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HOLIDAY TRAVEL MADE EASY Summer isn’t the only time to vacation. Explore popular destinations and attractions during the fall for fewer crowds and more experiences, and finalize your plans for decking the halls this winter with ideas for your holiday getaways. Plus, we’ve sprinkled in some luxury to create your ultimate vacation experience. Find your next getaway destination in these pages and contact your Liberty Travel consultant today. After all, you need to take a vacation from planning your vacation.

Get away for your most memorable holiday yet to stunning St. Lucia, an island experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.

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Fall in Love at These Adult-Friendly Destinations

Back-to-school season happens to be the best time of the year for a romantic retreat to enchanting destinations that are usually popular for families in the summer.

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5 Caribbean Bites That’ll Put a Tropical Twist on Your Thanksgiving Meal

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We’ve got your go-to guide for making the most of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest.

Have yourself a gleeful little Thanksgiving away from home with these five Caribbean bites that will spice up your feast.

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4 Tips for Traveling During the Holidays

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It’s Christmas Time in Orlando

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There’s No Place Like Europe for the Holidays

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8 Incredible Markets for Ultimate Holiday Shopping Around the World

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With hotel rooms, flights, and cruises filling up fast, our experts have the tips for booking holiday travel with less hassle. We’re headed to America’s favorite theme parks in search of the best holiday experiences. When it comes to Christmas Markets, holiday decorations, and big celebrations, these cities don’t hold back.

From the Souks in Morocco to the Floating Markets in Thailand — the holiday shopping possibilities are endless.

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Somewhere Over the Water

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Vacation Like Royalty: The Best Castle Hotels Throughout the U.K. and Ireland

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Travel 101: Guided Vacations

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We searched the Islands of Tahiti for the best resorts offering extravagant sanctuaries above the bluest water you’ll ever see.

Live like a king or queen for a night — or five — in well-preserved castles across the United Kingdom and Ireland that are now upscale royal resorts. Not sure if an escorted tour is right for you? Our travel experts put these FAQs and answers together to help you decide. There’s no better way to explore North America’s own slice of Europe than with a road trip, and we’ve got your perfect itinerary.

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‘Tis the Season for St. Lucia The St. Lucia experience is unlike any other in the Caribbean. The luxurious spas and resorts alone make it one of the top destinations for honeymooners, but St. Lucia offers so much more than romance and relaxation. This island has earned its status as the “Hawaii of the Caribbean” due to its lush mountainous landscape and paralleled outdoor adventures. Unique culinary experiences like making a chocolate bar straight from the bean, breathtaking scenery starting with the green peaks of the Pitons, and lively culture found in the capital of Castries and coastal towns Gros Islet and Anse La Raye, guarantee a trip to St. Lucia is an adventure for the senses. A holiday vacation to St. Lucia is sure to be one of your most memorable getaways. Spend Thanksgiving savoring the many flavors of the island, or open presents beachside with the shining Caribbean Sea as your picture-perfect backdrop. Plan on staying for New Year’s — St. Lucia celebrations are legendary.

Talk to one of our Liberty Travel consultants today and book your holiday getaway to St. Lucia now for the best flight itineraries, resort availability, and savings.

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Leave The Kids At Home

Fall In Love at These Adults-Friendly Destinations With summer drawing to a close at the end of August, many kids lament the end of vacation season. But it is just the start for you. With the new school year fast approaching, some of the world’s best destinations trade the great family rush for some adults-only fun, and you can upgrade your vacation experience by booking an Escapes package, exclusive to Liberty Travel. Escapes are customized beach getaways that include special sightseeing options and exclusive perks, like a personalized keepsake booklet and document holder, a $150 future travel credit, and Insider Benefit coupons with exclusive savings on travel items. Now all that’s left for you to do is choose a destination. Grab the one you love and leave the kids at home for a romantic fall retreat in — Costa Rica The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica experiences its driest season in September and October, providing the perfect weather for surfing in Playa Negra or snorkeling the vibrant, protected waters of Cahuita National Marine Park. Experience the majesty of Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems and head inland towards the Arenal Volcano and Monte Verde regions for cloud forest hiking, whitewater rafting, and nature safaris. For a truly romantic retreat, book a stay at the luxurious Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Arenal and spend an evening soaking in the property’s natural hot springs while basking in the orange glow from the volcano in the distance.

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Riviera Maya Take advantage of Mexico’s captivating Caribbean coast for exquisite all-inclusive resorts and get ready to fall in love with Riviera Maya’s rich culture, fascinating history, and stunning beaches. Step back in time at the ancient Maya sites of Tulum and Chichén Itzá, or trek through the jungle on ATVs or horseback. On the very southern end of Riviera Maya lies one of the world’s best beaches — Akumal. Stay at the new, adults-only Secrets Akumal for the rare opportunity to swim with the many sea turtles that call this area home. Hawaii The Aloha State offers nearly endless opportunities for an exciting tropical getaway, so pack your bags for an island-hopping adventure. Start on popular Oahu and see its iconic sights like Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and the North Shore. Then make your way to the Big Island to watch active lava flow at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before flying to Kauai to get off the grid in this eco-enthusiast’s paradise. Save Hawaii’s most romantic island for your last stop and enjoy the wonderful activities at the Hyatt Regency Maui, such as the Drums of the Pacific Luau and rooftop stargazing. Miami South Beach has always been a playground of neon lights, retro glamour, and all-night parties. While the rest of the country seems to be cooling down in the fall, Miami is still heating things up. Play on powder-sand beaches and splash in turquoise water so clear you’ll think you’ve landed on an island in the Caribbean. Treat yourself to Miami’s diverse cuisine and savor Cuban delicacies, fresh seafood, and southern comforts. The area seems to awaken at night with a lively scene of clubs and bars to hop to and from. To experience the hottest spot in Miami Beach, escape to the famous Fontainebleau. This mega resort sits directly on the beach and boasts some of the area’s best parties, entertainment, and dining right on site. St. Lucia In the far eastern Caribbean, you’ll find an island experience like no other. St. Lucia’s mountainous landscape is covered in a blanket of plush, emerald foliage and is home to a number of exciting activities you can’t find anywhere else in the Caribbean. Head into the forests to discover natural wonders like the world’s only drive-through volcano, or hike the majestic Piton Mountains. Be sure to spend some time in one of St. Lucia’s towns to meet the friendly people and also schedule a Bean to Bar tour where you can make your own chocolate bar from the decadent plant that grows here. Now’s your chance to stay in one of the world’s best resorts — Jade Mountain. These extraordinary accommodations boast awe-inspiring views due to the lack of a fourth wall. Your suite directly opens from room to balcony, giving you unobstructed sights of the ocean and Pitons. Vacation season is just starting for couples looking for a kid-free fall getaway. Take advantage of back-to-school season and contact your travel consultant today to start planning your romantic Escape to one of these adult-friendly destinations.

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FEEL FREE TO EXPLORE THE LEI OF THE LAND. No one lets you capture the pure spirit and soul of Hawai`i like Norwegian Cruise Line. Only Norwegian visits four islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kaua`i, so you’re on an island each and every day. Which means you’ll have plenty of time to hike up a waterfall, take a helicopter ride over an active volcano and brush up on your hula at an authentic luau. Or uncover even more by adding a few days on land before your cruise with our O’ahu Explorer Cruisetour. And since we’re the only cruise line that sails round-trip from Honolulu year-round, you can vacation on your schedule. Who wouldn’t want to spend at least seven days in paradise? Leaving, on the other hand, takes a lot of convincing.

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The arrival of fall marks the beginning of the biggest beer festival on earth. Oktoberfest celebrations, despite the name, predominantly take place through September, ending on the first weekend of October. Don’t fret over what it’s called. Instead, gather in Munich with your fellow liquid gold lovers and raise a glass to Germany’s beer pride.

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The Early Bird Gets the Beer Don your best dirndl or lederhosen and make your way to the Weisn — an affectionate term meaning “the field” that the Münchner (locals) call the fairgrounds. If you didn’t make a prior reservation, it’s important to arrive early to get in line for the tent of your choice — don’t be surprised if you see people lining up as early as 6 a.m. The 14 beer-serving tents fill up fast, with each one hosting a different atmosphere; a few cater to families or couples, while others focus on the food, but the main tent, the Schottenhamel, welcomes all.

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It’s What’s Inside that Really Counts Once you’ve braved the queue, make your way to a table. Sharing is caring in these tents, and you’re expected to share your spot with strangers. It’s frowned upon to try and claim a whole table to yourself, but this is the perfect opportunity to make a Wiesenbekanntschaft — a unique local term for an “Oktoberfest acquaintance.” Just be friendly and polite, and always ask if the seat is taken before sitting down.

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Order Up Once you’re settled, it’s time to get a “bier” in your hand. Every tent features a brew from one of Munich’s six authorized breweries that abide by the strict criteria for making the official festival beer. Oktoberfest lagers are full of rich, caramel flavors that pair nicely with a variety of pork sausages like weisswurst, brautwurst, and currywurst, potato pancakes, and soft pretzels the size of your head — all served fresh at the festival. Instead of a pint, order a mass, or a beer mug, and never touch the extremely busy waitresses to get their attention. If you do, you might get yelled at. You’ve been forewarned.

Prost! You’re ready to sip with confidence at the legendary Oktoberfest, and there’s no better way than with an exclusive Liberty Travel EURObreak. These personalized packages include exclusive perks, such as priority access to our 24/7 assistance center and a $150 future travel credit, plus the expertise of a City Insider. This local guide will reveal the local hotspots and best-kept secrets of the city they live in and love. Talk to your Liberty Travel consultant today to plan your beer-filled celebration in Munich now.

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5 Caribbean Bites That’ll Put a Tropical Twist on Your Thanksgiving Meal The turkey, the stuffing, all the trimmings — after a while, it can just get to be too much. Have yourself a gleeful little Thanksgiving away from home and invite your entire crew. We have five Caribbean bites that will not only spice up your meal but also give you a true taste of island life. 1. Conch Fritters, The Bahamas These bite-sized, golden-fried balls of greatness are absolute bliss on the tongue and a Bahamian staple. Don’t let the word “snail” turn you off. Conch has the texture of clams or mussels with a fresh sweetness that’s heaven from the sea. For the fritters, the conch meat is finely chopped and mixed with bell peppers, onion, cayenne, and garlic, then fried to perfection. Dip the fritters in a side of spicy lime aioli — also known as Calypso Dipping Sauce — and get ready to be blown away by that bold Bahamian flavor. 2. Kalua Pig, Hawaii The islands of Hawaii are a fully-stocked pantry of tropical and international delicacies. For traditional Hawaiian fare, just head to a luau on any of Hawaii’s islands, and you’re sure to find a buffet filled with fresh pineapple, aromatic poke (the Hawaiian version of raw fish ceviche), and a purple dish called poi. But the guest of honor at all luaus is Kalua Pig, and for Hawaiians, you either cook it right or not at all. The fully intact pig is slowly roasted for hours in an underground oven known as an imu. In the end, this time-consuming process is totally worth it, and the reward is pull-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth pork meat with a smoky flavor that you’re sure to pig out on. 3. Jerk, Jamaica You’ll notice we left the word “chicken” off the end of this dish, but there’s a method to our madness. The term “jerk” refers to the unique style of cooking and spice blend featuring Scotch Bonnet peppers, allspice, and nutmeg, which all grow in abundance on Jamaica. And while the fowl variety tends to be a favorite for us mainlanders, Jamaicans use this technique on pork, beef, fish, and even vegetables. You’ve probably seen or tasted a version of this spicy meal at eateries in the States, but those lucky enough to have sampled it straight from the source will tell you nothing beats the jerk dishes on the Island of All Right. What’s their secret? Jamaicans cook the jerk over coals mixed with fresh, green pieces of pimento wood from the allspice trees, giving it a flavor you just can’t replicate at home.

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4. Mofongo, Puerto Rico Mofongo might sound silly — and look it, too — but it’s rich, savory flavor is no joke. It resembles a loaf of yellow-green mashed potatoes, but traditionally it’s made from smashed fried plantains that are then mixed with garlic, broth, and, on occasion, small pieces of pork or bacon. Mofongo can be served by itself, stuffed, or smothered with an array of meats ranging from chicken to crab. No matter how you prefer your mofongo, be sure to wash it down with another ingenious concoction hailing from Puerto Rico — the Piña Colada. 5. Habichuelas Con Dulce, the Dominican Republic From Spanish-influenced treats with a tropical twist, such as coconut flan, to decadent cakes filled with native fruits like guava, this island has a dessert to satisfy every sweet tooth. If you’re craving a sweet that has 100% Dominican roots, grab a big bowl of Habichuelas Con Dulce — or Sweet Cream of Beans. Wait, did we say beans? Yes, we did, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find they make an excellent dessert. Every household has their own style for this liquid treat, but all recipes cook puréed, soft-boiled kidney beans with coconut and evaporated milks, sugar, and cinnamon to create a creamy dessert. Top it with pieces of sweet potato, raisins, or cookies to add the perfect amount of texture. While picturesque beaches draw thousands of visitors to islands around the world, it’s the one-of-a-kind food that’ll keep you coming back for seconds. And on Thanksgiving, might as well go up for thirds. Plus, when you book your Thanksgiving getaway with Liberty Travel, our consultants will serve up exclusive perks and special amenities. Choose one of our Escapes packages, personalized beach vacations to the world’s most desirable locations, and you’ll receive exclusive sightseeing options, like our Insider Experiences that delve deeper into the destination with unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else. So don’t pass up on taking that Thanksgiving getaway. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant today to start planning your vacation to the tropics now.

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Beaches®, the Caribbean’s most awarded all-inclusive luxury resorts for families, offers the ultimate get together getaway where everything is included and unlimited. Discover the islands’ most sublime beachfront accommodations including top-tier, familysized suites with personal butler service. Savour 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining and premium spirits at up to 21 restaurants and 14 bars. Enjoy our pirates-themed waterparks featuring body slides, lazy rivers and a surf simulator, or take on the latest games at our Xbox Play Lounges. We even offer endless water sports including scuba diving*. Plus, the exclusive Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street ® for the whole family to enjoy. Best of all, since everything is included, even tips, taxes and transfers*, you are free to do what you want, as much as you want, on an unforgettable vacation you won’t soon forget.

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$1,000 USD Resort Credit is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2017 at select Barceló Hotel Group properties, and will be granted to the guest in discounts of up to 25% off. Resort Credit discounts are only applicable upon the acquisition of different services or products within the resort(s), up until the stated limit is reached. Resort Credit Discounts have no cash value and no unused portion may be refunded. Terms, conditions and restrictions may apply. Offer, inclusions, blackout dates, and availability are subject to change without prior notice. Not responsible for errors or omissions.

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4 TIPS FOR TRAVELING

It’s becoming increasingly common for families, couples, and singles to escape the holiday madness and celebrate in style at some of the top destinations in the world. With hotel rooms, flights, and cruises filling up fast, our expert travel consultants have the tips for booking holiday travel with less hassle.

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Book Now We can’t stress this enough. You might think we’re overexaggerating, but the truth is some seasoned holiday travelers have already reserved their travel for the 2017 season, and a lot of them had it booked a year or more in advance. Some hopefuls wait until the fall or even December to book because they’re looking to score last-minute deals. They’ll be disappointed to find out these are almost nonexistent during that time of year. If you don’t book it now, someone else will.

Payment Plans Another benefit to booking early is the option to make payments. Save yourself some stress and put a deposit down on your trip when you book ahead of time. While almost all airlines still want you to pay for your ticket upfront, most hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators are flexible and allow you to book with a deposit. Your final payment usually isn’t due until about two months before your departure date, leaving you plenty of time to save or make payments on a monthly basis.

Many holiday cruises started selling out in January, and many of their 2018 cabins are already reserved as well. Remember, prices of flights and hotel rooms are always based on availability. As they start to book up, prices increase. Save yourself and your wallet by booking in advance for a better rate, and to get the room category, resort, and flight itinerary you desire.

Consider Alternative Destinations The Caribbean and Mexico, family-friendly spots, and some of the favorite destinations in Europe may be busy, but will definitely be enjoyable for the holiday season — decorated and delightful. But you may want to consider some of the more unknown off-the-beaten-path destinations that can be just as lovely. Spend the week in Budapest or Prague. These beautiful and affordable European gems are often overlooked, and both have the charm and wonder of the great European cities, with excellent food, rich history, and breathtaking architecture. Or consider a trip to Thailand: the water is clear, beaches are ideal, and the warm weather is just perfect. Use your holiday vacation as a chance to explore unique destinations. Need help choosing the right locale? Our travel consultants can help with expert knowledge and exclusive perks you won’t find anywhere else.

Be Flexible This one is important. It may sound idyllic to fly out on Dec. 23 or 24, so you can wake up bright and bushy-eyed on Christmas morning, or leave for home on Jan. 2, so you can nurse your hangover on the beach. You’re right; it’s a fantastic concept. Unfortunately, everyone else thinks so, too. Those dates are the most expensive days to fly. Travelers can save themselves hundreds if they depart a few days before or after these dates. In fact, you’ll even save money if you depart on Christmas or New Year’s Day, as most people wish to already be in their destination beforehand. Plus, the airports are a lot less crowded.

It’s never too early to book your holiday getaway. Call your Liberty Travel consultant today for the best rates, great itineraries, and expert advice for all your travel needs. With the deals you get, you might even feel like it’s Christmas in July.

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This holiday season, head to America’s favorite theme parks for the merriest of celebrations. We’ve got your go-to guide for the new jolly events and unforgettable favorites that will brighten Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, starting as early as November!

Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World ® WHEN: Select nights from November 9, 2017 – December 22, 2017 for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Holiday decorations throughout Walt Disney World® stay up through the New Year. Walt Disney World Resort decks the hall with holiday magic, and in Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey celebrates the season with joyful music, festival attire, and a shimmering Cinderella Castle. For enchanting surprises around every turn, make sure to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. ®

Merry and Bright Shows Feel the holidays come alive in a jubilant stage show as your favorite mouse throws Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show with his Disney pals — Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto — who drop by in their Christmas best. Peter Pan, Alice and the White Rabbit, Woody and Jessie, and even Snow White, Dopey, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket also show up for the perfect yuletide treat to share with the family. Witness the splendor of Cinderella Castle, glowing with enchanting holiday illuminations, and feel the warmth and wonder of the season, wrapping up in one sensational, snowy, show-stopping finale. The holiday spirit sweeps across the Castle Forecourt Stage with Elsa and Anna in A Frozen Holiday Wish. This merry-andbright seasonal show culminates with Queen Elsa transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. Once Upon a Christmastime Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade sprinkles with magic and holiday cheer, offering gingerbread men, elves, and your favorite Disney characters. Smell the sugary sweetness of candy and chocolatey goodness of cookies as Goofy and his pals ride through the streets, and watch as galloping reindeer and marching toy soldiers signal the arrival of the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself, Santa Claus.

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Yuletide Insider Tips What’s a holiday celebration without cocoa and cookies? Around the theme park, delight in sugar or peanut butter cookies with cocoa — included in the cost of your ticket — or if you enjoy a healthier option, munch on apple slices and water. Though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires a special entrance ticket, the event is worth the extra cost. The party doesn’t start until 7 p.m., but you receive entry at 4 p.m. with your special ticket. Plus, the park is generally less busy during the party than it is during the daytime. So those favorite rides with long lines? Your wait may be shorter. The holiday spirit resonates throughout Walt Disney World® Resort, from the decorations in the hotels and holiday events at Disney Springs to Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Check out the Candlelight Processional, a holiday celebration unlike any other with a 50-piece orchestra, joyful choirs, and a celebrity narrator.

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Holiday Events at Universal Orlando Resort™ WHEN: November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018 Don’t be a Grinch this year! Let your heart grow three sizes bigger with the festive holiday cheer at Universal Orlando Resort™. Holiday Magic with Harry Potter The most wonderful time of the year is coming to Universal Orlando Resort™, and this year, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ will be part of the destination-wide Holiday celebration. As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts™ castle will take place right before your eyes. Incredible state-ofthe-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle — bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before.

NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s This November, Universal will also unveil a new festive parade experience — Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. At Universal Studios Florida™, this new experience will feature magnificent new floats and balloons with beloved characters like the Minions from Despicable Me, DreamWorks characters from Madagascar and Shrek — and even Santa Claus himself. Holiday Traditions, New Experiences! Instead of heading to the North Pole, head south to the Pacific with Universal Orlando’s newest theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Using innovative technology and the power of the mystical Waturi, Universal’s Volcano Bay™ is a water theme park experience like no other with a towering 200-foot Krakatau™ volcano with heart-pounding waterslides, an aqua coaster, three scenic villages for guests of all ages, and relaxing sandy beaches.

Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and you’ll enjoy special holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment. Grinchmas and More Celebrate the holiday in the way only the Grinch can at Seuss Landing™ with Grinchmas and Who-liday Spectacular, a retelling of Dr. Seuss’s beloved holiday tale. Then listen to the evocative sounds of Mannheim Steamroller, giving holiday classics an “18th Century Classic Rock” treatment. Plus, throughout the resort, you’ll find surprise holiday cheer at the on-site hotels with special activities and exclusive benefits to celebrate the season, and stick around for EVE, an all-out New Year’s Celebration on Universal CityWalk™. (Special ticket required.)

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There’s No Place Like Europe for the Holidays The Holiday Season alights a spirit in cities around the world. With festive activities for all ages and stunning decorations being strung across neighborhoods, some destinations shine with the holiday spirit more than others. Discover how these magical cities prove there’s no place like Europe for the holidays.

Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen comes to life in the winter. Its colorful Nyhavn harbor front is lined with stalls selling trinkets and sugarcoated almonds, while the historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park hosts the city’s beloved holiday market. If there’s one thing that Danes do best, it’s making the most of the long, cold winter by finding “hygge,” a unique term for getting extremely comfy and cozy. Find your own hygge in one of Copenhagen’s many cafes. Prague, Czech Republic Prague is magical all year round, but it seems especially enchanting during the holidays. The entire city is cloaked in a warm glow from decorations and lights, highlighting the cobblestone streets and gothic architecture. Illuminated trees sprout up in Old Town and Wenceslas Squares to mesmerize patrons shopping in the Christmas Markets. When it’s time to take a well-deserved break, pick one of Prague’s traditional pubs for a hot meal and a glass of famous Czech beer. Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland’s vast wintery facade and mesmerizing northern lights are enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit, but the capital city of Reykjavik decks out its streets in such holiday cheer it would put a smile on any Scrooge’s face. Greet the Christmas creatures of Reykjavik at the Winter Woods Wonderland in City Hall, or grab your ice skates for some fun in Ingólfstorg Square. After visiting the reindeer in Christmas Valley, stop by the Christmas Village to sing along to Iceland’s favorite holiday tunes.

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Madrid, Spain Spain’s capital truly shines during the holidays, and we’re not kidding. Nearly every street has lights strung across from building to building, and each neighborhood features a different scheme. You can take your time strolling around, or you can hop on the Navibus from Plaza de Colón. For a mere two euros, this bus takes cheerful patrons all around the city for picture perfect light viewing. To snag some unique gifts, shop in the Plaza de España’s artisan market, which is open from December through January. Nuremburg, Germany Nuremburg’s claim to holiday fame is its massive Christmas market. The world-renowned Christkindlesmarkt seems as though it sprung from the dreams of children, right alongside the sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads. Dating as far back as 1628, the Christkindlesmarkt is charmingly traditional, featuring 180 stalls selling ornaments, homemade gifts, and prune men — funny little figures made of dried fruit. As the scents of fresh baked gingerbread and roasting chestnuts fill the air, be sure to grab a steaming cup of Glühwein — German mulled wine — to warm your bones.


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Paris, France The City of Light is the perfect destination for absorbing some holiday cheer. In between gazing at the incredible views from atop of the Eiffel Tower and sharing a smile with the Mona Lisa in The Louvre, take time to do some gift shopping for your friends and family back home. From art to antiques, high fashion to culinary delicacies, Paris has a store or market for exactly what you’ve been looking for. Make sure to enjoy being immersed in this beautiful place with a skate around the many ice rinks within the city.

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Rome, Italy Italians, particularly Romans, know how to have a good time, and The Eternal City’s holiday celebrations are some of the most jovial in Europe. There are Christmas trees, and then there’s the mother of all lighted holiday shrubbery in St. Peter’s Square. Churches around the city are festive hubs hosting concerts and boasting intricate nativity scenes. Along with markets, decorations, and ice-skating, pop into the Vatican City to see the pope and the Sistine Chapel.

The holidays brighten the world with cheer, and there’s no place better for capturing a bit of the season’s joy for yourself than in Europe’s great cities. Contact your travel consultant today to start planning your holiday celebrations in Europe, and ask about Liberty Travel’s exclusive EURObreaks and Journeys vacation packages. Want to concentrate on one European city? Book a EURObreaks getaway. Want to see two or more? Then a Journeys package is right for you. These personalized packages include exclusive perks, such as priority access to our 24/7 assistance center and a $150 future travel credit, plus the assistance of a City Insider, a local guide who will reveal the local hotspots and best-kept secrets of the city they live in and love. With every Journeys package, you’ll also enjoy the services of a Travel Butler, who will assist with all your pre-departure travel needs. Talk to your Liberty Travel consultant today to begin your holiday retreat to Europe and make sure to enhance your getaway with our EURObreaks and Journeys packages.

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We know it’s the middle of summer, but it’s never too early to start working on your holiday shopping list. If you’re planning on visiting some of the world’s most fascinating cities this year, make a trip to the local markets. Not only will you experience a day immersed in the culture, you’ll also get a head start on buying your gifts. But don’t just choose one marketplace. Book two or more cities with sightseeing, and you’ll enjoy all the perks of a Journeys vacation package, exclusive to Liberty Travel. Learn more about the amenities and extras you receive with a Journeys package on page 29, including the services of a Travel Butler, but choose your cities now with these eight ultimate shopping marketplaces. El Rastro Flea Market, Madrid Every Sunday morning in the historic El Rastro district of Madrid, hundreds of vendors line the streets to sell their goods at the largest flea market in Spain. Like most of the markets you’ll shop in Europe, this one closely resembles an authentic flea market, with a variety of items being sold at bottom line prices with sellers ready to haggle. This is your chance to score some genuine leather goods at a great price. Your loved ones will cherish the wallets, boots, or leather jacket you brought back for them from Spain.

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Grand Bazar, Istanbul For over 500 years, Istanbul’s Grand Bazar has drawn patrons to its labyrinth of streets with an exciting sensory repertoire of aromatic scents, vibrant colors, and boisterous noise. Visit Monday through Saturday to bargain for rugs, jewelry, and lanterns. This market is also excellent for picking up some spices for the foodies in your life.


Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco Morocco’s souks have been on every shopaholic and travelers’ wanderlist since they first laid eyes on the photos gracing the pages of travel guides and magazines alike. The rows of stalls winding through narrow alleyways seem like a dream come true. As you shop for gifts of vibrant textiles, kaftans, leather sandals, and carpets, be sure to treat yourself to some of Morocco’s famous mint tea. Floating Markets of Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok’s floating markets give visitors the extraordinary opportunity to shop on the water — and we aren’t talking about store-lined harbor fronts. Hop in a boat to cruise through narrow canals, stopping at floating vendors and waterside shops along the way. While you’ll undoubtedly be savoring some of Thailand’s best boat food, don’t forget to buy a few traditional Thai hats, handmade candles, statues, incense, and spices to stuff your friends’ stockings with at home. Jade Market, Hong Kong The streets of densely populated, mega metropolis Hong Kong are no stranger to copious amounts of selling, buying, and bargaining. As a major port city, Hong Kong contains hundreds of markets, selling everything from flowers and electronics to clothes and goldfish. You’re sure to find something for everyone here, but you’ll check a lot off at the Jade Market in the Kowloon district. This misty green stone symbolizes good fortune in the Chinese culture, and you can bring a little New Year’s luck to your friends with gifts of jade jewelry, statues, and even chopsticks.

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris They say that the City of Lights is where the concept of flea markets was born. There are so many markets in Paris that you could easily spend days, weeks, or even months happily getting lost amid stalls of Parisian treasures. It’s hard to pick just one, but the massive Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is perfect for holiday shopping. Technically, this is over a dozen eclectic markets spanning over seven acres rolled into one. You’ll find over 3,000 vendors selling everything your friends and family could want; antiques, collectible books, artwork, and knickknacks that will satisfy even the hardest person in your family to shop for. Portobello Road Market, London As a lovingly upheld Saturday morning tradition for local Londoners and travelers alike, Portobello Road is the world’s largest and most renowned antiques market. You’ll be crowned the gift-giving king or queen when you bring your friends London’s most unique fare. Snag some vintage collectibles like vinyl records, cameras, and china. To truly impress your fashionista friends, gift them a piece or two of London’s famous fashion. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne If you find yourself in the Land Down Under, be sure to spend a few days in the cool, stylish city of Melbourne. While you’re there, head to Queen Victoria Market, otherwise affectionately known as “Queen Vic.” Squeezed alongside the fresh produce, cheese, and delicacies, you’ll discover unique “sheds” selling clothing, shoes, leatherwear, and jewelry from aspiring artists and designers.

International gifts are irreplaceable treasures from around the world and truly make for unique and special holiday presents. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant to start planning your shopping trip to these global destinations now.

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Overwater Bungalows on the Islands of Tahiti That Are the Picture of Paradise The Islands of Tahiti and overwater bungalows are as synonymous as sun and sand; after all, the concept of luxurious “huts” on the water was born here. It’s hard to imagine a trip to these islands that doesn’t include a stay in the bungalows, and it’s definitely an experience you’ll find on most bucket lists. We searched the islands for the best resorts offering over-the-top sanctuaries above the bluest water you’ll ever see, and here they are! The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort These overwater villas feature enchanting lagoon views, Italian marble baths, private waterside balconies, and glass panes in the floor that peer into the water below. However, what really sets them a step above the rest are their twobedroom Royal Overwater Villas. These mansions at sea feature two bedrooms, two baths, and an outdoor terrace with a private infinity pool suspended over the cerulean sea. If that doesn’t float your boat, maybe your complimentary butler can arrange an in-suite massage or a day trip to one of their private islands. With everything at your beck and call, you might not want to leave your home away from home. InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa Only a quick ten-minute ride from the airport and capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, this resort features overwater bungalows built on and around their private islet and Lagoonarium, a natural aquarium with a full reef ecosystem where guests can snorkel and learn about the local species from on-staff scientists. For a deluxe and distinctive experience, stay in a Motu Overwater Villa Suite. With an ideal location on the tip of the lagoon, these extra-large suites can host up to four adults and have a split-level terrace and sundeck complete with outdoor shower for rinsing off after your afternoon snorkel adventure.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Don’t stay in just any overwater bungalow; stay in their Specialty Overwater Bungalow Suites with Plunge Pools. Choose from one- or two-bedroom suites to accommodate couples or the entire family. Thanks to large sliding doors, views of the Pacific are plentiful throughout the bungalow, but the best views are definitely seen from the soaking tub, where the bath provides you with panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling glass panels, plus one built into the floor. The large deck stretches the complete length of the suite and ends with a refreshing and private plunge pool right outside your bedroom door.

Call your Liberty Travel consultant today to plan your relaxing retreat, and ask them about turning your getaway into a Journeys vacation by adding a second stop in the South Pacific. Find out more about Journeys on page 29.

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VACATION LIKE ROYALTY The Best Castle Hotels Throughout the U.K. and Ireland

At one time or another, we’ve all dreamed of what it would be like to be a king or queen. Thankfully, there are a few unique hotels that are finally giving us that chance. Well-preserved castles across the United Kingdom and Ireland have transformed their halls into upscale royal resorts that non-nobles can enjoy. Plus, with an exclusive Liberty Travel EURObreaks package, you’ll feel like royalty with exclusive perks, such as a personalized keepsake booklet and document holder, priority access to our 24/7 emergency assistance, and a $150 future travel credit. You’ll also receive the services of a City Insider, a local guide who will reveal the local hotspots and best-kept secrets of the city they live in and love. Take a peek into the past and see how the other half lived at some of the best castle hotels in Europe, and talk to your Liberty Travel consultant today to begin planning your royal retreat to Europe.

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Bovey Castle, England This luxury lodging set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park in Devon conjures images of royalty spending long luxurious summer days in the stunning English countryside. Built in 1890, Bovey Castle boasts 60 elegant guestrooms in the main manor, along with 22 self-catering lodges nestled across 275 rolling green acres. Spend your days teeing off on their 18-hole championship golf course or rejuvenating at the spa. But nothing feels more English upper-class than being served high tea by the award-winning staff. Fitzpatrick Castle, Ireland If you’re planning a visit to the Fair City, consider spending some time outside the pub-filled streets of Temple Bar. On the far south end of Dublin lies the 18th century Fitzpatrick Castle, a crimson gem overlooking the bay. When you’re not in your stylish room or suite, you’ll find impressive pool facilities with a traditional Scandinavian wood sauna, and a variety of fitness classes. Soak in some of that notorious Irish wit in the library, where you can also conveniently pick up a whiskey or Guinness to sip on as you enjoy a bit of light reading. Melville Castle, Scotland Dating as far back as 1155, the historic Melville Castle offers the atmosphere of a traditional, luxurious Scottish country lodge with an abundance of modern comforts. Only a 20-minute drive outside of lively Edinburgh, this elegant estate has hosted notable monarchs such as Mary Queen of Scotts and Queen Victoria. Today, it’s still very much a royal retreat with 32 stately bedrooms, stunning grounds, and a ballroom perfect for private celebrations. Whether you’re dancing the night away at your Scottish countryside wedding or relaxing with the family after a few busy days exploring the city, Melville Castle will make you feel as though you’ve stepped through time to socialize with nobility.

Ballyseede Castle, Ireland Ballyseede Castle stuns guests from the moment they pass through its gates with its 16th century structure and 30 acres of emerald grounds. Laying across the country from Dublin on Ireland’s west coast, this luxury estate is close to some of the most iconic natural beauties of the Emerald Isle, such as the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. Indulge in a blend of old-world elegance and modern comforts from exquisitely decorated rooms set within the main castle and in the detached stately lodge. Savor traditional locally-sourced cuisine from Ballyseede’s two award-winning restaurants. Take a moment — or more — to bask in Ireland’s famously beautiful countryside with a hot cup of tea or a foaming glass of Guinness on the hotel’s garden terrace. Clontarf Castle, Ireland Clontarf has seen its fair share of history, royalty, and celebrity guests. From the Viking raids of 1014 to hosting the great composer Handel and notable Irish author Bram Stoker, we can only imagine the stories Clontarf Castle could weave if its walls could talk. Today, these grand accommodations are a favorite among locals and travelers alike. Offering the perfect location between buoyant Dublin and the spirited sea, visitors can enjoy the best of Ireland from this grand retreat. Enjoy modern Irish dishes from an array of restaurants boasting varied atmospheres, from fine dining to a laid-back gastro pub. The excellent staff welcomes guests to enjoy gourmet barbeques on the terrace in the summer, or spend an afternoon in their modern Fusion Tea Room and let the steamy beverages soothe your traveling soul. Ready to live out your most imperial fantasies? Contact your local Liberty Travel consultant today!

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If you’ve been telling yourself it’s time to enjoy the splendors of life, we couldn’t agree more. After all, you’ve earned a frothy cappuccino at a sidewalk osteria in Rome, a taste of the Chiantis, cheeses and olive oils that have aged to absolute perfection, and a relaxing gondola ride through the ancient, narrow canals of Venice.


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A guided vacation can be a convenient and hassle-free way to vacation, and they’re a fantastic way to see a new place — and maybe meet some awesome people on the way! Still not sure what a guided vacation entails or if it’s right for you? Our travel experts put together these FAQs and answers to help you decide. Where can I go on a guided vacation? In a word? Everywhere. In a few more words, escorted tours go pretty much anywhere. The US & Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia…like we said, everywhere. Do I need a passport? If your tour goes anywhere outside the USA you’ll need a passport. Remember, it’s always recommended to have at least six extra months’ validity on your documents. What meals are included? As with a lot of these answers, that typically depends on the tour. That said, you can usually expect breakfasts and dinners to be provided. You’ll normally get lunch on your own, which allows you to taste the regional delicacies. How do I get from place to place on my guided vacation? Most of the time you’ll be taking a bus or luxury van with others on the same vacation. When traveling farther distances, you might have to fly, or even take a boat or train. Best of all, your transportation is included with your tour.

Is there any free time? Usually, yes. You’ll almost always have some time to explore, shop, and eat on your own depending on the tour style. How many other people will I be with? This one really depends on the guided vacation — groups can range from 8 people on small luxury outings to the much more common 50 or so on coach bus tours. Are there guided vacations that don’t just go around cities? It sounds like you might be looking for an adventure tour, my friend. If you want to hike the Inca trail or ride a camel through the desert, you should absolutely be considering a group tour! Not only will they take you on these amazing adventures, they make it really easy for you to have a great time without stressing about the logistics. Our experts are here to help you find your perfect guided vacation. Reach out to your travel consultant and they’ll be happy to get you on your way!

Can I tour as a solo traveler? How does that work? The main difference is in the accommodations — you’ll have the option to have a private room all to yourself or share with a new friend who’s also taking on the great wide world by themselves.

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Discover the warmth and value of winter in Ireland & Scotland. Introducing the New Winter Vacation Collection – A CIE Tours Exclusive!

Overlooking the Grassmarket, Edinburgh ©Jakub Iwanicki/VisitScotland

IRISH ADVENTURE WINTER

WINTER GETAWAY: DUBLIN

WINTER GETAWAY: EDINBURGH

TASTE OF IRELAND WINTER

WINTER GETAWAY: KILLARNEY

WINTER GETAWAY: EDINBURGH NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

9 days, 8 nights guided vacation Discover Ireland’s magical winter coastline. Stay in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Galway and Derry, and enjoy great meals and a traditional pub sing-along experience. Monday departures, Dec 2017 – Feb 2018 Monday & Wednesday departures, Mar 2018 7 days, 6 nights guided vacation The perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. Visit the scenic highlights and kiss the Blarney Stone without the crowds of high season! Sunday departures, Dec 2017 – Feb 2018 Sunday & Friday departures, Mar 2018

4 days, 3 nights independent vacation Experience Dublin your way with the help of a personal concierge who will ensure that you maximize your time in this bustling city. Independent departures November 2017 – March 2018 5 days, 4 nights guided vacation With just 24 guests, this smaller group vacation is a perfect winter break with lively pubs, shops, and postcard-perfect scenery. Wednesday departures November 2017 – March 2018

5 days, 4 nights guided vacation Enjoy the majestic scenery, and warm up with a “wee dram” after spending the days exploring the vibrant city of Edinburgh. Thursday departures November 2017 – March 2018

5 days, 4 nights guided vacation Experience Edinburgh during Hogmanay – the New Year’s celebration. Enjoy the jubilant atmosphere and some of the best attractions. Departs Friday, December 29, 2017

* Prices are land only, per person, based on double occupancy and vary by departure date.

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The open road is yours to discover. Let us help you get there.

INTRODUCING

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*Conditions Apply: Special promotions valid on new bookings only. Contact Liberty Travel for further details. Discoveries: based on a hotel stay in two or more destination cities in USA (excluding Hawaii) or Canada and a car rental. Liberty Travel $150 Future Travel Credit is valid on new bookings only and will be issued to customer upon receipt of final payment for the Discoveries Booking. One Future Travel Credit per booking, may be redeemed once within 12 months of issue at the time any future booking is paid in full, will not be available on the cancellation of the Discoveries Booking. Offer is not combinable with any other offers and is not transferable. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Liberty Travel does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of the offers displayed.

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DISCOVER

MONTRÉAL & QUÉBEC CITY Did you know that North America has its own slice of Europe? In Canada’s Québec Province, you’ll find two fascinating cities with a unique culture inspired by their blend of French and Canadian roots. The modern metropolis of Montréal is the second largest French-speaking city outside of Paris, and boasts an exciting urban scene of world-class events, active nightlife, and over 7,600 restaurants. After you’ve had your fill of Montréal, jump in the car and set your GPS to Québec City. This charming town really makes you feel as though you’ve arrived in Europe with its historic Old City, the first French settlement in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s no better way to discover these fascinating cities than a road trip through Canada’s scenic wilderness. Plus, our Neighbors in the North are celebrating their 150th birthday this year, so take part in their festivals throughout the year and receive free entry into all their national parks. Hop in the car and discover North America’s French side while exploring Canada’s natural beauty along the way.

View from Park du Mont-Royal

Place Royale, Old Québec

Old, Montréal

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Chateau Frontenac, Old Québec


MONTRÉAL

QUÉBEC CITY

DO OLD MONTRÉAL: See where the city began by exploring the sights of Vieux-Montréal — Old Montréal. As the cultural hub of the city, this neighborhood has preserved its Old World charms with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and European architecture.

DO OLD QUÉBEC: Step out on the cobblestone streets of Old Québec and you’ll think you’ve been transported to charming Old Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site holds some of the city’s top attractions like the Citadel and Quartier Petit-Champlain, and you’ll find it hard to resist popping into the historic houses that have been converted into artisan shops and quaint cafés.

NOTRE DAME BASILICA: No, you’re not on the Île de la Cité of Paris, gazing at arguably the world’s most renowned cathedral. But that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. Built in 1824, the Notre Dame of Montréal towers over historic Old Montréal with its magnificent Gothic architecture, and its ethereal interior of blues and gold accents enchants visitors from around the world. PARC DU MONT-ROYAL: Montréal has a variety of scenic green spaces, but the most popular — for good reason — is the Parc du Mont-Royal. Rent a boat and spend a relaxing afternoon on the lake in the summer months. But visitors and locals alike recommend climbing the 761-foot hill any time of year to capture the best views of the city. EAT Fries are always a crowd pleaser, but smother them in warm brown gravy and cheese curds and you have a piece of Canada’s culinary heaven — poutine. You’ll find this comfort dish all over the city, but a local favorite is Poutineville, where hungry patrons can munch on the traditional version or create their own out of ingredients like filet mignon, guacamole, and corn dogs. At the end of a long day, Montréalais — or Montrealers — like to wash their dinners down with a cold glass of great craft beer. Montréal microbreweries and brewpubs are always packed, so have your Liberty Travel consultant book you a beer tour and discover your favorite brew with the assistance of an expert. STAY If you want to stay in the center of all Montréal has to offer, then Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is the hotel for you. Their modern accommodations are located in the heart of Downtown and within walking distance to Old Montréal and the city’s best museums, restaurants, and shopping. Treat yourself to a Club Room and enjoy upgraded amenities such as daily Continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and access to the 37th floor Club Lounge.

QUÉBEC WINTER CARNIVAL: Canadians know how to have a good time during every season, but the colder months bring their own brand of fun. Visit the city during the annual Winter Carnival and be rewarded with a rushing ride down the 120-meter ice slide, colorful parades, and the vibrant, graffiti-adorned Ice Palace. EAT Québecois cuisine is a delicious fusion of French traditions with regional ingredients found in North America. One of the best restaurants serving this authentic style is Aux Anciens Canadiens. Be sure to try one of the city’s favorite dishes, a tourtière. These scrumptious meat pies fill a flakey crust with minced pork, beef, and wild game. Nothing feels more European than sitting at a quaint bistro sipping on a nice glass of wine, and the people of Québec couldn’t agree more. You’ll find plenty of options along Rue Saint-Jean in Old Québec. Or for ultimate views and people-watching, head up to the 29th floor of the Loews Hotel Le Concord and enjoy the extensive wine list in their revolving restaurant. STAY Take advantage of the rare opportunity to stay in Québec City’s own castle, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Sitting high above the city in the center of Old Québec, the Fairmont offers incredible views of this enchanting metropolis, the St. Lawrence River, and surrounding wilderness. You’ll feel like royalty in newly renovated guest rooms that have a distinctly European feel and with a choice of exquisite dining experiences.

Explore the wonders of Montréal and Québec City on a Liberty Travel Discoveries vacation. Designed for the independent traveler looking to explore the U.S. and Canada’s history, culture, and landscapes, these personally curated road trips are equipped with a rental car to go from one incredible destination to the next, with stops at various monuments, sights, national parks, and other fascinating places, all along the most famous roads and highways. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant to start mapping out your own exciting adventure today.

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