2024 World Holidays

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2024 WORLD HOLIDAYS EUROPE • ASIA • CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA • AFRICA THE MIDDLE EAST • AUSTRALIA • NEW ZEALAND

Greetings

Traveling the world is one of the most rewarding experiences one can take. Let 2024 be the year to embark on new adventures around the globe. We are thrilled to offer new holidays like our Turkey’s Sights and Delights itinerary, as well as returning and newly enhanced traveler favorites.

Each of the tours in this book have been crafted with you in mind, incorporating a combination of guided touring and free time to explore each destination for an immersive experience. We invite you to experience the world with us. So take a look, choose your favorite itineraries and plan your next holiday with Mayflower Cruises and Tours.

Happy Travels,

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3 CONTENTS .......................................... The Mayflower Way 5 Introducing Our New Mayflower Rewards Program 7 EUROPE 8 Treasures of Tuscany 10 Italy from Sorrento to Rome ENHANCED 14 Classic Italy by Rail 18 Lakes and Majestic Mountain Adventures ENHANCED 22 Discovery of Croatia and Slovenia 26 Greece 30 Turkey’s Sights and Delights 34 Splendid Scotland 38 British Isles – Castles, Countrysides and Capitals ENHANCED 42 Best of Ireland 46 London and Paris Discovery 50 Pride of Poland 54 Best of Scandinavia 58 Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice 62 Highlights of Spain and Morocco 66 AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST ....................................... 70 South Africa and Safari Adventure 72 East African Safari Adventure 76 Highlights of Kenya 80 Gorilla Trek in Uganda 84 Best of Israel and Jordan 88 Desert Adventures ENHANCED 92 ASIA & OCEANIA 96 Amazing Thailand 98 Japan – Land of the Rising Sun 102 Flavors of India 106 Wonders of Australia and New Zealand 110 CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA ...................................... 114 Costa Rica 116 Essence of Panama 120 Winter Getaway in Panama 124 Mystical Peru 126 USEFUL INFORMATION .......................................... Booking Conditions 130 NEW NEW
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The Mayflower Way

At Mayflower Cruises & Tours our travelers’ comfort and satisfaction is of paramount importance. When creating each of our World Holiday itineraries we take pride in including the most memorable attractions, touring opportunities and highlights of each destination. We believe that it is more than just a simple journey to exceptional destinations, it is creating life-enriching experiences that will last a lifetime.

World Holidays with Mayflower Cruises & Tours

In this book, you will find a detailed, day by day description of each of our 2024 World Holidays. We have done all we can to ensure you will receive great value for the cost of your next guided travel experience, and we invite you to join us as we explore the World in 2024.

Integrity in Each Experience

We are firm believers in the “seamless” experience. We want you to be ecstatic about the services you receive from the first day you contact us, throughout your holiday, and extending to your post-travel wrap-up.

Travel with Confidence

The Mayflower Cruises & Tours staff is dedicated to providing our travelers with the ultimate travel experience. Our staff of industry veterans are working diligently to provide a seamless experience for each of our guests. We are continually educating ourselves on local health and safety regulations and communicating efficiently with our guests to ensure an enjoyable and safe journey. When you travel with Mayflower, you are not just a guest but a part of our family. Our dedicated staff will work attentively to ensure that every detail of your travel experience has been given their utmost attention, creating an unparalleled experience.

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What’s New for 2024

From historic landmarks to delicious cuisine, our new itineraries have something for everyone. Explore our newest holidays including Turkey’s Sights and Delights and Gorilla Trek in Uganda alongside newly enhanced and traveler favorite returns such as Treasures of Tuscany and the Italian Riviera, British Isles – Castles, Countryside and Capitals and Desert Adventures. Take some time to look through each of these itineraries and start planning your 2024 travel.

Tour Managers and Local Guides

Each of our Tour Managers are selected for their knowledge and experience, and we include more local guides and historians than most other companies. As one of our travelers, you will reap the benefits of their extensive knowledge and expertise.

Handcrafted Journeys

It is our mission to provide life-enrichingexperiences on every Mayflower Cruises & Tours itinerary. To achieve this, we incorporate the knowledge and expertise of our talented staff, and our 45+ years of experience providing exceptional guided travel experiences throughout the world and curating the best of each destination.

Distinct Destinations

Each of our guided holidays includes distinct destinations. Immerse yourself in the local culture during our included excursions. Then take your time to further explore your favorite sites during your free time.

Amazing Culinary Experiences

While touring with Mayflower Cruises & Tours you can expect to enjoy a combination of regional cuisines, as well as traditional favorites during your included meals. Plus explore destinations and try local favorites at your leisure.

Convenient International Air Arrangements and Transfers

To make your holiday even more convenient, make your airline arrangements with Mayflower Cruises & Tours. The cost of the flights booked with us will include all taxes, fees and transfers (when traveling on group dates).

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MAYFLOWER LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM

We are revamping our Loyalty Rewards Program for New and Devoted Mayflower Travelers. In 2024 we will no longer have Mayflower Money, but an even greater savings on every tour you embark on!

Loyalty Rewards

Earn travel credit for each tour you take with Mayflower Cruises & Tours to be used on your next adventure within one year of your return.

What’s New: Increased fixed amount of rewards based on your tour… no more $5.00 per day! Earn $100.00 for each World Holiday taken!

What’s Improved: No limit on how much you can earn. Plus, if you take multiple tours within a year you can apply all of your earned rewards to your next reservation*. There is no cap on how much savings you can earn or apply!

Referral Rewards

Invite your friends to join the Mayflower Cruises & Tours travel family and earn! Refer as many of your friends, who are NEW to Mayflower, and earn up to $100 savings for each of those who make a reservation. After they book a tour five days or longer and make their deposit, you earn your savings.

First Time Travelers

For those who are new to Mayflower Cruises & Tours, you’ll receive a First-Time Travelers Savings! Earn $50.00 for each World Holiday taken.

Solo Travelers – Guaranteed Share Program

Reduce your travel costs and enjoy the company of a roommate when you take advantage of Mayflower’s Guaranteed Share Traveler Program. You will be paired with another traveler of the same gender at the twin rate. Should a roommate not be available, you’ll enjoy accommodations in a single room and only pay the twin rate!

*Rewards are valid for 12 months following the return date of your trip. For additional details see page 130.

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EUROPE

Europe may be the smallest continent but it certainly has a rich history and is filled with amazing destinations! From UNESCO World Heritage Sites, natural wonders, castles and ancient wonders to delicious cuisine and delectable wines, Europe has something to tempt every traveler!

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Treasures of Tuscany

10 DAYS • 13 MEALS From art, culture and amazing scenery to delicious food and wine, experience all Italy has to offer. Travel through the scenic countryside and take-in the postcardperfect vistas as you journey to Pisa with its iconic Leaning Tower, and San Gimignano. Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Sample local wine and learn the secrets of preparing delicious Italian cuisine at a hands-on cooking class. Experience “La bella vita” – the good life, on this adventure in Italy.

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Tuscany’s picturesque countryside
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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Florence, Italy.

DAY 2 Florence, Italy: Upon arrival in Florence, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Florence. Flights should arrive by 3:30pm. Explore your new surroundings, then join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Florence: Walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists, and philosophers as you discover this historic city with your local guide on the included walking tour. Walk through the main square and see the monuments and statues in Piazza della Signoria in the heart of the city. Visit the famous Accademia Gallery where you get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, Davidundoubtedly the world’s most famous sculpture. See the

Tour Highlights

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• 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunch and 2 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites

• Visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence and see Michelangelo’s David

• See the iconic Leaning Tower in Pisa

• Hunt for truffles in San Miniato

• Discover secrets of Italian cuisine during an included cooking class

• Witness a demonstration of the ancient art of Pienza sheep-cheese making

• Visit local organic farms

• Taste locally produced olive oil and wine in the Tuscan countryside

cathedral and famous bronze doors of the Baptistery in Duomo Square. During your free time, shop along the famous Ponte Vecchio – a medieval stone-arched bridge spanning the Arno River, stroll through the Mercato Centrale, or enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Meal: B

DAY 4 Lucca / Pisa: Discover two of Tuscany’s famous cities on today’s excursion. Stroll through Lucca with your local guide to see what is hidden within its medieval walls. Unique piazza’s, including Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on an ancient Roman amphitheater, the Cathedral of San Martino, Church of San Michel and Basilica of San Frediano are all in the heart of the city.

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The magnificent Duomo of Florence dominates the skyline

Treasures of Tuscany

Continue by coach to Pisa to witness its iconic landmarks: Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful little town as you walk through the square, admiring the beauty and architecture of another of Tuscany’s medieval cities. Return to the hotel in Florence for the evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 5 San Miniato: A local experience awaits as you take part in a truffle hunt! Head for the hills of San Miniato by coach where you’ll meet up with the truffle hunters and their dogs. Learn all about the world of truffles from the different types and how to search for them to how they are grown and cooked. The training of the dogs is also shared as part of the experience. After the hunt, visit the truffle hunter’s house for a welcome toast, then enjoy tasting the San Miniato truffle at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel in Florence after this unique adventure. Meals: B, L

DAY 6 Florence / San Gimignano / Siena: It’s time to depart Florence and travel to another area of Tuscany…Siena. En route, visit the walled, hilltop-town of San Gimignano,

a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its medieval towers, Duomo, and numerous art treasures. Today’s treat will be the hands-on pasta-making class where your host will explain the origins of Tuscan cuisine and lead you through the process of kneading, pulling and cutting the dough and preparing the sauce with aromatic herbs, and local ingredients. After dining on your homemade creation for lunch, top it off with dessert from one of San Gimignano’s famous gelateria’s, Dondoli, whose owner has won numerous awards for his Gelato which uses Italiangrown ingredients. Learn the difference between ice cream and gelato and sample a few flavors during the visit. Arrival in Siena concludes the day. Meals: B, L

DAY 7 Siena: During this morning’s guided walking tour of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, become acquainted with its artistic masterpieces including the cathedral complex and the Piazza del Campo – home of the famous Palio horse race. After the orientation of the town, meander through its charming lanes, lined with shops of ceramics and other local products, climb the bell tower, or simply relax during your free time. Meal: B

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Visit one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks in Pisa Learn the secrets of Italian cuisine with a professional chef

DAY 8 Pienza: Journey by coach along one of the most panoramic roads of Tuscany on your way to the renaissance town of Pienza. Along the way, enjoy photo stops to capture the magnificent scenery and landscapes of the Crete Senesi. Upon arrival in Pienza, visit a local organic farm, meet the owner and learn how the worldfamous Pienza sheep cheese is made. Explore the farm with the owner, see the stables and aging rooms of the cheese, along with a demonstration of the process of this ancient art. A highlight of the visit may be the tasting of the product during the light lunch at the farm. The guided walking tour of Pienza will have you admiring the architectural jewels of the main square, Piazzo Pio II, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home of the town’s main monuments and cathedral. Return to Siena for the evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 9 Siena / Arezzo / Florence: Departing Siena, travel to Arezzo, a city of ancient Etruscan origins. With a local guide, see the Piazza Grande, the most noteworthy medieval square in the city, and home to Palazzo delle Laggo. The Duomo of Arezzo sits at the highest point of the city in the square. Enjoy one final cultural activity with a visit to a century-old hamlet, surrounded by acres of organic land. Learn the processes for making extravirgin olive oil and wine and enjoy tastings of these local

products in their underground cellar. Return to Florence for a farewell dinner and final overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Florence / USA: After a cultural immersion into the history, lifestyle, scenery, and cuisine of Tuscany, it’s time to bid “arrivederci” to Italy as you transfer to the Florence airport for your flight home. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 5 – NH Firenza or similar, Florence

Days 6 through 8 – NH Siena or similar, Siena

Day 9 – NH Firenza or similar, Florence

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Learn how the world-famous Pienza sheep cheese is made
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Visit the Piazza del Campo during a walking tour of Siena
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Italy from Sorrento to Rome

12 DAYS • 15 MEALS Discover the beauty and charms of southern Italy on this adventure through the Sorrento area, Campania region and Rome. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic monuments, and breathtaking scenery are sure to please as you travel through Italy. Spend five nights in Sorrento, the gateway to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. From the ruins of Pompeii to the pristine waters of Capri, and the vibrant cities along the Cilento coast to the majesty of Vatican city, this tour of Italy is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Naples, Italy.

DAY 2 Naples – Sorrento, Italy: Upon arrival in Naples, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises and Tours representative who will assist with the transfer to your hotel in Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast. The remainder of the day is free to become acquainted with this charming town, sprinkled with lemon and olive groves, in a spectacular cliff-side setting. This evening, join your Tour Manager for an included dinner. Meal: D

DAY 3 Sorrento: The day begins with a guided orientation tour of Sorrento. As you stroll through the pedestrian streets, filled with local shops, see the main sites, including Piazza Tasso, the entrance to the old quarter. See the Basilica of Saint Anthony, patron saint of the city, whose bones lie in the crypt below. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore the charms of the area. Meal: B

DAY 4 Pompeii: This morning, set off on an excursion to Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit the most important and interesting archaeological museum in the world. The story of the rise and fall of this ancient city comes to life as your local guide explains the events of that fateful day while you stroll through the grounds of this amazing site. Archaeological excavations have uncovered remarkable relics, many fully intact, from this once prosperous city. Return to Sorrento mid-afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

• 15 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Visit the picturesque town of Sorrento

• See Mt. Vesuvius and discover the archaeological excavations of Pompeii

• Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the island of Capri

• Travel along the scenic Amalfi coast and visit the town of Amalfi

• Explore the Greek temples of Paestum

• Indulge in a cultural culinary experience during a pasta-making class

• Taste fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese and learn how it’s produced

• Sample local vintages during a wine tasting at a local vineyard

• Explore the Coliseum and Forum in Rome

• Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica during the excursion to Vatican City

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Discover the charms of Sorrento, Italy

Italy from Sorrento to Rome

DAY 5 Capri: The island of Capri is an area of breathtaking beauty with olive trees, grapevines and flowers providing a Mediterranean charm. Today’s excursion begins with a short drive to the harbor in Sorrento to board the hydrofoil. Traverse the pristine water, in various shades of blue and emerald green, as you approach the picturesque island. You’ll have time to explore Capri, and travel via mini-van to Anacapri, the highest town on the island. Wander through the town and absorb the local atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Return to the hotel in Sorrento for an evening on your own. Meal: B

DAY 6 Amalfi Coast: Discover Amalfi’s stunning coastline with miles of hairpin turns offering spectacular vistas. See rocks plunging vertically into the sea; charming fishing villages with quaint harbors; houses nestled high in the rocky cliffs - all contrasting dramatically with the beautiful, twinkling, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea far below. Upon arrival in Amalfi, enjoy free time for lunch on your own, and to walk through the town, seeing its greatest attraction, the Duomo, which dominates the central piazza. After experiencing Italy’s “coast with the most”, return to the hotel in Sorrento for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 7 Sorrento – Paestum: Today’s adventure explores another of Italy’s most famous archaeological sites: the Greek Temple of Paestum, an ancient Greek colony, serenely situated and surrounded by fields and wildflowers. The entire site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and among the best preserved monuments of Magna Graecia, the Greek colony that once covered much of southern Italy. In addition to its cultural heritage, the area is also famous as a producer of Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese. A stop is made at a local venue where you see how the cheese is made and sample the final product. The day concludes as you arrive at the hotel in the Cilento area. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Agropoli: Depart for the historic city of Agropoli, one of the most vibrant cities along the Cilento coast. After a bit of leisure time to stroll through the cobblestoned lanes, your culinary adventure begins. Attend an entertaining cooking class where your instructor teaches you how to prepare delicious Italian cuisine during this hands-on experience. At the end of the class, lunch consists of the spectacular dish you just created. Buon appetito! To top off the experience, your next visit is to a vineyard for a wine-tasting event. Following an afternoon of local “flavors”, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

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Ride a hydrofoil to the picturesque Isle of Capri, Italy Explore the ruins of Pompeii, Italy

DAY 9 Cilento area – Rome: After breakfast, depart the Campania region and travel to Rome. Along the way, stop at a local farm for an included lunch of typical regional fare. Meals: B, L

DAY 10 Rome: The historic monuments you’ve heard and read about come to life on your guided tour of the Eternal City. From Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, see the Roman Forum 130 feet below, and the Circus Maximus. Visit the Coliseum, one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and imagine what it was like in its heyday when gladiators fought to the death. As you walk through the Roman Forum, you will be strolling amongst historic ruins of political buildings, shrines, temples and monuments, some dating back to the first kings of Rome. After a morning of historic discovery, enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 11 Vatican City: This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest independent state in the world: Vatican City. During the guided visit of the Vatican Museums you’ll walk through halls containing some of the most priceless art treasure in the world. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists of the Roman Renaissance and Baroque periods. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s famous statue, Pietá, created by the artist when he was only 25-years old.

Returning to Rome, the final afternoon is free to explore independently before the farewell dinner this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 12 Rome / USA: As you bid “arrivederci” to Italy, transfer to the airport and leave with wonderful memories of the scenery, culture, monuments, culinary experiences and history you encountered during your travels through this amazing country. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change.

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 6 – Hotel Isabella or similar, Sorrento, Italy

Days 7 and 8 – Mec Paestum Hotel or similar, Cilento area, Italy

Days 9 through 11 – Michelangelo Hotel or similar, Rome, Italy

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Marvel at the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
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Walk through the historic ruins of the Roman Forum

Classic Italy by Rail

featuring Venice, Florence and Rome

10 DAYS • 11 MEALS For centuries it was the center of civilization, and Italy continues to fascinate with historic sites, majestic vistas, and hill towns frozen in time. Stroll through the romantic streets of Venice and journey by high-speed train to Florence, taking in the vineyards and wineries along the way. When in Rome, visit the remarkable Coliseum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s. Experience the visual delights and marvel at the historic sites as you travel through Italy on this amazing tour.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Venice, Italy.

DAY 2 Venice, Italy: Upon arrival in Venice, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative who will escort you to the canal boat for your transfer to the hotel. Flights should arrive by 3:00pm. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before the included welcome dinner. Meal: D

DAY 3 Venice: Venice is the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”, a glorious cityscape with a wondrous artistic and musical heritage. The city itself boasts a marvel of engineering feats, built on 118 small islands crossed by its world-famous canals. Who can think of romance without imagining a pair of lovers floating beneath graceful bridges in a Venetian gondola? During the included walking tour, your local guide will help you discover the exotic sights that surround you as you navigate the picturesque alleyways and cross bridges over the quaint canals filled with gondolas. See the soaring domes of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs among other sites of this remarkable city built on water. During the afternoon at leisure, sip coffee in a small café, shop in the boutiques and watch artists at work, recreating these lovely scenes. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

• 11 Meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included walking tour of Venice with a local guide

• Ride the high-speed train from Venice to Florence

• Included walking tour of Florence with a local guide

• Visit the Accademia Gallery and see the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David

• Three nights in Montecatini

• Included full-day excursion to Siena

• Included excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower

• Ride the high-speed train from Florence to Rome

• Included city tour of Rome with a visit to the Coliseum

• Included tour to Vatican City with a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

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The Rialto Bridge spans the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy

Classic Italy by Rail

DAY 4 Venice – Florence – Montecatini: This morning, depart Venice on a high-speed train to Florence. What a great way to travel as you watch picturesque hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by. Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence, the breathtaking capital of the Italian Renaissance, on the included walking tour. The city is steeped in the achievements of great minds who found inspiration here. A visit to the famous Accademia Gallery is included where you’ll get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Undoubtedly the world’s most famous sculpture, the museum also houses five other Michelangelo sculptures - the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew - and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections. After the tour, enjoy your free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your journey through Italy. This afternoon, continue on to Montecatini, home for the next three nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Siena: After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena. This is one of Italy’s most popular destinations,

known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Your local guide will walk with you through this beautiful Tuscan town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the highlights of the city, including the Duomo of Siena, the 12th-century cathedral that serves as a splendid example of Italian RomanesqueGothic architecture. See the Palazzo Pubblico, once City Hall, now an art museum, showcasing its famous frescoes or climb the “Torre del Mangia”, the tall bell tower overlooking the Piazza del Campo. Siena is also known for its glazed terracotta pottery as well as locally produced wines and olive oil. Be sure to taste the delicious gelato and panforte, a cake made with honey and candied fruits. You’ll have free time for lunch on your own and shopping for local specialities before returning to Montecatini this evening. Meal: B

DAY 6 Pisa: Today’s adventure begins with an included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the “leaning Tower of Pisa.” Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli and see the architecture

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The magnificent Duomo in the heart of Florence, Italy The intricately carved monuments of Pisa

and historic walls of this medieval city. Return to Montecatini for an afternoon at leisure. It’s the perfect time to stroll through the city center or visit a spa with the curative water and healing springs for which the town is famous. Meal: B

DAY 7 Montecatini – Florence – Rome: Leaving the resort town of Montecatini, return to Florence by coach and board a high-speed train for the journey to Rome. With a history spanning more than 2,500 years, Rome offers a breathtaking overview of the highlights of Western civilization. From the remarkable Coliseum to the gorgeous Trevi Fountain, this bustling metropolis invites you to imagine life centuries ago as you gaze upon memorials to ancient civilizations. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and a guided visit to the Coliseum. Built between 70-80 AD, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and remains the largest amphitheater in the world. The tour ends at the hotel. Meal: B

DAY 8 Vatican City / Rome: This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest independent state in the world: Vatican City. During the guided visit of the Vatican Museums, walk through halls containing some of the most priceless art treasures in the world. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. During the visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists of the

Roman Renaissance and Baroque periods. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s famous statue, Pietà, created by the artist when he was only 25-years old. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy on your own. Meal: B

DAY 9 Rome: The last day in Rome is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Rome / USA: As you bid “arrivederci” to Italy you’ll be filled with memories of Renaissance art and architecture, rolling hills and vineyards, and all the glory of the Roman Empire. Meal: B

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 Hotel Cavalletto, Venice, Italy

Days 4 through 6 – Grand Hotel Tamerici and Principe, Montecatini Terme, Italy

Days 7 through 9 – Hotel Universo, Rome, Italy 12 3 45

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Michelangelo’s impressive work in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Piazza del Campo, Siena 2024 Departures Per Person TwinSingle Room add April 8, 22 $2,899 + $939 October 7, 21 $2,899 + $939

Lakes and Majestic Mountain Adventures

featuring Italy, France, and Switzerland

From the shores of Lake Maggiore to Geneva, the headquarters of Europe’s United Nations. From the tranquility of lakeside villages to the splendor of magnificent mountain vistas. Traverse the Swiss Alps during a thrilling rail adventure on the Centovalli Railroad. Ascend to the highest cable car station of the Alps for magnificent views of Switzerland’s Matterhorn. Hop aboard the rack-and-pinion railway for a scenic experience through the French Alps. Travel through three countries and discover their charm, beauty and natural wonders on this Mayflower tour.

10 DAYS • 13 MEALS

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on an overnight flight to Milan, Italy.

DAY 2 Milan, Italy: Upon arrival into Milan’s Malpensa Airport, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to the hotel in Stresa. Flights should arrive by 3:30pm. The day is free for you to relax and become acquainted with your new surroundings in the area of Lake Maggiore. This evening, join your Tour Manager and traveling companions for a welcome dinner. Meal: D

DAY 3 Stresa: Begin your discovery of this scenic area with a visit to the Borromean Islands. A brief ferry ride on Lake Maggiore takes you to Isola Bella, the most famous of the three islands. Behind the majestic façade of the 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo, admire the original, ornate furnishings and see the Throne Room, the Gallery of General Berthier which houses an impressive collection of paintings, along with the Queen’s room and room where Napoleon once slept. The terraced gardens are no less impressive with grottoes, statues, fountains, mighty trees, plants, and fragrant flowers. Continue by ferry to Isola dei Pescatori, the smallest and most picturesque island, named after fishermen who used to live there. Stroll through this charming village of narrow streets lined with colorful houses. The final island, Isola Madre is the largest and known for its beautiful botanical gardens, home to a variety of plants, trees, and rare species from around the world. Return to Stresa by ferry for the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

• 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Discover the sites of the Borromean Islands

• Visit Palazzo Borromeo and its famous gardens

• Embrace the beauty of Lake Maggiore’s South and West Shores

• Visit Rocca di Angera and Hermitage di Santa Caterina del Sasso

• Experience a scenic rail journey on the Centovalli Railway

• Ascend to the Matterhorn Glacial Paradise via cable car in Zermatt, Switzerland

• Ride aboard a rack-and-pinion rail excursion to Montenvers, France

• Orientation tour of Geneva

DAY 4 Stresa: From the lush vegetation and picturesque villages of the South Shore to the rugged mountains and stunning views of the West Shore, you’ll experience the charming villages and magnificent scenery of Lake Maggiore on today’s excursion. In the town of Angera, visit Rocca di Angera, a castle perched atop a hill, offering spectacular views of Lake Maggiore. While exploring the castle, see the amazing frescoes in the Hall of Justice, the Great Hall and the chapel.

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Lakes and Majestic Mountain Adventures

Continue by coach to the Lombardy region to visit the Hermitage di Santa Caterina del Sasso. See the church, cloister, and hermit’s cell in this monastery that is built into the side of a cliff. The hermit’s body is also preserved in a glass coffin inside. Before returning to Stresa, visit a local farm in the area, which is known for dairy production. Witness the demonstration of cheese and yogurt-making and enjoy a tasting of these local products. Dinner is included this evening in Stresa. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Stresa: Stunning architecture and rich history are in store today during the excursion to Turin. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour that reveals the major sights of the city. See the Piazza Castello, a main square in the heart of the city, surrounded by the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama and Royal Theater. Admire the architecture of the Mole Antonelliana, one of the tallest buildings in Turin and an iconic landmark. Stroll along the Via Roma, lined with elegant arcades, shops and cafés. Visit the city’s cathedral that houses the famous Shroud of Turin, a piece of cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus. During

the excursion, enjoy a cultural experience at lunch as you have a sampling of various local cheeses, cold cuts and breads. Return to Stresa for the evening. Meals: B, L

DAY 6 Stresa – Zermatt, Switzerland: The Swiss journey begins with a departure by coach from Italy to Locarno where it’s “all aboard” the Centovalli Railway for the journey of a lifetime on this narrow-gauge railroad. Traverse the Vigezzo Valley in Italy and Centovalli (Hundred Valleys) region in Switzerland during the exhilarating 2-hour ride. Passing through 83 tunnels and over 100 bridges, stunning views of lush forests, rugged slopes, and majestic landscapes await. Upon reaching Domodossola, reboard the coach and continue to Zermatt, home for the next two nights. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Zermatt: Today’s highlight is the ascent to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station of the Alps. Ascend via cable car to a height of 12,740 feet above sea level for spectacular views of the Matterhorn, the world’s most photographed mountain and

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Visit the hilltop castle of Rocca di Angera Piazza castello, Turin, Italy

symbol of Switzerland. From the viewing platform at the summit, fresh mountain air and awe-inspiring views across the Swiss Alps await! Return to the base of the mountain via cable car and relax in town for the remainder of the day. Meal: B

DAY 8 Zermatt – Chamonix Mt. Blanc, France –Geneva, Switzerland: Departing Zermatt, travel to the final destination of Geneva, with a visit to France enroute. Upon reaching the town of Chamonix Mt. Blanc, board the nostalgic rack-and-pinion railway for a scenic journey through the French Alps to Montenvers. At the summit, approximately 6300 feet above sea level, you are rewarded with incredible views of the legendary peaks of the Drus and Grandes Jorasses mountains, and the Mer de Glace glacier below. Visit the Glaciorium’s interactive exhibits to learn about the history and formation of this amazing glacier, and how it has receded and been affected by climate change. Returning to Chamonix, reboard the coach and continue to Geneva, home for the final two nights. Meal: B

DAY 9 Geneva: Become acquainted with this cosmopolitan city on a morning orientation tour. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, see the highlights including the Opera House, United Nations building, Jet d’eau (fountain) which is the symbol of Geneva, and the beautiful Flower Clock made up of over 6,500 flowering plants. This clock commemorates Geneva’s role in the watch-making industry and pays

tribute to the multitude of parks and floral displays throughout the city. The remainder of the afternoon is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration. This evening, join your Tour Manager and traveling companions for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Geneva / USA: After breakfast, depart on the transfer to the airport as you say goodbye to Italy and Switzerland and return home with wonderful memories of your lake, rail, and mountain adventures. Meal: B Itinerary is subject to change.

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 5 – Regina Palace or similar, Stresa, Italy

Days 6 and 7 – Alpine Resort or similar, Zermatt, Switzerland

Days 8 and 9 – Fairmont Grand or similar, Geneva, Switzerland

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Discovery of Croatia and Slovenia

13 DAYS • 18 MEALS Experience the history, culture, food, and architecture of old-world Europe. Take in ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic,’ Dubrovnik, and explore the picturesque cities along the Adriatic Coastline in Croatia and Montenegro. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Krka and Plitvice Lakes National Parks before traveling to the quaint cities of Slovenia. Your 13-day journey concludes in the stunning capital city of Vienna, Austria. You’ll experience it all on this remarkable journey through four countries.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

DAY 2 Dubrovnik, Croatia: Welcome to Dubrovnik, commonly known as ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel. Flights should arrive by 3:30pm. Enjoy time at leisure to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. This evening, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Meal: D

DAY 3 Dubrovnik: Begin discovering this beautiful country with a tour of this historic city. As one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, ramparts, watchtowers, and the incredible crystal-clear water of the Adriatic Sea create the charms of its perfect location. Stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town with the local guide as a treasure trove of history is unveiled. Admire the Rector’s Palace and visit the Franciscan Monastery, home to a 14th-century pharmacy. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. Meal: B

DAY 4 Montenegro / Kotor: Travel by coach to Montenegro, Europe’s youngest nation and the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’. At the mouth of the Bay of Kotor, admire the beauty of this longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. Visit the charming town of Kotor where a local guide accompanies you on a walking tour as you wander through the winding streets.

Tour Highlights

• 18 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Travel to four countries: Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Austria

• Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

• Admire the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe

• Discover charming towns on guided walking tours

• Taste local wine in a cozy village

• Visit Diocletian’s Palace along the waterfront in Split

• Experience natural beauty in Krka and Plitvice Lakes National Parks

• Ride a miniature electric train through Postojna Cave

• Explore Bled Castle

• See the oldest grape-bearing vine in the world

• Learn about the regal history of Vienna

• English-speaking guides for local excursions

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View the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, Maritime Museum, numerous palaces, and the Old Square where the atmosphere of this medieval town is truly felt. Continue to Budva, a unique walled city on the sea, for a tour with a local guide before the short ferry crossing along the Bay of Kotor and return to Dubrovnik. Meal: B

DAY 5 Ston /Orebic / Korčula: Today’s adventure discovers the island of Korčula, birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. Reach the island by boat departing from Orebic on the Peljesac peninsula. One of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, the name comes from the Greeks, meaning ‘Black Corfu’, for its dark, densely wooded appearance. Explore the town on a guided walking tour, passing its typical medieval architecture, including towers and clusters of red-roofed houses. Enroute back to Dubrovnik, stop in a cozy village to visit a winery and taste the local product. One final stop in Ston, a medieval gothic town surrounded by fortified walls, completes the return journey. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Dubrovnik – Trogir – Split: Departing Dubrovnik, travel to the town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small, historic center of this medieval town resembles an outdoor museum, and the streets boast magnificent Romanesque churches and beautiful

examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Discover these sights with a local guide during a walking tour. Continue by coach to Split, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and Croatia’s grand 1,700-year-old city. During the guided walking tour, marvel at its rich culture and Renaissance and Gothic architecture. At the heart of the waterfront is Diocletian’s Palace, the 3rd-century ‘retirement home’ intended for the Roman Emperor of the same name. Admire its lovely peristyle courtyard, Cathedral of St. Dominus, ancient columns, and Roman belfries. Meal: B

DAY 7 Krka National Park / Šibenik: Natural beauty awaits as you visit Krka National Park. Walk through the park with a local guide and witness magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk Falls – one of Croatia’s most famous sights. As Europe’s largest waterfall, it consists of a chain of cascades, islands and lakes. The park is rich with a variety of flora and fauna, including sixty species and subspecies of plant life. Departing the national park, continue to Šibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast. This charming town boasts impressive monuments dating back to Venetian times, particularly the marble Cathedral of St. James – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They all await your discovery as you enjoy a walking tour with a local guide. Return to Split for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: B, D

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Skradinski Buk Falls – a favorite in Krka National Park Visit the enchanting resort town of Bled, Slovenia

DAY 8 Split – Plitvice: After breakfast, depart by coach for the breathtaking scenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have your camera ready as you take a walk around several of the lower lakes in the park. The scenery of this natural wonder is spectacular, with 16-terraced lakes, descending 300 feet in 4 miles, surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After free time to explore, continue to the hotel for check in and dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Plitvice – Postojna,

Slovenia

Ljubljana: It’s time to leave Croatia and cross the border into Slovenia, home to the world’s most captivating cave. Tour Postojna Cave, a fantastic subterranean world, on an unforgettable miniature electric train ride followed by a walk with the local guide. Shaped by tiny droplets of water over millions of years, the caves are an underground paradise with magnificent formations and diverse fauna. After the visit, a stop is made at Predjama Castle for a photo opportunity before arriving in Ljubljana for the next 2 nights’ accommodations and dinner at a typical local restaurant. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Bled: Today’s adventure is the visit to Bled, situated on the pristine shores of Lake Bled in the spectacular Julian Alps. Explore Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake, with the local expert. Continue to the delightful town of Radovljica for lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Ljubljana for a tour of this capital city. View its open-air market, the Baroque Venetian inspired City Hall, Triple Bridge which connects the old and new city, and Robba Fountain – inspired by Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain in Rome. Meals: B, L

DAY 11 Ljubljana – Maribor – Graz, Austria – Vienna:

Depart Slovenia with sightseeing enroute to the final destination of Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Visit Maribor, one of the most important cultural centers of Slovenia. A local guide will point out the highlights and you’ll see its historic castle which has remained practically unchanged since the 15th century. In the center of town, see the Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world. With an age spanning 400 years, it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes! After a wine-tasting, travel to Austria and enjoy a stop in Graz, whose historic center is one of the best-preserved in Central Europe. Discover the city with a local guide, and ride on the Schlossbergbahn funicular that takes you up the steep incline of Schlossberg Hill in 1.5 minutes for a wonderful panoramic view. Continue to Vienna for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 12 Vienna: The final day begins with a tour of this historic city. A panoramic drive around the Ringstrasse showcases some of the architectural highlights as your guide explains the regal history. During a guided walking tour, stroll through the city center, passing the Hofburg Palace (the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty) and St. Stephens Cathedral. The afternoon is free for independent exploration before meeting for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D

DAY 13 Vienna / USA: Bid a fond farewell to these historic and scenic countries as you transfer to the Vienna airport and return home with wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Dubrovnik, Croatia, returning from Vienna, Austria.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 5 – Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Days 6 and 7 – Hotel President, Split, Croatia

Day 8 – Lyra Hotel, Plitvice, Croatia

Days 9 and 10 – Lev Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Days 11 and 12 – Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna, Austria

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Greece

featuring Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

9 DAYS • 11 MEALS Step into history and discover a place where the mythical Greek Gods ruled the world. Spend three nights in Athens and visit the Acropolis with its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Travel by high-speed ferries across the Aegean Sea to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini where you can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle during your stays. Friendly islanders are eager to welcome you to their picture-perfect paradise of whitewashed houses, seafront promenades and flower-filled lanes lined with quaint cafés and shops.

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Santorini, Greece

DAY 1 Depart the USA

overnight flight to Athens, Greece, a city with a history that dates back almost four millennia.

DAY 2 Athens, Greece: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to begin exploring this capital city. Your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions and assist with your sightseeing plans. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

Tour Highlights

• 11 Meals: 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included panoramic city tour of Athens

• Visit the ancient Parthenon with a local guide

• Discover antiquities at the Acropolis Museum

• High-speed ferries between Athens and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini

• Included orientation tours on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini

• Learn the art of olive oil tasting on Mykonos

• Free day on Santorini for relaxation or independent exploration

DAY 3 Athens: It’s no doubt that one of the highlights of Athens is the Parthenon, standing tall on its perch atop the Acropolis overlooking the city. During this morning’s city tour, enjoy a guided visit of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site, dedicated to the goddess Athena.

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Perched high atop the Acropolis, the Parthenon overlooks the city of Athens

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A visit to the Acropolis Museum housing art, sculpture and historical pieces dating from the Mycenaean period, is also included. See a variety of items from classical sculptures and marble slabs with relief representations from Greek mythology to artifacts from everyday life in Athens, all excavated from the nearby slopes of the Acropolis.

During the panoramic portion of the tour, see the historic ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate. While passing Constitution (Syntagma) Square, see the Parliament Building and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by Evzones - soldiers in traditional Foustanella attire. From mythology and history to spectacular views, you will be awestruck at the amazing sites of Athens. Meal: B

DAY 4 Athens – Mykonos: Today is the beginning of your island-hopping adventure. Departing Athens by coach, transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation of the highspeed ferry. Enjoy the ride traversing the Aegean Sea, en route to the island of Mykonos. Often called the “Jewel of the Aegean,” it is the most popular of the Greek Islands with its well-preserved windmills, red-roofed churches

and whitewashed buildings. Upon arrival, a city tour will show you the highlights of the island including some of its popular beaches, the traditional village of Ano Mera and the typical village square surrounded by small Greek tavernas.

During the walking portion, your local guide will take you through the meandering alleyways and narrow streets of the town, passing through the historic center and seeing the windmills, Little Venice, Paraportiani Church and Kastro area. After checking into the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure until the included dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Mykonos: Enjoy cultural immersion as you are introduced to the healthy secrets of olives and olive oils. At a local venue, an olive expert will teach you about the different types of oils, how they are categorized, and how to pair them with food. You’ll sample the various products along with small crudites and create your own classification chart. The ‘teacher’ will then see how you did! After this experience, enjoy the remainder of the day

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Picturesque Mykonos – “Jewel of the Aegean” See the iconic windmills of Mykonos

at leisure. Browse in the boutiques, visit the beach or simply enjoy people-watching and meeting the locals at a sidewalk café. Meal: B

DAY 6 Mykonos – Santorini: Departing the hotel by coach, return to the port where the high-speed ferry to Santorini awaits. Known as the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”, Santorini is the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. History and nature combine to make this one of the most unforgettable places in the world.

Begin discovering this paradise upon arrival during a tour of the island and its villages, including the most famous village, Oia. A quiet lifestyle, whitewashed houses, bluedomed churches, winding lanes filled with boutiques and shops, tavernas, open air cafés and beautiful sunsets make this village postcard-perfect! Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Santorini: The day is free of planned activities for your personal enjoyment of the island and immersion into the local lifestyle. Sample traditional cuisine at a taverna, visit a museum, the beach or the Santorini Brewing Company. Your Tour Manager will be available to assist you with making sightseeing or dining plans while on the island. Meal: B

DAY 8 Santorini – Athens: Your island-hopping adventure comes to an end with a late morning transfer to the port

for the return trip to Athens via high-speed ferry. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your traveling companions as you recount your adventures from the week. Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Athens / USA: This morning, transfer to the Athens airport for your flight home. Having explored the ancient ruins of Athens and visited the beautiful Greek Islands, your holiday will come to an end but your memories will last a lifetime. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece

Days 4 and 5 – San Marco, Mykonos, Greece

Days 6 and 7 – El Greco Resort and Spa, Santorini, Greece

Day 8 – Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece

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Turkey’s Sights and Delights

12 DAYS • 20 MEALS Explore the famous sights of Instanbul, discover the treasures in Topkapi Palace and search for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and visit the Hittite Museum and Mausoleum in the capital of Ankara. Experience the unique landscapes of Cappadocia and see the natural fortress of Uchisar. Visit remarkable ruins in the ancient city of Hierapolis and walk along the Marble Road through Ephesus. Mythological sites come to life with visits to Pergamon and Troy. The best of Turkey awaits on this twelve-day holiday.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

DAY 2 Istanbul, Turkey: Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the hotel. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. Meal: D

DAY 3 Istanbul: Breakfast at the hotel. City tour including the Hippodrome Roman, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern. In the afternoon, visit the Topkapi Palace built by Sultan Mahmet the Conqueror and finally end at the Grand Bazaar. This is the legendary market that is considered the best souk in the world featuring antiques, jewelry and carpets. Enjoy an included traditional Turkish coffee at a local coffee shop. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Istanbul. Meals: B, D

DAY 4 Istanbul / Ankara: Breakfast at the hotel and then depart for a visit to the Basilica of Saint Sophia, one of the largest shrines ever built. A highlight of the day will be the scenic cruise on the Bosphorus by private boat. Sail past the medieval hilltop fortress of Rumeli. See the grand façade of the Dolmabahce Palace and the elegant former summer residence of the sultan, the Beylerbeyi Palace. Afterwards drive to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Ankara. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Anakara / Cappadocia: After breakfast, start exploring the capital city of Turkey with the Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you have the chance to discover the archeological findings that belong to Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many other civilizations which had left traces in the cradle of civilizations, Anatolia.

Tour Highlights

• 20 Meals: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Fully escorted by an English-speaking Tour Guide

• See the famous ‘Blue Mosque’, Hippodrome and Sunken Palace in Istanbul

• Discover the treasures in the Topkapi Palace

• Wander through the legendary Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

• Scenic cruise on the Bosphorus by private boat

• Visit the Hittite Museum and Mausoleum of Ataturk in the capital of Ankara

• Experience the unique landscapes of Cappadocia

• Explore the underground city of Kaymakli and the rock-carved citadel of Uchisar

• Visit the Seljuk masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai in Konya

• Stroll through the tomb chambers of Necropolis in the ancient city of Hierapolis

• Walk along the Marble Road through the archaeological site of Ephesus

• Explore mythological sites and temples in the ancient city of Pergamon

• Witness the ruins of Troy, famous for its legendary battle of heroes

• All taxes and service charges

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Continue by visiting the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. In the afternoon, depart to Cappadocia and enjoy the picturesque view of Salt Lake enroute. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, check into your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Cappadocia: If you choose, start the day with an optional early morning hot-air balloon ride. After breakfast explore Cappadocia with its unique landscapes formed by erosions of winds and water. Your expedition starts with the Monastic Center of Goreme which was founded by St. Basil as the first Monastic Center of Christianity during the 4th century. Continue to Pasabag Valley where you will adore the view of the tower-shaped hermitages that look as if they have been sculptured by contemporary artists! Your next stop is Kaymakli Underground City, a subterranean settlement composed of troglodytic cave dwellings providing shelter for early Christians protecting themselves from invaders. Continue to the rock-carved natural citadel of Uchisar promising a superb view of the region from its top. The last stop of today’s touring before returning to the hotel is Avanos, the famous town of Cappadocia that was established by the Hittites on the riverbanks of Halys River. Visit one of the studios of a pottery artist of Cappadocia and watch the interactive presentation of creating masterpieces of pottery and ceramics.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Cappadocia. Meals B, D

DAY 7 Cappadocia – Konya: After breakfast, depart by coach for Konya, formerly called Iconium during the Roman period, and was an important post for Roman legion and control of the trade routes of antiquity. It served as the Capital of Seljuk Turkish Kingdom during the 13th century. You will have the chance to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Whirling Dervishes, Sultanhan Caravanserai, a building that ranks as one of the Seljuk masterpieces. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Konya. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Konya – Hierapolis – Pamukkale: After breakfast depart for Pamukkale. Upon arrival start your exploration with Hierapolis, founded during the Hellenistic period as a control point of trading routes connecting East to West. In the Roman Period, Hierapolis became a center of worship to Hades and Apollo as well as a thermal center where massive Roman Baths were built. Today’s ancient city of Hierapolis has recently been appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wandering through the colossal tomb chambers of Necropolis, comprehend the wealth of the society that could afford such impressive graves. See one of the best-preserved Roman Theatres of the world of archaeology. Built during the 2nd century, the theatre of Hierapolis was used for both theatrical activities and shows of violence. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Pamukkale. Meals: B, D

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Visit the natural fortress city of Uchisar near Cappadocia Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

DAY 9 Pamukkale – Kusadasi: After breakfast, depart for Kusadasi. Explore the timeless city of Ephesus where history and archaeology offer their majesty with incredible richness. Ephesus was the Capital of the Province of Asia Minor famed for its flavorsome market during the Roman Era. Pursue the traces of the glorious past of Ephesus walking along the Marble Road that runs through the city. See the Temple of Hadrian, Library of Celsus and the Great Theater of Ephesus. Return to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Kusadasi – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale: After an early breakfast, depart the hotel to explore the GrecoRoman city of Pergamon famous for its Asclepion, the ancient medical center of which its purpose was most like a spa of the 19th century. Leaving the Asclepion, see the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temples of Athena, Trajan, and Dionysus. It is from a staircase leading from the Temple of Athena that the magnificent 10,000 seat theatre will be seen. Continue your drive to the well-known Ancient City, Troy. You will be thrilled by the ancient city that witnessed the battle of heroes. While exploring the ruins of Troy, enjoy the detailed narration of your guide about this legendary city including both the historical facts and the mythological stories that immortalized its name. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Canakkale. Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Cannakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul: After breakfast, depart by coach for Istanbul. Your scenic drive takes you to Gallipoli, the site of the incredible battle played out during World War I. Upon arrival to Istanbul, check-in to your hotel. Afternoon will be at leisure. Farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant serving traditional Turkish food. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul. Meals: B, D

DAY 12 Depart for USA: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Istanbul International Airport for your flight home. Meals: B Itinerary subject to change.

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September 8 $1,899 + $499

October 20 $1,899 + $499

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey

Day 4 – Latanya Hotel, Ankara, Turkey

Day 5 and 6 – Mustafa Cappadocia Resort, Cappadocia, Turkey

Day 7 – Bayir Diamond Hotel, Konya, Turkey

Day 8 – Adem Pira Pamukkale Hotel, Pamukkale, Turkey

Day 9 – Ramada Hotel & Suites, Kusadasi, Turkey

Day 10 – Buyuk Truva Hotel, Canakkale, Turkey

Day 11 – Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey

Optional Excursion

Early morning Hot-Air Balloon Ride: $380 per person

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

12 3 45

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Mythology comes to life while exploring the ruins of Troy Discover the amazing ruins in Ephesus
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Splendid Scotland

9 DAYS • 10 MEALS Historic castles, traditional Highland tartan, beautiful scenery, and stunning views of the sea all come alive as you explore the sheep-dotted landscape of bonny Scotland. From beautiful lochs to magnificent castles to spirited towns, this amazing journey through the highlands and lowlands will bring legends and history to life.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart your gateway city on an overnight flight to Glasgow, Scotland.

DAY 2 Glasgow, Scotland: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to become acquainted with your new surroundings until the welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Glasgow – the Highlands: Your exploration begins with a panoramic tour of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and ‘capital of design’. Pass through George Square and the Victorian District, and make a photo stop at St. Mungo’s Cathedral, the oldest building in the city. Depart the city and journey to the Highlands as you travel through the picturesque Trossachs with statuesque mountains, stunning scenery, and peaceful lochs (lakes). This area has been recognized for its exquisite beauty since Sir Walter Scott penned “Rob Roy” and “The Lady of the Lake” in the 19th century. Sail on Loch Katrine aboard the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott and enjoy the serene area that reflected his spirits in verse. After the cruise, continue to the hotel in Perthshire for dinner and an evening at leisure. Meals: B, D

Tour Highlights

• 10 Meals: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises and Tours

• Panoramic tour of Glasgow

• Experience the beauty of the Highlands

• Boat ride on Loch Katrine aboard the historic Sir Walter Scott steamship

• Entrance to the Crannog Center

• Whisky tasting at a local distillery

• Discover the history of kilts and witness their creation by a local artisan

• Stunning views over Loch Ness from the visit to Urquhart Castle

• Interior visits to Stirling Castle, Abbottsford House, and Edinburgh Castle

• Visit the ruins of St. Andrew’s impressive cathedral

39 Contact your local travel professional or call 800.323.7604 to make your reservation SCOTLAND Atlantic Ocea Glasgow 1 Loch Katrine 3 Perthshire Loch Tay Inverness Loch Ness Stirling St. Andrews 3 Edinburgh Roslin
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Sail on Loch Katrine aboard the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott Overnight Visit Tour Route

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DAY 4 Loch Tay: This morning, visit the Scottish Crannog Center on the shores of Loch Tay, for a fascinating journey into Scotland’s history. Ancient loch-crannogs were built in the water as defensive homesteads and symbols of wealth. Walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers and immerse yourself in village life with original artefacts and demonstrations of ancient crafts and technology. This afternoon, discover the art of whisky-making. Known for producing the world’s greatest whisky’s, Scotland is split into five distinctive whisky-producing regions, each with its own unique characteristics and colorful history. Find out how water, wind and temperature impact the production process as you tour a local distillery and enjoy a sample of Scotland’s favorite beverage. Meal: B

DAY 5 Inverness and Loch Ness: Today’s adventure begins as you travel to Inverness, capital of the Highlands, for a visit to a kiltmaker. Discover the history, tradition, and culture of the kilt, meet the people who make them

and see a handmade kilt demonstration. Continue on to the ruins of Urquhart Castle, formerly the greatest castle in the Highlands, to experience a glimpse of medieval life. From this site, one can also enjoy the magnificent scenery and stunning views over the Great Glen and Loch Ness, a large, deep, freshwater loch. Keep an eye out for Nessie! Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 6 Highlands – Edinburgh: It’s time to make your way back to the lowlands with touring enroute. In Stirling, a unique blend of an historic town and contemporary university make it the best small city in Scotland. Visit Stirling Castle, home of the Stuart Kings and Mary Queen of Scots. Having undergone a complete renovation, this royal palace has been returned to its Renaissance splendor. Upon arrival in St. Andrews, home of the famous golf course and the oldest university of Scotland, visit the ruins of its impressive cathedral, overlooking the North Sea. Arrive in Edinburgh for an evening at leisure and the final three-nights’ accommodation. Meal: B

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Visit the Scottish Crannog Center on the shores of Loch Tay The ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness

DAY 7 Edinburgh / Rosslyn Chapel: Welcome to Edinburgh, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with dramatic scenery and striking architecture. During the panoramic city tour, see the historic Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the city’s icon, Edinburgh Castle, perched high atop a hill, offering panoramic views of stately mountains, rolling hills and lovely countryside. Inside the castle, stand in awe of the Scottish Crown Jewels, featuring the crown, sword, and scepter, which are among the oldest regalia in Europe. After free time for lunch on your own, depart for Roslin, a tiny village outside Edinburgh, where you visit Rosslyn Chapel. This 15th-century church is famous for its decorative art and mysterious associations with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. This evening, dinner is included. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Edinburgh: Begin the final day with an excursion to Abbotsford House, the beautifully restored home of one of Scotland’s literary heroes - Sir Walter Scott. Built over 200 years ago, filled with tranquil gardens and lush grounds, it is a perfect showcase for Scott’s creative ambitions. Explore the historic house that inspired Scott’s greatest

poems and novels. Return to Edinburgh for the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 9 Edinburgh - USA: It’s time to leave Scotland and transfer to the Edinburgh airport for your flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules from your gateway city to Glasgow, returning from Edinburgh, Scotland.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 2 – Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland

Days 3 through 5 – Dunkeld House, Perthshire, Scotland

Days 6 through 8 – Voco Edinburgh – Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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British Isles

Castles, Countrysides and Capitals

Scotland • England • Wales • Ireland

12 DAYS • 14 MEALS Discover the history and charms of the British Isles as you visit Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. See historic royal castles, the beauty of England’s Lake District and Ireland’s countryside. Watch master craftsmen create their works of art at the House of Waterford Crystal. Climb to the top of Blarney Castle and kiss the infamous stone. You’ll experience it all on this journey through these four magnificent countries.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

DAY 2 Edinburgh, Scotland: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin immersing yourself in the Scottish culture.

DAY 3 Edinburgh: The day begins with an included tour of this capital city. See the delightful contrast of the city between the 18th-century Georgian “New Town” and the medieval “Old Town”. The famed Royal Mile, backbone of the Old Quarter, runs from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. See the iconic sites of St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House. During the visit of Edinburgh Castle see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, join your Tour Manager and traveling companions for an evening of entertainment with an included dinner and show. Meals: B, D

DAY 4 Edinburgh – Chester, England via the Lake District: Today’s adventure begins with the motorcoach journey through the rolling hills of the Scottish countryside en-route to England. Enjoy the scenic wonders of northern England with a visit to the Lake District. In the picture-postcard village of Grasmere, see some historical sites of Woodsworth, and learn about the history of the famed Grasmere Gingerbread. The journey continues as you travel through the British countryside arriving in Chester this evening. Meal: B

DAY 5 Chester: A walking tour of this picturesque city with its Tudor-style buildings, ancient ruins and a complete city wall starts your day. Discover the history

Tour Highlights

• 14 Meals: 10 breakfasts and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included visits to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Blarney Castles

• Discover the capital cities of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin on included guided tours

• Witness the beauty of England’s Lake District and learn the history of Grasmere Gingerbread

• Tour the medieval city of Chester, England

• Visit the childhood home of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

• Enjoy a scenic journey through the Cotswolds, one of England’s most picturesque areas

• Experience the British tradition of tea and scones in a local village of the Cotswolds

• Discover the ancient art of creating Waterford Crystal

• Kiss the Blarney Stone during the visit to Blarney Castle’s mysterious grounds

• See the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin

• Experience local entertainment at dinner shows in Edinburgh and Dublin

of the city’s former occupations by the Romans, Vikings, Danes, Saxons, Scots and Normans, while viewing the medieval half-timbered houses (some dating back to the 13th century), the Eastgate Clock (the 2nd most photographed clock in the UK, behind Big Ben), the Chester Cathedral and the ‘Rows’ – the highlight of the city center.

43 Contact your local travel professional or call 800.323.7604 to make your reservation SCOTLAND Edinburgh Grasmere Lake District Chester Stratford-upon-Avon Cotswolds Cardiff Dublin Waterford Rosslare Blarney 2 2 2 ENGLAND WALE S IRELAN D 2 Irish Sea North Sea Atlantic Ocean 2
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See the Eastgate Clock in Chester, England
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The remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure to experience the charms of Chester. Meal: B

DAY 6 Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds – Cardiff, Wales: Departing Chester, continue to another capital city, Cardiff, Wales. En-route, a stop is made in the traditional English town of Stratford-upon-Avon with its typical oak-beamed, gable-roofed houses. Visit the most famous house in town, the birthplace and childhood home of the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. You’ll also see the school where he received his education, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, erected in his memory. Continuing on, experience the beauty of the Cotswolds - rolling hills (“wolds”), river valleys, and sleepy villages where houses made from the Cotswold Stone and cozy shops line the meandering streets. Experience the British tradition of ‘tea and scones’ at a local village in the Cotswolds before arriving in Cardiff early this evening for an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Cardiff: The day begins with a guided tour of Cardiff, the largest city in Wales. During the panoramic portion, your local guide will point out architectural sites that range

from historic to modern, as well as provide history of the city. On the included visit to Cardiff Castle, whose walls conceal 2,000 years of history, you’ll discover stories from the times of the Romans, Normans, Vikings, Victorian Era and even WWII. After the excursion, return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free of planned activities for your independent exploration of this capital city. Meal: B

DAY 8 Cardiff – Waterford, Ireland: A late morning departure from the hotel takes you to the port for embarkation of the ferry and the journey across the Irish Sea to Rosslare, Ireland. Upon arrival, continue by coach to the Waterford area for two nights’ accommodation. Meal: B

DAY 9 Waterford / Blarney: Today’s excursion discovers the sites of Waterford and Blarney. On a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, witness the master craftsmen at work as you watch the process of transforming a ball of red-hot molten crystal into an elegantly crafted piece of art. Continue on to Blarney where there is time for lunch on your own before visiting the famed Castle known the world over as home to the “Stone of Eloquence” or the

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Experience the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds Tour historic Cardiff Castle

Blarney Stone. Legend has it, if you climb to the top of the castle and kiss the stone, you will never be lost for words and will receive the “gift of gab”. The grounds of the castle are a curious place of ancient trees and stones, by legend a garden of Druid origin. The park has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Return to Waterford for an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Waterford – Dublin: Leaving Waterford, travel to Dublin, the last capital city to be experienced on your journey through the British Isles. On the guided panoramic tour of this historic city, travel along O’Connell Street with its monument to Daniel O’Connell and other figures from Irish History. See the General Post Office, one of Ireland’s most famous buildings, that was the rebel headquarters in the 1916 Easter Rising. Cross over the River Liffey which flows through the center of the city and catch a glimpse of the Temple Bar area. Visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, the famous 8th-century hand-illuminated gospel manuscript. See Grafton Street, one of the main pedestrian-zoned shopping streets and drive through Georgian Dublin, with the beautiful 18th-century houses and squares. Pass the National Museum, Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Green and visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. A special treat is in store tonight with an included dinner and evening entertainment. Music, song, and traditional Irish dancers take the stage during a show you’re sure to enjoy! Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Dublin: Your final day is left free of planned activities to enjoy as you please…continue sightseeing, finish any last-minute shopping, or just relax at a pub and mingle with the locals. Meal: B

DAY 12 Dublin / USA: It’s time to bid “cheerio” to the British Isles as you depart for the Dublin Airport with warm memories of the castles, countryside, and capital cities of your journey through these amazing countries. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – DoubleTree by Hilton or similar, Edinburgh, Scotland

Days 4 and 5 – McDonald Hotel or similar, Chester, England

Days 6 and 7 – Radisson Blu or similar, Cardiff, Wales

Days 8 and 9 – Tower Hotel or similar, Waterford, Ireland

Days 10 and 11 – RIU Hotel or similar, Dublin, Ireland

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Explore Blarney Castle’s mysterious grounds

Best of Ireland

13 DAYS • 16 MEALS From the bustling capital of Dublin to quaint seaside villages to historic Northern Ireland, you’ll see it all on this Mayflower holiday featuring Irish history, music, dance, cuisine, scenery and architecture. This “best of” tour lets you experience 6,000 years of history spread across the dales, valleys, cliffs and castles of Dublin, Killarney, Galway, and Northern Ireland.

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Blarney Castle

DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

DAY 2 Dublin, Ireland: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to become acquainted with the area.

DAY 3 Dublin: A guided panoramic orientation tour of this capital city awaits. See the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green and travel along O’Connell Street with its monument to Daniel O’Connell and other notable figures from Ireland’s turbulent past. Pass the General Post Office, site of rebel headquarters in the 1916 Easter Rising. Stop at Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, the famous hand-illuminated gospel manuscript. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining buildings from medieval times, and see its impressive altar and stained-glass windows. After free time for lunch, enjoy a special treat with an included tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The bird’s-eye views of Dublin from the 7th-floor Gravity Bar, as you sample a pint, is a perfect end to the day of touring! Meal: B

DAY 4 Dublin: Venture out with your local guide along the Irish Food Trail to get to the heart of what it means to be Irish! This walking tour is steeped in history, which you will hear as you learn about Dublin’s heritage while meeting and dining with locals. At each stop along the walking trail, sample some hearty, Irish cuisine and soak up the local folklore.

Tour Highlights

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• 16 meals: 11 breakfasts and 5 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included panoramic city tour of Dublin

• See the Book of Kells at Trinity College

• Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

• Tour the Guinness Storehouse and sample its famous product

• A traditional Irish evening with dinner, dance, music and song

• Kiss the famous stone at Blarney Castle

• Entertaining Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park

• Journey along the famous “Ring of Kerry”

• See the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher

• Cruise through the scenic Killary Fjord

• Visit Bunratty Folk Park for a glimpse of rural life in the 19th century

• Discover the scenic beauty of the Connemara and historic Kylemore Abbey

• Tour Donegal Castle

• Experience the coastal beauty along the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

• Visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast

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Donegal Giant's Causeway Derry Belfast NORTHER N IRELAN D Adare Drumcliffe Inishowen Peninsula 2 1 2 2 4
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Enjoy an included tour of the Guinness Storehouse

Best of Ireland

The afternoon is at leisure to pursue independent interests. This evening, join in the merriment as you dine in an 18th-century pub and enjoy a traditional show featuring Irish dance, music and song. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Dublin – Killarney: It’s time to depart Dublin via coach for the quaint town of Killarney. Travel through the scenic countryside and stop in the village of Blarney where you become caught up in the aura of magic and mystique during an included visit to Blarney Castle. Climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. See if the “gift of gab” is bestowed upon you! Continue to Killarney, “the Jewel of Ireland”, with a background of sparkling lakes, deep forests and jagged misty mountains. A brief panoramic orientation tour introduces you to this lively little town. Dinner is included at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Killarney / Ring of Kerry: Fall in love with the charm of Killarney during a morning Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park. Your Jarvey (driver) will keep you entertained with tales about the history, folklore and beauty of the area. This afternoon is spent on an exciting and breathtakingly beautiful excursion along a portion of the Ring of Kerry – the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. With its diverse scenery of mountains, lakes and awe-inspiring views you’ll see why words just

can’t describe its beauty. After a full day of scenery and adventure, the evening is at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 7 Killarney – Galway: Leaving Killarney, depart for Galway with adventures along the way. Stopping in the picturesque village of Adare, be transported back in time as you stroll through the quaint streets with thatched-roofed cottages and cozy shops. During the visit to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, see what life was like in the 19th century. The recreated village showcases houses, shops and businesses in a typical rural setting. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher – a breathtaking sight where nature’s wildness and spectacular beauty meet. Admire the grandeur of the Cliffs, soaring from the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 700 feet. Arriving in Galway early evening, check-in to the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Connemara: Begin the day with a cruise of Killary Fjord where scenic views abound. Hills rise steeply from the silvery sea, shifting light and shadows create colorful effects on the peaks and valleys, and deep green fields contrast with heather bogs. Return to dry land for a visit to Kylemore Abbey, the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. Discover the rich history of the Abbey, set amongst postcard-perfect scenery in the majestic Connemara. Meal: B

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Witness the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher Experience Killarney National Park on a Jaunting Cart ride

DAY 9 Galway – Derry, Northern Ireland: Departing Galway, the journey into Northern Ireland begins with the scenic landscapes of County Sligo and touring along the way. In Drumcliffe, see the final resting place of the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats. This peaceful churchyard, set in a stunning location at the foot of Benbulben Mountain, has the remains of a round tower and 11th-century high cross. Continue to Donegal for a visit of the 15th-century castle with period furnishings and detailing the history of the O’Donnell clan. Crossing into Northern Ireland, arrive in the city of Derry for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Derry: Discovery of Northern Ireland begins with a guided walking tour of Derry before visiting the Inishowen Peninsula, the northernmost point on the island of Ireland. With its remote, rugged landscape of castle ruins, towers and ancient churches, along with Celtic crosses and pagan monuments, the sights along the peninsula weave a colorful tapestry of an earlier age in this timeless place. Return to Derry for an evening at leisure and overnight. Meal: B

DAY 11 Derry – Belfast: Today’s highlight is the journey to Belfast along the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous site. Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, this astonishing complex of basalt columns is home to many fairies and folklore tales! Hear the myths of the giant Finn McCool and the legends surrounding this mystical place. The journey ends with arrival into Belfast where you are free to explore on your own. Meal: B

DAY 12 Belfast – Dublin, Ireland: A guided panoramic visit of the city showcases the Grand Opera House, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, an authentic working-class

community and the Falls Road area. See the murals on almost every gabled wall which tell stories of the city’s violent past and its belief for the future. Visit Titanic Belfast where the story of the ill-fated ship is told from her conception, to the construction and launch to her catastrophic demise. Interpretive and interactive galleries bring the history of the Titanic to life. Depart Belfast and return to Dublin, enjoying the final evening and farewell dinner at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 13 Dublin / USA: Filled with wonderful memories of the history, scenery and people of the Emerald Isle and Northern Ireland, transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 4 – Ashling Hotel or similar, Dublin, Ireland

Days 5 and 6 – Dromhall Hotel or similar, Killarney, Ireland

Days 7 and 8 – Harbour Hotel or similar, Galway, Ireland

Days 9 and 10 – City Hotel, Derry, Northern Ireland

Day 11 – Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 12 – Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

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Giant’s Causeway – considered the Eighth Wonder of the World

London and Paris Discovery

featuring the Eurostar

9 DAYS • 9 MEALS Discover two of the world’s most historic capitals. Spend four nights in cosmopolitan London and three nights in romantic Paris, exploring some of the cities’ most notable sites. From the impressive Tower Bridge to the opulent Palace of Versailles; from picturesque Leeds Castle to the unforgettable Eiffel Tower, adventure and local experiences await.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to London, England.

DAY 2 London, England: Welcome to England! Upon arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to become acquainted with your new surroundings and begin discovering “merry ole England”! This evening, join your traveling companions for an included dinner, hosted by your Tour Manager. Meal: D

DAY 3 London: Begin the day with a panoramic orientation tour of London. Your local guide brings history to life as you depart by coach to see the historical sites and architectural wonders throughout the city. Monuments abound from the impressive Marble Arch to the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square. Intricate façades decorate Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben and the postcard-perfect Tower Bridge stand guard over the Thames River. The Victoria Memorial is showcased in front of Buckingham Palace. In contrast, the London Eye and the Shard are contemporary highlights to the skyline. All await your discovery! Once you have the lay of the land, the afternoon is free to explore on your own. Meal: B

DAY 4 Leeds Castle and Dover: Depart on a full-day excursion with your local guide for a visit to the 900-year-old Leeds Castle. Located in a picturesque

Tour Highlights

• 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Panoramic city tour of London

• Excursion to Leeds Castle and the Cliffs of Dover

• High-speed rail journey between London and Paris aboard the Eurostar

• Panoramic tour of Paris

• Learn about life in a château at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

• Discover the secrets to French etiquette at a private workshop

• Visit the regal Palace of Versailles

• All excursions with local English-speaking guides

countryside setting, and still surrounded by a moat, it has been called the ‘loveliest castle in the world’. Originally built as a Norman stronghold, the castle has evolved into one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. From its military beginnings to uses as a palace by Henry VIII, private residence by royalty and political agendas, the local guide will tell tales of the history held within its walls.

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Intricate carvings decorate the façade of Westminster Abbey

London and Paris Discovery

After visiting the castle, continue by coach to the Eastern coast to witness the majestic “White Cliffs of Dover”. Known around the world for their place in history, as well as scenic beauty, they are considered England’s most spectacular natural phenomenon. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 5 London: Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue independent interests or join the optional excursion to Windsor Castle. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit the Tower of London, explore local markets, visit some museums, take a ride on the London Eye, shop for souvenirs, see a show at one of the many theatres, or simply relax at a local pub. Your Tour Manager will be available to assist with your plans. Meal: B

DAY 6 London – Paris, France: It’s time to say “cheerio” to London as you depart for the station where it’s “all aboard” the Eurostar. Sit back and relax during this high-speed train ride under the English Channel via the “Chunnel” to Paris, France.

Upon arrival in the “City of Light”, your coach will be waiting to take you on an orientation tour. Your local guide will provide commentary as you drive along the ChampsÉlysées and see other famous sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a photo stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower. The tour ends at the hotel for check-in and an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 7 Paris: Discover what it was like to live in a castle during today’s visit to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The guided tour through this privately owned château will highlight the period furnishings, beautiful paintings, tapestries and household items used in daily life. After the tour, attend a private workshop on “French Etiquette... the Art of Receiving”. Learn how the staff was trained to properly greet guests, how seating plans were created for dinners at the château, the art of setting a formal table, appropriate manners, dress code and more. Before departing, enjoy an included lunch at the château.

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Leeds Castle – where history comes to life See the majestic “White Cliffs of Dover”

Upon returning to the hotel, the rest of the day is left free of planned activities. This evening, sample French cabaret entertainment on an optional excursion to Paradis Latinone of the most historic cabaret venues in Paris.

Meals: B, L

DAY 8 Paris: Today’s included excursion begins with a journey by coach with a local guide to the opulent 17th-century Palace of Versailles. While visiting the palace, discover the former royal residence restored to its original grandeur. See the sleeping quarters of France’s kings and queens, the rooms where elegant soirees were held, and the famous ‘Hall of Mirrors’ where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. After the excursion, return to the hotel for the remainder of the day and the final evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 9 Paris / USA: Having visited two historic yet cosmopolitan capital cities, bid ‘au revoir’ to Paris as you depart on the transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Air schedules from your city to London, England, returning from Paris, France will be available closer to departure.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 5 – Holiday Inn Kensington High Street, London, England

Days 6 through 8 – Crowne Plaza Republique or similar, Paris, France

Optional Excursions*

Windsor Castle (London): $170 per person

Paradis Latin Cabaret Show (Paris): $190 per person

*Note: minimum number of participants needed to operate

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most iconic symbol Opulence abounds in the Palace of Versailles
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Pride of Poland

9 DAYS • 11 MEALS From Gdansk’s “Royal Way” to the longest pier in Europe; from the vibrant, historic capital of Warsaw to Kraków’s charming Old Town with its Market Square and 16th-century Cloth Hall, you’ll see it all on this Mayflower holiday. Visit historic castles, beautiful cathedrals and sites of great religious significance. And journey to Auschwitz and the Kazimierz Jewish District to gain insight into a painful period in Polish History. You’ll truly experience the Pride of Poland during this nine-day adventure.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Gdansk, Poland.

DAY 2 Gdansk, Poland: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore on your own. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for dinner.

Meal: D

DAY 3 Gdansk / Gdynia / Sopot: After breakfast, participate in a sightseeing tour of Gdansk, during which you’ll learn more about Lech Walesa – the Solidarity activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Walk along the “Royal Way”, taking in major sights like the 17th-century Golden Gate, the Neptune Fountain situated in front of the Artus Court, and the City Hall, which dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. One of the most interesting buildings in Old Gdansk is the largest Gothic church in Poland, St. Mary’s Church, and the City Hall Tower offers spectacular views of the city. Later travel to Sopot and walk along the longest pier in Europe! Make sure to stop for a coffee in one of the town’s many cafés. Your journey continues to Gdynia, whose harbor is home to many ships open to the public. The destroyer Blyskawica is a national treasure and the only remaining ship built before World War II. And the Dar Pomorza is a Polish sailing frigate that is now preserved as a museum ship in Gdynia. Return to the hotel in Gdansk after a day of exploration. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

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• 11 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Two nights in Gdansk

• Full-day sightseeing tour of Gdansk with visits to St. Mary’s Church and Sopot Pier

• Visit to the Castle of the Teutonic Order of Knights in Malbork

• Two nights in Warsaw

• Full-day sightseeing tour of Warsaw with visits to the Royal Castle and Wilanów Palace

• A visit to Częstochowa to visit Jasna Góra, the most important Marian shrine in Poland

• Three nights in Kraków

• Walking tour of Kraków with a local, English-speaking guide with visits to Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church

• Included excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

• Included excursion to the Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp Museum

• Visit to the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz

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Historic architecture abounds in Gdansk Overnight Visit Tour Route

Pride of Poland

DAY 4 Gdansk – Malbork – Warsaw: The day begins as you travel to Malbork to visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order of Knights, a mighty Polish Gothic fortress built in the 13th and 14th centuries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An outstanding example of medieval defensive and residential architecture, the 51-acre area consists of three castles surrounded by separate fortifications. After exploration of the castle, continue on to Warsaw, the largest city in Poland. Dinner is included this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Warsaw: Steeped in history, Warsaw is one of the most strategic cities in Europe. Discover this capital city on an included full-day sightseeing excursion. As you stroll along the Royal Way, linking the Royal Castle with Wilanów Palace, view some of the most beautiful sites in the Old Town and quaint Market Square. Pass St. John’s Cathedral and visit the Royal Castle, faithfully restored to its pre-World War II splendor and retaining many of its original furnishings. Formerly the official residence of Poland’s kings and home of the Polish Parliament, it now houses the Castle Museum. Lakes, pavilions, mansions, an Observatory, the Orangery, formal manicured gardens, a multitude of palaces, including the stunning Lazienki Palace on the Island, and a classic-style amphitheater all await your discovery during the visit to Lazienki Park. The statue of Frederic Chopin, built to honor Warsaw’s favorite son, is another highlight in the park. It’s easy to see why

this is one of the most beautiful parks in the heart of the city! Wilanów Palace, a wonderful Baroque residence and former summer home of King Jan III Sobieski, is one of the country’s greatest national treasures. Enjoy a visit to the palace with its rich collection of Polish portraits, original furniture and interior décor, and its lovely surrounding park. After a full day of touring, the evening is yours to experience Warsaw on your own. Meal: B

DAY 6 Warsaw – Częstochowa – Kraków: After breakfast, depart for the charming town of Kraków for a three-night stay. Along the way, lunch is included at a local restaurant. After lunch, stop at the famed Monastery of Jasna Góra in Cęstochowa – the third largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world and the national shrine of Poland. The miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa is housed in the Chapel of the Black Madonna. For centuries, the Polish people have believed that this reverent painting holds supernatural powers. After checking into your hotel in Kraków, the evening is free to enjoy dinner on your own. Meals: B, L

DAY 7 Kraków: Kraków is known for many things throughout history, including being a former capital of Poland, the home of the late Pope John Paul II and the only major city in Poland to remain unscathed by World War II. This thousand-year-old city retains its beauty and charm and is proud of its Old Town which was included on

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The Castle of the Teutonic Order of Knights in Malbork Warsaw’s charming Old Town

UNESCO’s first list of World Heritage Sites in 1978. The highlight of the Old Town is Market Square, the largest in Europe, and the 16th-century Gothic “Cloth Hall” - the world’s oldest “shopping mall.” Discover the city as you meander among the cobblestone lanes on the included walking tour. See the imposing Wawel Castle, coronation site of Polish monarchs, perched atop a hill overlooking the Vistula River, St. Mary’s Church and the Jagiellonian University. At exactly noon you’ll hear the Kraków Hejnal (bugle call) played by the fireman trumpeter, who can be seen in a window of the highest tower of St. Mary’s Church. As you visit Wawel Cathedral, get up close to the Sigismund Bell, the largest bell in Poland, and enjoy a wonderful view of the Old Town from the tower. This afternoon enjoy an included visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous attractions near Kraków. Walk through 20 chambers on three underground levels to explore the amazing grottoes of crystalline carvings, the subterranean lake with stunning colors and the Chapel of St. Kinga, an impressive “cathedral” with every feature carved out of solid salt. You won’t believe your eyes! Meal: B

DAY 8 Kazimierz / Auschwitz: Today’s journey takes you to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Museum of Martyrdom which provides one of the most memorable lessons in modern European history. Between 1940 and 1945 more than one million prisoners perished in the gas chambers of this Nazi concentration camp. In 1947, the Polish government preserved these grounds as a State Museum and in 1979 it also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, symbolizing the horrors of the Holocaust. The visit includes a film showing the camp’s liberation, the flower-strewn Death Wall, national memorials, the railway line and the remains of hundreds of barracks, all of which

constitute a moving testimony to the number of lives lost. This afternoon, visit the Kazimierz District which showcases the historic center of Jewish culture since the 16th century. The main attractions of the district are Szeroka Street (where Schindler’s List was filmed); Isaac, High and Old Synagogues; Remu’h Synagogue and its cemetery and the “Pod Orlem” (Eagle) Pharmacy. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Kraków / USA: This morning, transfer to Kraków Airport for your flight home. All too soon your adventure comes to an end but you’ll bring back memories of Poland’s history, charm and beauty to last a lifetime. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Mercure Gdansk Stare Miasto, Gdansk, Poland

Days 4 and 5 – Hotel Polonia Palace, Warsaw, Poland

Days 6 through 8 – Vienna House Andels Kraków or similar, Kraków, Poland

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Wieliczka Salt Mine is sure to impress

Best of Scandinavia

featuring Sweden, Norway and Denmark

10 DAYS • 11 MEALS

The remarkable cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen and Copenhagen will come alive with history, Viking legends, Hans Christian Andersen and The Little Mermaid Each city is a unique experience. From vibrant Stockholm with its wonderful mix of old and new to the colorful waterfront of Bergen. From the cobbled streets of Copenhagen to the thriving capital of Oslo. Add the unbelievable natural beauty of the Scandinavian countries and you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

DAY 1 Depart the USA: Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

DAY 2 Stockholm, Sweden: Upon arrival you are greeted by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy this remarkable Scandinavian city. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Stockholm: After breakfast, enjoy a Stockholm city tour. Once home of the Vikings, today’s Sweden is a captivating mix of old and new. This capital city is the very epitome of a vibrant cosmopolitan center, alive with world-class art museums, cutting-edge fashion boutiques and sizzling night life. Remarkable architecture abounds, exemplified in the dazzling City Hall, site of the Nobel Prize reception, with its glittering gold walls and stunning colored-glass mosaics. But even in this thrilling center of culture, you’ll find traces of Sweden’s fabled past.

In the Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town, medieval Stockholm comes to life in this beautifully preserved historic district. This afternoon, explore the city on your own or choose an optional excursion of The Royal Canal and Vasa Warship Museum.

Tour Highlights

• 11 Meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Remarkable experiences in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

• Included city tour in Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen and Copenhagen with a local guide

• See the historic City Hall and scenic Old Town in Stockholm

• Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

• Scenic rail experiences from Oslo to Myrdal and aboard the Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm

• Cruise the scenic Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjord

• Overnight at the Stalheim Hotel with panoramic views of the Norwegian valley

• Tour historic Bryggen and see composer Edvard Grieg’s former home in Bergen

• See The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

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Stockholm, Sweden awaits discovery

Best of Scandinavia

This excursion includes a one-hour cruise along the shady canal of Djurgarden and a visit to the remarkable Vasa Warship Museum, built around a restored 17th-century warship that sank in Stockholm’s inner harbor. Meal: B

DAY 4 Stockholm – Oslo, Norway: Following breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Stockholm and depart for Oslo, Norway. Upon your late afternoon arrival in Oslo, you’ll learn why it’s hard to say what is more stunning: its glorious urban cityscapes or towering mountains and pristine countryside. The remainder of the day is free for you to experience Oslo on your own. Meal: B

DAY 5 Oslo – Stalheim: On this morning’s city tour, your local guide will walk you through Vigeland Sculpture Park as you discover the amazing granite and bronze artwork. Catch a glimpse of the regal and impressive Royal Palace. All these pleasures await, plus the bustling trade of a thriving port city. After the tour, transfer to the Oslo train station for one of the best ways to view the wonders of Scandinavia: aboard a scenic railway that traverses this breathtaking countryside. Dizzying vistas open out on all sides as you speed from Oslo toward Myrdal, a remote mountain station located 3,000 feet above sea level.

Famous for its remarkable panoramic views, Myrdal is the stepping off point for yet another glorious train ride on the world-renowned Flåm Railway. Descending 3,500 feet during a 13-mile journey into mountainous countryside, passengers glimpse wild rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down sheer cliffs, and mountain farms clinging perilously to steep slopes. In the heart of this rugged countryside, the historic Stalheim Hotel offers a stunning panoramic perspective of astounding fjordland views. For nearly 200 years, artists, painters and poets have drawn inspiration from the awe-inspiring majesty of this remarkable natural spectacle. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Stalheim – Bergen: This morning after breakfast, you’ll get a final view of the Naerøey Valley before transferring by coach to Flåm for embarkation of a cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjords. Carved out over centuries by waves of majestic glaciers, the fjords are a testament to the magnificent power of nature. No visit to Norway would be complete without views of the emerald green cliffs of the fjord sweeping sharply down to meet glittering waters. You just may glimpse a sight of seals as they sun themselves on warm rocks. After the cruise, meet your coach in Gudvangen where you’ll continue on the journey to Bergen. Meal: B

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Ride the Flåm Railway through verdant valleys Cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord

DAY 7 Bergen: Today you’ll enjoy an included city tour of Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. Bergen offers a fascinating mix of history, culture and natural beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bergen proudly preserves its rich past, seen in the timbered 15th-century houses, centuries-old warehouses built by seagoing merchants, and a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets. Nearby, you’ll visit Troldhaugen, the former home and estate of one of Norway’s most famous sons, composer Edvard Grieg. The remainder of the day is free to explore this charming city on your own. Meal: B

DAY 8 Bergen – Copenhagen, Denmark: Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour of this bustling metropolis. Copenhagen offers a mix of old-world grandeur with the excitement of a thriving modern cultural center. Parks and green spaces are everywhere, and canals and waterways crisscross its streets, recalling the city’s seagoing roots. The city is alive with such sites as Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest pleasure parks; and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Theater. Fans of literature make a pilgrimage to the statue of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale, while shoppers enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques along the famous Stroget, Copenhagen’s renowned pedestrian district. Meal: B

DAY 9 Copenhagen: This day is yours to experience Copenhagen and all of its charm. Or join us for an optional excursion to North Zealand. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive to Helsinor, one of the oldest towns in Denmark, and nearby Kronborg Castle, legendary home of Prince Hamlet. Your tour also includes views of Fredensborg Castle and an included visit to Frederiksborg Castle.

Tonight join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Copenhagen / USA: Following breakfast at the hotel, bid farewell to Scandinavia with memories of life enriching experiences as you transfer to the Copenhagen airport for the flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Stockholm, Sweden, returning from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Please note additional cost for flight between Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark is $350 per person and will be booked through Mayflower Cruises &Tours.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Hilton Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden

Day 4 – Thon Opera, Oslo, Norway

Day 5 – Stalheim Hotel, Stalheim, Norway

Days 6 and 7 – Thon Rosenkrantz, Bergen, Norway

Days 8 and 9 – Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Optional Excursions*

Royal Canal and Vasa Warship Museum – $150 per person

North Zealand – $195 per person

*Note: minimum of 15 travelers required for operation of each excursion

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Iceland Land of Fire and Ice

7 DAYS • 7 MEALS Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature boasting geysers, geothermal pools, waterfalls and wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture deeply rooted in ancient heritage. Soak in the remarkable Blue Lagoon. Discover black sand beaches and rugged coastlines. Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik with its old town center and famous church. Spend five nights discovering this amazing land of fire and ice.

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DAY 2 Keflavik, Iceland: Iceland is full of surprises – for one, it isn’t covered in ice! It’s a stunning mix of green plains, wild volcanic scenery, beautiful coasts and lakes, spouting geysers, hot springs, mud pools and sophisticated cities. Topped off by clean, fresh air, you’ll find yourself in a trance surrounded by unique natural beauty throughout the country. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel in the town of Hveragerdi or Selfoss. Rooms will be available for check-in upon arrival. All flights should arrive by 3:30 pm. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Iceland’s South Shore: After breakfast, your adventure to the South Shore begins with a journey through small villages and farmlands to the majestic mountains with views including Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland, and the towering, ice-capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which last erupted in 2010. Iceland is also famous for its waterfalls and you’ll see two of the most magnificent—the Seljalandsfoss which tumbles over high rock escarpments allowing you to walk behind the waterfall, and Skogafoss. Learn about the preservation of the Southern Iceland cultural heritage on the visit to Skogar Folk Museum. Exploration continues to Dyrholaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, en route to the village of Vik. Head to the seashore, flanked by steep bird cliffs rising high above the beautiful black sand beach. In the sea, just outside of Vik, see the Reynisdrangar Rocks which stand 216 feet above sea level at their highest point. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

• 7 Meals: 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included city tour of Reykjavik with a local guide

• Experience a full-day adventure of volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal activity and nature, with a local guide, on the included South Shore excursion

• Discover the Reykjanes Peninsula* and its geothermal activities with a local guide on this included full-day excursion

• Relax in the Blue Lagoon (entrance included)

• Enjoy a virtual flight as you ‘Fly Over Iceland’

• On a full-day included Golden Circle tour with a local guide, see the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the “Geysir” and more natural wonders

*Weather permitting during ‘Northern Lights’ departures

DAY 4 Reykjanes Peninsula / Blue Lagoon: This morning, head for the rough tracks of Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland. Visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvatn with its hot springs and solfatares. The moonlike surroundings of the lake never fail to leave a strong impression on visitors!

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The beautiful village of Vik, Iceland
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Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

A remarkable life enriching experience is a visit to the Blue Lagoon – a lake of warm, mineral-rich geothermal water, internationally renowned for its healing prowess. Located in the middle of a lava field in the pure and beautiful Icelandic wilderness, water is heated by underground volcanic activity at a depth of 5,400 feet and is pumped to the surface to form this man-made wonder. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin. Visitors from all over the world come here in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. You’ll have an opportunity to soak in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water. Meal: B

DAY 5 Reykjavik: Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city of 100,000 people, is unique in many ways. This capital is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters. Heated entirely by geothermal water, it is home to the “smoking bay”, so named for the rising steam that greeted the city’s Viking founder, Angolfr Arnarsson, as he sailed into the bay here in 874 AD. The city center is the heart of Reykjavik and home to many charming historic buildings of stone and timber

contrasting with imaginative modern architecture. It has the features of a modern society complemented by a close connection to natural wonders right on the city’s doorstep. Hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, midnight sun, waterfalls, northern lights, volcanoes and bizarre landscapes – the city has them all!

On the included panoramic city tour of the world’s most northerly capital, see the old town center, Parliament, cathedral, harbor, National Museum, “Pearl” and Hofoi House (site of the Iceland summit of 1986), and Hallgrímskirkja Church whose steeple is a landmark of the city.

Enjoy free time for lunch on your own and shopping, then prepare to “take off” as you visit FlyOver Iceland. During this virtual flight, experience waterfalls, geysers, scenic landscapes, and the spectacular natural wonders of Iceland like never before. With the special effects of motion, wind, sound and scents, this unique “flying” experience is sure to be a highlight of your day! Return to the hotel late afternoon for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

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Relax in the Blue Lagoon Beauty surrounds Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city

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DAY 6

The Golden Circle: On the full-day tour of the Golden Circle, enjoy scenic drives along with the geological and historic sites of the island. Your excursion includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. A remarkable geological site, it is one of the few spots in the world where the MidAtlantic Ridge is seen above water. The amazing canyon that runs through the park is a meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates. The park is situated by Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island. The park is also the most historic site on the island as the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded here in 930 AD.

You’ll see outstanding natural wonders when you visit Geysir, Iceland’s most famous area for thermal activity. View “Strokkur”, one of the most active geysers, and “Gullfoss” (Golden Waterfall), Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Before returning to the hotel, a visit to a local farm gives you the chance to meet some of the native Icelandic horses, as well as learn about the growing of healthy tomatoes using green energy, pure water and organic pest controls. This evening, join your travel companions for the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Iceland / USA: Following breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport and bid a fond farewell to amazing Iceland, as you return home with memorable life enriching experiences to cherish. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change.

*February 28 $2,999 + $949

*March 6, 13 $2,999 + $949

June 19 $3,299 + $1,039

July 3, 10, 24 $3,299 + $1,039

August 7, 14 $3,299 + $1,039

*September 25 $3,299 + $1,039

*October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30$3,099 + $999

*November 6 $3,099 + $999

FREE AIRFARE is available between Keflavik Airport and the following cities: Chicago, Boston, New York / New Jersey (JFK & EWR only), Seattle, Washington Dulles and Orlando. For airfare from other cities, please add $450 per person.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

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*Special ‘Northern Lights’ Departures

Join Mayflower Cruises & Tours for special departures to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). During the tour, there will be a special excursion to a location selected by your guide that will offer optimal viewing of this amazing natural phenomenon. If the “lights” are not seen, there will be one more opportunity offered during the tour. Please note: the excursion(s) are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed.

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Hear the thunderous roar of Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall “Strokkur” – one of the most active geysers in Iceland

Highlights of Spain and Morocco

featuring the continents of Europe and Africa

14 DAYS • 18 MEALS Experience the charms of both Spain and Morocco in one trip. Explore the historic buildings and architecture of Madrid, lined with frescoed buildings, cafés, and art. See the Medieval city of Córdoba, the Santa Cruz district in Seville, and former Moorish sites in Granada. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to the African continent and marvel at multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the great OId Town Medina in Fez and the walled, imperial city of Meknes. Explore lively streets and shop among local vendors in Marrakech and conclude your adventure with two nights in the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.

DAY 2 Madrid, Spain: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy time at leisure to begin acquainting yourself with the city. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Meal: D

DAY 3 Madrid: Exploration of Spain’s capital begins with a guided orientation tour. In the vibrant Puerta del Sol Square, see the Bear and Strawberry Tree statue, the symbol of Madrid. Walk through the streets of the old town, reaching the majestic Plaza Mayor, filled with interesting architecture, frescoed buildings, cafés, and home to a bronze statue of King Philip III. The nearby Mercado San Miguel is a charming market of Spanish gastronomy. Other main sites seen on the tour are the Opera House and the Royal Palace area. Drive along the famous tree-lined Paseo de la Castellana, see the Calle Alcala, Retiro Park - one of the most famous and beautiful parks of the city, Las Ventas Bullring and the Cibeles Fountain. The remainder of the day is at leisure for your further exploration. Meal: B

DAY 4 Madrid – Córdoba – Seville: Departing Madrid, a scenic drive through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s ‘La Mancha’ brings you to the picturesque region of Andalusia. A visit to Córdoba showcases a medieval city of unique beauty with its winding, stone-paved streets and the amazing Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit this Great Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the most important

Tour Highlights

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• 18 Meals: 12 breakfasts and 6 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Explore six UNESCO World Heritage Sites

• Visit Spain and Morocco’s capital cities

• Enjoy city tours with local guides

• Experience local culture at a Flamenco show in Spain and a Folklore show in Morocco

• Visit the oldest bullring in Spain

• Witness the grandeur of the Alhambra in Granada

• Taste a variety of locally produced olive oils from Spain

• Traverse the Strait of Gibraltar via high-speed ferry to Africa

• Discover the four Imperial Cities of Morocco: Fez, Meknes, Marrakech and Rabat

• See the sights of legendary Casablanca

Islamic monument in the West, witness its stunning Moorish architecture and hear about its storied past. After free time for lunch on your own, continue to Seville. Meal: B

DAY 5 Seville: The capital of Andalusia, Seville is home to an historic city center. On the guided excursion, see the Torre de Oro and Maria Luisa Park with its fountains and meticulously manicured gardens.

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The Cibeles Fountain and grandiose architecture are found in Madrid, Spain

Highlights of Spain and Morocco

Housing magnificent buildings that are a legacy of the 1929 World’s Fair held in Seville, the main attraction is the Plaza de España, a majestic crescent-shaped complex arranged around a central plaza. Visit the Santa Cruz district and the famous Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest place of worship in Spain. The striking minaret, known as The Giralda, is the slenderest tower in Muslim architecture and the original minaret of the Great Mosque that formerly occupied the site. Relax this afternoon before attending an included dinner and Flamenco show at El Patio Sevillano. Feel the heart-pounding rhythm and cultural passion displayed by the dancers as you become immersed in this cultural experience. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Seville – Ronda – Granada: Today’s journey takes you to Granada, with touring of picturesque Ronda enroute. The town itself spans El Tajo Canyon, the plunging river gorge crossed by the 18th-century Puente Nuevo Bridge. Upon arrival, a guided tour presents the highlights, including the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Plaza de España. Famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, Ronda is home to the oldest bullring in Spain – Plaza de Toros, which has staged some of the most important events in bullfighting history. Visit the bullring, currently a museum, housing memorabilia of famous bullfighting fans such as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells. Continue traveling south to Granada, the final destination in Spain. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Granada: Begin discovering this ancient capital of the Arab-Nazari Kingdom with a visit to the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former palace of the Moorish King of the Kingdom of Granada. During the guided tour, experience the history and beauty of this magnificent Arab architectural treasure and former summer residence of royalty. Wander around the grounds of the fortress, stroll through the perfectly kept gardens, and feel the tranquillity amidst a gorgeous display of plants, flowers, and trees. This afternoon, discover how ‘Liquid Gold’ is produced during a visit to the Olive Oil Museum. Enjoy tasting and learning about the different characteristics, culinary uses, and health benefits of various olive oils – a staple of the local diet. Meal: B

DAY 8 Granada – Algeciras – Ceuta – Fez, Africa: It’s time to depart the continent of Europe as you travel by coach to the port of Algeciras. Board a high-speed ferry and traverse the Strait of Gibraltar to the port of Ceuta. Your African adventure begins when you depart Ceuta and enter the country of Morocco on your way to Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Fez: Today’s guided excursion visits the great Medina (Old Town) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone towers are still seen along with the 9th-century

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mosque still in use. Stroll through the labyrinth of narrow streets and see the traditional handicrafts made by local artisans. View the Royal Palace and drive through typical districts of this mysterious city. After the orientation tour, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to independently explore the places that intrigued you the most. Meal: B

DAY 10 Fez – Meknes – Marrakech: Depart Fez for another of the imperial cities, the walled city of Meknes. With perfectly preserved 17th-century architecture in the old town, it has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from the treasures your guide will point out within the walls, a true highlight of the visit will be the Bab Mansour gate. With its architectural details and unique design, it is the most beautiful in Morocco. Your journey continues to the next imperial city, Marrakech. Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Marrakech: During the guided tour, see the city’s most important mosque, Koutoubia, whose tower graces the skyline and is the twin of the Giralda in Seville. Feel the heartbeat of the city while strolling through Jemaa elFna, the main square, where you see snake-charmers, musicians, dancers, and local merchants selling spices and wares. Visit the Saadian Tombs to see the final resting place of former royalty in their beautifully decorated mosaic tombs. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before attending a Moroccan folklore show this evening. Meal: B

DAY 12 Marrakech – Casablanca: Journey to the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca. Although mythical in many minds, the city is quite modern while maintaining its ancient charm. Pass the Old Town and United Nations Square en route to the visit of Hassan II Mosque, a masterpiece of modern Moroccan architecture. See the lavish Corniche beachfront with its elegant buildings, grand avenues and architectural styles blending modern and Moorish. See Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral, surrounded by stained-glass walls, pass Habbous Square, the Royal Palace, and the old quarter. Mingle with locals at Boulevard Mohammed V and of course a visit to the city is not complete without a stop at the legendary ‘Rick’s Café’ of Hollywood fame. Meal: B

DAY 13 Casablanca / Rabat: On your last day, visit Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of Morocco. Travel by coach to the city and enjoy a panoramic and walking tour. See the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the ruins of the old Mosque and the Hassan II Tower. Learn the history of the sites

and admire the architectural designs. You’ll have free time in the capital before returning to Casablanca for the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 14 Casablanca – USA: Having experienced exotic cities in Africa, transfer to the airport in Casablanca for your flight home, taking with you memories of the sights, people and culture you encountered throughout your journey on two continents. Meal: B

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Eurostars Central, Madrid, Spain

Days 4 and 5 – Macia Sevilla Kubb, Seville, Spain

Days 6 and 7 – Hotel Gran Luna, Granada, Spain

Days 8 and 9 – Atlas Saiss, Fez, Morocco

Days 10 and 11 – Mogador Menara, Marrakech, Morocco

Days 12 and 13 – Mogador Marina, Casablanca, Morocco

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Take a walk on the wild side on an African Safari. During game-viewing drives, enjoy the sights of the Big Five, take in the culture and experience Africa as it is meant to be, wild and untamed! Or step back in time and visit the Holy Land, behold Petra, a Wonder of the Modern World, experience the “healing waters” of the Dead Sea and walk through the streets of Jerusalem.

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South Africa and Safari Adventure

featuring Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Stellenbosch Wine Country and Cape Town

13 DAYS • 23 MEALS Amazing safari adventures await on a private reserve and in Chobe National Park. In Zimbabwe, stand in awe at nature’s supreme masterpiece – Victoria Falls. Meet elephants and their local caretakers while visiting a sanctuary for these beautiful animals. Sample local vintages during wine-tastings in the wine-country area of South Africa. Discover Cape Town’s history and beauty. All of these experiences are yours on this exceptional journey through three African countries.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Johannesburg, the wealthiest province in South Africa.

DAY 2 Johannesburg, South Africa: Welcome to Africa – a land as diverse as its scenery and people. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin getting acquainted with the unique culture of South Africa.

DAY 3 Johannesburg – Pilanesberg: Your South African adventure begins with an orientation tour of the country’s largest city. See some of the major landmarks and important areas during this panoramic excursion. Continue on to Pilanesberg Game Reserve, where amazing animal adventures await! This afternoon, experience your first game-viewing drive as you traverse the reserve in open safari vehicles with your driver/ guide. Meals: B, D

DAY 4 Pilanesberg: Today you have more opportunities to witness the majestic wildlife of Africa on your morning and afternoon open-vehicle, guided, game-viewing drives. Keep an eye out for the “Big 5” - lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, and have your camera ready! Over 7,000 animals and 360 bird species can be found on the reserve. Lions basking in the sun, elephants roaming the vast expanse of the land, and perhaps an elusive leopard…your driver/guide will do his best to track them so you can witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat! Meals: B, L, D

Tour Highlights

• 23 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Visit three African countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

• Services of experienced local and safari guides throughout

• See historic landmarks in Johannesburg

• Experience game-viewing drives on a private reserve and in Chobe National Park

• Get up close to elephants at a local sanctuary

• Visit nature’s awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

• Cruise on the Chobe River

• Discover the wine country of South Africa and sample local vintages

• Witness breathtaking views from atop Table Mountain

• Encounter Jackass penguins on Boulders Beach

• Visit the Cape of Good Hope

DAY 5 Pilanesberg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: This morning, return to the Johannesburg airport by coach to board your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival, after clearing Zimbabwe customs and immigration formalities at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel.

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Enjoy the remainder of the day discovering the amenities of the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Victoria Falls: The day begins with an up-close and personal interaction with some “locals”…the great African elephants! Visit the sanctuary where rescued and resident elephants live. Meet with their caretakers and learn all about the elephants’ behaviors and the amazing bonds formed between the keepers and these gentle giants. After free time back at the hotel for lunch, a remarkable experience is in store as you visit the spectacular Victoria Falls this afternoon and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of one of nature’s supreme masterpieces. A local guide will accompany you through the rainforest, detailing the history of the falls and the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife that abounds. After the tour, return to the hotel for relaxation and an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Victoria Falls – Kasane, Botswana: It’s time to depart Zimbabwe and journey by coach across the border to Botswana where you’ll arrive in the town of Kasane and check in to the lodge. After an included lunch, depart on an afternoon cruise on the Chobe River. You’re sure to see elephants refreshing themselves in the water, hippos peeking out to see you, and perhaps crocodiles sunning themselves on shore.

Return to the lodge for a relaxing dinner and evening at leisure. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 Chobe National Park: Experience the native wildlife of Chobe National Park on a morning safari in open vehicles. The reserve is home to giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, sable, wildebeest, warthog and so much more. Keep an eye out for their predators which can include lion, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, the elusive cheetah and wild dog. After lunch at the lodge, your afternoon safari can be by land in an open vehicle or by boat on a cruise. Gather with your traveling companions for the final dinner at the lodge. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Cape Town & Stellenbosch, South Africa: The safari experience comes to an end as you travel to the Victoria Falls Airport by coach for a flight to Cape Town and return to South Africa where a new experience awaits. After a short drive from the airport, arrive in Stellenbosch, the country’s second oldest town. Enjoy your free time to stroll along the oak-lined streets where Cape Dutch architecture, wine shops, cafés, and art galleries can be found. Known for its wine production, this area of the county is filled with wine farms. Sample the local product during a wine-tasting before this evening’s included dinner. Meals: B, D

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Victoria Falls – nature’s supreme masterpiece The “locals” enjoy a drink in Chobe National Park

DAY 10 Franschhoek: On today’s excursion, relax as you discover the country’s winelands. After a morning refreshment stop, visit the charming village of Franschhoek, showcasing another of the area’s scenic treasures. Located in a breathtaking valley, surrounded by vineyards and mountains, it’s the perfect setting for your lunch. During an afternoon wine-tasting, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the wines, how they are made, the various grapes, and of course sample plenty of vintages. After a lovely day in the country, return to the hotel in Stellenbosch. Meals: B, L

DAY 11 Stellenbosch – Cape Town: Departing the wine country, return to Cape Town where the local guide gives an orientation and provides details of the city’s history during the panoramic tour. See the highlights including historic monuments, landmarks, and buildings. Visit Cape Town’s most iconic destination…Table Mountain. Ascend to the summit via the aerial cableway and be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding oceans and city below. Returning to ground level, drive by the Malay Quarter and Milnerton Lighthouse before ending at the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 12 Cape Peninsula: While visiting the famous Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point of the African continent, discover the rich biodiversity of life – both flora and fauna. Baboons, Cape Mountain Zebra and other small animals and birds can be found, along with beautiful scenery. A highlight of the day may be the visit to Boulders Beach where you won’t find a better combination of beach and wildlife. Hundreds of Jackass penguins waddle freely amongst the human “visitors” on their white sand beach and are happy to pose for the camera! This evening, dinner is included at a local restaurant along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Meals: B, D

DAY 13 Cape Town / USA: Enjoy a final morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home. Memories and photographs of the special moments and unforgettable experiences are sure to last a lifetime!

Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change.

Arrival at your home city may be on Day 14 depending on flight schedule.

Call for air rates and schedules from your gateway city to Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town, South Africa.

Please add $960 per person for intra and inter-country airfare. Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 2 – Garden Court Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Days 3 and 4 – Bakubung Lodge, Pilanesberg, South Africa

Days 5 and 6 – Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Days 7 and 8 – Chobe Marina Lodge, Botswana

Days 9 and 10 – Protea Hotel Dorpshuis by Marriott, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Days 11 and 12 – Portswood Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

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East African Safari Adventure

13 DAYS • 32 MEALS Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime – a safari across two African countries! Experience elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, rhino and other animals you’ve only seen on TV or in zoos in their natural habitats. Visit Tanzania’s oldest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife reserves, and enjoy game-viewing drives at several national parks. From wildlife adventures to majestic mountains, this East African safari is an experience to remember.

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SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE

DAY 2 Nairobi, Kenya: JAMBO - KARIBU!! (Welcome!)

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel for overnight accommodations.

DAY 3 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park: After breakfast, depart for the drive to Amboseli National Park. Check in to the lodge and enjoy an included lunch. This afternoon, the safari adventure begins with the first game-viewing drive to Amboseli National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to see buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle, hippo and wildebeest among many other inhabitants of this national park. With over 400 species of birds, flora and fauna, it’s also a bird-lover’s paradise. This evening, enjoy dinner at the lodge. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4 Amboseli National Park: Morning and afternoon game-viewing drives are in store for today. Amboseli National Park offers some of the most breathtaking views in Africa and is one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting). Famous for its large herds of giant elephants, the park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 Amboseli National Park – Tarangire National Park, Tanzania: Enjoy an early morning breakfast before departing via the Namanga border to Tarangire National Park where you check in to the lodge and

Tour Highlights

• 32 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Experienced Safari Guide with you during the entire small group adventure

• Game-viewing drives in the Amboseli, Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Nakuru National Parks

• Visit to a traditional Maasai village

• Crater exploration at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

• Full-day adventure on the Masai Mara Game Reserve

enjoy a late lunch. An exciting game-viewing drive takes place this afternoon. Herds of elephants scratch the dry bed of the Tarangire River searching for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope, such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya.
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East African Safari Adventure

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Tarangire National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area: After breakfast, depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Lunch will be provided after checking in to the lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, which has the largest unbroken caldera in the world and has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino. This afternoon, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from the lodge before tonight’s dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Today’s adventure is a descent of approximately 1970 feet into the crater in the game-drive vehicles, for a full day of game viewing and a picnic lunch. A photogenic paradise, an abundance of resident wildlife freely roams the plains of the crater floor while hundreds of bird species refresh in the small lakes. Unmatched for its natural variety and breathtaking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscape exists in an area of this size. The crater is also of great archaeological importance with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Serengeti National Park: After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park with a stop at Olduvai Gorge en-route. As one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, a resident guide will provide an interpretation of the gorge. Lunch will be provided after checking in to the lodge. This afternoon, participate in a game-viewing drive in the worldfamous Serengeti National Park. Covering 5700 square miles, it is Tanzania’s oldest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than 2,500 lions and over one million wildebeests. After the game-viewing drive, return to your Serengeti lodge for dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 Serengeti National Park: After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game-viewing drives on the Serengeti plains. “Serengeti” is derived from a word meaning “the place where the land runs on forever,” and the vast national park remains true to its name. Aside from being spoiled by the variety of wildlife and bird species of the Serengeti, its landscape is stunningly beautiful, especially in the early morning and late evening light. Elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino, zebra, giraffe and others may be spotted during your Serengeti adventure. Meals: B, L, D

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Elephants roam the expansive plains of Amboseli National Park See wildlife up close in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

DAY 10 Serengeti National Park – Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya: It’s time to leave Tanzania and return to Kenya via the Sirari/Isebania border where your driver/ guides will assist with the immigration procedures. During the drive to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a picnic lunch will take place. With rolling plains and grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see, the Masai Mara is home to the black-maned lion, Savannah (African) elephant, Cape buffalo, wildebeests, cheetah, hyena, rhino, topi, Burchelle’s zebra and Masai giraffe. Arrive at the intimate Tipilikwani Camp in the evening, check in to your accommodations and enjoy dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 11 Masai Mara Game Reserve: If you choose, start the day with an optional sunrise hot-air balloon ride* (weather permitting). After breakfast, depart on a fullday adventure on the Masai Mara Game Reserve as you keep a lookout for the “Big Five” – lion, Savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and the black rhino. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Maasai manyatta (village) and experience the culture of this world-famous community where the Maasai still live as they have for centuries. Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 12 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru

National Park: After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the Mbweha Safari Camp. Afterwards, participate in an afternoon game-viewing drive. Lake Nakuru is home to prides of lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, wart hogs, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, black & white rhino, Burchell’s zebra, impalas and the elusive leopard. After the safari, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 13 Lake Nakuru National Park / Nairobi / USA: Your African Safari Adventure comes to an end as you depart for a visit to the Rift Valley before continuing on to Nairobi. Lunch is included before arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home. Depart the African continent with memories and photographs of the special moments, people, and unforgettable experiences.

Meals: B, L

Itinerary subject to change.

Arrival at your home city may be on Day 14 based on flight schedule.

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June 6 $6,789 + $1,099

August 8 $7,569 + $1,399

September 5 $7,569 + $1,399

October 10 $7,569 + $1,399

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Nairobi, Kenya.

Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 2 – Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Days 3 and 4 – Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Amboseli National Park

Day 5 – Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park

Days 6 and 7 – Ngorongoro Retreat, Ngorongoro

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Days 8 and 9 – Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti National Park

Days 10 and 11 – Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp, Masai Mara Game Reserve

Optional Excursions

Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara (Jun - Oct): $580 per person

*Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Safari over the Serengeti (May): $695 per person

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Highlights of Kenya

9 DAYS • 20 MEALS Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you visit Nairobi, meet elephants and giraffes up close, and enjoy safari adventures in Kenya! Experience lions, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and other animals you’ve only seen on TV or in zoos in their majestic natural habitats. Enjoy game-viewing safari drives, a relaxing boat ride, and a cultural experience with local villagers. From wildlife sightings to relaxing evenings in luxury tent camps, this adventure through Kenya will be an experience to remember.

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DAY 2 Nairobi, Kenya: JAMBO - KARIBU! (Welcome!)

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative who will provide a warm welcome and assist with your transfer to the hotel.

DAY 3 Nairobi: After a leisurely breakfast, your African adventure begins! During a heart-warming visit to the Elephant Orphanage, learn how it has played a significant role in Kenya’s conservation efforts. Meet some of the adorable baby elephants they have saved and are raising. Maybe on your next trip to Kenya you’ll run into them on your safaris, after they’ve been reintegrated into the wild! Say goodbye to the elephants and journey to the Karen Blixen Museum, originally home to Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. As you walk through the house, see authentic memorabilia, furnishings and costumes worn in the movie. After an included lunch on the museum grounds, get ready for more animal adventures as you visit the Giraffe Center. Get up close to the endangered Rothschild Giraffe at this natural sanctuary. Take the opportunity to feed them, and perhaps receive a kiss in return! Tonight is a special treat as you are warmly welcomed in the Manji family home. Experience local culture and the hospitality of this wonderful family, founders and operators of the Manji Foundation*, as they host dinner, share experiences of life in East Africa and get to know you. Meals: B, L, D

Tour Highlights

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• 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Experienced Safari Guide with you during the entire small group adventure

• Get up close to elephants and giraffes at Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

• Cross the equator

• Game-viewing drives in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve

• Scenic boat ride on Lake Naivasha

• Visit to a traditional Maasai village

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Conservancy: As you board the safari land cruiser and depart Nairobi, journey through the rich agricultural landscape, passing small farms, coffee and pineapple plantations en-route to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Located between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent, snow-capped Mount Kenya, the Conservancy offers excellent game-viewing. Following lunch at the tent camp and time to relax, the first game-viewing drive will take place. Keep an eye out as your safari guide searches for the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and the black rhino.

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Highlights of Kenya

You may even spot the endangered white rhino as two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino make this sanctuary their home. After the thrill of your first gameviewing drive, return to the camp for dinner and relaxation.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Enjoy a full day exploring exotic Sweetwaters Sanctuary. The camp overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers an astounding variety of animals. In addition to the big cats, there is an abundance of plains game, and you may see wild dogs and other endangered species including the Beisa oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest and Grevy’s zebra. Don’t miss the chimpanzees! This sanctuary was established to rehabilitate these animals rescued from the black market and is the only place in Kenya to see them. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Naivasha: An early morning game-viewing drive starts the day, followed by breakfast back at the camp before starting your next adventure. Depart the Conservancy and drive towards the Great Rift Valley where a brief stop is made at the equator-crossing point. Snap photos of the signage indicating the crossing and experience the effects of the

magnetic fields while being at the center of the Earth! Arrive in Lake Naivasha in time for lunch before this afternoon’s included boat ride. Cruise along the tranquil waters of this fresh-water lake in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Relish in the surrounding sights and sounds of the native wildlife. Beautiful birds along the banks, in the trees, and soaring above; lazy hippos yawning as they emerge from the water; African Fish Eagles swoop down to snatch a fish from the lake for dinner…it all awaits! Check in to the lodge and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara: After breakfast, it’s time to journey to the final destination, Kenya’s famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Venture through the Great Rift Valley to the northern-most extension of the Serengeti Plains, and one of the richest wildlife game reserves in the country. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at the camp before the afternoon game-viewing drive. With rolling plains and grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see, the Masai Mara is home to the black-maned lion, Savannah (African) elephant, Cape buffalo, wildebeests, hyena, black rhino, topi, Burchelle’s zebra, Masai giraffe and the elusive leopard. Meals: B, L, D

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Waterholes attract the “locals” on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Lazy hippos keep their eyes on you in Lake Naivasha

DAY 8 Masai Mara: If you choose, start the day with an optional sunrise hot-air balloon ride (weather permitting). After an early breakfast, depart on a full-day adventure on the Masai Mara Game Reserve as you continue to search for the “Big Five”, waterbucks, warthogs, Thompson & Grant’s gazelles, impalas, cheetah and more. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Maasai manyatta (village) and experience the culture of this world-famous community where the Maasai still live as they have for centuries. Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life. Return to the camp for your final dinner and overnight. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 Masai Mara – Nairobi: Your African adventure comes to an end as you say goodbye to the staff at the camp and travel back to Nairobi. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home. Depart the African continent with memories and photographs of your special moments and unforgettable experiences. Meals: B, L

Itinerary subject to change.

Arrival at your home city may be on Day 10 based on flight schedule.

May 15 $3,529 + $529

September 11, 18 $4,369 + $1,659

October 16, 30 $4,269 + $1,629

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Nairobi, Kenya.

Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

Days 4 and 5 – Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Day 6 – Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha

Days 7 and 8 – Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp, Masai Mara Game Reserve

Optional Excursion

Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Safari: $575 per person

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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*Manji Foundation: The Manji Family comes from a long tradition of serving the local community. Their Foundation was created with a goal of empowering children by extending support to the most remote areas, where the poorest families live. The Foundation builds permanent school facilities, dormitories, provides uniforms, school supplies, nutritious meals, safe drinking water and so much more. They also help the homeless by home-cooking 350 meals every week, which are personally delivered around the community by the family members every Sunday. Mayflower is proud to partner with this family that is selfless in providing monetary and emotional support to others. To aid their Foundation, Mayflower is donating $50 for every traveler who visits East Africa with us. Thank you!

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Gorilla Trek in Uganda

10 DAYS • 22 MEALS The adventure of a lifetime awaits on this remarkable journey to Uganda. Spend two nights in the capital city of Kampala and visit a local secondary school. Explore the Kibale Forest, known as ‘the Primate Capital of the World,’ and embark on a chimpanzee trek. Enjoy a game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park and witness an array of African wildlife. Finally, take the hike of a lifetime through Bwindi National Park for an unforgettable gorilla trek. Experience all of this and more on an exceptional adventure to Uganda.

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DAY 2 Arrival and Kampala: Karibu, and welcome to Uganda! Upon arrival in Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of Kampala.

DAY 3 Kampala & Local School Visit: Make connections across cultures with a visit to Awegys Secondary School, where you’ll see firsthand a day in the life of Ugandan youth. See the classrooms and dorm rooms, and meet the students who are very happy to welcome you. Your trip also helps support the school, which provides an education to at-risk youth in Uganda. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of Kampala. See the Royal Mile and Parliament building. On the panoramic portion, drive through the city center to catch a glimpse of local life, and pass the embassies in the government district. Stroll through the grounds of the Buganda Kingdom Palace where your guide details the tragic history of the country during the turbulent time of the 1970’s. Return to the hotel for an included dinner and evening at leisure. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4 Kampala to Kibale Forest: This morning, depart with your guide for the Kibale Forest region. The forest is home to at least thirteen primate species, including the red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey, earning its reputation as “the Primate Capital of the World”. Stop en-route for lunch before arrival at your accommodations. Meals: B, L, D

Tour Highlights

• 22 meals: 8 breakfast, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises and Tours

• 4x4 safari vehicles with pop-up roof, sliding windows and seat belts

• Professional English-Speaking Driver/Guide

• Kampala city tour

• Meet students at a local school in Kampala

• Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

• Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

• Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest

• Nature hike through the Bigodi Wetlands

• Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

• Visit a women’s cooperative to learn about traditional crafts and culture

DAY 5 Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest & Bigodi

Wetlands Hike: Kibale Forest National Park is widely considered to offer some of the best chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. Additional primates include redtailed, vervet, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, and olive baboons. Black beeeater and green pitta are among the bird species found in Kibale.

DAY 1 Depart USA: Depart the USA on your flight to the Republic of Uganda in Africa.
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Meet the students at a local school

Gorilla Trek in Uganda

This morning, set out on a chimpanzee trek of two – four hours in the depth of the rainforest, offering the chance to see chimps in their natural habitat. Watch these captivating animals as they swing from the fruiting trees. Bird lovers are also in for a treat, as the rainforest hosts an astonishing 335 species. After the trek, enjoy a lunch of local, freshly grown and cooked specialties at Tinka’s Homestead. Learn about local culture and the history of the homestead from a family member as you absorb the lush surroundings and relaxing atmosphere while you dine. After lunch, depart on a nature walk through the Bigodi Wetlands, home to over 200 bird and eight primate species. The Bigodi conservation project began as a local environmental effort run by the communities of Kibale. Beyond conserving the wetlands and its wildlife, the project has also supported the building of a local school, safe drinking water for residents, and local health care efforts. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park: Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before departing for Queen Elizabeth National Park. During the journey towards the park, the incredible

scenery of the “Mountains of the Moon” unfolds. Relax during lunch at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park. Elephants, buffalo, Uganda Kob, topi, lions, and waterbuck are among the 95 mammal species inhabiting the park, along with over 50 species of raptors. A stop is also made at Lake Katwe to see the traditional methods of mining salt from the lake’s waters. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park: Set out on an early morning game drive as the sun rises over the vast savannah, illuminating the surrounding “Mountains of the Moon”, shrouded in a mystical haze. Your guide searches for lions at hunt and hyenas before they retreat into the woods to seek shelter from the sun. This afternoon, a different adventure is in store as you set sail on the Kazinga Channel, exploring the waterway known for its various bird species and hippo population. Elephants are often seen drinking from the shores, water buffalo bask in the mud, warthogs run along the shore and plenty of birds inhabit the trees. Spend the evening relaxing at the lodge or enjoy an early-evening game drive through the park. Meals: B, L, D

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Set out on a chimpanzee trek in the Kibale Forest Elephants drinking from the shores of the Kazinga Channel

DAY 8 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Enjoy a final morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park before heading to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Home to approximately half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas, this ancient forest unfolds over the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, providing breathtaking views and extraordinary wildlife viewing. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities and surroundings of the lodge. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 Bwindi National Park Gorilla Trek: The hike of a lifetime begins as you discover the incredible biodiversity of the park on your gorilla trek! Primates, birds, butterflies and a variety of hardwood trees, ferns and plant life surround you as you trek through the park in search of these amazing animals. After an early breakfast, meet the park rangers who will serve as your guides for this fantastic experience. On average, gorilla trekking lasts three to eight hours total, but once you meet the gorillas, you will be able to spend an unforgettable hour with them in their native habitat during this awe-inspiring adventure. Depending on the length of your trek, enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest or upon returning to the lodge. After trekking, visit a local women’s cooperative to experience Ugandan culture. See how they make traditional handicrafts and learn how the arts, music and dance are practiced to preserve their heritage.

End the day with a farewell dinner at the lodge as you recount the amazing experiences and animal encounters of this journey in Uganda. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 Depart for USA: This morning, transfer to Kihihi Airstrip for the one-hour flight from Kihihi to Entebbe International Airport for your international flight connection. Flights from Entebbe should depart after 6:00pm. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change

Depending on the gateway and flight schedule, return to the USA may be on Day 11

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Latitude 0, Kampala

Days 4 and 5 – Turaco Treetops, Kibale Forest region

Days 6 and 7 – Kasenyi Safari Camp, Kasenyi Plains area

Days 8 and 9 – Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Forest area

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Best of Israel and Jordan

12 DAYS • 23 MEALS Walk in the footsteps of prophets. Discover the scenic beauty, fascinating culture and bountiful history of Israel. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and stand on Calvary Hill. View with awe the magnificent sights in the nation of Jordan. Walk through the “Rose Red” city of Petra and swim in the Dead Sea. It is impossible to describe the feeling you will experience when visiting the ancient, Biblical, historical and contemporary sites of Israel and Jordan.

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JORDAN

DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

DAY 2 Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel: After arrival in Tel Aviv, you are met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this vibrant city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Tel Aviv / Jaffa / Caesarea / Acre / Tiberius: After breakfast, embark on a full day of sightseeing. Begin in Tel Aviv, often called “The White City” for its UNESCOdesignated Bauhaus architecture. Boasting an amazing blend of ancient and contemporary sites, visit Rabin Square and see Independence Hall where David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence.

In Jaffa, see the Ottoman clock tower, Church of St. Peter, Simon the Tanner’s house – of historical importance from its references in the Book of Acts, and Andromeda Rock, known for its reference in Greek mythology. Continue to Caesarea, built by King Herod. See its ancient Roman theatre, still used today, and stand in awe of the ancient hippodrome, the Crusader moat and massive aqueduct. A visit to Haifa, perched atop the slopes of Mt. Carmel, is a highlight with its stunning scenery. The beautiful gardens, sitting on terraces sloping down towards the Mediterranean Sea, are the city’s crown jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Tiberias for overnight and an included dinner. Meals: B, D

Tour Highlights

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• 23 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 10 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included orientation tour of Jaffa and the White City of Tel Aviv

• Visit Caesarea with its ancient Roman Theatre as well as Nazareth and Tiberias

• Witness the beauty of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa

• Visit Banias Falls and Nimrod Fortress

• Visit the biblical sites of Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes

• Enjoy a unique lunch – St. Peter’s Fish at Kibbutz Ein Gev

• Visit the Ancient Boat Museum near Tiberias

• Full-day tour of Jerusalem includes the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Basilica of Agony, the Old City, Four Quarters, the Via Dolorosa, Calvary Hill, Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall

• Visit Madaba and Mount Nebo in Jordan

• Experience the “healing waters” of the Dead Sea

• Excursion of Petra includes the Siq, the Treasury, Roman Colonnade and Amphitheater

• Panoramic city tour of Amman including the Citadel, Roman Theater and residential areas

• Visit Jerash with its Roman ruins

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Best of Israel and Jordan

DAY 4 Mount of the Beatitudes and Tabgha: Depart by coach for the Mount of Beatitudes, the church with the octagonal dome where Jesus blessed his disciples some 2,000 years ago and gave his Sermon on the Mount. Enjoy a visit to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. Visit the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter (Mensa Christi) and Capernaum where the ruins of the village are explored. Continue to the beautiful Banias Falls and ascend the Golan Heights to visit Nimrod Fortress and the Mt. Bental overlook. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Sea of Galilee and Nazareth: Experience a sailing across the Sea of Galilee and visit the Ancient Boat Museum. Enjoy a traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch at Ein Gev and witness first-hand what daily life is really like on a kibbutz, Israel’s communal living system. During the excursion in Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church before arriving in Jerusalem this evening. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 Jerusalem: Today’s city tour includes many Biblical and historical sites important in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Drive up to the Mount of Olives for beautiful panoramic views of the Holy City. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. Enter through Damascus Gate and enjoy a walking tour of the Old City and the Four Quarters. Walk up the Via Dolorosa to Calvary Hill, regarded in Catholicism as the site where Christ was crucified and ascended into heaven. See the Church of

the Holy Sepulcher before walking through the narrow “souk” of Jerusalem to the Western Wall. Wander through the Cardo, the reconstructed shopping arcade of Roman times before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Jerusalem: Today is yours to explore Jerusalem on your own or join us for an optional excursion to Masada. Drive through the Jordan Valley and the Judean Wilderness. Visit the beautiful waterfalls of Ein Gedi, an oasis some 1,200-feet below sea level. Ascend by cable car to Masada and marvel at the ancient ruins of King Herod’s fortress. A visit to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, completes the tour. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Jerusalem: The day is left free of planned activities for you to continue your exploration of this amazing city. Or you may choose to join us on a morning optional excursion to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. In the afternoon, you may choose an optional excursion to the museum of Yad Vashem, a living museum memorial to the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Jerusalem – Amman, Jordan: After breakfast, travel by coach to Jordan, crossing at the King Hussein Bridge. The life-enriching experience in Jordan begins with a visit to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on the face of the Earth, at 1,368 feet below sea level. You’ll have time to experience the “healing waters” of this remarkable “natural health spa” and enjoy an included lunch.

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Mount of the Beatitudes Experience the natural “healing waters” of the Dead Sea

After lunch, continue to Madaba to view the 6th-century mosaic map on the floor in St. George’s Church. The day ends with a visit to Mt. Nebo, a holy site from where Moses was said to have seen the forbidden “Promised Land”. Enjoy beautiful views of the Holy Land from your vantage point at 2,330 ft. above sea level. Continue to the hotel in Amman for check in and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 Petra: This morning, depart by motorcoach for Petra, the “Rose Red” city. Upon arrival, your life-enriching experience begins. Your guide leads you on a walk through the Siq – a narrow gorge carved by the forces of water erosion, complete with fossils embedded in the rock. As you exit the Siq, the awe-inspiring view of the Treasury awaits. It is impossible to describe the feeling of standing at the foot of this amazing archaeological masterpiece, whose carvings have survived for centuries. Continue exploring the site as you see the Monastery, the Silk Tomb and the Roman Colonnade and Amphitheater which could seat 7,000 people. The sheer size of the monuments throughout the site is breathtaking! After this incredible day, return to the hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 11 Amman: On a morning tour of this capital city, discover fascinating contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. See the Citadel, the Roman Theater and a view of the residential areas. In Jerash, walk among the ruins of the former walled Roman settlement – said to be the best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Hadrian’s Arch, a monument from the 2nd century, greets you as you pass through it on the way to the site. Once inside, marvel at the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, see the Forum surrounded by 160 columns, visit the Hippodrome and stroll along the Cardo –a colonnaded street running the length of the city.

All of this was buried after an earthquake devastated the area in 749 A.D., and was only discovered 200 years ago! This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 12 Amman / USA: Today will be an early morning as you transfer to the Amman airport and return home filled with memories of life-enriching experiences in Israel and Jordan. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Tel Aviv, Israel and returning from Amman, Jordan.

Please add $55 per person for Israel departure tax. Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 2 – Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel

Days 3 and 4 – Hotel Nof Ginosar, Tiberius, Israel

Days 5 through 8 – Hotel Vert, Jerusalem, Israel

Days 9 through 11 – Hotel Ambassador, Amman, Jordan 12 3 45

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EASY ENERGETIC

Optional Excursions from Jerusalem: Masada: $210 per person

Bethlehem: $140 per person

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum: $140 per person

Note: there is a minimum # of participants needed for operation of each optional excursion.

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Desert Adventures

featuring Dubai and Abu Dhabi

9 DAYS • 14 MEALS Experience the luxurious United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi – a perfect combination of rich history mixed with modern wonders. Visit one of the largest mosques in the world in Abu Dhabi and ascend 1475-feet into the sky in Dubai. Explore local vegetable, spice and gold markets; BBQ at a Bedouin campsite and enjoy an exhilarating 4-wheel-drive jeep safari through the golden sand dunes. Your desert adventure awaits in these two wonderful cities.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates ENHANCED

DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

DAY 2 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Welcome to Dubai – a global city and business hub of the Middle East. After arrival, you will be met by your Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Dubai.

DAY 3 Dubai: Following breakfast, embark on a guided tour to explore the city’s heritage and history. Enjoy a photo stop at the world-famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, an architectural wonder built on an artificial island. Another photo stop is made at the Jumeirah Mosque – Dubai’s most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE open to non-Muslims. Visit one of the city’s most popular marketplaces – Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Its narrow passages are lined with small stores selling every type of herbs and spice under the sun. The Gold Souk offers a huge selection of jewelry made from gold, silver, diamonds and other precious metals and stones. A visit to the historic Bastakiya Quarter, with its narrow, winding lanes through the oldest residential district, showcases culturally important sights including Al Fahidi Fort – Dubai’s oldest building. It also houses the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), where lunch is included. Learn about Emirati traditions and culture as you dine on a homemade lunch in a traditional wind-tower house, and have the opportunity to interact with the local people. The day also includes a ride on a traditional Abra boat across the creek, as you experience the same type of transportation still used today. Meals: B, L

DAY 4 Dubai: Today is spent discovering modern Dubai. Drive along the largest man-made marina in the world to

Tour Highlights

• 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Services of a full-time tour manager

• Heritage Dubai city tour including a visit to The Bastakiya Quarter and sail aboard a traditional Abra boat

• Modern Dubai city tour including visits to The Frame and Palm Jumeirah

• Visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and ascend to the At The Top observation deck

• Sail along Dubai Creek on a dhow dinner cruise

• Experience a guided desert safari aboard 4-wheel-drive jeeps

• Enjoy a BBQ dinner at a Bedouin campsite with included entertainment

• Witness the art collection at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

• See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

• Visit Heritage Village for a look at life from the past

• Visit the oldest and newest presidential palaces in Abu Dhabi

view the luxury yachts and a backdrop of modern highrise towers with unique architecture. The Dubai Frame is an architectural landmark holding the record for the largest frame in the world, affording a bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s old and new skylines from a vantage point of 490-feet above ground. Visit Palm Jumeriah – another architectural feat and landmark of Dubai.

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Desert Adventures

On the world’s largest man-made island, drive along the trunk of the ‘palm’ and onto the final branch, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit the colorful Arabic Souk Madinat Jumierah. Explore the vibrant marketplace in the old Arabian style for boutique brands, souvenir gifts, luxury fashion and jewelry. Before concluding the tour, visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and one of the world’s largest shopping malls. After ascending 1475-feet in a high-speed elevator to reach At The Top observation deck, you will be greeted by breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree views of the city, desert and ocean below. This evening, board a traditionally decorated wooden dhow boat for an included dinner as it sails under the moonlight. The architecture of both Dubai’s past and present is brought to its full beauty against the evening sky as the ship moves silently along the creek. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 Dubai: After a morning at leisure, embark on a desert safari. Your safari guides will take you in 4-wheeldrive jeeps into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes. Witness a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert then continue to a Bedouin campsite for a delicious

BBQ dinner buffet. At the campsite you can enjoy camel riding, henna design and an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Dubai – Abu Dhabi: Following breakfast at the hotel, depart the glittering skyline of Dubai for the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi, featuring stunning architecture with modern-shaped domes. Paintings, sculptures, artwork, jewelry, intricately handcrafted artefacts, ancient pottery, sarcophagi…all of this and more is on display in the museum. Opened in 2017, the museum provides an insight into the culture of life from the pre-historic era through the present and is the first of its kind in the Arab world. Stroll through the museum’s various galleries, admiring the exhibits, and see how cultures are woven together through art, in shared stories of humanity. Continue to the hotel for check in and an evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 7 Abu Dhabi: After breakfast, embark on a full day of sightseeing in Abu Dhabi. Witness the majesty of the worldfamous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world and an example of architectural styles

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Visit the architectural feat of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai Experience a Dhow dinner cruise

from various Muslim civilizations. Featuring 82 domes, more than 1000 columns, 24-carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet, this mosque is a place of worship and cultural diversity. At Heritage Village, travel back in time to experience what life was like in the past as you visit this reconstruction of a traditional oasis village. See local items being hand-crafted from pottery to glassblowing and weaving. The traditional Souk resembles a bustling trading hub of days gone by and offers an opportunity to purchase locally made souvenirs. Enjoy a photo stop at Emirates Palace, the opulent, luxury hotel and experience the local flavor of the country with a stop at the Date market to savor the many varieties of dates from the region. Lunch is included at a local restaurant during the day, and dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 Abu Dhabi: Continue discovering Abu Dhabi with a morning excursion that visits the oldest and newest presidential palaces. Previously the home of the ruling family, Al Hosn Palace overlooks the coastal trade routes and houses a museum paying tribute to the city’s history. Continue to Qasr Al Watan (Palace of the Nations), a working presidential palace and a majestic cultural landmark. Get a glimpse into the traditions of the city and its ties with other countries. See the Great Hall, the Spirit of Collaboration Room, the Library and Houses of Knowledge as you visit the palace. Return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is free of planned activities allowing you to explore Abu Dhabi on your own to discover

its rich past and vibrant character. Your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions. Meal: B

DAY 9 Abu Dhabi / Dubai / USA: Following breakfast, transfer to the Dubai airport for your flight home. NOTE: the transfer to the airport will depart approximately 6 hours prior to flight time. Filled with life enriching experiences from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the memories will last forever. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change

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NOTE: entry requirements for U.S. citizens into the United Arab Emirates requires your passport MUST BE VALID for a minimum of SIX MONTHS after the return date of your program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 5 – Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Days 6 through 8 – Southern Sun, Abu Dhabi 12 3 45 TOUR

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ASIA & OCEANIA

Explore ancient cities, temples and sites, then take in the view of the modern world while visiting the intriguing countries of Asia. Delight in the amazing cuisine, centuries old architecture and culture. Or choose to journey ‘down under’ as we travel to Australia and New Zealand. Discover the underwater world of the Outer Barrier Reef, tour the famed Sydney Opera House, witness the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Milford Sound and so much more!

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Amazing Thailand

10 DAYS • 16 MEALS Discover Bangkok and its spectacular Buddhist temples, along with its most sacred site, the Grand Palace. Delight in its famous floating market, a true Thai experience. Ride in an iconic Tuk Tuk and learn to prepare traditional dishes. Add in tours of a tea plantation and orchid farm and you are truly immersed in the Thai culture, a wonderful blend of ancient and modern.

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DAY 2 Bangkok, Thailand: Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel situated along the Chao Phraya River – the legendary River of Kings. The remainder of the day is free before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 Bangkok: Immersion into this ancient culture begins with a city tour visiting three of the most unusual Buddhist temples: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha; Wat Po, with its colossal Reclining Buddha; and the Chedis of the Kings. At the Grand Palace, former residence of the Kings and Thailand’s most sacred site, admire the beautiful architecture and intricate detail. See several palaces, each significant in its own right: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Having explored this landmark of the Thai Kingdom, return to the hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 4 Bangkok: Today is about exploring local markets. Begin with an excursion to a floating market, a true Thai phenomenon. Colorfully clad merchants paddle boats along narrow canals, same as they did in the ancient times of the Siam Kingdom. See the traditional way of buying and selling fruits, vegetables and other goods and how the locals use the boats in everyday life. Amongst the hubbub of activity, visitors have the chance to bargain for handicraft items in the area. A visit to the rural Maeklong Railway Market is truly something to witness as trains roll right through the center of the market, with inches to spare! This evening, it’s time for an eating adventure on a food tour via the iconic 3-wheel

Tour Highlights

• 16 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included city tour of Bangkok with visits to Wat Po, Wat Trimitr and the Chedis of the Kings

• Services of a full-time, English-speaking tour director

• Experience a Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk in Bangkok

• Enjoy an included traditional Thai dinner with folk dances in Chiang Mai

• Learn local secrets during a Thai cooking class

• Visit a Lanna Wisdoms School to learn about cultural preservation

• Pick tea leaves and discover the tea-making process while visiting a local plantation

• Witness two famous temples in Chiang Mai: Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao

• Marvel at the spectacular sights of the “White Temple” and the “Blue Temple”

Tuk Tuk! Cruise through local streets to taste a variety of savory menus at some of the most beloved spots of the locals. This unique experience lets you discover a side of Bangkok unknown to visitors. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 Bangkok – Chiang Mai: After breakfast, depart for the airport and the flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and drive up the serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep.

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Perched atop a forested mountain with sweeping views of the city below, this most sacred of Chiang Mai’s temples houses a wealth of Buddha images, murals and art. On your return to the city, visit two important temples – Wat Chedi Luang, ‘the temple of the Great Stupa’, located in the ancient walled part of the city, and Wat Phan Tao, an ancient temple known for its exquisite Lanna-style ordination hall (Wihan). Entirely made of teakwood, it is one of the few remaining all wooden structures of its sort in Chiang Mai. A stop is made at the city’s biggest market, Talat Warorot, before arriving at the hotel for a bit of relaxation before tonight’s special event. This evening, enjoy a superb Northern Thai Dinner, complete with folk dances and presentations by hill tribes at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Chiang Mai: After breakfast, head to a cookery school. Accompanied by an English-speaking instructor, travel to a local market to purchase fresh ingredients for your class. Partake in a hands-on experience, cooking a Lanna Thai meal and enjoy the finished product for lunch. After lunch, journey to the Lanna Wisdom School, known for its aim of compiling information of local

knowledge and wisdom from village elders and traditional teachers. The teachings include the Lanna language, local musical instruments, basket weaving, traditional poem composition, dancing, lantern making, drawing, making children’s toys, sculpting and carving among others. Return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.

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DAY 7 Chiang Mai: Enjoy the beauty of the lush tea plantation and learn all about the tea growing process during the visit to the Araksa Tea Plantation. Meet local tea pickers and watch how the leaves are processed according to age-old traditions. At the roasting station, staff will demonstrate the art of making tea by hand from kneading to roasting tea leaves. When the roasting is done, enjoy a cup of tea with a delicious Thai snack. Cultural preservation, sustainable agriculture and healthy living are all demonstrated on this excursion.

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End the day with a stop at an Orchid Farm to see some exotic species before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L

DAY 8 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai: Depart Chiang Mai and journey to Chiang Rai via Mae Kachan Hot Spring and Wat Rongkun, also known as the “White Temple”. This temple differs from most in that its history does not go back many centuries. This extraordinary place of worship, the realization of a dream for Thailand’s noted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, was built only recently. Arriving in Chiang Rai, visit Wat Rong Suer Ten (Blue Temple), distinguished by its vivid color and intricate carvings. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local market before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L

DAY 9 Chiang Rai: After breakfast, explore the mountainous area of Mae Salong (Santikhiri), originally settled by the renegade KMT 93rd regiment that fled to Myanmar from China in 1949. Dine at a local restaurant for lunch. Explore the “Golden Triangle” (once a center for trading opium) taking its name as the location where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. Relax on a one-hour boat trip on the mighty Mekong River before continuing by minibus to Chiang Saen, a small crossroads town on the banks of the Mekong River.

A visit is made to the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Rai for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 Chiang Rai / USA: After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Rai airport where you’ll connect with your flight to your onward destination. Meal: B Itinerary is subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Bangkok, returning from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 4 – Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside or similar, Bangkok, Thailand

Days 5 through 7 – Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa or similar, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Days 8 and 9 – The Legend or similar, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Japan

Land of the Rising Sun

featuring Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka

11 DAYS • 13 MEALS Enjoy a cultural immersion into the land of Emperors, Buddhas, temples and shrines memorializing Shoguns through the centuries. Steeped in history, yet cosmopolitan, Tokyo and Kyoto offer a vibrant look into the country’s past. Experience transportation from ‘ancient’ to modern with a rickshaw ride and journeys on the famed bullet train. Witness the effects of history and restoration during a visit to Hiroshima and see Osaka’s famous landmark castle.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan, a place where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

DAY 2 Tokyo, Japan: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure until the included dinner this evening. Meal: D

DAY 3 Tokyo: Begin your immersion into the Asian culture with an included guided tour. Visit the city’s most famous shrine, Meiji Jingu, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The tranquil forest is entered via the massive torii gate and is an oasis amidst the sights and sounds of the surrounding city. En route to Asakusa, see the Tokyo Tower and pass through the entertainment district of Roppongi. Asakusa is Tokyo’s old town, the city’s oldest Geisha district, and home to Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, Senso-ji. Visit the temple and stroll through its surrounding streets to see the traditional shops. Return to the hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 4 Nikko: Today’s excursion includes scenic wonders with a visit to Lake Chuzenji in the mountains above the town of Nikko, and the Kegon Waterfall. The elevator takes you to the observation platform at the base of the 328-foot-high waterfall from where you’ll have an amazing view. After free time for lunch on your own, continue to the Tosho-gu shrine complex.

Tour Highlights

• 13 Meals: 9 breakfasts and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Local Tour Manager throughout your journey in Japan

• Experience three journeys on the famed bullet train

• Visit the must see temples, shrines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of these historic cities

• View the scenic wonders of Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall

• Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Kyoto through the Arashiyama district

• Participate in a tea-making ceremony with a local tea master

• Create your own calligraphy masterpiece during an included class

• See the shrine of Fushimi Inari, featured in Memoirs of a Geisha

• Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum

• Cruise along the World Heritage Sea Route

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Built as a mausoleum for the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, this lavish complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings, the architecture, elaborate decorations and surrounding nature make this a remarkable site. Following a full day of history and beauty, return to the hotel in Tokyo. Meal: B

DAY 5 Tokyo – Kyoto: Today’s adventure begins with a journey on the famed bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, your guide leads you on a walking tour through the Higashiyama district. Admire the picture-perfect streets, whose gently sloped stone stairways are lined with tea houses and artisan shops. Visit the Buddhist Temple of Kiyomizu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto, where you’ll be in awe of this architectural masterpiece. The 42-foot-high balcony offers an impressive view of Kyoto. After checking into the hotel, the afternoon is at leisure before the included dinner.

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DAY 6 Nara / Kyoto: As former capital of Japan, Nara is home to many ancient temples and shrines. After arriving by coach, stroll through Nara Park where you’ll encounter free-roaming deer who may pose for a photo. At the

Todai-ji Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the most famous resident - the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, housed in the Great Buddha Hall. While in the park, visit the Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha, adorned with more than 3,000 lanterns, and discover its beauty and serenity. This afternoon, become acquainted with the local art of calligraphy as you attend a class and create your own masterpiece. Meal: B

DAY 7 Kyoto: Start the day with a visit to Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, today it is one of Kyoto’s most famous Buddhist temples. Excitement awaits as you experience Kyoto like a local…on a rickshaw ride! Starting at the landmark Togetsukyo Bridge, your driver pulls the rickshaw through the Arashiyama district. Weave in and out of local neighborhoods, getting an up close look at traditional Japanese houses. Pass by Nonomiya Shrine, the setting of The Tale of Genji, a book referred to as the world’s first novel. This afternoon, visit Kodai-ji, one of the city’s most famous Zen Buddhist temples. Mayflower Cruises & Tours has received special permission to enter this 400-year-old temple to attend a tea ceremony. Stroll around the beautiful Zen garden, then meet the tea master who explains about Japanese tea and the relationship

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between the ceremony and Zen Buddhism. Partake in the ceremony as you join the teacher in making tea. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 8 Kyoto – Hiroshima: Before departing Kyoto, visit one of the most unusual Shinto shrines in Japan – Fushimi Inari. Composed of thousands of vermilion torii gates following trails inside the forests of Mt. Inari, the shrine was also featured in Memoirs of a Geisha. Feel the mystical atmosphere created by the colors of the torii and surrounding nature. This afternoon, travel by bullet train to Hiroshima for an included dinner and two-night stay.

Meals: B, D

DAY 9 Hiroshima / Miyajima: Witness history with a visit to Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The A-Bomb Dome is one of the few buildings to remain standing after the nuclear attack and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, commemorating the tragic day and remaining a link to the city’s past. This afternoon, board a ship which traverses the World Heritage Sea Route along the Honkawa and Motoyasu Rivers to Hiroshima Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the city before crossing to Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine best known for its “floating” torii gate. See Daisho-in, the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, and be sure to follow tradition and spin the sutras leading up to the main hall. Return to Hiroshima by ferry for an evening at leisure.

Meal: B

DAY 10 Hiroshima – Osaka: Your final adventure on a bullet train takes you to Osaka, where you’ll enjoy a city tour upon arrival. At the Umeda Sky Building, ascend to the 558-foot high observation deck via glass-enclosed

escalator for a stunning panoramic view of the city below. Visit Dontonbori, the famous shopping area, and enjoy time for shopping and lunch on your own. Continue on to Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, whose tower miraculously survived the war, before arriving at your hotel. A farewell dinner is included this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Osaka / USA: It’s time to say “Sayonara” as you depart for the airport with a newfound understanding of the people, history and traditions of Japan. Meal: B

Arrival at your home city may be on Day 12 depending on flight schedule.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 4 – Grand Nikko Daiba or similar, Tokyo

Days 5 through 7 – Hotel Granvia or similar, Kyoto

Days 8 and 9 – Hotel Granvia or similar, Hiroshima

Day 10 – Hilton Osaka or similar, Osaka

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*Special Cherry Blossom in Japan Departure Wisdom; the cycle of life; beauty...the Cherry Blossom symbolizes all this and more. Witness the added beauty of Japan in Springtime as the cherry trees bloom and fill the air with magical sights and scents.

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Flavors of India

12 DAYS • 22 MEALS Come, seek and discover the magic of India on a tour that takes you to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Bishangarh. Experience the history in Delhi, visit the Taj Mahal and the “Pink City” of Jaipur, search for tigers on safaris in Ranthambore National Park, and overnight in an authentic Indian fort in Bishangarh. The adventures, people and architectural wonders encountered on this trip will truly provide the “Flavors of India.”

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DAY 2 New Delhi, India: Upon arrival in New Delhi, late evening, a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours will meet you and assist with the transfer to your hotel. Please note, some flights may not arrive until early morning on Day 3.

DAY 3 Old Delhi: Begin the day with a tour of Old Delhi, a labyrinth of narrow lanes overflowing with major attractions and World Heritage Sites. Visit the Red Fort, the largest monument of the city and the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. The memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat, sits serenely on the banks of the Yamuna River. Jama Masjid, another architectural treasure and the largest mosque in India, is also visited. Experience life like a local on a rickshaw cycle ride around Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful street market of the old city. An afternoon visit to Bangla Sahib showcases the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. This evening, a welcome dinner is included. Meals: B, D

DAY 4 New Delhi: With its wide boulevards, impressive government buildings, green parks and gardens, the city is in complete contrast to Old Delhi. Your excursion travels along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan - official residence of India’s President. See India’s counterpart to France’s Arc de Triomphe as a photo stop is made at India Gate – a commemoration to fallen soldiers. Visit two monuments from India’s past – the magnificent garden tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and Qutub Minar, the second tallest tower in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B, D

Tour Highlights

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• 22 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Included city tour of Old Delhi and visit to the Red Fort, with a local guide

• Enjoy a rickshaw cycle ride through Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

• Visit the sites of Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar

• Enjoy sunset and sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal

• Visit Agra’s Red Fort

• Visit Fatehpur Sikri – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Included scenic rail experience to Sawai Madhopur

• Enjoy two safari adventures in Ranthambore National Park with a chance to see the famed Bengal Tiger and other wildlife

• Included city tour in Jaipur to visit the City Palace, ‘Jantar Mantar’, and Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds

• Experience local culture as you dine with an Indian family during an included dinner

• Visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort with a local guide

• Live like royalty with luxurious accommodations during an overnight stay at an historic Indian fort

DAY 5 Delhi – Agra: After breakfast, journey to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, it’s considered one of the Wonders of the World and its beauty has never been surpassed. This afternoon, enjoy a life enriching experience with a sunset visit to Mehtab Bagh, a recently excavated Mughal garden, with a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal from across the River Yamuna.

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What a perfect end to the day as you see this magnificent monument, as the sun sets, gradually turning the white marble to a soft rosy pink. Meals: B, D

DAY 6 Agra: Sunsets aren’t the only way to experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal. The day begins with yet another awe-inspiring experience with a return to the Taj Mahal for a sunrise and inside visit. The rays of the sun cast a golden sheen upon this architectural masterpiece and provide yet another unbelievably amazing sight. While visiting the Red Fort of Agra, discover the inner paradise hidden by its forbidding exteriors. Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in this fortress and walled city, yet he could still see his exquisite Taj Mahal every day. The final afternoon in Agra is at leisure. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Fatehpur Sikri – Bharatpur – Ranthambore: Departing Agra, journey by coach to Bharatpur. En route, visit a real-life ghost town: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory), built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built, its ‘ruins’ are still in pristine condition. After an included lunch in Bharatpur, board the train and enjoy a scenic rail journey to Sawai Madhopur. Gateway to Ranthambore, and one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India, it’s a blend of history and nature, supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 Ranthambore National Park: Explore Ranthambore on morning and afternoon safari adventures. As you drive through the sanctuary, observe majestic predators in their natural habitat and set your sights on tigers, leopards, deer and other animals your naturalist guide helps you spot in the forest. Keep your camera ready to snap those once-in-alifetime photos! Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 Ranthambore – Jaipur: Travel to the walled city of Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” due to the color of its buildings. Visit the City Palace and see some of the most imposing architecture of the city. Inside the palace is a resplendent collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of weapons, and miniature paintings portraying historic events. At the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726 AD, see curiously shaped and oversized instruments that are still astonishingly accurate today. Tonight you are immersed in culture as you dine with a local family. From the traditional greeting upon arrival to conversation and dinner with the family, it’s truly a life enriching experience. Meals: B, D

DAY 10 Jaipur: Located on a hill high above the city, in a rugged and picturesque setting, the towers and domes of the Amber Fort are reminiscent of scenes from a fairytale. Discover the opulent palace complex as your guide takes you through the halls, gardens, pavilions and temples of this fascinating site made of red sandstone and marble.

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On the return, stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – the most well-known landmark and icon of Jaipur. This five-story architectural wonder, has a spectacular pyramidal façade. Its 953 delicately honeycombed pink sandstone windows allowed the women of the palace to observe daily life without being seen. The remainder of the day is free of planned activities. Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Jaipur – Bishangarh: Following a relaxing morning in Jaipur, journey to the village of Bishangarh where the final night is spent in an authentic Indian fort. Perched high atop a hill, the views are outstanding, and the hotel is located in a gorgeous setting, in a small village filled with friendly locals. Enjoy the serenity of the fort before the included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 12 Bishangarh / Delhi / USA: Experience the local life, culture and craft traditions of Bishangarh on a guided tour. Stroll through the streets of the village as they bustle with the morning routines and activities of the local villagers. Stop and say hello, or visit some of the artisans as they proudly display their handcrafted jewelry, woven carpets or pottery. Later this morning, journey back to Delhi, with a late afternoon arrival. Enjoy an included dinner before transferring to the airport for the flight home. Due to the day’s logistics, flights should depart Delhi after 10:00pm. Meals: B, D

Itinerary is subject to change.

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Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 4 – Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi, India

Days 5 and 6 – Taj View, Agra, India

Days 7 and 8 – Anuraga Palace, Ranthambore, India

Days 9 and 10 – Trident, Jaipur, India

Day 11 – Alila Fort Bishangarh, Bishangarh, India

*Special Holi Departure: Holi festival celebrates the arrival of spring and passing of winter and welcomes the new energy of the season with a joyful atmosphere and social merriment. Join in the ‘festival of color’ as you celebrate Holi with a local family, throwing colored powders, enjoying Bollywood dance music and special home-made snacks and sweets, followed by lunch with the family members.

**Special Diwali Departure: One of the most important and glamorous holidays in India, Diwali is the festival of lights. Spend time with a local family in Jaipur as they welcome you with a special prayer ceremony, followed by lighting of oil lamps, rangoli / floral decorations. Traditional sweets and snacks will also be shared by the family. Witness the beauty of this holiday during your stay in Jaipur.

DAY 12 (end of main program) Bishangarh / Delhi: After the included dinner, overnight near the airport.

DAY 13 Delhi / Kathmandu: After the flight to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel in the vibrant Patan district. Your guide will advise on everything from how to bargain to choosing a restaurant to learning a bit of the local language. Meals: B, D

DAY 14 Kathmandu: Early AM Optional Excursion - Everest Experience. Enjoy a flight-seeing tour providing a close-encounter with this majestic mountain. After breakfast, a guided tour showcases the main sights: Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey

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Temple), one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal; Durbar Square, a profusion of temples in various architectural styles; and the Royal Palace - all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The square also houses a variety of Nepalese and Tibetan handicrafts and the Temple of the Living goddess. A short rickshaw ride to the Bohemian district of Thamel follows. An afternoon visit to Patan highlights the work of the areas finest craftsmen who preserved ancient techniques. Filled with old charm, narrow streets, wellpreserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and monuments it’s a treasure of the Kathmandu Valley. Meals: B, D

DAY 15 Kathmandu: See three more UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath Temple, a 2-tiered pagoda, houses the sacred linga of Lord Shiva. Boudhanath Stupa is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Journey to Bhaktapur, considered a ‘living museum’, where the way of life dates back to medieval times and monumental masterpieces are innumerable. Meals: B, D

DAY 15 Kathmandu / Delhi / USA: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi, connecting to your onward destination. Meal: B

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 12 – Radisson Dwarka, Delhi, India

Days 13 through 15 – Vivanta by Taj, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Wonders of Australia and New Zealand

16 DAYS • 20 MEALS Visit the other side of the world with our holiday to the “must see” cities in Australia and New Zealand. Experience the Outer Barrier Reef, take a stroll through Australia’s modern cities, see famous Bondi Beach and tour Sydney’s unmistakable Opera House. Revel in the unspoiled natural beauty of New Zealand and cruise through gorgeous Milford Sound. Waterfalls, fjords, cosmopolitan cities…you’ll experience it all on this unforgettable adventure.

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DAYS 1 & 2 Journey to Australia: Depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Cairns, Australia, crossing the International Date Line en route.

DAY 3 Cairns, Australia: Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel, with a panoramic tour en route. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 4 Cairns: Immersion into the “Aussie” culture begins as you board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and travel across the rainforest canopy. Stop for a stroll along a boardwalk through the rainforest. At the end of the Skyrail journey in Kuranda, visit the Rainforestation Nature Park. Witness a performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers, see demonstrations on spear throwing, learn about aboriginal culture and try your hand at boomerang throwing. Upon returning to the hotel, the afternoon and evening are free of planned activities. Meal: B

DAY 5 Cairns: Discover the amazing underwater world of marine life on a full-day excursion to the Outer Barrier Reef. See colorful fish and coral through the glass bottom boat, watch a fish-feeding demonstration, snorkel, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy a presentation about the Outer Barrier Reef by the onboard Marine Biologist. Meals: B, L

DAY 6 Cairns – Sydney: After a morning flight to Sydney, depart on a tour of this remarkable city built around one of the most spectacular harbors in the world. See the famous Bondi Beach with the sparkling ocean, white sand and casual cafés in the surrounding area. Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a well-known landmark, in the perfect location to photograph the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. After the excursion, check in to the hotel and continue exploring the city on your own. Meal: B

Tour Highlights

• 20 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Enjoy an aerial view of the rainforest canopy

• Experience cultural and craft demonstrations and hands-on activities at the Rainforestation Nature Park

• Cruise and snorkel on Australia’s Outer Barrier Reef

• Tour Sydney’s famed Opera House

• Experience the beauty and majesty of the Blue Mountains

• Ride on the world’s steepest incline railway

• Encounter native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

• Relax on a dinner cruise in Sydney Harbor

• Ascend the Eureka Tower for fantastic views of Melbourne

• Witness the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Milford Sound

• Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown

DAY 7 Sydney: The day begins with a guided visit of the world-famous Opera House, Sydney’s most recognizable landmark. Learn about the inspiration behind the masterful architecture and see private areas inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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After the visit, remain in the harbor area on your own to enjoy the lively atmosphere, or return to the hotel by coach. This evening, relax on the included sunset dinner cruise of the magnificent harbor. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Blue Mountains / Featherdale Wildlife Park: Today’s excursion discovers the scenic beauty of the World Heritage - Listed Blue Mountains National Park. At Featherdale, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, talk with the naturalist guides throughout the park, and see the native koalas. It’s the perfect place for up-close encounters with the abundant native wildlife. Transit the scenic Cliff Drive of the Blue Mountains to Echo Point and see the Three Sisters rock formation - one of the area’s best-known sites and a great photo opportunity! Nearby, board the Scenic Railway for a ride on the world’s steepest incline railway. Return to Sydney after an exhilarating day in the bush and mountains. Meal: B

DAY 9 Sydney – Melbourne: Depart Sydney and fly to Melbourne, a cosmopolitan yet historic city. En route to the hotel, begin your orientation of Melbourne with a panoramic tour. This afternoon is free for your independent exploration or join the optional excursion to Philip Island to see the “penguin parade.” Meal: B

DAY 10 Melbourne: The morning and early afternoon are left free of planned activities for you to do as you please. Visit a museum or the beautiful parks and gardens; wander through the historic Queen Victoria Market – the largest

open-air market in the southern hemisphere – with plenty of opportunity for souvenir shopping! Stop by Federation Square, a lively cultural district with art, museums and restaurants or take a cruise along the scenic Yarra River, through the heart of the city. This evening, enjoy amazing views of the city as you ascend to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower to visit their observation deck, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D

DAY 11 Melbourne – Queenstown, New Zealand: This morning it’s time to leave Australia and head to New Zealand. After your flight to Queenstown, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 12 Queenstown: Today’s adventure is a narrated cruise through the beautiful Milford Sound. As you traverse this awe-inspiring fjord, see the breathtaking drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest as you keep an eye out for local wildlife… seals basking in the sun on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Lunch is included during the excursion. Meals: B, L

DAY 13 Queenstown: What better way to see the snow-capped mountains, picturesque bays and scenic splendor than on an included cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Witness nature’s majesty while cruising along Lake Wakatipu on this coal-fired vintage steamship. Having crossed the lake, visit Walter Peak Farm where you

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explore the grounds, see the gardens, and watch a farm demonstration by your host. Enjoy lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L

DAY 14 Queenstown – Christchurch: Departing

Queenstown, journey by coach to Christchurch. En route, stop for views of Mt. Cook – the highest mountain in New Zealand. Continue to scenic Lake Tekapo with its amazing turquoise color and surrounding stunning landscapes. During your free time, stop by the Church of the Good Shepherd in its beautiful setting, see the town’s “sheepdog statue”, and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the cafés. Travel through the Canterbury Plains and upon arrival in Christchurch, check in to the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 15 Christchurch: The final day in New Zealand begins with a panoramic orientation tour. Once familiar with the surroundings, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this vibrant city. The day concludes as you join your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for your farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 16 Christchurch / USA: It’s time to bid “g’day” to the lands “down under” as you depart for the Christchurch Airport. Memories of the sites and experiences you encountered, along with the hospitable “Aussies” and “Kiwis” you met along the way, will be cherished for a lifetime. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change.

North Island Optional Extension

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February 14, 21, 28 $4,499 + $2,149

March 6, 20 $4,499 + $2,149

May 15 $4,499 + $2,149

August 28 $4,499 + $2,149

October 9 $4,499 + $2,149

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Cairns, Australia, returning from Christchurch, New Zealand

Additional cost for flights from Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Queenstown, to be booked by Mayflower. Visas required on this program.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 3 through 5 – DoubleTree, Cairns, Australia

Days 6 through 8 – Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Day 9 and 10 – Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne, Australia

Days 11 through 13 – Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown, New Zealand

Days 14 and 15 – Distinction Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand

Optional Excursion*

Philip Island: $150 per person

*Note: minimum number of participants needed to operate

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$1,899 Per Person Twin / Single Supplement add $799

included dinner via gondola to the restaurant perched atop Mount Ngongotaha. A unique venue, locally grown food, and spectacular views await! Meals: B, D

DAY 18: Depart Rotorua by coach to Auckland. En-route, visit Hobbiton for a real-life Middle Earth experience from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. See the famous movie set and where Frodo’s adventure began. Continue to Auckland with the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 16: Depart Christchurch airport for Rotorua. Upon arrival, discovery begins with a visit to Te Puia, center for Maori culture and geothermal wonders. Experience local culture with demonstrations by wood and stone carvers, weavers and dancers. See huts and meeting houses, important components of local architectural heritage. The largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere also resides in the park. After the visit, check in to the hotel.

DAY 17: Begin the day with a visit to the Agrodome to attend a “sheep show”, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration, and pet baby farm animals. This afternoon, visit the Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa to learn about New Zealand’s national icon and endangered species, the Kiwi. The guided visit explores egg incubation systems, hatching techniques and chick rearing. Travel to this evening’s

DAY 19: Begin the day with a city tour as your driver/guide shows you the highlights of this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a sail on a tallmast ship as you cruise around the harbor and view the city from a different perspective. Join your companions for a farewell dinner this evening. Meals: B, D

DAY 20: Depart the hotel for the transfer to the airport and your flight home. Meal: B

Order of itinerary is subject to change.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 16 and 17 – Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Days 18 and 19 – Grand Millennium, Auckland

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Geothermal wonders of Te Puia, Rotoura

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Wildlife, culture, engineering marvels and more await you in Central and South America. Travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world where you have the opportunity to see rare wildlife and plant species, revel in the history of Machu Picchu or see the mechanical operations of the Panama Canal. History, scenery and nature... they’re all here!

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Costa Rica

8 DAYS • 13 MEALS Rainforests, volcanoes, rivers, beaches, national parks, lush scenery, amazing wildlife and of course plenty of hospitality from the local “Ticos” all await on this fantastic journey. Visit coffee and cacao plantations and sample these local specialties; cruise down a river and be immersed in the sights and sounds of native monkeys, birds and other wildlife; walk over hanging bridges amidst tropical foliage; splash in a waterfall...experience it all as you discover the beauty, magic and “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica.

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DAY 1 USA / San José, Costa Rica: Depart the USA for San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Flights should arrive by 4:00pm. Relax before the included dinner as your busy schedule eases into Costa Rica’s mystical tropical lifestyle. Meal: D

DAY 2 San José – Arenal area: En route from San José to the Arenal area, visit the Doka Coffee Estate where members of the Vargas Ruiz family have been involved with coffee production for more than 70 years. Tour the plantation, learning how this famous product of Costa Rica is produced from the harvesting of the beans to the roasting and packaging processes. And of course there is a sampling of the final product! Continuing towards Arenal, with an included lunch along the way, a sweet treat awaits. Coffee beans aren’t the only ones Costa Rica is famous for. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate, considered a ‘gift of the Gods’, as cacao beans were used for ceremonial drinks and even currency. During this hands-on experience at a cacao plantation, learn the whole process of creating sumptuous chocolate from the fruit of the cacao tree. The day ends with arrival at the hotel, providing aweinspiring views of Arenal Volcano from every room. Meals: B, L

Tour Highlights

• 13 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Overnight in San José, Costa Rica

• Visit Doka Coffee Estate for a guided tour and tasting

• Learn how chocolate is made during a hands-on visit to a cacao plantation

• Spend three nights in the Arenal area overlooking Arenal Volcano

• Experience a gentle hike at the base of Arenal volcano

• Enjoy cultural immersion during a rural dining experience on a local farm

• Included excursion to Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge with a local guide and lunch

• Enjoy a demonstration of preparing ceviche and sample the home-made product

• Spend three nights in Manuel Antonio

• Visit Manuel Antonio National Park with our Costa Rican expert

• Take a dip in the refreshing waters at Nauyaca Waterfalls

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DAY 3 Arenal area: This morning, enjoy a gentle walk along the base of Arenal Volcano, a magnificent natural phenomenon, during a visit to Arenal National Park. Your Tour Manager takes you through the forest, over the lava flows, and to the destroyed area now in the process of regeneration. Return to the hotel for lunch on your own the remainder of the day at leisure. Later this afternoon, depart the hotel for a visit to a local farm for an educational and culinary experience. Stroll around the farm with a guide as you see a variety of flora and fauna and learn about the products being organically grown. Pick tubers and other vegetables, along with fruits, to be used in the evening meal. Learn about sugar cane, the milling process, and have a taste of its derivatives. Learn how to make tortillas and enjoy a typical local dinner on site. This experience will give you a true immersion into local life.

Meals: B, D

DAY 4 Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge: While in the Arenal area, enjoy a full day excursion to Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, a remote “everglades” type wetlands,

teeming with different species of flora, fauna and birdlife. Enjoy a boat ride on the Rio Frio, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a plethora of wildlife: snake-birds, heron, comorants, howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloth, basilik lizards (also known as Jesus Christ lizards), turtles and much more. This unique experience showcases the natural beauty of Costa Rica. A typical lunch is provided during the excursion. Meals: B, L

DAY 5 Arenal area – Manuel Antonio: After breakfast, travel to the Manuel Antonio area, famous for its national park. En route, another ‘local flavor’ awaits as you visit a “Cevichera” and witness a demonstration of how to make Costa Rican ceviche. Using the freshest fish from the area and ingredients from local farmers, this small entrepreneurship shows how collaborating with the locals supports economic community growth. A sampling follows, before venturing to a nearby town for lunch on your own. Upon arrival at the hotel in Manuel Antonio, the remainder of the day is at leisure until the included dinner.

Meals: B, D

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Arenal’s silhouette graces the landscape Basilisk lizard, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

DAY 6 Manuel Antonio National Park: Today’s included tour visits nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest of the parks in Costa Rica but one of the most popular. There is a magic to this park that is hard to explain. Perhaps it’s the park’s forest, mangroves, lagoons and beach vegetation that supports 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds (with migrants bringing the bird species to some 270) that make it so amazing. Among the inhabitants that can be easily seen are sloths, iguanas, agoutis, armadillos, raccoons, coatimundis and the adorable squirrel monkey. After the excursion, return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful grounds and amenities. Meal: B

DAY 7 Manuel Antonio: This morning, depart by coach to the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Upon arrival, board smaller vehicles for a ride through the beautiful landscape and wonders of the tropical rain forest to the lower falls. Take a dip in the refreshing water at the base of the falls, or simply relax as you take in the sights, sounds and aromas of this magical area. Return to the hotel in time for lunch and a final afternoon at leisure before the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 Manuel Antonio / San José / USA: After breakfast, your tropical get-away comes to an end as you return to the San José airport for your flight home. Flights should depart after 1:00pm. Fond memories of the beauty of Costa Rica and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to be treasured for a lifetime! Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and San José, Costa Rica.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 1 – DoubleTree Cariari, San José, Costa Rica

Days 2 through 4 – Arenal Manoa Hotel, Arenal area, Costa Rica

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Squirrel monkey at home in Manuel Antonio National Park Take a refreshing dip at the base of the Nauyaca Waterfalls
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February 16 $2,299
October 4 $2,099
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Essence of Panama

8 DAYS • 16 MEALS

The diversity of Panama unfolds as you discover the colonial architecture of Panama City and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Antiguo. Witness the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal while sailing to the Pacific Ocean on a partial transit. Immerse yourself in the local customs and craftsmanship from traditional dresses and sandals to the nation’s famous rum. Experience Panama’s beautiful beaches with a two-night stay at an all-inclusive resort. You’ll experience it all on this tour of Panama.

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DAY 1 USA / Panama City, Panama: Depart the USA on your flight to Panama City. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Flights should arrive by 4:00pm. The afternoon is at leisure to become acquainted with your new surroundings. This evening, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting at the hotel.

DAY 2 Panama City: Depart the hotel with your local guide for a panoramic and walking tour of this historic city. Enjoy a stroll through Casco Antiguo - the oldest section of Panama City and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notice the architecture – from crumbling façades of days gone by to beautifully restored buildings in the classic style. See the locals as they go about their everyday life from selling crafts on street corners, to shopkeepers running their businesses. This little area is filled with cultural diversity! Continuing on, visit the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center.

View a 3D IMAX movie on the history and construction of the canal and visit the mini-museum, depicting the struggles that were encountered.

From the balcony, you have a chance to see the operation of the lock, as you overlook this amazing architectural masterpiece. After the excursion, return to the hotel with free time until the included dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D

Tour Highlights

• 16 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners)

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Antiguo in Panama City

• Discover the operational marvel of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center

• Sail to the Pacific Ocean on a partial transit of the Panama Canal

• Learn how the beautiful Panamanian dresses (polleras) and traditional sandals (cutarras) are made during visits with professional designers in their workshops

• Visit the Ron Abuelo Rum factory and sample the local product

• Relax during the two-night stay at an all-inclusive beach resort

DAY 3 Panama Canal Cruise: Today may well be a highlight of your trip! Depart for the Gamboa area and embark a ship to begin the partial transit of the Panama Canal, narrated by a local expert. Cruise through the Gaillard Cut, cross under the Centennial Bridge and transit the Pedro Miguel Locks.

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Essence of Panama

Enjoy lunch onboard while experiencing the operation of the lock as you descend 30-feet in one step and reach Miraflores Lake. Enter the Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you are lowered 60-feet in a twostep process.

Sail on the Pacific Ocean, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and disembark at Amador Causeway in the Panama Bay. After an exciting day in the Panama Canal, return to the hotel by coach for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 4 Panama City – Azuero Peninsula: Leaving Panama City, journey by coach through Panama’s countryside. For the next two days, enjoy the authentic Panamanian countryside, rich in tradition, culture and folklore. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a late afternoon arrival at the hotel. Meals: B, L

DAY 5 Country visits: Today is an immersion into local life as you visit the province of Los Santos. Meet a professional designer of ‘cutarras’ – traditional sandals of Panama, mostly worn by men, handmade by local artisans. At another stop, see how they make the ‘Pollera’ – typical costume of Panama worn by women. A highlight of the day may be visiting a designer who takes four years to create the dress worn by the Queen during the fourday carnival celebration. Admire the artistry, skill and dedication demonstrated by these proud craftsmen.

During the included lunch, it’s ‘hands on’ as you assist the chef with the preparation, and dine on your creation! Return to the hotel for some free time before an included dinner and folklore show. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 Azuero Peninsula – Hacienda San Isidro – Playa Bonita: Today’s adventure begins with an excursion to the Hacienda San Isidro where Ron Abuelo Rum

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Miraflores Lock Visitor Center Shop for handmade handicrafts and clothing

and Seco Herrerano (considered the national drink) are made by the Varela Hermanos. Learn how a small sugar cane mill grew into one of the country’s leading liquor manufacturers. Almost 100 years later, the traditions continue as the world’s most awarded Panamanian rum and Seco Herrerano are produced. Of course the visit wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of the famous products!

Following lunch at the hacienda, continue by motorcoach to Playa Bonita where your final two nights are spent at an all-inclusive resort. Upon arrival at the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach or by the pool.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 Playa Bonita: Enjoy a full day at leisure, discovering all the amenities of the resort, or, join an optional excursion to the Embera Indigenous Village. Mix and mingle with these happy people, living in the rainforest, with no ‘modern conveniences’. See some of their cultural dances and explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 Panama City / USA: After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Panama as you return to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change and order of events may vary.

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Panama City, Panama.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 1 through 3 – InterContinental Miramar, Panama City Days 4 and 5 – Hotel Presidente, Las Tablas

Days 6 and 7 – Westin Playa Bonita, Playa Bonita

Optional Excursions*

Embera Indigenous Village: $175 per person

*Note: minimum number of guests required to operate

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL

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Sample the Ron Abuelo rum

Winter Getaway in Panama

DAY 1 USA / Panama City, Panama: Depart the USA on your flight to Panama City. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and become acquainted with your new surroundings.

DAY 2 Panama City: Depart the hotel with your local guide for a panoramic and walking tour of this historic city. Stroll through Casco Antiguo - the oldest section of Panama City and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notice the architecture – from crumbling façades of days gone by to beautifully restored buildings in the classic style. See the locals as they go about their everyday life from selling crafts on street corners, to shopkeepers running their businesses. Continue to the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center where an expert guide helps you experience the construction history of the canal. From the balcony, you have a chance to see the operation of the lock, as you overlook this amazing architectural masterpiece. Meal: B

DAY 3 Panama Canal Cruise: Today may well be a highlight of your trip! Depart for the Gamboa area and embark a ship to begin the partial transit of the Panama Canal, narrated by a local expert. Cruise through the Gaillard Cut, cross under the Centennial Bridge and transit the Pedro Miguel Locks. Enjoy lunch onboard while experiencing the operation of the lock as you descend 30-feet in one step and reach Miraflores Lake. Enter the Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you are lowered 60-feet in a two-step process. Sail on the Pacific Ocean, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and disembark at Amador Causeway in the Panama Bay. After an exciting day in the Panama Canal, return to the hotel by coach for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 4 Panama City – Playa Bonita: Depart the city and journey by coach to La Playa Bonita beach area. Enjoy the next three nights in the relaxed atmosphere of the resort. Meal: B

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DAY 5 Playa Bonita: Enjoy a full day at leisure, discovering all the amenities of the resort, or, join an optional excursion to the Embera Indigenous Village. Mix and mingle with these happy people, living in the rainforest, with no “modern conveniences”. See some of their cultural dances and explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls. Meal: B

DAY 6 Playa Bonita: A final day of rest and relaxation on the beach or poolside is in store for today. Meal: B

DAY 7 Panama City / USA: After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Panama as you return to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home. Meal: B Itinerary subject to change and order of events may vary.

Tour Highlights

• 7 Meals: 6 breakfasts and 1 lunch

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Antiguo in Panama City

• Discover the operational marvel of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center

• Sail to the Pacific Ocean on a partial transit of the Panama Canal

• Relax during a three-night stay at a beach resort

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Optional “All Inclusive” Upgrade

“All Inclusive” upgrade available at the Westin Playa Bonita for an additional $370 per person. The upgrade includes lunch and dinner daily (days 4 through 6), unlimited premium drinks and premium house wines (all served by the glass), taxes and tips. The upgrade is available on a per ‘room’ basis (both guests in the room must purchase it), and only to guests 18 years and older. Mini-bar items are not included in the “All Inclusive” option.

Optional Excursion*

Embera Indigeneous Village: $175 per person

*Note: minimum number of guests required to operate

January 18, 25 $1,299 + $749

February 15, 22, 29 $1,299 + $749

March 7, 14 $1,299 + $749

Call for air rates and schedules between your city and Panama City, Panama.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 1 through 3 – InterContinental Miramar, Panama City

Days 4 through 6 – Westin Playa Bonita, Playa Bonita

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Relax at the Playa Bonita beach resort Enjoy a partial transit of the Panama Canal

Mystical Peru

featuring Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca

9 DAYS • 16 MEALS Discover the wonders of Machu Picchu along with the history and beauty of Peru and its people. From the bustling cities of Lima and Cusco to small villages and island communities. Learn about traditional techniques and ways of life still in use today. Visit local artisan markets with colorful handicrafts. Stroll through amazing historic sites and charming cobblestone-street villages. Travel by rail from the Andean highlands to the entrance of the jungles. Explore the many wonders of the Inca Empire while the magic of mystical Peru is revealed during this unforgettable adventure.

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DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on a flight to Lima, Peru. With a late evening arrival, the Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative will meet you at the airport and walk you across the street to the hotel.

DAY 2 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley: Following breakfast, the Mayflower representative will meet you at the hotel and accompany you to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, travel to a local school for a Spanish lesson before immersing into local culture. At the Awanacancha textile center, see the four types of South American camelids, learn about different types of wool, how it is dyed and used to create beautiful woven items. The center is made up of people from a variety of communities, each focused on keeping their traditions of the Inca’s textile art alive. Continuing through the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba, visit Pisac Market and enjoy the colorful ambiance as the artisans proudly display their handicrafts. Stroll through the marketplace and pick up some handmade souvenirs! Arrive at the hotel this evening and enjoy the included dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 3 Sacred Valley: Cultural immersion continues with a visit to the rural community of Misminay to sample daily life. A traditional welcome with music and dance is provided by your hosts, dressed in local attire. Interact with the villagers, visit their homes, experience the traditional “blessing of the earth”, see how ancient techniques and tools are still used in agriculture and cooking. Help prepare a typical Andean sauce, using traditional methods, and enjoy this, along with other local specialties, for lunch.

Tour Highlights

• 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Attend a Spanish lesson at a local school

• Explore the sites of the Incas in the Sacred Valley

• Visit Pisac Market, mingle with the artisans and shop for indigenous handicrafts

• Interact with the locals of rural communities and experience their daily lifestyle

• Travel from the highlands to the jungle aboard the Vistadome train

• Experience the wonders of Machu Picchu during an included excursion

• Enjoy the culture and sights of Cusco, including the ruins of Sacsayhuaman

• Discover the ‘funeral towers’ of the Sillustani Tombs

• Meet native inhabitants and visit unique island villages on Lake Titicaca

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Visit the rural community of Misminay and interact with the villagers

Mystical Peru

Continue to the village of Ollantaytambo – consistently inhabited since the 13th century, it once served as a country retreat for Inca royalty. While strolling through this ancient village of cobblestone streets and adobe buildings, your guide provides the history of the Inca’s planning with the grid-formation and irrigation channels. Remnants of these feats, along with the visible ruins of the massive fortress and stone terraces built into the hillside, provide a sense of time standing still. It remains evident the inhabitants still live by customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors. After a full day of touring, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu: This morning, board the Vistadome train and depart the Sacred Valley for Aguas Calientes, home of Machu Picchu. Changing landscape surrounds as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginning of the jungle before arriving in Aguas Calientes. For centuries, Machu Picchu has remained a mystery, holding onto its secrets. Journey to the “Lost City of the Incas” and uncover the mystery of this ancient citadel as Machu Picchu wraps its magical spell around you. Perched high on an isolated mountaintop, this

citadel in the clouds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an intricate complex of stone stairs, ruins and tunnels. Your guide will walk you through this amazing archaeological site and provide history and lore that is sure to leave you in awe. During the excursion, lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. After exploring Machu Picchu, return to town where a cooking demonstration awaits at the hotel before the included dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 Aguas Calientes – Cusco: Enjoy a morning at leisure before returning to Ollantaytambo by Vistadome train. Upon arrival, the coach will be waiting to take you to Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco sets the stage, taking you back in time to when the glorious Incas ruled. Meal: B

DAY 6 Cusco: The day begins with a guided tour as you follow the trail of the Incas. Admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture and take in the panorama of dramatic mountains and spectacular canyons. Cobbled streets and plazas feature both colonial and religious landmarks. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and

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The village of Ollantaytambo, once a country retreat for Inca Royalty Relax during a scenic journey aboard the Vistadome train

the Santo Domingo Church built on the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha and dedicated to the Sun God. The entire valley is filled with architectural wonders around every vista! Continue to Sacsayhuaman, a gigantic walled city and monumental former royal fortress. This former ceremonial compound is a magnificent example of Inca military power and boasts an amazing panoramic view of Cusco. After the excursion, the afternoon is at leisure before an included dinner with entertainment at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 Cusco – Puno: This morning, board the short flight to Puno, home of Lake Titicaca – the largest lake in South America. Your adventure begins with a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, surrounded by an amazing landscape. Afterwards, a guided excursion to the Sillustani Tombs enlightens you about the history of this pre-Incan burial ground. See the circular, stone “funeral towers” on the plateau, built by the Colla Tribe over 3,000 years ago, surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Umayo Lagoon. Continue to the hotel, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, for an evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 8 Lake Titicaca: Journey by motorboat to explore islands along beautiful Lake Titicaca and meet local inhabitants. See how daily life varies from the Quechuaspeaking natives of Taquile Island to the Uros people inhabiting the “floating islands” handmade by “Totora” – a living reed of the papyrus family. Discover their traditions and art forms, passed down through the generations, in everything from social systems to unique hand-weaving

techniques. While visiting the peninsula of Chucuito, savor a lunch of regional dishes in a rural community, with a magnificent view of the lake. Return to the hotel for a final evening at leisure. Meals: B, L

DAY 9 Puno – Lima – USA: It’s time to return to Lima for the final day of touring. After a morning flight and included lunch, a panoramic tour showcases the main sites of the historical center of this capital city. The tour concludes at the airport for your homebound flights. Meals: B, L Itinerary subject to change

2 FOR 1 AIRFARE from major U.S. cities. Call for details, air rates and schedules between your city and Lima, Peru. Please add $700 per person for intra-country air, to be booked by Mayflower. (Not included in the 2 for 1 special)

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 1 – Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima, Peru

Days 2 and 3 – Casa Andina Premium, Sacred Valley, Peru

Day 4 – Hotel Sumaq, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Days 5 and 6 – Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco, Peru

Days 7 and 8 – Ghl Titicaca Lake, Puno, Peru

Depending on flight schedule, arrival in your home city may be on Day 10.
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Explore the islands along beautiful Lake Titicaca and meet the local inhabitants
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Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Booking Conditions

How to Make a Reservation: Phone, fax or visit our website - or call your travel professional. Please provide the full first and last names of travelers as it appears on passport and include address, phone number, tour name and departure date. Space will be held until deposit is received which is due within five business days after making your reservation.

Travel Agents Contact Mayflower Cruises & Tours

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Suite 500 Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 435-8500 ext. 1 in Illinois (800) 323-7604 ext. 1 (630) 960-3575 fax www.mayflowercruisesandtours.com info@mayflowercruisesandtours.com

Reservation Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

Payments: All deposits and final payments can be made by check or credit card. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Prices Subject to Change: We reserve the right to vary itineraries and prices and substitute facilities, hotels or events of equal or better quality if necessary.

Guaranteed Share Program for Single Travelers: If you are traveling alone and would like a roommate for cost savings, let us know at the time of booking your reservation. Travelers must be non-smokers and cannot use a medical sleeping device to be eligible. Participants will be paired with another traveler of the same gender at the twin rate. If no roommate is available, you will get a single room at the twin rate. Guaranteed share reservations are available until the final payment period of a tour.

Roommate Cancellation: If you are booked as a “twin” and your roommate cancels their reservation, and you cannot find another roommate, you may either travel as a guaranteed share (see above) or travel as a single and pay the single supplement.

Health and Walking on Tour: Some sites visited have limited motorcoach access and may involve considerable walking, stairs or inclines. Travelers should be in reasonably good health. Some programs include destinations in higher elevations that may have varying effects on individual travelers. Tour Managers and Coach Drivers cannot lift or assist travelers into transportation vehicles. Mayflower Cruises & Tours requires that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the assistance.

Revision Fees: A fee of $25 per person per transaction will be charged for any changes, revisions or alterations made to your reservation after confirmation.

Luggage Handling: The tour cost includes porterage for one average size suitcase. A charge of $5.00 per hotel will be collected by the Tour Manager for each additional piece of luggage that you bring.

Travel Documents: Your travel documents will be in your possession approximately 14 days prior to departure. Documents include tour itinerary, departure and arrival information and times, hotel information, clothing suggestions, baggage tags, plus any helpful hints.

Mayflower Loyalty Program, First Time Travelers and Referral

Rewards: Earn $100.00 travel credit for every World Holiday taken with Mayflower Cruises & Tours. No restrictions to the amount of credits an individual can acquire. Loyalty Credits can be applied to any reservation made within one year of the return of the tour they were earned on. Multiple credits can be used on a single tour. Credits are nontransferable but can be combined with Referral Rewards and Mayflower promotional savings.* First Time Travelers, earn $50.00 to be applied to their first reservation with Mayflower Cruises & Tours. FTTs cannot be combined with any Free Airfare promotional offer.

With Mayflower’s Referral Rewards program you can earn hundreds of travel dollars when you refer a friend to us. Here is how it works – refer a friend that is NEW to Mayflower Cruises & Tours and you will earn up to a $100 travel savings when your friend makes a reservation and pays the deposit on a tour that is five days or longer. The savings is per friend. So if you bring a couple that is new to Mayflower – you will earn up to $100 x 2 = $200 travel savings. You can apply this savings on upcoming tours* you have with Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Your Friend also gets a First-Time Traveler savings of up to $100. *Some restrictions apply, call for details.

Smoke Free Environment: Although smoking is not allowed on the motorcoach, frequent rest/smoking stops are made.

Travelers with Special Needs: You must advise Mayflower at the time your booking is made of any disability requiring special attention. Mayflower will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of our travelers. Be aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act is applicable only within the United States and that accommodations for disabled travelers outside the United States may be more limited. If a traveler requires assistance, we require that he/she be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the assistance. Neither Mayflower personnel, nor its suppliers, may lift or physically assist travelers. If a traveler thinks he/she might need assistance during a trip, he/ she should call Mayflower to determine what assistance might reasonably be provided. If special arrangements are provided, and these arrangements add to the Tour Operator’s cost, the Tour Member will be responsible to pay the additional costs. Mayflower cannot provide special individual assistance to travelers with special needs for walking, dining or other routine activities.

Membership: Mayflower reserves the right to withhold tour membership, or to require any traveler to leave a tour at any time, when such action is determined by Mayflower to be in the best interests of the traveler or the tour group. Children must be at least six years of age and accompanied at all times by a guardian.

Force Majeure: Except where otherwise expressly stated in these terms and conditions we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of Force Majeure . “Force Majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.

Responsibility: These tour programs are operated by Mayflower Cruises & Tours, Inc. 650 Warrenville Rd. Suite 500, Lisle, IL 60532. In common with other companies, Mayflower acts only as an agent for Tour Members in arranging room accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, admissions and restaurants. Mayflower reserves the right in its sole discretion to make changes in the itinerary and is not responsible for expenses, loss of time, money or other occurrence resulting from a change of tour scheduling made for Tour Members. Mayflower reserves the right to accept, decline or retain any person as a member of the tour, and is not responsible for any losses or damages of personal property, or for injuries, expenses or damages incurred by any Tour Member.

United States Tour Operators Association

$1 Million Travelers Assistance Program: Mayflower Cruises & Tours, Inc., shares the coverage available under the United States Tour Operators Association (“USTOA”) $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of Mayflower Cruises & Tours who, as an Active Member of the USTOA is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Mayflower Cruises & Tours travelers in the unlikely event of Mayflower Cruises & Tours bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Mayflower Cruises & Tours may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting www.ustoa.com.

Tour Activity Level: Travelers should be in reasonably good health. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

1. This program has a leisurely pace with minimal activity such as climbing stairs, boarding the motorcoach and walking within the hotels.

2. Average physical activity on this program requires the ability to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven surfaces.

3. A blend of longer and shorter touring days with walking tours. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces and involve more stairs.

4. Longer touring days with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces and involve stairs.

5. A more physical touring experience based on the destination. Involves longer walking tours, on uneven surfaces, may involve inclines, stair climbing, windy or wet conditions at sites and periods of standing. Expect some of the experiences to occur during the evening.

Payment Information

Listed below is a schedule of deposit and final payment due dates. You will note that the first category includes an optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) which is to be paid within five business days after making your reservation. Please see “Travelers Protection Plan (TPP)” section on the next page for further explanation of this benefit. DEPOSIT

With TPP Coverage $699 90 Days

TPP Coverage $250 90 Days Land Tour Only Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $599 90 Days

TPP Coverage $250 90 Days

DEPOSIT SCHEDULE: Wonders of Australia and New Zealand with Post-trip North Island Optional Extension

Tour with Air* Deposit Per Person Final Payment

TPP Coverage $749 90 Days

TPP Coverage $250 90 Days Land Tour Only Deposit Per Person Final Payment

TPP Coverage $649 90 Days

TPP Coverage $250 90 Days

DEPOSIT SCHEDULE: Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Land Tour with Air* Deposit Per Person Final Payment

TPP Coverage $2,099 180 Days

Traveler Protection Plan for this tour is managed and administered by Trip Mate. For full coverage and cancellation details, please go to www.tripmate.com/wpF431G

SCHEDULE: Land tour price up to $3,500 Land Tour with Air* Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $549 90 Days Without TPP Coverage $250 90 Days Land Tour Only Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $499 90 Days Without TPP Coverage $250 90 Days DEPOSIT SCHEDULE: Land tour price from $3,501 and up Land Tour with Air* Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $599 90 Days Without TPP Coverage $250 90 Days Land Tour Only Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $549 90 Days Without TPP Coverage $250 90 Days DEPOSIT SCHEDULE: Japan – Land of the Rising Sun; Wonders of Australia and New Zealand Land Tour with Air* Deposit Per Person Final Payment
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TPP Coverage $1,500 180 Days Land Tour Only Deposit Per Person Final Payment With TPP Coverage $1,999 180 Days Without TPP Coverage $1,500 180 Days
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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Payments for land and air arrangements (less the deposit amount) will be refunded when cancellations are received prior to the final payment due date noted above. Deposits are non-refundable unless the optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) is purchased at the time of booking. When the optional Traveler Protection Plan is purchased and it is necessary to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded all payments, including the deposit amount, less the TPP premium. Excludes Gorilla Trek in Uganda where any refund requests will be handled by Trip Mate. For full coverage and cancellation details, please go to www.tripmate.com/wpF431G

*Exception: If you purchase non-refundable airline tickets from Mayflower Cruises & Tours, the TPP does not provide a refund for the airline tickets in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. You will be charged the TPP premium for the land tour only. Any changes made to the reservation after final payment that alters the tour itinerary will result in cancellation charges as listed below. If you have purchased the Travelers Protection Plan, the premium will be applied to offset the cancellation charges.

Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:

• 91 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount is non-refundable

• 90 to 45 days prior to departure: 20% of total tour

• 44 to 15 days prior to departure: 30% of total tour

• 14 to 1 day prior to departure: 50% of total tour

• Day of departure or early departure from tour: 100% of total tour

• No refund on unused portions of the tour

For Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:

• 181 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount is non-refundable

• 180 days to day of departure- 100% of Tour cost

• No refund on unused portions of the tour

Exclusions for the Cancellation Fee Waiver

Mayflower Cruises & Tours reserves the right to alter its Refund and Cancellation Policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to: conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or man-made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower Cruises & Tours.

Tour Price Includes

All motorcoach transportation noted in the tour itinerary, round trip airport transfers on the tour departure and return dates (only) if air is purchased through Mayflower, services of the Tour Manager and driver, lodging, sightseeing, taxes, admissions, gratuities for waiters at included meals. Included meals are clearly noted in the touring description. Air transportation is available upon request, at additional cost for all tours.

What is Not Included on the Tour

The land price of your tour does not include airfare to the tour

departure point; any inter or intra-country air; airline luggage charges; items of a personal nature; meals not included on the itinerary; sightseeing attractions listed as “optional excursions” and gratuities to the full time Tour Manager, motorcoach driver, all airport skycaps, van or limo drivers, local guides. Transfers between airport and hotel are not included unless you purchase air from Mayflower and travel on tour dates. Baggage fees assessed by the airlines are not included in the air price if you purchased air from Mayflower Cruises & Tours.

Airline Security Measures

The Transportation Security Administration requires that travelers provide their name exactly to their airline as it appears on their passport to be used while traveling, along with their date of birth and gender when making reservations to fly from the U.S. When making your flight reservations through Mayflower Cruises & Tours, you will be asked for this information by our staff. Due to airline security measures, your passport must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

Passport & Visas

Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiration date of passport should be at least six months after the return date of the tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send instructions for visa applications if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. Visa fees and cost of obtaining a visa are not included in the tour price and is the responsibility of the traveler.

Medical Requirements

Many countries have immunization requirements. Some countries require foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Requirements vary by country and can change. Please check with your travel professional or call our office for details on which tours need these requirements. Specific instructions will be sent to you at 90 days prior to departure if your tour requires these conditions. Mayflower Cruises & Tours cannot be liable for delay or denial of entry due to missing documents.

Itinerary Changes

There may be times when we may have to alter the scheduled itinerary, cruise vessels, hotels, shore excursions etc. due to weather conditions or conditions on the river in regards to water levels, locks, or other delays. Any changes in the itinerary due to these conditions will not result in eligibility for a refund. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice and may need to be altered due to water level and other weather conditions.

Travelers Protection Plan

Our Travelers Protection Plan consists of a Cancellation Fee Waiver combined with Travel Insurance Benefits.

Part A - Cancellation Fee Waiver (CFW)

Should you have to cancel your tour or interrupt your tour en-route, we offer a non-refundable Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) in our deposit schedule. This non-refundable fee waives all cancellation

fees and penalties, provided we are notified of the cancellation one day before your tour departs. While on tour, if a passenger must leave early due to a personal illness, illness or death of a member of the immediate family, the purchase of the Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) guarantees full refund for any unused services (including purchased optional excursions) after the departure of the tour. Handling of return air transportation is included if your airline tickets were provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours.

*Exception: If you purchased non-refundable airline tickets from Mayflower Cruises & Tours, the TPP does not provide a refund for the airline tickets in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. You will only be charged the TPP premium for the land tour instead of the premium for land tour with air (certain exclusions apply and are detailed in the Description of Coverage Brochure).

Part B - Travel Insurance Benefits

In addition to the Part A - Cancellation Fee Waiver, this plan also provides the following travel insurance benefits. These Part B Benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc., are underwritten by the insurance carriers listed below and are subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy:

• $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment

• $500 Travel Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)

• $25,000 Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation

• 24 Hour Worldwide Assistance Service

• $2,000 Baggage / Travel Documents

• $500 Baggage Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)

Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Description of Coverage Brochure which will be enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you, upon request, at any time prior to your purchase of the plan. For example, coverage does not apply to: suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person or persons with whom you have coordinated Travel Arrangements and intend to travel with during the trip. Sickness or Injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while insurance is in force for you. This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in force for you.

Part B Travel Insurance is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, Eatontown, NJ.

For complete details on the protection plan refer to the Description of Coverage Brochure enclosed with your deposit receipt. They are also available to you online at www.tripmate.com/wpF431M.

Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

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