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Best enroute stopovers

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Europe is one of the world’s most popular holiday spots, with travellers from all over looking to explore the diverse destinations offered by this intriguing continent.

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ather than flying straight to Europe, why not consider a holiday within a holiday by stopping over in some of the world’s most fascinating locations? This ensures you’ll break up your longhaul flight and get back on the plane feeling rested, well-fed and content as you continue your wonderful adventure. With a range of premium airline carriers to choose from, all with varying flight itineraries, you can have the chance to enjoy a mini-break before you even step foot in Europe or on your way home.

Here are just some of the delightful stopovers available when making the long haul to Europe:

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With jaw-dropping skyscrapers, glitzy hotels and many other luxurious offerings, Dubai is a wonder of man-made design. But scratch beneath the surface of this Middle Eastern city and there is still a pulsating Old World vibe, with Arabian houses, bustling souks (open-air markets) and creeks populated by dhows (traditional sailing boats).

Known as the ‘Gateway to Asia’, Singapore is a vibrant tropical destination, world renowned for its shopping, eateries, attractions, style and cleanliness. Just under the halfway point between NZ and Europe, this beautiful island is filled with delights for the curious tourist, including fabulous shopping; unique cuisine and an incredible nightlife.

For such a compact island, Hong Kong carries plenty of punch as a commercial hub and holiday destination. The many shopping options, restaurants and bars around the central district are complemented by exciting experiences. Dabble in sport with the annual Rugby Hong Kong Sevens and enjoy the famous Nathan Road which is a magnet for bargain hunting shoppers and diners.

Mixing old world mystique with the best of modern living, Shanghai is a destination that screams excitement without sacrificing on culture. Once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, make sure to allow enough time to indulge in retail therapy inside the giant shopping meccas and the centrally-located pedestrian-friendly Nanjing Road which is a haven with its 600 or more shops.

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✓ Business Premier is being promoted as the ‘best sleep in the sky’ with a luxurious leather armchair and ottoman footrest, which doubles as a visitor’s seat, converts into a fully flat bed

Today, Singapore Airlines has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world and a network that spans five continents, so you can look forward to experiencing the romance of travel, wherever you choose to go. Sit back and relax in the comfort of extra spacious seats and enjoy the world class service of Singapore Airlines at prices that offer exceptional value.

✓ A generous baggage allowance of 30kgs in Economy, 40kgs in Business and 50kgs in First Class

Menus inspired and created by an international panel of world acclaimed chefs, tailored to reflect the regions we fly to

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blockbuster movies, TV hits, documentaries, news, music, sports or Nintendo games for kids big and small

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Economy Skycouch™ – a chance to lounge and spread out in much the same way as you do at home

Emirates services to Europe operate via Dubai from Auckland and Christchurch. Emirates operates their A380 three times daily from Auckland to 35 exciting European destinations. If you’re flying to cities such as London, Manchester, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Moscow plus Zurich from Jan 14 and Barcelona from Feb 14, fly the A380 all the way from Auckland.

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Two of the world’s leading airlines, Qantas and Emirates, have formed a global partnership, meaning Europe is now closer than ever before. Gain access to over 30 European destinations with a wide range of exciting stopover options.

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eNGLAND

From the Yorkshire brogue to the Geordie twang, the north of England is known for its warm hospitality and wide range of regional accents. The diversity of dialects in the UK can make it seem like you’re in a different country after a 20-minute drive!

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nce you’ve tackled the language barrier, you’ll no doubt get to experience the best the north of England has to offer, making this a must-see region filled with natural beauty for anyone travelling through to Scotland. York is a great place to start. This historic city boasts one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world – York Minster. Clifford Tower, a medieval masterpiece built by William the Conqueror to fend off northern rebels, is a long-standing testament to England’s often grisly history. Making your way further north, you can immerse yourself in English countryside culture by taking the back roads, which are filled with picturesque pubs, B&Bs and manors. The Lake District showcases breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains and lush forests, it really is the jewel in the crown of the country’s national parks. But no trip to the north of England would be complete without visiting Hadrian’s Wall, with the 117km long World Heritage Site dating back to Roman occupation. Only then may you be ready to leave the north of England and continue your journey into Scotland, where you can explore the ancestral heritage of the Scottish borders along with the modern luxuries of Edinburgh. Here, you’ll find people fervently proud of their culture, heather clad glens and mysterious lochs. Go on and treat yourself to a three-course Scottish banquet with a difference – in the lavish surroundings of a 15th century medieval castle!

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THE LAKE DISTRICT

Many Kiwis can trace their roots back to cities, villages and even far-flung farms in this special region, from the wild Yorkshire moors to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. There are truly a number of historic and ancestral destinations here to add to your ever-increasing bucket list that will generate a wonderful array of lifetime memories.

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SCOTTISH BORDERS & ENGLISH LAKES

You can easily spend a couple of days in this charming city, wandering the cobblestone streets and absorbing its medieval heritage. Make sure to walk around the walls, they are 3km long and provide excellent photograph opportunities. When you’ve seen enough, explore further afield. A self-drive is a great option providing lots of flexibility to stop along the way at your leisure.

Explore these dramatic regions and see for yourself the beautiful British countryside with idyllic lakes, hills and valleys that have inspired the works of many poets and authors, including William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and the Bronte sisters. Learn about the local folklore and history and be introduced to some lesser-known gems not often enjoyed by visitors.

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The Wild Atlantic Way

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is the Great Western Greenway – it’s 42km of walking and cycling trails stretching from Westport to Achill. Do a little, or the lot, depending on your time and energy levels

Ireland has it all, from beautiful, unspoiled landscapes to dynamic cities full of buzz and vitality.

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uilt on thousands of years of culture and history, the energy and hospitality of the Irish is known around the world, making the country a popular destination for people who are passionate about travelling.

But that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of sights to behold on the Wild Atlantic Way – in fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. More than 1 million people flock to witness these magnificent wonders each year.

But with so much to see and do in Ireland, how could you possibly fit it all into one trip? Well, driving a car along the Wild Atlantic Way allows you the freedom to experience the best the country has to offer. This 2,500km route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, is an opportunity to explore Ireland’s spectacular west coast at your own pace. Some of the best driving holidays are those where you go off the beaten track, so don’t be afraid to ignore your itinerary every now and again! You’ll soon discover Ireland is full of charming villages bursting with character and good “craic” – Irish slang for fun and entertainment.

Between County Clare and County Galway, you’ll come across the rugged beauty of Galway Bay and you shouldn’t let it pass you by! Keep your eyes peeled for Galway hookers – a traditional sailing boat used for fishing. The Ring of Kerry, a 79km signposted scenic route, is a fantastic chance to see a number of attractions all at once, including the picturesque Gap of Dunloe and the magnificent Muckross House. With all this and more to explore, a driving holiday in Ireland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience truly worth repeating.

wild Atlantic way selF-drive

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Wild landscapes, stunning views, famed hospitality and an incredible history will keep you engrossed, as you explore this amazing stretch along the Atlantic coast all the way from Donegal to West Cork. This is such a great region for a self-drive, there is so much to see and you’ll certainly receive a great welcome from the locals.

This epic itinerary circumnavigates the island of Ireland, both north and south and follows much of the Wild Atlantic Way route. You’ll love this exceptional experience as you tour with your specialist Irish guide. You’ll get to see all of the highlights along the way at no additional charge, so you can really relax and enjoy your hard earned holiday.

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SCOTLAND

EXPERIENCE ‘HOMECOMING’ A year celebrating all that Scotland has to offer

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cotland has always been known for its outstanding natural beauty, warm hospitality and fascinating cultural heritage, but the country is aiming for bigger and better in 2014. Building on the success of Homecoming 2009, Scotland will again be holding a yearlong celebration of everything that makes the country great, including mouthwatering food, spectacular arts and crafts events, outdoor activities and wildlife exploration.

Scotland’s national parks will be celebrated in 2014 with the John Muir Festival, which will explore the legacy of the Scots-born conservationist and founding father of the world’s first national park system.

Golfing fanatics can also rejoice. Scotland will be hosting the Ryder Cup for only the second time ever, as the US and Europe square off for another nail-biting event. Prefer to take part yourself? Homecoming 2014 is promoting Scotland’s exciting cycling scene, whether you prefer mounting biking or hitting the roads.

Wildlife festivals in Shetland and Orkney mean you can learn more about Scotland’s unique flora and fauna through nature trails, and boat trips along the coast.

There’s also the chance to test yourself against the country’s walking routes, including the new 755km Gore-tex National Trail.

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Sport has always had a special place in the hearts of Scots, but 2014 marks a special year in the country’s sporting history.

Scotland’s creative scene is a vibrant and buzzing environment, with Edinburgh boasting the world’s most prestigious arts festival.

Boasting the highest peaks in the UK, picturesque forests, and coastlines as far as the eye can see, Scotland’s natural attractions are almost impossible to match. This scenic beauty is the setting for many of

The Commonwealth Games will see the world’s best athletes converge on Glasgow, while fans from all corners of the globe come to cheer their nation on.

Every August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city to enjoy comedy, theatre, dance and music – it’s the perfect showcase for the country’s artistic talent.

The five key themes of Homecoming 2014 are nature, activity, food and drink, ancestry and creativity – you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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For a real party atmosphere, Hogmanay is without match. Bring in the New Year Scots style, with parades, fire festivals and folk music.

Food aNd driNk If sumptuous food and drink is always high on your agenda, then Scotland has everything you could possibly desire.

is the perfect chance to rediscover your roots – but even if you don’t, you’ll be drawn in by the country’s fascinating history. Pride in clan heritage is still strong in Scotland

On a slightly less grandiose scale – although just as delicious – are Scotland’s farmers’ markets, which present the finest local produce from cheeses and game to other artisan delights. The Dundee Flower and Food Festival, Gastrofest and Flavour Fortnight are other Homecoming 2014 events to get your mouth watering.

This is some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the country. You’ll visit the wild north with its amazing wildlife, see the spectacular coastline and the prehistoric marvels like the world famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae, the brooding stone circles of Stenness and more.

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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER LUXURY BARGE 7 days/6 nights Experience a world of luxury hotel barging on one of the most picturesque waterways. With the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy fine wines and excellent cuisine, whilst getting an insight into the culture, land and folklore of this fascinating region.

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ancestral lineage as part of the Homecoming

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS SELF-DRIVE

Witness the world-renowned Highland Games,

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with caber tossing and tug o’wars, or take an

The Highlands’ natural beauty with its long shimmering lochs, snowy mountains, green glens and rugged coastlines is simply stunning, not to mention the chance of spotting some fantastic wildlife like seals, red kites and stags as you drive around. The roads can be quite narrow but are often relatively free from traffic.

intriguing Castle Trail tour to explore the historic buildings of Aberdeenshire.

aNcestry If you have ties with Scotland, Homecoming 2014

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and people are encouraged to uncover their celebrations.

There are 16 Michelin star restaurants in Scotland, including five in Edinburgh, which has (along with Dublin) the highest number for any city outside of London.

Skye, Orkney, Loch Ness & The Highlands 7 days/6 nights

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France

Live like a local France is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world, and if you’re lucky enough to have visited this breathtaking country, you’ll know why!

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hecking out the Eiffel Tower and touring Notre Dame are quintessential additions to most tourists’ itineraries, but for many, the real French experience can only be achieved by getting fully immersed in the unique cultural wonders this country has to offer. The delights of a Parisian cosmopolitan lifestyle, the tranquil joys of France’s countryside villas, sumptuous food and drink and an abundance of other delightful experiences in this world-famous gastronomic centre, will ensure you really and truly do live like a local.

Private apartment in Paris

What better way to enjoy local life in Paris than getting your own private apartment? Not only do you avoid the hustle and bustle of hotels and hostels, you’ll have Parisian neighbours who can

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give you true insights into what the city has to offer. Plus, it’ll do wonders for your grasp of the language!

charms of some of its most vibrant and colourful communities.

Fully furnished apartments span a range of desirable areas of Paris, meaning you can have the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or the Louvre very close to your doorstep.

Providing awe-inspiring views of the country’s beautiful landscapes, these villa retreats let you experience towns and villages that are full of character and local history.

Flock to Paris’ boutique designer shops, indulge in al fresco dining and visit the city’s stunning monuments, safe in the knowledge that when you’ve finished your day absorbing all that Paris has to offer, you can then sit back and relax in the comfort of your own apartment.

The Dordogne is particularly idyllic. There’s so much to see in this charming region of Southwest France, including the popular city of Sarlat.

Countryside retreat

Not everyone is cut out for inner-city living, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still live like a local elsewhere in France. In fact, staying in one of France’s many countryside villas gives you a glimpse into the unique

Every Wednesday and Saturday, vendors and shoppers alike flock to Sarlat’s famous markets, where you can peruse the best in local produce, jewellery, souvenirs, clothes and much more. For a change of pace, why not visit Perigueux and soak up this beautiful medieval commune in all its glory? Visiting the 450-year-old cathedral is an absolute must!


France Cook like a local

Eat like a local

You face a tough task trying to narrow down where to indulge your appetite for fine wine and delicious dishes across this country, but Gascony is a favourite among gourmets.

Spoil yourself and stay at a stunning 400-year-old French estate near Auxerre and you will not only find yourself steeped in Burgundy’s rich history, but you can enjoy luxurious surroundings and top-notch hospitality – including food!

France has a well-earned reputation for offering up some of the best cuisine in the world, with lavish restaurants and hotels located up and down the country. Feel like trying your hand at some of this gourmet greatness? You may want to take your holiday in this foodie’s paradise as an opportunity to pick up some skills from the local culinary geniuses.

Known as the true home of foie gras, Gascony provides some of the finest produce that graces French tables, making it the perfect place to brush up on your kitchen skills. There are plenty of cooking classes available in the region to help you on your way to haute cuisine greatness, whether it’s over a weekend or a full six-day course.

PARIS PRIVATE APARTMENT 6 days/5 nights Choose to live amongst the locals in one of the most desirable areas of Paris. Your private apartment is fully furnished and provides an easy and authentic way to experience the city. You will have Parisian neighbours and have the freedom of being able to cook your own meals if you prefer, and relax in your own space.

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Living like a local never felt so lavish!

COTTAGE STAY 8 days/7 nights A charming stone cottage perfectly set in the beautiful countryside near Perigord, with stunning views across the garden to the owners’ magnificent Château. It’s an ideal spot to explore the Dordogne, which is full of medieval towns, picturesque villages and hundreds of prehistoric caves.

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BURGUNDY FOOD & WINE INDULGENCE 4 days/3 nights Enjoy the unrivalled hospitality of your charming hosts in a 400-year-old French estate, set 50km south of Paris, near Auxerre in Burgundy. You can choose between several excursions, but each day you will learn about the traditions of the food, wine and culture of the region.

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You’ll have everything you desire on hand at this stunning accommodation, but if you do decide to leave the estate, there are fascinating tours of Auxerre’s wine country and Renaissance castles scattered throughout the Burgundy region.

TRAVEL: Sat/Sat (Jan-Dec 14)

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If you’re more interested in eating French delicacies than making them, then lapping up the finest food and wine the country has to offer should be high on your itinerary – it won’t be difficult to check this item off your holiday to-do list.

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COOKING IN GASCONY

6 days/5 nights Immerse yourself in the quaint village of Gramont in the heart of Gascony. You’ll stay in a 17th century restored farmhouse nearby to the cooking school and take classes across two kitchens, learning the skills that continue to make the French chefs amongst the most revered in the world.

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TRAVEL: Daily (Jan-Dec 14)

INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, 3 dinners including drinks, escorted sightseeing in a minibus with your host, wine tastings & cycling

INCLUDES 5 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, cooking classes including knife skills, fish filleting, patisserie skills, plating and presentation, range of excursions to local market, wine museum, distillery, a château & more.

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Historic battles Anyone who has seen New Zealand and France battle it out on the rugby pitch over the years will know tensions can run high between these two sporting nations. But the strong bond between these countries goes far beyond these epic clashes – history reveals they are more used to fighting side by side than against each other! world war i In World War I, the Kiwis showed their warrior spirit by entering the conflict without hesitation, despite geographical limitations and the country’s small population. New Zealanders and Australians fought alongside the Allied Powers in the Battle of the Somme – a battle that would tragically claim over one million lives.

War II, with Normandy the site for the now iconic D-Day beach landings. The successful operation saw British, American and Canadian troops launch direct attacks on German troops from the west, while the Russians advanced from the east. D-Day is often considered the tipping point of WWII, forcing Adolf Hitler to fight an unwinnable war on two fronts. Within 11 months the war was over.

Today, you can visit the moving Longueval Memorial that marks the spot where Kiwi troops liberated the village of Flers from German occupation during the Somme’s Battle of Flers-Courcelette in 1916. Take part in a fascinating tour along the Western Front, where you can learn more about the selfless ANZAC contributions made to one of the bloodiest wars in human history.

d-day at NormaNdy France was again at the centre of conflict for World

No Kiwi ground troops landed in Normandy, but they played an important part in providing air and naval support for the operation. June the 6th 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of this gripping battle, so why not trace the footsteps of those brave soldiers?

ANZACS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 4 days/3 nights

This ANZAC tour retraces the steps of the New Zealand and Australian troops in World War 1. The Australian War Memorial at Villiers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle on the 24th and 25th of April 1918. You will also visit the New Zealand Memorial at Longueval, which commemorates our soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme.

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D-DAY: BATTLES FOR FRANCE 4 days/3 nights

This 4 day small groups tour will take you from defeat to victory, tracing the events during one of the most gripping periods of the 20th century. You’ll travel along Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, remembering the miracle of the Dunkirk Shield, to the Dieppe Raid and the beaches of Normandy.

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to Polygon Wood in Ypres is a must for Kiwis keen to learn more about ANZAC involvement in the First World War.

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INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast daily, 2 dinners, Specialist Battlefield driver/tour leader, mini coach transport, sightseeing & fees as per itinerary

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LOIRE VALLEY: The Land Of Kings The Loire Valley is filled with jaw-dropping châteaux, stunning natural scenery and gastronomic delights, making it the perfect spot for travellers who want it all.

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ocated along the middle stretch of the river Loire, the region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, and is the biggest in France.

If that doesn’t convince you of the Loire Valley’s unique qualities, the fact that it was home to generations of French kings who were captivated by its beauty should give you an idea of how spellbinding the region is. These monarchs have left their mark here in the form of spectacular châteaux, from medieval fortresses to Renaissance castles. Each château has its own fascinating history and some have been converted into charming hotels so you can know how it feels to live like a king! One of the most impressive châteaux is Chenonceau in Indre-et-Loire, which is built across the Cher River in an amazing feat of architectural brilliance. This truly exceptional site has mesmerising gardens, a magnificent art gallery

See the highlights of Paris before heading to the World War II landing beaches in Normandy and Brittany. This will be a poignant reminder of what so many of our forefathers endured as they fought for our freedom. This journey finishes in the gorgeous Loire Valley where you will be spoilt with a 2 night stay at Château Du Breuil.

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foodie. The Valley is one of the biggest wine-growing regions in France, with its fertile soil providing a delectable variety of flavours for wine lovers of all palates. Tasty fresh fish, goats cheese and other local produce are easy to find, while a large selection of gourmet restaurants are available for those who prefer dining out. If you want to work up an appetite first, the Loire Valley is a very popular cycling location and features in the Tour de France every year. The Loire a Velo trail includes 800km of cycle routes that will take you through some of the valley’s most eye-catching gardens, vineyards and châteaux.

Opportunities abound on this grand vacation to learn about France and to taste its sumptuous wines and cuisine. Board your ship in Arles and set sail for the charming towns of Avignon and Viviers, medieval Tournon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, Mâcon, and onto the quaint Chalon-sur-Saône. Finish with 2 nights in Vibrant Paris.

8 days/7 nights

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But there’s more to the Loire Valley than its castles, particularly if you are a

BURGUNDY & PROVENCE 11 days/10 nights

NORMANDY, BRITTANY & CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY

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with paintings by the great masters and remarkable Flemish tapestries.

4137

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TRAVEL: Côte d’Azur to Paris (or vice versa), set departures (Mar-Oct 14)

Includes saving of $75pp when booked & paid in full 4 months before departure. Plus receive a FREE Samsung 7” tablet (one per couple)

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INCLUDES 1 night accommodation in Côte d’Azur, 7 night deluxe river cruise, 2 nights accommodation in Paris, all meals while cruising, local guided sightseeing, onboard gratuities for Cruise Director & Crew, port charges

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COUNTRYSIDE LANES France has so much to offer that it’s almost impossible to fit everything you want into one trip. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying!

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easing a Renault Eurodrive and hitting France’s intricate network of quaint countryside roads is an ideal way of not only avoiding the toll roads, but also exploring wonderful places you didn’t even know existed. Discover this beautiful country at your own pace, meandering from village to village, truly immersing yourself in the French way of life. While there may be a few locations you just have to visit, you may not want to cram your schedule too tightly – half the fun is in playing it by ear! Flexibility is the key; making a road trip across France is the ultimate getaway for an adventurous traveller. You can hop from place to place, getting a taste for as many destinations as possible, or relax for several days in each location so that you can get to know the locals and really get to grips with the culture. The choice is yours.

Many of the villages and towns you discover may be inaccessible by trains and coaches, meaning that after your trip, you can really boast that you’ve been off the beaten track. France’s diverse scenic beauty will leave you awestruck – you’ll witness majestic snowy mountain peaks and lush alpine pastures one day, and equally stunning sandy beaches and sapphire waves the next. Jaw-dropping châteaux, castles and other architectural wonders will pop up on the horizon, leaving you speechless and eager to learn more about their unique histories. France is just the beginning. You can always extend your journey, as there are more than 40 other countries across Europe where you can satisfy your appetite for a flexible driving holiday experience.

Renault Eurodrive is a great way to drive Europe. You’ll drive the latest model Renault and be able to venture off the main highways and experience for yourself many European delights. 28 days car hire

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When you get to the airport, the contact telephone for the car is exactly where they say it is, the man is sitting in the van to take you to the car lot and you drive away as if you’re in your own car! In June I drove from Uzès to Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the Basque Country to host my culinary tour there – a six hour trip, made zippy and joyful by the Mégane. There are a few new technical things in the car which make long distance driving even sexier – it tells you if you are lane drifting; the lights go on automatically if it starts getting dark and the windscreen wipers go on automatically with a drop of rain. I take the car to visit the organic markets in my area and can fit lots in the boot like sunflowers, rosé, strawberries and cured hams. Dropping it off at the end is easy and stress free. You just call the drop off people in advance, turn up with the help of TomTom, hand over the papers and they drive you to the train station. Always with a smile and enquiries as to your happiness level with the car, France and life in general.

Au revoir et à la prochaine!

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MONACO

THE GLITZ AND GRANDEUR

of Monaco

Ah, Monaco. You might have heard about celebrities vacationing in this tiny Mediterranean country nestled between France and Italy, or noticed its gorgeous scenery as the backdrop in a James Bond movie or two.

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his principality, complete with its own royal family, is famed for its glitz and glamour and attracting famous faces who indulge in all its luxuries.

grace aNd graNdeur: moNaco’s royal Family Its royal family makes Monaco even more magnetising. The royal Grimaldi family has a long and illustrious history dating back hundreds of years.

However, you don’t have to be rich or famous to enjoy the captivating centre of Monte Carlo or the country’s charming hilltop towns. No matter who you are, a little of this destination’s shimmer and shine is sure to rub off on you.

Be seduced

Prince Rainer III, father of Prince Albert II, gained even more international attention when he married the dazzling American actress Grace Kelly in 1956, making her a princess. She gave up her film career to focus on royal life and charity work.

There’s more to Monaco’s allure than its gorgeous cerulean waters, coral coloured rooftops and beaches. Everything about the country oozes charm and prestige, from its famed casinos to its luxury accommodation.

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H.S.H Prince Albert II now holds the throne. He and his wife, Princess Charlene Wittstock, a former South African Olympic swimmer, continue the fabulous reign.


MONACO

Experience the glitz and glamour All things artistic and beautiful thrive in Monaco, through sunny days and long, balmy nights. Begin your experience in the popular district of Monte Carlo, the definition of luxury. You can visit the splendid state apartments of the Prince’s Palace, located on the rock, from April to October. Feast your eyes on bright colours, perfectly maintained gardens, intricate architectural details and awe-inspiring art. Of course, the famous Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world’s most prestigious Formula One racing events, and every year it enchants visitors and locals. The thrilling race takes place right on the streets of Monaco. Vehicles battle it out through the tunnel, around tight corners, and up and down hills. It’s recognised as being a particularly challenging course, which makes it all the more exciting! No Monaco visit is complete without a visit to the Casino of Monte Carlo. Built in 1863, the building simply drips with glamour and exciting tension. Its vast rooms feature magnificent frescoes, luxurious furniture, decorative glass, mirrors and more, creating an exceptionally exquisite atmosphere.

quaint hilltop towns

experience. Eze, a typical Medieval French village nearby Monaco, is well worth a visit. Surrender yourself to the old-world charm of this medieval town with beautiful architecture and views of the glistening Mediterranean Sea, as well as plenty of galleries and shops to explore. Similarly, the nearby French village of St Paul de Vence offers plenty of medieval delight. You can jump aboard a tour to these locations from Monaco, or hire a car and drive yourself through the region’s winding roads.

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Visit H.S.H. Prince of Monaco Private Collection of Vintage Cars! Over 100 vehicles are on show, including sports, vintage, classic, prestige and military models – plus a whole lot more.

Once you’ve had your fill of Monte Carlo, head into the hills for a more rustic

MONACO PACKAGE

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Time to relax and be spoilt in Monaco! It’s so famous for its Monte Carlo casino, the Grand Prix and its royal family. Set right on the gorgeous Mediterranean, no matter where you choose to stay, you’ll never be too far from the action in this tiny town.

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742

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TRAVEL: Daily (Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec 14) INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, Passport to Monte Carlo including return helicopter transfers Nice Airport to Monaco, return shuttle bus transfer helipad to hotel, free entrance tickets to museums and attraction in Monaco, Monte Carlo discount card, special attention ie. welcome cocktail or similar

THE FERRARI DRIVING EXPERIENCE Take an unforgettable drive along Monaco’s balmy coastline in your Ferrari on this private tour. It’s such a unique and fun experience, either as a passenger or driver. As a driver you will need to be accompanied by an instructor and have a valid driver’s licence.

$

296

per person from TRAVEL: Daily (Jan-Dec 14) INCLUDES: 30min drive (min 2 people)

THE CELEBRITY You’ll be able to celebrity spot as you discover many corners of this region. Visit Port Grimaud, nicknamed Little Venice, before reaching St Tropez, one of Europe’s best known resort towns. Take time to visit the beaches and Place de Lys, the place to be, for visiting celebs.

$

269

per person from TRAVEL: Daily (Mon-Sat) INCLUDES: 8hr tour by minivan (min 2 people) Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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ITALY

The mix of the old and new “is no more evident than in Florence”

FLAVOURS OF ITALY

(10 days/9 nights)

Bolognese in Bologna, Chianti in Tuscany, Prosciutto in Parma, this ‘foodie’ trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing memorable ‘Insider Moments’ that are sure to delight the senses.

INSIDER MOMENTS

Meet Libero, our charismatic chef, and... ✓

together you choose the freshest local ingredients from the market

learn how to make handmade ravioli & the secrets of Italian cuisine in a cooking lesson

enjoy the traditional meal you made from scratch, washed down with homemade wine

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3263

per person share twin from TRAVEL: Set departures (Apr-Oct 14)

INCLUDES 9 nights first class accommodation; 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, sightseeing & exclusive Insider Experiences as per itinerary, professional Travel Director & luxury transportation

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ITALY

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita – the sweet life – is an expression that perfectly sums up Italy.

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ondolas on Venetian canals, the Roman Colosseum, sundrenched vineyards in Tuscany – all of these classic scenarios speak to the Italian way of life in a way words can’t describe. Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance, having offered up a legacy of art, music, poetry and architecture that is almost unparalleled worldwide. The people of Italy are equally as unique as the country itself – passionate and gregarious, fun-loving and friendly, and always dedicated to family.

your owN BackcouNtry adveNture A great way to explore Italy is by getting behind the wheel, either by yourself or choosing a guided holiday. Here, life slows down a little – even outside of siesta time. Take time to savour a new local wine, linger over a tantalising lunch whilst overlooking the olive trees and stroll through the delightful cobblestone villages to really get into life as the locals do.

After a day of exploring, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite, but with so much variety in delicious Italian cuisine it can be tough to whittle it down to a single choice.

Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum and Castel Sant’Angelo plus much, much more.

FashioNaBle FloreNce The mix of the old and new world

romaN iNdulgeNce Nowhere is food more important than Italy, and when in Rome it pays to do as the Romans do and savour the delights of this great city. Enjoy a slice of gourmet pizza served among jostling, exquisitely dressed Romans, a gelato in delectable Piazza Navona and finish up with Ravioli for dinner near the Spanish Steps.

is no more evident than in Florence, the true heart of Tuscany and a city that boasts a seamless blend of history and modern culture. Overflowing with museums, galleries and churches, the city is a showcase

Rome, Florence and Venice are abuzz with the daily hustle and bustle of inner-city tourism, but the Italian countryside offers a beautiful escape for those who prefer a quieter pace of life.

The Maremma region of southern Tuscany is a particular treat, with charming seaside towns such as Porto Ercole and Porto San Stefano, as well as medieval gems like Massa Marittima. Ensure you slow to a stop when you reach Etruscan treasures like Pitigliano, a speck of a city superbly squeezed onto a narrow, rocky ridge.

VENICE AND THE GEMS OF NORTHERN ITALY

VINTAGE CAR: OFF THE A TASTE OF FLORENCE BEATEN TRACK (3 days/2 nights) (4 days/3 nights)

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Uniworld takes you on a romantic journey to uncover the hidden treasures of Northern Italy. Lap up the luxury of your floating boutique hotel, while you relax and enjoy the finest sights.

Imagine driving through Tuscany in your open top Vintage car, immersing yourself in the delightful scenery. Choose your vehicle from prestigious makes like Ferrari, Alpha Romeo Duetto, Spider or Porsche and head off down the narrow lanes and through the wee hilltop villages.

Stay in an historic building in a gorgeous square in the Trastevere. You’ll dine in a private Roman home located in an old Palazzo built on the ruins of a Roman theatre and take a cooking class where you can enjoy the local delights that you have created.

(8 days/7 nights)

$

4725

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$

from

1349

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily to/from Siena – unescorted (01-30 Apr 14) INCLUDES 7-night cruise on the River Countess, airport transfers on arrival & departure days,all meals & beverages onboard, Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions, 9 excursions, use of bicycles & Nordic walking sticks, tips & gratuities & Cruise Manager

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With nearly 3000 years of history literally under your feet there is so much to discover in Rome. The chic shopping districts and historical highlights will tempt you into frenzy, including Vatican City, the Colosseum,

You need at least a couple of days exploring this gorgeous jewel, set right in the heart of Tuscany. You’ll love the art, shopping and food. Being the birthplace of the Renaissance, it’s the perfect spot to become immersed in the architecture and cultural riches that are around every corner.

$

from

589

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily (06 Jul-31 Aug 14)

for the world’s greatest artists including Michelangelo and Botticelli. Fashionistas can explore Florence’s famous markets and window shop along the Ponte Vecchio. Pick up some of the city’s wonderful Italian leather and linger over a lunch in one of the picturesque cobblestone squares.

(4 days/3 nights)

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from

569

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Set departures (Jul-Sep 14)

INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation: with breakfast daily, 1 lunch, Skip the Line Uffizi or Accademia, half day tour to Gucci & Prada outlets

INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation, with breakfast daily, dinner at a private home, cooking course with lunch Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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taly’s top three cities – Rome, Florence and Venice – offer all this and more, making the country a destination with no end of holiday possibilities.

However, it’s beyond these fascinating cities that really intrigues and inspires many and there’s a whole other world waiting to be explored in the charming Italian countryside. Book yourself a ride on the train, which is a fantastic way to get around quickly and explore the wonders of regional Italy. The rail network squeezes into almost every corner of the country, from the centre of the capital and key cities, across the Tuscan Hills to the coastal towns and resorts. Go ahead and unearth some of Italy’s hidden gems with a unique journey in regional areas. Here are some of the best ways to truly absorb the country’s rich cultural history, breathtaking landscapes, fine Italian cuisine and vino plus so much more. It’s off the beaten track – Italian style.

making sure to stay several nights across a number of delightful locations, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out. The magnificent Italian Lakes District in the north is a fabulous place to start. This natural wonder is nestled under the awe-inspiring Dolomites mountain range amongst the Italian Alps, which are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. A great diversity of colours is provided by the contrasts between the bare pale-coloured rock surfaces, and the forests and meadows below. Also nestled at the foot of the Alps are Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore which all offer breathtaking panoramic views, showing a piece of Italy that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

exPloriNg italy’s evocative regioNs

Household names such as George Clooney and Marlon Brando have graced the shores here, making it a popular spot for the rich and famous and just perfect for the rest of us to star-gaze! Sip wine, stroll beside the palazzi of the rich and famous and share the high-flyers’ million-dollar views.

Touring Italy’s evocative countryside regions provides a truly personalised experience, and by

Further south, Tuscany is on the bucket list of

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When you picture Italy in your mind, you no doubt see stunning architectural masterpieces, delicious food and beautiful weather. This image is truly the reality!

many due to it being everyone’s idea of idyllic Italy. Cypresses and sunflowers, terracotta roofs, delicious regional wines, olive oil and rustic farmhouse produce will leave you absolutely content with a bellyful of goodness. And even further south – continuing past Naples – lies a coastline of dramatic cliffs, precariously perched fishing villages and the ever-present shimmering Mediterranean. This is the stunning 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. It is here where you can kick back, relax and enjoy the heady views while you sip on chilled Limoncello – the golden treasure of Amalfi and referred to as ‘sunshine wine’ by the locals. Head to the heel of Italy in the south where you’ll find the unique and intriguing trulli houses. These are limestone dwellings unique to the region of Puglia, which look like a dry stone hut with a conical roof. These extraordinary buildings derive from prehistoric construction techniques that have survived fully intact and are still functioning into the modern world as housing for the locals – truly remarkable.

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✓ Smaller groups ✓ Longer stays ✓ Genuine inclusions ✓ Authentic hotel experiences ✓ More sightseeing

up north From venice

Italian rail

italian grande

A great option for those with limited time. Explore the spectacular Lake Garda region. It is laid back with pretty lakeside walks. Then head to the cluster of the northern lakes which are nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps. These lakes are dotted with dozens of colourful small towns along the shorelines with amazing mountain backdrops.

Visit Italy’s famous landmarks of historic Rome, Florence or one of its most beautiful cities, Venice – famous for its canals and St. Mark’s Square. Travel from the hills of Tuscany to the coastal resorts and towns of the Cinque Terre. With more than a 1000 trains running daily, the Italian rail network lets you travel between the big cities and small towns quickly, comfortably and efficiently.

You’ll be well spoilt on this leisurely paced tour from Milan to Rome, with some great long stays – three, four and even five nights. Highlights include staying in a centuries old Italian castle, spending time on the stunning Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, savouring traditional Tuscan cuisine, exploring the famous Cinque Terre and relaxing on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast.

3 days/2 nights

$

from

587

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Venice to Milan or Rome, set departures (Apr-Oct 14) INCLUDES 2 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast daily, 2 dinners, transportation & sightseeing as per itinerary

$

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249

per person 2nd Class Eurail Italy Pass

TRAVEL: 3 days in 2 months INCLUDES Unlimited travel in 2nd class valid for a set number of days within a 2 month period and can be used consecutively or nonconsecutively

Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

18 days/17 nights

$

7162

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per person share twin

TRAVEL: Milan to Rome, set departures (Apr-Oct 14) INCLUDES 17 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast daily, 13 dinners, extensive sightseeing as per itinerary, transportation, experienced Tour manager & local guides in some locations

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Travel independently to Italy and you’ll see amazing sights like the Colosseum or Trevi Fountain. Travel on a traditional guided tour and you’ll discover the interesting facts behind them. Travel with Trafalgar and you’ll also

Italy. Are you ready to travel beyond the expected?

see Raphael’s only mosaic, in Santa Maria del Popolo, and we’ll recommend our local friends’ favourite café for real espresso, Canova.

Italy. Just one of 65 countries where we take you beyond the expected.

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The magic of Santorini

Santorini boasts some of the most photographed sunsets in the world, and that’s just the start of what makes this Greek island so magical.

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ormed after a colossal volcanic explosion, Santorini is the main island of a small archipelago of the same name that is known for its stunning landscapes, awe-inspiring cliff faces and a beautiful deep blue central lagoon.

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If you want to witness natural beauty like no other, Santorini is an experience of pure serenity and total bliss – an island you’ll never forget.

On your way out to the stunning and tranquil

The Santorini cluster is just a small piece of a larger island group in the Aegean Sea called the Cyclades.

Santorini, be sure to stop over in Mykonos where you’ll be greeted by a cosmopolitan lifestyle of chic boutiques, fine dining and swanky bars.

greek exPerieNce Many will begin their Greek experience by visiting Athens where in 1-2 days you can soak up the capital’s stunning historical wonders, including the magnificent Acropolis and the Parthenon. From here, a large number of stunning islands are waiting to be explored. All islands in the chain are fairly close by to one another, creating the perfect opportunity for an exhilarating island hopping experience!

Once you finally step foot on Santorini, you won’t be disappointed – this is a destination that prides itself on wowing visitors by offering unmatched allure. Santorini’s white-washed villages are carved into its steep volcanic cliff faces which cascade into the sapphire Aegean Sea, providing you with exhilarating ocean views and a chance

santorini indulgence

4 days/3 nights Indulge in pure luxury at the magnificent Canaves Hotel Oia. With a fairy-tale atmosphere, it’s white-washed and simply stunning, as it clings on the side of the cliff, 200m above the sea with breathtaking views of the Caldera. It’s also the most perfect spot to enjoy a very famous sunset.

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per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily (01 Apr-28 Oct 14) INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation at Canaves Hotel Oia, 3 Champagne breakfasts, sunset dinner cruise including beverages & return airport transfers

to see the unique beauty of its heavenly sunset.

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cycladic gems

12 days/11 nights Take the hassle and uncertainty out of your Greek Island holiday, on this 12 day island hop exploring 4 gems; Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Santorini. There’s something about white-washed houses, multi-hued fishing boats in tiny ports and the deep blue Aegean Sea – irresistible!

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per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily (10 Apr-18 Oct 14) INCLUDES 11 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, half day Athens sightseeing tour & economy class ferry passages and transfers as per itinerary

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TUrKeY

TURKISH

delights

A fascinating country where East meets West – Turkey is a Mediterranean marvel that offers breathtaking natural beauty, a multitude of historical wonders and much, much more through its collision of cultures and religions, both ancient and modern.

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et against a diverse cultural backdrop, there’s something for everyone; Whether it’s stunning beaches, exquisite food or a spot of retail therapy where you can really get a bang for your buck.

If that’s not enough to satisfy your sightseeing cravings, the stunning Fairy Chimneys at Cappadocia and the majestic White Terraces of Pamukkale will leave you breathless.

culture vultures reJoice

magical istaNBul

Steeped in history, Turkey is a dream location for culture vultures and archaeology buffs. The country has many ancient ruins worthy of a day’s exploration, but the ruins at Ephesus stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Almost completely preserved since its heyday in the Roman Empire, it was once the home of the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

With a rich history that is truly eternal, the peninsula of Istanbul continues to amaze all who grace its soil.

TRAVEL: Daily (Jan-Dec 14) INCLUDES 3 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, return seat in coach airport or port transfers, full day tour of Istanbul with lunch, half day Bosphorus Cruise, entrance fees, service charges & local taxes

onions, mint, currants and cinnamon…scrumptious!

gulet cruisiNg There’s no better way to navigate the Lycian

accommodate 8-12 guests.

8 days/7 nights You’ll love the Turkish coastline and cruising on an authentic ‘gulet’ is the ultimate relaxing and laid back holiday experience. The waters are warm and crystal clear, the bays secluded, the beaches golden and the historical sites along the way are fascinating.

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peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini, stuffed with rice,

Visit the Blue Mosque, one of the city’s premier historical sites, then head to the Grand Bazaar and barter yourself a bargain with everything on offer, from stunning Turkish rugs to silk garments, glazed tiles and pottery.

4 days/3 nights Whether it’s your first visit or your 10th, you will not be disappointed. After visiting all of the main historical sites, hit the Grand Bazaar and try your luck at haggling – there’s beautiful Turkish rugs, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, leather goods, alabaster bookends and more.

from

stuffed dolmades made with fresh eggplant,

coast than by gulet, a traditional sailing boat.

MARMARIS GULET CRUISE

per person share twin

Balkan and Middle Eastern flavours. Indulge in

This stunning old city boasts a skyline filled with domes, palaces and minarets.

ISTANBUL STOPOVER

$

Local cuisine is a delicious blend of central Asian,

$ from

541

per person share twin

Take a private charter yourself or join one of the many very popular gulet cruises which generally

Sailing from bay to bay, you can relax, swim or explore jaw-dropping lagoons all from the comfort of these charming sea-faring vessels.

TREASURES OF TURKEY 15 days/14 nights East meets West in this fascinating capital. Turkey’s stunning interior with its moon-like rock formations will astound you, whilst its coastline littered with ancient ruins and caressed by the beautiful blue Mediterranean will delight you.

$

from

2822

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Istanbul to Istanbul, set departures (Feb-Dec 14)

TRAVEL: Saturday (Apr-Oct 14) INCLUDES 7 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, all meals on board, crew’s service, harbour fees, fuel & water costs

INCLUDES 14 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast daily, 12 dinners, luxury air-conditioned coach travel, sightseeing as per itinerary & professional Tour Director

EARLYBIRD

Includes saving of $313pp when booked and paid by 15 Jan 14

Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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GREEN SPAIN the Northwestern Corner

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ounded by the Atlantic Sea and bordering the Pyrenees, Northwest Spain enjoys an oceanic climate that makes it seem like a different country altogether. Nicknamed ‘Green Spain’ because of its lush landscapes, the region is quickly becoming a favourite with tourists from all around the world who relish its outstanding natural beauty, gorgeous cuisine and compelling history. There was a time when Santiago de Compestela, the capital of Galicia in Northwest Spain, attracted thousands of pilgrims who came to view the tomb of St James the Apostle. Today it remains a popular religious site, and the 800km Way of Saint James offers a fantastic opportunity to recreate the journey as a contemporary traveller. This major Christian pilgrimage route can be tackled in sections. For some this can be a spiritual experience as it is very rustic. The trek is over hilly terrain so you do need a good level of fitness to head off the beaten track. If you’re more of a foodie than a history buff, then you won’t feel alone in the north of Spain, as the Basque countryside is renowned for its cuisine. The locals spend twice as much on food than anywhere else in the country – meals form the cornerstone of Basque social events. Try the region’s famous pinxtos – miniature pieces of haute cuisine that are available in bars and restaurants up and down the region. You won’t be disappointed! The pinxtos bars crowd the narrow and noisy streets of the historical capital of San Sebastian – a vibrant coastal location also filled with loads of seafood restaurants. It also boasts some fantastic designer clothes shops, many of them being surf labels as the region has some of the best surf beaches in the whole of Spain.

Spain is known all around the world for its sun-kissed beaches, sangria and bullfighting, but if you go further afield there are even more unique experiences to be had.

THE WAY OF ST JAMES

- 9 days/8 nights

The 4th stage of this epic walk on foot, from Leon to O’Cebreiro (149km), is very picturesque with an imposing castle, rugged mountains, wheat fields and authentic, straw-roofed houses.

$

from

1185

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily – unescorted INCLUDES: 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, luggage transfers, services of a local contact, walking notes & route maps FREE Pilgrim’s Passport when you EARLYBIRD book by 15 Nov 13

PARADOR LEON

- 3 days/2 nights

Spoil yourself with a stay at this gorgeous five star Parador in the heart of Leon. Originally a monastery founded in the 12th century to provide lodging for the pilgrims, it is now one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in all of Spain.

$

from

602

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Daily – unescorted (01-11 Apr, 21 Apr-05 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Oct 14) INCLUDES: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 7 day Hertz Group C car hire

EARLYBIRD

Includes saving of $41 per car when booked by 31 Jan 14

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POrTUGAL

Portugal’s DOURO VALLEY One of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers, the Douro is decorated with deep cleft gorges, adorned with lush vineyards and dotted with sleepy fishing villages along its banks.

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luxury river cruise is one of the best ways to journey across this enchanting and magical region, whose diversity and passion stir the soul, and where you can soak up the local atmosphere from a wonderfully stylish and sophisticated setting.

Teeming with colourful cityscapes, picture-perfect scenery and historic charm, this sun-drenched Mediterranean region is truly a cultural gem. Learn the secrets about the Douro Valley’s rich cultural heritage through its many Baroque churches, Palaeolithic sites, medieval monasteries, castles, palaces and manors. Delight in the orange hues of a stunning sunset over the Douro River as you cruise into the city of Porto, as it is here where the river flows through to its outlet. As the second-largest city in Portugal, Porto is a location rich in history as a merchant and shipping hub. Today, Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the country’s port wine industry, as well as some of the tastiest restaurants in the country.

douro delights

$ from

8945

*

- 14 days from Lisbon to Madrid

per person share twin in a Panoramic Window Stateroom

DEPARTS: Set departures May, Jun & Sep 14 *Price based on 28 Jun 14 departure

PLUS

Receive $1150pp air credit

INCLUDES: 3 nights Lisbon, 7 night river cruise from Porto to Barca d’Alva, 3 nights Madrid, all meals, beverages^ & entertainment onboard, sightseeing, shore excursions, transfers, Wi-Fi, port charges & tipping plus Signature Experience – a delicious lunch with a glass of port at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery

HIGHLIGHTS: Lisbon • Porto • Guimarães • Caldas de Aregos • Régua • Lamego • Pinhão Barca d’Alva • Salamanca • Madrid Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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sail into the sunset There’s no destination quite as sumptuous and sensational as Europe, host to a number of countries perfect for your next getaway. Trying to see them all, or as many as you can, during your trip? Trade in all the fuss of trains and planes for something more luxurious – like a cruise.

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cruise offers you the ultimate hassle-free holiday and is the perfect way to get around Europe. Everything is organised for you and most costs are included in the fare, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and take in that sparkling Mediterranean Sea and dream of the excitement that awaits you at the next port.

yourself completely to the Mediterranean way of life.

Cruises offer a fantastic selection of dining, entertainment and activities, so while you’re sailing between the jewels in Europe’s crown, you’ll never be short of things to do – that is, if you decide you need a break from lounging poolside!

Wake up with Italy right outside your window, starting with the port of Livorno, the gateway to Florence, Pisa and Tuscany, one region to delight the senses. Creamy, delectable dishes of pasta and full-bodied wines await you beyond every rolling hill.

the magic oF the mediterraNeaN

There is no sight quite like Portofino on the Amalfi Coast, a magical hillside village dotted with vibrant coloured buildings.

Have you ever dreamed of slowly savouring some paella as you look out at the glistening azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea? Your dream can become a reality with the many options for cruises in this part of Europe. Take a fascinating glimpse into the history of this region through art, food and culture – and surrender

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Some of the most idyllic destinations across the Med will be your ports of call. Do you yearn for a lover’s tryst in France, perhaps on the shores of Saint Tropez or through the never-ending lavender fields of Provence?

Take a romantic ride on a gondola through the canals of incomparable Venice, where you can delightfully discover quaint cobbled laneways and visit the


CrUISe

Your dream can become a reality with the “many options for cruises in this part of Europe ” awe-inspiring St Mark’s Basilica with its glittering golden mosaics and vast array of frescoes. Cruises in Europe can also take you through the magical white-washed Greek Islands where you will marvel at the ancient allure and picturesque bays of Lesbos, Ephesus, Santorini and Argostoli. In the evenings, there’s nothing like watching a bewitching island sunset sink down the horizon. All this and more awaits you in the mesmerizing Mediterranean aboard your impressive cruise liner from sun-up to sun-down.

scaNdiNavia’s Best kePt secrets

Gothenburg is similar to Stockholm, but with more of a rustic lure. No Scandinavian journey is complete without a trip to Berlin from the Warnemunde port. This high-energy city needs no introduction with its abundance of history and attractions. Tallinn may be a lesser-known destination, but to the surprise of many, the Estonian city is a total gem. Head to the ‘Old Town’ and enjoy the medieval charm of piazzas and churches, as well as bustling markets, bright, bold colours and friendly locals. Stroll through its intimate lanes and you’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

Scandinavia exudes style and sophistication. Boasting exceptional natural beauty paired with progressive culture and fascinating history, each stop along the Baltic offers an unforgettable experience.

Where does one start with St Petersburg? This Russian city has so many spectacular features. Dazzling palaces and their expansive, opulent gardens stand in contrast to the remnants of a Soviet past.

Copenhagen’s bright colours, canals and buoyant spirit make it a must-see on your Scandinavian itinerary. Immortalise your experience with a photo by the famous Little Mermaid statue, a celebration of Dane Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale.

The Winter Palace must be seen for its eerie history as the scene of the 1095 Bloody Sunday massacre and now an impressive Hermitage art gallery. Catherine’s Palace, just a short way out of the city, is absolutely awe-inspiring, as is Peterhof’s Palace with its impressive gardens, fountains and golden statues.

In Norway, Oslo brings together the past and the future seamlessly, with medieval buildings and ultra-modern architecture side by side. This city is known for its quality of life, innovation and history, and is exceptionally visitor-friendly. Sweden oozes refinement and an air of luxury, and Stockholm and Gothenburg are two of its most magnificent cities. In Stockholm, gorgeous pastel coloured buildings complement the smorgasbord of emerald-green parks and small islands peppered through its tranquil waterways. In summer, you’ll find each little shore dotted with sunbathers and the water filled with smiling pleasure boaters.

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Helsinki, Finland, is another destination that strikes the perfect balance of old and new. While there is plenty to entertain the senses in the sleek, refined city, you might like to head to some of the small islands nearby. One, Seurasaari, is an open air museum showcasing Finnish country life dating back to the 18th century. Of course, this is just a taste of some of the destinations you can visit on a European cruise. Get inspired and prepare to sail off blissfully into the sunset.

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Italy, Greece & Croatia

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-14 night Venice roundtrip aboard Ventura

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*Price based on 09 & 23 Apr 14 departure DEPARTS: Set departures between 09 Apr-24 Sep 14 INCLUDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, government fees & port taxes

v PLUS x Book an outside cabin from $2559 per person share twin by 30 Nov 13 and receive an upgrade to balcony. Conditions apply.

v HIGHLIGHTS x Venice • Kotor • Corfu • Rome (Civitavecchia) • Ajaccio • Genoa • Florence/Pisa (Livorno) • Naples • Dubrovnik • Venice (overnight)

princess cruises®

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11 night Copenhagen roundtrip aboard Royal Princess ®

Scandinavia & Russia

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per person share twin in an interior stateroom

*Price based on 03 Jun 14 departure DEPARTS: 12 May, 03 & 25 Jun, 17 Jul, 8 & 30 Aug 14 INCLUDES: Main meals & entertainment onboard, Children’s Centres (3-17 years), government fees & port taxes

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HIGHLIGHTS x Copenhagen • Oslo • Gothenburg • Berlin (Warnemunde) • Tallinn • St. Petersburg • Helsinki • Stockholm (Nynashamn) NB: Other departures available stopping in Aarhus instead of Gothenburg

oceania cruises

Mystical Mediterranean

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FINLAND

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Gothenburg Stockholm

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Helsinki

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Copenhagen

Tallinn

St. Petersburg

ESTONIA

RUSSIA

DENMARK

Warnemünde Berlin

GERMANY

Overnight in St. Petersburg

Royal Princess 11 Day Scandinavia & Russia (Gothenburg) 014_R1_CA

-12 nights Marseille to Venice aboard Nautica

per person share twin in an inside stateroom

DEPARTS: 26 May 14 INCLUDES: All meals and entertainment onboard, port charges, fees & gratuities, specialty restaurants, unlimited soft drinks & bottled water, specialty coffees, teas, juices & 24-hour room service

v PLUS x US$450 shipboard credit per stateroom & free internet package

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HIGHLIGHTS x Marseille • Saint Tropez • Florence/Pisa/Tuscany • Rome • Sorrento/Capri • Taormina • Corfu • Tirana • Kotor • Dubrovnik • Koper • Venice

holland america line BONUS

50

US$

shipboard credit per person

Magic of the Mediterranean

$

from

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DEPARTS: 17 Jun 14 INCLUDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, port charges & government fees

-24 nights Barcelona to Venice aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

per person share twin in an inside stateroom

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FREE - EXPLORE4 DEAL x FREE $100/day signature beverage package per stateroom; FREE specialty restaurant dinner; FREE or reduced fares for 3rd/4th guests; 50% reduced deposit

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HIGHLIGHTS x Barcelona • Provence • Monte Carlo • Florence/Pisa • Rome • Naples • Strait of Messina & Taormina • Corfu • Dubrovnik • Kotor • Venice • Katakolon • Athens • Istanbul • Lesbos • Ephesus • Santorini • Argostoli Airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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*Terms & conditions: Pricing and details are correct as of 3/10/13 and based on per person, twin share. Free Samsung offer is not redeemable for cash and is based on one product per couple. Single travellers receive a $100 Prezzy Card (card valid until Nov 2014). Limit 1 product per booking (not per tour - multiple tours will not for multiple products). Offer applicable on 2014 Globus or Cosmos tours of 8 touring days or more. Gift will be sent out with tour documentation approximately 8 weeks prior to departure providing full payment and emergency contact details have been received. Giveaway promotion valid for new 2014 UK/Europe bookings only mad 18/09/13 – 18/12/13 or until sold out. Offer limited to the fi rst 600 bookings and is subject to availability. Deposit of non-refundable, non-transferable $250 per person/per tour is required ($1000 per person for Egypt) within 14 days of reservation or by 18/12/13, whichever comes first. Not valid for groups and not combinable with offers except Early Payment, Second Tour and repeat traveller discounts. Save 5% Repeat Traveller Discount - Must be a Journeys Club member and present member ID at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus core tour, package or cruise and on twin share price, not including extra night accomm extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements/reductions. Valid for singles – single supplement applies. We reserve the right to substitute a similar product of same value. Offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Further conditions apply, see 2014 brochures or website for full terms & conditions.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS: All prices are correct as at 04 Oct 13 & may vary due to carrier, routing or exchange rates. All fares & taxes are subject to change without notice until final payment is received. Airfares are additional except where specified. Capacity limitations may apply & all prices & packages are subject to availability at time of booking. All travel must be commenced & completed as specified. Some surcharges & closeout periods may apply. Min/max stays apply. Valid for new bookings only. Packages based on consecutive night stays. Prices are in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. Amendment & cancellation fees may apply. Payments made by credit card may incur a surcharge. Travel insurance is strongly recommended to be taken at time of deposit. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details. Hertz: Advertised price of car hire in A Taste of York, Scottish Highlands Self-Drive, Wild Atlantic Way Self-Drive & Parador Leon packages are based on Earlybird rate sales to 31 Jan 14. No amendments are permitted after 31 Jan 14 • Historic Battles & Scottish Borders & English Lakes: Price based on Earlybird rate, valid for new bookings only & paid in full by 15 Dec 13. Offer cannot be extended beyond the booking & payment period. Can be combined with either the Past Passenger or Multi-Tour discount up to a maximum discounted value of 10%. Back-Roads Touring reserves the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time • Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country: Advertised price based on set departures from 02-21 Aug 14 & is per person share twin including early payment discount. FREE Samsung 7” tablet: offer not redeemable for cash & is based on 1 product per couple. Single travellers receive a $100 Prezzy Card (card valid until Nov 14). Limit 1 product per booking (not per tour - multiple tours will not constitute for multiple products). Offer applicable on 2014 Globus or Cosmos tours of 8 touring days or more. Gift will be sent out with tour documentation approximately 8 weeks prior to departure providing full payment & emergency contact details have been received. Giveaway promotion valid for new 2014 UK/Europe bookings only made before 18 Dec 13 or until sold out. Offer limited to the first 600 bookings & is subject to availability. Deposit of non-refundable, non-transferable $250per person per tour is required within 14 days of reservation or by 18 Dec 13, whichever comes first. Not valid for groups & not combinable with any other offers except Early Payment, Second Tour & Repeat Traveller discounts. For full details, terms & conditions refer to the 2014 brochure or globustours.co.nz • Burgundy & Provence: Prices correct as of 09 Oct 13. Prices are per person share twin & includes gratuities, port charges & discount. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing, is dependent upon cruise & cabin category availability & will be confirmed at time of reservation. All offers are for new bookings only & exclude Avalon/Royal Suites. Deposit of $500per person per cruise required within 14 days to secure reservation. Deals may NOT be combined except with Early Payment, Second Tour & Journey’s Club discount (member number MUST be quoted at time of booking). Valid for Singles – single supplement applies. Further restrictions may apply. Offers can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice. Not valid for groups. Save $400 per couple: Valid until 18 Dec 13 or until sold out. Offers can be amended or withdrawn at any time. For full terms & conditions see the 2014 Avalon Waterways Brochure • Private Paris Apartment: 5 night minimum stay applies. 50% non-refundable deposit with balance to be received no longer than 60 days before departure • Cooking in Gascony: 25% non-refundable deposit with balance to be received no longer than 60 days before departure • Burgundy Food & Wine Indulgence: 25% non-refundable deposit with balance to be received no longer than 45 days before departure • Cottage Stay: A 7 night minimum stay applies • Renault Eurodrive: All reservation requests are subject to vehicle availability. Price valid if you book by 31 Dec 13 & collect your vehicle in 2014. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required at time of booking & full payment is required by 31 Mar 14. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, all particulars contained are subject to constant revision & Renault reserves the right to change, alter or modify prices, specifications & services & equipment offered & to provide a similar or superior vehicle to that booked, without notice in the 2014 Eurodrive program. Minimum lease period 21 days • Monaco Package, The Ferrari Experience & The Celebrity: A non-refundable deposit of $150 per booking is required. Balance payment is to be received no less than 45 days prior to departure • Flavours of Italy: Prices are per person share twin, subject to seasonal surcharge & availability. Single available at supplement. Non-refundable deposit of $200per person due within 7 days of booking. Balance payable 45 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees apply. Refer to Trafalgar’s 2014 Europe & Britain brochure for full itinerary details, bookings & payment conditions. Saving based on the 10% Early Payment discount with deposit payable upon booking & paid in full by 15 Jan 14. Blackout dates may apply. Subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any time. Can be combined with other brochured discounts where applicable • Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy: Price based on 06 Apr or 09 Nov 14 departures. Port taxes NZ$239per person. Airport transfers on commencement & completion dates of cruise. Pay in Full saving on Cats 1,2 & suites is NZ$550per person. On Cats 3,4,5 NZ$400per person. To get Pay in Full savings full payment must be made within 7 days of booking before 29 Nov 13. Early Booking Saving of $200per person available for all Categories for booking & deposit of $300per person per Cruise before 31 Jan 14. Pricing is per person share twin in a Cat 5 stateroom. Other stateroom categories available at supplement cost. Limited single rooms available at supplement. All subject to availability. Normal deposit, booking conditions & cancellation policies apply • Italian Grande: Book & deposit only by 22 Dec 13 on any tour longer than 9 days & receive a $300per person discount off the land only tour price. Airfares not included. A non-refundable deposit of $500per person per tour is required to secure your place on the tour within 10 days of booking • Italian Rail: Eurail Italy Pass needs to be activated for travel within 6 months of purchase • Santorini Indulgence and Cycladic Gems: AUD$200 deposit required within 7 days of booking • Treasures of Turkey: Save up to 10% Early Payment Discount, valid for new bookings made between before 15 Jan 14 on applicable tours featuring the ‘Early Payment Discount’ in the price panel in the Insight Vacations 2014/15 Europe brochure only. Save up to 10% discount valid on tour only price & does not include port taxes or intra tour air. $200per person per tour deposit required 7 days from booking with full payment due on or before 15 Jan 14 or 45 days prior to departure from NZ, whichever comes first. Early Payment Discount is combinable with Insight’s 2014/15 brochure discounts on tours 7 days or longer but not combinable with any other offer or redeemable for cash. If full payment is not received by 15 Jan 14 passengers may still be eligible to receive Insight’s 7.5% early payment discount as detailed on page 24 of the Insights 2014/15 Europe brochure, however Early Payment Discounts are subject to availability & maybe withdrawn at any time • APT Douro Delights: Air credit offer valid for new bookings only until 31 Oct 13 or until sold out. Prices are correct as at 09 Sep 13 but may vary on subsequent tax, fees & surcharge increases or exchange rates. Prices include port charges & gratuities. Offers are not combinable & may be withdrawn at any time. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. First non-refundable deposit of $1000per person is due within 7 days of the booking being made. Second deposit of $2000per person is due by 31 Oct 13. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. ^Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits & selected wines. Air Credit: air must be booked by APT. Credit cannot be redeemed for cash & is not transferable. To be read in conjunction with APT River Cruising 2014 brochure which passengers will be bound by • Oceania Cruises: Offers end 31 Dec 13. Fares based on double occupancy, include cruise related surcharges, gratuities & government fees & taxes, may not be combinable with other offers or loyalty programme benefits, are capacity controlled & may be withdrawn without prior notice or remain in effect after the expiration date. Single rate & rate for 3rd & 4th guests are available upon request. Shipboard credit is per stateroom (not per person), is not redeemable for cash or further discounts off the cruise fare. It may only be used for onboard services. Cruise Ship Fuel Surcharge may apply & if applicable, is additional revenue to Oceania Cruises. Oceania Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions & to change any & all fares, fees & surcharges at any time. Additional terms & conditions may apply. Complete terms & conditions may be found at OceaniaCruises. com or in the Guest Ticket Contract • Holland America Line: Price is per person share twin in NZ dollars, based on selected stateroom categories & include port taxes & government fees (correct as at 26 Sep 13) & all applicable discounts. All fares & taxes are subject to change without notice up until final payment is received. Airfares & gratuities are additional. Valid for new bookings & for cash & cheque payments only. Special conditions, currency fluctuations & availability restrictions apply. Onboard credit of US$100 is valid per stateroom & cannot be redeemed for cash if not used. EXPLORE4 offer valid for sales on select 2014 departures to 15 Nov 13 or until sold out & not combinable with any other offer. FREE Signature Beverage Package valued at US$50per person per day & is not available on Caribbean & Mexico cruises or land portion of Alaska Land + Sea Journeys, has a daily limit of 15 beverages priced US$7 or lower & includes a 15% service charge. Signature Beverage Package excludes beverages priced over US$7 & purchases made in Signature Shops, Mini Bar & In Room Dining. FREE US$50 Beverage Card applies only to select Caribbean & Mexico sailings. FREE Specialty Restaurant dinner: Inside stateroom will receive 1 complimentary Canaletto Restaurant dinner per person; Oceanview, Obstructed category staterooms & above receive 1 complimentary Pinnacle Grill dinner per person. Reservations & dining times assigned & confirmation card for Specialty Restaurant dining placed in stateroom on embarkation day. Offer excludes any Specialty Dining Events in Pinnacle Grill. Reduced deposit offer valid for new bookings only. 3rd/4th offer based on sharing stateroom with 1st & 2nd guests, valid on select sailings. Government fees & taxes apply to 3rd/4th offers. All offers are subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers are capacity controlled & may be withdrawn at any time. To be read in conjunction with full Holland America Line terms & conditions in Holland America Line’s 2014 brochures which passengers will be bound by • Princess Cruises: Fare is cruise only per person in NZ dollars, in complete inside twin share stateroom as specified, inclusive of all discounts, charges & taxes (which are subject to change). A surcharge applies to credit card payments. Valid for new bookings & not combinable with any other offer. Offer ends 31 Oct 13 or unless sold out prior. Fare based on specific departure date only. Higher fares may apply to other departure dates listed. Once this offer ends, fares may revert to a higher fare, but may also be further discounted. Offer subject to availability. Supplements apply for other room categories. Some oceanview staterooms have obstructed views. To be read in conjunction with the booking & passage conditions at princess.com which passengers will be bound by • P&O Cruises: Fare is cruise only per person in NZ dollars, in complete inside twin share stateroom as specified, inclusive of all discounts, charges & taxes (which are subject to change). A surcharge applies to credit card payments. Valid for new bookings & not combinable with any other offer. Offer ends 31 Oct 13 or unless sold out prior. Fare based on specific departure date only. Higher fares may apply to other departure dates listed. Once this offer ends, fares may revert to a higher fare, but may also be further discounted. Offer subject to availability. Supplements apply for other room categories. Some oceanview staterooms have obstructed views. Stateroom upgrade offer is available on selected Ventura voyages only based on the upgrade cost between the lead Outside to lead Balcony twin stateroom where applicable. Upgrades at the fares shown are subject to availability of stateroom in the lead stateroom grade. Supplements apply for other cabin categories. Subject to limited availability. To be read in conjunction with the booking & passage conditions at pocruises.com which passengers will be bound by.

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