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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe


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Emirates

Economy Class

Business Class

First Class

Our partner in the sky Choose Emirates for the option of one stop travel to Europe to explore any of the 38 European destinations in its network. Fly into one city and out of another as you make the most of exploring Europe. On many of Emirates’ routes, Auckland and Christchurch* passengers will be able to fly all the way in both directions on an A380, including on services connecting New Zealand with London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona and Zurich. Dubai itself provides a perfect stopover opportunity, with its beaches, desert safaris, shopping, culture, state-ofthe-art architecture and newly opened theme parks for families. Flying to or from Europe, Emirates’ own Arabian Airpass provides a convenient and cost-efficient way of including a side-trip to the Middle East. The A380s on New Zealand routes have 14 First Class suites, 76 individual compartments in Business and 399 comfortable contoured seats in Economy. For First Class passengers there are two Onboard Shower Spa’s, while First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise and sample canapes and cocktails at the popular Onboard Lounge. Passengers in all classes can enjoy the gourmet cuisine, Emirates‘ award-winning inflight entertainment, ICE, with more than 2,500 channels and free Wi-Fi, which is available on all of Emirates’ A380s.

First Class Enjoy the quiet luxury of your own First Class Private Suite with electronic sliding doors and leather seats that form full flat beds (up to 82” long)

with multi-zone massage feature. Indulge in fine dining whenever the mood takes you with dining on demand and enjoy fine wines and champagne, carefully selected from premium vineyards around the world to compliment the flavours of your meal.

Business Class Look forward to a perfect night’s rest with full-flat Business Class seats with all-aisle access. Savour regionally inspired dishes with menus designed by Emirates’ master chefs, and when you’re ready, stretch your legs and socialise in the Onboard Lounge. You’ll arrive rested and inspired, ready to explore new destinations.

Economy Class Experience a new class of Economy with extra space and mood lighting. Enjoy gourmet cuisines with a flavour of your destination or a comforting taste of home. All complimented by Emirates’ range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Every seat has a power socket to keep your phone and laptop charged throughout your flight. Travellers in all classes departing New Zealand can enjoy up to 2500 channels of on-demand viewing in widescreen digital format from Emirates’ award-winning ICE inflight entertainment system. Catch up on the latest Hollywood blockbuster and your favourite TV shows, or sit back and relax with laugh out loud comedy.


Emirates Route Map - Europe Oslo

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Copenhagen Newcastle Dublin Manchester Hamburg Amsterdam Birmingham Warsaw London Dusseldorf Brussels Prague Frankfurt Vienna Paris Munich Budapest Geneva Zurich Lyon Milan Venice Bologna Nice Rome Istanbul Barcelona Madrid Lisbon

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Tunis

Athens

Malta

Larnaca

Casablanca Cairo

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Generous free baggage allowance – up to 35kg in Economy, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First Class. Free Wi-Fi on select aircraft^ More than 2500 channels of entertainment Award winning meals and complimentary beverages Dedicated children’s inflight entertainment and Fly With Me Monster collection Children’s meals served in specially designed snack boxes Modern wide body aircraft across the fleet offering a superior in-flight experience Dedicated and partner lounges at over 60 international airports for First Class, Business Class and Skywards Gold passengers Complimentary Chauffeur Drive service for First and Business Class passengers in over 55 cities around the world. Deluxe Shower Spa in First Class on the A380 On-board lounge and bar for First and Business Class on the A380 Fast track through immigration for Premium customers Join Emirates’ award winning frequent flyer programme – Skywards. It is free to join and opens up a world of exclusive benefits and privileges to make your travel more rewarding and enjoyable

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Contents General Information

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Experience Croatia

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Dubrovnik & Split Highlights & Accommodation

Accommodation Ratings Northern Central & Eastern Europe Map 6 Tips for planning your European Holiday

Experience Nordic Countries

What’s your style?

Denmark Highlights & Accommodation

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Sweden Highlights & Accommodation

Experience Netherlands

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Amsterdam Highlights & Accommodation

Experience Belgium

Norway Highlights & Accommodation Helsinki Highlights & Accommodation

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Iceland Highlights & Accommodation Nordic Tours

Brussels & Brugge Highlights & Accommodation

Experience Germany

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Take to the Road Touring by Rental Car

Berlin Highlights & Accommodation

Touring by Motor Home

Frankfurt Highlights & Accommodation

Romantic Road

Munich Highlights & Accommodation

Austria –Mountains, Lakes & Rivers

Experience Switzerland

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Netherlands & Belgium Mainland Croatia

Zurich & Lucerne Highlights & Accommodation

Experience Austria

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Krakow, Poland

Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Touring

Vienna & Salzburg Highlights & Accommodation

Touring by Coach

Experience Czech Republic

Cruising the Waterways

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River Cruises

Prague Highlights & Accommodation

Experience Hungary

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Ocean Cruises

Take to the Tracks

Budapest Highlights & Accommodation

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Rail Tours

Experience Poland

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Warsaw & Krakow Highlights & Accommodation

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

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Map of Northern, Central & Eastern Europe ICELAND

FINLAND Bergen

NORWAY HELSINKI

SWEDEN

OSLO

TALLINN

STOCKHOLM

ESTONIA Skagen

NORTH SEA

Goteborg

Aalborg

LATVIA

RIGA

DENMARK BALTIC SEA

COPENHAGEN

LITHUANIA VILNIUS PRAGUE

ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM

Leiden Den Haag

Hamburg

NETHERLANDS

Olsztyn

Szczecin

Hanover BERLIN Dusseldorf

Brugge Ghent Ypres BRUSSELS

BELGIUM

WARSAW

GERMANY

Cologne

Dresden PRAGUE

Heidelberg

Cesky Krumlov

Munich BERN Geneva

VIENNA Salzburg

Zurich Lucerne

SWITZERLAND

Innsbruck

AUSTRIA

Zermatt

Mariapocs

HUNGARY ZAGREB

ROMANIA

Pecs

CROATIA

ITALY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

SLOVAKIA

BRATISLAVA Eger Baden BUDAPEST

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA

UKRAINE

Krakow

CZECH REPUBLIC

Stuttgart

FRANCE

Lublin

Wroclaw

Liberec

Frankfurt

BELARUS

POLAND

Rotterdam

Zadar Split

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

BUCHAREST

SERBIA

Korcula Dubrovnik

CORSICA

BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO SARDINIA TYRRHENIAN SEA

KOSOVO

MACEDONIA GREECE ALBANIA AEGEAN SEA

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Marken, Netherlands

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6 TIPS for your

Europe an Holiday

Anyone for daylight 24/7?

Christmas Markets

Hearty and hoppy

If you want to cram more into your holiday, consider a destination north of the Arctic Circle. Come summer and in the very north, the sun shines for a full 24 hours a day. You’ll have more time, and daylight, to roam and explore.

A sensory overload awaits at the Christmas markets. From fairy lights and snow, to warm crepes dripping in Nutella, the air is rich with gingerbread and spice.

If ever there was a meal to warm your bones, it’s hearty Hungarian goulash. There’s nothing light about this one. Some call it soup, others a stew, but the rich mix of meat, vegetables and paprika is a no-nonsense recipe which is nothing short of grunty.

In Norway’s Svalbard, the sun doesn’t set from April to August, allowing for midnight barbecues that continue well into the early hours. In Stockholm the sun sets at 11.30pm and the city’s famed open-air museum, Skansen, is open all evening. Midsummer Eve falls on 24 June, where in some places, the sun momentarily falls into the horizon - before rising again just minutes later. While in Finland, the locals love to celebrate this occasion with bonfires, dances and games. Venture to Helsinki’s Seurasaari Island for a full 24-hour day of celebrations.

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In Munich, the world renowned Christkindlmarkt is characterised by novel wooden stalls serving piping hot wine (Glühwein), gigantic Bratwurst and roasted chestnuts. In Prague the sweet scent of creamfilled pastries and pretzels waft through the ornate squares, notably Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, while traditional Trdelnik (sugar dusted tuiles of dough) crackle as they grill. Bite into a just-baked wasp nest and savour the gluttonous mix of cookie, nuts and a generous splash of rum. If you’re in Zurich, the Zürcher Christkindlmarkt features a spellbinding Christmas tree, complete with 700 Swarovski crystals.

In the Netherlands you’ll find their favourite comfort food is stamppotten. Not dissimilar to British bubble and squeak, this traditional Dutch dish combines mashed potatoes, vegetables and rookworst; a smoky Dutch sausage. Of course, when it comes to snags, nothing beats a German Bratwurst, or any other delicious varietal they love to concoct. Wash it all down with a hoppy beer at the famed Oktoberfest, or if you’re passing Brugge, try one of their extensive beers; this city has more than 400 different varieties to work through.


A rail extravaganza

Iconic and historic

The main waterway

Views. Extensive picturesque views. That’s all you really need to know about Eastern Europe by train. If you find driving tedious, airports tiring and prefer to experience multiple destinations in one fell swoop, a rail pass provides nothing but uninterrupted scenery – at uninterrupted speed.

As a survivor of both the darkest and most promising chapters of German history, Brandenburg Gate has witnessed everything from Nazi parades to fallen walls. As the only city landmark to completely survive WWII bombings, its 12 column gateway and iconic quadriga (the horse-drawn chariot that sits atop) have stood strong since 1791.

For a never ending succession of captivating waterside scenery, embark on a river voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest, navigating the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers and visiting up to five countries at once: Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

From tiny gingerbread villages to dreamy green pastures, views transform by the minute. Notably modern, clean and comfortable, rail travel in Europe is nothing but a pleasure. For ease of travel, get to grips with seating and platform guides which will indicate where you should stand on the platform in relation to your seat number, and once on-board, soak up the camaraderie between passengers; you’re sharing such a unique experience together. And nothing quite says adventure like the railroad.

From 18th century monuments to ornate musical houses, the Vienna State Opera House is most prestigious. The façade is grand but step inside and observe opulent décor at its most lavish. A forty minute tour will lead you from the foyer to magnificent auditorium. If Prague’s your port of call, spend a leisurely afternoon meandering Charles Bridge. With its brickwork, archways and sleepy river setting, it’s the most romantic thing to do in the Czech Republic.

Absorb the perennially perfect canals of Amsterdam, the medieval town of Regensburg, with its 12th century bridges and Germany’s most famous beers, as well as Austria’s wine-rich Wachau Valley. Soon enough you’re in Slovakia, admiring Bratislava’s gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral; the country’s largest, oldest and arguably the most beautiful. The adventure culminates in Budapest, where the river wows and the architecture astounds; look out for baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau.

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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. Choose between a couple of nights in a castle, an overnight train, a luxurious palace, a city apartment or even a cute chalet in the mountains.

Hotels 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.

Apartments 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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Chalets European chalets are often found clinging to exquisite mountain or lakeside locations. They are rustic but luxurious, with beautiful feature pieces but also plentiful facilities to ensure you have a comfortable, ‘want-for-nothing’ stay. They might boast steep sloping roofs or window sills overflowing with flower boxes, while many are conveniently placed in the centre of town. Due to their location and ample amenities, most are perfect for self-catering holidays.

Palaces Consider staying in a converted palace. Many regal buildings have been renovated into high-end hotels, allowing guests to stay in the abodes of aristocrats. The 17th century Grand Mark Hotel in Prague was once a residential palace and enjoys a very central position in the heart of the city. The interior still dazzles with sophistication. Then there’s Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace which also has converted rooms for opulent overnight stays.

Overnight Train An overnight rail journey in Europe brings to mind romance and adventure, and for those longer stretches, it’s also an efficient way to travel that allows you to make the most of every day. Choose from a range of comfortable sleeping options including Sleepers for maximum privacy and comfort, Couchettes with 4 or 6 passengers in open non-private bunks, or reclining seats. Arrive at your next destination fully refreshed and ready to explore.

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Experience

Netherlands

The

Fast Facts Country Name:

The Netherlands

Population:

16.9 Million

Capital:

Amsterdam

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

10 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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21 Jan

National Tulip Day, Amsterdam

27 Apr

Kings Day, Amsterdam

Apr/May

Keukenhof Tulip Festival, Amsterdam

Jun

The Hague Festivals, Hague

03-05 Jun

Pinkpop, Maastricht

09-18 Jun

Terschelling, Oreol

Aug

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

Dutch say that while God made the Earth, they made Holland. It’s an understandable claim given that about half of The Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea. Today, almost a quarter of The Netherlands is below sea level and the country is a latticework of canals, rivers and lakes. Nowhere has the landscape been more elegantly tamed than in Amsterdam, the city of canals and bicycles. Go with the flow in Amsterdam. Yes, cruising the canals is ‘touristy’ but it’s a wonderful way to admire classic Dutch architecture and see at close quarters how these waterways are still very much the arteries of the city. With the lure of some of the world’s great art museums, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh’s Museum and Anne Frank’s House, it’s no wonder many visitors never leave Amsterdam. But beyond the city lie quintessential Dutch towns such as Delft, windmills with gently turning sails reflected in still more canals, reminders of the Second World War at Arnhem (the Bridge Too Far) and, of course, tulips. The Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse explode into colour every spring with nearly eight million bulbs of all kinds. You’ll want to sample the famous Amstel beer and visit the cheese-makers who gave us Edam and Gouda. No need to worry about a spreading waistline as The Netherlands is perfect for biking and the Dutch are incredibly cycle-friendly!


Amsterdam Built on a maze of extensive waterways, many lying below sea level, this is a city known for its canals. Cycling is without question one of the main forms of transportation, with bike lanes getting the green light in the busy central city streets, and where multi-storied parking buildings are home to thousands of bikes every day. Bikes aside, the waterways which meander across the land abound in history with classic Dutch architecture, including Anne Frank’s home, hugging the banks. It’s a city proudly showcasing great art museums like Van Gogh and the Rijks, both of which play a major role in the heritage of this laid-back city. This place buzzes by day and night: restaurants, ‘space cake’ cafés, street artists, a lively Red Light District and a vibrant cheese market.

Our favourite things to see and do Rembrandt Square (Rembrandtplein) – Named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt, it was originally the Botermarkt (Butter Market) and was established in 1668. These days it’s a buzzing nightlife centre with hotels, clubs and cafés. A cast iron statue of Rembrandt stands in the middle of the square. Flower Market – On the Singel Canal where the flowers are displayed on floating barges, this is one of most colourful and fragrant places in the city. Museumquarter – Two of the big drawcards of this area are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh houses the largest collection of his paintings, along with drawings and letters, and the Rijksmuseum features a famous collection of Rembrandt works. Jordaan – A funky area that is popular with students and business people. It has loads of atmosphere, narrow streets and picturesque canals with lovely little shops, restaurants and bars. Anne Frank’s House – A really moving exhibition in the house where Anne and her family hid. Especially of interest if you’ve read her diaries.

Magere Bridge (Skinny Bridge) – One of Amsterdam’s 1280 or so bridges. Built in the 1600s, it is a traditional Dutch draw-bridge and opens approximately every 20 minutes. Must be seen from the water and is striking, especially in the evening when it is lit with fairy lights. Our favourite places to stay: • • • •

Hotel Ibis Amsterdam Centre Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre Amsterdam ID ApartHotel Conservatorium Hotel

‘Brown Cafés’ – These are to the Dutch like a local pub to the British. A casual place where you can grab a bite and a drink. The term “brown” comes from the dark wood and stained walls that supposedly owe their hue to years of smoking patrons.

Canal Boat Ride – A magical way of experiencing the Venice of the North, you’ll glide down the canals past islands and under bridges and see the city from a different angle.

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Experience

Belgium

Any country where hot chips dipped in mayonnaise are a national favourite has

Fast Facts Country Name:

Belgium

Population:

11 Million

Capital:

Brussels

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

10 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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Jun

Werchter Rock Festival

Jul

Tomorrowland Festival, Boom

04 Jul

Ommegang, Brussels

Sep

Wallonia Festival, Namur

Sep

Belgium Beer Weekend, Brussels

27 Nov-03 Jan

Christmas Markets, Brussels

to be a great place for travellers. Tuck into your share while visiting this pocketsized nation that manages to pack a surprising amount of history into a very small area. Belgium has special significance for Kiwi travellers. More than 4700 New Zealanders are buried here in about 80 cemeteries throughout the country. A growing number of Kiwis now make a pilgrimage to these wartime resting places and to the battlefields of Flanders. They will always be assured of a warm welcome from the locals too. While you are in Brussels head for the Grand Place and absorb the atmosphere among the elegant guild houses before you go in search of the tiny, but very famous Mannekin-Pis statue. One place that definitely deserves a longer stay is Brugge. This medieval town is perfect with its network of picturesque canals, glorious medieval Gothic architecture and preserved stone cottages. A boat trip on the picturesque canals of Brugge allows you to admire the city’s most beautiful sites from a totally different angle. You may even see women sitting outside their front doors making hand-made lace. Those in search of works of art will want to check out the Rubens and Brueghel paintings, but the most famed artwork of all is the beer – Trappist monks have been making it for centuries. Then there are the utterly sumptuous handmade chocolates.


Brussels & Brugge Starting at the Grand Place in Brussel’s Old Town, you’ll discover that this is a city of museums, beautiful buildings and enticing cafés – think moules frites and Belgium beer. Art galleries that celebrate everything from renaissance to surrealist works, city parks, puppet theatres, lace boutiques and chocolate shops fill your days. Brugge, chocolate box picturesque is a perfectly preserved medieval city with cobbled squares and canalside walkways. To really enjoy this popular city you need to stay overnight to see the fabulous evening floodlighting and make an early start to wander around the market square and climb the 13th century Belfort which towers 83 metres above the city centre and leans almost a metre to the east at the top. The 366 steps to the top will test your determination and its bells will keep you on schedule.

Our favourite things to see and do Brussels City Tour – Beginning with a short stroll in the old city centre with your guide you’ll learn about the world famous Grand Place with its unique City Hall and splendid guild houses. Next you’ll hop on a coach and pass by the famous sights of the city.

Ultimate Chocolate Tour and Workshop – Learn how to make chocolate at a fun workshop by a Master Chocolatier. Enjoy a guided walk and see Manneken-Pis, the oldest citizen of Brussels, the antique shops of Sablon Square and the Royal Galleries. Visit the city’s most luxurious chocolate shops to taste some of the best sellers like Godiva.

Flanders Field Tour – Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and are dotted in the farmers’ fields. On this tour you’ll explore around Ypres, through restored trenches, stroll amongst now tranquil war graves in Passchendaele and learn plenty from your guide.

Private Brugge Tour for Foodies – Taste the best food Brugge has to offer as you stroll through the city, stopping at the best local bakeries, chocolate shops and bars where locals like to go. Discover the secret garden and see how the locals live.

Luxembourg Day Trip from Brussels – Absorb the antique charm of Luxembourg visiting landmarks like the Royal Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the European Court of Justice. Stop in the beautiful town of Dinant and see its 13th century cathedral. Our favourite places to stay: Brussels • Ibis Off Grand Place • The Dominican Hotel Brugge • Novotel Brugge Centrum • Hotel De Tuilerieen

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour – Enjoy a selection of eight beers, Belgian cheese, smoked ham and delicious chocolates in some of Belgium’s oldest cafés.

Brussels and Antwerp Tour – Discover the sights of Brussels before heading to Antwerp. Admire the architecture of an ancient fortress and the houses of Market Square then be dazzled by a diamond factory.

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Brugge

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Experience

Germany

Germany is a vast, diverse country – more so since west and east were reunited in

Fast Facts Country Name:

Germany

Population:

82 Million

Capital:

Berlin

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

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30 Apr

Walpurgisnacht, Mount Broken

May

Carnival of Cultures, Berlin

Jun

Fusion Festival, MecklenburgVorpommern

28 Jun-07 Jul

Opera Square Festival, Frankfurt

14-16 Jul

Melt, Grafenhainichen

Aug

Berlin Beer Festival

Aug

Apple Wine Festival, Frankfurt

16 Sep-03 Oct

Oktoberfest, Munich

1990. Although the upheaval of those days is long past, to visit Germany today is still a journey into a new nation forging itself a fresh identity. So, when you’re planning an itinerary make sure you look east. Berlin, once a symbol of the Cold War and a place synonymous with the Wall and espionage, is Germany’s new capital. It’s buzzing with energy and creative flair. Make time for other emerging dynamic cities, including Leipzig and Dresden. Southern Germany remains deservedly popular with visitors, with lively Munich and its famous beer cellars. Beyond the city lies the legendary Black Forest and perhaps the most perfect fairytale castle of them all – King Ludwig’s amazing Neuschwanstein. People have been taking to the rivers to travel through Germany for thousands of years so why not follow in their wakes but in a lot more comfort? A cruise on the Rhine, Mosel or Elbe rivers will take you past ruined castles and vineyard-clad hills. While cities such as Cologne combine the ancient with all the trappings of 21st century life, towns such as Rothenburg are stunning reminders of medieval times. Whatever the destination, you’ll soon discover that although Germans do take work seriously and live in the fast lane of their autobahns, they also play hard and know how to relax. Find out during a meal in a traditional Ratskeller or while sipping a fine Riesling beside the Rhine.


Berlin Talk about a city of contrasts! One minute you’re following the path where the Berlin Wall stood, reading the graffiti on some of the sections that still stand or feeling the choking emotion that comes over you when you are dwarfed by the plain grey columns that have been erected as a Holocaust memorial. The next you are wandering the peaceful and tranquil paths that wind through the Tiergarten. At Potsdamer Platz, where after reunification, an architectural competition was held and international architects vied for the right to rebuild a complete city district in the heart of the city – talk about modern! One of the most fascinating areas of Berlin is the pre-war Jewish Quarter that has been taken over by contemporary art galleries to create ‘gallery mile’.

Our favourite things to see and do Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) – Located on Pariser Platz, it’s the last remaining gate from medieval times in the city. Today it is one of Berlin’s most important landmarks and a symbol of the city. Reichstag – It’s the seat of the German government, housed the first German Parliament, and remained in use until 1933. It was where, in 1918, the German Republic was announced, and since then it has hosted many key political historical events. It pays to get there early or the queue can be quite long, but entry is free and it’s worth the wait. Tiergarten Park – The world’s largest inner-city park. It stretches from Brandenburg Gate in the east to Zoo Station in the west. You’ll definitely want to search out Germany’s oldest zoo, The Zoologischer Garten. With 19,000 species, the zoo houses the most diverse variety of animals in the world. Berlin Wall – Not much is left of the wall at its original site as it was destroyed almost everywhere. You can find a 80 metre piece of the wall at the Topography of Terror, site of the former Gestapo headquarters, halfway between Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz. A longer section can be found along the Spree River near the Oberbaumbrücke, nicknamed East Side Gallery. This stretch of the wall, with 106 graffiti paintings by artists from all over the world, is a memorial for freedom, making it the largest open air gallery in the world.

Our favourite places to stay: •

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Novum Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, (Formerly Winters Checkpoint Charlie) Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm

Potsdamer Platz – The central hub of Berlin. Here you’ll find a plethora of shops, cinemas and restaurants; it’s definitely one of the liveliest squares in the country. Guided Walking Tours – You learn so much more about the city and its history – some spots you would walk straight past and have no idea how significant they were otherwise.

Street Food Thursday – Once a week you can get a taste of what Berlin has to offer. Sample lots of little snacks from all over the globe. Located at Markthallen Neun between 5pm10pm every Thursday.

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Frankfurt In Germany all roads lead to Frankfurt: it is where the major autobahn’s and railways connect as well as being home to the second largest airport in Europe, so it is the perfect place to start or end any Central European excursion. Visitors tend to gloss over Frankfurt not realising that it is home to some of Europe’s finest museums, many of which are clustered around the banks of the Main. If you have a particular interest it’s highly probable Frankfurt has a museum for you: architecture, film, communication, art, cultures, nature and even leather - they can all be found here. In fact, the whole city is one big living museum!

Römer

Our favourite things to see and do Römer – The historic heart of Frankfurt and home to its City Hall, which dates back to 1405. Today you can find lots of restaurants in the Square and the lovely reconstructed buildings make for a great photo opportunity. Zeil Shopping Street – This is the place to shop in Frankfurt. It’s a bustling pedestrian zone where you can find everything from chic boutiques to high street fashion outlets. Museumsufer (Museum Embankment) – If you walk along the River Main you’ll notice that lined up on both sides of the river bank are some of the best museums in Germany: among them the superb German Film Museum, the Jewish Museum and the highlight, the Städel Museum which focuses on the old masters. Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) – It was built between 1789 and 1833, and is the cradle of German democracy. The church was used for political meetings and became the seat of the first freely elected German parliament in 1848. You can find it just off the Römer.

The Alte Oper – Or “Old Opera House” was almost completely destroyed by World War II bombing in 1944 but was reconstructed, and reopened on August 28, 1981. It is now perhaps the prettiest building in Frankfurt.

Cider Taverns – The city’s local tipple is “Apfelwein”; a light alcoholic apple cider that is produced in the regions around Frankfurt. You can find some of the best and oldest Apfelwein taverns in the cobblestone streets of the Sachsenhausen district. Weekly markets – The city is full of local markets, which take place at least once a week and where you can buy yummy German food, Apfelwein, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and dairy produce, flowers and many other products.

Our favourite places to stay: • • • •

Best Western Hotel Plaza Concorde Hotel Citadines City Centre Frankfurt Steinberger Frankfurter Hof

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Dreikonigskirche

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Munich Munich is a trendsetter city. It gave the world pale lager beers, Helles and Pilsner, beer halls and gardens, and of course the world famous Oktoberfest. Sipping on a stein, munching on a hearty bierwurst and listening to some oompah music – you’re in Munich; you just have to do it. Walk it all off visiting Marienplatz where the faux Middle Ages Rathaus stands over the city. Aim to be there at 11am to see the glockenspiel clock re-enact two stories from the 16th century. The Frauenkirche is a real piece of medieval architecture that you can’t miss and you can easily spend an hour wandering through Viktualienmarkt (the Victual Market).

Our favourite things to see and do Marienplatz – The heart of Munich since its foundation in 1158, it is here you will find the famous Glockenspiel which goes off every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm, and is free to view. Oktoberfest – Originally a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s wedding to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in October 1810. Today it is the largest beer drinking festival in the world. Don’t let the name fool you, it actually takes place from mid September and ends in October. Booking early is essential as accommodation is always at a premium.

Hofbräuhaus – Quintessentially Bavarian. The Hofbräuhaus is a historic beer hall selling traditional food and fantastic beer. The hall is made up of long wooden tables and benches. Nearly always you’ll need to share a table with strangers, but don’t worry, after your second stein we bet you’ll all be the best of friends. Frauenkirche – The most well known and largest cathedral in Munich. Its two towers can be seen throughout the city. The South Tower is open for you to climb for great views of Munich. BMW Muesum

Oompah Music – Associated with Volkstümliche Musik, a form of popular German music, listening to an Oompah band is a “must do” experience when in Munich.

Our favourite places to stay: • • • •

Kings Hotel Center Eden Wolff Hotel Citadines Munich Arnulfpark Hotel Muenchen Palace

BMW Museum – This is a great Museum and you don’t even have to like cars to enjoy it! The interior design and architecture of the museum itself is extraordinary and the interactive displays and easy to read historical information will keep you interested right to the end. If you do happen to like cars then this place will blow your mind.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

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Experience

Switzerland

The cows and goats really do wear bells in Switzerland, you really can feast on

Fast Facts Country Name:

Switzerland

Population:

8 Million

Capital:

Bern

Currency:

Swiss Francs

Time Zone:

10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

16

02 Jan

Harder Potschete, Bernese Oberland

18-21 Jan

Inferno Ski Race, Mürren

Apr

Combat des Reines, Martigny

Jun

Zürich Festival

30 Jun-15 Jul

Montreux Jazz Festival

18-23 Jul

Paleo Festival, Nyon

Aug

Street Parade, Zürich

chocolate and fondue (or chocolate fondue!) and best of all if you’ve over-indulged you can still reach the summit of a Swiss alp with no effort at all. Switzerland is synonymous with mountains, and although you can get to the top the hard way, part of the charm of this landlocked nation is to reach the summit by other means. The world’s steepest cog railway will take you all the way to the peak of Mt Pilatus, or watch awe-inspiring scenery slip by on a train journey between Zermatt and St Moritz. In Zermatt board one of the highest cable car rides in Europe and then an elevator trip to the summit of Little Matterhorn – on a clear day you can see more than 40 peaks over 4000 metres high. Then there’s the Jungfrau Railway in the spectacular Bernese Oberland and the incredible trip to the highest train station in the world at 3454 metres – a journey of tunnels, glaciers and icy grottos. Back closer to sea level, its cities too are distinctively different – lakeside Lucerne has its iconic covered bridge; cosmopolitan Geneva has the United Nations in residence; Zürich, famed for its bankers, is surprisingly trendy, and of course where could be more fashionable than Montreux and St Moritz? Cheese lovers will make a pilgrimage to Gruyère perhaps, but there are many other villages to explore too, such as picture postcard perfect Appenzell and Andermatt, or Morcote on the shores of Lake Lugano.


Zurich & Lucerne With a picturesque setting at the northern end of Lake Zurich and the Limmat River running through the heart of the Old Town, it’s no wonder that Zurich is such a liveable city. Grab one of the free rental bikes dotted around the city and explore, then reward your efforts at the world-famous Lindt & Sprungli chocolate factory. Take a stroll down Bahnhofstrasse to see wealthy boutiques touting everything from furs to porcelain, and imagine what lies beneath the street in the city’s bank vaults. Lucerne is the ideal starting point for an excursion to the stunning mountain region, a trip up the Pilatus mountain, or take a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne to view the covered medieval wooden Chapel Bridge one of the oldest in Europe. The figure of a dying lion, hewn from the face of a rock, is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.

Our favourite things to see and do Zürich Trolley – Discover the sights of Zürich aboard the unique ‘Classic Trolley’. The first of its kind in Switzerland, it is styled on those of yesteryear, but with all the comforts for today’s discerning traveller. Journey through this beautiful city whilst listening to commentary.

Mountains, Cheese & Chocolate – Start the day with a tour of Zürich, then pass by the beautiful Limmatquai and the Fraumunster Church, before reaching the outlet shop of the famous Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate. On the way back to Zürich visit the cheese factory at Stein where the famous Appenzeller cheese is made. A Walk Around Lucerne – Being a compact city makes Lucerne ideal for touring on foot. Enjoy the wealth of historic sights like Chapel Bridge with its gabled paintings of old battles, the majestic Water Tower, the treasures of its many churches, the quaint maze of cobbled lanes and the waterfront promenade.

Titlis – Eternal Snow at 3020m – This trip to one of the highest vantage points in central Switzerland is not for the fainthearted! Start with a pleasant ride by deluxe motor coach to the mountain resort of Engelberg. From here, board the aerial cable way for a 45 minute journey for stunning 360 degree views of the Alps. Chocolate & Cheese Tasting in Lucerne – Take a private tour, to taste delicious Swiss chocolate and cheese, visit the Lions Monument, stroll through the old town to the old wooden chapel bridge.

Our favourite places to stay: Zurich • Sorell Hotel Rutli • Hotel Helmhaus

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Cruise – View the snowy Swiss Alps from the water on a one hour cruise. With the fresh breeze in your face, listen to the audio guide to learn about historical places of interest, passing forested hillsides and meadows. Zurich Old Town Walking Tour – Delve into Switzerland’s

Lucerne • Waldstaetterhof Hotel • Art Deco Hotel Montana

colourful past on a walking tour of Zurich. Head towards Lindenhof and discover landmarks including the City Hall, St Peter Church and Limmat River. Gain insight into Zurich’s 16thcentury Silk industry in Schipfe.

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Lion Monument, Lucerne

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Experience

Austria

Austria

Fast Facts Country Name:

Austria

Population:

8.5 Million

Capital:

Vienna

Currency:

Euro

Time Zone:

10 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

18

17-22 Jan

Hahnenkamm-Rennen, Kitzbuhel

26 Jan-05 Feb

Mozart Week, Salzburg

May

Franz Schubert Choir Competition & Festival. Vienna

02-05 Jun

Salzburg Whitsun Festival

19 Jul-20 Aug

Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance

20-22 Jul

Pflasterspektakel, Linz

blends alpine scenery with an atmosphere of lost empires and past grandeur. Nowhere is the sense of history stronger than in the capital Vienna, the seat of wealth and power for the Hapsburg royal dynasty. Hear it in the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and see it in the rippling muscles of the Spanish Riding School’s beautiful stallions. It’s even tangible in the waft of coffee aromas and the sinful richness of a slice of Sacher-Torte in a Viennese Kaffehaus. Vienna’s modern face offers treats like the quirky and colourful Hundertwasserhaus, a unique building designed by the eccentric architectural genius Hundertwasser, featuring undulating floors, trees growing inside and a grass-covered roof. Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, has music in its very soul, and also boasts Baroque architectural masterpieces including one of Europe’s largest castles, the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Further to the west, nestled among the mountainous Austrian Tyrol, lies Innsbruck. Venture beyond its medieval alleyways and glittering 15th century Golden Roof for your own “Climb Every Mountain” moment as you wander through a flower-filled alpine meadow and past chalets bedecked with cascades of geraniums. Austria shares borders with nine countries, from tiny Liechtenstein to Hungary, linked to Austria by the mighty Danube. This makes it the perfect launch pad: board a boat in Vienna and cruise upstream into Germany, or head south all the way to the Black Sea.


Vienna & Salzburg Vienna combines the best of past and present – grand architecture, rich culture and compelling history, where you can choose to spend a morning watching the graceful manoeuvres of the Lippizaners at the Spanish Riding School and then challenge your sense of art at the latest exhibition at MUMOK. Salzburg, the striking alpine city, is home to Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music’. The Old Town, a World Heritage area, is on the left bank of the Salzach River and filled with small alleyways, quaint houses, cobblestone plazas, open-air markets and outdoor cafés. The medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress can be reached by a funicular ride from the old town. Visit in July/August when the Salzburg Festival attracts music lovers from around the world.

Our favourite things to see and do Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise – Lipizzaner is one of the most famous horse breeds in the world. The best Stallions were selected for the Imperial Court in Vienna. Accompanied by classical Viennese music the riders and their horses do simple relaxing exercises aimed at refining and perfecting a certain movement. Schönbrunn Concert – Austria is the birth place of classical music, so where better to hear a concert of Mozart and Strauss than in the historic Orangerie of Schönbrunn Palace.

Mozart City Tour – Stroll through Mozart’s Salzburg to see the Palace of Mirabell built in 1606 and take a closer look at this picturesque city including Nonnberg Abbey, Hellbrunn Palace and Mozart’s Wohnhaus. Enjoy a funicular ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest in Europe.

Eagle’s Nest – Drive over the Durrnberg Pass, crossing the German border to reach Obersalzberg via the steep mountain road. Walk through a tunnel into the mountain to the elaborate elevator taking you to the Eagle’s Nest, formerly a meeting place for Hitler and his diplomatic guests, to enjoy breathtaking views. Wachau Tour – Wachau is a region straddling the banks of the Danube, rich in history and blessed with a mild climate and outstanding wines. This UNESCO cultural heritage site is a magical day trip which takes you along the Danube Valley and includes a visit to the Baroque Benedictine Abbey at Melk.

Our favourite places to stay: Vienna • Hotel Savoy • Hotel Tyrol

The Original Sound of Music in Salzburg – Relive your favourite scenes from the classic musical at the film’s iconic sites around the city and see the gazebo where ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’ was shot. Hear about the historical background on Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels and visit the stunning lake district. Bavaria Markets and Salt Mines – Take a tour to get an experience that’s both educational and fun. Don a miner’s uniform, shoot down a slide and ride a boat on the intriguing underground ‘mirror lake’.

Salzburg • Hotel Hofwirt • Hotel Mozart

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Experience

Czech Republic

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Fast Facts Country Name:

Czech Republic

Population:

10.5 Million

Capital:

Prague

Currency:

Czech Crown

Time Zone:

9 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

20

Mar

Almond and Wine Festival, Hustopece

30 Apr

Witches Night, Prague

26-28 May

Prague Food Festival

26 May-03 Jun

Prague Fringe Festival

Jun

Celebration of the Rose, Ceský Krumlov

01-30 Nov

Wine Festival, Ceský Krumlov

o country has burst more colourfully onto the world’s stage since the collapse of the Iron Curtain than the Czech Republic. It’s one of the youngest countries in the world – born as the result of the Velvet Divorce with the Slovak Republic in 1993, which in turn flowed from the Velvet Revolution and freedom from the USSR in 1989. The star of the Republic’s show is its capital Prague, the resplendent, glorious jewel in its crown. Left largely unscathed by bombing in the Second World War and then hidden behind the Iron Curtain, its architecture is beautifully intact. The Golden City, with its sprawling castle, gargoyle-festooned cathedral and historic Charles Bridge, deserves all its top billing but the Czech Republic has much more waiting in the wings. There is no better place to start than Prague but don’t forget that along with its awesome sights it is also home to cosy pubs and street cafés – perfect places to watch the world go by and taste some of the best beers in the world. Beyond Prague lies a fairytale land of castles, forests and picturesque towns such as Ceský Krumlov, embraced by a meander of the Vltava River, and the medieval city of Kutná Hora in the heart of Bohemia. Visit at Christmas time and be enticed with the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. The great news is that the Czech Republic is also sprinkled with spa towns – the perfect way perhaps to soak away a few too many dumplings!


Prague Where else would you find a “New Town” that was founded in the 14th century, a “Square” that’s more of a rectangular boulevard and a castle that stretches almost half a kilometre and incorporates a cathedral, a monastery, palaces, museums and acres of gardens. Prague is a compact city, and one that was made for walking. The Charles Bridge is one of those attractions to which everyone gravitates, which means during the day you’ll be sharing it with a lot of people. But if you set your alarm for an early start to beat the crowds, your reward will be the castle, river and statue-lined bridge all emerging from the mist in the soft pink dawn light – a sight that’s guaranteed to give you goosebumps. From there you’ll be one step ahead of the crowds all day.

Our favourite things to see and do Prague Castle – The largest medieval castle in the world and the jewel of the Czech capital. The castle also contains an exhibition of Czech history and a collection of Bohemian art.

Prague Castle Palace Gardens – First they were vineyards, then Italian-style Renaissance gardens, and after the 1648 Swedish incursions, Prague Castle’s Palace Gardens changed again to take on a Baroque air, complete with terraces, sculptures, impressive steps and fountains. An unmissable place for a summer stroll. The Jewish Quarter – The oldest Jewish settlement in Europe, consists of beautiful historic buildings comprising six synagogues. Discover the tragic part of Jewish history at the Jewish Museum. Charles Bridge – Dating back to 1357 this statue-bedecked bridge is one of the popular tourist spots in Prague, vibrant by day or night, scattered with vendors and entertainers. It offers some magnificent views especially early in the morning and around sunset. Municipal House – This Art Nouveau building is lovely and houses the biggest concert hall in town.

Day Trips – If time allows, a day trip to Ceský Krumlov, Kutná Hora or Karlovy Vary is well worth it. Enjoy a Puppet Show – The art of puppetry has a strong history in the Czech Republic and is not just for children. Catch a show or for a real work of art buy a puppet from Truhlár Marionety in Prague. Our favourite places to stay: • • • •

Hotel Elysee Mamaison Residence Belgická Mamaison Hotel Riverside Augustine, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock – In the heart of the Old Town surrounded by charming Baroque, Gothic and Rococo architecture, the Old Town Square is a great place to hang around, have lunch at one of its many cafés, browse at the market stalls or just wait for the Astronomical Clock to do its thing.

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Experience

Hungary

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Fast Facts Country Name:

Hungary

Population:

10 Million

Capital:

Budapest

Currency:

Hungarian Forint

Time Zone:

9 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

22

Aug

Sziget Festival, Budapest

04-09 Feb

Busójárás – Hungarian Carnival, Mohács

12-14 Feb

Budapest Fish Festival

09-10 Apr

Cherry Blossom Festival, Budapest

24 Jun-05 Jul

Czech Beer Festival, Budapest

Nov/Dec

Christmas Markets, Gyor

t says something for the unique culture and people of Hungary when their favourite activity is playing chess while soaking at an elegant thermal bath complex. Taking to the water in Hungary is a tradition and one not to be missed especially in Budapest, the nation’s stately capital. The River Danube flows through the centre of the city, separating the ancient towns of Buda and Pest. As you explore the city’s medieval heritage, don’t be frightened by the crazy-looking names. Your pronunciation may not fool the locals, but they’ll be thrilled to hear you try and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. For something completely different head to the Statue Park, the last resting place of more than 40 statues from Hungary’s Socialist past. Beyond the city lie lakes and spa towns and the vast Hungarian Plain that still pounds with the sound of hoof-beats – the Hungarians love their horses. Join them on a ride, or watch the Magyar cowboys demonstrate their awesome abilities. Meet Hungary’s dynamic young generation in the university city of Szeged and wander the cobblestone streets of arty Szentendre, one of several towns along the picturesque Danube bend. Hungarian cuisine reflects this country’s unique heritage. The Turks introduced coffee and paprika and it is from here that hearty, rich goulash soup originates. Try turkey roasted with fruit, and for dessert, chestnut cream. Live life to the full the way the Hungarians do.


Budapest A visit to St Stephen’s Basilica will leave you breathless for more than one reason: there are 146 steps to climb if you want to reach the top of the dome, but when you reach the top, you’ll have your breath taken away all over again: the views across the city and the Danube are spectacular. If you need somewhere to recover from your exertions, you’ve chosen the right city, Budapest has been renowned for its thermal hot springs since Roman times. The Art Nouveau-style Gellért Baths are the most famous option, but there are plenty of others, indoors and out. There are many other reasons to love this city, from the impressive architecture to the leafy parks. On World Heritage-listed Castle Hill you can explore museums and monuments, or simply soak up more views of the city and river.

Our favourite things to see and do Terror Museum – This illustrates the decades of Nazi and Communist repression. It is in the former headquarters of the secret police of both these governments and is also a memorial to the victims. It is fascinating, and while presenting the horrors it also makes people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain.

Communism Statue Park (Memento Park Budapest) – Displayed in the park are 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989. You’ll find Marx and Lenin here and gigantic heroic monuments and statues to the ‘workers’ and other famous personalities.

Baths – Budapest has some of the world’s finest Turkish baths. They boast original Ottoman architecture with wonderful octagonal pools, stained glass windows and mosaics. Some are pretty elaborate; just as they were when built in the early 1900s.

Take a Cruise on the Danube – Get out on the river to admire its beauty close up. The Danube River divides ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’, so you can enjoy all the attractions along the river banks at a relaxing pace. Romkocsma – On the hill on the ‘Buda’ side the castle overlooks the city. It houses the Hungarian National Gallery and has certainly had many facelifts over the past seven centuries due to fires, bombings and renovations.

Labyrinth – Under the castle is a 1200 metre cave system

Our favourite places to stay: • • • •

Erzsebet City Centre Boutique Zara Hotel Adina Apartment Hotel Budapest Corintha Hotel Budapest

that was created from hot water springs almost half a million years ago. They have been used as cellars, storage and rooms for the castle. During wartimes in the 1930s it was able to shelter up to 10,000 people.

Gundel – Next to Pest’s City Park, this elite Budapest dining institution has paintings by Hungarian masters adorning the walls. Enjoy a refined Hungarian meal, washed down with Hungarian wines. For dessert you have to try Hungarian palacsinta; a pancake stuffed with chocolate sauce and flambéed.

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Experience

Poland

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Fast Facts Country Name:

Poland

Population:

38.5 Million

Capital:

Warsaw

Currency:

Polish Zloty

Time Zone:

9 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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27 Jan

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Krakow

28 May-04 Jun

Krakow Film Festival

Jun

Orange Warsaw Festival

Jul

Open’er Festival, Gdynia

Jul

Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

03-05 Aug

Woodstock Festival Poland, Kostrzyn nad Odra

ntil recently Poland has been one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Eastern Europe, and yet its biggest drawcard remains exactly that; an amplitude of undiscovered charm. A born survivor, Poland has seen its fair share of wars and bares the wounds to prove it. During WWII Warsaw was all but obliterated, whereas Krakow, too beautiful, with its cobbled streets and fairy-tale charm, was left relatively untouched. Littered with monuments, museums and holocaust memorials, Poland’s painfully blighted past cannot – and should not – be ignored. But it’s not history alone that shapes this revered country. Home to the biggest medieval town square in Europe and the largest Gothic brick castle, Poland’s landscape is saturated in cultural beauty, from forts and ruins, monasteries, abbeys, wooden churches and an architecture that combines everything from the Gothic to the medieval, Baroque and Art Nouveau. Whether you’re tramping from cities to towns, or Baltic coastal villages and ethereal forests, seek out a traditional Polish way of life. Frequent the many milk bars (bar mleczny) and eat wood grilled sausage with a side serving of cabbage. Stand before the windows of elaborate cake displays and salivate over poppy cakes, cream cakes and fruit filled strudels, and experience orchestras, operas and choirs in the grandest of concert halls. If you tire of town life, venture away from the hustle and into Poland’s rich countryside which is teeming with woodland, rivers and forests, Carpathian hillside and a network of lakes and waterways perfect for kayaking and canoeing.


Warsaw & Krakow Poland is a country with a 1000 year history, rich traditions and abundant cultural heritage. Despite the vast destruction during World War II, a lot of cultural wealth remains. The capital, Warsaw, went through huge reconstruction and is now bustling and lively, full of cafés, restaurants, galleries and the walled UNESCO Old Town. Stooge through antique shops and luxurious boutiques, enjoy a reflective coffee amongst the bookshelves in a café-bookshop. Somewhat miraculously, Krakow emerged from WWII totally unscathed, its eclectic mix of cobbled streets, castles and church spires – and the largest medieval square in Europe – stand perfectly preserved. The tree-lined promenade encircles the centre of the city, leading from the ancient Florian gate down to Wawel Castle. There is a whimsical charm existing across the city for your discovery.

Our favourite things to see and do Wieliczka Salt Mine – This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most fascinating Polish monuments. The underground trails lead through numerous drifts, galleries and chambers, where traces of mining activity have been preserved. Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour – Learn about Auschwitz, one of the most well-known concentration camps in the world; approximately 1.5 million people were killed here during WWII. Every year, millions of visitors walk through the gate bearing a fallacious inscription: Arbeit macht frei -Work sets one free.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Warsaw Walking Tour – Enjoy a more intimate look at this vibrant city on a walking tour. Explore the Old Town, admire the Royal Castle and pay a visit to the former Jewish ghetto whilst hearing of the history and the imprint left by the communist era and WWII. Warsaw’s Jewish Heritage by Retro Fiat – Discover Warsaw’s Jewish heritage from the seat of a Fiat 125p. A local guide will lead you on your adventure abroad your vintage vehicle to see the Jewish Cemetery, Nožyk Synagogue and the Ghetto Wall.

Bike Tour of Warsaw – Ride at leisurely pace following a guide to see attractions such as Warsaw Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science and the Vistula River.

Visit Zakopane and Tatras Mountains from Krakow – Escape the bustle of the city and head to the top Our favourite places to stay: Warsaw • Polonia Palace Hotel • Mamaison Residenza Diana Apartments Krakow • Andels Hotel • Senacki Hotel

Warsaw

of Mt Gubalówka on the funicular railway for incredible views. Discover Zakopane’s traditional mountain architecture, shops and the Tatra Museum.

Taste Krakow Street Food – A great way to discover the culinary delights around Rynek Główny is on a walking tour with a guide. Check out eateries, cafés and local stalls to sample Polish favorites, including ‘pierogi’ (stuffed dumplings), ‘obwarzanek’ (an Eastern European spin on the bagel), sour rye soup, pickled cucumber and cabbage and homemade liquor.

Old Town of Gdansk

Krakow

Wawel Castle, Krakow

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Experience

Croatia

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Fast Facts Country Name:

Croatia

Population:

4.3 Million

Capital:

Zagreb

Currency:

Croatian Kuna

Time Zone:

10 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

26

22-26 Feb

Boat Show, Zagreb

19-21 Jun

INmusic Festival, Zagreb

25-30 Jun

Hideout Festival, Novlja

28 Jun-05 Jul

Love International, Tisno

Jul

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Jul

Pula Film Festival, Istria

26 Nov 16-08 Jan 17

Advent Christmas in Zagreb

ehind the overwhelming beauty of Croatia lies a tumultuous history of conquest by Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Turks and Hapsburg emperors, to name just a few. The result is a country that has ancient ruins and medieval cities set against a backdrop of sparkling seas, forests and waterfalls. The culture and cuisine are equally diverse – like pastries crammed with cherries and fish straight from the sea, sizzled in local olive oil. At the southernmost tip sits the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage City. Perched on cliffs above the ocean, Dubrovnik’s stone walls encircle a 14th century town of towers, monasteries and gardens. Terracotta roofs glow in the sunlight while church bells chime. It would be easy to stay within Dubrovnik’s encircling walls but to do so would be to miss out on cities such as Split, which recently celebrated its 1700th birthday. Then there are the islands: Hvar, where the air is fragrant with lavender and rosemary; Korcula, said to be Marco Polo’s birthplace; and the vineyards of Vis. Take a ferry, charter a yacht or join a cruise and explore them yourself. Venturing inland, the capital Zagreb is a rapidly developing vibrant, modern city, and gateway to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s most popular attraction, and another of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sixteen lakes are linked by spectacular waterfalls tumbling over travertine cliffs. The whole park, clad in dense forest, is still inhabited by bears, boar, wolves and rare birds.


Dubrovnik & Split In theory it should only take you around 20 minutes to circle the city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town as it’s only two kilometres. But the sight of terracotta roofed buildings ringed by white stone walls that change to pink in the setting sun, with the Adriatic Sea forming a deep blue backdrop, will repeatedly stop you in your tracks. If you’re island hopping your way down the Dalmatian coast, Split is likely on your itinerary. It’s a jumping off point for some of Croatia’s most popular islands including Hvar, Korcula and Brac, but you’d be missing out if you treat this city as just a transit point. World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace is just one of the drawcards: the ruins of this massive fourth century palace cover over seven acres and you’ll still find homes, restaurants and shops within its walls today.

Our favourite things to see and do Dubrovnik Walking Tour – This walled city is the crown jewel of Croatia. This walk will show you around the historical parts of the city, while you hear an explanation of its turbulent history. You’ll also visit the Dominican Monastery and Museum. Three Islands Cruise – This cruise takes you to the three largest islands in the Elaphite group: Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud. Ruins of former summer residences are scattered along the wooded slopes of these lovely islands. You’ll spend the most time on Lopud enjoying free time. Grand Diocletian Tour – Experience Split on this panoramic tour. See the beach of Bacvice, Museums, Mestrovic Gallery and Marjan Hill for spectacular views of the city and islands. End at the promenade for a walking tour of the city centre including the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sibenik and National Park Krka – Journey to the coastal town of Sibenik. View the sacred site, the Cathedral of St James, and continue along the Riviera to Krka River, a National Park that forms 17 picturesque waterfalls. Here you will have free time to walk, take photos and enjoy the beautiful environment.

Hvar Island

Sea Kayak and Snorkelling – Take advantage of Dubrovnik’s great weather and the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Paddle along the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, to Betina, a cave beach to lounge on the shore or snorkel. Countryside Bike Tour including Wine Tasting –

Our favourite places to stay: Dubrovnik • Hotel Lapad • Hotel Argentina Split • Hotel Slavija • Hotel Luxe

Ston Oysters

Dubrovnik

Head to the village of Gruda to collect your bike and explore the Dubrovnik countryside. Pass olive groves, vineyards, waterfalls and villages while your guide tells you stories of local history. Finish with a visit to an award-winning winery to sample some of their fine wines.

Ston and Peljesac Peninsular Day Trip with Wine Tasting – Take a tour to the Peljesac Peninsular, a land mass crammed with history, culture and plenty of wine and food. Stop in Ston to see the Great Wall of Croatia, the old salt factory and sample the famous oysters and mussels.

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Croatia Island Hopping & Zagreb Packages

A Taste of Zagreb

Dubrovnik Express

Split Coast Express

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Stay in the heart of this vibrant city and experience fine arts and local gourmet delights. Within easy reach from major European cities, Zagreb is also a good hub for the rest of Croatia and neighbouring Slovenia.

Combine with a cruise or tour and extend your stay in Dubrovnik. This mini package includes a 3 night Dubrovnik Hotel stay with full day visits to Croatia’s neighbouring countries. An opportunity to experience more of the Balkans.

Start your journey from Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb. Visit the heart of the continental region before travelling to Split on the Dalmatian Coast. Stopover includes a visit to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Day 1-2: Zagreb Explore the busy city centre on your own, then discover the history of medieval Zagreb.

Day 1: Dubrovnik Walking tour of the Pearl of the Adriatic.

Day 1: Zagreb Spend the day exploring this vibrant city at your leisure.

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes Visit the 16 interconnected lakes renowned for their distinctive colours changing constantly depending on minerals in the water and the angle of sunlight.

Day 2: Zagreb Morning walking tour of medieval upper town.

Day 3: Montenegro Visiting the historical places dotted along the magnificent Kotor Bay.

Day 3: Zagreb – Plitvice – Split Visit the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park on the way to Split.

Day 4: Dubrovnik Departure transfer.

Day 4: Split Transfer to port to join your cruise.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: Return transfers, 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Zagreb walking tour, full day guided trip to NP Plitvice Lakes

Inclusions: Return transfers, 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, taxes and sightseeing

Inclusions: Return transfers, 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, taxes and sightseeing

Price Guide From: $645

Price Guide From: $910

Day 4: Zagreb Day at leisure until departure.

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Price Guide From: $910

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Croatian Delight Tour

Dubrovnik Island Hopping

Split Island Hopping

5 days/4 nights

5 days/4 nights

6 days/5 nights

Medieval architecture and tranquil lakes will delight you on this tour featuring the “Must See’s” of Croatia. Tour connects with cruises giving the opportunity to experience both the lush inland and rugged coastline.

Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic and Renaissance Korcula at your own pace with all the worry of getting around taken care of. This flexible programme can be adjusted further to suit your individual requirements.

If you want to visit Croatian islands but cannot make the weekend cruise departures, this super flexible programme is the best way to experience spectacular Dalmatia having ample time to explore at your own leisure.

Day 1: Zagreb Tour starts with a welcome dinner.

Day 1: Dubrovnik Discover the ancient city embraced by medieval ramparts.

Day 1: Split

Day 2: Dubrovnik – Korcula Afternoon catamaran to Korcula.

Day 3: Hvar Day at leisure to enjoy sunny Hvar.

Day 3: Plitvice – Trogir – Split Journey along the Dalmatian coast visiting UNESCO Heritage sites.

Day 3: Korcula Day at leisure to enjoy the birthpace of Marco Polo.

Day 4: Hvar – Brac Early morning catamaran to Bol on Brac.

Day 4-5: Split – Dubrovnik Discover Dubrovnik.

Day 4-5: Korcula – Split

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: Return transfers, 4 nights accommodation, breakfast & dinner daily, sightseeing in Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik

Inclusions: Return transfers, 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transfers and catamaran tickets

Inclusions: Return transfers, 5 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, all transfers and catamaran tickets

Day 2: Zagreb – Plitvice Engage in history and natural beauty of Croatian inland.

Price Guide From: $1160

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Day 2: Mostar Full day trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina and its crown jewel, the intriguing Mostar.

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Price Guide From: $785

Day 2: Split – Hvar Morning catamaran to Hvar.

Day 5: Brac Day 6: Split

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Price Guide From: $830

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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


Experience

Nordic Countries

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orthern lights, midnight sun, long cold winters, cutting edge design, fjords and Santa’s home are what come to mind when you think of Scandinavia & Iceland – oh, and of course those Abba songs that just get stuck in your head. Sweden gave us Abba and the Smorgasbord, so dig in and explore the 24,000 islands and islets around Stockholm, head north to the Arctic Circle, visit Iceland with its dramatic landscapes or travel south to the waters of the Baltic Sea. Take a ferry across to Finland and sample the nightlife of Helsinki where you can easily get home with the sun, it starts to rise at 3am! Lapland in the north makes up a third of Finland, if you visit in the winter you can set out across the tundra on a snowmobile safari and learn about the Sami (Lapp) people. It’s also home to Santa Claus, who lives near Rovaniemi – be sure to send a post card from his post office. Cross into Norway and you’ll find yourself in one of the most remote corners of Europe. It is along the breathtaking coast of Norway that during the winter you may be lucky enough to experience one of the world’s natural spectacles – aurora borealis or the northern lights. Venture south to Oslo, a thriving city founded by the Vikings in the 11th century. Head across to the southernmost Scandinavian state, Denmark, where ferries ply the waterways that link its 500 islands – a modern day reminder of its past as the home to the seafaring Vikings. Copenhagen on the island of Zealand is made for walkers with Europe’s longest street and the beautiful Tivoli Gardens. Gimme Gimme Gimme!

Fast Facts Country Name:

Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden & Iceland

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9 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 Feb

Winter Lights Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

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Beer Day, Reykjavik, Iceland

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Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

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Taste of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

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Helsinki Festival, Finland

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Jazz Festival, Oslo, Norway

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Copenhagen, Denmark Your time in Copenhagen will surprise and delight. For the style-conscious, you’ll be kept well-entertained by the Stroget, Europe’s longest shopping street, while Europe’s oldest functioning observatory, the Round Tower, is the perfect spot for a bird’s eye view of the city. No visit to this city would be complete without a pilgrimage to the statue of the Little Mermaid, but if you really want to get in touch with your inner child, the Tivoli Gardens are a true wonderland. The city frequently tops the “most liveable” lists – grab one of the 1000+ free bicycles dotted in locations all over the city and find out why for yourself.

Our favourite things to see and do Panoramic Tour & Canal Tour – Starting by coach, you’ll pass the city’s famous sights before heading to the old fish market where you’ll board a boat and cruise through the bustling harbour then along the picturesque canals of Christianshavn and Frederiksholm. Hop on Hop Off City Tour – See the sights of the city at your own pace from an open top double decker. Get a bird’s eye view of Copenhagen’s swirling towers and turrets, and visit the Little Mermaid, to whom sailors appealed for forgiveness of their sins while they were in port. Copenhagen Food Tour – Immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s culinary scene on a walking tour. Follow your food-loving guide off the beaten path to see some of the city’s hidden highlights, ranging from an organic cheese shop to a Danish fair trade chocolatier to a craft microbrewery. Taste handcrafted confections, rich cheese, an array of sausages and refreshing beers. Castles Tour of North Zealand and Hamlet Castle – Uncover the mysteries behind the fairy tale castles of Copenhagen on a full-day tour of North Zealand, a region just outside the Danish capital. Visit Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO Heritage site and the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, and delve into the intriguing history of the fortress. Admire the architecture of Fredensborg Palace, residence of the Danish royal family, and the ancient Frederiksborg Castle.

Bike City Tour – Take a small group guided cycle tour around this bike-friendly city and see prominent landmarks like Amalienborg Palace, the star-shaped Kastellet Fortress, and The Little Mermaid, as you enrich your knowledge of Denmark’s historical heritage.

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Alexandra Hotel Imperial Hotel Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

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Stockholm, Sweden With the central city stretching across 14 islands, the outlying archipelago comprising 24,000 islands and over thirty percent of its area made up of waterways, you’ll soon understand why Swedes refer to Stockholm as the “Venice of the North”. One of its most popular islands is Djurgården: home to Skansen, the world’s oldest openair museum, plus parks, galleries and loads of open spaces. It’s like taking all the best bits of Sweden and putting them on one small island. For a taste of old Sweden, walk the streets of the “Gamla Stan”, then when your feet grow weary of cobblestones, you can descend into an underground café for a restorative coffee.

Our favourite things to see and do Vasa Museum – One of the most visited museums in all of Scandinavia, this maritime gem is home to the 64-gun warship ‘Vasa’, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Salvaged in 1961, it’s located on the tranquil green island of Djurgården, a short walk or ferry ride from the city. Stockholm Hop on Hop Off Tour – Discover the renowned Royal Palace, Swedish design-ware shops and excellent cafés and restaurants. Hop aboard and explore Stockholm and its sights at your own pace. Each stop is carefully chosen and includes the City Hall, the Vasa Museum and Skansen.

Explore Stockholm’s Culinary Scene – Follow your guide to seven different stops in restaurants, specialty shops, farmers’ markets and bars over the course of a 3.5 kilometre walk. Taste Swedish specialities such as salty licorice, gourmet chocolate served at the royal weddings, fish soup and Sweden’s famous meatballs.

Rune Stone, Taby

Ghost Walk and Historical Tour – Learn about Gamla Stan’s haunted history on a ghost tour. Hear tales of spirits and vampires, myths and legends about murders and unsolved mysteries. Follow a guide with a lightened lantern down the narrow alleyways of Stockholm’s oldest neighbourhood, where history and mystery will come alive through storytelling. Delve into Viking History – Uncover the mysteries of Sweden’s rich history with

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Lilla Rådmannen Freys Hotel Victory Hotel

a guide and visit sites of profound cultural interest. See a collection of ancient runic stones at Täby; decipher ancient inscriptions at Granby; and visit Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna, to browse bespoke boutiques and wander charming medieval streets.

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Oslo, Norway In terms of land area, Oslo is one of Europe’s largest capital cities, but by population it’s one of the smaller, which means there is plenty of room for everyone, and for all of the activities that Norwegians are mad on. Skiing, sailing, kayaking, even ski-jumping: all of these are on offer within close range of the city centre, and in some pretty spectacular settings. But don’t assume that it’s only worth a visit if you’re an adrenaline junkie: cultural buffs can head for the National Gallery or the open air sculpture park, Vigeland Park, or for a taste of Norway’s past, you must visit the Norwegian open-air Folk Museum.

Our favourite things to see and do Oslo Panorama – This is Oslo in a nutshell - you’ll have a good introduction of major sights including a visit to Vigeland Sculpture Park and to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Fjord Sightseeing Tour – Oslo in the summer is all about the water, swimming and sailing - this is a great way to see more of this outdoor lifestyle. Head through narrow sounds, idyllic bays and pass a maze of islands with pretty brightly coloured painted summer houses. Akershus Fortress ©Julip

Nordic Food Walking Tour – Walk with a guide to discover a tempting array of eateries, sip locally produced craft beer, at the market nibble on cheese tasters and homemade honey and in a prestigious restaurant sample delicious local specialities like aquavit sausages and strawberries.

Historic River Walk – Guided walk along Akerselva River. Experience Oslo’s ‘Green Lung’ on a guided riverside walk. Learn how the hub of Oslo’s industrialisation has been transformed into a popular outdoor space lined with cafés and art galleries. Enjoy a bite at Mathallen, a gourmet food court where you can find seafood, hams and cheeses and Asian street food. Tour Oslo by Segway – After some basic Segway training, buzz through the city streets taking in some of the sights as you go - the National Opera House, Parliament and the University of Oslo, the Royal Castle, the Aker Brygge neighbourhood and visit Akershus Fortress, an impressive medieval castle once used as a prison.

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Scandic Vulkan Hotel Thon Opera Hotel Hotel Continental

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Helsinki, Finland Named the ‘Design Capital of the World’ in 2012, Helsinki is also known as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Almost completely surrounded by water, it sits on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Influences from both the East and West have fashioned the city’s architecture with an interesting combination of Nordic Minimalism, Modernism and Art Nouveau. The city has its own Design District with a number of walking routes and in summertime there are open air markets which are a food lover’s paradise. Other notable attractions include the Temppeliaukio Church, quarried out of the natural bedrock, and the UNESCO listed Suomenlinna, one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world.

Helsinki Cathedral

Our favourite things to see and do Open Bus Tour Hop on Hop Off – A great way to discover the rich history of this city! See the highlights and hear the true story of Helsinki. Hop on and off as much as you like and to make your ride comfortable, there is free WiFi on the buses and experienced staff.

Helsinki Card – A sightseer’s best friend, you can see the whole city with just this one

Porvoo

card which will save you time, money and energy. You’ll have unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trams and selected trains and ferries, plus you’ll receive great discounts around the city in restaurants, shops, saunas and concerts.

Take a Trip over to Porvoo – The delightful town of Porvoo is 800 years old which is evident as you stroll through the cobbled Old Town to admire the cathedral, the Town Hall and traditional, red-painted store houses along the riverside. Browse the charming crafts shops and boutiques for souvenirs.

Experience Sibelius Finland Live Music at Helsinki National Hall – This one hour live performance of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius’ masterpieces is accompanied by projected images of unspoiled Finnish natural landscapes. You also receive a festive drink and a CD of Sibelius’ works. Shows are at 12.30pm daily. Sibelius Monument

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Helka GLO Hotel Art Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Cycle through Helsinki’s Central Park – Ride through the Finnish forests that exist inside the city borders. A guide will point out the fundamentals of Finnish nature and how their lifestyles and housing choices incorporate nature into their everyday life. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the flora. Admire Helsinki on a Canal Cruise – Hop aboard a boat to view the shorelines and surrounding archipelagos of beautiful islands. Pass the UNESCO listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, see Finland’s fleet of gigantic icebreaker ships, sail into the scenic Degerö Canal, and hear all about Helsinki’s eventful past from the onboard commentary.

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Reykjavik, Iceland The capital and only city in Iceland, Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. It’s a buzzing city with heaps of contrast. You’ll see interesting architecture with colourful old houses, visit many contemporary art galleries and museums, and spend time in its thriving café and restaurant scene. In summer take advantage of the endless daylight hours, stroll around the city and enjoy the many festivals and events on offer, or maybe rent a bike and head into the surrounding countryside. During the long months of winter, marvel at the dramatic landscapes and the allure of the northern lights.

Our favourite things to see and do Reykjavik Hop On Hop Off Tour – Explore the city at your leisure, with the opportunity to hop on and off at conveniently located bus stops. You’ll see Reykjavik Harbour, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Laugardalur Thermal Pools and Spa.

Puffin Tour – Sometimes known as a “sea parrot”, the puffin is famous for its colourful beak that blooms to colour in summer and fades to grey over winter. Spending most of their lives at sea, puffins only come to land in summer to breed. You will see thousands of these birds on the island they inhabit. Northern Lights Mystery Tour – Visible from September through April and only seen on a clear night, the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s most spectacular displays. If you are lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights, you will see swirling light in a wild and carefree manner dancing across the sky. Whale Watching – Cruise Falaxflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales and watch out for harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. Learn about some of Iceland’s most majestic native wildlife from the onboard guide. You get thermal coveralls to wear and there is a warm indoor viewing area. Thingvellir National Park

Viking Horse Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon – Head to the Blue Lagoon to relax in the waters or have a geothermal steam bath. On the way stop for an authentic Viking experience – riding an Icelandic horse through rugged countryside.

Walk through ‘Game of Thrones’ Filming Locations – Take a tour with an expert guide and visit famous locations featured in the TV series including the White Walkers’ stomping ground at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Thjorsárdalur Valley and the nearby site where a village was massacred by the Wildlings, and soak up the incredible Lake Thingvallavatn scenery.

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Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Alda Hotel Centerhotel Thingholt HIlton Reykjavik Nordica


Nordic Tours

Iceland Burial Rites

Intimate Norway

5 days/4 nights

9 days/8 nights

Norway Cruise, Classic Round Voyage 12 days/11 nights

Immerse yourself in the historical locations that inspired Hannah Kent’s novel ‘Burial Rites’. The novel imagines the final days of Agnes Magnusdottir, a young woman who was the last person executed in Iceland on 12 January, 1830.

Discover Norway with a combination of the splendour of the fjords and delightful Norwegian scenery, hotels full of history and warm, friendly welcomes, and taste great local delicacies. Breathe the fresh air of the fjords.

Hurtigruten is renowned for its collection of voyages to remote and dramatic coastlines in the fjords of Norway. Described as the world’s most beautiful voyage, these journeys cover over 2400km of Norway’s magnificent coastline.

Day 1: Reykjavik Stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to your hotel for a nice relax after your long flight.

Day 1: Oslo Take a walk through Vigeland’s Sculpture Park.

NORTHBOUND JOURNEY Day 1: Bergen

Day 2: Oslo – Balestrand Train to Myrdal and connect on the Flamsbana to Flam for a train journey through the wild, magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. Take the boat to Balestrand to discover Sognefjord.

Day 2: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde

Day 2: Reykjavik – Akureyri Take a short flight to Akureyri, a town with many historical and cultural attributes. Enjoy the historical museums, cafés and art galleries. Day 3: Burial Rites – Vatnsnes Peninsula Tour Visit the hauntingly beautiful Vatnsnes Peninsula, a natural fortress used during Viking times and the magnificent Hvitserkur sea stacks. Take a guided tour in the Hunavatnssysla district and learn of the history and life of Agnes Magnusdottir. Visit the farm where the murders took place, the ruined remains of Natan’s workshop, Thristapar, the site of the executions and Tjorn church where Agnes and Fridrik Sigurdsson are buried.

Day 3: Balestrand Walk through the village and visit the Glacier.

Day 3: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik Day 4: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær Day 5: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy Day 6: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg

Day 4: Balestrand – Bergen Boat to Bergen and soak up the atmosphere, wander along the Fish Market and mingle with the locals, explore the UNESCO listed Bryggen or be whisked to the top of Mount Floyen.

Day 7: Båtsfjord, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes SOUTHBOUND JOURNEY Day 7: Kirkenes, Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Berlevåg

Day 5: Bergen – Lofthus Travel through the scenic fjords.

Day 4: Reykjavik Explore the capital city and its lively nightlife.

Day 6: Lofthus Visit the church for views of Folgefonna Glacier, wander through the fruit tree fields.

Day 5: Reykjavik Tour ends today.

Day 7: Lofthus – Rosendal Step into history staying at a castle.

Day 8: Mehamn, Kjøllefjord, Honningsvåg, Havøysund, Hammerfest, Øksfjord, Skjervøy, Tromsø Day 9: Tromsø, Finnsnes, Harstad, Risøyhamn,Sortland, Stokmarknes, Svolvær, Stamsund Day 10: Bodø, Ørnes, Nesna, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund, Rørvik

Day 8: Rosendal – Bergen Return to Bergen by boat.

Day 11: Trondheim, Kristiansund, Molde, Ålesund

Day 9: Bergen Tour ends today.

Day 12: Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy, Florø, Bergen

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov)

Departures: Daily departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Daily departures ( Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transfers in Akureyri, round trip flights Reykjavik-Akureyri, guided Burial Rites tour with transport to Vatnsnes Peninsula

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, daily breakfasts, public transport as per itinerary

Inclusions: 11 night Hurtigruten Cruise from Bergen roundtrip, full board and taxes

Price Guide From: $3089

Note: Not all ports visited are shown on the map

Price Guide From: $1767

Price Guide From: $2320

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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 that 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 relationship-testing 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 kms and comprehensive insurance. Once all that’s sorted, you’re ready to hit the road!

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1328

1076 1286

600

896

974

935

1082

548

175

1342

429

410

376

Zürich

815

843

1360

402

152

277

441

311

754

788

453

1170

743

657

341

606

657

814

986

857 857

Copenhagen

36

Stockholm

74

1097

Oslo

1336

585

Hamburg

824

762

Copenhagen

410

1114

Zürich

984

809

Zagreb

682

546

Vienna

440

1654

Split

Munich

1907

764

Salzburg

Luxembourg City

202

Rotterdam

Geneva

656

Opatija

Freiburg

202

Frankfurt

Brussels

Dubrovnik

656

Brussels

Amsterdam Berlin

Berlin

Distances are approximate, in kilometres and based on direct routes.

Amsterdam

Approximate Distances

Hamburg

341

Oslo

606

814

Stockholm

657

986

531 531


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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Minimum age requirements (varies from country to country)

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Optional equipment eg. child seats, roof racks

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When you collect your car Hertz will take an imprint of your credit card as security. This can be between £250-£750

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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.

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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.

Group

Compact Plus

Family Standard

Family Plus

Family Luxury

Max Seatbelts

2

4

6

6

Max Berths

2

4

6

6

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* 38


Romantic Road to the Black Forest Marvel at the Bavarian landscapes half-timbered chalets and magnificent castles with alpine foothills forming a stunning backdrop along the Romantic Road. Meander from Frankfurt to Munich, pass scenery mirrored in Lake Constance and explore the enchanting Black Forest, straight out of Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

BELGIUM 8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Frankfurt Darmstadt

Day 1: Frankfurt – Darmstadt – Heidelberg (97km) Visit Heidelberg Castle whose Gothic ruins dominate the skyline. Explore the old town and see the Main Street, Karl’s Gate and The Old Stone Bridge. Day 2: Heidelberg – Wurzburg – Rothenburg (221km) Make your way to the walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, on the Romantic Road, with cobbled streets and charming ramparts. Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Dinkelsbühl (48km) Germany’s Romantic Road winds through countryside, connecting walled towns and cute villages.

GERMANY Wurzburg

Heidelberg

Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber Dinkelsbühl Nördlingen

FRANCE Freiburg

Titisee-Neustadt Augsburg

Munich Meersburg AUSTRIA Schaffhausen Füssen Lake Constance Lindau Neuschwanstein

Day 4: Dinkelsbühl – Augsburg – Munich (177km) Wake up in the beautiful city of Dinkelsbühl, a ‘must do’ on the Romantic Road trail. You’ll feel like you’re staying in a fairytale story book. Soak up Augsburg’s sights, one of Germany’s oldest cities, before reaching Munich.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Day 5: Munich – Fussen (129km) Wander through Munich’s Marienplatz surrounded by historical buildings and see the Glockenspiel show. Visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber – Try a schneeball made from short pastry, formed into a ball and deep-fried in hot butter-fat for four minutes, then dusted with powdered sugar.

Day 6: Fussen – Lindau (106km) Lindau, on Lake Constance (also called Bodensee), is known for its old town situated on an island. Day 7: Lindau – Titisee–Neustadt (159km) Drive through the mountainous dense, evergreen Black Forests, to arrive at the foot of the Feldberg, the highest point in the Black Forest, where the crystal-clear waters of romantic Lake Titisee lie. Day 8: Titisee–Neustadt – Freiburg (32km) Freiburg is surrounded by vineyards and full of Gothic buildings.

SWITZERLAND

ITALY

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle – The most visited castle in Germany but incredibly princess-like and pretty. Christmas Markets – Visit the markets in Würzburg, Bamberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Nordlingen and Augsburg to pick up something special and soak up the festive atmosphere. Explore Lindau and Lake Constance - In the harbour you’ll find a Bavarian Lion statue and the stone Lindau Lighthouse, the perfect spot to have lunch. Further along the harbour front is the 12th century Mangturm, a tower with a Rapunzel’s braid hanging from a window.

Continue over to Basel or up to Strasbourg.

Visit the Lindau Gothic Old Town Hall – Sundays or early morning the square is quieter for better photos of the artwork.

Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $43 per day

Take a boat trip up the Rhine to the Falls – The largest plain waterfall in Europe and easily accessible by car. There are viewing platforms and the amount of water thundering over is awe-inspiring.

Our favourite places to stay: • Hezelhof Hotel, Dinkelsbuhl • Hotel Torbrau, Munich • Hotel Reutemann and Seegarten, Lindau • Maritim Titiseehotel, Lake Titisee

Heidelberg Castle, Germany

Buy a Cuckoo Clock – The famous Hones’ clocks have been produced in Titisee-Neustadt since the 1700’s. Feeling Active– Titisee-Neustadt is the starting point for many a hike and outing in the scenic surrounding area.

Black Forest Village

Clock Museum, Titisee

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Austria - Mountains, Lakes & Rivers Fantastic as a year round destination, this region has spectacular lake and mountain scenery, ideal for active travellers who like walking, hiking and skiing. It has an intriguing imperial history with stunning Baroque architecture, is also rich in music and tradition with a hearty cuisine and many local specialties.

Hallstatt, Austria

CZECH REPUBLIC

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Vienna – Graz (199km) Head into the countryside passing through many vineyards on the outskirts of Graz, often regarded as Austria’s culinary capital. It’s famous for cured meats, pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil and fresh wholegrain breads. Day 2: Graz – Hallstatt (177km) Travel through the Salzkammergut region of pristine lakes, mountain fresh air and gorgeous villages. Settle for the night in this picturesque small town.

Passau

GERMANY Berchtesgaden

Day 5: Salzburg – Passau (118km) Set in Bavaria, Passau is a magical location by the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. Marvel at the incredible architecture especially St Paul’s Church, dating from 1050, and St Stephan’s Cathedral with its 13th century Baroque alters and its grand 17,000 pipe organ. Day 6: Passau – Linz (81km) Take a morning walk through the medieval town before travelling onto Linz. On the outskirts of the town are the lush and famous Botanical Gardens. Day 7: Linz – Melk – Dürnstein (130km) Visit Melk’s famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey perched on a rocky outcrop above the town and overlooking the Danube. Day 8: Dürnstein – Vienna (85km) Explore the charming village of Dürnstein, nestled in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $82 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Heritage, Hallstatt • Hotel Koenig, Passau • Art & Style SPITZ, Linz • Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, Dürnstein

Vienna, Austria

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River

Dürnstein

Linz Melk

VIENNA

Salzburg

Hallstatt

Day 3: Hallstatt – Salzburg (73km) Arise early for some photo opportunities then drive onto stunning Salzburg. Day 4: Salzburg – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg (52km) Discover this nearby German town in the Bavarian Alps. It’s surrounded by a National Park and is right on the Austrian border. In summer, take the elevator to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.

Danube

ITALY

AUSTRIA

Graz

H

Highlights worth seeing along the way Kaiser Josef Market, Graz – Be sure to visit the local farmers’ market. It’s open from 6am in the big market square just behind the opera house. Besides fantastic fresh produce, there are several small restaurants around the market serving local specialties. Dachstein Caves – From Hallstatt explore one of Europe’s most impressive cave systems. Highlights include the Giant Ice Cave with its sub-zero summer temperatures and huge caverns with magnificent frozen waterfalls, and the Mammoth Cave with its huge pipe-shaped galleries. Salzburg – Take a stroll through the old town stopping at the famous coffee house, Café Sacher Salzburg, to enjoy some of the sumptuous Sacher Torte. Mozart’s Birthplace - Visit this house where he was born and whilst in Salzburg, try some exquisite chocolates named after this very famous man. St Stephan’s Cathedral, Passau - Organ concerts are held at 12 noon every day except Sundays and public holidays from May-October. These are well worth stopping by just to absorb the amazing acoustics. Pöstlingberg Hill, Linz – Walk or take the vintage tram from the city centre, up the 550 metres, for outstanding views over Linz. There’s also a magnificent Pilgrimage Church built in 1748, well worth a visit. Cycle along the Danube – Hire a bike and cycle along the riverfront. Wachau Valley – Be sure to immerse yourself in the vineyards and cellars of a local wine estate.

Sacher Torte, Vienna Austria

Eagles Nest, Salzburg Austria

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Netherlands & Belgium Float along the canals of Amsterdam and Brugge, past islands and under cute stone bridges. Drive through a string of cities, small towns and villages through the idyllic countryside of windmills and tulips, walk along the fine beaches of coastal towns and soak up the historical heritage of these watery lands.

Veere, Netherlands

Sneek

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Giethoorn Alkmaar

Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam (16km) Cruise along the canals and marvel at the narrow houses and architecture.

Day 3: Zaandam – Sneek – Zwolle – Apeldoorn (235km) Drive over the 32km causeway, Afsluitdijk, then down to see Sneek’s very old monuments. In the city wall of Zwolle is the Sassenpoort gateway, a heritage site. The little town of Giethoorn has small canals in place of streets, and all transport is by boat.

Day 5: Brielle – Scheveningen – Delft – Brielle (142km) Brielle, a picturesque fortified town, is a perfect base for excursions and the surrounding area is ideal to explore by bike. Madurodam will delight you with its miniature Dutch town. Visit Scheveningen’s beach and pier. Day 6: Brielle – Antwerp – Brugge (228km) Travel past Kinderdijk to see the windmills, then down through Zeeland and cross into Belgium. Walk through Antwerp’s historic city centre. Day 7: Brugge – Ypres – Brugge (146km) Explore Brugge medieval canal system lined with half-timbered houses. Visit Ypres to witness the last post ceremony at Menin Gate. Day 8: Brugge – Ghent – Brussels (105km) Take a canal boat trip around Ghent’s historic city centre, duck into the Museum of Fine Arts and explore the imposing castle overlooking the city. Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $57 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam • Bastion Hotel Apeldoorn Het Loo, Apeldoorn • Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Zalm, Brielle • NH Brugges

Brielle, Netherlands

Edam Volendam Marken

Zaandam Haarlem Aalsmeer AMSTERDAM Scheveningen Delft Madurodam Utrecht Gouda Rotterdam Kinderdijk Brielle Waal River

Day 2: Zaandam – Volendam – Hoorn – Zaandam (146km) Stop in market towns with timeless traditions. See the famous cheese markets of Alkmaar and Edam and the 16th century Haarlam.

Day 4: Apeldoorn – Arnhem – Utrecht – Gouda – Brielle (200km) See Utrecht by canal boat. Drive by parks, woods and country estates. Gouda, dominated by the late-Gothic Town Hall, is famous for the cheese market. Nearby is Oudewater, noted for its 17th-century gabled houses.

Hoorn

Veere

Brugge

FRANCE

Ypres

Ghent

Zwolle

Apeldoorn National Park de Arnhem Hoge Veluwe

NETHERLANDS GERMANY Antwerp

BELGIUM BRUSSELS

Highlights worth seeing along the way Amsterdam’s Sights – Rijksmuseum, the art gallery home to numerous European masters; Anne Frank’s House where the young Jewish girl hid from occupying German forces, the Heineken Brewery, for tours and tastings. Stop and Smell the Flowers – The famous flower auction in Aalsmeer, Amsterdam is open weekday mornings. Just south of Haarlem are the Keukenhof Gardens, flower bed to 7 million flowering bulbs (Open Mar-May). Visit a Working Windmill – Molen de Kat to see the gears moving and climb the ladders for pretty views from the top. Take the Ferry from Volendam to Marken – Explore these two picturesque old fishing villages built largely from wood. Hoge Veluwe National Park – Visit the game reserve, the Kroller-Muller Art Gallery and Museum, and cycle around the park on the free bikes. Around Utrecht – Dom Tower is Netherlands’ tallest and oldest church with breath-taking views of the city. Discover the wonderful monastery garden of the Pandhof and stroll around the old canal of Oudegracht. Kasteel de Haar is a fairy tale castle with medieval towers and bridges. Explore Zeeland – Most of the land is reclaimed and lies below sea level, there are medieval harbour towns, islands and peninsulas and there is a massive engineering project of flood barriers to protect the mainland. Stop in the small town of Veere which retains many 16th century buildings. Visit a Delft Factory - See historic, blue and white ceramics being created.

Brugge, Gouda, Belgium Holland

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Mainland Croatia Croatia is well known for its pristine coastline and secluded coves with more than 1200 islands and islets scattered along the Adriatic. It also has well preserved fortified towns with narrow stone streets, in contrast to its outstanding natural beauty with mountains and vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage lakes.

Marina, Trogir

7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Motovun

Day 1: Zagreb – Opatija (174km) Explore the old town of Zagreb. It’s Gothic, twin-spired Cathedral and 13thcentury St. Mark’s Church are an historic treasure, the pedestrianised centre is lined with outdoor cafés, with shops, museums and parks nearby. Day 2: Opatija Many of the grand belle-epoque waterfront villas from the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire have now been spruced up. The beaches are rocky, some with secluded coves which are great for swimming.

Porec Rovinj Pula

ADRIATIC SEA

Plitvice Lakes

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Zadar

Trogir

Split

Highlights worth seeing along the way Lungomare, Opatija – Take a walk along this seaside promenade which stretches 12kms from Opatija to Lovran.

Day 5: Pula – Opatija (101km) Visit Pula’s well preserved Roman amphitheatre called The Arena. It was built during the 1st century AD and is the sixth largest in the world.

Motovun, Istria – The town is surrounded by a forest which is rich in white truffles. The season lasts from September to December and is said to be as good as the finest Italian and French truffles.

Day 6: Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park (205km) Head off early for the drive through to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes.

Rovinj, Istria – Sometimes called ‘Small Croatian Venice’ as many houses in the old parts rise up from the water. Discover the Old City’s fascinating architecture and pedestrian street, Carera, with its many shops and cafés.

Day 7: Plitvice Lakes – Trogir (241km). Go walking along the lower lake boardwalk and on through to the upper lakes – there are 16 in total plus 92 stunning waterfalls. Drive onto Trogir, the historic and gorgeous UNESCO protected town.

Pula Film Festival – Held in July each year, this is the oldest film festival in Croatia. If you don’t mind joining the crowds, generally 23,000 in summer, then it’s well worth adding it to your must-do list.

Continue onto Split & Dubrovnik, take a cruise or go island hopping to discover some of the Adriatic coastline Rental car: Hertz (Group B) from $45 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Bristol, Opatija • Grand Hotel Palazzo, Porec • Park Plaza Arena, Pula • Hotel Degenija, Rakovica (4 kilometres from Plitvice Lakes)

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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CROATIA

Opatija

Day 3: Opatija – Porec (83km) Head to Istria. Stop enroute in the medieval town of Motovun, overlooking the Mirna river valley. Once in Porec, be sure to visit the 6th century UNESCO protected Euphrasius Basilica, with its amazing Byzantine mosaics. Day 4: Porec – Pula (59km direct ) Take a leisurely drive to Pula stopping at Rovinj, which was once a pretty wee fishing village. The old town is built on an island and the houses are packed tightly together right down to the waterfront.

ZAGREB

SLOVENIA

ITALY

Istrian Pasta – If you’re into pasta, then this is adorable. Specialties include pljukanci and fuži, both served with a variety of sauces. Plitvice Lakes – Arrive early especially in summer to avoid the crowds. We recommend pre-booking tickets/tour, to avoid the queues. It’s definitely worth a day visit as they are really beautiful and unique. Cape Kamenjak, south of Pula – If time allows, be sure to do this bike tour (with optional wine tasting) through the very scenic landscape of this protected nature reserve. Sunset Sea Kayaking, Porec – See the gorgeous city from the water as you paddle along the peaceful waterfront into the setting sun.

Truffles, Istria

Lungomare Coastal Walk

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Touring

Northern, Central & Eastern Europe

Tallinn Estonia


Eastern European Tours

Transylvania Experience

Magic of Poland

Tallinn, Helsinki & St Petersburg

4 days/3 nights

7 days/6 nights

8 day/7 nights

Thanks to Bram Stoker, Transylvania evokes images of vampires, brooding castles and mist covered mountains. In reality it is a beautiful unexplored destination for lovers of medieval art and history.

Visit Krakow, Zakopane and Warsaw on this escorted tour to Poland’s most popular tourist sites and enjoy city tours and many unique sights at each destination.

Love exploring these three iconic cities on an escorted coach and ferry tour offering extensive sightseeing options connecting the Baltics, Finland and Russia.

Day 1: Bucharest – Sibiu Depart Bucharest with your guide. Visit Cozia Monastery and the Baroque palace at Avrig. Enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu before a traditional Romanian dinner.

Day 1: Warsaw Transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers at dinner.

Day 1-2: Tallinn Arrive Tallinn and transfer to your hotel for a tour briefing and welcome drink. The following day enjoy a morning walking tour around the medieval walls and Old Town. Afternoon free.

Day 2: Sibiu – Sighisoara Visit the fortified Saxon church in Biertan followed by a lunch of local dishes with a farming family in the village of Malancrav. Travel to Sighisoara to your hotel in the centre of the medieval wall citadel. Free time to explore the town where Vlad the Impaler was born. Day 3: Sighisoara – Brasov Visit the Clock Tower, Weapons’ Museum and Torture Chambers at Sighisoara before continuing to Viscri and onto Brasov. Afternoon walking tour of the 14th century city including the Black Church, Romania’s first church. Dinner at a popular local restaurant. Day 4: Brasov – Bucharest This morning drive to Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), then continue to the mountain resort of Sinaia to visit the monastery and Peles Castle (Royal Family summer residence). Late afternoon arrival into Bucharest.

Departures: Daily ( Jan-Dec)

Sibiu

Hanover

Biertan

Brasov Bran Cozia Castle Bran Monastery Peles Sinaia Castle

MOLDOVA

GERMANY UKRAINE

Day 5: Krakow Morning sightseeing followed by lunch and afternoon visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Day 6: Krakow Morning free. Afternoon visit to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mines. Tonight dinner with folklore show. Day 7: Krakow Transfer to airport.

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, arrival and LITHUANIA departure transfers, air conditioned coach, BALTIC SEA English only tour escort, sightseeing as per itinerary

POLAND

BUCHAREST

BLACK SEA Innsbruck

CZECH REPUBLIC

BELARUS Lublin

Krakow

SLOVAKIA

Day 4: Helsinki Morning sightseeing including the harbours, Mannerheim Street and Finlandia Hall. Afternoon at leisure. Day 5: Helsinki – St Petersburg Travel east crossing into Russia. Short sightseeing tour of Vyborg Castle continuing to St Petersburg. Day 6: St Petersburg Morning sightseeing tour of St Petersburg’s highlights including Peter and Paul Fortress. Afternoon optional excursion to Pushkin. Day 7-8: St Petersburg Visit the Grand Palace and magnificent landscaped gardens of Peterhof. Afternoon visit to the Hermitage Museum. After breakfast on your last day transfer to the train station or airport.

Departures: Fri (May-Sep) Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, arrival and departure transfers, air conditioned coach, economy hydrofoil, sightseeing & entrance fees with bilingual guides

FINLAND Stockholm Helsinki GULF OF FINLAND Tallinn

Kielce

Zakopane

Day 3: Tallinn – Helsinki Take a short hydrofoil trip to Helsinki. Afternoon at leisure to explore.

Price Guide From: $1399

WARSAW

Lódz Wroclaw Czestochowa Katowice

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Day 4: Zakopane – Krakow Sightseeing of Zakopane before visiting the Tatras for spectacular mountain views and a boat trip through Dunajec River Gorge. Dinner tonight at a traditional restaurant in Krakow.

Olsztyn Price Guide From: $1649

Price Guide From: $2099

Malancrav

Day 3: Warsaw – Zakopane Visit Czestochowa to see the famous Black Madonna then onto picturesque Zakopane.

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 3 nights in 3 star accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners in local restaurants, lunch at a Transvanian farmhouse with organic orchard, English speaking driver/guide and sightseeing & entrance fees

Sighisoara

Day 2: Warsaw Full day sightseeing including the Old Town, Royal Palace, the Warsaw Ghetto, E. Wendel chocolate factory and lunch at local restaurant. Evening Chopin piano recital.

UKRAINE

RUSSIA

St. Petersburg

ESTONIA LATVIA

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


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 pre-booked. So take a look at what we can offer you for your dream holiday!

Prague, Vienna & Budapest

Alpine Countries

9 days/8 nights

15 days/14 nights

The rediscovered jewels of Imperial Europe are the focus of this popular tour. Enjoy the enchanting natural scenery, amazing architecture and the local cuisine as you explore these iconic cities.

Be prepared for not just breath-taking views on this Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour, but also fascinating sightseeing, special experiences and the very best of Central Europe.

Tour Highlights: -- Sightseeing with a Local Guide in Prague, featuring landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock -- Sightseeing with a Local Guide in Budapest, taking in the Parliament building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Castle -- Morning at leisure in Salzburg or join an optional ‘Sound of Music’ excursion -- Admire the passing scenery on the Danube River scenic drive

Tour Highlights: -- Enjoy a special visit to the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm in Piber -- Take a boat cruise across Lake Lugano before dinner (with wine) at the traditional “grotto” Roccabella restaurant -- Guided sightseeing in Munich featuring the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Tower and Königsplatz -- Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna -- Take a mountain train from Täsch to Zermatt, a chalet-town beneath the Matterhorn

Departures: Set departures ( Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights hotel accommodation, buffet breakfast daily, 2 dinners, expert Tour Director, selected sightseeing with Local Guides, first-class coach with air-conditioning

Inclusions: 14 nights superior hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners, expert Tour Director, sightseeing & VIP access to the key sights, deluxe coach with extra legroom

Price Guide From: $999

Price Guide From: $4995 Frankfurt

GERMANY

GERMANY

PRAGUE

POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC

Nuremberg

FRANCE

VIENNA Salzburg

AUSTRIA

FRANCE BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

AUSTRIA

Munich

Black Forest

SLOVAKIA Munich

CZECH REPUBLIC

Rothenburg

Rhine Falls

Täsch Zermatt

SWITZERLAND

Lake Maggiore Lugano

SLOVAKIA

Salzburg

Lucerne Innsbruck Interlaken

Berne

VIENNA

St. Moritz Cortina Lake Como

ITALY

Piber Villach

SLOVENIA

HUNGARY

CROATIA

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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’ll enjoy seamless, splendid travel experiences.

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Imperial Europe

Highlights of Eastern Europe

10 days/9 nights

17 days/16 nights

Intriguing cities of central Europe are brought together as locals share their insight on the history and culture of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, with a pause in musical Salzburg too.

The major capitals of Eastern Europe are encountered on this multicountry trip showing you the contrasts and nuances between the places that once lay either side of the Iron Curtain.

Tour Highlights: -- On your walking tour in Prague see the impressive St Vitus Cathedral, and the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square -- See Budapest’s famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, visit the Fisherman’s Bastion, then enjoy a dinner of Hungarian specialities with a local family -- Admire Hofburg Palace and the grand State Opera House in Vienna; see the magnificent Melk Abbey en route to Salzburg -- Plenty of free time to explore on your own or relax and watch the world go by

Tour Highlights: -- City tours of Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague, with Local Specialists -- Experience the earthly paradise of Lake Bled – a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, and a serene escape set amid forests and mountains -- Visit the concentration camp of Auschwitz – a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust -- Visit Berlin – one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Marvel at the city’s great landmarks as well as the city’s lively nightlife

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners (including Be My Guest), Experienced Travel Director, transport and sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 16 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 8 dinners (including Be My Guest), experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $2695

Price Guide From: $4395 Poznan

GERMANY

POLAND PRAGUE

CZECH REPUBLIC Regensburg Munich

AUSTRIA

Dresden

POLAND

GERMANY

Czestochowa Auschwitz

PRAGUE

CZECH REPUBLIC

Bratislava

Krakow

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA Gyor

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY SLOVENIA CROATIA

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BELARUS

NETHERLANDS BELGIUM

VIENNA

Salzburg

WARSAW

BERLIN

SLOVAKIA Wachau Valley

ITALY

LITHUANIA

FRANCE

VIENNA

BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND ITALY

Lake Bled

HUNGARY

SLOVENIA

Ljubljana

Bratislava

ZAGREB

Lake Balaton

ROMANIA

CROATIA

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

SERBIA

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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. They’ve already done the research and taken care of all the hard work. Insight’s Tour Directors are the best in the business. They enjoy showing you the best places to dine, drink, shop and get the perfect holiday snaps. With more 2 and 3 night stops than other coach tours, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination and when cities come alive at night – you’re right there. It is the finest, most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Europe.

Highlights of Eastern Europe

Grand Tour of Scandinavia

14 days/13 nights

20 days/19 nights

Delve behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to explore these cities of the east. Flourishes from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a melange of medieval charm are juxtaposed against some more sombre reminders of WWII.

Sail the Baltic Sea, crossing rolling tundra and glassy fjords on your search for the midnight sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and pristine scenery.

Tour Highlights: -- Vienna: A private tour with a Local Expert showcases the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace, rich in Rococo and glittering gold -- Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube and Parliament from the Fisherman’s Bastion -- Auschwitz: A powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau -- Warsaw: Gain a fascinating insight into Poland’s Jewish community at the Polin Museum -- Ceské Budêjovice: Tour a local brewery, followed by a sampling

Tour Highlights: -- Copenhagen: Enjoy a summer night at Tivoli Gardens -- Stockholm: Step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gold Room is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles with a Local Expert -- Alta: At a working husky farm, meet the huskies and share in the challenges of competing in marathon Arctic dog sleigh races -- Geiranger: Cruise the deep, blue waters of Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, waterfalls and green vegetation -- Oslo: Stand beneath the prows and hulls of 9th century Viking ships

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Aug)

Inclusions: 13 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts, 6 evening meals, experienced Tour Director, luxury 40 seat coach with extra leg room

Inclusions: 19 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts, 11 evening meals, experienced Tour Director, luxury 40 seat coach with extra leg room

Price Guide From: $4325

Price Guide From: $7175 WARSAW

BERLIN

Frankfurt on the Oder

Alta

Poznan

Coastal Drive Narvik

POLAND Dresden

GERMANY PRAGUE

CZECH REPUBLIC Dürnstein

Oravský Hrad Castle

VIENNA

Mosjøen Trondheim Geiranger

SLOVAKIA

Zvolen

Cesky Krumlov

AUSTRIA

Auschwitz

Kraków

HUNGARY BUDAPEST

Karasjok Ivalo Rovaniemi Kemi Oulu

Tysfjord

Czestochowa

North Cape

SWEDEN Hell

FINLAND Kuopio

Lom Oslo

NORWAY DENMARK COPENHAGEN

HELSINKI Lillehammer STOCKHOLM

RUSSIA

ESTONIA LATVIA LITHUANIA

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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.

Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast

Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland

7 days/6 nights

9 days/8 nights

Golden-roofed towns and pristine national parks. Tranquil islands lapped by turquoise waters. Ancient sites and time-honoured traditions. Discover one of Europe’s most enticing destinations.

Explore remote Alpine valleys, scale mountain slopes by railway and enjoy sublime scenery on this unforgettable tour. Gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions.

Tour Highlights: -- Stay two nights in the enchanting, historic UNESCO listed city of Trogir -- Explore historic Kotor, Montenegro, during a one-night stay -- Stop off at renowned BIBICh Winery for a wine tasting accompanied by exceptional tapas -- Seek beachside bliss with a leisurely day on the Dalmatian Coast’s island of Korcula – reputedly the home of Marco Polo -- Marvel at the beauty of the crystalline lakes and meandering rivers in Krka National Park -- Enjoy a guided tour of the achingly beautiful city of Dubrovnik

Tour Highlights: -- Uncover Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, including Chur and the island of Reichenau -- Enjoy a private tour of the vineyards in Stein am Rhein -- Learn the art of alphorn making in Eggiwil -- Step back in time at Unteruhldingen, the “village on stilts”, opening a window into life during the Stone and Bronze ages -- Visit the kingdom of Liechtenstein, tucked between Switzerland & Austria -- A walking tour of Lucerne, uncover the secrets of Swiss chocolate making -- Climb Mount Rigi on the cog railway

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 dinners, 1 lunch, wine tastings, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transport, breakfast daily, 4 dinners, wine/ chocolate tasting, boat/train trips, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $3385

Price Guide From: $5715

GERMANY

CROATIA

Island of Reichenau Rhine Falls Konstanz Stein am Rhein

Krka National Park Trogir

Split

BOSNIA

ZÜRICH Solothurn

Peljesac Peninsula Korcula Elaphite Islands Dubrovnik

Lindau

Arbon

MONTENEGRO Kotor

Bern Eggiwil

Lucerne Mount Rigi Weggis Brienz Wengen

Liechtenstein Chur

AUSTRIA AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

Jungfraujoch

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Back-Roads Touring

Explore Eastern Europe

Germany’s Romantic Road to Vienna

11 days/10 nights

12 days/11 nights

A land of ancient cities, time-honoured culinary customs and everchanging landscapes. Discover the highlights of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary of this beautiful region.

Perhaps the course of true love runs along Germany’s Romantic Road. Where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to halftimbered chalets and fairy tale castles.

Tour Highlights: -- Sample Czech beer culture on a tour of Prague’s local pubs -- Make authentic Polish Pierogi dumplings at a cooking class in historic Krakow -- View the dramatic Dunajec Gorge as we sail down the river on a traditional wooden raft -- Visit the Czermna Skull Chapel – an 18th Century bone chapel -- Experience the beauty of Wroclaw, the gem of Western Poland -- Pay a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp -- Spend 3 nights in Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe

Tour Highlights: -- Take a horse drawn carriage around the picturesque Schwarzsee lake in Kitzbuhel -- A private wine tasting in the romantically lit imperial cellar beneath the Wurzburg Residence Palace -- Sleep in a 135-year-old castle hotel in Sankt Gallen, situated on the edge of a forest surrounded by mountains -- Spend a day exploring Neuschwanstein Castle -- Drive through the majestic mountains and alpine pastures of the Tyrol region -- Explore Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace and visit Admont Abbey

HOLLAND

UK

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

London

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 5 dinners, 1 lunch, food and beer tour, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 5 dinners, 1 lunch, guided tours, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $5225

Price Guide From: $5995

ENGLISH CHANNEL Wroclaw Swidnica

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks

Klodzko Ladek Zdroj

Polanica Zdrój PRAGUE

GERMANY

Frankfurt Würzburg Rothenburg Heidelberg Dinkelsbühl

POLAND Auschwitz

Kletno

CZECH REPUBLIC

Kraków Wieliczka

FRANCE

Szczawnica

Zakopane

Spišská Sobota

SLOVAKIA Banská Bystrica

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

CZECH REPUBLIC

Schönbrunn Dürnstein Palace Munich Salzburg Melk Hallein Sankt GallenVIENNA Neuschwanstein Castle Füssen Admont Hallstatt Kitzbuhel Innsbruck Hall SWITZERLAND Augsburg

AUSTRIA

Visegrád

ITALY

BUDAPEST

SPAIN

GULF OF LIONS MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY

Assisi

ADRIATIC SEA

Monte Cassino

Rome Naples Isle of Capri

Pompeii

Sorrento

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Cruising

The Waterways

Baltic Sea, Sweden


Avalon Waterways Avalon Waterways has designed a cruise experience where everything you want included already is – 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. Our 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.

Active Discovery on the Danube

Magnificent Europe

9 days/8 nights

15 days/14 nights

Active Discovery is an exciting new type of cruise that introduces you to the people and places of Europe in the most engaged and fun ways imaginable. Every port gives you a world of possibilities.

See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. You will visit quaint towns and see fascinating architecture and historic buildings dotting the landscape.

Cruise Highlights: -- Join a tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s largest -- Paddle a canoe on a guided tour down the Danube -- Enjoy a bike tour through Vienna -- Attend a medieval knights tournament at Visegrad’s Lower Castle -- Learn some local “Fungarian” words and phrases on a walking tour through Budapest

Cruise Highlights: -- Canal cruise in Amsterdam -- Guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk in Cologne -- Cruise the Rhine Gorge -- Guided sightseeing and visit the Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg -- Guided sightseeing in Bamberg -- Guided walk in Regensburg, Passau and Dürnstein

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

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

Inclusions: 7 night deluxe cruise Linz to Budapest, 1 night Budapest, all meals onboard while cruising, wine, beer & soft drinks with all on board lunches and dinners, local guided sightseeing, Professional Cruise Director, gratuities for onboard crew, port charges, WiFi access

Inclusions: 14 night deluxe cruise Amsterdam to Budapest, all meals onboard while cruising, wine, beer & soft drinks with all onboard lunches and dinners, local guided sightseeing, Professional Cruise Director, gratuities for onboard crew, port charges, WiFi access

Price Guide From: $5536

Price Guide From: $7931

NETHERLANDS

CZECH REPUBLIC

Amsterdam

GERMANY

Linz

Grein

Spitz

Mauthausen

SLOVAKIA Krems Vienna

AUSTRIA

GERMANY Cologne

Danube River

Bratislava

Rüdesheim

Würzburg

Budapest

FRANCE

SLOVENIA

CROATIA

ROMANIA

SWITZERLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC

Nuremberg

Regensburg

HUNGARY ITALY

POLAND

Bamberg

Passau

SLOVAKIA

Dürnstein Bratislava Vienna Budapest AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

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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.

Rhine, Rhône & Moselle

Magnificent Europe

18 days/17 nights

24 days/23 nights

Cruise the Moselle, Rhine and Rhône rivers in one unique holiday starting in Barcelona and finishing in Amsterdam. Explore river life, scenic towns and historic cities on your European adventure.

Memorable city stays in bustling Berlin & the Golden City of Prague, a luxury river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, topped off by a city stay in enchanting Paris create this journey from east to west Europe.

Cruise Highlights: -- Unique guided cultural experiences in up to 20 towns, villages and cities -- Excursions and entertainment included -- Choose your excursion activity in 16 destinations -- Experience a gourmet feast at Lyon’s L’Abbaye de Collonges -- Explore Namedy Castle, before a lavish banquest -- Visit a local family in Speyer for a special afternoon tea -- A private tour of Grignan Castle including a cocktail reception with music and local delicacies -- Tour Schlagkamp Winery & Wine Museum in Cichem

Cruise Highlights: -- Unique guided cultural experiences in up to 23 towns, villages and cities -- Excursions and entertainment included -- Choose your excursion activity in 10 destinations -- Enjoy a private tour of Chateau Jemniste near Prague followed by lunch and a falconry display -- Marvel at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest on a guided tour and enjoy a private opera recital -- Soak in the spirit of the Hapsburg Empire on a private rail journey

Departures: Set departures (May-Jul)

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

Inclusions: 14 night river cruise onboard an Aria class ship from Arles to Amsterdam, 3 nights in Barcelona, all meals whilst cruising, standard beverages throughout the cruise, sightseeing & 44 meals as per itinerary, APT Cruise Director, port taxes and gratuities UNITED

Inclusions: 3 nights each Berlin & Prague, 14 night river cruise onboard a Concerto class ship from Budapest to Amsterdam, 3 nights Paris, all meals whilst cruising, standard beverages throughout the cruise, sightseeing & 55 meals as per itinerary, APT Cruise Director, port taxes and gratuities

KINGDOM

Price Guide From: $13,995 NETHERLANDS Leeghwater Amsterdam

Key: Cruise Coach

BELGIUM Cochem

FRANCE

Colmar

Cologne Bonn GERMANY Andernach Koblenz Mainz

CZECH REPUBLIC

Speyer Black Forest Breisach Basel

Belleville Vienne

SWITZERLAND

Lake Geneva Lyon

ITALY

Tournon Grignan Les Baux-de-Provence Arles

Viviers Avignon

SPAIN

Perpignan

AUSTRIA

Price Guide From: $15,295

POLAND

NETHERLANDS Key: Cruise Coach Train

Amsterdam

GERMANY Potsdam

BERLIN

POLAND

Cologne Dresden Bonn Andernach BELGIUM Rüdesheim Bamberg PRAGUE CZECH Miltenberg Nuremberg REPUBLIC Würzburg Rothenburg Regensburg Dürnstein SLOVAKIA FRANCE Passau Linz Bratislava BUDAPEST Saltzburg Melk VIENNA Esztergom Ghent

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

Barcelona

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Europe draws travellers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art and culture. Taste rich chocolate sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse. Stroll through the vibrant and fragrant Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam, or bask in the glow of old-world traditions at the holiday markets in Germany. Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship. Sailing the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers - you will discover the heart of Europe’s charming waterside villages and exciting cultural centres, while enjoying the most relaxing way to holiday.

European Jewels

Highlights of Eastern Europe

15 days/14 nights

10 days/9 nights

Embark on a history-steeped, perfectly paced river cruise, through four countries, along three great rivers, uncovering the true jewels of European history, culture and art.

Discover the magic and mystery of Eastern Europe on this new voyage, including incredible scenery, welcoming locals and an abundance of historical treasures as your cruise takes you to five fascinating countries.

Cruise Highlights: -- Cruising the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers -- Eight UNESCO World Heritage sites -- Melk Abbey’s great library overlooking the Danube -- Walk through the medieval lanes of Bamberg -- Stand beneath the Würzburg Residenz’s soaring ceiling fresco -- Appreciate the more modern ingenuity of the Main-Danube Canal -- Sample regional delicacies and sip the fine Rieslings that hail from the Rhine River Valley

Cruise Highlights: -- Experience Budapest from an authentic local perspective -- Meet friendly Croatians during a visit to a local farm and home-hosted lunch -- Enjoy a city tour of Belgrade and visit the Karadjordevic Dynasty Palace -- Sail through the imposing cliffs known as the Iron Gates -- Explore rock-hewn monasteries, eerie rock formations and ornately decorated churches -- City tour of Bucharest including Romania’s most famous building, the People’s Palace

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

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 14 night river cruise in luxury riverview stateroom, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, 12 days of guided excursions plus onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, all tips and gratuities

Inclusions: 7 night river cruise in luxury riverview stateroom, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions plus onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, 2 nights Bucharest luxury hotel, all tips and gratuities Price Guide From: $6799 (Cat 3)

Price Guide From: $12,209 (Cat 3) Key: Cruise Coach

NETHERLANDS Key: Cruise Coach

AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

POLAND

Cologne

Frankfurt BELGIUM Würzburg Rüdesheim Bamberg CZECH Miltenberg Nuremberg REPUBLIC Wertheim FRANCE Heidelberg Kelheim Regensburg Weissenkirchen Passau Engelhartszell Melk VIENNA BUDAPEST

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY CROATIA

ROMANIA Osijek

Vukovar

BUCHAREST

BELGRADE

SERBIA

Giurgiu Vidin Veliko Tarnovo

Rousse Ivanovo Arbanasi

BULGARIA

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Baltic Cruise 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.

Northern Europe

Baltic Capitals

8 days/7 nights

10 days/9 nights

Explore a vast array of cultures and languages. Cruise to historic Tallin, the modern and magnificent St. Petersburg as well as other Baltic States on this Copenhagen roundtrip.

Unlock the mysteries of the Baltics, step into the realm of wonder in The Hermitage Museum, and explore the splendours of St. Petersburg. From history to the arts, much awaits your discovery.

Cruise Highlights:

Cruise Highlights:

Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00pm Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Stockholm, Sweden 9:00am 4:00pm Day 4: Tallin, Estonia 9:00am 4:00pm Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation 7:00am 7:00pm Day 6: At sea Day 7: Kiel, Germany 10:00am 6:00pm Day 8: Copenhagen, Denmark 8:00am

Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark Embark 5:00pm Day 2: Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany 7:30am 10:00pm Day 3: At sea Day 4: Tallin, Estonia 9:00am 5:30pm Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russia 8:00am Day 6: St. Petersburg, Russia 7:00pm Day 7: Helsinki, Finland 7:00am 4:00pm Day 8: Stockholm, Sweden 8:00am 4:00pm Day 9: At sea Day 10: Copenhagen, Denmark 7:00am

Departures: Set departures (May-Aug)

Departures: Set departures (16 May-28 Sep 17)

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

Inclusions: 9 night cruise aboard Norwegian Getaway, 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: $1309 (Based on lead in interior cabin category)

Price Guide From: $2145 (Based on lead in interior cabin category)

St Petersburg

SWEDEN Tallinn

Stockholm

RUSSIA

Helsinki

STOCKHOLM

ESTONIA

Baltic Sea

Tallinn

ESTONIA

St. Petersburg

RUSSIA

DENMARK

DENMARK COPENHAGEN

FINLAND

SWEDEN

POLAND

COPENHAGEN

Kiel Warnemunde (Berlin)

GERMANY

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GERMANY

POLAND

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


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 adventures to be had in far-off places. Aside from the romanticism of a bygone era, there’s a lot to be said for including rail travel in a European itinerary with rail networks that are both efficient and widespread, and the trains are well maintained, comfortable and generally run on time (in some countries you can set your watch by their arrival and departure). To further the convenience factor, there’s a wide range of passes available, from single country consecutive-day passes to multi-country flexible passes that are valid for a set number of days up to three months.

Single Country Passes – If you really want to explore just one country in depth then the Single Country Pass is probably going to be your best option. It is the most comfortable and relaxing way to travel and you can cover big distances in a short time. Choose the number of days you want to travel and then you can use the train as many times you want on those selected days. For additional touring experiences, consider a Eurail Select Pass like France and Italy, or Italy and Spain and discover a corner of Europe that you won’t see travelling by road.

Eurail Global Flexi Pass –If you want to explore a few different European countries by rail, then a Eurail Pass is the way to go. Choose your own itinerary stopping anywhere on any day you like, just select the number of countries you want to see and the number of days you want to travel and find the pass that fits best. It allows you to travel in and between 28 different countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Glacier Express

Chocolate Train

Golden Pass

Crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels and travelling over the 2033 metre high Oberalp Pass, the Glacier Express connects two worldclass resorts: Zermatt and St. Moritz. Ride in the comfort of a modern panorama car and see Switzerland up close and personal: dense forest and peaks capped with eternal snow.

Travel in a 1915 vintage Pullman car and/or the modern panorama car. Depart from Montreux and ascend to Gruyères. Your pass includes admission to the cheese factory and the stunning castle in Gruyères. Continue to Broc, situated between Lake Gruyères and the Alps, and visit the Nestlé chocolate factory.

This journey offers spectacular scenery as it winds its way along the Swiss Riviera. Through vineyards and gardens on its ascent, providing that last glimpse back to Lake Geneva. From here, pass green pastures, grazing cows and quaint chalets tucked onto mountain slopes, before the final hill climb onto the Brunig Pass.

Departs: Daily (Dec 16-Oct 17) Duration: Varies depending on journey Price Guide From: $307 (Based on 2nd Class)

Departs: Set departures (May-Oct) Duration: Full day Price Guide From: $156

Departs: Daily Lucerne-Montreux or vice versa Duration: Full day Price Guide From: $116 (Based on 2nd Class)

The price guide shown is per adult 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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Rail Tours

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Norway in a Nutshell

Tops of Switzerland Tour

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

4 days/3 nights

5 days/4 nights

8 days/7 nights

From an exhilarating train ride through the Flam Valley to the cobbled streets of ancient Bergen, this classic rail, bus and ferry journey offers an unforgettable four days of incredible scenery and charming towns.

Explore the wonders of the Swiss Alps through the scenic trails of Switzerland with excursions to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, and Mt Pilatus via the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.

This 1280 kilometre epic journey, of panoramic railways, whisks you through towns and villages, over mountains and past glaciers, lakes and rivers. Hop off whenever you feel like exploring.

Day 1: Oslo – Voss Depart Oslo and travel through a landscape of farmland, forests and glacier-capped mountains to Voss.

Day 1: Interlaken Arrive Interlaken.

Day 1-2: Zurich – Lucerne – Interlaken Enjoy the town squares, churches and steamships on Lake Lucerne. Take the Golden Pass line over the Brunig Pass to Interlaken.

Day 2: Voss – Gudvangen – Flam – Mydral – Voss Experience a full-day ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ sightseeing tour. Waterfalls line the road as your coach weaves down the valley to Gudvangen. Take a ferry through the narrow Naeroy Fjord and ascend the Flam Valley aboard the famous electric train, a real marvel of railway engineering. Catch a train from Myrdal back to Voss, passing through the 5 kilometres long Gravhals Tunnel along the way. Day 3: Voss – Bergen Take a train ride to Bergen to soak up the character and charm of this ancient city.

Day 2: Interlaken Excursion to Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” by mountain railway. Day 3: Interlaken – Lucerne Travel from Interlaken to Lucerne on board the Golden Pass Panoramic train (including a boat ride from Interlaken to Brienz).

Day 3: Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Montreux Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe round trip to experience an ice wonderland. Back from Interlaken, continue on through the scenic Simme Valley to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Day 4: Montreux – Martigny – Zermatt Excursion to Mount Pilatus. By train or boat to Alpnachstad and by the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the top.

Day 4: Lucerne Excursion to Mount Pilatus. By train or boat to Alpnachstad and by the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the top (known as the Dragon Mountain).

Day 5: Zermatt – St Moritz Experience the Glacier Express.

Day 5: Lucerne Journey ends in Lucerne.

Day 6: St Moritz – Lugano Ride the Bernina Express train to Tirano. Day 7: Lugano – Lucerne On the Wilhelm Tell Express enjoy rail and a Lake Lucerne Steamer Boat ride.

Day 4: Bergen Tour ends after breakfast this morning.

Day 8: Lucerne Departures: Daily ( Jan-Dec)

Departures: Daily ( Jan-Dec)

Departures: Daily ( Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, rail, bus and ferry ticket, 2nd class seat reservations where possible

Inclusions: 2 nights Interlaken, 2 nights Lucerne, breakfast daily, 2nd class rail journey (basic package does not include train reservations)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Swiss Travel Pass with 8 1st class rail transfers, free museum entries. Tour can be taken in reverse.

Price Guide From: $1406

Price Guide From: $2408

Price Guide From: $1056 BE

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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.

may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: 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

$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.

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

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