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has been caused by force majeure or low bookings as defined below. Days before departure Compensation per person 57 Nil 56-29 £40 28-15 £50 14-0 £70 (B) CHANGES DURING THE HOLIDAY If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of your holiday whilst you are away, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra cost or, if we are unable to do so, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a pro-rata refund for any part of the holiday not received. This does not apply to minor changes in your accommodation, itinerary or transportation. (C) CANCELLATION BY US Whilst we hope we will never have to cancel your holiday, this does very occasionally happen and we reserve the right to do so. Should it be necessary to cancel your holiday we will endeavour to offer alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or similar standard, together with a price refund if appropriate. Alternatively we will provide a full and prompt refund.

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(D) FORCE MAJEURE Compensation will not be payable in any cases where an amendment, change or cancellation is due to “force majeure”, defined as unusual or unforeseeable events or circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which neither we nor our suppliers could avoid. These include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil disturbance or strife, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions, levels of water in rivers, acts of God, closure of airports, changes of schedules or operational decisions of transport providers. (E) LOW BOOKINGS Compensation is not payable if a holiday or tour does not take place because a required minimum number of passengers to enable the holiday or tour to take place has not been reached and you were informed of that requirement at the time of booking. We will notify you at least eight weeks before departure if your holiday has not reached the minimum number and is therefore cancelled and where possible we will offer a similar holiday on a different date or an alternative holiday departing at or around the original date. 9. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU We take care to ensure that all involved in the preparation and supply of your holiday maintain the highest standards. Please remember that the appropriate standards will be those prevalent in your destination which may not be the same as developed international standards. We will pay reasonable compensation (subject to below) if the product supplied to you is not of the standard described or contracted for by you. This compensation will be limited (except in the case of death or injury) to no more than twice the holiday price of the person affected. Should you suffer injury, illness or death as a result of the proven fault of ourselves, our suppliers or their employees acting in the course of their employment we will offer you compensation as would be paid in an English Court. If the incident relating to you or any member of your party being killed, injured or becoming ill during or as a result of, carriage by aircraft, ship, train or coach as part of the holiday arrangements organised by us our liability to pay compensation is limited in accordance with the liability of the carrier/service provider under any international convention which governs such services. Copies of these Conventions are available upon request. Our liability to you does not apply if you or any member of your group is at

fault; if the failure is the fault of someone else not connected with providing the services which form part of our holiday contract with you; the failure is due to any unusual or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, which we could not have avoided even if we had used all care possible or the failure is due to any event which we or the supplier of any service could not help, expect or prevent. Any acceptance of liability is subject to you agreeing to assign to us your rights against any third party responsible for the events leading to your claim and to you affording us all necessary assistance in pursuing that claim. 10. COMPLAINTS AND ABTA ARBITRATION Whilst we aim to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, there may be times when it does not. Please follow the complaints procedure below to minimise inconvenience to all parties: 1. Any complaint should be reported immediately and directly to the supplier and, as soon as possible, to our local representative (where applicable). If you fail to follow this simple procedure, your right to claim compensation may be affected, as we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. 2. In the unlikely event that neither our representative nor our supplier is able to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, please put in writing the details of your complaint to us either at our address or by email regent@ regent-holidays.co.uk 3. Once in receipt of a complaint, we will react swiftly to resolve the matter. Our aim is to rectify any shortcomings immediately, so that you can fully enjoy the remainder of your holiday. If you still have cause for complaint on your return to the UK, you are required to seek satisfaction by writing to the Company within 28 days of the end of your holiday and providing full details of the holiday and the reason for dissatisfaction. We regret that we cannot accept liability in relation to any complaint or claim which is not notified entirely in accordance with this clause. Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration if you so wish under a special scheme arranged by ABTA Ltd and administered independently. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www.abta.com). The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. Where we act as agent, please bear in mind that your contract is with the supplier of the arrangements concerned. Unless the supplier is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the arrangements themselves or the acts/omissions of the supplier. 11. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION It is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary passports are machine readable. You should also ensure

that all necessary visas, international driving licences, vaccinations and other health documents are in order. All passports must have a validity of at least six months from your scheduled return date to the UK. You will generally need clear/clean pages for visas, as required, to be inserted. You must read all documentation that is supplied to you and ensure that all information contained within is correct. Failure to do so may incur amendment charges which are your responsibility. Some countries and airlines now require additional passenger information (API). We will inform you which countries require this information. This information is compulsory and is required by authorities. It is essential that all clients provide the API prior to travelling. Failure to provide this information may result in you being denied boarding for your flight. No refund will be permitted and any additional costs will be borne by the named clients. 12. SPECIAL REQUESTS Whilst we will endeavour to comply with any special requests such as airline seating, diets and room requirements, we can only do so on a “goodwill” basis. As these are usually only provided at the discretion of the relevant supplier, we cannot guarantee availability and cannot be held responsible if they are not provided. 13. MEALS All pre-booked meals on our group tours will be on table d’hôte basis, Supplements can apply for à la carte basis. 14. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES We are only responsible for excursions and activities sold by us prior to departure and which form part of your holiday contract. Should you purchase excursions in the destination, your contract and any liability arising from it will be with the supplier directly. 15. JURISDICTION We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below. We both also agree that any claim must be dealt with by the ABTA arbitration scheme referred to above or Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). 16. DATA PROTECTION POLICY In order for us to process your booking we need to store and record your information, including data as supplied. This may include transfer of such information outside of the European Economic Area to parties involved in the arrangements of your holiday. Equally we use such information for updating our mailing lists, for fraud prevention, market research and analysis and from time to time you may receive travel related information from us or from another company from within ITC Luxury Travel Group Ltd. Should you not wish to receive such literature please advise us in writing. 17. UK FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information please visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or telephone 0870 606 0290. For full terms and conditions please visit our website


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ince our first ever group tour to Albania in 1970 (where our male clients had to be clean shaven to enter the country and flared trousers were banned) Regent Holidays’ group tours have always been designed with a pioneering spirit and 2017 is no exception. Inside this booklet you’ll find brand new tours to Iran and Abkhazia as well as a selection of our popular classics. We are also celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution by launching a special one-off tour visiting Lenin’s House and Kazan. Our small group tours are carefully designed by our team of destination experts here in Bristol to include elements which are more off-the-beaten-track, alternative or unusual than your run-of-the-mill tour. As we typically only run one – or in some instances two – departures per year, places are limited and can sell out quickly. Some of our group tours for 2017 have been created without a single room supplement. Please speak to a Regent Specialist to register your interest as early as possible. To be the first to hear about new group tours or additional departure dates, sign up to our fortnightly newsletter at www.regent-holidays.co.uk

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Albania & the Balkans DEPA RT U R E

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12 May & 8 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,755*

£230

This exclusive Regent tour combines the historic cities and stunning landscapes of Albania with forays into Kosovo and Macedonia to visit the unmissable Balkan treasures of Prizren and Lake Ohrid. Staying in accommodation from boutique hotels to mountain resorts, travel with a local guide discovering Albania’s national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. DAY 1 Fly to Tirana | Fly to Tirana and transfer to the historic town of Kruja. Visit the restored Castle and Citadel and the Skanderbeg Museum. (D) DAY 2 Kruja to Shkodra | Shop for souvenirs at Kruja’s old bazaar before continuing for lunch at the renowned restaurant ‘Mrizi i Zanave’. In Shkodra visit the Marubi Museum and Rozafa Castle before travelling towards the Albanian Alps. (B,L) DAY 3 Shkodra to Valbona | Board the Komani ferry and sail along the Koman Lake, past remote hillside settlements. Arrive in the village of Fierza and continue to the Valbona Valley in the heart of the Albanian Alps. The village of Valbona is tucked underneath Mount Jezerca, the highest mountain in Albania. Overnight at a guesthouse in Valbona. (B,D) DAY 4 Valbona to Prizren | Spend the morning in Valbona Valley. Visit the ’Gheg’ community and learn how they make a living before having lunch in a “stan” – the traditional shepherds’ summer house on the slopes of Gjarper Mountain. Continue to Kosovo and the famous Decani Monastery. Stop in Rahovec for wine tasting at the Stone Castle Winery before reaching Prizren for the overnight stay. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Prizren to Tirana | Embark on a tour of the pretty Ottoman town of Prizren and shop for the silver filigree that the town is famous for producing. Cross back into Albania for two nights in Tirana. (B,D) DAY 6 Tirana | Enjoy a city tour of Albania’s capital. Begin in the lesser known suburbs before discovering the National Museum, National Martyrs’ Cemetery, National Art Gallery and Et’hem Beg Mosque. (B,D)

DAY 7 Tirana to Ohrid | Cross into Macedonia via Elbasan to explore the lakeside town of Ohrid. Enjoy a walking tour before heading towards the Church of St Jovan at Kaneo, beautifully situated on the cliffs above the lake. (B,L) DAY 8 Ohrid to Korce | Visit the picturesque Monastery of Sveti Naum en route back to Albania. Tour Korce, known as the country’s centre of culture and arts, visiting the Orthodox Cathedral, Old Bazaar and Museum of Medieval Arts. (B,D) DAY 9 Korce to Gjirokastër | Travel through the heart of the Vjosa Valley to the UNESCO city of Gjirokastër. (B,D)

DAY 10 Gjirokastër area | Visit the pleasant village of Libohove and continue to one of Albania’s oldest churches, the Labova of the Cross, before returning to Gjirokastër to admire the Ottoman-style tower houses and visit the medieval castle. (B,L) DAY 11 Gjirokastër to Saranda | Explore Butrint, a well-preserved archaeological site frequented by Roman aristocrats. Continue to Saranda on the beautiful Ionian coast. (B,L) DAY 12 Saranda to Vlora | Travel along the Albanian Riviera and admire views of the stunning Ionian coastline. Visit the Fortress of Ali Pasha Tepelena before continuing on to the port town of Vlora for a tour of Independence Square. (B,D) DAY 13 Vlora to Berat | Visit the archaeological site of Apollonia, a vital Roman stronghold. Stop at the Cobo winery for a tasting before continuing to Berat renowned for its large number of Byzantine Orthodox churches. (B,D) DAY 14 Berat | Explore the lower and upper quarters of the fortress of Berat and meet a famous Albanian writer, an expert in the arts and literature. (B,D) DAY 15 Tirana to UK | Transfer to Tirana airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Bosnia In Depth DEPA RTU R E

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1 Jun 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,485 per person*

£175

Combine the stunning landscapes of this Balkan gem with a journey through history from the 4th century BC to the modern day. Pay respects at the WWII Sutjeska battlefield, soak up Sarajevo’s captivating atmosphere, discover the history behind Mostar’s famous bridge and travel into the Bjelasnica Mountains to experience local life in Bosnia’s most isolated village. DAY 1 Fly to Dubrovnik | Fly to Dubrovnik and transfer to the pretty town of Trebinje in BosniaHerzegovina for a welcome dinner. An 18th century trading centre, the town is famed for its enormous old mills. (D) DAY 2 Trebinje to Sarajevo | Visit Sutjeska National Park, home of the highest mountain peak in the country and site of the WWII Battle of Sutjeska – one of the toughest battles fought by the Yugoslav partisans. Visit the Tito WWII Heritage Monument before travelling to Sarajevo for three nights in the nation’s capital. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Sarajevo | Explore Bosnia’s multi-cultural capital on a sightseeing tour. Visit the Museum of Sarajevo, built on the site of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, as well as the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum which offers an intriguing insight into life during the Bosnian conflict. In the afternoon travel to Vrelo Bosne, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Stroll past bubbling streams and waterfalls and discover the AustroHungarian buildings, which hint at the country’s opulent past. (B,L) DAY 4 Sarajevo to Lukomir | Journey into the Bjelasnica Mountains to Lukomir, Bosnia’s highest and most isolated village, where the inhabitants still wear traditional costume. For those who wish, take a breathtaking walk along the Rakitnica Canyon, with alpine green hills on one side and the deep craggy expanse of the canyon on the other. Return to Sarajevo and enjoy free time to explore at leisure. (B,L) DAY 5 Sarajevo to Jajce | Step back in time in the tiny town of Kraljeva Sutjeska. Explore the Franciscan

church and monastery with its rich library and stop at one of the oldest mosques in Bosnia. Drive to Travnik, picturesquely located in the Lavsa river valley. Former capital of the Ottoman Empire, this historic town was once known as the European Istanbul. Continue to Jajce for an overnight stay. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Jajce to Mostar | Discover the highlights of Jajce on a sightseeing tour including the beautiful waterfall and ruins of St. Luke’s Church. Continue to the village of Prusac, the largest Muslim gathering site in Europe, where highlights include the Handanija Mosque and medieval castle of Biograd, situated on a rock overlooking the valley. After lunch depart for Mostar for three nights. (B,L) DAY 7 Mostar | Embark on a guided city tour of Herzegovina’s cultural capital. View the famous bridge and visit a farmers’ co-operative to sample delicious local delicacies such as prosciutto and livno cheese. In the afternoon travel to Blagaj, a beautiful village at the source of the River Buna, to discover the impressive tekke, a 15th century Dervish monastery at the foot of a 200 metre cliff. (B,L) DAY 8 Herzegovina | Visit the old Ottoman town of Pocitelj and wander its narrow lanes. Continue to Mogorjelo, the ruins of a Roman villa rustica, and stop at the Herceg Ethno Village to gain an insight into traditional ways of life. See the impressive 120-metre-wide Kravice waterfalls, before returning to Mostar. (B,L) DAY 9 Mostar to Dubrovnik | Explore Radimlja, a stećak necropolis, and Vjetrenica Cave, famed for its cave drawings estimated to be over 10,000 years old. Finally, discover the medieval Orthodox monastery of Zavala, built into the rock face, with its interior covered in 17th century frescoes. Continue to Dubrovnik for the final night. (B,L) DAY 10 Dubrovnik to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Highlights of Serbia DEPA RT U R E

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21 May 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,510 per person*

£270

Discover a timeless land of national treasures from 6000 BC to medieval Serbia, where impressive monasteries and vivid frescoes flourish. Travel through a stunning landscape of rivers, mountains, lakes and vineyards, uncovering colourful monasteries, imposing fortresses and traditional villages. Generous Serbian hospitality abounds, with hearty traditional meals and delicious wines from the local vineyards included.

DAY 1 Fly to Belgrade | Fly to Belgrade and transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second biggest city. Take a walk through the Old Town before sitting down to a hearty welcome dinner. (D) DAY 2 Kruja to Belgrade | Discover Sremski Karlovci, an attractive town on the banks of the Danube, and visit the baroque Orthodox Cathedral, Patriarch’s Palace and the Four Lions Fountain. Continue along the beautiful slopes of Fruska Gora National Park and enjoy a tour of medieval Grgeteg Monastery, dedicated to St. Nicholas. Visit a rustic farm and tuck in to an organic lunch with local wines from one of the centuries-old vineyards found in the park’s lower valley. Arrive in Belgrade in the afternoon and embark on a city tour with stops at the Parliament, St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress and Knez Mihajlova Street. (B,L) DAY 3 Belgrade to Kladovo | Drive to Viminacium, one of the most important Roman cities and military camps, which today covers an area of over 450 hectares. Indulge in a Roman-style lunch before visiting Lepesnki Vir – an important Mesolithic archaeological site. Continue to Kladovo, a small town on the shores of the Danube surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise along the Danube’s Iron Gate Gorge. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Kladovo to Vrnjacka Banja | Pay a visit to Felix Romuliana in Gamzigrad. With its beautiful frescoes and mosaic floors, this UNESCO-protected Roman complex is considered to be one of the finest preserved examples of Roman palace architecture. After an alfresco lunch, head to the remote Kalenic

Monastery, a masterpiece of the Morava School of architecture. End the day in the spa town of Vrnjacka Banja. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Vrnjacka Banja to Studenica Monastery | Visit Gradac Monastery and its icon painting workshop before moving on to the Monastery of Sopoćani, built in 1260. Its extensive Byzantine frescoes, portraying the Gospels, are considered by many to be the finest from this period in Europe. After lunch, take a stroll around the fine Ottoman town of Novi Pazar. Continue on to the famous Studenica Monastery Complex, the largest and richest Orthodox monastery in Serbia. Enjoy a privileged overnight stay at the Studenica Monastery Dormitory, where a traditional monastic dinner is served. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Studenica Monastery to Zlatibor | Drive through the Dinaric Alps and the UNESCO-listed Studenica- Golija Biosphere Reserve, a mosaic of forests, shrubs and lakes. Stop for lunch at a rural house in the Uvac Nature Reserve before continuing on to the mountainous region of Zlatibor for a twonight stay. (B,L) DAY 7 Zlatibor Region | Board old wooden carriages for a ride on the narrow-gauge Sargan 8 Railway, so-named as it follows a figure of eight route through Serbia’s steep mountain cuttings and rocky gorges. Afterwards visit the Sirogojno Open Air Museum and enjoy a traditional lunch before taking the opportunity to shop for the region’s renowned woollen textiles. (B,L) DAY 8 Zlatibor to Belgrade | Stop at Terzica Avlija Ethno Park with its typical rural households from Uzice District and enjoy a pottery demonstration. Return to Belgrade for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Belgrade to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Balkan Explorer DEPA RTU R E

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22 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£2,525 per person*

£340

Get to know the landscapes, characters and cultures of the individual countries that make up the Balkan Peninsula on a journey through Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. Begin and end in Tirana to city-hop through Podgorica, Sarajevo, Prizren and Skopje, tackling the ancient UNESCO heritage sites, museums and stunning national parks that lie in between.

DAY 1 Fly to Tirana | Meet your guide at the airport and journey to Kruja, the medieval capital of Albania. (D) DAY 2 Kruja to Shkodra | Tour Kruja’s Ethnographic Museum, castle, Scanderbeg museum and old bazaar. Continue to Fishta village – birthplace of Gjergj Fishta, the famous Albanian Franciscan poet of the National Resistance. Reach Shkodra, set on the banks of a sparking lake at the foot of Albania’s wild mountains for the night. (B,L) DAY 3 Shkodra to Budva | Make your way to Montenegro, beginning with a city tour of the capital city, Podgorica, before reaching the charming fishing village Vir Pazar. Travel through Cetinje, the medieval capital and overnight in Budva. (B,L) DAY 4 Budva Region | From Budva, drive the scenic route to Kotor where you’ll tour the medieval architecture of this UNESCO-listed old city. A boat trip from Kotor bay to the ancient village of Perast offers panoramic views. Return to Budva and explore the castle. (B,L) DAY 5 Budva to Mostar | Cross the Bosnian border to reach Mostar to walk across the Stari Most old bridge and browse the medieval bazaar. En-route, explore the UNESCO-listed medieval town of Pocitelj and the Buna River springs in Blagai. (B,D) DAY 6 Mostar to Sarajevo | Continue to Sarajevo and tour the Tunnel of Hope museum, Biscevica House, Karadozbegova Mosque Hamam and the colourful Bazaar Bascarsiia. (B,D)

Bosnian history at several of Sarajevo’s museums before an afternoon at leisure. (B,D) DAY 8 Sarajevo to Durmitor | Drive towards Montenegro stopping in the oldest national park in Bosnia, Sutjeska. Combine this with a trip across the border to Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park. (B,D) DAY 9 Durmitor to Kolasin | Explore the glacial Black Lake, rocky faces and pine trees of Durmitor National Park on foot before reaching the Tara Canyon. Overnight in Kolasin. (B,D) DAY 10 Kolasin to Prizren | Cross the border into Kosovo. Embark on a walking tour of Peje city centre, visit the Decan Orthodox monastery and reach Prizren to explore the archaeological sites and artisan crafts of this ethnically diverse town. (B,D) DAY 11 Prizen to Skopje | Visit Pristina, a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Head to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, to enjoy the old Ottoman city region and new Macedonia Square – complete with a golden statue of Alexander the Great. (B,D) DAY 12 Skopje to Bitola | Today visit the ancient Roman archaeological site of Stobi and the famous Painted Mosque dating back to 1495 in the old town of Tetovo city. Drive to Bitola, Macedonia’s second biggest city. (B,D) DAY 13 Bitola to Ohrid | Explore the mosaics, ancient theatre and Roman baths at the Archaeolocial Site of Heraclea before continuing to Ohrid, passing through Prespa Lake National Park and Galicia National Park. (B,D)

DAY 14 Ohrid to Tirana | After a boat trip on Lake Ohrid, drive to the Albanian capital Tirana to tour the city. Enjoy time at the ancient legionary cohort fortress, Skampa. (B,D) DAY 15 Durres to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Highlights of Slovenia DEPA RTU R E

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2 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,245 per person

£235

Using Ljubljana – one of Europe’s greenest cities – as a base, embark on various day trips to uncover the charm of the north, east, south and west of Slovenia . Discover stunning castles carved into the landscape, emerald green lakes amongst vast forests, quaint mountain towns and a beautiful Adriatic coastline inspired by Venice. DAY 1 Fly to Ljubljana | Fly to Slovenia’s small but beautiful capital, Ljubljana, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel. DAY 2 Ljubljana | Spend the morning touring Slovenia’s capital city. Walk through the baroque old town and marvel at the architecture designed by Joze Plecnik including the iconic Triple Bridge, the lively fruit, vegetable and flower market and the embankments of Ljubljana River. Cross the Dragon Bridge, an Art Nouveau masterpiece each end adorned with a dragon – the symbol of Ljubljana, and walk to Presernov Trg Square before taking the 70m-long funicular railway up to Ljubljana Castle built in 1511. The afternoon is free to explore the city at leisure. (B,D) DAY 3 Ljubljana to Ptuj | Drive east to Ptuj to explore the castle which includes the Ptuj Regional Museum and the red marble tombstone of Frederick IX, the last lord of Ptuj, who died in 1948. Wander through the beautiful castle chambers displaying period furniture, tapestries and paintings. View collections of 500 weapons and musical instruments before heading outside for stunning views of Ptuj and the Drava River. Enjoy wine tasting in the Jeruzalem area before travelling back to Ljubljana. (B) DAY 4 Ljubljana to Piran | Enjoy a full day excursion exploring the southwest of Slovenia. Drive to Postojna and head underground to explore the Postojna Cave system – a series of caverns, halls and passages some 20.6km long and two million years old. From here, take a short drive to Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world built into a cliff 123m high then continue to Piran. This beautiful coastal town is one

of the best preserved historical towns on the Adriatic jam packed with Venetian Gothic architecture. (B) DAY 5 Ljubljana to Notranjska Regional Park | Head south for a full day excursion to Notranjska Regional Park. Visit Lake Cerknica, also known as the disappearing lake, one of Slovenia’s most unusual natural phenomena. Visit Lake Cerknica museum and the restored 16th century Snežnik Castle. Its four floors are richly decorated with period furniture and portraits of the Schönburg-Waldenburg family, who bought the castle in 1853 to use as a summer residence. Continue on to Rakov Skocjan, a 6km-long gorge centrally located in Notranjska Regional Park. (B)

DAY 6 Ljubljana to Kobarid | Spend the day exploring Slovenia’s midwest region. Visit the UNESCO listed Antonijev rov mercury mine in Idrija. From Idrija drive along the river Idrija and river Soˇca to reach the picturesque town of Kobarid nestled in between mountain peaks. Visit the WWI Museum and learn about Kobarid’s turbulent history. (B) DAY 7 Ljubljana to Lake Bled | Drive to the beautiful town of Bled at the foothills of the Julian Alps in Slovenia’s northwest. Visit Bled Castle, a medieval castle perched on a steep cliff more than 100m above Lake Bled before cruising to Bled Island on a hand propelled gondola (pletna) to explore the baroque Church of the Assumption that dates back to the 17th century. Leave Bled and take a short transfer to Mt Vogel for a cable car ride up to the top (1,535m) for a stunning view. (B) DAY 8 Ljubljana to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Explore the Azores DEPA RTU R E

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11 Sep 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£1,895 per person*

£425

Discover the highlights of this incredible archipelago on this popular group tour. Situated in the North Atlantic, over 1,800km from mainland Portugal, the nine islands of the Azores offer countless opportunities to explore landscapes designed by volcanic activity. See lakes formed in crater valleys, discover deep caverns created by lava flows and feel the healing benefit of geothermal hot springs.

DAY 1 Fly to São Miguel Island | Fly, via Lisbon, to São Miguel Island, check in to the hotel and in the evening enjoy a welcome meal at a local restaurant. (D) DAY 2 São Miguel Island | Enjoy a full day tour of the ‘Green Island’. Visit Vila Franca do Campo, former capital of the Island. Continue to the valley of Furnas, an extraordinary area of volcanic activity with steaming fumaroles and more than 20 thermal springs. After lunch visit the Botanical Gardens where it is possible to swim in the natural hot water swimming pool. Cross to the north coast and stop at a tea plantation before discovering Lagoa do Fogo – the Fire Lake – located in the interior crater of an extinct volcano. (B,L) DAY 3 São Miguel Island | Continue the exploration of São Miguel’s natural wonders. Travel to the valley of Sete Cidades where two beautiful lakes can be found at the centre of a volcanic crater. Continue north to the Ethnographic Museum in Capelas, and on to Fajã de Baixo to learn about the hothouse pineapple plantation. (B,L) DAY 4 Terceira Island | Take a short flight to Terceira Island for a full day tour. Travel to Praia da Vitória and stop for a short walk in the island’s second city. Explore the Algar do Carvão – an ancient lava tube – before visiting the wine-growing area of Biscoitos where natural swimming pools have been formed by the volcanic rock. End the day in historic Angra do Heroísmo. (B,L)

the main church Se Catedral and the City Museum before a stroll through the shopping district and the botanical garden. End the day tasting delicious local calorie-laden pastries. (B) DAY 6 Terceira to Pico Island | Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Pico. Transfer to Hotel Caravelas in the tiny capital of Madalena. Drive to the picturesque fishing village of Lajes do Pico for a talk on marine conservation before embarking on a whale watching tour. More than 20 species of cetaceans inhabit the waters surrounding Pico Island or pass by along their migratory routes. (B) DAY 7 Pico Island | Travel through the island’s many vineyards to the village of Cachorro to try some of the local produce. Continue to Sao Roque and visit the old whale factory, a poignant reminder of the country’s whaling history, and on to the village of Lajes to visit the Whalers museum. Return to Madalena for an overnight stay. (B,L) DAY 8 Pico Island to Faial Island | Take a boat transfer to the quaint island of Faial, and arrive in Horta harbour. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit St Saviour’s Mother Church or simply watch the world go by at the busy marina. (B,L) DAY 9 Faial Island | Visit Capelinhos, the site of the Azores’ last volcanic eruption in 1957, which created the area’s unique landscape. In the afternoon visit the Caldeira nature reserve, a 2 kilometre wide and 400 metre deep volcanic cone which is now home to rare endemic flora species. (B,L) DAY 10 Faial Island to UK | Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Lisbon. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 5 Angra do Heroísmo | Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO listed town of Angra do Heroísmo. Visit www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to an Azores Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 13


Faroe Islands in Depth DEPA RTU R E

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16 Jul & 10 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£2,435 per person*

£285

Hidden between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands are jam-packed with stunning scenery, walking trails and a quirky architectural heritage. The cliffs act like a magnet for migratory birds; puffins, storm petrels and guillemots nest in the thousands. Visit the pretty capital, Tórshavn, a harbour town of cobbled streets and grassroofed cottages, before exploring the surrounding islands. DAY 1 Fly to Vágar | Arrive at Vágar airport located on this westerly island, home to the country’s two largest lakes, before transferring to the capital, Tórshavn. DAY 2 Sandoy | Travel by ferry to Sandoy for the opportunity to experience traditional Faroese lifestyle on this unspoilt island. Enjoy lunch in a remote cottage and visit the art gallery in Sandur which is home to the largest art collection in the Faroe Islands. Return to Tórshavn for the night. (B,L) DAY 3 Tórshavn to Suðuroy | Board the modern Smyril Line ferry at Tórshavn harbour and sail to Suðuroy. Visit Akraberg, the southernmost point in the Faroe Islands, and take a stroll to the lighthouse which was built in 1909. In the evening dine in Seglloftið, a cultural centre and restaurant in Tvøroyri, and sample Faroese beer. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Suðuroy to Gjógv | The Faroe Islands are known for their world-class birdwatching opportunities, so today take a boat trip to Vestmanna where countless puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills nest in the 1,500 feet high vertical cliffs in the summer months. Back on land, the route then skirts around the coast of Streymoy to reach the island of Eysturoy. Pass the famous rock formations, known as the Giant and the Witch and admire the highest mountain in the country, Slættarartindur. Continue to the pretty village of Gjógv. (B,L,D)

continuing on to Kunoy, an island in the north east, to enjoy a walk through the small forest. Travel back to Gjógv, stopping en route at the new church in Gøta – also decorated by the artist Tróndur Patursson. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Gjógv to Streymoy | Visit the pretty village of Saksun on the island of Streymoy. Surrounded by high mountains, Saksun lies at the bottom of what used to be an inlet of the sea and is one of the most distinctive villages in the Faroe Islands. Visit the old farmhouse, Dúvugarðar, before heading back to Tórshavn via the mountain road. Continue to Kirkjubour to explore the ruins of Magnus Cathedral hidden behind the 12th Century Saint Olav’s Church, and discover one of the oldest still inhabited wooden farmhouses in the world, occupied by 17 generations of the same Faroese family, with whom you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner. Overnight in Tórshavn. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Tórshavn | Located on the east coast of Streymoy, Tórshavn (meaning Thor’s Harbour, named after the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology) was founded in the 10th century and is considered to be one of the oldest capitals in Northern Europe. Get to grips with the history and culture of the Faroe Islands on a guided walking tour around the lanes and narrow passages of the capital before visiting the Faroese Museum of History and the Nordic House. In the afternoon set sail for Nolsoy Island and visit the small village and local museum here, before returning to Tórshavn. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Tórshavn to UK | Spend the morning at leisure in Tórshavn. In the afternoon transfer to Vágar airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 5 Norðoyggjar | From Leirvík, today reach another island via the impressive subsea tunnel decorated by Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson, to the island of Borðoy. Visit the Christian’s Church before www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Faroe Islands Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 15


In the Footsteps of Vikings DEPA RTU R E

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5 Sep 2017

Min 6 - Max 12

£4,590 per person*

£599

This tour serves two purposes: introducing travellers to the staggering frozen landscapes of South Greenland and following the interesting history of the region’s initial settlers. The Vikings have left their mark, having originally founded many of Greenland’s major settlements. Slip serenely through iceberg-filled fjord systems and set foot on land to discover ancient crumbling Viking churches and farms. DAY 1 Fly to Narsarsuaq | Fly to Narsarsuaq from the UK, via Keflavik, Iceland. Meet and transfer to the hotel for a welcome meeting and dinner, after which it is possible to hike to the shores of the fjord to spot the northern lights. (D) DAY 2 Narsarsuaq | Cross the fjord by boat to reach the Viking ruins of Brattahlid, the farm founded by Eric the Red over 1,000 years ago. Visit a reconstructed Norse farm, a turf built church and Quassiarsuk, a sheep breeding settlement, before walking to the area’s best viewpoints. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Qaqortoq | Today set sail for Qaqortoq, journeying by boat through Eriksfjord, cruise between towering blue and white icebergs in the beautiful Qoroq Ice Fjord and the narrow Mato Strait. In Qaqortoq, check in to the hotel and explore the town’s fascinating art scene; for the last 35 years, sculptors and Scandinavian artists have each been allocated a large rock, boulder or even mountainside to produce a piece of art from or on, without ever moving it from its original location. (B,L,D)

best-preserved ruin from the Viking period; Hvalsey Church, built around 1300, was one of the first Christian churches on the North American continent. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Bredefjord | Spend the day taking a boat tour to a glacier north of Bredefjord. Camera equipment is recommended today; the particularly pretty sailing route will take you through the South Greenland Archipelago, sliding past staggering and contrasting scenery. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Uunartoq Island | Take a boat excursion to Uunartoq Island where you can soak your muscles with a dip in the healing waters of a natural hot spring. On the return journey, this excursion also stops at the small fishing village of Alluitsup Paa. (B,D) DAY 8 Narsarsuaq to Keflavik | After a morning at leisure in Qaqortoq, take a spectacular afternoon helicopter flight over the South Greenland Fjord system to Narsarsuaq. In the late afternoon, board your flight to Keflavik, Iceland. Transfer to Hotel Keflavik for one night. (B,L) DAY 9 Keflavik to UK | Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and, depending on your flight time, you have the option to visit Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon and take a dip in the natural, geothermally heated waters. Transfer to Keflavik airport for your return flight to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 4 Qaqortoq | Head out from the town to hike around the big inland lake, stopping at viewpoints to appreciate the pristine scenery and enjoy a packed lunch next to a small waterfall. To return to the town, choose between a pretty, hilly path or a gentle walk along the flat lake shores. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Hvalsey Church | After enjoying a morning at leisure exploring Qaqortoq, be sure to stop by the local market as you pass by the pretty colourful houses. In the afternoon, take a boat excursion to the www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to an Iceland & the Arctic Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 17


Undiscovered Moldova DEPA RTU R E

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17 Jun & 7 Oct 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,515 per person*

£225

From your base in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, discover the highlights and history of this tiny country. Explore the Orheiul Vechi cave monastery, spend a day in the breakaway communist republic of Transdniestr and taste Moldova’s finest wines – a country once known as the vineyard of the Soviet Union. On our October tour experience Chisinau’s annual Wine Festival. DAY 1 Fly to Chisinau | Fly to Chisinau, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner at a typical Moldovan restaurant. (D) DAY 2 Chisinau | Embark on a walking tour of Moldova’s capital. Discover the shops and restaurants lining Chisinau’s main street, stop at the Central Cathedral and admire the Parliament building. This tour allows you to spend time in Stefan cel Mare Park, where granite sculptures of Romanian literary figures line the Alley of Classics. In the afternoon visit Capriana Monastery. Our October tour has been designed to coincide with the annual Wine Festival and includes wine tasting at some of the Moldovan winery stands. (B,L) DAY 3 Causeni & Purcari Winery | Travel to Causeni to visit a wonderfully preserved church from the Tatar-Mongolia era of the 15th century. Continue to Purcari Winery – the oldest wine estate in Moldova. Established in 1827, Purcari Winery is located in the southwest of Moldova where the soil and climate provide the perfect environment for the production of red wines. Enjoy a tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting. (B,L) DAY 4 Cricova, Tipova & Orheiul Vechi | Enjoy an excursion to Cricova Wine Cellars, one of Moldova’s most popular wineries. Travel north to visit Tipova, one of the oldest cave monasteries in the country, before continuing to one of Moldova’s most famous and impressive sights – Orheiul Vechi. This remote and unique cave monastery, created by Orthodox monks in the 13th century, is carved into a limestone cliff. Visit a museum detailing the traditional life of 19th century Moldovan farmers. (B,L)

DAY 5 Soroco, Pokrovka & Rudi | Travel to the city of Soroco, located on the Nistru River. Visit the medieval fortress which played a key role in defending the country from the Turks and see the Candle of Gratitude monument which was built to commemorate those who have created and preserved the national culture of Moldova. Explore the traditional village of Pokrovka before a short excursion to Rudi Nunnery and Kalarashevka Monastery. (B,L) DAY 6 Gagauzia | Drive south and explore the Gagauzia region, an area of three towns and more than 20 villages scattered throughout the three districts of Comrat, Cedar-Linga and Vulcanesti. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital GaguziaComrat, visit the National Gagauz History and Ethnographic Museum and visit a thoroughbred racehorse stud farm in Ceadir-Lunga. (B,L) DAY 7 Transdniestr | Today spend the day exploring Transdniestr, a self proclaimed independent republic inside Moldova, with its own currency, police force and border guards. Located 40 miles southeast of Chisinau in the Nistru Valley, the administrative capital, Tiraspol, is considered to be a living museum of Soviet culture. With a population of 200,000, the city has its share of Lenin statues and monuments such as a T-34 tank on a pedestal. Whilst here, tour the Historical Museum and visit the Kvint brandy factory to sample some of the region’s high quality cognac before embarking upon a sightseeing tour of Tiraspol. Return to Chisinau in the evening. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Chisinau to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Moldova Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 19


Kyiv & Chernobyl DEPA RTU R E

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2 Jun, 25 Aug & 29 Sep

Min 8 - Max 16

£960 per person*

No single supplement

Despite its time in the headlines, Ukraine remains one of Regent’s favourite destinations. This unique tour offers a fascinating insight into the country’s past and present. Compare the opulence of Kyiv’s goldendomed cathedrals with the stark remains of Chernobyl, touring inside the Exclusion Zone including one night in Chernobyl itself, staying in a small hotel built for scientific advisors. DAY 1 Fly to Kyiv | Arrive in Ukraine’s capital, check in to the hotel for two nights and spend the evening at leisure. DAY 2 Kyiv | Enjoy a full day city tour of Kyiv including Kreschatyk – the capital’s main street — the Golden Gates, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s GoldenDomed Monastery and the Chernobyl Museum. After lunch explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra (Cave Monastery) with its cluster of golden domes overlooking the Dnipro River. Visit the Great Patriotic War Museum, established in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of liberation from the Nazi invaders, it is now the country’s leading research and educational centre of military history, home to over 300,000 exhibits. Spend the evening at leisure. (B,L) DAY 3 Kyiv to Chernobyl | Depart Kyiv and travel around 70 miles to Chernobyl, a place ever synonymous with the massive nuclear disaster that rocked the Soviet Union in 1986, for an unparalleled insight into one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. Once through the control checkpoint at the outer boundary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone, an introductory presentation gives an informative history of the area. In the afternoon, head further into the zone to visit the exterior of Reactor No. 4, only recently declared safe and opened to curious visitors, and take an extended tour of the ghost city of Pripyat. Once home to 50,000 residents, Pripyat now lies abandoned and overgrown. The plant workers and their families were evacuated the day after the catastrophe. Visit sites such as the

school, sports centre, swimming pool and iconic ferris wheel – a haunting symbol of the tragedy. Return to Chernobyl for dinner and an overnight stay in the small hotel built for scientific advisors – a truly unique experience. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Chernobyl to Kyiv | Continue the indepth tour of Chernobyl today, visiting further sites in and around Pripyat, including the Cooling Reservoir. Meet the locals who have, despite government warnings, decided to resettle inside the zone. 80% of the self-settlers remaining are women, now mostly in their 70s and 80s, creating a unique community of babushkas who refuse to leave the motherland. Depart Chernobyl for Kyiv and check in to the hotel for two nights on arrival. (B,L) DAY 5 Kyiv | Make use of a free day in Kyiv to discover the capital’s mix of Soviet-inspired architecture and grand Kyivan Rus complexes at leisure. Perhaps opt to stroll down Andrew’s Descent, (Andriyivsky Uzviz) where souvenir stalls, art galleries and restaurants line the quirky cobblestone streets. Stop to admire the baroque beauty of St Andrew’s Church, built in 1754 by the Italian architect who designed St Petersburg’s Winter Palace. At the foot of the Uzviz, the histories of the Descent’s buildings are told in the Museum of One Street. We recommend making time to stop for a bowl of borscht topped with sour cream for an authentic taste of Ukraine. Speak to a Regent Holidays Travel Specialist about booking tickets for an evening performance at the State Operetta Theatre or National Philharmonic Hall. (B) DAY 6 Kyiv to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Ukraine Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 21


Russian Revolution DEPA RT U R E

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13 Sep 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£2,445 per person*

£395

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, this brand new group tour follows the life and movements of Vladimir Lenin throughout this turbulent time in Russia’s fascinating modern history. Explore Moscow and pay the man himself a visit at his mausoleum before setting off for Kazan, exploring his house museum in Ulyanovsk, and getting to know St Petersburg. DAY 1 Fly to Moscow | Arrive in Moscow and transfer to your hotel. DAY 2 Moscow | Embark on a city tour, visiting the Lenin Mausoleum. Situated in the iconic Red Square in the centre of Moscow, the mausoleum serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin and his embalmed body has been on public display here since his death in 1924. In the afternoon, visit Lenin’s estate at Leninskie Gorki, to explore his study and private rooms. (B) DAY 3 Moscow to Ulyanovsk | Today explore the Kremlin territory, including some of the cathedrals. One of the largest and most interesting museums in the world, this is also home to the President of the Russian Federation. Inside the monumental walls and towers, the Kremlin boasts gold domed cathedrals with unique frescos, the Tsar Cannon, the Tsar Bell, the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Senate and Arsenal. In the afternoon, catch the overnight train to Ulyanovsk. (B)

DAY 4 Ulyanovsk | Disembark at Ulyanovsk to visit the Lenin House Museum at the former property of the Ulyanov family. This preserved and restored house shows the environment in which the family lived. Observe a Ceremony of Initiation to the Lenin party and lay flowers at the Lenin monument. Dinner tonight takes place in a Soviet style restaurant or a Brewery with ‘Red’ beer tasting and Russian cuisine.

Muslim coexistence with a church and mosque built side by side. Take a city tour to see the university where Lenin studied. Later fly to Moscow. (B) DAY 6 Moscow to St Petersburg | Take the fast train to St Petersburg. An afternoon city tour will introduce you to Smolniy, where Lenin and Krupskaya lived for a period. In 1917 the building was chosen as the Bolshevik Party headquarters and after the revolution, became the headquarters of the local Communist Party. A monument of Lenin guards the entrance. (B) DAY 7 St Petersburg | Poster-boy of St Petersburg, the State Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. Spend the morning exploring the collection started by Catherine the Great and boasting over 3 million exhibits. In the afternoon, explore the Elizarov Museum-flat with a guide, where revolutionary Elizarov lived with his wife, Lenin’s elder sister. Lenin and Krupskaya also lived here upon returning from exile. (B) DAY 8 St Petersburg | Today travel to Peterhof to explore the park and palace of this luxurious and beautifully preserved estate located on the shore of the Finnish gulf, 29km from St Petersburg. Modelled to be the ‘Russian Versailles’, the Grand Palace features an ornate Ceremonial Staircase, a gilded Ballroom, a throne room and heavily decorated Oriental Chinese Study. Peek into the private royal family quarters and wander the stunning landscaped park to reach the Grand Cascade, a lavish ensemble of fountains and bronze statues. (B) DAY 9 St Petersburg to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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DAY 5 Kazan | Travel in the early morning to Kazan, a beautiful city celebrating harmonious Christian and www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Russia Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 23


History of Stalingrad DEPA RTU R E

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21 Sep 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£1,380 per person*

£295

Originally founded in 1589 as the fortress Tsaritsyn, Volgograd is better known by its pre-1960s name of Stalingrad. The city played a pivotal but bloody role in defending Russia against the Germans during the Second World War and was awarded the title Hero City in 1945. Spend three full days discovering the key historic sites in Volgograd from The Battle of Stalingrad Museum – one of the world’s biggest WWII museums – to the memorial complex of Mamayev Kurgan, the Red October Factory and the last headquarters of the 6th German Army. DAY 1 Volgograd | Fly to Volgograd and transfer to the hotel for four nights. DAY 2 Volgograd | Discover the main highlights including Mamayev Hill and the Grain Elevator, a particularly well defended Soviet strongpoint during WWII, on a city tour of Volgograd. After lunch, visit the Panorama Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the biggest WWII museums in the world, and discover hundreds of unique exhibits, including Zaitsev’s rifle (a famous Soviet sniper) and a panoramic canvas illustrating the Battle of Stalingrad. (B,L)

DAY 3 Volgograd | Located in the northern part of Volgograd, the Red October Steel Factory, Stalingrad Tractor Factory – which produced the legendary T-34 tank during the war – and Barrikady Gun Factory became world-famous for the combat which took place there during 1942-1943. Spend time exploring the area and discover Lyudnikov’s Island, a piece of land heavily defended during WWII under the command of Colonel Ivan Lyudnikov. (B,L) DAY 4 Volgograd | Visit Kalach-on-Don where an armoured clash took place between the German 6th Army and the Soviet 64th and 1st Tank Armies in 1942. Some months later, several Soviet tank corps encircled the besieged German 6th Army in Stalingrad by capturing Kalach, thereby cutting off enemy supply routes. After lunch explore the last headquarters of the German 6th Army and discover

where General Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendered to Soviet forces in 1943. (B,L) DAY 5 Volgograd to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

A SHORT HISTORY German plans to capture and gain control of the city of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942 and by mid November Soviet defenders had been pushed back into narrow zones along the west banks of the Volga River. The Red Army launched Operation Uranus on 19 November1942 which targeted attacks on the weaker Romanian and Hungarian forces protecting the German 6th Army. German forces became overrun and on 23 November 1942 the Soviets captured Kalach and surrounded the German Army in Stalingrad. Hitler ordered the army to stay but after months of heavy fighting and with ammunition and food supplies exhausted, the German 6th Army surrendered at the beginning of February 1943. The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23 1942 - February 2 1943) is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare and cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of German troops and even more Russians. In 1945, along with gaining Hero City status, Great Britain’s King George VI awarded the citizens of Stalingrad the jewelled Sword of Stalingrad in recognition of their bravery. Almost completely destroyed during the war, the construction of the modern city began in 1946. Only known as Stalingrad for a period of 26 years, the city may regain its wartime name if a referendum proposed by President Putin goes ahead. *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Space Odyssey Moscow DEPA RTU R E

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1 May 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£1,115 per person*

£150

There’s more to Moscow than the Red Square icons — Russia’s cosmopolitan capital is also one of the best places to learn about the Soviet history of space exploration. Unearth the city’s fascinating association with world-leading space technology from the futuristic Museum of Cosmonautics and Monument to the Conquerors of Space to the Cosmonaut Training Centre at Star City.

In the afternoon take a tour of the grounds of the Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin represents the history of Russia in stone and is a unique historical and cultural museum-reserve, which contains numerous monuments from different centuries: the palaces of Russian Tsars, Metropolitans and Patriarchs, as well as the modern official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. On this excursion explore the grounds and visit one of the many Cathedrals. (B, L)

DAY 1 Moscow | Fly to Moscow, transfer to the Hotel Hilton Leningradskaya and check in for four nights.

DAY 4 Moscow | Today embark on a guided excursion to Star City and the Cosmonauts Training Centre (6 hours) by car. Learn about the history of Russian space exploration and glean some interesting facts about Star City, the role of Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and see these unique facilities where actual space training still takes place. The tour includes a visit to the Soyuz Spaceship Hall where you will learn about the creation of Soyuz spaceships, as well as Sokol spacesuit, space food and cosmonaut flight preparation programmes.

DAY 2 Moscow | This morning travel to the Central Air Forces Open Air Museum in Monino, an airfield located just outside Moscow. This vast site is home to more than 170 different types of aircraft, as well as Cold War-era artefacts like spy equipment, uniforms and weapons (this excursion takes around 5 hours). After lunch enjoy a panoramic guided tour of Moscow and see the world-famous sights and impressive landmarks of this vivacious city, such as Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square with the notorious ex-KGB building, famous red-brick towers of the Kremlin, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, Bolshoi Theatre, Vorobyovy (Sparrow) Hills and Olympic Luzhniki stadium. (B,L) DAY 3 Moscow | Travel by metro to the Cosmonautics Museum. This quirky exhibit is located under the huge monument to the Soviet Union’s race to the stars on Prospect Mira. Here find models of satellites, original space suits from both sides of the Atlantic, the interior of part of the Mir space station to explore, photos and documents from famous cosmonauts such as Yuri Gagarin and artwork relating to man’s obsession with conquering space. The stuffed bodies of the first dogs in space, Belka and Strelka, sit proudly next to the tiny pods that they flew around the Earth in. Most of the explanations are in Russian so take full advantage of this guided museum visit.

On this tour you will also see the world’s biggest Centrifuge TsF-18. This outstanding facility is used for simulating G-loads during all the stages of space flight in cosmonaut training and for cosmonaut selection. Visit the Hydrolaborator, which is used for vehicular activity training using the specialised spacesuit Orlan under simulated weightlessness conditions. ** (B,L) DAY 5 Moscow to UK | Free morning before transfer to airport for flight back to the UK. (B) **Please note that this excursion does not include any experiences but is a tour of the facilities with a specialised guide. As Star City is a live training centre, tours may be cancelled at short notice and alternative tours may be offered. *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Russia Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 27


Pioneering Abkhazia DEPA RT U R E

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18 May 2017

Min 8 - Max 12

£2,750 per person*

£440

Some of our most intriguing destinations are the breakaway-states; regions that have declared independence but aren’t yet formally recognised as a country. Our brand new Pioneering Abkhazia Group Tour introduces curious travellers to Abkhazia, a Caucasus region to the west of Georgia, from its crumbling Soviet-era architecture to its remote mountainous regions and Black Sea coast. DAY 1 Fly to Kutaisi | Depart London Gatwick for Kutaisi, Georgia, via Kyiv, for a two night stay. DAY 2 Kutaisi | After a morning at leisure, meet for an introductory city tour and visit the Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Abkhazia | Depart Kutaisi early and head towards the border. After registering at the checkpoint, enter Abkhazia by crossing the Enguri Bridge on foot. Drive to Tkvarcheli town for lunch and continue to the village of Mokvi to visit the 10th century Mokvi Cathedral before continuing to Sokhumi, Abkhazia’s capital. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Sokhumi | Explore Sokhumi and the surrounding areas. Visit the Halo Trust – a British organisation specialising in the removal of war debris and mine clearing – and sample wines from a vineyard in a former minefield. Enjoy a walking tour and after lunch, learn about Abkhazia’s chequered history from the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. (B,L) Optional add-on experience: Fly in a Czech Aero L-39 Albatros military aircraft from Sokhumi Babushara Airport. DAY 5 Pskhu | Travel by privately chartered aircraft to the small settlement of Pskhu. The aircraft will likely be a Soviet era AN-2 biplane and today’s exciting journey is as memorable as the destination. Locals in this sleepy Abkhazian village often gather to chat with visitors. Walk through the central street and travel to the home of Nikolai, a local resident, for lunch and leisure time in the beautiful scenery. Return to Pskhu and fly back to Sokhumi. (B,L)

DAY 6 Tsebelda Valley | After wandering through the stalls of Sokhumi Bazaar, take a day trip to the Tsebelda Valley, visiting local homes en route and stopping for a barbecue on the banks of the Machara River. Set off on a guided hike, take a dip in the refreshing waters or opt to relax with a glass of local wine. (B,L) DAY 7 Ritsa | Head west to the beautiful Ritsa Relict National Park. After setting foot in Stalin’s Dacha, enjoy time boating on beautiful Lake Ritsa, and drive to a nearby vantage point for a spectacular view of the area. Continue west to Gagra. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Gagra | Pass through Old Gagra before visiting another of Stalin’s impressive dachas — this one boasting an impressive view of the Black Sea. Drive to Pitsunda, a Soviet era beach resort popular with Russian tourists. After lunch on the terrace of a Soviet era hotel, enjoy free time to bathe in the Black Sea. (B,L) DAY 9 New Athens | Depart Gagra on a train to Novy Afon (New Athens) for brunch before touring the town, Novy Afon Cave, Novy Afon Monastery and the Novy Afon Seaside Park. Walk to Anacopia Fortress, an ancient citadel high above the town or relax. Enjoy a wine tasting evening. (Brunch,D) DAY 10 Ochamchire | The last full day in Abkhazia visits Ochamchire in the east. En route, stop to soak in the hot springs and natural mud baths of Kindgi and tuck into a picnic at the medieval Bedia Cathedral. Enjoy an optional excursion to a Hydroelectric Power Station on the Enguri River or explore at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Georgia | Drive to the border and cross back into Georgia. Tour central Zugdidi and visiting the Dadiani Palace before reaching Kutaisi. Relax at leisure before a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 12 Georgia to UK | Transfer to Tbilisi airport for the flight back to London Gatwick, via Kyiv. (B,L) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Pioneering Nagorno Karabakh DEPA RTU R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

30 Apr 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£1,690 per person*

£375

The landlocked mountainous region of Nagorno Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan that declared independence in 1992 – an independence recognised by no one except Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Despite decades of languishing as a breakaway Caucasus state of the former Soviet Union, the natural beauty and cultural richness of this isolated mountain landscape is undeniable.

to Nagorno Karabakh and, after crossing the border, take an introductory city walking tour of Stepanakert to include the Stepan Shahumian Monument, the Government Offices and Presidential Residence. (B,L,D)

DAY 1 Fly to Yerevan | Depart London Gatwick on your flight to Yerevan, via Kyiv.

DAY 8 Gandzasar & Dadivank | Today visit Nagorno Karabakh’s most important religious sites. 13th century Gandzasar Monastery was founded where locals believe the head of John the Baptist is buried. Medieval Dadivank Monastery was founded by St. Dadi, who spread Christianity across the region in the 1st century. (B,L)

DAY 2 Yerevan (Labour Day) | Arrive in Yerevan and visit the Pagan Temple at Garni; dating from the 1st century AD, this temple was once a vast and opulent palace and temple complex for the Armenian Kings. Take a jeep to the rock formations of the Garni Gorge and visit the Geghard Cave Monastery, carved deep into the cliffside. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Yerevan | Explore Yerevan with a local guide, touring Victory Park, Republic Square, the Opera House, The Cascade and the Matenadaran Manuscript Museum. Get to grips with the shadows of Armenia’s history at the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial Complex before stopping at the Mother Armenia monument for a great panoramic view of the city. (B,L) DAY 4 Yerevan to Goris | Journey south east to the city of Goris. Reach the stone Khor Virap Monastery – set to the backdrop of a snow-covered Mount Ararat, this is an iconic image of Armenia. Visit the Noravank Monastery and Karahunj – the Armenian equivalent of Stonehenge – before reaching Goris. (B,L,D) DAY 5 South East Armenia | Take the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world (stretching 3.5 miles) to the spectacular Tatev Monastery. In the afternoon visit Vorotnavank Monastery overlooking the Vorotan Gorge. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Goris to Stepanakert | Depart Goris and visit Khndzoresk village, famous for the rock formations in the canyon and its ancient cave settlement. Drive

DAY 7 Stepanakert | Learn about Karabakh’s contemporary history with visits to the We Are Mountains and Victory Monuments before going to the Artsakh State Museum and the small Museum of Missing Soldiers & Museum of Fallen Warriors. (B,L)

DAY 9 Mayraberd & Tigranakert | Explore Karabakh’s two important city fortresses, starting with the Mayraberd Fortress. En-route pass the Aghdam city ruins, destroyed during the Karabakh War. Visit the archaeological site at Tigranakert, established by King Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC and only discovered in 2006. (B,L) DAY 10 Victory, Armed Forces & Shushi Liberation Day | Known for its natural beauty, Shosh is filled with mulberry tree plantations used to make vodka. Opt to take a 3km walk to see the oldest Platanus tree in the former USSR, believed to be 2000 years old. Reach Shushi and visit the main Ghazanchetsots church and Kanach Jam (Green Church). ** (B,L,D) ** Today is Shushi Liberation Day, marking the 25th anniversary of the “Liberation of Shushi’. It is possible that celebrations may take place and the itinerary is flexible to reflect this.

DAY 11 Shushi to Yerevan | Drive to Yerevan and enjoy free time before a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 12 Yerevan to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, via Kyiv. *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Caucasus Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 31


Persian Odyssey DEPA RTU R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

22 Apr 2017

Min 6 - Max 16

£4,470 per person*

£765

Uncover the highlights that lie further than Tehran on an extended tour journeying deep into the deserts and into the heart of Iran’s ancient Persian cities. Tour the impressive wind towers and Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, cultural Shiraz city, historic Isfahan, the archaeological city at Persepolis and the mountain village of Abyaneh.

DAY 1 Fly to Tehran | Depart London on your overnight flight to Tehran. DAY 2 Tehran | Arrive in Tehran and transfer to your hotel. Tour the city, from the luxurious buildings of the Golestan Palace to the Crown Jewels in the Bank of Iran. Have dinner in Darband. (L,D) DAY 3 Tehran | In the Archaeological Museum see artefacts from around Iran before visiting the carpet museum and Azadi Tower, commemorating 2,500 years of Persia. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Kashan via Qom | Reach Qom, home to the Hazrat e Masumeh Shrine – the second holiest place in Iran. Explore the courtyards and continue to Kashan, famed for its pottery and rosewater production. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Kashan | Explore Kashan; visit the Fin Gardens, wind through the old city’s alleyways, reach the impressive Masjid e Jameh and explore the Tabatabei House set around four courtyards with mirror and stained glasswork, dating from 1880. After dinner, board the overnight train to Kerman. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Kerman | After breakfast drive to Rayen where an adobe citadel overlooks the town. Continue to Mahan, famous for its 15th century turquoise-tiled domed shrine. In the desert see the Kaluts, large sand castles shaped by wind. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Kerman to Yazd | Wander the bazaar of desert trading post, Kerman, and see the hamman and caravanserai before standing in the 15th century Masjid e Jameh. Drive to Yazd. (B,L,D)

flame at Ateshkadeh Fire Temple has burned since 470AD and the Towers of Silence were used for sky burials. Visit old Yazd and find the Jameh e Masjid, where minarets tower over the city. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Pasargadae | The ancient ruins of Pasargadae break up the journey to Shiraz. Visit the tomb of Hafez, Iran’s beloved poet. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Shiraz | See Shiraz’s glittering Shah Cheragh Shrine and roam its bazaar before exploring the Naranjestan Gardens and the stained-glass windows of the Nasir Ol Molk Mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Persepolis | Be the first at Persepolis this morning, the ruins of a city built by Darius the Great and destroyed by Alexander. Visit the Sassanian stone reliefs at Naqsh e Rostam cave tombs. (B,L,D) DAY 12 Shiraz to Isfahan | Drive to Isfahan and explore at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 13 Isfahan | The Masjid e Jameh showcases different architectural styles, added to over 800 years. 5km of bazaars will entertain before seeing Chehel Sotun Palace. Explore Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter, and cross the arched Si-o-Seh Bridge. (B,L,D) DAY 14 Isfahan | From the Ali Qapu Palace, overlook the Naqsh e Jahan Square. In the square, visit the large dome of Imam Mosque and admire the decorated dome of Lotfallah Mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 15 Isfahan to Abyaneh | Head to Abyaneh, a traditional mountain village where red mud brick houses line the narrow streets. From a local hotel, enjoy the views of the valley and meet villagers wearing traditional patterns. (B,L,D) DAY 16 Abyaneh to Tehran | After breakfast overlooking the valley, depart for Tehran. (BLD) DAY 17 Tehran to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours. Price excludes Iran visa.

DAY 8 Yazd | Begin with the Zoroastrian sites; the www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to an Iran Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 33


Iran in Depth DEPA RT U R E

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14 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£4,295 per person*

£685

Dive deeper into one of the Middle East’s most intriguing destinations, exploring the bustling cities, remote archaeological ruins and ornate mosques that lie further than Tehran. Visit Isfahan’s iconic Masjed-e Jameh, the famous ancient citadels of Pasargadae and Persepolis, remote rock carvings and picture-perfect Persian gardens. And spend all your change in the vibrant bazaars, of course.

DAY 8 Kashan | Dress conservatively to visit Qom, Iran’s second holiest city, en-route to Kashan. Visit Hazrat-e Masumeh and bustling Astane Square, before continuing to Kashan. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Yazd | Visit Kashan’s UNESCO-listed Bagh-e Fin and Tappeh-ye Seyalk, one of Iran’s oldest working archaeological sites, before taking a train to Yazd. (B,L,D)

DAY 1 Fly to Tehran | Take an overnight flight to Tehran.

DAY 10 Yazd | Explore this historic city from the Fire Temple of Ateshkadeh to the Wind Towers, Towers of Silence and impressive Amir Chakhmaq Square. (B,L,D)

DAY 2 Tehran | Arrive and tour the city this afternoon; visit Sa’d Abad Museum Complex home to the Nation’s Art Museum in the White Palace and the opulent Green Palace. (B,D)

DAY 11 Shiraz | Drive to the Cypress of Abarkuh en-route to Shiraz, where you’ll visit Aramgah-e Hafez tomb and Shah-e Cheragh shrine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Tehran | Use the metro to explore Tehran. Stroll through pretty Park-e Laleh, visit the fascinating US Den of Espionage and head to Golestan Palace. Once the royal residence, this lavish complex is set around perfectly manicured gardens. Roam the bazaar before ending at the Jewels Treasury. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Zanjan | Head west to Zanjan. Stop at Qazvin to discover Azadi Square and the Qajar era Nabi Mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Kermanshah | This morning visit the UNESCOlisted 13th century Soltaniyeh city to visit the Mausoleum of Oljaytu. Continue to Kermanshah, a stopping point for pilgrims journeying to the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Hamadan | Explore Kermanshah. See ornate bas reliefs at Teq-e Bustan and the Takieh Mo’aven olMolk theatre, where plays are performed during the Islamic Moharram month. Drive to Anahita Temple ruins and reach ancient trading town, Bisotun, before ending in Hamadan. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Hamadan | Hamadan sits on a high plain overlooked by Mount Alvand. Discover the Esther & Mordecai Tomb and drive into a remote mountain valley to visit Ganjnameh’s ‘Treasure Book’ rock carvings. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 Persepolis | Visit the ruins of ancient Persepolis, founded in 518 BC. Find the pockets of calm in bustling Shiraz: the glittering Shah Cheragh Shrine, the Naranjestan Gardens and the stained-glass windowed Nasir Ol Molk Mosque. Visit Vakil Mosque and stroll through the Vakil bazaar. (B,L,D) DAY 13 Isfahan | Depart Shiraz for the journey to Isfahan. En-route visit the archaeological ruins of Pasargadae. (B,L,D) DAY 14 Isfahan | Explore the tree-lined avenues of Isfahan and the stunning Naqsh-e Jahan Square. End the day with a nighttime stroll along one of the Zayandeh River bridges. (B,L,D) DAY 15 Isfahan | Visit Vank Cathedral in Jolfa, the city’s Armenian Quarter, for a fascinating mix of Christian and Islamic architectural styles, before standing in the square of Iran’s iconic Masjed-e Jameh mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 16 Tehran | Enjoy free time in Isfahan and drive to Tehran. (B,L,D) DAY 17 Tehran to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours. Price excludes Iran visa.

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Pioneering the Pamir Highway DEPA RTU R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

21 Jul 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£3,495 per person*

No single supplement

The Pamir Highway has taken on an almost mythic status for many travellers. Journeying through remote mountain terrain, the route was used by the merchants and traders of the ancient Silk Road. A more formal road was formed during the Great Game era of the 19th century, and then a concerted engineering effort was made by the Soviet military between 1931 and 1934 in order to bring troops and provisions to this distant corner of the empire. Travel from Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s charming capital, to Khorog from where the road hugs the Afghan border before turning north to cross the Akbaital Pass at 4,655 metres to Lake Karakul and on into Kyrgyzstan, finishing in Osh. This tour explores isolated areas where road quality will vary greatly and some accommodation will be basic with occasional shared rooms and facilities.

DAY 1 Fly to Dushanbe | Fly via Istanbul to Dushanbe. DAY 2 Dushanbe | Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will have the chance to rest. Later meet your guide and have lunch at a local restaurant. Tour Dushanbe; visit the New Museum of History, national castle and flagpole, Rudaky Park and the monument of Somony. Stop by the museum of Pamirian musical instruments and the bazaar before having dinner in a national restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Dushanbe to Kalai Khumb (360km) | After breakfast set course for the Pamir Highway and drive via the Nurek panorama viewing platform to Kulyab. After lunch continue towards Kalai-Khumb, the first district of the Badakhshan region. Here you will get your first views of Afghanistan and the Panj river. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Kalai Khumb to Khorog (240km) | Drive along the Afghanistan border, enjoying incredible views of the mountains. Stop for lunch in a tea house near Kalod before arriving in Khorog for the night. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Khorog to Yamg (220km) | In the morning visit the bazaar in Khorog before heading towards the Wakhan Corridor. On the road visit the Garm

Chashma hot spring, Kah Kaha fortress and Ismail museum before overnighting in Yamg village. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Yamg to Langar (80km) | Visit the Wakhony museum in Yamg, the Yamchun fortress and Bibi Fotima hot spring. Return to Yamg for lunch and then head to Langar via the Buddhist stupa in Wrang and the petroglyphs in Langar. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Langar to Murgab (270km) | Today head through the Khargush valley to Murgab, visiting Bulunkul Lake and Alichur village. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Murgab | Visit Madian Petroglyphs before returning to Murgab. In the afternoon visit the Yak House and a local Bazaar. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Murgab to Karakul (132km) | Crossing the Akbaital Pass at 4,655 metres, this is the highest point you can cross in Tajikistan. Arrive in Lake Karakul and spend the rest of the day relaxing and walking around the lake. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Karakul to Kizil Art to Sary Tash (138km) | After breakfast drive to the border to meet your Kyrgyz guide and driver. After negotiating the border continue to the Kyrgyz town of Sary-Tash. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Sary Tash to Osh (180km) | After breakfast drive to Kyrgyzstan’s second largest and oldest city, Osh. Have lunch on arrival and in the afternoon visit the Sulaiman Mountain (Solomon’s Throne) a rocky outcrop rising from the city centre. Also visit Babur’s house, the city mosque, the museums of Sulaiman Too and the Great Silk Road. (B,L,D) DAY 12 Osh to Bishkek | Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bishkek. On arrival meet your guide and embark on a city tour. (B,L,D) DAY 13 Bishkek to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Central Asia Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 37


Beyond the Cosmodrome DEPA RT U R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

27 May 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£3,135 per person*

No single supplement

Set at the point where space exploration technology, ancient Silk Road history and former USSR roots meet, Kazakhstan’s culture is as varied as its landscapes. Indulge the curiosity of your inner cosmonaut and visit Baikonur; tour the Integration and Test Facility complex, visit the Space and Spaceport History Museums and see cottages inhabited by astronauts Gagarin and Korolev.

DAY 1 Fly to Almaty | Depart London Heathrow and fly via Astana to Almaty. DAY 2 Almaty | Arrive in Almaty and spend the afternoon exploring the city at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Almaty | Tour Kazakhstan’s former capital city; visit Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral (the second largest wooden building in the world built without the use of nails), Green Bazaar, Kok-Tobe Hill and Medeo Gorge – proud home to Kazakhstan’s outdoor speedskating rink. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Almaty Region | Head out of the city to explore the countryside surrounding Almaty. Start with Big Almaty lake; at an altitude of 2,510 metres this is one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. The lake was formed by ancient glacier movement and the water remains cool year-round. Continue to an altitude of 3,300 metres to the base of Big Almaty peak to enjoy fantastic vistas of the lakes and mountain slopes covered with fir trees, aspen and juniper. Visit a falcon farm for a demonstration of the traditional Kazakh hunting techniques. After dinner board the overnight train to Taraz. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Taraz to Shymkent | Arrive in Taraz in the morning to meet your guide and tour the city, visiting Aisha-Bibi Mausoleum, Babaja-Hatum and Karakhan Mausoleum and The Tekturmas Historical Complex before continuing on to Shymkent. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Shymkent to Shaulder to Turkestan | Today head to the Otrar Region and the Shaulder Settlement. Visit the Arystan-Bab Mausoleum and explore the archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar. In Turkestan visit the historical Azret-Sultan

architectural complex, the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yawasi, a fragment of the fortress wall and Hilvet underground mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Turkestan to Baikonur | Spend a half-day touring the medieval settlement of Sauran – one of Kazakhstan’s most important monuments. Sauran fortress is popular with adventurers and lovers of antiquities, and shows the underground water conduits – kahrezes – that brought water from the Karatau Mountains, 110km away. Board the train to Baikonur, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Baikonur | Baikonur is the world’s oldest and largest space launch site. Sputnik was launched from Baikonur, as was Yuri Gagarin’s first manned mission. Tim Peake landed here in 2016 after spending six months on the international space station. Tour the Integration and Test Facility complex, followed by the Space museum, “Buran” Orbital complex and the cottages of cosmonauts Korolev and Gagarin, before “Gagarin’s Start” complex. Take a city tour of Baikonur and visit the Spaceport History Museum. (Note: access to some sites is subject to Roscosmos permits and is subject to change). (B,D) DAY 9 Baikonur to Astana | Transfer to Kyzylorda for the flight to Kazakhstan’s futuristic capital city, Astana, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Astana | Explore Astana, visiting the Norman Foster-designed Palace of Peace and Accord, and Khan Shatyr shopping and entertainment centre. Ascend the iconic Bayterek Tower to enjoy stunning views over the city and continue up Water Green Boulevard to the Presidential Palace before visiting the Khazret Sultan Mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Fly to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Central Asia Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 39


Kazakhstan Back in the USSR DEPA RTU R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

3 Jun 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£2,295 per person*

No single supplement

Few countries are as vast, yet as mysterious as the Republic of Kazakhstan. It became independent in 1991 but still retains many features of its Soviet past. Kazakhstan was also the backdrop for the first pioneering space missions and the idealist ‘New Soviet Man’ projects. Understand the country’s role in the USSR’s nuclear deterrent development and testing, and the legacy it left.

DAY 1 Fly to Astana | Depart London Heathrow and fly direct to Astana. DAY 2 Astana | Arrive in Astana and explore this futuristic ‘planned city’. In the afternoon drive out to the village of Akmol and visit the Museum of Soviet Repression at the former ALZHIR prison camp – this was one of the largest prison camps for women in the Soviet Union. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Astana | Explore Astana’s Museum of the First President and the embankment of the River Ishim. Visit the Khan Shatyr shopping and entertainment centre – complete with indoor beach and distinctive “tent” design – and ascend to the iconic Baytarek tower’s golden globe for stunning views across the city. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Astana to Kurchatov | Journey across the Kazakh steppe to reach the industrial city of Aksu. Stroll through a park full of Soviet monuments before continuing to the once secret closed city of Kurchatov, named after Soviet nuclear physicist, Igor Kurchatov. Visit Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Centre, containing a museum about the testing site and a model of the various testing locations. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Kurchatov | Kurchatov was the centre of Soviet nuclear testing and visiting the town’s environs provides an educational and sobering understanding of the impact of nuclear weapons testing. Drive into the Opytnoe Pole test site to see the concrete instrument towers. The residual radiation levels are safe but you will be provided with safety equipment and your guide will monitor radiation with a dosimeter.

Other areas include a bunker used to test the effect of a nuclear strike on Moscow’s metro system. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Semey | Semey, founded in 1718 as a Russian fortification against the Zhungars, was a home in exile to the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. Visit local museums and the monument to the victims of nuclear testing. Transfer to the airport, fly to Astana and continue to the city of Karaganda. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Karaganda | In the heart of the steppe, Karaganda is known for two things: coal and labour camps. The two are connected, as the “KarLag” network of Stalin-era camps was established to provide food and labour for the mines. Visit the former camp centre where the restored administrative building houses photos and stories from the Gulags. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Karaganda to Astana | After breakfast head to Astana to see the Palace of Peace and Accord, the Khazret Sultan Mosque and the National Museum, including the Golden Room where the armour of the Kazakh national symbol, the Golden Man, is housed. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 Astana | Browse the exhibits as Astana hosts the World Expo 2017, or spend time exploring Astana under your own steam. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Astana | Explore Astana at leisure or ask your Regent Travel Specialist to book a day-trip to the Borovoe Lakes, a few hours’ drive outside Astana. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 Fly to the UK | After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Classic Turkmenistan DEPA RTU R E

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S IN GLE S U PP

9 Sep 2017

Min 8 - Max 14

£2,770 per person*

£440

Possibly the most reclusive of the Central Asian states, Turkmenistan has been largely overlooked by the world since gaining independence in 1991. This Regent Holidays exclusive tour provides a fascinating insight into the republic’s history. Admire the lavish palaces of Ashgabat, journey into the Karakum Desert and find out why Merv was one of the most important cities on the Silk Road.

DAY 1 Fly to Ashgabat | Take an overnight flight to Ashgabat. DAY 2 Ashgabat | Arrive in Ashgabat and transfer to the hotel for two nights. Enjoy an excursion to Tolkuchka Bazaar, one of Central Asia’s most impressive markets where you can expect to haggle for carpets, camels and car parts. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Ashgabat to Darvaza | Visit the Turkmen Carpet Museum and the National Museum which gives an insight into the history of the Turkmen nation and its people. After lunch, head north into the Karakum Desert to visit the semi-nomadic village of Erbent before arriving at Darvaza, an impressive flaming gas crater which has been burning since 1971. Camp overnight in the desert. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Darvaza to Dashoguz | Continue through the desert to Konye Urgench, once considered one of the most important cities in the Islamic world. Although largely destroyed by the Mongols and Timur, there are some fascinating UNESCO-protected remains. Continue to the provincial capital of Dashoguz to overnight. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Dashoguz to Turkmenbashy | Visit Dashoguz’s main market before a short flight to Turkmenbashy on the Caspian coast. Visit the small Japanese Memorial before a tour of the city, including the chance to shop for caviar in the Cheryomushki Market. (B,L,D)

to explore at leisure. Situated at the foot of the Balkan Daglary mountain range, the city has four bazaars as well as a concrete ‘Health Path’ to encourage residents to take a hike along the mountainside. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Balkanabat to Ashgabat | Visit the Kow Ata Underground Lake, a unique thermal spa also home to Central Asia’s largest colony of bats. Stop at the Mosque of Turkmenbashy, the largest mosque in Central Asia and the main mosque in Turkmenistan en route to Ashgabat. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Ashgabat to Mary | Enjoy additional sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to the Atamurat Niyazov Memorial, Lenin Monument, Turkmenistan Trade Centre and Ashgabat Park. Visit Nisa Fortress, an impressive Parthian site, before a short flight to the city of Mary located in a large oasis in the middle of the Karakum Desert. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Mary to Gonur | Travel across the desert by 4WD Russian UAZ jeep to the remote archaeological site of Gonur, first settled in the Bronze Age and believed to be the birthplace of Zoroastrianism. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Merv to Ashgabat | Discover the scattered UNESCO-protected ruins of Merv, where today little remains of this once great Silk Road city. During its 12th century heyday this thriving oasis town was a hugely important centre of science, education and culture, and the ongoing archaeological projects at the site continue to make fascinating discoveries. Fly back to Ashgabat. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Ashgabat | Enjoy a free day to explore the city at leisure. (B,D) DAY 12 Ashgabat to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 6 Turkmenbashy to Balkanabat | Continue to Balkanabat, provincial capital of the region, and enjoy an introductory tour of the city followed by free time www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Central Asia Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 43


Odyssey Along the Silk Road DEPA RTU R E

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5 Sep 2017

Min 10 - Max 16

£3,795*

£555

Shimmering desert towns, ornate Islamic palaces and bizarre soviet structures vie for attention in the Central Asian republics. Follow in the footsteps of the early Silk Road traders on this pioneering small group tour through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and into Western China, discovering the colourful bazaars, breathtaking mountain scenery and a melting pot of people and cultures.

National Park and then head to Kochkor and visit a women’s co-operative that makes local, traditional handicrafts. (B,L,D)

DAYS 1 & 2 Fly to Bishkek | Land in Bishkek and transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up after overnight flight. At midday meet your local guide and go for lunch followed by a city tour. (L,D)

DAY 12 Karakol to Cholpon-Ata | Visit the Dungan Mosque and Russian Orthodox Church in Karakol, before driving along the north shore of Lake IssyKul, the second largest Alpine lake in the world, to Cholpon-Ata. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Bishkek to Osh | Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Osh where you will meet your guide and visit the famous Jaima bazaar. Visit Sulaiman Too a sacred site for local Muslims as well as a medieval sauna and the Shakhid Tepa Mosque. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Osh to Sary-Tash | Visit the 11th century architectural complex at Uzgen before continuing on to the town of Sary-Tash. Spend the night at a local homestay. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Sary-Tash to Kashgar | Cross the Irkeshtam pass into China. After the formalities at the border meet your Chinese guide and driver and continue on to the city of Kashgar. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Kashgar | Kashgar’s famous Sunday Bazaar is a highlight of any Silk Road journey. Watch the local Uyghur men trade livestock or barter for souvenirs such as spices and carpets. (B,L) DAY 7 Kashgar | Visit the tomb of the Fragrant Concubine and discover Idkah Mosque, the largest mosque in China where 5,000 people pray every day. In the evening visit the bustling night market. (B,L) DAY 8 Kashgar | Travel along the Karakorum Highway to sparkling Lake Karakul – the highest lake in the Pamir plateau – where towering snow-covered peaks reflect in the still waters. (B,L) DAY 9 Kashgar to Naryn | Cross the Torugart Pass and back into Kyrgyzstan, stopping at the 15th century Tash Rabat Caravanserai before overnighting in Naryn town. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Naryn to Kochkor | Visit the Salkyn Tor

DAY 11 Kochkor to Karakol | Drive to Jety Oguz Gorge along the south shore of Issyk-Kul, looking out for the famous Seven Bulls red rocks. Continue to Karakol with its chocolate box cottages and poplarlined avenues. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 Cholpon-Ata | Visit the Open Air Petroglyph Museum and the Rukh-Ordo cultural centre, then enjoy the beauty of incredible Issyk-Kul Lake scenery from the verdant meadows to alpine peaks. (B,L,D) DAY 14 Cholpon-Ata to Bishkek | After a boat trip on the lake, continue to the Burana Tower, an 11th century minaret next to an open-air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). Continue to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (B,L,D) DAY 15 Bishkek | Spend the morning in the Ala-Archa National Park, walking in the Alpine meadows among the flowing brooks. After lunch return to the city for an afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 16 Bishkek to Almaty | Visit Podeba and Ala-Too Squares in Bishkek and Osh Bazaar before crossing the Kazakh border and heading to Almaty. (B,D) DAY 17 Almaty | Visit Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral, a wooden structure built without nails. Visit Kok-Tobe Hill for views across the city, and Medeo Gorge, home to the Kazakh national speedskating rink. (B,D) DAY 18 Charyn Canyon | Visit one of Kazakhstan’s most spectacular sights – the 12-million-year-old Charyn Canyon. Walk through multi-coloured gorges and a valley of extraordinary rock sculptures. (B,L,D) DAY 19 Almaty to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Kim Jong Il Anniversary Tour DEPA RT U R E

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14 Feb 2017

Min 6 - Max 12

£1,250 per person*

£150

Witness the national holiday celebrations and join in the festivities marking the birthday of Kim Jong Il on this exciting tour of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, and its surrounding areas. This short tour includes visits to Kumsusan Sun’s Palace, a stroll through Kim Il Sung Square and enables visitors to gain an insight into life under this previous leader.

DAY 1 Fly to Pyongyang | Make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart on the Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang. Pass through Immigration and Customs to meet your guides and driver who will be with you for the rest of your time in North Korea. Transfer to the Taedonggang Microbrewery for a drink or two to get to know your guides. After a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant check in to the 47-storey Yanggakdo Hotel in central Pyongyang. (D) DAY 2 Pyongyang | Head into the city centre and walk from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square and on to the Foreign Language Bookshop. Stop for a hot drink at the Vienna Coffee Shop before heading to the Mansudae Fountain Park from where you’ll visit the Mansudae Grand Monument. Here, millions of Koreans visit annually to pay their respects to the leaders at the spectacular 20-metre tall bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Your group will be expected to lay a wreath of flowers at the foot of the statue before bowing in unison. This afternoon visit the Juche Tower, symbol of the national self reliance “Juche Idea” penned by Kim Il Sung. For €5 opt to take a lift to the top of the tower for spectacular views over the city before visiting the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. (B,L,D)

and as such we anticipate various special events and a jovial atmosphere across the city. The afternoon is fully flexible to allow the group the best chance of seeing any celebrations and getting the most out of the day. (B,L,D) DAY 4 DMZ | Leave the capital and head south along the reunification highway towards the DMZ and border with South Korea. Upon arrival at Panmunjom you will meet an army escort for an explanation of the DMZ history before you move on to the Armistice Talks Hall and the building (and attached small museum) where the armistice was signed. Next reach the border itself, where you will be (local conditions permitting) escorted, possibly under the watchful eye of South Korean soldiers, into one of the huts which straddle the North-South Korean border. Return to Kaesong and enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit the Koryo History Museum and Stamp Shop before the drive back to Pyongyang, making a quick photo stop at the Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification before entering the capital. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in a city restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Pyongyang to Beijing | This morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart Pyongyang. Departure by rail to Beijing can also be arranged, speak to a Regent Holidays Travel Specialist for more details. (B) *Price includes flights from Beijing accommodation, North Korean visa fees, transfers and meals as specified.

DAY 3 Anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il | Dress smartly today to visit the Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the awesome Kumsusan Sun’s Palace, near the foot of Mt. Taesong. From here ascend to the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery. Today is an important national holiday, www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a North Korea Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 47


Extended Kim Il Sung Anniversary Tour DEPA RTU R E

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13 Apr 2017

Min 6 - Max 16

£1980 per person*

£380

There’s no better time to visit the world’s most secretive nation than during a national holiday and this tour coincides with the biggest in 2017, the 105th Anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung. Cover Pyongyang’s highlights and enjoy the celebrations as locals pay respects to North Korea’s eternal president before visiting Mt Kumgang.

DAY 1 Beijing to Pyongyang | Take the Air Koryo flight from Beijing to Pyongyang. Pass through Customs to meet your Korean guides and driver and head to the Taedonggang Microbrewery for a drink. Enjoy a welcome dinner before checking in to the hotel. (D) DAY 2 DMZ | Follow the Reunification Highway south to the DMZ and South Korean border. An army escort will explain the background history of the DMZ and after visiting the armistice Talks Hall and the building where the armistice was signed, head to the border itself. Local conditions permitting, you may be escorted into one of the huts which straddle the North-South Korean border. (B,L,D) DAY 3 105th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung | Visit the Kumsusan Sun’s Palace, near the foot of Mt. Taesong, which houses the Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. You will be required to dress smartly. Stop at the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery and after lunch head underground for a journey on the Pyongyang Metro, surfacing near the Arch of Triumph. Today is expected to be the biggest national holiday in 2017. We expect special events to take place in Pyongyang so this afternoon is flexible to incorporate these. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Pyongyang | Explore the capital’s highlights, from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and Kim Il Sung Square to the Foreign Language Bookshop, the Mansudae Fountain Park and the Mansudae Grand Monument. The group will lay a wreath of flowers and bow to pay respects to the spectacular 20-metre tall bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. After a tram ride, leave the capital for Mt Myohyang. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Mt Myohyang | This morning visit the International Friendship Exhibition built into the mountainside, housing gifts presented to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong ll over the years. Spot one presented by Regent Holidays! Enjoy lunch at the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042, and return to Pyongyang. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Hamhung | Drive east to the industrial town of Hamhung, via the Sinphyong Tea House and Ullim Waterfall. Visit the historical site of Hamhung Bongung, the exterior of the Hamhung Grand Theatre and Donhung Hill. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Wonsan to Mt Kumgang | Head south to reach Mt. Kumgang, visiting the Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Wonsan and Sijung Beach en-route. Mt. Kumgang has only recently reopened to visitors from the north and is off limits to South Koreans, despite once being a special tourist region. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Mt Kumgang | Walk through attractive scenery to the Kuryong Waterfall and opt to reach “Fairies Pools” for a stunning view of the rock pools below – a site of famous Korean legend. Drive to Wonsan and walk on the causeway to Jandok Islet, bustling with children and local fishermen. Later reach Masikrong Ski Resort. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Pyongyang | Spend the day walking around the green mountainous region and take a ski lift into the hills before returning to Pyongyang for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Beijing | Depart Pyongyang for Beijing by air. Departure by rail to Beijing can also be arranged, speak to a Regent Holidays Travel Specialist for more details. (B) *Price includes flights from Beijing accommodation, North Korean visa fees, transfers and meals as specified.

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Spring Break in North Korea DEPA RTU R E

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29 Apr 2017

Min 2 - Max 16

£1,650 per person*

£270

Experience local life in North Korea on a tour that has been timed to coincide with the 2017 May Day celebrations. Travel to the DMZ to tour the North-South border with an army escort after exploring Pyongyang. Visit a local middle school, a microbrewery and ride on the Soviet-inspired Metro in Pyongyang to get a glimpse of everyday life in the DPRK. DAY 1 Fly to Pyongyang | Make your way to Beijing airport and fly to North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang. Spend time getting to know your Korean guides and driver with a visit to the Taedonggang Microbrewery for a drink and a welcome dinner near your hotel. (D) DAY 2 DMZ | Today make your way down to Kaesong and take the opportunity to tour the DMZ. Learn about the history of the region from an army escort (local conditions permitting) and step inside a hut that sits on the North-South border. Visit the Armistice Talks Hall and the building where the armistice was signed. Return to Pyongyang via the Monument to the Three Point Charter for National Reunification, visit Juche Tower and the monument to the Foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. (B,L,D) DAY 3 May Day | Walk through the city from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square and then onto the Foreign Language Bookshop. From here head to the Mansudae Fountain Park and ascend to the Mansudae Grand Monument, where you’ll be expected to lay flowers and bow in front of the 20-metre tall bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Ride the Pyongyang Metro to reach the Arch of Triumph and enter the main city park, Moranbong, for great city views and the chance to watch local people enjoy their time. As today is a national holiday, the afternoon itinerary is flexible to accommodate the events and celebrations that are expected to take place. (B,L,D)

Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, to tour the Pyongsong Middle School and to meet some of the students. Continue to Mt. Myohyang, stopping at the small city of Anju. (B,L,D) DAY 5 International Friendship Exhibition | Spend some time today discovering the many gifts presented to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong ll and Kim Jong Un with a visit to the attractive International Friendship Exhibition, built into the side of a mountain. Keep an eye out for the gifts from Regent Holidays! Also visit the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 before heading to the port city of Nampo. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Nampo | Today tour Nampo’s iconic feat of engineering; The West Sea Barrage is an impressive 8km long barrage built in the 1980’s along the estuary of the Taedong River. Head to the Woljeong Temple before driving over to Mt. Kuwol to tour the Sinchon War Crimes Museum. Later reach rural Sariwon and visit the Sariwon Migok Co-Operative Farm and Sariwon Folkcustoms Street. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Pyongyang | This morning return to Pyongyang to visit the Mangyondae Native House – birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. After exploring the attractive surroundings head into the Mangyondae District of Pyongyang and step inside the Kwangbok Supermarket, the only ‘normal’ Pyongyang supermarket that can be visited by tourists. This afternoon visit the Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, an 850-ton US spy boat captured in 1968 off the coast of Wonsan. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a city restaurant. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Pyongyang to Beijing | Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Departure by rail to Beijing can also be arranged, speak to a Regent Holidays Travel Specialist for more details. (B) *Price includes flights from Beijing accommodation, North Korean visa fees, transfers and meals as specified.

DAY 4 Pyongsong & Mt. Myohyang | Drive north to www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a North Korea Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 51


June Classic North Korea DEPA RTU R E

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3 Jun 2017

Min 2 - Max 16

£1,650 per person*

£270

Thirty years after Regent began arranging groundbreaking tours to North Korea, visitors to this perplexing country still find it as fascinating as ever. Tour the classic sights of North Korea, from Pyongyang and the Demilitarised Zone to Mt Myohyang, on a tour which coincides with Korean Juvenile Corps day, one of the biggest celebrations in the DPRK school calendar.

DAY 5 Mt Myohyang | This morning visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex built into the mountainside housing the gifts presented to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong ll and Kim Jong Un over the years. After lunch, journey to the west coast port city of Nampo, visiting the Kangso Mineral Water Plant en-route. (B,L,D)

DAY 1 Beijing to Pyongyang | Make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, to depart for Pyongyang. Meet your guides and driver and visit the Taedonggang Microbrewery before checking in to your hotel and enjoying a welcome dinner. (D)

DAY 6 Nampo | This morning, visit the impressive 8km West Sea Barrage and Woljeong Temple before driving over Mt. Kuwol to tour the Sinchon War Crimes Museum. Follow rural roads to Sariwon to see the Sariwon Migok Co-Operative Farm. Finally visit the Pakyon Falls, where you can choose to take a short hike to the Kwanum Temple before heading south to Kaesong. (B,L,D)

DAY 2 Pyongyang | Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Pyongyang, visiting all the main highlights from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre, Kim Il Sung Square to the Mansudae Fountain Park. Pay respects to the iconic bronze statues at the Mansudae Grand Monument, before also seeing the Juche Tower and the monument to the Foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. This afternoon, travel on the Pyongyang Metro to the Arch Of Triumph and explore Moranbong Park. (B,L,D) DAY 3 Pyongyang | Continue sightseeing in Pyongyang. After visiting the Mangyondae Native House, birthplace of President Kim Il Sung, head to the Kwangbok Supermarket, the only “normal” Pyongyang supermarket that can be visited by tourists. In the city centre, visit the Grand People’s Study House and possibly witness an English language class before touring the May Day Stadium, the 2nd largest stadium in the world. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 DMZ | En-route to the DMZ, visit Sonjuk Bridge and the History Museum. An army escort at the border will explain the history of the DMZ before taking you to the Armistice Talks Hall and the building where the Armistice was signed. Head to the border itself, where you will be (local conditions permitting) escorted into one of the huts which straddle the North-South Korean border. Visit the Tomb of King Kongmin before driving back to Pyongyang for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Pyongyang to Beijing | Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Departure by rail to Beijing can also be arranged. Speak to a Regent Holidays Travel Specialist for more details. (B) *Price includes flights from Beijing, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 4 Korean Juvenile Corps Day | Today is Korean Juvenile Corps Day – an important rite of passage in the school calendar – and as such the itinerary is flexible to include as many of the events as possible that take place on this day. After lunch in the city visit the Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, a US spy boat captured in 1968 by the Koreans. Drive north this afternoon to the beautiful Mt Myohyang region. (B,L,D) www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a North Korea Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 53


Bhutan in Depth DEPA RTU R E

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29 Sep 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£4,350 per person*

£460

Glacier-fed rivers, jaw-dropping mountain passes and Buddhist temples festoon this Himalayan paradise, sandwiched between the Tibetan plateau and India. This tour takes in two of Bhutan’s most colourful festivals at Thimphu and Bumthang. Sample Bhutanese cuisine in Paro before following the iconic route to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, guided by fluttering prayer flags. DAYS 1 & 2 Fly to Kathmandu | Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) DAY 3 Kathmandu to Bhutan | Fly to Paro and transfer to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. A local guest speaker will present an evening lecture on the Bhutanese concept of GNH (Gross National Happiness) followed by a stroll around the popular night market. (B,D) DAY 4 Thimphu Tsechu | Watch the colourful Thimphu Tsechu (festival) before exploring the sights and beautiful city architecture. Traditional dances are performed by monks or laymen accompanied by Tibetan horns, reed trumpets and drums. This is an important event in Bhutan’s religious and social calendar and people wear their ‘Sunday best’. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Thimphu to Punakha | Drive to Punakha via the scenic Dochula Pass adorned with 108 Buddhist shrines known as chortens. Walk through paddy fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to Bhutan’s popular saint Drukpa Kunley. Continue to Punakha Dzong where you may meet local monks. (B,L,D) DAY 6 Punakha to Bumthang | Cross the Black Mountains via the Pele la Pass and the cultivated Mangde Chhu Valley, stopping for a picnic at Chendebji Chorten. Reach Trongsa and wander through this pleasant township before continuing the scenic drive to Bumthang. (B,L,D) DAY 7 Thangbi Mani Tsechu | Immerse yourself in the Thangbi Mani Tsechu. Enjoy the absorbing mask dances and witness the fascinating fire blessing ceremony, a local purification ritual which sees monks

leaping over the flames. Stroll around Jakar town in the afternoon. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Bumthang | In the Bumthang Valleys, visit Jakar Dzong (Bhutan’s largest), Tamshing Goemba and Kurjey Lhakhang. Stop to sample the tasty produce of the Red Panda Brewery. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Bumthang to Phobjikha | Take the Yotung La pass to Trongsa. A cliff-carved road crosses the Pele La Pass into western Bhutan, descending into the Phobjikha Valley, a designated conservation area for Black-necked Cranes who migrate here in their thousands in winter. Visit Gangtey Monastery and the Black-necked Crane information centre. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Phobjikha to Paro | Ascend the Dochula Pass for crisp morning views over the Eastern Himalayas. Travel through blossoming hills and pine forests for lunch in Paro. Visit Rinpung Dzong – the seat of district administration and home to the monastic school, before exploring Kyichu Lhakhang and sampling traditional Bhutanese cuisine. (B,L,D) DAY 11 Tiger’s Nest Monastery | Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clinging to the edge of an 800m cliff overlooking the Paro Valley and surrounded by fluttering prayer flags. After a lunch with a view, descend to Drugyal Dzong and explore Paro town. This evening soak hike-weary limbs in a traditional hot-stone bath. (B,L,D) DAY 12 Bhutan to Kathmandu | Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the old city and Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple. Explore the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Paravati Temple, Great Bell and Drum, Bhairav and Taleju Temple. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner and cultural show in a local Nepalese restaurant. (B,D) DAY 13 Kathmandu to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) *Price includes flights, Bhutan visa, accommodation, meals as

specified, transfers and sightseeing tours. Price excludes Nepalese visa.

www.regent-holidays.co.uk | Talk to a Bhutan Specialist on 0117 280 0121 | 55


Highlights of Borneo DEPA RTU R E

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9 May 2017

Min 6 - Max 12

£3,195*

£455

Get up close to the iconic characters of this wildlife rich island and enjoy an introduction to landscapes of deep green jungle, rugged mountains and meandering rivers. Seek out remote longhouses, trek through pristine rainforests, spot pygmy elephants on the Kinabatangan River and encounter the warmth of the Bornean locals who call this beautiful country their home.

DAY 1 Fly to Kuching | Fly to Sarawak and transfer to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to witness the afternoon feeding of the resident orangutans. The evening will be spent at leisure in Kuching. DAY 2 Kuching to Bako National Park | Today take a boat ride to Bako National Park to spot proboscis and silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous bird species amongst the tropical forest. (B,L) DAY 3 Kuching to Batang Ai National Park | Drive to Batang Ai reservoir, stopping en-route at Lachau Bazaar to stroll around the small native market. Arrive at Batang Ai Lake and travel by longboat upriver to reach Nanga Sumpa Lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 4 Enseluai Waterfall & Jambu Longhouse | Hike the jungle trails along the Delok River before taking a longboat to the small community of Jambu. You may stop to watch a demonstration of Iban-style fishing using a Jala or throw net on the way. Explore Jambu longhouse before continuing your journey upriver to the scenic Enseluai Waterfall for a riverside BBQ lunch and a swim in the pool. (B,L,D)

unique chance to see proboscis monkeys often at close quarters. This private reserve is also home to many silver leaf monkeys and magnificent hornbills can often be seen here. Late afternoon visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre, located within the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Walk along the 147 metre long canopy walkway which reaches up to 28 metres above the forest floor, for a unique view of Sabah’s rainforest. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary & Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre | Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to witness the orangutans feeding and the Bornean Sun Bear Centre. Embark on a boat cruise up the lower Kinabatangan River to reach Abai Jungle Lodge. Relax or explore the nature boardwalk before boarding another cruise in search of monkeys, birds and pygmy elephants. Return to the lodge for a guided night walk in search of nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D) DAY 9 Pitas Lake & Abai Village | Take an early boat to Pitas Lake for a wildlife viewing trip and return to the lodge for breakfast. Visit nearby Abai Village to participate in a tree planting project and enjoy lunch with a local family. Return to the lodge for another wildlife cruise along the Kinabatangan River. (B,L,D) DAY 10 Kota Kinabalu | Cruise back down the Kinabatangan River to reach Sandakan. Enjoy lunch before flying to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

DAY 5 Batang Ai National Park to Kuching | Explore jungle trails in the morning before returning overland to Kuching. (B,L)

DAY 11 Kinabalu National Park | Depart the city and drive to Kinabalu Park. Take a dip in the soothing Poring Hot Springs and clamber across the treetop canopy walkway 100ft above the forest floor. Explore jungle trails and discover rare orchids before returning to Kota Kinabalu. (B,L)

DAY 6 Fly to Sandakan | Fly to Sandakan and transfer to the MY Nature Resort, a short walk from Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Afternoon at leisure. (B,D)

DAYS 12 & 13 Kota Kinabalu to the UK | Enjoy a free day to explore Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

DAY 7 Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary & Rainforest Discovery Centre | Drive to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary which offers a

*Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

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Cultures & Customs of Papua New Guinea DEPA RTU R E

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30 Jun 2017

Min 8 - Max 16

£6,195*

£1,320

Offering a heady mix of traditional tribal encounters, jungle exploration in wildlife-rich environments and pristine sandy beaches, Papua New Guinea is as diverse as they come. From meeting Asaro Mudmen of the Goroka district to attending Warwagira & National Mask Festival, this tour will get you under the skin of this captivating country.

DAYS 1 & 2 Fly to Port Moresby | Fly to Port Moresby, via Manila. DAY 3 Port Moresby | Arrive in Port Moresby and drive to a hotel near the airport. Relax for the remainder of the day. (D) DAY 4 Goroka | Fly to Goroka. Tour the Asaro Mudman village for a traditional fire making ceremony and mudman performance. Sample a “mumu” lunch (cooked in an earth oven), and cross the Daulo Pass for spectacular panoramas. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Madang | Cruise around Madang harbour to visit tiny Siar Island and snorkel the colourful reef at Pig Island: watch for turtles and barracuda. (B,D) DAY 11 Madang to Rabaul | Fly to Rabaul via Port Moresby and relax for the afternoon. (B,D) DAY 12 Rabaul | Take a boat to the sandy beaches and clear waters of the Duke of York Islands, where you are sure to generate huge excitement amongst the local children. Take a dip in the azure seas and snorkel the colourful reef. (B,D) DAY 13 Warwagira & National Mask Festival | Walk to the beach early for the local Tolai tribe Kinavai Ceremony. Dukduks and tumbuans (masked forest spirits) emerge from the sea in canoes to dance as kundu drums beat. Enjoy the festival’s cultural dancing, story-telling and ritual performances before exploring Kokopo town. (B,D)

DAY 5 Goroka | Climb to Mount Gurupoka for fantastic views of the Asaro valley and Daulo Mountains. Visit an ancestral cave, complete with a Ghost Dance display. Later explore Goroka’s market, coffee factory and JK McCarthy Museum. (B,D)

DAY 14 Rabaul | Megapode birds incubate their eggs in the volcanic ash at the foot of Mt Tavurvur. Meet the Matupit villagers who dig for them and boil an egg in the volcanic heated water. Watch an extraordinary Baining Fire Dance, where young men run through blazing flames as elders chant. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Goroka | In a local Chimbu village learn traditional skills including making weapons, musical instruments and bilum (string bags). (B,D)

DAY 15 Port Moresby | Fly to Port Moresby. Visit the nature park, National Museum and Parliament Haus. (B,D)

DAY 7 Goroka to Madang | Today’s scenic drive to Madang follows winding roads through lush terrain. Stop at Kamaliki Village for a dance performance and enjoy a photo stop at Yonki Hydro Dam. (B,D)

DAY 16 Port Moresby | Journey by boat to nearby Daugo Island. Enjoy a swim at the white sand beach and discover life for this small fishing community. (B,D)

DAY 8 Madang | Explore Madang town and see ceremonial headdresses, jewellery, weapons and musical instruments exhibited at the Museum. Visit the Coastwatchers Memorial Beacon dating back to WWI and explore Balek Wildlife Sanctuary, home to turtles and eels. (B,D)

DAY 18 Manila | Explore the historic walled city, Intramuros, and San Agustin Church. Peruse the market in Quiapo before a farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 9 Madang | In Amele Village, watch a traditional dance, culture and music performance followed by a Madang-style lunch. (B,L,D)

*Price includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours.

DAY 17 Manila | Fly to Manila and enjoy free time. (B)

DAY 19 Fly to UK | Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

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including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. We are also a member of ABTA (ABTA number V2359). If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. Please go to www.abta.com for a copy of the guide to ABTA’s scheme of Financial Protection. 3. PRICE POLICY All prices advertised or quoted are per person based on sharing a twin/double room and are in pounds sterling unless otherwise shown and are subject to change, up or down, until the booking is confirmed. After that, we will only increase the price in limited circumstances to reflect increases in transportation costs (including fuel and airfares), dues, government approved taxes (including VAT), both in the UK and overseas, fees chargeable for services (including landing taxes and embarkation and disembarkation and security fees at airports), Government action or exchange rate variation. If the surcharge would increase the cost of your holiday by 10% or more, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund. We will absorb the cost, and you will not be charged, of any increase equivalent to or up to 2% of the original price of your holiday (excluding amendment fees). No surcharges will be made within 30 days of departure. Prices in this brochure were calculated at the exchange rate of £1 = €1.35 and £1 = USD1.56. 4. TRAVEL INSURANCE Your holiday package with us does NOT include travel insurance and we believe that it is essential to take out comprehensive travel insurance when you go on holiday and we strongly recommend that to do so is in your interests and those of your family. We also ask that you provide us with the details of your insurer, the policy number and the emergency contact details to assist you in the event of an accident or emergency abroad. It will be necessary for you to comply with the requirements of the policy in the event of a potential claim; e.g. reporting a theft to the local police. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. 5. PAYMENT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY Your deposit is considered part payment towards your holiday. The exact deposit required shall be made clear at time of quotation/booking. On occasion full payment may be required to secure certain elements of your trip; if this does arise we shall inform you of this at time of booking. Deposits are non-refundable and as such are a security towards confirming your holiday. Normally the balance and final payment should be made no less than eight weeks prior to departure. However, on occasion some components and/or destinations may require final payment no less than 90 days prior to departure, in which case you shall be informed of this at time of booking. If any balance remains unpaid, travel documentation will not be issued and we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and apply the cancellation charges set out below. Final travel documents will normally be sent out approximately two weeks before departure. All money paid to a travel agent will be held by the agent on our behalf.

Payment must be in the currency of the invoice and you are responsible for bank charges. Full payment, deposits and balances made with a credit or charge card (switch and debit cards excluded) will automatically incur an additional 2% charge and 2.5% for Amex of the payment. 6. BROCHURE AND WEBSITE ACCURACY Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the information in our brochure is as accurate as possible, it is published many months before your holiday takes place. We reserve the right to make changes to the brochure and any information it contains. You will be informed of any material changes before booking. Regent Holidays are only responsible for information contained within our own publications and websites. We are specifically not responsible for third party information (from tourist boards and hotels for example) contained in any other brochures or websites. 7. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY YOU (A) AMENDMENT We will do our best to assist you in altering your arrangements after booking but cannot guarantee that this will be possible. If alterations can be made you will be responsible for all extra charges and costs and we reserve the right to charge an administration fee £50 per booking plus any applicable charges levied by our suppliers. In some cases, flights cannot be changed after booking and the full cost of a new air ticket will be payable. We also reserve the right to treat any amendment less than eight weeks prior to departure as a cancellation and apply the cancellation charges set out below. (B) CANCELLATION All cancellations must be made in writing by the person who made the booking and are effective on the day we receive it. As we incur substantial costs and losses on a cancellation, we will apply the following cancellation charges based on payment/balance date of eight weeks prior to departure. For those bookings where additional amounts were paid in excess of the standard deposit at the time of booking or before the standard balance due date, these shall be considered non refundable. Number of days prior to departure Cancellation charge as percentage of total holiday price when cancellation notice received Up to 56 days 55-43 Days 42-31 Days 30 Days or less

Forfeit deposit 50% 75% 100%

Agents or third party organisations acting on our behalf are unable to amend or change the contract or terms and conditions within it. 8. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY US (A) AMENDMENTS It is occasionally necessary for us to make changes to advertised products and services and we reserve the right to make such changes. In exceptional circumstances we may have to modify your holiday after booking. If the change is minor we will do our best to notify you in advance but are not obliged to do so and no compensation is payable. If the change is material (for example, a change of flight time by more than twelve hours, change of destination or to a lower standard of accommodation), we will notify you as soon as practically possible and offer you the choice of (i) accepting the alternative arrangements or (ii) arranging an alternative holiday with us or (iii) cancelling your holiday. Whichever option you choose we will pay you compensation unless the change


has been caused by force majeure or low bookings as defined below. Days before departure Compensation per person 57 Nil 56-29 £40 28-15 £50 14-0 £70 (B) CHANGES DURING THE HOLIDAY If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of your holiday whilst you are away, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra cost or, if we are unable to do so, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a pro-rata refund for any part of the holiday not received. This does not apply to minor changes in your accommodation, itinerary or transportation. (C) CANCELLATION BY US Whilst we hope we will never have to cancel your holiday, this does very occasionally happen and we reserve the right to do so. Should it be necessary to cancel your holiday we will endeavour to offer alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or similar standard, together with a price refund if appropriate. Alternatively we will provide a full and prompt refund.

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(D) FORCE MAJEURE Compensation will not be payable in any cases where an amendment, change or cancellation is due to “force majeure”, defined as unusual or unforeseeable events or circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which neither we nor our suppliers could avoid. These include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil disturbance or strife, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions, levels of water in rivers, acts of God, closure of airports, changes of schedules or operational decisions of transport providers. (E) LOW BOOKINGS Compensation is not payable if a holiday or tour does not take place because a required minimum number of passengers to enable the holiday or tour to take place has not been reached and you were informed of that requirement at the time of booking. We will notify you at least eight weeks before departure if your holiday has not reached the minimum number and is therefore cancelled and where possible we will offer a similar holiday on a different date or an alternative holiday departing at or around the original date. 9. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU We take care to ensure that all involved in the preparation and supply of your holiday maintain the highest standards. Please remember that the appropriate standards will be those prevalent in your destination which may not be the same as developed international standards. We will pay reasonable compensation (subject to below) if the product supplied to you is not of the standard described or contracted for by you. This compensation will be limited (except in the case of death or injury) to no more than twice the holiday price of the person affected. Should you suffer injury, illness or death as a result of the proven fault of ourselves, our suppliers or their employees acting in the course of their employment we will offer you compensation as would be paid in an English Court. If the incident relating to you or any member of your party being killed, injured or becoming ill during or as a result of, carriage by aircraft, ship, train or coach as part of the holiday arrangements organised by us our liability to pay compensation is limited in accordance with the liability of the carrier/service provider under any international convention which governs such services. Copies of these Conventions are available upon request. Our liability to you does not apply if you or any member of your group is at

fault; if the failure is the fault of someone else not connected with providing the services which form part of our holiday contract with you; the failure is due to any unusual or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, which we could not have avoided even if we had used all care possible or the failure is due to any event which we or the supplier of any service could not help, expect or prevent. Any acceptance of liability is subject to you agreeing to assign to us your rights against any third party responsible for the events leading to your claim and to you affording us all necessary assistance in pursuing that claim. 10. COMPLAINTS AND ABTA ARBITRATION Whilst we aim to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, there may be times when it does not. Please follow the complaints procedure below to minimise inconvenience to all parties: 1. Any complaint should be reported immediately and directly to the supplier and, as soon as possible, to our local representative (where applicable). If you fail to follow this simple procedure, your right to claim compensation may be affected, as we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. 2. In the unlikely event that neither our representative nor our supplier is able to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, please put in writing the details of your complaint to us either at our address or by email regent@ regent-holidays.co.uk 3. Once in receipt of a complaint, we will react swiftly to resolve the matter. Our aim is to rectify any shortcomings immediately, so that you can fully enjoy the remainder of your holiday. If you still have cause for complaint on your return to the UK, you are required to seek satisfaction by writing to the Company within 28 days of the end of your holiday and providing full details of the holiday and the reason for dissatisfaction. We regret that we cannot accept liability in relation to any complaint or claim which is not notified entirely in accordance with this clause. Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration if you so wish under a special scheme arranged by ABTA Ltd and administered independently. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www.abta.com). The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. Where we act as agent, please bear in mind that your contract is with the supplier of the arrangements concerned. Unless the supplier is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the arrangements themselves or the acts/omissions of the supplier. 11. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION It is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary passports are machine readable. You should also ensure

that all necessary visas, international driving licences, vaccinations and other health documents are in order. All passports must have a validity of at least six months from your scheduled return date to the UK. You will generally need clear/clean pages for visas, as required, to be inserted. You must read all documentation that is supplied to you and ensure that all information contained within is correct. Failure to do so may incur amendment charges which are your responsibility. Some countries and airlines now require additional passenger information (API). We will inform you which countries require this information. This information is compulsory and is required by authorities. It is essential that all clients provide the API prior to travelling. Failure to provide this information may result in you being denied boarding for your flight. No refund will be permitted and any additional costs will be borne by the named clients. 12. SPECIAL REQUESTS Whilst we will endeavour to comply with any special requests such as airline seating, diets and room requirements, we can only do so on a “goodwill” basis. As these are usually only provided at the discretion of the relevant supplier, we cannot guarantee availability and cannot be held responsible if they are not provided. 13. MEALS All pre-booked meals on our group tours will be on table d’hôte basis, Supplements can apply for à la carte basis. 14. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES We are only responsible for excursions and activities sold by us prior to departure and which form part of your holiday contract. Should you purchase excursions in the destination, your contract and any liability arising from it will be with the supplier directly. 15. JURISDICTION We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below. We both also agree that any claim must be dealt with by the ABTA arbitration scheme referred to above or Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). 16. DATA PROTECTION POLICY In order for us to process your booking we need to store and record your information, including data as supplied. This may include transfer of such information outside of the European Economic Area to parties involved in the arrangements of your holiday. Equally we use such information for updating our mailing lists, for fraud prevention, market research and analysis and from time to time you may receive travel related information from us or from another company from within ITC Luxury Travel Group Ltd. Should you not wish to receive such literature please advise us in writing. 17. UK FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information please visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or telephone 0870 606 0290. For full terms and conditions please visit our website


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