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SPAIN, PORTUGAL, GREECE & TURKEY


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ICELAND REYKJAVIK

FINLAND

NORWAY Bergen

SWEDEN SCOTLAND

ESTONIA NORTH SEA

IRELAND WALES

LATVIA

DENMARK BALTIC SEA

NETHERLANDS

FRANCE

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

San Sebastian

SLOVENIA Venice

Oporto

PORTUGAL ITALY

SPAIN

Malaga Costa Del Sol

MOLDOVA

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

CROATIA BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA SERBIA Dubrovnik

MONTENEGRO KOSOVO

Valencia

Seville

UKRAINE

CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

Strasbourg

Santiago De Compostela

BELARUS

POLAND GERMANY

BELGIUM

BAY OF BISCAY

LITHUANIA

Kaliningrad (RUSSIA)

ENGLAND

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Gibraltar

RUSSIA

Goteborg

BULGARIA

MACEDONIA ALBANIA TYRRHENIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

GREECE

BLACK SEA

Istanbul

ANKARA

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

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EXPERIENCE GREECE

Accommodation Ratings

Athens

Spain & Portugal Map

Greek Islands

Greece & Turkey Map

Island Hopping

Eat like a Local

Greece Tours

6 Tips for your Holiday

Cruise & Stay Holidays

What’s your style?

EXPERIENCE SPAIN

EXPERIENCE TURKEY 8

Gulet Cruises

Barcelona

Turkey Tours

Valencia Balearic Islands Northern Spain Spain Tours

EXPERIENCE PORTUGAL Lisbon

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Madrid Andalucia

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Porto Portugal Highlights

General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. A standard level of accommodation with a limited range of rooms and facilities. Rooms are clean and comfortable with basic furnishings. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the UK & Europe is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is in New Zealand dollars.

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BAY OF BISCAY

SPAIN & PORTUGAL MAP Santiago de Compostela

Gijon

Pontevedra Vigo

CANTABRIA

Ourense

Valladolid

Huesca

GUARDA

Fatima

Cuenca

Toledo

Caceres Castelo de Vide

Sintra LISBON PORTALEGRE

SPAIN

EXTREMADURA

VALENCIA CASTILLA - LA MANCHA

Badajoz

SETUBAL EVORA

Menorca

Valencia

Majorca

Albacete

BEJA

Ibiza

MURCIA

Cordoba Lagos

Barcelona

MADRID

Castelo Branco

Evora

CATALONIA

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Cadiz

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Girona

Zaragoza

Salamanca

PORTUGAL

LEIRIA SANTAREM

Pamplona

NAVARRA LA RIOJA

CASTILLA Y LEON

VISEU

COIMBRA

San Sebastian

BASQUE COUNTRY

Leon

BRAGA VILA REAL BRAGANCA Oporto PORTO AVEIRO

Bilbao

Vitoria

VIANA DO CATSELO

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Santander

ASTURIAS

GALICIA

ITALY

FRANCE

Almeria

Costa Del Sol

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

GREECE & TURKEY MAP SERBIA

BULGARIA MACEDONIA NORTHERN GREECE

Thessaloniki

ALBANIA

ITALY

GREECE

NORTH AEGEAN Assos ISLANDS Lesbos

Skiathos Skopelos

CENTRAL GREECE

IONIAN Lefkada ISLANDS Kefalonia Zakynthos

Evia

Delphi

Nafplion

AEGEAN SEA

Izmir Ephesus

Chios

Andros

Samos

Kea

PELOPONNESE

CYCLADES Paros Milos

Mykonos

Naxos

Ios Santorini

Patmos Kos

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MEDITERRANEANCENTRAL ANATOLIA SEA Pamukkale Konya

Bodrum Marmaris

MEDITERRANEAN

Fethiye

Antalya

Symi Rhodes

Karpathos

Chania

Cappadocia (Goreme)

Kusadasi

Kythira

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ANKARA

TURKEY

Skiros

ATHENS Olympia

Bursa

Troy

THESSALY

IONIAN SEA

MARMARA

Lemnos

Meteora EPIRUS

BLACK SEA

Gallipoli

Patmos

Corfu

BLACK SEA

Istanbul

THRACE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Larnaca

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EAT LIKE A LOCAL FROM THE IBERIAN PENINSULA TO THE AEGEAN SEA

Sangria, Spain Wash down your tapas with this refreshing, fruity, Spanish red wine based beverage.

Turkish Coffee, Turkey Brewed strong, thick, with sugar and cardamom and rich in tradition and flavour.

Greek Salad, Greece Uncomplicated, super fresh tomatoes, olives, cucumber and a large chunk of feta cheese.

Pasteis de Belem, Portugal This famous custard tart follows an ancient recipe well worth queuing for.

Paella, Spain Tasty coastal Valencian dish of rice and fresh seafood sautĂŠd in tomato and garlic.

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Moussaka, Greece Hearty eggplant casserole, meat sauce topped with cheese, the ultimate Greek comfort food.

Grilled Sardines, Portugal Best eaten in summer, grilled outside and served with a simple, colourful salad.

Baklava, Turkey A sweet Ottoman treat: layers of filo, chopped nuts held together with a delicious syrup.


SPAIN, PORTUGAL, GREECE & TURKEY These countries will captivate your heart with the Romance languages of Spanish and Portuguese, the friendly, passionate people, the Mediterranean climate, culinary delights, unique history, architecture and landscapes. Stay in a Paradore in Spain and explore from the Mediterranean coastline over the Spanish plains to the mountain chains. Discover wonderful Moorish palaces, castles, heritage sites, roman ruins and national parks. Join one of their many crazy festivals, learn the flamenco. From Spain, travel through Portugal’s charming medieval towns, past too many castles to count, devouring port wine and Pastel de Natas on the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Take your pick of sandy beaches, the sun shines 300 days a year as you wind on down to the exquisite Algarve. Greece is history; Greek gods and art, they started the Olympic Games, the Marathon and the oldest European language. Easily combined with Greek island hopping is the western coast of Turkey, a country straddling two continents with architectural and cultural influences from Persian, Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

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Short power naps are often taken in the early afternoon, typically after a lengthy lunch. Most businesses will close for a couple of hours, with families returning home to share a full meal together before taking an afternoon kip. This is partly due to the scorching mid-afternoon sun, which can get too hot for conducive work. By 4pm, businesses are ready to reopen and will often stay open well into the evening, when the nights, although balmy, are more agreeable.

1 / TAPAS TO PINTXOS AND MEZZE European dining is a social affair. Devouring what Kiwis would refer to as shared plates, they are traditionally known as tapas and mezze and are designed to encourage conversation. Tapas is essentially a variety of hot and cold dishes, best described as finger foods that are shared between diners. This could be while sitting at a sophisticated restaurant, or more commonly, while hunched over a bijou bar with friends. Similarly, pintxos (literally translates as thorns or spikes) is so-called because the bite-size foods are eaten with a cocktail stick; the shape of which indicates the price, and when you’re full, you simply pay by the number of skewers you’re left with. Mezze, albeit Turkish, is similar to Spanish tapas, with plenty of olives, feta, falafel, hummus and heavenly dips.

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2 / MUSIC AND DANCE Europeans love to dance! By nature, the locals are both passionate and energetic, resulting in gregarious street parties. Flamenco’s home is Seville, in the heart of Andalucia, while next door, in Portugal, Fado music can be heard wafting through the narrow lanes of Bairro Alto’s old town. It mostly tells of heartbreak, but its melancholic notes are particularly stirring. Zorba, Greek belly dancing, can be found in both Greece and Turkey. This former folk dance is a mixture of fast and slow movements, with beguiling costumes and manoeuvres.


5 / ART AND DESIGN Whether you find it wacky or extraordinary, the works of Dali, Picasso and of course, Antoni Gaudi are forever fascinating. Visit Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia for a moment of sheer astonishment, or Parc Güell for equally impressive works on a smaller scale. Art lovers should weave both Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Valencia’s The City of Arts and Sciences into their agenda. For architecture, Greece and Turkey have archaeological treasures littering every city, town and village. While in Portugal, marvel at the Azulejos (Portuguese ceramic tiles), they adorn Portugal’s charming townships, and they are quite simply beautiful.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

4 / FEISTY FESTIVALS The Spanish love a fiesta. La Tomatina festival is the world’s largest tomato fight. Occurring annually on the last Wednesday in August, the little town of Buñol plays host to a gigantic food fight. Las Fallas Fire Festival, held in Valencia every March, encourages the neighbourhoods to build towering statues stuffed with fireworks. These statues (or ninots) can take months to construct, and then, once placed in strategic positions across the city, are set off over four nights. The 'Wine Battle' festival takes place in Haro in La Rioja region at the end of June.

6 / GET AMONGST THE MARKETS In Istanbul, you can peruse one of the oldest covered markets in the world, the infamous Grand Bazaar; a labyrinth of 60 streets and 5000 shops. Look out for one of the four main gates situated at the ends of its two major streets, otherwise you’ll get stuck inside for a decade. In Barcelona, look out for La Boqueria. A market for foodies, it’s crammed with butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers; loud sellers and even louder buyers; those cooking for a few, and those cooking for a few hundred; La Boqueria provides many Catalan restauranteurs with their produce. For touristy items, Greece’s Monastiraki Flea Market sells everything. Visit on a Sunday when the locals go, but leave by 11am - before the crowds become suffocating.

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Kiwis love to travel. We pride ourselves on our friendly, outgoing nature and when we travel, we like nothing better than striking up a conversation with the locals – it’s how we really connect with a destination. That’s why we’re such big fans of unique, boutique-style accommodation options. This style of accommodation is great if you like to get off the beaten track – there are hundreds of properties in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey to choose from, ranging from luxurious villas, and Paradores and Pousadas set in historical buildings in stunning locations. For those staying in the cities or wanting the range of facilities offered by hotels, we can help you choose the best location and option from our wide selection of hotels and apartments.

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Traditional and serviced, if you want a truly relaxed break where everything is done for you, booking a hotel is the way to go. Serviced daily, you’ll return to a lovely clean bathroom, fluffy towels, a made bed and possibly a chocky on your pillow. Some hotels are well facilitated with a restaurant, bar, pool or gym, and because there’s such a huge variety of price and standards/star-rating, it’s important to search out the right hotel to suit your needs.

If you’re looking for greater independence, apartments are fully equipped with facilities such as kitchen and laundry and more space. They’re usually located in the heart of the neighbourhood so you can choose to eat out at local restaurants or visit the market for some fresh produce before a relaxing night in. Perfect for longer stays but also ideal for families and groups of friends who want a little extra privacy.

For an authentic experience with lots of charm and character, you cannot go past a stay in a Spanish Parador. History swirls around you in these traditionally styled hotels set in buildings including former convents, a 14th century Moorish fortress or a restored palace. Many buildings are classified as UNESCO World Heritage-sites and are set in spectacular locations. For this unique immersion in the local region, book early as these are well sought after.


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VILLAS

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Press pause and catch your breath as you take the time to appreciate the simpler things in life by renting a villa. These types of holidays are great for people who like to take each day as it comes; staying put for a week or two at a time and living like a local. Reconnect with family and friends, as you nibble on tapas beside your pool, and let languid afternoons melt into lazy evenings over a bottle of Rioja. Visit charming markets and explore nearby towns and beaches.

A stay in a Portuguese Pousada allows you to sample some of the exquisite building designs that this melting pot of cultures has to offer. You will get an unparalleled insight into the local culture and cuisine staying in historical centres within centuries-old castle walls that encircle a village, or perhaps a monastery that retains many authentic features. Many of these properties are UNESCO World Heritage-sites and have a limited number of rooms, so we recommend booking early.

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EXPERIENCE SPAIN

Barcelona

FAST FACTS

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Country Name:

Spain

Population:

46.5 million

Capital:

Madrid

Currency:

Euros

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

A mention of Spain conjures up vivid colour, stirring music, passionate people, a history both

glorious and tumultuous, and a fusion of ancient and new. About 500 years ago Spain was a world power and the home port of famed explorers such as Columbus and Cortés. Before that, for 800 years, Spain was ruled by the Muslim Moors. These events have left an indelible mark on Spain – glorious cathedrals and castles built on great wealth, and the stunning Islamic architecture left behind by the Moors in Andalucia. For today’s travellers Spain offers the cosmopolitan delights of cities such as the capital Madrid, extroverted Barcelona; and the fabled trio of Andalucian cities – Córdoba, Seville and Granada – with their palaces, mosques and gardens. Regional pride is immensely strong – in the north immerse yourself in the distinctive cultures of the Basque, the Pyrenees and the Catalan regions. It’s a vast land; slow down, choose a few destinations and follow the Spanish way – revel in the sunshine and relish their art treasures, then siesta to save your energy for evenings, cruise the tapas bars and be drawn into the flamenco.


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

MADRID Madrid, Spain’s already beautiful, feisty capital is being further invigorated, the aim being a cosmopolitan centre to rival the world’s best. The development is not all bricks and mortar – Madrid is now officially one of the “greenest” cities in Europe, with flowers, fountains and trees springing up everywhere. What is unchangeable however, is Madrid’s cultural heritage: the Prado Museum houses one of the world’s greatest art collections, including masterpieces by Velasquez and Goya. The medieval Plaza Mayor is the place to be seen in the evening, order sangria and watch the passing parade. Browse in El Rastro, a flea market bursting with intriguing bric-a-brac. Save up energy for the evening though, because this is when Madrid comes alive.

Prado Museum – Home to some of Spain’s most famous artists like Goya, Dali and Gaudi as well as some of the world’s best like Picasso.

The Royal Palace – The Royal Family spend very little time there so it’s almost always open for you to wander through many of the rooms and banquet halls which are extremely lavish.

Retiro Park – Used to be the Royal Gardens and definitely worth wandering through or stopping for a picnic. There are many street musicians and performers, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers and jugglers to entertain you.

Plaza Mayor – It’s a wonderful big square which looks its best at night. It is full of cafés; sit and watch the world pass you by.

Shopping – Try Gran Via and Calle de Serrano for great shopping. El Corte Ingles, the Spanish department store chain, sells everything and the best sale time is MayJuly. Or stroll down Calle de Serrano for some excellent shoe shopping. Paseo de Recoletos & Atocha – Wander down the Paseo de Recoletos to the Atocha train station and see some wonderful fountains, cafés and sculptures.

The Rastro Flea Market – It’s a popular visit on a Sunday morning. It is also open on Saturday, which is generally quieter, and you never know what you are going to find. Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.

Flamenco – For a truly memorable experience book the dinner and show at Torres Bermejas. The dancers are passionate and you can’t help but be swept up in their emotional performance.

Plaza de Santa Ana – A great place to start out the night. The bars and clubs in and around the Plaza are popular with tourists and locals and really warm up around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Location location location: it’s just as important for your hotel as it is for your home! And this location really is brilliant; on a quiet street off Gran Via literally in the heart of the city, shops galore on the doorstep, a 5 minute walk to Puerta del Sol and only a few minutes more to Plaza Mayor.

Hotel Regina

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Situated in one of the best locations on Alcalá Street, leading directly down to Puerta del Sol and next to the Seville metro station, it is a perfect place to stay. Eat out in one of the many restaurants within walking distance, or dine in the Amayra Restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cooking with a modern touch.

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This modern hotel is a stone’s throw from Puerta del Sol which bustles with street performers, flea markets and local traders – it’s a great place to visit. Make sure you check out the vibrant Plaza de Santa Ana. With traditional pubs and amazing tapas bars in and around the wee lanes off the square, it’s always a great place to start the night.

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In the heart of Madrid an area of expansive plazas, street performers, colourful lights, and window shopping, you’ll find the Hotel Vincci Capitol. The building is Art Deco, the ground floor houses one of the most famous cinemas on Madrid’s Gran Vía, Cines Capitol, and you’re only steps from the best paella and churros con chocolate. Head to the hotel rooftop bar for sangria and some amazing views.

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Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Best of Toledo

Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a 3 hour tapas tour. Stroll through the eveninglit streets with a guide and sample up to 10 delicious tapas dishes at four popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more.

A true melting pot of cultures: Christians, Jews and Muslims have all left their mark on this beautiful medieval city. Check out the serene convent church of San Juan, the chains of the Christian slaves, the remarkable Transito Synagogue and walk the winding cobbled streets.


BARC ELONA

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

BARCELONA Freddie Mercury put it this way: Barcelona, Like a Jewel in the Sun. It was a song entirely suited to a city that inspires passion and immense flights of imagination. Stand beneath the incomparable Sagrada Familia, the church that extraordinary architect Antoni Gaudi began working on in 1882 and remains a work in progress. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, rejoices in Art Nouveau architecture too but there are also Gothic masterpieces. Wander the Cathedral cloisters in the footsteps of the Knights of the Golden Fleece. Stroll Las Ramblas – an 18th century thoroughfare of flowers, trees, cafés, street artists and markets. Barcelona comes into its own at night – bars, clubs and restaurants range from the chic to the Bohemian.

Sagrada Familia – This giant stunning Basilica, one of Gaudi’s greatest creations, started in 1882, is unfinished and has been under construction ever since.

Las Ramblas – A wide avenue running 1.2 kilometres north from the waterfront. Famous for its street stalls where you can buy everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Alive with buskers, living statues, mimes and the itinerant. Gothic Quarter – The nucleus of old Barcelona. It’s a maze of interconnecting streets linking squares. Lots of cafés and bars as well as home to Barcelona Cathedral.

Park Güell – A Mr Güell commissioned Gaudi to build this magical park for local aristocracy with its amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work. It’s fantastic to wander around, you’ll need half a day but it is worth it.

Montjuic – This is a hill overlooking Barcelona and you can take the funicular up to the top. Why not go for a swim in the 1992 Olympic Games pool. It has some of the most stunning views overlooking the city.

The Waterfront – Before the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona cleaned up its waterfront area, tearing down old warehouses and buildings, replacing them with a fun esplanade and marina area which is a great spot for cycling or walking by day and dining by night.

La Pedrera – Another Gaudi masterpiece – a combined apartment and office block which looks like it should be at Disneyland. You can tour the building and go up onto the roof. There is also a small museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work.

La Font Màgica – In front of the Palau Nacional and not to be missed. You must go when it is dark for the best effect, it’s amazing and best of all it’s free. You can get a great view of the Palace, which is also illuminated at night.

La Boqueria – Don’t miss La Boqueria, one of Europe’s oldest food markets, crammed with seafood, fruit, vegetables and sweet treats. It’s best to visit the market early in the day to avoid the bustling crowds.

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This little stunner is just a block away from Catalunya Square, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Making your way through the maze of narrow streets and the throng of the crowds can sometimes be hard work. It’s nice to know that just a block away from all this revelry is the relative calm of the Atlantis.

Olivia Balmes Hotel Set in the heart of the Eixample district and just a stone’s throw from two of the most cosmopolitan avenues, Passeig de Gràcia and Ramblas de Catalunya, it’s the perfect spot from which to explore. The hotel is modern and stylishly decorated with heaps of natural light. You’ll love being able to relax here at the fantastic rooftop pool, in the courtyard or at the contemporary restaurant and bar.

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Perfectly positioned in the Eixample district, its many side streets are filled with busy residents going about their lives, so it’s in a great spot to immerse yourselves in all things Catalan. A 20 minute stroll will have you in and amongst all the top tourist locations like the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas.

Grandom Suites Apartments

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This apartment building is located just a few minutes walk from Passeig de Gràcia, Las Ramblas and many other tourist attractions, monuments and beaches. It offers a high standard of accommodation in two bedroom apartments suitable for up to six people, which makes this option perfect for families.

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Step out the door of your 19th century hotel, just metres away from the bustle of Las Ramblas, the heart of Barcelona. After a day of sightseeing head back to your hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool which has breathtaking views of the city, before treating yourself to the local cuisine in the renowned Fonda España restaurant.

Citadines Las Ramblas Located on the famous and vibrant Las Ramblas, full of restaurants and bars - you couldn’t find a better location! Within easy reach to Plaça Catalunya and the historic old town, this recently refurbished aparthotel features self-catering studios and one bedroom apartments.

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BARC EN GL AND ELONA

SIGHTSEEING SIGHTSEEING

Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau

Park Güell

BARCELONA BUS TURISTIC

THE BEST OF GAUDI TOUR

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You’ll definitely find this the best way to get the lay of the land, and due to the frequency, it’s the only transport you’ll need all day. It’s the easiest way to absorb some history and tick off the city highlights in one go before you head back to the areas that really took your fancy.

Art and architecture are to Barcelona what fish is to chips: they’re both good individually but put them together and you might just have perfection. Modernista buildings need to be seen to be believed, while Gothic buildings try to trick you with grim facades.

This is worth every Euro: it’s packed full of free tickets and discounts to different attractions, museums, leisure facilities, shops, restaurants and entertainment across the city. You also never need to pay for any bus or Metro ride, including the train to and from the airport.

SKIP THE LINE SAGRADA FAMILIA

SPANISH COOKING CLASS

Explore La Sagrada Familia on a 1.5 hour Skip the Line tour. With a knowledgeable local guide, head past the long entrance lines to learn all about the UNESCO-listed cathedral and its charismatic creator, Antoni Gaudi. Visit the museum to see its gorgeous artifacts.

A definite highlight when travelling is experiencing the local food and drink. Expand your memories by discovering the secrets of Spanish traditional cuisine. Learn how to cook authentic typical dishes then reproduce them for your family and friends when you get home.

MONTSERRAT & COLONIA GUELL DE GAUDI Get amongst it in the Spanish countryside, high in the mountains where you'll find singing Benedictine monks going about their daily work in the beautiful monastery of Montserrat. Carry on to discover Gaudi's most hidden treasure, the Gaudi Crypt, declared a World Heritage-site.

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Plaza de Espana, Seville

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Alcázar – Is home to the King of Spain when visiting Seville, and features a castle

ANDALUCIA The strum of a guitar, the clack of a flamenco dancer’s feet, a waft of orange blossom on a Mediterranean breeze. Andalucia, encircled by mountains and sea, is one of Spain’s most beguiling regions. If its beaches are not enough of a temptation, Andalucia has three World Heritage cities and a culture that resonates with passion and energy. Flamenco was born here, as was the guitar (and Antonio Banderas). Seville is its large vibrant city, perhaps most famous for the Alcázar. Tapas barhopping is a favourite pastime. The second of the “Big Three”, Córdoba, claims a pearl of Moorish architecture, the Mezquita, and in Granada, Andalucia’s Islamic heritage reaches a pinnacle with the Alhambra palace and fortress.

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with delightful gardens designed with ponds, fountains, plants and a Moorish bathhouse. Most of the Moorish part dates from the 14th century.

Tapas – These are more than just snacks in Andalucia. The word literally means a lid and was thought to have come from the habit of having a few nibbles with a drink and then placing a saucer of tapas on top of the glass to keep the flies out. Eating one or two tapas with a glass of sherry or wine will enhance the taste experience!

Flamenco – Experience the passion, romance and vibrant colours of this mesmerising music and dance. Join in with the locals, snap your fingers, stamp your feet and immerse yourself in the wonderful culture of flamenco.

Mezquita – The chief monument of Córdoba is the Mezquita (cathedral-mosque) dating back to the 10th century. The mosque can be visited throughout the year.

Sandy Beaches – Heading to the beach is the single most popular recreational activity for locals and tourists alike with over 800 kilometres of coastline. The Chiringuitos ‘beach bars’ are open late May until late September.

Malaga – Visit the Picasso Museum here, this is where the famous artist was born. Alhambra – This stunning palace and fortress complex in Granada was last rebuilt in the mid 14th century, for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and the Nasrid dynasty.

Gutierrez Colosia Sherry Winery – Discover the essence of the sherry wine by visiting Bodegas Gutierrez Colosia one of the oldest wineries of El Puerto de Santa Maria and enjoy a tasting of six different delicious types of sherry wines.

Seville in One Day – Marvel at the Royal Alcázar Palace and Seville Cathedral. Visit the Royal Maestranza Bullring and Museum, Plaza de Espana, Santa Cruz Quarter, and enjoy a river cruise.


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Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville

Hotel Córdoba Center, Córdoba

La Casa de la Trinidad, Granada

Step outside this oasis to wander past whitewashed houses and along narrow serene streets opening out to wide plazas. Take shade under an orange tree or settle in at one of the many restaurants and cafés in the area. For a great night out try El Modesto restaurant, right next door to the hotel, as it has a truly mouthwatering menu.

Set in Córdoba’s “Golden Block”, next to the train station with easy access to the historic quarter. The Mosque is a short walk away and there are many popular cafés and restaurants in the area. The hotel has an elegant Mediterranean restaurant, a café, relaxing piano bar and a 7th floor seasonal pool with city views.

Perfectly set in an impressive building offering chic accommodation in the historic centre, a short walk from Granada Cathedral and less than 2 kilometres from the Alhambra. It’s small and has a very boutiquey atmosphere, with all the original architecture features being retained.

Evening Tapas and Flamenco Tour in Old Town Seville

Córdoba Walking Tour

Granada – Alhambra and Generalife Tour

This old town is best seen on foot. You’ll enjoy a pleasant half day stroll through the medieval city streets stopping at all the major monuments. The Mezquita, Alcázar and the Synagogue are just some of the attractions you will encounter along the way.

The Alhambra has an amazing past. You’ll see its heavy stone walls and ramparts that made up its original use as a military base. Hidden behind them, discover the intricate Moorish designs that transformed this forbidding fort into a royal residence and court.

Make sure your night out in Seville sizzles with a combination of tapas tasting, flamenco dance show, and dinner at a family-run tapas bar. Savour a selection of mouth-watering snacks like Iberian ham and Spanish wine in a couple of local taverns, then enjoy a mesmerizing flamenco performance in a 15th century building.

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VAL ENC I A

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

VALENCIA Often overlooked in favour of Barcelona, Valencia is a rich cocktail of impressive architecture, lively streets and nightlife, with a refreshing lack of tourists. Here, you can drink horchata, a traditional drink made from tiger nuts, sugar and crushed ice, and eat paella – Valencia is Spain’s rice-growing centre, and paella was invented here. A wander through the old quarter reveals a Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance heritage. To slow down to the laid-back pace of this seaside town, visit the sandy beach where in late June the year’s longest day is marked by fireworks, street parties and bonfires.

The City of Arts and Sciences – An entertainment-based cultural complex that is modern and architecturally designed. Being highly interactive, it provides an endless capacity to entertain and simulate the mind, as you get to know different aspects of science, technology, nature and art.

Valencia Hop On Hop Off Tour – See the many sights of this city in your own time with a 24 hour hop on hop off bus ticket with English commentary. From Plaza de la Reina - the heart of the city – to the new City of Arts and Sciences complex in the south, see all the major sights.

Valencia Bike Tour – Take a 3 hour guided bike tour of the sights including the Old City and the Turia Gardens, a former river bed converted into lush gardens.

Paella Cooking Class – Learn how to make Valencia’s signature dish with a hands-on paella cooking lesson in a traditional farmhouse. A Spanish chef will show you the secrets behind this famous rice and seafood dish in a surrounding landscape of orange trees and rice paddies.

Tapas Tour – Meander through narrow streets and admire Valencia’s architecture as you learn about the city’s history and culture from your guide, stopping at three tapas bars to sample classic Spanish tapas and refresh with beer, wine or vermouth.

Food Walking Tour – Follow a food-loving guide through a movable feast including jamón, horchata, artisan chocolates, tapas and Spanish wine.

Sunset Cruise – Enjoy an alternative perspective of Valencia’s skyline while Our favourite places to stay:

• Hotel Valencia Center • Hotel Vincci Lys • The Westin Valencia

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sipping a glass of sparkling wine. Admire secluded beaches and the dramatic silhouette of Mt Penagolosa as the sun begins to sink into the sea. Disembark at Playa de las Arenas beach to enjoy a traditional Spanish meal of tapas and paella.


Ibiza Old Town © Martin Siepmann

BAL EARI C I S LANDS

Majorca

Bellver Castle, Majorca

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

BALEARIC ISLANDS In the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain sit the Balearic Islands. Majorca the largest island is a mix of resort towns and charming villages, white sandy beaches, fancy wines and cuisine. Menorca is the peaceful option, great for families and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On Ibiza wander through hippy markets and whitewashed villages, for the more active try a jeep safari, jet boating or parasailing, at night watch the famous sunset and join the party. Catch the ferry to the small, beautiful island of Formentera, lounge on untouched beaches, explore cliffs and coves.

Bike and Bird Watch – Cycle in the Albufera Natural Park on Majorca, take some binoculars and a picnic for a peaceful day out.

Explore Alcúdia’s Old Town – Walk along the 14th century walls and through the narrow-cobbled streets filled with little shops and cafés.

Be your own captain – Take a boat out from Alcúdia, Majorca to explore along the coastline into secluded coves where you can anchor, swim off the boat and feed the fish.

Get a feel for the culture and traditions of Majorca – Alaro is an historic town on the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains where life moves at a slower pace.

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting – Viticulture was introduced to Majorca by the Romans and olive oil has been produced here for centuries, visit the small villages around the island for tastings.

Take in the amazing views over Palma – Hike up to Bellver Castle, Spain’s only circular castle built in the late 13th century.

Dalt Vila UNESCO site – This is the highest point in Ibiza Town. The fortifications were built in the 16th century to fend off the Berber pirates.

Explore the steep winding alleyways in Ibiza Town – Packed with bakeries, boutiques and galleries, at the top is the cathedral looking out over the sea.

Catch the bus to Cala Comte – The best beach on Ibiza with turquoise lagoonOur favourite places to stay:

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Matxani Gran Agroturismo, Mahon, Menorca Hotel Can Mostatxins, Alcúdia, Majorca

like pools, watch the sunset from one of the bars up on the rocks.

Eat traditional home cooking – Ca N’Olga is a family-run restaurant with a pretty garden terrace in the sleepy, whitewashed village of Es Mercadal on Menorca.

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NORT H ERN S PAI N

La Concha, San Sebastián

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

NORTHERN SPAIN Spain’s north-western corner, pounded by the Atlantic Ocean and separated from France by the ramparts of the Pyrenees, is off the beaten track. During medieval times the town of Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral attracted throngs of pilgrims, drawn to the tomb of St James the Apostle, which even today is regarded as the third most important Christian site after Rome and Jerusalem. This region is the gateway to the Basque country. La Rioja is a landscape of vineyards and its very famous Rioja wines. Bilbao is home to the Guggenheim Museum, housing 20th century artworks.

San Sebastián Food Tour – Accompanied by an expert gastronomical guide, discover the history behind the miniature morsels known as pintxos and local delicacies like spider crab while sipping Basque wines and locally brewed beers.

Way of St James Hiking Tour from San Sebastián – Walk along the medieval Christian pilgrimage trails around Ulia Mountain and admire breath-taking coastal scenery. Gain insight into the area from your guide, enjoy a boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro and taste delicious Spanish specialties in Santiago Square.

San Sebastián Cycling Tour – Ride through the diverse sections of beautiful San Sebastián on a 2.5 hour bike tour and learn about the city’s rich and layered history from your local guide. Pass beaches, villas, the river, modern shops and the Royal Palace for a great overview and orientation of the city.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao – Take a guided tour led by an art expert through one of the world’s most respected museums to see the architecture and discover the art collection inside including works by Picasso and Warhol.

Finisterre Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela – Travel along the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death, on this day tour that combines breath-taking landscapes, visits to authentic fishing villages, the castle of Vimianzo and local gastronomy. Along the way learn about the history and culture of the Galician regions.

Salamanca Walking Tour – Hear about the city’s impressive history as you visit the oldest University in Europe, and sightseeing places such as Cathedral Museum, Medieval Towers, House of Shells, Old Market, Saina Palace and Mill Museum.

Our favourite places to stay:

• Hotel Compostela, Santiago de Compostela • Hotel Miro, Bilbao • Hotel Silken Amara Plaza, San Sebastián

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La Rioja Wine Cellar Visit and Tasting – Visit the bodegas (wine cellars) and have a relaxing walk through the vineyards learning about the wine-making process.


N ORT H ERN S PAI N Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Santiago de Compostela

EXPLORE NORTHERN SPAIN 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE

SPAIN

From Madrid drive through the plains and mountains of Castilla y León to the cool Atlantic Ocean in the Basque, where you’ll discover amazing culture and architecture. Arch through Rioja and Aragon past walled towns. Day 1: Madrid – Segovia – Avila – Salamanca (271km) Leave the monuments and nightlife of Madrid to visit El Escorial on your way to Segovia. Pass through historic Avila, enclosed by Romanesque walls. Stay in Salamanca to explore the World Heritage historic centre.

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Day 2: Salamanca – Valladolid (126km) Drive through Castilla y León and see many cathedrals, monasteries, castles and fortified towns. Explore the monument city of Valladolid. Day 3: Valladolid – Burgos – Haro (225km) In Burgos you’ll find one of the greatest examples of a Gothic style cathedral in Spain. Cross into La Rioja where wine is central to life, vineyards line the countryside with most open for tastings.

Day 4: Haro – Bilbao – San Sebastián – Pamplona (294km) Enjoy Bilbao’s art galleries and museums and San Sebastián’s elegant Playa de la Concha and Belle Époque architecture. Pamplona is a city of deep-rooted traditions, dominated by churches and medieval walls. Day 5: Pamplona – Tarazona – Zaragoza (206km) Admire the monuments of Zaragoza, on the banks of the Ebro River. Day 6: Zaragoza – Daroca – Teruel (191km) As you approach Daroca, the skyline with 100 towers in Arabian style looms. Enclosed by walls, you pass through beautiful doors to enter. Stay in Teruel and discover the famous story of the “Lovers of Teruel”. Day 7-8: Teruel – Cuenca (150km) – Madrid (166km) Drive the small windy road to Cuenca to discover a very unique town. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Explore Madrid’s Great Monuments – Among its highlights are the historic centre and the Prado Museum. San Lorenzo de El Escorial – This famous monastery is gigantic. Its attractions are the main chapel, Capilla Mayor, the Pantheon with the kings’ tombs, the Throne-Hall and the museum in the summer-palace. Valley of the Fallen – Near El Escorial, this colossal monument was built for the fallen of the Spanish civil war in 1940. It consists of a 150 metre cross on top of a rock which was hollowed out to incorporate a church. Regional Gastronomy – Try the specialities of Pimientos del Piquillo, delicious, sweet red peppers, traditional lamb, and the marzipan of Sierra de Cameros, all washed down with La Rioja wine. Valladolid – Home to one of the most important sculpture museums of all Spain, and the famous Easter week processions. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – This spectacular building is an outstanding example of 20th century avant-garde architecture. Markets in Bilbao – Mercado de la Ribera is the largest indoor market in Europe, Plaza Nueva has a flea market and often has evening concerts.

Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca • Hotel Los Agustinos, Haro, Rioja • Posada De San José, Cuenca • Hotel Reina Cristina, Teruel

Tarazona – Check out the old bullring and cathedral. Be Charmed by Cuenca’s Old Town – A World Heritage-site, Hanging Houses are built on the steep sides of the rocky canyon. Wander the cobbled streets and visit the Castilla for breath-taking views.

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Biarritz

Granada

Andalucia, the Mediterranean Coast & Barcelona

Basque Country

Andalucia, Costa del Sol & Toledo

5 days/4 nights

5 days/4 nights

Experience the highlights of the fiercely independent Basque region. Bilbao and the Guggenheim museum, foodie capital San Sebastián and La Rioja wine region, where some of the best white and red Spanish wines come from.

Travel to the stunning region of Andalucia; sun, incredible culture, amazing beaches and beautiful towns make Andalucia and Costa del Sol unique destinations.

Travel to the stunning region of Andalucia, with its unique cultural heritage and architecture, to Valencia, the birthplace of paella with its beautiful beaches, and to Barcelona, the home of Gaudi and Catalonian modernism on this group tour.

Day 1: Bilbao Arrival transfer from the airport or train station to your hotel. Explore Bilbao.

Day 1: Madrid – Córdoba – Seville Depart Madrid and head south along the land of Don Quixote “The man from La Mancha”, past vast vineyards, and into Andalucia, a region with enormous heritage from a splendorous past. First stop is Córdoba where you can see the impressive Mosque, built during the Muslim empire then converted into a Catholic cathedral. After a tour of this city on to Seville for two nights.

Day 1: Madrid – Córdoba – Seville First stop is Córdoba and a tour of its impressive Mosque, built during the Muslim empire then converted into a Catholic cathedral.

Day 2: Bilbao – Biarritz – St-Jean-de-Luz – Hondarribia – San Sebastián – Bilbao First stop at Biarritz, French Basque Country and summer resort for the European Royalty. Discover the best views of the city and the famous corners on a guided visit. St-Jeande-Luz is our second stop, a charming coastal village. In Hondarribia stop at the Fishermen quarter, full of bars and typical restaurants, a great place to stop for lunch. Final stop San Sebastián for a walking tour of the old town, panoramic views and time for some pintxos. Day 3: Vizcaya Coast Full day excursion to Vizcaya Bridge, heritage of humanity, pass Castle of Butron to Urdaibai and discover the secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe from the lookout, a Game of Thrones location. In Bermeo, a typical fishing village, stop for a walking tour and pintxo tasting. Then Gernika, visit the Assembly House and Tree of Gernika. Afternoon walking tour of Bilbao’s old town. Day 4: Vitoria & Rioja Wine Region A tour of Vitoria, the capital city of the Basque Country, taste a typical sweet in a craft candy store. Then onto Rioja’s wine region with its typical villages dotted amongst a sea of vineyards. We enjoy a walking tour in Laguardia, one of the most beautiful villages of La Rioja. Learn about this world famous wine on a guided visit to a traditional cellar with wine tasting. Day 5: Bilbao Transfer to Bilbao airport or train station after breakfast.

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Day 2: Seville On a morning tour you will see the Santa Cruz Quarter and the remarkable architecture of the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Spend the afternoon exploring everything this city has to offer and this evening experience an optional flamenco show. Day 3: Seville – Ronda – Costa del Sol First stop Ronda, admire the bridge linking the old and new towns across the deep gorge. Then it’s on to the beaches of Costa del Sol. Day 4: Costa del Sol – Granada Today Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra, its buildings, towers, palaces, patios and gardens make it one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Day 5: Granada – Toledo – Madrid Return to Madrid via the World Heritage City of Toledo, the “city of three cultures” where medieval Christian, Moorish and Jewish communities lived together peacefully and where you can see churches, mosques and synagogues in the historic quarter. Visit a Damasquinado factory before returning to Madrid.

7 days/6 nights

Day 2: Seville On a morning tour you will see the Santa Cruz Quarter, the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and Plaza de Espana. Spend the afternoon exploring and this evening experience an optional flamenco show. Day 3: Seville – Granada To the heart of Andalucia and to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the Alhambra complex, its buildings, towers, palaces, patios and gardens make it an incredible experience. Day 4: Granada – Valencia To the Mediterranean coast and to Valencia via Alicante. Ensure you try paella as here is where it originated. Day 5: Valencia – Barcelona A city tour this morning through the old city and see the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass more stunning Mediterranean coastline to the capital of the fiercely independent Catalonia region, Barcelona. Day 6: Barcelona See Gaudi’s modernist works La Pedrera, Casa Mila, Monjuic Park, the harbour and the port on a city tour. Free afternoon to explore. We suggest a visit to La Boqueria for some tapas. Day 7: Barcelona – Zaragoza – Madrid Visit the capital of Aragon, Zaragoza, a town with an important role in Spanish history before returning to Madrid.

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, sightseeing tours as per the itinerary, arrival & departure transfers

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 dinners, sightseeing tours of Córdoba, Seville & Toledo, guided tour of Alhambra in Granada, coach transport & Tour Escort

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, sightseeing tours of Córdoba, Seville, Alhambra, Valencia, Barcelona, coach transport & Tour Escort

Price Guide From: $1490

Price Guide From: $1150

Price Guide From: $1680

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


S PAI N

Getaria

Seville

Camino de Santiago Five Stages Self-Guided Walks

Camino del Norte San Sebastián to Bilbao

7-10 days

8 days/7 nights

The historic Camino de Santiago is an epic journey on foot across the north west of Spain, following the pathways of European priests, monarchs and peasants whose pilgrimages to the tomb of St James at Santiago de Compostela, spawned a Christian Renaissance.

The Northern Route is a beautiful walk along the Cantabrian Sea coastline. Lining the route are charming fishing villages, beautiful seaside resorts, the rugged peaks of the Picos de Europa and classic towns, rich in art and history.

Experience Spain on this independent holiday travelling between cities by rail, a great way to see the country at your own pace. Your accommodation and train tickets are included and you can tailor the itinerary by adding in your choice of sightseeing and activities.

Day 1: San Sebastián This seaside city is a renowned foodies paradise. Stroll down the Playa de la Concha and try some of the best pintxos in Spain.

Day 1-2: Barcelona Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. Add in a city tour to get your bearings, then explore at your own pace – La Boqueria markets, the Gothic quarter, incredible Gaudi architecture.

It was one of the busiest trunk roads in Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries when between 500,000 and two million devotees each year, from every part of Europe, walked, rode, or were carried along the ‘Camino’ to Santiago de Compostela. Today, walkers take approximately a month to complete the 800 kilometre journey from Roncesvalles Pass on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side. There are five stages. You can choose to do all five or only one or two. Stage 1: St-Jean-Pied-de-Port – Logrono (160km 9 days/8 nights) Begin your journey from the French side of the majestic Pyrenees. Stage 2: Logrono – Burgos (119km 7 days/6 nights) Walk through vineyards and orchards of Rioja. Stage 3: Burgos – Leon (156km 10 days/9 nights) Admire the stained-glass windows of Leon’s magnificent cathedral. Stage 4: Leon – O’Cebreiro (149km 9 days/8 nights) A high route dotted with classic stone villages, churches and convents. Stage 5: O’Cebreiro – Santiago de Compostela (153km 9 days/8 nights) The final stage, end at the shrine of St James in the magnificent cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

Day 2: San Sebastián – Getaria (25km) Leave the Bay of Biscay and follow the coastline along grassy fields, past the Roman Church of San Martin de Tours and ancient whaling villages. Arrive in Getaria perched on a rock above a small harbour. Day 3: Getaria – Deba (18km) Follow the coast on a quiet rural road, then take a small path into farmland. Stop at the church of Santa Maria la Real, then through the village of Juan Sebastián Elcano before descending to a coastal retreat. Day 4: Deba – Markina (23km) Leave the coast for more mountainous landscapes. Cross a river, climb into dense vegetation and pass through delightful villages. Day 5: Markina – Gernika (25km) Follow a country lane, cross a river, then climb to the medieval monastery of Zenarruza. Continue up through woodland to the top of Gontzegarai then descend to a river and the historic town of Gernika. Day 6: Gernika – Lezama (21km) Pass Santa Luzia Zallo before a steep climb. Follow a cobbled path to the village of Morga then descend along scenic tracks and roads. Day 7: Lezama – Bilbao (14km) Cross farmland, then climb Mount Avril for views of Bilbao and the valley. In Bilbao, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Begon, Place de Unamuno and the Guggenheim Museum.

Spain by Rail 11 days/10 nights

Day 3-4: Madrid Transfer to the train station for your highspeed train to Madrid and transfer to your Madrid hotel on arrival. While in Madrid check out one of the three major museums; the Prado, Reina Sofia or Thyssen-Bornemisza, have a drink in a rooftop bar overlooking Plaza de Santa Ana, and eat churros at Chocolateria San Gines. Day 5-6: Seville Transfers included and high-speed train to Seville. While in Seville go to a flamenco performance, the guitar music and dance gets into your soul. Eat tapas with locals in the Trianon district and do a tour of the Alcázar and Cathedral. Day 7-8: Córdoba Transfers and high-speed train to Córdoba, add on a visit to the Mezquita, the Mosque Cathedral with its unique stripe design. Day 9-10: Malaga Today train to Malaga, a popular tourist resort on the Costa del Sol. Spend these days totally relaxing on the beach. Day 11: Madrid Take the high-speed train to Madrid and transfer to the airport.

Day 8: Bilbao Arrangements end after breakfast.

Note: Ask us about tailor making your dream holiday in Spain, we can arrange other independent itineraries travelling by rail

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily (Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast daily, infopack with maps, walking notes, luggage transfers & local 24 hour emergency contact

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, infopack with maps, walking notes & general information for self-guided walk, luggage transfers & local 24 hour emergency contact

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, arrival and departure transfers in each city & high speed trains between cities

Price varies depending on stage/s

Price Guide From: $1270

Price Guide From: $3130

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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EXPERIENCE PORTUGAL

Algarve

FAST FACTS

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Country Name:

Portugal

Population:

10.2 million

Capital:

Lisbon

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

The Portuguese were once famed for their seafaring and trading, so perhaps they have a natural

affinity with travellers, even though for decades they were somewhat neglected by visitors to Europe. That is changing now, and for good reason, as people discover the distinctive culture and landscapes of olives, almonds, cork trees, vineyards, windmills and unspoilt villages. In Lisbon, its capital, take time to wander through the narrow streets of Bairro Alto or Alfama. Beyond Lisbon lies Sintra, known as one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns, with its fairy tale palace, crumbling villas with wrought-iron balconies festooned with flowering vines, and verdant forests. There are also kilometres of beaches, the most famous of which are along the Algarve and Costa do Sol, and the infamous surf beach Nazare, medieval monasteries and hills dotted with castles and wild flowers. Braga, with its Baroque churches, is known as the Rome of Portugal. To the north is Porto, on the River Douro, where the country’s most famous export, Port wine, is stored in warehouses known as lodges before it is dispatched all around the world. Take a cruise along the river or visit a tiny fishing village along the coast. Fresh fish, especially sardines, are a staple of Portuguese cuisine, along with bacalhau, and locally made olive oil.


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Bairro Alto – The cobbled twisting lanes of this working-class quarter date back

LISBON The views from the ramparts of the Castle of St George are among the best on offer in a city where spectacular views are practically a dime a dozen. You may prefer to scale the 28 metre Monument to Christ to look back across the Tagus River at the city, or the Discoveries Monument for a bird’s eye view of Belem. Lisbon’s World Heritage-listed sites pay tribute to its seafaring past: Belem Tower was a starting point for many of the Voyages of Discovery from the 16th century onwards, and Jeronimos Monastery contains countless motifs of explorations.

to the 16th century and have been the home to the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Filled with bars and restaurants, tourist-packed Fado houses, it’s great for nightlife.

Alfama – Time has stood still here, washing hangs out to dry from balconies, caged birds are brought outside for some air, and in the evenings the strains of Fado waft out from cafés. The maze of medieval alleys and streets are carved into the hillside.

Pastéis de Belém – These delicious custard tarts have been made here by hand since 1837 using an ancient recipe from the Jerónimos Monastery. These are the original Pastéis de Nata.

Fado – This music is melancholic and the essence of Portugal. Fado means fate, and its songs tell of heartbreak and longing.

Dining Experience at a José Avillez restaurant – A great Portuguese chef with several restaurants in Lisbon and Porto, our favourites are Barrio do Avillez, Mini Bar and Michelin star Belcanto.

Castle of St George – Climb the hill or take tram 28 to visit this castle on top of the tallest of Lisbon’s seven hills for spectacular views over the city. The oldest parts date back to the 6th century and inside the walls are promenades, gardens, houses and a church.

Riverside Dining at Doca de Alcantara – Under the River Tagus Bridge, these old barns once used for boating equipment have been converted into magnificent restaurants and bars.

Walk or tram up to a Mirador – There are many amazing viewpoints in the city, Miradouro de Graça has views over the city and the castle, is an open-air café, and a favourite with locals especially late afternoon.

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L I S BON Hotel Miraparque

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Heritage AS Janelas Verdes

Overlooking the Eduardo VII Park in a quiet area of Lisbon, you’ll enjoy its peaceful green surroundings. It’s a short walk to the Marquês de Pombal subway station then it’s only about 5 minutes to the old town with its fantastic squares.

This gorgeous 18th century townhouse is set in Lisbon’s historic city centre and on the main avenue - Avenida Liberdade. Redesigned by Portuguese architect Miguel Câncio Martins, but still keeping as many original elements of the building as possible. A great bonus for Kiwis is the 24 hour tea and coffee station located in the lobby.

In English it’s called ‘Green Windows’. This charming hotel has a welcoming atmosphere, a great terrace and fantastic views of the Tagus River. It’s located next to the National Art Museum in a quiet area about 20 minutes walk into town.

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Hop On Hop Off Bus or Tram

Sunset walking tour with Fado

Sintra and Cascais Day Tour

A great way to get your bearings, see the main sights and learn about the city from the commentary. You can hop off along the way to explore the cathedrals, monasteries, monuments and quaint cobbled streets and hop back on when you’re ready. See the city by bus or do it Lisbon styles by tram, or a combination of the two!

Discover the city as dusk falls, wander through the soulful districts of Mouraria and Alfama, see beautiful architecture, great street art and taste the sweet Ginjinha liqueur at one of the local neighbourhood bars. Enjoy a dramatic Fado performance in an old palace while dining on classic Portuguese dishes.

Pena Palace, the unique fairy tale Romanticist castle in the Sintra Mountains is a must visit. You will visit Pena Palace, have some free time to explore the town of Sintra and its National Palace. Return to Lisbon along the picturesque Estoril Coast stopping at Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and Cascais.

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P ORTO Bacalhau

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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Visit a Port House – Cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia and do a tour and tasting at one (or more!) of the many Port Houses, and learn about the history of Port wine.

Dine on Seafood in Matosinhos – Take a bus or the metro out to Matosinhos,

PORTO The heart of the city is the Ribeira district, the rambling old town is a UNESCO World Heritage-site and is filled with ancient houses, beautiful buildings adorned with tiles, family run restaurants, cafés and bars, and sloping narrow cobbled streets. The Douro river meanders through the city, crossed by magnificent bridges joining Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia. The boats, carrying barrels of the Port wine produced in this region, pull up to the vast cellars in Gaia that stretch along the banks of the river Douro where the port is still stored and matured.

a fishing and port town, known for its fish restaurants and beautiful sandy beach. Fresh fish is sold in the morning market, then is grilled for you at one of the many restaurants.

Azulejo tiles – Dating back to the 13th century Azulejos came with the Moors. You can see them decorating all kinds of public and private buildings, both inside and out. Some are beautiful simple tiles, others tell stories. Visit the 19th century São Bento Railway Station and see the 20,000 Azulejo tiles decorating the walls portraying scenes of Portuguese history, daily life and transportation.

Café Majestic – Have coffee in the most elegant café in Porto. Inspired by the French Belle Epoque, this café still has the charming grandeur of the old world.

Livraria Lello Bookshop – Visit one of the most magnificent book shops in the world. The Neo-Gothic architecture, stunning design, intricate decoration and volumes of books are incredible, but the centrepiece is the beautiful red Art Nouveau staircase, said to have inspired the one in Hogwarts.

Francesinha – Porto’s iconic dish the Francesinha is not for the faint hearted, it is a ‘sandwich’ of sorts which contains sausage, ham, beef, is covered with cheese and a special tomato based sauce with beer and piri piri hot sauce. Sometimes it comes topped with a fried egg. Bring your appetite!

Porto Tonico – Porto’s answer to the Aperol Spritz or G&T is White Port, poured over ice and topped with tonic water and a slice of citrus. A very refreshing aperitif.

Clérigos Tower – Climb the 225 steps up what was once the tallest building in Portugal. The tower itself is quite impressive, in Baroque style with influences of Tuscan bell towers, but the panoramic views over the city are incredible.

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P ORTO Grande Hotel do Porto

NH Collection Porto Batalha

Pestana Vintage Porto

Set in the centre of the commercial part of the city, within easy walking distance to all of the main attractions. Rooms are contemporary in design and public areas traditional, with lots of character. Relax in the Wellness Room by having a Hot Stone Massage or a regenerative Tui Na Massage after a day of exploring.

Located in a newly renovated 18th century palace, this hotel is in the heart of Porto. Once the home of a prominent wineproducing family, and most recently the main Post Office, the hotel has the feel of old Porto, from its historic façade to the elegant décor. It is within easy reach of everything that makes this city a UNESCO World Heritage-site.

Located in the heart of the historic Old Town on the banks of the Douro River. Set in a number of 16th-18th century buildings that have been listed by UNESCO. Many rooms overlook the waterfront and its location makes it possible to cruise down the river, take the historic tram to Foz do Douro or visit one of the Port wine cellars.

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Food Tour Learn about the history of Portuguese cuisine as you explore Porto’s vibrant and multicultural neighbourhoods. Start the tour with a coffee and nata like a local, end the tour with a Port wine like a local, and taste delicious specialities at cafés, markets, and generations-old taverns in between.

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Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise Tick off the top attractions in the fascinating historic centre, visit a Port wine cellar for a tour and tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia, and enjoy a ‘6 Bridges Cruise’ on the Douro River, admire the landscape from the water and the six bridges that connect Porto and Gaia.

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Douro Valley Wine Tour Visit two stunning wineries in the heart of the Douro Valley, each with sweeping views. Learn about the history and varietals grown in this World Heritage-listed region famous for its Port wine production. See the valley from the river on a rabelo boat and feast on regional specialities in the village of Pinhão.


P ORT UGAL Convent of Christ, Tomar

PORTUGAL HIGHLIGHTS

Braga

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE

Viseu

Drive through the lush Sintra region, meandering past vineyards and sprawling olive groves, simply admiring the gorgeous blue azulejos in the wee hilltop towns. The history and architecture of Portugal will intrigue you. Day 1-2: Lisbon – Evora (138km) Discover the fairy tale like Pena Palace and National Park before heading inland to explore Evora, a beautifully preserved, medieval walled town. Day 3: Evora – Marvão – Castelo de Vide (132km) Visit the charming and fortified village of Marvão, overlooking the Alentejo plains, close to the Spanish border. Wander the wee cobbled lanes and visit the strategically placed castle. Day 4: Castelo de Vide – Viseu (254km) Take a morning stroll in the Serra San Mamede National Park, south of the town which has fantastic walking trails. In the afternoon discover the ancient town of Viseu, admiring its many gorgeous ceramic azulejos. Day 5: Viseu – Braga – Porto (267km) Known as ‘Portuguese Rome’ Braga is home to a very striking cathedral, Baroque churches and well maintained parks and gardens. Day 6: Porto Day at leisure to enjoy the picturesque old town of Ribeira and to wander along the river and absorb its amazing history. Day 7: Porto – Tomar – Nazare – Óbidos (336km) Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-site of the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a combination of a castle and a convent dating from 1160. Travel onto the vibrant fishing village of Nazare via the pilgrimage town of Fatima. Day 8: Óbidos – Lisbon (85km) Take a walking tour through this walled town with its stunning flower baskets and colourful medieval streets before heading back to Lisbon. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Pousada Convento de Evora • Casa Amarela – Turismo de Habitação, Castelo de Vide • Grande Hotel do Porto • Pousada Castelo de Óbidos

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Castelo de Vide – Market day is on a Friday when the town transforms from a relaxed to a very vibrant place with locals selling their produce, everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fish, cheese and ceramics. Bom Jesus do Monte – On the outskirts of Braga, is this pilgrimage site with a magnificent 166 metre Baroque stairway. It is perched high on a hillside surrounded by gorgeous gardens and hidden grottoes and is accessible by funicular, by car or on foot. Temple of Diana, Evora – Not to be missed is this Roman structure dating from the 1st or 2nd century AD. It is stunning in the evening light. Pena Palace, Sintra – Built in 1840, this is definitely worth seeing. However we recommend you pre book tickets in order not to miss out. You can visit the park and palace terraces or pay a little more and get into the State Rooms inside. Some Local Specialties – Sardinhas Assadas (Grilled Sardines) and Bacalhau (Salted Cod Fish) served with salads are the main delights from the ocean whilst Pastéis de Nata (Custard Tarts) are a ‘must-have’. Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto – Cross the famous metal arched Dom Luis I Bridge over the Douro and meander through the wine stores that house the famous Port wines. Douro Valley – Take a walk, cruise or cycle through the picturesque river valley. It’s lush and laden with beautifully terraced vineyards.

Douro Valley

Bom Jesus do Monte, near Braga

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EXPERIENCE GREECE

Santorini

FAST FACTS

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Country Name:

Greece

Population:

11 million

Capital:

Athens

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

9 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 230V Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

A dip in azure seas, a sip of pungent ouzo and a trip back in time to oracles and gods – Greece

is the very essence of the alluring Mediterranean world. With civilizations, heritage and history dating back thousands of years, Greece offers visitors breath-taking ancient sites such as the magnificent Acropolis in Athens and iconic Olympia. Also a vibrant modern nation with a dynamic population that loves to dance and sing – just a few minutes in a Greek taverna can be ample evidence of that! There are many mainland treasures from the spectacular Meteora monasteries to mythical Delphi. Greece is synonymous with islands – from history steeped Crete, awe-inspiring Santorini and windmill-studded Mykonos to many other gems scattered across the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Feast on freshly caught fish, grilled lamb stuffed vine leaves and sweet baklava. Sip coffee in a harbour-side café as the fishing boats come into port, amble along country roads while families gather their olives and pat donkeys on their way to village markets with baskets laden with fresh tomatoes. Temple ruins perch on cliffs high above a sparkling sea, tiny crescents of perfect beach, a hillside of spring flowers, whitewashed houses with window frames of turquoise blue.


AT H ENS Gyros

Acropolis Parthenon

Changing of the guard

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

ATHENS The Greek capital can sometimes be outshone by its famous islands but Athens has charms of its own. It is also the hub for exploring the rest of Greece. No-one should miss the Acropolis. The splendid ruins that include the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike dominate not only Athens skyline but also its soul. Nearly 3000 years ago the Acropolis became a sacred site and since then it’s been surrounded in myth, legend and tides of wars and invasion. At the base of the Acropolis lies the Plaka, one of the most eyecatching districts of Athens, a labyrinth of tavernas, shops and leafy squares. Buy a custard-filled galaktoboureko pastry and climb Lykavittos Hill (or cheat and take the funicular) for a spectacular view of the city.

The Acropolis and The Parthenon – The massive rocky hill that’s the Acropolis, dominates the cityscape and is visible from all over Athens. On top of it is the Parthenon, one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

Syntagma Square – Also known as Constitution Square it’s the heart and soul of the city. It’s the perfect place to relax on the benches and do a spot of people watching, enjoy the free WiFi or plan your day’s activities.

Changing of the Guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier – Every Sunday at 11am, the official changing of the guard is quite possibly the best show in town. The Evzones (guards) go about the change with high kicks and fists to foreheads with such determination. There are changes every hour during the day, and while the soldiers guard they must stand perfectly still until it is time to change.

Join the Locals – The Greeks eat late, sometimes starting as late as 10pm and not winding up until after 1 or 2am. Join them to nibble an array of entrées such as seared calamari, Greek caviar and deep-fried eggplant followed by succulent lamb or fish. Order ouzo in a taverna, dance the night away and maybe throw a few plates! Hadrian’s Arch – Erected in honour of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, this arch is located near the Temple of Olympian Zeus, but, as it’s outside the archaeological site, it’s free to view.

Temple of Olympian Zeus – Once the largest temple in Greece, it is also known as the Olympieion. It’s right in the centre of Athens and dedicated to the god Zeus.

Monastiraki Neighbourhood – One of the oldest and busiest areas in Athens, packed with rooftop bars, ancient sights and huge markets. Shop at the flea market, open every day but best on Sundays, and delight your senses at the indoor and outdoor food market Varvakios Agora.

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ATHENS ESSENTIALS 3 DAY PACKAGE A taste of Athens; enjoy this ancient city on a half day guided tour including the stunning monuments on the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Free time to explore Athens at your own pace.

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2 nights accommodation in Athens Breakfast daily Arrival airport or port transfer Half day Athens sightseeing tour including Acropolis Museum •• Entrance fees and service charges

Staying here, you’re right in the heart of the city, close to Syntagma Square, in the hub of the old town called the Plaka. It’s such a great base for getting around. Spill out of your hotel into cobblestone alleyways with heaps of shops, cafés and restaurants all around, and you’re only 15 minutes walk to the Acropolis and its museum.

Price Guide From: $482 per person Based on 2 nights at Amazon Hotel, or similar in a Standard Room twin share

Athenian Callirhoe

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A boutique hotel, centrally located close to the Temple of Zeus, and just a short walk to the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and rooms are spacious and elegantly designed. Be sure to enjoy the roof garden restaurant which offers an exclusive menu and an amazing view to the Acropolis.

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Nestled under the shadow of the Acropolis, this really is a prestigious location. In keeping with this fantastic spot, the building’s façade has been completely renovated to a neoclassical style that is impressively lit at night. It’s a great place to chill out at the end of the day, at the rooftop swimming pool with outstanding views.

Hermes Hotel

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If you’re after location, this wee hotel is the perfect choice. Love to shop? You’re tucked away two blocks from Ermou Street, a pedestrianised one kilometre long shopper’s paradise. Take a step back in time and wander along the stone paved lanes of Plaka, lined with stalls and tavernas, and maybe treat yourself to a tasty baklava.

NJV Athens Plaza

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Conveniently located in the heart of Athens in the historic Syntagma Square, and very close to the world-famous Acropolis. With almost 40 years of rich history, the 5-star NJV Athens Plaza welcomes guests from across the globe to experience hospitality excellence at its finest.


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Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum

Three Island Cruise

Food Walking Tour

Discover three beautiful Greek islands on this full day cruise from Athens. Sail the Saronic Gulf to Poros, Hydra and Aegina, enjoy some free time on each island to explore, sightsee and shop, relax with a delicious lunch and folklore show onboard, and stop for some swimming along the way.

Take to the streets for a walking tour of Athens’ cafés, markets, delicatessens and street food haunts. Indulge your inner foodie as you uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine and learn about the city’s culinary heritage. Stop along the way to sample local treats like donuts, sesame bread, regional cheeses and olive oil, washed down with Greek wine and freshly brewed coffee.

Meteora Monasteries with Delphi

Classical Greece and Meteora

Ancient Greece

2 days/1 night

4 days/3 nights

7 days/6 nights

It’s all about two of the most famous sites. Delphi is without doubt the centre of the ancient world. And Meteora, with its magnificent monasteries perched on top of huge rocks is amazing.

Escape the modern world and take a tour of all of the main sites of ancient Greece. Visit famous archaeological sites and museums and explore the glory that was classical Greece.

This guided tour of mainland Greece visits the most fascinating ancient sights in Greece; Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and the Meteora monasteries.

Day 1: Athens – Delphi – Kalambaka Visit Delphi, home of the most famous of Oracles and the place which influenced Western imagination for thousands of years.

Day 1: Athens – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Olympia Travel through the spectacular Corinth Canal to Mycenae, see the famous Epidaurus Theatre.

Day 1-2: Athens A guided tour of Athens, the highlight is visiting the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

The highlights of this tour are a visit to the Acropolis to see the ancient remains of the Parthenon and Erechtheion, and entrance to the Acropolis Museum which houses treasures like the famed Caryatides. You’ll also see Greek Parliament, Constitution Square and the Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held.

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Day 2: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens Perched high atop overwhelming rock formations sit the magnificent monasteries of Meteora. The six Eastern Orthodox monasteries are a holy place for Christians from all over the world and are spectacular.

Day 2: Olympia – Delphi Visit the ancient site of Olympia where the first Olympic Games were held. Day 3: Delphi – Kalambaka Today explore the archaeological site of Delphi best known for the Oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo. Day 4: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens Admire the majestic rocks surrounding Kalambaka with the famous Meteora monasteries perched on top.

Day 3: Athens – Mycenae – Olympia Drive via the Corinth Canal to the archaeological site of Mycenae, the kingdom of Agamemnon. Visit one of the best preserved and acoustically superb amphitheatres in Epidaurus. Day 4: Olympia – Delphi Visit Olympia, home of the first Olympic Games in the 8th Century BC, and Sanctuary of Zeus. Day 5: Delphi – Kalambaka Visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi, then on to the small town of Kalambaka. Day 6-7: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens Visit the breath-taking Monasteries of Meteora amazingly perched on monolithic rocks. Tour ends after breakfast in Athens.

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, coach transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary, selected entrance fees & tour guide

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, coach transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary, selected entrance fees & tour guide

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, arrival transfer Athens, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, coach transportation, sightseeing as per itinerary, selected entrance fees & tour guide

Price Guide From: $336

Price Guide From: $978

Price Guide From: $1938

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Santorini

Santorini

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Island Hopping – The Cyclades group, which include Mykonos and Santorini,

GREEK ISLANDS Who doesn’t dream of visiting the Greek islands? We make lists of our favourites and plan holidays of idyllic island hopping. There’s something about the combination of whitewashed houses, brilliantly vibrant bougainvilleas that cling to doorways, multihued fishing boats in tiny ports, gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal clear blue glistening waters, hills smelling of thyme, ancient sites with irresistible legends and history, warm hospitable people, rugged landscapes, and delicious fresh local delicacies. There are nearly 2000 islands, some very popular and some still amazingly littlevisited by tourists.

are justifiably popular, and Crete, the largest island, is especially rich in history. Take time to experience the traditional way of life on Milos, Folegandros, Sifnos or Amorgos. For fewer tourists, sail towards Turkey and the islands of Chios and Samos. If you’re not a party animal Ios may not be for you but Tinos could be perfect.

Indulge in Local Delicacies – Some of our favourites are Moussaka, Ouzo, Souvlaki and seafood so fresh it melts in your mouth.

Zorba – Take part in this traditional style dancing. Silver and Turquoise Jewellery – You will find an abundance of jewellery stores in the Greek islands. Great for you or a nice present for someone special.

Stay in a Whitewashed Village – Around Easter the Greeks spring to life and paint their houses white and doors blue. This is a big celebration marking the new season. Stay in a little whitewashed village for a truly Greek experience.

Waterfront Delights – Stop at a waterfront taverna for a refreshing beer and calamari fresh from the sea. Watch the fishermen land their catches on the wharf.

Souda Bay, Crete – Many New Zealand soldiers who fought during World War II are buried here.

Samariá Gorge, Crete – Take a car journey over the white mountains where our ancestors trekked to the south coast before they departed for Egypt. Hike the 16 kilometre long trail, the scenery is stunning and the area thought-provoking.

Live the Legends – Visit Delos, the mythological birthplace of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo; hike Mount Ida on Crete, where Cronos tried to eat all his offspring and where Zeus spent the first years of his life hidden in a cave.

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Our Island Hopping programs are the ideal way to explore the magic of the Greek islands. Our itineraries include accommodation and allow you to visit a selection of islands using local ferries with a minimum of fuss as all ferry tickets are booked in advance and delivered to your hotel. Should the ferries be delayed or cancelled (which does happen) your arrangements will be amended for you. There are endless combinations of islands, duration and inclusions, these are just a few. Contact us to create your own holiday.

GREEK EN GL AND I S L ANDS

ISLAND HOPPING

Mykonos

Mykonos and Santorini

Highlights of Greece

Cycladic Gems

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

12 days/11 nights

Definitely the favourites amongst the Greek islands both Mykonos and Santorini are ‘must-sees’. Depart from Athens. Spend 3 nights on Mykonos, chic, sleek and hedonistic but at the same time it also offers beautiful traditional Greece. The whitewashed buildings, blue doors and windmills, it’s a cosmopolitan lifestyle with waterfront tavernas and spectacular nightlife. Then 3 nights on Santorini, very unique and very popular, set on a caldera it makes for a jaw-dropping arrival as you glide up to the black cliffs topped with the white-washed villages. Wind along the paths, pop into craft stores, taste delicious gyros and spot blue dome chapels. The sunset on Santorini is often said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Return to Athens where the package ends.

This one way island hopping itinerary starts in Athens and ends in Santorini allowing you to add on more islands, or fly out of Santorini to your next destination. It includes 2 nights in Athens with a half day city tour including the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, transfer to Piraeus for your ferry to Mykonos for 2 nights. Spend the time exploring the island, watch the sunset at Little Venice, and do an optional tour to Delos island, the birthplace of Apollo. Ferry to Santorini for 2 nights, the ‘must-see’ Greek island famous for it’s unforgettable sunset and unique scenery. This program includes island transfers and ends with a transfer from your Santorini hotel to the port or airport.

A great combination of Athens sightseeing, the popular islands Mykonos and Santorini with slower paced islands Paros and Naxos. This is one of our favourite itineraries if you have a little more time, it includes 2 night stays at each place and island transfers. Explore Little Venice and admire the windmills on Mykonos, visit the beautiful beaches and the quaint little fishing village at Naoussa Bay on Paros. On to the ruins and beaches of Naxos, hear the age old tales of the love triangle between the King Theseus, Princess Aridne of Crete and the God Dionysus. The final island is one of the most famous; Santorini, relax with a local wine and watch the sunset. Return to Athens where the package ends.

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Note: Transfers on the islands are not included. Price Guide From: $1030

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR ISLAND HOPPING ATHENS (Piraeus)

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Hydrofoil or Fast Ferry Conventional Ferry NOTE: For Hydrofoil or Fast Ferry crossings, these times will be approximately half of the Conventional Ferry times stated

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Santorini

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Santorini

Mykonos

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Santorini is the place to fall in love! It’s an island that has inspired poets and musicians with its breath-taking sunsets and crystal waters rippling over the Caldera. With its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and never-ending vineyards, Santorini is Greece at its traditional best.

Mykonos has long been one of the most popular destinations in the Greek islands. An island with a touch of glamour, but which still holds on to many of the Greek traditions. Admire the windmills perched atop the town and party with the sophisticated fun-lovers. Shop until your heart’s content in creative shops, glittering with gold and silver.

A hilly island with heaps of natural beauty, vineyards and fruit trees. It’s capital, Parakia, is a gorgeous township of whitewashed houses and wee cobbled alleys whilst picturesque Naoussa, on the northern side of the island, is a colourful fishing village with tavernas dotted along the foreshore and the ruins of a Venetian fortress standing at the entrance to the harbour.

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Sometimes known as the ‘party island’, Ios is an island for the young and young at heart. It has a vibrant nightlife which blends with a real Greek flavour in its sidewalk cafés, rustic tavernas, many white sand beaches and general laid-back atmosphere. The main town of Chora is hidden in the mountains making this a unique setting from which to explore the island.

Naxos is the biggest and the most lush island in the Cycladic group. Dotted with olives, grapes, fig and citrus trees, you’ll also find churches, monasteries and castles along narrow winding lanes, sheer cliffs and fertile green gorges, sparkling sandy beaches, traditional villages perched on mountain tops, and the most famous landmark of all, the unfinished Temple of Apollo.

This is an enchanting island, lying between Paros and Santorini, at the southern edge of the Cycladic group. It’s the perfect spot for those wanting an authentic experience, a place where you can relax without mass tourism. It has spectacular landscape with a number of archaeological sites and secluded coves, whilst the small villages maintain their traditions and character.


GREEK I S L ANDS Kamares, Crete

Crete

Rhodes

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Crete is a paradise if you seek sunshine, beaches and culture. The capital, Heraklion, is famous for its Archaeological museum which houses the world’s greatest collection of Minoan Art. Chania on the northern coast, has the mountains, sparkling seas and ancient history combined with the relaxed character of the locals, making it a beautiful spot to relax and explore.

Plenty of history, tradition, exciting nightlife and sumptuous Greek cuisine. Laze on golden beaches, drink ouzo in waterfront cafés and explore the labyrinth lanes. Visit one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom, to witness a mosaic of different cultures and civilisations. The cobblestoned Street of the Knights is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval streets.

Immerse yourself in Patmos’ chic and upmarket atmosphere. This small island is known for its idyllic way of life and religious past, once home to St. John who wrote 'The Book of Revelations'. Today, this mountainous island with private coves and crystalline waters attracts sun lovers. Explore the ruins of the ancient acropolis in Skala and the imposing fortified Monastery of St. John in Chora.

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Take an early morning cruise to Navagio Beach to see the shipwreck and the stunning beach it rests on. Enjoy a swim in the clear blue water and explore the caves. Swim or snorkel with the sea turtles, and trek the hillsides. Most nights you can catch a concert or festival as music plays a huge part of the local culture.

Skopelos is an island of medieval monasteries and tiny rock chapels, with over 300 scattered across the island, one of which is the Agios Ioannis Chapel where the Mamma Mia wedding took place. Proclaimed as the ‘Green and Blue Island’ the island’s virgin pinewoods and olive groves create a romantic scenery for the outstanding architecture that is found throughout the island.

Explore ancient cultural sites or relax on the beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters on Samos. Once home to famous philosophers, a mathematician and astronomer, this inspiring island will have you enraptured from the moment you arrive. It is just a short ferry ride from Kusadasi - ideal to visit Turkey from.

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CRUISE & STAY HOLIDAYS If you are keen to see as much as possible and would like to visit several Greek islands but have limited time at your disposal, then a cruise could be the perfect option for you. Your ship moves during the night allowing you to wake up in a new and exciting destination every day. A selection of shore excursions are included for those who wish to explore while in port. We’ve created several packages, these are a few of our favourites. These all combine Athens with different cruise itineraries throughout the magnificent Greek islands.

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Rhodes

Aegean Prelude

Aegean Dream

Must See Greece

7 days/6 nights

10 days/9 nights

12 days/11 nights

Explore Athens and cruise to some of the most popular Greek islands including a glimpse of Turkey. Here you’ll visit the picturesque port of Kusadasi with opportunities for shopping and an optional tour to Ephesus.

An ideal option for exploring two capital cities as well as some of the best known Greek islands in a short space of time. Enjoy the facilities onboard your cruise whilst absorbing a magical atmosphere when in port.

Perfect to experience the highlights of Greece, combine Athens with the archaeological sites Olympia and Delphi, the unique cliff-top monasteries at Meteora, with the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey and a 4 night cruise of the islands.

Day 1-2: Athens

Day 1-2: Athens

Day 1-2: Athens

Day 3: Athens – Cruising – Mykonos

Day 3: Athens – Cruising

Day 3: Cruising Athens – Mykonos

Day 4: Cruising – Samos or Kusadasi – Patmos

Day 4: Cruising – Kusadasi

Day 4: Cruising – Kusadasi – Patmos

Day 5: Cruising Kusadasi – Rhodes

Day 5: Cruising – Rhodes

Day 6: Cruising Rhodes – Heraklion

Day 6: Cruising – Heraklion – Santorini

Day 7: Cruising Heraklion – Santorini

Day 7: Cruising – Athens

Day 8: Cruising Santorini – Milos – Mykonos

Day 8: Athens – Mycanae – Olympia

Day 9: Mykonos

Day 9: Olympia – Delphi

Note: Optional extension, stay a night (or more) on Santorini and fly Santorini/Athens.

Day 10: Cruising – Athens

Day 10-12: Delphi – Kalambaka (Meteora) – Athens

Departures: Wednesdays (Mar-Nov)

Departures: Thursdays (May-Oct)

Departures: Saturdays (Mar-Nov)

Inclusions: 2 nights Athens, 4 night cruise, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, some transfers & sightseeing, beverages on cruise, port taxes & service charges

Inclusions: 2 nights Athens, 7 night cruise, breakfast daily, lunches, dinners, some transfers & sightseeing, beverages on cruise, port taxes & service charges

Inclusions: 4 nights Athens, 4 night cruise, 4 day coach tour, breakfast daily, some lunches & dinners, some transfers & sightseeing, beverages on cruise, port taxes & service charges

Price Guide From: $1948

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Day 5: Cruising – Rhodes Day 6: Cruising – Heraklion – Santorini Day 7: Cruising – Athens

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The price guide shown is per adult, per tour share twin IB Category based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


EXPERIENCE TURKEY

Cappadocia

East meets west in Turkey in a fascinating, exotic collision of cultures and religions, ancient and

modern. Combined with its reputation for good value for money, this makes Turkey “hot”. Turkey’s strategic location, straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, guarding the waterway between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, means it has already had a major role to play in world events. From Turkey rose the Byzantine and Ottoman empires and in Turkish soil rest the remains of more than 2300 Kiwi soldiers who died at Gallipoli during the First World War. This tragic war that helped shape New Zealand’s identity means Turkey has a special place in our hearts. This feeling is reciprocated by the Turks who seem to have an especially warm welcome for Kiwis. Istanbul is a city of graceful minarets, whirling dervishes, bazaars overflowing with rugs, spices and Turkish delight. Turkey also has more than 8000 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline; spectacular ruins such as Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean; legendary Troy; and one of the world’s most astonishing landscapes, the fairy chimneys and underground cities of Cappadocia. Sail in a traditional wooden Gulet, along the beautiful Turquoise and Aegean Coasts. A truly relaxing way to experience Turkey.

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10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

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I STANBUL

Sultanahmet Mosque

Hagia Sophia

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

ISTANBUL Istanbul really is a Turkish delight, an intoxicating mix of breath-taking architecture, a roller-coaster ride of history and a stunning setting combined with the Turks’ zest for life. Head for Sultanahmet, the historic heart of the old city and gaze in amazement at the domes of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Dive underground into the spooky Basilica Cistern and then brace yourself for the Grand Bazaar. There are 3000 shops in here and the locals are very keen to sell you something! While away an afternoon in the teahouse beneath the walls of Topkapi Palace and count the ferries plying the Bosphorus and the ships sailing towards the Black Sea. At sunset the fishermen on the Galata Bridge head home just as Istanbul’s skyline forms a glowing silhouette of domes and minarets.

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Topkapi Palace – Home of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years, the Treasury in the 3rd courtyard is amazing. Get there when it opens at 9am and go straight to the Harem. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed at one time, so get there first to avoids the queues.

Hagia Sophia – Said to be one of the great buildings of the world, it’s a former Byzantine church, a former Ottoman mosque, and now a museum.

The Blue Mosque – One of the city’s premier sights, the mosque of Sultan Ahmet is called the Blue Mosque because of its light blue interior tiles. You can visit at most times of day and it’s free. Avoid all mosques on Fridays as this is the Muslim holy day and mosques can be closed for lengthy amounts of time for prayers.

Grand Bazaar – Turkey’s largest covered market sells all kinds of things like beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, leather goods, meerschaum pipes and alabaster bookends. Try out your haggling skills.

Hammam – For something a little different why not try a Turkish Bath. You’ll be pulled and pushed, rubbed and scrubbed to within an inch of your life, but you’ll come out feeling wonderful.

Bosphorus Cruise – By far the best way to view the city of Istanbul is by boat on the Bosphorus, the most impressive sights being along the southern shores. You’ll see Topkapi Palace, the Maiden’s Tower, the Selimiye Barracks (where Florence Nightingale worked), Dolmabahçe Palace, Yldz Park – Palace, the village of Ortaköy and the Bosphorus Bridge to name a few.

Turkish cuisine – Indulge in Turkish cuisine. Start with a selection of meze like stuffed vine leaves, hummus and cheeses and sip tea in tulip-shaped glasses, or go for broke and tackle the national drink – raki or lion’s milk.


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ISTANBUL ESSENTIALS 3 DAY PACKAGE A taste of Istanbul; explore the highlights of the ancient city on a full day tour including lunch. You will see Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome once used for chariot races and the Grand Bazaar.

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Olimpiyat Hotel

2 nights accommodation in Istanbul Breakfast daily Return Ataturk Airport transfers Full day Istanbul Tour with lunch

A charming hotel perfectly situated in the cultural centre of the Old Town. It’s within easy walking distance to all of the most important sights including Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the vibrant and bustling Grand Bazaar. It has rooms ideal for families, and it has its own rooftop restaurant serving Turkish cuisine.

Price Guide From: $329 per person Based on 2 nights at Olimpiyat Hotel in a Standard Room twin share

Levni Hotel & Spa

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Located in the heart of the city in the historic district, this hotel is only 200 metres from the Topkapi Palace. Rooms are spacious and well-furnished and the hotel boasts a restaurant featuring mouth-watering Ottoman and Turkish cuisine. There is also a wellness centre with a fitness room, indoor pool, sauna and Turkish Hammam.

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Just a 2 minute walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, this is an excellent example of a 19th century Ottoman stone house that has been restored in keeping with Istanbul’s historic architecture. It combines traditional design with modern facilities. Spacious rooms are decorated in rich, warm fabrics and feature antique furnishings.

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An ideal spot for those wanting to be in a modern setting but still in the centre. You’re on a lively corner right in the heart of the Old Town, just a short stroll to all of the historic attractions. Rooms are spacious and elegant with lots of natural light. Serving Turkish and Italian cuisine, the hotel’s pub is a great place to unwind.

Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel

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In the heart of historic Sultanahmet, this is one of Turkey’s Leading Lifestyle Hotels. You’ll never have to venture too far as there’s a good variety of eateries and many of the main attractions virtually on the doorstep. Rooms are funky in minimalistic style with splashes of bright colour and there is a gorgeous garden and pool to enjoy.

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SIGHTSEEING

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BYZANTIAN HERITAGE

GALLIPOLI TOUR

OTTOMAN HERITAGE

Delve into the ancient sites that are so famous in a city where east meets west and past meets present. See Hagia Sophia Basilica, the Hippodrome and the 6th century Byzantine Underground Cisterns before discovering the unbelievable Grand Bazaar with over 3000 shops and stalls.

Departure for Gallipoli, the scene of one of the ugliest campaigns of WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, the landing site of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on April 25, 1915, Lone Pine Cemetery, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.

Explore the famous sites of the city, including Topkapi Palace, which was the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, the Roman Hippodrome, which was once used for chariot races, the Blue Mosque and then the Grand Bazaar for a shopping extravaganza.

BOSPHORUS CRUISE

CLASSICAL ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Visit the Spice Markets full of oriental aromas followed by a cruise between the two continents. Sail towards the Black Sea and admire the amazing buildings and Ottoman houses on both European and Asia sides. Return back to Sirkeci/Kabatas where you will be transferred to your hotel.

This city is steeped in almost 3000 years of history. With that much history it’s almost impossible to know where to start – The Roman Hippodrome? The Blue Mosque? Hagia Sophia Basilica? Topkapi Palace? Don’t worry this tour will cut to the core of what makes this city so unique. Lunch is included.

A full day tour by foot and public transport to historic landmarks and local cultural hubs. Start with the main sights, then take a break for Turkish coffee and pastries. Visit the book and paper market and tour Istanbul University. Continue to the Spice Bazaar before winding through the old Greek and Jewish neighbourhoods.


Come aboard and discover this unique way to see the many bays, golden beaches and historical sites that make up the southern Turkish coastline. Meander past the forest-clad mountains and explore hidden inlets and bays that you can only access by sea which means you could be lucky enough to have one completely to yourself. Much of Turkey’s rich heritage is to be found along the coast, with cultural sites scattered throughout the region. Sail from bay to bay, combining a relaxing summer holiday on the water with cultural land explorations. Take advantage of southern Turkey’s 300 days a year of sunshine to simply relax and enjoy stunning scenery. The service of a small local crew are friendly, attentive and there to assist you during your voyage.

T URKEY

GULET CRUISES

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR YOUR GULET CRUISE • Gulets are traditional wooden motor sailing yachts, converted into basic but comfortable cruising vessels. • During the high summer season the gulets are fully booked so ensure you book in advance. • Itineraries may vary slightly due to sea and weather conditions to ensure the safety and comfort of guests. • Vessels used for regular sailing itineraries only take 8-12 guests and include 6-10 double cabins with private facilities without air-conditioning. • If there’s a group of you, charter a private Gulet and create your own itinerary. Gulets for private hire are usually of a higher standard and vary in sizes with a crew of 2-4 people accommodated in separate crew quarters. • Choose from a selection of our regular itineraries: Bodrum – Gulf of Gokova – Bodrum Marmaris – Fethiye – Marmaris Bodrum – Greek Islands – Bodrum Bodrum – Gulf of Hisarönü – Bodrum Departure dates vary between locations. • Some cruises can be taken as 4 day options.

Bodrum Gulet Cruise

Marmaris Gulet Cruise

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Enjoy early morning swims in crystal-blue waters, explore picturesque fishing villages, stretch your legs on forest walks and be enchanted by historic ruins.

Spectacular coves and peninsulas, pristine waters where you can see the sandy bottom and popular Marmaris give you unforgettable memories.

Tour Highlights: -- Swim and dive around the small islands and coral reefs in the Seven Island Region -- Open Air Museum on Sedir with amazing clear sea -- Walk along Cleopatra Beach with sand the same as that found in the deserts of Northern Africa -- Rest in Ali Baba’s shed-like café, a short forest walk from Longoz Bay

Tour Highlights: -- Take a “piyade”, small boat to Turtle Beach -- Cruise along the river past ancient Rock Tombs to relax at the mud baths -- At Fethiye, city of light, take an optional Jeep safari to Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) -- Anchor around the famous Gocek Gulf -- Be awed by the underwater ruins in Cleopatra Bay

Departures: Saturdays (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Saturdays (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation onboard, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, crew services & port taxes

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation onboard, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, crew services & port taxes

Price Guide From: $644

Price Guide From: $805

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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T URKEY Classical Turkey

Charming Turkey

Jewels of Turkey

10 days/9 nights

11 days/10 nights

14 days/13 nights

See many of Turkey’s classics as well as many of its secrets on this relaxing coach tour. Enjoy the stunning scenery while someone else keeps an eye on the road and the expert guide shares his wealth of knowledge.

See Turkey’s highlights on this small group tour. The food of Istanbul, incredible landscapes in Cappadocia, the terraces of Pamukkale, the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis, and visit Gallipoli.

A very popular tour showcasing many of Turkey’s highlights, from vibrant Istanbul, to the very poignant visit to the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair and on to the ancient site of Ephesus and fascinating Cappadocia.

Day 1: Istanbul Day at leisure.

Day 1-2: Istanbul Experience a full day guided tour of Istanbul.

Day 1-2: Istanbul Experience a full day guided tour of Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul Guided tour including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 3: Istanbul – Cappadocia Fly to Kayseri, upon arrival enjoy a wine tasting and exciting jeep safari to see incredible landscapes, old cities and pigeon houses carved into rocks. Overnight in a cave hotel.

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale Visit Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine.

Day 3: Istanbul – Ankara – Cappadocia Travel to Turkey’s capital where you visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. Late evening arrive in Cappadocia. Day 4: Cappadocia Take an optional balloon tour early morning and then enjoy a full day excursion of this fascinating place. Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale Visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai and the Whirling Dervishes before reaching Pamukkale. Day 6: Pamukkale – Izmir Be amazed at the gorgeous white terraces of carbonate minerals, a photographer’s delight. Day 7: Izmir – Ephesus – Sirince – Izmir Today’s highlight is the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit Sirince, the cute village on top of Mount Ephesus with impressive views of vineyards, and little shops lining the cobbled streets. Day 8: Izmir – Pergamum – Canakkale Early departure for Pergamum to visit the ancient medical centre of Asklepion. Day 9: Canakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul Cross the Dardanelles and reach Gallipoli where you stop at many sites including Chunuk Bair and the New Zealand Memorial.

Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale Visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai and Mausoleum of Mevlana on route to Pamukkale. Day 6: Pamukkale – Izmir Visit ancient Hierapolis, then the Temple of Artemis at Selcuk, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Day 7: Day tour to Ephesus and Sirince Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, it’s magnificent library, theatre and temples. Lunch in a nomadic tent for a Gozleme. Continue to Sirince, one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. Day 8: Izmir – Pergamum – Canakkale Today we stop at Troy, where the legendary Trojan War took place. Day 9: Canakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul Cross the Dardanelles to Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine.

Day 5: Ephesus and Sirince (Day trip) Temples and tombs of the ancient city of Ephesus. Day 6: Kusadasi – Hierapolis – Pamukkale Drive through the cotton farms to the lime cascades of Pamukkale. Day 7: Pamukkale – Koycegiz – Fethiye Boat cruise to Turtle Beach and some mudbath pampering. Day 8: Kayakoy and Oludeniz (Day trip) Visit the Greek village of Kayakoy, now a ghost town, then the famed Blue Lagoon Oludeniz. Day 9: Fethiye – Saklikent Gorge – Antalya Known as the ‘Hidden Valley’ the gorge is one of the deepest in the world. Day 10: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya – Cappadocia Tour the monastery of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. Day 11: Cappadocia Spend the day exploring this unique region.

Day 10: Istanbul Today is a food tour of the back streets of Istanbul. You will try sherbet, Turkish Delight, nuts, ethnic dishes from all regions of Anatolia. Explore the Beyoglu area known for Greek mezes, Turkish pizza and desert.

Day 12: Cappadocia – Ankara – Safranbolu Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk.

Day 11: Istanbul Tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Day 14: Istanbul Tour ends after breakfast.

Departures: Fridays (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set Fridays (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Saturdays (Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, arrival & departure airport transfer, air-conditioned transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees, porterage & local taxes

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, arrival & departure airport transfer, airfare IstanbulCappadocia, jeep safari and wine tasting, air-conditional transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees, porterage & local taxes

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners, arrival & departure airport transfer, air-conditioned transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees, porterage & local taxes

Price Guide From: $1680

Price Guide From: $2740

Price Guide From: $2510

Day 10: Istanbul Tour ends after breakfast.

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Day 4: Cappadocia Optional balloon tour early morning then full day excursion including Kaymakli Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum.

Day 4: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi Visit the legendary site of Troy.

Day 13: Safranbolu – Istanbul Enjoy a tour of this UNESCO village named after Saffron, produced nearby.

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


In Europe the free wheeling experience becomes more challenging with driving on the right hand side of the road. Don’t be put off, roads and autobahns are well surfaced and clearly signposted. Most major roads do have tolls so it is often cheaper and more scenic to stay on the secondary roads.

Choosing your Rental Car

Things to think about:

Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We strongly recommend a compact size car for two adults. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base and not for transporting your luggage, a smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest you book your car before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice.

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Get an International Driver’s Permit from the AA before you go, to be used in conjunction with your New Zealand driver’s license when abroad

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Minimum age requirements (varies from country to country)

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Additional driver fees

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One way rental fees

While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can rest assured that in many countries throughout Europe, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Optional equipment e.g. child seats, roof racks

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Non-waivable excess

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Hertz NeverLost

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Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection Insurance are included - you will be offered additional insurance options when you pick up your car

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Depending on the insurance option you take on collection of your vehicle, Hertz will take an imprint of your credit card as security. The amount held varies depending on car type and location

Emergency Roadside Assistance

Hertz NeverLost satellite navigation system is available across 15 countries in Europe and 300 locations, and with its seamless crossborder capability, it is ideal for independent travellers who like to know where they are going. The system has extensive, detailed mapping, a wide, easy-to-use full-colour touch-screen that provides access to turn-by-turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon.

CAR RENTAL

DRIVING IN EUROPE

Sight-seeing your way. There really is only one way to see the best of Europe – self-drive. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and exceptional service, you can enjoy everything Europe has to offer from the comfort of a Hertz rental vehicle. To start planning your next adventure today call or visit your local travel agent.

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TAKE TO THE TRACKS Travelling Europe by train allows you to experience the best this continent has to offer. Spain’s high speed trains run from Madrid, linking the major cities in comfort and style, and sprinting you across unique landscapes, into quaint towns, along coastlines and into grand old stations giving you a sense of adventures to be had. Portuguese trains run at a more leisurely pace with a good level of comfort to watch the landscape pass by.

Eurail Passes

Country Passes

Luxury Trains

Eurail Passes These are the ideal way to travel around Europe.

One Country Pass Pick from individual European Country Passes, the flexible pass is valid for unlimited travel on your chosen day of travel and valid for one month. Your chosen travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.

El Transcantabrico The first Spanish tourist luxurious train has been delighting its travellers through spectacular places for 28 years. All the magic of northern Spain awaits you, from the lands of Castile and Leon, to the shores of the Bay of Biscay. El Transcantabrico offers a number of itineraries, the most popular two being Santiago de Compostela - Leon and Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastián. Both itineraries are available in reverse direction. Each compartment is elegantly furnished with large picture windows. Receive daily newspapers and magazines and a security service.

Eurail Global Pass A Global Pass provides the ultimate freedom, you can see Europe your way, visiting any of the 31 countries in any order you wish. Choose a continuous pass if you are frequently on the move, or the Flexi Pass option if you want to spend more time in each destination and not travel every day.

High Speed Trains AVE Known for its punctuality, the AVE offers a high level of service and makes travelling through Spain a pleasant and comfortable experience. Barcelona – Madrid journey time: 2hrs 40mins Madrid – Seville journey time: 2hrs 20mins

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The Eurail flexi pass is valid for unlimited travel on any 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 days in 1 month. Travel days may be used consecutively or nonconsecutively. Experience the sights and sounds of flamboyant, beautiful Spain with a Spain Eurail Pass. Start in Lisbon and explore vibrant, lively Portugal with the Portugal Eurail Pass. With a Greece Eurail Pass warm climates, stunning vistas and historic architecture are all within easy reach by train. Use a Eurail Turkey Pass to discover Turkey. There are 2 types of Eurail Greek Islands passes offering either international travel by ferry between Italy and Greece, plus travel to four Greek islands once you’re there, available in First and Second class OR travel by ferry in Second class on domestic routes between the Greek Islands. Favourites like Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos are all waiting. The Eurail Greek Islands Pass is a flexi pass valid for unlimited travel on any 5 or 6 trips in 1 month.

Al Andalus In southern Spain, enjoy a seven day round trip from Seville through Andalucia in complete luxury, visiting the cities of Seville, Córdoba, Segovia, Granada and Ronda. Or choose a shorter one way itinerary Seville to Madrid. Witness the art of horse riding and flamenco, a hallmark of the essence of Andalusia. For your comfort the train remains stationary overnight to ensure you enjoy a good nights sleep.


At Peregrine they’re for premium adventures, and for them that means embracing the spirit of adventure through a more immersive cultural journey. Handpicked accommodation, small groups, award-winning local guides, added inclusions and a more considered pace.

Cruising the Islands of Greece and Turkey

Essence of Spain

9 days/8 nights

13 days/12 nights

Cruise the Aegean Sea on a small ship and take in the perennial favourites of Santorini and Mykonos, as well as charming hill villages, secluded beaches and unforgettable archaeological sites. This 9 day adventure cruise offers something for everyone.

Walk in the footsteps of Gaudi and Picasso, taste fine wines and tapas, and witness the whitewashed villages that bring Spain to life. This is a comprehensive journey from Barcelona to Madrid including all the highlights down south.

Tour Highlights: -- Soak up the sun on own your private paradise at Manganari Beach -- Get off the tourist trail with a stop in Amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breath-taking views of the Aegean Sea -- Brush up on your history and mythology by touring the important archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Delos with local guides -- Tour the ruins of Ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city

Tour Highlights: -- Explore the wonders of Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia church and the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter -- Taste different types of olive oil on an exclusive visit to a small, family run factory in Andalucia -- Explore the tranquil Albufera Lake by boat and learn how fishermen and rice growers ply their trade here -- Explore the Alhambra Palace with a guide, then lose yourself in the charming streets of the old Moorish quarter -- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed art cities of Avila and Segovia

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, all transport by small cruise ship and bus & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, all transport by private vehicle, metro, local bus, boat & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $5210

Price Guide From: $7495

GREECE

AEGEAN SEA

ATHENS Sounion Mykonos Delos Paros Poliegos Folegandros Santorini

Ávila

TURKEY Ephesus Kusadasi

Segovia MADRID Toledo

Barcelona

PORTUGAL

SPAIN Córdoba

Amorgos

TOURI NG

PEREGRINE ADVENTURES

Seville

Valencia

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Granada

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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BACK-ROADS TOURING With a maximum of 18 passengers, Back-Roads are the experts in small group touring. Picture a touring holiday which delves that much deeper. One that invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views. And each day ends in a hand-picked boutique retreat.

Discover Portugal

Iberian Inspiration

9 days/8 nights

11 days/10 nights

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s cobblestone streets. The remote beauty of the Douro Valley to Roman ruins and famous pilgrimage sites. A country still basking in the glow of ancient customs.

East meets west, past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals. We take it all in, in search of hidden Iberia.

Tour Highlights: -- Cruise the Douro River in a traditional styled, but electric powered, rabelo boat -- Be moved by the folk music of traditional Fado singers -- Explore the magnificent Coimbra University and the Joanina Library -- Sample Pastéis de Belem – Lisbon’s famous egg custard tart -- Visit the romantic village of Óbidos surrounded by medieval walls and gazing onto a tapestry of vineyards and windmills -- Paint your own tile at the Tile Painting Museum with local artisans

Tour Highlights: -- Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels -- Watch black Iberian pigs roam in the Sierra de Aracena and taste famous jamón ibérico -- Discover the Alentejo region travelling from Seville to Lisbon -- Cross the vast plains of La Mancha – Don Quixote country -- Visit the Alhambra, a breath-taking Moorish palace in Granada -- Spend the night in Seville and enjoy a traditional flamenco show -- Taste Spanish olive oil at its source in a peaceful olive grove

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Nov)

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transport, European breakfast daily, 4 dinners, Fado performance, wine tastings, sightseeing & all entrances

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 2 tapas lunch, 3 dinners, flamenco show, sightseeing & all entrances

Price Guide From: $4479

Price Guide From: $5049

Braga Guimaráes Penafiel Porto Pinhão Douro Valley Lamego

Nazaré Óbidos Queluz

Tomar Alvados LISBON

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

Estremoz

Viseu Coimbra

ATLANTIC OCEAN

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PORTUGAL LISBON

SPAIN

Monsaraz

Sierra de Aracena

MADRID

Toledo Valdepeñas Úbeda

Córdoba Seville Granada MEDITERRANEAN Jerez SEA Acros Ronda ATLANTIC OCEAN Grazalema

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Discover Europe… on small group tours with leisurely 2 to 5 night stays so you can savour the superb places you have travelled so far to visit. Offering the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential guaranteed ‘My Time’ to do your own exploring, the touring programmes are genuinely inclusive with no additional ‘on tour’ costs, even the end of tour tips are included!

Northern Spain and the Pyrenees

‘Magnifico’ Spain and Portugal

17 days/16 nights

18 days/17 nights

From the rolling vineyards of the Rioja region, follow Spain’s Costa Verde to elegant San Sebastián. Explore the French Pyrenees and walled city of Carcassonne. Ride mountain cable cars and cruise the Canal du Midi.

Such emotion… The passion of the flamenco, the click of heels and clack of castanets, the seductive gardens of Granada’s Alhambra, the heart stopping chasm at Ronda, and your private cruise on the Alto Douro.

Tour Highlights: -- Stay 3 nights in an 800 year old Parador in the Rioja region -- See the walled medieval city of Laguardia and beautiful Haro -- Take the spectacular cable car ride up to the summit of the Picos de Europa -- Stay 3 nights in Spain’s culinary capital of San Sebastián and see the world-famous Guggenheim Museum -- Stay 3 nights in the heart of historical Carcassonne and sip bubbly where it was actually first invented -- Relax in Le Somail by the beautiful Canal du Midi

Tour Highlights: -- Stay in specially selected, authentic hotels, Pousadas and Paradores -- Visit the Alhambra Palace and the Gardens of the Generalife, Córdoba’s Mesquita Cathedral, Ronda, Seville and enjoy a Spanish flamenco dinner show -- Taste Vinho Verde at Aveleda Wine Estate and experience a lunch cruise on the Alto Douro -- Visit Toledo’s extraordinary cathedral and enjoy a farewell dinner with dramatic city views

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 16 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 9 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, plus your end of tour tips

Inclusions: 17 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 9 dinners, sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, plus your end of tour tips

Price Guide From: $7737

Price Guide From: $10,177 Braga

Santillana de Mar Santander Castro Urdiales FRANCE Potes Biarritz Bilbao Picos de Europa Saint Jean de Luz Pau San Tarbes Sebastián Minerve Carcassonne Canal du Midi Vitoria Pamplona Lourdes Pic du Midi St Hilaire Haro Olite Mirepoix Burgos Laguardia The Pyrenees Rioja Region Figueres

Porto

Sitio Nazaré Obidos Sintra LISBON Cabo da Roca Cascais Évora

Barcelona

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

El Valle de los Caidos El Escorial Toledo

MADRID

Córdoba

Seville ATLANTIC OCEAN Cadiz

Segovia

SPAIN

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

MADRID

Guimaraes Salamanca

Régua

TOURI NG

ALBATROSS TOURS

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Granada Ronda

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Freedom to discover, confidence to explore.

Great Mosque of Cรณrdoba, Spain One of our many Spanish cultural experiences.

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Trafalgar infuses every trip with the best moments, like their exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. Every element of their holidays is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life with the perfect balance of the right experiences, sights, inclusions, hotels, even the locals you meet. Giving you the best holiday.

Great Iberian Cities

Spain, Morocco & Portugal

9 days/8 nights

16 days/15 nights

From the sun-kissed Catalan city of Barcelona to the seafaring capital of Lisbon, dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal’s spellbinding capital.

The Moorish influence on the culture of Spain, Portugal and Morocco is clear throughout this journey, but the differences that make each country so distinctive also stand out.

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy a traditional Andalucian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you’ll learn how to produce and sample yourself -- Explore the famous cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Seville and Lisbon with a Local Specialist -- Visit Plaça Catalunya, Prado Museum, Church of Santo Tome, Toledo Synagogue, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España and Hieronymite Monastery

Trip Highlights: -- City tour with Local Specialists in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon -- Be My Guest: Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal’s beautiful Alentejo -- Cultural Insight: Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel -- Cultural Insight: Visit a Moroccan pharmacy to learn about local healing creams and cosmetics made from regional ingredients

Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners (including Be My Guest), experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners (including Be My Guest), experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $3150

Price Guide From: $4825

Barcelona

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

Salamanca

MADRID

Fatima LISBON

Toledo

LISBON

PORTUGAL Seville

SPAIN Seville

TOURI NG

SIMPLY THE BEST... WAY TO HOLIDAY

ATLANTIC OCEAN

MADRID Toledo Granada

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Costa del Sol

Tangiers

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

RABAT Casablanca Marrakesh

MOROCCO Fez Middle Atlas

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

ALGERIA

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TRAVELLING WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS Insight Vacations provides seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions, with highly-trained Travel Directors on hand to ensure your journey runs smoothly.

Glories of Greece

Best of Spain and Portugal

7 days/6 nights

15 days/14 nights

Join an expert in antiquities, as you explore the wonders of Kalambaka and Olympia, visiting monasteries, monuments and ancient sites along the way.

Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.

Trip Highlights: -- Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon -- Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans -- Delphi: Walk to The Sacred Way, see the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo -- Olympia: See the Temple of Zeus, athlete’s gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began -- Corinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece

Trip Highlights: -- Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian -- Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral, past the altarpiece, to the Tomb of Columbus -- Granada: With a Local Expert, discover Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Muslim architecture, and the gardens of the Generalife -- Barcelona: Enter Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica -- Porto: Taste famous Port wines at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores -- Lisbon: Visit the Jerónimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights premium accommodation with 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director & luxury transport

Inclusions: 14 nights premium centrally located hotels with 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director & luxury transport

Price Guide From: $3075

Price Guide From: $5625

Porto

GREECE Kalambaka

Fatima Òbidos Sintra LISBON

Thermopylae

IONIAN SEA

Patras

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Barcelona

Segovia

Salamanca

MADRID

Meteora

Olympia

PORTUGAL

Delphi

Mycenae Nafplio

Corinth Canal

ATHENS

AEGEAN SEA

Avila

Peniscola Toledo

Valencia

SPAIN

Seville

Córdoba Granada

Gibraltar

Sant Sadurni d’Anoi

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Costa del Sol

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


You deserve the best when travelling Europe. Uniworld offers boutique ships with an average capacity of just over 100 guests, the most all-inclusive amenities, farm-to-table cuisine, exclusive excursions, meticulously appointed staterooms and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river industry. Discover this continent’s unique treasures from your luxurious river cruise ship.

C RUI S I NG

UNIWORLD RIVER CRUISING

Portugal, Spain and The Douro River 11 days/10 nights A journey designed for culturally curious travellers. Your journey starts in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Cruise Highlights: -- Experience Portugal’s natural wonders and a world-famous gallery of prehistoric rock art at the Côa Valley Archaeological Park -- Enjoy an Exclusive Experience wine tasting at a wine estate in Pinhão -- Delight in a Portuguese BBQ dinner on the top deck of S.S. Sao Gabriel with the breath-taking Vega de Terron as your backdrop -- Visit the factory of the world’s largest cork producer, Amorim Cork on a Masterpiece Collection tour -- Get to know Lisbon on a city tour where the historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the “Age of Discovery,” when the Portuguese owned the seas -- Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings, and admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past -- Enjoy private tastings of Port -- Explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene -- Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCOdesignated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them -- In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university, its sand coloured building and abundance of churches -- Back in Portugal visit the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães

Guimarães Porto

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov) Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxurious riverview stateroom on the chic S.S. Sao Gabriel, 3 hotel nights in Lisbon, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities Price Guide From: $7099 (Classic Cabin)

Pinhão

Pocinho Régua Entre-os-Rios Vega de Terrón Barca d’Alva Salamanca Castelo Coimbra Rodrigo

PORTUGAL SPAIN LISBON

The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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VIKING CRUISES Viking fares are highly inclusive, offering dining in a range of venues, wine and beer with meals and an excursion in every port at no extra cost. Viking ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. As the Thinking Person’s Cruise line, Viking offers everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Portugal’s River of Gold

Trade Routes of the Middle Ages

10 days/9 nights

15 days/14 nights

Experience the renaissance of Lisbon, newly invigorated with trending galleries and restaurants. Cruise the Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO site.

Trace medieval routes of commerce during a fascinating 15 day cruise, bookended by enriching overnight stays in Bergen and Barcelona.

Cruise Highlights: -- Witness the legacy of brave explorers and stroll one of Lisbon’s most colourful and traditional districts -- Get to know the city built on Port, the fortified wine for which it is named, Porto -- Visit the extraordinary Mateus Palace, and enjoy a wine tasting at the local quinta -- Head into the breath-taking countryside to visit hilltop Castelo Rodrigo, a tiny medieval fortress town that time seems to have forgotten

Cruise Highlights: -- Experience the Norwegian charms of Bergen and see the beautiful 18th century wooden houses and visit the Hanseatic Museum -- Explore three of Europe’s most picturesque cities: Amsterdam, Brugge and Paris -- Call on England from Portsmouth and Falmouth -- Admire the neoclassical gems of the wine-making city of Porto and explore Málaga, gateway to the Alhambra palace -- View the splendid Roman ruins of Cartagena

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct 2020; Apr-Dec 2021)

Departures: Set departures (Apr, Sep-Oct 2020; Apr 2021)

Inclusions: 9 night cruise Lisbon to Porto or vice versa, 8 guided tours including 5 UNESCO World Heritage-sites, all meals, beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner, unlimited WiFi

Inclusions: 14 night cruise Bergen to Barcelona or vice versa, all meals including 24 hour room service, beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water, unlimited WiFi, 1 complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Price Guide From: $6419

Price Guide From: $8279 Bergen, NORWAY

Santiago de Compostela

Key: Cruise Coach

Amsterdam

UNITED KINGDOM Falmouth

Portsmouth

NETHERLANDS Zeebrugge

Le Havre

Braga Porto

Lamego Régua Barca d’Alva

Coimbra

BELGIUM LUXEMBOURG

CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

Pinhão

AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND

FRANCE ITALY

Salamanca

PORTUGAL

MADRID

Porto Barcelona

PORTUGAL SPAIN

LISBON

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SPAIN

Cartagena Málaga

The price guide shown is per person, per cruise, twin share, based on low season travel including port taxes, fees & gratuities. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries may differ slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: • We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services. • The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier. • Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. • All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. • We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if

your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days

8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included.

5. PRICES

12. VISAS/PASSPORTS

5.1 The prices provided are a guide only based on low season, per adult share twin and are correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing.

For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information.

5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing. 5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure. 6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the UK & Europe is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs. 7. PAYMENT 7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers. 7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure. 7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible. 8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable.

13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.


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We’ll take your ideas then add our own tips and suggestions on how to make your time away very special.

But just as important we’ll help you avoid the various pitfalls when booking flights, tours and accommodation along with lengthy flight connections, sudden cancellations, forgotten visas, lost luggage and missing passports to name a few. It’s what we’ve been doing every single day for the last 30 years now. Making Kiwi holidays even better by working together.

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