedral rising into the sky. Mass is available this evening. (B, D) Day 7: Burgos Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Burgos’ medieval town center. Spend time at the Cathedral of Burgos (UNESCO), a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture. The cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, offers masterpieces such as the spires of the

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Fátima Shrine Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes

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towers; the starry dome; the sarcophagi and the golden staircase. Next, visit the 12th-century Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas. Founded as a Royal Pantheon and a spiritual retreat, the complex consists of the church, monastery and the enclosed premises of the Cistercian nuns. Mass is available this evening. (B, D) Day 8: Burgos - Lourdes, France Travel through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lourdes. This is where the Virgin Mary appeared in the Grotto of Massabielle to the poor shepherd girl, Bernadette, for a total of 18 times in 1858. Since then, this little market town has been a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Tonight you may wish to partake in a candlelight procession. (B, D) Day 9: Lourdes After morning Mass, enjoy a walking tour, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette: the “Boly Mill” (site of the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the “Cachot,” and the parish church housing the baptismal font of St. Bernadette. Later, enjoy time at leisure to explore the town’s rich heritage. Become immersed in the atmosphere and revel in the spirit of brotherhood that is still present today. (B, L, D)

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Day 10: Lourdes - Carcassone Barcelona, Spain Celebrate Mass before your journey through southern France’s Pyrenees to historic Carcassone. Feel as though you’ve traveled back in time as you explore this well-preserved medieval city on your own. Later, cross back into Spain and travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. (B) Day 11: Barcelona Celebrate Mass at the crypt of La Sagrada Família, followed by a visit to the elaborate, expansive basilica. Once completed, Gaudi’s masterpiece will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Later, get to know more of the city’s treasures, including views of Antoni Gaudi’s Milà House (UNESCO), the Columbus Monument and Parc de Montjuïc. Spend this afternoon at leisure or choose an optional excursion to the quaint mountain village of Montserrat. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a dinner celebrating the end of a memorable tour. (B, D) Day 12: Barcelona - Tour Ends Return home eager to share memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with a diverse cultural heritage. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

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$2349 $2849

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Prices based on March 19, 2021 departure.

March – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

March 20 April 17

May 22 June 26 August 7

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

September 25 March 19 April 16

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Lisbon and depart from Barcelona. All of our transfers will depart from Lisbon airport for Fátima. Travel time from Lisbon to Fátima is approximately 90 minutes. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Mass is subject to availability and may not be offered in English. In Fátima and Lourdes, there is a candlelight procession every night at 9:00 p.m. and a procession for the sick every day at 3:00 p.m. (available from Easter through the end of October). Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights should arrive prior to 2:00 p.m.

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OBERAMMERGAU

Passion Play 2020 You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-decade experience! Nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, less than a two-hour drive from Munich, the quaint village of Oberammergau is one of Europe’s most unique destinations. Every ten years, this town draws visitors from across the globe as host to what is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The Passion Play, an epic event that traces Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, is a moving feast of drama and music. In 1633 soldiers returning home from the Thirty Years War brought with them the Black Plague. After much death and suffering, leaders of the community in Oberammergau came together, pledging to hold a play honoring the life of Christ every ten years. From that day forward, no additional villagers perished from the plague. The event continues today with performers all native to the village. When you choose one of our special departures that includes the Passion Play, you’ll receive your ticket and stay right in Oberammergau at a hotel conveniently located near the auditorium. The auditorium where the play will be held offers comfortable seats set on an incline, providing everyone with a good view. During a break in the performance, you’ll join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. This powerful play is not to be missed.

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LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Several of our Oberammergau tours have already sold out, but you can still see this poignant play on the following tours:

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Imperial Cities (pg. 232) Exploring the Alpine Countries (pg. 234) Germany’s Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road (pg. 236) Switzerland and Germany (pg. 238)

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Join Collette for the 2020 Passion Play Join Collette in 2020 and witness what is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. Over the decades, Collette has brought thousands of guests to Germany to enjoy this once in a decade event. Building on years of experience, our team has carefully crafted tour itineraries showcasing the must-see European destinations and the epic Passion Play which depicts the life and death of Jesus Christ.

The Passion Play with Collette 3 We are the #1 Passion Play tour company 3 We had one of the largest allocations of tickets in 2010 3 Our tours visit Oberammergau every year so we really know the village and its residents 3 Our tours feature 4 star accommodations (according to local German standards)

3 Our seating options are among the best available (category 1 and 2) 3 Our experience speaks for itself with 100 years as a touring specialist 3 We are one of the industry’s oldest and most trusted travel companies 3 Even with Collette, tickets are limited

Our 2020 Passion Play tours

Personalize Your Adventure

We have a variety of itineraries which combine the performance of the Passion Play and Oberammergau with some of our most popular tours. These showcase the highlights of the region, maximizing your travel time.

Everyone’s road is different and that’s why this year, Collette is introducing It’s Your Choice, so you can tailor your tour exactly the way you want it. Many of our itineraries now feature different paths you can take. On select days, choose from the INCLUDED possibilities that best suit your interests.

100 Years of Experience As North America’s most experienced tour operator, we have built relationships all over the world. Our knowledge and connections allow us to pass the value on to you.

With you every step of the way Every Collette tour is escorted by one of our experienced tour managers. Part tour guide, part confidant, part concierge, and part friend, they are with you throughout your tour. Drawing on their own rich backgrounds and extensive training, they enhance each journey. Whether it’s with a bit of historical information, suggesting a special local restaurant or sharing a laugh, these travel aficionados are at your service.

Private Sedan Service Open your tour the right way and leave the hassle of getting to the airport behind. Enjoy roundtrip home to airport sedan service*. It’s the perfect way to begin (and end) your journey.

“ We were picked up at our home in a sedan with a professional driver and brought home the same way. We felt well cared for and would use Collette again. ” - Jenny L.

*Valid on air-inclusive bookings. Not valid on group travel. Included in many U.S. cities within a 50 mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. Service is available between 51 and 75 miles for a small fee. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. For parties of 3 or more, alternate vehicles may be used. Other restrictions may apply; call for details.

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VISITING: HUNGARY - SLOVAKIA - AUSTRIA - CZECH REPUBLIC - GERMANY

Imperial Cities with the Oberammergau Passion Play

Starting at $4199* Departures May – September 2020

11 Day tour. Includes 16 meals and Category 1 Oberammergau Passion Play ticket

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VISITING: HUNGARY - SLOVAKIA - AUSTRIA - CZECH REPUBLIC - GERMANY

© Oberammergau and the Passion Play 2010 - Way of the cross

Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial Cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment and the stunning Passion Play.

Planned tour itinerary DAY 1 Overnight Flight DAY 2 Budapest, Hungary - Tour Begins Welcome to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s welcome dinner. (D) DAY 3 Budapest Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, see the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904, which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. (B) DAY 4 Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia Vienna, Austria This morning we journey to Bratislava, the former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get to know the city’s history on an expert led tour. A scenic ride through the countryside takes you into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tonight, enjoy dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine of the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing. (B, D) DAY 5 Vienna This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue to Vienna’s city center. En route, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. End your day with an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers — Mozart and Strauss. (B) DAY 6 Vienna - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Prague Depart Vienna, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Continue to the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. During some free time you may explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture. Arrive in Prague, also known as “The Golden City” and “The City of a Hundred Spires.” (B, D)

DAY 7 Prague Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Next, explore the majestic Hradcany Castle, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Then we stroll down the quaint, colorful Golden Lane. Discover the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon enjoy time to relax or explore independently. Perhaps you’ll shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present. (B)

Tour highlights Include 3 Enjoy a visit to the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov 3 Explore Prague’s majestic Hradcany Castle 3 Visit the magnificent Shoenbrunn Palace in Vienna 3 Discover Bratislava’s history with a local expert 3 Experience the epic Passion Play Pricing Conditions: *per person, double, land only

DAY 8 Prague - Oberammergau, Germany Travel the Czech countryside to Bavaria, Germany. Proceed to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, beautifully situated in the Bavarian Alps. (B, D) DAY 9 Oberammergau - Passion Play This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D) DAY 10 Oberammergau - Munich Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park; the world-famous Glockenspiel; and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy leisure time to explore fascinating Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D) DAY 11 Munich - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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VISITING: AUSTRIA - GERMANY - SWITZERLAND

Exploring the Alpine Countries with the Oberammergau Passion Play

Starting at $5149* Departures May – September 2020

13 Day tour. Includes 19 meals and Category 1 Oberammergau Passion Play ticket

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VISITING: AUSTRIA - GERMANY - SWITZERLAND

Discover storybook castles and glittering palaces amidst stunning Alpine vistas as you explore Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and experience the epic Passion Play.

Planned tour itinerary DAY 1 Overnight Flight DAY 2 Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Vienna. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Enjoy regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine of the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing. (D)

the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 Vienna Begin your day with a locally guided tour of Vienna showcasing its architectural marvels. Visit the incredible Schoenbrunn Palace and see the impressive St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to independently explore the avenues of Vienna or visit one of its many museums. (B)

DAY 8 Oberammergau - Black Forest Today fairy tales become reality at a picture stop of Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Next you are off to the heart of the stunning Black Forest, a region famous for its artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings. (B, D)

DAY 4 Vienna - Salzburg After a short journey through the countryside, enjoy a lovely cruise along the Danube, one of Europe’s most important waterways. Later, make a stop at the Benedictine Melk Abbey before continuing to the musical city of Salzburg. Tonight, sit down for a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 9 Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland Welcome to Switzerland! Your first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Château de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn from Tasch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air. (B, D)

DAY 5 Salzburg Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the amazing sights you will see along the way include the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. (B) DAY 6 Salzburg - Munich, Germany Oberammergau Today we travel to Germany. In Munich, feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Later we arrive at our home for the next two nights — the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play. (B, D) DAY 7 Oberammergau - Passion Play This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance,

© Oberammergau and the Passion Play 2010 - Last supper

Tour highlights include 3 Embark on a cruise along the Danube River 3 Experience the Passion Play in Oberammergau 3 Visit Vienna and its incredible Schoenbrunn Palace 3 Make a stop at the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey Pricing Conditions: *per person, double, land only

DAY 10 Zermatt Today Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour. Or, experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum to learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B) DAY 11 Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snowcapped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” (B) DAY 12 Lucerne This morning, embark on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore all Lucerne has to offer. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a memorable trip. (B, D) DAY 13 Lucerne - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Lucerne. (B)

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Germany’s Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road with the Oberammergau Passion Play

Starting at $4999* Departures May – September 2020

13 Day tour. Includes 19 meals and Category 1 Oberammergau Passion Play ticket

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VISITING: GERMANY

This enchanting journey offers the best of Germany. Travel to some of the country’s most iconic cities, view its stunning countryside and experience the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.

Planned tour itinerary DAY 1 Overnight Flight DAY 2 Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Berlin. This city blends a deep history, a modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) DAY 3 Berlin This morning enjoy a traditional city tour that features Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfuerstendamm, the Reichstag building and a stop at “Checkpoint Charlie,” the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. (B) DAY 4 Berlin - Lübeck - Hamburg Your destination is Hamburg with its winding canals and impressive harbor that have made it a center of trade for centuries. En route, make a stop in the medieval Hanseatic League town of Lübeck, the famed birthplace of marzipan and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join a local guide for a tour of the town and have a chance to visit Café Niederegger to shop for the marzipan they have been making for 200 years. Arrive in Hamburg. Tonight, enjoy dinner out on the town. (B, D) DAY 5 Hamburg Come to know the city on a panoramic tour that showcases the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Alster, St. Michaelis Church, the city center, the beautiful Jungfernstieg promenade and, of course, the port of Hamburg - dubbed the “gateway to the world.” Later, it’s your choice! Board a harbor boat for a narrated cruise around the massive Hamburg shipping port highlighting the key maritime sights - OR embark on a relaxing boat cruise on Alster Lake to take in stunning views of the shoreline dotted with the homes of Hamburg’s elite. Later we gather for a walking tour of the Reeperbahn area, Hamburg’s red light district, immortalized as the place where the Beatles cultivated their fame in the early 1960s. Join in the fun with your “singing and ukulele playing local Beatles expert” and travel down memory lane. (B) DAY 6 Hamburg - Bremen - Hamelin Today’s first stop is in Bremen, at the beginning of the Fairy Tale Road. Join a local guide for a walking tour of this quaint town featuring the musicians of Brothers Grimm fame, the Town Hall (UNESCO), and the medieval Schnoor district. Later, travel to Hamelin, made famous by the Pied Piper legend from the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Feel like you have stepped into a storybook when the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” plays delightful tunes while he leads you on a discovery walk through Hamelin with its charming Tudor-style architecture. (B) DAY 7 Hamelin - Trendelburg and Sababurg Castles - Kassel - Marburg This morning you are transported back to childhood as you come face to face with the real life places that inspired the fairy tale classics. First, meet a local storyteller at the famed “Rapunzel’s Castle” – Trendelburg. Continue on to Reinhardswald, home to Sleeping Beauty’s castle – Sababurg. Have time to explore the enchanting grounds before traveling to Kassel, home to the Brothers Grimm Museum. At the museum, an expert will lead you on a tour through the interactive displays that bring you through the life of the Grimm brothers. Journey to the medieval university town of Marburg with its endless alleys and stairways that lead to the castle perched above. (B, D)

DAY 8 Marburg - Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Journey to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located in the middle of the famous Romantic Road and in the heart of the Franconia wine region. En route, make a stop in Würzburg, a Bavarian wine town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. Enjoy time to explore the town on your own before continuing to Rothenburg, located high on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Arrive at your city center hotel, the perfect location to discover this captivating town. Take an evening stroll to a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local wines followed by a traditional German dinner. Later, join a colorfully costumed local expert for the famous “Night Watchman” walking tour of this medieval town. (B, D) DAY 9 Rothenburg ob der Tauber It’s your choice! Join in a walk to a local bakery to make “schneeball” pastries – snowballs – a favorite treat of the locals! - OR - tour the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum. Later we gather to spend time at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum where you will be treated to a private tour, enjoy an ornament-making demonstration and shop for handmade Christmas ornaments. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B) DAY 10 Rothenburg ob der Tauber Neuschwanstein Castle - Oberammergau Today we make our way through mountains and along winding country roads for a tour inside the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by the “crazy” King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Next, continue to the quaint, picturesque village of Oberammergau. (B, D)

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DAY 11 Oberammergau - Passion Play This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D) DAY 12 Oberammergau - Munich Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel; and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy time to explore Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of your memorable trip. (B, D) DAY 13 Munich - Tour Ends This morning your tour comes to a close. (B)

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Switzerland and Germany with the Oberammergau Passion Play

Starting at $3999* Departures May – September 2020

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VISITING: SWITZERLAND - GERMANY

©Passionsspiele Oberammergau 2010

Tour highlights include

Experience the grand cities of Europe’s Alpine region and enjoy a performance of the Oberammergau’s legendary Passion Play.

3 Experience the powerful Oberammergau Passion Play, a once-in-a-decade event. 3 Admire the art of cuckoo clock making in the heart of the Black Forest. 3 Step inside Switzerland’s most visited historic monument: Château de Chillon. Pricing Conditions: *per person, double, land only

Planned tour itinerary DAY 1 Overnight Flight Set out to explore two distinct Alpine cultures and experience the epic Oberammergau Passion Play. DAY 2: Oberammergau, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) DAY 3: Oberammergau - Passion Play This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D) DAY 4: Oberammergau - Black Forest Visit the Church of Wies and its miraculous figure of the Scourged Savior, said to have shed tears during prayer in the 18th century. Today, fairy tales become reality at a picture stop of Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Next, you are off to the heart of the stunning Black Forest, a region famous for its artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings. (B, D)

DAY 5: Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland Welcome to Switzerland! Your first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Château de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn from Täsch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air. (B, D) DAY 6: Zermatt Today Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum to learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B) DAY 7: Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snowcapped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” (B) DAY 8: Lucerne This morning, embark on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently all Lucerne has to offer. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties, and toast the end of a memorable trip. (B, D) DAY 9: Lucerne - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Lucerne. (B)

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Machu Picchu, Peru

africa

australia & new zealand

TIPS

For the best sights of Victoria Falls, visit them in June and July. If your clients are animal lovers, the massive wildebeest migrations happen from July through October.

If your clients love Australia, book them to go in November, when the weather is the best on the east coast and in the Outback. New Zealand has beautiful weather from September to April.

LET YOUR clients KNOW

While Africa is typically known for its warm weather, the evenings can bring very cool temperatures. Be sure to pack a few layers so you can dress appropriately.

In New Zealand, jade is a significant stone for the indigenous Maori people who call it ‘pounamu.’ Maori jade carvings take on many different meanings.

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exotics south and central america & antarctica • africa • asia • australia & new zealand

EXOTICS

asia

south & central america

antarctica

Tours in Asia might seem intimidating for travelers who are less experienced. Remind them that they’ll have an experienced Tour Manager, who will be there to translate, guide, and help.

Destinations here are perfect for clients who are looking for cultural immersion, and for nature. Many of our tours have travelers meeting the locals, or going out to experience the flora and fauna.

Antarctica is the last frontier for any client looking to see all seven continents. We partner with National Geographic for a tour that’s perfect for the most adventurous travelers.

While visiting sacred sites (like temples) in Asia, it’s sometimes required to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and your legs and to remove your shoes and socks.

Peru offers many handicraft markets – look for Andean textiles like blankets, ponchos and shawls.

Our Antarctic voyage keeps a flexible schedule (daily activities are contingent on weather conditions) to take advantage of the unexpected. With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the make the most of travelers’ days with daily explorations.

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PERU: FROM LIMA TO LAKE TITICACA 10 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $2899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Sacred Valley of the Incas • Local Andean Cultures • Ollantaytambo Ruins • Home-Hosted Lunches • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Lake Titicaca • Uros Floating Islands

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Explore the colorful markets of Peru, including the famous Pisac village market. •• Discover the artist’s techniques and designs at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Discover the sacred ruins

of Sacsayhuaman Fortress or embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS

EXOTICS

•• 9 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 4 dinners •• Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel at the base of Machu Picchu. •• Delight in a home hosted farmto-table lunch at a local Quechua community.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2 El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton, Lima Days 3, 4 Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, Yucay Day 5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes Days 6, 7 Hilton Garden Inn, Cuzco Days 8, 9 Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno

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From the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the magical wonders of Peru are waiting behind every corner. Day 1: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Arrive late this evening in Lima, the “City of Kings.” Day 2: Lima Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life. See the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores. Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Featuring artfully crafted Peruvian dishes, the meal will give you a taste of why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food travel destination. (B, D) Day 3: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca

civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. While en route to your hotel, explore different towns in the valley, each a representation of the region’s unique culture. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle into your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B) Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist’s techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with

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Aguas Calientes on your own. Return to the Sacred Valley by Vistadome train. Upon arriving in Cuzco, take time to explore the captivating city at your leisure. (B) Day 7: Cuzco  Start your morning with a local guide on a tour of Cuzco, visiting the San Pedro Market, the Koricancha temple, the central Plaza de Armas, and the Cuzco Cathedral. Later, it’s your choice! Travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress -OR- embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco, lined with restaurants and artisan shops. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco. (B, D) Day 8: Cuzco - Puno This morning, fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Have time to meet the locals and discover the history of this region as you explore the village center before checking into your lakeside hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure. (B) the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a homehosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. (B, L) Day 5: 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.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration and learn how to craft the perfect ceviche and pisco sour before your dinner featuring a Peruvian menu. (B, D) Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cuzco This morning, take advantage of free time and explore the local markets in

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Day 9: Puno-Uros Floating IslandsLake Titicaca-Chullpas de SillustanPuno The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the center of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca; experience walking on the island’s spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. Later, cruise to a local rustic village for a home-hosted meal and swap stories with Peruvian families before visiting the mystical Chullpas de Sillustani – an archaeological area boasting 13thcentury funerary monuments. (B , L) Day 10: Puno - Lima - Tour Ends As your tour comes to a close, spend the morning relaxing on the shores of Lake Titicaca before flying to Lima. Upon arrival, head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum before departing for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home. (B, D)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

3 NIGHTS

PRE OR POST NIGHT

EXTENSION

PRE OR POST: LIMA

PERUVIAN AMAZON SEE PAGE 388 FOR DETAILS

EVEN MORE TIME? Combine Peru: From Lima to Lake Titicaca with another tour for one seamless, non-stop travel experience. CALL FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$2899 $3799

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on February 20, 2021 departure.

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 11 February 8, 29 March 7, 14, 28 April 18, 25

May 2, 16, 23 June 6, 13 July 11 September 5, 12, 26 October 10, 24

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 7 December 5 January 30 February 20 March 5, 6, 13, 20 April 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Lima. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. In order not to miss any tour inclusions on Day 10, departure flights should be booked after 10:00 pm. Complete passport information is required 60 days prior to departure to book train tickets to Machu Picchu. If passport information is incomplete or inaccurate within 60 days, there is a strong possibility that we will be unable to confirm you on the same travel schedule as the rest of your group. You will be subject to any additional charges incurred from failing to provide passport information within the designated time frame. In general, hotels outside of Lima are small with one or two levels and do not have elevators, which may require you to climb 10-15 steps to get to/from the room. Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

Excellent guides! Who knew there was so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu. The variety and pace of activities was perfect. —Collette Traveler

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PERU: FROM LIMA TO THE SACRED VALLEY 8 DAYS • 12 MEALS FROM $2549 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Lima • Sacred Valley of the Incas • Local Andean Cultures • Ollantaytambo Ruins • Home-Hosted Lunch • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Larco Museum

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Venture through the Andes in a domed train to Machu Picchu. •• Discover the artist’s techniques and designs at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio. •• Spend the afternoon with a guide uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Discover the sacred ruins

of Sacsayhuaman Fortress or embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners •• Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel at the base of Machu Picchu. •• Delight in a home hosted farmto-table lunch at a local Quechua community.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2 El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton, Lima Days 3, 4 Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, Yucay Day 5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes Days 6, 7 Hilton Garden Inn, Cuzco

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Step into the past as you explore mysterious ancient sites and immerse yourself in the culture as you taste the country’s renowned cuisine. Day 1: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel to some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Arrive late this evening in Lima, the “City of Kings.” Day 2: Lima Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jerónimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life. See the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores. Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Featuring artfully crafted Peruvian dishes, the meal will give you a taste of why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food travel destination. (B, D) Day 3: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to

the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. While en route to your hotel, explore different towns in the valley, each a representation of the region’s unique culture. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle into your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B) Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist’s techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily

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TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

1

SEE PAGE 395 FOR DETAILS

2

3 4 5

Culinary Demonstration

MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

3 NIGHTS

PRE OR POST NIGHT

EXTENSION

PRE OR POST: LIMA

PERUVIAN AMAZON SEE PAGE 388 FOR DETAILS

Machu Picchu

life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. (B, L) Day 5: 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.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration and learn how to craft the perfect ceviche and pisco sour before your dinner featuring a Peruvian menu. (B, D) Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cuzco This morning, take advantage of free time and explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return to the Sacred Valley by Vistadome train. Upon arriving in Cuzco, take

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time to explore the captivating city at your leisure. (B) Day 7: Cuzco  Start your morning with a local guide on a tour of Cuzco, visiting the San Pedro Market, the Koricancha temple, the central Plaza de Armas, and the Cuzco Cathedral. Later, it’s your choice! Travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress -OR- embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco, lined with restaurants and artisan shops. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco. (B, D) Day 8: Cuzco - Lima - Tour Ends As your tour comes to a close, depart Cuzco and fly to Lima. Upon arriving in Lima, head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum before departing for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home. (B, D)

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Prices based on November 14, 2020 departure

January – March 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 18 February 1 March 21

May 9 June 27 August 29 September 19 October 17

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 14 January 9 February 27 March 19 April 10

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Lima. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. In order not to miss any tour inclusions on Day 8, departure flights should be booked after 10:00 pm. Complete passport information is required 60 days prior to departure to book train tickets to Machu Picchu. If passport information is incomplete or inaccurate within 60 days, there is a strong possibility that we will be unable to confirm you on the same travel schedule as the rest of your group. You will be subject to any additional charges incurred from failing to provide passport information within the designated time frame. In general, hotels outside of Lima are small with one or two levels and do not have elevators, which may require you to climb 10-15 steps to get to/from the room. Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

The sites, hotels and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and beautiful, just as we had hoped for!

—Collette Traveler

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JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA WITH PERU

NEW TOUR

22 DAYS • 32 MEALS FROM $5749 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Lima • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Santiago • Andean Lakes Crossing • Bariloche • Buenos Aires • Tango Show • Estancia Barbecue • Iguazu Falls • Rio de Janeiro • Christ the Redeemer • Churrascaria Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Spend the afternoon with a guide exploring Machu Picchu. •• Meet the artists who design the floats, costumes and dances for Carnival. •• Visit both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of spectacular Iguazu Falls.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 7 — Discover the sacred Incan

ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress or Cuzco’s old quarter.

•• Day 15 — Take a panoramic tour of

Buenos Aires or take a walking tour of the city with a subway ride.

•• Day 16 — Go horseback riding or take

a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 21 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 9 dinners •• Dine on a traditional Argentinian barbecue at a countryside estancia. •• Learn how to craft caipirinhas - a Brazilian cocktail.

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Days 1, 2 El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton, Lima Days 3, 4 Casa Andina Premium, Sacred Valley Day 5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu Days 6, 7 Hilton Garden Inn, Cuzco Days 8 – 10 Hotel Plaza San Francisco, Santiago Day 11 Hotel Cabaña del Lago, Puerto Varas Days 12, 13 NH Edelweiss, Bariloche Days 14 – 16 Emperador, Buenos Aires Days 17, 18 Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort, Iguazu Falls Days 19 – 21 Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort, Rio de Janeiro

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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As you journey through Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, encounter precisely what makes each nation as unique as they are united. Day 1: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Embark on an adventure through four South American countries, encountering precisely what makes each destination as unique as they are united. Start your journey in Peru, a country steeped in the mysteries of its past. Peru keeps you on your toes – rocky citadels hide forgotten in the mountains yet illustrious cuisine reigns supreme along the coast. Arrive late this evening in Lima, the “City of Kings.” Day 2: Lima Discover Lima’s fascinating history on a tour through the city center (UNESCO). Admire the artwork at the San Francisco Monastery and enter its mystifying catacombs. Feel the energy of colonial Lima as you explore the Casa de Aliaga – the former home of a conquistador. See the suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores before getting to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Featuring artfully crafted Peruvian dishes, the meal will give you a taste of why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food destination. (B, D) Day 3: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and make your way through the Andes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas,

the agricultural center of the Incan grand empire. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in the village of Pisac to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle into your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B) Day 4: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo Sacred Valley Begin your day at the terraced complex of Ollantaytambo, the only Incan settlement that has been continuously inhabited since its creation. Your cultural immersion continues at the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio, where you’ll gain insight into a renowned local artist’s techniques and designs – all inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of modern Andeans at a nearby Quechua community, peeking into their daily routines in small groups. Feel as if you’ve become an honorary member of the community when you learn their dances and music, followed by a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch. (B, L) Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu Admire breathtaking views through the domed windows of the Machu Picchu

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Vistadome train as you ride to the “Lost City of the Incas,” hidden amongst the Andes and the surrounding semi-tropical jungle. With an expert guide, uncover the mysteries of these rediscovered ruins. This evening, enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration where you’ll learn how to craft the perfect ceviche and pisco sour before a dinner featuring Peruvian specialties. Settle in at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. (B, D) Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cuzco Make the most of some free time in the morning and consider wandering through the local markets of Aguas Calientes. Depart Machu Picchu by Vistadome train, making your way back to the colorful city of Cuzco. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore lively streets and captivating plazas on your own. (B) Day 7: Cuzco  Start your morning with a local guide on a tour of Cuzco, visiting the San Pedro Market, the Koricancha temple, the central Plaza de Armas, and the Cuzco Cathedral. Later, it’s your choice! Travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress -OR- embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco, lined with restaurants and artisan shops. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco. (B, D) Day 8: Cuzco - Santiago, Chile Say farewell to the land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago. As Chile’s vibrant capital and cultural hub, the city provides a hypnotizing energy waiting to be discovered. (B) See next page for the full day by day itinerary for Journey through South America

Days 9 - 10: Santiago Embark on a panoramic city tour with an expert guide. Stroll amongst the fresh seafood at Mercado Central, hailed as one of the world’s top food markets. Enjoy an afternoon and full day at leisure. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to a local winery. Join your fellow travelers for a dinner featuring regional specialties. (2B, 2D) Days 11-12: Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas - Andean Lakes Crossing Bariloche, Argentina Fly south to Puerto Montt and head to Puerto Varas, the lakeside town known as the “city of roses.” The next morning, stand in awe before the breathtaking Petrohué Falls. Head

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through the Andean Lakes District to Patagonia. Travel from Chile to Argentina by coach and catamaran. End your day in Bariloche. (2B, D)

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Day 13: Bariloche The alpine village of San Carlos de Bariloche is full of natural wonders. Travel along the renowned Chico Circuit to the top of Cerro Campanario, taking in vistas of the surrounding landscape. Back in town, enjoy time to browse handicraft shops, indulge in chocolate or take a stroll along the scenic lake path. (B) Days 14 - 16: Bariloche - Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco Buenos Aires  Fly to Buenos Aires. It’s your choice! Take a panoramic tour of Buenos Aires -OR- get a closer perspective of the city on foot followed by a subway ride. Tonight, head to a tango house for local foods and a stunning performance. The next day, step into a world of cowboys with a tour of San Antonio de Areco. Head to an estancia (cattle estate) to dine on a hearty asado (barbecue) lunch. While on the ranch, it’s your choice! Go horseback riding -OR- take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (3B, L, D) Days 17 - 18: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil Fly to Iguazu Falls. Begin your discovery on the Argentine side and board the Rainforest Ecological Train. Walk the platform overlooking the powerful Devil’s Throat. Admire your vantage point from on top of the falls. Cross over to the Brazil to check into your resort, ending your day with a relaxing dinner. Spend the next day exploring the Brazilian side of Iguazu. A local insider leads you through the park. On a clear day, gaze out upon misty rainbows. (2B, D) Days 19-22: Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The next day, take a panoramic tour of Rio’s sites. Head behind-the-scenes of Carnival and meet the artists that design the floats and costumes. Learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil’s famous cocktail. The next morning, journey to Corcovado by train to see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue. Return to the city and discover an open-air market with a local guide and taste over a dozen types of exotic fruits. Join your fellow travelers for a traditional Brazilian churrascaria (barbecue), where you will have caipirinhas and slow-roasted meats. Wish South America goodbye the following morning. (4B, D)

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$5749 $7749

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Prices based on October 3, 2020 departure.

October 2020 – March 2021 October 3, 17

November 28 January 9

February 6 March 6

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Lima and depart from Rio de Janeiro. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Due to flight schedules, a pre/post night may be required in some gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Upon entry into and exit from Argentina, all passengers, regardless of their citizenship, are submitted to biometrics checks, such as digital fingerprints and a digital photograph, at the immigration counter. Please be advised that Machu Picchu has a backpack size restriction. Backpacks cannot exceed 40x35x20cms / 16x14x8in or have a capacity larger than 20 liters. Backpacks that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage, with an approximate cost of 2 USD. Also, please take notice that bringing in single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws or Styrofoam containers has been forbidden. We suggest bringing canteens or reusable water bottles.

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JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA

NEW TOUR

16 DAYS • 21 MEALS FROM $3899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Santiago • Puerto Varas • Andean Lakes Crossing • Bariloche • Buenos Aires • Tango Show • Estancia Barbecue • Iguazu Falls • Rio de Janeiro • Sugarloaf Mountain • Christ the Redeemer • Churrascaria Dinner

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• See the passionate rhythms of tango at a performance in this dance’s home country. •• Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Carnival and meet the artists who design the floats, costumes and dances for Rio’s biggest event. •• Stand in awe before Iguazu Falls, visiting both the Argentine and Brazilian sides.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 9 — Take a panoramic city tour

of Buenos Aires or embark on a walking tour of the city with a subway ride.

•• Day 10 — Go horseback riding

through the countryside or take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 14 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Dine on a traditional Argentinian barbecue at a countryside estancia. •• Learn how to craft caipirinhas - a Brazilian cocktail with sugar cane liquor and lime. •• Dine in a typical Brazilian churrascaria (barbecue).

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Hotel Plaza San Francisco, Santiago Day 5 Hotel Cabaña del Lago, Puerto Varas Days 6, 7

NH Edelweiss, Bariloche

Days 8 – 10 Emperador, Buenos Aires Days 11, 12 Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort, Iguazu Falls Days 13 – 15 Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort, Rio de Janeiro

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Thundering waterfalls, snowcapped volcanos, and world-renowned cuisine – all this and more awaits in three dynamic South American countries. Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on an adventure through three South American countries, encountering precisely what makes each destination as unique as they are united.

join your fellow travelers tonight for a dinner featuring regional specialties. (B, D)

Day 2: Santiago, Chile - Tour Begins Welcome to Santiago de Chile. Take in the views of this cultural hub tucked inside the Andes Mountains. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers over food and wine. (D)

Day 5: Santiago - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas Fly south to Puerto Montt. Your journey takes you to Puerto Varas, the lakeside resort town known as the “city of roses.” With free time today, take in the view of the neighboring volcanos before hopping in and out of chocolate and wine shops. (B, D)

Day 3: Santiago Embark on a panoramic city tour with an expert guide. Stroll down the Paseo Ahumada pedestrian street, wandering past Chilean boutiques. Stroll amongst the locals and fresh seafood at Mercado Central, hailed as one of the world’s top food markets. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to a local winery, getting an inside peek at the winemaking process before sampling the vintages yourself. (B)

Day 6: Puerto Varas - Andean Lakes Crossing - Bariloche, Argentina Stand in awe before the breathtaking Petrohué Falls, where vibrant water thunders downstream under the shadow of a snowcapped volcano. Head through the mythical Andean Lakes District to Patagonia, encountering nature in its purest form. Travel from Chile to Argentina by coach and catamaran, crossing lakes and driving through ancient forests. End your day in Bariloche. (B)

Day 4: Santiago The day is yours! Maybe you’ll discover Cerro San Cristobal – a park overlooking the city – or simply relax at an outdoor café. No matter how you choose to spend the day,

Day 7: Bariloche The alpine village of San Carlos de Bariloche is full of natural wonders. Travel along the renowned Chico Circuit to the top of Cerro Campanario, taking in

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panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape. Back in town, enjoy time to browse handicraft shops, indulge in mouthwatering chocolate or take a stroll along the scenic lake path. (B) Day 8: Bariloche - Buenos Aires Fly to Buenos Aires, where European décor blends seamlessly with the beat of Latin culture. Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, Argentina’s capital exhibits a dynamic cultural scene of street art, songs, and steak. (B) Day 9: Buenos Aires  Choose how you see the city because it’s your choice! Take a panoramic tour of Buenos Aires with several stops along the way featuring the city’s most famous sites -OR- get a closer perspective of the city on foot as you discover the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods with a local guide, followed by a subway ride on the continent’s oldest subway line. The remainder of the day is yours to create your own adventure. Tonight, head to a tango house to indulge in Argentine cuisine and wine before watching a thrilling tango performance. (B, D) Day 10: Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco - Buenos Aires  Cross the Pampas – fertile plains that are considered to be Argentina’s version of the “Wild West.” Step into a world of cowboys, corrals, and cattle with a tour of San Antonio de Areco, a country village best known as the birthplace of lasso-slinging gaucho traditions. Visit with some local artisans and silversmiths before heading to an estancia (cattle estate) to dine on a hearty asado lunch – a traditional Argentine barbecue. While on the ranch, it’s your choice! Go horseback riding through the countryside -OR- take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around the property. Get to know what life is like in the countryside as the gauchos share stories about their experiences. Enjoy time to relax before heading back to Buenos Aires. Tonight you may join an optional home hosted dinner in the city. (B, L) Day 11: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil Fly to Iguazu Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Begin your discovery on the Argentine side and board the Rainforest Ecological Train. Feel the mist against your face as you walk the platform overlooking the powerful Devil’s Throat, watching playful birds dart in and out of the spray. Admire your vantage point from on top of the falls. Cross over to the Brazilian side to check into your

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resort, ending your day of adventure with a relaxing dinner. (B, D) Day 12: Iguazu Falls Embrace a different personality of the falls when you spend the day exploring the Brazilian side of Iguazu. A local insider leads you through the park, providing insight on how Brazil and Argentina have partnered to protect the falls. On a clear day, allow your eyes to drift for miles above the tree-topped horizon and gaze out upon misty rainbows. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the many amenities at your resort. (B) Day 13: Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro Fly to Rio de Janeiro, a coastal hub of rich culture and lively energy. Sandy beaches, vibrant costumes, savory cuisine and friendly people – all this and more await you in Rio. Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, offering an incomparable view of the city standing in the shadow of the mountains. After your descent, enjoy free time to explore the famous beach-side Copacabana. (B) Day 14: Rio de Janeiro Start your morning with a panoramic tour of Rio’s sites including the Metropolitan Cathedral – whose architecture was inspired by a Mayan pyramid – and the Sambadrome. Head behind-the-scenes of Carnival and meet the artists that design the floats and costumes. Learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil’s famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime. The rest of the evening is at leisure. (B) Day 15: Rio de Janeiro Journey to Corcovado by train to see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, the city’s well-known icon. Take in the 360-degree panoramic vistas from the statue’s base in Tijuca Forest National Park. Return to the city to spend time with the locals at one of the city’s open-air markets. Partner up with a local guide in small groups to discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic Brazilian fruits. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. With your free time, perhaps you will relax by the beach or take in the city’s hidden sights on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell feast in a traditional Brazilian churrascaria (barbecue), where you will indulge in caipirinhas and savor meats slowroasted to perfection. (B, D) Day 16: Rio de Janeiro - Tour Ends Wish South America goodbye as your tour draws to a close this morning. (B)

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Prices based on November 6, 2020 departure.

September 2020 – February 2021 September 25

October 30 November 6

January 22 February 19

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Santiago and depart from Rio de Janeiro. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Due to flight schedules, a pre/post night may be required in some gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Upon entry into and exit from Argentina, all passengers, regardless of their citizenship, are submitted to biometrics checks, such as digital fingerprints and a digital photograph, at the immigration counter.

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TROPICAL COSTA RICA 9 DAYS • 14 MEALS FROM $1399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS San Jose • Coffee Plantation • Guanacaste • Monteverde Cloud Forest • Arenal Volcano • Lake Arenal Cruise • Cano Negro Refuge • Zarcero

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. •• Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden. •• Spot indigenous wildlife while on a riverboat cruise.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 5 — Climb high into the trees

for your choice of a “Hanging Bridges” tour or Zip Lining in the cloud forest. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 6 dinners •• Discover the history of coffee in Costa Rica during your visit to a coffee plantation. •• Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari, San Jose Days 2, 3 Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows - Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste Days 4, 5 El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest Days 6, 7 Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal Day 8 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari, San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica’s good life on a rendezvous with exotic fauna, lush rainforests, and endless coastlines. Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins Explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. Your tour opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins. Day 2: San Jose - Coffee Plantation Guanacaste Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. (B, D) Day 3: Guanacaste Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of

the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colors as the sun illuminates the natural landscape. (B, D) Day 4: Guanacaste - Monteverde It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! (B, D) Day 5: Monteverde  It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem -OR- take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you

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would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. (B, D) Day 6: Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients. End your evening dining on the recipes of Costa Rica as a guitarist serenades you. (B, D)

Day 7: Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. (B) Day 8: Arenal - Zarcero - San Jose Today, get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D) Day 9: San Jose - Tour Ends Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. (B)

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Prices based on May 9, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 February 22, 24, 29 March 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 April 18, 20, 25

May 9 June 6 July 25 August 22 September 12, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16

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Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

December 5, 28 January 9, 11, 16, 18 January 23, 25, 30 February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 February 20, 22, 27 March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 March 20, 22 April 10, 17, 19, 24

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from San Jose. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

The service on this tour was excellent from the knowledgeable tour manager, excellent bus driver, sightseeing options and beautiful hotels. —Collette Traveler

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DISCOVER PANAMA 9 DAYS • 15 MEALS FROM $1799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Panama City • Gamboa Rainforest Reserve • Emberá Indigenous Village • Panama Canal Cruise • Miraflores Locks • Anton Valley • Chitré • Pollera Dress Making Visit • Finca Experience • Rum Tasting • Playa Bonita

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Join your guide for a nature walk through the jungle forest. •• Travel by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about indigenous culture. •• Peruse a local handicraft market filled with crafts made by local artisans.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 4 — With a guide, embark on a

short walking tour that showcases the Plaza de la Independencia and the National Theater or journey through the neighborhood with a local resident who will take you through the place he calls home. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 8 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 4 dinners •• Sample fresh Panamanian ceviche at the Mercado de Mariscos. •• Taste the sweet sugarcane juice called guarapa at a sugar mill. •• Immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner featuring a folkloric dance performance.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1 – 3 Le Méridien Hotel, Panama City Days 4, 5 Los Mandarinos Hotel, Anton Valley Days 6, 7 Cubitá Boutique Resort and Spa, Chitré Day 8 Westin Playa Bonita, Playa Bonita

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Encounter a land nestled between turquoise seas in enchanting Panama, where jungle forests, diverse culture and stunning coastlines abound. Day 1: Panama City, Panama - Tour Begins Experience a land of contrasts. Remote rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines abound in Panama. Your tour opens in vibrant Panama City. Day 2: Panama City - Emberá Village Panama City Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome breakfast. Then travel north to the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Board dugout canoes and set off on an excursion up the Chagres River to an Emberá indigenous village. As the “Keepers of the Rainforest,” the Emberá strive to preserve their heritage and take pride in sharing their traditional techniques of home building and handicrafts – such as basket weaving and tagua nut carving. Join in their dances and partake in a traditional lunch. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 3: Panama City - Panama Canal Cruise - Panama City Today we explore the canal! Board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit cruise through the Panama Canal. Enjoy lunch onboard and pass through two locks as

you revel in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this incredible engineering feat firsthand. Learn all about its construction and operation from your onboard guides. Disembark at Flamenco Marina in Panama City. (B, L) Day 4: Panama City - Anton Valley  Arrive at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center to view the Panama Canal and learn about its past, present and future as you watch ships traverse the lock system. Continue to Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter (UNESCO). Then, it’s your choice! Follow your guide for a short walking tour showcasing the Plaza de la Independencia and the National Theater -OR- for a more immersive experience, journey through this same neighborhood with a local resident…hear the story of Casco Viejo’s comeback from a member of the community who will take you through the place he calls home, highlighting the incredible revitalization of this historic area and its people. Everyone then gathers for a visit to the Mercado de Mariscos, a seafood market, to try fresh Panamanian ceviche. Drive a short distance on the famed

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natural pool. The evening is yours to continue exploring this charming mountain community. (B) Day 6: Anton Valley - Chitré Step into the heartland of Panama as you visit a village of artists. Interact with makers of the famous Panama hat and see firsthand how these wearable works of art come to life. Next, meet the legendary cigar rollers of Panama. Head north to Chitré. Established in 1558, it is one of Panama’s first Spanish settlements. Spend the day meeting the people of Chitré, the “folklore capital” of Panama. Talk to a famous local artist whose whimsical masks are used in traditional Panamanian parades. Then, pause to experience the region’s pre-Columbian and colonial times at the local museum. Tonight, immerse yourself in the local culture during dinner. Learn about the various Panamanian drums and how they are incorporated into song and dance during a folkloric dance performance. (B, D)

Pan-American Highway before heading to Anton Valley, a community nestled inside the world’s second largest volcanic crater. Afterwards, check in to your hotel at the base of the mountains that make up the crater. (B, D) Day 5: Anton Valley Delve into history and biodiversity. This morning, visit a frog conservation center that protects critically endangered species, including the emblematic Panamanian Golden Frog, said to bring good luck to anyone who sees it. Then we explore a nonprofit orchid nursery which dedicates itself to conserving regional orchids. We follow that with a visit to the Butterfly Haven exhibit; stroll through the screened tropical displays that are home to over 250 live butterflies. Meet the locals at the handicraft market. Try your hand at negotiations (a local pastime) as you peruse items made by indigenous peoples, including the “mola” embroidery of the Guna Yala. This afternoon, visit El Chorro Macho waterfall. Embark on a moderate hike along the rainforest trails, crossing several bridges before arriving at the impressive waterfall. You may even take a swim in the

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Day 7: Chitré Today we’re off to spend time with Panamanian women who have dedicated their lives to making the handwoven pollera dress. Later, see what a typical day in the life of a Panamanian farmer is like during an inclusive finca experience. Choose to explore the farm by horseback or carriage, milk the cows or feed the sheep. Put your hands to work as you prepare some local dishes to accompany a farm-to-table lunch. Savor the tastes of a well-known, locally crafted rum cocktail. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your hotel. Tonight you may opt to join a home hosted dinner experience; take this opportunity to learn about a local family’s life, culture and food while enjoying the warmth of their home. (B, L) Day 8: Chitré - Playa Bonita Before departing Chitré, get to know a traditional way of cooking at a clay oven bakery and sample artisanal bread and sweets along with some sugarcane juice known as guarapa. Your journey continues to Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City. Arrive midday to soak up the sun and scenery from your beachfront property. After enjoying some fun and relaxation at your resort, bid farewell to Panama at a special dinner. (B, D) Day 9: Playa Bonita - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close today. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Panama City. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Panama charges an international airport departure tax of approximately $40 USD – the cost of this may be included in your air ticket (subject to change). Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Due to flight schedules, a pre or post night may be required in Atlanta, Georgia, or Miami, Florida, (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of booking. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

Our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, funny and helpful. Our driver was awesome. The two of them made the trip. The Panama Canal was fantastic, loved the Emberá village… —Collette Traveler

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JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA: THE WHITE CONTINENT 14 DAYS • 34 MEALS FROM $15399 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Buenos Aires • Ushuaia • The Drake Passage • Authentic Expedition Ship • Zodiac Forays • Penguin Colony Close-Ups • Summit Hike • Kayak Excursions • Photography Guidance • On-Board Information Sessions

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Discover multitudes of Antarctic wildlife including seals, whales, albatross and Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adélie penguins. •• Enjoy nearly 24 hours of sunlight as you absorb your surroundings ashore and from the expedition ship’s many observatory decks. •• Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America.”

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 12 lunches • 10 dinners •• Savor fresh and varied meals aboard the expedition ship while admiring the scenery around you.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires

Days 3 – 12 National Geographic Explorer Day 13

Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires

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Discover the magic and wonder of Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and the “White Continent” — Antarctica. Day 1: Overnight Flight In association with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, we proudly offer an active, immersive adventure exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style. See more of the legendary landscapes and inhabitants — encounter iconic penguins and marine mammals; kayak among icebergs and Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals; and hike on the continent with the best ice team on Earth. Through the efforts of an undersea specialist, you will also experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tour Begins Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the “Paris of South America.” Stretching along the banks of the Río de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-style architecture and South American spirit. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour highlighting its BeauxArts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception at the hotel. (L)

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia - Embark Ship - At Sea This morning we fly over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch while cruising the Beagle Channel. Later, embark the National Geographic Explorer, an authentic expedition ship uniquely equipped with a hull strengthened to “ice-class” and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions. With just 81 cabins and a maximum capacity of 148 passengers, the spacious and modern Explorer offers a roster of tools for exploration and a variety of public areas for viewing the incredible passing landscape. In the ship’s spacious lounge, you will have informative presentations and a nightly recap of the day’s activities. (B, L, D) Day 4: The Drake Passage - At Sea Cruise south through the fabled Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake. Set between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, a crossing of the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable — a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history. Warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser waters of the south here in the Antarctic Convergence, making the area rich in marine life. (B, L, D)

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Day 5: Antarctica The next six days are filled with discovering Antarctica, the last great wilderness stretching across icecovered desert and mountains for over five million square miles. The ethereal beauty and immense scale of the continent is like nowhere else on the planet. (B, L, D) Day 6: Antarctica The voyage keeps a flexible schedule (daily activities are contingent on weather conditions) to take advantage of the unexpected. With nearly 24 hours of daylight, make the most of your days with daily explorations. (B, L, D) Day 7: Antarctica You may take a Zodiac foray amongst towering icebergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blueeyed shags. (B, L, D) Day 8: Antarctica Today you could have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the packed ice or step ashore to the cries of thousands of Gentoo penguins. (B, L, D) Day 9: Antarctica Learn from the experts how to identify different penguin species and get photo tips from a National

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Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. (B, L, D) Day 10: Antarctica Onboard, the undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive with rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface. The expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B, L, D) Day 11: At Sea Leave Antarctica and sail back to Ushuaia, crossing the southern waters of the Drake Passage. The ship’s spotters will keep an eye out for marine life, albatross and seabirds that cross the ship’s bow. (B, L, D) Day 12: At Sea You may want to enjoy a wellness treatment, spend time in the gym, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, or participate in on board discussions reflecting on all you have seen and learned. (B, L, D) Day 13: Ushuaia - Disembark Ship Fly to Buenos Aires After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with time for independent exploration before proceeding to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay. (B, L) Day 14: Buenos Aires - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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This trip requires a passport. The Ushuaia airport departure tax, park fees and permits are included in the cost of your tour. Onboard gratuities and alcohol (except super-premium brands) are included in the price of your tour. Special clothing is required for shore landings; please refer to your pre-departure documents for important details. Guests will receive a complimentary parka for use during landings; rubber boots can be purchased or rented through ship-to-shore at your own expense. Transfers to/ from the ship are by small Zodiac boats. Landings are either “dry” or “wet” and you might have to wade ashore in shallow water. In some cases, the terrain can be a little strenuous. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at the time of booking. If your preferred category is not available, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply. In accordance with IAATO and Lindblad Expeditions, all guests traveling to Antarctica must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. This form will be sent to guests well in advance. The form must be completely filled out and returned to our office 120 days prior to your tour’s departure. Boarding may be denied if this form is not returned to Collette. Prior to full payment for the program, the cruise line reserves the right to impose a supplemental fuel charge. Should this occur, you will be notified of the additional charges. This tour is operated by Lindblad Expeditions and will have Lindblad representatives accompanying you throughout the program. This program is not Collette exclusive and a Collette Tour Manager will not be accompanying you. Upon your return to Buenos Aires, a representative will not be accompanying you, but will be available at an off-site location. The internal flights are not included in the land-only cost of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Buenos Aires. Airport transfers are available for purchase.

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WONDERS OF CHINA & THE YANGTZE RIVER

river cruise tour

16 DAYS • 35 MEALS FROM $2999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City • The Great Wall • Temple of Heaven • Rickshaw Tour • Hutongs • Xian • Terracotta Warriors • Yangtze River Cruise • Three Gorges Dam • Chengdu • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base • Shanghai • Acrobatics Show • Yuyuan Garden

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show. •• All aboard the Maglev train - reach speeds over 260 miles per hour! •• Interact with China’s national treasure at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 14 breakfasts • 12 lunches • 9 dinners •• Savor traditional Chinese food including dumplings, noodles and Peking Duck. •• Share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home. •• Partake in a traditional tea ceremony.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 5 Jianguo Hotel Qianmen, Beijing Days 6, 7 Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian Days 8 – 11 Century Paragon, Century Cruises Days 12, 13 Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu Days 14, 15 Hongqiao Jin Jiang Hotel, Shanghai

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The allure of the Eastern world unfolds before you on a spellbinding journey through the ancient and modern marvels of China. Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a journey that takes you to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai. Your adventure also includes a 4-night cruise on the captivating Yangtze River. Day 2: Beijing, China - Tour Begins Arrive in the ancient capital of China. As the political center of China for the past 800 years, and the world’s third most populous city, Beijing is rich in history with both modern and traditional architecture. Day 3: Beijing We begin our day with a stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square. Afterwards, set out to discover the Forbidden City, an aweinspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once the home of the Ming and Qing emperors. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D) Day 4: Beijing Today’s destination is the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall’s history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section, one of the most famous passes along this epic structure.

After this bucket list event, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process. (B, L) Day 5: Beijing Your day begins at the spiritual Temple of Heaven (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a complex of buildings that symbolizes the connection between the earth and heaven. Afterwards, take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the traditional alleys of Beijing. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumplingmaking class before a traditional calligraphy lesson. Then, share a simple lunch with them. Later, take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tonight, dine on delicious Peking Duck, a favorite of the emperors. (B, L, D) Day 6: Beijing - Xian Fly to the ancient city of Xian where the legendary Silk Road comes to an end. This evening, dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings. (B, L, D) Day 7: Xian Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army of 8,000 soldiers was created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. You’ll be amazed at the detail – each statue has a different face. Next, visit the Xian Arts

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Day 11: Cruising - Shibaozhai Arrive at Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Fortress). This imposing hill along the banks of the river is adorned with a 9-story red pagoda. You may climb the stairs to the top for a picture perfect view of the river and surrounding countryside. (B, L, D) Day 12: Chongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu We disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that make this city so captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local Sichuan cuisine. (B, L, D)

and Ceramic exhibition center to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. At lunch enjoy a Xian specialty – hand-pulled noodles – with a demonstration on how they are made. (B, L) Day 8: Xian - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship After a short flight to Yichang, board your ship for a 4-night cruise up the Yangtze River. Relax as this exciting leg of your journey gets underway. (B, D) Day 9: Cruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge You may choose to begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-ofthe-art site, Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s welcome dinner and show. (B, L, D) Day 10: Cruising - Shennv Stream Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennv Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as we sail through Wu Gorge, known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, continue on past the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge. (B, L, D)

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Day 13: Chengdu Your morning begins with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Learn how China’s national treasure is being brought back from the edge of extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the rare Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the “Shakespeare of China.” End your day by exploring Jinli Ancient Street with its traditionalstyle buildings. (B, L) Day 14: Chengdu - Shanghai Fly to Shanghai, the economic capital of the People’s Republic of China. This bustling city’s futuristic skyline will leave you speechless. Experience the modern side of China as you take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Later this evening prepare to be amazed at a Chinese acrobatics show. (B, L) Day 15: Shanghai Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you’ll feel as though you have returned to 19th-century Europe. Explore Old Town’s narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden before discovering ancient Chinese art and historical treasures during a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Then explore the past as we visit a silk museum. Later, celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 16: Shanghai - Tour Ends Your adventure comes to an end today. (B)

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April – November 2020 April 24 May 8, 22 June 12

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This trip requires a passport and visa. A visa is required for this tour at your expense. The approximate visa cost is $140 USD. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Visit www.travel.state.gov (the U.S. State Department) for the latest details with regard to passports and visa requirements. All guests will be confirmed in Balcony cabins during the cruise portion of the tour. Our air passengers will arrive into Beijing and depart from Shanghai. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights are not included in the tour price. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

We had an outstanding tour manager. He brought his love of his country to us in the food he introduced us to, the history he presented, the happiness of the Chinese people, and the beauty of the country.

—Collette Traveler

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CULTURAL TREASURES OF JAPAN

14 DAYS • 19 MEALS FROM $4699 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Tokyo • Asakusa and Ginza • Tea Ceremony • Hakone • Lake Ashi Cruise • Scenic Cable Car • Matsumoto Castle • Takayama • Sake Tasting and Hida Beef Dinner • Shirakawa-go • Kanazawa • Kyoto • Bullet Train • Hiroshima • Geisha Show

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Try your hand at the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony, gold leaf decorating and stenciling. •• Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train. •• Explore the Ginza district, the first Western-style shopping district in Japan.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 5 dinners •• Enjoy a sake tasting at a local sake brewery followed by a Hida beef dinner. •• Experience a traditional kaiseki dinner with Geisha show in Kyoto. •• Participate in a sushi-making class given by a professional sushi chef.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

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Days 2 – 4

Grand Nikko Daiba, Tokyo

Day 5 Odakyu Hotel de Yama or The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko, Hakone Days 6, 7 Takayama Green Hotel, Takayama Days 8, 9

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel or ANA Crowne Plaza, Kanazawa

Days 10 – 13 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto

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From the tranquility of ancient temples to the energy of bustling cities, find a blend of all things old and new in Japan. Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand.

Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Then, head to Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about the fascinating history and culture of Tokyo. (B)

Day 2: Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun.” Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up and traditions are rich and long-kept. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a festive welcome dinner. (D)

Day 5: Tokyo - Hakone Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs the shorelines of Lake Ashi. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. Climb aboard the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. Next, take to the waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where you’ll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. (B, D)

Day 3: Tokyo Pass by the Imperial Palace and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate, the wellknown symbols of the palace. Walk through Ginza, one of the world’s most luxurious streets. Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned “department stores” in Japan. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. (B) Day 4: Tokyo Begin the day exploring Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. Visit the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, the colorful temple famous for the red chochin (lantern) hanging at the entrance gate. Experience the long standing tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the

Day 6: Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama Start at Matsumoto Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine as we stop for lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Afterward, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat – traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner. (B, L, D) Day 7: Takayama Take a walk through the historic district and see the 19th-century Jinya government

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of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa’s dynamic culture. (B) Day 10: Kanazawa - Kyoto Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto’s connection with its past is strong; you won’t need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. For lunch, participate in a sushi making class – given by a professional sushi chef – and master the art of sushi making. This afternoon, visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. (B, L)

building. Stroll through the morning market, a 600-year-old open air market with locally grown products, located along the Miyagawa River. Walk the winding streets, where the town’s traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own. (B) Day 8: Takayama - Shirakawa-go Kanazawa Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). This village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses – thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Visit the Samurai district and enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda family. Then, travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. (B, D) Day 9: Kanazawa More than 25 acres of absolute beauty await you today at KenrokuEn – Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japan’s most stunning gardens, dive into the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a handson lesson in decorating your own lacquer box at Kanazawa Katani! In the center of town, take in the action

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Day 11: Kyoto - Bullet Train Hiroshima - Kyoto All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” (UNESCO), where the iconic torii gate and the Itsukushima Shrine appear to float on water. Afterwards, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As this moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train. (B) Day 12: Kyoto This morning, explore Fushimi Inari Taisha, a revered shrine. Follow the rows of orange torii (made famous in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha) to the inner shrine. Move on to the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), and see the Ninomaru Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu. Next, visit Marumasu Nishumuraya for a lesson in the art of stenciling at a traditional Kyoto townhouse. (B) Day 13: Kyoto Today, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and Geisha show. (B, D) Day 14: Kyoto - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history and culture. (B)

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January 24 February 23, 28 March 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 March 18, 22, 25, 27 April 3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 19, 23

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior

November 1, 8, 15, 22 December 6 January 24 May 2020 - April 2021 February 21, 28 (featured itinerary) March 5, 7, 12, 14 May 10, 15, 17, 24, 29, 31 March 19, 21, 26, 28 June 14 April 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 July 5 September 11, 13, 18, 20, 24, 27 ★ April 9 October 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

SPECIAL EVENT The Takayama Festival

Experience the Takayama Festival, one of the country’s most beautiful events. APRIL 9, 2021

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Tokyo and depart from Osaka. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Our air passengers will be departing from Kansai Airport or Itami Airport (depending upon your flight schedule). All transfers will depart from the Kyoto hotel for either Kansai Airport or Itami Airport. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Return flights should not be booked from Kansai Airport or Itami Airport prior to 9:00 a.m.

A really great tour. We were very fortunate to see Mt. Fuji in all its glory! The geisha show at our farewell dinner capped off a very memorable experience.

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SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA 14 DAYS • 24 MEALS FROM $2899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Johannesburg • Soweto • Panoramic Route • Kruger National Park • Safari Game Drives • Garden Route • Knysna • Featherbed Nature Reserve • Stellenbosch • Wine Tasting & Dinner • Cape Town • Table Mountain

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet. •• Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums. •• Taste the incredible wines that Stellenbosch is acclaimed for.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Cape Town

•• Day 8 — Visit Plettenberg Bay

and take in views of beaches and dramatic rock formations or enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Knysna. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 7 dinners •• Join locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. •• Experience an unforgettable African Boma dinner. •• Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees in Knysna.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Da Vinci Hotel and Suites, Sandton Days 4 – 6 Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort, Kruger National Park Days 7, 8

The Rex Hotel, Knysna

Days 9, 10 De Zalze Lodge, Stellenbosch Days 11 – 13 Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Experience a harmony of intriguing cultures, stunning wildlife, lush winelands, and elaborate history. Day 1: Overnight Flight One country with a world of treasures, South Africa awaits your arrival. Breathtaking mountain scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat comprise this incredible experience. Day 2: Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg. Day 3: Sandton - Soweto - Sandton Today, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the former center of the liberation movement and the site of the police raid that led to Nelson Mandela’s lifetime prison sentence. Following this, a guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house

tavern. This afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum commemorating the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D) Day 4: Sandton - Panoramic Route Kruger National Park Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone, and known as one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Along this magnificent route, stop at God’s Window and stand at what seems like the edge of creation. On clear days, you can see as far as Mozambique. This evening, enjoy a traditional Boma dinner where you may sample some local game meat! (B, D) Day 5: Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive Have your camera ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and

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excitement! Enjoy a full day openair-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the “Big 5” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully – you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffes in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. (B, L, D) Day 6: Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive Embrace the rare opportunity to head back into the wild on another safari game drive in Kruger National Park. Enjoy this second attempt to see any elusive animals you may have missed yesterday or get another look at your favorites. (B, L, D) Day 7: Kruger National Park Johannesburg - George - Knysna Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. Located on the coast, Knysna is your gateway to the natural beauty of South Africa. (B) Day 8: Knysna  This morning’s township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. Visit the nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve, looking out over the Indian Ocean. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads, which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely-paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees – so called because of their white latex sap – before your return cruise. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) and witness views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons -OR- enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Knysna with time to independently explore the charming waterfront. (B, L, D) Day 9: Knysna - Stellenbosch Say goodbye to Knysna as you begin your journey to Stellenbosch. Get a taste of the culture when you join your fellow travelers for dinner and a wine tasting. (B, D)

Day 10: Stellenbosch Franschhoek - Stellenbosch Start your day with a walking tour of Stellenbosch, a university town known for its vineyards and mountainous nature reserves. Get a chance to taste some wine before continuing on to nearby Franschhoek. Experience the town’s renowned wine culture with a cellar tour and tasting followed by lunch before returning to Stellenbosch. With the remainder of your day at leisure, discover the town on your own. Maybe you’ll taste some more of the legendary wine, wander along the oak-lined avenues, or explore the surrounding nature. (B, L) Day 11: Stellenbosch - Cape Town Travel to the beautiful harborside city of Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa. Settle in for your 3-night stay in the “Mother City,” nestled in the valley between towering mountains and the glistening sea. (B) Day 12: Cape Town See the highlights of the city on a panoramic tour. Take in the celebrated architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car that whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named – and flat-topped – Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the massive Milnerton Lighthouse. (B) Day 13: Cape Town Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the djembe drums before a communal African dining experience with dishes from all over the continent! (B, D) Day 14: Cape Town - Tour Ends Your tour ends today in Cape Town. (B)

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Starting at Starting at

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Prices based on June 4, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 16, 23 February 6, 20 March 5, 12, 19 April 2, 16, 19, 23

May 28 June 4 July 9 August 6 September 3, 6, 10, 17, 24

(different itinerary – see note)

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(featured itinerary)

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12 January 14, 21 February 4, 11, 18, 21, 25 March 4, 11, 18 April 8, 15, 22

This trip requires a passport and visa. You must have at least 2 blank pages (with visa hologram) remaining in your passport to allow for the entry stamp issued for South Africa. The 2 pages for South Africa MUST be facing each other. Failure to comply with this law will result in denied boarding of your international flight. If you choose to continue on with the Victoria Falls extension, you must have at least 2 additional blank pages remaining in your passport. If you have questions please see your travel professional or call us. Collette will not be responsible for costs incurred for missed flights or canceled tours where a guest fails to secure proper documentation. Our air passengers will arrive into Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town. Our air passengers will arrive on Day 2 at Johannesburg airport. All of our transfers on Day 2 will be from Johannesburg airport to Sandton. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. For guests transiting via Europe, an additional overnight flight will be required. Day rooms or overnight stays can be arranged for a cost upon request. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Kruger National Park. Consult your physician 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

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TREASURES OF EGYPT

river cruise tour

13 DAYS • 22 MEALS FROM $2449 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Giza • Pyramids • Sphinx • Memphis • Sakkara • Grand Egyptian Museum • Luxor • Valley of the Kings • Deluxe 4-Night Nile River Cruise • Temple of Karnak • Kom Ombo • Aswan • Old Cairo

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Embark on a leisurely paced 4-night cruise and discover the secrets of the Nile, the world’s longest river. •• Dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party. •• Take in a sound and light show at Karnak Temple.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 10 — Board a felucca (wooden

sail boat) and sail to Kitchener Island for a stroll through the botanical garden or experience Nubian culture past and present during a visit to a museum. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 11 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 7 dinners •• Enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile.

ACCOMMODATIONS Day 1

Overnight Flight

Days 2, 3 Fairmont Nile City Hotel or Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo Days 4, 5 Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor Days 6 – 9 Movenpick Royal Lily or Movenpick Royal Lotus Day 10

Movenpick Resort, Aswan

Days 11, 12 Intercontinental Citystars Hotel, Cairo

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Follow the allure of the Nile as you uncover complex legends and retrace the steps of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Day 1: Overnight Flight Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view Egypt’s timeless wonders.

Egyptian Museum. See the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi and the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun himself. Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Luxor. (B)

Day 2: Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past.

Day 5: Luxor Travel thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore its remarkable sights – the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Mennon. This afternoon, return to the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II. (B)

Day 3: Cairo - Giza - Sakkara - Memphis - Cairo Fulfill a lifelong dream! This morning we 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. This afternoon, 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. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. (B, D) Day 4: Cairo - Luxor Spend the morning discovering the remarkable collections of the Grand

Day 6: Luxor - Board Cruise Ship We return to the West Bank this morning and head to the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the well-preserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. This afternoon, board your cruise ship and begin your adventure on the Nile River. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. (B, L, D) Day 7: Luxor - Esna - Edfu This morning, explore the expansive Karnak

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Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C. Then we begin our sail down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. This evening, dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party. (B, L, D) Day 8: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan Step into another world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carvings of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and continue to Aswan, the Nubian City. Following dinner, enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance. (B, L, D) Day 9: Aswan Discover the Philae Temple. Relocated and preserved by a special UNESCO project, this structure remains an architectural wonder. Later, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Aswan. (B, L, D) Day 10: Aswan - Disembark Cruise Ship - Abu Simbel Optional Tour  Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. You may 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. Then,

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it’s your choice! You may choose to board a felucca (wooden sail boat) and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island for a short stroll through the botanical garden -OR- perhaps you would prefer to experience Nubian culture past and present during a visit to a fascinating museum. (B, D) Day 11: Aswan - Cairo Return to Cairo. After our flight, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B) Day 12: 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 travellers this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D) Day 13: Cairo - Tour Ends Your epic adventure comes to a close today. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land. (B)

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DOUBLE SOLO

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$2449 $3149

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Prices based on September 16, 2020 departure

January– April 2020

May 2020 – April 2021

January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13 September 16, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

Itinerary featured is for May 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

December 2, 9, 30 January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28

See page 392 for ship deck plans.

This trip requires a passport and visa. An Egyptian visa is required for this tour and costs approximately $25 USD. You must obtain your own visa upon your arrival in Egypt. Visas can be obtained at the airport and payment should be made in cash. Rates are subject to change at any time based on governing authority. Passport numbers are required in advance, at time of booking. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Cairo. Airport transfers are available for purchase. Some days will have early departures for excursions to avoid the midday high temperatures. The Abu Simbel option must be purchased at time of booking. Due to flight schedules, departures on last day of the tour may be very early in the morning. Internal flights are not included in the land price. These flights must be purchased from us based on limited availability.

Our accommodations and transportation were first class. Our tour guide, that accompanied us every step of the way, was absolutely excellent. —Collette Traveler

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FROM THE OUTBACK TO THE GLACIERS 20 DAYS • 27 MEALS FROM $4799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Melbourne • Alice Springs • Uluru • Sydney • Sydney Opera House • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Mt. Cook National Park • Christchurch

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park. •• Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder. •• Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up close and personal with crocodiles.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 17 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 8 dinners •• Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne. •• Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. •• Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.

3 NIGHTS • 4 MEALS

EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH 3 NIGHTS in fiji!

Escape to a tropical paradise and relax with a fresh fruit drink, read a book, go for a swim, or just bask in the atmosphere of this stunning archipelago. See page 388 for more information.

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Venture through the natural splendor of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the stillness of Australia’s rugged Outback. Day 1 – Day 2: Depart from Home Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including their unparalleled beauty and captivating culture. Day 3: Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (D) Day 4: Cairns The morning is yours to explore the town at your own pace or simply relax and soak up the tropical atmosphere. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail

Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable experience that takes you above the rainforest canopy for a bird’s-eye view of unspoiled natural beauty. This afternoon, visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat. Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these arboreal herbivores. (B) Day 5: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns 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 by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you

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Queenstown

will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and choose to snorkel, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island. (B, L) Day 6: Cairns - Melbourne Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River. The city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. (B, D) Day 7: Melbourne Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens, valued for their historic and horticultural significance, and the bustling “laneways” of Melbourne. Later, you may participate in an optional tour to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers,

hundreds waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area. (B) Day 8: Melbourne - Alice Springs It’s on to the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment. (B, D) Day 9: Alice Springs Access the history and culture of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area. (B)

Day 10: Alice Springs - Uluru Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuṯa were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Tour the base of “the Rock,” learning about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru accompanied by a champagne toast. (B) Day 11: Uluru - Sydney This morning, tour Kata Tjuṯa before saying farewell to the rugged Outback. Fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in lively Darling Harbour. (B, D) Day 12: Sydney See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE.

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FROM THE OUTBACK TO THE GLACIERS (CONT.)

20 DAYS • 27 MEALS FROM $4799 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Melbourne • Alice Springs • Uluru • Sydney • Sydney Opera House • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Mt. Cook National Park • Christchurch

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3 – 5 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns Days 6, 7 Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne Days 8, 9

DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Day 10

Desert Gardens, Uluru

Days 11 – 13 The Tank Stream Hotel, Sydney Days 14 – 16 Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown Day 17

Sydney Harbour

Mount Cook

The Hermitage, Mount Cook

Days 18, 19 Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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I traveled alone and felt totally taken care of. I had a great tour manager who looked out for me. I loved the itinerary and felt we had time to ask questions and relax between activities. —Collette Traveler

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Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later this evening, you may choose to take in an optional dinner and performance at the famous Opera House. (B) Day 13: Sydney Deepen your exploration of Sydney’s many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say your farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D)

Day 14: Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand Leave Australia behind and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s most popular towns, Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Home to ski resorts, hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty, the city is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Settle into your new home for 3 nights. (B) Day 15: Queenstown - Milford Sound Queenstown Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest to Milford Sound via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise, you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following the cruise, return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L)

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Day 16: Queenstown Enjoy a day at leisure. Shop in the bustling village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Consider joining an optional tour through the majestic Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed. (B) Day 17: Queenstown - Mt. Cook National Park Set off for the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, a boomtown during the 1860’s gold fever. Sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park – Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (B, D)

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Day 18: Mt. Cook National Park Christchurch Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” up close and personal. Later, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner. (B, D) Day 19: Christchurch Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. The remainder of your day is free to continue exploring Christchurch on your own or perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to the International Antarctic Centre. (B, D) Day 20: Christchurch - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many unforgettable memories of your South Pacific journey. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$4799 $6499

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on August 25, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

June 2020 – April 2021

January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24 March 2, 9, 16, 30 April 6, 20, 27

June 2 July 21 August 25 September 8, 15, 22 October 6, 13, 20, 27

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for June 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 3, 10 January 12, 19 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 23 April 13, 27

This trip requires a passport and a visa. ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority) are required for US and Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and New Zealand. Our air passengers will arrive into Cairns and depart from Christchurch. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this tour are not included in the land price of your tour. All flights, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

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THE COMPLETE SOUTH PACIFIC 27 DAYS • 36 MEALS FROM $6999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Uluru • Alice Springs • Melbourne • Little Penguins • Tasmania • Sydney Opera House • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Mt. Cook • Christchurch • Wellington • Rotorua • Auckland

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Learn about the endangered Tasmanian Devil and the conservation efforts aimed at its survival. •• See koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center. •• Explore the Great Barrier Reef.

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 24 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 10 dinners

•• Savor a memorable bush dinner in the Australian Outback. •• Join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner.

3 NIGHTS • 4 MEALS

EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH 3 NIGHTS in fiji!

Escape to a tropical paradise and relax with a fresh fruit drink, read a book, go for a swim, or just bask in the atmosphere of this stunning archipelago. See page 388 for more information.

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From the underwater glory of the Great Barrier Reef to the towering peak of Mt. Cook – this is the South Pacific. Day 1 – Day 2: Depart from Home Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand. Day 3: Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (D) Day 4: Cairns Rise high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up close with access to specially designed boardwalks. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy your tropical surroundings. (B) Day 5: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns 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 by

making your time as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny island located on the outer reef. Maybe you are a bit more adventurous and choose to snorkel, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. Or you may opt to join an expert for a walk along the beach and heritage trail. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. (B, L) Day 6: Cairns - 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 change dramatically with the setting sun. (B) Day 7: Uluru - Alice Springs Hop over the “Red Centre” on a short flight to Alice Springs. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with a memorable bush dinner, set against the unique environment of the Outback desert. (B, D)

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Phillip Island

Day 8: Alice Springs Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life, even providing a taste of the native cuisine. Your glimpse into the culture continues with a tour of the area. Visit the School of the Air to find out more about how the Australian educational system serves students living in remote areas of the Outback. Learn how people once communicated in the remote Outback at the Old Telegraph Station, dating back to the 1800s. (B) Day 9: Alice Springs - Melbourne Transfer to the Alice Springs airport for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. (B) Day 10: Melbourne Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and bustling “laneways” of Melbourne. There is time at leisure to explore the city independently. Later, arrive at Phillip Island to see koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center. Continue to the renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the

Little Penguins and their significance to the region. (B)

variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour. (B, D)

Day 11: Melbourne - Hobart A flight to Hobart, Tasmania brings you to Australia’s second oldest city. The rugged and pristine beauty of Tasmania provides the backdrop to your 3-night stay. (B, D)

Day 15: Sydney See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, you may go on an optional excursion which includes dinner and a oncein-a-lifetime performance at the famous Sydney Opera House. (B)

Day 12: Hobart Visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center and learn about this unique marsupial, its fight for survival, and the efforts in place to save it from extinction. Later, take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies and home to stabilized ruins and restored buildings dating back to 1833. En route, witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blow Hole. (B) Day 13: Hobart Enjoy a free day to explore Tasmania’s capital city. Indulge in the city’s up-andcoming café culture, meander along the lively harbour, or just take some time to relax. (B) Day 14: Hobart - Sydney Return to mainland Australia today via flight and arrive in the bustling city of Sydney. This evening, its Diner’s Choice: choose from a

Day 16: Sydney Enjoy a day at leisure. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B) CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE.

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THE COMPLETE SOUTH PACIFIC (CONT.)

27 DAYS • 36 MEALS FROM $6999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Uluru • Alice Springs • Melbourne • Little Penguins • Tasmania • Sydney Opera House • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Mt. Cook • Christchurch • Wellington • Rotorua • Auckland

Rotorua

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3 – 5 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns Day 6

Desert Gardens, Uluru

Days 7, 8

DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Days 9, 10

Melbourne hotel, Melbourne

Days 11 – 13 Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart Days 14 – 16 West Hotel, Sydney Days 17 – 19 Heritage Hotel, Queenstown Day 20

The Hermitage, Mount Cook

Day 21 Novotel Hotel Cathedral Square, Christchurch Days 22, 23 Novotel Wellington, Wellington Rydges Hotel, Auckland

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

captured on tour

This tour was well organized and the itinerary was awesome. We saw so much. There was enough down time to recharge a bit, but the coordination and the timing of all the stops was outstanding. —Collette Traveler

Maori People, ©Tamaki Maori Village

...CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE.

Days 24, 25 Millennium Hotel, Rotorua Day 26

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Day 17: Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand Fly to one of the world’s best-kept secrets – New Zealand! Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown. Enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. (B, D) Day 18: Queenstown - Milford Sound Queenstown En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through a beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. 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. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L) Day 19: Queenstown A free day in Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Shop in the charming village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Or, perhaps

you will join an optional tour through the charming Queenstown countryside, which showcases the filming locations of many blockbuster movies. (B) Day 20: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park Set out for the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Revel in the Alpine paradise of Mt. Cook – a larger-than-life experience. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (B, D) Day 21: Mt. Cook National Park Christchurch Travel to the historic city of Christchurch, the “Garden City”. Enjoy some free time to explore. Perhaps you’ll stroll the city’s magnificent gardens or learn about its more recent history at the Quake City exhibition. This evening, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner. (B, D)

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TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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3 4 5

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Day 22: Christchurch - Picton Wellington On your journey to Picton, admire the coastal views, scenic river valleys and vineyards. From there, sail across Cook Strait to experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.” Your final destination is Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. (B, D) Day 23: Wellington Come to know Wellington on a tour viewing the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament; historic St. Paul’s Church; and the Old Government Building – the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Later you will have the opportunity to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. (B) Day 24: Wellington - Rotorua Drive to Rotorua with its dramatic geothermal landscape. Over onethird of its population boasts Maori roots making it known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. (B, D) Day 25: Rotorua Discover Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and

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geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching the tribal youth traditional carving and weaving. Enjoy the chance to see the Kiwi bird and learn about the preservation efforts to remove this iconic creature from the endangered species list. At the Agrodome, see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu, New Zealand greenstone, at a jade factory. (B) Day 26: Rotorua - Auckland Travel through the majestic countryside of the North Island, arriving in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, “The City of Sails.” A panoramic city tour features the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and spectacular views from the harbourside. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a fabulous trip! (B, D) Day 27: Auckland - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Auckland. (B)

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$6999 $9799

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on September 13, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

September 2020 - April 2021

January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 7, 14, 21 April 18, 25

September 13 October 4, 11, 18 November 1

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

January 10, 24, 31 February 7, 21, 28 March 14 April 18

Itinerary featured is for September 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

This trip requires a passport and a visa. Our air passengers will arrive into Cairns and depart from Auckland. Airport transfers are available for purchase. ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority) are required for US and Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and New Zealand. The internal flights on this tour are not included in the land price of the tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/105

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SOUTH PACIFIC WONDERS 15 DAYS • 21 MEALS FROM $3999 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney Opera House • Christchurch • Mt. Cook Region • Arrowtown • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Merino Sheep Farm

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. •• Get up close and personal with koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm. •• Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Mount Cook

•• Day 14 — Go bird watching at the

Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 12 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 6 dinners •• Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. •• Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3 – 5 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns Days 6 – 8 Novotel Sydney Darling Square, Sydney Day 9

Pavilions Hotel, Christchurch

Day 10 MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel Days 11 – 14 Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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See what life is like “Down Under” on this incredible journey through the great countries of Australia and New Zealand. Day 1 – Day 2: Depart From Home Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime. Day 3: Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (D) Day 4: Cairns Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. See traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these arboreal herbivores. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. (B, D)

Day 5: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. These 2,800 coral reefs are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life. (B, L) Day 6: Cairns - Sydney This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. (B) Day 7: Sydney See where the original English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically

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in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (B, D) Day 11: Mt. Cook Region Arrowtown - Queenstown Traverse the countryside as you set off for the beautiful Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and explore independently. (B) Day 12: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a breaktaking cruise you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island, with rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side. Following your cruise, return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the Southern Alps. (B, L)

on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn about opals during a presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later this evening, you may choose an optional dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House. (B) Day 8: Sydney Embrace the city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Tonight, say farewell to Australia, taking in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing the magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D) Day 9: Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see how “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a homecooked meal. (B, D) Day 10: Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive

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Day 13: Queenstown A free day offers a variety of optional activities. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join an optional tour through the Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed. (B) Day 14: Queenstown  Enjoy the scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During an exclusive, behind-thescenes visit to this authentic familyrun merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. (B, L, D) Day 15: Queenstown - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure. (B)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

1

SEE PAGE 395 FOR DETAILS

2 3 4 5

MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

3 NIGHTS

PRE OR POST NIGHT

EXTENSION

PRE: CAIRNS POST: QUEENSTOWN

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FIJI

CALL FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$3999 $5499

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on February 2, 2021 departure.

January – April 2020

June 2020 – April 2021

January 14, 21, 28 February 4, 11, 18, 25 March 3, 17, 31 April 14

June 9 July 7 August 4 September 1, 8 October 6, 20, 27

(different itinerary – see note)

Itinerary featured is for June 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

(featured itinerary)

November 3 January 12, 19 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 9, 16 April 6, 27

This trip requires a passport and visa. ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority) are required for US and Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and New Zealand. Our air passengers will arrive into Cairns and depart from Queenstown. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this tour are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Due to frequent flight schedule changes, a post-night in Queenstown may be required (at an additional cost). Please inquire at the time of booking.

Well organized. Excellent local guides. Awesome tour manager. Great hotels. —Collette Traveler

For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/95

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SOUTH PACIFIC WONDERS INCLUDING

NEW ZEALAND’S NORTH ISLAND 18 DAYS • 26 MEALS FROM $4899 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney Opera House • Auckland • Rotorua • Christchurch • Mt. Cook Region • Arrowtown • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Merino Sheep Farm

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. •• Experience the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. •• Visit the Agrodome for a fun sheep shearing demonstration.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 17 — Go bird watching at the

Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 15 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 8 dinners •• Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. •• Dine with a Kiwi family in their home. •• Experience a memorable authentic hangi dinner celebration.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3 – 5 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns Days 6 – 8 Novotel Sydney Darling Square, Sydney Day 9

Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Days 10, 11 Millennium Hotel, Rotorua Day 12

Pavilions Hotel, Christchurch

Day 13

MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Days 14 – 17 Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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See what life is like “Down Under” on this journey along the coast of Australia and through New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Day 1 – Day 2: Depart From Home Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Day 3: Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. (D) Day 4: Cairns Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. See traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the art gallery and artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn about these herbivores. Take a cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. (B, D) Day 5: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island trails, relax on the beaches,

snorkel or just watch the sea turtles swim past the pier. For a more adventurous encounter, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life. (B, L) Day 6: Cairns - Sydney This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. (B) Day 7: Sydney See where the English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Then learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later this evening, you may choose an optional dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House. (B) Day 8: Sydney Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Tonight, say farewell to Australia on a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. (B, D)

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Day 9: Sydney - Auckland, New Zealand Fly to one of the world’s most inspiring and sought after destinations – New Zealand. Arrive in Auckland, the “City of Sails.” Auckland has the highest Polynesian population in the world, and displays the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. The evening is yours to explore New Zealand’s largest city. (B) Day 10: Auckland - Rotorua Get to know Auckland on a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, Queen Street and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Travel to the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua, known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Tonight, experience an authentic hangi dinner celebration featuring authentic Maori entertainment such as the poi dance and the famous Haka war challenge. (B, D) Day 11: Rotorua This morning you visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness a landscape of erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and other geothermal wonders. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills. Take part in an interactive demonstration on the art of weaving. You will also view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove the Kiwi from the endangered species list. Next, meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu – New Zealand greenstone – at a local jade factory. Then, visit the Agrodome for a fun sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Tonight, relax or explore this lovely city on your own. (B, D) Day 12: Rotorua - Christchurch A short flight brings you to the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal. (B, D) Day 13: Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers

blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (B, D)

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

1

SEE PAGE 395 FOR DETAILS

2 3 4 5

Day 14: Mt. Cook Region Arrowtown - Queenstown Traverse the countryside as you set off for the Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore independently. (B) Day 15: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a breaktakingly beautiful cruise you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L) Day 16: Queenstown A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River or join an optional tour through the majestic Queenstown countryside, showcasing many of the locations where movies have been filmed. (B) Day 17: Queenstown  Enjoy the spectacular scenery of The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During a behind-the-scenes visit to this authentic family-run merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. (B, L, D) Day 18: Queenstown - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a your adventure. (B)

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MAKE MORE OF YOUR TOUR Add more time to your trip with these options: 1-2 NIGHTS

3 NIGHTS

PRE OR POST NIGHT

EXTENSION

PRE: CAIRNS POST: QUEENSTOWN

SEE PAGE 388 FOR DETAILS

CALL FOR DETAILS

FIJI

EVEN MORE TIME? Combine South Pacific Wonders with New Zealand’s North Island with another tour for one seamless, non-stop travel experience. CALL FOR DETAILS

DOUBLE SOLO

Starting at Starting at

$4899 $6899

Land only, per person, double occupancy.

Prices based on November 2, 2020 departure.

February – April 2020

October 2020 – April 2021

February 11, 25 March 10, 24 April 7, 28

October 13 November 2

(different itinerary – see note)

(featured itinerary)

February 1 March 2 April 13, 19

Itinerary featured is for October 2020 – April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation. This trip requires a passport and a visa. ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority) are required for US and Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and New Zealand. Our air passengers will arrive into Cairns and depart from Queenstown. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All air, including internal air, can be purchased through us. Due to frequent flight schedule changes, a post-night in Queenstown may be required (at an additional cost). Please inquire at the time of booking.

Good tour manager and guides with local knowledge and hotels in central locations. Well organized and interesting excursions. —Collette Traveler

For pricing details and to see this tour online: collette.com/95

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EXPLORING AUSTRALIA 18 DAYS • 22 MEALS FROM $4499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Melbourne • Barossa Valley • Hutton Vale Farm and Winery • Alice Springs • Uluru • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney • Sydney Opera House

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Come to know the Warlpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” •• Enjoy a private wine tasting and tour of Seppeltsfield Winery. •• Tour Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” (Ayers Rock).

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 16 — Travel to the Blue

Mountains of New South Wales to see geological wonders or experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass. (Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 15 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners •• Delight in a bush dinner in the Australian Outback. •• At sunset, enjoy a champagne toast while gazing at Uluru. •• Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3, 4 Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne Days 5, 6 Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Barossa Valley Days 7, 8 DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs Day 9 Desert Gardens or Sails in the Desert, Uluru Days 10 – 13 Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns Days 14 – 17 Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, Sydney

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Kangaroos in the Wild

Explore Australia’s diverse landscapes and cultures as you take in the best of the land “Down Under.” Day 1 – Day 2: Depart from Home The adventure of a lifetime awaits. Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead as you set out to see Australia’s vibrant cities, coastal gems, captivating Outback, and so much more! Day 3: Melbourne, Australia - Tour Begins Arrive today in Melbourne, a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. This evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 4: Melbourne Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Later, you may join an optional tour to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn more about the Little Penguin. (B) Day 5: Melbourne - Adelaide - Barossa Valley Fly to Adelaide and explore this coastal city before proceeding to the Barossa

Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards. (B, D) Day 6: Barossa Valley Set out for the 19th-century Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th generation working farm and winery set on 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside. Caretakers John and Jan Angas will welcome you and share their family’s story that extends back to the founding of Australia. Tour the farm’s historic buildings, see their livestock and one of the many vineyards before partaking in some tea and homemade specialties. Perhaps you’ll give their sweet crisp Riesling a try. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield Winery for a private tour, followed by a tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs. (B) Day 7: Barossa Valley - Alice Springs A short flight will take you to Alice Springs in the Australian Outback. After some leisure time this afternoon, savor a memorable bush dinner set against the desert backdrop. (B, D)

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Day 8: Alice Springs Come to know the history and culture of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. Visit the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with amazing panoramas of the area. Next, gain insight into the educational system in the Outback at the School of the Air. (B)

Get up close and personal with crocodiles! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands; home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these herbivores. Then, take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying an authentic Aussie barbecue. (B, D)

Day 9: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock). This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying a champagne toast. (B)

Day 14: Cairns - Sydney After a leisurely morning, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. (B)

Day 10: Uluru - Cairns Set off in the cool of the morning for Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” to learn about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Later, fly to Cairns, the tropical gateway to the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (B) Day 11: Cairns Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy. There are two stops where you may get off and experience the forest floor’s diversity of plants, birds and animals from specially designed boardwalks. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tropical surroundings. (B, D) Day 12: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns 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 by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and choose to snorkel; revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island. (B, L) Day 13: Cairns This morning, explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. Later, set out for Hartley’s Croc Farm.

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Day 15: Sydney See where the English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of the tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then, learn first-hand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. (B) Day 16: Sydney - Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea  Today, it’s your choice! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO) and come to know its countless geological wonders – see the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction, as well as sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness -OR- further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass; travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour, visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watsons bays, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo; and hop off to explore places of interest…or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise. (B) Day 17: Sydney Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will explore more of Sydney’s fascinating attractions, do some shopping or find yourself relaxing at a local café. This evening, say farewell to Sydney and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbor showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D) Day 18: Sydney - Tour Ends You depart for home with wonderful memories of this inspiring country. (B)

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Starting at Starting at

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Prices based on September 12, 2020 departure.

January – April 2020

September 2020 – April 2021

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This trip requires a passport and visa. Our air passengers will arrive into Melbourne and depart from Sydney. Airport transfers are available for purchase. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. All flights, including internal air, can be purchased through us.

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EXPLORING NEW ZEALAND 22 DAYS • 29 MEALS FROM $5499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Christchurch • Mt. Cook Region • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •• Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.” •• Overnight in the spectacular Mt. Cook region where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. •• Visit a family-owned farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE! •• Day 21 — Go bird watching at the

Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning views of the region.

Bay of Islands

(Be sure to arrange before trip departure)

CULINARY INCLUSIONS •• 19 breakfasts • 2 lunches • 8 dinners •• Experience an authentic hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture. •• Sample local specialties of the South Island at a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner. •• Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. 3 NIGHTS • 4 MEALS

EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH 3 NIGHTS in fiji!

Escape to a tropical paradise and relax with a fresh fruit drink, read a book, go for a swim, or just bask in the atmosphere of this stunning archipelago. See page 388 for more information.

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From geothermal springs and ice fields to stunning fjords and Maori culture, experience New Zealand at its best. Day 1 – Day 2: Depart from Home Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead. Day 3: Auckland, New Zealand - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live. Auckland’s Polynesian population instills into its chic atmosphere the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Day 4: Auckland Come to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The afternoon is yours to explore New Zealand’s largest city on your own. Perhaps you will choose to go on an optional America’s Cup sailing experience. (B)

Day 5: Auckland - Bay of Islands Depart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands, your home for the next two nights. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, the site where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation. (B, D) Day 6: Bay of Islands Begin the day with a cruise that features the bay’s famous Hole in the Rock and a stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island. Relax on the beach or walk to a higher elevation to enjoy 360° views. Look out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse, standing nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula. The rest of the day is yours to independently explore Paihia – the quaint town known as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands.” (B) Day 7: Bay of Islands - Matakohe - Rotorua Leave the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands behind and head to Matakohe in the

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heartland of the North Island. Make a stop at the Kauri Museum and come to know the stories surrounding the giant kauri tree that can live for 2,000 years. Discover how the early settlers used this abundant tree to build a life for themselves. Later, continue on to the town of Rotorua, known for geothermal activity and Maori culture. (B, D) Day 8: Rotorua Today, find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. With over one-third of its population boasting Maori roots, this city is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills. Enjoy the chance to view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove this marvelous creature from the endangered species list. In the evening, experience ceremonial Maori rituals at an authentic hangi dinner and performance. (B, D) Day 9: Rotorua - Taupo - Napier Travel through the North Island’s rolling countryside to Taupo, a lakeside town

situated in a natural caldera. Stop for a morning tea at a working art glass studio. See the artists work their craft before exploring the colorful sculpture garden. Continue on to Napier, a quaint harbor town situated on the shores of Hawke’s Bay. (B) Day 10: Napier Start your morning with a guided tour of Napier. Venture along some of the world’s greatest Art Deco architecture and learn why the city took on such an eclectic design style. Take advantage of an afternoon at leisure, perhaps strolling down the oceanfront promenade or relaxing at an open-air restaurant. (B) Day 11: Napier - Wellington Continue your way south through rural vistas. The rugged Remutaka Range slowly gives way to Wellington, a coastal city nestled against the mountains. Embark on a tour of New Zealand’s capital city, known as the “Windy City.” See the Beehive – New Zealand’s Parliament; historic St. Paul’s Church; and the Old Government Building, the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. (B, D) Day 12: Wellington Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore Wellington. You may want to visit the Te

Papa Tongarewa Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture, or perhaps ride the Wellington Cable Car to the suburb of Kelburn for stunning panoramic views of the city. (B) Day 13: Wellington - Picton - Christchurch Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait. Experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.” Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for lunch. Continue along the breathtaking east coast to the largest city on the South Island, Christchurch. (B) Day 14: Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means “cloud piercer.” Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive at the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or simply meditate on the

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EXPLORING NEW ZEALAND (CONT.)

22 DAYS • 29 MEALS FROM $5499 Land only, per person, double occupancy.

HIGHLIGHTS Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Christchurch • Mt. Cook Region • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown

Maori Dancers Queenstown

ACCOMMODATIONS Days 1, 2

Overnight Flight

Days 3, 4

Rydges, Auckland

Days 5, 6 Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Waitangi, Bay of Islands Days 7, 8

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Days 9, 10 Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier Days 11, 12 Novotel, Wellington Day 13 Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch Day 14 The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook or MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel Days 15, 16 Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin Days 17, 18 Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, Te Anau Days 19 – 21 Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

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beauty of the Southern Alps. (B, D) Day 15: Mt. Cook Region - Dunedin Travel to Dunedin, on the southeast coast of New Zealand. One of the earliest European settlements on the islands, Dunedin holds proudly to its Scottish heritage and traditions. (B) Day 16: Dunedin This morning’s panoramic drive reveals Larnach Castle as well as Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest public road. Later, visit the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these magnificent birds. Their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet! (B)

The trip was probably our best to date. What made it outstanding was the everyday information provided by the coach driver and the Tour Manager.

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Day 17: Dunedin - Manapouri - Te Anau Make your way through lush farmland and quaint villages to the lakeside town of Manapouri. Stop at a working alpaca farm and get up-close to these domesticated animals. Meet with a local artist and gain insight into what it’s like to live in remote New Zealand. Continue on to the lakeside

town of Te Anau, a quaint village nestled against the entrance to Fiordland National Park. Indulge in the bountiful local produce in a special “Taste of Fiordland” dinner. (B, D) Day 18: Te Anau Take a short walk to the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. This site is your gateway to the natural beauty of New Zealand’s fjords. An expert guide will provide information about the natural and human history of the region, as well as ongoing conservation projects. With the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps you will hike through the park, visit the Te Anau Bird Conservation Center, or take an optional tour to the Waitomo Glow Worm caves. (B) Day 19: Te Anau - Milford Sound Queenstown During a cruise of the beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on

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