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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe


Europe Map ICELAND REYKJAVIK

FINLAND

NORWAY Bergen

SWEDEN SCOTLAND

ESTONIA

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IRELAND

WALES

DENMARK

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NETHERLANDS GERMANY

FRANCE

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Venice

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SPAIN

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Contents General Information

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Accommodation Ratings

Experience Hungary Budapest

Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Map 6 Tips for your Holiday

Experience Poland

What’s your style?

Warsaw & Krakow

Experience Netherlands

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Experience Croatia

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Amsterdam

Dubrovnik & Split

Netherlands & Belgium

Cruising, Island Hopping & Land Packages

Koekelberg ©Visit Flanders

Mainland Croatia

Experience Belgium

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Brussels & Brugge

Experience Nordic Countries 40 Copenhagen, Denmark

Experience Germany

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Oslo, Norway

Berlin

Stockholm, Sweden

Munich

Helsinki, Finland

Frankfurt

Reykjavik, Iceland

Romantic Road to the Black Forest

Nordic Tours

Experience Switzerland

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Take to the Road

Zurich & Lucerne

Touring by Rental Car

Swiss Scenic Trains & Rail Tours

Adventure by Motor Home

Grand Tour of Switzerland

Take to the Tracks

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Vienna & Salzburg

Touring & Cruising

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Austria – Mountains, Lakes & Rivers

Touring

Experience Austria

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Auschwitz ©POT

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River Cruises

Experience Czech Republic 28

Ocean Cruise Alpaufzug © Switzerland Tourism; Martin Maegli

Prague

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 suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is in New Zealand dollars.

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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Map ICELAND

FINLAND NORWAY

Bergen

SWEDEN

OSLO

HELSINKI TALLINN

STOCKHOLM

ESTONIA RUSSIA Skagen

NORTH SEA

Goteborg

Aalborg COPENHAGEN

BALTIC SEA

LITHUANIA VILNIUS PRAGUE

ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM

Hamburg

Leiden Den Haag NETHERLANDS Rotterdam Hanover BERLIN Brugge Ghent Dusseldorf Ypres BRUSSELS GERMANY Cologne BELGIUM Dresden

SWITZERLAND

Lublin

Wroclaw

Cesky Krumlov

BELARUS

WARSAW

UKRAINE

Krakow

CZECH REPUBLIC

Stuttgart Munich Zurich BERN Lucerne

POLAND

PRAGUE

Heidelberg

FRANCE

Olsztyn

Szczecin

Liberec

Frankfurt

Geneva

LATVIA

RIGA

DENMARK

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA BRATISLAVA Salzburg Eger Baden Mariapocs Innsbruck BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

Zermatt

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA

CORSICA

ZAGREB

ROMANIA

Pecs

CROATIA

ITALY MEDITERRANEAN SEA

HUNGARY

Zadar Split

BUCHAREST

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA SERBIA

Korcula Dubrovnik

BULGARIA MONTENEGRO

SOFIA

KOSOVO

MACEDONIA

SARDINIA

ALBANIA TYRRHENIAN SEA

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Jungfraujoch TOP OF EUROPE

Up to the highest-altitude railway station in Europe • 3454 m The day trip takes you far up into the Alps. On the way, the “engineering feat of a century” gives you an overwhelming view of the vast glacier world of the Eismeer (Sea of Ice). A world of eternal snow and ice.

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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Romantic castles and church spires dot the rolling countryside, historic monuments stand proud in cobble stone squares, sun drenched vineyards decorate the hills, and rivers snake through vibrant cities and quaint towns. From soaring mountains to golden beaches, travelling this beautiful region is a breeze, with international airports, a great rail system and excellent roads. Each country has unique cultural traditions and there is a rich history weaved across the borders. You see influences from the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire and not so long ago WWII and the Cold War. Some more eastern areas you may feel quite adventurous exploring, where English isn’t widely heard, yet the locals are sincerely welcoming. You can zigzag through the main cities and their old towns in a couple of weeks, but also consider the small towns and beautiful unspoiled nature reserves.

6 Tips for your Holiday

Embark on a river voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest, navigating the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Absorb the 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. In Slovakia, admire Bratislava’s gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral; the country’s largest, oldest and most beautiful. The adventure culminates in Budapest, where the river wows and the architecture astounds.

1 / A RAIL EXTRAVAGANZA 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. 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 onboard, soak up the camaraderie between passengers; you’re sharing such a unique experience together. And nothing quite says adventure like the railroad.

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3 / HEARTY AND HOPPY For a meal to warm your bones, try a hearty Hungarian goulash, a rich mix of meat, vegetables and paprika. In the Netherlands you’ll find their favourite comfort food is stamppotten, a dish combining mashed potatoes, vegetables and rookworst; a smoky Dutch sausage. Of course, when it comes to snags, nothing beats a German Bratwurst. Wash it all down with a hoppy beer at the famed Oktoberfest, or if you’re passing Brugge, the city has more than 400 varieties of beer to work through.


Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

4 / ANYONE FOR DAYLIGHT 24/7? If you want more time to roam and explore on your holiday, consider a destination north of the Arctic Circle. Come summer here, the sun shines for a full 24 hours a day. In Norway’s Svalbard, the sun doesn’t set from April to August, allowing for midnight barbecues. 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 22 June, where in some places, the sun momentarily falls into the horizon before rising again just minutes later. In Finland, the locals love to celebrate this occasion with bonfires, dances and games. Venture to Helsinki’s Seurasaari Island for a full 24hour day of celebrations.

Alkmaar, Netherlands © HBTC

5 /CHRISTMAS MARKETS From fairy lights and snow, to warm crepes dripping in Nutella, the air is rich with gingerbread and spice. 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 cream-filled pastries and pretzels waft through the ornate squares, while traditional Trdelnik (sugar dusted tuiles of dough) crackle as they grill. In Zurich, the Zürcher Christkindlmarkt features a spellbinding Christmas tree, complete with 700 Swarovski crystals.

6 / ICONIC AND HISTORIC

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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 horsedrawn chariot that sits atop) have stood strong since 1791. 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 the 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.

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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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Bern © Switzerland Tourism; Markus Buehler

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, ‘wantfor-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 four or six 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 Dutch say that while God made the Earth, they made Holland. It’s an understandable

Fast Facts Country Name:

The Netherlands

Population:

17 million

Capital:

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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 2019

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21 Mar-19 May

Keukenhof Tulip Festival, Amsterdam

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Alkmaar Cheese Market, Fridays

13 Apr

The Flower Parade Noordwijk-Haarlem

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Kings Day, Amsterdam

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The Flying Dutch open-air dance festival

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Dinner at the Parc, Leersum

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ShoppingNight in The Hague

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Maastricht Christmas Market

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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 famous for its blue and white pottery, windmills with gently turning sails reflected in still more canals, reminders of the Second World War at Arnhem (A 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 cheesemakers 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. A lovely way to explore this flat, pretty land is weaving through the stunning waterways on a barge, with bikes onboard. Cycle out to discover storybook villages which have been the inspiration of many painters, and at the end of the day return to your floating hotel.


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 multistoried 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.

Museum Quarter – 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.

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Trace Anne Frank’s Life – Travel back to the dark days of WWII on a walking tour of Amsterdam, through the Jewish Quarter where Anne’s house is located.

Magere Bridge (Skinny Bridge) – One of Amsterdam’s

Castle De Haar © HBTC

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.

Coffeeshop Culture and Food – Walk through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, explore several coffeeshops including the famous Bulldog Coffeeshop, taste traditional Dutch food and hear interesting insights from your guide. 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.

Catch the Free Ferry – From Central Train Station over to

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A’DAM Lookout, Eye Film Museum and This is Holland.

Gouda © HBTC

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Amsterdam A Perfect Stay Day 1: Jump on a canal cruise around the historic canal belt to see the seven bridges, stop for a beer tasting at Brouwerij’t IJ Brewery underneath the city’s last working windmill, and Pindakaaswinkel, a shop dedicated just to peanut butter. On the winding cobbled street of Zeedijk choose from a number of international restaurants. Day 2: Get to the Museum Quarter early, take a photo of the IAMSTERDAM sign, skip the line into the Van Gogh Museum. A 15 minute walk brings you to De Pijp district with the largest outdoor market in Europe. The Heineken Experience is a stroll away and in the afternoon skip the line to the Rijksmuseum. Nearby Leidseplein is a vibrant area where you’ll find the small Jazz Café Alto. Day 3: Take a tour to Zaanse Schans, a typical 17th century town with working windmills, the quaint fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese factory, a clog maker, and cruise to Marken. This is a good day to pick up some Dutch souvenirs. Back in the city visit Anne Frank’s House, and finish up with an authentic Dutch dinner at the historical quirky Five Flies Restaurant.

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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.

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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 32 kilometres 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 (124km) Travel past Kinderdijk to see the windmills, then down through Zeeland and cross into Belgium. Walk through Antwerp’s historic city centre. Day 7: Antwerp – Ghent – Brugge (107km) 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. Day 8: Brugge – Ypres (74km) Explore Brugge medieval canal system lined with half-timbered houses. Visit Ypres to witness the last post ceremony at Menin Gate. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam • Bastion Hotel Apeldoorn Het Loo, Apeldoorn • Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Zalm, Brielle • Hotel De Tuilerieen, Brugge

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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.

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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 eight 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.

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Belgium

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

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Euro

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10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

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The Carnival of Binche

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Ommegang Pageant, Brussels

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Ghent Festival

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a great place for travellers. Tuck into your share while visiting this pocket-sized 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. wWhile 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. Hop on a canal boat ride to admire Brugge’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 Brussels 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 – Stroll through the old city centre with your guide, and learn about the world-famous Grand Place with its unique City Hall and splendid guild houses. Then hop on a coach and pass by the famous sights of the city.

Chocolate Tour and Workshop – Learn how to make real Belgian pralines 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.

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Flanders Field Tour – Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and are dotted in the farmers’ fields. Explore around Ypres, through restored trenches, stroll amongst now tranquil war graves in Passchendaele and learn plenty from your guide. Lunch at the old Cheese Factory and finish with the Last Post ceremony in Ypres.

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Ghent and Brugge Day Trip – Discover the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Ghent and Brugge, wander their cobblestone streets to marvel at historic chapels, churches, a castle and market square.

Luxembourg Day Trip from Brussels – Absorb the antique

Saint Nicholas’ Church, Ghent © Visit Flanders

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.

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour – Learn about Belgium beer Our favourite places to stay: Brussels • Ibis Off Grand Place • The Dominican Hotel Brugge • Novotel Brugge Centrum • Hotel De Tuilerieen

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heritage as you 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. Grote Markt, Antwerp © Visit Flanders; Kris Jacobs

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Germany

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

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82.6 million

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Euro

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Carnival of Cultures, Berlin

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Oktoberfest, Munich

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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 halls. Beyond the city lies the legendary Black Forest and perhaps the most perfect fairy tale 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 prewar Jewish Quarter that has been taken over by contemporary art galleries to create ‘gallery mile’.

Our favourite things to see and do Brandenburg Gate – 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. In 1918, the German Republic was announced here, and it has hosted many key political historical events. Arrive 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 an 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.

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Potsdam Cycling Tour – Take a day trip from Berlin and Cochem & Reichsburg Castle, Rheinland-Pfalz

discover UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potsdam. Cycle through park lands and alleyways, explore Prussian and Cold War sites as your English speaking guide recounts historical anecdotes.

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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 – Get a taste of what Berlin has to offer. Sample lots of little snacks from all over the globe. Located at Markthallen Neun between 5pm-8pm every Thursday.

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Berlin A Perfect Stay Day 1: Get the layout of the city on a Hop On Hop Off bus. You can hop off as you go or do the full circuit and return to places of interest later. Eat traditional German cuisine at the oldest restaurant in Berlin, Zur letzten Instanz, a great family run rustic restaurant with a beer garden – eat the roast pork knuckle! Day 2: Berlin was the capital of Hitler’s Nazi Empire for 12 years. Learn about the city’s dark past on a Third Reich walking tour, an incredible insight into the rise of the Nazi war machine and Hitler’s last days. You’ll see buildings that were SS headquarters, the Propaganda Ministry and Hitler’s Bunker. Try a Currywurst for lunch, Berlin’s favourite fast food. Wander down Unter den Linden, see where the Nazi book burnings took place before arriving at Museum Island, one island with five museums. End the day with a sunset cocktail and amazing views on the terrace at Monkey Bar. Day 3: Today do some shopping at Kurfürstendamm (Ku’Damm) and see the partially bombed Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Or take a tour to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Kreuzberg is great for street art, explore it tonight on a food, culture and street art tour. Your guide will help you discover this funky multicultural, former East Berlin neighbourhood.

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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.

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. Viktualienmarkt

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.

Dachau – The first concentration camp established by the Nazis in 1933 and liberated in 1945, it’s now a memorial site and museum.

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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!

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

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: • • • •

Concorde Hotel Hotel Monopol Citadines City Centre Frankfurt Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

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Zeil Street Shopping Mall © GNTB; Dietmar Scherf


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.

Neuschwanstein Palace © GNTB; Florian Trykowski

BELGIUM 8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Frankfurt Darmstadt

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 fairy tale story book. Soak up Augsburg’s sights, one of Germany’s oldest cities, before reaching Munich. Day 5: Munich – Fussen (129km) Wander through Munich’s Marienplatz surrounded by historical buildings and see the Glockenspiel show. Visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Day 6: Fussen – Lindau (106km) Lindau, on Lake Constance (also called Bodensee), is known for its old town situated on an island.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue over to Basel or up to Strasbourg.

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

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Try a schneeball made from short pastry, formed into a ball and deep-fried in hot butter-fat for 4 minutes, then dusted with powdered sugar.

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ITALY

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle – The most visited castle in Germany, incredibly princess-like and pretty.

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.

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Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Dinkelsbühl (48km) Germany’s Romantic Road winds through countryside, connecting walled towns and cute villages.

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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.

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

Titisee-Neustadt © GNTB; Klaus Hansen

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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:

8.3 million

Capital:

Bern

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Swiss Francs

Time Zone:

10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

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

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03, 10, 17 Feb

White Turf, St. Moritz

11-13 Mar

Fasnacht Festival, Basel

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Gruyères Cheese Festival

28 Jun-13 Jul

Montreux Jazz Festival

12-20 Jul

Basel Tattoo, Basel

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Christmas Village, Zurich

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 to the summit of Klein Matterhorn where you can get one of the best views of the famous Matterhorn - and 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; Zurich, 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. Treat yourself 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 Pilatus, or take a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne. The covered medieval wooden Chapel Bridge one of the oldest in Europe and the figure of a dying lion, hewn from the face of a rock, are two of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.

Our favourite things to see and do Zurich Trolley – Discover the sights of Zurich aboard this vintage replica of an old-style streetcar with an open-air rear design allowing you to clearly see this beautiful city whilst listening to commentary.

Zurich Old Town Walking Tour – Delve into Switzerland’s 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 16th century silk industry in Schipfe.

Grossmuenster, Zurich © Switzerland Tourism

Mountains, Cheese & Chocolate – Start with a tour of Zurich, then pass by the beautiful Limmatquai and the Fraumunster Church, before reaching the outlet shop of the famous Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate. Visit the cheese factory at Stein where the famous Appenzeller cheese is made.

Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich – Travel through the Northern Switzerland wine growing region past charming villages and landscapes to admire the medieval Laufen Castle and majestic Rhine Falls. Take a thrilling optional boat ride to get a closer look.

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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. Innertkirchen © Switzerland Tourism; Andreas Gerth

Our favourite places to stay: Zurich • Sorell Hotel Rutli • Hotel Helmhaus Lucerne • Waldstaetterhof Hotel • Art Deco Hotel Montana

Titlis – Eternal Snow at 3020 metres – This trip to one of the highest vantage points in central Switzerland is not for the faint-hearted! 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.

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Lake Lucerne Panoramic Cruise – View the snowy Swiss Alps from the water on a 1 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.

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Swiss Scenic Trains A journey on one of the Swiss Scenic trains is a must to truly experience the beauty of Switzerland’s mountains and lakes. Every region has its own special charm and one of the best ways to enjoy them is on the panoramic trains, adding on mountaintop excursions which include cogwheel railways, cable cars and gondolas getting you to those mountain peaks for spectacular views and attractions.

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The mountainous Jungfrau region is a wonderful holiday destination, and a highlight of every visit to Switzerland is a trip to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. This is Europe’s highestaltitude railway station with the cogwheel railway travelling through rock tunnels to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch, a world of eternal ice and snow at 3454 metres above sea level. The Jungfrau Travel Pass lets you explore the area for 3-8 days or purchase a return day ticket from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen.

The Schilthorn was transformed into the “Piz Gloria” for the filming of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The modern aerial cableway gliding to the summit lets you follow in James Bond’s footsteps where you can visit the interactive adventure exhibition “Bond World 007” or the new “007 Walk of Fame”. Over 200 mountain peaks in a spectacular landscape are revealed as the world’s first revolving mountaintop restaurant slowly turns. Unusual and truly bottomless perspectives open up on the “Skyline Walk” and the “Thrill Walk” at Birg.

Mt. Pilatus offers a unique excursion with the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, spectacular Dragon Ride cableway, and modern panorama gondolas. The highlight is the magnificent view from 2132 metres above sea level. As you arrive at the Pilatus summit, you’ll be surrounded by a 360 degree view of 73 Alpine peaks, 5 lakes and the Midlands. Your ticket entitles you to a round-trip to Mount Pilatus from Alpnachstad by cogwheel railway (operates from mid-May to mid-Nov) or from Kriens by panorama gondola and aerial cableway.

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Glacier Express

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Golden Pass Line

Crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels and travelling over the 2045 metre high Oberalp Pass, the Glacier Express connects two world-class resorts: Zermatt and St. Moritz. Ride in the comfort of a modern panorama car and see Switzerland up close and personal: slow enough to enjoy every single detail.

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.


Swiss Rail Tours

Tops of Switzerland Tour

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

5 days/4 nights

10 days/9 nights

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: Interlaken Travel by train from Swiss border or international airport, rail station to Interlaken.

Day 1: Zurich – Lucerne – Interlaken Arrive in Zurich and enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon before travelling into the heart of Switzerland.

Day 2: Jungfraujoch Excursion After breakfast, travel by train to the Kleine Scheidegg for views of the North Wall of the Eiger. Continue on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” at 3454 metres, for views of the Aletsch Glacier.

Day 2: Jungfraujoch Excursion Visit this ice wonderland through the highest railway station in Europe. Day 3: Interlaken – Montreux The Golden Pass Line carries you through the Simme Valley to Lake Geneva. Day 4: Montreux – Martigny – Zermatt Martigny is the gateway to Great St Bernard and Forclaz Pass.

Day 3: Interlaken – Lucerne Travel on the Brünig Express. Day 4: Mt. Pilatus Excursion Take a cruise on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then board the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 2132 metres, for breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks. During winter take the bus from Lucerne to Kriens and further with a panoramic gondola from Kriens to Pilatus. Day 5: Lucerne Depart Lucerne by train to Swiss border or international airport, rail station or extend your stay in Switzerland.

Day 5: Zermatt Enjoy the day exploring Zermatt. Gornergrat is one of Europe’s highest open-air cog railways. Day 6-7: Zermatt – St. Moritz The Glacier Express takes you on a thrilling ride in a to St. Moritz, along the deep Rhone Valley. Day 8: St. Moritz – Lugano Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express for one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys in Switzerland. Explore the alpine village of St Moritz. Day 9: Lugano – Lucerne The Gotthard Panorama Express goes from the Mediterranean south to Flüelen, board the historic paddle steamer to cruise across Lake Lucerne. Day 10: Lucerne Train back to Zurich, visit Mount Pilatus or do the Voralpen-Express.

Departures: Daily (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

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Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Swiss card with 8 transfers as per itinerary (Tour can be taken in reverse direction) RP

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Grand Tour of Switzerland From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities, the Grand Tour of Switzerland packs in an incredible number of sights. The concentration of attractions is unrivalled worldwide. Discover Switzerland at your own pace on a road trip.

Broc, Gruyeres © Switzerland Tourism; Jan Geerk

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Zurich – St. Gallen (131km) Head up to the Rhine falls near Schaffhausen, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-site Abbey of St. Gallen. Day 2: St. Gallen – Davos (160km) Appenzell with its charming traditions is the perfect stop for a picnic. Discover the origins of Heidi Village in Maienfeld. Day 3: Davos – Lugano (250km) This route takes you through the wild, rugged Graubünden landscapes, past the Swiss National Park to Mediterranean influenced Lugano. Day 4: Lugano – Zermatt/Tasch (265km) From Italian influenced Ticino pass the vast Aletsch Glacier to the Matterhorn towering over Zermatt. Stop at the three UNESCO protected castles of Bellinzona. Day 5: Zermatt/Tasch – Montreux (145km) Stroll around quaint Zermatt, drive through Valais to the shores of Lake Geneva.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Kyburg Castle Museum – Take part in a court of justice, look around the cellar, the attic and the torture chamber and gain fascinating insights into daily life long ago.

Day 6: Montreux – Interlaken (150km) Drive up into the golden vineyards of the Lavaux, winding around the mountain Rochers-de-Naye, through Châtel-St-Denis towards Gruyères. Enter the Bernese Oberland and along Lake Thun.

Arbon – Located on the shores of Lake Constance with a castle and medieval centre where markets take place, and a lakeside promenade through chestnuts to park areas.

Day 7: Interlaken – Lucerne (215km) Set between two lakes and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and Alpine meadows, Interlaken is an idyllic stop perfect for lake or mountain excursions.

Soak in the mineral springs of St Moritz – The birthplace of Alpine winter tourism guarantees action and great shopping.

Day 8: Lucerne – Zurich (120km) Explore the Old Town of Lucerne where you can walk across the iconic Chapel Bridge, or enjoy a mountain excursion to Mt Rigi or Mt Pilatus. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Lugano Dante Swiss Q Hotel • Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, Interlaken • Altstadt Hotel Krone, Lucerne • Hotel Glockenhof, Zurich

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Walk the Toggenburg Sound Trail – Discover what rocks sound like, how a tree conveys sounds and how a wall of metal flutes makes music.

San Bernardino – The pass road runs alongside moorland with sparkling pools and glacial rocks. The hiking loop in the lower Calanca Valley has views of little villages with their typical stone-roof houses. Boat ride on Europe’s largest subterranean lake near St-Leonard – Stone glitters and trout swim in the clear water of the 300 metre underworld. Chaplin’s World – Charlie Chaplin spent his last 25 years here on the sunny plateau above Vevey and in 2016 his estate was open to the public. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – Three mighty mountains connected with mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts, Interlaken is the ideal base to explore Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe”.

Toggenburg Region © STST; STTP

Interlaken, Schiffshafen © Switzerland Tourism


Experience

Austria

Schonbrunn Garden

Austria 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.

Fast Facts Country Name:

Austria

Population:

8.7 million

Capital:

Vienna

Currency:

Euro

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, the 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.

Time Zone:

10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

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

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.

Festivals and Events 2019 Jan-mid Feb

Vienna Ball Season

26 Jan-04 Feb

Mozart Week, Salzburg

08-13 Apr

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen

30 May-02 Jun

Narcissus Festival, Ausseerland

07-10 Jun

Salzburg Whitsun Festival

07-11 Jul

Vienna International Film Festival

17 Jul-18 Aug

Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance

18-20 Jul

Pflasterspektakel, Linz

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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.

Adventmarkt-Wien-Karlsplatz ©Austrian National Tourist Office/Harald-Eisenberger

Our favourite things to see and do Learn the Viennese Waltz – Experience the secrets and basics of the 200 year-old Viennese Waltz with your private instructor at the Dance Academy close to the famous Vienna Concert Hall.

Schönbrunn Concert, Vienna – 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.

Apple Strudel ©Austrain National Tourist Office / Wolfgang Schardt

Apple Strudel and Salzburger Nockerl Cooking Class – Experience handson cooking of Austrians most popular dishes while being carefully guided by an experienced chef. Classes are in small groups in a fun, relaxed environment.

Eagle’s Nest from Salzburg – 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 breath-taking views.

Cycle Wachau Valley – Straddling the banks of the Danube, rich in history, outstanding wines and UNESCO World Heritage-listed. Cycle through villages and stop at wineries, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein and the Kuenringer Castle ruins.

Weissenkirchen Wachau

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 of Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels.

Salt Mines – Visit the 450 year old salt mines below Obersalzberg, a mountainside complex home to the Eagle’s Nest. Walk in miners’ footsteps wearing traditional mining outfits as you descend into the grottos. Float on the salt lake in a raft, and enjoy a train trip around the lake.

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Our favourite places to stay: Vienna • Hotel Savoy • Hotel Das Tyrol Salzburg • Hotel Hofwirt • Der Salzburger Hof


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 rich in music and tradition and has a hearty cuisine with many local specialties.

Salzburg ©Salzburg Tourism

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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.

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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. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Our favourite places to stay: • Heritage Hotel, Hallstatt • Hotel Koenig, Passau • Art & Style SPITZ, Linz • Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, Dürnstein

Graz Funicular © Austrian National Tourist Office / Harry Schiffer

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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.

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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 the 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.

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Danube River ©Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter-Burgstaller

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Experience

Czech Republic

No country has burst more colourfully onto the world’s stage since the collapse of the

Fast Facts Country Name:

Czech Republic

Population:

10.5 million

Capital:

Prague

Currency:

Czech Koruna

Time Zone:

9 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

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

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06-30 Apr

Prague Castle Easter Market

30 Apr

Witches Night Parade, Prague

24 May-01 Jun

Prague Fringe Festival

21-23 Jun

Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations, Ceský Krumlov

18-21 Jul

Prague Folklore Days

25 Aug

Castle-Château Night

25 Oct-29 Nov

Wine Festival, Ceský Krumlov

01 Dec 18-05 Jan 20

Christmas Markets

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 fairy tale 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.

Stroll through the 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, steps and fountains.

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 a popular tourist spot in Prague, vibrant by day or night, scattered with vendors and entertainers. It offers some magnificent views, especially early morning and around sunset.

Valdstejnska Garden

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.

Shadow Theatre and Black Light Shows – Sit back and be Prague

entertained by light and shadow shows. The performances are not classical theatre but shows full of magic, tricks of black light, fun and modern dance.

Kuntá Hora

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 out, lunch at one of its cafés, browse market stalls or just wait for the Astronomical Clock to do its thing.

Old Town Walking Tour and Folklore Show – Get to know the history of the city and work up your appetite to enjoy dinner with traditional Czech folklore - Czech folk music, dancers, and typical Czech dishes.

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Prague A Perfect Stay Day 1: Prague is a great city to walk around, a walking tour will take in the Old town where you’ll see the gothic towers of Tyn Church, Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, and monument to Jan Hus, a symbol of Czech national identity. Wenceslas Square houses the National Museum, learn about the mass rallies the Nazis held here and the Prague Spring of 1968. The Jewish Quarter has the Old New Synagogue and the ancient Jewish cemetery. In the evening head to the terrace at Hotel U Prince for a sunset cocktail and incredible views over the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Day 2: Wander across Charles Bridge, touch the statue of St John of Nepomuk for good luck. Catch a tram up to Prague Castle to explore the castle district including St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane where Franz Kafka lived. Wander down to Mala Strana a neighbourhood of beautiful baroque architecture, quaint, cobbled side streets and lots of little art galleries. On this side of the river head to Letna Park, there are several restaurants and a beer garden you can grab some lunch at. This evening do the Prague Beer and Czech Tapas walking tour.

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Experience

Hungary

It 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.

Fast Facts Country Name:

Hungary

Population:

9.8 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 2019 06 Jan-10 Feb

Farsang, Carnival Season in Hungary

10-12 Feb

Mangalica Festival, Pest

30 Mar-22 Apr

Budapest Spring Festival

07-08 Apr

Cherry Blossom Festival

06-21 Jun

Danube Carnival, Budapest

15-18 Jun

Buda Castle Beer Festival

Jun-mid Aug

Outdoor Festival, Pécs

08-15 Aug

Sziget Festival, Budapest

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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 Nouveaustyle 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 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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Budapest A Perfect Stay Day 1: Discover the sights on both sides of the Danube river on a city tour. In Buda, the Castle District including Matthias Church and fairy tale Fisherman’s Bastion. Return later in your own time to explore the cave complex underneath. Drive up Gellért Hill to the Citadel for amazing views. Cross to Pest to see Heroes’ Square, the Opera and St Stephens Basilica. After the tour visit Central Market Hall to eat Hungarian goodies; paprika stuffed with cabbage, salamis, langos. The market has fresh produce, restaurants, and traditional crafts. Tonight see the city from the river on a cruise. Day 2: In the ‘City of Spas’ visit Gellért Baths or Szechenyi Baths where locals play chess in the outdoor pool. Explore City Park; the castle, go boating on the lake, Museum of Fine Arts, plus the famous Gundel restaurant. Budapest has a tradition of grand coffee houses, this afternoon visit Café Gerbeaud or New York Café for old world grandeur and Dobos cakes. Day 3: Tour Hungarian Parliament, the 3rd largest Parliament in the world, then shop high end Andrassy Avenue or the boutiques in the Jewish Quarter. Lunch at Hold Street Market or Kispiac Bistro for some Goulash. Tonight go to the original ‘ruin’ bar Szimpla Kurt for a drink, a unique experience.

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Experience

Poland

Until recently Poland has been one of the most underrated tourist destinations in

Fast Facts Country Name:

Poland

Population:

38 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

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May-Jun

Krakow Film Festival

Early Jun

Wroclaw Good Beer Festival

21-23 Jun

Sztuka Ulicy, Warsaw

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Lajkonik Festival, Krakow

Jul-Aug

Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival

Jul-Aug

Jazz na Starówce, Old Town Square Warsaw

Early Aug

International Chopin Festival, Duszniki-Zdrój

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 WWII, a lot of cultural wealth remains. The capital, Warsaw, went through huge reconstruction and is now bustling 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, 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 Florian gate to Wawel Castle. There is a whimsical charm existing across the city for your discovery.

Our favourite things to see and do 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.

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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.

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.

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Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour from Krakow – 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. Morskie Oko © POT

Our favourite places to stay: Warsaw • Mamaison Residenza Diana Apartments • Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Krakow • Home ApartHotel • Senacki Hotel

Visit Zakopane and Tatra Mountains from Krakow Escape the bustle of the city and head to the top of Mt Gubalówka on the funicular railway for incredible views. Discover Zakopane’s traditional mountain architecture, shops and the Tatra Museum.

Tatra Mountains

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.

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Experience

Croatia

Behind the overwhelming beauty of Croatia lies a tumultuous history of conquest

Fast Facts Country Name:

Croatia

Population:

4.2 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 2019

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20-24 Feb

Boat Show, Zagreb

Apr

Croatia Hot Air Balloon Rally, Varaždin

May

Burlesque and Cabaret Festival, Rijeka

Jul

Pula Film Festival, Istria

01-05 Jul

Hideout Festival, Novalja

09 Jul-24 Aug

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

19-23 Aug

Sonus Festival

01 Dec 19-06 Jan 20

Advent Christmas in Zagreb

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 2 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.

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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. Wander round, take photos and enjoy the beautiful environment.

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-site, to Betina, a cave beach to lounge on the shore or snorkel.

Blue Lagoon and Trogir Tour from Split – Jet off on a thrilling speedboat ride to the lagoon, a secluded tropical paradise, kick back on deck, swim or snorkel before continuing to Trogir for a glimpse of its UNESCO World heritage-listed Old Town. Dubrovnik

Ston and Peljesac Peninsular Day Trip with Wine Tasting – Take a tour to the Peljesac Peninsular, a land mass

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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.

Dubrovnik • Hotel Lapad • Grand Villa Argentina

Grand Diocletian Tour – Experience Split on this panoramic

Split • Hotel Slavija • Hotel Luxe

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 Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-site.

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Split © CNBT; Ivan Coric

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Croatia

Land Product

Small Ship Cruising

Island Hopping

Experience the diversity of Croatia. There are not only over 1200 islands but also 8 National Parks and 11 UNESCO World Heritage-sites, over 18 centuries of history, and incredible food, wine, culture and people. Not bad for a country only half the size of the North Island of New Zealand. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute must, 16 lakes connected by 92 cascading waterfalls.

Discover the unforgettable islands and coastline of the Adriatic on a Small Ship Cruise. You’ll spend 8 sensational days enjoying the perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxing as you visit charming medieval villages, dreamy bays and swimming off the back of your very own Deluxe Small Ship. With a maximum of 40 passengers, and many different itinerary options, this is the way to experience Croatia.

Experience Croatia’s sensational coastline at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an island hopping package with all the finer details taken care of and an itinerary to follow. This is the perfect choice for independent travellers who want to spend more time on the islands to fully experience the culture and lifestyle. Our packages include accommodation, transfers, catamaran and ferry services, contact us to tailor make your island hopping holiday.

Zagreb Express to Split

One Way Wonders - Split to Dubrovnik 8 days/7 nights

4 days/3 nights Start your journey in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. Experience the wonder of Plitvice Lakes before joining your small ship cruise or island hopping package in Split.

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This one way cruise is one of our favourites. It will bring you the best of Southern Dalmatia islands on a fully air conditioned modern vessel, with spacious sun deck and a hot tub, with sightseeing and gastronomical experiences included.

Tour Highlights: -- Zagreb: Spend 2 nights and a full day in the capital city -- A city tour of Zagreb, including a walk through the historic Upper Town, visiting St Mark’s Church, Cathedral, Government Palace and Lotrščak Tower -- Plitvice Lakes National Park: 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. Enjoy a 3 hour walk in this wonderful environment, with a boat ride on the emerald green Lake Kozjak -- Split: 1 night in Split with a guided tour including Diocletian’s Palace

Tour Highlights: -- Guided tour of Split including Diocletian’s Palace -- Swim stop at the famous Zlatni Rat beach -- Hvar – playground for the rich and famous -- Biševo and the beautiful Blue Cave -- Wine tasting in Vis -- Korčula – the birthplace of Marco Polo -- The saltwater lakes in Mljet National Park -- Oyster farm visit and tasting in Ston -- Olive oil and wine tasting onboard -- Lunch cruise alongside the walls of Dubrovnik -- Guided tour of Dubrovnik and cable car

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: Airport transfer Zagreb, 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfasts, 1 dinner, transfers as per itinerary & highlights listed above

Inclusions: 7 nights cabin accommodation with en suite, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, welcome reception, highlights as above, transfers, Cruise Director

Price Guide From: $1085

Price Guide From: $2320

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Split: The hub of Dalmatia, well known for its archaeological, historical and cultural monuments including Diocletian’s Palace - a must-see. Brač Island: Covered with olive groves and vineyards, Brač is home to the buzzing town Bol and the most famous beach in Croatia - Zlatni Rat. Hvar: Known for its lavender fields and vineyards. This seaside town on the island of the same name has long been a favourite for the jet set scene, many of whom arrive on their private yachts. Korčula: A preserved medieval town with a long history in seafaring and shipbuilding, it is the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo and produces top class wines. Dubrovnik: The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, a UNESCO World Heritage-site, it is one of the most beautiful fortified towns in the world.

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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.


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.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive

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Day 1: Zagreb – Opatija (174km) Explore the old town of Zagreb. It’s Gothic, twin-spired Cathedral and 13th century St. Mark’s Church are a historic treasure, the pedestrianised centre is lined with outdoor cafés, 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.

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Opatija

Porec Rovinj Pula

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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.

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Zadar

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

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.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue onto Split & Dubrovnik, take a cruise or go island hopping to discover some of the Adriatic coastline

Our favourite places to stay: • Hotel Bristol, Opatija • Grand Hotel Palazzo, Porec • Park Plaza Arena, Pula • Hotel Degenija, Rakovica (4 kilometres from Plitvice Lakes)

Pula Arena, Pula

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.

Cape Kamenjak © CNBT; Ivo Biocina

Rovinj © CNBT; Dejan Hren

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Experience

Nordic Countries

Løkken_©VisitDenmark; Simone Bramante

Northern lights, midnight sun, long cold winters, cutting edge design, fjords and

Fast Facts Country Name:

Denmark, Norway, Sweden , Finland & Iceland

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 2019

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07-10 Feb

Winter Lights Festival, Reykjavik

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Walpurgis Night, Finland

Late May

Oslo Medieval Festival, Norway

Mid Jun

Archipelago Boat Day, Stockholm

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark

22-25 Jul

World Santa Claus Congress, Bakken, Denmark

24-27 Jul

Gladmat Food Festival, Stavanger, Norway

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Medieval Week, Visby, Gotland, Sweden

18-25 Aug

Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense, Denmark

Santa’s home are what come to mind when you think of Scandinavia and 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 breath-taking 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!


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.

Amalienborg Palace ©VisitDenmark; Martin Heiberg

Our favourite things to see and do Copenhagen Canal Tour – Admire the city’s attractions from the water; like the Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen Opera House and the Old Stock Exchange. Hear history about the city and its monuments from an onboard guide and discover fascinating neighborhoods like the Christianshavn canal quarter.

Hop On Hop Off Tour – See the sights of the city at your own pace from an open top

Nyhavn Canal

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.

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Alexandra Imperial Hotels Copenhagen Admiral Hotell

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.

Tivoli Amusement Park ©VisitDenmark

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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.

Vigeland, Frogner Park

Our favourite things to see and do Oslo Nature Walks: Forest to Fjord – Perched hundreds of metres above Oslo and its fjord, the wilderness of Oslo is an amazing getaway from the city. Hike from one view point to another, stopping along the way at the Holmenkollen ski jump and the national historic landmark farm of Frognerseteren. There’s time to pick berries, picnic on a bare summit and maybe see a moose. The tour ends at a forest lake perfect for a swim.

Fjord Sightseeing Cruise – Oslo in the summer is all about the water. This is a great way to see more of the outdoor lifestyle. As you head through narrow sounds, idyllic bays and pass a maze of islands with brightly coloured painted summer houses.

Oslo Harbour

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.

Oslo Walking Tour – Delve into Norway’s history and enjoy a visit to the Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park. Follow a guide along Karl Johans gate to attractions including the medieval Akershus Fortress and the Opera House, and gain insight into the Norwegian way of life. ©Christian Roth Christensen; Visitnorway.com

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.

Kayak Trip on the Oslo Fjord – Experience Oslo from its most beautiful side. Starting from the sheltered bay at Sjølyst Marina it is only a short way to small islands and fantastic beaches.

Lofoten © Thomas Rasmus Skaug; Visitnorway.com

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Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Scandic Vulkan Hotel Thon Hotel Opera Hotel Continental

Folkemuseum ©Anne-Lise Reinsfelt; Norsk Folkemuseum; Visitnorway.com


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 open-air 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.

Gamla Stan

Our favourite things to see and do Vasa Museum – 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. Kastellholmen © Ola Ericsonimagebank

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.

Historical Walking Tour – Stroll through Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town dating back to the 1200s and awash with fascinating history and charming cobbled streets. Explore the pretty islet, Riddarholmen, and learn about Birger Jarl, the man who founded Stockholm.

Delve into Viking History – Uncover the mysteries of Sweden’s rich history with a guide © Carolina Romare-imagebank

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Lilla Rådmannen Freys Hotel Scandic Continental

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.

ABBA The Museum – Learn about the world’s most successful pop group of all time. Sing and dance along to their music and listen to an audio guide of their memories.

Go to a Crayfish Party – In August, this cherished food tradition marks the end of summer. Held outside in the last of the warm nights with lanterns, the “red gold” is boiled with salt, dill and beer then chilled. Join the Swedes celebrating at a selection of restaurants.

Kungsträdgården Stockholm © Lola Akinmade Åkerströmimagebank

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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 World heritage-listed Suomenlinna, one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world.

Helsinki © Visit Finland; Jussi Hellstén

Our favourite things to see and do Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour – 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 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. Helsinki Forest © Visit Finland; Julia Kivelä

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 1 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 12pm daily.

Cycle through Helsinki’s Forest – 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 World Heritage-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.

Temppeliaukion Church © Visit Finland

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Hotel Helka GLO Hotel Art Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Suomenlinna

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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.

Vestmannaeyjar

Our favourite things to see and do Reykjavik Hop On Hop Off Tour – Explore the city at leisure as you 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.

Viking Horse Ride, Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour – Ride a Viking horse

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels Alda Hotel Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

through the outskirts of the capital then tour Gulfoss, Geysir and other Icelandic natural phenomena. It’s a nature-lover’s dream, and the best way to make the most of your visit to Reykjavik.

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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Reykjavik

Svartifoss Falls

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Nordic Tours

Norwegian Splendour

Iceland Aurora Explorer

Chase the Lights

21 days/20 nights

15 days/14 nights

14 days/13 nights

In the brilliant summer months fjords can be seen in all their glory, full of cascading waterfalls and reflective waters, the sun is out and there are plenty of activities including soft hiking, canoeing, caving.

Capture the very best that Iceland has to offer in the spectacular winter months, the Northern Lights with dramatic Icelandic scenery in the backdrop will leave you awestruck at your natural surroundings.

Experience untouched wilderness, the home of Santa Claus, and unique opportunities to marvel at the northern lights from the comfort of your bed in a glass igloo and enjoy an exhilarating husky experience.

Tour Highlights: -- Historical city walk in Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo -- Experience the spectacular natural phenomenon and traditional culture of Finland with a Midnight Sun Hike & Sami Culture tour -- Sail through one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway and see the magnificent Lofoten Islands on a Trollfjord & Sea Eagle Safari in Svolvær -- Visit Grønligrotto, one of the largest and most visited caves in the Nordic region, and Torghatten -- Coastal experience tour in Ålesund -- Marvel at the iconic Geirangerfjord considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list -- Experience the iconic Norway in a Nutshell -- Visit Pulpit Rock during a Lysefjord cruise in Stavanger -- Indulge in a gastronomic tasting menu at Europe’s first, and the world’s largest, underwater restaurant Under in Lindenes

Tour Highlights: -- Six Northern Lights spotting, walks, lectures and talks according to weather during the tour -- See the magnificent Hraunfossar (Lava Falls), a waterfall hundreds of metres wide, seemingly appearing out of nowhere -- Tour into the Langjökull Glacier through a manmade ice tunnel -- Learn about shark fishing at the Bjarnarhöfn shark museum -- In the fishing village of Stykkishólmur, join a boat tour and taste the Viking sushi -- Visit Víðímýri turf church and tour the famous tannery in Sauðárkrókur -- Bathe in Hofsós swimming pool with magnificent views over the fjord and in Mývatn Nature Baths and a relaxing bath in the Blue Lagoon -- Visit a beer brewery Kaldi, try Geothermal food, and Iceland’s signature spirit, Brennivín -- Visit to Friðheimar horse farm and geothermal greenhouse

Tour Highlights: -- City sightseeing tours with English-speaking local guides in Helsinki and Bergen -- Fairy-tale-like moments as you visit the famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle, go into Santa’s home and meet him -- Glide over the white landscape on a sleighride pulled by Sami reindeer -- Stay in a private Aurora Cabin/Glass Igloo and weather permitting marvel at the Northern Lights and stars -- In Kirkenes experience a husky safari with a musher -- Take a 5 night Hurtigruten southbound cruise along Norway’s intricate coastline of islands -- Stop off in picturesque fishing villages, an old trading post, and pass majestic mountains, and a huge glacier

Note: This is a fully escorted, small group tour.

Note: This is a fully escorted, small group tour.

Note: This is a fully escorted, small group tour.

Departures: Set departures (Jun, Jul)

Departures: Set departures (Oct 19-Mar 20)

Departures: Set departures (Oct 19-Mar 20)

Inclusions: 20 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, English-speaking tour leader & expert guides, sightseeing, entrances & mini-coach transfers as per itinerary, all tolls & fees

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 14 dinners, 1 Viking dinner, return airport transfers, private coach, English-speaking tour leader & expert guides, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 9 dinners, Englishspeaking tour leader & expert guides, tours & transportation as per itinerary, flight Helsinki to Rovaniemi

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Price Guide From: $11,036 Key: Cruise Train

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Price Guide From: $11,035

Tromsø Svolvær Lofoten Islands Brønnøysund

Bodø

Akureyri

Egilsstaðir

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Ålesund Loen Balestrand Myrdal Bergen Stavanger

Geirangerfjord Flam OSLO Kristiansand

Harstad Tromsø Stamsund Svolvaer

Lake Mývatn

Mo i Rana

Trondheim

North Cape Hammerfest

Key: Flight Coach Cruise

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Sandnessjøen

Mehamn Kirkenes Saariselka Rovaniemi

Rorvik Höfn

Hveragerði Vik

Bodø Brønnøysund

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Kristiansund Alesund

Trondheim Molde

NORWAY SWEDEN Bergen

FINLAND RUSSIA HELSINKI ESTONIA

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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. Sightseeing may differ depending on availability.


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 kilometres and comprehensive insurance. Once all that’s sorted, you’re ready to hit the road!

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1259

617

905

873

784

1043

510

Rotterdam

74

690

151

1921

455

655

923

349

838

1343

Salzburg

971

732

894

944

540

570

725

678

144

390

977

Split

1716

1464

1674

229

1284

1299 1200 1407

873

426

1730

754

Vienna

1147

680

1104

954

715

861

1016

939

435

494

1160

295

764

Zagreb

1328

1076

1286

600

896

974

935

1082

548

175

1342

429

410

376

376

Zurich

815

843

657

1360

402

152

277

441

311

754

788

453

1170

743

Stockholm

1336

Oslo

824

Hamburg

Opatija

410

Copenhagen

Munich

984

Zurich

Luxembourg City

682

Zagreb

Geneva

440

Vienna

Freiburg

1907

Split

Frankfurt

202

Salzburg

Dubrovnik

656

Rotterdam

Brussels

Amsterdam

Berlin

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

Amsterdam

Approximate Distances

341

606

657

814

986

743 857

857

Copenhagen Hamburg

341

Oslo

606

814

Stockholm

657

986

531 531

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

Choosing your Rental Car Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We strongly recommend a compact size car for two adults. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base and not for transporting your luggage, a smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest you book your car before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice.

Emergency Roadside Assistance

Things to think about:

While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can rest assured that in many countries throughout Europe, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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What driver’s licence is needed

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Minimum age requirements (varies from country to country)

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Additional driver fees

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Deposits

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One way rental fees

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Optional equipment eg. child seats, roof racks

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Non waivable excess

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Fuel policy

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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

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 turn-by-turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon.

SIGHT–SEEING YOUR WAY. There really is only one way to see the best of Europe – SELF DRIVE. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and friendly service you can enjoy everything Europe has to offer from the comfort of a Hertz rental vehicle. To start your adventure today call or visit your local travel agent.

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Adventure by Motorhome 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 eight 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.

Anywhere Campers Motorhome Details

Hints & Tips:

Includes: Unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance (with excess), shower and toilet, air-conditioned driver’s cab, manual transmission, bedding kit, kitchen kit, GPS, camping chairs + table, BBQ grill, additional drivers, awning, gas tank, child seats, winter tyres, snow chains, delivery/ collection fees, 2 x mountain bikes, highway vignettes for Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic, 24/7 helpline and tax

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

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Pick up depots are anywhere you desire. Anywhere Campers can deliver and pick up from almost any country in Europe. The motorhome comes to you!

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

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

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Want to travel into multiple European countries? This is allowed, you just have to let us know in advance.

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Hire a GPS with your motorhome as Google maps on a smart phone may be out of range on those roads less travelled.

Additional Fees: Security deposit, service fee, comprehensive insurance excess, refuel fee (if vehicle not returned full), late arrival fee (if applicable) and amendment or cancellation charges. Group

Ideal for

Max Seatlbelts

Toilet/Shower

Adria 4 berth

2 adults & 2 children

4

Yes

All hires are based on collection at the pre-booked time. Prices are prorated over seasons. Anywhere Campers supplies one vehicle category. Driver’s licence and experience restrictions apply. Ask your travel consultant about long term hire discount options and for full details about hiring motorhomes in Europe.

Drive & Explore the best of Europe › Choose from 2 to 6 berth motorhomes › Trusted suppliers like Mcrent & Anywhere Campers › Freedom to drive into any country in Europe › Accommodation and transport in one

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Take to the Tracks There’s something delicious about travelling by rail, especially in Europe. There’s timeless atmosphere in the grand old stations – a sense of 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.

One Country Pass or Regional Pass If you are exploring just one country in depth then the Single Country Pass is going to be your best option. It is simple to use and offers great value, letting you hop off and on to visit any place you want. Is Switzerland on your list? The Swiss Travel Passes offer unlimited travel on the national rail network of trains, boats and bus lines. The Regional Passes offer great value for two or more countries around Europe so you can enjoy the unique character and history of each region at your own pace, by train. The European East Rail Pass combines travel in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia whereas the Balkan Flexipass allows travel in Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey. The Central Europe Triangle Pass includes Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Salzburg and is suited perfectly for those focused on capital cities. Visit the three stunning neighbourhoods of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg with the Benelux Eurail Pass, or travel through the unspoiled scenic beauty of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland with the Scandinavia Eurail Pass.

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Eurail Global Pass

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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.

Travel across the heart of Europe, along the Orient Express Route, aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, undoubtedly one of the most famous trains in the world and embodying so many of the elements that make the continent such a bewitching travel destination: beauty, refinement, history and culture. Glamorous carriages, sumptuous cuisine and the highest levels of personal service are all hallmarks of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - an experience which harks back to the golden age of travel in the early 20th century when the journey was as valued as the destination. Royalty, celebrities, spies and courtesans have all travelled onboard the train, making it a rich source of evocative inspiration for books and films. Today, the gleaming carriages continue to carry passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on some of the most romantic journeys in the world. Taking one of the longer routes through Prague, Vienna or Budapest, on to Bucharest, Varna or Istanbul, you can expect boutique private accommodation, decadent fine dining, and outstanding service.

The Eurail Global Flexi Pass lets you travel by train on a specific number of days during the validity of the pass, these do not have to be consecutive days - 5 or 7 days in 1 month, 10 or 15 days in 2 months. Or the Continuous Pass allows you to travel on every single day of the pass validity and is the best way to see the most of Europe – choose either 15, 22 days, 1, 2, 3 months continuous. Just choose your pass, sit back and relax as someone else navigates to your next destination.


Touring & Cruising

Leiden, Netherlands


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 never-to-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.

Essence of Austria

Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

Fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes on this leisurely sojourn through enchanting alpine villages, charming baroque cities and fascinating castles; and sample local cuisine.

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.

Tour Highlights: -- Participate in a traditional Austrian cooking lesson in Zell am See -- Travel the SchafbergBahn, a metre gauge cog railway that has been in operation since 1893 -- Indulge in a cider tasting session at a distillery in Amstetten -- Visit Hitler’s Eagle Nest perched high on a mountain peak overlooking the quaint Bavarian town -- Take a guided tour of Admont Abbey

Tour Highlights: -- Stay 2 nights in the enchanting, historic UNESCO listed city of Trogir -- Explore historic Kotor, Montenegro, during a 1 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

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, sightseeing & some entrances

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 4 dinners, 1 lunch, wine tastings, sightseeing & some entrances

Price Guide From: $3085

CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

Feuersbrunn

Munich Salzburg

Tegernsee

Zell am See

ITALY 52

CROATIA Krka National Park

SLOVAKIA VIENNA

Trogir

SLOVENIA

Split

BOSNIA

SERBIA

Peljesac Peninsula

Tauplitz

AUSTRIA

ND

POLAND Price Guide From: $4369

HUNGARY ADRIATIC SEA

Korcula Elaphite Islands Dubrovnik

MONTENEGRO Kotor

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


Back-Roads Touring

Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland

Explore Eastern Europe

9 days/8 nights

9 days/8 nights

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.

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

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

Tour Highlights: -- Make authentic Polish Pierogi dumplings at a cooking class in historic Krakow -- Pay a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp -- Spend 2 nights in Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe -- Enjoy an evening filled with a traditional Baroque performance -- Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines - one of the oldest in the world - houses chandelier-lit chambers and chapels, all carved from salt -- Enjoy a performance by the Holloko Women’s Choir dressed in their traditional regional garments -- Explore one of the biggest Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

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 & some entrances

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, food & beer tour, sightseeing & some entrances

Price Guide From: $5999

Price Guide From: $5459

ZURICH

Bern Thun

Mount Rigi Lucerne Weggis

Leichtenstein Vaduz Chur

Eggiwil

POLAND

GERMANY

St Gallen

AUSTRIA AUSTRIA

PRAGUE

Tabor Pisek

Třeboň

Ceský Krumlov

Krakow Wieliczka

Olomouc Brno

Vysoké Tatry Košice

SLOVAKIA

Murren

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

BUDAPEST

UKRAINE

Tokaj

Hollókő

Interlarken Jungfraujoch

Auschwitz

CZECH REPUBLIC

Eger

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

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

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Albatross Tours Discover Europe the Albatross way… with unique touring itineraries designed for New Zealand travellers. Featuring small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays with Albatross Tours you get more time to relax and savour the superb places you have travelled so far to visit. Offering the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential guaranteed ‘My Time’ to do your own exploring, Albatross Tours’ touring programmes are genuinely inclusive with no additional ‘on tour’ costs, even the end of tour tips are included!

East Germany & the Glorious Czech Republic

An Alpine Adventure

15 days/14 nights

17 days/16 nights

Berlin and Dresden were decimated in WWII. Now, risen from the ashes, they are two of the most exciting cities in Europe. On this journey you have time to relax and savour each destination with full days for exploring.

Discover the scenery of the French and Swiss Alps from the remarkable Aiguille du Midi, to the meadows of the Bernese Oberland, see Zermatt and the mighty Matterhorn, ride across the Alps and explore Lake Garda.

Tour Highlights: --See the famous Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and rebuilt Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and sections of “The Wall’ --Stay 2 nights in Lübbenau in the heart of Spreewald --Visit Saxon Switzerland, walk over the Bastei Bridge above the River Elbe, explore the ramparts of Germany’s largest fortress – Königstein --Stay 3 nights in the heart of medieval Prague, be guided through the infamous ‘escape castle’ of WWII – Colditz --Relax in an undiscovered gem, the 14th century town of Třeboň --Enjoy a walking tour including locations from the ‘The Sound of Music’

Tour Highlights: --Stay 3 nights in Chamonix under Mont Blanc massif and experience two mountain rides – a cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres high!) & the famous ‘Little Red Train’ up to Montenvers station --Stay 3 nights in a spa hotel in Grindelwald and visit lovely lakeside Luzern --Stay 2 nights in the village of Zermatt with views of the mighty Matterhorn, visit Lauterbrunnen and the magnificent ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’ --Ride in panoramic carriages on the amazing Glacier Express --Enjoy a wine tasting & lunch at the Redaelli de Zinis wine estate --Discover Milan on a guided panoramic tour

Departures: Set Departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation with porterage, breakfast daily, 8 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, plus your end of tour tips

Inclusions: 16 nights accommodation with porterage, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, plus your end of tour tips

Price Guide From: $6887

Price Guide From: $8847

BERLIN

Potsdam

Lübbenau

Dresden Colditz

GERMANY

FRANCE Gruyères

CZECH REPUBLIC

Cesky Krumlov

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Montreux

Kutná Hora

PRAGUE Trebon

Munich

SWITZERLAND

POLAND

Bastei Hrensko

Pirna Königstein

GERMANY

Key: Coach Train

Salzburg

ZÜRICH

Lucerne Bern Grindelwald

Chur

AUSTRIA

Klosters Bolzano

Lauterbrunnen

Geneva

SLOVAKIA

Annecy Zermatt Megève Chamonix

ITALY

Milan

Salò Calvagese

Bardolino Verona

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.


Eastern European Tours

Magic of Poland

Russian Highlights Small Group Tour

Tallinn, Helsinki & St. Petersburg

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

8 day/7 nights

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

Discover the essential highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Explore the culture and architecture of Russia’s Imperial cities including visits to Lenin’s Dacha, Peter & Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Catherine’s Palace.

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

Day 1: Moscow Arrival transfer and meet fellow travellers.

Day 1-2: Tallinn Arrive in 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: 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. Day 3: Warsaw – Zakopane Visit Czestochowa to see the famous Black Madonna then onto picturesque Zakopane. 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.

Day 5: St. Petersburg Visit Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square including Winter Palace complex and Smolny Cathedral. In the afternoon visit Peter & Paul Fortress.

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 & departure LITHUANIA transfers, air conditioned coach, English only tour BALTIC SEA escort, sightseeing as per itinerary Price Guide From: $1825

Olsztyn

Lódz

Katowice

IV

BELARUS

WARSAW Lublin

Wroclaw Czestochowa

CZECH REPUBLIC

Day 6: St. Petersburg See the State Hermitage Museum.

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

Day 7: St. Petersburg Stroll through the town of Pushkin, the main summer residence of the Imperial Family and Catherine’s Palace. Day 8: St. Petersburg Transfer to the airport or rail station.

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

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Day 3: Moscow Walking tour of Moscow’s Kremlin grounds through Red Square. Visit the State Armoury, including Fabergé Eggs and coronation robes. Tour the Moscow Metro and the Arbat. Day 4: Moscow – St. Petersburg Explore the State Tretyakov Art Gallery before taking your Sapsan train to St. Petersburg.

Day 5: Krakow Morning sightseeing followed by lunch and afternoon visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

POLAND

Day 2: Moscow Excursion to Lenin’s Dacha. It houses many of Lenin’s possessions, including his personal car – a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost adapted for snow conditions. Afternoon tour of Moscow.

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, arrival & departure transfers, air conditioned coach, Economy Sapsan train Moscow – St. Petersburg (unescorted) sightseeing & entrance fees with English guides

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, arrival & departure transfers, air conditioned coach, economy hydrofoil, sightseeing & entrance fees with bilingual guides

Price Guide From: $2099

Zakopane

FINLAND

St. Petersburg

ESTONIA

SLOVAKIA

UKRAINE

LITHUANIA

IV

FINLAND

RUSSIA

Kielce Krakow

Price Guide From: $1790

IV

LATVIA BELARUS

HELSINKI GULF OF FINLAND TALLINN

RUSSIA

St. Petersburg

ESTONIA MOSCOW

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.

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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’re guaranteed the best memories without worrying about a thing.

Switzerland & Austria

Scenic Scandinavia & It’s Fjords

13 days/12 nights

14 days/13 nights

Explore the Alpine landscapes of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the northern fringes of Italy, following the Arlberg route into the Tyrol and the breath-taking scenery of the Wachau Valley.

Beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that dot the Scandinavian coastline are distinctly different cultures that will make your visit to Norway, Sweden and Denmark a fascinating journey of discovery.

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past guarantee an unforgettable stay -- Be taken on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg, originally a castle, today home to 60 Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood with whom you’ll enjoy a traditional Carinthian dinner -- Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which has bred horses since 1920 and today provides all the stallions for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

Trip Highlights: -- On this trip enjoy four Authentic Accommodations that boast individual character -- Enjoy dinner with the 5th generation Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Norway that has been a working farm since the 1500s -- Take one of the most exciting train journeys in the world, past mountains and waterfalls through the scenic Norwegian countryside to Flåm -- Local Specialists for included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, 13 Scandinavian breakfasts, 8 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

CZECH Price Guide From: $5825 REPUBLIC

Price Guide From: $4395

FRANCE

GERMANY Zurich

SWITZERLAND BERN Montreux Chillon

Salzburg

LIECHTENSTEIN Vaduz

Lucerne

Interlaken

AUSTRIA Villach

St. Moritz

Zermatt Stresa

Innsbruck

ITALY

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Wachau Valley VIENNA

Piber

Key: Cruise Coach Train

Gyor

Geiranger

Lom

Sognefjord Mydral Voss Bergen Halhjem OSLO Sandvikvag Arsvagen Mortavika NORWAY Stavanger Kristiansand

DENMARK

Randers

Odense

56

STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

Hirsthals

SLOVENIA CROATIA

Lillehammer Hamar

COPENHAGEN

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.


Travelling with Insight Vacations Insight Vacations is renowned for providing seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions so you don’t have to constantly dip into your pocket as you go. Insight’s highlytrained Travel Directors, the best in the business, are on hand to share knowledge and advice, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. With more 2 and 3 night stops than other guided holidays, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination, 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 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.

Trip 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, see 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 -- Warsaw: See the Old Town, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial -- Berlin: See the Brandenburg Gate and State Opera House

Trip Highlights: -- Copenhagen: Enjoy a summer night at Tivoli Gardens -- Stockholm: Step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles -- Helsinki: Visit the Church in the Rock, admire the interesting Sibelius Monument and see Finlandia Hall -- 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

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Aug)

Inclusions: 13 nights premium accommodation with 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director & luxury transport

Inclusions: 19 nights premium accommodation with 19 breakfasts, 11 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director & luxury transport

Price Guide From: $4995

Price Guide From: $8575

WARSAW

BERLIN

Frankfurt on the Oder

Alta

Poznan

Coastal Drive Narvik

POLAND GERMANY

Czestochowa

PRAGUE

CZECH REPUBLIC Dürnstein

Oravský Hrad Castle

VIENNA

Mosjøen Trondheim Geiranger

SLOVAKIA

Zvolen

Cesky Krumlov

AUSTRIA

Auschwitz

Kraków

HUNGARY BUDAPEST

Lom Oslo

NORWAY DENMARK COPENHAGEN

SWEDEN Hell

Karasjok Ivalo Rovaniemi Kemi Oulu

Tysfjord

Dresden

North Cape

FINLAND Kuopio

HELSINKI Lillehammer STOCKHOLM

RUSSIA

ESTONIA LATVIA LITHUANIA

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

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Europe draws travellers in with the wondrous allure of its history, architecture, art and culture. You deserve the best when travelling this grand continent, which is why Uniworld offers boutique ships with an average capacity of just over 100 guests, the most all-inclusive amenities, farm-totable cuisine, exclusive excursions, meticulously appointed staterooms and the highest staff-toguest ratio in the river cruise industry. Discover the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship.

European Jewels

Portraits of Eastern Europe

16 days/15 nights

19 days/18 nights

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

This journey offers fresh new adventures in the Old World. Sail past quaint villages and great cities on the glorious Danube, visiting baroque abbeys and medieval cathedrals, tasting fine wines and encountering new cultures.

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: -- Visit Serbia’s breath-taking Djerdap Gorge and its famed archaeological site -- Delight in a home-hosted lunch in a Croatian country town -- Be treated to an Exclusive Experience sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg Royal Family -- Embark on a Masterpiece Collection bike tour of Budapest with stops at hidden gems and ruin pubs

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

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Aug)

Inclusions: 15 night river cruise in luxury riverview staterooms on the River Duchess, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers & all tips & gratuities

Inclusions: 14 night cruise in a luxurious riverview staterooms on the S.S. River Beatrice, 2 hotel nights in Prague, 2 hotel nights in Bucharest, all meals & unlimited beverages onboard, guided excursions, onboard entertainment, Cruise Manager, airport transfers, tips & gratuities

Price Guide From: $10,499 (Classic Cabin)

Price Guide From: $11,999 (Classic Cabin)

NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

Key: Cruise Coach

GERMANY

FRANCE

Cologne

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

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

Key: Cruise Coach

PRAGUE

Nuremberg CZECH REPUBLIC Regensburg Engelhartszell Spitz Passau VIENNA Grein Melk

AUSTRIA

ITALY

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

Osijek

CROATIA

Vukovar BELGRADE

BUCHAREST Vidin

SERBIA

Veliko Tarnovo

Giurgiu Rousse Ivanovo Arbanasi

BULGARIA 58

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


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 - Barcelona to Amsterdam

Magnificent Europe - Berlin to Paris

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 banquet -- 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 (May-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 & gratuities

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 & gratuities

Price Guide From: $15,695

Price Guide From: $16,795 Leeghwater

Key: Cruise Coach

NETHERLANDS BELGIUM

Amsterdam Cologne GERMANY Bonn Andernach

Koblenz

Mainz

Speyer

FRANCE

Colmar

Belleville

SPAIN

Black Forest Breisach Basel

NETHERLANDS

POLAND

Potsdam

CZECH REPUBLIC

BELGIUM

AUSTRIA

Andernach

Rüdesheim

SWITZERLAND

Lake Geneva Lyon Vienne Tournon ITALY Viviers Grignan Avignon Les Baux-de-Provence Arles Perpignan

Cologne

Ghent

Bamberg

POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC

Regensburg

Salzburg

SWITZERLAND

PRAGUE

Nuremberg

Passau

FRANCE

BERLIN Dresden

Miltenberg Würzburg Rothenburg

Paris

Key: Cruise Coach Train

GERMANY

Amsterdam

Linz Dürnstein Melk VIENNA

AUSTRIA

Velke Bilovice

SLOVAKIA

Bratislava BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

Barcelona

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

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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

Viking Homelands

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

Explore the culture of the Baltic States. Cruise to vibrant Helsinki, modern St Petersburg, historic Tallinn on this Copenhagen round trip. Option to embark from Kiel, Germany.

Sail the clear waters of Scandinavia & the Baltic. Enjoy overnights in cosmopolitan Stockholm, majestic St. Petersburg and scenic Bergen, explore charming historic city centers in Tallinn and Gdansk.

Port Arrive Depart Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00pm Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Helsinki, Finland 12:00pm 6:00pm Day 4: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation 7:00am 9:00pm Day 5: Tallinn, Estonia 9:00am 6:00pm Day 6: Kiel, Germany 7:00am 7:00pm Day 7: At Sea Day 8: Copenhagen, Denmark 9:00am

Cruise Highlights: -- Take in the highlights of Stockholm, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, stunningly set on the Baltic Sea -- Take in the best of Helsinki, the “White City of the North,” boasting neoclassical beauty and Art Nouveau graces -- Get to know Tallinn, one of the finest medieval Old Towns of Northern Europe -- Explore the remarkably restored Polish city of Gdansk and learn about its rich history -- Discover picturesque Alborg during a walking tour past its major highlights

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise onboard MSC Meraviglia, main meals & entertainment onboard, children’s programmes & port charges

Inclusions: 14 night cruise onboard a luxury Viking ship, All meals including alternative restaurants & 24-hour room service, Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner, speciality coffees, teas & bottled water, one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, port taxes & fees

Price Guide From: $1019 (Based on lead in interior cabin category on 15 Sep 19 departure)

FINLAND

Price Guide From: $9655 St Petersburg

HELSINKI

TALLINN

RUSSIA

ESTONIA

SWEDEN

NORWAY Bergen

Eidfjord

FINLAND SWEDEN

TALLINN

STOCKHOLM

Stravanger

ESTONIA

Ålborg

LATVIA

DENMARK COPENHAGEN

Kaliningrad (RUSSIA)

Kiel

GERMANY

60

POLAND

LATVIA

Warnemünde

BELARUS

RUSSIA

DENMARK LITHUANIA

COPENHAGEN

LITHUANIA

St Petersburg

HELSINKI

BERLIN

Gdynia

Kaliningrad (RUSSIA)

Gdańsk

POLAND

BELARUS

GERMANY

The price guide shown is per adult, per cruise for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries may differ slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.


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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 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: 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

8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included.

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For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information.

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 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. 7. PAYMENT 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. 7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure. 7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 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. 8.2 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.

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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Brochure 2019  

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Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Brochure 2019  

House of Travel Northern, Central & Eastern Europe Brochure 2019