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Front Cover: San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy


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Contents General Information

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Take to the Road

Accommodation Ratings

Touring by Rental Car & Lease Car

France & Italy Map

Touring by Motorhome

6 Tips for your France & Italy Holiday

Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley

What’s your style?

Champagne, Alsace & the Rhône Valley

Experience France

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The French Riviera & Provence Bordeaux, Dordogne & Languedoc Roussillon

Paris Introduction & Highlights

Enchanting Tuscany

Paris Map & Accommodation

Italian Lakes

Paris Sightseeing

Fascinating Puglia

Day Tours from Paris

Sun drenched Sicily

Nice Introduction & Highlights

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Nice Accommodation & Sightseeing

Touring France & Italy

Battlefield Tours

Italian Experiences

Paris, France

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Touring by Coach

Experience Italy

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Rome Introduction & Highlights Rome Map & Accommodation Rome Sightseeing Venice Introduction & Highlights Venice Map & Accommodation Florence Introduction & Highlights

Cruising the Waterways

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Canal Boating Luxury Barging Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

River Cuises Ocean Cruising

Take to the Tracks

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Florence Map, Accommodation & Sightseeing Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast Introduction & Highlights Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast Amalfi Coast Introduction & Highlights Amalfi Coast Accommodation & Sightseeing Cefalù, Sicily, Italy

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.

M Closest Metro Train Station 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 suits 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 based in New Zealand dollars.

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Dinan, France


France & Italy Map UNITED KINGDOM Calais

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CHAMPAGNE

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6 TIPS for your

France & It aly Holiday

Something for every palette

Be your own skipper

Marvel at historic icons

Once you’ve gone French, you’ll realise that a croissant from any other country is nothing but a lousy imitation.

Is there anything better than commandeering your own boat, adopting the role of captain and taking to the water with no fixed itinerary, just the freedom before you? It’s readily available in a country connected by canals.

When the sun shines on the Château Chenonceau it’s an enchanting spectacle of fairytale turrets, jutting spires and perfectly manicured flowerbeds.

Fresh baguettes are equally delicious. Dine at any auberge and a never-ending 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 friend, a daily pleasure. And if it’s homemade you really can’t deny yourself a dish of fresh Italian pasta.

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Hire a boat and discover France 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. Perhaps an adventure for the more foolhardy, watch out for Venice’s notorious maze of channels, mud banks and high waters.

From the Loire Valley to southern France, a magic ambience also exists at Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct features three tiers of arches splitting the banks of the Gardon River. Visit by day and return at night when the masonry is illuminated to an even more dazzling – and 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 this living, almost breathing pocket of history.


Kiwi connection

Art lovers unite

Become a wine connoisseur

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.

Of course there’s the Louvre but there’s also Paris’ Musee D’Orsay. As well as the huge collection of artwork, this 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.

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.

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. Almost 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.

In Italy, Florence can’t be outdone for its endless selection of art galleries, such as the Uffizi & 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 France, between rolling countryside and sun-soaked vines, 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 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is another famed red grown in the perennially glowing landscape of Montepulciano. And then there’s Champagne, which somehow tastes even more exquisite when served against a beautiful Champagne backdrop.

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What’s your style? Kiwis love to travel. We pride ourselves on our friendly, outgoing nature and when we travel, we like nothing better than striking up a conversation with the locals – it’s how we really connect with a destination. It’s often hard to do this when you’re staying in a hotel. That’s why we’re such great fans of more 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 private apartments to villas and even châteaux.

Hotel 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.

Apartment 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.

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Vineyards, Burgundy, France

Villa 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.

Château When you think of France, chances are one of the things to come to mind is a magnificent château, surrounded by immaculate gardens and grounds. 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 château are now hotels offering you the chance to peek into the past while enjoying modern facilities like spas and gyms, swimming pools and tennis courts. They’re scattered through the country so perfect for a self-drive royal discovery.

Private Apartment This is the most authentic way to see Paris. You will have Parisian neighbours and gain a better understanding of what it is like to live in Paris. If you like the idea of being self-sufficient, then staying independently is a unique way to experience Paris and is perfect for the seasoned traveller who does not require hotels services such as house-keeping or concierge.

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Experience

France

France is indeed beautiful – from its Côte d’Azur beaches and Loire château to

Fast Facts Country Name:

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Population:

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Euro

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11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

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Festivals and Events 2017

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10-26 Feb

Nice Carnival, Mardi Gras

May-Jul

Versailles Festival of Classical Music, Opera, Dance & Contemporary Art

17-28 May

Cannes Film Festival

25-28 May

Monaco Grand Prix

17-18 Jun

Le Mans 24 Hours, Loire Valley

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Beaune International Festival of Baroque Opera

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, and 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 too 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.


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 glories of Notre Dame Cathedral, 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. People-watch in a side walk café and when the sun sets, fall in love with Paris all over again.

Our favourite things to see and do The Paris Museum Pass – A sightseer’s best friend, allowing entry as many times as you wish to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Check out the crazy traffic from 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 and is 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 and some of the most frequented graves are those of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Get a free map on the way 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.

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3 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 worth it for the people watching.

Paris is Full of Surprises – Problem is that you might miss them if you don’t know where to look. There are plenty of guides that give interesting ideas for self guided walks. Investing in a set of guide cards or a book is well worth it. The “City Walks” series are great and cost from about $40. If self guided isn’t for you, your travel consultant has plenty of guided options.

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On the edge of the vibrant Latin Quarter, so named as the students and professors at the university used to converse only in Latin. This family run hotel provides value with elegance and style. It is in a great spot to experience a more local flavour, with the historic Rue Mouffetard markets close by.

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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.

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Hotel Duminy Vendome 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. Tuileries

Residhome Paris-Opera

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.

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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. Havre-Caumartin

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Hotel Pont Royal

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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. M

Richelieu-Drouot

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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These apartments have been lovingly created with stunning 1908 architecture, featuring an Art Nouveau stone façade adorned with balconies, sculptures and colonnades. In a very prestigious part of the city, the Tuileries gardens, Le Louvre, and the elegant and stylish boutiques along Rue Saint-Honore and Rue de Rivoli are very close by. Palais Royal Musée du Louvre/Pyramides

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Paris Sightseeing

Paris Pass®

Paris Bike Tour

When you purchase the Paris Pass you will get free entry into over 60 sights and attractions and free use of Paris’s metro and buses to get you around. Skip the Line fast track entry is at many of the major sights which helps avoid the long queues.

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.

L’Open Hop On Hop Off City Tour A great way to get your bearings in this fabulous city. 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 Museum

Paris Visite Card Make getting around the city effortless by purchasing this before leaving home. Travel on the train, Metro and bus networks unlimited times over a set number of days. Avoid the hassle of ticket queues, unfamiliar machines, language difficulties and save your feet when you need a rest.

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Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Guided Tour 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. Your tour guide will Skip the Lines and take you to a special entrance and straight up the tower.

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


Champs Éylsées, France

Skip the Line Catacombs Delve into Paris’s dark underworld on this tour of the eerie Paris catacombs. A labyrinth of underground tunnels filled with more than 6 million human skulls, you will uncover the bloody history of Paris with fascinating stories from your local guide. Skip the Line is a must at this attraction!

Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge with half bottle of wine Disneyland® Paris 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.

Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour Oh foodie heaven! Discover cultural highlights and delectable bites of France’s capital on an afternoon walking tour. Stroll past iconic monuments with your local guide, savouring samples of Parisian chocolates, pastries and freshly baked bread.

Dinner at Eiffel Tower and Cruise Skip the Line Eiffel Tower to the first floor and experience a delightful dinner with a panoramic view over Paris. Then take a magical cruise along the Seine River to admire the monuments and the bridges of the “City of Lights”.

In the Montmartre area is the Moulin Rouge cabaret where you can enjoy its “Feerie” show with the famous French Can-Can. Half bottle of Champagne will be served during the show while you admire the numerous attractions with the beautiful Doriss Girls.

Romantic Horse and Carriage Ride In the most romantic way to experience Paris, your driver will take photos and point out places of interest, like the impressive Arc de Triomphe and the Trocadero, as your horse pulls your carriage down the Champs Elysées. People on the streets can’t help but smile and wave as you clip clop by, possibly with a glass of Champagne in hand.

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Day Tours from Paris

Versailles by Bike Ride to the famous city market to shop for picnic supplies (baguettes, croissants, cheese, salad, red wine). Bike through the Gardens of Versailles, visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and the Petit and Grand Trianons, then picnic by the Grand Canal. Continue through the grounds to Skip the Line into the château and walk through the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors.

Versailles Apartments 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 State Apartments (Hall of Mirrors), hear of the enthralling details of the lives of the Kings and explore the famous French gardens.

Monet's Garden by Bike

Giverny 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.

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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.

Giverny and Versailles Explore two unmissable Paris 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.


Fontainebleau, France

Champagne Tour

Fontainebleau and Barbizon Embark on a half day guided tour to Fontainebleau, where you'll explore the Château de Fontainebleau and gardens and wander the town's scenic forest. Visit Barbizon, a country village that gave its name to the Barbizon school of painters since the mid 19th century.

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

Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip It’s a scenic drive from Paris, through Normandy, to reach this UNESCO World Heritagelisted 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.

Loire Valley Castles Day Trip 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 DaVinci, stroll through the charming village.

Loire Valley Bike Tour Discover the castles and country charm of the Loire Valley on this bike tour from Paris. Ride the train to the Loire River town of Blois, where you’ll visit the Renaissance Château de Blois. Cycle along scenic country roads to the fairytale Château de Chambord. Picnic in the park-like grounds and explore the lavish interior.

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Nice Defined by its curved bay and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice is the capital of the Côte D’Azur and a hub of year-round liveliness. The mostly pedestrianised centre is easily walkable, with busy French bistros spilling from its lanes. Discover the palm-lined promenade by bike or Segway, or climb Castle Hill for the best views of the sea, city and port. Vieux Nice (the Old Town) is bursting with markets, restaurants and bars, while Rue Bonaparte makes for a nice distraction with its boutiques and delicious patisseries, as well as the former dwellings of a young Napoléon.

Port Lympia, Nice

Our favourite things to see and do Promenade des Anglais – Soak up the French Riviera at its best while wandering along the promenade. Great for people watching. Just beware for learners on rollerblades and small dogs! Parc du Château – 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. There is also a small elevator that goes to the top. 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. Cours Saleya – This is a gorgeous baroque square in the old town that is the setting for a great flower and vege market. Surrounded with cafés and restaurants, it is a really vibrant spot for lunch. St Paul de Vence – A super cute Provençal town just a 30 minute drive from Nice. The narrow pedestrian cobbled lanes are 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 art of Chagall in this a small but good collection, beautifully painted and thought provoking.

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.

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Nice Accommodation & Sightseeing

Hotel Villa Rivoli

Mercure Nice Promenade

Hotel Ellington

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.

Nice City Bike Tour

Cannes, Antibes & St Paul de Vence

Splendid Hotel & 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.

Cycle through this picture-perfect city, past charming city squares, grand boulevards and sandy 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.

Explore Cannes, the city of actors and stars and the 'Beverly Hills' of France, on a half day tour along with its magnificent 'Croisette.' Then move on to Antibes, one of the most exclusive areas of the French Riviera with the port of billionaires. Lastly, marvel at the 'Jewel of Provence', Saint Paul de Vence, before being driven back to Nice.

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Battlefields 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, this is an undoubtedly evocative experience that will deeply move you.

Somme and Ypres Tour

Somme, Artois and Ypres Tour

3 days/2 nights

4 days/3 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.

It's a very moving experience at the Battlefields of the Western Front. Remember our fallen soldiers at the cemeteries and memorials at the Somme, Artois, Arras and Ypres.

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

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

Day 2: Amiens – 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 2: Somme & Artois Region – Arras Travel to Grevillers and Bapaume, which were captured by the New Zealanders on 29th August 1918. Follow the path of the New Zealanders to the walled town of Le Quesnoy.

Day 3: Ypres Explore Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum.

Day 4: Ypres Explore Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum.

Full Day Somme Tour

Note: Itinerary subject to change

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Departures: Daily

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Inclusions: Lunch & museum entry fees

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, driver/English guide, minivan transport, selected entrance fees

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, driver/English guide, minivan transport, selected entrance fees

Price Guide From: $297 FC

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Day 3: Somme & Ypres Region – Ypres Today you will experience day 2 of the Somme and Ypres Tour and overnight in Ypres.

Price Guide From: $1057

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Battlefield Tours

WW1 Battlefield Weekend

D-Day Battles for France

Anzacs on the Western Front

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All major Commonwealth countries played roles in ensuring victory. See memorials to our country’s fallen, and gain an understanding of the overall conduct and strategy of the war.

Relive history from defeat to victory by tracing the events during one of the most gripping periods of the 20th century. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers on Normandy beaches.

Retrace the steps of the Australian and New Zealand troops in WWI. April departures include the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux.

Day 1: Lille – The Somme – VillersBretonneux – Ypres See the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel, the Ulster Tower, the Pozieres battlefield and Windmill Hill.

Day 1: Paris – Normandy Beaches – SainteMarie-du-Mont Stop at the Merville Battery overlooking Sword Beach and the war cemetery where many British casualties lie. Explore Pegasus Bridge.

Day 1: Lille – Ypres Visit Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot. Explore the Hooge Crater Trenches and Museum. Reflect on the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate.

Day 2: Ypres – Ypres Salient – Ypres See John McRae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm. Walk the moonscape of the Hill 60 battlefield and attend the nightly playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate.

Day 2: Normandy Beaches Discover the British and Canadian landing zones. Day 3: Normandy Beaches Cover the American involvement.

Day 2: Ypres – Amiens See the Pheasant Wood Cemetery at Fromelles, the Wellington Tunnels in Arras and learn about the battle at Bullecourt. Day 3: Amiens – The Somme – Amiens Tour the front line on the battlefields of the Somme, visit Pozieres.

Day 3: Ypres – Fromelles – Vimy Ridge – Lille Take a trench and tunnel tour and pause for thought at the massive and imposing Vimy Memorial.

Day 4: Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Bayeux – Paris Visit Memorial Museum and see the Tapestry.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, Expert Battlefield Guide/ driver, transport, all entrance fees

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Expert Battlefield Guide/driver, transport, selected entrance fees

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Experience

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Fast Facts Country Name:

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Population:

61 million

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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

Festivals and Events 2017

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11-28 Feb

Venice Carnival, Venice

09-12 Apr

Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

21 Apr

Rome’s City Birthday (parades and fireworks)

Late Apr

Gelato Festival, Florence

02 Jul

Palio Horse Race, Siena

Early Sep

White Night Festival, Rome

Mid Oct

Eurochocolate Festival, Perugia

assion 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 of Rome and its fashion and business powerhouse of 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!


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.

Our favourite things to see and do Trastevere – A maze of alleyways, terracotta coloured buildings and restaurant-lined cafés. It is where the Romans go for an evening out and is great fun. The Pantheon – Often missed but a must-see between Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain. Believed to be the oldest building in Rome dating back to 120AD, the only light into the church is from the opening in the ceiling dome.

St Peter’s – Make the climb to the top as the views it offers of Rome and the Piazza San Pietro are breathtaking. Papal Audience – There are generally thousands of people keen to see the Pope and we therefore recommend booking the Papal Audience Tour. You will be sure to 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 Museum – If you don’t attend the Papal audience on a Wednesday morning then this is a great time to visit the Vatican Museum, as you’ll avoid the crowds. Trajan's Column Campania

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.

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Hotel Windrose It is often said that Rome’s streets are a museum. Well, step outside and you are almost alongside an historic Roman wall. It leads down to Piazza della Repubblica, so you’re never too far from the action. Explore all day and when you return after a full day out, relax in the pretty courtyard.

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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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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 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.

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Set on a wee cobbled street just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso (the main shopping street), and the Spanish Steps. It is the ideal location from which to explore the city and is surrounded by shopping and eateries galore. It’s privately owned and has a focus on art pieces which are scattered throughout the hotel.

Domus Australia

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Home to its own Roman ruins and fully restored chapel, this specialty guesthouse is set in an historic building surrounded by a central garden. Built in 2012 by Australia’s Catholic Church, rooms have king size beds and modern bathrooms. There is an outdoor courtyard and a rooftop terrace, both ideal for eating outside in the summer months.

Trianon Borgo Pio

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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 make the area so characteristic.

Relais Fontana di Trevi Hotel

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In a little lane close to Trevi Fountain, this hotel serves breakfast out on its terrace overlooking this world-famous landmark. The hotel is surrounded by shops, cafés and traditional Roman restaurants, and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona are less than 10 minutes away.

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If living like a local in your own Italian home appeals, these apartments are perfect. There are five individual apartments located in the historical centre on the prestigious Via Del Tritone. Shopping will be a dream as you only have to step outside your door and you’re surrounded by boutiques, cafés, restaurants and specialty food stores.

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Rome Sightseeing

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms

Skip the Line Vatican Experience Tour

Explore one of the world's most extensive art collections on this fascinating tour. Experience Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam as you explore the Sistine Chapel. Be humbled by the beauty of St Peter's Basilica, and stop to admire the magnificent St Peter's Square.

Skip the long lines and head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where an expert local guide will lead you to ancient and Renaissance highlights. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica.

OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card A great sightseeing package which opens up some of Rome's top attractions to visitors, allowing you to make the most of your holiday. Not only do you get free entry and reduced entrance fees but also the all-important fast track entry allowing you to skip the lines.

Imperial Rome and Afternoon Tea

I Love Rome Tour A great way to orientate yourself around this beautiful city. This hop on hop off 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 that make this city so unique.

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Crypts and Catacombs Peel back the layers of history as you descend into the Eternal City's underground burial chambers, catacombs and crypts. Hear the story behind the Cappuccini Crypt – chapels decorated entirely by human bones. Most of this tour is underground.

Indulge in all things Imperial Rome on this informative, entertaining tour. Traverse the city as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and a Skip the Line Colosseum tour.


Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori and Jewish Ghetto Food Walking Tour Hunt out the local’s favourite eateries down the cobbled lanes of Trastevere with your expert guide and sample specialties like fried artichokes, gelato and classic pasta. Visit Campo de’ Fiori’s market to meet local traders and try their produce.

Vatican Museums and Bramante Staircase Delve deep into the Vatican museums with this extended tour that takes you where the public don’t usually go. Cross the velvet ropes to gain rare access to the famous Bramante Staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone built in 1512 inside a square town.

Skip the Line Colosseum Tour and Palatine Hill

Ancient Monuments of Rome Skip the Line Dodge the crowds with Skip the Line to the Colosseum, stroll through the ancient streets of the Roman Forum, admire the remains of the Temple of Hadrian and learn more about life in ancient Rome. Stand in awe before the Pantheon, the magnificent temple dating back to 27BC.

Rome City Bike Tour With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll cycle past ancient landmarks like the Pantheon, admire chic shopping streets, check out bustling squares like Piazza Navona and see beautiful churches. Explore the lesser known attractions and alleyways and take in Rome’s atmosphere.

As you walk around the Colosseum, 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.

Naples and Pompeii After a quick panoramic tour of Naples visit a cameo factory before lunching in Pompeii by the archaeological sight. It was a busy town before Mt Vesuvius blew her top in 79AD, burying it in soot and ash thereby preserving an example of a Roman city and its way of life.

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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 openmouthed as they are swept long 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.

Our favourite things to see and do Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) – This was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries and is one of the city’s most famous buildings. If you book a guided tour you can 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. Skip the Line is a must for this sight. 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 so the best photo opportunities are early in the morning when it is really bustling.

Academy Galleries (Galleria Dell ‘Accademia) – 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 glass – gorgeous coloured vases, glassware, dishes, jewellery. Burano is renowned for its lace and brightly painted houses.

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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 centuries-old fish and produce markets.

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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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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.

Hotel Metropole Overlooking the lagoon, where the view over San Giorgio Island is spectacular. Located a few steps from the Biennale d’arte and Piazza San Marco, with a 1 Michelin Star restaurant, a surprising collection of antiques, and the Citrus Garden, a Mediterranean oasis of jasmine, palms, bird of paradise flowers and orange trees, this is a truly luxuriant place to enjoy Venice from.

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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 antique-style furniture and glass chandeliers. Some rooms have window balconies and there is a seasonal outdoor terrace restaurant.

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Located in the heart of the Castello area, close to Santa Maria Formosa Square, midway between Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square, with shops and restaurants all around. This second floor duplex home provides lots of extra space with a living area and fully equipped kitchen downstairs and the bedroom/bathroom upstairs via an internal staircase.

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Florence The birthplace of the Renaissance; a city overflowing with art and astounding architecture, Florence is almost overwhelming in its riches. 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 marble cathedral.

Our favourite things to see and do Art – A great place for art buffs to see some fabulous artworks. Two of the main galleries are the Uffizi and Accademia. Book a combo ticket 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 is decorated in pink, white and green marble and stands proudly above the surrounding buildings. Take a tour of the Baptistry secret passages.

Giotto’s Bell Tower – Attached to the Duomo, the 400 odd steps to the top can be hard work (and is not for those with a fear of tight spaces as it is narrow in places) 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, it is lined with jewellery stores, art galleries and souvenir shops, and most definitely worth a wander across. It’s a photographer’s delight!

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.

Florence Palazzo Vecchio and Arnolfo Tower sunset tour – As the sun goes down walk around the one-time fortress, Palazzo Vecchio and hear tales of its past. Admire the Hall of The Five Hundred and soak up magical sunset city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower.

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Cinque Terre & Ligurian Coast 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.

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Our favourite things to see and do 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. You can also use the trains and/or boat to easily visit each of the villages if hiking the paths doesn’t appeal.

Try the Best Basil Pesto – This is the home of pesto and it’s generously

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

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.

Swim at Monterosso – This is the best swimming beach, all other beaches you have to climb down to from the path.

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

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Monterosso – Vernazza Very steep at the beginning with over 1000 steps straight up, but amazing views coming down into Vernazza.

Vernazza – Corniglia Steep at the beginning but then it evens out and you are walking through olive fields and along little tracks.

Corniglia – Manarola This popular coastal path is closed due to a land slide, expected to re-open 2018. You can detour up to Volastra and down to Manarola.

Manarola – Riomaggiore This coast path is also closed, expected to re-open in 2017. You can walk part of the path but can’t get through to Manarola.

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Cinque Terre Card – This is compulsory. Prices start from EUR8 as a 1, 2, 3 or 7 day pass and are available locally from any of the National Park offices which are situated outside the train stations of any of the five villages or you can buy a day pass at the start of each path. For an additional EUR8 per person you get unlimited 2nd class travel on the train between Levanto and La Spezia stopping at the five villages in between. Check out more info at this link: www. parconazionale5terre.it

When – Don’t underestimate the heat in summer and the crowds on weekends. The best time to visit is between April and October. July and August tend to be very touristy so recommend going in the spring or autumn to avoid crowds. The winter months can become quite cold and some facilities are shut. In the summer months, there are local boats linking many of the villages providing a good alternative to experience this coastal region – we suggest walking one way and boating back. This also provides great photo opportunities.

Car – If you really have to take a car, leave it in Genoa, La Spezia or Levanto – cars are not allowed beyond the village entrances, and public parking is limited. Car parks outside the village can be a strenuous hike away from the hotel with a hefty parking fee and can often be full in summer. Some villages run a minibus service from the car park to the village entrance. Train – Best way to get to the Cinque Terre is by train from Genoa. There is unlimited 2nd class travel using your Cinque Terre Card between Levanto and La Spezia which trundles along the coast every 15-30min stopping at each village.

Where – Your clients need to decide if they would prefer to stay inside the National Park (so 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. There are a number of B&B’s scattered throughout the region, which fill up very quickly all year round. Monterosso and Riomaggiore are 2 key places where you can pre book hotel style accommodation. The town of Levanto has many more hotels to choose from.

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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.

Campania

Our favourite things to see and do 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. Walk 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!

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.

ROME

Naples

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.

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.

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Pompeii

Ischia

Salerno Minori Amalfi Positano Praiano Ravello

Sorrento Capri


Amalfi Coast Accommodation & Sightseeing

Hotel Miramalfi, Amalfi

Art Hotel Pasitea, Positano

Maison La Minervetta, Sorrento

This family owned hotel, built in the 1950s, got its name from when the owner stood on the terrace and emotionally said, “Mira... Amalfi!” 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.

Located dramatically on the cliffs of Positano, offering spectacular views from every room's private balcony to the Mediterranean Sea. Within walking distance of the Fornillo Beach and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The hotel is typical of the Mediterranean architecture of white and lava stone decorations with wrought iron furniture.

Family owned and operated since the 1950s, this gorgeous, Mediterranean style hotel has been fully restored and all rooms have sea views. Perched on a ridge overlooking the Bay of Naples, it is just 15 minutes walk to the centre of the town and you can connect to the famous fishing village, Marina Grande, via its own private staircase.

Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip

Amalfi Coast Day Trip

Monte Cassino Abbey and WWII Museum

Head out to Positano to explore three of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy on walking tours of the local streets with a local guide. Positano, Amalfi and Ravello have dramatic landscapes and Mediterranean architecture of lanes and white houses piled upon each other.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular drives in Europe with cliff top roads, breathtaking panoramic views and gorgeous towns. From Sorrento visit Amalfi, unmistakable for its cluster of tightly packed houses rising up the hillside and the picturesque town of Ravello, 335 metres above sea level.

Designed with history buffs in mind, leave from Sorrento to visit several sites with intriguing ties to southern Italy’s involvement in WWII on this full-day history tour. See artifacts, photos and displays at a WWII museum, remembering our fallen kiwi heroes, and enjoy panoramic views from the Abbey.

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Take to the Road There’s a lot to be said for having your own wheels on holiday. You can drive down that inviting country lane or cute village you’ve spied. Driving in a foreign country is not so different to driving in New Zealand. You soon get used to driving on the other side, and the major roads let you cover long distances in good time. If you opt for the minor roads, you’ll avoid the tolls and see much more of the countryside. These days you don’t even have to worry about those relationshiptesting moments where the navigator mutters “I think that was our exit…” as you race past an off ramp. For a little extra, you can have a slightly bossy but very knowledgeable GPS system that’ll tell you exactly how to get to where you’re going. There’s a huge range of car types on offer, and if you’re worried about your carbon footprint you can even opt for a more eco-friendly diesel or hybrid model. If you’re going to be on the road for a longer period of time, you should consider a lease arrangement – you’ll get a brand new car with full factory warranty plus the usual benefits of a rental car such as unlimited kilometres and comprehensive insurance. Once all that’s sorted, you’re ready to hit the road!

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Lyon

Marseille

Nice

Paris

Reims

Strasbourg

Toulouse

Tours

Bari

Florence

Genoa

Milan

Naples

Rome

Venice

Verona

Bayeux

Bordeaux

Avignon

Bayeux

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Avignon

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571

229

104

260

691

713

719

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685

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575

1156

975

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886

262

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232

315

471

285

276

247

145

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512

399

286

774

585

284

169

228

734

705

546

517

949

Bordeaux

571

644

Lyon

229

724

556

Marseille

104

1035

646

315

Nice

260

1191

802

472

205

Paris

691

263

583

466

775

933

Reims

713

413

718

489

799

956

144

Strasbourg

719

754

161

488

800

785

491

352

Toulouse

331

882

244

538

404

561

680

813

970

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713

289

349

489

798

955

240

374

696

588

Bari

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1142

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Florence

685

1426

1227

726

629

426

1168

1161

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983

1212

707

Genoa

454

1171

996

476

401

196

912

922

611

759

962

932

1014

448

859

476

879

232

Milan

575

1110

523

316

851

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145

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1883 1697 1229 1100

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1252 1460 1676

262

471

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1703

1517

716

1444

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1072

285

512

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1279

711

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722

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

Choosing your Rental Car 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.

Emergency Roadside Assistance 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.

Hertz NeverLost 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 turnby – turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon.

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What driver’s licence is needed

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

SIGI-IT-SEEING YOUR WAY.

There really is only one way to see the best of Europe - SELF DRIVE. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and friendly service you can enjoy everything Europe has to offer from the comfort of a l-lertz rental vehicle. Start your adventure today.

Travelling at the Speed of /.lertz™

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Drive Europe with Peugeot EuroLease Peugeot EuroLease is the Number 1 choice world-wide for tax-free car leasing in Europe. Tinker about with the locals at market day and meander your way from village to village – get off the beaten track and have your own holiday at your own pace. If you are planning a driving holiday in Europe, from 21-175 days, Peugeot EuroLease is often better value than a rental car! Not only will you drive a brand new Peugeot, you will also receive unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance (with no excess) and 24 hour assistance. Choose from more than 30 models – from a small hatch, right through to an 8 seater minivan.

Collections/Returns You can collect/return your Peugeot from 13 cities within France, as well as 12 cities outside of France (for an extra fee).

Insurance/Assistance Your Peugeot EuroLease includes comprehensive insurance, with no excess, as well as 24 hour assistance through 40 countries. Your insurance cover even includes punctures, and repair costs if you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle.

See Before you Choose We highly recommend that you visit your nearest Peugeot showroom to ensure you choose the model that best fits your passengers and luggage, as you are unable to change your vehicle on collection. For a list of showrooms visit: peugeot.co.nz Note: 5008, Partner and Expert Tepee are not available to view in New Zealand.

Book Early The earlier you book, the better the choice of vehicle, and the better the deal.

Booking Tips ••

Book early for the best availability, 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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Choose a car with GPS – otherwise known as a ‘marriage saver’!

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A diesel car is usually the most fuel efficient way to explore Europe

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Minimum driver age is just 18 years. No maximum age

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No “extra driver” fees (conditions apply)

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


Touring by Motorhome Ahhh, Europe. 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 have to 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 avoid the 8 lane autobahn; next time you won't take a map or plan an itinerary; next time you'll sleep in the same bed every night but have a different view out of your window each day; or if it's really special, the view will stay the same for a week; next time it'll be up to you.

McRent Motorhome Details

Hints & Tips:

Includes: Shower and toilet, unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance, air-conditioned driver's cab, emergency breakdown service, vehicle kit, 2 gas bottles, awning, toilet chemicals, additional drivers, vehicle instruction book, camping guide and tax.

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Motorhomes are much more suited to the countryside than the congested cities.

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Hire a GPS with your motorhome as Google maps on a smartphone may be out of range on those roads less travelled. (Certain locations are subject to availability).

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The larger the motorhome, the harder it is to manoeuvre, so don’t rent a motorhome larger than needed.

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When you leave your vehicle don’t leave any valuables in sight – always take your passport with you.

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Be green, take your litter with you.

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Sign up to local camping clubs and grounds as they often offer discounts.

Excludes: Diesel fuel, personal insurance, hire accessories, cookware and tableware, security deposit, base service fee, comprehensive insurance excess, refuel fee (if vehicle not returned full), late return fee, camping set (picnic table and 4 chairs), bed set, towel set, cancellation and amendment charges. All hires are based on afternoon pick up and morning drop off. Rates are pro-rated over seasons. Seasonal rates vary depending on location of pick up depot. Number of berths and seats vary in each country. 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 France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Estonia and Scotland.

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Explore The Real Europe Find the right motorhome rental today › Accommodation & travel in one › Freedom to stop when and where you want › The choice of 2 to 6 berth motorhomes › All inclusive prices* 37


Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley Echoes of historic struggles can be experienced right across Normandy – from the Norman conquest woven into the tapestry at Bayeux, to the dramatic D-Day landings of 1944. Travel onto Brittany with its ancient walled cities and rugged geography and then to the Loire, made so famous as the playground of royalty.

Loire Valley

English Channel

6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive 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.

Landing Beaches Bayeux

St-Malo

Day 4: Bayeux – St Malo (160km) Stroll along St Malo’s ramparts and see the stunning cathedral. Visit the picturesque monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel, take a tour of the famous Abbey and then walk around the narrow streets on the base of the rock, with its jumble of medieval houses. Day 5: St Malo – Angers – Tours (328km) Wander through the lively university town of Angers. It’s the gateway to the Loire Valley and is easy to get around with a pedestrianised old town with several 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. Head back to Paris or continue over to Alsace or down to Burgundy Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $48 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Le Lion d’Or, Bayeux • Château du Colombier, St Malo • Hotel Oceania de l’Univers, Tours

Giverny PARIS

FRANCE Chartres Le Mans Loire Valley Nantes

Angers

Loire River

Chinon

Orléans

Chambord Cheverny Chenonceaux Amboise Bourges Azay-le-Rideau Tours

Highlights worth seeing along the way Caen – Visit the poignant Caen Memorial Museum which is dedicated to peace and renowned as one of the best WW2 museums in all of France. 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 six hours before returning. 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.

Battlefields

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Rouen

Mont Saint Michel

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. Day 3: Bayeux – Landing Beaches – Bayeux (34km) Discover the beaches of Normandy and conjure up the scenario that began here on D-Day, 6 June, 1944. 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.

Honfleur

Caen

Saint-Malo

The price guide shown is per car hire based on 6-13 day hire rate. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date


Champagne, Alsace & the Rhône Valley An illustrious region by any standards, Champagne quite literally sparkles with a gorgeous 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.

GERMANY

BELGIUM Strasbourg

Metz

Reims

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive PARIS

Pont-a-Mousson Nancy

Epernay

Day 1: Paris – Reims (144km) Capital of the Champagne area, Reims, completely restored after both world wars, has many ancient Roman ruins to explore and pedestrian boulevards. Day 2: Reims Tour the most famous Champagne houses or select one. Stand out favourites include Veuve Clicquot or Mumm followed by a visit to the Grandes Maisons de Champagne. Enjoy a fabulous lunch of local specialties and more bubble samplings.

Ribeauvillé Riquewihr

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 (356kms) From Mulhouse, cross into Switzerland and travel down through Bern, skirting peaceful Lake Geneva to reach picturesque Annecy. Day 8: Annecy – Lyon (148km) Drive through to Lyon, known as one of the food capitals of France. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $48 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale, Reims • Hotel Hannong, Strasbourg • Best Western Grand Hôtel Bristol, Colmar • Annecy Imperial Palace, Annecy

GERMANY

Colmar Mulhouse Basel

FRANCE Rhône River

Bern

SWITZERLAND

Lake Geneva

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

Lyon

Annecy Chambéry

ITALY

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 170kms along the foothills of the Vosges Mountain, 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.

Nancy The price guide shown is per car hire based on 6-13 day hire rate. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date

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The French Riviera & Provence When you finish in Nice, the hub of the Côte D’Azur, you’ll leave the Mediterranean shores and head inland to a region that oozes seduction. Not only is this region drenched in sunshine 300 days of the year, its landscape is diverse and its pretty wee hilltop villages so enticing, you will simply want to explore more.

Grenoble

Dordogne Rocamadour

ITALY ITALY

6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Nice – Mougins – Grasse – St Paul de Vence (98km) Stop for café au lait in the village of Mougins, home to Picasso and the place where he died. Take a tour of Fragonard perfumery in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, then onto the art lover’s paradise, St Paul de Vence. Day 2: St Paul de Vence – Gourdon – St Paul de Vence (50kms) Discover this charming town, visiting the antique shops and art galleries, all housed in 16th & 17th century buildings along cobbled pedestrianised lanes. Off the beaten track is Gourdon, a magical village perched at an altitude of 760 metres on the edge of a rocky spur above the Loup River. Explore the Provençal boutiques, the art galleries and superb restaurants.

cassonne

Rhône River

FRANCE

Avignon L’Isle-surla-Sorgue Saint-Rémyde-Provence

Roussillon Gordes Ménerbes

Gourdon Grasse

St Paul de Vence Nice Biot Antibes Mougins

Aix-en-Provence Marseille

Day 3: St Paul de Vence – Aix En Provence (170kms) Stroll around the ramparts and absorb views of the Alps and the Mediterranean before driving to Aix. Day 4: Aix-En-Provence – Ménerbes – L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (93km) Discover the pedestrian streets of the old town of Aix, home to Cézanne, and enjoy coffee along the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau before heading off to Ménerbes, in the heart of the Luberon. Designated a Regional Nature Park, this is a stunning place to escape. End the day in the riverside town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Day 5: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – Gordes – Roussillon – Avignon (85km) The Luberon landscape is an explosion of brilliant colour. Marvel at the ochre clad countryside, the vineyards and cherry orchards dotting the hillsides, the terraced fields and the shady squares in the town centres. Day 6: Avignon Explore the old town of Pont D’Avignon. It’s small and compact with ancient ramparts surrounding the historical town and the magnificent Papal Palace. Head to Paris or continue over to the Rhône & Alps Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $48 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Le Saint Paul Hotel, Saint Paul de Vence • Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en Provence • Grand Hotel Henri, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue • Grand Hotel D’Avignon, Avignon

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Millau Viaduct – At 270 metres tall, this is the world’s tallest suspension bridge, straddling the River Tarn. Visit the nearby underground caves where Roquefort Cheese is produced. St Remy de Provence – Explore this trendy village. Wednesday is market day and is renowned for its authentic ranges of colourful linens. Biot – Is a picturesque hill town above the French Riviera midway between Cannes and Nice. It is also renowned for its amazing glass works, crafting clear or coloured pieces. Lavender Fields – These are absolutely breathtaking in colours of mauve, lilac and provincial blue. They are at their best from mid-June until August. 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. Wine Lovers – Make sure to sample the renowned wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and maybe even see the amazing grapevines that are so old, knotted and twisted. Gordes – On the outskirts of the town, visit the historic Abbey de Senanque. It is set on a steep hill so be prepared for walking. Chapelle du Rosaire, St Paul de Vence – An artistic delight, this is the Matisse Chapel that was designed inside and out by Matisse in the years following the end of the WWII. It’s small yet perfectly formed.

Roussillon

The price guide shown is per car hire based on 6-13 day hire rate. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date


Bordeaux, Dordogne & Languedoc Roussillon Bordeaux is impressive with its romantic bridges and Gothic gargoyles clinging to limestone walls, unmatched dining, legendary wines and world class art. From here discover the ever-beautiful Dordogne River with its castles and cave art before heading south to the magic of Carcassonne and eventually the Med.

Annec

Dordogne

7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Bordeaux – St Émilion – Bordeaux (96km) Spend the day in St Émilion, a quaint, medieval, hilltop village and classified as UNESCO World Heritage for its natural landscape. Day 2: Bordeaux – Bergerac – Sarlat-la-Canéda (192km) Explore the medieval town of Bergerac renowned for its vineyards, castles, historic monuments, cathedral and gardens, enroute to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Lascaux Saint-Émilion Bergerac Souillac Bordeaux Rocamadour La RoqueGageac Sarlat-laCanéda

Dordogne River

Toulouse

Day 3: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Rocamadour – Sarlat-la-Canéda (102km) Take a day trip to breathtaking Rocamadour. It’s a pilgrimage and fortress village set in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. Day 4: Sarlat-la-Canéda – Souillac – Lascaux – Sarlat-la-Canéda (96km) Don’t miss the Abbey Church of Sainte Marie in the picturesque town of Souillac, it’s outstanding with its famous Romanesque architecture. Visit the UNESCO Heritage site of Lascaux, known for its magnificent Palaeolithic cave paintings. 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 River Garonne. Day 6: Toulouse – Castelnaudary – Carcassonne (103km) Marvel at the 13th century citadel of Carcassonne which is now the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Canal du Midi close by. It’s massive, is perched on a rocky hilltop, has spikey turrets and fortified walls with amazing gardens. Day 7: Carcassonne – Collioure (148km) Drive down to the coast to 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.

FRANCE

Castelnaudary

Carcassonne

Collioure

Highlights worth seeing along the way St Émilion – Be sure to enjoy a wine tasting in the village and also pick-up some Macarons, a local delicay, to take on your journey. Bordeaux – Book a table at La Brasserie Bordelaise for a bustling and fun evening with yummy food and a great selection of local wines. 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.

Continue on to Provence and The French Riviera

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.

Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $48 per day

Souillac Jazz Festival – If visiting in July, this town comes alive with a week-long 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.

Our favourite places to stay: • Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona, Bordeaux • Le Mas de Castel, Sarlat-la-Caneda • Grand Hotel de L’Opera, Toulouse • Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne MGallery Collection, Carcassonne

Collioure

Castelnaudary – Stop here enroute 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.

Dordogone

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Enchanting Tuscany A meandering drive through Tuscany is the way to experience Italy at its best: shop at the local markets, wander through the villages, and dine on the rustic foods that the area is famous for. Base yourself at a villa for 7 nights and head out and about on day trips.

Riomaggiore Portovenere

Tuscany Countryside

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Pistoia Lucca

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 Chianti is a delightful region famous for its wines and panoramic landscape lined with vineyards, olive groves and fortresses. Take an afternoon drive down to Monteriggioni, a perfect walled town. Day 3: San Gimignano – Volterra – Colle di Val d’Elsa (142km) Spend the morning in 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 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: Chianti area Relax at your villa, visit the local markets and have a picnic by the pool. Day 6: Montalcino – Pienza – Montepulciano (225 km) Continue down to Montalcino located in the Area Naturale Val d’Orcia. Close to Renaissance perfection with the Duomo and Palazzo Piccolomini being fine examples of this era. Day 7: Chianti area Pop down to Siena and pick up some local delicacies for an alfresco dinner. Day 8: Greve, Chianti – Florence (76km) Enjoy the beauty of the Tuscany countryside before departing to your villa. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $50 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Villa in Greve, Chianti

Florence

Pisa San Gimignano

Chianti Region

Volterra

ITALY

Greve in Chianti Figline Valdarno

Colle di Val d’Elsa

Siena

Monteriggioni Montalcino

Montepulciano Pienza

Highlights worth seeing along the way Climb 463 steps – To the top of the Duomo in Florence. 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 Piazzo 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 defense town, with many charming shops, restaurants and a weekly market. Sample Pecorino at an Alimentari – Pienza’s delicious famous local sheep’s milk cheese. Indulge in Pastries and Sweets – Perugia has many sweet local delights. 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 in the picturesque surroundings. Montepulciano – A hilly village renowned for its underground wine cellars. 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.

San Gimignano

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Montepulciano

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Italian Lakes People have been holidaying on the Italian Lakes since Roman times and it certainly hasn’t got any less popular. There is very good reason for this – the sights are magical: mountains, lake shores, islands, stately villas and baroque palaces.

Sirmione

7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive 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 archaeological sites, the grandest of which is the Roman Arena, the impressive amphitheatre. 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.

SWITZERLAND ITALY Locarno Lake Maggiore

Stresa

Lake Como

Lugano Bellagio Lecco Como Bergamo

Riva del Garda Vicenza Lake Garda

Sirmione

Verona

Venice

Padua

Milan

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.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

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.

Stop at the small fishing village of Peschiera del Garda – This historic fortified town has a moated castle.

Day 6: Lake Maggiore The delightful town of Stresa is a former fishing village that grew to the wealthy haven it is today. Day 7: Lake Maggiore – Milan (90km) In Milan shop along Vittorio Emanuele II, stroll through Piazza del Duomo and visit the iconic red-brick castle of Sforza which houses several museums.

Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $50 per day Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Mavino, Sirmione, Lake Garda Hotel Du Lac, Bellagio, Lake Como Milan e Speranza Au Lac, Stresa, Lake Maggiore

Milan

The best way to see Venice is by foot – Wander over the Rialto Bridge, through bustling St Mark’s Square to see Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica.

Sirmione – Lunch at a traditional trattoria overlooking the lake. Discover magical Lake Garda – Cruise on the lake visiting Castello Scaligero, Gottoes 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 Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel. Catch the Cablecar in Stresa – Take in the fabulous views of the Alps and Lake Maggiore. Stoll 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.

Lake Como

Old port of Desenzano, Lake Garda

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Fascinating Puglia Puglia forms the heel of Italy’s “boot” and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries old farmland and stretching Mediterranean coastline. Discover the ribbons of golden sand, fishing ports and villages perched on steep coastal cliffs.

Matera

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive 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.

Molfetta

Day 4: Bari – Altamura – Matera – Gioia del Colle (102km) Enter the ancient walls of Altamura to discover the historical centre surrounded by palaces and churches. Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, is a prehistoric troglodyte settlement which has developed over time but maintained a uniquely ancient feel. Day 6: Gioia del Colle – Alberobello – Taranto (103km) Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to UNESCO World Heritage Trulli style houses, the incredible stone huts with distinctive conical roofs. Day 7: 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. Day 8: Lecce – Brindisi – Ostuni – Bari (172km) Travel to Ostuni via Brindisi then join the coastal route Monopoli to Bari. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $50 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari • Hotel Svevo, Gioia del Colle • Akropolis, Taranto • Torre del Parco 1419 Dimora Storica, Lecce

Altamura

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Rutigliano Conversano Castellana Caves

Giovinazzo

Polignano A Mare

Naples

Monopoli Altamura

Day 2: Bari – Molfetta – Giovinazzo – Bari (60km) Drive north up the coast to Molfetta to explore the narrow streets of the medieval centre overlooked by churches and monuments. 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 with a succession of narrow streets and typical white houses and terraces. Get lost in the maze of Monopoli’s old town alleys. Venture inland through green almond and olive hills towards Conversano.

Bari

Matera

Gioia del Colle

Ostuni Brindisi

Alberobello Massafra

Lecce

Taranto

ITALY Gallipoli

Highlights worth seeing along the way Gioia del Colle – Famous for its burrata cheese and mozzarella, also “zampine” rolled sausages and the wine Primitivo Doc Gioa del Colle. Stop in Polignano – See the houses built right out to the cliff edge overlooking the azure waters of the Med. Relax at a beach bar in Capitolo – Enjoy the sand dunes then sit back and savour the “pugliese sushi” shrimps and sea urchins. Explore Castellana Caves – 3kms of winding paths in the tunnel network at a depth of 60m and filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Festival of Cherries – Visit Conversano in June to make the most of the cherry season Marvel at the lines of vines – Rutigliano is a land full of cultivated vinyards whose grapes are known as “Vittoria” 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. Be transported back to biblical times – As you walk the streets and explore the caves of Matera. 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.

Alberobello Truilli

Polignano A Mare

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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 – the mafia originated here, the Romans ruled, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans - all make for a truly unique culture.

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive 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. Drive past olive groves and citrus orchards to Monreale. 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, with the volcanic lava rock used in much of its construction. 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 as Baroque architecture in honey coloured stone. Ragusa cascades down the slope of the hills. Day 6: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento (128km) Ceramics decorate walls, streets and stairways of 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. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $50 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Politeama Palace, Palermo • Villa Esperia, Taormina • Casale delle Rose, Caltagirone • Villa Athena, Agrigento

Taormina Theatre

Palermo Monreale

Fe rry to S

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Cefalu

Parco dei Nebrodi

Cefalù

Randazzo Taormina

Erice Trapani

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 Corsa Vittorio Emmanuele 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 450BC. Sample an authentic Marsala wine – This dessert wine is dry and flavoursome with no added sugar. Try it at any of the wine cellars.

Ragusa

Valley of Temples

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Touring

France & Italy

Petit Venise, Colmar

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Italy Experiences

Taste of Lake Maggiore

Tastes of Abruzzo

Taste of Lake Como

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Stretching from Switzerland to Italy this long narrow lake boasts grand mansions, churches and gardens. Take a few days to get acquainted with it!

Indulge in a gourmet getaway to Abruzzo – the undiscovered gem of central Italy. Visit Northern Abruzzo with its medieval hilltop villages, private cooking class and tastings of local extra virgin olive oils, wines and truffle hunting.

This perfect quick break package allows you to experience the breathtaking beauty of Lake Como and Bellagio before indulging in some shopping in Lugano.

Day 1: Milan – Stresa Spend the afternoon exploring this town at your leisure.

Day 1: Pescara – Civitella del Tronto Follow the Adriatic coastline, explore a fortified hilltop village.

Day 1: Milan – Como Transfer from Milan to your hotel in Como.

Day 2: Stresa – Borromean Islands – Stresa Visit the Borromean Islands, which is a group of three small islands.

Day 2: Controguerra Visit an olive oil producer and a winery for a cellar visit and tasting.

Day 3: Stresa Explore the lakeshore at your leisure.

Day 3: Campovalano Private truffle hunting and cooking class.

Day 3: Como – Lugano – Como Private tour of Lugano, a Swiss city with a maze of alluring cobblestone streets.

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

Day 4: Castelli Visit ceramic artisans and Pescara.

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

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

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

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, transfers to & from Pescara, all meals, drinks with meals, sightseeing & tastings as per itinerary, guide

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, return transfers from Milan, ferry tickets to the Bellagio Islands

Price Guide From: $956

Price Guide From: $2500

Price Guide From: $1440

The Sorrentine Peninsula

Bike & Barge Venice to Mantova

Fantastic Sicily

3 days/2 nights

8 days/7 nights

7 days/6 nights

If you’ve always heard about gorgeous Sorrento and Capri but haven’t quite got the time to explore them in depth, then this coach tour gives you a great taste of the area.

Discover Venice, cycle along the Venetian lagoon past the Po Delta, the Adriatic Coast, the walled town of Ferrara and through the Italian countryside. Cycle with the guide and group, or do your own exploring, with maps.

Get an appreciation of the many civilisations that have left their mark on this fascinating Italian island. Enjoy UNESCO World Heritage sites, an active volcano, and superb cuisine.

Day 1: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento Discover the ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvio in 79AD.

Day 1-2: Venice

Day 1-2: Palermo

Day 3: Venice – Chioggia

Day 3: Palermo – Erice – Marsala – Agrigento

Day 2: Isle of Capri Excursion Visit the beautiful Island of Capri.

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo

Day 3: Sorrento – Rome Day at leisure to explore the beautiful town of Sorrento or head further down the coast to Positano.

Day 2: Como – Bellagio – Como Ferry to Bellagio where you will be enticed with narrow streets and fabulous architecture.

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Day 4: Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria

Day 4: Agrigento – Noto – Syracuse – Taormina

Day 6: Zelo – Mantova

Day 5: Taormina

Day 7: Exploring Mantova

Day 6: Taormina – Forza D’Agro – Catania

Day 8: Mantova

Day 7: Catania

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Selected Saturdays (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 2 nights 4 star accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinner, sightseeing as per itinerary, transport, guide

Inclusions: 7 nights barge accommodation, all meals, tour leader, selected sightseeing, detailed route maps and roadbook

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 dinners, selected sightseeing, entrance tickets to archaeological sites, transport, guide

Price Guide From: $765

Price Guide From: $1500

Price guide From: $1714

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Albatross Discover Europe the Albatross way… with unique touring itineraries designed for New Zealand travellers. Featuring small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays with Albatross Tours you get more time to relax and 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 free time to do your own exploring, Albatross Tours’ touring programmes are genuinely inclusive with no additional ‘on tour’ costs, even the end of tour tips are included!

La Grande France

Italian Grande

16 days/15 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 idyllic fishing villages, Italian castles, Venetian canals, Tuscan hills and Neapolitan sunsets as you travel through the heart of Italy from Milan to Rome discovering regional delights and stunning scenery along the way.

Tour Highlights: -- Stay 3 nights amongst the glorious châteaux of the Loire Valley, see mighty Chambord, visit Chenonceau -- Enjoy 3 nights in the Dordogne, explore Rocamadour, cruise the River Dordogne, visit the Gouffre de Padirac caves and Oradour-sur-Glane -- Relax over 3 nights in the Languedoc Roussillon countryside, cruise down the Canal Du Midi -- Spend 6 nights relaxing in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur, enjoy dinner in St Remy, visit a perfumery, enjoy afternoon tea in Villa Ephrussi

Tour Highlights: -- Spend 4 nights in the Lakes District and cruise on Lake Maggiore -- Stay 2 nights in an Italian castle, visit the romantic canals of Venice -- Enjoy 5 nights in Tuscany to savour the cuisine, visit Florence, Pisa, and the fairytale San Gimignano -- Explore the scenic villages of the famous Cinque Terre -- Enjoy 2 nights in the Umbrian Hills -- Relax over 3 nights on the Bay of Naples -- Marvel at the ancient ruins of Pompeii -- Spend 1 night in eternal Rome

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced KINGDOM Tour Manager in a first classUNITED coach, breakfast daily, 11 dinners, all BELGIUM sightseeing, excursions and entrances as per the itinerary, end of tour tips GERMANY

Price Guide From: $7758

LUXEMBOURG

LOIRE VALLEY

Oradour-sur-glane Lascaux Rocamadour Sarlat-la-Canéda La Roc Gageac The Dordogne

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Italian Lakes

Chambord Loire Valley Chenonceau

SPAIN

Price Guide From: $8157 SWITZERLAND

PARIS

FRANCE

Inclusions: 17 nights accommodation, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, breakfast daily, 12 dinners, Strasbourg sightseeing, excursions and entrances as per the itinerary, end of tour tips GERMANY

PARIS

Stresa Milan

ITALY Castelbrando Venice

Lake Garda

SWITZERLAND MIDI-PYRENEES

ITALY

Avignon Nimes Castelnaudary Aigues-Mortes Nice Monaco Carcassonne Cannes Beziers Cassis Couiza

FRANCE

Lucca Pisa Montecatini Terme San Gimignano

Cinque Terre

Florence Siena

Assisi Spoleto

ROME Naples Capri

Pompeii Amalfi

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It's Time to Tour with Globus & Cosmos Time checking timetables. Time getting lost & missing attractions. Time finding a hotel. Or… time to enjoy your stress-free holiday? Globus & Cosmos have been introducing travellers to the world’s most awe-inspiring places for over 88 years so by booking a coach tour with us, you can rest assured that your time will be well spent. Time to explore your destination with included sightseeing; time to rest and connect onboard our air-conditioned coaches (with free WiFi); and time to take your mind off the nitty-gritty – hotels are pre-selected and prebooked. So take a look at what we can offer you for your dream holiday!

The Magic of the Italian Lakes

La France

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

Discover the heart of the Italian lakes on this magnificent getaway. Begin in Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals, before enjoying 2 nights at each of the 3 major Italian lakes.

Opportunities abound to learn all about the French culture on this tour – visit Omaha Beach, sample wine in Bordeaux, explore Chenonceau Castle and medieval Carcassonne, and much more!

Tour Highlights: -- Orientation tour of Milan, including the famous gothic-style Duomo -- Stop in Sirmione, a picturesque spa town on the south shore of Lake Garda -- Visit the romantic medieval city of Verona to see Juliet’s balcony and stroll around the city -- Take a boat trip to Bellagio, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in all of Italy -- Explore Lake Lugano and its city for the day --Strasbourg Full days at leisure at Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore for you to explore

Tour Highlights: -- Dine at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant in Bordeaux -- Join the rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes -- Visit the historic Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery -- In Nîmes, learn about the history of perfume making -- Enjoy a private river cruise with a Local Guide in Lyon -- Visit the famous Abbey of Mont St Michel, perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of St Malo -- Take an excursion to St Émilion for an exclusive wine tasting at Château Soutard

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accommodation, buffet breakfast daily, 4 dinners, expert Tour Director, selected sightseeing with Local Guides, first-class coach with air-conditioning

Inclusions: 14 nights superior hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 7 three-course dinners, expert Tour Director, sightseeing & VIP access to the key sights, deluxe coach with extra legroom

Price Guide From: $1765

Price Guide From: $5528

GERMANY

UNITED KINGDOM

BELGIUM Normandy Beaches

Omaha Beach

SWITZERLAND

St. Malo

ITALY Lugano Lake Como Bellagio Lake Maggiore Milan

LUXEMBOURG

Honfleur

Bayeux

PARIS

Mont St.Michel

Brittany

Angers Loire Valley

Sirmione

Verona

Dijon

Burgundy

Bordeaux Arcachon

Biarritz

SPAIN

Lucca

Fontainebleau Forest

Chenonceau Castle

Lake Garda BAY OF BISCAY

GERMANY

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND Lyon

ITALY

St. Émilion

Lourdes Carcassonne

Nîmes

Aix-en-Provence Grasse

Monte Carlo Nice

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Touring with Insight Vacations Insight is renowned for small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom and well located hotels in desirable locations. Their tours include must-see attractions so you don’t have to constantly dip into your pocket as you go and they’ve already done the research and taken care of all the hard work for you. Insight’s Tour Directors are the best in the business. They accompany you and enjoy sharing with you the best places to dine, drink, shop and the best vantage point for the perfect holiday snaps. With more 2 and 3 night stops than other coach tours, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination. It is the finest, most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Europe.

Treasure of Italy

Country Roads of France

11 days/10 nights

16 days/15 nights

This tour ticks a lot of boxes: historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, canals, a wealth of art and heritage buildings, fabulous food, all complemented by a backdrop of breathtaking scenery.

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

Tour Highlights: -- Rome: VIP access into the Vatican Museums to admire the famous Bramante Staircase, the Popes' treasure-trove and confront the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel -- Pompeii: Walk through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town -- Isle of Capri: Get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle, ride by open-top taxi -- Cinque Terre: Take a short boat cruise to visit one of the villages of this UNESCO World Heritage site -- Venice: Be serenaded through the canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces

Tour Highlights: -- St-Paul-de-Vence: Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists -- Lascaux II Caves: Containing some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world -- Paris: See the monuments and bridges on a Seine River cruise -- Chablis: Taste one of the most famous white wines in the world with an expert vintner -- Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Embark on a Côtes du Rhône experience to the famous wine village, sample wine with an expert and gain tips about what to look for in a robust red – colour, fragrance, ‘legs' and taste

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Departures: Set departures GERMANY(May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 10 nights quality accommodation with full breakfasts, 5 evening meals, experienced Tour Director, luxury 40 seat coach with extra leg room

Inclusions: 15 nightsUNITED quality accommodation with full breakfasts, KINGDOM GERMANY 7 evening meals, experienced Tour Director, luxury 40 seat coach with BELGIUM extra leg room, scheduled airport transfers

Price Guide From: $4825

Price guide From: $6025

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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


Trafalgar – Simply the best... way to holiday 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. They’re committed to doing everything to give you the best holiday. And that means you’re guaranteed the best memories.

The Treasures of France

The Best of Italy

8 days/7 nights

13 days/12 nights

Criss-crossing the north, this trip combines fairytale château and vineyards in the rich Loire Valley with the chicness of Paris with its enchanting hidden squares, and the poignancy of standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy.

On this trip the essence of ‘la dolce vita’ is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores.

Tour Highlights: -- Insider walking tour of Paris and 2nd level ascent of the Eiffel Tower -- Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry -- Be awed with visits to the Abbey at Mont St. Michel, the Amboise Royal Château where da Vinci is buried in the Chapel and the châteaux of Chenonceau and Chambord -- Enjoy local hospitality at a picturesque 17th century farmhouse and marvel at the stained glass windows of Charters Cathedral

Tour Highlights: -- Enjoy a unique experience by taking a private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore for a delicious meal -- 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 -- Free time to explore on your own or relax and watch the world go by!

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

PARIS

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct) Strasbourg

GERMANY Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 7 dinners lunch, 5 dinners, experienced Travel Director, sightseeing & transport asLOIRE VALLEY including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, sightseeing & per Trafalgar brochure transport as per Trafalgar brochure GERMANY Price Guide From: $2895 Price Guide From: $4350

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BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Lake Maggiore

Honfleur D-Day Landing Beaches

LUXEMBOURG

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Lake Como Milan

ITALY

Bayeux Mont St.Michel

PARIS

MIDI-PYRENEES

Florence

Pisa

Assisi

Siena

FRANCE

Amboise

Venice

Verona

Chartres

Loire Valley

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ROME

Chambord

Chenonceau

Monte Cassino MEDITERRANEAN Pompeii SEA Isle of Capri

Sorrento

SWITZERLAND 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 & Intrepid Touring Trust us, Europe looks a lot better without a coach window in the way. The trick is to get out and feel the cobbles beneath your feet. Intrepid and Peregrine are the leaders in small group Europe tours. They focus on small groups, expert local leaders and real life experiences: sailing the Dalmatian coast with a glass of good Riesling on standby, learning the art of Venetian cheese making or picking wildflowers on the slopes of Mt Blanc. Active adventures, walking tours, historical highlights and culinary adventures – whatever your Euro style and budget, they’ve got an itinerary to match. La dolce vita never looked so good.

Côte d’Azur Sailing Adventure – Marseille to Nice

Best of Italy

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

From charming French cities to the relaxed environs of the islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, St Marguerite and St Honorat, this is a unique sailing adventure filled with culture, good food and time to relax.

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: -- Celebrity spot in Cannes -- Indulge in divine French cuisine at every port -- Sip locally made wine in Île St Honorat -- Explore the islands of the Îles d’Hyeres Archipelago -- Discover the national park of Île de Porquerolles -- Uncover a wealth of history in Île de Port-Cros -- Wander the celebrated streets of St-Tropez, Marseille and Nice -- Visit the home of ‘the man in the iron mask’ – Île St Marguerite

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

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PARIS

Strasbourg

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

LOIRE&VALLEY Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation onboard, boat transport private vehicle

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, all transport by bus, boat, metro, train and bicycle, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $2144

SWITZERLAND Price Guide From: $3955 Italian Lakes Milan

FRANCE

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Venice

Santa Margherita Cinque Terre

Lucca Pisa

Florence

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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


Peregrine & Intrepid Touring

Cinque Terre & Southern France Discovery

Secrets of Italy

14 days/13 nights

10 days/9 nights

You’ll find the perfect combination of discovery in southern France and the Italian Riviera on this tour – sumptuous flavours, famed ruins and drop-dead gorgeous scenery.

From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and combine them with the delights of fine food, natural vistas and unearthed cultural treasures.

Tour Highlights: -- Hike scenic trails, under expert local guidance -- Discover medieval marvels, such as the castle and churches of Levanto -- Visit an organic winery perched above the sea for a tour and tasting -- Pick up delicious produce at local markets and enjoy flavoursome picnics -- Enjoy the Italianate atmosphere of Menton, a pretty town on the Riviera, and soak up the citrus scents of this lemon capital -- Explore the maze of staircases and lanes, fine Baroque churches, bustling flower market and the famous Promenade des Anglais of Nice’s old centre PARIS -- Wander around the artful city of Aix-en-Provence and its morning market -- Discover stunning views across the Rhône Valley hidden within the ‘Baby Alps’

Tour Highlights: -- Sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer 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 theStrasbourg Chianti region

GERMANY

LOIRE VALLEY

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 12 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night château feature stay, local leader, mini-coach transport, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

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

Price Guide From: $7715

Price Guide From: $6015

FRANCE Arles

Les Baux de Provence

Aix-enProvence

Le Tholonet

ITALY

St Agnès Gorbio Menton Nice Cap-Ferrat

ITALY

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Lucca Florence Pisa Chianti Region San Gimignano Monteriggioni Arezzo Siena

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Varenna, Lake Como 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 doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities – but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing neverto-be-forgotten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm. With over 25 years experience Back-Roads knows that the best adventure is immersing you in experiences and sights that last a lifetime.

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Italian Indulgence

8 days/7 nights Tuscany

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. Tour Highlights: -- Visit Palermo’s markets with a local guide and sample fresh-from-thefarm produce -- Climb the iconic Mount Etna by coach -- Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone and stroll the streets of beautiful Savoca, where scenes from The Godfather were filmed -- Delve into the Nature Reserve of Trapani and Paceco, a coastal wetlands area home to over 170 different bird species, including flamingos -- Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples – one of ancient Greece’s greatest legacies

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ROME

PARIS

12 days/11 nights Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. 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 -- Visit Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde estate to taste reserve wines -- Take a boat ride on Lake Maggiore and visit the Borromean Islands Strasbourg

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

GERMANY Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

VALLEY Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels,LOIRE driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 evening meals, local guides, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 6 evening meals, 1 lunch, cooking class, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $3495

Price Guide From: $5795

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Monreale

Palermo

Corleone

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Piazza Armerina

Agrigento Ragusa Ibla

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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


Back-Roads Touring

La Belle France

A Taste of Bordeaux

9 days/8 nights

9 days/8 nights

A land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. From dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, to WW11 sites, and centuries-old villages.

Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Savour the finer things in life. Seek out Bordeaux’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, travel over soaring mountains and into enchanting castles.

Tour Highlights: -- Taste locally produced wine, cheese, cider and Calvados -- Immerse yourself in Normandy history, from the Bayeux tapestry to the D-Day beaches -- Sleep in storybook surrounds of a grand French château in the Loire Valley -- Visit the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet -- Explore the town of Dinan, one of France’s most beautiful -- Marvel at the magnificent Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO heritage site -- Relax in a street side café in the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur

Tour Highlights: -- Taste fresh oysters. Local sparkling wine and world famous Bordeaux reds -- Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne -- Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm -- Visit the fortified city Bayonne named “City of Art and History” in 2012 -- Travel through the peaceful Midi-Pyrenees region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes -- Traverse the beautiful Dordogne region and explore the majestic beauty of Sarlat

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, wine/cheese tasting, sightseeing and some entrances BELGIUM

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, oyster tasting, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $4215

Price Guide From: $4425

GERMANY

Calvados Honfleur Normandy Beaches Bayeux Normandy Back Country Mont St Michel Dinan

FRANCE Arcachon Bay

Saint Émilion BORDEAUX

PARIS

FRANCE

Chartres

Angers Chinon

Montlouis-sur-Loire Chateau de Chenonceau Chateau de Villandry

Vezere Valley Sarlat Beynac-et-Cazenac

Biarritz Bayonne

Lourdes

SWITZERLAND

Albi

Midi-Pyrenees Cathare Country

Carcassonne

Blaye Bourg DORDOGNE RIVER Saint-Emilion Pauillac Bergerac Bordeaux Libourne GARONNE RIVER Cadillac Sauternes

Château de Chenonceau, France 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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Cruising

The Waterways

SaĂ´ne River, Lyon

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Canal Boating – Locaboat Experience the stunning scenery, great food and fascinating culture of France and Italy from the comfort of your Pénichette. Pénichettes are exclusively custom-built for Locaboat, designed to transport you from village-to-village and from lock-to-lock in easy style. The boats range from the Classic, great for couples, to the Flying Bridge with inside and outside steering positions. Stop off to explore castles and 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.

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.

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-Nov)

Departs: Set Departures (Mar-Nov)

Price Guide From: $688

Price Guide From: $688

• No experience is required as Locaboat will give you a full induction before departure. • Book a larger boat than needed, this means more room to store your luggage.

The price shown is per adult per week for twin share 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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Canal Boating – Le Boat Some would argue it’s the best – and only – way to travel. Cruising Europe’s waterways onboard a comfortable vessel while the world stands still. Perfect for families, couples and larger groups alike, there’s a boat befit for all. The Elegance and Vision 3 provide a practical layout and large saloons, ideal for families, while couples will prefer the sportier, smaller Clipper; compact yet comfortable. And if it’s group travel you’re after, hire the amenity-packed Grand Classique, complete with extensive exterior space and plenty of gadgets. Above all, it’s about slowing down and seeing more.

Things to consider on Self-Drive Boats • No experience is required to enjoy a selfdrive boating holiday. Prior to departure a captain’s handbook is provided and a demonstration is given at the base. • All boats are fully equipped for maximum comfort and can accommodate groups as small as 2 people and as big as 12. • Most locks are automatic and operated by a lock keeper, but some are manual and on average take approximately 20 minutes to go through. • Generally you can moor anywhere you want along the public canals and river ways. There are some restrictions and private areas but finding free moorings is not a problem. • Explore the towns and villages by bike but it's recommended you book this in advance to avoid missing out.

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Aquitaine

Burgundy

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Known for its fabulous wines and gourmet cuisine, the Aquitaine epitomises the best of gastronomical boating in France. The Canal Latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse are your playground, winding through meadows, orchards and medieval villages that tempt you to tie up and spend time simply sipping wine in the warm sunshine with your family and friends.

Famous Burgundy well deserves its reputation for fine wines and gourmet cuisine. Lush vineyards hug rolling hills, and quiet villages invite you to linger on. Amidst a network of canals flows the majestic Saône River, the focal point of your Burgundy boat hire in France! This beautiful river ushers you into a world of pleasures, a realm that pleases the senses and soothes the soul.

Departs: Daily (Mar-Nov)

Departs: Daily (Mar-Nov)

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One week cruise

Standard FREE* second Bike Standard Bike

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Price Guide From: $1590

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Price Guide From: $1590

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The price shown is per boat per week for 2 people based on low season travel. Price does not include Earlybird offer. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel dates.


Luxury Barging Experience a fascinating world of luxury hotel barging on one of Europe’s most picturesque waterways. Relax and enjoy the fine wines, excellent cuisine and the company of fellow passengers. Take a guided tour around many castles, markets, battlefields and ancient monuments, or go off exploring on your own. The captain and crew are English speaking and will provide an excellent insight into the culture, land and folklore. The refurbished barges have rustic wood panelling and a distinctive blend of antique and traditional décor. Sightseeing and local excursions are included. Sit back and be pampered.

La Belle Epoque, Burgundy, France

La Bella Vita, the Veneto, Italy

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

Cruise sedately through the heart of Burgundy, famous for its Chablis vineyards, rolling hills and medieval towns. This is a rich and diverse region with a real tradition for good food and wine, two of life’s real pleasures.

Immerse yourself in Italian Renaissance culture, as you cruise the Venetian lagoon and calm waters of the Po Valley. Delicious seafood, local specialities, fine wines and attentive service complete this fairytale adventure.

Tour Highlights: -- Departing Venarey or Tanlay, you’ll cruise the Burgundy Canal past sleepy villages and through unspoilt countryside on a gentle voyage of exploration -- Marvel at Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage site -- Enjoy a private Chablis wine tasting in the cellars of a renowned Domaine -- Visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film ‘Chocolat’ -- Discover the 16th century Château d’Ancy-le-Franc -- Wander around Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy

Tour Highlights: -- Departing Venice or Mantua, you’ll cruise past the picturesque islands of the Venetian lagoon and through the Po Valley -- Take a tour of hidden Venice, the Castello District and Naval Museum -- Wander through Chioggia’s colourful fish market -- Dine ashore at the 17th century stately home, Villa Ca’Zen -- Experience a private wine tasting in the cellars of Villa WidmannBorletti -- Explore historic Ferrara and the Schifanoia Palace -- Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens, or the Doges’ Palace in Venice

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct). The above is a sample itinerary, subject to change and operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct). The above is a sample itinerary, subject to change and operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks

Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals and beverages, chauffeured and guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles, spa pool

Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals and beverages, chauffeured and guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles

Price Guide From: $6984

Price Guide From: $5317

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Avalon Waterways Avalon Waterways has designed a cruise experience where everything you want is included – from deluxe accommodation, shore excursions with Local Guides, to gourmet cuisine with regional wine & beer with lunches and dinners, and complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi. Avalon’s award-winning fleet is the youngest on the European waterways with an average of just 3 years. The Suite Ships offer revolutionary Panorama Suites that provide 30% more space than the standard industry cabin with a unique Open-Air Balcony. River cruising is one of the most exceptional ways to see the world so join us onboard for your dream holiday.

Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches 8 days/7 nights

Burgundy & Provence 11 days/10 nights

Combine time in France’s marvellous capital, Paris, known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque and historic Normandy region.

Opportunities abound on this delightful holiday to learn about France and the French. This itinerary has it all from the exciting city of Paris and historic sites to delightful towns and picturesque regions, and much more!

Cruise Highlights: -- Guided walk in Les Andelys visiting the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely -- Choice of excursions in Caudebec including the Normandy Villages Route or Normandy Abbeys Route, and Normandy Landing Beaches or A Taste of Normandy -- In Rouen you’ll see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral -- Choice of excursions in Conflans to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison -- In Paris, choice of guided sightseeing or Heart of Paris walk

Cruise Highlights: -- Visit the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital -- Enjoy an onboard cheese tasting -- Guided sightseeing in Lyon with a picture stop on Fourvière Hill -- Guided walk in Viviers where you visit the Old Town and the cathedral -- Visit the Palace of the Popes during your sightseeing tour of Avignon -- In Arles, your guided sightseeing tour visits the Roman Ampitheatre -- Sail into the Carmargue area (daylight permitting)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct), also available in reverse

Inclusions: 7 night deluxe cruise Paris return, all meals onboard while cruising, wine, beer & soft drinks with all onboard lunches & dinner, local guided sightseeing, Professional Cruise Director, gratuities for onboard crew, port charges, WiFi access

Inclusions: 2 nights Paris, 7 night cruise St Jean de Losne to Arles, 1 night BELGIUM Côte d'Azur, all meals onboard while cruising, wine, beer & soft drinks with all onboard lunches & dinner, local guided sightseeing, Professional Caudebec-en-Caux Honfleur Cruise Director, gratuitiesRouen for onboard crew, port charges, WiFi access

Price Guide From: $4222

Normandy Beaches Price Guide From: $5652

GERMANY

Cruise Coach

Cruise Coach

Les Andelys

Normandy Beaches Caudebec

BURGUNDY

PARIS

St. Jean de Losne Dijon Beaune

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

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BEAUJOLAIS

Lyon NORMANDY

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Les Andelys

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Vernon

Giverny Conflans

Vienne

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RHÔNE RIVER

ITALY

Tournon

Viviers

Auvers-sur-Oise

PARIS

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Seurre (Cruise WJL only) SAÔNE RIVER (Cruise WJL only)

Mâcon

CAMARGUE

Avignon Arles PROVENCE

Côte d’Azur

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.

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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 and with APT, you’ll dock close to the heart of many charming towns and villages. Local guides will lead you on an interactive cultural immersion like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Wonders of Bordeaux & Rhône 18 days/17 nights

Majestic Seine & Bordeaux 15 days/14 nights

Travel through the stunning landscapes of France’s wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Beaujolais, showcasing world-famous vineyards, châteaux and an abundance of natural beauty, including three nights in Paris.

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: -- Unique guided cultural experiences in up to 16 towns, villages and cities -- Excursions and entertainment included -- Enjoy dinner and a show at the world-famous Parisian Cabaret, the Moulin Rouge -- A private tour of Grignan Castle before a cocktail reception with music and local delicacies -- Experience Lyon’s rich culinary traditions with a gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, owned by a Michelin-starred chef

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

GERMANY

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Sep)BELGIUM

Departures: Set departures ( Jun-Sep)

Inclusions: 2 nights Paris, 7 night Bordeaux river cruise & 7 night Rhône river cruise onboard an Aria class ship, 1 night Paris, all meals whilst cruising, standard beverages throughout the cruise, sightseeing & 44 meals as per itinerary, APT Cruise Director, port taxes and 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 GERMANY Director, port taxes and gratuities BELGIUM

Price Guide From: $14,495

Price Guide From: $11,445

Cruise Coach Rail

Somme Battlefields

PARIS

Caudebec-en-Caux Cruise Honfleur Coach Rouen Rail Normandy Beaches Les Andelys

FRANCE SAÔNE RIVER

Belleville Lyon

Cognac DORDOGNE RIVER Blaye Bourg Saint-Emilion Pauillac Bergerac Bordeaux Libourne Viviers GARONNE RIVER

Cadillac Sauternes

RHÔNE RIVER

Avignon Arles

SWITZERLAND

Vienne Tournon Grignan PROVENCE

Les Baux de Provence

Giverny Pays d’Ague Vernon SEINE RIVER NORMANDY PARIS

FRANCE Cognac

SWITZERLAND

Blaye Bourg DORDOGNE RIVER Saint-Emilion Pauillac Bergerac Bordeaux Libourne GARONNE RIVER Cadillac Sauternes

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.

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Europe draws travellers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art and culture. From Côtes du Rhône to crêpes suzette and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles, to the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its noble châteaux. Discover the unique scenic treasures of France and Italy from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship. Sailing the stunning Garonne, Dordogne, Seine, Rhône and Po rivers - you will discover the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and uncover many gems from medieval wonders to markets in charming waterside villages, while enjoying the most relaxing way to holiday.

Gems of Northern Italy 10 days/9 nights

Grand France 15 days/14 nights

Uncover hidden treasures on this odyssey that begins in Milan and ends in Venice. These two iconic cities bookend an exploration that rewards the curious traveller with experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.

This meticulous itinerary is tailor-made for travellers in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France. Experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and enjoying in-depth shore excursions.

Cruise Highlights: -- Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” -- Verona, “City of Romeo & Juliet” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch -- Walking Discovery tour of Padua & Venice and exclusive eveningopening of St. Mark’s Basilica plus full day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour -- Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop or half-day excursion to Ferrara -- Chioggia with choice of market visit with seafood lunch or mussel harvest experience

Cruise Highlights: -- Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard -- Full day Normandy Beaches with a choice of touring -- Vincent Van Gogh’s Footsteps walking tour of Auvers-sur-Oise -- Choice of Paris city tour or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour -- Exclusive "Village Day" Intimate Viviers through music” tour -- Choice of walking discover tours or kayak ride in Avignon

Departures: Set departures (Sep 16-Nov 17)

Departures: Set departures (Oct 16-Oct 17)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in a luxury riverview stateroom on River Countess, 2 night hotel stay Milan, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, 8 days guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities

Inclusions: 14 night cruise in a luxury riverview stateroom on River Baroness & S.S. Catherine, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, transfers, GERMANY tips & gratuities

Price Guide From: $6869 (Cat 3)

Price Guide From: $12,269 (Cat 3) BELGIUM

Verona

Burano Padua

Torcello Mazzorbo Venice Chioggia

PO RIVER

Polesella Ferrara Bologna

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Taglio di Po

GULF OF VENICE

SEIN

E RIV

FRANCE

ER

R

Valpolicella

IVE

Cruise Coach Rail

Beaune Mâcon BURGUNDY

ER

Milan

ITALY

Êtretat Caudebec-en-Caux Honfleur Rouen Normandy Beaches Vernon Les Andelys Giverny Mantes-la-Jolie PARIS NORMANDY Versailles

SA ÔN

Cruise Coach

SWITZERLAND

Lyon RHÔNE RIVER

Tournon Tain l’Hermitage Viviers PROVENCE Tarascon Arles

Avignon Marseille

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.


Ocean Cruising There’s no better way to see Europe than from the ocean. Sail into a different port almost every day, visiting several countries without having the hassle of planning where to stay, how to get from one destination to another and all the packing and unpacking. With so many different shore excursion options, even the more inland attractions are within your reach. Relax on the deck with a book, or take part in the many activities onboard, ocean cruising has something for everyone.

Western Mediterranean 8 days/7 nights

Spain, Italy & France 8 days/7 nights

Cruising the Mediterranean means coming within reach of the best in culture and tradition, monuments and history, heritage and beauty, that have for centuries enriched these shores. No other sea in the world has seen so many different civilisations emerge, move, settle, conquer, teach, invent and dream.

From the spires of Gaudi's grand cathedral to ancient libraries and colosseums, this part of the world is a treat for the senses. Plus onboard Europe's Leading Cruise Line, you'll experience one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining.

Cruise Highlights: Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Marseille, France 5:00pm Day 2: Genoa, Italy 8:00am 6:00pm Day 3: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 8:00am 7:00pm Day 4: Palermo, Italy 10:00am 5:00pm Day 5: Valletta, Malta 10:00am 6:00pm Day 6: At sea Day 7: Barcelona, Spain 9:00am 6:00pm Day 8: Marseille, France 8:00am

Cruise Highlights: Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Barcelona, Spain 6:00pm Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Naples, Italy 7:00am 7:00pm Day 4: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 6:00am 7:00pm Day 5: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy 7:00am 7:00pm Day 6: Cannes, France 8:00am 6:00pm Day 7: Palma, Majorca, Spain 1:00pm 8:00pm Day 8: Barcelona, Spain 5:00am

Departures: Set departures ( Jan-Nov)

Departures: Set departures (Apr - Sep)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise aboard MSC Splendida, main meals and entertainment onboard, children’s programmes, port charges and government fees.

Inclusions: 7 night cruise aboard Norwegian Epic, main meals and entertainment onboard, port charges, taxes and gratuities, non-alcoholic beverages (tea, coffee, water and ice tea) during meal service

Price Guide From: $659 (Pricing based on departure dates 07, 14, 21 & 28 Jan 17)

Price Guide From: $1425 (Pricing based on lead interior category for 07 May 17 departure)

FRANCE

Genoa

FRANCE

Marseille Rome Barcelona

Pisa

Cannes

Livorno Rome

ITALY

ITALY

Barcelona

SPAIN

Florence

SPAIN

Naples

Palma Majorca

Palermo

Valletta 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

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Take to the Tracks There’s something delicious about travelling by rail, especially in Europe. There’s timeless atmosphere in the grand old stations – a sense of adventure to be had in far-off places. It’s easy to imagine you’re in the nineteenth century, about to embark on a grand European tour. The first intercity service opened in 1830 between Liverpool and Manchester. Aside from the romanticism of a bygone era, there’s a lot to be said for including rail travel in a European itinerary. The rail networks of both Europe and the United Kingdom are efficient and widespread, and the trains are wellmaintained, comfortable and generally run on time (in some countries you can set your watch by their arrival and departure).

Eurail Passes

Country Passes

High Speed Trains

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

Single 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 320kms per hour.

Eurail Global Pass A Global Pass provides the ultimate freedom, see Europe your way, visiting any of the 28 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. Eurail Select Pass If you are planning to visit only a few countries, this pass provides unlimited travel on the rail networks of 2, 3 or 4 adjoining countries. Fully flexible, you choose the number of days you want within a 2 month period. Eurostar Eurostar is the number one choice for travel between the heart of Paris or Brussels and the heart of London via the Channel Tunnel. Avoid the stress of airports, costly transfers and taxes as Eurostar whisks you to your destination in style and comfort.

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France and Italy’s Rail Pass With more than 1000 trains running daily, the France and Italian rail networks link all of the big cities and small towns quickly, comfortably and efficiently. You’ll arrive into the centre of cities like Rome or Paris discovering major landmarks, or you can travel through the countryside to places like Tuscany, the stunning coastal towns of the Cinque Terre and gorgeous vine clad landscape of Champagne and Alsace. France – Italy Pass When you travel around Europe you want it to be quick, efficient, good value and in your control. With so many sights and sounds waiting to be discovered in France and Italy like the Eiffel Tower, the fashion district of Milan or the Vatican, a France – Italy pass brings it all together in one easy package.

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 three hours. Italy – Italo Italo is the name of the new 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.

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Inclusions: 5 days in 2 months

Inclusions: 3 days in 1 month

Price Guide From: $605 (4 country select pass)

Price Guide From: $272 (2nd Class)

Price Guide From: $175 (based on Rome to Milan on Trenitalia Frecciarossa)

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


Terms & Conditions

Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: • We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services.

4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Prices in this brochure are based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days 5. PRICES 5.1 The price indicator is provided as a guide only. It is based on low season, per adult share twin pricing and is correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Price indicators for hotels are per person per night for share twin in a standard room (except for apartments or if specified). Price indicators for tours are based on per adult per night for share twin based on low season travel. Price indicators for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing. 5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing. 5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure. 6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS

• Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier.

To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the UK & Europe is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs.

• All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier.

7. PAYMENT

• We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you.

7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers.

3. BUSINESS PURPOSES

7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure.

• The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier.

You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused.

7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets).

4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE

8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable.

4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and

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may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied.

8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible.

8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a

$25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS 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. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.


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