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UK & Europe your way SCOTLAND

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OPULENCE & OCEANS

in Greece & Turkey IRELAND

Lush landscapes & magical melodies FIT FOR A KING

Vienna, Budapest & Prague ENGLAND

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2015 is fast approaching and there is no better time to start planning your getaway to the UK and Europe than now. We’ve compiled some of our favourite ideas, tips and inspiration to get you dreaming, your suitcases packed and your feet pattering along the streets of the remarkable UK and Europe. Here, you’ll find a plateful of events and mouth-watering cuisines, glittering oceans, quaint villages dotted throughout and magnificent landmarks that are on every traveller's bucket list.

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Whether it be jet-setting, touring, cruising or four-wheeling, there are thousands of ways to experience Europe and we’d love to help you find your perfect way. So get wonderfully lost in these pages and remember… Europe is always a good idea.

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Germany & Switzerland

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Mediterranean neighbours

G RAC I O US G REEC E Athens is the gowned goddess of Greece. The ancient Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC, stands to watch 156 metres over the city. Marvel at the

RETRACE THE STEPS OF OLD CIVILISATIONS, GAZE IN WONDER AT ANCIENT RUINS AND BE INSPIRED BY THE MAGNIFICENT NATURAL SCENERY OF THESE MEDITERRANEAN NATIONS.

sheer size and structures of the Parthenon and soak up the cityscape from this sacred place. Feast your eyes upon one, or several, of the exquisite Greek Islands. The dazzling islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Ios are guaranteed to blow you away. Cruise or island hop from the quaint fishing villages lined with blue-shuttered, white houses to the tourist hotspots of Oia and Fira, on Santorini.

TA NTA LI SI NG TURKEY Snuggling around the other side of the Aegean Sea is Turkey, bringing an explosion of colours, aromas and flavours. Istanbul intoxicates with bustling streets and magnificent palaces, with a skyline boasting domes, arches and hundreds of minarets on mosques. Lose yourself but find untold trinkets and treasures in the labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar, from incense to art works and fine jewellery. Explore beautifully ancient rural sites like Aphrodisias and Knidos away from the cities, the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia and the pristine beaches of the Turquoise Coast.

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Cruise Greece & Turkey

ATHENS TO ISTANBUL OR VICE VERSA WINDSTAR CRUISES - 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS From the Acropolis of Athens to the grand palaces of Istanbul, glide through the Greek Isles onboard one of Windstar Cruises stunning private yachts; Star Pride, Star Breeze or Wind Star.

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Be mesmerised on a cruise to the stunning Greek Islands, sightseeing in Athens and a visit to the vibrant Turkish port of Kusadasi.

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FORGET CALM & GET EXCITED SORRY, WORLD, YOU MAY AS WELL ADMIT DEFEAT NOW – ENGLAND HAS ALREADY CLAIMED 2015 AS ITS OWN.

t’s the year Old Blighty sheds its reputation for

enjoy this sought after event; people watchers,

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drab dry cucumber sandwiches and crowds of

fashion gurus and sun-seeking locals are all found

Occurring just once every four years, this sporting

corgis, and takes on the title of the zestiest event

buzzing in and around the grounds. Sip bubbles

event will bring official-shirt wearing, face-painted,

courtside and tuck into the traditional juicy

effervescent fans from around the world in their

strawberries and cream.

thousands for rugby’s greatest tournament,

capital for 2015 – it is the Year of the Sheep, after all. With the anniversary of the signing of the

Magna Carter, Agatha Christie’s would-be 125th

the Rugby World Cup 2015. From 18 September – 31 October we will witness how nothing divides

Show and Wimbledon Tennis Championship, and

TH E A NNI VERSA RY O F A SI G NI FI CA NT SI G NATURE

the eagerly anticipated Rugby World Cup, this

2015 marks 800 years since King John’s humiliation

much as the promise of tries, penalties and upsets.

is one hell of a calendar of events showcasing

and the subsequent signing of the Magna Carter,

And with the All Blacks facing down the prospect

England’s best.

the 'Great Charter' on 15 June at Runnymede.

of being the first-ever team to win three titles,

birthday, summer events like the Chelsea Flower

Feast your eyes on this entree of events coming to an England near you…

LOND O N SE RV E S A N AC E Wimbledon bursts with life from late June to early

This gave life to the concept of individual rights, which was a significant turning point in are hundreds of events in the works.

want in a holiday – and everything you need

See Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as she

Year on year masses flock to London’s southwest

watch a play at the Globe Theatre featuring

to watch the tennis superstars battle it out for

King John or visit one of the remaining original

the top spot.

copies of the document itself at the Lincoln Castle,

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With sports, literature, politics, and royal baby #2 on the way, England has everything you could

attends the celebrations as Patron in Runnymede,

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the rivalry will be fiercer than ever.

England’s history. From March to September there

July for the world’s favourite tennis Grand Slam.

You don’t even have to be a tennis lover to

England, Australia and New Zealand quite so

which has been restored for the occasion.

for a pub quiz!

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RU GBY W OR LD CU P host cities LOCAL LONDON TIPS

london

A market trail should be at the top of your list. Check out the delectable food stalls at Borough Market, vibrant displays of fresh flowers at Columbia Road, gleaming antiques and kitsch souvenirs on Portobello Road and the quirky Boxpark in Shoreditch - the world’s first pop-up mall made of shipping containers! leeds

Enjoy world-class museums and galleries including the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum. Plus, be amazed at the stunning architecture of the Victoria Quarter. birmingham

Shop at the iconic Bullring Birmingham and for post-match feasts, head to the famous Balti Triangle. manchester

Spend time relaxing in the quayside cafés by day, enjoy live music in the Northern Quarter by night. gloucester

Visit the nearby Cotswolds or the neighbouring spa town, Cheltenham, filled with grand Regency architecture. exeter

Drive through Dartmoor National Park and explore the English Riviera’s busy fishing town, Torquay.

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brighton

Leave hectic London behind for fresh air and fish n’ chips on the beachfront. Explore the warren of alleys known as ‘The Lanes’, the Artists’ Quarter and the quirky fashion hub, North Laine. milton keynes

Wander through leafy Campbell Park and Ouzel Valley Park or take a day trip to Oxford, just over an hours' drive away. It’s an absolute gem with its soaring university spires. newcastle

Walk part of Hadrian’s Wall and meet a life size T-Rex at the diverse Great North Museum – it’s a fun and informative place, especially for families. leicester

Head out of the city to Melton Mowbray, 'The Rural Capital of Food & Drink ' and the quintessential market town of Market Harborough.

Wheeling Across England

On the Tracks

Drive through the inviting country lanes and cute wee villages to see how beautiful England really is.

Travelling with a BritRail Pass provides you the freedom to travel on the national rail networks of England, Wales and Scotland. Choose a BritRail Consecutive Pass, valid for unlimited travel for 4, 8, 15, 22 days or 1 month of consecutive travel. Or take a BritRail Flexi Pass, valid for any 3, 4, 8 or 15 days unlimited travel within a 2 month period. Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.

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I D R EA M O F I T A L Y

FROM DRAMATIC SCENERY AND QUAINT LOCAL TOWNS TO GELATO, PIZZA AND NEVER ENDING STRINGS OF FETTUCCINE; ITALY WILL HAVE YOU DROOLING IN NO TIME.

o matter which way you turn, Italy is awash

Further south, not too far from Naples, is the

The UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre

with activities and adventures worthy of any

Amalfi Coast. Indescribably beautiful, the region

may be short on sandy shores, but it’s long on gravity-

traveller’s bucket list. Fall head over Italian-

is a bright watercolour painting come to life,

defying villages built right into the rocky cliff sides,

where centuries-old homes and storefronts cling

mixing charming pops of architectural colour with the

to steep cliffs, all competing for the best view

ruggedly beautiful coastline that Italy does so well.

styled heels for the magnificent hill top towns, the gorgeous rolling countryside and the ancient monuments in this delightful place.

of the sparkling blue, endless ocean. Rome, Venice and Florence almost need

ONE BIG BU CK E T LI S T

Between Verona’s architecture, Pompeii’s history – and Rome’s gelato – spending as much

Lake Como, Maggiore and Lugano sit in the north,

no introduction for their international allure,

time as possible bunny hopping around this

surrounded by rugged mountains and terracotta-

while smaller hillside towns such as Montalcino

fascinating nation ticking off all the sights will

coloured villages – and perfect for a secluded

and Perugia offer all the culture and flair of the

not be time wasted. Self-drive, take a tour, jump

romantic getaway or scenic hiking experience.

bigger cities without the hustle and bustle.

on a bike or see it all through the window of a

Italian Highlights

ROME TO MILAN

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A perfectly planned tour by experts who know the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts, the best times, best places and best ways to experience Europe.

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TRAVEL: Set departures between Mar-Oct 15

INCLUDES: 9 nights premium accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, Professional Tour Director, guided sightseeing & VIP access, deluxe coach with extra legroom and WiFi where available

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10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

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Amalfi Coast Delight

7 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Enjoy uninterrupted seaviews from your balcony, as you relax in this modern apartment which sits on the slopes of Ravello, facing the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

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Eat your heart out! Antipasti Fresh pesto dip Olives & prosciutto Bruschetta

Primo Truffle risotto Caprese salad

Secondo Cacciucco fish stew Pappardelle with wild boar ragu Veal marsala

Dolce comfortable train, it’s not so much about how you get there, just that you get there!

TASTE BUDS O N TO U R No country does farmhouse fare quite like Italy,

mouth-watering pizza in Campania. Continue your

Limoncello

foodie tour to Abruzzo for polenta so perfect you’ll

Tiramisu

be taking the recipe home. Buon appetito!

Vino

Get ready to follow your sense of adventure

and the nation’s flavours are as distinctive as they

through this indelible nation and let Italy’s food,

are divine.

wine, attractions and oceans, spirit you away to

Breathe in the aromas of freshly baked breads

Gelati

Take to Umbria for the truffles, and demolish

Passito di Pantelleria dessert wine Chianti red wine

a place that you will not want to leave.

drizzled with local olive oil, taste tomatoes like you’ve never encountered before and discover why pappardelle pasta is named after the Italian word for 'gobble up'.

Sciacchetra

Are you dreaming of Italy? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

Cinque Terre Package

Tastes of Abruzzo

Lake Como Discovery

LA SPEZIA ROUNDTRIP - 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS Discover the stunning charm of the Cinque Terre region as you take a few days to explore independently.

4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS Indulge in cooking and tasting in this beautifully untouched area of Northern Abruzzo, guided by local expert, Luciana.

4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

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earlybird

Receive a Gourmet Hamper

TRAVEL: 06 & 20 Sep 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation, transfers to & from Pescara, all meals & drinks with meals, some sightseeing, private cooking class & tastings as per itinerary and a guide

Sip wine and stroll the palazzi of the rich and famous in this breathtaking lake district, nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps.

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TRAVEL: 07 Apr-31 May & 31 Aug-31 Oct 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, return transfer from Milan, ferry tickets to the Bellagio islands and a private tour of Lugano

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Savouring Scotland M

BAGPIPES AND CHEDDAR TO TARTANS AND WHISKY, THE LAND OF BRAVEHEART WILL WIN OVER YOUR TASTEBUDS AND FILL YOUR STOMACH… BUT STILL LEAVE YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE.

agic hangs in the air in Scotland, even

produce. From the freshest fruits and vegetables to

heavier than the rain it’s famous for.

juicy cuts of meats, you’ll find delicious nourishment at

being made at the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese

Watch, and taste, handmade Anster cheese

From bagpipe melodies to haunting

places like Guy’s Restaurant & Bar in Glasgow and the

Company in Fife, where you can take in astounding

lochs and the grand castles dotted throughout

Tower Restaurant & Terrace in Edinburgh. Here, you’ll

views of beautifully still, calm lochs and quaint

the countryside, this country is bewitching – and

know what you’re feasting on is proudly Scottish!

countryside, contrasted by sheer cliffs and wild oceans.

that’s before you’ve even tasted the succulent

For sublime seafood, head to the country’s west

local seafood sensations! Head to this lush, misty

coast. Savour fine dining on mussels, oysters, salmon

BOTTOMS UP: IT’S TIME TO TASTE THE WHISKY

and magnetic wonderland and fall under its spell.

and other marine delights complemented by views

No country does whisky like Scotland. After all, it’s the

of rugged, dramatic and perfectly pristine coastline.

country’s national drink and one of its most famous

PAMPE R YOU R PAL AT E

Add the finishing touches to your meal by heading

exports. The Speyside area is so famous for its whisky,

Scotland celebrates 2015 as the Year of Food and

across the nation, taking in diverse landscapes

it’s practically swimming in it, hosting more than half of

Drink, and what a great excuse to indulge (as if you

from undulating green hills to expansive empty

Scotland’s malt distilleries.Visit the Speyside Cooperage

needed one!).To get the best of Scottish fare, look

grass moors, in search of the perfect cheese.

and get a glimpse how this amber beverage is

out for certified 'Taste our Best' eateries, as these

Local producers of the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth

traditionally made before sipping on its strong bite

guarantee a minimum of 40 per cent local Scottish

treat are scattered throughout the countryside.

yourself. You can even brew your own mini cask!

Dalhousie Castle Stay

3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS Spoil yourself to a stay in a fascinating 13th century fortress set in wooded parkland on the banks of the River Esk.

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Speyside Whisky Tour

EDINBURGH ROUNDTRIP - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS Explore and sample the 'nectar' of Scotland on this small group tour. You’ll travel into the Highlands and Grantown-on-Spey, a small town in the Cairngorm National Park.

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A Taste of Scotland

EDINBURGH ROUNDTRIP - 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS Taste Scottish cuisine with former chef to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Carolyn Robb. Help prepare and then enjoy a private dinner onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Any genuine whisky fanatic should see the misty vistas of the Highlands, home to the Strathisla distillery in Keith, Banffshire. This is where the Chivas Regal brand was born and has been in operation since 1786, making it the oldest operating distillery in the region. As you can see, Scotland is home to more than just kilts, haggis and castles. Surrender to the spellbinding countryside and tempting tastes around every corner.

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haggis – Traditional meal served on Burns Night , 25 January world jampionships

Jam Making, September 2015

aberdeen angus

F O O D artisan smokeries & smokehouses

The finest salmon in the world

F armers’ markets Arguably the best known breed of Regular features across the country in towns and cities cattle, renowned for its rich tasty meat

Savouring a taste of Scotland? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

Eat like a King Edinburgh boasts the 2nd highest number of Michelin Star Restaurants outside of London. Here are the Top 5:

The Kitchin Restaurant Martin Wishart Plumed Horse Number One 21212

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Ireland Europe’s lucky charm

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ANCESTRAL LINKS, DRAMATIC SCENERY AND MAGNETIC MUSIC – WATCH OUT FOR YOUR LUCKY SHAMROCK WHILE DANCING YOUR WAY AROUND THE EMERALD ISLE.

isit Ireland and it will remain tattooed upon your heart and soul forever. The locals are as warm, friendly and hospitable as the music is magnetic, and what’s more, there are strong ancestral links to New

Zealand. Countless Kiwis flock to Ireland to find out more about their heritage, getting swept up in its other charms in the process. Take your own personal pilgrimage to this picturesque nation and savour

every experience, whether it’s sampling genuine Guinness or watching colourful, dramatic sunsets over small coastal villages. Buckle up, you’re in for a real treat.

STO RY-TELLI NG SC ENERY & L USCIOUS L AND SCAPES Rugged, powerful, untouched, raw – these are some of the words commonly used to describe the country’s landscapes. Ireland’s scenery is so alluring, devastatingly beautiful and ripe for storytelling that it has attracted film-makers for decades. Its vast empty beaches and seaside villages formed the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film Ryan’s Daughter in 1970, and today modern epics include Game of Thrones, Miss Julie and the Dracula Untold. Hosting lush green lands of County Fermanagh, the mysterious basalt formations of the Giant’s Causeway and the haunting historic atmosphere of Killiney Castle, it’s no surprise these film’s embraced Ireland’s enchanting environment. Hop in a car and take a drive, whether to the eerily romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle or the misty peaks of the Wicklow Mountains.

THE MAGIC’S IN THE MUSIC You’ll never be short of new friends in Ireland. Whether you’re in a big city like Dublin or a small village in the countryside, there’s a pub that will welcome you with open arms, genial locals and heart-drumming music. Pay a visit to the historic Sin É pub in Cork, which has entertained and embraced music lovers since 1889. Settle in amongst its intimate, homely decor and feel your heart soar with the joyous melodies of traditional Irish music. To enjoy more authentic Irish rhythms, head to the Curragower Bar in Limerick’s cosy and cobbled Medieval Quarter. The old-worldly tunes turn back the hands of time as you take in striking views of King John’s Castle and other historic buildings. Doolin village in County Clare claims the title of Ireland’s traditional music capital, with delightful pubs that serve up live music year-round. One of Ireland’s best musical events, the Russell Memorial Weekend, takes place here every February to celebrate the inspiring legacy of Micho Russell, a world-famous traditional Irish musician. Did you know the legendary musician Van Morrison was also born in Belfast? Soak up his musical heritage by walking the Van Morrison Trail and seeing the places that inspired him. Head to Orangefield Park, made famous by his love song of the same name, or see the primary school where his talent began to emerge. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be dancing to the Emerald Isle’s intoxicating beat in no time!

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Swap Eat Visit Stay Indulge

BEST KEPT

Sessions from the Hearth

SECRETS

the Cliffs of Moher for the lesser known but just as magnificent cliffs of Slieve League in Co Donegal. They are one of the highest sea cliffs in all of Europe! at Kilkenny Café’s Thursday Supper Club in Dublin. It’s one of the city’s culinary gems serving up Artisan Irish food accompanied by live Irish music. the quaint coastal village of Doolin in Co Clare, surrounded by spectacular limestone cliffs. Check out McGann’s,O’Connors and McDermott’s, pubs that are famous for their music. Bring your best singing voice and dancing shoes! a night in the tiny medieval town of Graiguenamanagh in Co Kilkenny. It’s rich history dates back to the 13th Century when Duiske Abbey, the largest Cistercian Monastery in Ireland, was established. in the Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill in Sligo. The therapeutic properties of wild seaweed have been well-known in Ireland since the beginning of the 20th century, with around 300 seaweed bath houses dotted down the Irish coast.

DUBLIN ROUNDTRIP

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10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS SELF DRIVE

Soak up the rich history and stunning scenery by day, then enjoy the warm Irish hospitality and vibrant music scene by night.

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TRAVEL: 01-30 Apr & 01-31 Oct 15 INCLUDES: 9 nights in 3 & 4 star B&B accommodation, breakfast daily and a 9 day Group B car hire

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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

SHANNON ROUNDTRIP

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Explore the wild landscapes of the picturesque west coast via coach, with knowledgeable and fun-loving Irish guides.

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TRAVEL: Set departures in Apr & Oct 15 INCLUDES: 12 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 9 dinners, airport transfers on arrival & departure days, transport by luxury coach, professional tour/driver guide and sightseeing as per itinerary

earlybird Includes a saving of $280pp*

Merry Ploughboys Night

Enjoy a delicious dinner while being entertained by The Merry Ploughboys who own this quaint local Dublin pub.

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TRAVEL: 01 Jan-31 Dec 15 INCLUDES: 3 course dinner, tea & coffee and live entertainment with music & dance. 4 hour duration.

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Meet you in France

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FRANCE – THE LAND OF LOVE, CROISSANTS, LAVENDER COUNTRYSIDE AND ALL OTHER THINGS BEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS.

rance thinks with its heart and enamours

architectural gems, such as the exquisitely elegant

gastronomic capital. Take a cooking class at the

all who visit – you’ll fall head over heels

Grand Theatre and impressive Cathedrale Saint

Delicieusement Votre, where you can sharpen your

in no time. From the enchanting banks

Andre. It’s also the perfect place to indulge some of

patisserie and vegetable cutting technique and

of the River Seine and miles of sprawling green

the country’s sinfully delectable wine – cheers to that!

discover how to cook with paté, wine, lobster and

vineyards, to the velvety taste and rich aroma of

Visit one of the few hundred wine châteaux

truffles. Divine!

locally produced wine and patisseries that give

peppered throughout the area, such as the

any others a run for their money. Indulge and relish

Château La Louviere, a beautiful stone estate with

and savour a pork dish, smoked caviar or Lyonnaise

in every last bite of what the very beautiful and

historic lush green grounds. Château Lascombes is

salad. Or if you’re up for some fine dining, treat

generous France, so kindly offers.

another sumptuous destination, with the gorgeous

yourself to a royal night out with a reservation at

17th century estate covered in green, gold and red

the La Mère Brazier. With two Michelin stars, you

crawling vines.

know the blue lobster or poached roasted chicken

MORE TH AN J U ST T HE C I T Y O F LOV E In a nation of romance, Paris is the beating heart.

Head to the locally known bistro, Bouchons,

will be a meal your taste buds won’t forget!

You couldn’t travel here without revelling in a coffee

BO N A PPÉTI T!

and croissant at a quaint riverside café, venturing

Sink your teeth into treats like hand crafted artisan

TA L ES OF T RAGEDY & T RIUMPH

up the Eiffel Tower, browsing famous works of art at

bread and creamy soft cheese every chance you

France is alive with history that dates back as far as

the Louvre and looking out over the sprawling city

get (which is more often than not). Savour heavenly

pre-Roman times. You can gaze upon 36,000-year-

from atop the Arc de Triomphe.

specialty dishes from different regions such as Lyon,

old cave paintings from the Pont-d’Arc Decorated

in the Rhône Valley, which is arguably the country’s

Cave in Ardeche, marvel at medieval gems such

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as the striking Notre Dame Cathedral and get swept up in history by the magnificent walled city of Carcassonne. Discover local tales of the French Revolution and the World Wars at museums and memorials

Paris’ Left Bank

Burgundy on the Canals

4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION The Left Bank has a bohemian feel about it with cafés, restaurants, galleries, quaint boutiques and one of the oldest street markets, Rue Mouffetard, in its heart.

ST-LEGER-SUR-DHEUNE ROUNDTRIP

throughout the country, and be sure to tell locals you’re from New Zealand. Kiwis occupy a special place in France’s heart due to our heroic wartime efforts, so you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Likewise, no matter where in France you visit, it’s sure to remain cherished in your memories forever.

It’s always a good idea to go to France. To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

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per person share double from TRAVEL: 20 Jul-31 Aug, 01-29 Dec 15 INCLUDES: 4 nights accommodation at La Demeure Hotel and breakfast daily

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Discover more of France on this self-skippered canal boat. Pass through famous vineyards and twist through valleys lined with cute villages as you meander along.

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earlybird Includes a saving of $131 per boat

REGIONAL rundown LOIRE VALLEY

Magnificent Châteaux ALSACE

Stunning mix of French & German villages RHÔNE VALLEY

Gastronomic heart & amazing mountains BURGUNDY

Famous wine producing region PROVENCE

Charming hilltop villages & unique cuisine COTE D’AZ UR

Rich & famous French Riviera THE SOU TH WEST

Awe-inspiring Pyrenees mountains CHAMPAGNE

Europe at Your Own Pace

Somme Battlefield Tour

SELF-DRIVE - 31 DAYS Drive through Europe in a brand new Peugeot EuroLease! Enjoy freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace.

AMIENS TO YPRES - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS Remember fallen Kiwis and gain a greater understanding of what took place on the famous battlefields of France.

Sensational sparkling wine BORDEAU X

Wine capital of the world DORDOGNE

Medieval villages & tasty cuisine NORMANDY

Home to the D-Day landing beaches BRITTANY

Stunning coastline & ancient walled cities

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TRAVEL: Daily departures between Jan-Dec 15 INCLUDES: 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, transportation by minivan, tour guide and some entrance fees

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Off the Beaten Track 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS

MADRID ROUNDTRIP

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Wind the window down, kick back and enjoy the journey. Many of the traditional hotels are set in spectacular locations and some are classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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TRAVEL: 01-11 Apr, 21 Apr-05 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Oct 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights in a Spanish Parador, 3 nights in a Portuguese Pousada, breakfast daily and a 7 day Group C car hire

Includes earlybird savings

Best of Spain & Portugal

#1 FOR KIWIS INSIGHT TOUR

MADRID TO MADRID/BARCELONA - 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS Think vivid colour, cosmopolitan cities, tiny fishing villages, stunning cathedrals and an eclectic mix of cultures. Discover all of this and more along the Iberian Peninsula.

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S PAI N S I ZZL E S AN D P O R T U GAL P O P S W I T H F L AVOUR, C ULTURE AND C OLOUR, INVITING YOU TO EMBRACE AND DELIGHT IN ALL THINGS EXOTIC AND VIBRANT.

ast your mind to a warm, enticing paradise,

Spanish Parador or a Portuguese Pousada,

where the food is flavoursome, the music’s

usually located in historical or heritage buildings.

rhythm is intoxicating and the locals’ smiles

You could find yourself nestled anywhere from an

are infectious.

per person share twin

Welcome to the sun-soaked countries of the

TRAVEL: Set departures between Jan-Dec 15 INCLUDES: 14 nights quality accommodation with breakfast daily, luxury 40 seat coach with extra leg room, 6 evening meals and experienced Tour Director

earlybird Includes a saving of $412pp*

Real Food Adventure Northern Spain

course, perched amongst surroundings that will

fusion of the ancient and the modern, of exciting

keep your peepers more than just satisfied.

cities and relaxing small towns, these countries have a unique power to make you forget all about that overflowing inbox back home.

TA LL, DA RK & H A NDSO ME From the countries that brought you Flamenco and Fandango, you’ll soon be swaying your hips to the beat of Spain and Portugal’s drums. Fall in love with the people, feel the romance of the Leave the calorie counting at home and

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8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Wander through markets, meet inspiring regional chefs, sample traditional recipes and learn the difference between tapas and pintxos on this taste testing small group adventure.

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delve into a world of paella, tapas, gazpacho and croquetas – then wash it all down with a cheeky glass or two of chilled Sangria. Let Spain woo you with Barcelona and its stunning Sagrada Familia and Gothic Quarter,

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Set departures between 01 Apr-30 Sep 15 INCLUDES: 7 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, tour leader, Catalan Cooking Class, Rioja Wine Experience and sightseeing as specified

earlybird Includes a saving of $278pp*

a magnificent castle, convent or monastery. All of

Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal. With a

places and enjoy a flirtatious fling with the food.

BARCELONA TO SAN SEBASTIAN

old restored palace that once housed nobility to

then feel the pull of Portugal and its unspoilt white houses and narrow streets of the Evora World Heritage town.

H I DE AWAY FO R TH E NI G H T To make your abode just as attractive as your

Feeling inspired by Spain and Portugal? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

24 HOURS

in Barcelona

morning

• W ander through Gaudi’s Parc Guell early morning before the crowds • E xplore by bike or on the Hop on-Hop off bus • V isit Gaudi’s other masterpieces like Casa Mila , La Pedrera and the famous Sagrada Familia aF ternoon

• G rab a bite at the colourful La Boqueria markets on Las Ramblas, one of Europe’s oldest food markets • D iscover the Gothic Quarter, the centre of the old city evening

• Soak up the buzz and enjoy the food along Las Ramblas • S ip on a cocktail at a beach bar on Barceloneta Beach

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Croatia is calling

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T R AV E L L E R S C R AV E C R OAT I A L I K E J E W E L L E R S C OV E T D I A M O N D S. T H E I N D U L G E N T I N L A N D S, V I B R A N T Z AG R E B A N D S PA R K L I N G C OA S T S A R E T H E J E W E L S O F T H I S N AT I O N .

roatia is the glittering gem in the Adriatic

Start in the city’s centre at the Ban Josip Jelacic

yourself the opportunity to keep your eyes on the

crown, shrouded in mystery and draped

Square for everything you could want in shopping

vistas with a train ride through the beautiful country.

with intrigue. This central European country

and sightseeing.

has an undeniable attraction that can result in the most severe cases of wanderlust.

MO RE TH A N J UST A P RETTY C OA ST Zagreb and Dubrovnik are the beating heart of

ZI G Z AG TH R O U GH ZAG R E B

Croatia, but the inlands are where you’ll find this

Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, offers the ultimate fusion

country’s soul.

of romantic historical architecture and modern

Untouched by the outside world are many of

comforts. In its particularly enchanting old town,

Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Plitvice Lakes

Gornji Grad, take the iconic blue rail car 66m uphill

National Park is packed with lush green forests and

to the 13th century Lotrscak Tower and catch the

rushing waterfalls in summer and frozen fortresses

daily firing of the Gric cannon at noon. Spend a

through winter. Then there’s Stari Grad Plain, the

day or two in Gornji Grad, dining in cosy tapas

best-preserved Greek cultural landscape in the

bars, pubs and cafés, and diving into the history

Mediterranean, with its endless vineyards and olive

at St. Marks’ Church and the Zagreb City Museum.

groves still producing exquisite olive oils and wines.

Then there’s Donji Grad – the Lower Town,

along the 130km/h motorways or slow down for

awe-inspiring and action-packed activities.

the epic scenery of the coastal roads. Or, give

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Blessed with almost 6,000km of Dalmatian coastline of pure blue waters and pale golden sands, the islands of Croatia demand to be visited. Keep a keen eye on the offers available, as some cruise ships are vintage, wooden vessels that look fantastic but may not always be the right option for your needs. Stay on idyllic Pag Island for the best of the beachside island or on the coast in historic Dubrovnik for the rush of the city. Croatia is a supermodel of the travel world – it simply doesn’t take a bad photo. This treasure of the Adriatic is truly a charmed paradise, so go and live your fairy-tale in this picture-perfect gem.

Buckle up for a self-drive holiday and zoom

which offers a platter full of architecturally

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W O N K E H T N I

split Stay in the Diocletian Palace, the old town.

markets To pick up some fresh produce, check

dubrovnik Walk the walls after 6.30pm to

out the local green markets... most towns have them!

catch the changing light and spectacular sunset. Keep in mind that the walls close at 8pm daily.

korcula Try the Lamb Peka – a taste sensation.

vis & mljet Hire a bike and explore these

be prepared for big crowds, especially in July and August. Or choose the more secluded Krka Lakes, just two hours inland from Zadar/Split – plus, you can swim here.

peaceful and lush islands via their many paths.

driving The A1’s autobahn is great if you need to get places in a hurry. However travelling the secondary roads will give you much more of a local experience. NOTE: These roads are windy so allow more time.

lakes Check out Plitvice Lakes National Park, but

vino Make sure you taste a rich and flavourful Plavac Mali wine. You’ll find these more in the south along the Dalmatian Coast.

Southern Explorer Cruise

Touring at Leisure

Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

SPLIT ROUNDTRIP - 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS Spend days lazing on deck and swimming in secluded bays and in the evenings explore historic towns and villages.

SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK - 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS SELF-DRIVE Take in stunning mountain vistas and visit gorgeous little towns as you explore the shimmering Adriatic coast at your own pace.

VIENNA TO ZAGREB - 14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS Discover some of Europe’s prettiest spots on this leisurely guided holiday, including Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes, Hvar and Dubrovnik.

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from

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Set Saturday departures between 18 Apr-17 Oct 15 INCLUDES: 7 nights in an air-conditioned twin cabin with ensuite on board A+ Category boat, daily continental breakfast & three course lunch, 1 Captain’s dinner and sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik

earlybird Includes a saving of $107per couple*

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from

per person share twin

TRAVEL: 01 Apr–30 Jun, 01-30 Sep 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights in Split, 3 nights in Dubrovnik, breakfast daily and a 7 day Group B car hire

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from

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TRAVEL: Set departures between May-Sep 15 INCLUDES: 13 nights accommodation,13 hot buffet breakfasts, Be My Guest lunch, 7 dinners, Travel Director, sightseeing & experiences as per Trafalgar brochure, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing and transport

earlybird Includes a saving of $409pp*

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Heart of Europe

GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND... MORE THAN JUST BEER AND CHOCOLATE.

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magine journeying through captivating medieval towns, mysterious forests and crisp white snowcapped mountains. Prepare to swoon and make

this daydream a reality when you venture into the very essence of central Europe, namely the nations of Germany and Switzerland.

TA KE A WAL K D OWN MEMORY L ANE Delve into the fascinating history of Germany and Switzerland and unlock the secrets of the past by visiting medieval cities. In the German town of Rothenburg, wander down cobbled lanes lined by beautifully preserved buildings from the Middle Ages. From gorgeous old creaking homes to dimly lit taverns and the grand 12th century castle, you’ll feel like you’ve been cast back in time. Lining the upper end of Lake Zurich is Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. This old-worldly town treats you to breathtakingly beautiful lake and mountain views alongside striking historic castles, churches, chapels and monasteries. You can also pay your respects to a darker time in history by visiting the sombre sites of Dachau Concentration Camp and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

A DOZEN L AND SCAPES IN A DAY Germany and Switzerland know variety is the spice of life when it comes to their luscious landscapes, making it easy to discover vastly different vistas in a short period of time. Luckily, it’s easy to travel by driving or by rail, just make sure you get a scenic pass for trains to catch the captivating views. Venture to Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, home to thriving nature parks Schwarzwald Mitte/ Nord and Südschwarzwald. Stretch your legs on an array of hiking trails through the lush bushland or walk the slopes of the looming Feldberg, Schauinsland and Hornisgrinde mountains. Hornisgrinde soars 1,493 metres high and promises absolutely stunning panoramas of the region. Immerse yourself in the natural environment one moment and in a quaint Black Forest village such as Altensteig the next. In Switzerland, enjoy the lively, charming streets and tranquil, glassy waters of Lake Lucerne, then travel to the mountains to gaze at the remarkable alpine views. Visit the top of Europe with a trip up the icy Jungfraujoch, where the world’s highest railway station stands proud at 3,454 metres above sea level. 20

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COOL, CAL M & C R U I S I N G Gently glide along the waters of the legendary Rhine River on a river cruise with all your homely creature comforts onboard. Discover engrossing European wonders as you travel in style to the

Magnificent Europe

AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST OR VICE VERSA AVALON WATERWAYS RIVER CRUISE - 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS Broaden your horizons on this carefree getaway. Imagine sailing by windmills and tulips on your way out of Amsterdam, or docking in the very heart of eclectic Budapest. This European river cruise will have you discovering the most extraordinary places.

pretty German city of Rüdesheim, the verdant hillside vineyards in Würzburg and the medieval city of Regensburg. Not only does this make travelling around a breeze, it allows you to relax,

Has central Europe stolen your heart? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

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person *per share twin

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unwind and make yourself at home on board.

v HIGHLIGHTS x • Amsterdam • Cologne • Rüdesheim • Miltenberg • Würzburg • Bamberg • Nuremberg • Regensburg • Passau • Linz • Melk • Dürnstein • Vienna • Bratislava • Budapest

Swiss Mountain Peaks Tour

in a Deluxe Outside Stateroom

earlybird

Includes a saving of $600* pp when booked by 30 Nov 14

TRAVEL: Set departures between Mar-Dec 15

*Price & saving based on 21 Dec 15 departure, category E

INCLUDES: All main meals onboard while cruising, complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner, local guided sightseeing, professional cruise director, onboard gratuities, port charges and WiFi

INTERLAKEN TO ZERMATT

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5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

On this scenic rail journey, enjoy spectacular views from Schilthorn, and dine at the revolving panoramic restaurant, Piz Gloria, famous for its James Bond history. Take a boat cruise from Interlaken to Brienz and visit the Glacier of Mount Titlis.

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from

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TRAVEL: Daily between Apr-Dec 15 INCLUDES: 2nd Class rail journey, 2 nights in Interlaken & 2 nights in Zermatt in 3-star accommodation and breakfast daily

Romantic Back-Roads

FRANKFURT TO VIENNA

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11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS

Germany’s Romantic Road offers spectacular views of the Bavarian landscape, with beautiful half-timbered chalets and castles that look as if they’ve come straight out of a fairy-tale.

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from

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TRAVEL: Set departures between Apr-Oct 15 INCLUDES: 10 nights accommodation with European breakfast daily, 6 dinners, tour leader, mini-coach transport and some sightseeing fees

earlybird Includes a saving of $263pp*

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See Chagall’s stunning stained glass windows in Fraumunster Church, Zurich.

Taste the indulgent Lindt or Sprungli chocolates in Switzerland – they are to die for!

Hear all about Berlin’s rich history on a walking tour.

Feel the cobbles under your feet as you discover the Romantic Road in the heart of Bavaria. The gorgeous lanes and half-timbered houses make for great photos.

Smell the crisp alpine air as you embark on a train journey into the Swiss Alps for dramatic and spectacular scenery, across all seasons.

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Europe’s Crown Jewels G

WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS, BUT WE CAN HOLIDAY LIKE THEM IN THE IMPERIAL CITIES OF VIENNA, BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE.

limpse into the regal past of the Habsburg dynasty in the incredible imperial cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague. This family was of the main ruling forces in Europe from

the 15th until the 20th century, leaving behind an array of opulent palaces and prominent landmarks.

AWE- IN SP IR IN G A R C HI T E C T U R E No great royal family can rule without a beautiful palace, which is why these cities are overflowing with their grandeur today. Wander the magnificent

you can feel, see and touch the history around you.

TH E EMPERO R’S NEW C LOTH ES Treat yourself to royal robes from arguably the most luxurious shopping centres in the world. Vienna’s Kohlmarkt and Karntner Strasse are well known hubs for indulging in exclusive brands; from Chopard and Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. Budapest’s Vaci Street and Fashion Street are other shopping hot spots for the serious shoppers amongst you – you won’t exactly be hard done by!

grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, the

A C ROWNI NG G LO RY: KI NG LY C ULTURE

Royal Palace in Budapest and the Prague Castle.

Culture reigns supreme in the cities where galleries,

Each piece of architecture is etched with

museums, opera houses and theatres occupy every

charm, lined by narrow cobbled streets so ancient

Corintha Hotel Budapest

This stunning hotel is set in an impressive landmark building, with an imposing Neo-classical façade and an elegant soaring glass atrium. Treat yourself in the luxurious Royal Spa.

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3 nights from

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TRAVEL: 01-30 Apr, 01-22 Jul, 28 Jul-31 Aug 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation and breakfast daily

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Day Cruise on the Danube

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street corner.

Hotel Sacher Vienna

In a superb location sitting close to Vienna’s State Opera House, this hotel is known for its quality, Viennese charm and its exclusive world famous Sacher-Torte.

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3 nights from

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TRAVEL: 01 Jul-31 Aug 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation and breakfast daily

DON’T MISS

Schonbrunn Concert

Watch an opera or ballet in the stunning Vienna State Opera building or enjoy a show at the Prague National Theatre for a banquet to the eyes and ears. Delve into the darker side of Europe’s past in the Holocaust Memorial Centre and Jewish Museum in Budapest, then lift your spirits at the city’s inspiring Museum of Fine Arts. Take to the House of Music in Vienna to find out exactly why it’s known as the capital of classic music. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in any, or all, of these cities to embrace the elegance and power from days gone by.

Royally inspired? Call us on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

Mark Luxury Hotel, Prague

Nestled inside a former Baroque palace, combined with historic architecture, contemporary design and modern art features. It’s perfectly located close to the Old Town and Charles Bridge.

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3 nights from

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TRAVEL: 01-26 Apr, 28 Jun-02 Sep 15 INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation and breakfast daily

DON’T MISS

Cesky Krumlov Day Tour


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GENERAL CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only as specified or until sold out • All travel must be commenced and completed as specified • Some surcharges, closeouts, and accommodation restrictions apply • Price may vary depending on exchange rates • Airfares are not included and are an additional cost • Advertised prices are per person share twin unless otherwise stated and based on consecutive night stays. Payment to be made by cash or cheque • Credit card fees will apply • Amendment and cancellation fees apply • Accommodation ratings are based on House of Travel ratings and are a guide only to the overall quality of the property • Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details CRUISE GREECE & TURKEY – WINDSTAR CRUISES: For sales to 18 Nov 14. Prices are based on stated ocean-view cabin and include port taxes & government fees (correct as at 18 Sep 14), and all applicable discounts. All fares and taxes are subject to change without notice up until full payment is received. Gratuities are additional. Special conditions, currency fluctuations and availability restrictions apply ICONIC PRELUDE: Price includes earlybird saving of $250 per person when to book by 31 Jan 15 WHEELING ACROSS ENGLAND; DALHOUSIE CASTLE STAY; SESSIONS FROM THE HEARTH: Car hire prices are based on earlybird rate and for sales to 28 Feb 15. No amendments are permitted after 28 Feb 15. Rate includes Unlimited Mileage, CDW, Theft Protection, Location Service Charge, Vehicle Location Fee, Additional Driver and Tax

Revel in GLAMOROUS

MONACO

Famous for the glamorous Monte-Carlo Casino , the Grand Prix and its princely family , this principality is the world’s second smallest country. Monaco is a fascinating surrealist artwork brought to life , just waiting to be explored. 3 NIGHT PACKAGE

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ON THE TRACKS ENGLAND: Valid for sales until 28 Feb 15 and travel until 31 Mar 15 • Permanent residents of the United Kingdom are not eligible to purchase or use a BritRail England Pass. Passes must be validated within 6 months of issue date and must be validated prior to boarding the first train. Seat reservations are an additional charge and not inclusive in the cost of the pass

Breakfast at hotel, followed by a day at leisure to explore Monte-Carlo and enjoy the benefits of your Passport.

ITALIAN HIGHLIGHTS: Advertised price based on 20 Mar 15 departure, free gift promotion valid for new 2015 Globus UK/Europe bookings of 8 touring days or more and made by 30 Nov 14 or until sold out. Offer limited to the first 500 bookings and is subject to availability. Product limits apply and are on a first in/first served basis, availability of chosen gift will be advised at time of booking. Free gift is one per couple/per booking (single travellers receive $100 Prezzy card). Standard Globus terms & conditions apply

v DAY 3 x

AMALFI COAST DELIGHT: Receive 2 bottles of local wine on arrival at the apartment when you book a 7 night stay by 15 Dec 14

Breakfast at hotel, followed by ‘The Magnificent’ tour, including highlights of Monaco and exploring nearby St Paul de Vence, Antibes and Cannes.

TASTES OF ABRUZZO: Receive a gourmet hamper whilst on tour when you book and pay deposit by 15 Dec 14 A TASTE OF SCOTLAND; ROMANTIC BACK-ROADS: Price based on earlybird rate, valid for new bookings only & paid in full by 15 Dec 14. 5% earlybird is combinable with one other discount up to a maximum combinability of 10%. Back-Roads Touring reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time IRELAND’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY: Earlybird offer is included in tour price and valid when you book and pay your deposit by 15 Dec 14 SOMME BATTLEFIELD TOUR: Price based on a minimum 2 people travelling. Train tickets and meals other than breakfasts and lunches, as per itinerary, are not included

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BURGUNDY ON THE CANALS: Price excludes one way fee and navigational guide PEUGEOT EUROLEASE: Price valid for bookings deposited before 14 Nov 14 and are subject to Peugeot EuroLease 2015 Booking Conditions. Free collection/return in Mainland Europe is for all vehicles except the Expert minivans (8 and 9 seaters).

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK SELF-DRIVE: Price based on Hertz Group C car, including Unlimited Mileage, CDW, Theft Protection, Location Service Charge and Tax. No amendments are permitted after 28 Feb 15. The Pousada de Obidos, Portugal is based on Sun-Fri rates and excludes Easter. Parador de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, excludes travel over Easter and is a daily rate. Sales until 28 Feb 15. BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Advertised price is based on 26 Jun 15 departure and includes the 10% earlybird offer when you book and pay in full by 18 Dec 14 REAL FOOD ADVENTURE NORTHERN SPAIN: Price includes earlybird savings and is on sale until 16 Nov 14, for travel 01 Apr-30 Sep 15. Offer available to new bookings only. Offer cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other offers HIGHLIGHTS OF AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA AND CROATIA: Advertised price is based 08 May 15 departure and includes 10% earlybird offer when you book and pay in full by 18 Dec 14

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THE MONACO GOVERNMENT TOURIST OFFICE IS DELIGHTED TO OFFER YOU THIS EXCLUSIVE PASSPORT TO MONTE-CARLO! Book a minimum of 2 or 3 nights accommodation & receive:

SOUTHERN EXPLORER CRUISE: Valid for new bookings and departures in 2015. Advertised price includes 5% savings when you book and pay the deposit by 29 Dec 14 TOURING AT LEISURE SELF-DRIVE: Price based on Hertz Group B car, including Unlimited Mileage, CDW, Theft Protection and Tax MAGNIFICENT EUROPE – AVALON WATERWAYS: Sales to 30 Nov 14 • *Save $1200 per couple on select 2015 Avalon Waterways European cruise itineraries and departures • Prices include discount, cruise, port charges & gratuities • All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing, is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation • Offer not applicable to Avalon/Royal Suites (Jnr Suites) • Offer applies to new 2015 bookings only • Offer not valid for groups • Valid for singles – single supplement applies • Offer may not be combined except with Early Payment, Second Tour and Repeat Traveller discounts (must present Journeys Club number at time of booking and before deposit is paid to receive 5% repeat traveller discount on the Avalon core cruise/package and on twin share price (Category E), not including upgrades extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements/reductions) • Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500pp/per cruise required within 7 days of booking to secure reservation • Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time • For full terms and conditions see the 2015 Avalon Waterways Brochure or visit www.avalonwaterways.co.nz SWISS MOUNTAIN PEAKS TOUR: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seat reservations are not included in the package price. Seat reservations can be made on most services but additional costs apply. Once the booking has been confirmed, amendment fees or cancellation fees will apply even if the booking has not been ticketed. A non-refundable 15% deposit is required with full balance payable 30 days prior to departure date MONACO PASSPORT TO MONTE-CARLO: Stay 3 pay 2 valid 01-10 Apr & 25 Oct-28 Dec 15 & 01 Jan-29 Mar 16. Other dates available with a supplement. Blackout dates apply for the helicopter transfer (01 Jan & 25 Dec 15 and over the Formula 1 Grand Prix), a shuttle bus transfer between the hotel and helipad in Monaco is included. The helicopter transfer operates between certain hours. No substitute will be given for the free one way helicopter transfer if your departure is not within the operating hours. Specific booking conditions apply to each of the services offered. Not applicable during trade fairs, Christmas and New Year.

• FREE helicopter departure transfer between Monaco and Nice (from 01 Apr to 31 Oct / FREE return helicopter transfer from 01 Nov to 31 Mar* • Special attention (eg: a welcome cocktail) will be offered in each hotel • A book of FREE entrance tickets to the museums and attractions of Monaco Come instore | 0800 838 747

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PLEASE NOTE: Book 2 nights minimum for stays between 01 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 and between 01 November 2015 and 31 December 2015 in order to benefit from the “Passport” advantages; book 3 nights minimum for stays between 01 April 2015 and 31 October 2015 in order to benefit from the “Passport” advantages; price based on Columbus Monte-Carlo; breakfast included daily; *Black out dates apply for the helicopter transfer (1st January, 25th December and Formula 1 Grand Prix). A shuttle bus transfer between the helipad and hotel in Monaco is included; helicopter transfers operate between certain hours. Please contact us to check available times. No substitute will be given for free helicopter transfers if your arrival time is not within operating hours. Hotels available for this offer: Columbus Monte-Carlo, Novotel Monte-Carlo, Hotel Metropole, Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, I NSPI RE // HOU SE OF TRAVE L 23 Monte-Carlo Beach, Hotel Hermitage and Hotel de Paris.


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