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– HOP-ON HOP-OFF THE FLEXIBLE TRAVEL NETWORK SAILING MUSIC TRAVEL TRIPS FESTIVALS ADVENTURES


WE EUROPE CONTENTS BUSABOUT HOP-ON HOP-OFF

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NEW FOR 2016 6 HOP-ON HOP-OFF EXPLAINED 8 TIMETABLE 14 OUR PASSES 16 COACHES, BEDS & EXCURSIONS 22

UP HELLY AA

JANUARY • LERWICK, SHETLAND, P83

SCOTLAND

CHRISTMAS AND HOGMANAY

BUSABOUT FESTIVALS

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, P100

NORTHERN IRELAND

MUSIC FESTIVALS 30 ST PATRICK’S DAY, TRANSYLVANIA & KINGS DAY 38 SAN FERMIN 40 LA TOMATINA & LA BATALLA DEL VINO 42 OKTOBERFEST 44

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MARCH • DUBLIN, IRELAND, P92

IRELAND

ENGLAND

KING’S DAY

APRIL • AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, P39

BUSABOUT ADVENTURES ITALY 48 SCANDI-BALTIC 49 IBIZA 50 SPAIN & PORTUGAL 51 MOROCCO 52 GREECE 54 CROATIA 58 EASTERN EUROPEAN TREKS 64 TURKEY 68

JUNE • HARO, SPAIN, P43

HAGGIS ADVENTURES (SCO) ABOUT US COMPASS BUSTER COAST TO COAST & HEBRIDEAN HOPPER HIGHLAND FLING & SKYE HIGH GET ACTIVE & UP HELLY AA

LA BATALLA DEL VINO SAN FERMIN

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JULY • PAMPLONA, SPAIN, P40

IBERIAN ADVENTURE

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P51

SHAMROCKER ADVENTURES (IRL) ABOUT US ALL IRELAND ROCKER CELTIC ROCKER GIANT’S ROCKER SOUTHERN & WESTERN ROCKER ST PATRICK’S DAY

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WINTER ADVENTURES THE EUROPEAN WINTER WINTER TRACKS FESTIVE TREKS CHRISTMAS & HOGMANAY ASIA ADVENTURES

IBIZA ISLAND HOPPER P50

LA TOMATINA

AUGUST • BUNOL, SPAIN, P42

MOROCCO ENCOMPASSED P52

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ESTONIA

SWEDEN LATVIA LITHUANIA SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE P49

BOOK & GO!

EASTERN EUROPE TREKS P64

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OKTOBERFEST

SEPTEMBER • MUNICH, GERMANY, P44

We have neve r cancelled a trip and don’t operate a min imum number s policy. When you bo ok any of our tr ip s you are absolutely gua ranteed to go .

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ROMANIA

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ITALIAN ADVENTURE

GREECE

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TURKEY GREEK ISLANDS P56

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The flexible Hop-on Hop-off travel network plus island hopping, Eastern European Treks and the top European festivals

Award-winning trips of Scotland, with the best local Guides

Let the Irish show you the real Ireland. Fan-feckin-tastic!


JOURNEY. WE THE JOURNEY. CREATE THE WE CREATE IT TAKES US TIME TO PLAN OUR TRIPS. DISCUSSIONS AND DECISIONS ABOUT WHICH PLACE IS MORE BEAUTIFUL AND WHAT PARTY IS MORE RAUCOUS. AND IT’S WORTH IT BECAUSE IT MEANS YOU GET TO SEE ALL THE SPECTACULAR SIGHTS AND MEET ALL THE AWESOME PEOPLE. BUT THERE’S ONE THING WE DON’T PLAN. AND THAT’S HOW AND WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO PIECE IT TOGETHER. WE DON’T PLAN THIS BECAUSE IT’S YOUR JOURNEY AND WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO THE UNIQUE THINGS YOU LOVE. WE GIVE YOU CHOICES, WE GIVE YOU FLEXIBILITY, WE GIVE YOU SERVICE.

THE GET OFF THE AND OFF GET ON AND WANT. YOU WANT. ADVENTURE ADVENTURE AS YOU


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VIENNA

Enrich your eyes by visiting the city that’s too splendorous. Then continue the visual indulgence and head into the Alps on our North Loop. (p18-19)

VENICE

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A watery labyrinth of marble churches and romantic vistas. Wonder how it was built and wander over to our South Loop. (p18-19)

BLED

Instagram the living daylights out of Lake Bled, then burst out into the wilderness for gorgeous rafting and kayaking adventures.

SPLIT

A gobsmacking travel hub for the hedonistic. Split is crammed with culture and links up with our Croatia sailing trips and music festivals. (p58-63)


NEW FOR 2016

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KRAKOW

Its sights are mythical and its nights are legendary. Krakow is the fairy tale town of Poland that packs a beery punch.

EUROPE'S TOP TOMORROWLAN D , BELGIUM MUSIC FESTIVAL S

Dance is a vertica l articulation of the horizonta l passion. It’s the language of the soul. But it’s even better at th e world’s larges t electronic music festival.

ULTRA, SPLIT

A day without da ncing is a day los t. So do a lifetime’s worth on our Ultra Festival Hop-on Hop-off add on.

BUDAPEST

The Ancient Romans came here to bathe and party in the hot springs. Follow in their footsteps and explore the beautiful city of Budapest.

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NA Barcelona’s unriv alled arts festiva l. A creative mashup in the day an da dance marathon through the nigh t.

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T Celebrate the ka leidoscope of mus ical genres in beautif ul Budapest. Rock out, chill-out, tra nce-out, freak-o ut and burn-out.

BBK, BILBAO

Big names desc end upon the big arts town of Bilbao. Ex pect alternative music, Basque cu lture and heaps of ‘free-spirited’ dancing.

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WHAT IS

GET THE: SUPPORT, SOCIAL ASPECT & CONVENIENCE OF A TRADITIONAL TOUR

GET THE: CHOICE, FREEDOM & FLEXIBILITY OF INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

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TAKES THE BEST BITS FROM A TRADITIONAL TOUR & INDEPENDENT TRAVEL


? THE BEST OF

BOTH WORLDS You can’t categorise Hop-on Hop-off. It’s not quite a traditional tour neither is it totally independent. It’s a mix of the two, a flexible travel network that gives you unlimited options to build your own adventure. You get the convenience of door to door service, the support of an expert Busabout Guide and driver, as well as the chance to meet like-minded travellers. You get the freedom to choose how long you travel for and how much you spend.

WITH A MIX OF INDEPENDENCE AND SUPPORT

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WHY IS AWESOME? It’s awesome because it provides you with the tools to build your own European adventure. Just imagine it. You hop on a coach from the doorstep of your hostel with a Guide and a bunch of fun travellers. On the journey the Guide tells you about the history and recommends all the best things to see and do. And when you arrive you do what you want. Stay there for weeks, stick with your new buddies, or head out on the Busabout coach to the next destination. What’s more, you can link up with our Adventures and Festivals and then reconnect with the Hop-on Hop-off network at a later date.

FLEXIBILITY & FREEDOM • SPEND AS LONG AS YOU LIKE IN EVERY DESTINATION • PRE PLAN COACH DAYS OR BOOK THEM AS YOU GO • CHANGE YOUR COACH DAYS AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE, FREE OF CHARGE • DISCOVER SOME OF EUROPE’S OFF THE BEATEN TRACK HIDDEN GEMS

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CONVENIENCE

• TRAVEL DOOR TO DOOR WITH OUR HOSTEL PICK-UPS AND DROP-OFFS • COACHES LEAVE EVERY DESTINATION, EVERY SECOND DAY BETWEEN MAY AND OCTOBER • OUR AIR-CONDITIONED COACHES HAVE ALL THE MOD CONS INCLUDING POWER POINTS TO CHARGE UP YOUR ELECTRONIC BITS AND BOBS

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SUPPORT

• OUR EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES AND DRIVERS ARE ON HAND TO SHARE THEIR TIPS AND ADVICE • BOOK COACH DAYS, ACCOMMODATION AND EXCURSIONS USING BUSABOUT’S ONLINE PLANNING TOOL – ‘MYTRIP’ • YOU’LL RECEIVE A FREE PASSENGER HANDBOOK PACKED FULL OF INFO ON WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT EACH DESTINATION

EXPERIENCED & KNOWLE DGEABLE

GUIDES

CHOICE

SOCIAL

• CHOOSE YOUR START AND FINISH POINT FROM ANYWHERE ON THE NETWORK • CHOOSE HOW AND WHERE TO SPEND YOUR MONEY • CHOOSE FROM OUR OPTIONAL DISCOUNTED DAY TRIPS, EXCURSIONS AND ACCOMMODATION • CHOOSE TO LINK-UP WITH OUR FESTIVALS, ADVENTURES AND SAILING TRIPS

• USE ‘MYTRIP’, BUSABOUT’S ONLINE PLANNING TOOL TO CONNECT WITH FELLOW TRAVELLERS EVEN BEFORE YOU START YOUR TRIP • MEET LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE AND SHARE YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES AND STORIES • GET CONNECTED. STAY CONNECTED.

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WHERE DOES GO? ALL THE MAJOR EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS…

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…PLUS …PLUSSOME SOMEOF OFOUR OURFAVOURITE FAVOURITE

Let’s go!

HIDDEN GEMS Ever found a place difficult to leave? Well that’s what these places are. Heart-achingly beautiful locations that look straight out of a Disney movie. You’ll hear our Guides rave about them, and hear them being called the ‘absolute highlight’ of a trip. So make sure you set aside some time for these little surprises when planning your travels!

ZADAR

AVIGNON

Zadar is the gateway to the infamous island of Pag; there’s cheese, lamb, secluded bays and Zrce beach, home to some of Croatia’s best dance festivals; Fresh Island, Hideout, and Croatia Rocks to name a few.

The town itself is stuffed full of UNESCO sites. The people are spoilt by wondrous food and a relaxed pace of life. The surrounding area is the scenic region of Provence. It’s France at its very best.

GRÜENAU

ORVIETO

This gem is a traditional little village surrounded by awesome Alpine scenery. Take a swim in the crystal clear lakes or just stare at the beautiful views.

Situated on top of an impressive volcanic rock with vertical cliff faces. However the real surprise is the labyrinth of caves and tunnels that lie beneath the surface.

LOOK OUT FOR THE LINK UP ICON

Max out your adventure and save. Break up your Hop-on Hop-off pass and experience our Adventures, Sailing trips, Treks or Festivals and re-join the network at any stop, any time. See p46-47. Look out for the ‘Link up & Save’ boxes for more details. Buy any Hop-on Hop-off pass together with any of our qualifying trips and you save 10% off the total price. Here are the savings you could make if you purchase one of our bestsellers with a Hop-on Hop-off pass:

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SAVE up to $365

Rome – link to 3 Day Italian Adventure (p48)

SAVE up to $292

Prague – link to 9 Day Classic Rhapsody Trek (p64)

SAVE up to $381

Split – link to 8 Day Croatia Sailing (p60–61) Croatia Music Festivals (p62–63) 7 Day Bohemian Trek (p65) 9 Day Ottoman Trek (p65)

SAVE up to $350 SAVE up to $365

Ancona – link to* Greek Island Flexi-Hopper (p56–57) 8 Day Croatia Sailing (p60–61) Valencia or Barcelona – link to* 8 Day Ibiza Island Hopper (p50) 4 Day Ibiza Blast (p50) * Connect by local ferry. See www.busabout.com for details.

SAVE up to $313

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Madrid – link to 7 Day Iberian Adventure (p51)


HOW DOES

HOP-ON HOP-OFF WORK?

It’s simple. From May to October we have a bunch of coaches travelling the loops in the direction of the arrows. They pass through each destination every second day and you can hop-off at any stop for as long as you like. You have to stay at least one night at the white stops because our Driver and Guide need to rest there. And you can skip the black dots altogether or stay there for a minimum of 2 nights. 1 Use the timetable and the calendar to work out when the coach departs.

3 The coach leaves orange departure cities on orange days.

2 T he coach leaves white departure cities on white calendar days.

4 White dots on the map and timetable  represent compulsory overnight stops. (This is as far as the coach will travel in one day.)

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5 The black dots are optional overnight stops. Hop-off here for a minimum of 2 nights or continue on to the next compulsory overnight stop.


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NORTH LOOP (1 MAY–27 OCTOBER) Paris Bruges 8:00 13:00 Bruges Amsterdam 13:00 18:00 Amsterdam Berlin 8:00 18:00 Berlin Dresden 8:00 11:30 Dresden Prague 11:30 16:00 Prague Cesky Krumlov 8:00 11:45 Cesky Krumlov Vienna 11:45 16:30 Vienna Gruenau 8:00 12:00 Gruenau Salzburg 12:00 14:15 Salzburg Munich 14:15 17:00 Munich Stuttgart 8:00 11:15 Stuttgart Paris 11:15 21:30

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We’ve created three pass options. Flexibility, choice and independence are standard, and you can choose to spend as long as you like at each destination.

PA S S E S

PA S S E S

We’ve broken up the Hop-on Hop-off network into 4 easy-to-use ‘loops’: North, East, South and West. Each loop concentrates on different parts of Europe.

Build your own pass around the number of cities you want to stop at, anywhere on the network.

compulsory overnight stop

Some of our popular routes that take in a variety of destinations across Europe.

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WHICH TRAVEL PASS IS BEST FOR ME? WE’VE MADE CHOOSING EASY BY LISTING THE DIFFERENCES OF EACH TRAVEL PASS.

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PA S S E S

PASSES

• Minimum travel time of 3 weeks.

• Minimum travel time of 2 weeks.

• Minimum travel time of 4 weeks.

• Choose a 4 loop pass and travel all 46 destinations on the network.

• Add on extra destinations as you travel.

• Perfect if you are unsure of what to see and need some inspiration.

• Re-visit any destination free of charge on your loop pass.

• Good value if you have limited time.

• Best value for the most popular routes.


HOW TO PLAN We understand everyone is different when it comes to how they plan their travels. Some like to plan every detail and some like to go with the flow. No matter what, you can change your travel plans as often as you like free of charge, both before and during your travels.

PLAN YOUR TRIP. FOLLOW THIS STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO tions you want to visit

1 Grab a pen and circle all the destina nd in each destination 2 Think about how long you’d like to spe go, free of charge) you (remember you can change this as 3 Count up the number of coach days

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4 LOOP PASS $2,329

STUDENTS $2,249

RACING IT: 55 days – 10 weeks PACING IT: 10 weeks – 6 months

3 LOOP PASS $2,069

STUDENTS $1,999

RACING IT: 45 days – 8 weeks PACING IT: 8 weeks – 6 months

PA S S E S a million and one different ways and Europe can be travelled in about our Loop Passes, you start where that’s what we love about it. So, on much as you like between May and you want, and go-round them as , three or even four. October. Do one Loop, combine two

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN 2 NIGHTS)

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(OVERNIGHT STOP)

2 LOOP PASS $1,759 STUDENTS $1,709

RACING IT: 30 days – 6 weeks PACING IT: 6 weeks – 6 months

1 LOOP PASS $1,039 STUDENTS $1,009

RACING IT: 15 days – 3 weeks PACING IT: 3 weeks – 6 months


WHY

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Get the most out of your time in Europe, and link up with our Adventures, Festivals and Sailing trips.

SEE P12-13 FOR DETAILS

(MAY-OCT) 12 DESTINATIONS 6 COUNTRIES The Parisians have more fashionable clothes than you. In Berlin the parties go on longer than you can handle. And Vienna has prettier buildings than your hometown. But whatever; just suck it up and appreciate how unique these places are. The North Loop is a humbling journey through Europe’s heavyweights.

(JUN-SEP) 14 DESTINATIONS 8 COUNTRIES You’ll surprise yourself. That adventurous part of you will end up kayaking along a fast-flowing river-rapid. The geek inside you will salivate over Budapest’s architecture. And the party-spirit will burst out on the Croatian coast. You’ll come back home knowing a little more about yourself and a lot more about Europe’s off-the-beaten-track destinations.

(MAY-OCT) 13 DESTINATIONS 5 COUNTRIES Our South Loop poses questions. How does Italy keep such a sexy figure when the food is so tasty? What makes the Alps so incredibly idyllic? And why in Munich do they swig beer from such massive glasses? Find the answer to these questions yourself by exploring the beautiful and tasty South Loop.

(MAY-OCT) 13 DESTINATIONS 4 COUNTRIES Sip on the sophistication of Paris, nibble on the charm of Provence, guzzle down on Spain’s passion-filled nights and cool off in the Swiss Alps. Our West Loop is a wanderlust-quenching journey through some of Europe’s strongest flavours. After you’ve tasted it, home will feel a whole lot more bland.

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P ASSES

We’re all different. Some like their Bran Flakes in the morning; and others prefer left-over meat-feast-pizzas. Some need the ‘snooze button’, and some jump directly into a baltic shower. Whatever your way of doing things, it’s fine with us. These One-Way passes should satisfy all sorts. Everything is the same as our other Loop Passes; the only difference is that you end somewhere completely SEE BAC K CO different from where you started. VER

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15 DESTINATIONS, 7 COUNTRIES START: PARIS | FINISH: ROME $1,219 | STUDENTS $1,179

15 DESTINATIONS, 3 COUNTRIES START: ROME | FINISH: PARIS $1,219 | STUDENTS $1,179

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ALPINE PASS

15 DESTINATIONS, 10 COUNTRIES START: PARIS | FINISH: SPLIT $1,219 | STUDENTS $1,179

17 DESTINATIONS, 7 COUNTRIES START: VENICE | FINISH: BARCELONA $1,369 | STUDENTS $1,329

SUN SEEKER 21 DESTINATIONS, 6 COUNTRIES START: SPLIT | FINISH: AMSTERDAM $1,549 | STUDENTS $1,499

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LONG WAY ROUND 22 DESTINATIONS, 11 COUNTRIES START: BARCELONA | FINISH: SPLIT $1,629 | STUDENTS $1,579


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The Flexitrip Pass differs from the other passes because it is made up of the number of ‘coach days’ you decide to make. A coach day is a day on the bus. The places you visit can be chosen from anywhere on the network. This means you can travel all over Europe and connect up different regions by hopping on a budget flight where you can re-join the network. If you wanted to get from Paris to Amsterdam and miss out Bruges, that would count as 1 coach day. If instead you wanted to Hop-off in Bruges (to drink a few local beers and scoff Belgian chocolate) before heading onto Amsterdam a few days later, that would take 2 coach days.

6 COACH DAYS $879

STUDENTS $849

7 COACH DAYS $959

The base Flexitrip Pass is 6 coach days but you can buy any number of additional coach days before you leave. You can also buy extra coach days whilst on the road from your Guide (only available with a Flexitrip pass).

STUDENTS $929

8 COACH DAYS $1,039 STUDENTS $1,009

9 COACH DAYS $1,089 STUDENTS $1,059

EXTRA COACH DAY $109

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SIT BACK RELAX &

You’re now travelling stress free with Busabout! No need to worry about your bags or valuables, as they can all be safely locked up underneath the coach when you’re out exploring. Your wonderful Busabout Crew are available for any questions you may have, so not only are they your support network while on the road, our Guides and Drivers are also your friendly ear to deal with any travel dilemmas that may pop up while seeing the best of Europe. In essence – we deal with the serious stuff so you can focus on the fun. While travelling between destinations, there are plenty of breaks for you to sample some service-stop delicacies, stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh European air. Once you arrive in your destination, there is no need to stress, no need to decipher a map and no need to cart your luggage across a foreign city – our door-todoor hostel pick-ups and drop-offs get you as close as possible to our recommended accommodation. That’s less hassle and less stress, leaving you more time to explore.

TOP TIP

OUR BIG BLUE COACHES

Along with our Drivers and Guides, our coaches are our pride and joy! We call them our Big Blues and they will be your supercharged, comfy chariot on your journey around the best of Europe! From the shade of tint on the windows to the specially commissioned fabric on the seats, you’ll see we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure every detail is just right. Our Big Blues are luxurious, air-conditioned coaches with reclining seats and plenty of leg room. While on board, chat to your old mates, meet some new ones or even just peer out the massive windows at the amazing European countryside flashing by… The choice is yours! We even have a fully-stocked entertainment system with movies, TV shows and audio channels to keep you entertained while on the road. And don’t worry ‘flashpackers’, onboard power points are available to charge up all your electronic bits ‘n’ bobs… Just don’t forget your European or UK power converter!

COACH DAYS Europe comes alive at night, so we travel by day to keep your all-important evenings free. You wouldn’t want to miss all that incredible scenery anyway. And don’t worry, your photos won’t just be hastily snapped through a blurry coach window. Whether we are winding through the Swiss Alps or cruising along the Croatian coastline, we’ll make scenic stops en-route. Not that we’ll just be taking all the back roads, we’ve carefully selected the routes so that your journey will be the perfect mix of speed and beauty. This means we can guarantee that your travel days will be just as incredible as your city stops.

THE DRIVERS Our Big Blues are commanded by our expert drivers. They spend months perfecting their knowledge of all our routes to ensure you avoid all the highway mayhem. Our Drivers are especially proud of their vehicles and keep them meticulously clean for your comfort. We wouldn’t be surprised if you saw them shining the chrome on the wheels every now and then.

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You’ll receive a Busa bout Handbook on your first day of travel, full of details about local activitie s as well as some exclu sive discount vouchers to help you save those penn ies!


great sleeps These places are not only for sleeping. Party there, chill there, learn there and meet some great people. We’ve picked out accommodation that have friendly staff, great facilities, are safe, clean and comfortable.

Typical accommodation options HOSTELS

CAMPING VILLAGES

PLUS Florence is Florence’s most cutting edge hostel right in the core of the city. You’ll feel spoilt by the flat screen TVs in every room, allyou-can-eat buffets and swimming pool. That’s without even mentioning its terrace bar with spectacular views of the Duomo.

Lauterbrunnen Camping Jungfrau is surrounded by mountains, 72 waterfalls and glaciers. You can choose from chalets and a hostel. Make the most of the restaurant, bar and mini-mart before you explore the Alps and indulge in some adventure sports.

GUESTHOUSES & HOTELS

If you fancy a bit more luxury or privacy, then we also recommend a range of 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses, usually just a short walk or bus/ tram ride from the Pick-Up Point. You can book these through MyTrip.

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Avignon Les Jardins de la Livrée is a charming 14th century guesthouse, set in a lush garden with a swimming pool. It has spacious rooms and a restaurant with some of the most delicious French food.

Wombats City Hostel Budapest is the perfect place to explore one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities. Containing a hangarsized common area and one of Europe’s most impressive hostel bars, Wombats is the ideal place to start your evening before heading out to experience Budapest’s famous Ruin Bars.

Rome PLUS Camping Roma, just a short ride from the centre of Rome, is the ideal base to explore the Italian capital. We stay in airconditioned bungalows with spacious rooms and ensuite bathrooms. It has a swimming pool and a restaurant/bar that makes it an excellent place to chill out or party.


Let’s be honest: booking and organising travel isn’t as fun as travel itself. But it’s necessary. And MyTrip is our way of making it as easy as possible. It’s an online travel planning tool that lets you book your beds and travel days on the Hop-on Hop-off network. And if you’re disorganised, don’t worry; you can use MyTrip to change your plans on the go.

YOUR STEP BY STEP GUIDE 1 Once you have booked your trip, you will receive a client reference number.

4 Once you have logged in, you can book

your coaches and beds at our Pick-Up Point recommended accommodation (no booking fees).

2 Go to busabout.com/mytrip 3 Use your client reference and create your own 5 Use MyTrip to keep an eye on coach password to login.

availability, add and change your coach days or even book another trip.

6 Get chatting to fellow travellers through the Trip Mates tab in MyTrip.

SAVE $$$$

On MyTrip, our online planning tool, you can choose the style of accommodation and type of room to suit your wallet. Budget €15–30 per night for a dorm bed. We guarantee the dorms will either be at the market rate or below.

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Most places we stay are centrall y located. When a city doesn’t have great value bac kpacker hostels, we use awesome camping villages with frequent and easy links to the city centre. By booking our Pick-Up Point recommended accommoda tion you get all the benefits of our door-to-door serv ice. Check-in, drop your bag and you’re ready to exp lore.


E R O L P X E

E R O M

Sometimes it’s hard to know how to make the most out of your time at a new destination. So we’ve narrowed down the choices and hand-picked some of the best local activities for you to choose from. There are bike tours, walking tours and pub crawls which are great ways to learn about the area from local experts. Alternatively, you can try your hand at Spanish cookery, chateaux-hopping in the Loire Valley or even throw yourself out of a plane over the Swiss Alps! All the local activities on offer are tried and tested to ensure you receive the best experience and best value for money. They’re also generally cheaper when purchased from your Busabout Guide.

DAILY BUDGET GUIDE You’re in control of your budget so how you spend your money is entirely up to you. However, here’s a quick guide to give you an idea of what to budget.

BACKPACKER €85 per day will get you a hostel dorm bed, local activities, lunch from the supermarket, an inexpensive dinner as well as a good night out. If you want your money to go further, then €55 will get you the cheapest dorm bed, a few nights out, a bit more self-catering, with the same amount of sightseeing and local activities.

FLASHPACKER €140 per day will cover a private room in a hostel, local activities, lunch and dinner in a restaurant with plenty left to spend on evening entertainment. You receive a Busabout Handbook on your first day of travel, with details of local activities as well as exclusive discount vouchers to help you save those pennies!

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES:

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FLORENCE

WELCOME TO FLORENCE

CORRAL DE LA MORERIA FLAMENCO SHOW

MADRID

AMSTERDAM

A walking tour of Florence, a leather demonstration (no rip offs!), a 4 course Italian meal and a night out in one of the most vintage Backpacker Restaurants in Florence. Yes, it is as cheap as your Guide is telling you!

One of the most recognised flamenco establishments in Spain. Seriously, you should see their trophy cabinet! Watch the best Flamenco dancers doing their breath-taking moves in a traditional setting. Featured in the ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ book for a reason!

Cycling is faster. Amsterdam is flat. The two were meant to be together. These tours get you about quickly so you can efficiently explore the history, culture and scenic outskirts of Amsterdam.

MIKE’S BIKES TOURS


LAKE BLED

BERLIN

VIENNA

An action-packed day that explores the 100% natural, jaw-dropping beauty of the Slovenian countryside! You will hike through mountainous National Parks, swim under sparkling waterfalls and white water raft the crystal clear Emerald rivers. This is a nature buffs dream!

Berlin is a marvel of both past and present. This city tour has expert guides that make Berlin’s intricate history come alive. They’re also likely to convince you that it’s one of the greatest cities in the world!

Go bike riding through the breath-taking Austrian wine region. Historic villages and castles are a-plenty in this UNESCO World Heritage site. And if that wasn’t enough, you also get to taste some of the wines along the way!

EMERALD RIVER

BERLIN INSIDER TOURS CITY WALKING TOUR

DISCOVER VIENNA, THE GRAPE ESCAPE

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BUSABOUT CREW TRAVEL IS AS MucH ABOUT WHO YOU GO WITH AS WHERE YOU GO AND THAT INCLUDES OUR CREW. they have a lust for life and a curious soul. Experienced, but -- like you -- always seeking out the new. Serious about what they do but never taking themselves too seriously. INQUISITIVE. INDEPENDENT. INDIVIDUAL. THEY EMBODY OUR FREESTYLE SPIRIT. they are the people who make your trip.

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They are the CREW.


S TIME SOME LIFEE THEG UID OF AMS TOO SEE TO BE GOODUE... TR

Look online and you’ll find photos of them dancing until late, jumping off boats, gorging on delicious seafood and watching Greek sunrises. They even show off a bit. Their photos have #viewfromtheoffice, #thisiswork, #workhard, #lovethisjob, #bestjob... etc. But do we care? Of course not. This passion for travel is why we hired them in the first place. They’re free spirits.

@busaboutellie Always worth that 45 minute hike uphill! #omis #fortica #themviews #croatia #busabout #busaboutcrew #bucketlist #lifeisgood #sailaway #traveller #travelbug

@kellygruebner Weeeeeee #sailing #busabout #hopon #aegeanadventure #busabout #GoProTravel

@bohemianbythesea Getting lost in the side streets of Chefchaouen Morocco #busabout #busaboutcrew #chefchaouen #morocco #wayfaring #wanderlust #instapassport #explore @isothetourguide Busabout has a blast at La Batalla Del Vino. Here’s some of our supersoaked super awesome peeps with @busaboutrose #BusaboutCrew #Busabout #batalladelvino #gotafreespirit

@busaboutellie John Lennon wall in Prague, displaying countless scrawled Beatles lyrics, a lot of love and a bid for peace @holzebubble #somuchlove

GE G E T C ON N EC E C TED . S TAY CO NNECTED. #B USAB O UT /Busabout /HaggisAdventures /ShamrockerAdventures

/BusaboutTV /HaggisTelly

/BusaboutEurope /HaggisAdventures /Shamrockertours

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@Busabout @HaggisAdventures @Shamrockertours


HOP-ON HOP-OFF CONNECTS

MUSIC FESTIVALS TOMORROWLAND

lake BLED

SZIGET

BBK

(FOR ZRCE BEACH)

SONAR ULTRA

BENICASSIM

SEE P62


F O L L O W A thumping beat. Synths swirling. Multiple snare smashes. And then THAT drop. Simultaneously thousands of ecstatic people go bonkers. Bodies rubbing, drinks spilling, sunglasses flying, and nobody caring. Such electrifying moments don’t happen often in our lives; but with Busabout you can make it happen all summer. Take advantage of the Hop-on Hop-off network’s flexibility and hit the world’s top music festivals while exploring Europe.

TOMORROWLAND

ULTRA

SONAR

SZIGET

BBK

BENICASSIM

Party like there’s no tomorrow at the world’s largest electronic music festival. See p32.

The International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art. Simply put: amazing Spanish hipster festival. See p35.

This festival is the epitome of cool. Imagine leftfield bands, on a breezy mountain near the artsy Spanish town of Bilbao. See p35.

T H A T

The biggest names in dance music provide a rhythmical crescendo to a beautiful Croatian score. See p33.

The best boogie in Budapest. All the biggest rock bands and all the grooviest people come together for a festival on the Danube. See p34.

A completely mental music festival. Rave till sunrise, bathe on the beach, and then start to rave again before sunset. See p34.

D R O P


Hop-on Hop-o f Festivf highligal ht

The Tomorro wla be experienc nd festival can ed as part o f your Hop-on Hop -off pass. Hop-off in B ruges.

Hop-on HOP-OFF

TOMORROWLAND festival The holy mecca of the rave crusades. Its fantastical main stage is a symposium of lights, lasers and world class DJs. The crowd is a miracle of 180,000 international dance disciples. And the mood is love, hugs and over-rapturous feelings. Join this once-in-a-lifetime event and dance like you’ve never danced before.

4 THINGS ABOUT TOMORROWLAND - IT SELLS OUT IN SECONDS. 2 MILLION PEOPLE SCRAMBLE OVER THE INTERNET TO GET 360,000 TICKETS - RAVERS CAN BE FOODIES TOO. THERE’S A PRIVATE 2 MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT AND A BELGIAN CHOCOLATE BAR - DAVID GUETTA HAS PLAYED THERE EVERY YEAR - THE ARTISTS NEED TO ARRIVE BY BOAT TO GET TO SOME OF THE MORE ‘AQUATIC’ STAGES See website for details.

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Bruges – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)


Split

4 DAYS

$749 pp*

Hop-on HOP-OFF

Ultra festival

There’s no point doing Ultra half-hearted. You need to be committed to the cause. All night long there are DJs and fireworks in the super-stylised Poljud Stadium. And then throughout the day it’s swimming in the sea and exploring the trendy town of Split. We’ll help you keep up with the heart-racing tempo. TRIP ITINERARY

NEED TO KNOW

Day 1: Ultra Check in to your accommodation and relax before the events of Ultra. We’ll show you around the town’s cool little bars before the festival starts. ★★Explore beautiful Split, ‘The Mediterranean Flower’ ★★Decorate yourself with rave paint and get a little ‘too’ into the music

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Ultra Europe 3 day pass • 3 nights accommodation • Camping right on the beach • Busabout village in Beachville • Split and Omis orientation walks

Day 2: Ultra Once back in your accommodation you can rest, eat, sleep and swim. If you can handle it there are boat trips to some of the nearby islands. In the evening it’s back to Split for round 2. ★★Refuel and recover in the crisp blue sea Day 3: Ultra Today you can head to the Omis fortress for wide sweeping views over Dalmatia or slip into a local eatery for some tasty nibbles. Can you handle another night of dancing like a maniac? ★★Go crazy at the final danceathon Day 4: Check out Check out 9am. Head back to the Hop-on Hop-off network or stay a little longer and go to Hvar for some Croatian island relaxation.

Accommodation  Standard twin-share tent accommodation with shared facilities. Accommodation upgrade  Apartment accommodation in Split. Departure point/time  Beachville Omis, from 10am. Return point/time  Beachville Omis, after breakfast. Departures – see website for details. Explore the islands at your own pace, or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout crew.

Hop-on Hop-off Festiva Add-Onl

MUSIC FESTIVALS AT BUSABOUT.COM

Hop-on Hop-off Ultra festival

The Ultra Fe sti only be bou val can ght as an add-on to a Hop-on Hop-off pas s.

CAMPING ACCOMMODATION

This isn’t a ‘no-frills’ campsite. This is a high octane campsite that has its own stage, a shisha corner, a forest chill out area, a beach bar, and its very own private beach. Just make sure you don’t spend all your time here and miss the actual festival.

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Split – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13) 9 Day Ottoman Trek (p67) 8 Day Croatia Sail (p60)

SPLIT APARTMENTS

See website for details.

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Ultra makes Split the party capital of the world. And our comfortable apartment accommodation places you smack in the middle of it. It’s a short walk to the Ultra stages and the perfect hub for exploring the history and beauty of Split.


MUSIC FESTIVALS AT BUSABOUT.COM

SZIGET & BENICASSIM NEED TO KNOW

Sziget

Budapest, Hungary

4 DAYS

$979 pp*

Festivals mean different things to different people. To some it’s a chance to cover their naked bodies in luminous body paint. For others it’s about big hugs with sweaty people. And to a few people it’s just about getting totally lost in the music. That’s what we love about Sziget. It’s got something for everybody. Check out Sziget and experience one of the world’s most eclectic festivals in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival crew • Sziget festival 3 day pass • 3 nights accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Orientation of the Sziget site • Busabout Festival t-shirt • Festival party night Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Double / twin room, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Wombats City Hostel, Budapest, 9am. Return time  Wombats City Hostel, Budapest, Check out after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE ADULT $979 Start Þ

Finish Þ

8 Aug 11 Aug

11 Aug 14 Aug

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Budapest – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)

Benicassim

Benicassim, Spain

$669 pp*

5 DAY

To say ‘Benicassim is energetic’, is an understatement. To say it’s ‘completely mental’, is closer to the truth. It’s a 4 day festival where the music starts at 5pm and ends at 7am. Every day you can chill and recover on the nearby beach before being entertained by some of the biggest acts in music. Between the music we’ll try our best to get you out of bed and exploring some of the incredible sights in and around the location. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival crew • Benicassim 4 day pass • 4 nights accommodation • 4 breakfasts • Orientation walk of Benicassim • Afternoon session at the beach • Busabout Festival t-shirt Accommodation  Twin-share tent with airbeds. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag! (Sleeping bags can be bought if required). Accommodation upgrade  Single tent upgrade available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Benicassim CampFest, Benicassim, 2pm. Return time  Check out 10am. Pre accommodation  Book with MyTrip for no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $669 Start Þ

Finish Þ

14 Jul

18 Jul

*Per person price based on twin-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

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Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Valencia – link to* Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13) San Fermin (p40-41) *Link by local transport.


BBK Festival

Sonar

Bilbao, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

$859 pp*

4 DAYS

How do you improve a well organised festival with an awesome line-up? Easy: you place it on a stunning mountain in the Basque region of Spain. But that’s not all that makes the BBK festival stand out. You also get to spend the afternoons exploring the tastes and sights of the artistically endowed town of Bilbao before partying all night on the mountain. The combination of the location and the music is pretty much pitch-perfect. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival crew • BBK 3 day pass • 3 nights accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Busabout Festival t-shirt • Pintxos crawl • Bilbao old town orientation Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Departure point/time  Artxepea Bilbao Hostel, Bilbao, 2pm. Return time  Check out 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

$1,039 pp*

5 DAYS

All the splits and cracks of Barcelona become flooded by musical genius. Sonar takes over the city with epic concerts and incredible art installations. The festival has been around for 21 years and attracts over 100,000 people. Take the chance to visit an amazing city and seize the opportunity to enjoy Europe’s most musically blessed festival. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival crew • Sonar 3 day pass • 4 nights accommodation • 4 breakfasts • Orientation of Sonar sights • Busabout Festival t-shirt • Festival party night • Barcelona tapas and pub crawl • Barcelona orientation walk Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin and double rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Be Sound Hostel, Barcelona, 7pm. Return time  Check out after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE

ADULT $859

ADULT $1,039

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Finish Þ

Start Þ

Finish Þ

7 Jul

10 Jul

15 Jun

19 Jun

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below.

*Link by local transport.

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Barcelona – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)

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San Sebastian – link to* Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13) San Fermin (p40-41)

MUSIC FESTIVALS AT BUSABOUT.COM

BBK FESTIVAL & SONAR


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St

Patrick’s day

It’s a fan-feckin-tastic sight. Swathes of green-clad people take to the streets to celebrate like only the Irish can. Fiddles are playing on every corner, Guinness is pouring from every tap and great times are being had by all. Everyone knows that Dublin is the only place worth being on the 17th of March. See page 92 for more details.

MORE THAN JUST THE PARTY

Ah go on, go on, go on. If you’re in Dublin for the party you may as well see the rest of the Emerald Isle. Shamrocker’s 7 day St Pat’s All Ireland trip gets you exploring the whole country no matter how hungover you are.

THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

It’s a scientific fact that Guinness tastes better in Ireland. On our trips we take you to the very place it’s made, and treat you to a pint of the good stuff in the exclusive Guinness Sky Bar.

SHAMROCKER DUBLIN WALKING TOUR

Dublin shares some great things with the world. It’s given us colour photography, Colin Farrell and Guinness. But we will show you there’s a lot more to the fair city than science, celebs and beer.


King’s Day

Hungary & Romania

Netherlands

$619 pp*

4 DAYS

$1,239pp*

7 DAYS

HALLOWEEN AND KINGS DAY AT BUSABOUT.COM

Transylvanian Halloween Trek

TRANSYLVANIAN HALLOWEEN TREK What better place to spend Halloween than in Dracula’s Transylvania? There is a spooky, mysterious atmosphere in this part of the East. We follow Dracula’s trail past castles, fortified churches, mountain chalets and quaint local villages. But it is our ultimate fancy dress Halloween party in a Transylvanian mountain retreat that is the crowning glory to this once in a lifetime adventure! Up to one million orange-clad people flock to Amsterdam to party with the locals on King’s Day.

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Exclusive Halloween party location • Orientation walks Brasov, Sighisoara & Cluj • Halloween BBQ at Racatau Valley PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a �

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 3 nights accommodation and breakfasts, 1 dinner • Orange party pack (t-shirt, face paint etc)

Accommodation  2 night multi-share hostel, 1 night multishare lodge, 2 nights twin-share hotel, 1 night multi-share Villa. Accommodation upgrade  Available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Wombats Hostel, Budapest, 7am. Return point/time  Wombats Hostel, Budapest, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $1,239 Start Þ

Finish Þ

27 Oct

02 Nov

* Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Budapest to Cluj We set off East through the mighty Hungarian Pusta to Cluj, the cultural capital of Transylvania, for dinner and drinks. � Drive through the epic Carpathian mountains

Day 3: Sibiel to Brasov To Brasov, where you’ll be introduced to Vlad the Impaler and the fantastic city of wine, blue stone churches and mystery. We’ll enjoy a city orientation then tonight is yours to explore. (B) � Gawk at the mountain village of Brasov Day 4: Brasov We visit Bran Castle, and explore with a local guide, then back to Brasov to pick up that last minute costume for the fancy dress party. (B) � Get spooked by Vlad the Impaler’s Bran castle Day 5: Brasov Halloween to Racatau Valley We drive to Sighisoara, birthplace of Dracula and a beautifully preserved UNESCO-listed fortified city. Halloween party tonight in a remote mountain location. (B,D) � Suck up the medieval atmosphere of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birthplace � Do the monster mash at an exclusive Transylvanian Halloween party Day 6: Racatau Valley to Budapest Back to Budapest, driving across the Pusta. On arrival we’ll head out for a final supper. (B) � Go barmy in Budapest Day 7: Budapest Check-out after breakfast. (B)

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $619 Start Þ

Finish Þ

25 Apr

28 Apr

* Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Amsterdam Welcome dinner and drink before hitting the Dam nightlife. (D) � Orientation walk of Red Light District Amsterdam Day 2: Amsterdam We get out to the countryside around Amsterdam and visit a traditional cheese and clog-making house before hitting the party. (B) � Countryside bike tour ★★Check out some of the best clubs in Europe Day 3: Amsterdam King’s Day King’s Day! There seriously ain’t no party like a King’s Day party! (B) Day 4: Amsterdam Check-out after breakfast. (B)

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Day 2: Cluj to Sibiel We visit Turda salt mines then on to Sibiel, one of the region’s most beautiful towns. Tonight we’ll introduce you to some traditional music and food. (B) � Visit the Turda salt mines, known to some as the most beautiful underground place in the world

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a  Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin rooms available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Amsterdam, 2pm. Return point/time  Amsterdam, 10am after breakfast.


Viva

HOTEL

4

Need a little pampering after a lot of partying? Then the hotel bundle is perfect. Enjoy the party through the day and rest easy at night in a central 4 star hotel. Yes, you heard right – 4 star!

Imagine the most raucous street party ever. Then add an extra megaton of sangria and Spaniards. You’re still not even close to the madness of San Fermín. Our trips dive head first into this 400 year old festival. You’ll dress up in traditional garb, you’ll explore the beautiful surroundings, and you’ll learn to fiesta like a local.

HOSTEL

Our hostel is perfect for beach lovers. It’s located in the surf-tastic, foodie haven of San Sebastian. There are shuttle buses to Pamplona to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

CAMPING

There’s never a dull moment at this campsite. The tents are bright orange and decked out with super comfy air mattresses. And on hangover days you can splash about in the swimming pool.


Hostel (Opening ceremony)

Pamplona, Spain

SAN FERMĺN AT BUSABOUT.COM

4

Hotel

Hostel San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

4 DAYS from $929pp*

$869 pp*

5 DAYS

$659 pp*

4 DAYS

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 continental breakfasts • Busabout San Fermín t-shirt • Busabout San Fermín Pañuelo • Welcome party

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 4 nights accommodation • 4 continental breakfasts • San Sebastian and Pamplona orientation walks and pintxos crawls • Coach shuttles to and from Pamplona • Busabout San Fermín t-shirt • Busabout San Fermín Pañuelo • Welcome party

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 continental breakfasts • San Sebastian and Pamplona orientation walks and pintxos crawls • Coach shuttles to and from Pamplona • Busabout San Fermín t-shirt • Busabout San Fermín Pañuelo • Welcome party

Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin and double rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  San Sebastian, 2pm. Return point/time  San Sebastian, 9am after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin and double rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  San Sebastian, 2pm. Return point/time  San Sebastian, 9am after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Accommodation  Hotel multi-share (max triple). Accommodation upgrade  Twin and double rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Pamplona, 2pm. Return point/time  Pamplona, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 929 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 1,089 Start Þ

Finish Þ

05 Jul (Opening ceremony) 09 Jul 12 Jul

08 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE ADULT $659

ADULT $869 Start Þ

Finish Þ

05 Jul (Opening ceremony)

09 Jul

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Camping (Opening ceremony)

Start Þ

Finish Þ

09 Jul 12 Jul

12 Jul 15 Jul

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Pamplona – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)

Pamplona, Spain

San Sebastian – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)

$599 pp*

4 DAYS NEED TO KNOW

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 cooked breakfasts • Welcome dinner and party • Coach shuttles to and from Pamplona • Busabout San Fermín t-shirt • Busabout San Fermín Pañuelo Accommodation  Twin-share tent with airbeds. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag! (Sleeping bags can be bought if required.) Accommodation upgrade  Single tent and cabin upgrades available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Camping El Molino, after 2pm. Return point/time  Check-out by 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $599 Finish Þ

05 Jul (Opening ceremony)

08 Jul

*Per person price based on twin-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

5 DAYS To say ‘Benicassim is energetic’, is an understatement. To say it’s ‘completely mental’, is closer to the truth. A festival where the music starts early and continues through to the early hours. Every day you can chill and recover on the beach before being entertained by some of the biggest acts in music. In between the music you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the incredible sights in and around the local area. See page 34 for more details.

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Benicassim


Mind-blowing: ketchup may actually be a smoothie. But even more mind-blowing is what happens at La Tomatina. In one hour 40 metric tons of tomatoes are hurled, splattered and squashed all over the tiny Spanish town of Buñol.

HOTEL

Are you a bit posh but secretly want to bathe yourself in tomatoes? Then these comfy packages are for you.

HOSTEL

Our Valencian hostel is right bang in the centre of town and a stone’s throw from the local tapas bars and night life.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a slippery pole with a ham on top, an epic hose down, an optional day trip to Peñíscola town (featured in Game of Thrones season 6) and an afterparty in Valencia. It’s a lot of crazy and a lot of fun.

CAMPING

It’s about the tomatoes man. These pre-pitched packages get you the gooey glory and the Busabout benefits for less cash.


Hostel

Camping

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

$569pp*

3 DAYS

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$519 pp*

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Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 2 nights accommodation • 2 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for Tomatina Festival • Afternoon session at the beach • Busabout Festival t-shirt and headband • Official Tomatina After Party ticket and transfers

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for Tomatina Festival • Afternoon session at the beach • Busabout Festival t-shirt and headband • Official Tomatina After Party ticket and transfers

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for Tomatina Festival • Afternoon session at the beach • Busabout Festival t-shirt and headband • Official Tomatina After Party ticket and transfers

Accommodation  Hotel multi-share (max triples). Accommodation upgrade  Twin and double rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Hotel Venecia, 2pm.

Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Purple Nest or Red Nest hostel, 2pm. Return point/time  Check-out by 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Accommodation  Twin-share tent with airbeds. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag! (Sleeping bags can be bought if required.) Accommodation upgrade  Single tent and cabin upgrades, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Busabout campsite from 2pm (see website for details). Return point/time  Check-out by 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

(Please note we also use two other hotels within a 3-minute walk away, both of the same standard.)

Return point/time  Check-out by 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $699

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30 Aug

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01 Sep

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $519

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

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01 Sep

*Per person price based on twin-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

NEED TO KNOW

TRIP ITINERARY

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 2 nights accommodation • 2 breakfasts • Busabout Festival t-shirt and Pañuelo • Pintxos Crawl • Wine battle

Camping Haro, Spain

3 DAYS

$519 pp*

Day 2: Haro Let the war begin! Your Guide will tell you a little bit about the Rioja region’s vineyards and then lead you to the battlefield. (B) Day 3: Haro Say goodbye to your fellow wine throwers. Your Guide will help you get to your next destination. Possibly San Fermín? (B)

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE ADULT $519 Start Þ

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28 Jun

30 Jun

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Valencia – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13) Valencia – also link to* 8 Day Ibiza Island Hopper (p50) 4 Day Ibiza Blast (p50) *Connect by local ferry. See www.busabout.com for details

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If you think La Tomatina is messy, then wait till you hear about La Batalla del Vino – Wine Battle! It’s a unique and crazy Spanish fiesta where wet, purple, sun-soaked people frolic around while gorging on delicious wine and tapas.

Accommodation  2 nights twin share tents with air mattresses. Accommodation upgrade  Cabin and single tent upgrade, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Camping de Haro, 2pm. Return point/time  Check out 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Day 1: Haro Get ready for a ‘pintxos crawl’. Your Guide will take you to the best local bars where you’ll eat as the locals do. Time to also try some Spanish wine within the most important wine region in Spain.


OKTOBER FEST Oktoberfest starts with a ceremonious splash. Throughout the pour there’s a lot of bubble and fizz. And at the end there’s always a fuzzy head. Our trips bring out the best of this beer festival. You’ll soak up the atmosphere, eat a lot of meaty grub and get the chance to explore the heart of Bavaria.

OKTOBERFEST TOP TIPS

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL

This package is for people who think sleep is as important as beer. It’s a comfy city centre hostel that’s close to all the beery action.

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING

The budget Oktoberfest experience. The tents are pre-pitched with a comfy air mattress so all you’ll need are your beer drinking boots and a party attitude.

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Camping (Opening ceremony) $799pp* 6 DAYS

4 DAYS from $829 pp*

Munich, Germany

4 DAYS from $439 pp*

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

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Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • Return coach from London to Munich • 3 nights accommodation • 4 cooked breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout festival team • 3 nights accommodation • 3 cooked breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt

(walking distance to beerfest grounds)

• 3 breakfasts • Free welcome drink on arrival • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin room, available at time of booking (limited availability). Departure point/time  Check-in 3pm. Return time  Check-out by 11am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Camping

from London

Munich, Germany

OKTOBERFEST AT BUSABOUT.COM

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19 Sep 22 Sep 25 Sep 28 Sep 01 Oct 04 Oct

2016 DEPARTURE DATE & PRICE

Accommodation  Twin-share tent with airbed. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag! (Sleeping bags can be bought if required.) Accommodation upgrade  Single tent upgrade, available at time of booking (limited availability). Departure point/time  Camping Thalkirchen, 2pm. Return time  Check-out by 10am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ADULT FROM $799

LOW SEASON ADULT $ 829 MID SEASON ADULT $ 879 HIGH SEASON ADULT $929 Start Þ

Accommodation  2 nights overnight luxury coach. 3 nights twin share tent with airbed. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag! (Sleeping bags can be bought if required.) Accommodation upgrade  Single tent upgrade, available at time of booking (limited availability). Departure point/time  Busabout London, 5pm. Return time  Busabout London, 11am (depending on traffic). Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Start Þ

Finish Þ

15 Sep (Opening ceremony)

20 Sep

*Per person price based on twin-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

LOW SEASON ADULT $ 439 HIGH SEASON ADULT $489 Start Þ

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19 Sep 23 Sep 27 Sep 01 Oct

*Per person price based on twin-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below.

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Munich – link to Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13)

BIERZELTSPIELE - BAVARIAN BEER HALL GAMES -

‘BIERDECKELFLIPPEN’

‘RÜCKHANDTRINKEN’

‘BIERKRUGSTEMMEN’

Pull your opponent over the table by just using your finger.

See how many beermats you can flip and catch with one hand.

Lift and drink beer from your 1 litre stein using just the back of your hand.

Demonstrate your beer strength by seeing who can ‘hold their drink’ at arm’s length the longest.

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LINKING UP AT BUSABOUT.COM

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There’s evidence that humans have been using ropes of some sort or another for over 28,000 years. This simply means that we’ve always liked to tie knots and link things up. We continue this ancient tradition and make it possible for anyone on the Hop-on Hop-off network to link up with our Adventures, Festivals and Sailing trips at certain ‘Link Up’ points. For example, from the ‘Split’ link up point you can add a Croatia Sailing Adventure. From Prague you can connect to a Rhapsody Trek. And once you’ve finished your ‘Link Up’ trip you can get straight back on the Hop-on Hop-off network. Check out the examples on these pages to see how it works. Just follow the arrows!

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ITALY AT BUSABOUT.COM

Italian Adventure

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Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento & Amalfi

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3 DAYS from $509 pp* Students from $489 pp* ROME

ITALY P O MPEI I S O RRENTO 2 CA PRI

1 No. of overnight stays

RAVELLO AMALFI

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Busabout Guide and local driver • 2 nights accommodation • All orientation walks • Guided walking tour of Pompeii

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Santa Fortunata, a cliff-top camping village. Twin-share basic tent cabin with shared facilities. Accommodation upgrade  $109pp ensuite cabins twin-shared. Departure point/time  Plus Camping Roma, Rome, 7.45am. Return point/time  Plus Camping Roma, Rome, 7.30pm. Pre/post accommodation  Camping Roma, Rome. Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 509 • STUDENT $ 489 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 589 • STUDENT $569 Start Þ

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Buy this trip together with any Hop-On Hop-off pass and SAVE 10% off the total price. Rome – link to * Hop-on Hop-off (p12-13) Save up to $292

ITALIAN Adventure Think your country has great food, history and people? Well think again. Because Italy does it better. Their food is so divine it deserves its own Unesco World Heritage site. Their history basically invented history. And the Italians themselves are so passionate that they make cupid blush. On this short Italian tour we visit the best bits. It’s a three-day tour that includes the history of Pompeii, the breath-taking Amalfi Coast and the glitzy glamour of Capri. Come on this trip and find out how the Italians do it better. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Rome to Sorrento Travel south from Rome past Naples and Mount Vesuvius to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. Then head further down the coast, twisting through villages to Sorrento. 77Marvel at Pompeii – preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD ★★Eat regional food from Sorrento. The best pizza, chocolate and gelato washed down with Limoncello Day 2: Isle of Capri Your boat will pick you up from the campsite dock and take you out to the Isle of Capri. You have the whole day to explore its beaches and watch paparazzi chase the visiting celebs. 77Take a local boat trip to visit the glamorous Isle of Capri 77Swim in the Mediterranean and soak up the sun ★★Capri – take a chairlift to Monte Solaro, visit Villa San Michele or experience the spectacular Blue Grotto Cave Day 3: Sorrento to Rome We depart Sorrento and drive along the Amalfi Coast spending time in both Amalfi and Ravello before returning to Rome. 77Wander the serene streets of Ravello and Amalfi 77Drive the Amalfi Coast road, one of the best scenic views in Europe ★★ Ravello – visit the gardens of Villa Rufolo

ITALIAN SLEEPS Home for the night is Camping Village Santa Fortunata, perched on the cliff-top town of Sorrento. We have upgrade options which can be added at the time of booking or through MyTrip. 1 Twin-share basic tent-cabin  (included in price). Halfway between a tent and a cabin. It’s basic but ideal for resting your weary travelling head. 2 Ensuite twin cabins  (available as upgrade). For a bit more comfort, try our cabins with ensuite bathrooms. 3 Deluxe apartment  (available as upgrade). Treat yourself to a private ensuite apartment with air-conditioning.

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SCANDIBALTIC Adventure Our Scandi-Baltic Adventure is a funky, vibrant, sun-drenched, elegant romp through the three Baltic countries and the über-cool capital cities of Sweden and Finland. Explore fabulous fortresses, be wowed by stories of Viking exploits and see if you can stand the steamy heat of a real Scandinavian sauna. The nights out are legendary too: spend your evenings raving it up in a cave bar or blasting out some karaoke, Abba-style. Sublime sea cruises and lavish places make this part of the world one of the sexiest in Europe. TRIP ITINERARY See website for Tallinn to Vilnius itinerary Day 1: Vilnius to Riga We explore the Lithuanian capital and Castle Trakai before heading to the eerie Hill of Crosses. Tonight we land in Riga; a great place for partying that’s known as the ‘second city that never sleeps’. 77Explore the island castle of Trakai 77Walk up to the Hill of Crosses, Lithuania ★★Explore Riga’s nightlife on the famous bar crawl Day 2: Riga Head off in the morning and delve deeper into the communist past by visiting the Russian markets. This afternoon we have the opportunity to fire some old Soviet weapons! (B) ★★Fire old AK47s in an underground shooting range ★★Race down an Olympic bobsleigh track Day 3: Riga to Stockholm Board our Baltic sea cruise liner for an adventurous overnight to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. A night full of entertainment, karaoke and ABBA-themed bands. (B)

Day 4: Stockholm A sunrise arrival to the Swedish capital, then a walking tour of the Old Town with our Viking friends. Explore the islands by bike and try some local meatballs. (B) 77Venture through Stockholm’s archipelago Day 5: Stockholm to Helsinki Free day to check out this magnificent town or visit the ABBA Museum. Sea cruise to Finland. (B) ★★Visit the ABBA Museum ★★Tour Stockholm by bicycle ★★The mother of all buffets Day 6: Helsinki We’ll start the day with an orientation walk around the city with its great art scene, shops and cafe culture. Tonight we check out Helsinki’s awesome nightlife. (B) ★★Feast on local delicacies at the seaside markets ★★Go for a Finnish sauna Day 7: Helsinki to Tallinn Ferry to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. An orientation walk of the city, followed by free time to check out its Soviet past. Tonight, enjoy Tallinn’s nightlife. (B) Day 8: Tallinn Trip finishes after breakfast. (B)

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Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden & Finland

8 DAYS from $1,399 pp* Students from $1,359 pp* 1 No. of overnight stays

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • All coach transport and cruise ships • 5 nights accommodation, 2 Baltic sea cruise nights, 7 breakfasts • All orientation walks • Stockholm’s Viking Walk

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  2 nights cruise liner multi-share, 5 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $439pp twin/double room. Departure point/time  Central Vilnius or Tallinn, 8am. Return point/time  Central Tallinn or Vilnius, 8am. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $ 1,399 • STUDENT $ 1,359 Start Þ 18 Jun 02 Jul 16 Jul

Start Þ 25 Jun 09 Jul 23 Jul

Start Vilnius Finish Þ Start Þ 25 Jun 09 Jul 23 Jul

30 Jul 13 Aug 27 Aug

Start Tallinn Finish Þ Start Þ 02 Jul 16 Jul 30 Jul

06 Aug 20 Aug 03 Sep

Finish Þ 06 Aug 20 Aug 03 Sep

Finish Þ 13 Aug 27 Aug 10 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). These trips must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

Riga

Tallinn

Explore the islands of Stockholm on two wheels and discover the hidden gems that can only be seen by bike. An expert local guide will provide all the chat.

Discover one of Europe’s best preserved medieval old towns, with UNESCO listed Art Nouveau architecture sitting side by side with Eastern Bloc communist markets.

Explore cute medieval areas, indulge in notorious party nights, and learn about a haunting Soviet past. Tallinn is the quintessential Baltic city with an attitude that few forget.

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Stockholm


IBIZA AT BUSABOUT.COM

Ibiza Island Hopper Ibiza, Mallorca & Menorca

8 DAYS from $1,449 pp* Students from $1,409pp* 1 No. of overnight stays

SPAIN

Ibiza - Menorca Menorca - Ibiza

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • All ferry tickets and transfers • 7 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts • Orientation walks on each island • Organised nights out on every island • Discounted club tickets arranged by your Guide

We give you two different ways to experience the brilliant Balearics. Either go crazy in the world’s hottest clubbing scene of Ibiza, then laze away the days on the beaches of Mallorca and Menorca. Or start chilled in Menorca and build up to some of your biggest nights out ever. TRIP ITINERARY

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

See website for Menorca to Ibiza itinerary

Accommodation  Multi-share Spanish hostales (budget hotels and hostels). Accommodation upgrade  $259pp twin/double private (min. 2 persons). Departure point/time  Ibiza Town, El Puerto Hotel, 3pm. (a few metres from Ibiza Port). Return point/time  Menorca, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Day 1: Ibiza Orientation walk of Ibiza Town followed by an optional delicious tapas dinner, drinks and clubbing! 77Ibiza Town Orientation tour ★★Ibiza Town night out

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 1,449 • STUDENT $ 1,409 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 1,499 • STUDENT $ 1,459 Start Þ 17 Jun 01 Jul 15 Jul 29 Jul

Start Þ 24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug

Start Ibiza Finish Þ Start Þ 24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug

12 Aug 26 Aug 09 Sep

Start Menorca Finish Þ Start Þ 01 Jul 15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug

19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep

Day 2: Ibiza Explore the Island or relax on the beach before our evening in San Antonio and our Sunset Cruise. Then it’s more clubbing! (B) ★★Sunset cruise around San Antonio Day 3: Ibiza A day at Bora Bora beach. Tonight, check out the best clubs in the world. (B) Day 4: Ibiza to Mallorca Optional day trip to the beautiful island of Formentera or just discover the hidden charm of Ibiza old Town: Dalt Vila. Then a late ferry to Mallorca. ★★Swim in the pristine waters of Formentera

Day 5: Mallorca Jump on our optional catamaran trip or discover Mallorca: spectacular caves of Drach, royal Soller or the rough beauty of the Tramuntana Mountains. (B) ★★Catamaran excursion in Mallorca Day 6: Mallorca to Menorca Ferry to Menorca and an orientation walk. Party at the breathtaking Cova d’en Xoroi. Optional Menorcan dinner that will change your life. (B) ★★Rave in a cave, Cova d’en Xoroi overlooking the sea ★★Enjoy traditional Menorcan seafood and Pomada gin Day 7: Menorca Explore the island and laze on golden sands. Optional sunset kayaking excursion. (B) ★★Sunset kayak in Menorca’s crystal clear waters Day 8: Menorca Trip ends after breakfast. (B)

Finish Þ 19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep

Finish Þ 26 Aug 09 Sep 23 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). This trip must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

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Island Hopper

IBIZA BLAST Jun to Sep 4 DAYS from $879pp*

Want a quick dose of some serious party action? Then Ibiza is the place to be! A perfect dose of hedonism… Once an idyllic hideaway popular with hippies, the island now attracts hordes of hedonistic party goers looking to experience Ibiza’s immense clubbing scene. Party hard ‘til the early hours and spend your days relaxing on one of Ibiza’s many beaches or exploring the local markets of Ibiza Town. The trip includes... • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 3 nights accommodation • 3 buffet breakfasts • Welcome drinks over one of Ibiza’s best views • Discounted club tickets • Orientation walk of Ibiza Town • Busabout Wristband See website for details


Cordoba, Seville, Lagos, Tangier (Morocco), Granada, Consuegra & Toledo

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Spain & Portugal Iberian Adventure Gorge yourself on tapas, and witness emotive Flamenco in its spiritual home. Head over into Lagos with its great beaches and awesome night life before venturing further into Morocco. History, culture and passion in abundance with balmy summer nights that really come alive after the sun goes down. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Madrid to Seville Visit Cordoba, home to the Mezquita then on to Seville. And since we’re in Spain we’ll have tapas and a party this evening. 77Explore Seville with a local guide Day 2: Seville to Lagos Free time to explore beautiful Seville before heading off to the sun lovers’ party town of Lagos. Dinner tonight at an authentic Portuguese restaurant, before hitting the bars. (B) 77Enjoy the pumping nightlife in Lagos, Portugal

Day 7: Granada to Madrid A stop in Consuegra, followed by the Imperial city of Toledo before returning to Madrid. (B) 77Grab a photo of the famous windmills at La Mancha Plains 77Wander the cobbled streets of UNESCO listed Toledo

Day 4: Lagos to Tangier We pass through the small Spanish town of Tarifa before arriving in Morocco by boat. You’ll be amazed by the new sights, smells and sounds of mysterious Tangier. (B) 77Discover a new continent and explore the city of Tangier in Morocco ★★Haggle for a bargain at the Tangier bazaars

Stunning Islamic architecture and decoration fill the palace and mosque along with the gardens, fountains and streams. Entry is optional but this is Spain’s most visited attraction for a very good reason!

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Tickets can be purchased from your Guide.

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Orientation walks in each town • Guided tour of Tangier and its markets

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Multi-share hostels and hotels. Accommodation upgrade  $309pp twin private (min. 2 persons). Departure point/time  U-Hostel, Madrid, 7.30am. Return point/time  Madrid, 8pm. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 1,269 • STUDENT $ 1,229 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 1,319 • STUDENT $1,279 Start Þ

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03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul

30 Jul 06 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Aug 03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep

05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

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Day 6: Granada The option to visit the Alhambra, Spain’s most visited attraction and residence of royalty for centuries. Join a fully guided tour or relax and head to the Turkish hot pools for a massage. (B) ★★Visit the stunning UNESCO listed Alhambra ★★Get steamy in Moorish Granada at a traditional Hammam

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The UNESCO World Heritage listed Alhambra and Generalife Gardens are up there on the ‘wow’ scale. The name is Arabic for ‘Red Fortress’ and was built by the Moorish rulers of Granada as their residence and court in the mid-fourteenth century. If their intention was to show off how much ‘bling’ they had, then it worked, however the ‘official’ reason was to reflect the beauty of paradise itself.

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Day 3: Lagos A historian’s heaven, a reveller’s mecca, a beach bum’s paradise: it’s Lagos. There’s something for everyone here so get out and start exploring. (B) ★★Explore the grottos of the Algarve coast by sea-kayak ★★Surf the waves in Lagos

Day 5: Tangier to Granada Tonight we are in the home of tapas, so time to sample the local specialities! (B) ★★Get stuck into the Granada Tapas Crawl ★★Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show

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Iberian Adventure


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Morocco Encompassed Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, Chefchaouen, Fes, Mildelt, Sahara Desert camel trek, Aït Benhaddou & Essaouira

15 DAYS from $2,338pp* (Trip $2,229 + local payment $109†)

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Max out your time in Morocco with this awesome adventure. Ride camels across Saharan sand dunes, chill out on the golden surf beaches of Essaouira, barter in the bustling souks of Marrakech and get lost in the ancient Fes medina. Experience all that this truly unique country has to offer.

Local payment Payment of $65 USD ($109 NZ)† due Day 1 Inclusions • Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)

• Transfer from Marrakech airport • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or minivan • 14 nights accommodation and breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners including a Berber camp dinner • Guided tour of Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis and Aït Benhaddou • Berber camp • Sahara camel trek

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Marrakech Welcome to Morocco! Go explore or chill by the pool at our 4H hotel before a welcome meeting at 6pm. (D)

Day 9: Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge Marvel at the changing colours and dizzying heights of the Todra Gorge. (B, L, D) 77Wander Todra Gorge, the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Morocco

Day 2: Marrakech to Rabat A visit to Casablanca en-route to a night in Morocco’s capital, Rabat. (B) ★★Visit the stunning Hassan II mosque, the third largest in the world

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  13 nights 3 or 4H hotel, 1 night Berber camp. Accommodation upgrade  Single supplement available. Departure point/time  Hotel Andalous, Marrakech, 6pm. Return point/time  Marrakech, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Day 11 to 12: Essaouira Enjoy the beach and surf at this stunning fortified and colourful fifteenth-century fishing town. (B, B) 77Explore ‘Game of Thrones’ location, Astapor

Day 4: Meknes to Chefchaouen Arrive at Chefchaouen high up in the Rif mountains.(B) 77Admire Chefchaouen, city of blue and white

Day 13 to 14: Marrakech Day 5 to 6: Fes Discover Fes, the world’s largest medieval city. Explore Check out Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and Djemâa-el-Fna market on our included city tour. (B, B) souks and tanneries on our full day city tour. (B, B) Delve into the city’s sights ★★Immerse yourself in a traditional Moroccan evening 77 ★★Go for a steamy and traditional Hammam Day 7: Fes to Midelt Relax after Fes in this beautiful alpine town for a night Day 15: Marrakech Tour finishes after breakfast. (B) in the Atlas Mountains. (B, L, D)

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Day 3: Rabat to Meknes A morning to explore the mosques and palaces of the capital Rabat, then on to the imperial city of Meknes. (B)

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MOROCCO

MARRAKECH & Sahara Have your mind blown with enigmatic Morocco. Visit the Gorge du Dades, Todra Gorge, go camel trekking and experience a Berber camp in the Sahara, finishing with a visit to Aït Benhaddou’s famous Kasbah and a tour of Marrakech. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Marrakech Welcome to Morocco! Explore the souks or chill by the pool at our 4* hotel before a welcome meeting at 6pm. (D) Day 2: Marrakech to Torda Gorge A journey through Gorge du Dades. A stunning valley from the High Atlas mountains to the Jebel Saghrou range in the south. (B, L, D) 77Marvel at Gorge du Dades and the Berber Kasbahs Day 3: Todra Gorge Astonishing 300m cliffs. Go adventuring or chill out for the day. (B, L, D) 77Explore Todra Gorge, Morocco’s ‘Grand Canyon’ Day 4: Todra Gorge to Sahara Desert Cross the Jebel Saghrou then head down to the edge of the Sahara Desert. Stop at a Berber camp and enjoy local food and a night under the stars. (B, L, D) 77Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start of the Sahara Desert 77Sahara camel trek 77Experience a traditional Berber camp

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Day 6: Ouarzazate to Marrakech Visit Aït Benhaddou, then on to Marrakech. (B, L, D) 77Wander Aït Benhaddou, UNESCO listed ancient fortified Kasbah city Day 7: Marrakech Marrakech is one of the ultimate travel destinations. Soak up the colours, spicy aromas and bustling lifestyle. (B) 77Guided city tour of Marrakech 77Discover the UNESCO listed Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech ★★Hammam spa in Marrakech Day 8: Marrakech Tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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NEED TO KNOW Local payment Payment of $50 USD ($79 NZ)† due Day 1 Inclusions • Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)

• Transfer from Marrakech airport • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or minivan • 7 nights accommodation • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners (including a Berber camp dinner)

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  6 nights 3-4* hotel, 1 night Berber camp. Accommodation upgrade  Single supplement available. Departure point/time  Hotel El Andalous Marrakech, 6pm. Return point/time  Marrakech, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Take time out in Morocco to explore solo or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $ 1,618

Visit all of Morocco’s majestic imperial cities. Journey to Casablanca, Rabat and Fes, visit Todra Gorge, go camel trekking in the Sahara desert and see Aït Benhaddou and its famous Kasbah. This actionpacked tour finishes in the bustling imperial city of Marrakech.

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner. † Price based on NZ exchange rate at time of print.

2 options: 9 day Marrakech return or 8 day Casablanca to Marrakech one-way. See website for more details *Per person price, based on twin-share accommodation. Local payment of $60 USD ($99 NZ)† paid on Day 1. † Price based on USD$ exchange rate at time of print.

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GREEK TIME

Our Greek Island Hopper lets you spend as long as you like on each island. So here’s a bit about them to help you plan your time there.

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WITH SO MANY CHOICES ON EACH ISLAND, ASK YOUR GUIDE FOR THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS. TRUST US, THEY KNOW!

MY KO NOS

Mykonos is a big show-off. Massive sparkly clubs, glamorous cruise ships and elegant eateries. But unlike many show-offs it has depth too. Take your time to explore Mykonos and the nearby island of Delos and you’ll be rewarded with cultural insights and jaw-dropping archaeological sites.


PARO S

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This island is a great spot for relaxing and exploring. It’s quieter than the other islands which gives you a glimpse into the traditional Greek island lifestyle and culture. It’s here we visit a beachfront restaurant to experience Greek dancing and plate smashing. Our Paros boat trip is a highlight of any Greek island experience. Our captain takes you to the best beach and swim spots and feeds you sea urchins and squid caught en-route to his secluded BBQ shack. Scrumptious.

BE LIKE THE LOCALS AND DRINK A REFRESHING FRAPPE ICED COFFEE

FOOD & D RI NK

Lip-smackingly fantastic. Proper Greek salads, fantastic moussaka, great value gyros (kebabs) and all sorts of delicacies you’ve probably never heard of.

SANTO RI NI

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Not all sunsets are equal. In fact, some of our Guides believe Santorini has the best sunset in the entire universe. But if that wasn’t enough Santorini also has colourful beaches, superb shopping, world class wine to taste and an awesome volcano. You can explore all this and more on the exclusive ‘Sun-tour-ini tour’. It won’t take long to discover you could easily spend an entire season on this island.

TRY OUZO SIPPED OVER ICE AT LEAST ONCE

IOS

With over 60 bars, Ios boasts some of the craziest nightlife in Greece. Join your Guide for bar-hopping where you’ll discover some of the best spots. From fire shows to flaming Lamborghinis, tequila slammers to chocolate orange shots. And if you want to stay a while longer the watersports, beaches and traditional towns will keep you feeling fresh on the ‘slower’ days.

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GREEK ISLAND FLEXI - Hopper Greek Island Flexi-Hopper

Greek time is YOUR time and you can extend your trip to suit your own schedule. The Greek Island Flexi-Hopper is a flexible trip with a minimum of nine days (two nights on each island) but you can spend the whole season travelling from island to island if you wanted to. Choose what you want to do and book your itinerary two weeks in advance through MyTrip.

Mykonos, Paros, Santorini & Ios

9 DAYS to 5 MONTHS $699pp* from Students from $679 pp*

TRIP ITINERARY Min 9 day itinerary

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • All ferries • Guided orientations of each island • Nights out on every island • Return transfer from AthenStyle Hostel to Athens Piraeus Port • All transfers to and from MyTrip Preferred Partner island accommodation

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Pay as you go. €10–€45pppn* in Busabout recommended beach clubs and pensions (guest houses). Departure point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, Monastiraki, 5.30am. Return transfer from AthenStyle to Athens Port. Return point/time  Varies depending on the ferries. We recommend booking your onward travel for after 12pm (noon) the following day. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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Continue travelling by connecting with the options below and SAVE 10% Athens – link to Hop-on Hop-off* (p46-47) Save $313 7 Day Balkan Trek (p66) Save $189 *Connect by local ferry. See www.busabout.com for details

Day 1: Athens to Mykonos Your first glimpse of the beauty, your first dance in the clubs and your first dip into the ocean. Welcome to the Greek Islands. ★★Watch the sunset behind white stone windmills ★★Dance to fantastic DJs in Mykonos Day 2: Mykonos Cocktail in hand or history book at your side; explore this island the way you want. Check out the clubs and see some of the world’s best DJs tonight. ★★Half-day trip to ancient Delos from Mykonos Day 3: Mykonos to Paros Ferry to Paros. The vibe is a little more relaxed here. So take your time and enjoy one of our optional excursions. ★★Smash plates and dance (it’s a Greek thing!) ★★Horse ride along the beaches Day 4: Paros Fewer tourists make this island great for leisurely exploration. Spend your time resting up for the next island or head out on one of our favourite boat trips. ★★Antiparos boat trip with swimming, BBQ lunch including ouzo and wine

Day 5: Paros to Santorini Ferry to Fira. With whitewashed, blue-domed churches and cloudless blue skies; Santorini is a feast for the senses. ★★Explore Santorini’s black and red sand beaches Day 6: Santorini Go on an optional tour to get the most out of this glorious Greek island or just spend more time ogling the sun-kissed sea. ★★‘Sun-tour-ini tour’ ★★Explore the main sites of the island, topped off by watching the world famous sunset in Oia Day 7: Santorini to Ios Chill out time is over. This is the party capital of the Cycladic Islands. Your Guide will tell you about the best places to go. ★★Party until dawn Day 8: Ios The sun will be shining and the head might be thumping. So chill out on the beach and rest up for the final night out. ★★Water sports and scuba diving Day 9: Ios to Athens Ferry back to the stunning Greek capital.


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Where you spend the night can be just as important as how you got there, so we have secured the best places to stay on each island. We guarantee our preferred pick-up and drop-off point accommodation partners offer great value, cleanliness, location and attitude. A range of bed and room types are available and are run by lovely folk who adore our travellers. All are optional, but we do recommend staying close to your Guide and group. If you do wander a little further, we recommend you stay close to Paradise Beach (Mykonos), Parikia (Paros), Fira (Santorini) and Mylopotas Beach (Ios). Book your beds through MyTrip (our online planning tool) with no booking fees. See p25 for details.

GREEK ISLANDS AT BUSABOUT.COM

WHERE YOU STAY

SAVE 10%

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $ 699 • STUDENT $679 MID SEASON ADULT $ 749 • STUDENT $729 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 799 • STUDENT $ 779 Start Þ

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Paradise Beach Club, Mykonos  Choose from basic cabins to more superior bungalows only steps away from the sea and a 10-minute bus ride into Mykonos Town. From full-moon parties and pumping dance music, to chilled-out beaches and traditional beachfront cafés. It’s truly paradise!

Pension Elizabeth, Paros  Is the perfect place to unwind. Lily and Mihalis make this your home away from home, always ready to help and make your stay one to remember. Located in a peaceful part of Parikia town, you’re only a short walk from the seafront cafés and restaurants, the beach and nightlife (when you’re ready for it again!).

Fira Backpackers, Santorini  Is a hostel with private rooms and dorms at the downtown area of Fira, the capital of Santorini island. A stylish hostel with all the facilities of a hotel. Only a short distance from the door of the hostel is the main square of Fira and the caldera cliffs for shopping and stunning sunset views.

Farout Beach Club, Ios  Situated right on the beach, this is the hottest place to be. Choose from the chilled-out Village, or the happening Beach Club. Swim in the sea, the pool or try some water sports. The town is just a 5-minute bus ride away where you’ll find all the vibrant bars the island is famous for.

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CROATIA SAILING

BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR OWN SHIP

WE'LL BE YOUR CREW An encyclopaedia on ‘why sailing in Croatia is amazing’ would be 1000’s of pages long. At ‘A’ you’d have an entire novella dedicated to the clear blue Adriatic Sea. At ‘C’ there would be dozens of articles about the astonishing historic cities. At ‘Z’ there’d be sonnets detailing the wicked partying at Zrce beach. And if you read between the lines, you’d realise that even just chilling on the deck is worthy of a few chapters.

HERE ARE THE TOP REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO... THE FIRST

The Croatian Island Hopper is an old favourite; it starts and finishes in Split, a port town known as the ‘soul of Dalmatia’. The One-Way sail was pioneered by Busabout with our local Croatian Captains, who continue to make this one of the best sailing trips in the Adriatic. We sail Saturdays and Wednesdays and it’s easy to link up with our Hop-on Hop-off network in Split or Zadar.

THE GUIDES

THE SWIM STOPS

There are swim stops every day in small coves and secluded bays. A dip in the Adriatic with goggles and a snorkel is the perfect hangover cure.

THE GRUB

Mussels in wine sauce, grilled squid, fresh olive oil, Dalmatian cheese and smoked pršut. You’ll top off your meal with the locals’ favourite digestif, rakija. It puts any grappa and ouzo to shame!

All the people who work on our boats are obsessed with Dalmatia and our Guides are no exception. They love Croatia, its people, its history and its culture. They’re there to tell you stories, make everything easy and help you get the most out of your time.

THE RELAXATION

THE BOATS AND THEIR CREW

THE PARTIES AND FESTIVALS

They come in all shapes and sizes. There’s crazy Joe, Mama, Chico, Dure, Luka: they all add that special local touch. Our fleet are a mix of beautiful vintage ships and new style cruisers with deck space for sunbathing. The cabins are below and above deck with a galley where you’ll eat the best food since your mum’s home cooking.

Put your swimsuit on and grab a beer and a lilo. Crank up some tunes, head to the deck of your ship and watch the islands, mountains, and dolphins swim by.

Raves in caves, bars lit on fire, full moon parties, and a nightclub in a monastery. Zrce beach is now one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. There are super big name DJs and a beach club that regularly sees 20,000 people dance along its shores until dawn.


MEET THE FLEET Our fleet is our strength. We have great boats for all budgets. Energetic crews, clean cabins, great cooks, plenty of deck space, and captains who understand your needs. Our fleet has been with us now for years and we’ve grown together, meaning you get the best experience possible on the Adriatic.

CLASSIC STANDARD

The originals to pioneer the Dalmatian coast. These beautifully preserved boats are full of character and offer great deck space, well laid out cabins and shared bathrooms. They’re skippered by the new generation of captains, so their youthful energy and lively attitude will ensure you have a great week’s sail.

CLASSIC ENSUITE

These boats have been sailing with us for seasons. They offer great big decks to dance and sunbathe on and a large galley to enjoy the seafood. The Classic Ensuites are slightly larger than their Classic Standard counterparts and could be described as Dalmatia’s party boats. They are skippered by awesome characters who will ensure your week’s sail is top notch.

CRUISER ENSUITE

These modern steel hulled giants offer large ensuite cabins with air conditioning, flat screen entertainment systems, huge deck space and large galleys. They’re the new Croatian cruising experience and have captains and crews who have grown with us over the years. You’ll never want to get off them.

CABIN OPTIONS Classic Standard: Twin-share cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Classic Ensuite: Twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities. Cruiser Ensuite: Spacious modern twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities. Above or below deck? If you’re after a bit of luxury, the Cruiser Ensuite above deck cabins are our most expensive option. If you are on a budget, standard below deck cabins are the cheapest. So whether you are flashpacking or backpacking, Busabout has you covered! Make your choice and get booking.


CROATIA SAIL AT BUSABOUT.COM

Croatia Island Hopper Split, Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Islands

8 DAYS from $1,159 pp* (Trip $1,109 + local payment $50†)

Students from $1,129 pp* (Trip $1,079 + local payment $50†)

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NEED TO KNOW Local payment of $50 (€25) due on Day 1. †

Inclusions • English speaking Busabout Guide • 7 nights accommodation, breakfasts and lunches • Island orientation walks • Orientation walks of Split and Dubrovnik • Boat captain and crew • Bedding on the boats (bring a towel and your swimming cossie) • 1 litre of drinking water per person per day PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Standard twin-share accommodation with shared facilities. Accommodation upgrade  See cabin options on page 59. Departure point/time  Split Harbour, 1pm (check-in 11am). Return point/time  Split Harbour, Friday, 4pm. Overnight on the boat (disembark by 9am on Saturday). Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Explore the islands at your own pace, or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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D=dinner).* Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation. Prices vary depending on cabin class and departure date. † Taxes: Port Tax €25 paid on Day 1 (based on exchange rate at time of print). Go to www.busabout.com for full details.

Continue travelling by connecting with the options below. Split – link to Hop-on Hop-off*(p12‑13) 7 Day Bohemian Trek (p65) 9 Day Ottoman Trek (p67)

There’s no beating Croatia’s Dalmatian coast for an 8-day, 7-night chill out. Spend an unforgettable week sailing on a beautiful vintage boat. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook!) spoil you while you contemplate whether to swim, sunbathe or do a bit of sightseeing. Think crystal clear seas, tiny walled cities, island clubbing and long nights sampling local food and wine in a traditional konoba. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Split to Hvar Enjoy lunch onboard and a swim before arriving at Hvar, a fortified port and home to the rich and famous. Tonight it’s Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva. (L) ★★Live the celebrity life in Hvar up close Day 2: Hvar to Mljet After a late breakfast and a refreshing swim it’s on to Mljet, an island paradise of inland lakes, monasteries and unspoilt nature. BBQ dinner tonight. (B, L) ★★Hire a small boat and sail across the Mljet salt lakes to discover its secluded abbey ★★Bike hire in the National Parks ★★Traditional BBQ dinner Day 3: Mljet to Dubrovnik The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, a stunning medieval city with limestone and marble streets, squares and the most complete set of medieval fortified walls in the world! (B, L) ★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik – ‘Game of Thrones’ Day 4: Dubrovnik to Korčula Famed for its expert stone masonry, jewellery making, shipbuilding and famous resident, Marco Polo. The island has over 5,000 years of history. (B, L) ★★Sip cocktails at the top of a fourteenth-century tower in Korĉula 77Orientation including Marco Polo’s birthplace Day 5: Korčula to Makarska The Croatian Riviera, a stunning port, full of top restaurants, shops and clubs. Probably the best sunset of the week, and then one of the most unique parties. (B, L) ★★Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar Day 6: Makarska to Omiš We sail to Pučišća and the marble capital of the world. Dinner and the onboard pirates party. (B, L) ★★Dress up for the Captain’s Dinner

Day 7: Omiš to Split The pirate town of Omiš. We visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split. (B, L) Day 8: Split Say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)


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8 DAYS from $1,189 pp* (Trip $1,139 + local payment $50†)

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CROATIA One-way sail Explore a select few of the Dalmatian coast’s 1,185 dazzling islands, including the secluded bays away from the main tourist spots. Choose from ‘Split to Dubrovnik’ or ‘Dubrovnik to Split’ for maximum exposure to Croatian life and its people. One-Way Sailing was pioneered by Busabout along with the assistance of our local Croatian Captains, who continue to make this one of the best sailing trips in the Adriatic. TRIP ITINERARY See website for Dubrovnik to Split itinerary

Day 1: Split to Omiš Sail to Pučišća on the island of Brač where we’ll visit the world-famous stonemason’s school. Our final stop is the pirate town of Omiš to see the fortress. (L) 77Hike to a pirate fortress for panoramic views of Dalmatia ★★Captain’s BBQ

Day 7: Mljet to Dubrovnik Set sail to Dubrovnik with maximum time to explore this picturesque town. Time to party your last night away. (B, L) ★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik –  ‘Game of Thrones’ Day 8: Dubrovnik Say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)

Day 2: Omiš to Makarska One of Croatia’s most beautiful towns, set on the Croatian Riviera. Great local food, the best sunsets and rave in a cave ‘til late. (B, L) ★★Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar

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Accommodation  Standard twin-share accommodation with shared facilities. Accommodation upgrade  See cabin options on page 59. Departure point/time  Split Harbour, 1pm (check-in 11am). Return point/time  Dubrovnik, 4pm. Overnight on the boat. Disembark by 9am on Saturday. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

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Day 3: Makarska to Stari Grad (Hvar) To the island of Hvar with a swim stop at Golden Horn beach. We check out Bol before Stari Grad and some wine tasting. (B, L) ★★Wine tasting on the Stari Grad plain ★★Traditional peka dinner and wine tasting in Stari Grad

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Day 4: Stari Grad to Hvar Spend the whole day exploring the island, through lavender fields, olive groves and secluded beaches. Then enjoy Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva Bar. (B, L) ★★Live the celebrity life in Hvar up close

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Day 5: Hvar to Korčula Explore the beautiful, historic streets of Marco Polo’s birthplace. Enjoy a cocktail from the top of a tower. (B, L) ★★Sip cocktails at the top of a fourteenth-century tower in Korĉula Explore the islands at your own pace, or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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Day 6: Korčula to Mljet A morning swim, then it’s time to explore Mljet National Park. Join us for an optional dinner and party the night away. (B, L) ★★Captain’s Dinner ★★Bike hire in the National Parks

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 8 nights accommodation and breakfasts, 1 dinner • Orientation walks of Olomouc, Krakow, Zakopane and Split • Entrance to Kutna Hora and Plitvice National Park

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Accommodation  7 nights hostel/hotel multi-share, 1 night bungalow. Accommodation upgrade  $309pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  PLUS Hostel, Prague, 7.45am. Return point/time  Split, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT FROM $1,479 • STUDENT FROM $1,429 Start Þ

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

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The ultimate Eastern European experience, from the Bohemian capital to the Croatian coastline. This trip has everything – history, culture, bustling iconic cities, national parks, mountains and the most beautiful coast in Europe. The contrast between the different landscapes and people is amazing. Enjoy classic off-the-beaten-track destinations, great local food and revel in some of the top clubs in Europe. Learn about local cultures and most importantly, meet future friends aboard this adventure. Day 1: Prague to Olomouc Leaving Prague, we stop off at the hidden wonder of Kutna Hora, before travelling across the Czech countryside to the university town of Olomouc. 77Explore the church of human bones in UNESCO-listed town Kutna Hora Day 2: Olomouc to Krakow On to Krakow for a full afternoon of exploring and a buzzing Saturday night out in true Eastern European clubbing style. (B) 77Enjoy Krakow’s happening nightlife ★★Krakow pub crawl ★★Bike tour of Krakow Day 3: Krakow A day to explore Krakow. A must-see is the quirky Kazimierz district with its markets, cafes and live music. (B) ★★Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau ★★Krakow salt mine tour Day 4: Krakow to Zakopane A short drive to Zakopane. Here you’ll enjoy some stunning views of the East’s highest peaks, and later you can indulge in an alpine dinner. (B) 77Stunning Tatra Mountains, Zakopane

Day 5: Zakopane to Budapest Journey through Slovakia, with an optional tank ride and a stop in the Velka Fatra mountains. Enjoy Hungarian goulash and an optional Danube river cruise before hitting the city’s famous ‘ruin bars’. (B) ★★Cruise along the Danube at night ★★Ride in a tank in Slovakia Day 6: Budapest Explore Hungary’s capital Budapest, you’ll never be short of stuff to do in this city. Visit the best food markets, go shopping and explore beautiful boulevards. (B) ★★Take a thermal bath under the stars in Budapest Day 7: Budapest to Plitvice A swim stop at Lake Balaton before crossing the border to Croatia, then the Balkan open air war museum. (B, D) 77Plitvice National Park, an aqua wonderland 77Savour a BBQ in Plitvice National Park Day 8: Plitvice to Split Explore the aqua wonderland of Plitvice National Park before heading over lunar landscapes to Split and the Croatian coast. (B) 77The scenic drive to Split, Croatia Day 9: Split Trek finishes after breakfast. (B)

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An awesome adventure that covers some of the top destinations in Eastern Europe. Between Prague and Budapest you’ll enjoy a top weekend in Krakow and some little gems like Zakopane and Olomouc. It’s a great introduction to this beautiful and crazy region.

This is the serene, green, Eastern European exploration of roads less seen. Travel to natural splendours like the Krka National Park and Lake Bled and visit the opulent and lively cities of Salzburg and Prague. It’s a beautiful journey that’ll leave your eyes craving for more.

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Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Orientation walks of Olomouc, Krakow and Zakopane • Kutna Hora entrance

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Orientation walks of Zadar, Ljubljana, Bled, Salzburg and Prague • Krka National Park entrance

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PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $259pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  PLUS Hostel, Prague, 7.45am. Return point/time  Wombats Hostel, Budapest, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

Accommodation  Hostel/hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $239pp twin / Double room. Departure point/time  Split Hostel, 8am. Return point/time  Plus Prague, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT FROM $1,219 • STUDENT FROM $1,179 Start Þ

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1– 6: Prague to Budapest As per Classic Rhapsody Trek. Day 7: Budapest Trek finishes after breakfast.

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2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT FROM $1,169 • STUDENT FROM $1,129 Start Þ

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Split to Zadar Departing Split we get a chance to swim in the lakes of Krka Naitional Park before heading to Zadar. Orientation of the city, dinner at a local restaurant and then we hit the bars! 77Enjoy Zadar, an undiscovered gem on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast 77Visit the beautiful Krka National Park

Day 3: Ljubljana to Lake Bled A short drive onto Bled. On arrival you can head off for a walk around the lake, explore its surroundings, or row out to the church perched on the island. (B) 77Marvel at Lake Bled, an idyllic paradise surrounded by mountains Day 4: Lake Bled This day is dedicated to nature and activities in the magnificent Slovenian Alps. (B) ★★Hike the stunning Triglav National Park and Julian Alps ★★Go white water rafting on the Emerald River ★★Skydive over the mountains Day 5: Lake Bled to Salzburg On to beautiful Salzburg. This baroque town is yours to explore. Go discover its arts scene, wonderful food, manicured parks and musical traditions. (B) ★★Traditional Austrian Schnapps farm experience ★★Sound of Music Tour

Day 2: Zadar to Ljubljana Stunning drive through scenic mountains to the capital Day 7: Prague of Slovenia, Ljubljana. The afternoon and evening will Trek finishes after breakfast. (B) be spent in this buzzing city. (B)

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Day 6: Salzburg to Prague Explore the Czech countryside before we arrive in the Bohemian capital, Prague. (B) 77Discover Prague, city of a thousand spires


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We begin in Istanbul, where Asia meets Europe. Trace the steps of the Ancient Greeks through clifftop monasteries, Spartan battle fields and the Acropolis of Athens. Enjoy some of Greece’s best beaches and bars with a trip to Corfu, before getting right off the beaten track in Albania and through the stunning scenery of Montenegro. Finish your trip travelling the sites and coastline of the jewel of the Adriatic, Croatia.

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11 DAYS from $1,579 pp* Students from $1,539 pp*

Day 1: Istanbul to Thessaloniki Visit Kavala and its Roman aqueduct then on to Thessaloniki for great Greek food and nightlife.

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 10 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Professional local guide in Delphi, plus site and museum entrance • Orientation walks of Thessaloniki,Gjorkastra, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik and Split • Entry to two monastries at Meteora

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Accommodation  Hotel/hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $439pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, 7.30am. Return point/time  Split, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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Turkey, Greece

5 DAYS from $749 pp* Students from $729 pp*

Day 2: Thessaloniki to Kalambaka We travel to Meteora with its ninth-century UNESCOlisted monasteries perched on cliffs. Then tonight we stay in the little Greek village of Kalambaka. (B) 77Marvel at Meteora’s stunning cliff top monasteries Day 3: Kalambaka to Delphi to Athens From Kalambaka to Thermopylae and then on to Delphi. In the evening we mingle over dinner and drinks at our hostel’s roof-top bar. (B) 77Visit Thermopylae, where the Spartans battled the Persians 77Professional local guide in Delphi Day 4: Athens Free day to explore one of the world’s oldest cities, filled with ancient monuments and today a buzzing, modern metropolis. (B) ★★Explore the stunning Acropolis Day 5: Athens to Corinth Canal to Parga We head to Parga via the amazing Corinth Canal. Arrive in Parga in time for a swim. (B) 77Party till dawn in the beachside resort of Parga 77Marvel at the Corinth Canal

A mini Greek trek from Istanbul to Athens through the lands of the ancient gods. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1– 4: As per Classic Balkan Trek Day 5: Athens Trek ends after breakfast (B) See website for details. Refer to Classic Balkan for Departure dates.E

Day 6: Parga to Corfu Next a ferry ride to the island of Corfu and Corfu Town. Join the raucous island nightlife in true Grecian style. (B) 77Corfu Town, the only fortified town in Greece Day 7: Corfu Explore at your leisure to get the most out of this glorious Greek island or just spend more time watching the sun-kissed sea. (B) ★★Watersports in Corfu Day 8: Corfu to Gjirokastra to Tirana We head back in time to a country waiting to be discovered – Albania. Visit bunkers and the UNESCOworld heritage town of Gjirokastra, and onto Tirana. (B) 77Discover ‘off the beaten track’ Albania Day 9: Tirana to Budva to Kotor Visit the town of Budva on the Mediterranean, which arguably has the best beach culture in the Balkans. Then on to discover the old town of Kotor and the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor. (B) ★★Climb to St Johns Fortress for a vista of Kotor Day 10: Kotor to Dubrovnik to Split In to Croatia and Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Walk the walls, have a swim then on to Split and the Diocletian Palace. Orientation of the old city then some excellent nightlife. (B) ★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik – ‘Game of Thrones’ Day 11: Split Trip finishes after breakfast. Link up with another Busabout adventure. (B) Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts • Orientation walk in Thessaloniki • Entrance to 2 Monasteries at Meteora • Professional local guide in Delphi, plus site and museum entrance Accommodation  Hotel/hostel multi-share Accommodation Upgrade  $179pp double/twin room Departure point/time  Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, 7.30am Return point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, After breakfast Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees


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Greece and Croatia united under a sunny blast of beach culture. We venture along Greece’s Ionian Coast, Albania’s unspoilt beauty and Montenegro’s national parks before arriving on the stunning Adriatic coast. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Orientation walks of Parga, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik and Split

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Accommodation  Hotel/hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $259pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, Athens, 7.30am. Return point/time  Split Hostel, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 1,039 • STUDENT $ 1,009 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1,089 • STUDENT $1,059 Start Þ

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1– 6: Athens to Split As per classic Balkan Trek Days 5 – 10.

Go further east through the Balkan cities of Sarajevo, Belgrade and Sofia and seek out the path less travelled. From the splendour and charisma of the Croatian coast to the mighty Turkish capital Istanbul, prepare to marvel at the history, dance to the mystical rhythms of gypsy trance and be enlivened by the nightlife! NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and Driver • 8 nights accommodation and breakfasts • Orientation walks of Sofia, Nis and Istanbul • Guided walking tour of Mostar

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Hotel/hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $309pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  Split, 8am. Return point/time  Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 1,319 • STUDENT $ 1,279 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1,369 • STUDENT $ 1,329 Start Þ

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20 Aug 07 Sep 25 Sep 13 Oct

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

Day 1: Split to Sarajevo The Croatian coast, magnificent Mostar, and a spectacular night out in Sarajevo. 77Grab a photo at Mostar’s famous bridge on a locally-guided walking tour Day 2: Sarajevo Get to know the Bosnian capital and its incredible history. (B) ★★Sarajevo walk and tunnel tour Day 3: Sarajevo to Belgrade Into Serbia and its capital Belgrade. Tonight you have the option to check out some of Belgrade’s best nightlife. (B) ★★Enjoy the buzz of Belgrade on a night out Day 4: Belgrade Today, explore Serbia’s capital with its grand orthodox churches, museums and awesome people. (B) 77Experience Belgrade’s great vibe and alternative psyche Day 5: Belgrade to Sofia Through the Serbian town of Nis and its Ottoman ruins. Into Bulgaria and its capital Sofia, full of national monuments, sweeping boulevards and chic eateries! (B) ★★Traditional gypsy music and dinner show in Sofia Day 6: Sofia to Sunny Beach To the beautiful Bulgarian coast. Relax on the beach by day and party up at night. From watersports and beach time to bars and cafés by the sea. (B) 77Relax on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast Day 7: Sunny Beach to Istanbul To the end of Europe in Istanbul and the edge of Asia. On arrival we go on an orientation walk of this mesmerising city. (B) Day 8: Istanbul A full day to explore the wonders of Istanbul.You can visit the grand bazaar, gaze at the beauty of the Blue Mosque or even just drink tea and smoke shisha! (B) 77Wander through Istanbul with its towering mosques ★★Get steamy in a Turkish bath Day 9: Istanbul All good things come to an end. Trip finishes after breakfast. Link up with another Busabout adventure. (B)

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Day 7: Split Trek finishes after breakfast. (B)

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TURKISH MUD BATHS

Do what you’re not supposed to and get incredibly dirty and smelly. These Turkish mud baths are an ancient tradition and great for your skin.

CAPPADOCIA

Photos don’t do this place justice. Its moonlike landscape gives you an otherworldly feeling; while its timeless villages give you a taste of Turkish traditions.

HAGIA SOFIA

If Istanbul were a cake this would be the 1,478 year old cherry on top. The building’s main dome took more than 10,000 people to build it. It’s as bewildering as it is beautiful.


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Turkey Sail Fethiye, Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon, Kas & Kalkan

8 DAYS from $909 pp* 1 No. of overnight stays

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Set sail on the famous Blue Cruise, along Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast on board a traditional gulet. It’s pure escapism, the ultimate relaxing holiday. Swim every day in the crystal clear azure waters of the Mediterranean. Visit ancient ruins of sunken cities. Party on island hideaways such as Smuggler’s Cove and lap up the genuine hospitality of your crew as they bestow the freshest, tastiest food upon you. Then there are the sunsets  – deep purple, orange and red. Throw in some friends, a cocktail or two, a bed on deck and you have yourself a cruise to remember. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Fethiye to Samanlik Bay Set sail for our first dinner and swim around the 12 islands in the gulf of Fethiye. Get to know fellow sailors over a few drinks at sunset. (D) Day 2: Samanlik Bay to St Nicholas Island Breakfast in a secluded bay, then Butterfly Valley and Ölüdeniz (the Blue Lagoon) for a swim. Tonight we explore St Nicholas Island and the ruins of a Byzantine settlement. (B, L, D) 77Be mesmerised by Butterfly Valley, a Mediterranean fjord ★★Swim at Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon ★★St Nicholas Island for picture postcard sunsets ★★The Butterfly Valley walk Day 3: St Nicholas Island to Kas To Yesilkoy for a swim in a quiet bay surrounded by olive groves. On to Kas, the pearl of the Mediterranean. We depart for Limanagzi Bay for a swim and dinner. (B, L, D) ★★Enjoy Turkish Apple tea in colourful Kas Day 4: Kas to Smuggler’s Cove We visit Simena, a traditional fishing village with an impressive castle. We moor up at Ucagiz Bay with its natural amphitheatre and Lycian tomb. Tonight we party on the pirate island of Smuggler’s Cove. (B, L, D) 77Party at Smuggler’s Cove pirate island nightclub ★★Visit Simena Castle for stunning views over Kekova

Day 7: Kalkan to Fethiye We moor up in Camli Barun for breakfast then sail to Batikkaya Bay for sunbathing and swimming. Return to Fethiye for our exclusive Turkish evening. (B, L, D) 77Turkish bellydance show Day 8: Fethiye Check out after breakfast at 9am. (B)

Turkish gulet boats

These ultimate sail boats were built to meet the wishes of their cruising passengers. They have large communal areas to relax and chill on, both front and aft decks, and are all covered with sail linen to protect you from the sun. All the cabins are ensuite and spacious, but the big attraction are the beds on deck, allowing you and your friends to sleep under the stars.

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Accommodation  Triple, double and twin ensuite cabins. Departure point/time  Fethiye Harbour 5pm, check-in from 2pm. Return point/time  Fethiye Harbour, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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Day 5: Smuggler’s Cove to Gokkaya Sail by the pirates’ cave and explore Kekova, the home of the sunken city before stopping in the wide bay near Gokkaya. We moor in Snail’s Valley, hidden out of sight and with fantastic sunsets for the night. (B, L, D) 77Sail by Kekova’s Sunken City ★★Visit the ancient city of Myra and its Lycian Tombs

Day 6: Gokkaya to Kalkan A short cruise to Bayindir Limani for a swim. Then on to Kalkan, a picturesque little town with cobbled streets. Optional half-day trip to Saklikent Gorge. (B, L, D) 77Wander Kalkan’s cobbled streets

Inclusions • The friendliest local crew • 7 nights accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, 6 lunches, afternoon tea and coffee • Snorkels, fishing lines and board games


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Turkey Aegean Adventure Gallipoli, Ephesus, Saklikent Treehouses, & Fethiye 3-night gulet sail

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 7 nights accommodation and breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches • Entry to Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Pergamum

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Accommodation  1 night hostel, 2 nights motel, 1 night treehouse and 3 nights onboard our gulet sail boat. All multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $239 pp twin / Double private. Departure point/time  Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, 7am. Return point/time  Fethiye Harbour, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

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ANZAC ADVENTURE ANZAC Day, Ephesus, Saklikent treehouse and 3 night Turkey gulet sail

10 DAYS from $1,729 pp

Turkey’s Mediterranean coast boasts the best WOW places you could ever imagine. From the resurrected palaces of great empires, to eye-opening wonders of nature, this adventure encompasses the best of Turkey. You’ll taste the history, drink in all its past glory and when it’s done, dip your toes in the Mediterranean’s soothing waters on our 3 night, 12 island cruise. Combine this trip with our Turkey Cappadocia Adventure leaving Fethiye on Saturday. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Istanbul to Gallipoli We head to Gallipoli and visit the peninsula on a half day tour to learn about the brave ANZACs of 1915. 77Tour Gallipoli battlefields and ANZAC peninsula

Day 5: Saklikent Gorge to Fethiye Choose to spend the day in the gorge with optional Day 2: Gallipoli to Ephesus rafting followed by a mudbath. Hike the gorge and We visit Troy and learn about legends such as Achilles enjoy lunch before heading to the Mediterranean coast and Homer’s heroes. On to Pergamum and its amazing and our first night onboard the gulet. (B, D) acropolis then our overnight oasis at Ephesus. (B) 77Set sail on a traditional Turkish gulet sail boat 77Visit the historic sights of Troy and Pergamum 77Explore Fethiye, the hub of the Mediterranean 77Relax by the pool after a day of ancient discovery ★★Rafting and mud bath in Saklikent Gorge Day 3: Ephesus Day 6 to 7: Aegean sail Free day to explore Ephesus or kick back around the oasis pool. Ephesus is the best preserved classical city Blue cruise sailing through pristine waters, Cleopatra’s baths and loads of swimming, hiking islands and relaxing. in Turkey. (B) Arrive back into Fethiye for our final night. (B, L, D, B, L, D) 77 Discover the ancient city of Ephesus 77Swim around the 12 islands in the Gulf of Fethiye ★★Turkish Hamam, Selcuk Day 8: To Fethiye ★★Visit Kusadasi and party in its clubs Trip finishes after breakfast. Link up with another Busabout Adventure. (B)

Travel from the bustling energy of Istanbul to the shimmering calm of the Mediterranean Sea. Honour the proud ANZACs at Gallipoli, before exploring some of the most breathtaking sites Turkey has to offer. Finish with a beautiful, relaxing sail around the 12 islands of the stunning Turquoise Coast.

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4: Ephesus to Saklikent Gorge On to Pamukkale and its stunning limestone baths and hilltop coliseum. (B) 77Bathe in Pamukkale limestone pools

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner).

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 9 nights accommodation • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches • Local guide for ANZAC Day • Anzac peninsula tour • Troy, Ephesus, Pammukale and Pergamum entrance fees • Busabout ANZAC souvenir Accommodation  2 nights hotel, 2 nights motel, 1 night treehouse/guesthouse, 3 nights ensuite cabins onboard gulet. 1 night Gallipoli Anzac Ceremony site. All multi-share. Departure point/time  Sultan hostel Istanbul, 8am. Return point/time  Fethiye Harbour, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

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Kas, Olympos Beach, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara & Istanbul

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Travel along the Mediterranean coast, from the traveller’s Shangri-La, Olympos to Cappadocia. We’ll whisk you off on an exquisite journey along gorgeous beaches, lush valleys and landscapes dotted with natural oddities. You’ll see underground cities and fairy chimneys – all set in dreamlike surroundings. It’s a true immersion in Turkish culture which culminates in the buzzing city of Istanbul. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Fethiye to Olympos beach We travel the Mediterrnean coast to Kas for lunch and a swim, then on to Olympos and our treehouse escape. After dinner, we hit the bars for some revelry. (D) 77Chill out at Olympos Beach 77Stay in a treehouse Day 2: Olympos beach Take a walk through the lush valley, past Lycian ruins to the hidden beach of Olympos. Later, board the optional Olympos fishing trip to an island for swimming, fishing and eating. In the evening visit the natural flames of the Chymira and toast marshmallows. (B, D) ★★Olympos Chymira Flames tour ★★Olympos fishing trip Day 3: Olympos beach to Cappadocia We head inland, through dreamlike landscapes, stopping in Konya the spiritual capital of Turkey then Sultanhani, before reaching Cappadocia. (B) 77Explore the spiritual home of Turkey – Konya 77Discover Sultanhani – the original roadside motel Day 4: Cappadocia Today we’ll tick off the Cappadocia bucket list with guided visits to an underground city, an open air museum, a valley walk and pottery display. We’ll stop off for lunch, visit a castle and a lookout point as we go. (B) 77Uncover Cappadocia’s underground cities, dreamlike landscapes and valley walks

Day 7: Istanbul Trip finishes after breakfast. Link up with another Busabout Adventure. (B)

Cappadocia Cappadocia’s magnificent moon-like volcanic terrain is dotted with chimney rocks; underground cities and caves that lead you to the past. The laid back atmosphere and hospitality adds to the charm and nature of this region which is begging to be explored and experienced.

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners • Zelve open-air museum • Underground city entrance and tour • Mevlani Konya and Sultanhani entrance fees • Pottery making display • 2 guided valley walks

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Accommodation  1 night hostel, 3 nights boutique cave, 2 nights treehouse. All multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $239pp twin / Double private Departure point/time  Fethiye resort,10am. Return point/time  Sultan hostel, Istanbul, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

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Day 5: Cappadocia Today we leave the tourists behind to capture the real flavour of Cappadocia. We’ll explore a hidden valley, authentic towns, a traditional Cappadocian house and fairy chimneys galore. To top off the day, head back to the hotel and relax at the poolside oasis. (B) 77Head off the beaten track and discover another side of Cappadocia ★★Whirling dervishes Turkish night

Day 6: Cappadocia to Ankara to Istanbul We head towards Istanbul, stopping en route in the Turkish capital, Ankara to view Ataturk’s memorial. A night out in Istanbul completes the trip. (B) 77Marvel at Ataturk’s memorial – Ankara

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WHY

HAGGIS ADVENTURES Because we’re not like the rest. We’re a mad bunch of Scots who prefer to do things the wild way. We’ll party at a traditional ceilidh then storm a mighty castle at dawn. We’ll stand at the foot of a mountain and tell you some of the strangest tales you’ll ever hear. And our way of doing Scotland seems to be working. Over 95% of our customers rate us very good or better on TripAdvisor and we have 5 star accreditation from the Scottish Tourism authority. So you could do Scotland with a glossy sheen, or you can have a lot more fun and do it the wild way.

UNRIVALLED GUIDES

UNSCRIPTED JOURNEYS

Our local Guides are seriously into what they do. In fact, we think they should all have honorary doctorate degrees in Scottish Storytelling and Adventure Detecting. They add dazzle to history, hysterics to myths and another dimension to all the beautiful views. They all inject their own personalities into every trip; and we know that by the end of your journey you’ll love Scotland as much as they do.

Our trips are unscripted, which means every trip is unique. So if the weather is incredible or there’s a crazy event happening we’ll change the route to make the most out of your time. During the day we’re travelling around seeing the best sights, and evenings are generally yours to do what you want. So if you’re openminded and bring a sense of adventure, you’ll have the best time possible with your clothes on.

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HIGHLAND HOSTELS We only stay in the best hostels, in the best locations with the best facilities. Choose a Pre-Pay Bundle or pay on arrival, around £20 – £25pppn. Oban This friendly hostel is close to all the action. Hit the town for spectacular views across the bay, fantastic seafood, great pubs and a traditional Highland ‘Ceilidh’. Stornoway High up in ‘Europe’s last wilderness’ sits a Hebridean home from home. You can expect great hospitality from the family owners and a welcome peat fire. Skye In a small fishing village where a live music session can break out at any moment, the islanders will ensure you had a great night. Seafood and whisky will not be in short supply!

ACCOMMODATION Sleep is mighty important and we believe that being on the road doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality and style. We’ve picked the best overnights and our hostel accommodation has an average dorm size of 6 beds. Hostel accommodation is guaranteed on all trips, just pay on arrival or pick a Pre-Pay Bundle.

MYTRIP Once you’re booked, check out MyTrip. Using the ‘Trip Mates’ function you can ‘meet’ all your fellow travellers before your departure. This is entirely optional but it means you get to make new friends before you leave home.

Orkney A modern and comfortable family-run hostel in Kirkwall. An excellent base for exploring the beautiful islands.

Inverness Pubs galore and friendly locals make the capital of the Highlands a great overnight stop and place to party.

Private Room Upgrade Fancy some ‘together’ time? Private Room ‘Pre-pay Bundles’ can be selected at time of booking when available. Most private rooms are accommodated within the hostel but where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation a short walk away from the main drop-off point. Some private rooms have en-suite facilities whilst others have shared bathrooms.

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Loch Ness Award-winning Scottish hospitality at its very best. Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness offers a warm welcome and fantastic facilities. See feature on p77.


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Think you can take 10 days of it? All the creepy castles, the crazy history and eye-bursting beauty? Yes? Then be brave and do the Compass Buster. It spans Scotland from pub to mountain, from beach to monster, and all the best bits in-between. And if that wasn’t enough, you get to absorb a ton of knowledge from our legendary Guides. So be bold, be smart and take our most complete tour of Scotland. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Edinburgh to Stornoway We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld. Through the Cairngorms National Park and on to the far north west for our ferry to the Hebrides! 88 Ferry journey to the Hebrides 88 Dunkeld village where the Lowlands meet the Highlands

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges PLUS all highlights marked with a

Pay as you go  9 nights hostel dorm multi-share. Your bed is guaranteed, pay hostel on arrival. Pay for optional activities locally, subject to availability. Pre-Pay bundle  From $599pp  Add at time of booking, includes: • 9 nights accommodation on tour • 6 breakfasts • Highland whisky distillery visit • Skara Brae Stone Age Village • Tomb of the Eagles • Gearrannan Blackhouses • HAGGiS t-shirt Jacobite steam train  From $109pp Select at time of booking. Departure point/time  Edinburgh, 8.15am. Return point/time  Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

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Day 2: Lewis and Harris Mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlements and island exploration, optional visit to a traditional Hebridean blackhouse and local tweed weavers. 88 Callanish Standing Stones 88 Butt of Lewis Lighthouse 88 Dun Carloway, Iron Age fort ★★Traditional Gearrannan Blackhouses Day 3: Lewis and Harris to Skye The stunning isolation of Harris with its white sandy beaches and then over the sea to Skye. 88 Isolated Outer Hebrides ★★Island whisky distillery visit

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Day 4: Skye to Loch Ness Explore the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye before our journey takes us past the legendary Eilean Donan Castle and on to Loch Ness. 88 Beautiful Isle of Skye 88 View Eilean Donan Castle Day 5: Loch Ness to Orkney We journey to the tip of British mainland to Orkney. We visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a Stone Age chamber that was filled with thousands of human bones and the remains of sea eagles many millennia ago. 88 Ferry from the northern tip of the British mainland ★★Unique Tomb of the Eagles Day 6: Orkney The chance to explore Skara Brae, a stone age village inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC. Then see the magnificent standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian Chapel built during the Second World War. 88 Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones 88 Visit to the Italian Chapel ★★Neolithic Skara Brae Stone Age village


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MORAG´S LODGE, LOCH NESS Hidden away in the trees overlooking the banks of Loch Ness is Morag’s Lodge. Run by travellers, for travellers, you can be sure of a great stay. Cosy beds, en-suite bathrooms and the best power showers, Mo’s is the perfect base to explore this stunning area. It’s the team at Mo’s that makes this a great hostel. Famous for their awardwinning Highland hospitality, they have a fantastic bar and a beer garden, excellent home-cooked meals, Wi-Fi, bike hire, leather chill-out sofas... the list goes on. Day 7: Orkney to Loch Ness Back to the mainland and a journey south through Scotland’s rugged terrain, and sparsely populated wilderness. Our journey takes us past the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. 88 Get off the beaten track in the wilds of Scotland’s rugged terrain Day 8: Free day at Loch Ness Morag’s Lodge is our base. The day is yours to canoe on the famous loch, hike the local trails, take a gorge walk or chill out and read a book in the hostel with a beer. It’s entirely up to you. 88 Free day at Morag’s Lodge to explore ★★Decide your activity; canoe, hike, gorge walk or just chill out ★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)

With Loch Ness on the doorstep, you can take a cruise on the infamous loch to hunt for Nessie, and on the long summer evenings you can hire bikes or hike the trails, with wild deer, birds of prey and ‘hairy coos’ along the way. However, it’s at night when Mo’s really comes alive with the chance to party – Scottishstyle! Not only do they offer locally brewed, organic beers and a large selection of whiskies, but also live music, pub quizzes, karaoke and their famous ‘Tartan Toga’ parties!

Day 9: Loch Ness to Oban Take the opportunity to travel on the Jacobite steam train (aka ‘Hogwarts Express’) before heading to the beautiful coastal town of Oban and the chance to try some traditional ceilidh dancing; HAGGiS style! 88 Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in Harry Potter ★★ Jacobite steam train also known as the Hogwarts Express (summer only) ★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban

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Day 10: Oban to Edinburgh We take in stunning Glencoe, some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery before passing Doune Castle, recent setting for Outlander and Game of Thrones. 88 Dramatic Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan


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From exploring Orkney’s 9000 years of history, monster hunting on the waters of Loch Ness to travelling on the ‘Hogwarts Express’, this trip has something for everyone. From our Morag’s Lodge base, we head north to Orkney and south to Oban for rugged scenery, bloody history, golden whisky and ceilidh dancing. You’ll even get a day based at Loch Ness to try adventure activities, explore the local area or just chill out. One week, one amazing trip. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness North to Dunkeld in Macbeth country before the chance to sample a wee dram at a Highland distillery. Onto ancient Clava Cairns and eerie Culloden Battlefield, both thrust into the limelight by the hit series Outlander. 88 Clava Cairns and Culloden as seen in Outlander 88 Mighty Dunkeld Cathedral ★★Visit a Highland whisky distillery

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Pay As You Go  Your bed on tour is guaranteed, pay hostel on arrival. Pay for optional activities locally, subject to availability. Pre-Pay bundle  From $419pp  Add at time of booking, includes: • 6 nights accommodation on tour • 4 breakfasts • Highland whisky distillery tour • Skara Brae Stone Age Village • Tomb of the Eagles • HAGGiS t-shirt Jacobite steam train  From $109pp  Select at time of booking. Departure point/time  Edinburgh, 8.30am. Return point/time  Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

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Where you see the ★, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own thing, it’s up to you.

Day 2: Loch Ness to Orkney We journey to the tip of British mainland to Orkney. We visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a Stone Age chamber that was filled with thousands of human bones and the remains of sea eagles many millennia ago. 88 Ferry from the northern tip of the British mainland ★★Unique Tomb of the Eagles Day 3: Orkney The chance to explore Skara Brae, a stone age village inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC. Then the magnificent standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian Chapel built during the Second World War. 88 Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones 88 Visit to the Italian Chapel ★★Neolithic Skara Brae Stone Age village Day 4: Orkney to Loch Ness Back to the mainland and a journey south through Scotland’s rugged terrain, and sparsely populated wilderness. Our journey takes us past the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. 88 Off the beaten track in the wilds of Scotland’s rugged terrain

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges

Day 5: Free day at Loch Ness With Morag’s Lodge in Loch Ness as our base, the day is yours to canoe on the famous loch, hike the local trails, take a gorge walk or chill out and read a book in the hostel with a beer. It’s entirely up to you. 88 Free day at Morag’s Lodge to explore ★★Decide your activity; canoe, hike, gorge walk, or just chill out? ★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise Day 6: Loch Ness to Oban Take the opportunity to travel on the Jacobite steam train (aka ‘Hogwarts Express’) before heading to the beautiful coastal town of Oban and the chance to try some traditional ceilidh dancing, HAGGiS style! 88 Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in Harry Potter ★★Jacobite steam train also known as the Hogwarts Express ★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban Day 7: Oban to Edinburgh We take in stunning Glencoe, some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery before passing Doune Castle, recent setting for Outlander and Game of Thrones. 88 Dramatic Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan


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Hebridean Hopper The Western Isles, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & the Highlands

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Known as the Hebrides, the remote Western Isles off the north west coast of Scotland are world-renowned for their isolation and rugged beauty. We explore the famous sites of the Scottish mainland like Loch Ness and Glencoe while also taking you to the breath-taking islands of Lewis and Harris, where mountainous peaks, cliffs and long sandy beaches are drenched in ancient Gaelic traditions and culture. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Edinburgh to Stornoway We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld. Through the Cairngorms National Park and on to the far north west for our ferry to the Hebrides! 88 Ferry journey to the Hebrides 88 Quaint Dunkeld where the Lowlands meet the Highlands Day 2: Lewis and Harris Mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlements and island exploration. 88 Callanish Standing Stones 88 Butt of Lewis Lighthouse and Dun Carloway Iron Age fort ★★Traditional Hebridean Blackhouses Day 3: Lewis and Harris to Skye A whisky distillery, the stunning isolation of Harris with its white sandy beaches and then over the sea to Skye. 88 Isolated Outer Hebridean white sandy beaches ★★Visit an island whisky distillery

Day 4: Skye to Loch Ness Explore the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye before our journey takes us past the legendary Eilean Donan Castle and on to Loch Ness. 88 Beautiful Isle of Skye 88 View the Eilean Donan Castle ★★Monster hunt on a Loch Ness cruise Day 5: Loch Ness to Edinburgh Heading south from the Great Glen, we enter mysterious Glencoe and the wilds of Rannoch Moor. Pass Doune Castle of Outlander and Game of Thrones fame, and historic Stirling on our return to Edinburgh. 88 Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’ 88 Pass Doune Castle as seen in Outlander and Game of Thrones

NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Pay As You Go  Your bed on tour is guaranteed, pay hostel on arrival. Pay for optional activities locally, subject to availability. Pre-Pay bundle  From $269pp  Add at time of booking, includes: • 4 nights accommodation on tour • 3 breakfasts • Gearrannan Blackhouses • Whisky distillery visit • HAGGiS t-shirt Departure point/time  Edinburgh, 8.15am. Return point/time  Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

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Highland Fling Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Scottish Highlands

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A spectacular adventure through the Highlands and magical Isle of Skye with stunning scenery, incredible history and some unique and unforgettable experiences. Go monster hunting on Loch Ness, hike in one of the last great wildernesses of Europe, ride the train which inspired Harry Potter’s ‘Hogwarts Express’, hear tales of Scotland’s bloody history and soak up the culture with a wee dram after a day’s exploring. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Pay As You Go  Your bed on tour is guaranteed, pay hostel on arrival. Pay for optional activities locally, subject to availability. Pre-Pay bundle  From $269pp  Add at time of booking, includes: • 4 nights accommodation on tour • 3 breakfasts • Highland Whisky Distillery visit • HAGGiS t-shirt Jacobite steam train  From $109pp  Select at time of booking. Departure point/time  Edinburgh, 8.30am. Return point/time  Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

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Day 4: Skye to Loch Ness Stay wild at Trees for Life before following the shore of Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban Loch Ness to lonely Culloden Battlefield and ancient We take in the mighty Wallace Monument, then pass Clava Cairns, both seen in Outlander. This afternoon the medieval strong hold of Doune Castle as seen we get the chance to taste a drop of the ‘water of life’ in Outlander. Then Eerie Glencoe, home to some of at a whisky distillery. Scotland’s most iconic scenery and the setting of the 8 8 Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness infamous 1692 massacre before Oban overlooking Mull. 88 ‘Outlander’ sets Culloden and Clava Cairns 88 Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’ 8 8 Plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove (summer only) ★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban ★★Highland Whisky Distillery visit Day 2: Oban to Skye Day 5: Loch Ness to Edinburgh Passing under the shadow of Ben Nevis, we take in Southward to explore the heart of Macbeth country, Glenfinnan monument, built in memory of Bonnie mighty Dunkeld with its cathedral and a gentle hike Prince Charlie’s campaign to claim the throne of into the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Scotland back in 1745. During summer, there’s also Hermitage. Pass the famous Forth Bridge which has the chance to travel on the famous Jacobite steam recently joined the list of Scotland’s UNESCO sites. train en route to the Isle of Skye. 88 Dunkeld with its cathedral 88 Stunning ferry trip in summer 8 8 Hermitage Forest walk ★★Jacobite steam train as seen in Harry Potter 8 8 View the Forth Bridges, recent UNESCO site (summer only) 88 View Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain

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Day 3: Isle of Skye Today is the stunning Isle of Skye, famous for ruined castles, awesome scenery and legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. Explore the windswept mountain terrain and rugged coastline before passing beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on return to the mainland. 88 Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88 View Eilean Donan Castle ★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)


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Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness Leaving Edinburgh via the famous Forth Bridges, we journey north to Dunkeld and Macbeth country. Then try a dram of ‘the water of life’ at a Highland Whisky Distillery before seeing the ruins of Urquhart Castle as we travel the shores of Loch Ness. ★★Highland Whisky Distillery visit ★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)

Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport around Scotland

Day 2: Isle of Skye A day exploring the stunning Isle of Skye with its myths, legends and faerie stories. See the breathtaking mountains, spectacular cliffs and rugged coastline, then back to the mainland past the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. 88 Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88 View Eilean Donan Castle Day 3: Loch Ness to Edinburgh Leaving the Great Glen and heading south we’ll encounter the dramatic mountain scenery in Glencoe that was used as a backdrop to the James Bond and Harry Potter movies. Onward, we hear tales of William Wallace, Rob Roy and many a clan battle. We pass Stirling, the Highlands change back to the Lowlands, and return to Edinburgh. 88 Hear tales of Scotland’s National hero, William Wallace 88 Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’

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Pay As You Go  Your bed on tour is guaranteed, pay hostel on arrival. Pay for optional activities locally, subject to availability. Pre-Pay bundle  From $159pp  Add at time of booking, includes: • 2 nights hostel accommodation on tour • 1 breakfast • Highland Whisky Distillery visit • HAGGiS t-shirt Departure point/time  Edinburgh, 8.30am. Return point/time  Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

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Travelling from the Lowlands to the Highlands this adventure starts in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. You will leave the crowds and noise behind and trek from the Lowlands, past lochs and through glens into the breathtaking and barren landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Your journey is 96 miles (154km) by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak, following parts of the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s most iconic trails.

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Day 1: Glasgow to Loch Lomond by mountain bike Transfer from Glasgow to the start of the West Highland Way. Bike north past lochs and through forests to Loch Lomond. 88 Hike north following parts of the West Highland Way

Inclusions • Fully qualified instructor/guides • Accommodation (see below) • Bike hire • Canoe hire • Sea kayak hire • All safety equipment Requirements • Sleeping bag • Waterproof clothing/walking boots • Good level of fitness • More info on website under ‘Essential info’ Accommodation  • 5 nights – basic, shared (1 hostel / 4 camping). • Upgrade to B&B/hotel on request, subject to availability. Departure point/time  Euro Hostel, Glasgow, 10am. Return point/time  Fort William Backpackers, 5pm (ish).

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Day 2: Loch Lomond to Inverarnan by canoe Take to the water and travel by canoe along the world famous Loch Lomond, get a unique view point of Ben Lomond. 88 Canoe on iconic Loch Lomond 88 Spend the night camping under the stars Day 3: Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy by foot and bike Hiking and biking, we follow the River Falloch through stunning gorges and rocky rapids. 88 Mountain bike through the Scottish Highlands

Day 4: Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe hike Hiking through one of the most remote areas of Europe along a military road built in the 1700s. 88 Hike into stunning Glencoe Day 5: Glencoe to Glencoe Village by foot and sea kayak We tackle the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ into stunningly beautiful Glencoe then we sea kayak the gorgeous Loch Leven. 88 Take in the mountains from a unique perspective on the water Day 6: Glencoe Village to Fort William Travel by sea kayak. An amazing day kayaking Loch Linnhe surrounded by mountains. 88 Arrive into Fort William by sea kayak


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Day 1: Fort William to Laggan by mountain bike Mountain bike along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Arkaig. Follow the shore of Loch Lochy, one of the four main lochs in the Great Glen. 88Mountain bike along the Caledonian Canal

This is an active trip! Please see the website for further information, trip details and requirements. Inclusions • Fully qualified instructor/guides • Accommodation (see below) • Bike hire • Canoe hire • Sea kayak hire • All safety equipment

Day 2: Laggan to Fort Augustus by canoe Take to the water and canoe River Oich to the start of Loch Ness. A few well-earned drinks at Morag’s Lodge hostel. 88 Overnight at Morag’s Lodge by the banks of Loch Ness

Requirements • Sleeping bag • Waterproof clothing/walking boots • Good level of fitness • More info on website under ‘Essential info’

Day 3: Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit by kayak Today we kayak past Urquhart Castle along mighty Loch Ness, whose waters contain the legendary monster. 88 Spend the night camping under the stars

Accommodation  • 3 nights – basic, shared (1 hostel /2 camping). • Upgrade to B&B/hotel on request, subject to availability. Departure point/time  Fort William Backpackers, 10am. Return point/time  Inverness city centre, 5pm (ish).

Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Inverness by canoe Canoe Loch Ness to Inverness, a unique way to arrive into the capital of the Highlands 88 Be brave, kayak through monstrous Loch Ness

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Few have heard of it, let alone been. On the last Tuesday of January, the town of Lerwick in Shetland goes more than a little mad. Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It’s a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland’s history and a triumphant demonstration of the islanders’ skills and spirit. Unmissable.

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Departures Sunday (24 January 2016, 29 January 2017)

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Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges • 5 nights accommodation • The Up Helly Aa Festival • Watch the Viking parade, amazing longboat burning and general craziness! • Shetland’s breathtaking scenery

• Visit to St Andrews, ‘Home of Golf’ • Royal Braemar, Crathie Kirk and John Brown’s grave


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It’s easy to see why so many people love Ireland and claim to be Irish. If you’ve yet to discover this part of the world, then get ready to be seduced by our stunning scenery and incredible history but most of all… by us Irish! After all, we’re by far the friendliest people on the planet!

A fabulous country like ours needs someone special to show it off. That’s why we recruit the best story tellers. They’re 100% Irish with more facts and tall tales about their land than you can imagine. Ireland has a long line of poets and story tellers and our crew are simply part of that great tradition. Our Irish adventures are all about getting out there and doing stuff and our Guides will show you some of the best that Ireland has to offer.

GO FOR IT! Our philosophy is about allowing you to be an independent traveller. So to keep it simple we’ve got your accommodation covered as well as some of the must-see highlights. Everything else is optional. If you want to kiss the Blarney Stone, take a black cab tour, or just chill out and read a book: go for it!

ACCOMMODATION Your forty winks are important and if you’ve partied with the Irish before, you’ll understand why! That’s why we make it a priority to stay in the best quality hostels with small dorms. If you’re after a private room, select the ‘Private Room’ option at booking where available.


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Our ultimate Irish adventure! Explore the whole of the island, north and south, plus Inis Mór (the Aran Islands) hidden away off the west coast. This one has it all — traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns, plus great craic on the road and at night. This is your chance to see Ireland through Irish eyes. Seven action-packed and fun-filled days which may well turn out to be the best days of your life! TRIP ITINERARY NORTHERN Day 1: Dublin to Ballintoy IRELAND North to explore Belfast and its political murals. Then on to what has recently been called ‘The Most Mystifyingly Cool Road Ever’ and ‘The Dark Hedges’. IRELAND There’sCONNEMARA still more as you get the chance to cross the Atlantic over Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. 2 DUBLIN GALWAY Hedges’ INIS MÓR 66The mysterious ‘Dark ★★View the politicalENNIS murals of Belfast on a black CLIFFS OF MOHER 1 cab tour ★★The perilous Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge DINGLE

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Pre-Pay  Optional Activity Take out the hassle and add Tour Options at the time of booking, includes: • Black Cab Tour of Belfast. • Blarney Castle entry. • Award-winning Derry Walking Tour.

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Inis Mór Inis Mór is an island off the west coast of Ireland. It is not big; only 31sq. miles with a population of less than 900. It retains a strong grasp on the Irish language and traditions and is one of the most welcoming places on Earth. Hire a bike or a horse and cart to explore and prepare to fall in love.


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SLEEPING AROUND IN IRELAND We understand where you lay your head each night is very important, so we’ve partnered up with the very best hostels in Ireland. One of our hostel partners recently won ‘HostelWorld: Best Hostel in the World’ and another is a regular winner of ‘HostelWorld: Best Hostel in Ireland’. Killarney A family owned hostel provides a great night’s sleep and is close to all the action in this lively town. Perfect after a wild night of live music in the local pub!

Day 6: Ennis to Killarney We explore the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, breathtaking scenery, fresh Irish air and the adventures of warriors and heroes. After, we head to the party town of Killarney. (B) 66Stunning Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula ★★Listen to ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney ★★Head to an authentic Irish pub for a pint of the black stuff

Ennis This impressive Georgian building was built around 1740 for the lords and gentry of the land. A multiaward winner, facilities are excellent with outdoor patio overlooking the river, free Wi-Fi and café on-site. Galway A fantastic, award-winning hostel located in the heart of vibrant Galway with top class facilities and welltravelled staff to help you get the most out of your stay.

Day 7: Killarney to Dublin We enter the rebel County of Cork and head to Blarney Castle, time to get the ‘gift of the gab’ and kiss the Stone. We take in the inspiring Rock of Cashel before arriving back to Dublin. (B) 66View the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel ★★Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle

Derry We’ll upgrade you for the night. This centrally located contemporary hotel features all the facilities you’d expect with plenty of local attractions within easy reach. Twin and triple rooms are standard.

The Dark Hedges Dating back to the eighteenth century, the beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family to impress visitors as they approached their home, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, and with the help of Game of Thrones, they still impress and are better known as the Dark Hedges.

Ballintoy Set in one of the most picturesque parts of Northern Ireland overlooking the stunning coastline, this family run hostel is sure to charm you. After staying here you’ll know what a warm Irish welcome is!

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Private Room Upgrade Fancy some ‘together’ time? Private Room Upgrades can be selected at time of booking when available. Most private rooms are accommodated within the hostel but where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation a short walk away from the main drop off point. Some private rooms have en-suite facilities whilst others have shared bathrooms.


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Day 1: Dublin to Galway We leave Dublin behind and head west to Tullamore Dew to sample whiskey. Across the peat bogs and further west to Galway, the ‘City of Tribes’. 66Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’ ★★Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Hostel private room –  see website for details. Departure point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Return point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (ish).

Pre-Pay  Optional Activity Take out the hassle and add Tour Options at the time of booking, includes: • Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum. • Blarney Castle entry.

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Day 2: Inis Mór/Connemara Cross the Atlantic to Inis Mór for a day to remember. Hire a horse and cart or rent a bike and head back in time and explore this Gaelic-speaking island. From November to March we spend the day exploring the legendary scenery of Connemara and visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. (B) 66Ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct) ★★Explore the Gaelic-speaking Aran island of Inis Mór by horse and cart, or by bike Day 3: Galway to Ennis We have free time in Galway to explore the vibrant city. Through the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in Ennis, where the pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. (B) 66Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’ 66Take in the mighty Cliffs of Moher

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Day 3: Derry to Galway We leave the North and cross the border back into the Republic and through the stunning scenery of Day 2: Ballintoy to Derry Connemara. The vibrant city of Galway is our home Follow in the footsteps of giants at The Giant’s Causeway, created by giant or geology? Then on to the for the night. (B) Admire the wild mountain scenery medieval city of Derry bringing you face to face with its 66 of Connemara troubled history, both past and present. (B) 66Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its 66Visit the amazing Giant’s Causeway many buskers ★★Take an award-winning walking tour of Derry

A place of legend not to be missed. Where else in the world can you see 40,000 perfectly formed stone hexagons left over from a fight between two giants, Finn MacCool and Benandonner? A UNESCO World Heritage Site, no trip to Northern Ireland is complete without stepping in the giant’s footsteps. We’re so sure you’ll want to go, we’ve included Giant’s Causeway as a ‘must-see’ stop.

OVERNIGHT STAYS

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 4 nights accommodation and breakfasts (B)

Day 1: Dublin to Ballintoy We head north and explore Belfast with its political murals and chequered history. We take in the ‘Dark Hedges’ before heading to the stunning Antrim coast and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge across the Atlantic. 66Visit the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’ ★★Hear about the Troubles on a black cab tour in Belfast ★★Cross the Atlantic on the perilous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

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Day 4: Inis Mór We take a ferry crossing over the Atlantic to Inis Mór. Hire a bike or a horse and cart and spend the day exploring this ancient Gaelic speaking island. (B) 66Take a ferry over the Atlantic to the Aran Islands ★★Explore the island of Inis Mór by bike or horse and cart

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Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Hostel private room –  see website for details. Departure point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Return point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (ish).

Pre-Pay  Optional Activity Take out the hassle and add Tour Options at the time of booking, includes: • Black Cab Tour of Belfast. • Award-winning Derry Walking Tour.

Departures APRIL Saturday MAY to SEP Monday and Saturday

Where you see the H, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own thing, it’s your trip.

Day 5: Galway to Dublin Be amazed at the sheer drop of the Cliffs of Moher, looming large over the Atlantic Ocean. There are fairy stories aplenty as you travel through the Burren before we head back to Dublin. (B) 66Take in the mighty Cliffs of Moher 66Explore the lunar-like landscape of the Burren

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IRELAND AT SHAMROCKERADVENTURES.COM

Western Rocker Inis Mór, Cliffs of Moher & Galway

3 DAYS from $439 pp Students from $429 pp

WESTERN

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

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An awesome trip that takes you through centuries of Irish history, plus some CLIFFS ENNIS OF MOHER of the most stunning natural highlights the island has to offer. Overnight in the cultural hot spot of Galway with its great nightlife and vibrant Celtic energy. DINGLE Feel wild and free on KILLARNEY the beautiful island of Inis Mór, and be inspired by the majestic Cliffs of Moher.BLARNEY Let us 1whisk you away on this incredible three day CASTLE trip, and we’ll give you a remarkable insight into the Irish way of life that will be hard to beat.

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TRIP ITINERARY

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 2 nights accommodation and breakfasts (B)

Day 1: Dublin to Galway We leave Dublin behind as we head west to sample some Irish whiskey at Tullamore Dew. Across peatbogs, we continue on to Galway and the chance to explore this amazing city. 66Explore Galway, ‘City of Tribes’ ★★Try a dram at the Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Hostel private room –  see website for details. Pre-/post-accommodation  See website for details. Departure point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Return point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (ish).

Pre-Pay  Optional Activity Take out the hassle and add Tour Options at the time of booking, includes: • Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum.

Departures MAY to SEP Monday and Wednesday

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Where you see the H, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own thing, it’s your trip.

Day 2: Inis Mór We take a ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór. Rent a bike or hire a horse and cart to spend the day exploring this ancient Gaelic-speaking island. A day you’ll never forget! (B) 66Cross the Atlantic to the Gaelic-speaking isle of Inis Mór ★★Try some of the best fish and chips Ireland has to offer in Galway ★★Explore the ancient fort of Dun Aonghasa

Day 3: Galway to Dublin The sheer drop of the Cliffs of Moher looming over the Atlantic awaits as we make our way towards the limestone landscape of the Burren. Tales of fairies and leprechauns before returning to Dublin. (B) 66Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher 66Explore the mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren


IRELAND AT SHAMROCKERADVENTURES.COM

Southern Rocker Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway & Dingle

SOUTHERN

3 DAYS from $439 pp Students from $429 pp

ROCKER

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRELAND

Short on time but want a massive fix of Irishness? This trip should do the trick! Be blown away by the dizzying heights of the Cliffs of Moher while fairies and leprechauns wait to be found in the lunar landscape of the Burren. Dangle upside down from Blarney Castle in hope of getting the ‘gift of the gab’ and experience a real Irish disco in the party town of Killarney. Lose yourself on the Dingle Peninsula with its beaches and rugged coastline then jig the night away in Ennis, renowned for its traditional music.

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Day 1: Dublin to Killarney Pass the River Liffey on the way to Cashel and then visit Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Your chance to kiss the famous stone for the ‘gift of the gab’! ★★Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle ★★Meet ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 2 nights accommodation and breakfasts (B)

Day 2: Killarney to Ennis We explore the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and stunning West Coast before crossing into County Clare and a night of traditional Irish music. (B) 66The stunning Dingle Peninsula ★★Join a ‘trad’ music session in County Clare, home of Irish music ★★Try a Guinness in an authentic Irish pub Day 3: Ennis to Dublin The stunning Cliffs of Moher, then the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren. We visit Galway, ‘City of Tribes’, before returning to Dublin. (B) 66The mighty Cliffs of Moher ★★Explore Galway, ‘City of Tribes’

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO –  THE LOCAL LINGO The Irish are renowned for their skilful use of language and, being a friendly race, you will no doubt end up in conversation with a local. Now, the Irish dialect can take a while to figure out, so use our ‘cut-out and keep’ guide and you’ll be talking Blarney in no time. What about ye? Hello Howya? How are you doing today? What’s the craic? What is going on? I was locked I was drunk Me head’s melted I am stressed out He’s a bogger He is from the country The head on ya! You don’t look very happy Who’s yer man? Who is that? Look at the hack of yer wan! That woman is not very presentable Yer talkin’ bollox I disagree with you He’s a gobshite He’s a silly person He’s a feckin’ eejit He’s a very silly person

Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Hostel private room –  see website for details. Pre-/post-accommodation  See website for details. Departure point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Return point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (ish).

Pre-Pay  Optional Activity Take out the hassle and add Tour Options at the time of booking, includes: • Blarney Castle entry.

Departures ALL YEAR Friday MAY to SEP Friday and Wednesday

Where you see the H, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own thing, it’s your trip.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT SHAMROCKERADVENTURES.COM

St Pat’s All Ireland St Pat’s in Dublin plus Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle  Departs Dublin

7 DAYS from $1,219 pp GIANT’S CAUSEWAY 1

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BALLINTOY

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TRIP ITINERARY5 DAY GIANT ROCKER

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts (B)

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a  Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrades  No upgrades available. Departure point/time  Dublin, 10.30am. Return point/time  Dublin, 5.30pm (ish).

Departure Monday 14 March 2016

Where you see the H, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own thing, it’s your trip.

7 DAY ALL IRELAND ROCKER Day 5: Dublin to Killarney We head into the lush green countryside, pass the Day 1: Dublin to Ballintoy Leaving Dublin, we head north to explore Belfast and its River Liffey and the Rock of Cashel on the way to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Your chance political murals on a black cab tour. We visit the ‘Dark Hedges’ before heading to Ballintoy on the Antrim coast. to kiss the famous stone for the ‘gift of the gab’! (B) 66Blarney Castle entry 66Black Cab tour of Belfast ★★Meet ‘Pa’, the legendary story-teller of Killarney 66Stand under the ‘Dark Hedges’

Day 2: Ballintoy to Dublin The world famous Giant’s Causeway waits for you today. Thousands of hexagonal stone columns created by legend? We cross the border and return to the Republic and Dublin. (B) 66Follow in the footsteps of giants at Giant’s Causeway

Day 6: Killarney to Ennis We explore the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and stunning west coast before crossing into County Clare and a night of traditional Irish music. (B) 66Beautiful Atlantic scenery on the Slea Head Drive ★★Join a ‘trad’ music session in a local pub in Co. Clare

Day 3: Dublin Your local Guide will show you the highlights of Dublin’s Fair City on our orientation walking tour. We include a fast-track entry to the Guinness Storehouse to learn about ‘the black stuff’. Tonight it’s the Shamrocker St Pat’s party! (B) 66Shamrocker orientation walking tour of Dublin 66Guinness Storehouse ‘Fast Track’ entry

Day 7: Ennis to Dublin The stunning Cliffs of Moher, then the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren. We visit Galway, City of the Tribes, before returning to Dublin. (B) 66The stunning Cliffs of Moher ★★Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its many buskers

Day 4: Dublin St Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Dublin and we’re in the heart of the action in Temple Bar as the city goes crazy. Parades, festivities and fun! St Pat’s Party time! (B) 66Enjoy the St Patrick’s Day Parade through the city centre ★★Party with the locals in The Temple Bar

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The ultimate all-Ireland St Patrick’s extravaganza! See Ireland at its best, CLIFFS CLIFFS ENNIS OF MOHER OF MOHER North and South. The ‘must-sees’ like Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Belfast and Galway are all in there but we also hit Dublin for DINGLE KILLARNEY the main event. What better place to party than the capital city of the country 1 1 BLARNEYOne island, that gave the world St Patrick! Serious festival fun, Irish style! CASTLE one trip, a once in a lifetime experience.

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PARTY St Pat’s Party

St Pat’s Party In Dublin

4 DAYS from $569 pp

4 DAYS from $779 pp

Dublin

Departs London

The St Patrick’s Day Party you’ve been waiting for. Dublin is THE place to be for St. Pat’s!

A great package for those who want a quick escape to Ireland for an incredible St Pat’s experience.

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 3 nights city centre accommodation and breakfasts (B)

Inclusions • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 3 nights city centre accommodation and breakfasts (B) • Return ferry and coach transfer from London

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share only. No upgrades. Departure point/time  Dublin Hostel; Check-in from 3pm, welcome drinks from 8pm. Return point/time  Dublin Hostel; Check-out 10am.

Departure Tuesday 15 March 2016

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Dublin Arrive in Dublin, check in before joining us for some welcome drinks in one of Dublin’s local pubs. 66Join us for an authentic Irish pub welcome! ★★Dance to live traditional Irish music performances Day 2: Dublin The Guinness Storehouse and walking tour of Dublin before an afternoon experiencing the festival vibe. On to a traditional music session. (B) 66Fast-track entry to the Guinness Storehouse 66Shamrocker’s Dublin City Walking Tour Day 3: St Patrick’s Day The big day. Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade and festival. Be prepared for the massive party! (B) ★★St Patrick’s Day festivities in Dublin ★★Party with the locals in Temple Bar ★★Wear GREEN! Day 4: Dublin After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat’s, it is time to bid farewell to the Emerald Isle! (B) ★★Wander the city and soak up the atmosphere

ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT SHAMROCKERADVENTURES.COM

ST PAT’S

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a 

Accommodation  Hostel dorm multi-share only. No upgrades. Departure point/time  St Christopher’s Inn, Shepherds Bush London, 5.30am. Return point/time  St Christopher’s Inn, Shepherds Bush, London, 6pm (ish).

Departure Tuesday 15 March 2016

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: London to Dublin We meet in London and head over land and sea to Ireland! Join us in one of Dublin’s local pubs. 66Arrive in Ireland by sea 66Join us for an authentic Irish pub welcome Day 2: Dublin The Guinness Storehouse and walking tour of Dublin before an afternoon experiencing the festival vibe. On to a traditional music session. (B) 66Fast-track entry to the Guinness Storehouse 66Shamrocker’s Dublin City Walking Tour Day 3: St Patrick’s Day! The big day. Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and festival. Be prepared for the massive party! (B) ★★St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dublin ★★Party with the locals in Temple Bar ★★Wear GREEN! Day 4: Dublin to London Time to bid goodbye to the Emerald Isle and head over the water, back to London. (B) 66Transfer back to London by coach

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EUROPEAN Europeans don’t hibernate. They accommodate cold weather with cosy bars, skiing trips and out-of-control parties. Their towns welcome snow with bright fairy lights and giant Christmas trees. So with these trips we ensure you do the winter traditions like the locals and re-emerge jollier than ever.


WINTER — NO HIBERNATING ALLOWED —

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

From raving in Berlin on New Year’s Day to Christmas in a traditional Scottish Highland hotel. Our trips are great if you’re away from home, or just want to get away from home!

In winter there are fewer crowds and shorter queues for major attractions. This means more space for wandering and capturing those artsy photographs.

November to March is Europe’s low season. Entry fees, food and trinkets are all a little cheaper. This means you can max out your adventure and not feel guilty.


WINTER TRACKS AT BUSABOUT.COM

Northern Winter Tracks

Day 5: Berlin to Prague Enjoy a nice comfy ride to Prague. The Bohemian capital looms large, its toy town cuteness covers a rebellious underground, and all will be revealed by your Guide on a quick winter walk around the centre. (B)

France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary & Austria

12 DAYS from $2,589 pp* Students from $2,549 pp*

Northern WinteRTracks These cities are European treasures. Kinky Amsterdam, quirky Berlin, pretty Prague, lively Budapest, saucy Salzburg and boisterous Munich. You’ll experience amazing museums, cosy bars and some of the best architecture that Europe has to offer. Go on the ultimate European winter city trip. NEED TO KNOW

TRIP ITINERARY

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners • Orientation walks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich • Amsterdam bike tour

Day 1: Paris to Amsterdam Excitement mounts; train to Amsterdam with a fabulous Busabout Guide to handle all the formalities. After check-in your Guide will show you the highlights of this incredible city. A welcome dinner then a night out. (D)

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a �

Day 2: Amsterdam Old ships, Anne Frank, Kaleidoscopes, sex toys, cocktails: there’s a museum for everything here and today you get the chance to explore them in your own time. Meet up in the evening for Dutch grub and Heineken. (B) 77Amsterdam bike tour ★★Anne Frank museum

Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin / Double room, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Paris, 7.15am. Return point/time  Munich, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 2,589 • STUDENT $ 2,549 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 2,659 • STUDENT $ 2,619 Start Þ 09 Jan 23 Jan 20 Feb

Start Paris Finish Þ Start Þ 20 Jan 03 Feb 02 Mar

Finish Þ

19 Mar 16 Apr 10 Dec 24 Dec (Xmas)

30 Mar 27 Apr 21 Dec 04 Jan

Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin Let your Guide handle the ticketing, just board the train and relax. Berlin is awesome in the winter. Link up with your Guide for an orientation walk before our first night out exploring the infamous nightlife. (B) Day 4: Berlin Start with a guided tour of Berlin. Explore all the museums, the Reichstag and some of Germany’s finest art galleries. Meet with the group for dinner and more nightlife. (B) 77Walk in the footsteps of history in Berlin ★★Climb the Reichstag Dome for the best views of Berlin

2017 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Day 6: Prague Today will be a great day to check out Prague’s top sights. If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch a live game of hockey; your Guide will help sort tickets. (B) 77Get lost in the Bohemian Capital, Prague ★★Visit Kutna Hora, The Bone Church, outside of Prague Day 7: Prague to Budapest Ride the goulash express to Budapest. Your Guide will show you Budapest’s markets and palaces; then as night falls you have the chance to take an evening river cruise on the Danube. (B) ★★Enjoy an evening cruise on the Danube River ★★Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink in Budapest (weather permitting) Day 8: Budapest A free day to explore; maybe take the option to bathe in the famous thermal baths. Budapest is a lively city, get involved. (B) Day 9: Budapest to Salzburg We head to Salzburg’s markets and old city. Tonight you have the option to visit the schnapps farm for succulent ribs and warming liqueurs. (B) ★★ Local schnapps tasting Day 10: Salzburg Early doors; up and out to enjoy an optional day on the slopes. There’s also ‘The Sound of Music’ tour, the castle and mountainous winter walks. Meet up in the old town; try some local grub and a few pints tonight. (B) ★★Go skiing or snowboarding in the Austrian Alps ★★Be like the hills with the ‘Sound of Music’ tour Day 11: Salzburg to Munich Just a short trundle through Bavaria to Munich today. After check-in, head out for a walk around town before we hit the Hofbrauhaus for a traditional German meal and a stein of the cold stuff. (B, D) 77Chow down on a schnitzel in Munich’s Beerhalls ★★Visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich ★★Get an insight into the past with a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Day 12: Munich Check-out after breakfast or continue riding the train with Busabout by connecting with our Southern Winter Tracks. (B)

ADULT $ 2,589 • STUDENT $ 2,549 Start Þ 07 Jan 04 Feb

Start Paris Finish Þ Start Þ 18 Jan 15 Feb

04 Mar 01 Apr

Finish Þ

NETHERLANDS

15 Mar 12 Apr

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). These trips must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

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Germany, Switzerland & Italy

11 DAYS from $2,249 pp* Students from $2,209 pp* GERMANY

SOUTHERN WinteRTracks This is the ultimate winter tour for those who like their mountains mighty and their cities spectacular. Zip into the Swiss Alps and ski the most famous mountains in the world. Then descend into the Italian cities of Venice, Rome and Florence and indulge in both the beauty and the feast. TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Munich to Lucerne You’re heading for chocolate and cheese! Let your Busabout Guide handle all the ticket details as you relax and enjoy the scenery from the train. After check-in, head out and explore this perfect lakeside town with your Guide. (D) 77Visit stunning Lake Lucerne and its historic Chapel Bridge Day 2: Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen A short ride to Lauterbrunnen. This is a winter wonderland, and what you do here is your choice; explore mountain villages, see rugged peaks or scoff cheese fondue. Check-in, then warm-up with a hot lunch. (B, L) 77Travel through the Alps Day 3: Lauterbrunnen The Swiss alps; ski, snowboard or just sit by a roaring fire drinking hunter’s tea. There are also great winter walks through peaks and snowcapped wonders. (B) ★★Go skiing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps Day 4: Lauterbrunnen Head up to the top of Europe. Ski, explore the local towns, and try a famous Stechelberg coffee; this will really warm you up! (B) ★★Taste world famous Stechelberg coffee ★★Visit the top of Europe at Jungfraujoch Day 5: Lauterbrunnen to Venice Today we travel to Venice; the classic European love nest, and home of spectacular Italian architecture. After check-in we head out to explore Venice by night. Why not enjoy a cosy evening on a canal? (B) ★★Take a gondola ride along the canals of Venice

Day 8: Florence Treat yourself to a cultural day out; there are museums, cafes buzzing with life and great Italian eateries. You have the option to head out on a local tour to see more of this beautiful country. (B) 77Shop and eat to your heart’s content in Florence Day 9: Florence to Rome We hop on the train to Rome. After check-in we’ve organised a walking tour for you to see and experience Rome from a local’s point of view. Take the opportunity tonight to join the locals and have dinner in a trattoria. (B) 77Locally guided walking tour Day 10: Rome Today is yours to explore. We’ll set you up with all the knowledge; where to visit and how to get there. This is our last night together, so enjoy a big glass of wine, a nice bowl of pasta and reflect upon our incredible journey. (B) ★★Visit the world’s smallest country, the Vatican, right in the centre of Rome Day 11: Rome Our excellent adventure ends after breakfast. (B)

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NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners • Orientation walks; Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen • Walking tours; Venice, Florence, Rome PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a � Accommodation  Hostel or hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin / Double room, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Munich, 6am. Return point/time  Rome, after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $ 2,249 • STUDENT $ 2,209 HIGH SEASON ADULT $ 2,329 • STUDENT $ 2,289 Start Þ 09 Jan 23 Jan 06 Feb 05 Mar

Start Munich Finish Þ Start Þ 19 Jan 02 Feb 16 Feb 15 Mar

Finish Þ

02 Apr 23 Dec (Xmas)

12 Apr 02 Jan

2017 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $ 2,249 • STUDENT $ 2,209 Start Þ 07 Jan 21 Jan 18 Feb

Start Munich Finish Þ Start Þ 17 Jan 31 Jan 28 Feb

18 Mar 15 Apr

Finish Þ 28 Mar 25 Apr

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). These trips must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

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Day 6: Venice Start with a walking tour guided by a local Venetian, before you get your own time to explore. Ride a vaporetto through the canals, visit little eateries, and shop in San Polo. Meet up tonight for drinks and great food. (B) 77Fall in love with St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Grand Canal

Day 7: Venice to Florence A short train ride today, grab a coffee and brioche before bracing yourself for Michelangelo’s David in Florence. Your local guide will show you the sights, before we get warm and cosy with dinner and drinks. (B, D) 77Florence walking tour 77Four course Italian dinner

M UN ICH

WINTER TRACKS AT BUSABOUT.COM

Southern Winter Tracks


EASTERN FESTIVE TREK AT BUSABOUT.COM

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR EASTERN FESTIVE TREK

Krakow TO prague prague TO krakow

Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria & Czech Republic

11 DAYS from $1,759 pp* Students from $1,699 pp* NEED TO KNOW

TRIP ITINERARY

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts • Walking tour of Krakow • Christmas Dinner • Christmas Eve dinner • Vienna Schnapps Museum

See website for Prague to Krakow itinerary

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a � Accommodation  8 nights hostel multi-share rooms 2 nights hotel (Christmas). Accommodation upgrade  $439pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  Krakow, 9am. Return point/time  Prague, after breakfast. Optional transfers to Berlin and Amsterdam. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $ 1,759 • STUDENT $ 1,699 Prague to Krakow • Krakow to Prague Finish Þ Start Þ 22 Dec

1 Jan

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner) These trips must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

See itinerary for H options

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Some festive holidays are better than others. Better presents, nicer family members and juicier turkeys. But then there are some festive holidays that are absolutely-mind-blowingly awesome. And we like to think this trip is one of those ones. There are the thermal baths of Budapest, there’s skiing in the Polish Alps, there’s sumptuous Vienna and the clubs of uber-cool Krakow. Start in either Krakow or Prague and always end with the best festive gifts possible. New friends, incredible experiences and blurry memories.

Day 1: Krakow Join your fellow travellers on a walking tour of Krakow. Tonight, we all get together to enjoy the festive vibe with our Busabout Welcome Party! 77Traditional Christmas markets in Krakow 77Busabout Welcome Party 77Krakow walking tour Day 2: Krakow Discover a city bursting at the seams with history, culture, adventure and good value. (B) ★★Krakow salt mines ★★Tour of Auschwitz and Birkeanau Day 3: Krakow to Zakopane (Christmas Eve) South to the Alps to our Christmas chalet. Ski the Alps before experiencing Christmas, Polish style. Secret Santa! (B, D) 77Christmas Eve Dinner Day 4: Zakopane (Christmas Day) White Christmas in the Polish Alps then a day skiing before the party. Hot wine and a traditional dinner await! (B, D) 77A Traditional Polish Christmas dinner ★★Skiing on Christmas Day Day 5: Zakopane to Budapest (Boxing Day) To Budapest via Donovaly, before an evening of goulash and partying on the Danube River night cruise. (B) ★★Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise Day 6: Budapest Hit the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Europe, visit the castle district or melt the day away in a thermal bath, it’s your day in Budapest. (B) ★★Soak in the thermal pools of Budapest

Day 7: Budapest to Vienna To Bratislava with its castle and quaint old town before arriving in the Austrian capital Vienna. We visit the Schnapps Museum, then tonight let the schnitzel and wine take over. (B) 77Schnapps tasting in Vienna ★★Vienna walking tour Day 8: Vienna Today you have a free day in Vienna. Try the opera or the Spanish Riding School or get to know Freud or Mozart. (B) Day 9: Vienna to Cesky Krumlov A night of pre-New Year’s celebrations in this medieval town is the way to go. (B) ★★Enjoy mulled wine in the bohemian gem of Cesky Krumlov Day 10: Cesky Krumlov to Prague (New Year’s Eve) We have a short drive, then an orientation tour of the Bohemian capital before the big party and fireworks. (B) ★★New Year’s Eve fireworks in Prague Day 11: Prague (New Year’s Day) Trek finishes after breakfast. (B)

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POLAND

Krakow to Prague Prague to Krakow

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TRIP ITINERARY

France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany & Czech Republic

12 DAYS from $2,119 pp* Students from $2,059 pp* NEED TO KNOW

Day 1: Paris Get the low-down on your spectacular festive adventure before you explore Paris. 77Boat trip down the River Seine 77Paris night bike tour Day 2: Paris to Lauterbrunnen To Switzerland and our stunning Alpine village located in the famous Jungfrau region. (B,D) 77Lauterbrunnen traditional Swiss dinner Day 3: Lauterbrunnen Wake up to one of the most picturesque spots you’ll ever see. The day is yours to explore. (B) ★★Visit the Top of Europe, Switzerland ★★Skiing or snowboarding

Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 11 nights accommodation, • 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners • Orientation walks in every city • New Year’s Eve in Berlin PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a � Accommodation  11 nights hostel or hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  $489pp double/twin room. Departure point/time  Paris, 2pm. Return point/time  Berlin, after breakfast. Optional transfers to Amsterdam. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT FROM $ 2,119 • STUDENT FROM $ 2,059 Start Þ

Finish Þ

21 Dec

1 Jan

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). See www.busabout.com for details.

PARIS, BRUGES & AMSTERDAM FESTIVE TREK France, Belgium & Netherlands

10 DAYS from $1,859 pp* Students from $1,799 pp* NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Your fantastic Busabout Guide • 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a � Accommodation  Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrade  Twin rooms, available at time of booking. Departure point/time  Paris, 2pm. Return point/time  Amsterdam, 10am after breakfast. Pre/post accommodation  Book through MyTrip with no booking fees.

2016 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT FROM $ 1,859 • STUDENT FROM $ 1,799 Start Þ

Finish Þ

24 Dec

2 Jan

Day 8: Cesky Krumlov to Prague It’s time to hit the capital of the Czech Republic, the Bohemian city of Prague. First an orientation walk, then check out the great nightlife. (B) Day 9: Prague With so much to see and do, today is your free day to explore Prague. (B) Day 10: Prague to Berlin On our way we’ll visit beautiful Dresden. After lunch, it’s just a short trip to the buzzing city of Berlin! (B)

Day 11: Berlin (New Year’s Eve) This morning you’ll truly get an understanding of Berlin’s past and present and then on to the big night! (B) Day 4: Lauterbrunnen to Alps (Christmas Eve) Walking tour of Berlin We go to another alpine town surrounded by awesome 77 mountains and stunning lakes. There’s no better place Day 12: Berlin to be for Christmas.(B, D) Time to say goodbye after breakfast. (B) 77Christmas Eve Dinner in the Austrian Alps Day 5: Austrian Alps (Christmas Day) Wake up and get set for one of the best Christmas Days ever! Explore the quaint village or get back on your skis or snowboard and head to the slopes. (B, D) 77Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings Day 6: Austrian Alps to Munich Depart for Munich, with a stop in magical Salzburg. (B) 77City orientation of Salzburg 77Munich welcome beer (1 litre each)

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Paris (Christmas Eve) Welcome to ‘Paree’ dinner! Enjoy this city’s beautiful sights. (D) 77Christmas Eve Welcome Party ★★View the world’s greatest art at the Louvre ★★Climb up the Eiffel Tower Day 2 to 3: Paris (Christmas Day) We visit the most beautiful palace in Paris before a Christmas dinner and party. Wander all the incredible sights or just sit and watch the world go by on Boxing Day. (B, L, D, B) 77Picnic at the stunning Palace of Versailles 77Christmas dinner with all the trimmings ★★Go up the Arc de Triomphe

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Day 7: Bruges to Amsterdam Travel through the picturesque countryside to Amsterdam. Orientation walk and welcome dinner, then out to experience the nightlife! (B, D) 77Visit medieval Ghent

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Day 8: Amsterdam (New Year’s Eve) New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2017. Get out to Amsterdam’s countryside with visit to a cheese and clog making house. Then out to celebrate 2017! (B) 77New Year celebrations at Dam Square 77Dutch countryside bike tour Day 9: Amsterdam (New Year’s Day) Rest your head and spend an easy day exploring Amsterdam. (B) ★★Visit the Anne Frank Museum Day 10: Amsterdam Time to say goodbye after breakfast. (B)

NETHERLANDS

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Day 4: Paris to Bruges To Belgium and the medieval town of Bruges. (B) 77Visit Vimy Ridge, WWI Battlefield 77Bruges orientation walks Day 5 to 6: Bruges One of Europe’s most charming towns. Explore or try one of Belgium’s 400 types of beer! (B, B) ★★Bruges Christmas markets ★★Sample the local beers

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*Per person price based on multi-share. (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner). See www.busabout.com for details.

Day 7: Munich to Cesky Krumlov On to the UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov. Wander the cobblestone streets and visit the castle. (B)

ALPINE TREK AT BUSABOUT.COM

ALPINE FESTIVE TREK


PULL A CRACKER AT HAGGISADVENTURES.COM

CHRISTMAS MEGA HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS

ROYAL HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS

5 DAYS from $1,269pp

3 DAYS from $929 pp

Departs Edinburgh

Departs Edinburgh

Lochs, glens and snow-capped mountains. Traditional Christmas dinner, a Ceilidh (Scottish party!) and a wee dram or two! A real Christmas cracker and the time of your life with Christmas spent in a Highland hotel fit for the Royals. NEED TO KNOW Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport around Scotland • 4 nights accommodation on tour • Meals as marked (B=Breakfast, L=Packed Lunch, D=Dinner) PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

NEED TO KNOW

Accommodation  2 nights hotel twin/triple share, 2 hostel dorm. Departure  23 December 2016. Departure point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.45am. Return point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness On the way north you’ll hear the bloody tales of Stirling Castle and William Wallace, see the Weeping Glen and Snowy views of famous Ben Nevis. By the time we arrive in Fort Augustus you’ll be well-acquainted with Scotland’s charms. 88 Monster hunt on Loch Ness 88 View eerie and dramatic Glencoe

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An unforgettable Christmas in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Legendary Scottish hospitality, snowcapped mountains, gorgeous lochs and glens, traditional dancing and Christmas dinner at your exclusive Royal Highland Hotel. Awesome!

Day 2: Isle of Skye The voyage to Skye is packed full of famous castles. On the way to Skye we’ll stop by one of the most photographed castles in all of Scotland, then head to the rugged scenery of the beautiful island. (B,D) 88 Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88 Mulled wine on arrival to start the festivities 88 Sleep at the Royal Highland Hotel where Queen Victoria once stayed!

Day 3: Christmas Day! Explore the nature of the Highlands and play in the snow. Return to a warm antiquated hotel for a massive Christmas dinner. Dance the food off with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. Sounds fun, aye? (B, L, D) 88 Christmas dinner with all the trimmings including wine 88 Traditional Scottish Ceilidh night, HAGGiS-style! Day 4: Inverness to Loch Ness A packed day for your hangover! We begin with some history at Culloden Battlefield, then go monster hunting on the famous Loch Ness. We’ll finish the day with a Morag’s Lodge Highland party if you’re up for it! (B, L) 88 Party the night away at Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness Day 5: Loch Ness to Edinburgh On our way back south, we’ll go through the snowy Cairngorms. We’ll stop at the impressive and mighty Dunkeld Cathedral, before arriving back in Edinburgh early evening time. (B) 88 The biggest snowball fight of your life (snow permitting!)

Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport around Scotland • 2 nights accommodation on tour • Meals as marked (B=Breakfast, L=Packed Lunch, D=Dinner) PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Accommodation  2 nights hotel twin/triple share. Departure  24 December 2016. Departure point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.45am. Return point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1-3: Edinburgh to the Highlands and return Loch Ness, Glencoe and Scottish Highlands plus a traditional Christmas dinner and a Scottish Ceilidh! Full itinerary on website. (D, B, L, D, B, L) 88 Mulled wine, Christmas dinner and a Ceilidh, HAGGiS-style!


EDINBURGH HOGMANAY Departs Edinburgh

HOGMANAY AND THE HIGHLANDS

Departs Edinburgh

HAGGIS HOGMANAY PARTY

5 DAYS from $1,039 pp

7 DAYS from $1,269 pp

4 DAYS from $1,039 pp

This package is bulging with all the stuff that makes HAGGiS the local legends for delivering a good time. Fully guided so you get maximum exposure to all that Edinburgh and Hogmanay has to offer plus a day trip to the Highlands!

Departs London

An awesome New Year adventure of a lifetime. A legendary 3-day Skye High trip and 4 amazing days in Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations.

Led by your local HAGGiS Guide, escape London and get maximum exposure to all that Edinburgh and Hogmanay has to offer. A great city, great Guides and a great time guaranteed.

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 4 nights accommodation • Transfer to the Loony Dook • Street Party ticket • Highland day trip

Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport on Skye High trip • 6 nights hostel accommodation • Street Party ticket

Inclusions • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • Return coach transfer from London • 3 nights accommodation • Transfer to the Loony Dook • Street Party ticket

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Pre-Pay Optional Activities  • Torch to carry in the Torchlight Procession • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook Accommodation  4 nights city centre hostel, multi-share. Departure  29 December 2016. Departure point/time  Edinburgh, check-in at your hostel from 3pm. Return point/time  Edinburgh, check-out by 10am.

TRIP ITINERARY Day 1: Edinburgh Check-in to your hostel. Day 2: Edinburgh Highland day trip, back to Edinburgh for the Torchlight Procession and the HAGGiS Ceilidh! ★★Carry a torch in the Torchlight Procession 88 Highland day trip Day 3: Edinburgh Aussie and Kiwi New Year before the biggest party of them all, the Edinburgh Street Party! 88 Includes your Hogmanay Street Party ticket Day 4: Edinburgh Watch (or join) the Loony Dookers swim in the sea then enjoy Edinburgh’s winter festival. ★★Option to swim in the freezing Firth of Forth ★★Free time to climb Arthur’s Seat or visit Edinburgh Castle Day 5: Edinburgh Check-out of your hostel.

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

LOONY DOOK AT HAGGISADVENTURES.COM

HOGMANAY

Pre-Pay Optional Activities  • Torch to carry in the Torchlight Procession • Transfer to South Queensferry and the Loony Dook • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook Accommodation  6 nights hostel, multi-share. Departure option 1  27 December 2016. Departure point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.30am. Return point/time  Edinburgh. Check-out by 10am. Departure option 2  29 December 2016. Departure point/time  Edinburgh Hostel, Check-in after 3pm. Return point/time  Haggis Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (ish).

PLUS all itinerary highlights marked with a

Pre-Pay Optional Activities  • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook Accommodation  3 nights city centre hostel, multi-share. Departure  30 December 2016. Departure point/time  Haggis Adventures, London, 7.15am. Return point/time  Haggis Adventures, London, 6pm (ish).

TRIP ITINERARY

TRIP ITINERARY (OPTION 1)

Day 1: London to Edinburgh Journey north to Scotland and our exclusive Ceilidh to kick off the festivities. 88 Coach transfer from London

Day 1-3: Loch Ness and Isle of Skye Loch Ness, Glencoe, Skye and the Scottish Highlands. 88 Awe-inspiring Isle of Skye, monster hunt at Loch Ness

Day 2: Edinburgh OZ and NZ celebrations, explore the city then Street Party to welcome 2017! 88 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

Day 4: Edinburgh A walking tour, the Torchlight Procession then dance the night away at our famous HAGGiS Ceilidh! ★★Carry your own flaming torch in the opening parade

Day 3: Edinburgh Watch the ‘loonies’ swim at the Loony Dook, then free time to enjoy the winter festival. ★★Join the ‘loonies’ and swim in the sea at the crazy Loony Dook ★★Free time to climb Arthur’s Seat or visit Edinburgh Castle

Day 5: Edinburgh OZ and NZ New Year then get ready for the main event, the Hogmanay Street Party! ★★Party at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

Day 7: Edinburgh Say farewell and check-out of your hostel by 10am.

Where you see the ★, experience our fantastic optional activity or take time out and do your own things, it’s up to you.

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Day 6: Edinburgh Recovery day? Take it easy or rise early and swim in the sea at the Loony Dook! ★★Join the ‘loonies’ and swim in the sea at the crazy Loony Dook

Day 4: Edinburgh to London Say farewell to Scotland, coach return back to London.


STAY WILD

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM We travel because the world is beautiful. And at Busabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures, we want to keep it that way. As part of The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, we work closely with the TreadRight Foundation. TreadRight is a not-for-profit organisation established by The Travel Corporation. TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities, encouraging each of its partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions. To date, the foundation has helped support more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. It’s no surprise that we’re a little proud to be a part of the team. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org

The Romans called Scotland ‘Caledonia’ meaning ‘Wooded Heights’ but today less than 1% of Scotland’s native woodland remains. Since 2011, HAGGiS Adventures has teamed up with ‘Trees for Life’, a Scottish charity dedicated to restoring 600 square miles of self-sustaining, Caledonian forest with the aim of helping Scotland ‘stay wild’. Under our ‘Stay Wild’ project we have raised thousands of pounds in support of ‘Trees for Life’ and our customers have planted hundreds of trees in our dedicated ‘HAGGiS Grove’. ★ Plant a tree in ‘HAGGiS Grove’ Imagine planting a tree that will stand forever as part of the restored Caledonian Forest. The ‘HAGGiS Grove’ is a dedicated forest developed by our customers and selected trips will get the chance to leave their own tree as their contribution to helping Scotland ‘Stay Wild’. ★ Dedicate a tree If you are not lucky enough to travel on one of our selected trips you can still leave your mark in Scotland. Our ‘Dedicate a Tree’ scheme plants a tree in ‘HAGGiS Grove’ by ‘Trees for Life’ on your behalf. You could also choose to gift a tree and get a Certificate as proof of your dedication. Find out more at: HAGGiSadventures.com/about-us/stay-wild

B R EAT H E E ASY Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion and create less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other form of transport. Coach travel creates approximately 85% less CO2 per passenger kilometre than car and air travel, and nearly 40% less CO2 per passenger kilometre than rail travel. The Busabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures coach fleet is among the most efficient in Europe, complying with EU emissions standards. Over the past two decades EU emissions standards have made it so that Euro Emissions 6 registered vehicles create up to 97% less emissions than vehicles meeting some previous Euro Emissions standards.

CA R B O N EM I SSI ON S G RI D Car** 0.30298 Air 0.26619 Rail 0.07580 Coach*** 0.04619 *Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conversion factors 2014. **Car assumes UK Average of 1.5 people Per car. ***Coach assumes average of 36 passengers.

RECYC L I N G Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 48,000 *trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

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SAVE VERNAZZA – Turisti Nei Cian (TRAVELLERS IN THE WILD) Since 1998 Busabout has been going to Cinque Terre. The vivid beauty and unique culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site has always impressed our passengers. But in 2011 the region experienced a freak occurrence. A third of the region’s annual rainfall fell in six hours and devastated the gorgeous town of Vernazza. Homes were wrecked; three people were killed and over €100 million worth of damage was done. So when we heard about the disaster we wanted to help a place we loved. We teamed up with Save Vernazza and helped build trails, clear fields and create flooding preventative measures. For a donation of €19, our passengers head out into the wilds of Vernazza and help local farmers rebuild what they once had. There’s delicious home cooked grub, stunning vistas, a few hours of labour; and at the end of it all we’ll match fund the donations. It’s the least we can do for such an incredible part of the world.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS Once the Operators, as detailed in Clause 14 below, (hereinafter referred to as “the Operator”), confirm your booking, a contract is made between you and the Operator under the terms and conditions set out below. Your statutory rights are not affected. In a booking with more than one passenger the ‘lead passenger’ will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions on behalf of all passengers within the booking. The ‘lead passenger’ is the passenger who makes the booking on behalf of all passengers in a multi-passenger booking and is named in the ‘lead passenger’ field within the booking. Within these Booking Conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added at a later date). 1. BOOKING / ACCEPTANCE 1.1 The Operator accepts a booking on the understanding that a deposit or full payment has been collected and held either by the Operator directly or by an authorised Travel Agent on the Operator’s behalf. Bookings made via the Operators’ own websites are considered as made with the Operator directly. 1.2 On confirmation of your booking, subject to availability and at the Operator’s discretion, the Operator will reserve your place(s) on your selected product(s) “tour(s)”. It is your (or on bookings involving more than one person, the lead passenger’s) responsibility, as the customer, to check the accuracy of your booking including your travel dates. A contract is only made between you and the Operator upon your booking being confirmed and accepted through written communication thereof to either you or your authorised Travel Agent (hereinafter referred to as “confirmation”). 1.3 On confirmation of your booking, a Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’ and an e-ticket will be sent to either you or your Travel Agent for fully paid bookings. A Booking Statement indicating the amount paid and an e-ticket will be sent, for bookings where only a deposit or lesser amount has been paid. 1.4 In order to reserve your tour: 1.4a) Tours costing 400 NZD or less: full payment must be made at time of booking. 1.4b) Tours costing more than 400 NZD: a non-refundable deposit of 100 NZD, per person per tour is required, but if the booking is made within 45 days of the nominated departure date the full amount payable must be made at the time of booking. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your Travel Agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the total tour price by the Operator only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by the Operator or your travel agent. 1.4c) The outstanding balance of the tour price must be paid by no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled, nominated or confirmed tour departure date or the payment date specified in any promotion, which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you. Whilst every endeavour will be made to remind you of the payment due dates, it is your responsibility to make this payment in full by the due date. If payment is not made to the Operator or to your authorised Travel Agent (for Agent bookings) by the due date, the Operator will assume that you have cancelled your tour and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by the Operator 1.4d) Booking Statements confirming ‘Full Payment’ will not be issued until full payment has been received by the Operator or authorised Travel Agent. 1.5 In the case of bookings made within 45 days of tour departure, the full cost of the tour will be payable immediately at time of booking. 1.6 The Operator reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should full payment not be received within the above specified periods. 1.7 If you wish to book to travel at student prices, you must have an ISIC, ITC or ISE student ID card or a Student Flights ID Card, valid at time of and for the duration of your travels with the Operator. 2. TRAVELLING 2.1 The Operator’s e-tickets / Booking Statements confirming ‘Full Payment’ are not transferable. Your e-ticket / Booking Statement indicating that full payment has been made must be produced at any time at the Operator’s request. You will also be required to produce your valid passport, and the valid student ID card used when booking for travel at student prices (see section 1.7 and 5.13), each time you travel. A valid passport is required as proof of identification for all tours. 2.2 With the exception of Busabout, which has a maximum combined baggage weight limit of 20kg, baggage is restricted to one reasonable sized suitcase or backpack and one small carry-on bag per passenger (maximum combined weight 15kg). Carry-on bags must not weigh more than 10kg. Baggage in excess of these limits may not be carried. 2.3 It is your responsibility to check-in with the Operator not less than 15 minutes prior to the specified departure time. The Operator will not be liable for any service that departs or returns later than its specified time, even if as a result you miss a connecting service. The Operator will use its best efforts to ensure that departure and return times are met. 3. CANCELLATION & CHANGES 3.1 Cancellation of your booking must be in writing to either the Operator (for direct or website bookings) or the authorised Agent through which your booking was made. If your booking was made through an authorised Agent, all amendments and cancellations must be made directly through the Agent and not with the Operator (the Agent may also levy cancellation charges in addition to those noted below - please check with the Agent at time of booking). When written notification has been received by the Operator, a fee will be levied to cover the costs incurred (25% of booking price being the minimum fee). The amount of the cancellation fee will be dependent on the number of days prior to the departure date of the tour (not including the day of departure or the day of notification). 3.2 Where a deposit has been made on a booking and the said booking is cancelled by you or your authorised Agent prior to full payment being made, or in the circumstances of the balance not being received by the Operator or their authorised Agent by the due date, no refund of the deposit will be applicable, nor can it be credited or transferred to any other booking for a tour of a lower value. It may be possible to transfer the deposit to a new booking for a tour of a higher value only. 3.3 Cancellation of individual passengers from a multiple booking where a group discount applies (e.g. ‘Mates’ Rates’ discount) will mean that the discount applied at the time of booking will be forfeited, due to the qualifying criteria no longer being met. If the cancellation results in the qualifying criteria no longer being met, then the total price payable for the remaining passengers on the booking will be adjusted, and any forfeited discount will be reclaimed through deduction in calculating any refund due to the cancelling passengers. The following cancellation policies apply: BUSABOUT HOP-ON HOP-OFF – PLEASE SEE PARAGRAPH 4 BUSABOUT ADVENTURES, HAGGIS ADVENTURES & SHAMROCKER ADVENTURES:

from the Guides / On-Board Guides/Check-in Staff. These local tours and excursions are run by local Operators and you will be subject to their terms and conditions. 6.2 Local tours and excursions purchased via Guides/On-Board Guides/Check in Staff are nonrefundable. It is your responsibility to meet the tour at the designated departure point and time. Travel on local tours and excursions will only be permitted on presentation of the official Guides/On-Board Guides/ Check in Staff issued voucher to the named local Operator. 6.3 Local tour and Excursion vouchers that are lost or stolen cannot be replaced. 7. INSURANCE 7.1 There is no travel insurance cover included in the price of any pass(es), ticket, tour, trip or product represented in this brochure. 7.2 The Operator strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before you travel. You may also wish to indemnify the Operator against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies that may be brought against the Operator in respect of your travel needs/requirements. 7.3 Travel Insurance is mandatory for travel on all Croatian, Moroccan, Turkey` Sail, Turkey Adventures, Scandi-Baltic Adventure, Winter Adventures, Festivals and Haggis Get Active Adventure products, failure to provide proof of adequate insurance may result in travel being refused. 8. CHANGES BY THE OPERATOR 8.1 Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates at September 1, 2015. Should these costs change it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your tour. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. 8.2 No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any Government or their Agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. The surcharge will only be made where the increase in cost will affect the price of the tour by more than 2%. 8.3 The Operator reserves the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, they will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at the Operator’s discretion provide a full or partial refund. 8.4 If access to any country or area is prohibited for reasons of force majeure (i.e. circumstances such as political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond the Operator’s control) the Operator reserves the right to amend or alter the product, or fully or partially withdraw the programme. If the Operator cannot offer suitable substitute services, you will be entitled to a refund (less reasonable expenses incurred by the Operator in respect of your booking). The amount of the refund will be calculated pro-rata based on used portion of the tour. No compensation will be paid. 8.5 The Operator reserves the right to alter or substitute the type of vehicle mentioned in the brochure or websites. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can the Operators be held responsible for any delay, deviation or cancellation due to weather conditions, nor can any tour be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions. 10. NO SMOKING POLICY The Operators operate a No Smoking Policy on all their vehicles and properties. 11. DISPUTE PROCEDURES 11.1 If you have a complaint in respect of any Operator, you should inform the Operator’s Representative at the time. Any complaint that cannot be resolved by the Operator’s Representative should be submitted in writing within 28 days of the incident to The Customer Services Manager, Busabout, Haggis, Shamrocker, Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands so that your complaint can be passed to and then investigated by the Operator. The Operators will not consider complaints after the 28 day period from the end date of your tour. 11.2 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law unless the Operator agrees otherwise in writing. 11.3 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 11.4 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against the Operator, you agree to pay all of the Operator’s costs associated to any such legal action, including but not limited to attorney / client costs. 12. CONTRACTING PARTIES 12.1 The booking conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and the Operator. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied by a duly authorised officer or Director of the Operator in writing. 12.2 Your contract is with the Operator. At any time, and at the Operator’s complete discretion, the Operator may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which the Operator may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with the Operator. The Operator may at its complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 12.3 All bookings with other Operators and service providers are subject to their terms and conditions and limitations of liability. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst the Operator cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third parties, the Operator will give reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. 12.4 Many accommodation arrangements referred to in this brochure are provided independently and directly by third party providers (unless stated otherwise). Any such contracts undertaken are made directly between you and the third party accommodation provider. They are subject to the terms and conditions, and limitations of liability, imposed by the individual accommodation provider. All such arrangements are made independently of the Operator, regardless of any help and assistance, which the Operator may provide in securing such arrangements. 12.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represents themselves either as contracting with any legal relationship with any such purchaser. 12.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however the Operator cannot be held responsible for printing and typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 13. VALIDITY The programmes, products and tours advertised in this brochure are valid from the operating season pertaining to each Operator as specified in this brochure and the Operator’s website, unless stated to the contrary. These Terms and Conditions supersede all previous Terms and Conditions issued and are valid for all reservations made on or after 6 September 2015, until replaced. 14. OPERATING COMPANIES 14.1a) The Busabout Hop-on Hop-off, Busabout Adventures, Busabout Festivals & Eastern European Trek services advertised in this brochure are operated by Busabout Operations Ltd, The Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands. 14.1b) The local operator of the Croatia Sailing (Island Hopper & One-Way Sail) programme featured in this brochure is Katarina Lines d.o.o., Croatia. Additional Terms and Conditions of the local operator may apply, details of these are available on request. 14.1c) The local operator of the Turkey Sail programme featured in this brochure is V-GO Yachting & Travel, Iskele Meydani Dedeoglu Otel Alti no1, 48300 Fethiye, Turkey. Additional Terms and Conditions of the local operator may apply, details of these are available on request. 14.1d) The local operator of the Turkey Adventure Programmes featured in this brochure is Fez Travel Istanbul, Hocapasa Mah, Tayahatun Sok, Sukran Han No: 3, Kat:3, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey, 34112. Additional Terms and Conditions of the local operator may apply, details of these are available on request. 14.1e) The Ferry Operator used on the Scandi-Baltic Adventure is Tallink Silja Oy, Keilaranta 9, 01250 Espoo, Finland. All travel is also subject to their Terms & Conditions details of these are available on request. 14.1f) The local operator of the Greek Adventure Programmes is Siva Travel Services, 7 Ravine Street, 115 21, Athens, Greece. All travel is also subject to their Terms & Conditions. 14.1g) The local operator of the Morocco Adventures programme featured in this brochure is Nomadic Expeditions Ltd, 26 Matthews Green Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 1JU, UK. Their terms and conditions apply (available on request). 14.1h) The Winter Tracks programmes featured in this brochure involve a combination of national and international Rail Operators. Their terms and conditions apply (available on request). 14.1i) The Air Trips shown are operated by Insight Vacations Ltd, ATOL no. 10147 and are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. For full details check the Civil Aviation Authority website www.caa.co.uk 14.2a) HAGGIS Adventures are operated by Radical Travel Group Limited,Atholl Exchange, 6 Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EG, Registered in Scotland No. 136334 14.2b) HAGGIS Get Active Adventures are operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits Limited, Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre, Newtonmore, PH20 1AT, UK. Their terms and conditions apply (available on request). 14.3 Shamrocker Adventures are operated by Shamrocker Adventures Limited, Four Courts Hostel, 15-17 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8, Dublin. (Registered in Ireland 281604).

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3.4 Iberian Adventure, Italian Adventure, Ibiza Island Hopper & Blast, Croatia Sailing (Island Hopper & One-Way Sail), and Greece ‘4 Island Flexi-Hopper’, Festivals, Morocco Adventures, Turkey Sail, Turkey Adventures, Scandi-Baltic Adventure, Eastern European Treks, Winter Adventures, Haggis Adventures, Shamrocker Adventures and all tour add-ons: a cancellation made up to 14 full days prior to departure (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification) – full refund less 25% of the price paid. Cancellations made within 14 full days of departure - no refund applies. 3.5 Greek Island Flexi-Hopper: No itinerary changes are permitted within 15 full days of departure date. 3.6 Festivals, Special Events & Add On Products: Special conditions apply to non-standard products). Cancellation fees (unless specifically stated otherwise): up to and including 22 full days prior to departure (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification) - full refund less 50% of price paid. Within 21 full days - no refund applies. Please check our website for updated terms and conditions relating to these products. Busabout Winter Adventures: up to and including 35 full days prior to departure (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification) - full refund less 50% of price paid, within 34 days – no refund applies. 3.7 Haggis Get Active Adventures – Cancellation fees (unless specifically stated otherwise): up to and including 28 full days prior to departure (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification) - full refund less 50% of price paid. Within 28 full days - no refund applies. 3.8 Private Group / Bespoke Tour - specific cancellation fees apply to each Tour, the Operator will inform you of these prior to payment. A non-refundable deposit will be required at time of booking to cover any accommodation, third party supplier, meal and attraction costs. Where bookings include entrance fees to attractions, accommodation, involve accommodation upgrades or specific accommodation requests any cancellation fees incurred by the Operator will be passed on to you in addition to the standard Private Group / Group Tours refund policy. 3.9 For Tours where no accommodation is included in the price and the relevant ‘pay now’ option is not selected, an allocation of beds is taken by the Operator on behalf of customers. In these circumstances accommodation is payable directly to the local accommodation provider on arrival. For requests beyond this standard accommodation, including upgrades to private rooms or other special accommodation requirements, a non-refundable deposit may be taken when the upgrade is confirmed. GENERAL 3.10 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternative departure date, or wish to change to another tour, you may do so subject to the tour being available and minimum notice of 15 days prior to departure. Exception: Croatia Sailing (Island Hopper & One-Way Sail), Turkey Sail, Winter Adventures and Haggis Get Active Adventures - a minimum notice of 30 days is required. All departure date changes will incur an administration fee of 40 NZD per person per tour. Date changes will only be extended within the 2016/2017 operating season up to 3 months from the original departure date. Accommodation date changes will incur an administration fee of 40 NZD per person per tour. 3.11 Tour changes to one of a lower value or seasonality will result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked tour and

will be subject to an administration fee equivalent to the cancellation fee on the original Tour booked. 3.12 Tour changes to one of higher value or seasonality will require the difference in price to be paid. This may also result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked Tours. 3.13 If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim under that policy. 3.14 No name changes are permitted. 4. BUSABOUT HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES – SPECIFIC CONDITIONS 4.1 A ‘sector’ is defined as any travel between two stops on the Busabout Hop-on Hop-off network in one coach day, a ‘coach day’ is made up of one or more sectors. A pre-set number of stops are grouped together to form a ‘pass’, which can be either a Loop pass – a series of stops on one or more of the Loop Routes, a One-Way Route pass, which is a series of stops on a predetermined route between a set start and end stop on the network, or a Flexitrip pass which allows a predetermined number of ‘coach days’ anywhere on the network. (hereafter referred to as Pass(es)). 4.2 Your first date of travel must be nominated and confirmed at the time of purchase. 4.3 Departure dates for the Pass(es) can be changed at no charge up to 14 days prior to the confirmed first date of departure, subject to availability. 4.4 Confirmed seat reservations can be made for any sector at the time of booking or at any time up until 24 hours prior to each scheduled departure date, subject to availability. Sector bookings may be changed without charge, subject to availability. 4.5 Individual sectors may only be travelled once on a confirmed seat reservation basis, if you wish to travel a particular sector more than once this can only be done on a standby basis. Individual sectors may be travelled only once on ‘One-Way Flexi-routes’. 4.6 It is strongly recommended that you book your sectors as far in advance as possible to ensure seat availability on your desired travel plan. The Operator cannot be held responsible if particular sectors are not available because coaches are already fully booked. 4.7 If you do not wish to travel any pre-booked sectors you must cancel them at least 24 hours in advance. If you fail to do so you will only be allowed to travel that same sector at a later date on a ‘standby’ basis. ‘Standby basis’ means that all pre-booked passengers on the said sector take priority on seating. Only if there is a spare seat on the coach available, may it be offered to you. 4.8 Travel must take place within the 2016 operating periods as stated. 4.9 The Busabout e-ticket / Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’ must be presented to the Busabout Representative on your first day of departure. The Operator may not allow you to travel if you do not have a valid Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’ and your valid passport. 4.10 Please check you have the correct e-ticket/ tickets, as mistakes cannot be rectified later. 4.11 You are responsible for making all accommodation arrangements. Busabout representatives will assist where reasonably possible during your travel days. If you do not hold a valid pass or valid passport you will not be permitted to travel. 4.12 A cancellation fee of 25% of the total price paid will apply to any cancellation of Passes, where the cancellation is more than 14 days prior to a confirmed departure date. The 25% cancellation fee will also apply for Pass(es) if a departure date has not been nominated. No refunds will be provided after travel has commenced or has been deemed to have commenced. Travel will be deemed to have commenced within 14 days of a nominated travel date or where a passenger fails to travel without prior cancellation. If additional Flexistop pass(es) are purchased in conjunction with a Busabout Flexipass, they are treated as part of that pass and are subject to the same cancellation fees. 5. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 5.1 The tour/tour products offered are forms of transportation. For this reason the Operators’ representatives cannot offer constant special attention or assistance should you have any physical disability requiring such attention. 5.2 The programmes in this brochure have been designed for passengers aged 18 years and over with the style and operation specifically designed for young independent travellers. This fact should be recognised when you book. Passengers are primarily in the 18-45 year age group. 5.3 Passengers must be aged 18 years or over on date of travel commencing. The Operator may, at its absolute discretion, and in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age restriction, provided that they are accompanied by a responsible person of 18 years or over. There is no upper age restriction. 5.4 PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES are welcome on trips, provided that they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance and do not require special assistance from the Operator’s personnel. Any medical or physical condition requiring third party attention or treatment must be advised in writing to our Reservations Team at the time the booking is made. It is your responsibility to see to it that your letter is acknowledged with the booking confirmation. The Operator cannot guarantee travel in the absence of such an acknowledgement. Similarly, if you wish to make a special request about any matter concerning your travel or accommodation you must do so at the time of booking. Again, it is your responsibility to produce an acknowledgement from our Reservations Team at the time of travel. We will try to pass on any reasonable requests to the relevant suppliers but we cannot guarantee that your requests will be met. The fact that a special request has been noted on your confirmation invoice or on any other acknowledgement is not confirmation that the request will be met. Failure to meet any special requests will not be a breach of contract on the part of the Operator unless the request has been specifically acknowledged and confirmed as accepted by our Reservations Team. The Operator reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt that the individual cannot cope with the requirements of the tour and who may require services and facilities that the Operator cannot guarantee will be available. The nature of the tours means that not every type of disability can be accommodated despite reasonable endeavours of the Operator. Most tours involve getting on and off coaches, trains, boats or ferries, sitting for long periods on coaches without toilet facilities, walking and other physical activities which may involve steps and stairs at sightseeing stops, visitor attractions and accommodation units. Coaches are not adapted to carry wheelchairs and do not have ramps, lifts or low floor access. Collapsible wheelchairs can generally be carried in the luggage hold but you must check in advance with our Reservations Team to ensure that this is the case for your tour. The Operator cannot carry any motorised wheelchairs under any circumstances. You agree not to hold the Operator responsible for any decision made by them or by any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you, or to provide any service to you in the absence of written acknowledgement and acceptance of your special request or of your disability from our Reservations Team. Please note that 100% cancellation charges would apply in these circumstances. 5.5 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all necessary visas, permits and certificates on your person for your selected itinerary, to have all necessary vaccinations and to comply with applicable laws. Schengen Visas – it is your responsibility to have your passport stamped on entry to the European Union. The Operator will not allow you to travel if you do not have a valid visa for your destination. 5.6 You agree to comply with the authority of the Operator’s representative and the laws and regulations of the countries visited, including customs and foreign exchange restrictions. If you do not do so, you may, at the discretion of the Operator’s representative, be asked to leave the tour. No refunds will be issued in such circumstances. 5.7 You agree that the Operators’ representatives may take photographs and video recordings of you while you are a passenger.These may be used in the Operator’s brochures and/or advertising and publicity material (including social media) without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.8 You agree that the Operator may use any text written in comments books, recorded in customer surveys or input to online forums, in brochures, websites and/or advertising and publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of comments. 5.9 There may be times when the Operator’s personnel and/or representatives have to make a decision in the interests of safety. It is a condition of booking that you comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed representative of the Operator. If you do not comply with the said representative or are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of members of the tour, the Operator reserves the right to refuse to allow you to continue the tour. In such a case the Operator will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional costs incurred by you. The Operator cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others on your tour nor if any facilities are curtailed as a result of their actions. 5.10 The Operators do not tolerate any form of abuse, verbal or otherwise, of its personnel. Any person abusing or threatening the Operator’s personnel or associated representatives will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel. 5.11 You are responsible for looking after your personal belongings whilst travelling. The Operator cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings left behind or damaged on any tour irrespective of the circumstances. 5.12 It is the responsibility of the individual passenger and authorised Travel Agent on the passenger’s behalf, to check the accuracy of dates booked upon receipt of their Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’. 5.13 If you paid a Student price on booking, you will be required to prove this entitlement at check-in for each departure by exhibiting a valid ISIC, ISE or ITIC student card or Student Flights ID Card. Should you not be able to do this, you will be charged the difference between the full tour price and the student discounted price in addition to an administration fee of 25 GBP / 35 EURO. 5.14 The Haggis Get Active Adventures involve strenuous outdoor activities and therefore require a good level of physical fitness. 6. LOCAL TOURS & EXCURSIONS 6.1 You may have the opportunity to purchase local tours or excursions


It’s a gold-leaf temple sprouting out of a frantic street. It’s a turquoise beach tucked away in a rocky cove. It’s a fried tarantula with tangy limepepper sauce. It’s Asia; and when you experience it with Busabout you’re going to be surprised, shocked and stunned. Our Asia trips have the same ethos and vibe as our illustrious European trips, and we’ve assembled a fantastic cast of Busabout Guides and knowledgeable locals to ensure you get the best out of this amazing part of the word. start

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Our trips through Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Laos and Thailand let you make the most out of your time and money. Benefitting from some in-depth, fun-focused research, we’ve created fantastic itineraries that take you to ‘hidden gems’ and unmissable spectacles. Our private transfers with local drivers ensure you go through the beautiful routes with none of the usual waiting times. And there are great accommodation options ranging from junk ships and hotels to hostels and traditional stilt houses. You’ll experience the caves of Phong Nha Ke Bang, the towering temples of Burma, the paradisiacal islands of Thailand and all the wacky and wonderful food that you can stomach.

VIETNAM ADVENTURE CAMBODIA ADVENTURE THAILAND & LAOS ADVENTURE BURMA ADVENTURE THAILAND INTRO (BANGKOK TO SAMUI OR PHUKET) THAI ISLAND FLEXI-HOPPER WEST THAI ISLAND FLEXI-HOPPER EAST OVERNIGHT TRAIN DOMESTIC FLIGHT LINK UP ACTIVITY DAY STOP OVERNIGHT STOP


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Our trips are flexible so you can support local economies how you want to. By not having everything included in our tours, you get to choose who you buy from and where your money goes. Naturally we have plenty of advice to help you choose, but we’ll still leave the important bits flexible. H Boats, buses, trains and tuk tuks H Fantastic overnights, bungalows, junk boats, hotels and stilt huts H English-speaking Busabout and Local Guides H Pick-up and Drop-off at a recommended accommodation

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THAI ISLAND FLEXI-HOPPER EAST

9 DAYS FROM $509 NOVEMBER-MARCH

7 DAYS FROM $425 JUNE-SEPTEMBER

• Enjoy delicious fresh seafood cooked to order at the Sea Gypsy Village, Phuket • Take a boat trip around the islands & Maya bay, Koh Phi-Phi • Sip sunset cocktails on Long Beach, Koh Lanta • Get a long boat to Railay Beach, Krabi

• Kayak the beautiful Ang Thong National Park, Koh Samui • Experience the best diving & snorkelling, Koh Tao • Dance at lunar parties, Koh Phangan • Cocktails on the beach, Koh Samui

THAILAND & LAOS ADVENTURE

VIETNAM ADVENTURE

14 DAYS FROM $1,745

14 DAYS FROM $1,209

• Venture into the past on Hill Tribe Treks, Pai • Help the elephants at The Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai • Swim in the Kwangsi waterfalls, Luang Prabang • Kayak through caves and Lagoons, Vang Vieng

• Float in the mud pools of the ‘Dark Cave’, Phong Nha Ke Bang • Experience the Emperor’s Tombs and Citadel, Hue • Island boat trip & snorkelling, Nha Trang • Delve into history at the Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

CAMBODIA ADVENTURE

BURMA ADVENTURE

9 DAYS FROM $809

11 DAYS FROM $2,519

• Learn about the civil war, Killing Fields & S21 prison, Phnom Penh • Soak up a sunset cruise, Kampot • Take a trip to Saracen Bay, Sihanoukville • Hop on the Bamboo train, Battambang • Explore Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

• Admire the ancient golden Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon • Watch the sunrise over the temples, Bagan • Trek through hill tribe villages, Kalaw • Check out the Intha fishermen, Inle Lake

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2. STUDENT DISCOUNT

1. MULTI TRIP DEALS BUY TWO OR MORE QUALIFYING TRIPS TOGETHER AND SAVE 10% OFF THE TOTAL* HOP-ON HOP-OFF Loops, One-Ways & Flexitrip

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ASIA Thai Island Flexi-Hoppers Thailand & Laos Adventure Vietnam Adventure Cambodia Adventure

GREECE Greek Island Flexi-Hopper SPAIN & PORTUGAL 7 Day Iberian Adventure

PLUS all Multi Trip Deals and group discounts are applicable on top of the student discount. * Please note that University ID cards are NOT valid. Only ISIC / ISE / ITIC student cards and Student Flights Identity cards will be accepted on your first day of travel. Ask your travel agent for details.

3. MATES’ RATES AWESOME FOURSOME

Our group of four discount means a 5% SAVING PER PERSON when four or more people book at the same time on the same trip.

TERRIFIC TEN

ITALY 3 Day Italian Adventure SCANDINAVIA & THE BALTICS 8 Day Scandi-Baltic Adventure TURKEY 8 Day Turkey Aegean Adventure 7 Day Turkey Cappadocia Adventure EASTERN EUROPE TREKS 9 Day Classic Rhapsody 7 Day Rhapsody Trek 7 Day Bohemian Trek 11 Day Classic Balkan Trek 9 Day Ottoman Trek 7 Day Balkan Trek 5 Day Mini Balkan

STUDENTS, OUR ISIC/ISE/ITIC CARD AND STUDENT FLIGHTS IDENTITY CARD HOLDER DISCOUNT WILL HELP YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET STRETCH THAT LITTLE BIT FURTHER

SCOTLAND 10 Day Compass Buster 7 Day Coast to Coast 5 Day Highland Tours 6 Day West Highland Way Adventure 4 Day The Great Glen Adventure

IRELAND 7 Day All Ireland Rocker 5 Day Celtic Rocker 5 Day Giant’s Rocker

*Multi Trip saving of 10% applies to any of the qualifying products listed above. Two or more different qualifying trips must be booked simultaneously by a single individual to qualify for the Multi Trip discount. The 10% discount only applies to qualifying products. Discount is valid against student prices on qualifying trips. Not valid with any other promotion or discount. Cancellation charges will be adjusted to incorporate any Multi Trip discounts previously given. Multi Trip discount only applies to base trip price, not to optional upgrades or supplements.

Travel with 10 friends booked on the same trip at the same time and EVERYONE SAVES 10%

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* Multi Trip deals and Mates’ Rates discounts cannot be combined. Mates’ Rates discounts valid on all trips in this brochure. Mates’ Rates discounts only apply to base trip prices, not to optional upgrades or supplements. Please see Terms & Conditions.

4. PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT WE’D LIKE TO SAY THANKS FOR CHOOSING TO TRAVEL WITH US BY OFFERING 5% OFF YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE WITH BUSABOUT, HAGGIS OR SHAMROCKER. *Only applicable if original tour is 3 days or longer.

ASK US ABOUT OUR ASIA BROCHURE

MY TRAVEL AGENT IS BUSABOUT, HAGGIS & SHAMROCKER

TRAVEL AGENT RESERVATIONS

CUSTOMER ENQUIRIES

Level 2 15–17 Day Street Newton Auckland

Freephone: 0508 287 226 Fax: (09) 379 2372 Email: nzagents@Busabout.com

Phone: 0508 287 226 Email: customers@Busabout.com

All agent reservations: http://agents.Busabout.com Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker are represented in New Zealand by Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Ltd. Please note: all prices quoted in NZ Dollars.

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Busabout Europe 2016/17- NZD  

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Busabout Europe 2016/17- NZD  

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