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HOSTED JOURNEYS 2020 M E D I T E R R A N E A N & S W I S S A L P S | C ROAT I A , S LOV E N I A & M O N T E N E G RO | I C E L A N D & N O RWAY | W E ST E R N AU ST R A L I A | E A S T E R N C A N A DA & U S A | S O U T H A M E R I C A

Hosted Cruise & Land Journeys


Contents Contents & Your Hosts General Information Mediterranean to the Swiss Alps Treasures of Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro Explore the Fjords of Iceland & Norway Spring in Western Australia Autumn Splendours in Eastern Canada & USA Best of South America

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HOT Hosted Journeys Why travel 'Hosted' with House of Travel? Explore our range of hosted journeys designed to provide a unique and enriching travel experience. Cruising continues to be one of the most wonderful ways to see the world, with each itinerary combining a fascinating cruise together with land and rail travel, specially designed to enhance the experience of each destination. Sometimes travelling can be challenging, distracting you from the fascinating places you visit. Our hosts will ensure all the details are taken care of behind the scenes, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy the adventure.

House of Travel Hosts Your House of Travel host will travel with you from Auckland, taking care of the day-to-day arrangements until the end of each journey. Our hosts are selected for their extensive travel experience, with a passion for sharing their wisdom and knowledge. They will ensure everything goes to plan, liaising with English-speaking local guides, hotels and dining venues included in each itinerary and take care of tipping. Our hosts will bring an extra dimension to your travel experience in each destination.


Explore the Fjords of Iceland & Norway (pages 11-13)

Autumn Splendours in Eastern Canada & USA (pages 17-19) Treasures of Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro (pages 8-10) Mediterranean to the Swiss Alps (pages 5-7)

Best of South America (pages 20-22)

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INCLUSIONS: International group airfares are included from Auckland where you meet your House of Travel host and fellow travellers. The cruise, accommodation with private facilities, meals as stated on each itinerary, entrance fees for included sightseeing with local expert English-speaking guides while touring, as well as gratuities, are all included. Due to the extensive range of cruise shore excursions however, we have left the choice to you to best suit your individual interests. ACCOMMODATION: Our selected cruise ships offer a range of cabin accommodation, usually ranging from Inside cabin with no window, to Outside with a window, and Balcony or Verandah which has its own private balcony. Hotels have been chosen for their central locations, allowing you to fully experience the full essence and flavour of each place visited. FELLOW TRAVELLERS: Travelling in a group of like-minded Kiwi travellers, it will be easy to make friends and share your experiences. Solo guests are also welcome on our hosted journeys, with private cabins and hotel rooms available at the single traveller price. One of the highlights will be getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoying company as you travel. FLEXIBILITY: All guests travel on the same flight from New Zealand however should you wish to extend your holiday or change from the group flights, we will endeavour to meet your requests. FREE TIME: Each itinerary has been designed to include the best local activities and sights while touring, but we have also ensured you will have free time to explore at your own pace or simply relax! GUARANTEED DEPARTURES: All journeys featured in this brochure are guaranteed to operate and will be fully hosted from Auckland. This allows you to book in confidence and with peace of mind. DOCUMENTATION: Prior to travel you will receive travel documents detailing your day-to-day itinerary including information you need to know for your selected journey. Presented in a leather House of Travel wallet along with a lanyard and travel adaptor, the documents will be dispatched approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure.

Spring in Western Australia (pages 14-16)

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MEDITERRANEAN TO THE SWISS ALPS 25 Days

Croat Glacier Express, Switzerland © Switzerland Tourism

From the sun-drenched coast of

Spain and the south of France to Italy's Renaissance treasures, a Mediterranean cruise aboard a spectacular new luxury ship will kick start this memorable journey. Whether you love art, history, natural wonders, fine cuisine, or all of the above, a cruise in this region let's you experience something amazing at every stop. The adventure continues as you travel inland to Switzerland discovering the amazing scenery travelling on two of Europe's most breath-taking train journeys, showcasing the spectacle of the Swiss Alps.

SWITZERLAND

Key: Cruise Coach Train

Zermatt Lake Maggiore

FRANCE Sète Barcelona

SPAIN

Stresa La Spezia Toulon

Zurich St. Moritz Tirano Castelnuovo

Rome Ajaccio

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Alicante Cádiz Gibraltar

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA


Mediterranean to the Swiss Alps Itinerary Sun 17 May: Depart Auckland Meet your host and fellow travellers for the overnight flight to Dubai. Mon 18 May: Dubai – Barcelona Transit to onward flight. On arrival in Barcelona, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure in this fascinating city. Early evening meet your host and fellow travellers for a welcome reception. Tue 19 May: Barcelona This morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Barcelona with an Englishspeaking local guide. You’ll see many of the famous sights of the city including Montjuic Hill, Passeig de Gracia with the houses of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi as well as the iconic cathedral, Sagrada Familia. This afternoon, time at leisure to explore at your own pace. (B)

Tue 26 May: Sète, France A popular option from this port is an excursion* to the UNESCO World Heritage-site of Carcassonne, home to one of the world’s most fascinating medieval citadels. Settled as early as the 6th century B.C. Carcassonne later became a significant Roman town. In the 4th century is was fortified and became a strategic site in the Middle Ages during the Crusades. Other options are available or you might choose to wander through the fascinating small town of Sète. (B,L,D) Wed 27 May: Provence (Toulon), France Access to numerous historical and interesting places is available from this port. Perhaps visit Marseille; the inspiring town of Aix-en-Provence with its 101 fountains; the small seaside resort of Cassis or the renowned resort town of St. Tropez. Toulon itself also boasts charming streets and squares if you prefer to wander at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Provence, France Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Wed 20 May: Embark Celebrity Apex SM The morning at leisure before transferring to the port to board Celebrity Apex SM early afternoon. Join fellow travellers for dinner as we set sail on this spectacular cruise. (B,D) Thu 21 May: Alicante, Spain Explore one of the most popular of Spain’s beaches on the Mediterranean coast where you can swim in the sparkling azure waters. Or stroll the promenades and pop into a café for tapas. (B,L,D) Fri 22 May: At Sea A perfect time to check out the many features of this newly-launched ship. (B,L,D) Sat 23 May: Seville (Cádiz), Spain Cádiz is an ancient city port in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain. It has more than 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, which was traditionally used for spotting ships. On the waterfront is the domed 18th century Cádiz Cathedral featuring baroque and neoclassical elements. For the best way to see the locals going about their day, a visit to the Cádiz market is a must. Its location on the Atlantic gives it Spain’s freshest fish and seafood. Check out the many excursions* available to venture further afield. (B,L,D)

Thu 28 May: Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy The port of La Spezia is the gateway to Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A selection of options* are available for a tour to Florence or Pisa individually or combine both destinations to get the best of both worlds. (B L,D) Fri 29 May : Ajaccio, Corsica Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica, a port city on the rugged isle’s western coast of this French island. It was the birthplace of French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte in 1769. Perhaps visit his ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, now a museum displaying family heirlooms. Or the baroque 16th century Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoléon was baptised, displaying paintings from old masters. (B,L,D) Sat 30 May: Rome Disembark the ship this morning and transfer from the port of Civitavecchia to central Rome and our hotel for the next two nights. Early evening, enjoy an informal reception with your fellow travellers on the roof terrace of your hotel with cocktails and canapés. (B) Sun 31 May: Rome Start the day with a walking tour of this fascinating city with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column and the Trevi Fountain. Your afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. (B)

Rome, Italy Seville, Spain

Sun 24 May: Gibraltar, United Kingdom Perhaps visit the Apes Den to view the Barbary Apes, believed to have travelled ages ago from North America. Or take the drive of more than 365 meters up the Rock of Gibraltar along narrow roads dug out to support the British troops. (B,L,D) Mon 25 May: At Sea A day at leisure on our ship as we sail toward the south of France. (B,L,D)

Mon 01 Jun: Rome – Castelnuovo Depart the ‘Eternal City’ after breakfast, leaving the city behind as we head north into Umbria, often called the country’s green heart and known for its medieval towns and dense forests. We’ll stop and enjoy time in Orvieto and Montepulciano, two of the most famous and picturesque medieval towns of the region. The journey ends today in the Chianti region of Tuscany for an overnight stay. (B, D)

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Mediterranean to the Swiss Alps Itinerary continued Tue 02 Jun: Castelnuovo – Stresa We continue travelling north to the city of Milan, known as the global capital of fashion and design, and home to the national stock exchange. It’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. A local guide will join the coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city before continuing on foot for a guided tour inside the Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral. Later we journey to Stresa, home for the next two nights. (B) Wed 03 Jun: Stresa – Lake Maggiore Our hotel overlooks the shores of Lake Maggiore, directly facing the Borromean Islands and it’s just a 5 minute walk from the hotel to board your private boat for a relaxing days cruise on the lake. Accompanied by your English-speaking guide, enjoy the phenomenal views from the water, discover the beauty of Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Visit the Borromean Palaces and botanical gardens on Isola Madre; stroll through the splendid baroque gardens of Isola Bella and learn about the history of the Borromeo family. (B,D)

Fri 05 Jun: St. Moritz – Zermatt Returning to St. Moritz railway station this morning you board the famous Glacier Express for the journey to Zermatt. Billed as Europe’s slowest express train, it’s a narrow gauge train which takes about 8 hours to cover approximately 290 kilometres at an average speed of around 40 kilometres per hour. The route takes you through the three canyons of Valais, Uri and Graubünden, with the huge panoramic side windows and glass skylights offering spectacular views of the beautiful Swiss mountain scenery. A 3-course lunch is served onboard to complete this relaxing journey. On arrival in Zermatt, walk the short distance from the rail station to your hotel for the next two nights. (Note: your luggage will be handled separately). (B,L,D) Sat 06 Jun: Zermatt Today you will take the Open-Air cogwheel train from Zermatt GGB to Gornergrat. Enjoy time at the Gornergrat to admire the wonderful views of the valley and of the mighty Matterhorn, probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland. On return to Zermatt, enjoy time at your leisure to explore this lovely car-free town at you own pace. (B)

Zermatt, Switzerland © Switzerland Tourism

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Thu 04 Jun: Stresa – St. Moritz Depart Stresa after breakfast and drive to Tirano where you will board the Bernina Express - arguably one of the most scenic train rides in Europe. The Bernina Express is a narrow-gauge train with panoramic sightseeing carriages affording the perfect view of incredible alpine landscapes and a UNESCO World Heritage-site. Highlights on the Tirano to St. Moritz route include the Brusio Circular Viaduct, Alp Grüm and Lago Bianco. On arrival in St. Moritz, it’s just a short walk from the rail station to your hotel for an overnight stay. (Note: your luggage will be handled separately). (B,D)

Sun 07 Jun: Zermatt – Zurich Depart Zermatt to continue the journey to Zurich by train. On arrival you’ll be met by a local English-speaking guide for a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town. Zurich is rich in heritage and the rail station is located in the Old Town so a perfect place to start a tour of this fascinating, historic area. Medieval houses, contorted narrow lanes, guild and town halls from the Renaissance period offer a living history of characteristic buildings and the people that lived there. End the tour at your hotel. (Note: your luggage will be transported to the hotel). Remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,D) Mon 08 Jun: Depart Zurich Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for return flight. Late checkout from the hotel has been arranged before departing from the hotel early evening. (B) Tue 09 Jun: In Flight Arrive Dubai and transit to onward flight. Wed 10 Jun: Arrive Auckland Morning arrival into Auckland.

Bernina Express

What's Included

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What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

• Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

• Visas if applicable

2 night hotel stay in Barcelona with local guided sightseeing tour

• Optional activities

10 night cruise from Barcelona to Rome onboard Celebrity Apex SM

• Items of a personal nature

Cruise port taxes

9 night land tour from Rome to Zurich

Day cruise on Lake Maggiore

Glacier Express from Tirano to St. Moritz

Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt

Departs 17 May 2020

TWIN (PP)

Inside Cabin (Cat 09)

$14,695

Accommodation in 4-star hotels including porterage

Oceanview Cabin (Cat 07)

$14,995

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Balcony Cabin (Cat E4)

$15,875

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees per itinerary

Gratuities on included services

An experienced House of Travel Host

Single pricing is available on request

*Celebrity Cruises ® offer a range of shore excursions for an additional charge which allow you to personalise your experience in each destination.


TREASURES OF CROATIA , SLOVENIA & MONTENEGRO 24 Days

Visit some of the most interesting areas of Europe with a diverse mix of culture, history and wondrous nature. Start this journey in Croatia's capital, Zagreb, boasting 18th and 19th century AustroHungarian architecture, continuing on to visit amazing places and sights in Slovenia before joining a deluxe small ship sailing the spectacular Adriatic coastline and visiting key ports in Croatia. End the journey with a stay in Dubrovnik and a special day excursion to the Balkan country of Montenegro with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. You'll love the culture and heritage of this incredibly scenic region.

SLOVENIA

Bled Predjama Momjan Motovun Porec Rovinj

Ljubljana

Trakoscan

Postojna Cave

Zagreb

CROATIA

Opatija

Bale Pula

HUNGARY

Plitvice Lakes

SERBIA Zadar

Key: Cruise Coach

ADRIATIC SEA

BOSNIA

Sibenik Trogir

Split

Bol Hvar Vis Bisevo

Korcula Slano MONTENEGRO Ston Perast KOSOVO Kotor Mljet Dubrovnik Budva 8


Treasures of Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro Itinerary Mon 18 May: Depart Auckland Meet your host and fellow travellers at Auckland Airport. Tue 19 May: Doha – Zagreb Transit Doha to connect with the connecting service to Zagreb. On arrival transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure before meeting your Host and Tour Director. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb. (D) Wed 20 May: Zagreb – Trakoščan – Zagreb Today, discover Zagreb with your local guide taking in the historic parts of the city, including Ban Jelačić Square and medieval settlements of Gradec and Kaptol. See the Cathedral, Dolac Market, Tkalčićeva Street, Stone Gate and St Mark's Church. Proceed through the castle region to Trakoščan, the Castle often described as being one of the most beautiful in Europe. This evening, enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Sun 24 May: Bale – Pula – Rovinj – Bale Today we travel to Pula. See the Pula Arena the sixth largest amphitheatre in the world, the Temple of Augustus and the Arch of Sergii. Continue to Rovinj one of the most romantic seaside villages on the Mediterranean, with cobbled streets, picturesque buildings and squares to take your breath away. Enjoy lunch in this romantic town before returning to Bale for the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L) Mon 25 May: Bale – Poreč – Motovun – Bale Travel to Poreč, home to the UNESCO World Heritage-site Euphrasius Basillica from the 6th century AD. The apse of the Basilica is ornately decorated with figural mosaics noted as one of the most remarkable examples of mosaic art in Europe. Later proceed to the gorgeous hilltop town of Motovun, possibly the most picturesque medieval town of inner Istria. Continue to lunch where you will experience a famous Istrian delicacy of truffles. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,T,L) Tue 26 May: Bale – Opatija – Plitvice Lakes Set off this morning to Plitvice Lakes National Park with a stop at Opatija, one of the most popular seaside resort on the Adriatic and often referred to as Croatia's Monte Carlo. This little town was once the playground of the Austro-Hungarian nobility who had their summer palaces here and was home to the first casino in Europe. Now many of these palaces are the stunning historical hotels you see today. (B,D)

Zagreb, Croatia © CNBT; Ivo Biocina

Thu 21 May: Zagreb – Ljubljana Depart for the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana. On arrival, a local guide will join us to show us the highlights of this stunning city. This city with a soul features the Baroque Old Town nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, the Art Nouveau mansions and masterpieces of the renowned architect Jože Plečnik. Later enjoy a funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle. Time at leisure before enjoying dinner at your hotel. (B,D) Fri 22 May: Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana An excursion to Bled today including entrance to the Old Town and Pletna boat ride. Lake Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. This pearl of Slovenia and the whole Alpine region, with a tiny island and St Mary's Church in the middle of the lake, and the old medieval castle up on the cliff won't disappoint when it comes to enchanting views and fairy-tale beauty. Following a lunch in Bled, you'll visit a local beekeeper and honey producer to learn about the local beekeeping traditions and honey tasting. (B,L,T)

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Wed 27 May: Plitvice Lakes – Zadar Today explore the National Park. The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia's most popular tourist attraction. The beauty lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Enjoy a packed lunch before departing for Zadar where the rest of your day is at leisure. (B,L,D) Thu 28 May: Zadar This morning you will join a local guide for a walking tour of Zadar, one of the most charming old Dalmatian cities dating back to Roman times. Steeped in history, see the Roman Forum, St Donatus Church, the reconstructed Romanesque St Grisigono's Church, St Mary's Bell Tower and St Anastasia Cathedral. Take a stroll along its beautiful promenade Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun, a sound and light spectacle and an award-winning architectural space. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening we will have dinner at a local Dalmatian restaurant. (B,D) Fri 29 May: Zadar – Šibenik – Trogir – Split Depart Zadar and travel along the Dalmatian coastline where the first stop is Šibenik. Discover the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic and Croatia's most beautiful monument St James Cathedral. Continue to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage protected historic stone town which is often described as an open-air museum. See the Cathedral of St Lawrence and the beautiful Kamerlengo Tower. This evening you may wish to dine at a local restaurant followed by a walk on the Split Riva. (B)

Sat 23 May: Ljubljana – Postojna Caves – Predjama – Momjan – Bale Depart for Bale via the Postojna Caves, one of the world's largest karst monuments. For 140 years train journeys have been taking visitors through the caves to see the spectacular underground subterranean world. Photo stop in Predjama Castle before arriving to the small village of Momjan for an afternoon at an award-winning winery. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (B,T,D)

Split, Croatia

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Treasures of Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro Itinerary continued Sat 30 May: Split Transfer to Split Port to embark the luxurious MS Markan. After settling in, enjoy a guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the World Heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture. Of special interest here is the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the Roman Emperor. After the tour, return to the ship for a welcome meet and greet cocktail reception onboard. Overnight in Split. (B,D) Sun 31 May: Split – Bol – Hvar Swim at the most famous beach in Croatia, Zlatni Rat near Bol on the Island of Brač. Lunch is onboard at the Pakleni Islands, near the Island of Hvar. Hvar is the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic famous for its lavender and scenic beauty. Enjoy a presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town's historical landmarks - the Renaissance Cathedral with its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe. Take a walk to the Spanish Fortress overlooking the harbour for lovely scenic views. This evening explore Hvar with its numerous restaurants, bars and cafés open long into the night. (B,L) Mon 01 Jun: Hvar – Biševo (Blue Cave) – Vis Cruise towards Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Visits to the caves are a special charm. Try some exquisite wine in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, city museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. (B,L,T)

Wed 03 Jun: Korčula – Mljet Continue to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the Cruise Director for a stroll to the famous saltwater lakes in the National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church from the 12th century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island. Dinner onboard and overnight in Polača or Pomena. (B,L,D) Thu 04 Jun: Mljet – Ston – Slano Depart to Slano a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point of Ston, another once fortified small town, famous for its oysters. After exploring the town's medieval ramparts, a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Transfer to the ship for Captain's farewell dinner with entertainment and music. (B,L,T,D) Fri 05 Jun: Slano – Dubrovnik The charm of Dubrovnik is the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Enjoy a lunch cruise along the Dubrovnik City Walls before docking in Gruž Port. Transfer to the Old Town for a guided walking tour. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Mount Srđ to enjoy scenic views of the walls and Elaphiti Islands. For those with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk along the city walls. (B,L)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Vis, Croatia © Zoran Jelaca, CNTB

Tue 02 Jun: Vis – Korčula Cruise towards Korčula the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch is in a secluded bay en-route. Afternoon arrival followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting medieval coastal town. A fish bone street-pattern design was used in Korčula Old Town to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. There are many wonderful restaurants to choose as well as bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula for real local experience where you will enjoy dinner and hear about history and local life. (B,L)

Sat 06 Jun: Perast – Kotor – Budva After disembarkation, we depart to Montenegro. Visit Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks Islet. Then continue to Kotor. Visit of the town, followed by free time for lunch. Then proceed to Budva for a visit of the pearl of Montenegrin tourism, thanks to the great number of beaches and hotels that make this a most desirable tourist destination in Montenegro. After the visit, return to Dubrovnik. (B,D) Sun 07 Jun: Dubrovnik Today is at leisure to explore the beautiful "Pearl of the Adriatic". If time permits, take a walk along the old medieval ramparts (it'll take you approximately 2 hours to do a full circle) and be transported into a different time zone or enjoy a day relaxing by the pool or beach. This evening we will have a farewell dinner. (B,D) Mon 08 Jun: Dubrovnik Morning at leisure before a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for travel via Zagreb to transit in Doha. (B) Tue 09 Jun: In Flight Wed 10 Jun: Arrive Auckland Early morning arrival into Auckland.

What's Included

What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

Visas if applicable

11 night land tour in Slovenia & Croatia

Optional activities

Accommodation in 4-star hotels including porterage

Items of a personal nature

7 night cruise on a deluxe small ship sailing the Adriatic coastline

Cruise port taxes

2 night stay in Dubrovnik

Day trip to Montenegro visiting Perast, Kotor & Budva

TWIN (PP)

SINGLE

Lower Deck (Porthole window)

$14,895

$18,125

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, T = Tastings)

Main Deck (Picture window)

$15,625

$19,225

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees per itinerary

Upper Deck (Balcony)

$15,860

$19,580

Gratuities on included services

An experienced House of Travel Host

*Optional excursions at your own expense. Operated in conjunction with Croatia Times Travel.

Departs 18 May 2020

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EXPLORE THE FJORDS OF ICELAND & NORWAY 22 Days

City Name - Dax Regular ICELAND Akureyi

Venture to the heart of Northern

Europe's most breath-taking landscapes, exploring the beauty of fjords and glaciers, visiting extraordinary World Heritage-sites, charming towns and villages, dramatic waterfalls, soaring mountain vistas, volcanoes and geysers – unspoiled nature at its best! From the Danish capital of Copenhagen, you will explore ports of call to experience the best of Icelandic and Norwegian cultures. On the way to Southampton, call in to the gem of the Cornish Coast, Falmouth, a picturesque harbour village. Two nights in London caps off this memorable journey.

Grundarfjordur Reykjavik

NORWEGIAN SEA

Seydisfjordur

Alesund

Faroe Islands (Torshavn)

Bergen

NORTH SEA

Kristiansand

Fredericia

ENGLAND

Key: Cruise Coach

London Falmouth

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NORWAY

Southampton

Copenhagen

DENMARK


Explore the Fjords of Iceland & Norway Itinerary Mon 06 Jul: Depart Auckland Meet your host and fellow travellers for the overnight flight to Dubai. Tue 07 Jul: Dubai – Copenhagen Transit to onward flight. On arrival in Copenhagen, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure in this beautiful city. This evening join your host and fellow travellers for a welcome reception at the hotel.

Mon 13 Jul: Alesund, Norway One of the prettiest ports in Norway at the entrance of the spectacular Geirangerfjord, Alesund is home to buildings with elegant turrets and spires lining the streets of the city centre. Alesund is also one of Norway’s most important fishing harbours and the world’s largest supplier of stockfish (klippfisk) - dried cod. The major attractions are the surrounding fjords and the stunning Sunnmore Alps. (B,L,D)

Wed 08 Jul: Copenhagen Join a local guide for a walking tour of Copenhagen, starting by exploring the lively canal district around Nyhavn. Cross the bridge to Christianshavn to enjoy the impressive buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to modern architectural landmarks. See Kings Square, Amalienborg Palace, Opera House, Christiansborg Palace and more. Coffee and pastry stop included in your tour. Remainder of day at leisure. (B) Alesund, Norway

Tue 14 Jul: Day at Sea (B,L,D)

Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thu 09 Jul: Embark Island Princess ® The morning at leisure before transferring to the port to board Island Princess ® early afternoon. Join fellow travellers for dinner as we set sail on this spectacular cruise. (B,D) Fri 10 Jul: Fredericia, Denmark Nestled in the south-eastern part of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula, the port of Fredericia offers easy access to many of the top attractions including the stately 450-year-old Egeskov Castle, a museum dedicated to children’s author Hans Christian Andersen and Ribe Viking Centre, an open-air museum. No matter how you choose to spend the time here, be sure to take a photo with the Foot Soldier Statue commemorating the town’s military importance, as it stands guard to the main entrance to the city. (B,L,D)

Wed 15 Jul: Faroe Islands (Torshavn), Denmark Dock within walking distance of the capital of the Faroe Islands. You can view the colourful houses surrounding the harbour and the town’s older houses with their unique tar-coloured walls and green-grass roofs, or take an excursion* to visit other villages and small fishing ports on the island. A great place to look for warm knit sweaters made from the island’s distinctive wool. (B,L,D) Thu 16 Jul: Seydisfjordur, Iceland The gateway to the wild and isolated scenery of the Eastern Fjords. In myth, these narrow bays and towering mountains were once home to trolls, elves and ogres. Wander through the township boasting a wealth of wellpreserved 19th century homes and buildings. (B,L,D) Fri 17 Jul: Akureyri, Iceland Gateway to the famous ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ – Iceland’s dramatic landscape of volcanic craters, extinct lava lakes and majestic waterfalls. Lying just below the Arctic Circle, the climate is surprisingly temperate and you’ll see flower boxes in windows of houses and trees lining the welltended avenues. Thanks to the mild climate, the Botanical Gardens provide a home to over 2000 species of flora from around the world – all surviving without greenhouses! (B,L,D)

Sat 11 Jul: Kristiansand, Norway Norway’s fifth largest city founded in 1641 as a market town, together with the surrounding countryside, boasts the sunniest weather in Norway. Wander the city at your leisure or take an excursion* to visit one of the many attractions like the historic Oddernes Church, the oldest Romanesque-style church in Norway built between 1100 and 1150 or the Agder Nature Museum and Botanical Garden, founded in 1828 is one of the oldest natural history museums in Norway with a diverse array of botanical species. (B,L,D)

Akureyri, Iceland © Tourism Iceland

Sat 18 Jul: Grundarfjordur, Iceland Today, visit one of the oldest settlements on the island. You may choose to take a guided excursion* through this fascinating town to learn the ins and outs of Icelandic life, culture and customs, or perhaps explore more of this peninsula to discover the dramatic sheer cliffs and volcanic rock formations or discover the abundant bird and sea life. (B,L,D) Kristiansand, Norway © Innovation Norway; Patricia Thiede

Sun 12 Jul: Bergen, Norway Bergen retains much of its 18th and 19th century charm, offering a blend of natural beauty, history and culture. You might like to wander the city at your own pace or take an excursion* to Hardangerfjord, the third largest fjord in the world, or take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Floien, accessed via a funicular. (B,L,D)

Grundarfjordur, Iceland © Tourism Iceland

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Explore the Fjords of Iceland & Norway Itinerary continued Sun 19 Jul: Reykjavik, Iceland The northern most capital in the world enjoys 24 hour sunlight in summer and is the gateway to Iceland’s natural wonders, ranging from ice fields to thermal pools. A wide range of guided excursions* are available or go at your own pace. (B,L,D)

Cornwall, England

Reykjavik, Iceland

Mon 20 Jul: Day at Sea Relax and rejuvenate today as we set sail for the UK. (B,L,D) Tue 21 Jul: Day at Sea Your last chance to enjoy your own private retreat on the sea. (B,L,D)

Fri 24 Jul: London sightseeing Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of London today with a professional Blue Badge Guide. Weather permitting, begin on foot through Whitehall passing 10 Downing Street to Westminster; see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, then take a stroll through St. James’ Park to watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Embark on an audio-guided tour of Buckingham Palace’s lavish State Apartments before continuing by coach for the rest of the tour. Highlights include Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, City of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, the Southbank and Trafalgar Square, before returning to the hotel early afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B) Sat 25 Jul: London – Dubai Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for return flights. Late check-out from the hotel has been arranged before departing the hotel early evening. (B)

London, England © Visit Britain

Wed 22 Jul: Cornwall (Falmouth), England This gem of the Cornish coast boasts the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St. Michael’s Mount. Built following the Norman conquest of 1066, invaders named this ancient island after their own Mont St. Michel and invited Normandy’s monks to build another similar monastery here. Leave some time to shop for a memento in the harbour boutiques and to stroll the lovely seaside town of Marazion, just down the causeway. (B,L,D)

Sun 26 Jul: Transit Dubai Arrive Dubai and transit to onward flight. Mon 27 Jul: Auckland Morning arrival into Auckland.

Thu 23 Jul: Southampton – London Following breakfast onboard, we disembark Island Princess ® and transfer by coach to London and our hotel for two nights overlooking the River Thames and close to Trafalgar Square. (B)

What's Included

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What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

Visas if applicable

2 night hotel stay in Copenhagen with local guided sightseeing tour

Optional sightseeing, cruise shore excursions

14 night cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton onboard Island Princess ®

Items of a personal nature

Cruise port taxes

2 night stay in London including local guided sightseeing tour

Accommodation in 4-5 star hotels including porterage

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

Gratuities on included services

An experienced House of Travel Host

Departs 06 Jul 2020

TWIN (PP)

SINGLE

Inside Cabin (Cat IB)

$12,550

$18,460

Oceanview Cabin (Cat OE)

$13,545

$20,450

Balcony Cabin (Cat BD)

$14,130

$21,615

*Princess Cruises ® offer a range of shore excursions for an additional charge which allow you to personalise your experience in each destination.


SPRING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA 16 Days

© Tourism Western Australia

Western Australia comes alive with

life, colour and warmer weather in the spring-time. Your adventure starts as you follow the path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors and legendary adventurers as you make the epic transcontinental crossing aboard the Indian Pacific train. Combined with an 8 night cruise sailing the Coral Coast of Western Australia, as far north as Broome, as well as excursions in and around Perth escorted by a guide specialising in wildflowers, this journey will be sure to delight.

Broome

CORAL SEA

NORTHERN TERRITORY Exmouth

QUEENSLAND WESTERN AUSTRALIA Geraldton Cervantes Perth

Key: Cruise Coach Train

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Nullabor Plain

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

SOUTHERN OCEAN

Adelaide

NEW SOUTH WALES Broken Hill Barossa Valley

VICTORIA

TASMANIA

Sydney

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY TASMAN SEA

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Spring in Western Australia Itinerary Wed 09 Sep: Depart Auckland – Sydney Meet your host and fellow travellers for the flight across the Tasman to Sydney. On arrival, transfer directly to Sydney Railway Station to board the iconic Indian Pacific train. The scenery transforms from skyscrapers and traffic lights to the forested valleys and sandstone cliffs of the stunning Blue Mountains. As the sun sets behind the mountain ranges, you will enter the more arid regions of New South Wales, characterised by hardy mulga (a small native Australian tree) and vast plains. Later, join your fellow travellers to savour your first meal onboard – a regionally inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages. (D) Thu 10 Sep: Broken Hill – Barossa Valley – Adelaide Arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill where you embark on a morning Off Train Excursion to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and a pub on every corner. Formerly a booming mining town, many artists have been inspired by its distinctive desert landscape. Return to the train for lunch as you enter the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide this afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city including a visit to the world-famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf. Rejoin the train to begin your journey across the Nullabor Plain. (B,L,D)

Sun 13 Sep: Perth & Kings Park tour – Embark Sea Princess ® This morning, transfer to Kings Park Botanical Gardens for a guided walk to view a wide array of native Western Australian wildflowers. Enjoy morning tea overlooking the Swan River and city. Continue the tour to see the highlights of Perth city, seeing landmarks like the WACA Cricket Ground, Town Hall, Perth Mint, Parliament House, Barracks Arch and Elizabeth Quay, an exciting waterfront precinct on the banks of the Swan River. Later, travel to Fremantle to board your home for the next 8 nights, the Sea Princess ®. (B,D)

Kings Park & Botanical Garden, Perth © Tourism Western Australia

Mon 14 Sep: Geraldton Located between the Chapman and Greenough Rivers, Geraldton boasts a superb Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and pristine beaches. Wander the town to see the ornate Francis Xavier Cathedral, built of local Geraldton stone that took 23 years to complete or for a rare insight into early settlement of agricultural lands, visit the central Greenborough Historical Settlement. Alternatively, you may wish to take an excursion* to Kalbarri National Park, known for its spectacular scenery and red rock gorges. (B,L,D)

Barossa Valley, Adelaide

Fri 11 Sep: Nullabor Plain Awaken this morning to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullabor Plain, the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world at 478 kilometres. Taking its name from the Latin for ‘no trees’, this vast outback plain has inspired generations of visitors. The Nullabor, with its rusty earth and hardy outback shrubs covers 200,000 square kilometres of South Australia and Western Australia. This evening, enjoy dinner under the brilliant stars in Rawlinna, a remote town in Western Australia, positioned on the fringes of some of Australia’s largest sheep stations. This is one alfresco dining experience to remember! (B,L,D)

Indian Pacific © Great Southern Rail

Sat 12 Sep: Perth The scenery transforms again as you continue through the picturesque Avon Valley, a patchwork of rolling hills and winding streams. After passing fertile farmland, the journey comes to an end as Perth’s outer city limits come into view. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L)

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Z Bend Lookout, Kalbarri National Park © Tourism Western Australia

Tue 15 Sep: At Sea Time to relax and enjoy the shipboard facilities as we cruise to Broome. (B,L,D) Wed 16 Sep: At Sea You’ll find so many activities onboard your ship to keep you engaged and entertained. There’s something around every corner and luckily you’ll have time to experience it all. (B,L,D)


Spring in Western Australia Itinerary continued Thu 17 Sep: Broome Full of colour and natural wonder, Broome is a beach resort and pearling town in the Kimberley region, popular for the iconic 22 kilometre stretch of white sand known as Cable Beach and walking along dinosaur footprints. Situated on a north/south peninsula, Broome has water on both sides of the town. On the eastern shore are the waters of Roebuck Bay, extending from the main jetty at Port Drive to Sandy Point. Town Beach is part of the shoreline and is the site of the famous ‘Staircase to the Moon’ where a receding tide and a rising moon combine to create a stunning natural phenomenon. Roebuck Bay is of international importance for the millions of migrating waders or shorebirds that use it seasonally on migration from their breeding grounds in northern Asia. They feed on the extensive mudflats and roost at high tide on the red sand beaches of the bay. They are seen in their largest numbers in summer but many of the younger birds remain throughout the first and second years of their lives. A mixed black flying fox and little red flying fox colony of around 50,000 megabats lives all year in mangroves next to Broome township’s small Streeter’s Jetty. They chatter and socialise loudly before flying out at dusk each evening. Broome will certainly be a highlight of your trip. (B,L,D)

Sun 20 Sep: At Sea Enjoy the last sea day as we head back to Perth. (B,L,D) Mon 21 Sep: Perth Arrive into Fremantle this morning and transfer to your hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy the day at you own pace. Perhaps re-visit the magnificent city views from Kings Park; travel along the Swan River and picturesque foreshore parklands; visit Subiaco with its trendy boutiques and restaurants; or Claremont with its upmarket shopping and famous ‘Millionaire’s Row’. (B)

Perth

Tue 22 Sep: Pinnacles Day Tour A memorable day is ahead of you as we journey north to Nilgen Lookout with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Here you will enjoy a guided walk through remote bush-land on a paved pathway to see a variety of wildflowers. Continue on to the small fishing village of Cervantes and enjoy a fish and chip lunch at the famous Lobster Shack. Later, we tour Mount Lesueur National Park to spot wildflowers, including the rare Black Kangaroo Paw. A visit to the famous Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park caps off our day before returning to Perth. (B,L) Gantheaume Point, Broome © Tourism Western Australia; Garry Noris Photography

Fri 18 Sep: At Sea A day at leisure on our ship as we sail southbound. (B,L,D) Sat 19 Sep: Exmouth Exmouth is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape and gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks. Nearly surrounding Exmouth, Cape Range National Park has kangaroos, sheer cliffs and red rocky gorges and on the Cape’s northwest coast, you’ll find Jurabi Coastal Reserve boasting tidal rock pools, beaches and seasonal nesting grounds for marine turtles. (B,L,D)

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park © Tourism Western Australia

Wed 23 Sep: Depart Perth Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for return flight. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve and home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters at Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. Late check-out from the hotel has been arranged before departing from the hotel late afternoon. Thu 24 Sep: Arrive Auckland Early morning arrival into Auckland. Cape Range National Park, Exmouth

What's Included

What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

Visas if applicable

3 night Indian Pacific rail journey from Sydney to Perth

Optional sightseeing, cruise shore excursions

1 night stay in Perth pre cruise

Items of a personal nature

8 night Coral Coast cruise from Perth return onboard Sea Princess ®

Cruise port taxes

2 night stay in Perth post cruise

Accommodation in 5-star hotel including porterage

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees per itinerary

Gratuities on included services

An experienced House of Travel Host

Departs 09 Sep 2020

TWIN (PP)

SINGLE

Balcony Cabin (Cat BB)

$9575

$12,095

*Princess Cruises ® offer a range of shore excursions for an additional charge which allow you to personalise your experience in each destination.

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AUTUMN SPLENDOURS IN EASTERN CANADA & USA 23 Days

Maine, USA © Maine Office of Tourism

GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE

Be enchanted by the beauty of Eastern Canada & USA in the autumn with all the colours of the Fall, oranges, reds and yellows. We venture into this beautiful and historical part of the world on an incredible land and cruise journey, combining the best of city and country. In Montreal and Québec, a romantic French heritage awaits you with unique architecture and decidedly European customs and flair. You’ll enjoy a stay at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin, surrounded by nature and described as a true Canadian experience. The cruise visits the best of the New England ports, ending your journey in the ‘Big Apple’.

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Sydney

QUÉBEC

P.E.I.

Saguenay

Charlottetown

Québec City

ONTARIO

Parc Omega Montebello

LAKE HURON Toronto

Key: Cruise Coach

Halifax

MAINE Bar Harbor

Montréal

NOVA SCOTIA

Boston

LAKE ONTARIO Niagara Falls

MASSACHUSETTS New York


Autumn Splendours in Eastern Canada & USA Itinerary Fri 25 Sep: Auckland – Toronto Meet your host and fellow travellers for your flight to Toronto. Late evening arrival into Toronto and transfer to your hotel. Sat 26 Sep: Toronto sightseeing This afternoon join a local guide to discover the highlights of the city. You will see the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, the Old and New City Halls and the CN Tower including entry to the glass floor, a motion theatre ride and other special exhibits available. A special experience this evening with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) Sun 27 Sep: Niagara Falls A full day tour to the majestic Niagara Falls. The iconic “Voyage to the Falls” boat tour is included. See the Great Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and get up close and personal with the thundering water, awesome power and amazing mist of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. Later, visit a local winery for a tour and wine-tasting, followed by lunch paired with the winery’s premium wines. Return to your hotel after this unforgettable day. (B,L)

Niagara Falls, Canada © Lin Chu Wen

Mon 28 Sep: Toronto – Montebello Today, we depart Toronto travelling northeast to the city of Peterborough, the southern gateway to the Kawartha Lakes region and the major link in the Trent-Severn Waterway. Continuing eastward, we reach Kingston, noted for its handsome, 19th century limestone architecture and located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal. See the Kingston Mills Lock Station where you can view four locks raising boats 14 metres. Later, we continue travelling east through the Thousand Island Parkway before arriving in Montebello and our spectacular home for the next two nights, the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. (B,D)

Thu 01 Oct: Montreal This morning, join a local guide for the city’s best food tour. From artisanal charcuteries to thirst-quenching draft beers, discover the surrounding areas of the Jean-Talon Market. You will sample some tasty regional delicacies and meet the producers who take pride in the quality of their harvest. This evening, we make our way to the Notre Dame Basilica for the evening light show where light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle. (B) Fri 02 Oct: Montreal – Québec City Continue our journey this morning, travelling to Québec City and the cruise terminal to board Caribbean Princess ®, our home for the next 10 nights. Join your fellow travellers for dinner onboard this evening to toast the start of your cruise journey. (B,D) Sat 03 Oct : Québec City, Canada To visit Québec City is to experience France without crossing the Atlantic. Perhaps stroll along the streets of the atmospheric Latin Quarter to explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Québec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Make a point of visiting the Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, as well as the turreted Château de Frontenac. (B,L,D)

Château de Frontenac, Québec City, Canada

Sun 04 Oct: Saguenay, Canada The Saguenay Fjord Route is an outstanding landscape of sea, mountains and rising cliffs protected by three National Parks. Its exceptional natural beauty can be discovered by land or sea. Check out the excursions* available to explore the National Parks and fjord and/or the charming villages. (B,L,D) Mon 05 Oct: At Sea A chance to relax and enjoy the many facilities on board your floating hotel. (B,L,D) Tue 06 Oct: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island The most popular excursion* at this port of call takes you to Cavendish, the setting of the “Anne of Green Gable” books. This tour visits the Green Gables National Historic Site and drive through Prince Edward Island National Park to witness the breath-taking bluff overlooking white sand beaches and red cliffs. (B,L,D) Wed 07 Oct: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada The Port of Sydney is the gateway to Cape Breton, fabled as a magical destination. You may choose to venture to the Cabot Trail*, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic drives; explore the Bras d’Or Lakes region* including a visit to Alexander Graham Bell’s Museum; or wander the array of shopping boutiques and craft market in the dockside pavilion. (B,L,D)

Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, Canada

Tue 29 Sep: Montebello – Parc Omega Late morning, you will be transferred to the wildlife park, Parc Omega. Enjoy a presentation about the wolves in the area and drive through the park to learn more from the local guide about Canada’s wildlife such as moose, elk, bison, wolves and bears, all within their natural environment. (B) Wed 30 Sep: Montebello – Montreal The journey continues today as we travel to the city of Montreal, set on an island in the St. Lawrence River. On arrival our local guide will show you the many highlights of the city including the Place d’Armes, Place Jacques Cartier, Rue Saint Jacques, City Hall, Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecour Market, Olympic Montreal, Mount Royal Park Lookout and more. This evening, savour a delicious dinner in a unique setting while being entertained by some of the best jazz musicians in the city. (B,D)

Cabots Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada © Destination Canada

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Sun 11 Oct: At Sea Enjoy the many onboard activities or rest and relax before arriving into New York City! (B,L,D)

Thu 08 Oct: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America, Halifax boasts beautifully restored waterfront buildings that recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia’s stunning scenery, including famous Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create a scene of rugged natural beauty. (B,L,D)

Mon 12 Oct: New York City Following breakfast onboard, we disembark to meet a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Manhattan. You’ll see glimpses of Central Park, Lincoln Centre, American Museum of Natural History, the Cathedral of St. John Devine, Harlem, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Centre, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Public Library, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Ground Zero, Battery Park, South Sea Seaport and the United Nations. Drop off at your hotel and home for the next 3 nights, located mid-town Manhattan, close to 5th Avenue, Broadway theatres and Museum Mile. (B)

Fri 09 Oct: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA Bar Harbor is a charming village and gateway to the spectacular Acadia National Park. Many historic lighthouses line the craggy peninsulas, inlets and islands surrounding the national park. A feast of the famous Maine Lobster is a must in this port! (B,L,D)

Tue 13 Oct: New York City Two exhilarating days are ahead for you to enjoy the local attractions, shopping, museums, art galleries, restaurants and more. A great way to get to know the Big Apple is the Hop On Hop Off bus option which allows you to hop off at the stop you want and return to any stop to continue your travels. The service provides live guided commentary and offers two routes; the Downtown Tour including the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Centre site, Battery Park (departure point for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry) Times Square and more; the Uptown tour includes Central Park, Lincoln Centre, Theatre District, Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile for Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and other famous cultural attractions. (B)

Sat 10 Oct: Boston, Massachusetts, USA As America’s first great city, Boston is filled with many historic sites. If you follow the Freedom Trail, you’ll see the site of the Boston Tea Party, trace the route of Paul Revere’s famous ride and stand on the bridge where Minutemen fired “the shot heard around the world”. In the old Charlestown Navy Yard you can see the USS Constitution, the nation’s oldest commissioned warship. Be sure to visit Fanueil Hall and Quincy Marketplace, considered to be one of America’s most famous shopping and dining experiences. (B,L,D) Central Park, New York, USA

Wed 14 Oct: New York City Last chance for sightseeing and shopping in the “City that never sleeps”. Join fellow travellers for farewell drinks to toast your memorable journey. (B) Thu 15 Oct: Depart New York City Morning is at your leisure before transferring to the airport for return flights, transiting in Houston. (B) Fri 16 Oct: In Flight Boston, USA

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Sat 17 Oct: Arrive Auckland Early morning arrival in Auckland.

What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

Visas if applicable

7 night land tour from Toronto to Québec City

Optional sightseeing, cruise shore excursions

Accommodation in 4-star hotels including porterage

Items of a personal nature

Local guided sightseeing in key locations

10 night cruise from Québec City to New York City onboard Caribbean Princess ®

Cruise port taxes

3 night stay in New York City located mid-town Manhattan, close to Central Park, Museum Mile and Broadway

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees per itinerary

Gratuities for included services

An experienced House of Travel Host

Departs 25 Sep 2020

TWIN (PP)

SINGLE

Inside Cabin (Cat ID)

$12,995

$17,995

Oceanview Cabin (Cat OC)

$13,995

$19,975

Balcony Cabin (Cat BD)

$14,585

$21,175

Balcony Cabin (Cat BC)

$14,675

$21,365

*Princess Cruises ® offer a range of shore excursions for an additional charge which allow you to personalise your experience in each destination.


BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA 25 Days

PARAGUAY

South America offers a boundless

variety of experiences to those fortunate enough to explore its shores. The moment you first step foot on the continent, you'll be surrounded by places and people steeped in culture and history. Discover remarkable natural beauty in the fjords of Chile or the electric intensity of Argentina's traditional dance, the tango. From Chile's capital and largest city, Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, at every port, entrancing South America is sure to delight.

CHILE PACIFIC OCEAN

San Antonio

Santiago

Iguazu Falls

BRAZIL Puerto URUGUAY de Frutos Montevideo Buenos Aires

Santa Rita Winery ARGENTINA

Puerto Montt

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Puerto Chacabuco Chilean Fjords Sarmiento Channel

Key: Cruise Flight

Punta Arenas Ushuaia

Stanley

FALKLAND ISLANDS (ISLAS MALVINAS)

Cape Horn

BEAGLE CHANNEL 20


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head to the Rio Simpson National Reserve for stunning vistas, pristine waterfalls and crystal-clear canyon rivers. (B,L,D)

Tue 27 Oct: Depart Auckland Meet your host and fellow travellers for the flight to Santiago. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure before meeting up with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (D) Wed 28 Oct: Santiago Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city starting at the Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core and home to two neoclassical landmarks: the 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum and the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral. You’ll see the old and stately neighbourhoods of the moneyed immigrants, mainly Europeans. A highlight will be the magnificent panoramic view from one of the hills surrounding the city. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. (B)

Plaza de las Armas Square, Santiago, Chile

Thu 29 Oct: Santiago – Santa Rita Winery This morning we travel toward the Maipo Valley and Santa Rita vineyard. Founded in 1880, the winery is surrounded by a unique environment where wine-making tradition, Chilean history, culture and gastronomy are blended together. Enjoy a tour of the winery, including wine tasting, followed by a lunch in the excellent restaurant Doña Paula, located in the vineyards colonial mansion. (B,L)

Tue 03 Nov: Cruising Chilean Fjords The west coast of Chile is sliced by dramatic inlets or fjords lined with rugged mountains and glacier-covered valleys. This spectacular stretch of coastline starts near the Reloncavi Estuary (roughly half way down the spine of Chile) and extends south to the very end of the continent at Tierra del Fuego, some 1500 kilometres as the crow flies. Travel here however is never in a straight line with ships following meandering paths along the many fjords and channels. You’ll gasp in wonder at the stunning scenery of this windswept and dramatic landscape. (B,L,D) Wed 04 Nov: Scenic cruising Sarmiento Channel The Sarmiento Channel is a protected inside passage that begins at the Guia Narrows on the north end and runs south-to-southeast for approximately 100 kilometres and finishing at the southern edge of Victoria Pass where it joins the Smyth Channel. The Chilean mainland lies to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi flank the channel to the west. As elsewhere in the Chilean fjord region, the ragged coastline is cut with inlets set among snow-covered mountain ranges. In many places, massive glaciers run down to the sea. All kinds of marine animals, including Magellanic penguins, southern elephant seals, dolphins and orcas, can be seen along these shores. (B,L,D) Thu 05 Nov: Strait of Magellan – Punta Arenas, Chile This windblown city near Chile’s southernmost tip sits on the Strait of Magellan, which itself is positioned squarely between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Whether you choose to explore at your own pace or participate in a cruise line excursion*, be sure to wear warm, layered clothing. We recommend the outer layer be waterproof and windproof. This evening, your cruise enters the navigable Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern end of Chile. (B,L,D) Fri 06 Nov: Daylight cruising Glacier Alley – Ushuaia, Argentina Wake up to the spectacular sight of the beautiful and dramatic shaped mountains of the Chilean fjords, formed many thousands of years ago during periods of glacial movement. The southern Patagonian Ice Field is the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside the Polar region. Later, we arrive at the city at the end of the world, Ushuaia, situated at the southernmost tip of Argentina. (B,L,D)

Fri 30 Oct: Embark Westerdam Time at leisure before transferring to the port of San Antonio to board Holland America Line’s Westerdam. Join fellow travellers for dinner as we set sail on this spectacular cruise. (B,D) Sat 31 Oct: Day at Sea Enjoy the enriching activities, world-class entertainment and delicious dining options onboard as we set sail to southern Chile. (B,L,D)

Ushuaia, Argentina

Sat 07 Nov: Scenic Cruising Cape Horn Cape Horn is a priceless experience, with landscapes covered in green and sky-blue, like no other place on earth. Its craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, with a rugged beauty that creates a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. (B,L,D)

Sun 01 Nov: Puerto Montt, Chile Puerto Montt is often called the gateway to the country’s glacial lakes, volcanic landscapes and surrounding national parks. The port is also home to an over 100-year-old German settlement as well as to indigenous communities of Mapuche people. You’ll be treated to a fascinating look into Chile’s diverse cultures and offers a taste of the country’s stunning scenery. (B,L,D) Mon 02 Nov: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile The tiny town of Puerto Chacabuco with just over 1000 residents, sits at the head of the Aisén Fjord. This port is the gateway to some of the most beautiful sights in this part of Chilean Patagonia. You may choose to travel a short distance to the provincial capital, Coihaique or Port Aisén, straddling the Aisén River. In both, you’ll find options to shop for handicrafts or enjoy excellent local restaurants. To experience the natural beauty of the region,

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Sun 08 Nov: Stanley, Falkland Islands – Islas Malvinas Stanley is the capital and main shopping centre on the islands. Attractions include the Falkland Islands Museum, Government House – built in 1845 and home to the Governor of the Falkland Islands, a golf course, as well as a whale-bone arch by the cathedral, totem pole, several war memorials and the shipwrecks in its harbour. (B,L,D) Mon 09 Nov: Day at Sea Enjoy the many facilities on your ship as we travel north. (B,L,D) Tue 10 Nov: Day at Sea Your last day at sea as you continue north to the next port of call. (B,L,D) Wed 11 Nov: Montevideo, Uruguay Montevideo, the capital and largest city in Uruguay, is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching 20 kilometres from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside


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for discovering about life on the islands, flora and fauna. Later this evening, enjoy a memorable live Tango Show with dinner. (B,D)

suburb of Carrasco near the airport. In the historic downtown business district, art deco and neoclassical buildings jostle for space alongside worn-out skyscrapers, while to the southeast the shopping malls and modern high-rises of beach communities are the norm. Be sure to visit the historic Plaza Matriz, now a pretty mellow place with a daily flea market selling vintage wares like silver décor, gaucho knives, traditional prints, colourful paintings and glittering gemstones. (B,L,D) Thu 12 Nov: Buenos Aires Your ship docks in Buenos Aires this morning, reputedly one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. You have the option of one of the many cruise line excursions* or explore on your own. Overnight on the ship. (B,L,D) Mon 16 Nov: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Late morning transfer to the domestic airport for the short flight to Puerto Iguazu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tue 17 Nov: Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side No trip to Argentina is complete without visiting the Iguazu Falls, made up of 275 waterfalls that reach an altitude of nearly 80 metres. Enjoy a full day exploring the Argentinian side of the waterfalls with a local guide. The Lower Circuit trail approximately 1.3 kilometre long allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls. Walk along the trail to get close to the Carlos Bozzetti waterfall where you can take some great photos. From the Upper Circuit, see the top of the falls for a panoramic view of the area, stretching from the Argentinian Falls to San Martin Island and parts of the Brazilian Falls. (B)

Fri 13 Nov: Buenos Aires Following breakfast, disembark Westerdam to meet a local guide for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city including lunch in a local restaurant. You’ll see the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s foundation site; the Pink House of the Presidential Palace; the Cabildo, the primitive town hall; and the Neoclassical-styled Metropolitan Cathedral, the final home of Argentina’s founding father. In Retiro and Recoleta, learn about the dream of local aristocrats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when they sought to build a small-scale Paris in the heart of the city. Visit Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s barrios, San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods now home to many artists and artisans and La Boca. (B,L) Sat 14 Nov: Buenos Aires – Gaucho Experience This morning, travel to the historical town of San Antonio de Areca, where you’ll walk around the heart of the township. Later, continue on to the exclusive ranch of El Ombu de Areco where you’ll have a chance to explore the 300-hectare property, either on horseback accompanied by seasoned gauchos or on a horse-drawn carriage. Those interested in learning more about some of the thousand species of Argentinian birds will be provided with binoculars and guide books. Enjoy a typical country style BBQ lunch during which you’ll see a folk music performance, followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills. (B,L) Sun 15 Nov: Buenos Aires – Tigre & Delta tour – Tango Show Morning tour north to the city of Tigre, passing the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world. A stop at Puerto de Frutos where you can visit the magnificent local market with its small jetty bordering the Lujan River. On arrival at Tigre, board a panoramic catamaran to enjoy the Paraná Delta. See a labyrinth of islands and islets criss-crossed by rivers and streams, ideal

What's Included

Iguazu Falls - Argentinian side

Wed 18 Nov: Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side – Buenos Aires After breakfast, travel to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. You’ll get a closeup view of Devil’s Throat with 14 falls dropping 107 metres with such force that a 30 metre tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. This area is famous for its rainbow and more great photo opportunities. You can walk thought the park’s subtropical forest at the base of Salto Floriano, then take the elevator to the top of the falls, or walk out over the falls at Salto Union. Later transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. (B) Thu 19 Nov: Depart Buenos Aires Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for return flights. Late check-out from the hotel has been arranged before departing the hotel early evening. (B) Fri 20 Nov: Transit Santiago – Arrive Auckland Transit Santiago to connect with homebound flight. Early morning arrival into Auckland.

What's Excluded

Return economy class flights from Auckland

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Airline and airport taxes

Visas if applicable

3 night hotel stay in Santiago with local guided sightseeing tour

Optional sightseeing, cruise shore excursions

14 night cruise from San Antonio to Buenos Aires onboard Westerdam

Items of a personal nature

Cruise port taxes

4 night stay in Buenos Aires including local guided sightseeing tour

2 night stay in Puerto Iguazu including local guided sightseeing

Accommodation in 4-5 star hotels including porterage

Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

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Departs 27 Oct 2020

TWIN (PP)

SINGLE

Inside Cabin (Cat K)

$11,995

$15,430

Oceanview Cabin (Cat E)

$12,395

$16,180

Oceanview Cabin (Cat C)

$12,595

$16,540

Gratuities on included services

Verandah Cabin (Cat VD)

$12,995

$18,095

An experienced House of Travel Host

Verandah Cabin (Cat VA)

$13,225

$18,445

*Holland America Line ® offer a range of shore excursions for an additional charge which allow you to personalise your experience in each destination.

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