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FRANCE & ITALY


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

BLACK SEA

BULGARIA

MACEDONIA ALBANIA TYRRHENIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

GREECE

Istanbul

ANKARA

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

IONIAN SEA

The Climate Monthly Average Temperatures in ËšC Jan

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Jun

Jul

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Austria

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15/25

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6/14

2/7

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4/16

9/21

13/24

14/27

14/26

10/22

6/16

1/8

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Czech Republic

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2/12

7/18

11/21

12/22

12/23

9/18

6/14

0/5

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England

2/6

2/7

6/12

8/14

10/17

12/20

14/22

13/21

11/19

8/14

5/10

4/7

France

1/6

1/7

3/11

6/14

10/18

12/21

15/24

14/24

11/21

8/15

4/10

2/7

Germany

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-1/5

2/10

4/13

8/19

12/22

14/24

13/24

11/20

6/14

2/7

0/5

Greece

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7/14

8/16

11/20

16/25

20/30

23/33

23/33

19/29

15/24

12/19

8/15

Ireland

3/8

3/8

4/10

5/11

7/14

10/17

12/19

12/18

10/16

8/13

5/10

4/8

Italy

2/10

2/12

5/16

8/20

12/24

15/29

17/32

17/31

15/27

11/21

6/15

3/10

Netherlands

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0/6

3/9

5/12

8/16

11/19

13/21

13/21

11/18

8/14

4/9

2/7

Portugal

7/14

8/15

10/17

11/18

12/21

15/25

17/28

18/28

17/27

14/24

11/17

9/15

Scotland

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1/7

2/8

3/11

6/14

9/17

11/19

11/18

8/16

6/11

3/9

2/7

Spain

5/13

5/14

7/16

8/17

12/20

16/24

19/27

20/28

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12/21

8/17

6/14

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5/12

9/17

12/20

15/23

14/22

11/18

7/13

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Turkey

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2/9

3/11

7/16

12/21

16/25

18/28

19/28

16/24

13/20

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES

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As a KrisFlyer member, you can earn KrisFlyer miles when you fly Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or any of our partner airlines which include member airlines of the Star Alliance network. Your KrisFlyer miles may be redeemed for flights to more than 1000 destinations in over 170 countries, as well as upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and our world-class partner airlines. Visit krisflyer.com to enrol as a KrisFlyer member for free today.

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TAKE TO THE ROAD

Accommodation Ratings

Car Rental

France & Italy Map

Car Leasing

6 Tips for your Holiday

Adventure by Motorhome

What’s your style?

EXPERIENCE FRANCE

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Paris Day Tours from Paris Multi-Day Tours from Paris

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TAKE TO THE TRACKS

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TOURING

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CRUISING THE WATERWAYS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Canals

French Riviera

Rivers

The Villages of Provence

Mediterranean

Bordeaux to the Mediterranean Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley Champagne, Alsace & the Rhône Valley Walking & Cycling Holidays Battlefield Tours

EXPERIENCE ITALY

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Rome Venice Florence Tuscany Cinque Terre Milan Italian Lakes Emilia-Romagna Amalfi Coast Fascinating Puglia Sun drenched Sicily Italy Experiences

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.

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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. Pricing is in New Zealand dollars.

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FRANC E & I TALY M AP

UNITED KINGDOM BELGIUM

Calais Lille

ENGLISH CHANNEL Cherbourg

Le Havre

CHAMPAGNE

LUXEMBOURG

Reims

Bayeux

GERMANY

NORMANDY PARIS

Mont St. Michel

St. Malo Rennes

BRITTANY

Strasbourg ALSACE

AUSTRIA

LOIRE VALLEY

Nantes

Tours

BURGUNDY

FRANCE POITUCHARENTES

BAY OF BISCAY

Bordeaux DORDOGNE

LIMOUSIN AUVERGNE Rocamadour

Dijon

SWITZERLAND TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

Lyon RHONE ALPES

AOSTA VALLEY

Como Milan

VENETO Verona

FRIULIVENEZIA GIULIA Trieste

SLOVENIA

Venice

Turin Parma PIEDMONT EMILIA-ROMAGNA Bologna Genoa Cinque Terre BASQUE REGION LIGURIA LANGUEDOC PROVENCE La Spezia TUSCANY MIDI-PYRENEES ROUSSILLON MONACO Florence Avignon Pisa Biarritz MARCHE Nice Montpellier Toulouse Siena ITALY Aix-en-Provence FRENCH Perugia Marseille RIVIERA UMBRIA MEDITERRANEAN

SPAIN

CORSICA Ajaccio

Olbia

Pescara L'Aquila ABRUZZO LAZIO ROME MOLISE

APULIA Bari CAMPANIA Brindisi Naples Pompeii BASILICATA Salerno Sorrento Amalfi Capri

Alghero SARDINIA

CALABRIA

Palermo

Reggio di Calabria SICILY

Taormina

Pont d'Avignon, France

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TASTE YOUR WAY AROUND FRANCE & ITALY


FRANCE & ITALY Whether you want to climb the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower, these are a couple of dreamy countries bursting with cultural, historical and natural treasures. They have 90 UNESCO World Heritage-sites between them, from prehistoric decorated caves to fortified cities. They share the snowy French and Italian Alps, perfect for lovers of winter sports, and the Mediterranean coast along the glamorous South of France, Cote d’Azur, past colourful fishing villages piling down the cliffs of the Cinque Terre, breath-taking Amalfi Coast and the stylish island of Capri. They have cool microstates – Monaco, Andorra, Vatican and San Marino – small independent states dating back to the first millennium, and famous iconic cities full of history, showcased in magical architecture, ruins and cathedrals. Both countries have excellent train systems that deliver you to the heart of the main towns. Once you’ve feasted on the museums, art, shopping, it’s time to experience leisurely living in the countryside. Stay in a villa, or a castle, wander cobbled streets and rejoice at the gastronomic delights at every turn.

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There’s nothing quite as delicious as a real French croissant or fresh baguette. Dine at any auberge and a basket of sliced ‘pain’ will be endlessly replenished at your table. When in Italy, it’s all about rustic indulgence; little family-run restaurants where non-flashy décor is an indication that the food is not only sublime, but also authentic. Forget your carb woes and embrace pasta like an Italian; spaghetti is a daily pleasure you really can’t deny yourself.

1 / ART LOVERS UNITE There’s the Louvre but there’s also Paris’ Musee D’Orsay. As well as the huge collection of artwork, the former Gare d’Orsay railway station is a stunning piece of art nouveau in itself. For convenience, purchase a ‘Skip the Line’ pass; it costs a little extra but you’ll be able to jump the queue, and if you’re in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, entry is free. In Italy, Florence can’t be outdone for its endless selection of art galleries, such as the Uffizi and Accademia. While in Rome, the works of Michelangelo are almost inescapable. For less commercialised arty hangouts, Mougins in the French Riviera is where Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life. It’s also where he famously painted on the walls of his hotel room, much to the fury of its owner. In Arles follow the scenes Van Gogh painted or in Aixen-Provence walk in the footsteps of Cezanne.

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2 / MARVEL AT HISTORIC ICONS When the sun shines on the Château Chenonceau it’s an enchanting spectacle of fairytale turrets and perfectly manicured flowerbeds. From the Loire Valley to southern France, a magic ambience also exists at Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct is illuminated at night with dramatic effect. Historic relics can be sought throughout Europe, but nothing quite compares to Pompeii. From dusty roads to intricate tiles still adorning dilapidated walls, you’ll be overwhelmed by pockets of history.


5 / BECOME A WINE CONNOISSEUR Regardless of whether your palette is accustomed to a sharp Chablis or a Pinot Noir, the vineyards that blanket France and Italy are a spectacle in themselves. In France’s countryside you’ll find hearty reds in Bordeaux and the charming town of St Émilion, whereas lovers of a lighter red will enjoy Beaujolais; its subtle yet refreshing characteristics perfectly complement a long lazy lunch. Chianti is found in Italy’s much loved Tuscany region and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is another famed red from the region. And then there’s Champagne, which somehow tastes even more exquisite when served against a beautiful Champagne backdrop.

4 / BE YOUR OWN SKIPPER Is there anything better than commandeering your own boat, adopting the role of captain and taking to the water with no fixed itinerary? In a country connected by canals, a great way to discover France is from the unique perspective of its serene waterways. Ideal for couples, families and groups of friends, acquire a vessel with a flying bridge (external navigational controls) so you can be the skipper as well as part of the social experience. If France has canals, then Italy has Venice; replete with a romantic assortment of palaces, squares, churches and bridges.

6 / KIWI CONNECTION You'll receive a warm welcome everywhere in France, but nowhere more so than Le Quesnoy. A small commune in the north, Germans held this township captive for the majority of WWI. That was until the New Zealand division seized it back; an act the residents (both past and present) have never forgotten. You'll find streets named after New Zealand places and even a primary school bearing the name of a Kiwi soldier. Over one hundred years after Le Quesnoy's freeing, you won't find a more poignant place to commemorate the French NZ connection. In Italy, a small city called Cassino is where NZ soldiers fought for the liberation of its historic hilltop abbey, Monte Cassino in WWII. Today the monastery stands fully re-built, but the atmosphere attests to a traumatic past.

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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 great fans of unique, boutique-style accommodation options. This style of accommodation is great if you like to get off the beaten track and live amongst the locals. Throughout France and Italy there are hundreds of properties to choose from, ranging from apartments to villas and even châteaux. We also have a large range of hotels that we can help you choose from, perfect for those city stays and walking distance to the local transport and must-see attractions.

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HOTEL

APARTMENT

CHÂTEAU

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. Many 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.

When you think of France, chances are that the magnificent châteaux and their immaculate gardens come to mind. They retain a tangible atmosphere of past grandeur that brings out the romantic in most people and the good news is, it’s easier than you think to live like a king or queen. Many of these magical châteaux are now hotels offering you the chance to peek into the past while enjoying modern facilities like spas, swimming pools and tennis courts. They’re scattered throughout the country so perfect for a self-drive royal discovery.


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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 in France or Italy. 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. Dally over a meal as you reconnect with family and friends, munch on a crusty baguette beside your pool, and let languid afternoons melt into lazy evenings over a bottle of Chianti. Visit charming markets and meander from sight to sight, exploring nearby towns and villages.

Stay in some unique places in fascinating landscapes. In Italy, the intriguing sassi of Matera are restored stone caves cut into the rock face and tumbling through a labyrinth of narrow streets and stone churches. In southern Italy base yourself in the slow paced, rural Itria Valley in a Trulli, the curious conical-roofed huts. On France’s waterways, snake past vineyards, market villages and ancient castles on your canal boat, set up for maximum comfort. Enjoy a meal out on the deck, or take the bike into a nearby village to explore.

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EXPERIENCE FRANCE

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FAST FACTS

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Country Name:

France

Population:

67 million

Capital:

Paris

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

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

France is indeed beautiful – from its Côte d’Azur beaches and Loire châteaux to vintage wines

and gourmet food. It’s the largest country in Western Europe so there’s a province for everyone and a city for every taste. The Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, the Pyrenées forming a border with Spain, the Alps shared with Italy and Switzerland, and rivers including the legendary Loire and Rhine, ensure stunning landscapes. From this land have risen historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Napoléon and the Sun King, Louis XIV. France breathes history but bursts with artistic accomplishment too – stand and feel the magic of scenes captured by renowned painters such as Monet, Cézanne and Picasso. The land has given us Champagne and Burgundy wines, truffles and Camembert. Markets overflow with glowing peaches and cherries, and chefs transform this bounty into haute cuisine. Paris, the city of light and the French capital is, its residents believe, the heart of France. With the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River, who can blame them for being biased? But follow the French into the countryside and you’ll find a different world of stone villages, fields of lavender, vineyards and seaside playgrounds of the rich and famous.


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

PARIS What other city can conjure up romance, elegance and chic sophistication like Paris? This is a city to savour – whether from high among the lattice work of the Eiffel Tower or from a pavement café with a glass of Bordeaux in hand. The treasures of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the elegant Champs Elysées – all are essential Paris. But be prepared to detour – watch a game of boules in the Jardin de Luxembourg or dither between a rich, custardy millefeuille and a flaky pain au chocolat at a nearby pâtisserie. Watch artists at work near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and marvel at the Impressionist masterpieces in the Musée d’Orsay. Peoplewatch in a side walk café and when the sun sets, fall in love with Paris all over again.

Paris Museum Pass – A sightseer’s best friend, allowing unlimited entry to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Check out the crazy traffic from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, have Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you at the Louvre and imagine times gone by at Château de Fontainebleau.

Canal St Martin – With its old iron footbridge, Canal St Martin was made famous in the movie Amelie, it's lined with cafés and restaurants and is a great place to hang out.

Tour Montparnasse – For stunning views of Paris. From here you can see all the major sights, and it is far less crowded than the Eiffel Tower.

Père-Lachaise Cemetery – Said to be the world’s most visited graveyard, some of the most frequented graves are those of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Get a free map on the way in at the conservation office just inside the main entrance off Boulevard de Menilmontant.

Saint Chapelle – Not far from the Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle is a spectacular cathedral with the most amazing stained glass windows.

Three Prices to Pay in France – At a café stand at the bar like a local (the most economical). Sit down inside the café and the price goes up, and if you sit outside on the footpath the cost is even higher, but it's worth it for the people watching.

Walk! - Paris has different neighbourhoods that are their own little villages, explore them by foot, you never know what goodies you’ll find. Or do a guided walking tour focused on your interest; food, history, art, shopping, wine, the choice is yours.

Shopping – The birthplace of haute couture, and Coco Channel, Paris has the largest Louis Vuitton in the world, great boutiques in Le Marais, Saint-German-desPrès, and Montmartre, and fantastic department stores such as Galleries Lafayette.

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A taste of Paris, enjoy an orientation tour, a Seine River cruise, skip the line entrance to many of Paris’ famous museums and monuments including the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. Use the Visite transport pass to explore Paris at your own pace - shopping, sightseeing, markets, a cabaret show, the choice is yours.

Includes: • 3 nights accommodation in Paris • Breakfast daily • Private arrival transfer from Charles de Gaulle airport to the hotel • 2 day Paris Pass including 1 day Hop On Hop Off bus tour, Seine River cruise, 2 day Museum Pass with entrance to over 60 museums and monuments including the Louvre, 2 day Visite Pass •• Skip the line Eiffel Tower with audio guide

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Hotel Des Trois Poussins

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Hotel Peyris Opera

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Best Western Plus La Demeure

This area has a real village atmosphere with local favourite, Rue Des Martyrs, at the end of the street. It’s renowned for its tempting delis and boulangeries. A 15 minute walk up the hill is Montmartre and the steps of the stunning Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Quirky and fun Parisian art adorns a feature wall in these contemporary rooms.

This modern and contemporary designed hotel is in a lively area, between the Opera Garnier and the train stations Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, and walking distance from Galeries Lafayette and Grands Boulevards. You’re only a quick Metro ride to the Louvre, Champs-Elyssees and the Eiffel Tower.

On the edge of the vibrant Latin quarter, in a Haussmann-style building, this bright, newly renovated hotel provides elegance and style. Still family-run with lovely personal service and now with a brand new fitness and wellness area. It is in a great spot to experience a more local flavour, with the historic Rue Mouffetard markets close by.

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Hotel Duminy Vendome

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Grand Boulevards

Hotel Pont Royal

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Sainte-Marcel

Citadines Bastille Marais

You don’t get real estate in a more prime location than this. It’s tucked away in a quiet street close to Rue St-Honore, perfect for browsing the shops. Le Louvre, Place de La Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens are just a short walk away. It’s housed in an authentic Parisian building, with a charming courtyard and trendy breakfast cellar.

In the midst of the stylish Saint-Germain des Pres area on the left bank, you will find this literary hotel. The rooms and suites are cosy and comfortable with high ceilings and romantic views of the city. Stroll through the small side streets, where the best art galleries are found and immerse yourself in artistic Paris.

In the heart of the lively Bastille area, your apartment is not far from Opera Bastille and the historic Marais district, and just a 10 minute stroll down to the historic Place des Vosges. Locals frequent this part of town. It’s surrounded by numerous cafés, restaurants and wee shops and there are street markets held regularly in the surrounding streets.

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Citadines Opera Paris

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Citadines Les Halles

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Right in the centre of the city, in a really busy area. It doesn’t matter what your favourite things are, you’ll find them all within cooee of your apartment's front door. A plethora of amazing shops, impressive theatres, fabulous art galleries, beautiful architecture, gardens, decadent chocolate shops, and of course a buzzing ambience that is Paris.

Ready for an apartment-like home in the city centre? This place is tucked away in a restful spot and is totally renovated in contemporary style. Be delighted by the historic shopping arcades, the glass-roofed passageways (Passage des Princes, Jouffroy des Panoramas, Verdeau) and the glamorous department stores just 10 minutes walk away.

Step out of your apartment and find yourself standing on Paris’s biggest pedestrian area surrounded by trendy boutiques, restaurants and theatres. Make the most of this location and beat the crowds to the famous Louvre Museum just a 10-minute stroll away. Wander down to the bistro terraces on the banks of the Seine or whip something up in your kitchen.

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SIGHTSEEING

PARIS PASS ®

CITY TOUR & SEINE CRUISE

HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR

The complete sightseeing pass, it gives you entrance to over 60 attractions and museums, many with skip the line fast track entry, unlimited travel on public transport, a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, a River Seine cruise, and a wine tasting.

Discover the highlights of Paris on this panoramic city tour, learn about its history, its iconic sights and its neighbourhoods. Step aboard a boat for an hour long cruise and admire the exquisite architecture of the heart of Paris’ most prestigious monuments along the banks of the Seine.

A great way to get your bearings. You’ll see the famous sights with a bird’s eye view from a double decker bus and the commentary will give you all the interesting facts. The best part is that you have the flexibility to jump on and off where and when you want.

GUIDED VISIT OF THE LOUVRE

MONTMARTRE WALKING TOUR

PARIS BIKE TOURS

Enjoy a guided tour of one of the world’s largest art museums, also a historic monument. See and learn about famous works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Coronation of Napoleon before having free time to explore.

Explore this historic Paris neighbourhood, a village within a city, full of winding cobblestone streets and charming squares. Walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali and others. See the famous Place de Tertre, SacreCoeur Basilica and the last remaining working vineyard in Paris.

Are you ready to see Paris as you’ve never seen it before? This is perfect for both first time visitors and Parisian veterans. It offers a great orientation of the city, you get to see the sights, learn some interesting history and hear great stories – all as you cruise along the bike lanes of the city.


The Louvre

MACARON COOKING CLASS

SKIP THE LINE EIFFEL TOWER

DINNER & SHOW AT MOULIN ROUGE

Learn the tips and tricks of how to make these colourful French delights: from the crispy outer sections, to mixing the gooey centre to a perfect consistency, to uniting the diverse textures together to create a perfect macaron. You’ll get the recipe to recreate this masterpiece at home.

Built for the World’s Fair of 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands tall at 324 metres and can be seen from anywhere in the city. Today it is one of the city's most visited monuments which means it can get busy. Get a skip the line entrance ticket with audio guide or a local guide.

Spend an evening at the iconic Moulin Rouge, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine while you watch the ‘Feerie’ show. As the beautiful Doriss Girls perform the famous cancan, you’ll dine on quintessential French cuisine.

SKIP THE LINE CATACOMBS

SEINE RIVER DINNER CRUISE

TASTE OF LE MARAIS

Delve into Paris’s dark underworld on this tour of the eerie Paris catacombs. A labyrinth of underground tunnels filled with more than six million human skulls, you will uncover the bloody history of Paris with fascinating stories from your local guide.

Enjoy a wonderful evening in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Admire a magnificent view of the illuminated monuments along the banks such as the Musée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Ile de la Cité while savouring a delicious traditional French meal.

Stroll through charming medieval streets with a foodie guide, popping into the neighbourhood’s best brasseries, boulangeries, and markets to sample French specialties like croissants, cheeses, croque monsieur, chocolates, and macarons, topped off with wine pairings.

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DAY TOURS

VERSAILLES BY BIKE

CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES

First stop, the market to shop for picnic supplies, then bike through the Gardens of Versailles, visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and have a picnic by the Grand Canal. Continue through the grounds and inside the château to see the breath-taking Hall of Mirrors.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage-site, the Palace of Versailles was once the residence of the kings of France (1682-1789). Discover the beautiful apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, hear of the enthralling details of the lives of the kings, and explore the famous French gardens.

GIVERNY

MONET'S GARDEN BY BIKE

GIVERNY AND VERSAILLES

This is one pretty, peaceful and colourful village. It was home to Claude Monet and you can easily see how it inspired his beautiful masterpieces. Visit Monet’s home and studio which are surrounded by flower-filled gardens, and wander past ‘the’ lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge.

Meet at Gare St Lazare and train northwards into the Brittany countryside. Pick up your bike in Vernon and head to the market for picnic supplies, before pedalling down small paths alongside the river to the village of Giverny. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere enjoying Monet’s beautiful gardens.

Explore two unmissable sights in one day. In Giverny visit Monet’s home and studio and the lush gardens that inspired the artist, then after lunch in the countryside, discover the magnificent Palace of Versailles and enjoy free time in its stunning French-style gardens.


Château de Chenonceau

NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES

CHAMPAGNE REGION

Immerse yourself in the history of the Allied landings of the Second World War. Accompanied by an experienced guide, discover the Caen Memorial and the main landing beaches: Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetery.

Visit some big-name Champagne houses – Moet & Chandon in Epernay, House of Mumm in Reims and Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne pioneer, Dom Perignon. With your expert guide, learn about the intricate Champagne-making process and sample glasses of premium Champagne.

LOIRE VALLEY CHÂTEAUX

MONT SAINT-MICHEL

DISNEYLAND® PARIS

Stroll through the flower gardens of Chenonceau; admire the architecture at the largest of the Loire valley château, Chambord; at Amboise, the home of King Francois 1st and the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, stroll through the charming village.

It’s a scenic drive from Paris, through Normandy, to reach this UNESCO World Heritage-listed island village, and it's totally worth it! Learn about the history of the famous abbey and enjoy free time to explore the backstreets of the village. Be sure to climb to the top of the historic abbey for the best views.

Mickey and Minnie in Paris! Hop between Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® as often as you like for a day to discover thrills like Space Mountain. Go behind the scenes of four studio lots and meet your favourite Disney characters.

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MULTI-DAY TOURS

Mont Saint-Michel

Château de Villandry

Loire Valley Châteaux

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Saint-Malo

Honfleur

2 days/1 night

Normandy, Saint-Malo & Mont Saint-Michel 2 days/1 night

Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, & Loire Valley 3 days/2 nights

On this round trip from Paris, discover some of the finest Châteaux of the Loire Valley, learn of their importance in the history of France, and visit private homes, royal residences and gardens of the Renaissance.

Discover the region of Normandy on this guided tour from Paris. Follow in the footsteps of the Allied landing on the beaches, visit charming towns and the unmissable Mont Saint-Michel.

On this 3 day guided tour from Paris explore the stunning regions of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley, their beaches, Gothic abbeys, fortified cities, grand Châteaux and enjoy the wines.

Tour Highlights: -- Guided tours of five grand Châteaux -- Château d'Amboise, a UNESCO world heritage-site with stunning views of the valley -- Leonardo da Vinci’s residence at Château du Clos Lucé -- The six French formal themed gardens at Château de Villandry -- Château de Chenonceau, setting of a famous French rivalry, with impressive architecture built over the river -- The French art de vivre at Château de Chevery -- Château de Chambord with its famous double-helix staircase

Tour Highlights: -- The medieval city of Rouen -- Harbour town Honfleur with its picturesque streets and colourful houses -- Beaches of Normandy and the WWII sites -- See the castle at Caen -- The walled city of Saint-Malo -- Explore the unique abbey community of Mont Saint-Michel

Tour Highlights: -- Visit the charming towns Rouen and Honfleur -- Walk on the Allied landing beaches and see WWII sites -- Admire the city walls, castle, cathedral and Fort National at Saint-Malo -- Explore Mont Saint-Michel and take a tour of the abbey -- Visit Château Langeais, a well-preserved fortified castle -- Visit Château Chenonceau, the Renaissance masterpiece that spans the river -- Taste local wines in Cave des Dômes in Chenonceaux

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Departures: Thu, Sat (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Thu, Sat (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation with breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, entrance tickets, local guide, transport by coach

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation with breakfast & dinner, entrance tickets, local guide, transport by coach

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, 1 dinner, entrance tickets, local guide, transport by coach

Price Guide From: $740

Price Guide From: $740

Price Guide From: $1115

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


FRENC SOUT HHAFRI RI V ICA ERA Nice

St Paul de Vence

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Promenade des Anglais, Nice – Soak up the French Riviera at its best while

FRENCH RIVIERA For all the glitz and glamour, the French Riviera’s real pleasures are far simpler. Days start with a café au lait in a café-lined street, people watching and picking away at a warm croissant. Take to the foothills for snaking clifftop roads favoured by those with high-powered sports cars, or see and be seen at the beach – Nice, St-Tropez or Cannes; or explore the glamorous, independent microstate of Monaco – the seduction of the Mediterranean is rife. Lunch in a country auberge or shop the biggest names in France; from Chanel to YSL. Come nightfall, dine on the region’s finest produce while sipping wine and soaking up the ambience.

wandering along the palm-lined promenade on the sweeping curved bay. Great for people watching. Just beware for learners on rollerblades and small dogs!

Castle Hill – There are only a few sections of wall of the ancient castle remaining but there is an lovely park and the view over Nice, the Bay of Angels and the port from the top is well worth the walk up the zig zag steps.

Cruising the Coastal Road – If you’ve got your own wheels then the drive along the coast between Cannes and Menton is fabulous. Don’t miss the Cap d’Antibes, dotted with impressive villas and packed with stars during the Cannes Film Festival.

Cours Saleya – This gorgeous baroque square in Nice’s colourful Old Town is the setting for a great flower and produce market. Surrounded with cafés and restaurants, it is a really vibrant spot for lunch.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence – A cute Provençal town, 30 minutes drive from Nice with narrow pedestrian cobbled lanes bursting with galleries, boutiques and souvenir shops.

Visit the Musée National Marc Chagall – Take a break from the beach, pick up an audio guide and enjoy the dreamlike art collection of Chagall.

Jardin du Monastère de Cimiez – For a peaceful time out, you can walk or bus up to these wonderful gardens. Enjoy the views over Nice and the beautiful flower beds, and there is also a monastery with an attached church.

Villefranche-sur-Mer – Take the train or local bus along the coast to this gorgeous, colourful town and enjoy lunch on the waterfront.

Monaco – Admire the splendours of the world’s second smallest country; the State Apartments, Throne Room and the Italian Gallery in the Prince’s Palace, the Princes collection of vintage cars, and the marina full of luxurious yachts. Watch the traditional Changing of the Guard and put something on red or black in the Grand Casino.

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Hotel Villa Rivoli, Nice

Mercure Nice Promenade, Nice

Hotel Ellington, Nice

This little boutique hotel is super cute with rooms individually decorated in a real French style with lots of panache. If you want some time out, venture to the cosy lounge where you'll feel like you are a guest in somebody's home. The location is great, just a few blocks from the waterfront.

In less than 30 seconds after leaving the front door you'll be on the famous Promenade des Anglais alongside the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. You can easily do as the Niçoise do and wander down to the beach for an early morning dip – not a bad way to start your day. At night you have restaurants, cafés and bars galore.

In the heart of Nice on the stylish Boulevard Dubouchage, this hotel has a jazzy atmosphere and is within easy reach of the old town, the beach and shopping. Your stay will be memorable with homemade American buffet breakfast, the Duke Bar & Lounge and the sunny patio.

Splendid Hotel & Spa, Nice

Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monaco

Royal Antibes Hotel Residence Beach & Spa

Set in a quiet part of town but central to everything, the beach is just a 7 minute stroll and the lively old town 15 minutes away on foot. This stylish and sophisticated hotel comes with a swimming pool and hot tub on the rooftop, offering fabulous views over the hills and the alps and a beautiful terrace. The perfect spot to relax.

Set between the Mediterranean Sea and the Monte-Carlo Casino, this unique hotel is one of the largest in Europe and an island unto itself. Spoil yourself with a workout in the fitness centre with fabulous views of the Riviera. The Shopping arcade, restaurants, bar and stunning Fairmont Spa - it's hard to find a reason to leave.

Antibes is nestled between Nice and Cannes and this hotel is centrally located within walking distance to the maze-like Old Town, museums and train station. Explore the nearby Picasso Museum, Provencal Market, Antibes Cathedral and the gorgeous beaches. Relax at the spa, soak up the sun at the private beach and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Café Royal.

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NICE CITY BIKE TOUR

MONACO & EZE TRIP

FRENCH RIVIERA CRUISE

Cycle through the city, past charming city squares, grand boulevards and beaches. See the city's famous Belle Époque architecture, Baroque churches, trendy bars and busy cafés. With a knowledgeable guide and a bike, you'll see parts of Nice that most people miss.

On this small group, half day tour from Nice, explore from the luxurious city state of Monaco to the medieval hilltop town of Eze. Tour a traditional perfumery in Eze, watch the Changing of the Guard at Monaco’s Royal Palace and then your driver takes you on a spin on the Formula One Grand Prix circuit.

Admire the scenery along the Mediterranean coast from the water. Explore the coastal waters of the Baie des Anges and the Rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer, to view the imposing Citadelle and the ancient villages dotting the hillsides. The commentary on the way tells of the French Riviera’s rich history and heritage.

CANNES, GOURDON & ST-PAUL-DE-VENCE

PERFUME WORKSHOP

WINE TOUR IN CÔTES DE PROVENCE

At the Molinard or Fragonard perfume boutiques in Grasse, learn about French perfumes and how master mixologists combine different bases, fragrances and oils to make sweet-smelling concoctions. Try your own hand at perfumery by blending ingredients to create your own signature scent to take home in a vial.

This wine region is famous for its rosé and magnificent scenery. Enjoy wine tasting at three different wineries, including a Cru classé winery, sample a variety of red, white and rose wines, learn about different wine appellations, ‘terroir’ and French wine classification. Stop in a traditional Provencal village.

This is the perfect tour for first time visitors to the French Riviera. Discover charming medieval villages, peek behind the scenes at the Fragonard perfumery in Grasse, browse the art galleries of St-Paul-de-Vence, and get a taste of the high-life in celebrity-studded Cannes.

FRENC EN GL AND H RI V I ERA

SIGHTSEEING

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Lourmarin

THE VILLAGES OF PROVENCE 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Discover this picturesque region that is drenched in sunshine 300 days of the year. Its diverse landscape and pretty wee hilltop villages are so enticing, you will simply want to explore more. Day 1: Aix-en-Provence Old town of Aix is home to Cézanne, the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau and a farmers market where you can enjoy a coffee and savour the ambience. Day 2: Aix-en-Provence – Lourmarin – Bonnieux – Roussillon (65km) As you enter the Luberon valley marvel at the vineyards and cherry orchards dotting the hillsides, the terraced fields, the shady squares in the town centres and the patches of ochre clad countryside. Roussillon sits impressively in the heart of one of these large ochre deposits. Day 3: Roussillon – Lacoste – Ménerbes – Oppede-le-Vieux – Roussillon (42km) Meander around the small stone villages on the hilltops and stop at a few to explore the Roman alleys, archways and the views across the valley. Day 4: Roussillon – Gordes – L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – Avignon (57km) The riverside market town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is known as the ‘Venice of Provence’. Just out of town is the famous spring, Fountain de Vaucluse. Day 5: Avignon – Les Baux-de-Provence – Arles (54km) Explore the Pont d’Avignon and the old town. It’s small and compact with ancient ramparts surrounding the historical town and the magnificent Papal Palace. Van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888 and you’ll recognise many scenes from his paintings here. Day 6: Arles – Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer – Aigues-Mortes (67km) Travel through the peaceful Camargue to the 13th century walled town set in the salt marshes, home to flamingo, white horses and black bulls.

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Arles

Nature Park

Alpilles Natural Regional Park

Camargue Natural Regional Park

Aix-en-Provence

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Nice Marseille

Highlights worth seeing along the way Walk the Ochre Trail – From Roussillon there are a couple of short walks through this unique landscape. Explore Oppede-le-Vieux – This tiny hill town has been bought back from ruins, admire the views from the rock church and dine at the charming Le Petit Café. St-Remy-de-Provence – Explore this trendy village. Wednesday is market day and is renowned for its authentic ranges of colourful linens. Carrieres de Lumieres – A visual art show inside an abandoned quarry. Lavender Fields – These are absolutely breath-taking in colours of mauve, lilac and provençal blue. They are at their best in July. Valensole, Sault and Abbaye Senanque have the best fields. Lunch in Lacoste – Café de la France, on a suspended terrace has lovely views over the valley and provençal cuisine.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Add on a Canal du Midi boat trip

Aix-en-Provence – Grab a pamphlet from the Tourist Office and follow the tiled trail of Cézanne through the town. Impossible to get lost but very easy to get side tracked.

Our favourite places to stay: • Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence • Hotel Les Ambres, Roussillon • Boutique des Ramparts, Aigues-Mortes

Wine Lovers – Enjoy a wine tasting in the cavern under Lourmarin’s Renaissance castle.

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Visit historic Abbey de Senanque – You can take a tour of this 11th century abbey on the outskirts of Gordes.

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BORDEAUX TO THE MEDITERRANEAN 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Bordeaux is impressive with its romantic bridges, Gothic gargoyles clinging to limestone walls, and legendary wines. Explore Dordogne River lined with castles and cave art then head to Carcassonne and the Med.

Annecy

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Day 1: Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux (96km) Spend the day in Saint-Émilion, a quaint, medieval, hilltop village and classified as UNESCO World Heritage-site for its natural landscape.

Toulouse

Day 2: Bordeaux – Bergerac – Sarlat-la-Canéda (192km) Explore the medieval town of Bergerac renowned for its vineyards, castles, historic monuments, cathedral and gardens, en route to Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Castelnaudary

Carcassonne

Day 3: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Rocamadour – Sarlat-la-Canéda (102km) Take a day trip to breath-taking Rocamadour. It’s a pilgrimage and fortress village set in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne.

Collioure

Day 4: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Souillac – Lascaux – Sarlat-la-Canéda (96km) See the Abbey Saint Mary in the Romanesque town of Souillac. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-site of Lascaux and the Palaeolithic cave paintings.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Day 5: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Toulouse (200km) Head to Toulouse, and admire the blushing cascade of the terracotta buildings, built from the clay beds of the Garonne River.

Bordeaux – Book a table at La Brasserie Bordelaise for a bustling and fun evening with yummy food and a great selection of local wines.

Day 6: Toulouse – Castelnaudary – Carcassonne (103km) Marvel at the 13th century citadel of Carcassonne, it’s perched on the hilltop, with spikey turrets and fortified walls. The UNESCO World Heritagesite of the Canal du Midi is close by. Day 7: Carcassonne – Collioure (148km) Down the coast discover the sensational fishing village of Collioure with its old town, gorgeous beaches, and a waterfront castle and church, all set around a beautiful bay. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue on to Provence and The French Riviera. Our favourite places to stay: • Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, Bordeaux • Le Mas de Castel, Sarlat-la-Canéda • Grand Hotel de L’Opera, Toulouse • Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne MGallery Collection, Carcassonne

Saint-Émilion – Be sure to enjoy a wine tasting in the village and also pickup some Macarons, a local delicacy, to take on your journey.

Rocamadour – AOC Cheese Rocamadour is a ‘must’ taste – it’s made locally into small white rounds and is creamy and delicious. Sarlat-la-Canéda – Take a walk in the early morning when the sunshine often catches the light on the gorgeous yellow sandstone buildings that date back to renaissance and medieval times. They are well restored and very beautiful. La Roque-Gageac – Voted one of the prettiest villages in all of France, this is another ‘must-see’. It is a picture postcard with its white and ochre houses, nestled between the cliffside and the Dordogne River. Souillac Jazz Festival – If visiting in July, this town comes alive with a weeklong jazz festival. It’s been held now for over 30 years and artists flock to the bars, cafés and squares of the town and surrounding villages. Castelnaudary – Stop here en route to Carcassonne. On Monday’s they have market day which is packed with local produce including fresh veges, breads and patisseries, charcuterie and preserves. Aim to get there early though, before it is too hot to wander around. Collioure – See works of Matisse and Derain on the walls throughout town.

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Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

English Channel

NORMANDY, BRITTANY & LOIRE VALLEY 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Echoes of historic struggles can be experienced across Normandy, from the Norman conquest to the 1944 D-Day landings. Travel onto rugged Brittany with its ancient walled cities and then to the Loire Valley.

Landing Beaches Bayeux

St-Malo

Giverny PARIS

FRANCE Chartres Le Mans Loire Valley

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Angers

Loire River

Chinon

Orléans

Chambord Cheverny Chenonceaux Amboise Bourges Azay-le-Rideau Tours

Day 3: Bayeux – Landing Beaches – Bayeux (34km) Discover the beaches of Normandy. The placid beaches are still best known by their wartime code names, such as Omaha, Utah and Juno. Monuments are placed along the 60 mile stretch of sand, and there are many war museums.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Day 4: Bayeux – St-Malo (160km) Stroll along St-Malo’s ramparts and see the stunning cathedral. Visit the monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel, tour the Abbey and walk the narrow streets at the base of the rock, with its jumble of medieval houses.

Mont Saint-Michel – Getting to Mont Saint-Michel is half the fun, thanks to the dramatic causeway that connects it to the mainland and extreme tides. At low tide, you can walk out to the island, but watch the water, or you’ll have to wait at least 6 hours before returning.

Day 5: St-Malo – Angers – Tours (328km) Wander through the lively university town of Angers. It’s the gateway to the Loire Valley with a pedestrianised old town and great places to eat. Day 6: Loire Valley Discover the charm and beauty of the château region. Chenonceau spans the water’s flow, while Azay-le-Rideau sits like a tiny jewel in the centre of its own moat. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Head back to Paris or continue over to Alsace or down to Burgundy. Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Le Lion d’Or, Bayeux • Château du Colombier, St-Malo • Clarion Hotel Château Belmont, Tours

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Day 1: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Bayeux (263km) Journey north to the pretty village of Giverny to visit Monet’s home and gardens that inspired the artist. Wander through Rouen’s historic quarters packed with half-timbered houses and tempting shops and restaurants. Day 2: Bayeux – Honfleur – Bayeux (142km) Enjoy a relaxing day in the well preserved and very picturesque town of Honfleur. A stop in Caen in one direction is a must.

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Caen – Visit the poignant Caen Memorial Museum which is dedicated to peace and renowned as one of the best WWII museums in all of France.

Cancale – A great place to stop off for a feed of the best oysters ever! Other local delicacies in the same area are the mussels and lobster. Honfleur – Stop at the Musée de la Marine, housed in the church of St. Étienne which features model ships and antique furnishings. You’ll also find many galleries with art dating back to pre-Impressionism. Calvados and Camembert – True specialties of the Normandy region. The village of Camembert is authentic, the cheese gourmet and creamy. Local pear cider and Calvados apple brandy are the perfect accompaniments. Villandry – Make sure to stop at the beautiful gardens of Villandry, taking time to explore the maze and see the gorgeous restored Renaissance palace. Loire Valley – Pack a picnic today and discover the châteaux. Start at Amboise and head in a clockwise direction through to Chambord and Cheverny, ending with two favourites, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau.

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FRANC E GERMANY

BELGIUM

Petit France, Strasbourg

CHAMPAGNE, ALSACE & RHÔNE VALLEY 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE

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Nancy

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Ribeauvillé Riquewihr

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Day 5: Strasbourg Discover the blend of German and French influences. You’ll love the quaint lanes and alleyways with leaning half crooked houses. Day 6: Strasbourg – Colmar (69km) Follow the Alsace Wine Route to check out delightful Obernai, surrounded by the valley of the Ehn River. It has a 13th century medieval tower, old town gates, ancient walls and narrow streets. Day 7: Colmar – Annecy (356km) From Mulhouse, cross into Switzerland and travel down through Bern, skirting peaceful Lake Geneva to reach Annecy. Day 8: Annecy – Lyon (148km) Drive through to Lyon, known as one of the food capitals of France. Circle back up to Paris or keep going down to the French Riviera. Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale, Reims • Hotel Hannong, Strasbourg • Best Western Grand Hôtel Bristol, Colmar • Annecy Imperial Palace, Annecy

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Day 3: Reims – Epernay – Nancy (227km) Drive through the picturesque vineyards and villages along the Route du Champagne, stopping for a visit at Dom Perignon and perhaps the most famous of all, Moet & Chandon. Day 4: Nancy – Strasbourg (160km) Explore the medieval yet trendy Vielle Ville quarter of Nancy, with elegant baroque and art nouveau landmarks, churches and magnificent squares.

Strasbourg Bergheim

Champagne sparkles with a patchwork of vineyards, villages and cities. Alsace produces the finest wines, dry days and long summers, whilst the Rhône is complete with medieval castles, châteaux and gourmet cuisines. Day 1-2: Paris – Reims (144km) Capital of the Champagne area, Reims, has many ancient Roman ruins to explore and pedestrian boulevards. Tour famous Champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot or Mumm. Visit the Grandes Maisons de Champagne. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties and bubble samplings.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Colmar – The capital of Alsace Wines and home to half-timbered houses, flower boxes and canals. In Little Venice walk along the tree lined cobbled pathways or take a scenic boat tour. Notre-Dame de Reims – This is a UNESCO listed cathedral – it is a stunning Gothic masterpiece which you must visit. Avenue de Champagne – Stroll down Epernay’s main boulevard, reputed to be the world’s most expensive street. Alsace Wine Route – Winding its way for 170 kilometres along the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, this whole area has become famous for its exceptional natural beauty, medieval ramparts, stunning castles, pretty villages and rolling vineyards. Bergheim – Built in 1311, the ancient walls of this town are still completely intact and are perfect for that early morning walk. Ribeauville – Without doubt one of the prettiest villages in Alsace. It has a medieval setting, standing on a hilltop with the ruins of three magnificent 11th-14th century castles overlooking the village. Riquewihr – Listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" (Most Beautiful Villages of France). You can pick this one out as you drive along, as it has a gorgeous church steeple rising above the well preserved village. There are also plenty of shops, boutiques and eateries. Basel – If time allows, stop in Basel to wander through its stunning old town.

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FRAN C E

WALKING & CYCLING HOLIDAYS For active travellers who want to get out of the cities and explore a region in depth. Choose between the freedom of independent self-guided itineraries, with accommodation and luggage transfers taken care of, or the camaraderie of a small group with the knowledge of expert local guides. Immerse yourself and all your senses in the sights, sounds and tastes of your chosen destination.

Château de Villandry

Alsace

Villages & Vineyards of Provence

Châteaux & Gardens of the Loire

Delights of Alsace

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

The landscapes, light, colours and villages of this region have inspired artists for centuries. Cycle past olive groves and vineyards, fields of lavender and poppies, and enjoy the excellent regional cuisine.

The châteaux and gardens of the Loire Valley have seduced royalty and inspired writers and poets for centuries. Discover their charm and elegance on this easy to moderate selfguided bike tour.

This self-guided walk takes you through vineyards, castles and typical colourful Alsatian villages. Experience the food, the high-quality wines, and the charming and varied way of life.

Tour Highlights: -- Avignon and the Palace of the Popes -- Visit the Roman theatre at Orange -- Taste the red wines of Châteauneuf-duPape -- Cycle through the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône -- Stay in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Venice of Provence -- The Lubéron Valley; hilltop village of Gordes, ochre rocks of Roussillon and the abbey at Sénanque surrounded by lavender fields -- Optional trip to Mt Ventoux

Tour Highlights: -- Cycle small countryside routes, vineyards, fields and forests -- The English style Garden Festival at Château de Chaumont -- Leonardo da Vinci’s home Clos Lucé -- Château de Chenonceau, the setting of a famous French rivalry, incredible castle and beautiful landscaped gardens -- The six French formal themed gardens at Château de Villandry -- Taste the sweet white and sparkling wines of the region -- The old quarter of Tours with its typical half-timbered houses

Tour Highlights: -- The chain of 12th century castles along the foothills of the Vosges including HautAndlau and Haut Koenigsbourg -- Exceptional panorama views of the Rhine Plain and the Black Forest -- Natural landscape of the ‘Ballons des Vosges’ National Park -- Typical Alsatian villages with half-timbered houses including Riquewihr and Colmar -- Bergheim and its almost completely preserved medieval walls -- Walk the vineyards and villages of the Wine Route -- Sample the renowned Pinot Noir, Rouge de Saint-Hippolyte

Departures: Sun (17 Mar-27 Oct)

Departures: Daily (Mar-Oct)

Departures: Daily (06 Apr-05 Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners, luggage transfers, bike, maps, itineraries, local contact

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, luggage transfers, entrances as per itinerary, bike, maps, itineraries, local contact

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, luggage transfers, maps, road book, GPS tracks, local contact

Ask us about guided options

Price Guide From: $2240

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


Follow in the footsteps of our fallen servicemen and pay your respect to all the soldiers who fought for our freedom with a visit to the historic battlefields of France. With world war memorials, museums, military cemeteries and battlefield remains, you’ll be transported to a time that was equal amounts heroic and harrowing; moments in history that shaped our existence forever and a future our ancestors paid so dearly to protect. From bunkers and D-Day beaches to trenches and tunnel tours, gain an insight into the overall strategy of the war that made an indelible mark on the world.

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BATTLEFIELDS

© Back-Roads

Somme and Ypres Tour

ANZACs on the Western Front

3 days/2 nights

5 days/4 nights

This tour has been tailored for New Zealanders and takes you on a trail of discovery through important sites and cemeteries commemorating the sacrifice of our brave soldiers.

Discover the Somme and Ypres battlefields where many significant battles were fought. Gain an in-depth understanding of what took place on these famous battlefields.

From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking the Somme, this ANZAC tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI. delving into the stories of the soldiers' involvement in the battles of the Western Front.

Tour Highlights: -- Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Visitors' Centre, Beaumont Hamel and the preserved trenches -- Mailly Maillet and La Signy farm, scene of the New Zealanders' success against the German offensive of March 1918 -- Longueval and High Wood, the scene of New Zealand’s first involvement on the Somme on the 15th September 1916 -- Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and New Zealand Memorial to the Missing, where the Unknown Warrior was exhumed in 2004 -- New Zealand Memorial -- Visit Carrière Wellington (Underground tunnels and memorial)

Day 1: Arras – the Somme Region Today you will experience the Full Day Somme Tour itinerary.

Day 1-2: Lille – Ypres Travel via Messines Ridge, pay respects at the Passchendaele battlefields, including Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Hill 60. Attend The Last Post under the Menin Gate.

Note: Itinerary subject to change

Note: Itinerary subject to change

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: Driver/English Guide, minivan transport, museum entry fees, pick up/drop off Arras

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, driver/English Guide, minivan transport, selected entrance fees, pick up/ drop off Arras

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Expert Battlefield Guide/driver, premium mini-coach transportation, entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $1255

Price Guide From: $2019

Full Day Somme Tour

Price Guide From: $359

Day 2: Arras – the Somme & Ypres Region Discover Armentieres and Flerbaix, the first taste of trench warfare in France Flanders. Visit the New Zealand Memorial at Tyne Cot and New Butts Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Continue on to Messines Ridge, Craters and New Zealand Memorial Park, before overnighting in Ypres. Attend the Last Post at Menin gate. Day 3: Ypres Explore Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum.

Day 3: Ypres – Amiens Cross into French Flanders and Fromelles. Visit Pheasant Wood Cemetery, the Wellington Quarries and the Digger Memorial. Day 4: Amiens – the Somme – Amiens Tour the front line on the battlefields of the Somme, visit Longueval and Flers, and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Day 5: Amiens – Villers-Bretonneux – Lille Focus on the final year on the war at Le Hamel.

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

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EXPERIENCE ITALY

FAST FACTS Country Name:

Italy

Population:

61 million

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Rome

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Euro

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 230V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Passion seeps into all aspects of life in Italy – you can hear it in the opera, taste it in lovingly

prepared pasta, and see it in action as the Italians promenade across their piazzas, talking with their hands. Only the most hard-hearted of visitors can fail to be caught up in the Italian love of life. In its capital Rome and its fashion and business powerhouse Milan, life is lived at a fast pace and often via a host of speeding Vespas. Life flows through Venice via its canals and into its grand palaces and shines from the artworks housed in the living museum that is the renaissance jewel of Florence. Deep in the countryside, however, Italian life slows down a little – here there is time to savour a new wine, linger over lunch under the vines, and contemplate a field of sunflowers. There’s something timeless about a Tuscan landscape of hilltop towns, stately cypress and olive groves, and a sense of history is palpable in the ruins of Pompeii and in Rome’s eerie Colosseum. On the coast, villages washed in pastel colours cling to cliffs; and in the Italian Alps, elegant villas overlook tranquil lakes. No wonder Italy was home to so many inspired painters and composers. La Dolce Vita, living the sweet life!

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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

ROME An espresso shot at breakfast before treading the nearly 2000-year-old steps in the Colosseum, a slice of gourmet pizza served among jostling, exquisitely dressed Romans, a gelato in delectable Piazza Navona, ravioli for dinner near the Spanish Steps: the Romans love to eat and drink, so when in Rome… There is so much history to discover in Rome, and in the world’s tiniest state that lies within it: the Vatican City. Follow in the ghostly sandalled footsteps of a Roman senator through the Forum or tread the marble floors in the wake of the Popes in St Peter’s Basilica. A few steps off the tourist trail and you’ll find another side of Rome: a black-clad Italian ‘mamma’ hanging out the washing, and children running home with the daily fresh bread.

Trastevere – A maze of alleyways, terracotta coloured buildings, restaurants and cafés. It is where the Romans go for an evening out and is great fun.

The Pantheon – A must-see between Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain. Believed to be the oldest building in Rome dating back to 27BC, the only light into the church is from the opening in the ceiling dome.

St Peter’s Basilica – Make the climb to the top as the views it offers of Rome and the Piazza San Pietro are breath-taking.

Papal Audience – There are generally thousands of people keen to see the Pope and we therefore recommend booking the Papal Audience Tour. This will ensure you arrive at St Peter’s Square in plenty of time for the Pope’s blessing, avoid queues and get a good position.

Catacombs – The underground burial site of early Christians dating back to the second century, you will see the bones of people buried there.

Vatican Museums – If you don’t attend the Papal audience on a Wednesday morning, this is a great time to visit the Vatican Museums, as there'll be less crowds.

Ferrari – For those car enthusiasts – visit the Ferrari Shop on Via Tomacelli where you can buy a key ring for about EUR100 or a baby blanket for EUR240!

Villa Borghese – When you feel like taking a break from the monuments and museums, this vast park overlooking the city has relaxing walks around the lake. It's a great spot to take a picnic, lie on the grass and enjoy the sunset over Rome.

Explore markets – Rome proudly upholds the daily and weekly market tradition. Some of our favourites are the daily produce market in Campo de’ Fiori and the enclosed market in Testaccio neighbourhood which has some of the city’s best street food.

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ROME ESSENTIALS 4 DAY PACKAGE A taste of Rome; enjoy an orientation tour, learn about the glories of the Roman Empire on an Ancient Rome and Colosseum tour, see magnificent art in the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Plenty of free time to explore Rome at your own pace, enjoy the piazzas, the markets and the food.

Includes: • 3 nights accommodation in Rome • Breakfast daily • Private arrival transfer from Fiumicino airport to the hotel • Hop On Hop Off bus tour • Ancient Rome and Colosseum tour •• Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour

Price Guide From: $780 per person Based on 3 nights at Hotel Regno in a Standard Room twin share

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Hotel Regno

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On Via del Corso, the main shopping drag, there’s always a real buzz around here with tourists and locals alike. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain are all only 5-10 minutes walk away. Stroll to the lovely Piazza Navona, grab a cappuccino from a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.

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Style, hospitality and comfort exude from these elegant and peaceful surroundings, in one of Rome's most picturesque areas. This beautifully restored historical building is just off Via Veneto. The rooms are modern and comfortable. Some of Rome's best shopping, dining and sightseeing are within easy walking distance.

Trianon Borgo Pio

Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel

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This elegant, modern hotel is close to the famous Trevi Fountain and opposite Quirinale Presidential Palace in the historical centre of Rome. The rooms are spacious with all the mod cons and decorated in different styles, while the funky roof garden terrace offers relaxation with stunning views over the rooftops of the Eternal City. Barberini

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These apartments are located in the heart of Rome near the gates of the Vatican, amongst the famous streets, old palaces, and only a few blocks walk from the shopping district of Via del Corso. Depending on how you feel you can whip up an Italian feast in your apartment or enjoy one of the many restaurants that are characteristic of this area. Ottaviano

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Barberini

In a quaint narrow street near the Trevi fountain, the location of these suites is ideal for exploring historical Rome. You are surrounded by sidewalk restaurants, with the market and a grocery store nearby for Italian snacks. It’s an easy walk to the Spanish Steps and Pantheon. The suites are elegant and bright with a perfect combination of space and comfort. Barberini

Luxe Rose Garden Hotel

Hotel Canada

Located in the historical centre of Rome in an elegant 19th century building, this hotel has been recently refurbished. Bus and metro stops are nearby which make exploring easy and the Termini train station is just a 10 minute walk away. A small library and living room with a fireplace are the perfect spots to relax after long days walking around Rome.

Spagna

Just a few metres from the Opera House, Termini station and the metro, this hotel is in a prime location close to the historical centre. Famous for its panoramic restaurant, the Roof Garden “L’Uliveto” is set on a beautiful terrace surrounded by greenery and olive trees, where the view extends to 360° over the rooftops of Rome.

Mood Suites Tritone

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A real gem of a hotel, inside it oozes character and charm. You'll love the modern breakfast bar which spills out onto a gorgeous rooftop terrace in the summer months, ideal for that leisurely breakfast or evening cocktail. Step outside the door of the hotel and you're right in the heart of it all: shops, people, cafés and bars.

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Hotel Diana Roof Garden

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Just like a home in the centre of Rome, you’ll love these spacious apartments, perfect for families and longer stays with a kitchen and use of the fabulous panoramic rooftop garden. Nice and close to the Vatican, within walking distance to shops and restaurants and a 20-minute stroll over the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II and through cobbled streets to Piazza Navona. Baldo degli Ubaldi

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SIGHTSEEING

OMNIA VATICAN AND ROME PASS A great sightseeing package which gives you free and discounted entry into Rome’s top attractions, fast track entry at selected sites, a Hop On Hop Off bus ticket, unlimited travel on public transport and a handy guidebook. Make the most of your time in Rome with The OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card.

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VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST. PETER’S BASILICA Skip the long lines to visit the most extensive collection of art in the world and the Sistine Chapel. Learn about ancient and Renaissance masterpieces with your local guide, then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica.

CRYPTS AND CATACOMBS

DISCOVERING ROME

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts. Visit the Domitilla family Catacombs, Basilica of San Clemente and the Capuchin Crypt, with its chapel decorated entirely with human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating tour.

Explore some of the Eternal City’s iconic monuments and squares with a local guide; the Spanish Steps, the beautiful baroque Piazza Navona and Bernini’s fountain, the Pantheon, which has been impressing travellers for centuries, and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to return to Rome.

I LOVE ROME TOUR A great way to orientate yourself around this beautiful city. This Hop On Hop Off bus tour covers all of the major sights. Individual earphone audio guides are offered providing an unforgettable account of the incredible history and splendour of the art and architecture that make this city so unique.

VIP EXPERIENCE AT THE VATICAN WITH BREAKFAST AND EARLY ENTRY Start your day at the Vatican with a buffet breakfast, followed by a small-group tour of the Vatican Museums before they open to the public. See highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel before heading inside St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entranceway.


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WINE TASTING WITH A PRODUCER Sample some of the best local wines from vines that have their origins in ancient Rome: Malvasia, Trebbiano, Grechetto, and Cesanese, to name a few. Enjoy expertly matched authentic Roman bites such as bruschetta, antipasti, and cheeses.

ANCIENT ROME: COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL Take a journey to Ancient Rome. Skip the line into the Colosseum and imagine the roar of the crowd, walk in the footsteps of senators in the Roman Forum, and see the views from the Palatine Hill, once the home of the Emperor’s palaces.

COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND AND ANCIENT ROME

ROME FOOD TOUR BY SUNSET AROUND PRATI DISTRICT

The highlight of this tour is the rare access to the Colosseum's underground chambers. Plus visit the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, your guide will visually reconstruct the former grandeur of this once massive empire, to make you feel like you are reliving history.

Head off the beaten path to embrace local cuisine and culture. Visit a gourmet food shop, an award-winning restaurant, the number 1 pizzeria in Rome, a mozzarella specialty store and an artisanal gelateria. Meet the families behind these food traditions, and learn their secret recipes.

FLORENCE DAY TOUR

NAPLES AND POMPEII

Visit Florence by train, enjoy a walking tour of the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery, and visit the Uffizi Gallery. There is free time to explore at your own pace, Florence is also great for shopping for leather goods, eating gelato or a Florentine steak!

Journey south for a tour of Naples and lunch before a guided visit of Pompeii. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, burying it in soot and ash for almost 1700 years, thereby preserving it as a fascinating example of Roman life.

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V ENI C E

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Doge’s Palace – This was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries and

VENICE To visit Venice is to step into a dream. It seems unreal to be in a city where the streets are canals, and snatches of Italian opera sung by gondoliers waft down narrow lanes. Newcomers are usually open-mouthed as they are swept along the Grand Canal for the first time, past crumbling palaces, bobbing gondolas and domed churches. After you’ve seen the main sights, lose yourself along the paths that cling to the canal-sides or take a water taxi to one of the many islands. For a truly authentic Venetian meal, opt for a superb seafood risotto in one of the tiny bacari (or pubs) frequented by the locals.

is one of the city’s most famous buildings. Book a skip the line guided tour to follow in the footsteps of the leaders of Venice who wouldn’t use the public doors and stairways but would slip through passageways and secret entrances.

San Marco Piazza – Take a walking tour through this square, surrounded by stunning architecture. Make sure you visit at night too, when it’s beautifully lit up. Splash out on a glass of wine, listen to the orchestras and absorb the incredible atmosphere.

Rialto Food Market – Locals have depended on these markets for fresh fruit, veges and fish since 1097! They’re open at dawn and are really bustling.

Accademia Galleries – For a complete overview of Venetian art history from the 14th–18th century. On a Tuesday you can also visit the warehouses on the top floor of the monastery designed by Palladio. If modern art is more your cup of tea, then check out the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Gondola Ride – A magical way to admire the romantic waterways of Venice is from a gondola, cruising the secluded waterways and passing under tiny bridges, look up at old palaces and see their reflections.

Cicchetti and Wine in the Jewish Ghetto – Wander through the charming streets of the Jewish Ghetto passing by Synagogues and mask-making workshops. Stop at bàcari to savour cicchetti, traditional Venetian appetizers, which you can wash down with a glass or two of local wine.

Murano, Burano and Torcello – Three islands nearby, all different and all worth a look. Torcello is uninhabited and has an extraordinary mosaic of the Last Judgement in its cathedral. Murano is the island for gorgeous coloured vases, glassware, dishes, jewellery. Burano is renowned for its lace and brightly painted houses.

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VENICE ESSENTIALS 4 DAY PACKAGE A taste of Venice; enjoy a guided walking tour of this unique city, cruise the waterways by gondola, and have a typical Venetian lunch in a trattoria.

Includes: • 3 nights accommodation in Venice • Breakfast daily • Arrival transfer by boat from Venice airport to the hotel •• Venice walking tour •• Gondola ride •• Lunch at a typical trattoria

Price Guide From: $815 per person Based on 3 nights at Hotel Da Bruno in a Standard Room twin share

Hotel Da Bruno

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The Satore family have been welcoming guests here for three generations and the welcome you’ll get is warm to say the least. It’s in a great spot between the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square so you could easily head over the Rialto Bridge to the centuriesold fish and produce markets.

Hotel Ca 'D' Oro

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Just a 10 minute walk to St Mark's Square, this historic hotel, with its very own 'water door', is off the main tourist track in quite a local part of town. It is great around here in the evenings as there are loads of bacari (tiny wine bars) and trattoria in the nearby lanes where you can try some typical Venetian cuisine.

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Hotel Bisanzio If being close to all the action is for you, yet you still like to retreat to a quieter spot to put your head down, consider this. You’ll be 7 minutes walk to St Mark’s Square and 2 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal. You can spend all day out and about returning to relax in the ‘homey’ hotel bar.

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Locanda Vivaldi Hotel

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A small boutique hotel, set in a fantastic location overlooking the Venice Lagoon and only minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Doges Palace. Stacked with charm, rooms are classic in their décor with antiquestyle furniture and glass chandeliers. Some rooms have window balconies and there is a seasonal outdoor terrace restaurant.

Hotel Ca' Dei Conti

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Delightfully positioned on a quiet, picturesque canal, this charming hotel is inside a former Patrician palace, close to St Mark's Square. Rooms are tastefully and elegantly decorated in Venetian style with antique furnishings and lots of natural light. Take time to relax on the small outdoor terrace overlooking a wee side canal.

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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Art – Two of the main galleries are the Uffizi and Accademia. Book a combo ticket

FLORENCE The birthplace of the Renaissance; a city overflowing with art and astounding architecture, Florence is almost overwhelming in its riches. A great place for art buffs to see some fabulous artworks. Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Venus and Giotto’s Madonnas: you’ll want to feast your eyes on all of them. Find a perch among the sculptures in the 14th century Loggia della Signoria near the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy the buskers, or window-shop along the 13th century Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the Arno River that is lined with glittering jewellery shops. People-watch outside the Duomo, Florence’s extraordinary pink, white and green marble cathedral.

with a guide to learn about the works. These galleries house famous works such as Michelangelo’s David (Accademia) and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venice (Uffizi).

Markets – If you’re after leather, head to the San Lorenzo Markets for bags and jackets. For a real foodie market check out the Sant’ Ambrogio market, it’s a great spot to either have lunch or pick up goodies for a picnic.

The Duomo – Finished around 1367, the cathedral stands proudly above the surrounding buildings. Take a tour of the Baptistry secret passages.

Giotto’s Bell Tower – Attached to the Duomo. The 400 narrow steps to the top can be hard work but the view over Florence from the top is superb.

Piazzale Michelangelo – About a 20 minute walk from the Duomo (or a short bus ride) this is half piazza and half parking lot BUT it is a great spot for fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley.

Ponte Vecchio – The only bridge in Florence to have been spared by German bombs in WWII. Wander across to see stores of jewellery, art and souvenirs.

Palazzo Vecchio and Arnolfo Tower – Walk around the one-time fortress, Palazzo Vecchio. Admire the Hall of The Five Hundred and soak up magical sunset city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower.

Leaning Tower of Pisa – About an hour’s drive out of Florence through the picturesque Tuscan countryside, you arrive in Pisa. Explore the surrounding remarkable buildings and have your photo taken holding up the tower.

Siena, San Gimignano and Greve – See some of the nearby countryside and the rolling hills of Chianti on a day tour to a hilltop town.

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The original rose window of the reception room shows signs of the 17th century palace, and the gazebo in the internal courtyard is the ideal place for a glass of wine during summer or to relax before a magical night out in the city. Located close to central station and just a short walk to the Duomo.

Residence La Contessina Just minutes from the train station and close to the Central market, the Duomo is an easy walk from here. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, these duplex apartments are family owned and operated, and are set around an internal courtyard. Rooms have high renaissance arched ceilings, antique furnishings and lots of natural light.

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Jump straight off the train and be able to walk to the hotel as it is located close to the station in a pedestrian zoned street overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. This hotel is modern in its style but gives the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building.

Tuscany Bike Tour Enjoy yourself on this fully guided bike tour of the outskirts of Florence and the Tuscan Countryside. Change your pace and the scenery, feel the cool breeze, breathe the fresh air, and really see Tuscany from a different perspective!

Hotel Berchielli

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Perched on the banks of the River Arno you can wander to all the main sights in just minutes, and for the shopaholics you are just steps away from the beautiful designer shops and boutiques. Spend the evening relaxing on the rooftop terrace with the most gorgeous views over the River and Ponte Vecchio.

Cooking Class and Market Tour in Tuscany On this full day experience search for fresh, local produce at the market to prepare a typical Tuscan pasta, roast pork and dessert. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour, complemented by Tuscan wine.

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Riomaggiore Portovenere

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8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Lucca A meandering drive through Tuscany is the way to experience Italy at its best. Base yourself in a villa, shop at local markets, wander through the villages, and dine on the rustic foods the area is famous for.

San Gimignano

Day 1: Florence – Greve, Chianti (76km) Explore the Duomo, the cathedral in the heart of Florence, get your art fix in the Uffizi Gallery and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio with its shops. Day 2: Chianti area Take an afternoon drive down to Monteriggioni, a perfect walled town, through a landscape lined with vineyards, olive groves and fortesses. Day 3: San Gimignano – Volterra – Colle di Val d’Elsa (142km) Visit the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Admire the 14 imposing stone towers along its skyline and wander the cobblestone streets of this medieval town. In the afternoon visit the magnificent walled city of Volterra, driving via the castle town of Colle di Val d’Elsa back to your villa. Day 4: Lucca – Pisa (206km) Discover Lucca’s intact Renaissance-era walls, Torre Die Guinigi; a medieval tower with mature oak trees growing from its top, the cathedral San Martino with its asymmetrical 11th century façade and the Piazza del Mercato. Return to your villa via Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower. Day 5-6: Chianti area Spend time relaxing at your villa, visit the local markets and have a picnic by the pool. Explore romantic Siena’s Piazza del Campo and the medieval buildings. Day 7: Montalcino – Pienza – Montepulciano (225km) Head to Montalcino located in the Area Naturale Val d’Orcia. Close to Renaissance perfection with the Duomo and Palazzo Piccolomini. Day 8: Greve, Chianti – Florence (76km) Enjoy the beauty of the Tuscany countryside before departing your villa. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Take a Picnic Lunch to Rocca – This fortress has a public garden filled with fig and olive trees. Walk your lunch off by climbing the Torre Grossa to enjoy panoramic views over vineyards. Marvel at Piazza del Campo – In the historic city centre of Siena, shaped like a scallop shell, the spectacular bareback Palio horse race has been held since at least 1283. As you wind your way down narrow, hilly streets, you will be transported back to the middle ages. Lucca’s Ramparts – Stroll along the top to glimpse some private gardens. Colle di Val d’Elsa – This walled old town is a perfect example of a castle defence town, with many charming shops, restaurants and a weekly market. Sample Pecorino at an Alimentari – Pienza’s delicious famous local sheep’s milk cheese. Discover history in Pistoia – Do a walking tour under the ancient hospital ‘Ospedale del Ceppo’, built over a stream which served as a sewer, a laundry and an olive press before the concept of germs was known. Wine Taste in Chianti – Pick up a bottle or two to enjoy back at your villa, or nestle at one of the vineyards for a long lunch. Montepulciano – A hilly village renowned for its underground wine cellars.

Our favourite places to stay: • Villa in Greve, Chianti

Montalcino – This classic fairytale hilltop town is set within a full circle of fortified walls, is home to a 14th century fort and the famous Brunello wine.

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T USCANY Orvieto

Umbria and Tuscany on a Vespa

Cooking & Walking

8 days/7 nights

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Cruise along winding roads amongst rolling hills. Stop at quaint Italian villages for long, leisurely meals bursting with fresh produce. The region’s tradition and warm hospitality has not succumbed to modernisation or haste. Do it in the Italian fashion: riding a Vespa scooter, with the sun on your face and the open road before you, an adventure to remember!

Stroll your way through quintessential Tuscan countryside, rolling hills and fields, olive groves, vineyards, cypress trees reaching skyward, landscape dotted with hilltop farmhouses and walled villages. Learn to make incredible dishes and wash them down with the region’s delicious red wines Vino Nobile and Brunello.

Day 1: Perugia – Corte de Poggio Arrive Perugia and transfer to Corte de Poggio to collect your Vespa.

Day 1: Montepulciano Arrive at the medieval walled hilltop town of Montepulciano with views over the surrounding countryside. Try the Nobilo di Montepulcino wine!

Day 2: Corte de Poggio - Montefalco (55km) Ride to the hilltop town Montefalco, enclosed in 13th century walls and famous for its excellent Sagrantino wines. Day 3: Montefalco – Spello – Assisi - Perugia (60km) To Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and home to the splendid Basilica. Then Perugia, where 2,000 year old monuments can be found. Day 4: Perugia - Cortona (70km) To Cortona, the town made famous by the book “Under the Tuscan Sun”, pass Lake Trasimeno and gentle hills covered in olives and vines. Day 5: Cortona – Montepulciano (47km) This is a day for meandering and enjoying the landscape before arriving in the beautiful town of Montepulciano, famous for its Nobile wine. Day 6: Montepulciano – Siena (55km) The route today is twisting, full of ups and downs, very scenic with little traffic. On arrival in Siena relax in the Piazza del Campo. Day 7-8 Siena – Trequanda (50km) Time to explore Siena, then ride a rugged, eroded landscape to the imposing Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery, the cloister is adorned with frescoes by Signorelli. Overnight in Trequanda. Arrangements end on day eight after breakfast. Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation with breakfast, 3 dinners, Vespa rental, maps, road books, directions, GPS, luggage transfers Price Guide From: $2760

Day 2: Montepulciano – Pienza Walk to Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage-site, Renaissance jewel and producer of Pecorino cheese. Day 3: Pienza – Bagno Vignoni Walk through classic Tuscany today before your first cooking class in a local farmhouse. Create a four-course dinner, paired with regional wines. Through food and wine you truly understand the rhythm of Italian life! Day 4: Bagno Vignoni – Montalcino Discover the Abbey of Sant’Antimo then transfer to the hilltop town Montalcino, home of Brunello wine and dominated by its imposing fortress. Day 5: Montalcino – Buonconvento A demanding but rewarding day’s walk through the hilly Brunello vineyards and olive groves. Tonight stay in a lovely agriturismo, a working farm. Day 6: Buonconvento – Siena Visit the monastery at Monte Oliveto Maggiore before your transfer to Siena. Day 7-8: Siena Walking tour of arguably Europe’s best preserved medieval city and the scene of the Palio horse race. Late afternoon attend a cooking class at a culinary school in Siena. Enjoy your four-course creation with a wine or two! Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct), note Siena cooking class operates certain days of the week Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 cooking classes including dinner & wine, guided tour of Siena, transfers as stated, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes & map, local contact Price Guide From: $2510

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

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C I NQUE T ERRE

LIGURIA

TUSCANY

Genova Santa Margherita Rapallo Levanto Portofino Monterosso Vernazza Corniglia Manarola

Riomaggiore La Spezia Portovenere

Manarola

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

CINQUE TERRE Decades ago the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre had no road access. Clinging to cliffs overlooking the azure Mediterranean, their houses were an artist’s palette of terracottas and creams. Then the first tourists arrived and now the walking tracks that connect the five are almost always thronged with visitors, though the villages retain their postcard-perfect charm. It is possible to walk between the northernmost village of Monterosso and Riomaggiore in the south in one day, but it’s far better to take your time, stay in one village for a few days and explore the villages on foot. If you don’t fancy the walk, there are roads now (nervous drivers beware!) or more preferably you can ride the local train. For an entirely different view, take to the sea on the ferry.

Il Gigante – Carved into the cliffs in Monterosso is the 14 metre high statue of Neptune holding the waves at bay. Due to wartime bombing and rough seas he lost his arms, trident and the giant seashell he held.

Riomaggiore Murals – These striking murals paint a picture of life in the Cinque Terre and are situated outside the train station. The murals are to glorify the unknown workers who constructed all of the dry stone walls and terracing that is so distinctive to the area.

Walking the Coastal Path – This links the villages, but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water as it is not sold along the route. Get an early start to avoid the heat and the crowds and ensure you have your Cinque Terre card.

Try the Best Basil Pesto – This is the home of pesto and it’s generously served in restaurants with two different types of pasta that are local to the area; trofie – short dense twists, or trenette – long flat with a ruffle on the edges.

Rest at one of the Spectacular Terraced Vineyards – Check out the local wine and also the delicious limoncello, enjoy an accompanying antipasto platter while soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the view.

Sip a Sciacchetra – A rare sweet white wine unique to the Cinque Terre. It’s delicious especially with creamy gorgonzola cheese.

Taste the Local Anchovies – These are caught along the coast, then salted and barrelled in the bay by the woman of the Cinque Terre.

Swimming at the Cinque Terre – The coastline is full of small bays and the clear Ligurian Sea. Manarola you can sunbathe on the rocks then dive off into the deep waters; Vernazza has a small sandy beach good for kids, or jump off the rocks at the end of the harbour; Monterosso has a sandy, pebbly beach great for families.

Visit Portofino for the Day – Take the train to Santa Margherita, then the local bus from directly outside the station.

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C I NQUE T ERRE Cornigilia

Riomaggiore

A Taste of Cinque Terre 4 days/3 nights Day 1: La Spezia – Riomaggiore or Monterosso (17km) Transfer from La Spezia to Riomaggiore or Monterosso by private vehicle and spend the rest of the day exploring, hike up to the top of town for panoramic views along the coast and glistening sea-views through the lemon trees. Day 2: Cinque Terre Use your Cinque Terre Card to explore this beautiful area at your own pace. With vineyards, olive groves and delightful houses, each of the villages exudes its own authentic charm. Train to Corniglia, the smallest least touristy village high up on the cliff, a steep descent to the water. Next stop’s Manarola, the most iconic photo is of the colourful houses cascading down the rock to the little harbour. You can ferry back from here or catch the train. Day 3: Cinque Terre Today train to the northmost village of Monterosso. Fuel up with a gelato on the sandy beach before trekking to Vernazza. There is a strenuous climb at the start but you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning views walking along the cliff path towards Vernazza. This is the most picturesque village with a small sandy beach but can get very overcrowded in summer.

Vernazza

Getting there & around The Cinque Terre Card is compulsory and gives you access to the Park area. Prices start from EUR7.50 as a 1, 2, 3 day pass and are available locally from the National Park offices situated outside the train stations of any of the five villages. The train is the best way to get to the Cinque Terre from either La Spezia or Levanto and for an additional EUR8 per person you get unlimited 2nd class train travel and access to the five villages in between. Cars are not allowed beyond the village entrances. You can either leave it in La Spezia or Levanto or park at the top of the villages. These parks are small, expensive and often full in summer. A lovely way to arrive is by ferry from La Spezia or Levanto if you’re visiting March to October, but these can be suspended in rough weather and are an additional cost to the Cinque Terre Card.

When to go & where to stay

Day 4: Riomaggiore or Monterosso – La Spezia (17km) The tour ends after breakfast with a private transfer to La Spezia.

Don’t underestimate the heat in summer and the crowds on weekends. The best time to visit is April to October when there are local boats linking many of the villages and providing a alternative to experience this coastal region. We suggest walking one way and boating back. June and August tend to be very touristy so try going in spring or autumn for less crowds. Winter can become quite cold and some facilities are closed. If the trails get too wet they are closed for safety reasons. Currently the trails between Corniglia and Riomaggiore are closed.

Inclusions: Private transfer La Spezia/Riomaggiore or Monterosso round trip, 3 nights accommodation, Breakfast daily, Shopping card for Brugnato 5Terre Outlet, Discounts at La Spezia museums, 2 day Cinque Terre Card including map of the area, access to trekking paths, train & boat schedules, unlimited train travel on the Levanto – Cinque Terre – La Spezia line (regional train 2nd class)

Decide if you would prefer to stay inside the National Park, on the Cinque Terre, or outside of the National Park, in Levanto to the north or La Spezia to the south. Accommodation on the Cinque Terre is very limited and fills up quickly. In Monterosso or Riomaggiore you can pre book hotel style accommodation. The town of Levanto has more hotels to choose from and there are B&Bs scattered throughout the region.

Price Guide From: $805 The price guide shown is per adult share twin based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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M I L AN

Alzaia Naviglio Grande

Arc of the Peace

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

MILAN High among the spires of Milan’s 500-year-old cathedral is a great spot to view Italy’s dynamic financial hub, as the cathedral, in its café-lined piazza lies at the heart of Milan. Close by is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the designer nirvana lies in the aptly named Quadrilatero (Golden Quadrilateral) where Prada, Valentino, Gucci and more await. Gaze at Leonardo’s Last Supper and be dazzled at La Scala, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Milan also offers access to Verona, with its Roman arena and romantic associations to Romeo and Juliet. To the north of Milan, Lake Como, Lugano and Maggiore are nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps. Sip wine, stroll beside the palazzi of the rich and famous, and share the high-flyers’ million-dollar views.

The Last Supper – See Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ in the refectory of the 15th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Fashion Week – The Spring/Summer event is held in February-March and the Autumn/Winter event is held in September-October of each year. Milan is one long catwalk for the elegant and sophisticated, and you can join them in the restaurants and clubs buzzing with attitude and glamour.

The Terraces of the Cathedral – The Terraces on the roof of the cathedral have a surface of 8,000m2 which is covered by marble. Climb the 201 steps to the top for a breath-taking view of the city; with good weather you can even see the Italian and Swiss Alps. Admire magnificent arches, the 135 pinnacles of the cathedral, the numerous statues and breathe in the peaceful atmosphere over this constantly active city.

Navigli District – There is a system of canals through Milan and the oldest one, Naviglio Grande, is bustling with canal-side cafés, old-fashioned gelaterie (ice-cream shops), boutiques, artists of Milan, restaurants and moored barges fitted out as bars.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – This elegant shopping arcade is considered to be one of the main shopping centres for shopping in Milan and is one of the most beautiful covered galleries in Europe.

La Scala Opera – This 18th century theatre is one of the world’s greatest opera houses, hosting some of Italy’s most famous performances. Nothing beats seeing a show, ballet or opera in the elegant boxes adorned with gold leaf and red velvet. Parco Sempione – A beautiful park that has a little something for everyone. The grounds are dappled with ponds and enchanting bridges; find a relaxing spot on the grass and watch the kids play on the playgrounds.

Via Fauche – Especially for the fashionistas, at these markets you will find discounted clothes and shoes from the most prestigious Italian stylists.

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Ibis Milano Centro

Hotel Fenice

Best Western Hotel Galles

A great hotel boasting a magnificent location just a short walk from Milan’s vibrant city centre and the train station. Not far from the great shopping streets, this is also the perfect base for visiting Milan Cathedral or spending an evening at the La Scala Opera House.

Corso Buenos Aires is one of the main shopping streets, and you’re right at the beginning of it when staying here. It’s a great spot for bargains during the sales (after Christmas and mid summer) but if you’re after the famed designer gears then Via Montenapoleone is the place for you, and is en route to the Duomo.

Renovated in classical style whilst preserving the original 19th century palace architecture, this hotel is located within walking distance from the main train station. It is on the corner of Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets and just a few stops by metro into the Duomo area. Be sure to try out the relaxing spa centre.

Lake Como & Bellagio Day Trip

Best of Milan Experience

A great way to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes. You’ll do a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como plus a Lake Como cruise to see snow-peaked mountains and luxury lakeside villas from the water. In the summer, visit the village of Bellagio for free time to eat and explore. In the winter, take a gondola ride from Como to Brunate to soak up the lakeland views.

Explore Milan’s most loved attractions, and favourite local spots often missed by visitors. Your guide will detail the history of the many sights for a level of insider’s perspective. Skip the line at the Duomo di Milano and your choice between a visit to see 'The Last Supper' or Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard and enjoy priority access to some of the city’s other famous churches.

Starhotel Rosa Grand This stunning hotel is surrounded by Milan's iconic sights and attractions - a few steps from the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, Milan's exclusive fashion street, Via Montenapoleone and the world renowned La Scala Opera Theatre. That's if you can bear to leave your designer room in tones of mink and rose pink - a real girlie treat.

Duomo di Milano

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Lake Como

ITALIAN LAKES

SWITZERLAND

7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE People have been holidaying at the Italian Lakes since Roman times and it certainly hasn’t got less popular. The sights are magical: mountains, lake shores, islands, stately villas and baroque palaces. Day 1: Venice – Verona – Sirmione, Lake Garda (166km) Stop in Verona to check out the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, including ‘Juliet’s balcony’. Verona has many impressive archaeological sites. Drive through rolling vineyard country to Lake Garda. Day 2: Lake Garda Sirmione is built on a narrow peninsula jutting into Italy’s largest lake with an imposing castle and Roman ruins. Day 3: Lake Garda – Bergamo – Bellagio, Lake Como (150km) Bellagio sits at the junction of the lakes two arms with fabulous panoramas over the lake with an Alpine backdrop. Day 4: Lake Como Roads around the lakes are narrow and take you through small villages and many tunnels. This is a good reason to get a small car and a GPS, but you will feel like a film star driving along the lake shore of Lake Como. Day 5: Lake Como – Lugano – Stresa, Lake Maggiore (160km) Follow the shores of Lake Como to Como, head north and cross the border to Lugano in Switzerland, then drop back into Italy to Lake Maggiore where you can follow the shore to Stresa. Day 6: Lake Maggiore The delightful town of Stresa is a former fishing village that grew to the wealthy haven it is today. Visit the islands opposite. Day 7: Lake Maggiore – Milan (90km) In Milan shop along Vittorio Emanuele II, stroll through Piazza del Duomo and visit the museums in the iconic red-brick castle of Sforza. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Gardenia, Sirmione, Lake Garda Miralago B&B & Apartments, Bellagio, Lake Como Regina Palace, Stresa, Lake Maggiore

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ITALY Locarno Lake Maggiore

Stresa

Lake Como

Lugano Bellagio Lecco Como Bergamo

Riva del Garda Vicenza

Venice

Lake Garda

Sirmione

Verona

Padua

Milan

Highlights worth seeing along the way The best way to see Venice is by foot – Wander over the Rialto Bridge, through St Mark’s Square to see Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Stop at the small fishing village of Peschiera del Garda – This historic fortified town has a moated castle. Sirmione – Lunch at a traditional trattoria overlooking the lake. Discover magical Lake Garda – Cruise on the lake visiting Castello Scaligero, Grottoes of Catullus and the Rocca di Manerba. Walk around delightful Bellagio – This picture perfect town on Lake Como has a medieval layout of winding streets, cobbled stairways and grand historic buildings, as well as 19th century villas on the shoreline. Explore Lake Como by ferry – The boats take you to Tremezzo and Lenno and the medieval towns of Varenna and Bellano. Take the Funicular up to Bergamo Alta – Visit the Piazza del Duomo in this fortified village to explore the ornate church and the Colleoni Chapel. Catch the Cablecar in Stresa – Take in the fabulous views of the Alps and Lake Maggiore. Stroll in the Parco di Villa Pallavicino – This English garden has pelicans and llamas as well as tropical plants. Cruise to the Borromean Islands – Explore these three tiny settlements.

Sirmione

Lake Garda


I TALY Bobbio

EMILIA-ROMAGNA 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE From the Po River in the north to the Apennine Mountains, explore medieval cities, seaside resorts and delicious cuisine from the region known as the ‘bread basket of Italy’, and home of Ferrari and Pavarotti. Day 1: Bologna – Ravenna (86km) In Bologna, visit the Piazza Maggiore, lined with arched colonnades and Renaissance buildings. The Bolognese take their food tradition very seriously. Try the ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’, actually tagliatelle al ragu. Day 2: Ravenna See astonishing frescoes, Dante’s tomb, enjoy a piadina (pizza), Ravenna has eight UNESCO World Heritage-sites of amazing Byzantine mosaics. Day 3: Ravenna – San Marino – Rimini – Ravenna (154km) San Marino's cobblestone streets wind steeply up the mountain and at the top sits the mighty fortress and its towers with sweeping views. Relax in Rimini, a famous seaside resort on an endless stretch of white sand. Day 4: Ravenna – Comacchio – Ferrara – Ravenna (226km) Head to the small village of Comacchio before venturing through the Po Delta, a unique wetlands area and World Heritage-site. Inland you’ll find Ferrara's castle, basilica, monastery and lovely piazzas. Day 5: Ravenna – Vignola – Maranello – Modena – Parma (222km) Rocca di Vignola, has a stunning castle with free entry, beautiful frescoes and the amazing Spiral staircase. For Ferrari fans visit the Ferrari museum in Modena and for opera lovers Pavarotti’s house and museum. Day 6: Parma The city of gastronomy, great music, art and architecture, home of Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and the 19th century Teatro Regio, one of the best opera houses in Italy. Day 7-8: Parma Explore the medieval villages and castles littering the countryside.

Piacenza Parma

Ferrara Modena Bologna

Bobbio Maranello

Po Delta Comacchio Ravenna

Vignola Rimini

ITALY

SAN MARINO Florence

Highlights worth seeing along the way Osteria Del Sole in Bologna – this ancient tavern has kept its simple style since 1465. Chat with others at large wooden tables over a glass of wine. San Marino – An independent country, the 5th smallest in fact, the most ancient republic in Europe (since AD 301). Cross over the Trepponti in Comacchio – A famous 17th century bridge in the pretty fishing village. Hire kayaks to discover the Po Delta – This protected natural reserve is a peaceful escape where you can spot otters and flamingos. Abbey of Pomposa – 6th century Romanesque architecture and is surrounded by restaurants serving traditional food and wine of the Po Delta. Walk the city walls of Ferrara – For great views before wandering the labyrinth of one of Europe’s oldest Jewish quarters. Museo Ferrari Maranello – This second Ferrari museum tells the story through the actual cars. Sit in a Formula 1 simulator and take a tour to the track and factory. Bobbio – Explore the ancient abbey, Basilica and famous Old Bridge in this small town located in the Trebbia River valley.

Our favourite places to stay: • Palazzo Bezzi, Ravenna • Sina Maria Luigia, Parma

Delicious Food – Taste the products from this region including Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), Prosciutto crudo di Parma (Parma ham), Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

Bologna

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AM AL FI C OAST

ROME

Bacoli Procida Ischia

Naples

Vesuvius Pompeii

BAY OF NAPLES Sorrento

Positano

Ravello Praiano

Salerno

Minori Amalfi

Capri

Sorrento

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

AMALFI COAST South of Naples lies a coastline of dramatic cliffs, precariously perched fishing villages and the ever-present shimmering Mediterranean. This is the Amalfi Coast, which has been enticing visitors for decades to its tiny beaches and chic resort towns such as Sorrento and Positano and its island of Capri. If you are driving the coast, beware – this is no place for motorists with no head for heights, but adrenaline junkies will love the hairpin bends and vertical drops. It’s little different in the towns that cling to the hillsides, where often steep steps provide the only access to hotels and restaurants with terraces that seem to float between sea and sky. Nestle yourself into one of the coastal villages like Ravello or tiny Furore, kick back, relax and enjoy the heady views.

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Capri – Take the short boat ride from Sorrento to Capri, steeped in myths and Roman history. Head to Piccola Marina following winding lanes, then wander down a precipitous flight of steps to La Canzone del Mare right by the seaside and visited by Capri’s rich and famous.

Ravello – Enjoy tranquility in Ravello’s exquisite gardens and immerse yourself in the local village life. Villa Rufolo was built on an existing Roman structure, with a 30 metre high tower that overlooks Piazza Duomo. The Wagner Symphonic Music Festival takes place in the garden in July.

Furore – This tiny village is a good base from which to tackle Amalfi Coast walks with names like The Fishing Vixen. A cluster of old fishermen houses look like they have been glued to the cliffs. This is a dramatic and unique part of the Amalfi Coast.

Path Of The Gods – Take a walking tour along the ancient pathways, winding along shoreline cliffs from coastal towns through rustic woodland, and up to beautiful villages perched on craggy peaks. You can go beyond the crowds – just make sure you are reasonably fit!

Limoncello – The golden treasure of Amalfi. Locals affectionately call it sunshine wine and serve it chilled, like summer champagne. Walk the streets of Amalfi, from the bustling tourist district to the small villages dotting the coastline, and you will see dozens of shops displaying beautifully shaped bottles of homemade limoncello.

Public Transport – Public transport along the coast is cheap and fairly efficient. Blue buses run from Salerno to Amalfi, and from Amalfi to Sorrento and Ravello. There is a local service within the towns. Ferries connect the principal towns of the Amalfi Coast and can be quicker than buses.

Ferries – During the summer months of April through to October a ferry service runs between Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. In the winter months ferries only run between Naples and Sorrento but are subject to cancellation due to rough seas.


AM AL FI C OAST

Hotel Del Corso, Sorrento

Hotel Miramalfi, Amalfi

Villa Flavio Gioia, Positano

Built in an 18th century historical home and previously the private residence of the noble family, De Gregorio. The hotel has kept its original style if this ancient building. It has a fabulous location only 100 metres from the train station and short walk to Tasso Square.

This family owned hotel, built in the 1950s, got its name from when the owner stood on the terrace and emotionally said, “Mira... Amal!” or “Look... Amalfi!”. The same family still owns the hotel and you’ll know what he meant when you see the spectacular vista. Rooms have views out to sea and there’s a great pool perched on top of the rocks.

Live like a local in these fantastically positioned studios, one and two bedroom apartments. An easy walk to the shopping area and located close to the largest and most glamorous beach on the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy your days exploring Positano and the towns along the coast before heading back to the shared garden to watch the sunset.

Sorrento Food Walking Tour

Capri Day Cruise from Sorrento

Eat your way around Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast on this guided food tour. Stroll the streets of charming Sorrento with your guide, stopping at family-run restaurants, deli’s and markets to indulge in an array of local edible delights - homemade gnocchi, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and gelato. And then wash it all down with either locally made beer, wine or limoncello.

Hop on a traditional wooden boat in Sorrento and set sail in the beautiful Gulf of Naples to the island of Capri. Swim and snorkel to explore caves and the famed Blue Grotto, admire the famous Faraglioni rocks and the Gardens of Augustus (at own expense), and learn about the history of the place on the boat ride over from your skipper before enjoying free time to wander Capri at leisure.

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Amalfi Visit two ancient Roman towns with a group in an air-conditioned bus. Stroll through Pompeii and Herculaneum with your guide to learn about the history. Walk through the alleys of what was once the most important commercial centre of the area. See the main features, such as the Temple of Jovis, the Macellum, and the public baths.

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Altamura

FASCINATING PUGLIA 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Puglia forms the heel of Italy’s “boot” and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries old farmland and long Mediterranean coastline. Discover fishing ports and villages perched on steep coastal cliffs. Day 1: Bari Stroll through the old part of town to see ladies on their front door kneading pasta. Wander by cloisters, churches, craft shops and bakeries. Day 2: Bari – Molfetta – Giovinazzo – Bari (60km) Explore the narrow streets of Molfetta’s medieval centre. Stop in Giovinazzo, the small fortified town on a cliff overlooking the sea. Day 3: Bari – Polignano A Mare – Monopoli – Conversano – Bari (135km) Polignano A Mare is a medieval village perched on a high, jagged coastline. Get lost in the maze of Monopoli’s old town alleys. Venture inland through green almond and olive hills towards Conversano.

Bari

Giovinazzo

Rutigliano Conversano Castellana Caves

Naples Altamura Matera

Gioia del Colle

Polignano A Mare Monopoli Ostuni Alberobello

Massafra Taranto

Brindisi Lecce

ITALY Gallipoli

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Day 4: Bari – Altamura – Matera (69.8km) Enter the walls of Altamura to discover the historical centre surrounded by palaces and churches. Matera is a prehistoric troglodyte settlement which has developed over time but maintained a uniquely ancient feel.

Gioia del Colle – Famous for its burrata cheese and mozzarella, also “zampine” rolled sausages and the wine Primitivo Doc Gioia del Colle.

Day 5: Matera – Alberobello – Taranto (106km) Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to UNESCO World Heritage Trulli style houses, the incredible stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.

Relax at a beach bar in Capitolo – Enjoy the sand dunes then sit back and savour the “pugliese sushi” shrimps and sea urchins.

Day 6: Taranto – Gallipoli – Lecce (155km) Travel over the swing bridge to the old town of Taranto. Visit the small fishing village of Gallipoli with beautiful beaches. Enjoy the baroque architecture in Lecce and explore the spectacular Roman amphitheatre.

Stop in Polignano – See the houses built right out to the cliff edge overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Explore Castellana Caves – 3 kilometres of winding paths in the tunnel network at a depth of 60 metres and filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Festival of Cherries – Visit Conversano in June to make the most of the cherry season.

Day 7: Lecce – Brindisi – Ostuni – Bari (172km) Travel to Ostuni via Brindisi then join the coastal route Monopoli to Bari.

Marvel at the lines of vines – Rutigliano is a land full of cultivated vineyards whose grapes are known as “Vittoria”.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Extend your stay in the peaceful Itria Valley.

Taste the wares of Puglia – Bread “DOP”, dating back to medieval times and still cooked in a wooded oven in Altamura, wines of Salento, cheeses of Caciocavallo Podolico and the salamis of the Matera area.

Our favourite places to stay: • Her Mejesty, Bari • La Teresina holiday Homes, Matera • Akropolis, Taranto • Torre del Parco 1419 Dimora Storica, Leece

Be transported back to biblical times – As you walk the streets and explore the caves of Matera.

Polignano a Mare

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Molfetta

Whitewashed town of Ostuni – Walk through the narrow alleyways and discover flower filled old balconies, lots of historical buildings and a castle within the 16th century circular walls.

Matera

Alberobello


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SUN DRENCHED SICILY Beautiful Sicily is a treasure trove of Roman and Greek ruins, medieval villages, incredible architecture and dramatic landscape. Just as dramatic is the long, complicated history which makes for a truly unique culture. Day 1: Palermo – Monreale – Palermo Palermo’s old town has a 3000 year old history. The slightly chaotic streets show the architectural marks of the many invaders. Day 2: Palermo – Cefalù – Nebrodi Park – Taormina (252km) Drive along the coast to the former fishing village of Cefalù. Randazzo is the closest village to Europe’s most active volcano Mt Etna. Day 3: Taormina – Mt Etna Built high on the cliffs with restored medieval treasures, and views across to Etna and lovely cove-like beaches which you can reach by cable car. Day 4: Taormina – Catania – Syracuse (122km) Visit the UNESCO listed historical centre of Catania. In Syracuse you’ll find most of the main archaeological sites in the old town on Ortigia Island. Day 5: Syracuse – Noto – Ragusa – Caltagirone (150km) The south east landscape is rough and dramatic with mountains and ravines. Noto sits peacefully amongst them, while Ragusa cascades down the hills. Day 6: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento (128km) Ceramics decorate Caltagirone. Visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale, a ruined villa filled with incredible Roman mosaics. Day 7: Agrigento – Marsala – Trapani (166km) Visit the UNESCO listed ‘Valley of the Temples’ and the seaside town of Marsala on the drive to Trapani, see functioning salt windmills. Day 8: Trapani – Erice – Palermo (124km) The narrow winding streets of Erice have hardly changed since 600 BC. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Palermo Centro, Palermo • Diamond Hotel and Resort Naxos, Taormina • L'Alba sui Templi Bed and Breakfast, Agrigento • Hotel Cala Marina, Trapani

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8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE

Parco dei Nebrodi Randazzo Taormina

Cefalù

Mt Etna

Segesta

Marsala

SICILY

Selinunte Agrigento

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Piazza Armerina Caltagirone Ragusa

Catania

Syracuse Noto

Highlights worth seeing along the way Wander through the Ballaro Market in Palermo – A souk-like market with Moorish influences, it is vibrant. Everything is fresh and it is one of the best places to eat. Admire the mosaics in Monreale – The famous cathedral is an extensive Arab-Norman complex with Byzantine mosaic and a Benedictine cloister. Cross one of three bridges to Ortigia – The best way to see this island is to just wander around the 2500 years of history, past Baroque and medieval palaces, churches and the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo. Enjoy the best gelato as you stroll down the promenade of Noto – Palms and Baroque palaces and churches line the grand Corso Vittorio Emanuele and there are beautiful gardens to rest in. Try chocolate made in the Aztec style – Modica is famous for its chocolate shops. It is one of the Val di Noto eight UNESCO listed towns, explore the zig-zag of streets and steep staircases. The 1693 earthquake forced the townsfolk out of their cave dwellings, and into building their own town around the castle fortress. Agrigento – One of the best preserved architectural legacies of ancient Greece, the Doric temples in the ruins of Akragras, known as the Valley of the Temples, were built around 450 BC. Sample an authentic Marsala wine – This dessert wine is dry and flavoursome with no added sugar. Try it at any of the wine cellars.

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Syracuse

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I TALY

© Explore

Milan

Taste of Lake Maggiore

Walk the Amalfi Coast

Puglia on Two Wheels

4 days/3 nights

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Visit beautiful Lake Maggiore on this independent package - a playground for the rich and famous and a favourite amongst romantic poets such as Byron and Shelley, Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy is truly stunning.

Follow a walking route along ancient paths and stairways linking isolated villages, across hills with lemon and chestnut groves, vineyards and meadows. Along the way enjoy the divine Campania cuisine and lively hospitality.

Discover the 'heel' of Italy on easy cycle rides through the sun-drenched region of Puglia. Along the way discover ancient cave dwellings, fairytale trulli, and sample the superb Pugliese cuisine and wine.

Day 1: Milan – Stresa Transfer from Milan to your hotel in Stresa. Spend the afternoon exploring this delightful town at your leisure before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 1-2: Ravello Arrive Ravello, explore the elegant villas and monuments followed by a walk down to the quaint fishing village of Atrani.

Day 1-2: Bari – Alta Murgia National Park Arrive in Bari. Cycling starts day two from Castel del Monte, along remote roads gently winding through hills dotted with small trulli huts and huge abandoned sheep farms.

Day 2: Borromean Islands Board a morning ferry for a leisurely excursion to the Borromean Islands. Visit the Borromean Palace on Isola Bella, famous for its baroque art and fine Italian gardens. Continue to Isola Madre, the biggest of the three islands, known for its English-style gardens and lovely flowers. End your trip on Isola dei Pescatori, where you can relax, take in the scenery and poke around the small souvenir market. Day 3: Stresa Spend the day exploring the lakeshore at your leisure. We suggest a visit to the magnificent Villa Taranto, whose terraced gardens contain more than 202,000 trees and plants from all over the world.

Day 5-6: Praiano Walk through ancient villages along the 1,000 year old Maestro dei Villagi footpath to Praiano. Continue to the Valley of Praia, where many vineyards cling to the cliffs, and on to the beginning of the famous Pathway of the Gods. Day 7: Pathway of the Gods to Positano Today is the most scenic walk on the Amalfi Coast – the Pathway of the Gods. The track is rocky and barren in parts with steep stone steps at either end, but the views are as divine as the name suggests.

Day 4: Stresa – Milan Enjoy breakfast before returning to Milan.

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Day 3-4: Amalfi Walk to Amalfi via Scala, the “oldest little city” of the coast, along the high path of the Valle delle Ferriere. Free day in Amalfi relaxing or exploring.

Day 8: Positano Arrangements end after breakfast in Positano.

Day 3-4: Altamura – Matera-Alberobello Ride remote roads in wide open countryside to Matera, explore the sassi and enjoy the evening. Visit a local cheese producer and cycle to Alberobello, famous for its trulli. Day 5: Loop ride to Locorotondo Visit a traditional olive mill, then to Locorotondo, vineyards dominate the countryside as sublime white wines are produced here, enjoy a tasting. Day 6: Alberobello – Monopoli Ride through ochre-coloured fields to Monopoli, a bustling fishing village with whitewashed houses. Day 7: Loop ride to Savelletri Cycle along the rugged Adriatic coastline on this lovely ride to Savelletri. Day 8: Transfer to Bari where the trip ends.

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures May, Jun, Sep, Oct

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner, return transfers from Milan & ferry tickets to the Borromean Islands

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, local contact, luggage transfers & walking notes & route maps

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport by bus & bicycle, tour leader

Price Guide From: $1260

Price Guide From: $1980

Price Guide From: $2360

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


I TALY Venice

Capri Island

Florence

Splendid Tour

Wines of Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Italian Landscapes

5 days/4 nights

4 days/3 nights

5 days/4 nights

This semi-escorted tour takes in the highlights of the Amalfi Coast; Pompeii, the Isle of Capri and famous Blue Grotto, Positano the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast, staying two nights in Sorrento and two nights in the town of Amalfi.

Journey to the rolling hills of the Chianti region, the medieval towns Siena, Lucca, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spend a day exploring the Cinque Terre and enjoy some famous Tuscan wines on this small group tour.

Taste Balsamic Vinegar in Modena, discover Cinque Terre, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, explore Renaissance city Florence, visit Bologna, Siena and San Gimignano on this small group tour from Venice to Rome.

Day 1: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento First stop Naples then onto Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. Your guide with take you on a journey of this ancient city giving you an understanding of Roman life.

Day 1: Rome – Pisa – Lucca – La Spezia Take ‘that’ photo at the Leaning Tower before visiting Lucca, known as the ‘city of a hundred churches’. Enjoy a welcome dinner in La Spezia.

Day 1: Venice – Bologna – Modena – La Spezia Depart Venice for Bologna, continue to the Modena area to taste the famous balsamic vinegar, then a welcome dinner in La Spezia.

Day 2: La Spezia – Cinque Terre – Siena area An unforgettable day discovering Cinque Terre. Arrive by boat, stop at Porto Venere, Vernazza and Monterosso to wander the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colourful postcard. Depart by train and coach to the area of Siena.

Day 2: Cinque Terre day trip Depart La Spezia by boat, see the colourful villages from the water, stop at Porto Venere, Vernazza and Monterosso to explore the narrow streets of these picture postcard villages.

Day 2: Isle of Capri A full day excursion to the Isle of Capri. Ferry across to the island, visit the Blue Grotto, have lunch in the town of Anacapri, with time to explore before returning to Sorrento. Day 3: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi Travel along the breath-taking Amalfi Coast drive to Positano. You have some time to explore this picturesque, cliff-side village. Then it’s onto Amalfi. Day 4: Amalfi Today is yours. Spend it in Amalfi, the historic centre is like an outdoor museum as it preserves much of the towns rich maritime past. Visit Ravello and its beautiful villas and gardens. Day 5: Amalfi – Rome Most of the day in Amalfi before returning to Rome.

Day 3: Explore Chianti Villages Discover the wonderful Chianti area, the heart of Tuscany and famous for its wines. Visit several villages including Greve in Chianti and San Gimignano, stopping for wine tastings along the way. Day 4: Siena – Montepulciano – Rome A guided tour of the historic centre of Siena, the medieval city built around Piazza del Campo, famous for the annual Palio horse race. On to Montepulciano to taste the Vino Nobile, one of the oldest and most prestigious wines of Tuscany. Arrive in Rome in the late afternoon.

Day 3: La Spezia – Pisa – Florence First stop Pisa and its Leaning Tower, then Florence for a guided tour of the historical centre. See famous sights the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. Day 4: Florence Free day to explore the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, you could see Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia, the paintings in the Uffizi, and wander the beautiful narrow streets. Day 5: Florence – San Gimignano – Siena – Rome Visit San Gimignano and its 14 towers, before a tour of Siena with a local guide, arrive in the Eternal City in the evening.

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation with breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, guided tour of Pompeii, excursion to Capri & Blue Grotto & transport

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation including breakfast, 3 dinners, 3 wine tastings with traditional dishes, boat trip & train Cinque Terre, local guide Siena, tour leader, transport by coach

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, Balsamic Vinegar tasting, boat trip Cinque Terre, local guide Siena, Florence, tour leader, transport by coach

Price Guide From: $1715

Price Guide From: $1410

Price Guide From: $1975

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

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I TALY

Rome

Amalfi

Milan

Puglia & Amalfi Coast

Rome to Venice by rail

Milan to Rome by rail

6 days/5 nights

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Explore the treasures of the south on this small group tour. Visit the famous pastel coloured coastal towns, Amalfi and Positano, see unique architecture in the ‘heel of Italy’ and the Trulli of Alberobello.

Explore the Eternal City Rome, the Renaissance city Florence and the unique floating city Venice on this independent package.

Follow in Leonardo’s footsteps on this independent package. Milan, the fashion capital; Florence, the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’; and Rome, the Eternal City.

Day 1: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento First stop Naples then onto Pompeii. Your guide will take you on a journey of this ancient city giving you an understanding of Roman life.

Day 1-3: Rome Arrival transfer to your hotel. Get your bearings, see the sights, and enjoy the commentary on a Hop On Hop Off bus tour. There is plenty of time to take optional tours of the Colosseum, Vatican Museums or Pompeii, or wander the city at your own pace and take it all in.

Day 1-2: Milan Arrival transfer to your hotel. Get your bearings of this global capital of fashion and design on a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, take an optional tour to discover the Last Supper by Da Vinci or shop!

Day 2: Isle of Capri A full day excursion to the Isle of Capri. Visit the Blue Grotto and the town of Anacapri. Day 3: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi – Salerno area Discover the infamous jewels of the Amalfi coast on your way to the Salerno area. Day 4: Salerno area – Matera – Alberobello Guided tour of Matera then an olive oil tasting in the splendid village of Alberobello. Day 5: Lecce & Ostuni excursion Visit Lecce, the pearl of Italian baroque architecture, then the ‘White City’ Ostuni with its white washed historical centre, return to Alberobello.

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Day 4-5: Rome – Florence High speed train to Florence, spend the afternoon at leisure marvelling at this beautiful outdoor museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David and other amazing sculpture. Optional tours are available or Florence is a great place to admire the architecture.

Day 3-4: Milan – Florence High speed train to Florence, spend the afternoon at leisure marvelling at this beautiful outdoor museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David and other amazing sculpture. Optional tours are available or Florence is a great place to admire the architecture. Day 5-8 Spend 3 nights in Rome, enjoy an orientation of the Eternal City on a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, stopping at iconic sights along the way. Choose some optional tours such as inside the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums or a day trip to Naples and Pompeii. Find a cute family run trattoria for some delicious Roman cuisine.

Day 6: Alberobello – Bari – Benevento – Rome Stop in the old city of Bari, then Benevento where the liqueur Strega is produced. Arrive in Rome late evening.

Day 6-8: Florence – Venice High speed train to the unique city of Venice where streets are canals and boats are the means of transport. Enjoy an orientation tour seeing St Mark’s Basilica and square and the Doge’s Palace. Then spend some time getting lost amongst the once grand palaces, see the city from the water on a gondola, and eat delicious fresh seafood.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, olive oil tasting, guided city tours Pompeii, Matera, Lecce, Ostuni, tour leader, transport by coach

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, train tickets, arrival transfer Rome, departure transfer Venice, Hop On Hop Off ticket, guided tour Accademia, walking tour Venice

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfast, train tickets, arrival transfer Milan, departure transfer Rome, Hop On Hop Off ticket Milan & Rome, guided tour Accademia

Price Guide From: $2605

Price Guide From: $1350

Price Guide From: $1365

The price guide shown is per adult share twin 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.

CAR RENTAL

DRIVING IN EUROPE

Verdon, France

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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Deposits

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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 eg. child seats, roof racks

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Non waivable excess

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Fuel policy

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.

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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DRIVE EUROPE IN A BRAND NEW CAR Drive Europe is the Number 1 official NZ agent for Peugeot and Citroen car leasing in Europe. A driving holiday allows you to take your time to tinker about with the locals, meander from village to village and get off the beaten track. In a nutshell – you get to have your own holiday at your own pace!

If you are planning a driving holiday in Europe from 21-175 days, leasing a brand new tax-free, all-inclusive Peugeot or Citroen is often better value than a rental car. Leasing is also a great option if you want to collect in one country and return in another – don’t waste your precious holiday time back-tracking!

Collections/Returns You can collect/return your Peugeot or Citroen from 13 cities within France, as well as 11 cities outside of France (for an extra fee).

Insurance/Assistance Your prepaid lease price includes comprehensive insurance, with no excess, as well as 24-hour assistance through 40 countries. Also included are punctures, broken glass and any repair costs incurred by putting the wrong fuel in your vehicle.

Choose from over 60 Models Across the Peugeot, Citroen and premium DS brands you can choose from around 60 vehicles – ranging from small hatchbacks to 8 seater vans, manual or automatic, petrol or diesel. All vehicles include in-built GPS and have a covered luggage area. Visit www.driveeurope.co.nz, pop in to your nearest Peugeot or Citroen showroom or ask your travel consultant if you need help to select the best vehicle for your budget and passenger/ luggage needs. (Not all models are available to view in New Zealand)

Other Benefits ••

Minimum driver age is just 18 years. No maximum age

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All models have in-built GPS - otherwise known as a 'marriage saver'!

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No “extra driver” fees (conditions apply)

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You can drive through 40 European countries, including many countries rental cars are not allowed into!

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24/7 Assistance call centre in Europe, plus 24/7 support from NZ

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All paperwork is done in NZ before you go – ensuring no last minute decisions or unexpected charges on collection

Booking Tips

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Book early for the best availability, better choice of vehicle and better deal, especially if you need an automatic as these will often start selling out from as early as December the year prior

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Book the smallest car that you, your passengers and luggage will fit into, making it easy to park and explore those quaint narrow village streets

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An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a requirement in many European countries. These can be obtained from the AA for approximately $40


Just imagine those quaint villages, the fresh artisan-produced food and friendly locals waiting to be dazzled by your schoolhouse language skills. What a pity you must dash past it all on the motorway, hurtling towards the next major city on the itinerary. Next time you’ll do it differently; next time you’ll seek out those locals and their delicious cuisine; next time you’ll sleep in the same bed every night but have a different view out of your window each day.

McRent Motorhome Details

Hints & Tips:

Includes: Unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance (with excess), shower and toilet, air-conditioned driver’s cab, emergency breakdown service, vehicle kit, gas bottle, toilet chemicals, additional drivers (must hold appropriate licence), manual transmission with reversing camera, vehicle instruction book, camping guide and tax.

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Motorhomes are much more suited to the open roads of the countryside than the congested cities

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Pick up depots are located outside the main city centre and could be up to an hour away – check with your travel consultant on the best option to get there

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Try to plan a circular round trip for your motorhome adventure as you will need to return to the same location. One way hires are not permitted with McRent

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The larger the motorhome, the harder it is to manoeuvre. We recommend you don’t hire a motorhome larger than needed, especially through the narrow roads of France & Italy

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Sign up to local camping and caravanning clubs as they can offer discounts for your stop overs

Optional Extras: Cookware and tableware, comprehensive insurance excess, camping set (picnic table and 4 chairs), bed set, towel set. Additional Fees: Security deposit, service fee, comprehensive insurance excess, refuel fee (if vehicle not returned full), late return fee and amendment or cancellation charges. All hires are based on afternoon pick up and morning drop off. Seasonal rates vary depending on location of pick up depot. Number of berths and seats vary between France & Italy. Driver’s licence and experience restrictions apply. Minimum hires apply 7 or 14 days depending on dates and pick up location. Ask your travel consultant about McRent’s long term hire discount options and for full details about hiring motorhomes in Europe.

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TAKE TO THE TRACKS Passionate people, gastronomic feasts and superb shopping make France a country not to be missed, with extensive and modern railway networks linking charming villages and cities. Experience the romance, history and culture of Italy by train. Superb daily connection between France and Italy make it easy to enjoy the cultural highlights of Paris and Milan. Combine high speed trains with leisurely regional trains for your France and Italy adventures.

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Eurail Passes

Country Passes

High Speed 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.

High Speed Trains Try to fit a journey on a high speed train into your European itinerary. They are now operating in more and more countries and will travel up to 300 kilometres per hour.

Eurail Global Pass A Global Pass provides the ultimate freedom, 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. Eurostar Eurostar is the number one choice for travel between the centre of London and the heart of Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam, via the Channel Tunnel. Avoid the stress of airports, costly transfers and taxes as Eurostar whisks you to your destination in style, comfort and speed.

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France’s Rail Pass With almost one million kilometres covered daily by its trains, SNCF (French National Railroads) is the easiest and most comfortable way to discover the scenic regions of France. The Eurail France Pass can be used to/ from the French border towns of Basel and Geneva in Switzerland, Portbou in Spain, and Ventimiglia in Italy. The pass is valid for unlimited travel up to 8 days in 1 month either consecutively or non-consecutively. Italy’s Rail Pass Visit Italy’s famous landmarks and explore the country by rail with this flexi pass offering up to 8 days unlimited travel in 1 month. With more than 1000 trains running daily, the Italian rail networks link all of the big cities and small towns quickly, comfortably and efficiently. You can travel through the countryside from places like Tuscany to the stunning coastal towns of the Cinque Terre.

TGV Known for its punctuality, the TGV, a high speed premier train, operates across France and offers connections to the bordering countries of Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Italy “Frecciarossa” & “Frecciargento” These high speed trains offer multiple connections to Italian main cities and towns, in super quick time, for example, Rome to Milan is possible in less than 3 hours. Italy – Italo Italo is the name of the high speed train operated by NTV, the first private rail operator on the Italian high speed network, offering a brand new way to travel around Italy. Thello You can travel on direct services between France & Italy. From Marseille in the SouthEast of France and via Nice, Genoa to Milan in Italy. Choose from 1st or 2nd class and enjoy the bar car located between the carriages offering snacks and drinks for purchase.


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!

La Grande France

Italian Grande

15 days/14 nights

18 days/17 nights

Five of France’s seductive regions… the graceful châteaux of the Loire Valley, the glorious Dordogne, the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon, to ancient Provence and the stunning Côte d’Azur.

Explore Italy’s regions as you travel from Milan to Rome discovering delights and stunning scenery along the way. Stay in a dreamy Italian castle, discover the fairytale San Gimignano, and marvel at the ruins of Pompeii.

Tour Highlights: -- Stay 3 nights amongst the glorious châteaux of the Loire Valley, see the mighty Chambord, visit Châteaux Chenonceau -- Stay 3 nights in perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Canéda and see the magnificent Palaeolithic rock paintings on the cave site of Lascaux IV and enjoy a cruise down the River Dordogne past medieval castles -- Stay 5 nights in Montpellier and walk across the spectacular Pont du Gard and experience the Carrières de Lumières sound and light show in the quarries of Les Baux -- Stay 3 nights in Nice, and have afternoon tea in Villa Ephrussi

Tour Highlights: -- Stay 4 nights beside Lake Maggiore in the magnificent Italian Lakes District and enjoy a cruise on Lake Como -- Stay 2 nights in either a centuries old Italian Castle or a grand Venetian Villa in Mira, near Venice -- Stay 5 nights in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme, discover the city of Florence and savour local produce in a Tuscan farmhouse -- Explore the scenic villages of the famous Cinque Terre -- Enjoy 2 nights in the Umbrian Hills staying in medieval Spoleto -- Stay 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 7 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, end of tour tips Price Guide From: $8127

LOIRE VALLEY

Inclusions: 17 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 11 dinners, Strasbourg GERMANY sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, end of tour tips

PARIS

Price Guide From: $8777

PARIS

FRANCE Château Villandry Chinon Fontevraud Oradour-sur-Glane

Chambord Amboise Loire Valley Chenonceau

SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND

Lascaux MIDI-PYRENEES Rocamadour Gouffre de Padirac ITALY Millau Bridge Pont du St Paul Nice de Vence Roquefort Gard Nimes Avignon MONACO La Couvertoirade Montpellier Les Baux Sarlat-la-Canéda La Roc Gageac Domme

SPAIN

Carcassonne

Sète Cap Ferrat Cassis Aigues-Mortes Cannes Les Calanques

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ALBATROSS TOURS

Stresa Macugnaga Orta San Giulio Milan

FRANCE

ITALY

Bellagio

Lake Garda Lucca Cinque Terre Pisa Montecatini Terme San Gimignano

Castelbrando Venice Mira

Florence Siena Assisi Spoleto ROME Pompeii Ravello Minori Capri Amalfi

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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PEREGRINE ADVENTURES 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.

Secrets of Italy

Spirit of Sicily

10 days/9 nights

11 days/10 nights

From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights along with the delights of fine food, natural vistas and cultural treasures.

Ancient civilisations, prehistoric caves, Byzantine churches, Baroque buildings and majestic landscape – the island of Sicily has it all. Immerse yourself in all the glory of Sicily including its mouth-watering cuisine.

Tour Highlights: -- Sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany, and learn the skill of making Pesto in a hands-on class -- Enjoy plenty of free time to explore the museums and galleries of Florence -- Take in the beautiful Cinque Terre coastline by wandering the coastal path -- Explore San Gimignano, the 'Town of Fine Towers' -- Feature stay at Castello di Spaltenna, a former medieval monastery in the Chinanto region

Tour Highlights: -- Explore the lunar-like landscape of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna -- Discover the truly ancient history of the island with the ‘Sicilian Stonehenge’ in the Malabotta forest. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties in the forest, with views of Mount Etna rising in front of you -- Search crumbling Greek and Roman ruins in the charming seaside town of Taormina -- Taste tradition in the famous chocolate of Modica, made from a centuries-old secret recipe -- Stay in the historical heart of Syracuse, on the island of Ortigia

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 8 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night Chianto region feature stay, 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners, local leader, transport, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, all transport by mini bus, local train, cable car, sightseeing as per itinerary Price Guide From: $6040

Price Guide From: $6100

Venice

ITALY

FRANCE

Palermo Monreale

Cinque Terre Lucca Florence Pisa Chianti Region San Gimignano Monteriggioni Arezzo Siena

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Montalbano Malabotta Forest Taormina Mt Etna

SICILY Syracuse

Mediterranean Sea

ROME

Cefalù

Ragusa Modica

Noto

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.


Intrepid Travel are the experts in small group travel, real life experiences and responsible travel. With local leaders, guaranteed departures and average group sizes of 10, there’s no better way to experience the passion, spirit and irrepressible essence of France or be seduced by a slice of La Dolce Vita in Italy.

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Arles

Cycle Provence

Best of Italy

8 days/7 nights

14 days/13 nights

This journey is an idyllic blend of scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting. Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath aqueducts and through forests on this cycling adventure through Provence.

La dolce vita – the good life – is exactly what this trip is all about. Starting in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and ending by the canals of Venice, uncover the best of northern Italy and all this wonderful country is famous for.

Tour Highlights: -- Visit the serene gardens of St-Rémy to see where Vincent van Gogh created his famous works -- Encounter rich Roman history and architecture in the historic towns of Arles and Orange -- Stop in at famous vineyards outside Avignon and savour iconic French wines -- Pass by fragrant fields of lavender en route to the spectacular threetiered city of Pont du Gard -- Search for wild white horses outside Camargue as you cycle to the PARIS Mediterranean Sea

Tour Highlights: -- Meet Michelangelo’s David in Florence -- Visit the gravity-defying Torre de Pisa -- Cycle across the Tuscan hinterland -- Walk to Portofino then soak up stunning views along the Cinque Terre coast on the return boat ride -- Unwind by Lake Como -- Experience classic Italian food, wine, history and style -- Catch the Traghetto across the Grand Canal in Venice

Gageac

Strasbourg

ITALY

GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct) LOIRE VALLEY

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, all transport by bicycle and support vehicle (optional e-bike), sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, all transport by bus, boat, metro, train and bicycle, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $2720

Price Guide From: $4185

Orange Uzès

Avignon Saint-Rémy Les Baux Arles

SWITZERLAND

Italian Lakes Milan

FRANCE MIDI-PYRENEES

FRANCE

Venice

Asti Santa Margherita Portofino Cinque Lucca Terre Florence Pisa

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

ITALY ROME

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.

gra Venice

Verona

argherita Lucca

Florence The Splendours of Sicily Tuscany a 9 days/8 nights Perugia and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Siena Monasteries Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum, wrapped in superb scenery, Assisi from sheer gorges and a volcano to golden beaches.

Italian Indulgence 12 days/11 nights Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Taste regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. Pictureperfect landscapes that will capture your imagination.

Tour Highlights: -- Wander through Palermo’s labyrinth of streets for a mafia themed walking tour -- In Selinunte stay on a farm and sample tasty olives, award-wining olive oil and breads -- Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone and stroll the streets of beautiful Savoca, where scenes from The Godfather were filmed -- Take part in a cheese workshop and be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings -- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples with a local guide

Tour Highlights: -- Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa -- Hunt for truffles in Piedmont with a local farmer -- Take in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems -- Move beyond Italy’s signature cities and stay in rustic countryside regions -- Explore Assisi, Perugia, Siena and the spectacular walled city of Lucca -- A walking tour of Florence with a local guide -- Fair Verona beckons with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots -- Take a boat ride on Lake Maggiore and visit the Borromean Islands

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour LOIRE VALLEY leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 evening meals, local guides, sightseeing & all entrances

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 evening meals, cooking class, sightseeing & all entrances

Price Guide From: $4689

Price Guide From: $5619

ITALY

ROME

PARIS

Strasbourg

Tirano Trento

Lake Maggiore

Venice

Lecco Monreale

Cherasco

Palermo

SICILY Selinunte

Sciacca Agrigento

Verona

Favara

Mount Etna Piazza Armerina

Ragusa

Taormina Carruba Catania

MIDI-PYRENEES

Santa Margherita Ligure Portofino Lucca

Syracuse

Florence Tuscany Perugia

Noto

ROME

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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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La Belle France

Paris to Nice through Vineyards and Mountains

9 days/8 nights

9 days/8 nights

Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. From dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, to WWII sites, and centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines, soaring mountain ranges, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. On this voyage through quintessential France you'll discover the history, cuisine and landscapes that make this country unique.

Tour Highlights: -- Immerse yourself in Normandy history with a visit to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches -- Sleep in storybook surrounds of a grand French château and stroll through the fairytale territory of the Loire Valley -- Visit the home of the celebrated artist – Claude Monet -- Explore the town of Dinan, one of France’s most beautiful -- Marvel at the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO Heritage-site -- Indulge in a Bourgueil wine and cheese tasting session -- Stroll the charming local market in the port town of Honfleur

Tour Highlights: -- Travel through famed wine growing regions Champagne and Burgundy -- Visit Annecy, a beautiful alpine town know for its Old Town, canals and magnificent lake -- Learn all about local cheeses, and taste them, with a cheese expert in the Alps -- Enjoy a picnic lunch and wine tasting session at Château de la Greffiere -- In Bayel, visit the Crystal Museum, learn about the history of glass and crystal and see a glass blowing demonstration

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 5 evening meals, calvados tasting, sightseeing & all entrances

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 evening meals, sightseeing & all entrances

Price Guide From: $4169

Price Guide From: $4529 Reims

Arromanches-les-Bains Normandy Beaches

Honfleur

FRANCE

PARIS

GERMANY

Troyes Chablis Beaune

Mont Saint-Michel Dinan

PARIS Maintenon

SWITZERLAND Annecy

FRANCE Grande Chartreuse

Angers

Chateau de Villandry Chinon

Chateau de Chenonceau

Chambéry

ITALY

Chabrillan Forcalquier

Nice

Dinan 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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Eat like no one is watching.

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL AT TRAFALGAR.COM


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.

Wonderful France

Best of Italy

9 days/8 nights

13 days/12 nights

Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, the French Riviera, Burgundy's gastronomic talents and the Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago.

Add a dash of 'issimo' to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavours.

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Provençal home cooking on the banks of the Sorgue with Poppy Salinger, who will regale you with stories of her famous former husband -- Discover Paris and Arles with a Local Specialist. Walk across the top of the Pont du Gard aqueduct dating back to Roman times; plus visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard -- Travel by boat to the sun-kissed shores of glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our glamorous surroundings

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy a unique experience on Lake Maggiore by taking a private boat and joining Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner at his family run restaurant -- Visit essential sites such as St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Monte Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery and the Pompeii excavations -- At the Vatican ascend Bramante’s smooth, stepless spiral staircase; see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and cruise to the Isle of Capri

Departures: Saturday (Apr-Oct)

PARIS

Departures: Strasbourg Set departures (Apr-Oct) GERMANY

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

Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, sightseeing & transport as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $3750

Price Guide From: $4495

PARIS

Lake Maggiore

Lake Como Milan

Beaune

MIDI-PYRENEES

Lyon

Venice

Verona

ITALY

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

FRANCE

Pisa

Florence Assisi ADRIATIC

San Gimignano

SEA

ITALY Avignon Pont du Gard Arles

Aix-enProvence

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ROME MONACO

French St. Tropez Riviera

Cassino

MEDITERRANEAN Pompeii SEA

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.

Sorrento

Isle of Capri

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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.

Italian Intermezzo

Country Roads of France

8 days/7 nights

16 days/15 nights

Italy’s most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise, yet surprisingly diverse itinerary.

Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France'.

Trip Highlights: -- Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum -- Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, experience being serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola -- Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration -- Pisa: See the cathedral, baptistery and gravity-defying Leaning Tower -- Como: Take in the exquisite views of the lake and it's backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps

Trip Highlights: -- Côte d’Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent -- Troyes: Explore the medieval heart of the Champagne capital -- Monaco: See the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbour and visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Princess Grace -- Lascaux II Caves: Containing some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world -- Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, highlyskilled Insight Travel Director, luxury transport

UNITED KINGDOM Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners, highlyGERMANY skilled Insight Travel Director, luxury transportBELGIUM

Price Guide From: $3750

Price guide From: $6575

LUXEMBOURG PARIS

FRANCE

Lake Como Milan

Loire Valley

Verona

FRANCE

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Venice

Troyes Chablis

Burgundy

Dijon

Florence

Beaujolais

Annecy

Pisa

ITALY

ROME

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Champagne

Assisi

ADRIATIC SEA

BAY OF BISCAY

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND Chamonix

Grenoble Lascaux Caves Dordogne ITALY Rocamadour Châteauneufdu-Pape Cahors Pont du Gard Avignon MONACO Albi Arles Aix-enNice Provence St-Paul-de Vence Carcassonne

MEDITERRANEAN 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. SEA Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Create your own unique canal boating adventure. Experience the stunning scenery, great food and fascinating culture of France and Italy from the comfort of your Pénichette, where you are the skipper.

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CANAL BOATING – LOCABOAT

Pénichettes are exclusively custom-built for Locaboat, designed to transport you from village-to-village and from lockto-lock in easy style. The boats range from the Classic, great for couples, to the Flying Bridge with inside and outside steering positions. With your hire you receive the Captain's handbook, a cruising lesson, technical assistance 7 days a week during working hours and crockery, bed linen and towels. Once adrift you can stop off where you choose, to explore castles, vineyards, swimming spots and cycle routes.

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR YOUR LOCABOAT • We recommend a ‘flying bridge’ as this enables better vision whilst cruising and provides another great deck area for enjoying the long summer nights. • Electricity on the boat is operated by DC power so don’t forget an adaptor for charging your mobiles and digital cameras. • Remember to hire a bicycle and ask for a basket, it’s great for bringing home baguettes and wine. • When locking up or locking down, remember to move as far forward in the lock as possible and always moor at bow and stern. This allows room for other boats in the lock and means there is no chance of tipping over when the water level changes. • It’s an excellent idea to bring (or buy at the Base) a pair of gloves to protect your hands when going through the locks. • Always make use of the fresh water and power at moorings along the way. Keeping topped up saves the worry of running out. • No experience is required as Locaboat will give you a full induction before departure.

Canal du Midi and Camargue

Loire Valley

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Explore Southern France by travelling along the Canal du Midi. This canal is a World Heritage-site and a marvel of 17th century civil engineering. It winds through a landscape of vines, cypresses and pine trees. The air is scented with the lovely aroma of flowers, and cicadas and crickets shrill all around. A real highlight is the sight of the towers of Carcassonne on the skyline and cycling into the villages to mingle with the locals and explore the markets.

Cruise along historic canals, admiring medieval abbeys and villages dotted along the banks. The scenery is varied and you will pass by forests, vineyards, timbered houses and wine producing villages. This region is also famous for its châteaux and it is a glorious sight to see them either close to the edge of the canal or further in the distance – just jump on your bike to get a closer look.

Departs: Set Departures (Mar-Oct)

Departs: Set Departures (Apr-Oct)

Price Guide From: $1619

Price Guide From: $1619

• Book a larger boat than needed, this means more room to store your luggage.

The price shown is per boat (Pénichette 935w) per week based on couples rate for low season travel. Price does not include Earlybird offer. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel dates.

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THE FRENCH CANALS Get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. With 45 years experience CroisiEurope boutique hotel barges have 11 cabins and are designed for comfort. Be pampered by the crew, savour the wide range of regional gastronomic dishes, accompanied by carefully chosen local wine. During the day relax onboard or discover the gorgeous villages and beautiful countryside on foot or by bike.

Paris to Champagne

Canals of Provence

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

From Paris to Epernay, cruise the majestic Marne canal from the heart of Paris. Travel through the lush landscapes and vineyards of the Champagne region and embark on an epicurean adventure sampling the local cheese, wines and specialities.

A cruise through breath-taking scenery; discover the Camargue and SaintGuilhem-le-Désert, known as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Visit Aigues-Mortes, a medieval fortified town in the heart of Provence famous for its vineyards and explore 2,500 years of history in Arles.

Cruise Highlights: -- Paris, a new and original visit of the capital city -- Tour the Champagne Route, Hautvillers, and a Champagne tasting -- Meaux, with its historic and gastronomic heritage and a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux cheese -- Château-Thierry and a falconry demonstration, discover an art that has been classified as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO -- Reims, known as the "City of Coronations”, discover the Place Royale and Cathedral

Cruise Highlights: -- Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, and wines of Languedoc -- A traditional Camargue experience to a manade and wagon tour -- The fortified city of Aigues-Mortes and the salt marshes -- The beauty of landscape, marshlands, pink flamingos and horses of The Camargue -- Guided walking tour of Arles and visit to a Provencal Olive farm and tasting -- Tasting and tour of Etang De Thau famous for shellfish and its oyster farms

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation in a premium twin cabin with ensuite, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, sightseeing & entrance fees as specified in the programme, free WiFi, jacuzzi, Cruise Manager, transfer to or from Paris

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation in a premium twin cabin with ensuite, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, sightseeing & entrance fees as specified in the programme, free WiFi, Cruise Manager Price Guide From: $4195

Price Guide From: $4210

FRANCE

Lagny-surMarne PARIS

FRANCE Meaux

Château- Marne River Épernay Thierry Dormans

Saint-Jeanles-Deux-Jumeaux

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The price guide shown is per adult per cruise 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.


Affordable river cruising without sacrificing quality, they like to say “CroisiEurope takes you away for so much less, but still includes it all”. The cruises offer clean and comfortable accommodation, excellent French regional cuisine with a delicious selection of hand-picked wines, and inspired itineraries which cruise to the heart of beautiful historic cities and sites. CroisiEurope has over 45 years of in-depth local connections and provides a true European experience.

The Rhone: Lyon, Provence & the Camargue

Impressionist Seine

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

Discover Provence and be amazed by the beautiful landscapes and jewels of architecture as you cruise through the wild Camargue all the way to Avignon. This cruise is brimming with splendid scenery and great food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime evening at a Paul Bocuse restaurant.

Art and culture enthusiasts can dive into the world of impressionist painters on this cruise along the Seine from Paris. Visit the famous Marmottan Museum, the impressive gardens of Claude Monet, and emblematic cities that inspired the movement, Rouen and Honfleur.

Cruise Highlights: -- Colourful Provence and the traditions of the Carmargue its landscape, horses, flamingos and bulls -- Extraordinary French gastronomic experience at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges -- Avignon and the imposing Papal Palace -- Discover the Gorges de L’ Ardeche one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe -- Explore Lyon accompanied by tasting of fine cuisine at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon

Cruise Highlights: -- Visits to legendary artistic sites and locations that inspired master pieces -- The Auvers-sur-Oise Château & the Marmottan Museum for Monet -- The house and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny -- Guided thematic visit of Rouen in the Footsteps of the Impressionists along the Norman Abbey Circuit -- Honfleur and its magical natural light along its estuary -- Explore the magical white chalk and stone beaches of The Alabaster Coast

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights superior tourist class accommodation in main deck outside cabin with picture windows, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, table service for lunch & dinner, bilingual guided sightseeing & entrance fees as specified in the program, port taxes

Inclusions: 6 nights superior tourist class accommodation in main deck outside cabin with picture windows, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, table service for lunch & dinner, bilingual guided sightseeing & entrance fees as specified in the program, port taxes

Price Guide From: $2580

Price Guide From: $2599

Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or

SWITZERLAND

Lyon

Tain-l'Hermitage Viviers

Étretat

FRANCE

ITALY RHÔNE RIVER

Avignon Arles

Cruise Coach

Yport

Vienne

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CROISIEUROPE RIVER CRUISES

Duclair Rouen

Honfleur

Vernon

Giverny

FRANCE

The price guide shown is per adult per cruise 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.

PARIS Seine River

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APT RIVER CRUISES There’s nothing quite like the romance of viewing epic cities and quaint riverside villages from the deck of an elegant ship. Sit back and relax as APT brings the best of Europe right to your doorstep. Your cares will drift away with the breeze as lush fields, towering mountains, charming villages and medieval ruins glide gently by. You will be lead through regions overflowing with beautiful and historic treasures.

Rhône Treasures

Majestic Seine & Bordeaux

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

Immerse yourself in the breath-taking villages and charming towns along the Rhône River in France. With exclusive winery visits, tastings and onboard lectures and all-inclusive sightseeing in up to nine destinations.

Delight in the beauty of western France and delve into the rich heritage in the north-west while you enjoy APT’s renowned all-inclusive onboard lifestyle, travelling along the Seine River and the waterways of Bordeaux.

Cruise Highlights: -- Guided tour followed by a Cocktail Reception in the village of Grignan -- Indulge in a decadent gourmet experience at L’Abbaye de Collonges owned by Michelin-starred chef, Paul Bocuse -- Tour Château des Baux, the Les Baux-de-Provence castle -- Enjoy a guided culinary walk, taking in Lyon’s most famous fresh food market

Cruise Highlights: -- Unique guided cultural experiences in up to 15 towns, villages and cities -- Excursions and entertainment included -- Visit Château de Cazeneuve, once home to the Kings of Navorre and later King Henry IV of France and his wife Queen Margot -- In Blaye travel to Cognac to sample the region’s famous brandy at a historic French cognac house or sail to Bourg for a guided walk along the charming alleyways and medieval ramparts -- Explore the picture-perfect town of Bergerac or discover Libourne on a guided tour including a visit to a caviar farm for a tasting

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Sep

Inclusions: 7 night river cruise Nice to Lyon, superb cuisine with all meals onboard, wine & beer with all onboard lunches & dinners, an expert Cruise Director, sightseeing with Local Guides, WiFi access, port charges PARIS & onboard gratuities

Inclusions: 7 night Seine river cruise & 7 night Bordeaux river cruise onboard an Aria class ship, all meals whilst cruising, standard beverages throughout the cruise, sightseeing & 40 meals as per itinerary, APT Cruise Director, port taxes & gratuities

Price Guide From: $6295

Price Guide From: $12,645

Cruise Coach

Saône River

Belleville

SWITZERLAND

Lyon

FRANCE

Vienne Tournon Viviers

Avignon Camargue National Reserve

BELGIUM Caudebec-en-Caux Pays de Caux Somme Battlefields Fécamp Le Havre Rouen Normandy Beaches Les Andelys Honfleur Giverny Vernon Seine River PARIS Versailles

Cruise Coach Rail

ITALY

FRANCE

Rhône River

Les Baux-de-Provence Arles

Nice

Bourg Blaye Dordogne River Pauillac Saint-Emilion Bordeaux Libourne Garonne River

Sauternes

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ITALY

Cadillac

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.


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.

Burgundy & Provence

Gems of Northern Italy

8 days/7 nights

10 days/9 nights

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this journey through southern France, cruising the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures.

Encounter unforgettable sights and uncover extraordinary hidden treasures on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan and ends in Venice.

Cruise Highlights: -- Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel -- Kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard -- Hike through the Hermitage Terrace vineyard and taste their worldfamous wine -- Sample Lyon's culinary riches on a gastronomic tour

Cruise Highlights: -- Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” -- Enjoy a multicourse lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella -- Be treated to an exclusive evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica -- Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop or half-day excursion to Ferrara -- Guided visit to the Academy, home to the greatest collection of Venetian Renaissance paintings in the world

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Nov)

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxurious riverview stateroom on the S.S. Catherine, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities PARIS

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxury riverview stateroom on the S.S. La Venezia, 2 night hotel stay in Milan, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities

Price Guide From: $5099 (Classic Cabin)

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Price Guide From: $5799 Cruise Coach

Saône River

Beaune

Cruise Coach

SWITZERLAND

Mâcon

ITALY

Milan

Valpolicella

Lyon Tournon-sur-Rhône Le Pouzin Viviers

FRANCE

Tain-l'Hermitage

ITALY

Rhône River

Avignon Tarascon Arles

Verona

Po River

Burano Padua Polesella

Torcello

GULF OF VENICE

Mazzorbo Venice Chioggia Taglio di Po

Ferrara Marseilles

Bologna

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 one excursion in every port at no extra cost. Viking ships are small to get you closer to the 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.

Mediterranean Odyssey

France’s Finest

13 days/12 nights

15 days/14 nights

Set course for unforgettable exploration to some of the Mediterranean’s most historic ports and along the way, gracious hosts and fine regional cuisine connect you to this remarkable region.

Pay your respects at Normandy’s WWII beaches. Walk in Joan of Arc’s footsteps at Rouen. Luxuriate in Paris’s sophistication. Savour Lyon’s culinary heritage. Toast the Beaujolais vineyards.

Cruise Highlights: -- Explore the fabled towns of Tuscany, ancient Rome and canal-laced Venice -- Enjoy ample time to savour Barcelona’s easy-going spirit with an overnight stay -- Discover the French Riviera’s seaside pleasures in Marseille and Monte Carlo and visit Dubrovnik, a hidden medieval jewel

Cruise Highlights: -- Take in the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter as well as the Magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral -- Visit the Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon spent his final days in France -- Tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage-site -- Enjoy the Train de l’Ardèchec ride through deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River Fly free offer available*

Departures: Set departures (Mar, Jul & Oct 2020 Mar-Apr & Jun-Aug 2021)

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Nov 2020)

Inclusions: 12 night cruise Barcelona to Venice or vice versa in a veranda stateroom, 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

Inclusions: Fly free to France, 14 night river cruise Paris to Avignon or vice versa, meals onboard, beer, wine & soft drinks onboard with lunch & dinner, speciality coffees, teas & bottled water, one complimentary shore excursions in every port of call, enrichment lectures & destination performances

Price Guide From: $8369

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Naples

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Cruise Rail

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Price Guide From: $8479

Tournon Viviers

Lyon Vienne Rhône River

Avignon Arles

The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries may differ slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking. *Flights are in economy class, return, from major New Zealand cities on Viking's choice of airline and are subject to availability.


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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.

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