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WELCOME! Thank you for choosing GOGO Vacations, your Complete Package Specialists! In this brochure, you will find our hotels and exciting sightseeing options in our favorite destinations. Along with this brochure and the help of your travel agent, you will have everything you need to make an educated decision on where to vacation next. Vacations are all about the memories created in paradise, and with the options you will find in this brochure, they will be memories that will last a lifetime! We look forward to helping you book the vacation you deserve! See you soon, Your Complete Package Specialists

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CONTENTS Great Britain........................................................................20 Scotland & Wales................................................................36 Ireland..................................................................................38 France...................................................................................42 Italy......................................................................................52 Spain....................................................................................72 Portugal...............................................................................82 Greece..................................................................................86 Turkey..................................................................................91 Belgium & The Netherlands...............................................93 Switzerland.........................................................................95 Germany & Austria.............................................................97 Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania & Croatia.................100 Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Iceland.............................104 General Conditions...........................................................107

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About Our Star Ratings 22222 Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding variety of premium facilities and services. 2222 Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior variety of excellent facilities and services. 222 Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 22 Moderately priced properties offering basic accommodations, amenities, facilities, and services. 2 Economically priced properties offering modest accommodations and limited amenities, facilities, and services. 1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.


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choosing your airline The vacation destinations across Europe richly reward visitors with a diversity of culture, history, and beauty. Now, there are more flights than ever to their capitals and largest cities, including several airlines offering direct nonstop service from the US with various amenities and comfort options to make your flight more pleasurable.

LUFTHANSA

UNITED AIRLINES

Lufthansa is the world’s fourth largest airline, serving 18 domestic destinations and 203 international destinations in 78 countries. Lufthansa understands its travelers’ needs and offers the ultimate in value, service, comfort, and sophistication.

Based in Chicago, United Airlines delivers the world’s most comprehensive global route network, flying more revenue passenger-miles to more destinations than any other airline in the world.

The airline has recently invested in upgrading a wide range of products and services like the new First Class – the ultimate luxury flying experience. In 2013, SkyTrax awarded Lufthansa a 5-Star ranking for “First Class” and for “Best First Class Lounge.”

Boasting a modern fleet which is the most fuel-efficient (when adjusted for cabin size) among US network carriers, the airline’s operations feature world-class international gateways to Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East with nonstop or one-stop service from virtually anywhere in the United States.

Lufthansa is based in Frankfurt, Germany. The airline maintains hubs in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, as well as in Vienna, Austria, and Zürich, Switzerland. The airline’s long-haul fleet consists of versions of the Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A380, Boeing 737, and Boeing 747. Lufthansa offers nonstop flights to Germany from 22 North American gateways, with connections to over 160 destinations worldwide. Fly from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC/JFK, NYC/Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC, as well as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Code-share agreements with JetBlue, and United Airlines, and US Airways also provide service to Germany from over 100 additional US cities.

Star Alliance Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance, one of the largest global airline networks, comprising 28 airline members and offering 18,500 daily departures to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

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The global route network spotlights 186 destinations (78 domestic and 108 international) – the most of any airline in the world; 73 countries served; over 5,000 daily departures; and 140 million passengers – second-most of any airline in the world The airline’s fleet numbers 717 mainline aircraft, including: • Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 & 787 jetliners • Airbus A319 and A320 planes United’s European destinations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Shannon, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Zürich.

Star Alliance United Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, one of the largest global airline networks, comprising 28 airline members and offering 18,500 daily departures to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.


IAG (BRITISH AIRWAYS & IBERIA) British Airways

Iberia

British Airways and Iberia are part of International Airlines Group, one of the world’s largest airline groups, with 459 aircraft flying to 243 destinations and carrying 67.2 million passengers each year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue.

Iberia is Spain’s flagship airline and the leading carrier between Europe and Latin America with the most flights and destinations. The merger between British Airways and Iberia in 2011 formed Europe’s third largest scheduled airline and the world’s sixth largest scheduled airline carrier.

British Airways is a full-service global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive route network flying to and from centrally located airports.

Iberia Airlines offers a service of unbeatable quality, experience, and comfort designed to exceed expectations on all intercontinental flights. Together with its subsidiary airline Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates to 140 destinations in 43 countries from its Madrid hub.

From booking and boarding, to take-off and landing, British Airways understands that a journey is more than just a flight and aims to provide the ultimate travel experience, carrying approximately 33 million passengers every year, and covering 183 destinations in more than 70 countries. British Airways is one of few carriers serving destinations across all six inhabited continents. British Airways serves Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC/JFK, NYC/Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington DC.

Iberia flies to Europe from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and NYC/JFK.

oneworld Alliance British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld Alliance. Established in 1998, oneworld is recognized as one of the three largest airline alliances in the world, consisting of 15 members and offering more than 14,000 daily departures to over 1,000 destinations around the globe.

AIR FRANCE / KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES Air France

KLM

A founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Air France operates worldwide scheduled passenger service to 168 destinations in 93 countries, including 36 destinations in France. Boasting a fleet of 337 planes, Air France was formed in 1933 and is based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airline carried nearly 60 million passengers last year.

The world’s oldest airline operating under its original name, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (part of the Air France KLM Group) serves 133 destinations worldwide using a modern fleet of 114 aircraft. Its home base and global hub is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands.

For 80 years a legend of the skies with its trademark luxury, classic style, unbeatable value, world-class cuisine, and personal service, it’s no wonder Air France has grown to become Europe’s largest airline.

KLM is at the forefront of the European airline industry. Offering reliability and a healthy dose of Dutch pragmatism, 32,000 KLM employees work to provide innovative products for its customers and a safe, efficient, service-oriented operation with a pro-active focus on sustainability.

Air France’s acclaimed La Première – First Class features cuisine created by Michelinstarred chefs Joël Robuchon and Guy Martin, and a wine list by acclaimed sommelier Olivier Poussier. In addition, personal screens with audio/video on demand are available in all cabins on all international long-haul Air France aircraft. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, the airline’s La Première lounge spotlights a list of wines and menu items selected by legendary chef Alain Ducasse. Air France flies to Paris from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, NYC/JFK, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

KLM flies to Amsterdam from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC/JFK, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

SkyTeam Alliance Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are members of the SkyTeam alliance network. Founded in 2000, SkyTeam has continuously grown throughout the years and now consists of 20 airline members with more than 16,000 daily departures flying to 1,050 destinations in 177 countries across the world, including Europe, the US, Asia, and Africa.

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Venice, Italy

EUROPE IT’S EASY TO MAKE YOUR WAY AROUND EUROPE – AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

Know Your Destination European countries welcome almost a half-billion international visitors per year – it’s the most popular destination for Americans traveling overseas – and there’s no mystery why. The continent is filled with amazing architecture, outdoor adventures, stimulating culture, unparalleled cuisine and shopping, compelling museums, religious and historical sites, stately palaces and castles, colorful festivals, and breathtaking landscapes. Not only that, it’s easier than ever to visit Europe, thanks to: • • •

an open borders policy efficient travel infrastructure adoption of a common currency by almost all the individual countries

You can have a leisurely breakfast in London, take the Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel, and do some afternoon shopping in Paris! Or float on a barge along rivers and canals from Switzerland to The Netherlands, and get a different perspective on the castles, vineyards, and windmills that line the shores. Your options are many – and all enjoyable!

GETTING AROUND Border Crossings There are virtually no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement, except under special circumstances. Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty. Please note, not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen treaty countries are members of the European Union.

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CITY-TO-CITY Air Dozens of budget airlines allow for very inexpensive travel around Europe, often much cheaper than the train or even bus fares for the same journey; indeed you can make hops just about anywhere on the continent for under $100 a flight. Low-cost airlines such as Air Berlin, Ryanair, and easyJet typically fly to smaller cities or secondary airports. This means that if you are flexible and willing to consider secondary airports or smaller cities as your destination, you can save a lot of money. Also, low-cost carriers usually offer only one passenger class and often have no assigned seating. Following competition from discount airlines, traditional carriers such as British Airways have also cut their fares on competing routes, and are often only about 20% more expensive than discount airlines, a price worth paying if the journey to the airport is cheaper and faster.

Rail Europe has one of the best train systems in the entire world. Especially in Western and Central Europe, the trains are fast, efficient, and cost-competitive with flying. High-speed trains like the French TGV, German ICE, Spanish AVE, and cross-border Eurostar and Thalys services speed along at up to 200 mph, and when taking into account travel time to the airport and back, are often faster than taking a plane. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be treated to diverse scenery as you travel from one destination to the next, for example, chugging alongside the snow-capped Alps in Switzerland or gazing out at Tuscany’s rolling hills. There are good discounts available if you book in advance or take advantage of various deals. In particular, Eurail passes offer good value if you plan on traveling extensively

and want more flexibility than airlines can offer. It may be necessary to make reservations for high-speed trains in many countries, and the number of seats for railpass holders may be very limited.

Car The ease of driving on the continent varies, and as a general rule, east and west of the old Iron Curtain are two different worlds. Western European countries for the most part have good road conditions and extensive and well developed highway networks, whereas Eastern European countries are still working hard on the great backlog left behind from communist days.

IN-TOWN Transit At least 50 European cities have extensive and efficient subway or light-rail systems in above- and/or belowground configurations that make it easy to move between neighborhoods, including London, Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Munich, Athens, Budapest, Rome, Milan, Oslo, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Stockholm, Lausanne, Istanbul, and Glasgow. In addition, approximately 80 cities offer convenient suburban/commuter rail systems.

Bus Hundreds of European cities have public bus, tram, or trolley systems, from the largest cities such as London and Paris, to smaller destinations like Cannes, France, and Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Taxi Perhaps the most ubiquitous public transportation option in the world, taxi service is available in virtually every city and town (except perhaps the tiniest and most remote villages) across the continent.


Barents Sea

Norwegian Sea Reykjavik

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North Atlantic Ocean

NORWAY

FINLAND

SWEDEN Baltic Sea

Oslo

St. Petersburg Stockholm

U.K. Belfast

IRELAND

Liverpool Cork

DENMARK

Newcastle York Leeds

Dublin

Limerick

Moscow Copenhagen

Manchester Leicester

Waterford

Birmingham Cardiff Oxford London

Rotterdam

Haarlem Amsterdam The Hague

Hamburg

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Berlin

Warsaw

GERMANY Ghent Antwerp Dresden BELGIUM Dusseldorf Rouen LUX. Cologne Frankfurt Prague Paris CZECH Heidelberg Tours REPUBLIC Stuttgart Dijon Vienna Munich FRANCE Salzburg Zurich Limoges Bern Lucerne Innsbruck Brussels Bruges

Brest

Nantes

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Bilbao Porto

Bordeaux Biarritz

Madrid

SPAIN

Lyon

Milan

Avignon Toulouse

Barcelona

AUSTRIA

Geneva

Monaco Nice Marseille Cannes

Valladolid

PORTUGAL Lisbon

Turin Genoa

Corsica

Seville

Gibraltar

Granada

Ibiza

Mallorca

Sardinia

Budapest

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

Zagreb

CROATIA

Bologna

Bucharest Black Sea

Florence Pisa Anacona

Split Dubrovnik

Livorno Rome

Valencia

Krakow

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Venice

ITALY

Cordoba Faro

RUSSIA

St. Andrews Edinburgh North Sea

Glasgow

Naples

Istanbul

Bari Taranto

Thessaloniki

Bursa Eskisehir

GREECE

Marbella

TURKEY Izmir

Palermo Messina

Sicily

Ankara

Athens

Bodrum

Adana

Antalya

Siracuse

MOROCCO Mediterranean Sea

ALGERIA

Crete

TUNISIA

LIBYA EGYPT

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CASTLE COLLECTION

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS • LONDON • EDINBURGH

The London Eye

Stonehenge, England London

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • London hop-on/hop-off tour • London Eye • Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath tour • Edinburgh hop-on/hop-off tour • Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands tour

Day 1: London

Day 5: London – Edinburgh

Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel.

Transfer to airport for your flight to Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: London Discover England’s capital city on a hop-on/hop-off tour of top attractions. Daily tours depart every 15-20 minutes, stopping at over 90 spots around the city. Professional commentary, a complimentary river cruise, and a Kids Club (ages 5-12) make this tour a hit for visitors of all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of London from atop the 443-foottall London Eye, a landmark Ferris Wheel perched high above the River Thames. You’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey, among other sights.

Day 3: London Take a journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on a full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Travel to mysterious Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, where you can see the historic Roman baths.

Day 4: London Spend the day at leisure.

Day 6: Edinburgh Join a hop-on/hop-off tour aboard an open-top double decker bus and discover all that lively, cosmopolitan Edinburgh has to offer. Admire the city’s vast collection of medieval and Georgian architecture, discover Old Town and New Town, as well as the Grassmarket, Castle Rock, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House, and more. Your unlimited-use ticket is good for 24 hours.

Day 7: Edinburgh Discover Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Scotland’s striking, scenic Highlands on this small group day trip from Edinburgh. Travel to historic Glencoe – sight of the infamous 1692 MacDonald massacre – admire rugged mountain scenery, and visit Scotland’s famous Loch Ness. Try to spot “Nessie,” the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional boat cruise equipped with a sonar system.

Day 8: Edinburgh Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland

SCOTLAND Glasgow

Edinburgh

North Sea

Sanderland

NORTHERN IRELAND

Irish Sea Liverpool

Leeds Manchester

ENGLAND

IRELAND

Leicester Birmingham

WALES

Oxford London

Cardiff

Bath English Channel

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LONDON & PARIS SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS • LONDON • PARIS

Windsor Castle, England

Eiffel Tower, Paris

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • London hop-on/hop-off tour • London Eye • Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath tour • Eurostar train to Paris • Paris hop-on/hop-off tour • Tour of Giverny & Versailles

Day 1: London

Day 6: Paris

Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel.

See Paris at your own pace on a hop-on/hop-off tour with four interconnected routes, the ideal way to see all the sights. Board an open-top double-decker bus for a bird’seye view of the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Neuf, Palais Royal, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more sights.

Day 2: London Discover England’s capital city on a hop-on/hop-off tour of top attractions. Daily tours depart every 15-20 minutes, stopping at over 90 spots around the city. Professional commentary, a complimentary river cruise, and a Kids Club (ages 5-12) make this tour a hit for visitors of all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of London from atop the 443-foottall London Eye, a landmark Ferris Wheel perched high above the River Thames. You’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey, among other sights.

Day 3: London Spend the day at leisure.

Day 4: London Take a journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on a full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Travel to mysterious Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, where you can see the historic Roman baths.

Day 5: London – Paris

Palace de Versailles, France

Day 7: Paris Enjoy a private tour of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home, studio, and gardens in beautiful Giverny. After lunch with scenic views of the French countryside at Moulin de Fourges, a restaurant on the banks of the Epte River, discover the grandeur of Versailles with an expert guide. You’ll view the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Queen’s apartments, and have free time to tour the perfectly manicured gardens spreading out behind the palace.

Day 8: Paris

The Monet House, Giverny, France

ENGLAND London

BELGIUM English Channel

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Spend the day at leisure.

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Day 9: Paris Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

Paris

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Transfer to board the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Transfer to your hotel.

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EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS • PARIS • AMSTERDAM • LONDON

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Amsterdam canals

Norwegian Sea

ICELAND

Moulin Rouge, Paris

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Paris hop-on/hop-off tour • Moulin Rouge show • Tour of Giverny & Versailles • Amsterdam city tour & cruise • Amsterdam dinner cruise • Windmills, Volendam & Marken Tour • London hop-on/hop-off tour • London Eye • Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath tour North Atlantic Ocean

Day 1: Paris

Day 6: Amsterdam

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel.

Explore the Dutch countryside’s picturesque windmills, historic wooden houses, and quaint fishing villages on a half-day tour. See the fanciful windmills of Zaanse Schans, learn how wooden clogs are made, and visit the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, as well as an authentic Dutch cheese farm.

Day 2: Paris See Paris at your own pace on a hop-on/hop-off tour with four interconnected routes, the ideal way to see all the sights. Board an open-top double-decker bus for a bird’seye view of the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Neuf, Palais Royal, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more sights.

Day 8: London Discover England’s capital city on a hop-on/hop-off tour of top attractions, stopping at over 90 spots around the city. Professional commentary, a complimentary river cruise, and a Kids Club (ages 5-12) make this tour a hit for visitors of all ages.

Day 4: Paris – Amsterdam

Take a journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on a full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle. Travel to mysterious Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, where you can see the historic Roman baths.

Embark on a hop-on/hop-off tour and discover the highlights of Amsterdam, including the famous canals with their beautiful, elegant canal houses, towers, and bridges, plus the Royal Palace, the Western Church, the Skinny Bridge, Amsterdam’s tallest windmill, and other attractions. Then, board a canal boat for a cruise along Amsterdam’s famous waterways and enjoy great views.

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Oslo

North Sea

Transfer to airport for your flight to London. Transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy a private tour of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home, studio, and gardens in beautiful Giverny. Next, discover the grandeur of Versailles with an expert guide. You’ll view the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s apartments, and the perfectly manicured gardens.

Day 5: Amsterdam

NORWAY

Day 7: Amsterdam – London

Day 3: Paris

Transfer to airport for your flight to Amsterdam. Transfer to your hotel.

Passenger capsule of the London Eye

DENMARK

IRELAND

Co

Avon River, Bath, England

ENGLAND

Amsterdam

London

NETH.

Day 9: London

BELGIUM LUX.

GERMANY

Paris

C RE

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FRANCE

Day 10: London Spend the day at leisure.

SWITZERLAND

Day 11: London

Bordeaux

AUST

Lyon

SL

ITALY

Transfer to airport for your departing flight. Toulouse

Valladolid

Monaco Marseille

PORTUGAL Madrid

Barcelona

Corsica

Genoa

Bologna Florence Pisa


BLACK CABS & BLACK BEER

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS • LONDON • DUBLIN

Kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland

The Guinness Brewery, Dublin

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • London hop-on/hop-off tour • London Eye • Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath tour • Dublin hop-on/hop-off tour • Guinness Storehouse tour • Cork/Blarney/Queenstown Story tour

Day 1: London

Day 6: Dublin

Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel.

Explore Ireland’s capital city at your leisure on this 90-minute hop-on/hop-off tour, featuring one ticket that covers two separate tour routes. A live guide or multilingual commentary accompanies this fun survey of Dublin’s top attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Zoo, Old Jameson Distillery, and more. Your hop-on/hop-off ticket is valid for two days.Tour Ireland’s most famous attraction on a trip to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin’s St. James’s Gate brewery. Now a visitors center devoted to the history of Ireland’s best-selling alcoholic drink of all time, the Storehouse includes a giant “pint” glass capable of holding over 14 million pints of Guinness. After your tour, visit the Gravity Bar for a complimentary pint and panoramic views of Dublin.

Day 2: London Discover England’s capital city on a hop-on/hop-off tour of top attractions. Daily tours depart every 15-20 minutes, stopping at over 90 spots around the city. Professional commentary, a complimentary river cruise, and a Kids Club (ages 5-12) make this tour a hit for visitors of all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of London from atop the 443-foottall London Eye, a landmark Ferris Wheel perched high above the River Thames. You’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey, among other sights.

Day 3: London Take a journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on a full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Travel to mysterious Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, where you can see the historic Roman baths.

Day 4: London Spend the day at leisure.

Day 5: London – Dublin Transfer to airport for your flight to Dublin. Transfer to your hotel.

Trafalgar Square, London

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, Ireland

Day 7: Dublin Take in the scenic Irish countryside as you travel on the InterCity train from Dublin to Cork on a full-day tour. Visit Blarney Castle to stroll the extensive gardens and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to give visitors the gift of “eternal eloquence”! Next, travel to the seaport town of Cobh, where the “Queenstown Story” Heritage Center is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. Return to Dublin via the InterCity train.

Day 8: Dublin Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

NORTHERN IRELAND Dublin

IRELAND

ENGLAND London

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BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS • MADRID • BARCELONA • LISBON

ICELAND

Belem Tower, Lisbon

North Atlantic Ocean

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

U.K.

Crystal Palace, Madrid

Glasgow

• Madrid hop-on/hop-off tour • Barcelona highlights tour • Classic Lisbon city tour • Sintra/Cascais/Estoril tour

Day 1: Madrid

Day 6: Barcelona

Arrive in Madrid and transfer to your hotel.

Spend the day at leisure.

Day 2: Madrid

Day 7: Barcelona – Lisbon

Get acquainted with the sights and sounds of Madrid while touring the city on a double-decker bus. With one ticket, you’ll be able to hop on and off the bus all day long on two interconnecting routes and listen to commentaries through a headphone audio system. Highlights include the spectacular Royal Palace, the Prado, the Puerta de Alcalá, the Gran Vía, the Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums, the Salamanca neighborhood, and the modern skyscrapers along the Paseo de la Castellana.

Transfer to airport for your flight to Lisbon. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Madrid Spend the day at leisure.

Day 4: Madrid – Barcelona Transfer to airport for your flight to Barcelona. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Barcelona Board an air-conditioned motor coach for a tour of Barcelona’s top attractions, visiting Via Laietana, the cathedral and its cloister, the Gothic Quarter, and Plaça de Sant Jaume, followed by the Olympic Village and Olympic Port. Climb Montjuic to the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Calatrava Tower, and the Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village), a selection of typical buildings from all over Spain. End the tour with an aerial view of Barcelona from the cable car to Montjuic Castle.

Edinburgh

Belfast

IRELAND Limerick

Sunder

Dublin

Leeds

Liverpool Cork

Waterford Birmingham

Manchester Leicester

London

Day 8: Lisbon Explore Portugal’s capital city on a half-day tour of vibrant Lisbon. Highlights include the Tower of Belem, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Coach Museum, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Take a stroll through historical Alfama, enjoy a wine tasting, and pause for pictures at the beautiful Praça do Comércio. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Brus Bru

Paris Cascais, Portugal

FRANCE

Day 9: Lisbon Visit Sintra, the town where the Portuguese Royal Family once summered, and the National Palace. Enjoy free time to visit Sintra’s craft shops and sample the famous local pastries. Continue to Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe) and along the coast, passing famous Guincho Beach, then to Cascais’ seaside “Boca do Inferno” and the Bay of Cascais. On the return trip, pass through Estoril, home of the famous casino.

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Avignon Porto

Valladolid

Ma

PORTUGAL Madrid Lisbon

SPAIN

Valencia

Cordoba

Day 10: Lisbon Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

Seville

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Granada

Barcelona


GREEK ISLAND HOPPER SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS • ATHENS • MYKONOS • SANTORINI

Poseidon Temple at Cape Sounion

Santorini

Temple of the Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis, Athens

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Athens & Piraeus hop-on/hop-off tour • Cape Sounion tour • Mykonos • Santorini

Day 1: Athens Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2: Athens Visit Athens’ famous Acropolis, Parthenon, National Archaeological Museum, New Acropolis Museum, Temple of Zeus, National Gardens, and more of the city’s many attractions on a hop-on/hop-off bus tour.

Watch a sunset that you’ll never forget in Mykonos Town’s “Little Venice” district, one of the most beautiful and romantic places on the islands. Little Venice is famous for its picturesque medieval houses, which stand like a wall above the sea.

Day 7: Mykonos – Santorini Transfer to airport for your flight to Santorini. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Athens Join a half-day tour from Athens that will take you to the stunning coastal town of Cape Sounion, perched high above the Aegean Sea. Visit the famous ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, constructed around 440 BCE, and enjoy breathtaking sea views from atop the jutting headland.

Spend your days at leisure on this legendary island. A picturesque town beloved by artists, Ia is a place to wander the streets, alleys, and staircases, and catch breathtaking views of the caldera, a sea-filled natural dome created by the planet’s largest volcanic eruption. Have a relaxing meal in a Caldera restaurant, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.

Transfer to airport for your flight to Mykonos. Transfer to your hotel.

Days 5-6: Mykonos Spend your days at leisure on this gorgeous island. Unwind on Kalo Livadi, a quiet stretch of sandy beach where you can also find some excellent dining at nearby tavernas. For a more active afternoon, go windsurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, or wakeboarding at Kalafati, just several miles from Mykonos Town.

Mykonos

GREECE

Days 8-10: Santorini

Day 4: Athens – Mykonos

Thessaloniki

Aegean Sea

Corfu

Patra

Athens

At the southern tip of the island, Agios Georgios beach offers everything from water sports to beach bars. It’s the perfect spot to have a quiet swim. And you’ll find ideal snorkeling off Mesa Pigadia beach, south of Ia.

CYCLADES Paros

Naxos Ios

Ionian Sea

Santorini

Day 11: Santorini Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

Rho

Sea of Crete

Mediterranean Sea

Crete

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ITALIAN MASTERPIECES SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS • ROME • VENICE • FLORENCE

Norwegian Sea

ICELAND

Norwegian Sea

ICELAND

Arno River and Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Colosseum, Rome

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Rome hop-on/hop-off tour • Naples & Pompeii tour • Florence hop-on/hop-off tour • Pizza & gelato class • Venice walking tour • Venice islands tour

Day 1: Rome

Day 6: Venice

Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Take an afternoon “Tour to the Islands” of the Venetian lagoon’s three most famous islands. First, visit peaceful Torcello – Venice’s oldest continuously populated region – to see the city’s first church. Next, watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano, and then browse Burano’s famous lace shops.

Day 2: Rome From the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city on the planet. See them all on a hop-on/hop-off panoramic bus tour while listening to informative audio commentary. Other attractions include the Pantheon, Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Olympic Stadium, and more.

Day 3: Rome Join a day trip that takes you from Rome to both Naples and Pompeii to explore the history, art, and archaeology of this captivating region. Tour the Gulf of Naples, site of the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A local expert will lead you on a two-hour guided walking tour of Pompeii, and you will enjoy lunch at a traditional Pompeii restaurant.

Day 4: Rome – Venice Transfer to airport for your flight to Venice. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Venice Embark on a walking tour of some of Venice’s most beloved landmarks. Explore historic St. Mark’s Square, and visit the interior of its Byzantine-style Basilica. Stroll Venice’s narrow, winding alleyways and admire sights including Campo Santa Maria Formosa and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (also known as “the Pantheon of Venice”).

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Procida Island, Naples

Day 7: Venice – Florence Transfer to airport for your flight to Florence. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 8: Florence There’s no better way to see Florence than on a hop-on/ hop-off tour from an open-top double-decker bus. Stops along the tour route include the Duomo, the Cathedral, Santa Croce, San Marco, Piazzale Michelangelo, and much more.

Day 9: Florence Combine your love of pizza and gelato with a unique cooking class in beautiful Florence. Learn how to make gelato and cook an authentic Italian pizza with a professional chef who will teach and guide you along the way. Discover and taste the many gelato flavors that are made in Italy, and sample an array of Italian pizzas. Your new cooking skills will be the best souvenir you take home from your trip to Italy!

Day 10: Florence

Grand Canal, Venice

SWITZERLAND Milan

AUSTRIA SLOVENIA

Venice

Genoa

CROATIA

Bologna

Corsica

Florence

Split

Pisa

Rome

ITALY Naples

Sardinia

Transfer to airport for your departing flight. Palermo

Sicily


ITALIAN MASTERPIECES SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY OUR EXPERTS 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS • VENICE • FLORENCE • ROME

Norwegian Sea

ICELAND

Norwegian Sea

ICELAND

Vesuvius and ruins of Pompeii

Venice

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Venice walking tour • Venice islands tour • Pisa tour • Cinque Terre tour • Rome hop-on/hop-off tour • Naples & Pompeii tour

Day 1: Venice

Day 7: Florence

Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel.

Embark on a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) that includes the towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso, and Corniglia, where you’ll find some of the best coastline hiking in the world. On “Lovers Walk,” which begins in Riomaggiore, you can write your names on the rocks and trees surrounding the path. Relax on a boat ride along the coast, take a walk around Manarola’s many narrow alleys, enjoy free time for lunch in Vernazza, and have a glass of wine in Corniglia.

Day 2: Venice Embark on a walking tour of some of Venice’s most beloved landmarks. Explore historic St. Mark’s Square, and visit the interior of its Byzantine-style Basilica. Stroll Venice’s narrow, winding alleyways and admire sights including Campo Santa Maria Formosa and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (also known as “the Pantheon of Venice”).

Day 3: Venice Take an afternoon “Tour to the Islands” of the Venetian lagoon’s three most famous islands. First, visit peaceful Torcello – Venice’s oldest continuously populated region – to see the city’s first church. Next, watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano, and then browse Burano’s famous lace shops.

Day 8: Florence – Rome Transfer to airport for your flight to Rome. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Rome

Transfer to airport for your flight to Florence. Transfer to your hotel.

From the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city on the planet. See them all on a hop-on/hop-off panoramic bus tour while listening to informative audio commentary. Other attractions include the Pantheon, Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Olympic Stadium, and more.

Day 5: Florence

Day 10: Rome

Day 4: Venice – Florence

There’s no better way to see Florence than on a hop-on/ hop-off tour from an open-top double-decker bus. Stops along the tour route include the Duomo, the Cathedral, Santa Croce, San Marco, Piazzale Michelangelo, and much more.

Day 6: Florence Join an eye-opening excursion to the city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty, including a morning visit to the fascinating Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior), and other beautiful monuments. You have free time at your leisure before returning to Florence.

Cinque Terre

Join a day trip that takes you from Rome to both Naples and Pompeii to explore the history, art, and archaeology of this captivating region. Tour the Gulf of Naples, site of the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A local expert will lead you on a two-hour guided walking tour of Pompeii, and you will enjoy lunch at a traditional Pompeii restaurant.

Day 11: Rome

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

SWITZERLAND Milan

AUSTRIA SLOVENIA

Venice

Genoa

CROATIA

Bologna

Corsica

Florence

Split

Pisa

Rome

ITALY Naples

Sardinia

Spend the day at leisure.

Day 12: Rome

Palermo

Sicily

Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

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GREAT BRITAIN TIMELESS & MODERN, A LAND WHERE NATURAL & CULTURAL WONDERS ABOUND

GETTING AROUND Air

Know Your Destination

Given the short distances involved, flying is rarely the cheapest or most convenient option, with the possible exception of travel between southern England and Scotland, or between Britain and Northern Ireland. Domestic flights are offered by British Air, Loganair, easyJet, and others, flying in and out of London, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities.

England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures, and traditions, and offer an incredible diversity of attractions, historical treasures, contemporary excitement, and friendly people. In addition, English is their common language!

Rail

The English are famously reserved in manners, dress, and speech, but they are well used to foreign visitors. You can expect them to be friendly and polite.

The National Rail network covers most of Great Britain, with 21,000 miles of track and around 2,600 stations; NI Railways is the state-owned rail in Northern Ireland. Most inter-city trains travel at 125 mph, and stations are located in city and town centers.

Bus Local and inter-urban buses cover the entire country but vary in quality and cost. Services range from rural village lines operating once a week or less, to intensive urban routes operating every few minutes.

Car A car will get you pretty much anywhere in the UK, of course, but there are caveats: When renting a car, you must specifically ask for an automatic transmission when you make a reservation, or you will be given a manual transmission vehicle (an automatic is also significantly more expensive). And you’ll be sitting in the right-hand seat of the car while driving on the left-hand side of the road – are you up to the challenge?

Entry requirements are simple: all you need is a valid US passport. And all four countries utilize the Pound Sterling (£) as currency, in contrast to most of the rest of Europe (and Ireland).

In Northern Ireland, the economy is thriving, and there is a new cultural vitality, pride, and optimism. Tourism is thriving too, with new visitors discovering the country’s humor, hospitality, scenery, and quality of life. Despite the varying allegiances of Northern Ireland’s people, they are friendly and warm towards visitors, curious to get to know you, and genuinely interested as to why you’re visiting. However, it is best to avoid the topic of domestic politics. Scotland has a rich culture that is distinct from the other nations in the UK, of which they are fiercely proud. You will find most Scots to be friendly, warm, and with a strong sense of humor, although it can take more than one meeting for them to warm up to you.

Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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THE REGIONS England From the metropolitan center of London to the beautiful rolling countryside of Bath and the Yorkshire Moors, England is a land of great diversity. It is steeped in history and tradition, yet leads the world in fashion and pop culture. Country cottages and captivating castles, crown jewels and cutting-edge culture… The timeless treasures and modern pleasures of England are yours to discover and embrace!

London London rivals New York for art, fashion, dining, and entertainment. Mix visits to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace with a shopping safari through Harrods, countless boutiques, and the funky Portobello Road Market. Nights are a whirlwind of world-class cuisine, theater, and clubbing. In London, ride a double-decker bus for an unbeatable vantage point from which to photograph Buckingham Palace. Hop off at St. James’s Park to feed the ducks. Hail an iconic black taxi to Covent Garden or the West End theatre district to see a show. Not far from London, at the storybook World Heritage Site of Bath, you can soak in the famous hot springs, tour a 15th-century abbey, and visit Jane Austen’s home. Stonehenge is just an hour away.


Yorkshire Dales

DINING Over the past several years, the global culinary revolution has washed over the British Isles as well, to the extent that there are now more than 100 Michelin-starred restaurants across England, Wales, and Scotland. But of course you can still find fish and chips, haggis, Irish stew, and all manner of locally brewed beers and ales as well as Scottish whiskeys and other traditional delights!

Inverness Aberdeen

There is also a renewed emphasis on local produce, which means that locally produced meats, cheeses, and drinks can be found in supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets pretty much everywhere.

SCOTLAND Oban

So sit down to some old-fashioned “pub grub” in London, relax with a dram of whiskey in St. Andrews, dig into an “Ulster fry” in Belfast, and sample some cheddars, blues, and soft cheeses from a Cardiff cheeseboard.

Dundee Edinburgh

Glasgow

Newcastle

Londonderry Photo: Bikeworldtravel/Shutterstock.com

North Sea

NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast York Leeds

Irish Sea

Manchester

Liverpool

ENGLAND IRELAND Leicester Birmingham

WALES

Cambridge Oxford London

Cardiff

Bristol Bath

Brighton

Exeter English Channel

FRANCE London pub

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Big Ben

LONDON EUROPE’S LARGEST CITY, AT ONCE HISTORIC & FUTURE-FORWARD

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

North Central

Bed ‘n’ Bath

The British Museum and University of London have their homes in Bloomsbury, made famous by a celebrated group of fin-de-siècle writers. Check out the historic houses, parks, and buildings there. Shoppers make a beeline for Mayfair and Marylebone, upscale districts that offer some of the city’s best shopping.

Take a full-day trip to pay homage to the druids at mystical Stonehenge, then visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, including its ancient Roman Baths and Pump Room.

East A traditional working-class neighborhood, the East End was almost completely redeveloped for the 2012 Olympic Games. Look for the trendy bars and art galleries. On the southern banks of the Thames, Greenwich is where you’ll find the Greenwich Meridian, Observatory, and National Maritime Museum.

South South Bank, along the River Thames, has great city views and the famous Coca-Cola London Eye. Westminster is the seat of government and packed with attractions from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, as well as the grand residences of Belgravia. Go shopping on King’s Road and at legendary department stores in South Kensington/Chelsea.

West Notting Hill, now famous the world over from the eponymous Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts film, is known for its lively Portobello Road Market, gorgeous streetscapes, interesting history, and diverse population. Stroll the historic and beautiful residential streets of Maida Vale and Paddington for a real taste of genteel London. Head to lively Soho for chic restaurants, cafés, clubs, and jazz bars. Shopping and entertainment make Covent Garden a must-visit neighborhood.

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Wild West It’s easy to get tickets to one of the dazzling stage productions playing in the 40+ theaters in the West End, London’s version of Broadway.

All Is Brighton Hop onto a train for a daytrip to fun-filled Brighton, Britain’s “alternative” seaside town that’s famous for its bohemian atmosphere and eccentric locals.

Two for Tea Sit down to classic, old-fashioned High Tea at Claridge’s – or head to Ting at the Shard for Afternoon Tea with a contemporary Asian twist!

Go East The home of “Cockney Rhyming Slang” (a dialect in which words are substituted for other words which they rhyme with), the East End has been transformed into a trendy district packed with great bars and art galleries.

Eye Spy The Coca-Cola London Eye affords stunning city views, and the Fast Track option gives you priority boarding and souvenir guidebooks.

The Pass Is Present Save with the London Pass, which gives you entry to your choice of over 60 of London’s top attractions, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Pint Size Down a pint (or two) at Ye Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, one of the oldest continuously operating pubs in London.

That’s Paul, Folks! Visit the dome, the crypt, the chapels, and other features of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of London, which dominates the city’s skyline.

Tower Bridge

WEATHER CHART

Browse

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells while browsing the stalls at the Camden, Borough, and Brick Lane Markets for antiques, foods, and more.

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ST. JOHN’S WOOD

Paddington

Lord’s Cricket Ground

WEST Recreation KILBURN Ground MAIDA VALE

CAMDEN St. Pancras Gardens TOWN

Regent’s Park

London Zoo

NOTTING HILL

BAYSWATER

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8 Hyde Park

Kensington Gardens Holland Park

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EUSTON

2

13

London Heathrow Airport

14

WEST KENSINGTON

11 15

9 16

British Museum and Library

SOHO

BARBICAN HOLBURN

4

National Portrait Gallery Trafalgar Square

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Covent Garden

BELGRAVIA

COVENT GARDEN 25

30

27

St. Paul’s Cathedral

CITY

6

Tower of London

THE STRAND

5

Picadilly 29 Green Circus St. James’s Park Park Buckingham WestminsterHouses of Buckingham Palace Abbey Parliment Palace WESTMINSTER Gardens 28

Royal Albert Hall Victoria & Albert 10 Museum Harrods Natural History BROMPTON Museum

SOUTH KENSINGTON

SPITALFIELDS

FITZROVIA

MAYFAIR

KENSINGTON

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BLOOMSBURY

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Grosvenor Square Berkely Square

Kensington Palace

HOXTON SHOREDITCH

3

MARBLE ARCH

Shoreditch Park

ISLINGTON

St. Pancras Station

7

Queen Mary’s Gardens

Madame Tussaud’s

Paddington Station

Barnard Park

KING’S CROSS

River

SOUTH BANK

SOUTHWARK

26 Tham

es

BERMONDSEY THE BOROUGH

London Eye

NEWINGTON

Waterloo Station

LAMBETH CHELSEA

EARL’S COURT

Ranalagh Gardens

KENNINGTON Victoria Station

VAUXHALL

Kennington Park

Surrey Gardens

Faraday Gardens

Surrey Sq. Park Burgess Park

Photo: elenaburn/Shutterstock.com

Queen’s Park

Primrose Hill

River Thames

Abbey Road

KILBURN

HOTEL LISTINGS Bayswater 1 Thistle Kensington Gardens Bloomsbury 2 The Montague On The Gardens 3 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth 4 St. Giles Hotel London Covent Garden 5 ME London 6 Strand Palace Hotel Euston 7 Thistle Euston Hyde Park 8 Lancaster Gate Hotel Kensington 9 Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington 10 Grange Strathmore Hotel 11 K+K Hotel George 12 Kensington Close Hotel 13 The Milestone Hotel 14 Millennium Gloucester Hotel 15 No. 1 The Mansions By Mansley Serviced Apartments 16 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt 17 Royal Garden Hotel

Marble Arch 18 Amba Hotel Marble Arch 19 The Cumberland Mayfair 20 The Chesterfield Mayfair 21 44 Curzon Street Apartments Paddington 22 Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites London Piccadilly 23 The Ritz London Regent’s Park 24 Meliá White House The Strand 25 The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel Tower Hill 26 The Tower Hotel Westminster 27 The Grosvenor 28 Hotel 41 29 The Royal Horseguards 30 The Rubens At The Palace

Oxford Street

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A SELECTION OF LONDON HOTELS HOTEL 41

ME LONDON

THE MILESTONE HOTEL

HHHHH Westminster

Preferred Partner

HHHHH

HHHHH

Covent Garden

Kensington

Overlooking the Royal Mews behind Buckingham Palace is a discreet and intimate hideaway that defines sheer exclusivity. Expect unrivaled service where staff outnumber guests, and enjoy around-the-clock snacks and treats with “Plunder the Pantry.”

Superbly located in the cultural heart of London, this hotel offers exquisitely designed guest rooms, signature suites, and destination bars and restaurants. Relish stunning skyline views, plush linens, monsoon showers and top-notch amenities.

This exquisite hotel, voted “#1 Hotel in the UK” in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2014, overlooks Kensington Palace and Gardens. You’re just minutes from Royal Albert Hall and close to the West End. Shopping and attractions are nearby.

• 30 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • free snacks & treats 24/7 • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • pet-friendly • bathrobes & slippers

• 157 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants including STK London • 4 bars including Radio Rooftop Bar with panoramic views of London • 24-hr fitness centre • near theatres, shopping, entertainment & nightlife

• 44 ac rooms/12 suites & 6 apartments • 2 restaurants/bar/lounge/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room & butler service • indoor heated resistance pool • spa/salon/fitness center/sauna/yoga/personal training • complimentary Wi-Fi

THE RITZ LONDON

ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL

THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS

HHHHH

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Preferred Partner

HHHHH

Piccadilly

Kensington

This Belle Époque gem on Travel+Leisure’s 2015 “T+L 500” has a ratio of two staff members to each room to ensure the highest levels of personal service. Spacious rooms and suites have antique furnishings and overlook Piccadilly.

Overlooking stunning Kensington Palace and leafy Hyde Park, this location is distinctively convenient as you’re in close proximity to London’s main attractions and on the doorstep to the designer shops of Kensington High Street.

Restored to its full Victorian splendor, with high ceilings and chandeliers, this historic hotel – voted among “Britain’s Top Hotels” by Condé Nast Traveler readers – combines an extraordinary heritage with 21st-century comforts.

• 136 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/Palm Court (formal dress required) • concierge/24-hr room service • kidz@theritz program • robe & slippers/pillow menu/mini-bar

• 394 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/personal trainers • walking distance to Science Museum/Royal Albert Hall/Victoria & Albert Museum & more

• 282 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms • walking distance to Trafalgar Square/Covent Garden/Buckingham Palace

THE SAVOY, A FAIRMONT MANAGED HOTEL

44 CURZON STREET APARTMENTS

THE CHESTERFIELD MAYFAIR

HHHHH

Westminster

Preferred Partner

HHHH

The Strand

Mayfair

This regal Art Deco hotel lauded on Travel+Leisure’s 2015 “T+L 500” is the ultimate in sophistication, hospitality, and dining. Lavishly appointed accommodations showcase hightouch amenities and enthralling panoramic vistas.

Experience a home away from home in the heart of prestigious Mayfair in these charming apartments, including studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 2-bedroom duplex, and 3-bedroom apartments – all in three different properties close to one another.

The quiet and understated elegance of this regal hotel is a place where old-fashioned values of service and courtesy meet 21st-century standards of comfort and technology, and epitomizes Mayfair chic and traditional British charm.

• 268 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room & butler service • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna/massage/steam room • in-room Internet access

• 20 ac apartments • fully-equipped kitchens • maid service 6 days/week • complimentary Wi-Fi • Green Park Station & bus stops 5 min. away • close to Royal Parks/Buckingham Palace & shopping

• 106 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar with live music/afternoon tea in conservatory • concierge/24-hr room service • daily maid & turndown service • complimentary Wi-Fi • easy access to shopping/royal parks

COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL LONDON KENSINGTON

THE CUMBERLAND

GRANGE STRATHMORE HOTEL

HHHH Kensington

Preferred Partner

Preferred Partner

HHHH Mayfair

Preferred Partner

HHHH Marble Arch

Preferred Partner

HHHH Kensington

Preferred Partner

You’ll find excellent service, a relaxing ambiance, and outstanding dining at this modern hotel, featuring easy access to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill. Spacious guest rooms have classic décor and great city views.

Welcome to a modern style icon, perfectly positioned where Oxford Street meets glamorous Park Lane. This grand hotel near Hyde Park is one of London’s largest hotels combining world-class comforts with stunning contemporary design.

Located in London’s famous South Kensington district, this impressive Victorian mansion, previously the London residence of the Earl of Strathmore, boasts classic rooms with traditional English décor and historical paintings.

• 833 ac rooms • Club Room level • 3 restaurants/breakfast room/coffee shop/2 bars/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center ($) • Internet café • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 1,019 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/coffee bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • fitness center • TV/fridge/coffee & tea maker/robes • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to West End theaters & shopping

• 80 rooms • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea • 24-hr concierge & room service • Wi-Fi access • close to Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum

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A SELECTION OF LONDON HOTELS THE GROSVENOR

K+K HOTEL GEORGE

HHHH Westminster

Preferred Partner

MELIÁ WHITE HOUSE

HHHH Kensington-Earl’s Court

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHH Regent’s Park

This grand hotel was thoroughly transformed by an extensive refurbishment, retaining its distinctive Victorian architecture yet offering lavish 21st-century comforts. Enjoy Cantonese dishes and revel at the new Réunion Bar.

This modern boutique hotel is tucked behind the façade of a historic Victorian building on a quiet residential street in Earl’s Court. Recently renovated guest rooms feature a contemporary style with views of the city or private gardens.

Built in 1936, the hotel’s building still preserves its architectural value as a prime example of period architecture. This hotel is near London’s main attractions boasting stylish accommodations and award-winning gastronomy.

• 345 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar & lounge • concierge/ 24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • in-roof safe/ refrigerator/coffee & tea maker

• 154 ac rooms • breakfast room/bistro bar/garden terrace • concierge/ room service • fitness center/sauna/spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi/ Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

• 581 ac rooms & suites/112 ac apartments • 2 restaurants & bar with terrace • fitness center • executive lounge • complimentary Wi-Fi • prime location in Regent’s Park very closed to London’s main attractions.

MILLENNIUM GLOUCESTER HOTEL

THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

NO. 1 THE MANSIONS BY MANSLEY SERVICED APARTMENTS

HHHH Kensington

Preferred Partner

HHHH Bloomsbury

Preferred Partner

HHHH Kensington-Chelsea

Preferred Partner

Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and other major London attractions are right outside the doors of this modern hotel. Guest rooms feature fine fabrics, classic furniture, and marble baths. Bombay Brasserie serves classic Indian cuisine.

This genteel Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury is a peaceful hideaway that combines up-to-the-minute city sophistication with ample Old World charm. Rooms and suites are all elegantly designed. You’re just steps from the British Museum.

Offering a superb selection of comfortable serviced apartments in Kensington, this deluxe apartment hotel puts you close to the Victoria & Albert Museum, King’s Road and High Street shopping, Kensington Palace, and other London attractions.

• 610 ac rooms • Club Room level • 2 restaurants/breakfast room/bar/ afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 88 ac rooms/11 suites & 1 apartment suite • restaurant/bar/alfresco dining/cigar terrace/afternoon tea in 2 conservatories • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/steam room/massage

• 24 ac rooms & apartments • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk • washers/ dryers/laundry facilities

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, KENILWORTH

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, VANDERBILT

THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE

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Bloomsbury

Kensington

Victoria-Westminster

Characterful, cultured and calm, this charming gem welcomes you to its stylish retreat in the heart of bookish Bloomsbury. The West End location is ideal for Oxford Street & Covent Garden shopping, theatre, and nightlife.

An imposing Georgian mansion in South Kensington stays faithful to its past but espouses modern comfort in a classic cityscape of porticos and leafy squares. Step into the frescoed lobby that leads to the stylish guest rooms.

Cited on Travel+Leisure’s 2015 “T+L 500,” this hotel offers the best of both worlds – recalling the splendor of a bygone age while boasting modern comforts and technology. It’s the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, and an easy walk from Victoria Station.

• 186 ac rooms • Scoff & Banter Bar & restaurant • 24-hr concierge • fully-equipped fitness center • business center • free Wi-Fi • close to the British Museum/Dominion Theatre & transportation

• 215 ac rooms • Scoff & Banter Bar & Restaurant • free Wi-Fi • easy access to Natural History/Museum/V&A/Science Museum • close to popular attractions • Gloucester Road Tube Station

• 151 ac rooms/10 suites & 2 apartments/interconnecting family rooms available • 2 restaurants/2 bars/intimate library restaurant/Champagne bar/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

STRAND PALACE HOTEL

THISTLE EUSTON

THISTLE KENSINGTON GARDENS

HHHH Covent Garden

Preferred Partner

HHHH Euston

Preferred Partner

Preferred Partner

HHHH Bayswater

Preferred Partner

Discover the best of London at this century-old Art Deco landmark hotel, close to Waterloo Bridge, West End theaters, the London Eye, and other great attractions. Guest rooms have an urban designer feel, plush bedding, and the latest tech amenities.

As well as direct connections to the North West and Scotland from nearby Euston station, this luxury hotel is also steps from the Eurostar train terminal at St. Pancras International, from where the whole of Europe can be reached.

Discover tranquility in the heart of a metropolis. From the comfort of contemporary rooms, this Central London hotel affords stunning views across Hyde Park, and yet is minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.

• 785 rooms (some with ac) • 3 restaurants/3 bars/café/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 362 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & B room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • coffee & tea maker • trouser press/ in-room safe

• 179 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • across from Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens • walking distance to dining, shopping & entertainment

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A SELECTION OF LONDON HOTELS and SIGHTSEEING AMBA HOTEL MARBLE ARCH

THE TOWER HOTEL

HHHH Marble Arch

Preferred Partner

HOLIDAY VILLA HOTEL & SUITES LONDON

HHHH Tower Hill

Preferred Partner

HHH Paddington

Preferred Partner

Overlooking Oxford Street, this new hotel has classic Art Deco design and is an ideal destination combining comfort and seamless technology. Guest rooms have in-room iPads® and complimentary mini-bars. You’re close to Bond Street and Hyde Park.

A synergy of location, connectivity, and capacity, this hotel with stunning views from all rooms is nestled between the River Thames, St. Katharine’s Docks, and two World Heritage Sites – the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Portobello Market, Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens, and other attractions in West London are an easy walk from this classic boutique hotel. After sightseeing, retreat to contemporary guest rooms, all with fireplaces.

• 692 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/refrigerator/coffee & tea maker/in-room safe

• 801 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to London’s popular attractions & transportation links

• 92 rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • Spa One Thai/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

KENSINGTON CLOSE HOTEL

LANCASTER GATE HOTEL

ST. GILES HOTEL LONDON

HHH

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HHH

Kensington-Chelsea

Hyde Park

After an extensive refurbishment, this unique hotel is located in Central London’s fashionable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, steps from High Street Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and more.

Marble Arch, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and other major London attractions are an easy walk from this centrally located hotel, set in a traditional townhouse. After sightseeing, retreat to colorful, contemporary guest rooms with neighborhood views.

Bloomsbury

It’s just a few minutes’ walk to Covent Garden, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street shopping, and other London attractions from this modern hotel. Guest rooms are furnished and decorated in a modern style and have neighborhood views.

Preferred Partner

• 708 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge bar/café • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/ Jacuzzi • private gardens

• 196 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/café • 24-hr room service • fitness center • tour desk

• 700 rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/breakfast room/bar/24-hr café • concierge • fitness center with indoor pool ($) • casino • Internet kiosks

CITY TRANSFERS

HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES, THREE PALACE PASS

COCA-COLA LONDON EYE

London / City Transfers UK

London / 1-Day Pass / made Travel

London / Half-Hour

City Transfers provides a range of private sightseeing experiences for couples or family groups up to eight passengers. These private tours are ideal for one or more couples who wish to explore London and its environs in the comfort of a chauffeur-driven vehicle. Chauffeurs provide a panoramic tour with historic highlights and luxurious transport to and from the sites visited. The tours are fully flexible, and your driver will discuss any specific requests with you on the day.

Experience over 900 years of Royal History with a Three Palace Royal Pass. Explore the Tower of London, including the fabulous finery and the Crown Jewels. Enjoy the Hampton Court Palace and Gardens – two palaces in one – as well as the Tudor home of Henry VIII and the elegant Baroque palace of the Georgian Kings. Discover Kensington Palace, featuring the “Victoria Revealed” and “Fashion Rules” exhibits.

At 443 feet, the Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s tallest observation wheels, offering breathtaking views of London and its famous landmarks, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Your visit includes entry to the London Eye 4D Experience, an inspiring journey of discovery that brings London to life through multi-sensory special effects.

THE LONDON PASS®

SEE LONDON BY NIGHT

TWICKENHAM STADIUM TOUR & WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM

London / 1, 2, 3 or 6 Days / Leisure Pass Group

London / 1.5 Hours / Evan Evans Tours

London / 1.5 Hours / made Travel

Receive entry to over 60 top London attractions at no extra cost, plus a 1-day hop-on/hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy London’s rich history and cultural treasures like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save time with fast-track entry at some of the capital’s busiest and most sought-after attractions. Add transport with your London Pass for access to London’s public transport network.

This tour is designed to show you the very best of London’s famous landmarks, all beautifully lit at night. Tours are fully guided and depart from Piccadilly, next to the Ritz Hotel. See Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Fleet Street, St. James’s Palace, and Marble Arch.

This tour gives a unique insight into the magnificent sport of rugby union with a tour of Twickenham Stadium, home to rugby and the World Rugby Museum. People of all ages and nationalities can follow the history of the game from its origins in Rugby School to the present day. Get the stories behind some of the greatest players, matches, and tries. This is the ultimate experience for any rugby enthusiast.

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a selection of london SIGHTSEEING AFTERNOON LONDON

BLENHEIM PALACE & DOWNTON ABBEY VILLAGE

BRITISH FILM LOCATIONS

London / Half Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / 10 Hours / Evan Evans Tours

London / 10 Hours / Evan Evans Tours

Explore historic London on this revealing guided tour, beginning with 17th-century St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. See the magnificent Crown Jewels on a visit to the Tower of London. Enjoy a firstclass motor coach and the services of a professional tour guide, as well as a personal radio guide to ensure you don’t miss anything! Enjoy a Thames River cruise on the same or different day.

Join this spectacular escorted tour of Blenheim Palace – an English Baroque architectural masterpiece and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Marvel at the regal interiors and breathtaking gardens surrounding the palace. Enjoy a wonderful tour of some of the most picturesque Cotswold villages, including Bampton, the setting for “Downton Abbey.”

Explore two award winning film locations – Cambridge, the backdrop for the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” and Bletchley Park, the former government code-cracking school featured in “The Imitation Game.” Once Britain’s best-kept secret, Bletchley Park is where Alan Turing (as played by Benedict Cumberbatch) led the team of codebreakers to crack the German Enigma code during WWII.

EDINBURGH, THE ROYAL CITY

LAKE DISTRICT TOUR

LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL & DOVER

London / Full Day Rail Tour / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day Rail Tour / Evan Evans Tours

London / 10 Hours / Evan Evans Tours – Classic & Select Tours

Travel by high-speed train to Edinburgh and board the hop-on/ hop-off sightseeing bus for a close-up view of the city. Visit the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Stroll along Princes Street and check out Scotland’s tartans, whiskeys, and shortbreads! Tickets to Edinburgh Castle are included.

Depart London to Oxenholme by rail. In summer, cruise on Lake Windermere, visit the village of Hawkshead and Hill Top Farm, and enjoy afternoon tea at the Lindeth Howe Country Hotel. In winter, travel north along Lake Windermere to Waterhead, Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows, passing through Yewdale, Yew Tree Tarn, and Skelwith Bridge. Enjoy a tour of the Rydal Mount & Gardens, and take a leisurely walk around the village of Bowness.

Depart from London to Greenwich, home of the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark, and to the fairy-tale Leeds Castle, often described as the loveliest castle in the world. Enjoy a magical guided tour of the castle before traveling through the Kent countryside to Canterbury, where the Cathedral is the most important church within the Anglican faith. Enjoy a guided tour with personal radio headsets. Stop for lunch, then head to Dover to see the famous white cliffs.

LONDON IN ONE DAY

LONDON IN STYLE

LONDON PANORAMIC, HAMPTON COURT & WINDSOR CASTLE

London / 9 Hours / Evan Evans Tours

London / 3-5-7-10 Day Pass / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

Highlights of this fascinating tour include Parliament Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, guided tours of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, and a tour of the magnificent Crown Jewels. Enjoy a first-class motor coach and personal radio guide. There’s also an option for lunch at a traditional London pub. The tour includes an open-dated river cruise ticket.

Explore London from a vintage red London bus. Visit the Tower of London before the crowds, explore the Borough Market, and enjoy an in-depth guided tour of Westminster Abbey. Guests can either end their tour with a delicious afternoon tea inside Westminster Abbey or experience breathtaking views of the capital from the London Eye.

Enjoy this full-day tour beginning at Parliament Square to see the marvelous Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. You’ll then visit Hampton Court Palace and gardens, Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace set in extensive gardens on the banks of the River Thames, and stunning Windsor Castle – official residence of the Queen.

MORNING LONDON

OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE

SALISBURY, STONEHENGE & BATH

London / 3.25 Hours / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

Enjoy a first-class, luxury motor-coach and personal guide to ensure you don’t miss anything on this royal tour! You’ll be taken on a guided journey of London’s historic landmarks. Explore sites including the Houses of Parliament and Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the legendary Changing of the Guard.

This full-day tour takes you to Oxford and Cambridge, the most famous university towns in England. At Oxford, whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars, join a walking tour of Christ Church College (where the Harry Potter movies were filmed), the Bodleian Library, and the famous, picture-perfect college courtyards. Then, take a fascinating walking tour of beautiful Cambridge, including the famous Bridge of Sighs and the magnificent chapel of Kings College.

Discover the West Country on this full-day guided coach and walking tour. Explore 750-year-old Salisbury Cathedral, and see one of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, plus a private demonstration of the oldest clock in the world. Later, pay a visit to Lacock, a picturesque town used as filming locations for “Pride and Prejudice” and the Harry Potter movies. See the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, including its ancient Roman Baths and Pump Room.

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a selection of london SIGHTSEEING STONEHENGE & BATH

STONEHENGE EXPRESS

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / Half Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / Half Day / Evan Evans Tours

This leisurely tour to Stonehenge and Bath gives you plenty of time to explore. First, discover the mysterious Stonehenge, the awe-inspiring creation whose origins have been lost in the mists of time. Then, take the entire afternoon to discover Bath’s major sights; a walking tour takes you to Pulteney Bridge, the Circus, and the Royal Crescent. Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping, and iconic attractions.

Board a luxury motor coach for direct express service from London to Stonehenge. Explore the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the great wonders – and mysteries – of the world. The coach takes you directly to the site, where you can enjoy the stones at your leisure with a fascinating audio-guide tour in the language of your choice. Admission to Stonehenge is included. Tour operates morning and afternoon departures in summer; morning-only departures in winter.

You’ll be transferred from Central London on a luxury motor coach to the Warner Bros. Studio. Explore the magic of the smash Harry Potter film series. This walking tour takes you behind the scenes and showcases a huge array of movie sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so hugely popular.

WARWICK CASTLE, STRATFORD & COTSWOLDS

WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & BATH

WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & OXFORD

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours

Be immersed in 1,100 years of Warwick Castle’s rich and vibrant history. Marvel at the Great Hall and State Rooms, and roam 60 acres of relaxing grounds and gardens. Then explore Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and take a walking tour of Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires,” with its famous colleges. The tour will take you through one of the most scenic areas of England, the Cotswolds, with its charming villages, thatched cottages, tea shops, and ancient inns.

Take a journey on a luxury motor coach to three of England’s must-see tourist attractions on this full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Travel to the mysterious circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, where you can visit the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room.

A luxury motor coach takes you on an escorted tour to soak up the splendor and majesty of Windsor Castle’s sumptuous State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, still an official residence of the Queen. Then, marvel at the magic of Stonehenge’s iconic circle. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the world’s most famous university, learn about its enduring traditions, and perhaps enjoy a treat in a charming tea shop in the heart of Oxford.

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Dunnottar Castle

SCOTLAND & WALES HISTORICAL TREASURES, CONTEMPORARY EXCITEMENT & FRIENDLY PEOPLE

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Scottish Highlands

The Ales in Wales

The rugged northern and northwestern portion of the UK, this is the Scotland conjured up by visions of tartan, kilts, and old stone castles. You’ll find some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, national parks, natural landmarks such as Loch Ness, and famous rural longdistance footpaths for hiking.

Take advantage of the recent Wales renaissance in brewing, which relies on local ingredients and flavors, served in some of the world’s most charming and picturesque pubs.

Edinburgh The capital of Scotland, with a metropolitan population of about a million, Edinburgh combines the ancient and the modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere, with medieval palaces side-by-side along modern architecture. Immerse yourself in a wealth of pubs, restaurants, and specialty shops. August brings the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts gathering.

Wall Story Climb to the top of the ancient walls surrounding the World Heritage Site of Conwy, a small medieval town on the coast of North Wales, and visit the charming castle for great sea and countryside views.

Match Game Check out the national sport of Wales by joining a full house at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for an internationalclass rugby match.

Take an unforgettable ride on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, two narrow-gauge railways dating from the 1800s that pass coastlines, woodlands, mountains, rivers, and castles in the heart of beautiful and rugged Snowdonia.

Mile High The main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Royal Mile is home to stately Edinburgh Castle, Parliament Square, and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs, and other attractions.

Scotch & Soda Explore the original birthplace of Scotch whiskey with a tour of the Malt Whiskey Trail, which runs through the Speyside region and includes the Glenfiddich and Glenlivet distilleries.

Isle Be There

Glasgow A fantastic example of cultural reinvention, Glasgow has a look all its own, thanks to local architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Once a thriving industrial center, the city has been reborn as a high-octane hub of creativity, energy, and style.

Explore one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland: the romantic Isle of Skye, including the picturesque harbor town of Portree.

Wales

Visit the palatial Royal Yacht Britannia, which served the British Royal Family for over 40 years, now docked in Edinburgh’s Leith port.

One of the countries that form the United Kingdom, Wales is rich in history and natural beauty, and has a distinctive Celtic culture – which makes for some of the world’s most unusual and unpronounceable place names!

WEATHER CHART

Rail Trail

Rule Britannia!

Tattoo You Witness the sheer spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a military whirlwind display of music and entertainment with performers from over 46 countries.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 43.9 44.6 48.2 52.9 58.3 63 66.6 66.4 61.9 55.2 48.6 43.9 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.2 1.6 1.9 1.5 2 2 2.5 2.7 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.4 Highland Dancers

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A SELECTION OF SCOTLAND & WALES HOTELS and sightseeing G&V ROYAL MILE HOTEL EDINBURGH

NIRA CALEDONIA

THE KNIGHT RESIDENCE BY MANSLEY SERVICED APARTMENTS

HHHHH Edinburgh

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Edinburgh

Preferred Partner

HHHH Edinburgh

Preferred Partner

You’re just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town from this modernist luxury hotel. Sleek guest rooms feature premium bedding, B&O® flat-screen TVs, iPod® docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, and great city views.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this elegant hotel stands in Edinburgh’s New Town, close to Edinburgh Castle and other major attractions. Retreat to stylish guest rooms that blend Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort.

Find comfort in spacious apartments in an enviable location within walking distance of the major tourist attractions. Relish well-appointed kitchens, laundry facilities, luxurious baths, and daily housekeeping service.

• 136 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea/rooftop terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • Spa G&V/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 28 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/complimentary breakfast • concierge/24-hr room service • golf excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 28 ac apartments (1-, 2- & 3-bedrooms) • fully-equipped kitchens • concierge • daily housekeeping • free Wi-Fi • private parking on site • close to Edinburgh Castle/Royal Mile/ Princes St.

HILTON GLASGOW

GLASGOW MARRIOTT HOTEL

NOVOTEL GLASGOW

HHHHH Glasgow

Preferred Partner

HHHH Glasgow

Preferred Partner

HHH Glasgow

Preferred Partner

Glasgow’s major attractions are within blocks of this landmark modern hotel in the business district, Scotland’s tallest hotel. Contemporary-style rooms have the latest tech amenities and city views. Unwind at the Ocean Rooms Spa.

This modern high-rise hotel in Glasgow city center is close to Glasgow Cathedral and Buchanan Street shopping. Guest rooms have traditional style and city views. Source Grill showcases Scottish cuisine and Scottish malts and gins.

Glasgow’s new icon of post-modern design, this family-friendly hotel in city center is close to the Centre for Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, and other attractions. Sleek rooms have contemporary style, plasma TVs, and city views.

• 319 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/tea lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • Ocean Rooms Spa/salon • Livingwell Health Club/indoor heated pool/sauna/Jacuzzi • gift shop • bike rentals • free Wi-Fi

• 302 ac rooms & junior suites • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr room service • indoor pool • Distinction Health & Beauty Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • jogging trail

• 139 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • fitness center/ sauna/steam room • kids playroom

DUISDALE COUNTRY HOUSE

MERCURE CARDIFF HOLLAND HOUSE

HILTON CARDIFF

HHHH Isle of Skye

Preferred Partner

HHHH Cardiff

Preferred Partner

HHHH Cardiff

Preferred Partner

A chic boutique hotel set in an 1865 Victorian hunting lodge, this exquisite property is set in 35 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland in the Scottish Highlands. Retreat to modern or traditional guest rooms with garden or sea views.

This modern hotel stands in the capital city of Cardiff, within walking distance of the iconic Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Guest rooms have panoramic windows with inspiring views over the city.

Located in the heart of the city, directly opposite Cardiff Castle, this modern luxury hotel is close to Millennium Stadium, the National History Museum, and other attractions. Retreat to guest rooms with castle or city views.

• 18 rooms • restaurant/bar • hot tub • private yacht

• 165 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • Spa Naturel/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/ salon • golf nearby

• 197 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/café/afternoon tea • concierge/room service • indoor pool • Escape Spa/fitness center/salon/ sauna/steam room/whirlpool

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

ST. ANDREWS / FISHING IN FIFE

LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & THE HIGHLANDS

Edinburgh / 12 Hours / Rabbie’s Trail Burners

Edinburgh / Admission / JacTravel

Edinburgh / 9 Hours / Rabbie’s Trail Burners

This small group day trip from Edinburgh will take you to Scotland’s striking, scenic Highlands. Travel historic Glencoe – sight of the infamous 1692 MacDonald massacre – admire rugged mountain scenery, and visit Scotland’s famous Loch Ness. Try to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional boat cruise equipped with a sonar system.

Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, which sailed over a million miles on nearly a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family over 40 years of service. Now docked in Edinburgh’s Leith port, the yacht is called “Scotland’s leading visitorfriendly attraction” by BBC News.

Spend a day out with lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews and the picturesque old fishing villages in the East Neuk (corner) of the Kingdom of Fife. Discover a world of beautiful coastal scenery and white-sand beaches, and learn all about the royal history of St. Andrews, ancestral home of the game of golf as well as Scotland’s oldest university. There’s also time for shopping!

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IRELAND MORE THAN JUST EMERALD GLENS & RURAL VILLAGES

GETTING AROUND Air Domestic flights in Ireland are essentially only available between Dublin, Kerry, and Donegal. Two airlines serve domestic airports for internal flights, Ryanair and Aer Arann.

Rail Ireland’s rail network covers most of the island (with the exception of the Northwest) and reaches almost all major cities and towns. Rail services are generally centered on Dublin and Belfast (Northern Ireland). Iarnród Éireann in Ireland and NI Railways in Northern Ireland share a mainline connection between Belfast and Dublin. Most trains in Ireland operate to and from Dublin’s two terminals. The InterRail Global Pass and InterRail One Country Ireland Pass are both valid on all trains in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Bus Bus Éireann (or Irish Bus) operates an extensive intercity network plus local services in major towns. A number of privately-owned companies also provide intercity services.

Car There are many car rental companies in Ireland with offices in cities and at airports. Driving and road rules in Ireland are similar to those of Britain, i.e. drive on the left-hand side of the road. Distances are displayed in kilometers and speed limits in kph (Northern Ireland, like Britain, uses miles and mph).

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Know Your Destination Modern Ireland is more than emerald glens and rural villages. In charmingly compact and eminently walkable Dublin, follow the trail of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and visit the Guinness Storehouse to sample a glass…or two…of the country’s most famous export. Ruggedly sophisticated Galway has more than 50 venues for the lively arts, plus sandy beaches, waterfront museums, and lazy pubs brimming with locals. The Emerald Isle is closer than ever, approximately six hours from the US. With five airlines now flying directly to Ireland, getting there has never been easier. And when visitors arrive, everyone will do their best to ensure a unique travel experience. Ireland is a member of the European Union but not a member of the Schengen Area. Therefore, separate immigration controls are maintained. A valid passport is required for entry, but there is no need for a visa for stays up to three months. Ireland has the euro (€) as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. (Like England, Northern Ireland’s currency is the Pound Sterling.) Public or semi-public discussions about religious differences, political views, and “The Troubles” are generally avoided by locals on both sides of the border. While most Irish people are moderate in their views, it is wise to avoid any political or religious discussion unless you are invited to discuss these topics.

THE REGIONS Dublin The dynamic capital city of Ireland, Dublin is charmingly compact and eminently walkable. Shop, dine, and visit must-see sites such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. Head for Grafton Street to try on the latest styles and watch the fabulous street performers.

The North Home to the bustling city of Belfast – capital of Northern Ireland, part of the UK – and beautiful rural landscapes and rugged coastlines, this part of the island puts out the welcome mat for hikers, fishermen, golfers, and those wishing to share a pint with warm and friendly locals. County Cavan’s charming towns are set amid thick forests, fertile farmland, and exactly 365 lakes – one for each day of the year!

The South Sophisticated Galway has more than 50 venues for the arts and hosts dozens of festivals showcasing film, jazz, and other arts. The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are the poster image for Clare, also known for the traditional Irish music that’s performed nightly in many pubs. Energetic Limerick is a people-watcher’s paradise thanks to its many cafés, fine restaurants, pubs, and performing arts scene.

WEATHER CHART

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TOP EXPERIENCES Kells Bells History comes alive in Trinity College Dublin’s historic Old Library building, where you can view the 9th-century Book of Kells, a masterwork of art and calligraphy.

Truth or Derry The photogenic city of Derry has a history that stretches back 1,450 years, and its ancient defensive walls are the most complete and best-preserved in Ireland.

Green Scene See the emerald green vistas and hidden villages that only the locals see – rent a car and explore Ireland on your own timetable.

Castle Keep Check out the 15th-century Bunratty Castle, a picturebook stone structure, where you can also partake in a medieval-style feast of traditional Irish cuisine.

Just Cause One of the planet’s most intriguing landscapes, the Giant’s Causeway is a jaw-dropping sight: some 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea in an otherworldly formation.

SCOTLAND

Bar None

Glasgow

Head to Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, for quirky shopping, great dining, live traditional and new music, and unparalleled pubs!

Edinburgh

Cliffs of Moher

The Little Tramp Covered in miles and miles of amazing walking trails, Ireland’s gentle, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines make for scenic hiking or “tramping,” with destinations like the Giant’s Causeway and the Ring of Kerry.

Londonderry

North Atlantic Ocean

NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast

I Love Stew When in Dublin, try some traditional Irish Stew (with lamb) at O’Shea’s Hotel on Talbot Street. Or the Guinness Beef Stew at Gallaghers Boxty House in Temple Bar. IRELAND

Park It Killarney National Park, Ireland’s oldest national park, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods, and waterfalls.

Galway

Distill the One!

Dublin

Wicklow

Tour Ireland’s most famous – and satisfying – attractions with trips to the Guinness Storehouse (complete with complimentary pint) and Old Jameson Distillery (which has a well-stocked outlet store).

Irish Sea

ENGLAND

Limerick

Killarney Cork

St. Georges Channel

WALES

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A SELECTION OF ireland HOTELS and sightseeing THE MERRION HOTEL

THE WESTIN DUBLIN

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SALTHILL HOTEL

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Dublin, South City Centre

Dublin, South City Centre

Galway

This luxury hotel is created from four Georgian Townhouses and a modern Garden Wing with some rooms overlooking landscaped gardens. Don’t miss the “modern classic” cuisine at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, awarded 2 coveted Michelin stars.

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Dublin City Center, directly opposite Trinity College. Behind the historic 19th-century façade of the hotel, all rooms and suites feature signature Westin Heavenly Beds® and Showers®.

Overlooking the promenade, beach, and bay just outside Galway, this contemporary hotel welcomes guests into spacious accommodations with plush bedding and the latest tech amenities. Ocean Fitness features state-of-the-art facilities.

• 142 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Tethra Spa/gym • mini-bar/in-room safe/robes & slippers • Ireland’s largest private art collection

• 163 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/award-winning bar/lounge • concierge/ 24-hr room service • Westin WORKOUT® Gym/in-room spa treatments • mini-bar/in-room safe/coffee & tea maker • Superfoods®

• 161 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • room service • indoor pool • Ocean Fitness/sauna/whirlpool/hydrotherapy • complimentary Wi-Fi

JURYS INN CORK

THE DUBLIN PASS

8-DAY IRISH SPIRIT TOUR

HHH Cork You’re close to the Cork train station, Opera House, and the city’s best shopping when you stay at this modern hotel on Anderson’s Quay overlooking the River Lee. Spacious, modern guest rooms feature state-of-the-art tech amenities. • 133 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/coffee bar • complimentary Wi-Fi

11-DAY TASTE OF SCOTLAND & IRELAND

Dublin / 11 Days-10 Nights / CIE Tours International A perfect combination of Scotland and Ireland, this series will give you an introductory look at the two countries. This bestselling series offers tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, plus a scenic cruise on Loch Ness and much more.

12-DAY IRISH ODYSSEY

Dublin / 12 Days-11 Nights / CIE Tours International This exciting 12-day Irish Odyssey explores the best of the Emerald Isle. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal, kiss the Blarney Stone, and explore the Irish-speaking towns of the Dingle Peninsula. Then, travel north through Connemara to visit Derry and Giant’s Causeway. The tour features a night in Cabra Castle.

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Dublin / 1, 2, 3 & 5 Days / Leisure Pass Group

Dublin / 8 Days-7 Nights / CIE Tours International

Receive entry to over 30 top attractions at no extra cost, plus a 1-day hop-on/hop-off bus ticket. Visit Dublin’s most fascinating locations, such as the Guinness® Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. Save time with fast-track entry at some of the busiest and most sought-after attractions.

Join an affordable 8-day tour of Ireland’s most popular highlights, including the House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, and Cliffs of Moher. Stay two nights in Galway and tour the uniquely stunning scenery of Connemara, making stops for a walking tour and a cruise on Lough Corrib.


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FRANCE EMBRACE A GORGEOUS COUNTRY THAT KNOWS HOW TO LIVE WELL

GETTING AROUND Air France enjoys a robust domestic airline industry, making it quite easy and cost effective to fly around the country. A total of 185 airports handle hundreds of flights daily that link most of the country’s large and small cities to each other, from Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Nice, to Biarritz, Bordeaux, Le Havre, and Rouen. Most of the domestic flights are run by Air France, easyJet, and Ryanair.

Rail In France, you can get pretty much anywhere by train. For long distances, it’s tough to beat the 200mph TGV, the cornerstone of Europe’s highspeed rail network connecting France to London, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, Zürich, Milan, and other cities.

Car France has one of Europe’s densest highway networks, and driving is a good option for exploring the countryside. As in the US, France drives on the right. French highways are known as autoroutes, and most are toll roads. You’ll find narrow singlelane roads in the countryside, and very tight alleys in towns and cities built before the auto age.

Transit There are subway systems in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, and Toulouse, plus ultramodern tramways in Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Bordeaux, and other cities.

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Know Your Destination With its sparkling cities and picture-book villages, sandy beaches and snow-capped mountains, rich artistic and literary culture, unbeatable cuisine and unparalleled wines, is it any wonder that France is the world’s most popular travel destination? Long, lazy lunches with fabulous food and fine wine are enjoyed in rustic, Bohemian, or elegant surroundings, with that added dash of je ne sais quoi… France is the essence of chic and an absolute gem, virtually defining romance and glamour. Explore Paris’ bohemian Latin Quarter, climb the iconic Eiffel Tower, linger over a coffee at an outdoor café, or window shop the famed Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. Two-thousand-year-old Lyon is France’s second-largest city and gateway to Beaujolais country. Treat yourself to the meal of a lifetime at one of Paul Bocuse’s brasseries. And glamour thrives on the sun-drenched French Riviera, including the luminous Côte d’Azur and its gilded enclaves of St. Tropez and Nice. Walk the palm tree-lined waterfront at nearby Cannes, home to the world famous Cannes Film Festival. The administrative details: All US citizens need a valid passport to enter France; visas are not required for American visitors staying in France for up to 90 days. France employs the euro (€) as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. And English is a common second language in much of France, but as in most foreign countries, it always helps to at least offer a couple textbook words or phrases, even if fractured.

THE REGIONS Paris The brilliance of Paris resides in its ability to immerse you in the sophisticated pleasures of Le Louvre, NotreDame, and dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, and encourage you to relax on a park bench with a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. Laid-back and artsy types love the Latin Quarter, where the bohemian atmosphere lives on.

The Riviera The Cote d’Azur is as glamorous as its legend, and you’ll feel it in Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice. The latter is a must for art lovers, with its Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse. The daily flower market in Vieux Nice (Old Town) is a fragrant diversion.

Wine Country Lyon is the heart of Beaujolais country and home to Paul Bocuse’s culinary realm. In beautiful Burgundy, the names of the religious orders became the names of some of France’s most renowned wines. And Bordeaux is the most extensive wine-producing region of France.

Regional France Set along the Rhône in Provence, medieval Avignon is notable for the world’s largest Gothic building – the Palace of the Popes, constructed to give the Papacy a safe haven from the tumult of 14th-century Rome. The awesome French Alps region is a mecca for winter sports thrills.


Louvre Museum / Photo: Nattee Chalermtiragool/Shutterstock.com

DINING AROUND Croissants, souffles, steak au poivre, le petit déjeuner, creme au caramel, mousse au chocolat, baguettes, pain au chocolat, madeleines, bouillabaisse, crêpes, crème brûlée… The single aspect of French culture that is easiest to access – and deliciously rewarding – is food and drink. And you need not dine in any of its 64 Michelin three-star restaurants to find the essence of French cuisine. You’ll find cozy brasseries on almost every corner, especially in big cities, and benefit from a relatively consistent and virtually standardized menu of inexpensive cuisine. In general, try to eat where the locals do, and chances are you’ll enjoy a memorable meal.

Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley

And whether in Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, the Loire Valley... France is the home of wine. It can be found cheaply just about anywhere!

UNITED KINGDOM BELGIUM English Channel

LUX GERMANY

Rouen Paris

Brest

Dijon Tours Nantes

SWITZERLAND

FRANCE Limoges Lyon Bordeaux

ITALY

Monaco Avignon Biarritz

SPAIN

Toulouse

Nice Montpellier

Marseille

Gulf of Lions

Cannes

St. Tropez

French pastries

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The Alexander III Bridge

PARIS THE ESSENCE OF CHIC, THE DEFININITION OF ROMANCE & GLAMOUR

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Left Bank

Royal Retreat

The Left Bank, a/k/a La Rive Gauche, historically known as an enclave of artists, is the place made famous by Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, and untold other writers and artists. Though no longer affordable for starving artists, it is home to the bohemian Latin Quarter – with its lively student life at the Sorbonne – and the popular Montparnasse, full of great cafés and bars.

Right Bank Historically the more affluent side of Paris, the Right Bank is where the royals once built their grand palaces and mansions, and smart retailers open the doors to some of the world’s toniest shops on the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. The huge Élysée Palace is the official residence of the president.

Suburbs A few miles southwest of central Paris, Versailles is a leafy suburb that’s home to the spectacular 700-room, 17thcentury palace of the same name, built by King Louis XIV. And you’ll find the magic in Marne-la-Vallée, just east of the city, where Disneyland Paris has become a larger tourist draw than the Eiffel Tower.

Take a tour of the awesome 1,500-room Palace of Fontainebleau, a hunting lodge and retreat for French kings and royal families since the 12th century.

Say Cheese! When in Lyon, sample some of the regional cheeses, such as Saint-Marcellin, a soft-ripened cheese of pasteurized cow’s milk with a rindless golden crust.

Bridge-It Stroll across the Pont Neuf to the tip of Île de la Cité for magnificent views of the city and the perfect place to unwind.

Garden Deluxe Stroll the tree-lined promenades of the stunning Jardin du Luxembourg and its 57 acres of lawns, fountains, and gardens.

Simply Grand Discover the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, including the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s apartments, and the perfectly manicured gardens.

In-Seine See a different view of Paris during a hop-on/hop-off boat tour along the Seine, stopping at the Champs-Élysées, Le Louvre, Notre-Dame, and other attractions.

Art Attack Join a guided tour of classic exhibits like the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and the Mona Lisa, all on prominent display at The Louvre.

Latin Quarter Don’t miss an evening at the glittering Paradis Latin, the oldest traditional French cabaret in the world, an intimate evening of nonstop singing and dancing!

Tower of Power The most central high point in Paris, the observation deck of Montparnasse Tower is ideal for discovering all of the city – ideal for viewing the Eiffel Tower and other Paris monuments.

Coeur Values After visiting the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (commonly known as Sacré-Cœur), head down the hill to the neighborhood of Montmartre, the subject of local artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Picasso.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 45 46.9 54 60.1 67.3 72.9 77.4 77 70 61.3 51.4 45.5 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2 1.6 1.9 2 2.5 2 2.5 2.1 1.9 2.4 2 2.3 Palace of Versailles

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13 17E

Gare St. Lazare

12

LA DEFENSE

Charles de Gaulle Airport

9E

19E 10E

Arc de Triomphe

17 16E

10

15 Jardins du Trocadero

2E

18

8

RIGHT BANK

7

Opéra Garnier

8E

9 Grand Palais Place de la Concorde Musée de L’Orangerie Jardin du Tuileries Sie ne

LEFT BANK

7E

Eiffel Tower

1ER

19

Jardin du Palais Royal Palais Royal

6

Forum des Halles

Musée du Louvre

Musée D’Orsay

Square du Temple

3E

LES 16 HALLES

Si

Parc du Champs de Mars

14

ST. GERMAIN

Musée Picasso

1

Hotel des Invalides Musée Rodin

La Sorbonne

Notre-Dame Cathedral

QUARTIER LATIN

6E

Opéra Bastille

4

14E

Paris Orly Airport

5E

e

Square St. Lambert

MONTPARNASSE

Pantheon

en

3

Versailles

12E Si

15E

Jardin du Luxembourg

5

Place de la Bastille

Palais du Luxembourg

Roland Garros Stadium

Disneyland Paris

Place des Vosges

4E

2

INVALIDES

11E

Centre Pompidou

en e

Eiffel Tower

11

Jardin des Plantes

13E

HOTEL LISTINGS Left Bank 1 Hotel Pont Royal 2 K+K Hotel Cayré, Paris 3 Le Six 4 Meliá Paris Colbert Right Bank 5 Best Western Le Patio Saint Antoine 6 Hotel Du Louvre, A Hyatt Hotel 7 Hotel Opéra Cadet 8 Hotel Powers 9 Hotel Waldorf Madeleine 10 Hotel Waldorf Trocadero 11 Intercontinental Paris Le Grand 12 L’hotel Du Collectionneur 13 Le Méridien Etoile 14 Les Jardins Du Marais 15 Meliá Paris Royal Alma 16 Novotel Paris Les Halles 17 Plaza Tour Eiffel 18 Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg 19 The Westin Paris—Vendôme Courbevoie (La Defense) 20 Meliá Paris La Defense

Gardens of Versailles

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A SELECTION OF paris HOTELS HOTEL DU LOUVRE, A HYATT HOTEL

HOTEL PONT ROYAL

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INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND

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Right Bank – 1ère / Louvre

Left Bank – 7ème / Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Right Bank – 9ème / Opéra

In the heart of Paris, facing the Louvre Museum, Opéra Garnier, and Palais Royal Gardens, this hotel welcomes you into charming rooms exuding Belle Époque charm. The Brasserie serves upscale French cuisine on the outdoor terrace.

This boutique hotel enchants with an outstanding location at St. Germain des Prés, Left Bank. Some rooms have a gorgeous view of Paris and her monuments. Savor exquisite cuisine at l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a Michelin 2-star restaurant.

Inspired by Napoleon III, this historic luxury hotel faces the magnificent Opéra Garnier, and is just steps from famous Place Vendôme shopping. Rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated in Second Empire style and offer exceptional views.

• 177 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • mini-bar/in-room safe/spacious dressing area

• 75 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar •concierge/room service • fitness center/bicycle rental • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout • mini-bar/in-room safe/robes & slippers

• 470 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • Club Level with private lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • I-Spa by Algotherm/fitness center/ sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe

L’HOTEL DU COLLECTIONNEUR

SOFITEL PARIS LE FAUBOURG

THE WESTIN PARIS—VENDÔME

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Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées

Right Bank – 8ème / Concorde

Right Bank – 1ère / Vendôme

A virtual shrine to Art Deco design, this exclusive hotel faces Parc Monceau, and is minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré shopping. Guest rooms have marble baths and city views.

The Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, and Place de la Concorde are just steps from this fashionable, newly renovated Right Bank favorite. Indulge refined cuisine at STAY Faubourg the modern brasserie by Michelin starred French Chef Yannick Alléno.

Overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, this landmark hotel is an idyllic retreat. Unwind in elegant rooms and suites designed by Sybille de Margerie, savor exquisite cuisine at boudoir Paris, and rejuvenate in the Six Senses Spa.

• 478 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Spa Mosaic/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/hammam • pet-friendly • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 147 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • Cléfs d’Or Concierges/ 24-hr room service • wellness center/Hammam/massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 428 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Six Senses Spa/Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Wi-Fi available • Heavenly Bed®/robes/mini-bar/safe

LE MERIDIEN ETOILE

MELIÁ PARIS LA DEFENSE

LE SIX

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Right Bank – 17ème / Arc de Triomphe

Courbevoie (La Defense)

Left Bank – 6ème / Montparnasse

It’s just a short walk to the Arc de Triomphe and ChampsÉlysées from this modern hotel. Chic, contemporary rooms boast the latest tech amenities, plus city or courtyard views. Jazz Club Etoile enchants with top-notch musical performers.

This new modern hotel is ideally located in the heart of the business district, just a few minutes from Paris city center by direct underground connection. Most guest rooms and suites offer splendid panoramic views of the city and its key landmarks.

Make this boutique hotel your own pied-à-terre for a great Paris vacation! The spacious, soundproof guest rooms feature unique furnishings and some with balconies overlooking the city. The Luxembourg Gardens legendary brasseries are nearby.

• 1,025 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • in-room spa services • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/ in-room safe/ironing board

• 369 ac rooms including 29 suites & family connecting rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/ massage rooms • executive lounge • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 41 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room • concierge/room service • Le Six & Spa by Pavot/fitness center • mini-bar/coffee & tea maker/ in-room safe • Plasma TV/cable/robes

HOTEL OPÉRA CADET

HOTEL POWERS

HOTEL WALDORF MADELEINE

HHHH Right Bank – 9ème / Opéra

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Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées

Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées Preferred Partner

An authentic Parisian experience awaits you at this enchanting hotel, set on a charming semi-pedestrian side street with local shops, market stalls, and bistros. Large guest rooms have elegant contemporary décor, and plenty of sunshine.

Located between the Champs-Élysées, Avenue George V, and Avenue Montaigne, this hotel combines elegance and comfort in a refurbished private mansion. Soundproof rooms have balconies overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Paris’ famous landmarks, including Place de la Madeleine and the Champs-Élysées are within strolling distance of this Haussmann-style boutique hotel. Modern, soundproof guest rooms have marble baths and views of Boulevard Malesherbes.

• 85 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • concierge/room service (breakfast only) • complimentary Wi-Fi/business center • easy access to Gare du Nord • ½ block from metro station & buses

• 50 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • concierge/room service • sauna/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

• 45 ac rooms • breakfast room/lounge • concierge/room service • complimentary in-room Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe • LCD Satellite TV

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Preferred Partner

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A SELECTION OF paris HOTELS HOTEL WALDORF TROCADERO

K+K HOTEL CAYRÉ, PARIS

HHHH Right Bank – 16ème / Trocadéro

LES JARDINS DU MARAIS

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Preferred Partner

Left Bank – 7ème / Saint-Germain-des-Prés myTime / Preferred Partner

Right Bank – 11ème / Le Marais

Set in a former 1920s private house, this hotel stands near the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, and the Eiffel Tower. Individually decorated rooms have views of the neighborhood or the glowing glass ceiling of the lobby lounge.

A 19th-century façade conceals a thoroughly modern interior at this boutique hotel on the Left Bank, a short walk from museums and attractions. Retreat to sleek guest rooms boasting state-of-the-art tech amenities and baths with heated floors.

Home to one of the largest private gardens in Paris, this sterling hotel comprises several historic buildings (including Gustave Eiffel’s workshop) and a serene courtyard. Soundproof guest rooms are a harmonious mix of 1930s elegance and contemporary style.

• 44 ac rooms • breakfast room/lounge • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms • mini-bar/in-room safe • LCD satellite TV

• 125 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • fitness center/sauna/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

• 263 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • Spa du Marais/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

MELIÁ PARIS COLBERT

MELIÁ PARIS ROYAL ALMA

NOVOTEL LES HALLES

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Left Bank – 5ème / Latin Quarter – Pantheon

Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées

Paris: Right Bank – 1ère / Louvre

Enjoy timeless romance in the heart of historical Paris at this exclusive hotel next to Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. Guest rooms are decorated in traditional French country style, some facing the courtyard, others with great views of Notre-Dame.

On a quiet street within walking distance of the ChampsÉlysées and the Eiffel Tower, this stylish and elegant hotel is a in a beautiful neo-classical building on the Right Bank. It is located nearby the Bateaux Mouches river cruise boats company.

This elegant hotel in the heart of Paris is within walking distance of Notre Dame, Le Louvre, the Pompidou Centre, Le Marais district, and the banks of the Seine. Escape city life in the idyllic patio, a true Parisian oasis!

• 39 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • room service • mini-bar/ in-room safe • robes & slippers • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 64 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar lounge • Conservatory patio • room service • mini-bar/in-room safe/slippers • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 285 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr reception/room service • 24-hr fitness center • kids play area • mini-bar/in-room safe • satellite plasma-screen TV/in-room movies • guest relation service & porters

PLAZA TOUR EIFFEL

HHHH Right Bank – 16ème / Trocadéro Steps from the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Trocadéro, and the Arc de Triomphe, this boutique hotel is close to the city’s main attractions and shops. Soundproof rooms have contemporary décor and the latest tech amenities. • 41 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

BEST WESTERN LE PATIO SAINT ANTOINE

HHH Right Bank – 11ème / Bastille An oasis of calm and peace in the heart of Paris, this charming Art Deco hotel on the stylish Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine is convenient to historical sites including the Place de la Bastille. Soundproof guest rooms overlook a serene private garden. • 89 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

Boat tour on Seine River

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a selection of paris SIGHTSEEING CITY TOUR & SKIP-THE-LINE EIFFEL TOWER

DISNEYLAND® PARIS

L’OPEN HOP-ON/HOP-OFF 2-DAY PASS

Paris / Admission / Disney Destinations International

Paris / 2-Day Pass / Paris City Vision

Imagine a place full of once-in-a-lifetime family fun, where you’ll dream with your eyes open from the moment you arrive in the Disney® Parks to the last thing at night – welcome to Disneyland® Paris! From world-class entertainment and attractions, to encounters with Disney characters, it’s the one place where dreams come true for everyone. “Happily ever after” is a reality here, and it’s all tantalizingly close to Paris.

See Paris at your own pace on a hop-on/hop-off tour with 50 stops on four interconnected routes – the ideal way to see all the sights. Board an open-top, double-decker bus for close-up views of the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, SaintGermain-des-Prés, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Neuf, Palais-Royal, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more sights.

THE PARIS PASS®

REIMS AND CHAMPAGNE

MOULIN ROUGE DINNER & SHOW

Photo: Cityrama/Sylvain Saustier

Paris / 3 Hours / Paris City Vision Join this city tour by bus to discover Paris museums and monuments, including The Louvre, Place Vendôme, Les Invalides, Palais Garnier, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and other iconic sights. At the Eiffel Tower, skip the line and take the elevator to the second floor to admire the magnificent views of Paris.

Paris / 4.5 Hours / Ring Tours - Paris

Paris / 2, 4, & 6 Days / Leisure Pass Group

Paris / 11 Hours / Paris City Vision

Get your ticket to the center of Parisian nightlife for more than 100 years – the home of the cancan and the most beautiful showgirls in Paris! Enjoy a dinner-dance with a select menu, followed by the “Féerie,” a whirlwind four-act show. A halfbottle of Champagne per person is also included.

Receive entry to over 60 of the best attractions Paris has to offer plus unlimited use of public transport. Save time with exclusive Skip-the-Line entrances to the most-visited sites and explore at your own pace. Check your free guidebook for useful information on the main sightseeing areas.

After a morning orientation tour of Reims, capital of the Champagne region, take a guided visit to its historic Gothic cathedral. A carriage tour and tasting at the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne caves, a tasting at the cellars of Moët & Chandon or Mercier, and free time for lunch round out your day.

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Provence

REGIONAL FRANCE A SUNNY MECCA OF CHARMING CHÂTEAUX, CULINARY PERFECTION & CULTURAL HERITAGE

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

The Cities

Capital Hills

A center of gastronomic delight with 2,000 years of cultural and architectural heritage, Lyon is the gateway to France’s wine country. Vieux Lyon is packed with 15th17th century buildings set along narrow streets and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Bordeaux is itself an attraction and not just because it’s an easy base for trips to Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, and Château Mouton Rothschild… Cafés, gardens, and museums are springing up all the time, and Old Bordeaux – where many buildings date back to the 13th century and earlier – is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Embark on a tour of the beautiful medieval hilltop villages of Provence, including Gordes, Roussillon, Bories, Brantes, Venasque, and Vaucluse.

French Riviera The Cote d’Azur is best known for the Cannes Film Festival, the rich-and-famous enclave of St. Tropez, and colorful Nice, where art lovers can graze through the Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse. For a splash of real color, head to the daily flower market in Vieux Nice (Old Town).

All Aboard for Bordeaux Explore the beautiful Bordeaux region, and sample some of its renowned wines, among them Médoc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dear Abbey One of the smallest World Heritage Sites, the tiny, rocky island known as Mont St-Michel is home to the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey.

Mumm’s the Word Spend some time in the famous region of Champagne and explore the famed wine cellars of Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Taittinger, and other houses.

Châteaux Room

Monaco Part of the Principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo is almost a mythic place, its popular image that of an international playground for the rich and famous, where aristos play baccarat in the casino… It has perhaps the most felicitous location in the world – hugging the Mediterranean Sea and backed by the French Alps, it personifies the sundrenched French Riviera.

Join a tour of the stunning châteaux of the Loire Valley, especially Azay-le-Rideau, a Renaissance-style gem from the reign of François I.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 55.6 56.1 59.4 62.6 69.3 75.7 81.1 81.9 76.3 69.8 61.9 56.8 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.7 1.8 1.5 2.7 1.8 1.4 0.5 0.7 2.9 5.2 4.1 3.6 Monte Carlo

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In Memoriam Pay tribute to the soldiers who fought on Normandy’s World War II beaches and D-Day battlefields on a tour to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc.

Lyon’s Den Check out the hidden “traboules,” or secret passages, that cut through some of Lyon’s historical buildings (or sometimes a whole city block), linking one street with another.

Dish It Out The godfather of Lyonnaise cuisine, Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse attracts diners from everywhere to his main restaurant as well as several brasseries around town.

You Bet It Is! Even if you don’t gamble, be sure to visit the Casino de Monte-Carlo just to admire its distinctive Beaux-Arts style, which ideally fits its French Riviera setting.

Back to College Explore the historic and atmospheric city center of Montpellier, a university center full of elegant buildings, grand mansions, stately boulevards, shady backstreets, and leafy squares.


A SELECTION OF regional france HOTELS INTERCONTINENTAL BORDEAUX – LE GRAND HOTEL

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At the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage city, this deluxe hotel features rooms with a unique and cozy 18th century-inspired decor, designed by Jacques Garcia. Gordon Ramsay’s Le Pressoir d’Argent seduces with its atmosphere and culinary experiences.

Just a few steps from the Croisette, sandy beaches, and great shopping, this 19th-century neo-classical hotel is a Cannes landmark. Step into soundproof guest rooms with black marble baths and sea views; some rooms have balconies or terraces.

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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this boutique hotel stands in the heart of Vieux-Lyon. Les Loges was awarded a Michelin star for chef Anthony Bonnet’s exquisite regional cuisine. Romantic rooms have Philippe Starck-designed baths.

• 130 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/wine concierge • concerge/ 24-hr room service • indoor pool/hammam/sauna • Les Bains de Léa Spa/ fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker

• 45 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge/bar/café • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna • private beach • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 61 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/wine cellar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor lap pool • Pure Altitude Spa/fitness center/sauna/ Turkish baths

INTERCONTINENTAL MARSEILLE – HOTEL DIEU

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Monte Carlo

Superlative best describes Marseille’s latest luxury hotel, ideally situated at the gateway to Provence. Housed in a magnificent 18th-century landmark, it offers spectacular views of the Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.

Sleek design marks this luxury hotel in the heart of Marseille’s Vieux Port. Rooms have the latest tech amenities, Hermès products; most have harbor views, while suites have private balconies. Indulge at the award-winning Les Trois Forts.

Stunning Mediterranean views, a prime location just next to the famous Monte Carlo Casino, and trademark Fairmont service make this luxury convention resort the ideal choice for a memorable vacation. Catch the warm breezes on your own balcony.

• 194 ac rooms & suites • Alycone gourmet Michelin Star restaurant & Brasserie • outdoor terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Spa by Clarins • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 134 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • So Spa/fitness center/salon/ sauna/Jacuzzi/hammam/solarium

• 602 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants including Nobu Monte Carlo/3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • Outdoor heated rooftop pool/sundeck • Fairmont Spa/fitness center/sauna/hammam • casino • kids club

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Serenity abounds at this hotel, overlooking the sea in Monte Carlo. Step into sleek rooms with striking views. Wooden steps lead through flower-covered pergolas to the only private beach in the area.

This apartment hotel is just outside of Antigone, the urban district, close to great shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Guest accommodations feature full separate kitchens and the latest entertainment amenities.

An exclusive destination combining both the future and the past, this century-old Belle Époque hotel was entirely renovated between 2006 and 2009 with modern luxury design. The Promenade des Anglais and Old Town are just minutes away.

• 403 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools/indoor pools/fitness center • private beach with direct access • Wi-Fi • mini-bar/refrigerator/safe

• 122 ac studios & 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 112 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar spa • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Deep Nature by Algotherm spa/fitness center/ sauna/Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi • bicycle rentals

BOSCOLO PLAZA NICE

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KUBE HOTEL SAINT TROPEZ

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St. Tropez

Built in 1850 in Belle Époque style, this impressive hotel in the heart of Nice is just a short stroll from the beach and Old Town. Oversize guest rooms, many with terraces or step-out balconies, have floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the bay or the city.

This contemporary luxury hotel enjoys a prime location in the city center, close to shopping and attractions. Spacious rooms overlook the exotic gardens or the city. Head to the rooftop Plein Ciel bar for cocktails and panoramic views.

Soak up the best of the French Riviera at this modernist resort hotel, set on a cliff overlooking St Tropez’ yacht-filled bay. Sleek minimalist rooms feature white geometric furniture and adjustable mood lighting.

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• 182 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/rooftop terrace • concierge/ room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 198 ac rooms & suites • 2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • solarium/massage services • tour desk

• 41 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/ice bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • spa/fitness center • media library • helipad • nightly entertainment

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ITALY ENJOY THE SILKY TASTE OF LA DOLCE VITA – THE SWEET LIFE!

GETTING AROUND Air Several airlines operate domestic flights in Italy, from national carrier Alitalia, to continent-wide budget airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, to smaller companies like Air Italy, Air One, Meridiana, and Air Dolomiti. Italy has 40 airports in all, including two each in Rome and Milan, plus Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, and Palermo, among others.

Rail Train is usually the best option for navigating Italy as rail links just about every town or city of any significance via 200mph high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Eurostar Italia), intercity, regional trains (Regionali, Regionali Veloci), and international trains (Eurocity, Euronight).

Bus Bus travel in Italy is generally regional in nature; there’s no national bus network. If you’re traveling between two cities in one region – for example, Siena and Pisa in Tuscany – there will be one company (perhaps more) that serves those routes. Buses are best at reaching smaller towns.

Car Driving is a practical way to get around Italy if you’re traveling in a group or as a family, or if you’re staying in a country villa, wandering amid quaint rural villages, or traveling through the more remote parts of wine country. You’ll need your driver’s license and an International Driving Permit (available in the US from AAA).

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Know Your Destination First of all, there’s art and lots of it. Then, there’s the architecture. Also, the food. The fashion. The festivals. The people... In fact, Italy is so bursting with attractions that a visitor’s biggest problem may be choosing a workable itinerary! Italy’s appeal is derived from its ancient architecture, historical significance, its beautiful coastlines, and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of its southern regions. Rome is a picturesque treasure trove of antiquities, from the Colosseum and Santa Maria Maggiore, to the Pantheon and the entire Vatican City. The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s truly impressive art collections, is one of the main lures of Florence, where the Renaissance was born and beauty reigns today. In Venice, forget about hailing a Checker cab, you’ll be traveling by water taxi, gondola, or vaporetto! All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Italy; visas are not required for American visitors staying in Italy for up to three months. Italy employs the euro (€) as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. And while you’re likely to find people who speak English if you travel to major cities with robust tourism infrastructure, it’s better not to assume the same once you enter the hinterland. As in many European countries, knowing a little bit of the native language may help you have a better experience.

THE REGIONS Northern Italy The reigning fashion and industrial center, Milan is the most modern of all Italian cities, though it still keeps most of its history intact. La Scala, over 200 years old, is still the world’s greatest stage for opera. All weather-beaten buildings, quiet canals, and soft sunsets, Venice is one of the most romantic cities on Earth. Travel by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, and take a gondola ride along picturesque canals.

Central Italy Rome is the Colosseum and Santa Maria Maggiore, the Pantheon and the entire Vatican City. Spend a day people-watching on the Spanish Steps and shop on Via Condotti. Birthplace of the Renaissance, elegant Florence is all narrow alleyways and soaring architecture, crowded piazzas and hushed, reverent galleries. Shop here for rich leather and gold jewelry.

Southern Italy Naples is full of life, its narrow and winding streets teeming with small shops, and its vast artistic heritage elevated to UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It’s also the gateway to the south, including the postcard-perfect towns of Positano and Ravello, nestled within the rugged terrain of the Amalfi Coast. More intrepid travelers may also like to explore Puglia, the heel of Italy, or the Sicily, home to ancient temples and bustling markets.


St. Mark’s Square, Venice

DINING AROUND Italian food in Italy is different than what is called “Italian food” in America. It is truly one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, and like the language and culture, “local” food in Italy differs in each region. Risotto, arancini, polenta, gelato, cornetti – try them all, of course (depending on where you are). But even better, you can learn to make these and many more dishes! Take a cooking class – they’re easy to find – and master the fine arts of pastas and pizzas, sauces and desserts. And great Italian fare isn’t only what’s on your plate – Italy is famous for its wine. The best vineyards tend to be in the middle of some beautiful scenery, and tours to these areas abound.

St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City

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ROME A STUNNING CITY, WHERE THE PAST IS EVER PRESENT…

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Vatican City

The Past Is Pasta

An independent country surrounded entirely by the city of Rome, the Vatican is the center of the Roman Catholic Church, filled with more history and artwork than most cities in the world. Don’t miss St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.

Embark on a unique walking tour of Rome that invites you to discover the history and legends of the Eternal City – and also learn to cook three kinds of pasta!

East of the Tiber River This part of Rome is home to its iconic architecture and attractions, including the Pantheon and the Colosseum. There’s a great series of neighborhoods for dining and shopping, or just linger on the Spanish Steps and by the Trevi Fountain. Visit the Villa Borghese and Piazza della Repubblica, the center of ancient Rome.

West of the Tiber River Trastevere, the charming district south of the Vatican on the west bank of the Tiber, is full of narrow cobbled streets and lonely squares that have long served as the inspiration for artists. Aventino and Testaccio are off-thebeaten-path districts with plenty of surprises waiting for interested travelers, as well as some truly great food.

Meet & Greet Everybody goes there, and that’s why everybody should: The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are perhaps the most atmospheric spots in Rome – places to meet up, places to muse, places to relax and watch the passing parade.

Limited Edition Limited admissions mean that you can see tons of timeless artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, and others in uncrowded bliss at the Galleria Borghese.

Stylin’ Head to Quartiere Coppedé, in Rome’s Trieste district, for a fantastical mix of Ancient Greek, Roman Baroque, Mannerist, medieval, and Art Nouveau architecture, all created by Gino Coppedè in 1919.

Subterranean Discover the hidden history of Rome’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, including the Capuchin Crypt, where the remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks literally rest in pieces.

Livin’ in the City Tour the impressive features and sites of Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, and the Vatican Museums.

Garden of Delights Stroll the fabulous grounds of the Villa Borghese, a heartshaped English-style botanical garden with spreading shade trees and lawns, romantic walkways, and statues and fountains throughout.

Food Fair Join a walking tour that samples the best food experiences in Rome, spotlighting gourmet markets, gelaterias, trattorias, cafés, wine bars, and more delights.

Illuminating A unique Rome by Night tour takes you to some of Rome’s most beautiful spots, including movie locations, to decode the secret messages of the Illuminati and unravel other secrets.

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Book your ticket (well in advance) for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Hear the Pope’s weekly message, and receive the papal blessing.

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HOTEL LISTINGS 1 Aurelia Residence 2 Boscolo Exedra Roma 3 Fortyseven 4 Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina 5 Hotel Atlante Garden 6 Hotel Atlante Star 7 Hotel De Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel 8 Marcella Royal Hotel 9 Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa 10 Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese 11 The St. Regis Rome 12 The Westin Excelsior Rome

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A SELECTION OF ROME HOTELS BOSCOLO EXEDRA ROMA

GRAN MELIÁ ROME VILLA AGRIPPINA

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Parioli

This exceptional hotel occupies a white marble 19th-century palazzo in the heart of Rome. Unusually spacious rooms and suites overlook the Piazza della Repubblica, the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica, the Diocletian Baths, or the nearby neighborhood.

This stunning oasis in the city center is just minutes from Vatican City, the Trastevere district, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Navona Square. Dine on gourmet Mediterranean fare at Vivavoce, created by Michelin-starred chef Alfonso Iaccarino.

Set along the border of the Villa Borghese, this modern hotel is just steps from the Borghese Gallery and National Gallery of Modern Art. Elegant guest rooms have Italian marble baths and open to private balconies or terraces with city and park views.

• 238 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/Champagnerie/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool (seasonal) • wellness spa • complimentary Wi-Fi • business center

• 116 ac rooms & suites including 29 RedLevel suites • RedLevel service • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • wine cellar • outdoor pool • Spa My Blend by Clarins/fitness center • sundeck • private garden

• 203 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor & indoor pools • Prince Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi

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SOFITEL ROME VILLA BORGHESE

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Via Veneto

Modern Italian style courses through this luxury 19th-century landmark hotel. Rooms reveal an eclectic blend of modern and traditional elements, with ceiling-high French doors with city views. The Stravinskij Bar opens to terraced gardens.

Stroll down Via Veneto to this neoclassical grand hotel and enter a world of natural chic. Elegant rooms are decorated in a classical style and have marble baths with Hermès amenities, Bose® iPod® docking stations, and city views.

This Belle Époque hotel dating from 1894 features opulent interiors with Murano glass chandeliers, hand-painted frescoes, Louis XV furniture, and seductive atmosphere. Originally part of the Diocletian Baths, the Di Vino wine cellar offers private tastings.

• 121 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/hydro-pool • terraced gardens • plasma satellite TV/robes • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 81 ac rooms & suites • La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hr business center/meeting facilities • close to nearby restaurants & attractions

• 161 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/wine cellar • 24-hr concierge & room service • butler service in suites • kamiSpa & Fitness/sauna • mini-bar/in-room safe/pillow menu/nightly turndown • Wi-Fi available

THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR ROME

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A winner of Travel+Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards 2014,” this regal turn-of-the-century hotel is prized for its unparalleled service and luxurious rooms with antiques and marble baths. The Villa Borghese Gardens, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain are close by.

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican are just a few steps away from this exclusive residential hotel in the heart of Rome. Retreat to individual studios and apartments with marble baths and private balconies or patios.

High style, attentive personal service, and close proximity to Rome’s enduring attractions define this boutique hotel. Guest rooms are packed with modern conveniences. Head to Circus restaurant on the roof for cocktails, dining, and priceless views.

• 316 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/café • 24-hr concierge & room service • indoor pool/Jacuzzi • Kami Wellness Center/WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio/sauna/Turkish bath • Wi-Fi available

• 25 ac rooms & apartments • complimentary breakfast • concierge/room service • sun terrace • kids play area • complimntary Wi-Fi

• 61 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • fitness center/Turkish Bath • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe

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Via Veneto

Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel are within walking distance of this classic-style hotel on a tree-lined street in downtown Rome. Indulge in comfort with antique furnishings, marble accents, and soothing Jacuzzi baths.

A distinguished 19th-century building on a tree-lined street is home to this family-owned hotel, an excellent base for exploring the Eternal City. Les Etoiles and La Terrazza Paradiso serve Roman cuisine with knockout views of the city.

This family-friendly hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Eternal City, just a few minutes from the Trevi Fountain, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Spanish Steps, and Via Veneto. Step into rooms with traditional style and city views.

• 70 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar at Hotel Atlante Star • concierge • Jacuzzis • complimentary airport pick-up on arrival • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas • satellite TV

• 70 ac rooms & suites (some with Jacuzzis) • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/ room service • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas • mini-bar • complimentary airport pick-up on arrival

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a selection of rome SIGHTSEEING ANCIENT ROME WALKING TOUR

BORGHESE GALLERY & GARDENS PROMENADE ELITE TOUR

CAPRI DAY TOUR

Rome / 3 Hours / Carrani Tours

Rome / 3 Hours / Gartour Excursions

Rome / 13 Hours / Carrani Tours

Take a comprehensive tour of ancient Rome’s major sights and skip the lines for the archaeological area. Gain special access to the Colosseum and, once inside, breathe in the bloody past of the amphitheatre and its atmosphere, led by passionate and expert guides. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb the Capitoline Hill, and walk on the legendary Via Sacra, or “Sacred Way.”

This tour starts at the Gallery Houses in Villa Borghese, where you’ll see superb sculptures and paintings renowned for centuries as “the sovereign of all private art collections.” The tour continues with a stroll through the delightful Borghese Park, passing by Pincio Terrace, and ends at the Spanish Steps.

Discover one of the world’s most beautiful islands: Capri. This little treasure of the Mediterranean will enchant you with its magical beauty, artisan shops, and luxury boutiques. Live an unforgettable day in a splendid environment. Upgrade your tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto. The tour includes transportation, local guide, boat tickets, and a delightful lunch.

COLOSSEUM & ETERNAL ROME WALKING TOUR

DISCOVERING ROME ELITE TOUR

DOLCEVITA – NAPLES, POMPEII, CAPRI & SORRENTO TOUR

Rome / 2.5 Hours Carrani Tours

Rome / 3 Hours / Gartour Excursions

Rome / 2 Days-1 Night / Carrani Tours

Take a guided tour of the Colosseum and archaeological area, and skip the long lines at the entrance. Led by passionate expert guides, marvel at ancient Rome’s major sights and breathe in the bloody past of the amphitheater and its atmosphere. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine, and climb up Palatine Hill.

This tour begins in Largo di Torre Argentina, then proceeds to the most characteristic squares of Rome, such as Farnese Square, Palazzo Spada, the famous market in Campo dei Fiori, and Navona Square to see the Fountain of the Four Rivers. The tour continues to Piazza Rotonda and Trevi Fountain, and ends at the Spanish Steps.

Explore the Neapolitan Coast and spend a night in charming Sorrento on this two-day tour! Visit the spectacular archaeological excavations of Pompeii, tour beautiful Capri, and see the amazing Blue Grotto (weather permitting). Discover quaint Anacapri and its amenities. Day 1: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento; Day 2: Sorrento, Capri, Rome. Includes transport, guide, entrance fees, standard hotel room, two lunches, and dinner.

FLORENCE DAY TOUR BY HIGH-SPEED TRAIN & UFFIZI GALLERY

HOP-ON/HOP-OFF PANORAMIC BUS TOUR

ROME BY NIGHT ILLUMINATED TOUR

Rome / 1-Day Pass / Gartour Excursions

Rome / 2 Hours / Gartour Excursions

Climb aboard an open-top, double-decker bus and discover the beauty of Rome with 360º views. The bus makes 12 stops in the vicinity of some of Rome’s most famous sights, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Vatican Museum, Colosseum, Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and other attractions.

Enjoy a pleasant tour of the city by bus, passing by some of the most famous and important monuments of Rome, including Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and di San Giovanni, Arch of Constantine, Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, Castel Sant’Angelo, and St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. The tour ends with a pleasant walk to Piazza del Popolo and the famous Piazza Spagna.

ROME BY NIGHT WITH TRADITIONAL DINNER & WALKING TOUR OF TRASTEVERE

SMALL GROUP FOOD TOUR

VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR

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Rome / Carrani Tours Visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world with expert tour guides. Your high-speed train will get you to Florence from Rome in the most comfortable way in under an hour. Tour the city and the Uffizi Gallery, and visit the cradle of the Renaissance. Enjoy a delightful lunch in a restaurant in Santa Croce Square in the heart of Florence. Then, shop at your leisure and return to Rome in the evening.

Rome / 3 Hours / Carrani Tours

Rome / 3.5 Hours / Carrani Tours

Rome / Admission / Carrani Tours

Dine on traditional Italian cuisine in a typical local restaurant in the Trevi area. Then, take a stroll around the Trastevere, the medieval area of Rome that is full of life at night and beloved by Romans. Enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of Rome by motor coach and discover the magical charm of the most famous monuments under a different light.

Join a mid-morning walking tour to markets, groceries, and gelaterias for tastings at different locations. Enjoy pizza with mortadella, supplì (croquettes), and pasta. Then experience Jewish food specialties, including fried artichokes and fried codfish. Savor an artisanal gelato tasting.

Enter the Sistine Chapel as a VIP with privileged access before other tour groups and the general public. You’ll have the chance to leisurely admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece with a few other lucky people. With the aid of a map and your comprehensive pre-recorded audio guide, you’ll feel free to explore all the Vatican Museums at your pace. Special tickets include the DVD “Art and Faith,” featuring a full description of the Vatican City in several languages.

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VENICE UTTERLY UNIQUE – AND ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC CITIES ON EARTH

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Venice Island

Up in the Skyline

All weathered buildings, quiet canals, and soft sunsets, Venice is one of the most romantic cities on earth. Travel by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, shop in crowded marketplaces, and take a gondola ride along picturesque canals set under gracefully arched bridges. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was 600 years ago, which adds to the fascinating character.

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Ascend to the Skyline Rooftop Bar atop the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel for cool cocktails and breathtaking panoramic views of Venice.

Take Your Marks Go inside St. Mark’s Basilica to see its awe-inspiring gold mosaics, the Pala d’Oro (golden altar), stunning frescoes, and Byzantine artworks.

Essentially a suburb of Venice, Mestre stands at the foot of the causeway and railroad bridge that lead from the Italian mainland to Venice’s historic center. It’s a must to visit one of dozens of pasticcerie for desserts, brioche, and other treats.

Super Market!

Murano

Sweet Treat

Much like Venice, Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. Famed for its eponymous glass industry, it’s full of small shops and appealing restaurants. Look for the “Vetro Murano Artistico” trademark decal in the windows of shops and showrooms that sell authentic Murano glass.

Burano

Rub shoulders with the locals as they do their weekly shopping at the Rialto Market. Get there early for the Erberia (vegetables) and Pescheria (fish) markets in full swing.

Sit down to the greatest cup of hot chocolate EVER at VizioVirtù, the renowned cioccolateria in the San Polo district.

Island Journeys Visit the islands on the Venetian Lagoon to see traditional glassblowing in Murano and find locally made lace handicrafts in Burano.

Every color of the rainbow is represented in this small town, lined with hundreds of differently colored houses. Almost every shop on this little island sells locally made lace products.

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Rialto Crawl Answer the siren song of local cuisine in a local atmosphere, and embark on a flavorful “cicchetti crawl” in the bustling Rialto district. Devour small plates of olives, marinated seafood, spicy meatballs, and more!

Grand Slam A private motor launch cruise on the Grand Canal is a superb way to see the city’s landmark palazzos, courthouses, markets, and bridges.

Waterworld For the quintessential Venice experience, hire a gondola for a cruise on the city’s quiet back canals and discover hidden gems and fabulous photo opportunities.

Off the Beaten Canal You don’t need a boat to navigate Venice, you can actually walk along narrow, winding alleyways and bump into such “hidden” sights as the ancient church of San Giovanni Elemosinario.

In the Doge House A guided tour of the Doge’s Palace introduces you to the fascinating elements of Venetian history, including the sculptures, the Opera Museum, the courtyard, and the famous Golden Staircase.


A SELECTION OF Venice HOTELS BOSCOLO VENEZIA

HOTEL DANIELI

HOTEL METROPOLE VENICE

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Revel in a Venetian atmosphere inside the ancient and prestigious aristocratic Rizzo-Patarol Palace that hides a preserved historic secret garden that overlooks the lagoon. Indulge in modern comfort blended with “vintage opulence.”

A masterpiece of hospitality amid the wonders of Venetian art, this legendary hotel – set in three palazzos dating to the 14th century – overlooks the lagoon and is just steps from Piazza San Marco. Retreat to opulent rooms in Venetian style.

Facing the lagoon, this historic palazzo is now one of Venice’s most coveted addresses for discerning vacationers. Rooms boast period furnishings and enchanted views. Awarded two Michelin stars, the Met Restaurant pampers your palate.

• 66 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • spa in the lagoon/botanical garden • complimentary shuttle boat to & from St. Mark’s Square • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 210 ac rooms & suites • rooftop restaurant/piano bar • concierge/24-hr room service • in-room spa treatments • robes & slippers • Wi-Fi available

• 67 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • live entertainment • private dock for water taxis • luxurious garden with plants & citrus fruits • complimentary Wi-Fi

HILTON MOLINO STUCKY VENICE

THE GRITTI PALACE

LUNA HOTEL BAGLIONI

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San Marco

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Originally a flour mill in the 19th century, this modernized hotel is located on Giudecca Island, a short boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. Relish elegant rooms, views from the terrace of the Skyline Rooftop Bar, and a relaxing spa, one of the city’s largest.

Welcome to this 15th-century noble palazzo and luxury hotel, where history and culture meet with renewed Venetian style on the Grand Canal. The acclaimed Restaurant Club del Doge and Bar Longhi overlook the Grand Canal.

Located a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and the Palazzo dei Dogi, this hotel is a short distance from historical attractions. Housed in an aristocratic building, guests are treated to an intimate atmosphere and impeccable service.

• 379 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/4 bars • outdoor rooftop pool • eforea Spa at Hilton/fitness center • executive floor with private lounge • free shuttle boat to St. Marks’ square • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 82 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • cooking classes

• 91 ac rooms & suites • Canova Restaurant/ Caffé Baglioni • room service • 24-hr reception desk • mini-bar/in-room safe • located in the heart of Venice

THE WESTIN EUROPA & REGINA, VENICE

HOTEL BONVECCHIATI VENEZIA

HOTEL CONCORDIA

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Calle Goldoni

Uniting an inspiring location on the Grand Canal with Venice’s attractions and St. Mark’s Square nearby, this hotel is a picturesque escape. The restaurant and bar, as well as many of the stunning rooms and suites, overlook the Grand Canal.

Welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790, this classic hotel stands between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Guest rooms are designed in classic Venetian or modern style, with views over the canal or the surrounding rooftops.

Delivering exceptional service and refined elegance, this 18th-century boutique hotel is in the historic center of Venice, overlooking St. Mark’s Square. Rooms have period furniture, Murano chandeliers, and marble and natural stone baths.

• 185 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Westin Kids Club® • The Heavenly Bed® • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 124 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 50 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/complimentary breakfast buffet/ 24-hr bar/wine bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

HOTEL KETTE

SANTA MARINA HOTEL

CA’ DELL’ARTE SUITES

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Castello

Arrive in one of Venice’s legendary gondolas at this intimate boutique hotel on a picturesque canal. Tranquil, soundproof rooms are elegant refuges with period furnishings, rich fabrics, and marble baths, all lit by Murano lamps.

St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge are within easy walking distance of this elegant boutique property, a former convent overlooking Santa Marina Square. Intimate rooms have 18thcentury-style Venetian furnishings and neighborhood views.

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Step outside of this exclusive boutique hotel and you’re close to Piazza San Marco, Accademia Bridge, and the Rialto. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to opulent, individually decorated accommodations with kitchens and Murano chandeliers.

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• 63 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • concierge/room service • Wi-Fi on ground floor • private pier • mini-bar/-in-room safe/satellite TV

• 55 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/rooftop terrace • concierge/room service • tour desk

• 5 ac rooms & suites • complimentary continental breakfast • concierge • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

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a selection of venice SIGHTSEEING CICCHETTI OF VENICE

GHOSTS & LEGENDS

THE MAGIC ART OF GLASSBLOWING

Venice / 3 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Venice / 1.5 Hours / Avventure Bellissime

Venice / 1 Hour / Gartour Excursions

Embark on a delicious adventure on this tour that introduces you to Venice’s most indelible attraction – food! Visit historic bars and taverns, discover the delicious range of local cicchetti dishes, experience the buzz of Bacari wine bars, ride a traghetto gondola into the Rialto area, visit a local market, sample local specialties such as spicy meatballs, fried olives, and marinated seafood, and get a history lesson while sipping a glass of Prosecco.

Explore Venice’s dark and mysterious past on this night tour through the city’s little-known backstreets. Visit the spiral staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, and hear tales about Venice’s hidden history, chilling ghost stories, and local legends.

Learn the secrets of the world-renowned Murano method of glassblowing. Visit a glass factory showroom in St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll learn about the origins of the art of glassblowing and how Murano became the center of glassmaking. Attend a demonstration by a master artisan, who uses traditional techniques to create a unique glass item for you.

ORIGINAL VENICE WALK

ROMANTIC WATERWAYS OF VENICE

TOUR TO THE ISLANDS

Venice / 2 Hours / Avventure Bellissime

Venice / Half-Hour / Gartour Excursions

Venice / 3.5 Hours / Oltrex Viaggie

This walking tour of Venice will take you on a guided expedition of some of the city’s most beloved landmarks. Explore historic St. Mark’s Square, and visit the interior of its Byzantine Basilica. Stroll Venice’s narrow, winding alleyways and admire sights including Campo Santa Maria Formosa and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo, also known as “the Pantheon of Venice.”

Travel along the most important canal in Venice – the Grand Canal – and see many of the most recognizable sights that Venice has to offer, including the Rialto Bridge, the Ca’ Dolfin, and the Grimani Palace. Meander along the city’s more secluded canals, including the Barcaroli Canal, where you’ll see the former home of Mozart and the former residence of the Doge, as well as the only canal in Venice with a view of St. Mark’s Campanile.

Visit peaceful Torcello – Venice’s oldest continuously populated region – to see the city’s first church, watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano, and explore Burano’s lace shops on this afternoon tour of the Venetian lagoon’s three most famous islands.

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Ponte Vecchio

FLORENCE, MILAN & BEYOND AWESOME ALPS, PICTURESQUE PIAZZAS, THE ESSENCE OF HIGH FASHION

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Florence

Meals on Wheels

Birthplace of the Renaissance, elegant Florence is filled with narrow alleyways and soaring architecture, crowded piazzas and hushed, reverent galleries. Shop for gold bracelets and rich leather, people-watch in the shade of the Duomo, and listen to the clack of heels and rush of roaring Vespas over cobblestone streets.

Enjoy the unique experience of dining in international fare and traditional Milanese dishes on board one of two historic ATMosfera Trams while you tour the city.

Milan Alpha designers Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana – as well as Da Vinci’s enduring masterpiece, The Last Supper – make cosmopolitan Milan their address while nearby Lake Como is a haven of tranquility, ringed by beautiful villages, exquisite villas, and snowpeaked Italian Alps.

Countryside (Siena, Sicily, Alps, Amalfi) A true Tuscan treasure, Siena is dotted with medieval plazas, palaces, and churches. Picturesque Positano and Ravello nestle within the rugged terrain of the Amalfi Coast, known for its iconic cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages. Sicily, a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy, is filled with World Heritage Sites, befitting a destination that has not changed much in centuries.

Height of Fashion

Designer Deals Milan’s largest and most famous market, the Viale Papiniano Market is the place to go for deals on designer apparel, footwear, and accessories, plus leather goods and rare fabrics.

Market Basket

Visit Milan’s Fashion District, where alpha designers Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana are waiting to outfit you in haute style.

Lose yourself in the overwhelming sights and smells of the extraordinary, historic Florence Market, sampling wild boar prosciutto, pecorino sheep cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes, and other delights.

Goal Standard

I Love View

Catch one of the world’s greatest soccer teams in action when AC Milan takes the field at legendary San Siro, its purpose-built stadium.

Piazza Sweet

Ride the elevator to the roof of the Duomo Cathedral, see the perfect marble sculptures and the church spires up-close, and gaze out to the Milan skyline and the blue horizon.

Facing Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio Piazza della Signoria is the spot where the Florentine republic was born, and you can admire it while noshing on a pizza pie at Ristorante il Cavallino.

Viva Vespa!

Tuscan-Do

Master Class

Revel in some of Italy’s finest wines, olive oils, chocolates, cheeses, pastas, and balsamic vinegars with a daytrip to the sunny Tuscan countryside.

Rent a Vespa in Florence to explore the city, then motor out to the nearby vineyards and small villages to experience true Italian culture.

Check out masterworks by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Uccello, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Rembrandt, and other legends at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

WEATHER CHART

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a selection of florence, Milan & beyond Hotels GOLDEN TOWER HOTEL & SPA

HOTEL SAVOY, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL

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HOTEL BRUNELLESCHI

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Duomo, Florence

This luxury hotel in Florence’s historical center occupies a 15th-century building next to Palazzo Strozzi and close to Via Tornabuoni shopping. Rooms and suites mix Classic Contemporary and Tudor styles, and have marble baths.

On the Piazza della Repubblica, this posh hotel features Olga Polizzi-designed rooms with marble baths and outstanding city views. Celebrity star chef Fulvio Pierangelini’s Irene restaurant serves Tuscan cuisine with modern flourishes.

Cited on Travel+Leisure’s 2015 “T+L 500,” this regal hotel in the historic center of Florence offers breathtaking views of the Giotto bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo. It’s just steps to the Uffizi Gallery, museums, shopping, and more.

• 27 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Golden Tower Spa/Turkish bath/sauna/hydro-massage pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 102 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/outdoor terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • gym • EASY connect system throughout • mini-bar/in-room safe • complimentary Wi-Fi • Duomo/ Uffizi Gallery & Ponte Vecchio nearby

• 96 ac rooms & suites (exclusive amenities & Suite & More program) • 2 restaurants/bar • room service • on-site private museum • complimentary Wi-Fi • 2 blocks from shopping streets

B4 ASTORIA FIRENZE BY BOSCOLO

PLAZA HOTEL LUCCHESI

VILLA IL PALAGIO

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Unrivaled sophistication reigns in a former Renaissance palazzo belonging to noble Florentine families. The nobility is also reflected in this hotel’s location: near to the church of Santa Maria Novella and to Florence’s historic center.

Relaxed ambiance, considerate personal service, and 19thcentury palazzo style define this elegant hotel overlooking the Arno River and the historic town center. Many guest rooms open onto private balconies with views of the river, city, or surrounding hills.

Become acquainted with the gorgeous Tuscan countryside at this deluxe boutique property outside Florence, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards. It’s a great base for exploring Tuscany’s legendary wineries and other attractions.

• 96 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/wine bar/lounge bar • concierge/room service • panoramic terrace • complimentary Wi-Fi • business center • meetings & events space

• 93 AC rooms & duplex suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • private garage/bicycles • mini-bar/in-room safe • hair dryers/robes & slippers

• 33 ac rooms • restaurant/2 bars • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

HOTEL MIRAMALFI

HOTEL PALAZZO ESEDRA

HOTEL JOLI

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Indulge in Amalfi Coast’s charm at this hotel, set on a cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Step into rooms with Vietri tile floors, private balconies, and striking sea views. Il Ristorante serves Italian fare and fresh seafood.

Within walking distance of RAI and San Paolo Stadium, this luxury hotel occupies a sleek 1930s building designed by Marcello Canino. Spacious contemporary-style rooms have parquet floors, the latest tech amenities, and city views.

This Art Deco hotel is within walking distance of major attractions, as well as dining, entertainment, and shopping. Spacious rooms have marble flooring, wood décor, and views of the courtyard, Piazza Florio, or Monte Pellegrino.

• 49 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/snack bar/beach bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor seawater pool/private beach

• 106 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/breakfast buffet • 24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 30 ac rooms • coffee shop • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • tour desk

BOSCOLO MILANO

MELIA MILANO

HOTEL SANPI MILANO

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Center City-Porta Venezia Area, Milan

Right in the heart of the city’s high-fashion district is an elegant gem representing an original merging of Italian design. Eclecticism is expressed in luxury rooms and suites, the largest spa in the city, and the wonderful terrace.

This lavish hotel is ideal for discovering Milan, with access to any part of the city, comfortable facilities, and top-notch services. Enjoy exquisitely appointed rooms, The Level Lounge, and the new Jigger Food & Cocktail bar and restaurant.

This boutique hotel lies in the heart of Milan between Piazza della Repubblica and Porta Venezia–Corso Buenos Aires, close to the historical city center. Modern rooms are tastefully decorated, and most overlook a private garden.

• 154 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/rooftop terrace/lounge bar • concierge/24-hr room service • roof garden • spa • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 291 ac rooms & suites • The Level service • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • Elie Spa/Turkish bath/sauna/hydro massage • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to MiCo Congress Center and San Siro Stadium • 18 meetings & event venues

• 79 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/breakfast room • concierge/room service • fitness center/private garden • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/ in-room safe

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TUSCANY WINE TRAIL

MILAN SEGWAY TOURS

Florence / 2 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Florence / 6.5 Hours / Florencetown

Milan / 3 Hours / Italy Segway

This tour dives into the markets of Florence, where you learn about local food and culture. Explore typical delicatessens where Florentines shop daily for fresh produce. Enjoy a cappuccino at the best chocolate shop in town, and visit Florence’s oldest wine cellar. Stop at local farmers’ stands to check out an array of cheeses. End the market tour with a glass of wine (or Italian soda) with delicious toasted bread and seasonal toppings.

This glorious Wine Trail tour will give you the chance to get acquainted with the history of wine, learn the different characteristics of wines, and get to know how to distinguish the acidity, the taste, and flavor pairings with food. Visit two wineries for wine tasting and olive oil tasting, and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch (or dinner for the PM departure), many photo opportunities, and the friendly feeling of a small and intimate group of wine lovers.

Glide through the financial and fashion capital of Italy on the coolest ride of the 21st century, making stops at Sempione Park, Sforzesco Castle, Cathedral Square, Piazza del Duomo, La Scala, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and other sites. Groups are limited to a minimum of two and a maximum of eight clients per tour; the tour begins with an orientation session.

CAPRI AND ANACAPRI TOUR

POMPEII AND ERCOLANO TOUR

STREET STORIES OF PALERMO

Naples / 8 Hours / Gialpi Tour Operator

Naples / 8 Hours / Napoli City Vision

Palermo / 2.5 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Explore the enchanting island of Capri on a full-day tour from Naples. Join a walking tour of Anacapri, with free time to visit Villa San Michele. Then, discover the island’s breathtaking coastline and mountainous scenery, and take an hour-long guided tour. You’ll also have two hours at leisure to explore, shop, sit at a sidewalk café, enjoy lunch, and more.

This unique excursion invites you to discover the two ancient towns buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the morning, visit Pompeii, which was covered by ash and lapilli. After lunch, visit Herculaneum, submerged by a flow of mud and lava. Also, visit a local fabric store to view the productive process of cameos and corals.

Take a peek inside Palermo’s walls and deep into its back alleys as you hear the city’s street stories. Ghosts, fairies, saints, and crooks all have tales to be told to adventurous ears! Hear the stories behind Palermo’s cast of historical characters, from revered saints to sneaky criminals. Visit a lively local market and see how shopping is an adventure in itself! Step inside the spectacular Chiesa Immacolata Concezione, and sample traditional Sicilian Zibibbo wine at a local tavern.

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BACK-ROADS touring THE EXPERTS IN SMALL GROUP TOURING

Maximum Group Size of 18

uk & europe At Back-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group and tailor-made touring, offering a unique range of fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. We do things differently than most tour companies – there’s more to our itineraries than simply taking passengers to the important sights and major cities. You’ll experience charming, specially selected accommodations, dine with the locals in their restaurants, and mingle with those who enrich the heritage of local communities. We call this the “Back-Roads Difference.”

With a maximum of 18 passengers, our professional tour leaders are able to offer a more personalized experience that caters to the interests of individuals and flexible touring days. Smaller numbers also mean a less obtrusive style of touring that enables us to select more intimate hotels and restaurants where local charm and character abound.

Scenic Back Roads, Not Freeways Our mini-coaches are comfortable and able to travel along local roads and across mountain passes – where large motor coaches cannot go – to find charming villages and picturesque vistas. For added convenience, we usually drive into the center of tiny villages and old towns to park right beside charming accommodations and intimate local restaurants.

Authentic Local Experiences We recognize that authentic local experiences have greater appeal than attractions on the typical tourist trail. We take the time to seek out experiences where guests can relate to local crafts and culture. For example, we meet local craftsmen in the Cotswolds, learn to speak a few words of notoriously difficult Welsh in Wales, visit an Old World stonemasonry workshop in Croatia, and learn about the origins of the Mafia in Sicily.

Leisurely Paced Itineraries Forget about tales of long, tiring touring days that typically start too early and finish too late – in fact, most days we begin around 9:00am. Our itineraries are thoughtfully planned to avoid cramming too much into each day. We prefer a more leisurely pace, with time to appreciate the local settings or delve deeper into attractions on your own with an afternoon – or even a

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Boutique Hotels We choose top-notch local accommodations that reflect the character of each region. From rustic rural retreats to old country estates, traditional inns to grand castlehotels, every style of accommodation is in keeping with its surroundings. Whether you stay in a Scottish castle, French château, Spanish palace, or Italian villa, you may be sure that each one will bring more authenticity to the itinerary.

Culinary Experiences Sampling local cuisine is an integral part of experiencing the culture – not to mention one of life’s pleasures! We include authentic culinary experiences which are locally sourced. Whether you’re dining in Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant in Cornwall, at a local farm in Puglia, or in a chef’s living room in Seville, all of our included meals are at local hand-picked establishments. And wherever we dine, we’ll always offer you a choice of meals as well.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN

7 Days / 6 Nights – England

9 Days / 8 Nights – England

The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

• Enjoy lunch at star chef Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow • Explore part of Cornwall’s largest private estate accompanied by a member of the estate’s gardening tea • Drive along single-track roads in the heart of Dartmoor National Par • Stay three nights in Falmouth, located at the entrance to world’s third largest natural harbor

• Visit a traditional 18th-century Cotswold woollen mill • See one of England’s quietest but most interesting cathedrals in Worcester • Explore the back roads of some of Britain’s most iconic regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Lake District • Enjoy a traditional Scottish banquet

Day 1: London – Wells – Dartmoor National Park

Day 1: London – Oxford – Cotswolds

Travel to the tiny city of Wells, known for its attractive cathedral and Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited medieval street. Continue to Dartmoor National Park, and stroll along beautiful country lanes, over ancient stone bridges, and through dramatic rolling countryside. Stay overnight in Dartmoor National Park.

Depart London for Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires.” Visit one of its imposing colleges and enjoy a walk through the city. At a traditional 18th-century woollen mill, learn about the industry that is the cornerstone of Cotswold heritage. Drive to Three Ways House Hotel. Dinner is at the famous Pudding Club.

Day 2: Dartmoor National Park – Port Isaac – Padstow – Falmouth

Day 2: Cotswolds – Worcester – Ironbridge – Llangollen

On the rugged north coast of Cornwall, visit the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac, then sit down for lunch at The Seafood Restaurant, Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant in Padstow. Continue to Falmouth, your base for the next three nights.

In Worcester, visit one of England’s most interesting cathedrals, then explore the town of Much Wenlock. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge before driving to Llangollen for two nights at Bryn Howel Hotel, or similar.

Day 3: Falmouth – St. Ives – St. Michael’s Mount – Falmouth

Day 3: Llangollen – Snowdonia National Park – Llangollen

Wander the cobblestone streets of the old fishing town of St. Ives, then journey to the Minack Theatre, the famous open-air cliffside theater. From Marazion, take a boat to the fascinating medieval castle of St. Michael’s Mount. Return to Falmouth for dinner in your hotel.

In northern Wales, explore Snowdonia National Park. At the Bodnant Food Centre’s Cookery School, a professional chef will demonstrate how to make two Welsh-themed dishes (for lunch!). Back in Llangollen, the evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Falmouth

Day 4: Llangollen – Chester – Haworth – York

Today is free for you to explore the historic town of Falmouth, including Pendennis Castle, the National Maritime Museum, and Falmouth Art Gallery. Take a short ferry ride to St. Mawes Castle or a short train or boat ride along the Fal River to Cornwall’s capital city, Truro.

Enjoy a walking tour of Chester in the morning. Continue across the Pennine Hills to the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth. Proceed to York for two nights at the Churchill Hotel.

Day 5: Falmouth – Trebah Garden – Tregothnan – Fowey

Take a guided tour through the Old City, followed by free time to explore independently.

Visit the sub-tropical Trebah Garden on the banks of the Helford River. Next, explore Cornwall’s largest private botanical gardens and the tea plantation at Tregothnan Estate, known as the home of English tea. Continue to your hotel in Fowey.

Day 6: Fowey – Bosue Vineyard – Hawkchurch Enjoy a tour and tasting at family-run Bosue Vineyard, which produces award-winning white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Continue along the coast to the quaint fishing village of Polperro. Later, visit magnificent Buckfast Abbey before continuing to your hotel in Hawkchurch. Enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Day 7: Hawkchurch – Salisbury – London Explore the historic port town of Lyme Regis, wander along its promenade, and take in the panoramic vista of the Jurassic Coast from the Langmoor and Lister Gardens. Continue to the prehistoric settlement of Maiden Hill, followed by Salisbury, home of the magnificent cathedral that houses the original Magna Carta. Return to London.

Day 5: York Day 6: York – Castle Howard – Lake District Drive to the magnificent 18th-century Castle Howard. Enjoy a scenic drive through Yorkshire Dales National Park before arriving at the Waterhead Hotel in Lake Windermere (two nights).

Day 7: Lake District Enjoy one of Britain’s most beautiful national parks. Crossing Lake Windermere, the first stop is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm. Then, visit Dove Cottage, the inspiration for Wordsworth’s “Daffodils.” After a short cruise on the lake, return to hotel.

Day 8: Lake District – Scottish Borders Driving through Cumbria, follow Hadrian’s Wall to Birdoswald Roman Fort. Continue to the Scottish Borders and enjoy a traditional 3-course Scottish banquet. Overnight at Comlongon Castle, or similar.

Day 9: Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh Explore Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott, followed by mysterious Rosslyn Chapel (from “The Da Vinci Code”). The tour concludes in Edinburgh.

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CORNERS OF SOUTHERN IRELAND

TUSCAN TREATS & THE CINQUE TERRE

6 Days / 5 Nights – Ireland

8 Days / 7 Nights – Italy

The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

• Visit the Irish National Stud on a private guided tour • Revel in the ambiance of rural Irish towns and villages away from the tourist crowds • Drink in the pub featured in “Ballykissangel” • Stroll around historic Kinsale with a knowledgeable and passionate local guide • Enjoy award-winning cuisine while gazing towards the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle

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Day 1: Dublin – Kildare – Ennis

Day 2: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

Meet up and depart Dublin for County Kildare, heart of the thoroughbred industry. Take a private guided tour of the Irish National Stud, see some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds, visit the horse museum, and explore the renowned Japanese Gardens. Continue to Portumna Castle, followed by The Old Ground Hotel in picturesque Ennis, capital of County Clare. Enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Explore the steep Tuscan coastline of the Italian Riviera, and visit the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising five pretty villages along the remote and rocky coastline. Explore three of the villages by boat (weather permitting), train, and on foot before returning to Lucca.

Day 2: Ennis – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney

Journey to Pisa and its iconic Leaning Tower. Visit the impressive Baptistery of St. John, before heading to Volterra, a magnificent walled medieval town high upon a rocky plateau. Stay two nights at Hotel San Lino.

A guided walking tour of Ennis winds through its medieval streets. Continue to the UNESCO Geopark of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher to admire the diverse landscape and take a one-hour cruise. Drive to Killarney in County Kerry. Stay two nights at Killarney Royal Hotel.

Day 3: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney Explore the spectacular Ring of Kerry, and make a short visit to the “Skellig Experience,” which tells of the Skellig monks in early Christian times. Continue to Portmagee, a fishing village of brightly painted houses, followed by Staigue Fort, an intriguing ancient ring fort. Visit the romantic village of Sneem, brimming with traditional buildings, restaurants, and craft shops.

Day 4: Killarney – Kenmare – Kinsale Visit the heritage town of Kenmare, and the 200-year-old cottage of the bootlegger Molly Gallivan. Next, stop at the medieval town of Kinsale, a popular seaside resort. Accommodation is at Actons Hotel, or similar.

Day 5: Kinsale – Midleton – Kilkenny Join a guided walking tour of Kinsale and see the 800-year-old St. Multose Church and star-shaped Charles Fort. Proceed to Cork for a city tour, then to the coastal town of Cobh, known for its Titanic connection. At the Jameson Midleton Distillery, learn about whiskey production and enjoy a sample! Travel to Kilkenny, rich in medieval heritage, and its imposing castle. Enjoy a final dinner together. Overnight at River Court Hotel.

Day 6: Kilkenny – Dublin After visiting the 12th-century castle, return to the capital via the beautiful and dramatic Wicklow Mountains. Stop at the village of Avoca, famous for the popular TV series “Ballykissangel,” and visit Fitzgerald’s Pub, featured in the show. There’s time for a shopping at the Avoca Woollen Mills before ending the tour in Dublin.

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Cook your own Italian lunch with a chef who will share the secrets of how to make a delicious Tuscan meal using local ingredients Enjoy a number of different Tuscan food and wine tasting experiences Relax in a gorgeous villa in the heart of Tuscany for two nights

Day 1: Florence – Lucca Travel to the beautiful walled town of Lucca, one of Italy’s finest medieval towns. Take a leisurely stroll before enjoying dinner together in the evening. Overnight at Albergo San Martino.

Day 3: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Day 4: Volterra – San Gimignano – Monteriggioni – Volterra Drive to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its intact medieval streetscapes and enchanting rural setting. Continue to Monteriggioni; relax with a coffee on the Piazza di Roma, or explore the walled castle, cited in Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.”

Day 5: Volterra – Siena – Pienza Head to medieval Siena and see its majestic buildings, winding cobblestone alleyways, and steep steps. After visiting the cathedral, drive to Pienza for extraordinary views over the Orcia Valley. Overnight at Hotel Residence San Gregorio.

Day 6: Pienza – Chianti Explore Pienza’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See how pecorino cheese is made, and sample it in the many stages of ageing. Drive through the Chianti region to our beautiful villa. Stay two nights at Villa La Palagina, or similar.

Day 7: Chianti The villa’s chef will demonstrate how to make perfect pasta and tasty Italian breads. Afterwards, sit down and enjoy the lunch you prepared. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Meet for a final group dinner.

Day 8: Chianti – Florence Drive to Florence and explore this fascinating city on foot, stopping at one of the city’s oldest ice cream parlors. Visit the famed San Lorenzo markets; be sure not to miss Perini’s delicatessen, where you can try everything before you decide what you’d like to buy.

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LE BELLE FRANCE

SPANISH INSPIRATION

9 Days / 8 Nights – France

10 Days / 9 Nights – Spain

The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

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Travel at a leisurely pace along the back roads of Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire valley Taste locally produced wine, cheese, cider, and calvados Relax in a street-side café in the picturesque harbor of Honfleur Experience a French cooking class with a renowned specialist of Renaissance and medieval cuisine

Stay in charming hotels in the heart of Cordoba, Seville, and Baeza Taste local wines and sherries in traditional bodegas Learn how to make sangria and some traditional tapas dishes while learning about this famous Iberian tradition Watch a flamenco show in Seville Explore the heart of Andalusia, where palaces, cathedrals, and quaint villages all have a story to tell

Day 1: Paris – Honfleur

Day 1: Madrid – Toledo

Travel to the home of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet at Giverny in Normandy. Continue to the picturesque port of Honfleur for two nights at Hotel des Loges. Enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Depart Madrid for Toledo, the former capital of Spain. With a local guide, see the impressive cathedral, Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Spanish restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Carlos V.

Day 2: Honfleur – Normandy Back Country – Honfleur

Day 2: Toledo – Valdepenas – Cordoba

Travel inland to Normandy’s “back country,” and stop at Livarot to visit a renowned cheese dairy. Follow the Route du Cidre to Beuvron-en-Auge, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Later, sample some of the region’s finest cider and calvados before returning to Honfleur.

Traverse the vast plains of La Mancha, celebrated for their delicious wines, manchego cheese and, Don Quixote. At Valdepenas, visit a local bodega to sample wines and tapas before continuing to Cordoba, whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend two nights at Hotel Casas de la Juderia.

Day 3: Honfleur – Normandy Beaches – Bayeux Head to the Normandy Beaches, site of the 1944 D-Day landings. Visit the famous American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer before continuing to Bayeux. Stay two nights at the Churchill Hotel, or similar.

Day 3: Cordoba

Day 4: Bayeux Explore Bayeux at your leisure. This medieval town is home to the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Travel to Seville, Andalusia’s capital and largest city. Join a tapas cooking class and learn how to make delicious sangria. Explore Seville at your own pace before enjoying an unforgettable Andalusian flamenco show. Stay two nights at Hotel Casas de la Juderia.

Day 5: Bayeux – Mont St. Michel – Dinan

Day 5: Seville

Traverse the Normandy countryside to Brittany and Mont St. Michel, home to a famous Gothic abbey. Continue to Dinan, an attractive medieval town. Overnight at Hotel Le D’Avaugour, or similar.

Explore Seville, including a stroll through the Jewish Quarter to the impressive cathedral and the Alcazar de Sevilla. After some time at leisure, meet up for a tapas dinner with a contemporary twist.

Day 6: Dinan – Angers – Chinon

Depart Seville and head to the Costa de la Luz for lunch. In Jerez de la Frontera, the hub of sherry wine production, join a guided tour of one of the town’s oldest family wineries, including its private art collection. Proceed to Hotel Reina Victoria in Ronda, a beautiful town on the edge of a deep canyon. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Travel to the Loire Valley, stopping first at Angers, one of the most beautiful cities in France. Visit its imposing moated castle, then proceed to Chinon. Stay two nights at Hotel Diderot, or similar.

Day 7: Chinon – Château de Villandry – Chinon Explore the imposing Château de Villandry, the last of the great châteaux of the Loire. Sample some local wines with a regional producer on the return to Chinon.

Day 8: Chinon – Château de Chenonceau – Montlouis-sur-Loire At the Château de Chenonceau, explore the exceptional museum and magnificent gardens. Proceed to accommodations at stunning Château de la Bourdaisiere, where you can learn the art of French cooking with one of the château’s chefs – and prepare the tour’s final meal together.

Day 9: Montlouis-sur-Loire – Chartres – Paris

Visit the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then explore the Old Town at your leisure.

Day 4: Cordoba – Seville

Day 6: Seville – Jerez de la Frontera – Ronda

Day 7: Ronda – Granada After a morning exploring Ronda, continue to Granada. Spend your evening at leisure. Stay two nights at Hotel Villa Oniria, or similar.

Day 8: Granada Explore the magnificent Alhambra, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9: Granada – Ubeda – Baeza Travel to Ubeda and Baeza, and explore this pair of UNESCO World Heritage sites. After an olive oil tasting, drive to Hotel Puerta de la Luna for a delicious farewell dinner together.

Visit the celebrated Chartres Cathedral, renowned for its 13th-century stained glass windows. Return to Paris in the afternoon.

Day 10: Baeza – Madrid

Château de Villandry

Don Quixote Windmills

Depart Baeza and transfer back to Madrid, where the tour ends.

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SPAIN ALL FIESTA & FLAMENCO, ENERGY & PASSION – AND A JOYOUS LOVE OF LIFE

GETTING AROUND Air Spain is large enough that flying between major cities makes a lot of sense. There are excellent air connections from Madrid and Barcelona, which offer the greatest number of daily flights to Bilbao, Cadiz, Seville, Malaga, Oviedo, Valencia, Ibiza, and other destinations. Iberia operates the most flights, and service is also offered by easyJet, ClickAir, Air Europa, and Ryanair.

Rail The state-owned Spanish National Railway Network (RENFE) connects all the capitals with Madrid and is operating more and more high-speed (AVE) trains. They offer every level of rail service, from local destinations to high-speed InterCity links, including the moderate-speed Alaris line between Madrid and Valencia, and Cercanias commuter trains in 11 metropolitan areas, including Madrid and Barcelona. The Renfe Spain Pass allows non-residents to travel around Spain by train, including all AVE trains and the local Cercanías trains.

Bus Bus services in Spain run to more than 170 destinations. Most major routes are point-to-point, and very high frequency. There is a different operator for each route but usually just one operator per route. Practically all of Spain’s provinces are connected to Madrid, where there are two major bus stations; Barcelona also has excellent connections with the rest of the country.

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Know Your Destination All fiesta and flamenco, energy and passion, Spain is best epitomized by its love of life. A beautiful hinterland and sensational coastline combine with cosmopolitan cities and rich historic and cultural heritage, while the diverse customs and flavors of everyday life entice and excite. The vanguard of Spain’s cultural life is found in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Each is worth a visit for the thriving street life and café scene alone, where tapastasting is something of a national pastime – ideally with una cerveza. Barcelona moves to its own Catalonian beat. In the Gothic Quarter, ramble along La Rambla for an authentic taste of this modern city. Spain’s capital city, Madrid, still manages to preserve the feeling of a small town with traditional open-stall markets, plazas, and narrow cobbled streets. Seville’s narrow, winding streets lead to Moorish architecture, the copper-topped Giralda Tower that marks the Cathedral of Seville (the world’s third-largest), and the palatial Alcázar. And the Costa del Sol sprawls with miles of golden beaches and quaint fishing villages like Marbella. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Spain; visas are not required for American visitors staying in the country for up to three months. The euro (€) is the sole currency of Spain as well as 24 other countries. Some English is spoken in the major cities, though perhaps less than in other European countries; knowing a little bit of Spanish language may help you have a better experience.

THE REGIONS Central & Northern (Basque) Spain’s modern capital of Madrid still manages to preserve the feeling of a small town, with traditional openstall markets, plazas, and narrow cobbled streets. Sip sangria at a café in Plaza Mayor, and contemplate the works of master artists at the Prado. The Basque Country is an autonomous region in northern Spain and southern France, gaining renown as a top gourmet destination thanks to numerous Michelin-starred restaurants in San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Biarritz.

Mediterranean Riviera The must-see city in all of Spain, Barcelona beats to its own Catalonian drum. It’s as easy to walk the golden beaches as it is the medieval Gothic Quarter, home to Antoni Gaudí’s crowning La Sagrada Família cathedral. Down the coast, the onetime fishing village of Marbella is now a hip resort and golf destination.

Southern Spain / The Islands With ancient cities, amazing beaches, and the tallest mountain in the country, southern Spain is an eye-opener. Romantic, sunny Seville bursts with joy and bustle – just check out the city’s flamenco bars! Visit the Grand Mosque in the World Heritage Site of Cordoba, and gaze at the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada surrounding beautiful Granada. Well-known for its nightlife and as an escape for the “beautiful people,” Ibiza is really all about the beaches -- all 50 of them! Mallorca is a hip destination with awesome beaches, endless sunny days, rugged natural beauty, and superb tourism infrastructure.


Andalusia, Costa del Sol

DINING AROUND From paella, pimientos rellenos, and lentejas, to gazpacho, Empanadas Gallegas, and churros, the cuisines of Spain reveal a culture that’s passionate about its food (and wine!). The country’s culinary traditions rely on an abundance of locally grown vegetables and fruits as well as meats and poultry, and every region has its own distinct cuisine and specialties. Spain’s diverse geography virtually guarantees it, with an extensive shoreline promoting seafood, fertile farmlands providing fruits and vegetables, sprawling groves and vineyards producing olives and grapes, and mountainous highlands as the basis of its meats and cheeses.

Barcelona

There has also been an explosion of top-notch domestic cooking talent: Michelin has awarded stars to 192 restaurants across the country.

Bay of Biscayne Bilbao

FRANCE Gulf of Lions

San Sebastian Pamplona Burgos

North Atlantic Ocean

Valladolid Barcelona

Salamanca Segovia Avila

Baleric Sea

Madrid

PORTUGAL

Mallorca Valencia

SPAIN Toledo

Ibiza

Cordoba Seville Madiera Island

Granada Mediterranean Sea

Malaga

Gulf of Cadiz Cadiz

Strait of Gibraltar

Marbella

Costa del Sol

Gibraltar

MOROCCO Tapas

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Cybele’s Square - Central Post Office

MADRID A MODERN CAPITAL WITH A TRADITIONAL VIBE

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Central / Centro

Without Reservations

Indulge in great people-watching in majestic Plaza Mayor, shop for nearly everything on Gran Via and around Plaza del Callao, see works by Rubens, Titian, and El Greco at the magnificent Real Academia de Bellas Artes museum, and savor excellent local fare at the oldest restaurant in the world.

Sit down to authentic Castilian cuisine, including roast suckling pig, at Botin, cited by Guinness World Records as the oldest restaurant in the world, dating from 1725!

Retiro Madrid’s main park, El Parque de Retiro, is near the Prado Museum, one of the world’s great institutions, as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens and Museo Arqueologico. Inside the park itself, visit the fantastic Crystal Palace and relax on a boat ride around the peaceful lake.

Salamanca One of the wealthiest areas in Madrid, Salamanca sits to the northeast of Centro and is home to some of the trendiest boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive nightclubs in the city, as well as the American, Swiss, Italian, and French embassies.

It’s All Downhill from Here Take a guided walk through the cobblestone streets of the beautiful hill town of Toledo, a World Heritage Site, where Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures co-existed.

Yes Masters See major works by the masters, including Goya, El Greco, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Velázquez, at the Museo del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world.

King Size The political center of the Spanish empire under King Philip II – and originally commissioned as a mausoleum – the imposing Royal Monastery of El Escorial is a World Heritage Site.

Great Day Head to Gran Vía (literally “Great Way”) for upscale men’s and women’s fashions, as well as nightlife, movie theaters, and a superb showcase of early 20th-century architecture.

Room Service Join a tour of the Royal Palace – or at least a few of its 2,800 rooms! – and learn the interesting history behind the Bourbon dynasty.

Double Your Fun Get a unique view of Madrid during a hop-on/hop-off tour on an open-top double-decker bus, from historical sites and monuments to the modern Madrid of skyscrapers and cosmopolitan architecture.

Stalled Out With up to 3,500 different stalls, the largest open-air flea market in Madrid – and possibly in Europe – “El Rastro” extends through several streets in the city’s historic center every Sunday.

Wine & Dine Join a Madrileño wine connoisseur for a walking tour that combines the most beautiful part of Madrid, his favorite tapas restaurants, and the “not to be missed” wines of Spain.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 49.5 53.6 60.3 63.5 70.5 80.4 88.2 87.3 78.8 66.2 56.1 50.2 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.8 1.6 1 0.4 0.4 1.2 1.8 2.5 1.9 El Parque de Retiro

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A SELECTION OF madrid HOTELS GRAN MELIÁ FÉNIX

HESPERIA MADRID

HHHHH

HOTEL WELLINGTON

HHHHH Preferred Partner

HHHHH

Serrano

Chamberí

The museums, Retiro Park, and the luxury shops of Calle Serrano are just steps from this hotel on the Plaza de Colón in the heart of Madrid. Classic 19th-century style, vintage art prints, and modern conveniences adorn the spacious guest rooms.

Embodying a modern style, this hotel is close to Madrid’s Museum of Natural Sciences, the US Embassy, Prado Museum, and Plaza Mayor. Santceloni Restaurant has earned two Michelin stars for its updated traditional Mediterranean fare.

This stately grand hotel is adjacent to historic Retiro Park in Salamanca, surrounded by elegant streets, iconic buildings, and Madrid’s best shopping. Retreat to guest rooms with classic style, high ceilings, marble baths, and city views.

• 198 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi • plasma TV/iPod® docking station/safe box • mini-bar/trouser press/robes & slippers

• 171 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/massage services • helicopter transfers

• 251 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • Le Max Wellness Club Wellington & Spa by Clarins • fitness center/personal trainers/bicycle rental

INTERCONTINENTAL MADRID

MELIÁ CASTILLA

MELIÁ MADRID PRINCESA

HHHHH Chamberi

Preferred Partner

Salamanca

HHHH

HHHHH

Santiago Bernabeu

Argüelles-Moncloa

This upscale hotel occupies an 18th-century palace in the heart of Madrid’s cultural district. Guest rooms, many with private balconies, have Regency-style décor, marble baths, and boulevard views. El Jardín serves Mediterranean fare.

Guests revel in one of the most emblematic hotels in Madrid, with an appealing blend of classic and modern styles. This remarkable hotel offers exquisite cuisine including L’Albufera, one of the best rice restaurants in town.

This luxury hotel with elegant décor is an emblem of Madrid, with a cutting-edge flair. Next to Gran Vía and Royal Palace, this ultra-chic gem boasts an excellent location in the heart of the city, top-notch facilities, and unrivaled hospitality.

• 302 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center/massage services/ 2 saunas

• 903 ac rooms & 12 suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • 24-hr fitness center/wellness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • next to Real Madrid Football Stadium • mini check-in, Mini Club & more

• 274 ac rooms & suites • The Level service floor with private reception & lounge • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • 43” Smart TV • Complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar

GRAN MELIÁ PALACIO DE LOS DUQUES

HOTEL LIABENY

HOTEL SANTO DOMINGO

HHHH

HHHH

HHHH

Los Austrias

Plaza del Callao

Gran Via

This luxury urban resort, located in the Habsburg District and completely inspired by Velazquez masterpieces, is set within a 13th-century convent and a 19th-century palace. It’s an easy walk to the Opera House, the Royal Palace, and Puerta del Sol Square.

Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, Plaza Mayor, and great shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions are just steps from this elegant modern hotel. After a day of sightseeing, sit down to Mediterranean and international dishes at Sensaciones.

In the heart of Madrid, close to great nightlife and shopping, plus attractions like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace, this modern hotel invites guests into sleek, contemporary rooms with city or garden views. Sandó Restaurant is known for its nouvelle cuisine.

• 180 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • porterage service • meeting & event rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi • Rooftop terrace with swimming pool • 10,000-sf garden

• 220 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/bar • room service • fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 200 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/rooftop terrace • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

ME MADRID REINA VICTORIA

SPLENDOM SUITES GRAN VIA MADRID

TRYP MADRID CIBELES HOTEL

HHHH

HHHH Preferred Partner

HHHH

Prado

Gran Via

Strategically located in the heart of the city, this hotel has direct access to all major city attractions. An innovative luxury designer hotel featuring all the latest music, facilities, and amenities to create an unforgettable and unique experience.

Conveniently located in the city center, steps from the famous Gran Via, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza Cibleles among others. Indulge in the shopping district and cultural neighborhood full of theatres, nightlife, and museums.

Gran Via Occupying an emblematic building, this unique hotel is located in the heart of the Gran Via, near the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Chueca, the Royal Palace, the Congress building and Plaza España. Visit the city’s iconic museums nearby.

• 192 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/breakfast room/2 bars/rooftop terrace • Metropolitan Spa/24-hr fitness center • meeting rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi • SKININC Beauty Bar • “Aura” personal guest service

• 26 ac apartments for up to 5 guests • Molton Brown amenities • fullyequipped kitchens • daily cleaning & turndown service • free Wi-Fi • free baby cot/high chair/more • kids’ play room

• 132 ac rooms • breakfast buffet/bar with cafeteria service • concierge/ room service • terrace on the 8th floor • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to theaters

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A SELECTION OF madrid SIGHTSEEING AVILA AND SEGOVIA

FULL DAY TOLEDO WITH LUNCH

IVENTURE PASS

Madrid / 9 Hours / Julia Travel

Madrid / Full Day / Julia Travel

Madrid / Julia Travel

This full-day trip from Madrid takes you on a tour of the historic walled cities of Avila and Segovia. Admire the sweeping views from Los Cuatro Postes, visit Avila’s San Vincente Basilica, and see Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct. You’ll also have the option of a tourist-style or gourmet Segovian lunch with drinks.

Take a guided walk through the cobblestone streets of the beautiful historic hill town of Toledo, where Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures co-existed. Visit genuine Arab, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, including the magnificent cathedral, Victorio Macho Museum, Santa María la Blanca, Church of St. Tomé, and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. You also have free time in the afternoon before returning to Madrid.

iVenture Madrid Card is a smart card that includes the main cultural and leisure options, in addition to dining, in Madrid and nearby cities. You can choose 3, 5, or 7 activities from a complete list of 23. Moreover, the Unlimited Pass gives you the opportunity to enter all. Customise your itinerary to suit your own interests and travel schedule!

MADRID HOP-ON/HOP-OFF TOUR

ROYAL MONASTERY ESCORAL

AN ART FLAMENCO SHOW

Madrid / 1-Day Pass / Julia Travel

Madrid / 5 Hours / Julia Travel

Madrid / 2 Hours / Julia Travel

Get acquainted with the sights and sounds of Madrid from a double-decker bus. Hop on and off the bus all day long on two interconnecting routes and listen to commentaries through a headphone audio system. Highlights include the spectacular Royal Palace, the Prado, the Puerta de Alcalá, the Gran Vía, the Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums, the Salamanca neighborhood, and the modern skyscrapers along the Paseo de la Castellana.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this imposing building was the political center of the Spanish empire under King Philip II, and originally commissioned as a mausoleum for his father Charles V. The visit includes the Hapsburgs Palace, Kings and Princes Mausoleum, Chapter Houses, and the Basilica. The pantheon contains the remains of Phillip II, Charles V, and the Empress Isabel of Portugal.

Enjoy a great flamenco show, beginning with the traditional flamenco scene, then continuing with a series of choreography pieces, in which you can appreciate the different styles of flamenco, from a solea to an alegria, a siguiriya to a martinete, all interpreted by an artistic group made up of 20 artists, both national and international. There are flamenco singers and flamenco dancers who will help you discover the different songs and dances related to the authentic art of flamenco.

Royal Monastery of El Escorial

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Parc Guell

BARCELONA WITH GOTHIC TREASURES & MODERNIST MARVELS, THE UTIMATE CITY OF STYLE

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Las Ramblas

Park Place

One of the world’s great urban boulevards, a walk along Las Ramblas is a walk through the life and history of Barcelona. Take a long, leisurely stroll and check out the iconic Canaletes Fountain, Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, the unique Museu de l’Eròtica, and the bustling Boqueria market.

Take a walk through one of the world’s most unusual urban green spaces, Parc Güell, a World Heritage Site designed by Antoni Gaudí and packed with his special touches.

Gothic Quarter The cultural hub of Barcelona, this is also the oldest part of town and home to the Barcelona Cathedral, one of the city’s main focal points. Known for its mix of historic and modern architecture – often standing side-by-side – it is full of designer boutiques, bars, restaurants, and heady nightlife.

Eixample Home to many examples of modernist architecture, this relatively “new” Barcelona neighborhood was a virtual canvas for Antoni Gaudí, who created its spectacular La Sagrada Família, unique Casa Batllo, and eccentric La Pedrera.

Bar None Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter is more than architectural history – it’s where the best tapas bars reside. You’ll find numerous small shops and restaurants serving tasty local Catalan and Spanish delights.

Food Stop Perhaps Europe’s most popular food market, the 200-stall La Boqueria Market is ideal for sourcing ingredients for the perfect paella or just soaking up the unique atmosphere.

Quarter Past Stroll the cozy streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, one of the best preserved medieval areas in Europe, full of history, interesting details, nice plazas, and beautiful churches.

Period Piece See the best of Picasso’s greatest masterpieces at Museu Picasso, a grand collection of more than 4,000 works from all of the artist’s “periods” but especially his earlier pieces.

Class Action Sign up for a small-group cooking class with a local chef who focuses on traditional Spanish dishes like Crema Catalana.

Food Revolution Make a beeline for La Cerveseria on Plaça Revolució in Gràcia for standout traditional Spanish paella and freshly made sangria.

Snack Time After late-night reveling – or at any other time of day – stop at Churrería J. Argiles, a Barcelona icon, for their freshly made churros accompanied by thick hot chocolate.

Sounds Familia Visit architect Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família to learn all about the still-unfinished UNESCO-listed cathedral and its charismatic creator.

Jagged Edge Join a daytrip to marvel at jagged Montserrat mountain from the historic pilgrimage site of The Royal Basilica of Montserrat.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 56.1 58.3 60.6 63.7 68.9 75.6 81.5 82.4 77.9 70.7 62.6 57.7 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 1.6 1.1 1.6 1.9 2.3 1.6 0.8 2.4 3.4 3.6 2.3 2 Restaurants at Placa Reial

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A SELECTION OF BARCELONA HOTELS PRINCESA SOFIA GRAN HOTEL

HILTON DIAGONAL MAR BARCELONA

HHHHH Les Corts

Preferred Partner

HOTEL ARTS BARCELONA

HHHH Diagonal

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Ciutat Vella

Set in the heart of Barcelona’s exclusive residential, financial, and shopping district, this unique hotel combines stylish design with modern amenities. Hide away in elegant soundproof rooms with marble baths and great city views.

It’s just a few steps to a sandy Mediterranean beach from this modern hotel, located next to one of the city’s largest parks. Stylish rooms feature the latest tech amenities and superb sea views. Major attractions are minutes away.

Discover a blissful retreat on the Mediterranean – a cultural hub and a fine dining destination rolled into one. Revel in this unique location on a beachfront surrounded by promenades, 5 delectable restaurants, and a luxury spa.

• 500 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/beer garden • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools/whirlpool/sundeck • Aqua Diagonal Wellness Centre • gym/sauna/Turkish bath/salon

• 433 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center/2 saunas

• 483 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/breakfast room/2 bars/outdoor terrace • concierge/24-hr room service/butler • outdoor pool • Six Senses Spa/gym/sauna/steam room • shops/art collection

HOTEL MIRAMAR BARCELONA

LE MERIDIEN BARCELONA

MELIÁ BARCELONA SARRIA

HHHHH

HHHHH

HHHHH

Las Ramblas

Ciutat Vella

Les Corts

A restored palace on the slope of a mountain with superb views, this luxury hotel combines 1920s grandeur with modern design. Retreat to rooms with oversize windows and private terraces overlooking the city and the sea.

Ideally located in the heart of the city on the famous Las Ramblas, this hotel conceals a temporary soul behind its neo classical façade, with rooms and suites combining local atmosphere with sophisticated decisions of top designers.

This fully renovated luxury city hotel enjoys a strategic location in the financial, cultural, and commercial heart of Barcelona. It’s close to Avenida Diagonal, the Paseo de Gracia and the Football Club Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium.

• 75 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar/rooftop terrace • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools/sundeck • spa/fitness center/ sauna/Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 231 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/outdoor terrace • cultural concierge • vitality pool/gym • business center • free access to SPA studio facilities • free Wi-Fi Internet in public areas

• 333 ac rooms & suites including The Level suites & junior suites • The Level service • 2 restaurants/2 bars • YHI Wellness/fitness center/Jacuzzi • business center • complimentary Wi-Fi

PULLMAN BARCELONA SKIPPER

W BARCELONA

K+K HOTEL PICASSO, BARCELONA

HHHHH La Barceloneta

Preferred Partner

HHHHH

HHHH

La Barceloneta

El Born

Barcelona’s acclaimed beaches are just steps from this modern hotel, close to Port Olimpic and the Barcelona Zoo. Rooms, most with private balconies, feature modern design, state-of-the-art tech amenities, and city or sea views.

The only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach, this posh avant-garde icon designed by architect Ricardo Bofill rises above Barcelona’s beachfront and boasts 360° panoramic views. Oversize guest rooms boast Mediterranean views.

Situated in the chic El Born district of Barcelona, this elegant hotel is the ideal point of departure to discover this fascinating city. Modern interiors and elegant design are tastefully complemented by upscale quality furnishings.

• 241 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars (1 seasonal)/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/rooftop sundeck • spa/ fitness center/sauna/steam bath/jogging track • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 473 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/4 bars/lounge/Eclipse rooftop bar • SALT Beach Club Restaurant • WET® infinity-edge pool/sundeck/cabanas • Bliss® Spa/24-hr FIT® fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 92 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar/patio • concierge/room service • outdoor heated rooftop pool • complimentary Wi-Fi & Internet lounge • mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV • on-site parking

MELIÁ BARCELONA SKY

NOVOTEL BARCELONA CITY HOTEL

TRYP BARCELONA APOLO HOTEL

HHHH

My Time / Preferred Partner

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Contemporary and innovative, this chic gem is one of the tallest and most symbolic buildings on the Barcelona skyline. Impressive facilities include an outdoor pool, exclusive YHI Spa, and the Michelin-starred Dos Cielos.

Located in the heart of Barcelona, this modern designer hotel is just steps from Jean Nouvel’s Agbar Tower and the iconic Sagrada Família. After sightseeing, head to Zity Bar on the 19th floor for unexcelled views over the city.

Conveniently located on the Avenida Paralelo, this hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Las Ramblas, the harbor, and less than 10 minutes from Barcelona Trade Fair. Unwind in beautifully appointed rooms and savor delectable cuisine.

• 267 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • terraces • YHI Wellness/24-hr fitness center/Jacuzzis • meeting & event space • complimentary Wi-Fi • views of the Mediterranean & city of Gaudi

• 264 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/hammam/solarium • kids play area/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 314 ac rooms • breakfast buffet • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms • close to Tryp Barcelona Apolo/ Cataluña Square & more • minutes from the crew’s harbor

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AN ARTISTIC BARCELONA TOUR

BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS

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a selection of barcelona SIGHTSEEING HOP-ON/HOP-OFF TOUR – ONE DAY

Barcelona / 2-Day Pass / Julia Travel This double-decker bus tour is the best way to explore Barcelona at your own pace. Your ticket allows you to hop on and off all day long at 20 stops. Audio guides in 12 different languages, comfortable seats, and an on-board guide help you make the most of your visit. Stops include Plaça de Catalunya, Port Olímpic, Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Fundació Joan Miró, and other sites.

MONSTERRAT TOUR

SAGRADA FAMILIA VISIT

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Barcelona / 4.5 Hours / Julia Travel This tour begins in Barcelona’s historic center, home to Via Laietana, the cathedral and its cloister, the Gothic Quarter, and Plaça de Sant Jaume. You’ll then head to the Olympic Village and Olympic Port. Climb Montjuic to visit the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, and the Calatrava Tower. Visit Poble Espanyol, a selection of typical buildings from all over Spain, and enjoy an aerial view of Barcelona from the cable car to Montjuic’s Castle Shore. Photo: Alessandro Colle/Shutterstock.com

Barcelona / 4 Hours / Julia Travel You’re invited to immerse in an artistic discovery of Barcelona. This enlightening walking tour delves into the past of the architect Antoni Gaudi. Commence with an informative tour of Parque Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Sagrada Família (Holy Family) Basilica and marvel at its symbolic designs and unique vaults. You’ll then continue to tour the Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.

A TAPAS EVENING WALKING TOUR

Barcelona / 1.5 Hours / Julia Travel

Barcelona / 3 Hours / Julia Travel

Discover Gaudi’s magnificent modernist building with a guided tour inside the church. Sagrada Família has a Latin cross plan with five aisles, richly and symbolically decorated, where vaults reach 200 feet high. Then, stop at the Sagrada Família Museum, where you will see drawings, plaster models, and pictures about the history and development of this basilica. The museum also reveals valuable information about Antoni Gaudi’s life and works.

Spend an evening with a small group strolling along the streets of Barcelona with an expert guide. Savor delectable cuisine and luscious wines as you learn about the historic wonders of Barcelona. See where the locals go, and sample local dishes. Visit the open-air Boqueria market – Barcelona’s most popular food market. Then, head to the Gothic Quarter, and indulge in mouthwatering tapas!

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Barcelona / 5.5 Hours / Julia Travel This inspirational tour will drive you through charming little villages before arriving at the statuesque mountain of Montserrat. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, home of the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgin Moreneta, the “Black Madonna.” The Royal Basilica has long been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain. On some days, the children’s choir sings in the monastery, and you may catch one of their delightful performances.

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Costa del Sol

REGIONAL SPAIN MEDIEVAL CITIES, SUN-DRENCHED COASTS, A JEWEL OF A COUNTRYSIDE…

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Pamplona

Better Call Sol

In midsummer, Pamplona is defined by charging bulls, lots of drinking, and general madness. The rest of the year it is known for its beautiful medieval city center, great museums, an impressive citadel, great gastronomy and wines, and gorgeous parks!

Soak up the sun on a hundred miles of Costa del Sol beaches, and revel in nightlife in Marbella, Malaga, Torremolinos, Puerto Banus, and other hot spots.

Seville & Cordoba With ancient cities, amazing beaches, and the tallest mountain in the country, southern Spain is an eye-opener. Romantic, sunny Seville bursts with joy and bustle – just check out the city’s flamenco bars! Visit the Grand Mosque in the World Heritage Site of Cordoba – former capital of a Roman province as well as an Arab State!

The Islands Spain’s Balearic Islands are among the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, thanks to great beaches, gorgeous sunshine, roaring nightlife, and picture-perfect villages, led by Mallorca, the largest island, and Ibiza, a World Heritage Site made famous by its jet-setting fans.

Malaga (Costa del Sol) One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, the Costa del Sol combines a magnificent year-round climate with great beaches, charming villages, outstanding cuisine, and rich cultural heritage – not to mention dozens of the planet’s most beautiful golf courses!

Seeing Seville Take in the views of the awesome Giralda Tower and Cathedral of Seville from the rooftop bar/terrace and swimming pool of the Hotel Doña María.

Sun Spot

Rock Bars A little bit of England in Spain, Gibraltar keeps it real in a number of British pubs, among them The Horseshoe, Cannon Bar, The Lord Nelson, Ye Old Rock Pub, and The Angry Friar.

Monkey Business Climb the Rock of Gibraltar to get up-close and personal with the Barbary Macaques – but hang onto your cell phone (they’ll steal it) and don’t feed them (it’s against the law).

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Visit the unique Moorish-style Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba – originally a Catholic church, later converted to an Islamic mosque, then remade into a church again.

Frankly Amazing Explore both the interior exhibits and exterior artistry of the Guggenheim Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most spectacular examples of post-modern architecture.

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Hop onto a ferry from Valencia to the idyllic island of Ibiza, ruled by its sparkling beaches during the day and by its roaring nightclubs after dark.

Fly or hop a ferry to Mallorca for its sandy beaches and 300 days of sunshine each year. After the sun sets, the island’s nightlife is legendary!

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Merry Ferry

Hit the lunch counters in Parte Vieja, San Sebastian’s atmospheric Old Quarter, for tapas (“pintxos” here) like batter-fried fish, shrimp brochettes, and foie gras-filled mushroom caps!

Walk, Don’t Run When the bulls aren’t running, explore Pamplona’s atmospheric labyrinth of ancient stone streets, narrow canyon-like alleyways, and sun-kissed plazas.


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Granada

Mallorca

Just minutes from the city’s commercial center, this modern hotel is also close to the Great Mosque of Córdoba, Arabic Baths, Palacio de Viana, and other historic attractions. The restaurant’s avant-guard design affords splendid views over Córdoba.

With recently renovated facilities, this modern hotel welcomes you into guest rooms elegantly decorated in a classical style, some with stunning views of the Alhambra, Albayzín, and the Sierra Nevada mountains. You’re just steps from major attractions.

Step out the doors of this modern resort hotel and directly onto a sandy island beach like no other. Guest rooms feature dark wood and glass furniture, marble baths with Alvarez Gómez toiletries, and furnished balconies with sea views.

• 98 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 232 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • mini-bar/in-room safe/satellite TV • valet parking

• 133 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/Turkish bath • tennis

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Marbella

Overlooking Palma Bay, this modern hotel welcomes guests into contemporary-style rooms, most with private balconies and fantastic sea views. It’s just minutes to the spectacular Catedral de Mallorca and other attractions.

An excellent base to discover the region – including more than 45 golf courses – this exquisite hotel stands in the Puerto Banús Marina and next to the beach. Stunning accommodations overlook the gardens or sea.

This member of The Leading Hotels of the World is situated on the southern coast of Spain in the Costa del Sol within the “Golden Mile.” Resembling an Andalusian village, the Mediterranean-style rooms are amid lush tropical gardens.

• 168 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor & indoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center/solarium/Jacuzzi

• 375 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool club • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools including adults-only pool/indoor heated pool • YHI Wellness & Beauty/fitness center/sauna/Turkish • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 269 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • fitness center/sauna/massage • tennis/golf/ water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi • botanic gardens

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HOTEL BÉCQUER, SEVILLE

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Seville

This member of The Leading Hotels of the World has always formed part of the city’s history and heritage. Its architecture from the Belle Époque era evokes the charm of pure Andalusian flavor and the renowned Spanish tradition.

Occupying the old palace of the Marquesses of Las Torres, this elegant hotel puts you close to the Giralda, Seville Cathedral, and the Royal Alcázar. Step into rooms featuring hardwood floors, state-of-the-art tech amenities, and city views.

Located opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza España, and close to the University (Old Tobacco Factory), the Alcazar, the Barrio de Santa Cruz district, and more, this chic hotel boasts comfortable facilities and top-notch services.

• 189 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge & porter service/ 24-hr room service • outdoor hydro-massage pool/solarium • YHI Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • steps from the cathedral, the Reales & more

• 134 ac rooms • restaurant/snack bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • spa/Jacuzzi/Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 365 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • H2O Spa • 10 min from high-speed train station • congress & convention center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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PORTUGAL SUNNY SKIES, SANDY BEACHES, AZURE SEAS & LAID-BACK LIFESTYLE

GETTING AROUND Air Domestic air travel is limited and not inexpensive. There are several Portuguese airlines offering regular domestic and international flights. TAP Portugal, the country’s flagship airline, and SATA International both have scheduled flights between Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, and the Azores.

Rail Rail travel in Portugal is usually slightly faster than travel by bus, but services are less frequent and cost more. There is a network of regional and interregional trains covering the whole of the country, and the immediate areas surrounding Lisbon and Porto are reasonably well-served by suburban rail services. CP – Comboios de Portugal, the Portuguese railway company, offers an extensive rail network covering the whole of mainland Portugal.

Bus There are regular coach services between Portugal’s main towns and cities.

Transit Lisbon’s subway reaches a considerable part of the city. Porto’s system covers 68 stations in six lines; most of the system is aboveground.

Car Portugal has a good road network composed of highways/turnpikes, secondary, and tertiary roads. Most of the major highways have tolls. Traffic in Portugal keeps to the right-hand side.

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Know Your Destination

Jerónimos as well as the Torre de Belém, one of the most photographed monuments in Portugal.

One of Europe’s hottest destinations, Portugal wins you over with its laid-back lifestyle, sunny beaches, idyllic weather, lively cities, azure seas and skies, and some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet!

The combination of great weather, sandy beaches, rocky outcroppings, and azure seas and skies make this coastal region an increasingly popular resort area. If that’s not enough, tee off on 30 golf courses created by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The older part of Lagos is still circled by city walls dating from the 16th century, but it’s now a water sports wonderland, lined by sandy beaches and stunning grottoes.

Exquisite, fashionable, and completely down-to-earth, the capital city of Lisbon is a treasure-trove of winding cobblestone streets, pastel bairros and red-tiled rooftops, and historic churches and monasteries perched at the mouth of the sprawling Tagus River. Porto has more than 50 lodges dedicated to wine production, most of which give tours – and incidentally, offer you a free tasting or two. Outside the cities, step into a landscape of picturesque medieval villages and towns where life has changed little over several centuries. Get away from it all on the starkly beautiful beaches along Portugal’s Algarve coast. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Portugal; visas are not required for American visitors staying in the country for up to three months. The euro (€) is the sole currency of Portugal as well as 24 other countries. Apart from the major cities and tourist areas, English isn’t as widely spoken in Portugal compared to other European countries; if you make an effort to speak some minimal Portuguese, it can go a long way.

THE REGIONS

The Algarve

Porto Porto is a city of contrasts – it’s more than 3,000 years old, yet home to some of Europe’s most stunning modern architecture, including Alvaro Siza Viera’s neo-Art Deco Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Rem Koolhaas’ spacey Casa da Música concert hall. Don’t leave town without sampling a glass of port wine, the region’s leading export.

Praia Dona Ana Beach, Algarve

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Lisbon Fashionable Lisbon is full of cobbled streets, pastel neighborhoods, and Art Nouveau style, topped by a friendly accessibility. The city’s cool beauty is reflected in the decorative Manueline architecture of the Monastery of

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TOP EXPERIENCES Ocean Devotion Portugal is a seafaring nation and seafood-loving nation, so look anywhere for exquisite dishes starring crab, shrimp, prawns, sea bass, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, cod, and lobster.

Baked In Belém, on the western edge of Lisbon, seek out the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém bakery for its sumptuous specialty pastry, “pastéis de Belém.”

Local Sensation Listen to some authentic Fado music, Portugal’s version of the blues, in the Alfama neighborhood, where this exhilarating form of music was born.

Palace Place Visit the hill town of Sintra and explore its three palaces: the Palácio Nacional, Castelo dos Mouros, and the stunningly beautiful Palácio da Pena.

Design Brief Join a walking tour of the historic center of Porto, filled with fabulous examples of Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, Renaissance, and Roman design. SPAIN

Strike Gold Explore the seaside town of Lagos, which has interesting historical monuments, fine cuisine, and vibrant nightlife but most importantly, a stunning coastline of golden beaches and jagged cliffs.

Castelo Keep Dating back untold centuries, the Castelo de São Jorge commands a hilltop above Lisbon; climb the towers, walk along the reconstructed ramparts, and enjoy extraordinary views.

It Makes a Village Looking much like a Greek island village, the picturesque hilltop town of Monsaraz reveals white houses with red roofs, wrought iron balconies, and elongated chimneys, all hundreds of years old.

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SPAIN Cascais/ Estoril Lisbon

Evora Ellard

Portimao

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Albufiera

Faro Villamoura

Madiera Island

Gulf of Cadiz

Funchal

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A SELECTION OF portugal HOTELS PINE CLIFFS HOTEL, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT, ALGARVE

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Lisbon

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This newly renovated, Moorish-inspired hotel, set on a cliff overlooking Falesia Beach, is prized for its ocean views and sports facilities, such as the golf course, tennis academy, and kids village. Spacious rooms open onto private verandas.

This elegant hotel, the 19th-century home of nobles, overlooks Lisbon from a hillside in the embassy district. Guest rooms are individually decorated in period style, and most open onto balconies with views of the Tagus River.

This landmark hotel – Portugal’s tallest building – brings you close to Lisbon’s shopping, theaters, museums, and nightlife. Spacious, chic rooms have glass baths and hightech amenities. The rooftop restaurant & bar boasts city views.

• 215 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/beach bar • 6 indoor & outdoor pools • Experience Wellness Centre/fitness center • tennis center • 9-hole golf course/water sports • kids activities

• 109 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/poolside restaurant & bar (seasonal) • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor heated pools • spa/ fitness center/sauna/steam bath • kids playground • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 369 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • Club Level with private lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • Spirito Spa/ fitness center • mini-bar/B&O® TV • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

SOFITEL LISBON LIBERDADE

ALTIS PRIME

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Opening onto the prestigious Avenida da Liberdade, this modern hotel combines high-tech edge with local flavor. Guest rooms greet you with fresh flowers, down comforters, posh bedding, black-granite baths, and Roger & Gallet amenities.

A member of Great Hotels of the World, this modern apartment hotel opens onto Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, Lisbon’s main commercial boulevard. Luxury accommodations combine sophistication with urban chic.

It’s a short walk to Praça Marquês de Pombal – as well as Avenida da Liberdade’s shops, theaters, and nightlife – from this deluxe modern apartment hotel. Soundproof, contemporary accommodations feature kitchenettes, plus courtyard or city views.

• 163 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 78 ac apartments • café/bar • 24-hr room service • rooftop sundeck/ Jacuzzi • GSpa & indoor pool (at Altis Grand Hotel) • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 42 ac suites • restaurant, bars & café (at Altis Grand Hotel) • concierge/24-hr room service • GSpa & indoor pool (at Altis Grand Hotel) • complimentary Wi-Fi

CLARION SUITES LISBON

HOTEL LISBOA PLAZA

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This modern hotel is located in the heart of the city near Praça Marquês de Pombal, just minutes from Ajuda Botanical Garden, the Lisbon Cathedral, and the Castle of São Jorge. Contemporary guest rooms have hardwood floors and city views.

The Castle of São Jorge, Rossio Square, and Lisbon Cathedral are within easy walking distance from this charming boutique hotel, set just off Avenida da Liberdade. Hide away in soundproof guest rooms with city views.

This neo classical hotel, located in the Baixa Pombalina district flanked by St. George’s Castle and Rossio Square, features soundproof rooms, many with balconies and city views. Savor exquisite dishes at Varanda de Lisboa.

• 57 ac rooms • continental breakfast/coffee shop/lounge/afternoon tea/ pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • scooter rental • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 112 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/rooftop terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • library • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 350 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar/BBQ terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • solarium • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/ in-room safe/robes • complimentary private parking

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PENINA GOLF & RESORT ALGARVE

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Lisbon’s city center is just minutes from this modern hotel, located on the famous Avenida de Roma in the exclusive Alvalade district. Contemporary guest rooms, many with balconies, have city views. The restaurant serves Portuguese and international fare.

The Algarve’s top sports resort occupies 360 acres of beautiful landscape. Tee off on three golf courses, and swing away at the tennis center! Guest rooms have views of the golf course, pool, or the Monchique hills.

This excellent value hotel stands in the city center, near the Santa Catarina shopping district and a few minutes from Porto’s major attractions. Contemporary-style guest rooms, some with terraces, have muted pastel tones and modern furnishings.

• 263 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • room service • unisex salon

• 188 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars • Olympic-size outdoor pool/ private beach • fitness center/sauna/spa services • 18-hole golf course/two 9-Hole Golf Courses • tennis center/soccer field • Penguin Village Children’s Club

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a selection of Portugal SIGHTSEEING CLASSIC LISBON CITY TOUR

EXPERIENCE LISBON WALK

LISBON HOP-ON/HOP-OFF TOUR

Lisbon / 3 Hours / Ultratur Viajes

Lisbon / 4 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Lisbon / 1-Day Pass / City Sightseeing Ltd.

Explore Portugal’s capital city on this introductory tour of dramatic Lisbon. Highlights include the Tower of Belém, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Coach Museum, and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll through historical Alfama, enjoy a wine tasting, and pause for pictures at the beautiful Praça do Comércio.

Indulge your appetite while seeing the best of the city on this moveable feast! Visit some of Lisbon’s famously elegant squares, snack on delicious Portuguese pastries, explore vibrant multicultural neighborhoods, learn about Lisbon’s heroes and history-makers, and cross the River Tagus on a ferry while feasting on local pastries, cheese, seafood, wine, and coffee. Highlights include Restauradores Square, Rossio, Mouraria, Cacilhas, and other attractions.

Discover Lisbon at your leisure with this hop-on/hop-off bus tour covering two different routes. Attractions include the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém (both World Heritage Sites), Praça do Município, Praça do Comércio, Praça do Rossio, Museu do Oriente, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Jardim da Estrela, Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa, Calouste Gulbenkian, and Palácio Nacionalm de Belém.

LISBON SUNSET – FADO & TAPAS

SINTRA, CASCAIS, ESTORIL TOUR

PORTO HOP-ON/HOP-OFF TOUR

Lisbon / 4 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Lisbon / 3 Hours / Ultratur Viajes

Porto / 1-Day Pass / City Sightseeing Ltd.

Start your walking tour of this whimsical city by joining a local guide in the city’s imposing Praça dos Restauradores. Board the vintage Tram 28, a local transport legend, and take in sweeping views from the viewpoint of Senhora do Monte and Graça, where you can admire the sunset while having a refreshing beer. Next, explore Alfama, the city’s oldest quarter, and finish the tour in a small restaurant that serves up delicious food and Fado music.

Visit the town where the Portuguese Royal Family once summered, including the National Palace of Sintra. Enjoy free time to visit Sintra’s craft shops and sample the famous local pastries. Continue to Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe) and along the coast, passing famous Guincho beach, to Cascais’ seaside “Boca do Inferno” and the Bay of Cascais. On the return trip, pass through Estoril, home of the famous casino.

Hop on or off at 38 stops around Porto, including downtown and the historic district. Attractions include Praia do Ourigo, Praça da Liberdade, Monumento a D. Pedro IV, Igreja de Santa Clara, Igreja dos Grilos, Igreja de São Nicolau, Museu de Arte Sacra, Museu do Vinho do Porto, Museu Romântico, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, and many more.

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GREECE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, FROM ANCIENT ATHENS TO SUNNY ISLES

GETTING AROUND Air Due perhaps to the “distributed” nature of Greece’s numerous islands, there is extensive domestic air service, mostly via Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. Both lines fly out of Athens and Thessaloniki, and you’ll find connections to other mainland cities, as well as Corfu, Mykonos, Naxos; Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini, among others. The smaller Sky Express serves many of the same destinations.

Rail The national rail system in Greece is limited (at least partly due to the country’s difficult terrain). InterCity or InterCityExpress trains connect Athens, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Patras, Katerini, and Argos.

Bus Greece has extensive bus service via KTEL, an association of independent regional operators. The system is efficient, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. In addition, there’s local service on Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and other islands.

Boat Ferries are the cheapest, most common, and generally most “authentic” way to visit the islands during the main tourism seasons. There are extensive ferry connections from Athens or Patras to Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Naxos, and other islands; there is also regular island-to-island service available. There is regular hydrofoil service to many of the major islands.

Know Your Destination Greece is a land of sunshine and seas, of weatherworn ancient architecture and powdery beaches, fiery ouzo and plump olives, afternoon siestas and barefoot sandy strolls. Take to the cobblestone streets that wind among the pastel-colored houses and old-fashioned tavernas of Athens, and visit the Acropolis of Athena and its majestic ancient Parthenon. Rhodes is a sun-worshipper’s paradise of sugary beaches and medieval ruins. Dip in the stunning blue shores of Mykonos then jump into its its heart-pumping nightlife. Somewhere between tanning and dancing, go for a hike around Santorini’s fantastic caldera, a sea-filled natural dome created by the planet’s largest volcanic eruption. English is the most widely studied and understood foreign language in Greece, and basic knowledge of English can be expected from almost all personnel in the tourism industry and public transport services, as well as most Greeks under the age of 40. However, learning a few basic Greek terms will be appreciated. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Greece; visas are not required for American visitors staying in the country for up to three months. The euro (€) is the sole currency of Greece as well as 24 other countries.

THE REGIONS Islands The Greek Isles – all 6,000 of them – are lined with golden stretches of sand with dunes, sheltered bays and coves, and coastal caves with steep rocks and black volcanic soil. The breathtaking scenery of island paradises such as Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini is a perfect backdrop for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, sailing, and windsurfing.

Athens The Acropolis and the Parthenon are the most famous of the classical architectural icons that endure in Athens, a modern metropolis. Cobblestone streets wind among pastel-colored neoclassical houses and old-fashioned tavernas. The old Turkish quarter, the Plaka, is like a village within a village. With most of its streets now closed to automobile traffic, the restaurants, shops, and cafés are thriving.

Northern Greece/Thessaloniki Rugged terrain and remote beaches mark the landscape of Northern Greece, and contrast with its hip major city, Thessaloniki. One of Greece’s cultural capitals, Thessaloniki is renowned for its festivals, vibrant street life, and remarkable 3,000-year-old history, evinced in The White Tower, ancient churches, and other relics of its Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman past. Nearby is fabled 9,570-foot Mount Olympus; Vikos Gorge, one of the steepest gorges in the world; and Delphi, a major archeological site.

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Oia Village, Santorini

TOP EXPERIENCES Old & Bold It’s a sacrilege to visit Athens and not marvel up-close at the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch, and the city’s numerous other ancient monuments and buildings.

Party Platform For those who are young – or young at heart – head to the island of Ios for nonstop partying with heat-seeking revelers from around the world.

Sun Worshipping

Seas It All

Head to Oia on the westernmost coast of Santorini to catch one of the planet’s great sunset vistas – from the Castle of Oia, or Amoudi Bay, or your hotel verandah, or a cruise boat.

There are so many Greek Islands, it’s a shame to limit yourself to just one. Instead, arrange your itinerary to explore the different cultures, foods, and architecture on Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, and other islands.

Ou-Yeah!

Island Time

Clear and silky, with a distinct licorice flavor, ouzo is distilled from the must or remnants of grapes pressed for wine, and café-like “ouzeries” are found all over Greece.

Board one of the new high-speed ferries or hydrofoil boats for a spectacular scenic trip between Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini.

Time Stop Enjoy some of the world’s oldest relics of civilization – as well as some of the newest forms of cosmopolitan nightlife entertainment – in surprising Thessaloniki.

Have No Fira

Istanbul

At the old port at Fira, capital of Santorini, skip the cable car ride from the harbor to the town, and instead hop onto a donkey for a taste of that old-timey simple village life.

Thessaloniki

Night Light Nothing beats dinner at an open-air restaurant with views of the Acropolis at night, and you can do it at the Plaka Hotel, Brachera Restaurant, Cecil Hotel, Hotel Attalos, Magna Grecia Hotel, and Adonis Hotel.

GREECE

Aegean Sea

Corfu

TURKEY

‘Tis as Pita In almost any tavern in Greece, sit down to a lamb-andbeef gyro in a pita, dabbed with some garlicky white tzatziki sauce, and make sure to have plenty of napkins handy!

Patra

Athens

CYCLADES Paros

Naxos Ios

Ionian Sea

Santorini Sea of Crete

Mediterranean Sea

Rhodes

Crete

Santorini

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A SELECTION OF Athens HOTELS DIVANI PALACE ACROPOLIS

HOTEL GRAND BRETAGNE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

HHHHH Athens

Preferred Partner

KING GEORGE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

HHHHH

HHHHH

Athens

Athens

Not only does this modern hotel stand in the shadow of the Acropolis, but the ancient ruins of Themistocles’ Wall are preserved in its basement. Spacious rooms open onto balconies overlooking some of the world’s best-known monuments.

In the heart of Athens, opposite Syntagma Square, close to archaeological sites, shopping, and museums, this stunning Beaux-Arts hotel enjoys an ideal location in the city center. The award-winning GB Spa is devoted to pampering.

Located in the heart of Athens, this elegant hotel represents the absolute essence of a fascinating boutique property. Revel in luxury rooms and suites, exquisite dining, and unparalleled personal service.

• 250 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/snack bar/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • complimentary shuttle to Constitution Square

• 369 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service/private transfers • outdoor rooftop pool (seasonal)/ indoor pool • GB Spa/gym/hair salon • turndown • Wi-Fi available

• 102 ac rooms & suites with natural hardwood floors/penthouse suite with private outdoor pool • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/Finnish sauna • Wi-Fi available

ROYAL OLYMPIC

ART HOTEL ATHENS

PRESIDENT HOTEL

HHHHH Athens

Preferred Partner

HHHH

HHHH

Athens

Athens

Enjoy spectacular views of the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus from this modern hotel. Sumptuous décor courses through the rooms and suites. Plaka, the Parthenon, National Garden, and Acropolis Museum are just steps away!

A 1930 neoclassical building is home to this elegant boutique hotel, situated in the center of Athens, within walking distance of the National Archaeological Museum and other attractions. Individually designed guest rooms open to balconies.

Close to the historic, cultural, and commercial center of Athens, this modern high-rise hotel welcomes guests into spacious, soundproof rooms with city views. After sightseeing, dip into the rooftop pool and dig the awesome panoramic vistas.

Preferred Partner

• 264 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/sauna/salon • library/jewelry store • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 30 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/café • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi & wired Internet

• 516 AC rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • on-site massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

PLAKA HOTEL

ATHENS CITY TOUR WITH ACROPOLIS

ATHENS HOP-ON/HOP-OFF CITY TOUR

HHH Athens

Preferred Partner

Located in the very heart of Athens, this hotel puts you close to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Parliament, Athens Cathedral, Syntagma Square, and other major attractions. Most of the guest rooms feature views of the Acropolis. • 67 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/rooftop terrace & bar • concierge/room service • indoor pool • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

Athens / 3.5 Hours / Go Tours

Athens / 2-Day Pass / City Sightseeing Ltd.

Acquaint yourself with both classic and modern Athens on this guided city tour. Discover the ancient Acropolis, visit Constitution Square, view the dramatic marble Panathenaic Stadium, and stroll bustling Omonia Square. Other attractions include the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Parthenon.

Visit the Acropolis, Parthenon, National Archaeological Museum, New Acropolis Museum, Temple of Zeus, National Gardens, Syntagma Square, and more of Athens’ many attractions with this hop-on/hop-off bus tour.

FULL-DAY ARGOLIS WITH LUNCH

Athens / 10.5 Hours / Go Tours This tour of the Greek countryside will take you around the scenic region of Argolis on the eastern coast. Visit the imposing Corinth Canal, and travel to Mycenae to see the Royal Palace and ancient Tomb of Agamemnon. Afterwards, visit the seaport town of Nafplion for photos and lunch, and continue on to the dramatic Theatre of Epidaurus. Santorini

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A SELECTION OF greek islands HOTELS BLUE PALACE, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA

KAMARI HOTEL MYKONOS

HHHHH

ANDRONIS LUXURY SUITES

HH

HHHHH

Crete

Mykonos

Santorini

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this exceptional resort commands breathtaking views of Spinalonga Island and offers elegantly appointed bungalows and suites, most with private infinity pools. The acclaimed Thalasso Spa soothes your senses.

Authentic hospitality, exceptional service, and traditional island architecture greet you at this upscale resort hotel, set between beautiful Plati Yialos and Psarou beaches. Guest rooms have marble baths and balconies or verandas with sea, pool, or garden views

Set in Oia Village on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea and the volcanic caldera, this resort is your Greek Isles dream come true! Blending traditional Cycladic style and modern comfortable elegance, guest suites feature private balconies with ocean views.

• 251 ac bungalows, suites & villas • 5 à la carte restaurants/3 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/indoor pool/private beach & service • Thalasso Spa/gym • water sports/tennis/helipad • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 60 AC rooms • 2 restaurants/bar/pool bar • outdoor pool/kids pool/ Jacuzzi/sundeck • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 25 ac suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • Spa Center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

MYSTIQUE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

VEDEMA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT

SANTORINI PALACE HOTEL

HHHHH

HHHHH

Preferred Partner

HHHH

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini

Reserved for only the most discerning travelers, this boutique hotel showcases dazzling views of the volcano and the Aegean Caldera. Stunning suites and villas open onto panoramic sea-facing terraces or balconies.

Built around a 15th-century winery, this exquisite resort is set in the unspoiled village of Megalohori, close to Santorini’s famous beaches. Spacious villas have marble baths, private pools, and terraces with sea or vineyard views.

Set in Fira, the island’s capital, this laid-back resort hotel is Santorini’s first, standing just steps from the cliff of the caldera, and delivering panoramic views of the volcano. Sleek guest rooms open to spacious sun-kissed balconies.

• 35 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor infinity-edge pools • Asian Spa Resort/fitness center • mountain bikes/wine tastings • Wi-Fi available

• 45 ac villas & pool suites •3 restaurants/3 bars/wine tasting • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi/private beach • Asian Spa Resort/fitness center/sauna • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 110 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool snack bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • spa/fitness center/ sauna/Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi

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A SELECTION OF greek islands sightseeing CAPE SOUNION TOUR (private)

DELPHI TOUR (private)

HALF DAY ATHENS SIGHTSEEING TOUR (private)

Athens / 4 Hours / tourgreece

Athens / Full Day / tourgreece

Athens / Half Day / tourgreece

After meeting with your guide and driver, we begin our journey to Cape Sounion with a leisurely drive along the Attica Riviera, passing by the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. See the majestic Temple of Poseidon, with its spectacular view towards the Saronic Gulf. After visiting the Temple, there’s free time to stroll on the rocky promontory of Sounion.

Depart Athens, passing by the cities of Levadia and Thebes, and in less than two hours arrive at Arachova, a small village at the foot of Mt. Parnassus, a major tourist destination in winter for skiing. Afterwards, proceed to the archaeological site of Delphi, one of the most impressive sites in the world. Visit the Oracle, the navel of the Earth, called “omphalos” in Greek, and the Museum of Delphi, which houses some of the most impressive treasures of the antiquity.

This tour welcomes you to a panoramic view of all major monuments of Athens, such as the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Constitution Square (Syntagma) where the Parliament stands with the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, and the National Library. There’s also a detailed visit to the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, home of the wonders of Greek Classic Era.

ONE DAY CRUISE TO HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA

CITY WALK & ISLAND TOUR (private)

DELOS TOUR

Athens / Full Day / tourgreece

Mykonos / 4 Hours / tourgreece

Mykonos / 4 Hours / tourgreece

This one-day cruise visits three islands of the Saronic Gulf, beginning with Hydra, a jet-set favorite, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions bear silent witness to a long and turbulent history. Then, head to Poros, smallest of the three islands, with a narrow strait offering enchanting view of the town. Finally, visit Aegina, largest of the islands, and its capital of Aegina, at the northwestern end of the island. Due to its proximity to Athens, it’s a popular summer vacation place.

Start this city and island tour by walking Mykonos’ narrow streets and enjoying the view of the small port, windmills, and churches. Continue the tour by bus, passing various beaches on the way to the village of Ano Mera with free time for a walk or visit to Panagia Tourliani monastery. Proceed to Kalafatis Beach, with free time for a relaxing afternoon by the sea before returning to town for fantastic views.

Only a 45-minute boat ride from Mykonos, Delos was the center of the Cyclades of the ancient world and legendary birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. The tour includes a visit to the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the Old City and the theatre, and a walk down celebrated Lion Street. In the Museum of Delos, admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods, and items of everyday use.

MYKONOS SUNSET CRUISE

SEMI-PRIVATE CATAMARAN TOUR

AKROTIRI BUS TOUR

Mykonos / 2 Hours / tourgreece

Santorini / 5.5 Hours / tourgreece

Santorini / Full Day / tourgreece

Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon cruise from Ornos Bay to Delos (weather permitting). See the coastline, parts of the ancient site, and the port from aboard the ship. The cruise to Delos goes along the south coast in windy conditions. The cruise follows the sun until the moment it sets with its majestic colors reflecting on the sea. A choice of drinks and light snacks is included.

Discover Santorini’s beautiful coastline on this delightful catamaran cruise, which includes BBQ meal with unlimited drinks and snorkeling equipment on board. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters at Red Beach, and sail past the big lighthouse south of the caldera. Explore secluded volcanic beaches, experience the volcanic hot springs, or simply relax on deck. Roundtrip transfers to/from the hotel are included. An option for an extended tour with a stop below Oia to watch the sunset is also available.

This tour covers the most important places of the island, including the Akrotiri archaeological site, famous Red Beach, black-sand Perivolos Beach, the beautiful traditional village of Megalochori, Profitis Ilias (the island’s highest peak), Santo Winery, and Oia (known for breathtaking sunsets and one of the most photographed places in Greece).

Acropolis in Athens

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

TURKEY WHERE THE CULTURE OF ASIA MINOR IS A MAJOR ATTRACTION

GETTING AROUND Air Major cities in Turkey are served by reasonably priced airlines, a step above bus travel, especially over longer distances. Flights in and out of Istanbul use either Istanbul Atatürk Airport or Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Turkish Airlines, the country’s national flag carrier, offers domestic connections to every major city; Anadolu Jet, its low-cost subsidiary, flies to all major Turkish cities as well. Other lines with domestic routes include Sun Express (seasonal), Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Atlas Jet, and Sky Airlines.

Rail TCDD (Turkish Republic State Railways) operates passenger trains all over the country, though the network is rather limited in coverage. There is now high-speed rail service between Istanbul and Ankara.

Bus Turkey has a very good long-distance bus network with convenient scheduling and numerous destinations. Standard services are also now in competition from luxury buses with more amenities.

Car Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in the rest of continental Europe. Roads between the major cities in Turkey are generally excellent but can be poor in remote rural areas. Fuel prices are among the most expensive in the world.

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Istanbul

Some Like It Hot

Istanbul – city of legend, capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires – is absolutely a must-see destination. Its numerous domes, towers, and minarets rising above the Bosphorus, the Old City seduces with such enduring attractions as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Spice Bazaar. Perhaps a stronger imperative, however, is shopping in the Grand Bazaar and the modern Cevahir Mall.

Remove your shoes before stepping onto the bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools (travertines), a World Heritage Site overlooking the town of Pamukkale. Be careful, they’re hot.

Aegean Coast The Aegean Coast stretches from Istanbul south to Marmaris, encompassing the popular beaches of Izmir, Bodrum, Kusadasi, and the Datca Peninsula. A magnet for beachgoers, late-night revelers, fishermen, and yachters, Bodrum is a beautiful village of whitewashed houses dripping with bougainvillea, busy cafés and restaurants, the historic Castle of St. Peter, and ancient ruins, all perched beside two calm picture-perfect bays. Check out the Celsius Library at Ephesus, the largest excavated archaeological site in the world.

Central Turkey (Ankara, Cappadocia & Pamukkale) Ankara, capital of Turkey and the nation’s second largest city, is a major trade center and site of numerous historic buildings and landmarks (as well as upscale shopping). Cappadocia’s spooky moon-like landscape, underground cities, and cave dwellings are a spectacular draw, and an even odder sight are the bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools (travertines) overlooking the town of Pamukkale, also home to a stunning 12,000-seat Roman amphitheater.

Baywatch Head down to Bodrum, “The St. Tropez of Turkey,” renowned for its nightlife, alternatively pulsating, romantic, vibrant, and soothing.

Strait & Narrow A scenic river cruise takes you along the cerulean Bosphorus Strait, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, for stunning views of Istanbul’s shore.

Nice Slice Pull up a chair for Turkish pizza (a thin round dough topped with minced vegetables, herbs, and meat), followed by a dessert of baklava, a rich, sweet pastry filled with chopped nuts.

I Dig It Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the largest excavated area in the world, to explore superbly preserved sites such as the semi-circular Odeion, Temple of Hadrian, and Terrace Houses.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 46 47 51 60 69 78 82 82 76 67 57 50 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 3.7 2.8 2.3 1.7 1.2 0.9 0.7 0.6 1.1 2.1 3.5 4

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A SELECTION OF Turkey HOTELS and sightseeing ÇIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI

ERESIN CROWN HOTEL

HHHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL AT SULTANAHMET

HHHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

Hailed on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2014” and Travel+Leisure’s 2014 “T+L 500,” this stellar hotel is set in a restored 19th-century sultan’s palace on the European side of the Bosphorus. Retreat to luxury rooms with private balconies.

A unique hotel, this deluxe property in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet spotlights a private museum with historical pieces from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times. The Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are steps away.

Occupying a century-old neo classical prison, this intimate hotel on Travel+Leisure’s 2014 “T+L 500” is just steps from Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque. Unique accommodations have high ceilings, the latest tech amenities, and lavish marble baths.

• 315 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/summer BBQ • concierge/ room service/pool butler • outdoor heated infinity pool/indoor pool/cabanas • spa/fitness center • shopping arcade • free Wi-Fi

• 64 ac rooms & suites with Jacuzzis • 2 restaurants/bar/café • concierge/ 24-hr room service • private museum • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 65 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr in-room dining • 24-hr concierge • spa/fitness center/sauna • wireless Internet access

ARENA HOTEL

LEVNI HOTEL

YASMAK SULTAN

HHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

HHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

HHHH Istanbul

Preferred Partner

Nestled within Sultanahmet, this charming hotel is the perfect retreat to stay in while exploring Istanbul’s historic attractions including the Blue Mosque and more. Elegant rooms boast hardwood floors and antique furnishings.

Steps from the Sultanahmet area, Blue Mosque, Seaport, and more, this contemporary boutique hotel offers ultimate comfort in creatively designed accommodations boasting modern furnishings and enchanted vistas of Istanbul.

Immerse in authentic Turkish hospitality at this ideal haven exuding the epitome of sophistication. Unwind in newly renovated regal rooms, rejuvenate at the spa, savor succulent cuisine, and enjoy exploring the best of Istanbul.

• 27 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/garden/high tea • complimentary buffet breakfast • 24/7 concierge • spa & wellness center • cooking classes/ marbling art

• 75 ac rooms & suites • 24-hr room service • 2 restaurants/bar/beer pub • indoor pool • free full-service Spa/Turkish Hamam/sauna • free tea/coffee & water in room • free Wi-Fi throughout

• 79 ac rooms • restaurant • 24-hr room service/concierge • Sultan Wellness Center • complimentary Internet access • steps to Hagia Sophia/ Blue Mosque/Topkapi Palace/Grand Bazaar/Spice Bazaar

MÖVENPICK HOTEL ANKARA

MUSEUM HOTEL

TAFONI HOUSES

HHHHH Ankara

Preferred Partner

HHHH Cappadocia

Preferred Partner

HHHH Cappadocia

Preferred Partner

Experience impeccable Swiss service at this modern highrise hotel in Ankara’s bustling Sogutozu district, close to business, government, and fashionable shopping. Spacious, contemporary guest rooms have city views.

This Relais & Châteaux member is an extraordinary hidden gem and a true work-of-art overlooking Cappadocia plains. Marvel at the cave-like coves with exquisite touches to enchant your stay. Balance the senses with an herbal massage.

The pinnacle of luxury resides at this boutique rock hotel with natural stones, regal marble, and stunning craftsmanship. Carved into rock, cave suites boast stone fireplaces, and baths with rain showers and soaking tubs.

• 176 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Bienne Wellness Centre/fitness center/sauna/steam room/ hammam • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 30 rooms & suites • Lil’a Restaurant • room service & concierge • in-room/terrace massage services • ecological garden • cooking lessons

• 13 ac suites • indoor & outdoor restaurant/bar service in restaurant, rooms & terraces • in-room mini-bar • complimentary in-room water bottles/coffee & tea maker

CLASSICAL ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL BY NIGHT

ISTANBUL UNCOVERED

Istanbul / 8 Hours / Global Travel Services

Istanbul / 5 Hours / Global Travel Services

Istanbul / 4 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

This extensive guided tour of Turkey’s largest city will take you to historic Istanbul’s most renowned sights and monuments. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years, the Saint Sophia Basilica, the Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar. All museum fees are included.

Experience vibrant Istanbul after dark with this combination dinner and cultural show. Enjoy a short drive through the illuminated city, and savor a delicious four-course meal with wine and Turkish dessert, followed by a striking floor show, featuring exotic belly dancers and an Anatolian cultural folklore group.

Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. Explore the monumental Aya Sofya (Hagia Sofia), a Byzantine church-turned-mosque-turned-museum, and walk the Divan Yolu, a historical thoroughfare mapped out by Emperor Constantine. Visit the Grand Bazaar, perhaps the first-ever shopping mall, and its 4,000 shops, as well as the Book Bazaar, Beyazit Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, and Istanbul University.

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BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES WITH DISTINCTIVE COSMOPOLITAN CHARACTER

GETTING AROUND Air Due to Holland’s small size, domestic air travel is relatively limited. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates domestic flights from Amsterdam to Eindhoven and Maastricht. There is no domestic air service in Belgium.

Rail The Netherlands has a modern and extensive railway network. NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen is the stateowned rail company and operates most services within the country. The high-speed Intercity Direct and NS Hispeed trains connect Rotterdam to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or the city of Amsterdam. Most of Belgium is well connected by train, run by NMBS, the national railway, with most of the main routes passing through Antwerp, Namur, or Brussels. Trains leave, on average, every half-hour between all major Belgian cities.

Bus Buses provide regional transport within The Netherlands, either going to destinations not served by the rail network or connecting destinations where a train journey would require an impractical detour. Conexxion and Arriva are the main operators. In Belgium, bus routes blanket the whole country. The TEC group offers an extensive bus service throughout Wallonia with connections to Brussels; De Lijn serves Flanders with connections to Brussels; and STIB buses cover the Brussels metropolitan area.

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Amsterdam

A House to Remember

Suffused with a relaxed charm, the capital city of Amsterdam impresses with eclectic architecture, excellent museums, a serious party scene, and a mix of people and cultures unlike any other city in Europe. It’s easy to get around by bike, canal boat, and your own two feet, thanks to medieval city planning, flat terrain, 160 canals, and 1,100 bridges. Seek out the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, where you’ll see the best of the Dutch masters.

Regional Netherlands Head north from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, which features characteristic green wooden houses and an array of picture-perfect Dutch windmills. The medieval town of Edam, meanwhile, is renowned for its eponymous cheese. Rotterdam, Holland’s second largest city, is full of fascinating post-WWII architecture. The Hague houses the International Court of Justice as well as the residence of Queen Beatrix. The triangle formed by Leiden, Lisse, and Haarlem is literally one of the most colorful destinations in the world, spotlighting Holland’s extensive flower bulb growing fields.

Visit the Anne Frank House, site of one of the 20th century’s most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family to escape deportation by the Nazis – and keeping a secret diary of her days.

Milling Around Join a boat tour to the countryside to marvel at the fanciful iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans, followed by a bike ride through the colorful tulip fields at Spaarndam.

Old & New Tour one of Europe’s most intriguing cities, and discover Rotterdam’s modern architecture, like the eye-catching Cubic Houses, as well as historic buildings that survived WWII, like the old Town Hall.

Triple Play In Brussels, get your fill of three Belgian specialties: waffles, chocolate, and beer!

Red Zone Explore Amsterdam’s legendary Red Light District and all its erotic secrets in the comfort and safety of a local guide.

Belgium The cosmopolitan city of Brussels has evolved into the unofficial capital of the European Union. At the city’s heart is the colorful Grand Place, a flower-filled square ideal for sitting, having a beer, and watching the world pass by. Bruges’ medieval beauty and charm is best captured in its cobbled streets and tranquil canals.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 41 42 48 53 61 66 69 70 64 57 48 44 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 3.1 1.7 3.5 1.5 2 2.4 2.9 2.4 3.2 4.1 3 2.8

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a selection of Belgium & The Netherlands Hotels ART’OTEL AMSTERDAM

DE L’EUROPE AMSTERDAM

HHHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Preferred Partner

INTERCONTINENTAL AMSTEL AMSTERDAM

HHHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s charming Old Town is home to this sleek and sophisticated hotel, an innovative mix of design, art, and upscale hospitality. Guest rooms have mood lighting, the latest tech gear, rain showers, Elemis amenities, and city views.

This member of The Leading Hotels of the World is the hallmark of enchantment. Idyllically positioned on the banks of the Amstel River, this 19th-century marvel is a masterpiece with opulent rooms, delectable dining, and a pampering spa.

Lauded for its regal presence and warm hospitality, this luxury hotel enchants on arrival with a stunning lobby with high ceilings, a monumental staircase, shimmering chandeliers, and a special welcome from Clefs d’Or concierges.

• 107 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • fitness center/Finnish sauna/solarium/salon • gallery/ library • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 111 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/cigar bar • 24-hr room service • heated indoor pool • fitness center/massage services • library • complimentary Wi-Fi • museums nearby

• 54 ac rooms & 25 suites • largest entry level rooms in Amsterdam • Michelin star Restaurant La Rive • indoor pool overlooking the river • health club • 3 authentic canal boats for private tours

SOFITEL LEGEND THE GRAND AMSTERDAM

WALDORF ASTORIA AMSTERDAM

THE COLLEGE HOTEL AMSTERDAM

HHHHH

HHHHH Preferred Partner

HHHH

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A favorite of the elite, this venerable hotel offers ultimate luxury in historical ambiance, set between two picturesque canals in the heart of Amsterdam. Enjoy modern and trendy seafood and fish dishes at Restaurant Bridges, awarded a Michelin star.

This exceptional boutique hotel occupies a collection of 17th century canal palaces in the heart of Amsterdam. Elegant guest rooms have courtyard or canal views. The distinctive cuisine at Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam has been awarded two Michelin stars.

A stylish 19th-century school building is home to this unique hotel, at which experienced professionals manage a student-based staff to the highest standards. Retreat to guest rooms with high ceilings, state-of-the-art tech amenities, and courtyard or city views.

• 177 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • indoor heated pool • So SPA at the Grand/So FIT gym • mini-bar/safe/bathrobes/turndown service

• 93 ac rooms, suites & lofts • 3 restaurants/bar/afternoon tea • personal concierges/24-hr room service • Guerlain Spa/indoor pool/fitness center/ whirlpool/personal trainers • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 40 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • massage services/fitness center nearby ($) • bicycle & scooter rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi

PARK PLAZA VICTORIA

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, AMSTERDAM

VONDEL HOTEL AMSTERDAM

HHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Preferred Partner

Amsterdam, Netherlands

HHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Preferred Partner

HHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Preferred Partner

This centrally located historic hotel is across from Central Station, steps away from shopping, the provocative Red Light District, the Heineken Experience, and famous museums including the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and more.

Set in a row of historic 18th- and 19th-century buildings along two canals in the city center, this deluxe hotel welcomes guests into spacious rooms decorated in Scandinavian, maritime, and other colourful themes. It’s an easy walk to major attractions.

Minimalistic concepts organically blend with ultra-modern furnishings at this boutique hotel, close to designer shops, top-notch restaurants, and famous museums. Marvel at the stunning artwork creatively displayed throughout the hotel.

• 306 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/lobby lounge • indoor pool/Finnish sauna • fitness center • beauty salon • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms

• 252 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/solarium • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 86 ac rooms & suites restaurant/garden • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms

CROWNE PLAZA BRUGGE

HOTEL METROPOLE

NH BRUSSELS STÉPHANIE

HHHH Bruges, Belgium

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Brussels, Belgium

Preferred Partner

HHHH Brussels, Belgium

Preferred Partner

Set in a historic building located on the medieval Burg Square in the center of Bruges, this deluxe hotel is close to the Market Square and other attractions. Guest rooms strike a balance between modern layouts and more rustic spaces.

This exclusive grand hotel, dating back more than a century, is just steps from Grand Place and the Parc de Bruxelles. Guest rooms are a monument to French Renaissance style, with wrought-iron furnishings, rich tapestries, stained glass, and leather couches.

Discover the charm of Brussels while staying at this convenient hotel close to Notre Dame du Sablon, Law Courts of Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, and more. Sleek accommodations feature plush bedding and hardwood floors.

• 96 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 286 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 67 ac rooms • breakfast buffet/lounge/lobby bar • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel • onsite parking

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Zurich

SWITZERLAND A EUROPEAN PARADISE SHOWCASING THE BEST OF EVERYTHING

GETTING AROUND Air SWISS (Swiss International Air Lines) and Etihad Regional offer domestic flights within Switzerland, connecting Basel, Geneva, Lugano, Zürich, and Berne.

Rail Underpinning the densest public transport network in the world, Switzerland’s SBB covers virtually the whole country, including domestic high-speed trains as well as trains that link local systems to regional systems and to intercity systems. A few routes, especially Alpine lines, are operated by the individual rail companies. The main hub stations are Basel SBB, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, and Zürich HB, from which you can connect to trains to most of Switzerland’s main cities.

Bus A comprehensive system of buses reach every single village and hamlet in the country, covering ground – such as in the high mountains or deep countryside – left untouched by the trains. Bus and train timetables are coordinated. Most bus lines in Switzerland are operated by PostBus Switzerland – yes, the country’s post office – in a system that’s amazingly punctual. Various regions also have their own local bus companies, in lieu of or alongside postbuses, but all are equally reliable.

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

French Switzerland (Geneva)

Top-Down

Extravagance is not limited in beautiful, genteel Geneva, as the regal architecture, tree-lined promenades, and fashionable boutiques attest. The presence of several Michelin-starred restaurants signals the city’s emergence as a destination for gourmands. Stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva, where the Jet d’Eau – the tallest fountain in the world – sprays water almost 500 feet in the air.

Strap on your skis for some awesome downhill action on the slopes at St. Moritz, Gstaad, Davos, Klosters, Zermatt, Verbier, Grindelwald, and Mürren, among others.

German Switzerland (Zürich) Belying its stern face as a city of bankers and financiers, Zürich surprises you with Gothic and Romanesque architecture, compelling museums, more nightclubs per capita than any other European city, and the Bahnhofsstrasse – one of the most exclusive (and expensive!) shopping streets in the world. The all-season resort of Interlaken, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is a magnet for enthusiasts of skiing, hiking, boating, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits.

Italian Switzerland (St. Moritz) An alpine resort town with 300 sunny days a year plus reliable ski-worthy snowfall? Only in Switzerland! Surrounded by magnificent peaks and mineral springs, St. Moritz is mostly associated with skiing and other winter sports – after all, it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. But golf, hiking, biking, mountaineering, sailing, and other warm-weather pursuits make it an ideal year-round resort town.

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 37.2 40.3 49.1 56.8 65.3 70.9 75.2 73.9 65.8 56.7 45 38.7 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.5 2.5 3.1 3.3 4.8 5 4.9 4.9 3.9 3.4 3.1 3.3

By & Byron Visit the inspiration for one of Lord Byron’s greatest poems, the Château de Chillon, a thousand-year-old castle on the shores of Lake Geneva near Montreux.

Swiss-Made Shop almost anywhere in Switzerland for its iconic local products, from high-end Swiss watches and chocolates, to cuckoo clocks and genuine Swiss Army knives.

For Those Who Think Jung Visit the “Top of Europe” on a cogwheel railway trip to the awe-inspiring Jungfraujoch, 11,333-feet high in the Bernese Alps, Europe’s highest-elevation train station.

Montreux Mountains Board the cogwheel train in Montreux and ride up the steep mountain to Rochers-de-Naye for audacious views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.

Gold Standard Buy a ticket for the GoldenPass train, one of the world’s great rail journeys, taking you from German-speaking Lucerne and Interlaken to French-speaking Montreux on Lake Geneva.

All That Matters Bow to the awesomeness of the majestic Matterhorn when you visit Zermatt, a car-free mountain town best known for outstanding skiing and mountaineering.

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a selection of Switzerland Hotels and SIGHTSEEING BEAU-RIVAGE GENÈVE

GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI GENEVA

HHHHH Geneva

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NOVOTEL GENEVE CENTRE

HHHHH Geneva

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HHHH Geneva

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Exquisite service and unrivaled luxury define this 150-year-old grand hotel on the famous Quai du Mont Blanc, opposite the famous Jet d’Eau on Lake Geneva. Chef Dominique Gauthier’s French and contemporary cuisine has earned a Michelin star for Le Chat-Botté.

Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, this modern luxury hotel welcomes guests into spacious, elegant rooms with classic style, the latest tech amenities, and courtyard, city, or lake views. After sightseeing, unwind with blissful treatments at Le Spa by Resense.

Sleek accommodations provide optimum comfort at this contemporary hotel conveniently located in the heart of Geneva near Lake Geneva. Enjoy complimentary public transportation to explore the best of Geneva as well as the lake!

• 90 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • Clefs d’Or Concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • cooking & wine classes • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 412 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/nightclub • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • Le Spa by Resense/fitness center • kids club/shopping arcade • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 206 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • conference rooms • Hammam/ sauna/solarium/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

MÖVENPICK HOTEL LAUSANNE

PALACE LUZERN

HOTEL FLORA LUZERN

HHHH Lausanne

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HHHH½ Lucerne

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Lucerne

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Offering stunning views of the French Alps, this deluxe modern hotel overlooks breathtaking Lake Geneva and welcomes guests into contemporary-style rooms. Sit down to Mediterannean specialties from the open kitchen at La Pêcherie.

Old World elegance is the motif at this century-old grand hotel, set on the shores of Lake Lucerne and surrounded by the Swiss Alps, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Understated luxury suffuses the guest rooms, which overlook the lake or town.

This modern hotel is located in Lucerne’s city center, close to the lake, Old Town, and the famous Chapel Bridge. Contemporarystyle guest rooms have private balconies, most with lake views. The informal Brasserie Flora serves innovative Italian cuisine.

• 337 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • room service • fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 129 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • access to outdoor pool • Palace Spa/fitness center/personal trainers • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 161 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center nearby ($) • complimentary Wi-Fi

STEIGENBERGER BELLERIVE AU LAC HOTEL

EMA HOUSE HOTEL SUITES ZURICH

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SIHLCITY

HHHHH Zurich

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HHHH Zurich

Preferred Partner

HHHH Zurich

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Revel in this intimate, boutique hotel, situated in the city center and designed to enhance your experience when exploring the best of Zürich. Savor exquisite Swiss regional delicacies and detoxify at the spa for the unbridled comfort.

Recently renovated, this modern apartment hotel is centrally located in Zurich, within walking distance of the Museum of Design and Swiss National Museum. Retreat to sleek contemporary guest accommodations with marble baths and city views.

This centrally located hotel showcases comfortable, chic rooms with top-notch amenities – a quiet haven after a day of enchanting sights and nearby attractions. Unwind in contemporary rooms and disconnect at the spa.

• 51 ac rooms & suites • restaurant with terrace/bar/coffee shop/café • room service • spa/solarium/sauna/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 23 ac suites • breakfast included • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 137 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar & lounge • concierge • Asia Spa/ fitness center • 24-hr business center • complimentary Wi-Fi

CHAMONIX & MONT BLANC TOUR

CIRCLE TOUR – ZÜRICH TROLLEY EXPERIENCE WITH CRUISE TOUR

MOUNTAINS, CHEESE & CHOCOLATES TOUR

Geneva / 9 Hours / GTA

Zürich / 4 Hours / GTA

Zürich / 9 Hours / GTA

This fascinating tour consists of a drive via motor coach through the picturesque Arve Valley from Geneva to Chamonix, France, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc. Marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. At the end of the tour you can be dropped off at Gare Routiere bus terminal, Place Dorciere, or Geneva Airport.

Discover the sights of Zürich aboard the unique Classic Trolley with modern comforts, including personal headsets. You’ll see Bahnhofstrasse, the most important museums, a section of the Old Town, Fraumünster Church with its famous Chagall windows, historical Limmatquai, the University district, residential areas, beautiful hillside villas on the Zürichberg, and recreation areas and views of the Alps from Zürich’s vantage points.

Three words that say “Swiss” – mountains, cheese, and chocolate – are the focus of this tour that departs Zürich to the nearby Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory. Continue to Appenzell for a guided walking tour. At Brülisau, take an aerial cable car to the peak of Hoher Kasten for great views, and enjoy an optional lunch at the spectacular revolving restaurant! On the return to Zürich, visit the cheese factory at Stein, home of famous Appenzeller cheese.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

GERMANY & AUSTRIA DISCOVER A MULTITUDE OF ADVENTURES & DELIGHTS

GETTING AROUND Air In Germany, most major cities are served by either Lufthansa, Air Berlin, germanwings, Cirrus Airlines, OLT, and InterSky. Domestic travelers in Austria are served by Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Airways, InterSky, Niki, and Welcome Air, connecting Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck, and other cities.

Rail Germany’s railway system reaches most parts of the country, with long-distance and many regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn, plus other longdistance trains operated by other companies over secondary routes. Austria provides a dense network connecting major cities and many towns, with trains operated mostly by state-owned company ÖBB.

Bus Deregulated in 2012, Germany’s long-distance bus transportation market is currently served by numerous private operators; there is a very dense network of regional and local bus lines. A comprehensive ÖBB Postbus network operates throughout Austria, especially useful for reaching out-of-the-way places and local destinations.

THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Germany

Climb Every Mountain…

The land of Bach and Beethoven, Nietzsche and Goethe, soaring castles and natural spas, the Autobahn and high-speed trains, Germany is a beacon of culture and accomplishment. The capital city of Berlin is a nexus of artistic freedom, where you can still visit Cold War relics of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, while cosmopolitan Frankfurt is Germany’s financial center and a bustling hub.

See the spectacular landscapes and iconic locations where the Oscar®-winning movie The Sound of Music was filmed in and around Salzburg.

Munich revels in fairy-tale Gothic architecture, while the nearby Bavarian Alps harbor mountain villages, glacial lakes, icy waterfalls, and impossibly green forests. Hoist a stein of foaming wheat beer to the sounds of an oompah band at one of the city’s biergartens!

Austria Lyrical landscapes, classical music, rich cuisine, and inspiring architecture – this is Austria. With beautiful landscapes and villages, and soothing strains of music at almost every turn, it’s easy to mistake Austria for a theme park. But of course, it’s the parks themselves that have been modeled after Austria! Tour the magnificent baroque churches and Old Town of Salzburg – home of Mozart, the waltz, and The Sound of Music. And it takes only a glance to sense the sheer opulence of Vienna, from stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the palaces of the aristocracy.

Old-School In Vienna, make sure to sample some fresh Apple Strudel, or better yet, learn how it’s made at Café Residenz, where the pros use the same recipe enjoyed by the Habsburgs in the 18th century.

It’s Wall Good Join a walking tour of Berlin to learn about the city’s turbulent past, stopping at The Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Luftwaffe HQ, Checkpoint Charlie, and other sites.

Mad Props Visit one of the world’s most recognizable buildings, the Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the “Mad King of Bavaria,” in homage to Richard Wagner – and an inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Rock Me Amadeus! Listen to the magical music of Mozart almost every day of the year in his hometown of Salzburg, including the Schloss Mirabell Palace, the Landestheater, and the Salzburg Festival Halls.

The Best Fest Sip or chug Bavaria’s best beers in Munich during the 16 days of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest yearly festival.

Step Up There are six simple steps to the Viennese Waltz, and you can master them by taking lessons to the strains of Strauss’s “Blue Danube” in the city where it all started. Schloss Leopoldskron

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a selection of Germany Hotels and sightseeing THE WESTIN GRAND, BERLIN

ANDEL’S BY VIENNA HOUSE BERLIN

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MELIÁ BERLIN

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Berlin

Berlin

This newly renovated Belle Époque-style hotel – a unique relic of East Berlin – faces the iconic Brandenburg Gate in the city’s historic center. Blending modern function with period décor, the rooms are sanctuaries of comfort with easy chairs and Heavenly Beds®.

This high-rise hotel welcomes guests into hip retro-inspired rooms with the latest tech amenities. Chef de cuisine Alexander Koppe’s creative regional cuisine has earned a coveted Michelin star for Skykitchen.

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This posh hotel is ideally located in the heart of Berlin, next to the River Spree and just a short distance from Brandenburg Gate, German Parliament, and Museum Island. Berlin Aiport TXL is just 5 miles away, Berlin main station less than a mile.

• 399 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • restaurant/ breakfast room/bar/piano lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • spa/fitness center

• 557 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/complimentary breakfast buffet • concierge/24-hr room service • spa/24-hr fitness center/Finnish sauna/steam bath/whirlpool • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 364 ac rooms with heated bath floors • breakfast buffet/restaurant Café Madrid/tapas bar/melia lounge and bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

HILTON FRANKFURT AIRPORT

ROCCO FORTE VILLA KENNEDY

CITADINES CITY CENTRE FRANFURT

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Berlin

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Frankfurt

A spectacular modernist building is home to this stylish luxury hotel with a direct pedestrian skywalk to Frankfurt Airport. Retreat to soundproof guest rooms with contemporary décor and state-of-the-art tech amenities.

Unapologetic elegance and unparalleled comfort abound at this Neo-Gothic building. Modern, earth-like tones in exquisitely appointed accommodations provide ultimate comfort. Indulge in award-winning dining at GUSTO restaurant.

Just west of City Centre, this modern apartment hotel stands near the Messe Frankfurt expo center, the Festhalle concert venue, and great shopping and dining. Sleek accommodations have full kitchens, deep-soaking tubs, and city views.

• 342 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/lounge • concierge/room service • 24-hr fitness center/sauna/steam room

• 127 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/garden/bar • spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to Liebieghaus Staedel Museum/Frankfurt Opera House

• 165 ac apartments • restaurant (breakfast) • concierge • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hour business center

SOFITEL MUNICH BAYERPOST

K+K HOTEL AM HARRAS, MUNICH

SHERATON MUNICH WESTPARK HOTEL

HHHHH

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HHHH My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHH

Munich

Munich

This uber-modern luxury gem, once a Bavarian Royal Post Office, is dipped in modern design, high-touch technology, and Avant-Garde architecture. High cielings evoke a sense of uninterrupted comfort and the So SPA rebalances the senses.

Experience superb service at this centrally located hotel within walking distance of the world-famous Oktoberfest and Munich’s best restaurants, beer gardens, and shopping areas. Rooms have modern décor and state-of-the-art amenities.

Munich This modern high-rise hotel is just minutes from Theresienwiese, where the famous Oktoberfest is held. Soundproof rooms have contemporary style and city views. The restaurant serves Bavarian specialties.

• 396 ac rooms & suites • breakfast buffet/French bistro/bar • indoor pool • So SPA/sauna/fitness center • complimentary in-room bottled water • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 106 ac rooms • breakfast room/bistro bar/garden terrace • concierge/ room service • sauna/gym/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

• 251 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hr business center

THE BERLIN PASS

BADEN-BADEN / BLACK FOREST

ROYAL CASTLES TOUR

Berlin / 2- or 3-Day Pass

Frankfurt / 11 Hours / ETS Limousine Travel Service

Munich / 10.5 Hours / Pega DMC Germany GmbH

Berlin’s only all-inclusive city pass offers free entry to over 50 top attractions and tours, including a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, river cruise, and stops at The Berliner Dom, Bode Museum, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, and more. The pass is available in two- and three-day options, and comes with a free guidebook and unlimited use of public transport in zones ABC.

Join this tour and discover Baden-Baden, one of Europe’s most stylish and exclusive spas, with its hot springs dating back 2,000 years. Explore the city’s elegant Kurhaus, immaculate gardens and parks, and the casino. Then, take an enchanting trip through a unique natural landscape: the dark, coniferous woods of the Black Forest and Lake Mummelsee.

This excursion introduces you to two extraordinary castles, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, built by King Ludwig II in the seclusion of the Bavarian mountains. Guided tours are included in both castles. There is also time for a short stop for souvenir shopping in Oberammergau.

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A SELECTION OF Austria HOTELS and sightseeing HOTEL GRAUER BÄR

HOTEL GOLDENER HIRSCH, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

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SHERATON SALZBURG HOTEL

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Innsbruck

Salzburg

Salzburg

In the heart of the Alps is a contemporary hotel, just steps from the historic Old Town. After an active day on the slopes, marvel at the panoramic views of the dramatic Alps from the comfort of the indoor pool or outdoor whirlpool.

Tracing its heritage back to 1407, this celebrated hotel – Europe’s oldest – stands in Salzburg’s Old Town, a few doors away from Mozart’s birthplace. Individually decorated guest rooms have antique furniture and modern amenities.

Mirabell Garden is next to this regal hotel near Salzburg’s Old Town. Rooms come in classic as well as modern style, with separate sitting areas and stunning views. Restaurant Mirabell serves International fare, and a piano bar overlooks the garden.

• 196 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/café & bar • panoramic indoor pool • spa/ sauna/steam batch/solarium/sun terrace/outdoor whirlpool/fitness center • Internet access

• 69 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants including exclusive Goldener Hirsch/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • mini-bar/in-room safe • robes & slippers/turndown service

• 166 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/ bicycle rental • indoor pool nearby • mini-bar/coffee & tea maker/robes & slippers/flat screen TV • Wi-Fi available

AMADEO APARTMENTS

INTERCONTINENTAL VIENNA

PARK HYATT VIENNA

HHHH Salzburg

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HHHHH Vienna

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HHHHH Vienna

Ideal for families, this apartment hotel is located just outside of Salzburg, with easy access to all the city’s many attractions. Guest accommodations have separate living rooms and bedrooms, plus private terraces or balconies.

Located on the Kaertner Ring, opposite the Stadtpark and near the Vienna State Opera, this hotel is close to the city’s many attractions. Luxuriate in spacious accommodations with marble baths or revitalize at the sauna and solarium.

Situated in the heart of Vienna and amid Vienna’s most exclusive shopping district is an opulent retreat that was once an Austrian bank. Get spoiled with spa treatments, revel in the cigar bar, and pamper your palates with mouth-watering dishes.

• 76 ac rooms & apartments • restaurant/bar • spa/salon/yoga/fitness training • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 453 ac rooms & suites • club level with private lounge • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/steam/massage services • mini-bar/robes & slippers/coffee & tea maker

• 143 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/lounge • 24-hr room service & concierge • indoor pool with underwater music • spa/sauna/steam bath/ fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

HOTEL STEFANIE VIENNA

K+K HOTEL MARIA THERESIA, VIENNA

K+K PALAIS HOTEL, VIENNA

HHHH Vienna

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HHHH Vienna

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHH Vienna

My Time / Preferred Partner

Comfortable, modern guest rooms, plus a friendly staff are trademarks of this modern hotel in Vienna’s Spittelberg artists’ quarter. Smart accommodations are brightened by warm colors and city views. Indulge at the casual Bar & Bistro.

Superb service, sleek and comfortable accommodations, and a central location within walking distance of the world-famous St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna’s best restaurants, sights, and shopping make this hotel a popular pick.

• 120 ac rooms • breakfast buffet • restaurant/bar & lounge • room service • fitness center • 24-hr desk • meeting rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 123 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • gym/sauna/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/TV/coffee & tea maker

• 66 ac rooms • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • Internet lounge/complimentary Wi-Fi • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

SOUND OF MUSIC & LEOPOLDSKRON TOUR

APPLE STRUDEL SHOW

HISTORICAL VIENNA & SCHONBRUNN

Photo: chaoss/Shutterstock.com

In the heart of Vienna is the city’s oldest hotel, organically blending contemporary comfort with historic charm. This traditional Viennese hotel with unrivaled hospitality showcases classic rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Salzburg / 2 Days / Salzburg Panorama Tours

Vienna / Half-Hour / Mondial Travel

Vienna / 3 Hours / Mondial Travel

See the spectacular landscapes and iconic locations where the Academy Award-winning “The Sound of Music” was filmed on this revealing tour. Your guide will take you to visit the city’s historical and architectural landmarks and its celebrated lake district, in addition to some of the film’s most notable locations, including the 18th-century Rococo castle known as Schloss Leopoldskron.

An absolute must for apple strudel addicts, this tour goes inside the Imperial Court Bakery of Schönbrunn, at the CaféRestaurant Residenz, to demonstrate how Viennese apple strudel is made and baked by an experienced pâtissier. It will be hard to resist sampling a piece of freshly baked apple strudel with coffee! In addition, every visitor receives a copy of the original Viennese apple strudel recipe to try out at home.

Hofburg Palace, Parliament, City Hall… see Vienna’s most noteworthy and historical sights on this three-hour guided tour of the city. See the handsome buildings of the Ringstrasse, including the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Natural History Museum. Afterwards, visit the showrooms of the magnificent summer palace of the Hapsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace.

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Budapest, Hungary

CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, ROMANIA & croatia WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY, AND REVEL IN THE VIBRANT OPTIMISM OF TODAY

GETTING AROUND Air In the Czech Republic, flights between Prague, Brno, and Ostrava are operated by CSA Czech Airlines. In Romania, domestic air travel is becoming more and more popular thanks to an improved airport infrastructure and increased competition that has resulted in lower fares. Tarom, Carpatair, and “no-frills” Blue Air are the leading carriers. And Croatia Airlines connects major cities in Croatia to each other (Zagreb to Dubrovnik, Pula to Zadar, Split to Osijek, etc.), as well as to foreign destinations.

Rail The Czech Republic’s comprehensive rail system reaches even the most remote locations and is operated mostly by state-owned Ceské Dráhy, along with two private operators, Regiojet and Leo Express. The Hungarian National Railways are MÁV and GYSEV; the train network is star-shaped (hub-and-spoke), fanning out from the center at Budapest. Although it has not yet been completely modernized, Romania’s dense rail network reaches practically every town and even the smaller villages. Most trains are run by the state carrier, Caile Ferate Române, but many secondary lines are operated exclusively by private companies. Much has been invested in updating Croatia’s rail system, and the trains are clean, run mostly on time, and connect all major cities, except Dubrovnik (which connects to Split via bus).

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THE REGIONS Czech Republic Since it shook off the chains of repression 20 years ago, the Czech Republic, and in particular the capital city of Prague, has become one of Europe’s major tourist destinations. Bearing a striking resemblance to Paris of the 1920s, Prague is packed with classical buildings and cobblestone streets that have all survived history’s tumult, and has fortified its Bohemian air with new restaurants, shops, galleries, cafés, and clubs.

Hungary The welcome mat is out in Hungary, which has transcended years of Communist rule to become a democratic parliamentary republic that is rediscovering its passionate love of life. Budapest – the “Pearl of the Danube” – is now a flourishing capital city that celebrates its heritage even as it embraces the future. You’ll also find low-lit coffee houses and silky chocolate pastries, steaming Ottomanstyle thermal baths and stately grand architecture.

Romania Obscured for decades behind the Iron Curtain, Romania has emerged to take its rightful place in the European community. While there are landscapes straight out of the 16th century – complete with horses and buggies! – Bucharest has cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that one would expect from a European capital.

Croatia Croatia is the Slavic soul of the Mediterranean, a dreamy land of gorgeous beaches and ancient Roman ruins where the warm and engaging people retain a strong tie to the land and traditions that nourished their dream of independence for so long. Dubrovnik’s marble streets and

baroque buildings glint with a pearly light in the Adriatic sunshine. Zagreb, the modern capital, hums with an energy that combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe.

TOP EXPERIENCES A Castle of Thousands Learn all about the medieval Prague Castle, a World Heritage Site and the largest coherent castle complex in the world.

Statue Park The Iron Curtain is gone, but all those striking Soviet-era statues remain in a powerful display at Memento Park, just a few minutes from downtown Budapest.

No No Nosferatu! Join a tour out of Bucharest to Lake Snagov, where you can visit a monastery that contains the tomb of Vlad the Impaler – also known as Dracula!

Wonder Walls Wander the walled streets of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, lined with spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains.

Beach Scene Almost anywhere along Croatia’s hundreds of miles of coastline, you’ll find gorgeous beaches with clear waters, excellent seafood, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Bohemian Rhapsody Experience Bohemia’s most renowned spa town with a day trip to Karlovy Vary, better known as Karlsbad, nestled deep in a forested valley dotted with thermal springs.


A SELECTION OF czech republic, Hungary, Romania & Croatia HOTELS INTERCONTINENTAL PRAHA

K+K HOTEL CENTRAL, PRAGUE

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K+K HOTEL FENIX, PRAGUE

HHHH My Time / Preferred Partner

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Set on the banks of the Vltava River and adjacent to the Jewish Quarter, this modern hotel in the center of Prague’s Old Town is within walking distance of the city’s historic and shopping attractions. Zlatá Praha restaurant is acclaimed for its gourmet Czech fare.

Prague’s Old Town sets the scene for this modern hotel with a welcoming atmosphere, stylish décor, and steps from the famous late-Gothic Powder Tower. Soundproof rooms have state-of-the-art tech amenities and baths with heated floors.

This modern hotel is located just off Wenceslas Square near the city’s major attractions. Soundproof rooms are adorned with abstract art and large windows with downtown views. Enjoy the glass-walled gym and relax in the Finnish sauna.

• 372 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • 2 restaurants/ 2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor saltwater pool • spa/fitness center

• 127 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • fitness center/massage/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

• 128 ac rooms • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • fitness center/massage/Finnish sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

NH PRAGUE CITY

BOSCOLO BUDAPEST HOTEL

KEMPINSKI HOTEL CORVINUS BUDAPEST

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Prague, Czech Republic

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHHH Preferred Partner

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Prague, Czech Republic

Budapest, Hungary

A private cable car transports guests between the two buildings that make up this unique hotel, set in Prague’s bustling Smichov neighborhood and close to shops, cafés, and restaurants. It’s also an easy walk to Prague Castle and other major attractions.

Behind the Renaissance façade of this grand hotel are lavishly restored rooms and one of Europe’s legendary cafés. Silk-lined walls adorn the accommodations, which have white-marble baths with huge soaking tubs, monsoon showers, and Etro amenities.

The new Gastronomic Quarter of Budapest, this hotel redefines contemporary luxury with some of the most spacious rooms in the city and unrivaled hospitality. Guests relish elegant rooms with modern accents and exquisite cuisine at Nobu and ÉS Bisztró.

• 441 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/steam room/massage services • 4 clay tennis courts • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 185 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café/piano bar/cigar bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor pool • spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 359 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • spa/fitness center • mini-bar/safe heated bath floor • complimentary Wi-Fi • turndown service/in-room water • close to shopping

CONTINENTAL ZARA

K+K HOTEL OPERA, BUDAPEST

K+K HOTEL ELISABETA, BUCHAREST

HHHH Budapest, Hungary

Preferred Partner

Budapest, Hungary

HHHH Budapest, Hungary

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHH Bucharest, Romania

My Time / Preferred Partner

Blending art nouveau, Art Deco, and modern design, Budapest’s coolest design hotel is located in downtown, close to the Great Synagogue and Chain Bridge. Sit down to the traditional tastes of Hungary at ARAZ Restaurant.

This sophisticated hotel has a welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, and ideal location on a quiet residential street near the Hungarian State Opera. Pastel colors and wicker furniture lend a cheerful look to the soundproof rooms.

Comfortable, contemporary guest rooms, plus an efficient and friendly staff are trademarks of this modern hotel. After touring the city, head to the casual Bar & Bistro for a small snack or cool drink.

• 272 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor & pools/sundeck • spa/fitness center/Finnish & infra saunas/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 205 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • sauna/fitness center/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV/pillow menu

• 67 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bistro bar • concierge/room service • fitness center/sauna/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV

TEMPO HOTEL

DUBROVNIK PALACE HOTEL

THE WESTIN ZAGREB

HHH Bucharest, Romania

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Dubrovnik, Croatia

Preferred Partner

HHHH½ Zagreb, Croatia

Preferred Partner

This modern boutique hotel is close to major attractions such as the Romanian Athenaeum, National Museum of Romanian History, and University Square, as well as shopping and nightlife. Guest rooms have private balconies.

Perched on the edge of the Lapad Peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, this lavish resort welcomes guests into spacious rooms with teak accents, state-of-the-art tech amenities, and private balconies with sweeping sea views.

Located in a leafy green area adjacent to the Mimara Museum, this high-rise hotel tower is within easy walking distance to the city’s trendy cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and other attractions. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with spectacular views of the city.

• 32 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge • concierge • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 308 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/4 bars • 3 outdoor pools/indoor pool/beach • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi • tennis court/PADI dive center • nightclub

• 378 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • indoor heated pool • World Class fitness center/sauna

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A SELECTION OF czech republic, Hungary, Romania & Croatia Sightseeing GRAND CITY TOUR

PRAGUE CASTLE IN DETAIL (WALKING TOUR)

Prague / 10 Hours / Prague Sightseeing Tours

Prague / 3.5 Hours / Prague Sightseeing Tours

Prague / 3.5 Hours / Prague Sightseeing Tours

Journey to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Cesky Krumlov on this day trip from Prague. Stroll the medieval town center, comprising over 300 historic castles, and view the lovely State Castle of Cesky Krumlov and magnificent Church of St. Vitus. Recharge with lunch before returning via coach through the bucolic southern Bohemian countryside.

Explore the “Golden City” on this coach tour of scenic Prague’s most historic monuments. Discover the State Opera, the National Museum, and Wenceslas Square, and stroll the courtyard of Prague Castle. Travel across the Vltava to see the Old Town’s St. Nicholas Church and Tyn Cathedral, and marvel at the Old Town Hall’s astronomical clock.

This guided walking tour will take you to Europe’s largest medieval castle, Prague Castle. Explore the mammoth complex with visits to the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane, and hear about the castle’s storied past. Entrance fee is included.

CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST

DINNER & BOAT CRUISE

BUCHAREST SIGHTS & BITES TOUR

Budapest / 3 Hours / Eurama Sightseeing Tours

Budapest / 1.5 Hours / Discover Budapest

Bucharest / 4 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited

Discover Hungary’s illustrious capital, Budapest, on this enlightening coach tour of the city. Cross the famous Danube River over the Margaret Bridge and view attractions including the House of Parliament, the Royal Castle, and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

On this boat tour, you can feel Budapest’s romantic atmosphere surrounded by the friendly lights of the Danube capital, and enjoy an excellent buffet dinner prepared by Hungary’s only Gault Millau rated chef, Kloter Gregor-Grex. In the romantic candlelight atmosphere, enjoy the wonderful view of Budapest swimming in light. The salon music is performed by three members of the Zoltán Kodály Awardwinning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. After dinner, retreat to the open upper deck to admire the panoramic views.

Take a stroll through Bucharest’s often turbulent, but always fascinating history on this tour that will fill your head with facts and your stomach with delicious Romanian food! Learn how Romania’s past has influenced its cuisine today, get an introduction to the city, and see the sites that have shaped Bucharest through its history. Enjoy a traditional three-course Romanian meal in one of the city’s most charming restaurants.

CROATIAN RHAPSODY TOUR

FUTURA CRUISE EX SPLIT

ZAGREB TO SPLIT LAND & CRUISE

Zagreb / 9 Days-8 Nights / Katarina Line

Zagreb / 8 Days-7 Nights / Katarina Line

Zagreb / 11 Days-10 Nights / Katarina Line

This unique 9-day escorted tour of Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik offers a charming Mediterranean experience ideal for more independent travelers to combine with other tours in Europe. Wine and food lovers not only experience the extraordinary scenery, but get to taste Croatia with all the senses. Tour highlights include spectacular National Park Plitvice – 16 overlapping lakes connected with waterfalls and medieval Dubrovnik.

Cruise amid the stunning Croatian islands on lavishly designed deluxe vessels. Guaranteed weekly departures from Split include exciting gastronomical and sightseeing experiences, plus visits to Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik, and Trstenik. The Croatian coastline and islands combine all the treasures Europe has to offer – crystal clear sea, forested hilltops, quaint villages, idyllic islands, medieval towns, amazing coastlines, and a vibrant culture.

This is the perfect tour to explore Croatia’s capital city, natural inland beauty, and the idyllic islands dotted around the Southern Adriatic. Experience the natural, historical, and cultural cosmopolitan splendor of the stunning cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar while admiring the breathtaking beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. This complete experience on land and sea offers a wonderful itinerary for all travelers looking for rich history, untouched nature, crystal-clear seas, and gourmet dining.

Prague, Czech Republic

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CESKY KRUMLOV TOUR WITH LUNCH


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Stockholm, Sweden

DENMARK, NORWAY, SWEDEN & Iceland SOME OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST PLACES ARE THE HOTTEST DESTINATIONS IN TRAVEL

GETTING AROUND Air In Denmark, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian, and Cimber Air operate domestic routes, all of them either from or to Copenhagen Airport; there are no domestic routes between regional airports. Norway’s domestic flights – mostly in the north – are operated by SAS, Norwegian, and Widerøe. In Sweden, domestic routes are served by SAS, Blekinge Flyg, Nextjet, Direktflyg, Norwegian, Malmö Aviation, and Gotlandsflyg. Iceland’s domestic air transport has been well developed to link the coastal towns; operators include Air Iceland, Eagle Air, Icelandair, and WOW Air.

Rail The primary Danish train system is DSB, with Arriva and other companies operating feeder and smaller rail lines. Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operate all railways, mainly connecting Oslo to other major cities. Most major lines in Sweden’s extensive railway network are run by the government-owned SJ.

Bus In Denmark, long-distance bus service is available between Jutland and Copenhagen, operated by Abildskou. Norway’s extensive range of express buses connects cities and even most national parks. In Sweden, there are a number of bus lines in the southern third of the country, plus service between Stockholm and Norrland. An extensive network of buses serves most parts of Iceland, though services are intermittent in the winter season and some routes are operated only in summer.

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THE REGIONS

TOP EXPERIENCES

Denmark

Blue Note

Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries, but it may well be the most fun. Copenhagen projects a cozy, inviting, small-town atmosphere where the pastries are sweeter, and life seems a little bit easier. Visitors come for the stunning modern architecture, exciting nightlife, abundance of superb restaurants, and more than 50 fascinating museums.

Go soak your head – and the rest of your body – in the amazing Blue Lagoon, a man-made pool of superheated neon-blue water believed to have restorative effects.

Sweden Sweden’s many attractions range from historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the lure of modern art, literature, and music. Built on 14 islands around one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city centers, Stockholm reveals stunning and extremely varied scenery in every direction – and boasts a lively after-dark scene.

Norway The Aurora Borealis, the midnight sun, the spectacular fjords: all symbolic of Norway, but so is Oslo, the capital and largest city. Oslo boasts a unique combination of culture, history, and outdoor activities, and it would require multiple visits to take full advantage of its many museums, galleries, parks, and restaurants.

Iceland Northern Lights, stark stunning vistas, an adventure sports playground, music and artworks on the cutting edge – with so many compelling attractions, Iceland has become one of the hottest vacation destinations on the planet. Cruise the friendly pubs and high-energy clubs of Reykjavík, trek the locations where Game of Thrones is filmed, immerse yourself in otherworldly landscapes, and much more!

Snow Kiddin’ Fire up a snowmobile for a wild ride on the glistening ice and into the deep forests of the Luleå archipelago in Sweden’s northern wilderness.

Cold Comfort Spend a night in the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, where even the beds are fashioned from blocks of ice. Can you think of anything cooler?

Back to the Garden When the sun goes down, stroll Copenhagen’s fairy-lit Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, where roller coasters clack by as you hoist a stein at the open-air beer garden.

Fjord Focus Take a cruise on Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s most stunningly beautiful fjords and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

See the Light Head to Norway for an optimal look at the Northern Lights, a jaw-dropping and mystical moment. Tromsø, the Svalbard Islands, and anywhere above the Arctic Circle are prime viewing spots.


a selection Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Iceland Hotels and SIGHTSEEING COPENHAGEN MARRIOTT HOTEL

RADISSON BLU ROYAL HOTEL, COPENHAGEN

HHHHH Copenhagen, Denmark

FIRST MILLENNIUMM

HHHHH

Preferred Partner

Copenhagen, Denmark

HHHH

Preferred Partner

Oslo, Norway

Preferred Partner

Tivoli Gardens, the colorful Nyhavn, the “Little Mermaid” statue, and Europe’s longest pedestrian street are just a short stroll from this modern luxury hotel on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Large guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views to the horizon.

Danish icon Arne Jacobsen designed this high-rise hotel in the heart of Copenhagen, a landmark of modern architecture since 1960. Sleek minimalist rooms have unparalleled views of the city. Savor Italian-inspired Scandinavian cuisine.

This centrally located hotel is within steps of the Oslo Cathedral, Parliament, and Oslo Opera House. Experience tranquillity in comfortable and contemporary rooms with wooden décor, breathtaking views, and savor authentic Italian cuisine.

• 401 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants (one seasonal)/bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/solarium • shops • Internet Access

• 260 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Fitness dk Royal/sauna/solarium/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi • coffee & tea makers

• 114 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/lounge/complimentary breakfast • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • in-room coffee & tea maker

RADISSON BLU NYDALEN

HILTON SLUSSEN

SHERATON STOCKHOLM HOTEL

HHHH Oslo, Norway

HHHHH

Preferred Partner

Stockholm, Sweden

HHHH

Preferred Partner

Stockholm, Sweden

Preferred Partner

In the heart of Nydalen, this urban hotel showcases spacious, modern accommodations with unique furnishings and striking views. Indulge in a delightful complimentary breakfast, and revel in a posh cigar bar and restaurant.

Idyllically situated on the island of Södermalm, this posh hotel is an ideal base to explore the Old Town and meander around cobblestone streets and the Riddarjarden waterfront. Relish succulent cuisine and panoramic views at the restaurant.

Expect the ultimate in service at this totally renovated, familyfriendly hotel in a great location near the lake, Old Town, and City Hall. The city’s largest guest rooms have parquet floors, Sheraton Sweet SleeperSM beds, and sweeping views.

• 185 ac rooms • restaurant/complimentary breakfast • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 289 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • fitness center/exercise classes • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 465 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi

COURTYARD KUNGSHOLMEN BY MARRIOTT

HILTON REYKJAVIK NORDICA

GRAND HOTEL REYKJAVIK

HHHH Stockholm, Sweden

HHHH

Preferred Partner

Reykjavik, Iceland

HHHH

Preferred Partner

Reykjavik, Iceland

Preferred Partner

This modern high-rise hotel stands in quiet surroundings convenient to Reykjavik’s city center. Contemporary guest rooms have hardwood floors and atrium or city views. Grand Restaurant serves a menu emphasizing Icelandic and Nordic cuisine.

• 278 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • in-room coffee & tea makers • across from park with jogging trails • meeting room

• 252 rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/whirlpools • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 312 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/snack bar • room service • Reykjavík Spa Gym/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

COPENHAGEN HOP-ON/HOP-OFF – MERMAID TOUR

OSLO HOP-ON/HOP-OFF TOUR

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Set in Reykjavik’s city center, this stylish modern high-rise is a great base from which to discover both this surprising city and a thoroughly captivating countryside. Bright, spacious guest rooms feature hardwood floors, the latest tech gear, and great views.

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Ralambshov Park is right outside the doors of this Stockholm hotel featuring spacious accomodations fully equipped with convenient amenities. Get inspired to take a stroll around the park and explore the wonders of Stockholm.

A GOLDEN CIRCLE CLASSIC TOUR

Copenhagen / 1 Hour / City Sightseeing Ltd.

Oslo / 1.5 Hours / City Sightseeing Ltd.

Reykjavik / 8.5 Hours / Gray Line Iceland

Find out why they call this city “Wonderful Copenhagen” with a tour of Denmark’s vibrant and graceful capital. Take advantage of the conveniently located stops, and hop on and off at your leisure to discover all the things to do and see in Copenhagen, including the city’s swirling towers and turrets, Amalienborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, the Royal Library, Botanical Gardens, the Little Mermaid, and other attractions.

Enjoy panoramic 360º views of Oslo from the upper deck of an open-top bus, and discover some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Ibsen Museum, the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram & Norwegian Maritime Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo Opera House, and other attractions.

Spotlighting some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland, this tour visits Pingvellir, where the world’s oldest known functioning parliament was founded. Continue to the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Stokkur. Proceed to Skalholt church, ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops, then to a photo stop by the Kerio volcanic crater. The route continues through fertile agricultural areas to Hverageroi, a small and charming horticultural village.

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It’s no big surprise that Europe tops the list of destinations that attract American travelers. With its dizzying multitude of places to see, things to do, cuisines to savor, and new people to meet, the allure of Europe is concrete and unmistakable. 106


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