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GUIDED TRIPS THROUGH EUROPE’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Sziget & Lollapalooza___________________ 62 Ultra & Tomorrowland __________________ 63 Benicassim & BBK _____________________ 64 Cruise To The Beat - Hideout ___________ 65

La Tomatina___________________________68 Oktoberfest ___________________________70 King’s Day & La Batalla Del Vino_________72 Halloween Trek ________________________73

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WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE? It gives you the freedom to create your perfect itinerary, using a private door-to-door coach network. You’ll travel with fun, like-minded people, and meet our amazing drivers and guides whose mission in life is to show you the hidden gems at each destination. It’s your choice, your way.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Plan your route, buy your ideal Hop-on Hop-off pass, and meet MyTrip (pg 18). It’s your online travel planning tool, where you can create your unique itinerary and book accommodation that suits your budget and travel style. You can pre-plan your trip, or wing it as you go. Change your plans as often as you like, free of charge. There’s a million ways to go. What’s yours?

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AS SIMPLE AS THIS

1 Coaches depart each destination every other day between May and October. The coaches travel in the direction of the arrows.

2 Destinations marked with a CIRCLE are compulsory overnight cities (stay for any odd number of nights, e.g. 1, 3, 5, etc.).

Destinations marked with a SQUARE are optional overnight cities (stay for any even number of nights, e.g. 2, 4, 6, etc.).

3 Each day on the coach counts as one stop on your pass.

4 Check out our timetable and calendar to get planning. Dates in WHITE match the arrows on the map with the white outlines.

PICK UP A PENCIL AND START PLANNING YOUR EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURE... ROUTES TIMETABLE

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D = DEPARTS A= ARRIVES

Amsterdam D:8.00

Š Berlin A:18.00

2 MAY-15 OCT

Barcelona D:8.00

Š Valencia D:13.00

Š Madrid A:18.30

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Berlin D:8.00

Š Dresden D:11.30

Š Prague A:14.00

3 MAY-16 OCT

Budapest D:8.00

Š Zagreb D:15.00

Š Split A: 21.30

14 MAY-3 OCT

Florence D:8.00

Š La Spezia D:10.45

Š Lake Como D:14.00

Š Lauterbrunnen A:19.00

8 MAY-21 OCT

Krakow D:8.00

Š Vienna D:14.30

Š Bratislava D:16.00

Š Budapest

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Lauterbrunnen D:8.00

Š Bern D:9.30

Š Paris A:19.00

9 MAY-22 OCT

Lauterbrunnen D:8.00

Š Milan D:13.30

Š Nice A:18.30

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Lisbon D:8.00

Š Madrid A:16.00

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Š Bilbao D:14.00

Š San Sebastian A:15.45

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Madrid D:8.00

Š Salamanca D:11.00

Š Porto D:15.30

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Munich D:8.00

Š Innsbruck D:10.45

Š Venice A:17.00

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Munich D:8.00

Š Lucerne D:14.15

Š Lauterbrunnen A:16.00

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Munich D:8.00

Š Salzburg D:10.30

Š Gruenau D:13.00

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Nice D:8.00

Š Avignon D:12.15

Š Barcelona A:18.30

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Paris D:8.00

Š Bruges D:13.00

Š Amsterdam A:18.00

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Paris D:8.00

Š Stuttgart D:16.45

Š Munich A:20.00

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Prague D:8.00

Š Cesky Krumlov D:11.45

Š Munich A:16.30

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Prague D:8.00

Š Olomouc D:12.00

Š Krakow A:16.00

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Rome D:8.00

Š Orvieto D:10.00

Š Siena D:12.15

Š Florence A:15.00

7 MAY-20 OCT

San Sebastian D:8.00

Š Bordeaux D:11.30

Š Tours D:16.45

Š Paris A: 21.30

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Split D:8.00

Š Zadar D:10.45

Š Venice A:19.00

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Venice D:8.00

Š Ancona D:13.00

Š Rome A:18.30

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Venice D:8.00

Š Ljubljana D:11.15

Š Bled D:12.30

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Š Lisbon A:19.30

Š Prague A:18.00

Š Munich A:17.30

CALENDAR

Dates in BLACK match the arrows on the map with the black outlines.

5 You can easily link the Hop-on Hop-off travel network to all our other trips marked on the map with these icons.

Visit busabout.com/360 to watch our 360° video and be inspired!


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Modern coaches, fantastic drivers, and your luggage secure. Just sit back and relax!

CONVENIENT & HASSLE FREE

EXPERTLY GUIDED

A door-to-door service to our preferred accommodation partners with 100% guaranteed departures. Don’t worry about a cancelled or delayed train again.

Our guides are at hand to help you whenever you need them. From restaurants to clubs, museums to art galleries, we’ve got the lowdown on them all!

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CHECK OUT THESE

INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS We met up with some of our travellers in Berlin to hear the stories from their European adventures. From 2 weeks to 6 months, their itineraries covered it all.

Darcie (22) & Elise (22) from Australia travelled Europe in the summer of 2016.


MEET

DARCIE & ELISE WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL?

DARCIE: I have travelled to Southeast Asia twice and had lots of friends who have done Europe. Their stories and photos convinced me that I just had to go. ELISE: Seeing parts of the world we have never seen before. Experience different countries and their cultures. To build lifetime memories.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY? DARCIE: As a country, Spain. I loved every city, but my favourite would probably be San Sebastián. The beach was stunning, the food was delicious and the people were lovely, although the weather can be quite unpredictable! But I’m from Melbourne so that’s nothing new. I have a feeling Greece or Croatia could outdo Spain though! ELISE: Bordeaux. It was this quiet little town in France and we were lucky enough to be there for Bastille Day.

“I HAVE A FEELING GREECE OR CROATIA COULD OUTDO SPAIN THOUGH!”

AND WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET? DARCIE: Too many, but we met a beautiful girl from America, Anna Lisa. She has travelled to 20+ countries in the last two years and has such a bubbly and warm energy. We met her in Italy doing the Italian Adventure and then caught up with her in Spain and Paris. She was one seriously amazing person, and we had such a great time with her! ELISE: We met this guy in Bordeaux, France and he was telling us about how he went through a rough time in his life and he found happiness through travelling!

BEST FOOD ON YOUR TRIP? DARCIE: Oh! There’s too many, probably pintxos and tapas. I had this amazing pintxo in San Sebastián that was a piece of crusty bread, slice of tomato, huge slice of Camembert cheese, another slice of tomato, caramelised salt and walnuts topped with sticky bacon. Also, macaroons from Ladurée in Paris! ELISE: I would have to say the Italian food. It’s so fresh and just amazing, definitely the best pizza and pasta I’ve ever eaten! CREATE THIS 71-DAY ADVENTURE

CREATE THIS 71-DAY ADVENTURE 12 STOP PASS: $1479 +ITALIAN ADVENTURE: $489 +GREEK FLEXI HOPPER: $669 +GIANT’S ROCKER: $779 -10% MULTI TRIP DISCOUNT: $342 +SKYE HIGH: $319 +OKTOBERFEST: $409 +47 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1410*

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

TOTAL : $5212pp*

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Make your own way

*These trips include all products listed in the relevant blue box, approx. accommodation for nights spent in Hop-On Hop-Off destinations and any relevant discounts.

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“SUN, BEACHES, GOOD FOOD & LOTS OF DRINKS”

MEET

TIM, RHYS & JAMES WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL? To escape the Australian winter, to experience parts of Europe, to enjoy new adventures. And have our first long trip together for a full 3 months of good times.

WHAT DESTINATION ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT? TIM: Greek islands – sun, beaches, good food and lots of drinks. JAMES: Sailing Croatia – I’ve heard amazing stories about it and can’t wait to have my own stories to tell everyone. RHYS: Oktoberfest. I enjoy parties and a beer drinking festival is right up my alley.

FAVOURITE MEMORY OF THE TRIP SO FAR? The last two nights of partying in Berlin have been insane. This is definitely the best place in the world to go out and party. And we still have three nights remaining before our 8am bus on Sunday morning – so we will be going straight from the club to the bus – haha.

Tim (27), Rhys (26) & James (27) from Australia travelled Europe in the summer of 2016.

CREATE THIS 50-DAY ADVENTURE

9 STOP PASS: $1159 +GREEK FLEXI HOPPER: $669 -10% MULTI TRIP DISCOUNT: $183 + CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER: $1059 + OKTOBERFEST CAMPING : $409 + 33 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $990*

TOTAL : $4103pp*

AND WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET? TIM: We met a girl in our hostel who was travelling alone and we instantly got along with her. We all hung out and went to dinner and partied together and I’m pretty sure she will be a friend for life, which is a cool thing. JAMES: Aaron from Florida. He’s a cool bloke and gave us all the insights about America, where we want to travel to next.

BEST FOOD ON YOUR TRIP? We all loved the pintxos in San Sebastián. They were so different to anything we have ever tried. And so delicious. Rhys also found this drink at a service station, it was Snickers in a bottle which we thought was pretty crazy. We also had these amazing T-bone steaks in Berlin cooked to perfection – we were all craving a decent piece of beef.

FUNNIEST STORY OF THE TRIP? There have been countless funny moments between us. One was when we missed our Busabout coach from Paris to Amsterdam. We all woke up at 8.30am but the bus was long gone so we had a good laugh at that – haha! Then we had to catch 3 or 4 trains to get to Amsterdam!

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Jennifer (22) from New Zealand travelled Europe in the summer of 2016.

FAVOURITE MEMORY OF THE TRIP? When I was in Paris and a few of us from the hostel went out on a bike ride around Paris. Not only was our guide super funny and so much fun but it started to rain and we looked so funny in our €1 ponchos.

AND WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET? Jess. I met her in Paris, we kept meeting up along the network. I managed to convince her to come along and do the bike ride and since then we have been Busabout BFF’s.

BEST FOOD ON YOUR TRIP?

MEET

JENNIFER

The banquet I made in Bruges. We biked around to local stores and chose our ingredients based on suggestions from the store owners. It was so good, everything was fresh and so yummy!

CREATE THIS 61-DAY ADVENTURE

UNLIMITED PASS: $1999 +ITALIAN ADVENTURE: $489 - 10% MULTI TRIP DISCOUNT: $249 +CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER: 1059 +51 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1530*

TOTAL : $4828pp*

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL?

I kept seeing all my friends heading over to Europe and I’ve always dreamt of it, so I just decided it was time.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY? It’s really hard to say because each city I get to is always better than the last because each one is so unique, but if I had to pick one it would be Amsterdam. It’s an amazing city with so much to see and do. The people are amazing, the shopping was fantastic and the weather was perfect.

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL?

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FAVOURITE MEMORY OF THE TRIP? My favourite memory of the trip would have to be watching the EuroCup final in Paris. I spent the day chatting with an international group from Dubai, Holland, Sweden and Australia. CREATE THIS 45-DAY ADVENTURE

9 STOP PASS: $1159 +1 EXTRA STOP: $139 +CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER: $1059 +37 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1110*

TOTAL : $3467pp*

BEST FOOD ON YOUR TRIP?

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Dan (40) from Canada travelled Europe in the summer of 2016.

I basically decided to go with the flow in life. My last trip to Europe was 3 years ago and I fell in love with the idea of travelling solo. A few months ago while working in Canada I was laid off from my construction job. After working for 20 years, I decided to take off and travel for a year.

I would have to say the schnitzel and sausages in Berlin. They’ve been amazing.

15 *These trips include all products listed in the relevant blue box, approx. accommodation for nights spent in Hop-On Hop-Off destinations and any relevant discounts.


Unlimited Possibilities 6 STOP PASS: $849 +23 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $690

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12 STOP PASS: $1479 +36 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1080

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9 STOP PASS: $1159 +21 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $630

TOTAL : $1789pp

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TOTAL : $2559pp

6 STOP PASS: $849 +19 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $28 A NIGHT): $570

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TOTAL : $2029pp

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9 STOP PASS: $1159 +29 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $870

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12 stop pass

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TOTAL : $1539pp

6 stop pass

AMANDA

Still looking for inspiration? We asked our guides about their favourite itineraries and these are the routes they picked. Have fun planning yours!

Number of nights

12 STOP PASS: $1479 +30 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $900

TOTAL : $2379pp


UNLIMITED Adventure EMMA

UNLIMITED PASS: $1999 +49 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1470

TOTAL : $3469pp

UNLIMITED PASS

TOTAL : $3349pp

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UNLIMITED PASS: $1999 +45 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1350

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TOTAL : $3889pp

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UNLIMITED PASS: $1999 +72 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $2160

TOTAL : $4159pp

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UNLIMITED PASS: $1999 +63 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $30 A NIGHT): $1890

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STEP 1

You’ve just booked the best travel pass to Europe. Check your inbox for your MyTrip login details.

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STEP 2

Load up busabout.com/ mytrip on your mobile (or laptop) and enter your details. Ready, get set...

STEP 3

Go! Europe’s now your oyster. Select your coach travel between cities to create your own itinerary. Remember you can change your plan at anytime.


YOUR ONLINE TRAVEL PLANNING TOOL Bought a pass? Now you can create your own adventure! MyTrip is the planning tool to book your coach travel and accommodation. Use it to plan your perfect itinerary months before you arrive, or use it to book as you go. The choice is yours. Here’s how it works...

Reserve your accommodation through MyTrip. From dorms to private rooms, choose the right one for your budget.

BED CRED

STEP 5

Check out great offers and add-on adventures as you go. Enjoying the city too much to leave? Simply rearrange your itinerary for the next departure.

STEP 6

Meet other travellers and see who’s checking onto your coach before stepping on board.

5% LESS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE ONLINE

Use MyTrip to book your accommodation and we’ll give you 5% of your total bed cost in Busabout BedCred, which you can use to book any future Busabout trip. See website for more details and terms and conditions: busabout.com/bedcred

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GREAT SLEEPS Days spent exploring new cities require a great night’s sleep. When we drop you off at the door of one of our recommended places to stay, we want you to feel like you just got home. Choose the type of accommodation suited to your budget from thousands of possible options!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Hostels put you at the heart of the action where you will meet people from all over the world and create extraordinary adventures together. They’re stylish, comfortable and well equipped while being affordable, centrally located and communal. So why not stay in a hostel and Meet The World?

Image: UHostels Madrid


STAY WITH BUSABOUT... We hand-pick one great place to stay in each city so you don’t have to. It’s the best value for money option around. All of the places we stay have a combination of all these great qualities:

PICK-UP/DROP-OFF

We will pick you up and drop you off right at the door.

ROOM TYPES

From dorms to private rooms, choose the right one for your budget.

LOCATION

Stay close to the city centre and save on transport.

RATINGS

We check the ratings frequently to make sure you get the best value for money.

ATMOSPHERE

Stay with other passengers and make new friends from all over the world.

WIFI

We aim to select properties with great free WiFi.

...OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN If you prefer to choose your own accommodation, we offer thousands of other options on MyTrip. From hotels to apartments and villas to campsites, there’s an option for every budget! FROM

A good rule of thumb for accommodation would be around €15 to €30 per person per night. An average two-week trip will cost you around €280 for accommodation. If you book through MyTrip, we’ll give you 5% of the total amount back in BedCred. Visit busabout.com/bedcred for more details.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

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MEET THE CREW

Travel is as much about where you go as who you go with. Our crew’s passion and enthusiasm is what sets them apart. They are experienced but, like you, are always seeking out the new. Serious about what they do but never taking themselves too seriously, their superb ongoing training makes them some of the best in the business.

OUR GUIDES Our experienced guides are there to make sure you have a great time all around. They’re always on hand to share tips and advice to ensure you make the most out of each place you visit. You’ll like them because they’re also travellers. Don’t be surprised if you end up joining an impromptu city guided tour — they’re that passionate about their jobs!

OUR DRIVERS Our coaches are commanded by our expert drivers. They spend months perfecting their knowledge of all our routes to ensure you avoid all the highway mayhem. They 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 day.

TO GET THE REAL SPIRIT OF OUR CREW, MEET THEM HERE: BUSABOUT.COM/CREW FOLLOW ‘BUSABOUT’ ON SNAPCHAT AND SEE OUR TRIPS THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CREW VISIT BUSABOUT.COM/CREWPICS TO SEE WHAT THE CREW IS UP TO ON THE ROAD


SOME OF...

ADAM

ASHLEY

CARLOS

CLARE

KIDDIE

DARCY

HARRY

KIM

BEN

WES

EMILY

ADAM

AMANDA

LUCIE

MEGAN

DIDIER LUCIE

“BEING A CREW MEMBER MEANS MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND TASTING DIFFERENT CULTURES. IT’S WAKING UP IN DIFFERENT CITIES, COUNTRIES AND EVEN CONTINENTS. IT’S ENJOYING LIFE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, GIVING YOU THE BEST TIME OF YOURS.” DIDIER SEQUEIRA

LANA

AMANDA KELLY

LUCIE MITCH

MEGAN SUSIE

EMMA

AMANDA ROBERT

GEORGIA

MEGAN WILL

SARAH

AMANDA LAUREN

LUCIE EMMA

RACHELLE

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

THE DREAM TEAM

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THINGS TO DO 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 you can add on to your adventure.

IMPORTANT: These optional activities are not included in your pass. They are run by 3rd party operators and on occasion you may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave, it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities and be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding and may involve some risk.


WITH OVER 100 EXPERIENCES TO BUY FROM YOUR GUIDE, HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES:

FLAMENCO SHOW

CORRAL DE LA MORERIA - MADRID 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!

FOR A FULL LIST OF ACTIVITIES CHECK THE PASSENGER HANDBOOK YOU’LL RECEIVE ON YOUR FIRST COACH DAY.

HIGH ROPES PARK

OUTDOOR INTERLAKEN - LAUTERBRUNNEN Climb trees, zip across high wires, cross rope bridges, walk the plank and more. The High Ropes Park Interlaken is a high forest adventure, with rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip lines all set up in the treetops.

STREET ART WORKSHOP

ALTERNATIVE BERLIN - BERLIN An exciting introduction to Berlin’s graffiti and street art culture where you will be able to discover some of the greatest works by local and international artists. You’ll also visit a workshop located in an abandoned margarine factory where you will have the opportunity to paint your own canvas.

NIGHT BIKE TOUR By visiting in the early evening you’ll have the opportunity to see the City of Lights at its best! At the end of the tour, enjoy one of Paris’ famous river cruises with a complimentary glass of red wine!

EXCLUSIVE CITY WELCOME WELCOME TO FLORENCE - FLORENCE

A walking tour of Florence including an exclusive leather demonstration and a 4-course Italian meal followed by a night in the infamous The Red Garter karaoke bar!

HOP ON HOP OFF

FAT TIRE BIKES - PARIS

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF COACHES SEE THE WORLD FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR

EXPERT DRIVERS OUR DRIVERS ARE SOME OF THE MOST PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED IN THE BUSINESS. YOUR COMFORT IS THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!

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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. 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 servicestop delicacies, stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh European air. Once you arrive at 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-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs get you as close as possible to our recommended accommodation. That’s less hassle, leaving you more time to explore.

OUR BIG BLUES ARE GREEN

Busabout’s brand-new coaches run so clean that in some polluted cities they actually improve the quality of the air. We’ve managed to reduce our Nitrogen Dioxide emissions by a further 65%. That definitely makes our coach fleet the most environmentally friendly yet.

COMFY RECLINING SEATS SIT BACK, RELAX AND SAVOUR THE VIEWS! YOU’LL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN THE COMFORT OF AN ARMCHAIR.

History of Our Coaches

1999

2005


ON-BOARD ENTERTAINMENT FROM MOVIES TO MAGNIFICENT PLAYLISTS METICULOUSLY CRAFTED BY OUR GUIDES.

AIR-CON EUROPE CAN GET STEAMY DURING THE SUMMER, BUT OUR AIR-CON WILL KEEP YOU COOL AND FRESH.

big blues THE ALTERNATIVE, STRESS-FREE WAY TO TRAVEL EUROPE

WIFI

UNDERCARRIAGE STORAGE

STAY ON TOP OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA GAME WITH OUR ONBOARD WIFI CONNECTION.

WE WILL KEEP YOUR LUGGAGE SAFELY STORED UNDERNEATH THE COACH THROUGHOUT THE TRIP.

PANORAMIC WINDOWS

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MEET OUR BIG BLUES

2017

A BRAND-NEW FLEET

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

BIG WINDOWS, SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON ANY OF THE SCENIC BEAUTY EUROPE HAS TO OFFER.

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DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD Europe has a lot more to it than the popular landmarks we all know and love. From places whose names you can’t pronounce to others where time has stood still for centuries, these are not your average guidebook destinations. They are all special and unique in their own way. Be the star of your friends’ news feeds with incredible snaps from these awe-inspiring locations!

- LAKE COMO -

One look at the cypress covered hillsides, the glimmering lake and the beautiful villas will certainly leave you gasping for air.

- LAUTERBRUNNEN -

A small picturesque Swiss village hidden in a valley famed for its many impressive cascading waterfalls and surrounding mountains.


- BRUGES -

A charming little Belgian city complete with medieval architecture and snaking canals. Known for its delicious chocolate and vast array of beers.

- GRUENAU -

- CESKY KRUMLOV -

This Czech town features a spectacular castle and impressive Baroque architecture. The town’s appearance has changed little since the 18th century.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

A nature lover’s paradise, this resort town is surrounded by mountains, endless woods and unspoilt greenery. The perfect spot to relax!

- VIENNA -

Vienna possesses one of the most impressive wow factors in Europe with its majestic palaces, stunning gardens and delicious local food.

- LISBON The capital of Portugal is a city of colourful little alleyways, breathtaking views, delicious food, and bustling nightlife.

- LAKE BLED -

A hotspot for romantics and thrill-seekers alike. This cute little town features a church on an island in the centre of an emerald green lake!

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CHOOSE YOUR HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS

Pick out your destinations, book your pass, then pack your bags and go! Remember these things and you’re sorted: • Stay as long as you like in each destination • Change your coach days as often as you like – free of charge with MyTrip (pg 18) • Expert guides and drivers on all departures • Pick-up and drop-off at all our recommended accommodation • Link up your trip to our Adventures (pg 34), Sailing (pg 48), Festivals (pg 60 & 66), Scotland (pg 82) or Ireland (pg 96) trips

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES UNLIMITED PASS $1999 STUDENT UNLIMITED PASS $1949 TRAVEL AS MANY STOPS AS YOU LIKE! ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY.

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EXTRA STOP: $139

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If you’ve travelled with us or any other Travel Corporation (pg 32) brand before you get an additional 5% off your next adventure. *Only applicable if original tour is 3 days or longer.

SAVE 5% AWESOME FOURSOME: 5% saving per person when four or more people book at the same time on the same trip.

SAVE 10% TERRIFIC TEN:Travel with 10 friends booked on the same trip at the same time and everyone saves 10%. *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 T&Cs.

FLEXIBLE DEPOSIT SAVE $$$

We understand that independent people like you prefer spontaneity and that includes changing your mind. So we give you the option of changing your trip without losing your deposit (valid for 24 months). *Please see T&Cs

VISIT BUSABOUT.COM/DISCOUNTS FOR MORE INFORMATION

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TRAVELLED BEFORE? If you are a previous Travel Corporation guest, we would like to offer you a discount on your next adventure with us. For more info, visit ttc.com/loyalty

We at The Travel Corporation (TTC), Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures’ parent company, have been creating enriching travel experiences for over 100 years. As a fourth-generation, family-owned business, we provide a rich tradition of expertise, delivering exceptional hospitality, outstanding quality and superb value no matter which of our companies you choose to travel and stay with.

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Featured Brand: Highland Explorer Tours Highland Explorer Tours and HAGGiS Adventures have a shared passion for showcasing the very best Scotland has to offer through their award winning Highland tours. Sit back and relax on our luxury coaches while our passionate local Guides take you on a journey illustrating Scotland’s beauty, history and culture.


SUSTAINABLE TOURISM We travel because the world is beautiful. We want to keep it that way. We are proud to be active partners and supporters of the TreadRight Foundation’s sustainability work and projects. Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. When travelling with Busabout & HAGGiS Adventures you get to take part in some of these projects. To learn more about our past and current projects, visit TreadRight.org

SAVE VERNAZZA

TREES FOR LIFE

On October 25, 2011, massive flooding and mudslides devastated Vernazza, burying the town under 4m of mud and debris. Homes, businesses and territory were destroyed. Save Vernazza is a nonprofit organization founded to help rebuild, restore and preserve Vernazza’s town for future generations. For a donation of €19, Busabout passengers head out into the wilds of Vernazza (Cinque Terre) and help local farmers rebuild what they once had.

UK-based Trees For Life is a charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest, which formerly covered a large part of the Scottish Highlands. Since 1989, Trees For Life has been helping to bring this forest back from the brink, both through natural regeneration and by planting trees. Plant a tree in the ‘HAGGiS Grove’ with HAGGiS Advenutres or donate a tree.

Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures, as part of The Travel Corporation, are proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures.

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Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion and create approximately 85% less CO2 pollution per passenger kilometre than any other form of transport. Our coach fleet is among the most efficient in Europe, complying with EU emissions standards.

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Dare to explore more Travel the unbeaten path and experience the true hidden gems of Europe. Cruise through ancient cities, taste the local delicacies and learn to say ‘hi’ in more than twenty languages. Our expertly guided adventures challenge the standard. Come conquer your unknown.

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ITALIAN

ADVENTURE - 3 DAYS FROM

$489pp*

ROME (START)

POMPEII SORRENTO 2 CAPRI

ITALY RAVELLO

POMPEII, SORRENTO, CAPRI, AMALFI & RAVELLO

AMALFI

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

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.

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 2 nights' accommodation • All orientation walks • Guided walking tour of Pompeii • Plus all highlights marked with a �

77Marvel at Pompeii – preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

★★Eat regional food from Sorrento. The best

Accom.  Santa Fortunata, a cliff-top camping village. Twin-share basic tent-cabin with shared facilities. Accom. upgrade  Ensuite cabins or Deluxe apartment. Dep. point/time  Plus Camping Roma, Rome, 7.45am. Return point/time  Plus Camping Roma, Rome, 7.00pm. Pre/post accom.  Plus Camping Roma, Rome. Book on MyTrip.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ITALIAN ADVENTURE

LOW SEASON ADULT $489 • STUDENT $465 HIGH SEASON ADULT $569 • STUDENT $545

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03 Jul 05 Jul 07 Jul 10 Jul 12 Jul 14 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 24 Jul 26 Jul 28 Jul 31 Jul 02 Aug 04 Aug 07 Aug 09 Aug 11 Aug

05 Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 12 Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 23 Jul 26 Jul 28 Jul 30 Jul 02 Aug 04 Aug 06 Aug 09 Aug 11 Aug 13 Aug

14 Aug 16 Aug 18 Aug 21 Aug 23 Aug 25 Aug 28 Aug 30 Aug 01 Sep 04 Sep 08 Sep 11 Sep 15 Sep 18 Sep 22 Sep 25 Sep

16 Aug 18 Aug 20 Aug 23 Aug 25 Aug 27 Aug 30 Aug 01 Sep 03 Sep 06 Sep 10 Sep 13 Sep 17 Sep 20 Sep 24 Sep 27 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share.

LINK UP & SAVE 10% Link up this trip with any of the below & SAVE 10% on the total trip price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30)

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 sea & soak up the sun ★★Take a chairlift to Monte Solaro in Capri and 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 streets of Ravello & Amalfi 77Drive the Amalfi Coast road, one of the best scenic views in Europe

★★Visit the gardens of Villa Rufolo in Ravello

TONY’S LIMONCELLO SHOP Tony’s family has been making this drink for years, and his passion and enthusiasm for this tradition is contagious. Whether he is posing for photos, singing opera, or telling jokes, his personality and Italian accent make him a character to remember.

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Home for your stay 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 more comfort, try our cabins with private bathrooms. 3 Deluxe apartment  (available as upgrade). Treat yourself to an apartment with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.


THE PLACES YOU'LL SEE: POMPEII

SORRENTO

Awe inspiring UNESCO-listed archaeological site lying in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius.

Town of beautiful architecture, many cafes, restaurants and quaint little shops.

RAVELLO

AMALFI

CAPRI

A peaceful little town with absolutely stunning views of the Mediterranean.

The heart of the magnificent Amalfi Coast, full of pedestrian streets & souvenir shops.

Small island in the Bay of Naples, celebrated for its jaw-dropping scenery.

FLORENCE FROM

$599pp* NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

FLORENCE

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS & FREE TIME • 2 breakfasts

• As per the Italian Adventure departing from Rome on the opposite page

Accom.  Sisters Hostel, Sorrento. Accom. upgrade  Options available on MyTrip. Dep. point/time  Plus Florence, 6:45am. Return point/time  Plus Florence, 10pm. Pre/post accom.  Plus Florence. Book on MyTrip.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $599 • STUDENT $569

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ROME

ITALY

POMPEII SORRENTO 2 CAPRI

RAVELLO AMALFI

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13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Aug

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ITALIAN ADVENTURE

ITALIAN ADVENTURE FROM

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IBERIAN

ADVENTURE - 8 DAYS FROM

$1239pp*

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

MADRID

SPAIN

PORTUGAL

(START)

TOLEDO

CONSUEGRA

LISBON 1

SEVILLE

2 GRANADA

1 2

LAGOS 1

TANGIER

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: MADRID TO GRANADA |

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights' accommodation • 7 breakfasts & 1 dinner • All orientation walks • Guided tour with a local through the remarkable city of Seville • Guided tour of Tangier and its markets • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Multi-share budget hostels and hotels. Accom. Upgrade   Twin private (min. 2 persons). Departure point/time  U-Hostel, Madrid, 7.30am. Return point/time  10am, Lisbon. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES MADRID TO LISBON

ITALIAN ADVENTURE IBERIAN ADVENTURE

LOW SEASON ADULT $1239 • STUDENT $1179 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1359 • STUDENT $1295

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26 Aug 09 Sep 23 Sep

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LOW SEASON ADULT $1239 • STUDENT $1179 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1359 • STUDENT $1295 Start

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MADRID, GRANADA, TANGIER, SEVILLE, LAGOS & LISBON

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03 Jun 10 Jun 15 Jul 22 Jul 26 Aug 02 Sep 17 Jun 24 Jun 29 Jul 05 Aug 09 Sep 16 Sep 01 Jul 08 Jul 12 Aug 19 Aug 23 Sep 30 Sep *Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

LINK UP & SAVE 10% Link up this trip with any of the below & SAVE 10% on the total trip price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30)

Heading out of the Spanish capital we head south. A visit to the UNESCO-listed city of Toledo followed by a photo stop by the windmills of Consuegra. Tonight we are in the home of tapas, so time to sample the local specialities!

77Grab a photo of the famous windmills at La Mancha Plains

77Wander the cobbled streets of UNESCO listed Toledo

★★Get stuck into the Granada Tapas Crawl ★★Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show

DAY 2: GRANADA |

Today, 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

DAY 3: GRANADA TO TANGIER |

We head to the small Spanish town of Tarifa before catching a ferry to Morocco. You’ll be amazed by the new sights, smells and sounds of mysterious Tangier. (B, D)

77Discover a new continent and explore the city of Tangier in Morocco

★★Haggle for a bargain at the Tangier bazaars

DAY 4: TANGIER TO SEVILLE |

We catch a morning ferry back to Spain, hop on the coach to our next destination; beautiful Seville. From the cobblestoned streets of the Cathedral district through to the Santa Cruz area, Seville will dazzle you with its history and passionate, beautiful people. (B)

77Explore Seville with a local guide

DAY 5: SEVILLE TO LAGOS | Free time to explore Seville before heading off to the sun lovers’ party town of Lagos. It’s also the day we head to country number three – Portugal! Let your guide take you out on an infamous Busabout Pub Crawl. (B)

77Enjoy the pumping nightlife in Lagos, Portugal

DAY 6: 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) ★★Lay about on the fine sand of Praia da Batata

★★Meander through the streets of the old town

★★Explore the grottos of the Algarve coast by sea-kayak

DAY 7: LAGOS TO LISBON |

We drive to the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon today. It is a city blessed with magnificent architecture, tasty food, beautiful views and a lively nightlife where you can join the group for a final night get together. (B)

DAY 8: LISBON |

Check-out after

breakfast.(B)

WANT TO START IN LISBON?

Check out the website for more details on our 8-day Lisbon to Madrid option.


IBIZA

BLAST - 4 DAYS -

FROM

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: IBIZA |

Explore the heart of Ibiza or relax at the hotel. Eat dinner at a delicious tapas restaurant, followed by drinks atop the historic fortress walls. Party at the crazy Ibiza parade!

★★Explore the streets of Ibiza Town

DAY 2: IBIZA |

You can recover at the beach or wander the historic streets. In the afternoon you’ll see the Café del Mar and other famous sights. We’ll have an early dinner, before setting off on a sunset boat party. After the boat party it's superclub time. (B)

★★Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean

★★Explore Ibiza’s famous Hippy Markets

DAY 3: IBIZA |

Today, meet your guide at reception and catch the local bus down to Bora Bora. Spend the day celeb spotting on the beach! Later in the evening, you will have time to check out Ibiza’s world famous clubs. (B)

77Get the best deals for club entrances ★★Take a trip to the idylic island of Formentera

DAY 4: IBIZA |

Trip ends after breakfast. Staying in Ibiza? Your guide can tell you about the best places to go. (B)

PUKKA UP BOAT PARTY* Welcome to the world’s biggest boat party! Jump on and get ready to have the time of your life as we cruise towards the stunning Ibiza sunset. Expect unrivalled party vibes featuring water shows, dancers, live DJs and an on-board bar. It’s the best way to start the night! Entrance into one of Ibiza’s superclubs, famous for its headliner acts who take up residency over the summer in-between headlining Europe’s biggest electronic music festivals, is included. *The day of the Pukka Up Boat Party will vary depending on the departure date

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights' accommodation & breakfasts • Guided orientation of Ibiza Town and San Antonio • Pukka Up sunset boat party • Entrance into a famous Ibiza Superclub • Busabout wristband • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Hostel or hotel Multi-share Accom. upgrade  Single & twin upgrades. Dep. point/time  Ibiza, 2pm. Return point/time  Ibiza, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $589 • STUDENT $559 HIGH SEASON ADULT $709 • STUDENT $675

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16 Jun 19 Jun 18 Jul 21 Jul 18 Aug 21 Aug 20 Jun 23 Jun 21 Jul 24 Jul 22 Aug 25 Aug 23 Jun 26 Jun 25 Jul 28 Jul 25 Aug 28 Aug 27 Jun 30 Jun 28 Jul 31 Jul 29 Aug 01 Sep 30 Jun 03 Jul 01 Aug 04 Aug 01 Sep 04 Sep 04 Jul 07 Jul 04 Aug 07 Aug 05 Sep 08 Sep 07 Jul 10 Jul 08 Aug 11 Aug 08 Sep 11 Sep 11 Jul 14 Jul 11 Aug 14 Aug 14 Jul 17 Jul 15 Aug 18 Aug *Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast). The order of the itinerary may change based on departure date booked

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SCANDI-BALTIC - 15 DAYS FROM

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NORWAY

2

OSLO

STOCKHOLM 2

TALLINN 1

1

FERRY

SWEDEN

TRIP ITINERARY RIGA 2

2 COPENHAGEN

POLAND

BERLIN (START)

LATVIA

LITHUANIA

DENMARK

1

ESTONIA

VILNIUS 2

1

GERMANY

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

★★Enter the free town of Christiania

INCLUSIONS

DAY 3: COPENHAGEN TO OSLO |

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts & 3 dinners • 1 Baltic Sea overnight cruise • All coach transport & ferries • All orientation walks • Stockholm’s Viking walk • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Early

drive towards Oslo. Visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. (B)

DAY 4: OSLO |

Morning orientation of the city. You’ll be able to join the optional Vikings & Beaches Bike Tour. (B)

★★Visit the Viking Ship Museum

Accom.  1 night cruise liner multi-share, 13 nights hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  Berlin, 8am. Return point/time  Berlin, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

ULTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC

DAY 1: BERLIN TO COPENHAGEN | We depart Berlin in the morning and drive through Germany before taking the ferry to Denmark. After the optional group dinner we head to Tivoli Amusement Park and explore the city’s exciting nightlife. DAY 2: COPENHAGEN | Orientation tour past all major sights such as the Little Mermaid, the Geffin Fountain and the Royal Palace. Free afternoon to explore the city. (B, D)

WARSAW

NEED TO KNOW

40

GERMANY, DENMARK, NORWAY, SWEDEN, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA & POLAND

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $2749 • STUDENT $2615

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

10 Jun 24 Jun 08 Jul

24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul

22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug

05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep

02 Sep

16 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

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DAY 5: OSLO TO STOCKHOLM |

Arrival to the Swedish capital, then out to try some local meatballs. (B)

★★Visit the ABBA Museum

DAY 6: STOCKHOLM |

This morning go on a walking tour of the Old Town with our Viking friends. The rest of the day is yours to explore Stockholm. (B)

★★Tour Stockholm by bicycle

DAY 7: STOCKHOLM TO TALLINN OVERNIGHT CRUISE | Stockholm has

lots to do, so you have until mid-afternoon to enjoy it, before we board our Baltic Sea cruise to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. The buffet on board this cruise ship is a must have! (B, D)

77Venture through Stockholm’s archipelago 77The mother of all buffets

DAY 8: TALLINN | Morning arrival in 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 9: TALLINN TO RIGA | Tonight we land in Riga; a great place for partying that’s also known as the ‘second city that never sleeps’. (B) ★★Explore Riga’s nightlife on the famous bar crawl

DAY 10: RIGA | Head off in the morning and delve deeper into the communist past by visiting the Russian markets. There is also the opportunity to fire some old Soviet weapons! (B) ★★Fire old AK47s in an underground shooting range

DAY 11: RIGA TO VILNIUS | We head to the eerie Hill of Crosses before heading to the Castle of Trakai. (B)

77Explore the island Castle of Trakai 77Walk up to the Hill of Crosses, Lithuania DAY 12: VILNIUS |

We explore the Lithuanian capital with its grand squares, Baroque buildings and alternative culture. (B, D)

DAY 13: VILNIUS TO WARSAW |

Today we head to Warsaw, a city of contrasts which is sure to surprise you. Tonight we’ll eat a traditional Polish favourite, pierogi. (B)

★★Climb the Palace of Culture & Science for great views over Warsaw

DAY 14: WARSAW TO BERLIN | We’ll arrive in Berlin in time for our final night dinner and then hit the famous nightlife. (B) DAY 15: BERLIN | breakfast. (B)

Trip finishes after


SCANDI

HIGHLIGHTS - 7 DAYS FROM

$1409pp*

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

2

OSLO

STOCKHOLM 2

NORWAY

SWEDEN

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts & 1 dinner • All orientation walks • Stockholm’s Viking walk

DENMARK

• Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  6 nights hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  Berlin, 8am. Return point/time  Stockholm, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1409 • STUDENT $1339

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

10 Jun 24 Jun 08 Jul

16 Jun 30 Jun 14 Jul

22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug

28 Jul 11 Aug 25 Aug

02 Sep

08 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

2 COPENHAGEN

BERLIN

GERMANY

(START)

GERMANY, DENMARK, NORWAY & SWEDEN TRIP ITINERARY DAYS 1 TO 6: BERLIN TO STOCKHOLM | As per the Ultimate Scandi-Baltic (pg 40) day 1 to 6.

DAY 7: STOCKHOLM |

Trip finishes after

breakfast. (B)

HIGHLIGHTS - 9 DAYS FROM

$1769pp*

STOCKHOLM (START)

INCLUSIONS

1

FERRY

SWEDEN

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners • 1 Baltic Sea overnight cruise • All orientation walks • Stockholm’s Viking walk

TALLINN 1

RIGA 2

ESTONIA

LATVIA

LITHUANIA

• Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  1 night cruise liner multi-share 7 nights hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  Stockholm, 8am. Return point/time  Berlin, 8am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1769 • STUDENT $1685

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

16 Jun 30 Jun 14 Jul

24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul

28 Jul 11 Aug 25 Aug

05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep

08 Sep

16 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

BERLIN

POLAND

1

GERMANY

VILNIUS 2

1

WARSAW

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

GERMANY, LITHUANIA, LATVIA, ESTONIA, SWEDEN & POLAND TRIP ITINERARY

SCANDI & BALTIC HIGHLIGHTS

BALTIC

NEED TO KNOW

DAYS 1 TO 9: STOCKHOLM TO BERLIN | As per the Ultimate Scandi-Baltic (pg 40) day 7 to 15.

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TURKEY

AEGEAN 8 DAYS FROM

$1339pp*

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

ISTANBUL (START)

1 GALLIPOLI

TROY BERGAMA EPHESUS

2

TURKEY

GALLIPOLI, EPHESUS, SAKLIKENT GORGE & FETHIYE SAIL

PAMUKKALE

FETHIYE

1 SAKLIKENT

GORGE

3

TRIP ITINERARY NEED TO KNOW

DAY 1: ISTANBUL TO GALLIPOLI | We head to Gallipoli and visit the peninsula on a half day tour to learn about the brave ANZACs.

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

77Tour Gallipoli battlefields and ANZAC

• 7 nights' accommodation • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches • Gallipoli tour • Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Pammukale entrance fees • Plus all highlights marked with a �

peninsula

Accom.  1 night hostel, 2 nights motel, 1 night tree house and 3 nights on board our gulet sailboat – all multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room upon request. Dep. point/tim Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, 7am. Return point/time  Fethiye Harbour after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

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DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ITALIAN ADVENTURE TURKEY AEGEAN & ANZAC

LOW SEASON ADULT $1339 • STUDENT $1275 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1369 • STUDENT $1305

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27 May 10 Jun 24 Jun

03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug

15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug

19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep

26 Aug 09 Sep 23 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

TURKEY

ANZAC - 10 DAYS FROM

$1669pp*

SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO

DAY 2: GALLIPOLI TO EPHESUS |

We visit Troy and learn about legends such as Achilles and Homer’s heroes. On to Pergamum and its amazing acropolis then our overnight oasis at Ephesus. (B)

77Visit the historic sights of Troy and Pergamum

77Relax by the pool after a day of ancient discovery

DAY 3: EPHESUS |

Free day to explore Ephesus or kick back around the oasis pool. It’s the best preserved classical city in Turkey. (B)

★★Turkish Hamamm, Selcuk ★★Visit Kusadasi and party in its clubs

DAY 4: EPHESUS TO SAKLIKENT GORGE | On to Pamukkale and its stunning

limestone baths and hilltop coliseum. (B)

77Bathe in Pamukkale limestone pools DAY 5: SAKLIKENT GORGE TO FETHIYE | Choose to spend the day in

the gorge with optional rafting followed by a mudbath. Hike the gorge and enjoy lunch before heading to the Mediterranean coast and our first night on-board the gulet. (B, D)

77Set sail on a traditional Turkish gulet boat 77Explore Fethiye, the hub of the Med ★★Rafting and mud bath in Saklikent Gorge

DAY 6 & 7: AEGEAN SAIL | Sail the pristine water of the Med as you explore sights such as Cleopatra’s Baths. Swimming, relaxing and hiking stops are also on the menu. Arrive back into Fethiye for our final night. (2B, 2L, 2D)

77Swim around the 12 islands in the Gulf of Fethiye

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout Guide

DAY 8: FETHIYE | Trip finishes after breakfast. Link up with the Turkey Cappadocia Adventure. (B)

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

(START)

3 GALLIPOLI

TROY BERGAMA

• 9 nights' accommodation • And more!

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ISTANBUL

EPHESUS

2

ADULT $1669

Start

Finish

23 Apr

02 May

*Per person price based on multi-share.

TURKEY

PAMUKKALE

FETHIYE 3

1 SAKLIKENT

GORGE


TURKEY

CAPPADOCIA 7 DAYS

FROM

TRIP ITINERARY

1 ISTANBUL

TURKEY

We travel the Mediterranean 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. With so many options to consider in Olympos from rock climbing and fishing trips to lazing on the beach, exploring the nearby ancient ruins or visiting the flames of the Chymira; this will be a day to remember! (B, D)

★★Olympos Chymira Flames tour

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

77Uncover Cappadocia’s underground cities, dreamlike landscapes and valley walks

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 before the legendary Turkish Folklore Night! (B)

77Head off the beaten track and discover another side of Cappadocia

★★Whirling dervishes Turkish night

DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL |

We head towards Istanbul, stopping en route at one of the largest salt lakes in the world for some shimmering Instagram photos. A night out in Istanbul completes the trip. (B)

77Marvel at Lake Tuz DAY 7: ISTANBUL |

Trip finishes after

breakfast. (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.

CAPPADOCIA 3

KONYA

DAY 1: FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS BEACH | 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)

LAKE TUZ

OLYMPOS

FETHIYE

2

(START)

KAS NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners • Zelve open-air museum • Underground city entrance and tour • Mevtana Konya & Sultanhani entrance • Pottery making display • 2 guided valley walks • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  1 night hostel, 3 nights boutique cave, 2 nights treehouse – all multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room upon request. Dep. point/time  Fethiye Resort, 10am. Return point/time  Sultan Hostel, Istanbul, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $1039 • STUDENT $989 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1079 • STUDENT $1029 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

09 Jun 23 Jun 07 Jul

15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug

21 Jul 04 Aug 18 Aug

26 Aug 09 Sep 23 Sep

01 Sep 15 Sep 29 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

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ITALIAN ADVENTURE TURKEY CAPPADOCIA

KAS, OLYMPOS BEACH, KONYA, CAPPADOCIA, LAKE TUZ & ISTANBUL

$1039pp*

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ULTIMATE BALKAN - 15 DAYS -

$1729pp*

FROM

SHORT ON TIME? CHECK PG45

BOSNIA 1 2 CROATIA

SPLIT

SARAJEVO

(START)

DUBROVNIK

2 BELGRADE

SERBIA

MONTENEGRO

2 KOTOR

1 SKOPJE

MACEDONIA

BUDVA

OHRID THESSALONIKI

TIRANA 1

1

1

ALBANIA

GJIROKASTRA

GREECE

METEORA 1

DELPHI

THERMOPYLAE NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

ATHENS

2

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 14 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Professional local guide in Delphi, plus site and museum entrance • Entrance to Meteora • All orientation walks • Mostar local guide • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Hotel/hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  Split, 8am. Return point/time  Split, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ULTIMATE BALKAN

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: SPLIT TO KOTOR | We start the trip with a stop in Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, then on to Kotor with an orientation of the old city then some excellent nightlife. (B)

DAY 8: THESSALONIKI TO LAKE OHRID |

★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik

★★Go on a boat trip onto the lake to the

DAY 2: KOTOR |

Take your pick. Climb to the top of St. John’s Fortress, visit nearby Budva or opt for relaxation and join a boat cruise around the bay of Kotor. (B)

NEED TO KNOW

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CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, ALBANIA, GREECE, MACEDONIA, SERBIA & BOSNIA

LOW SEASON ADULT $1729 • STUDENT $1645 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1829 • STUDENT $1739 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

20 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul 15 Jul

15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug

29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug 09 Sep

09 Sep 23 Sep

23 Sep 07 Oct

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

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★★Boat cruise of the beautiful Bay of Kotor ★★Climb St. John’s Fortress

We set off towards the charming lake town of Ohrid. Tonight we experience Macedonian hospitality and its affordable nightlife. (B) nearby Town of Bones.

DAY 9: LAKE OHRID TO SKOPJE |

We drive to Skopje, the charming capital of Macedonia. Enjoy the sunset views before we go out for traditional food and drink. (B)

77Skopje - “Eastern European Disneyland”

DAY 3: KOTOR TO TIRANA |

DAY 10: SKOPJE TO BELGRADE |

77Discover ‘off the beaten track’ Albania

★★Enjoy the buzz of Belgrade on a night out

DAY 4: TIRANA TO METEORA |

DAY 11: BELGRADE | Today, explore Serbia’s capital with its grand Orthodox churches, museums and awesome people. (B)

We head back in time to undiscovered Albania. Its dramatic mountain scenery and scattered countryside bunkers make for great photos. (B)

This morning we visit the UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokastra. We then travel to Meteora and see its UNESCO-listed monasteries. Tonight we stay in the little Greek village of Kalambaka. (B)

77Marvel at Meteora’s stunning clifftop monasteries

DAY 5: METEORA TO ATHENS |

On to Athens, via Thermopylae, where we mingle over dinner and drinks at our hostel’s roof-top bar. (B)

77Visit Thermopylae, where the Spartans battled the Persians

DAY 6: ATHENS | Free day to explore one of the world’s oldest cities, filled with ancient monuments and today a modern metropolis. (B)

Into Serbia and its capital Belgrade. Tonight you have the option to check out some of Belgrade’s best nightlife. (B)

77Experience Belgrade’s great vibe and alternative psyche

DAY 12: BELGRADE TO SARAJEVO |

We head onto Sarajevo for an evening of great nightlife, live bands and delicious food. (B)

DAY 13: SARAJEVO |

Get to know the Bosnian capital and its incredible history. (B)

★★Sarajevo walk and tunnel tour

DAY 14: SARAJEVO TO SPLIT |

Today we visit magnificent Mostar before heading onto Split to experience the Old Town and vibrant Croatian night scene. (B)

★★Explore the stunning Acropolis ★★Traditional Greek Dancing and Music

77Grab a photo at Mostar’s famous bridge

DAY 7: ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI |

DAY 15: SPLIT |

We drive to Delphi, then on to Thessaloniki for great Greek food and a vibrant nightlife. (B

77Professional local guide in Delphi

on a locally-guided walking tour Trip finishes after breakfast. Why not link up to the Hop-on Hopoff network. (B)


HIGHLIGHTS - 7 DAYS FROM

$879pp*

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout guide • 6 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Entrance to 2 monasteries at Meteora • All orientation walks

Accom.  6 nights hostel or hotel shared. Dep. point/time  Split, 8am. Return point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

LOW SEASON ADULT $879 • STUDENT $839 HIGH SEASON ADULT $919 • STUDENT $875

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

20 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul

26 May 09 Jun 23 Jun 07 Jul

15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug

21 Jul 04 Aug 18 Aug 01 Sep

09 Sep 23 Sep

15 Sep 29 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

FROM

$1079pp*

BUDVA 1 TIRANA ALBANIA

GJIROKASTRA

• Plus all highlights marked with a �

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

- 9 DAYS -

MONTENEGRO

2 KOTOR

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

TRAIL

DUBROVNIK

(START)

FREE TIME |

BALKAN

BOSNIA

SPLIT

1 METEORA

THERMOPYLAE NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

DAYS 1 TO 6: SPLIT TO ATHENS |

As per the Ultimate Balkan (pg 44) day 1 to 6.

DAY 7: ATHENS | All good things come to an end. The trip finishes after breakfast. (B)

SARAJEVO CROATIA

SPLIT

2 BELGRADE

2

SERBIA

BOSNIA

1 SKOPJE

MACEDONIA

OHRID 1

THESSALONIKI 1

plus site and museum entrance • Mostar local guide • Plus all highlights marked with a �

GREECE

Accom.  Hotel/hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, 8am. Return point/time  Split, After breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $1079 • STUDENT $1029 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1119 • STUDENT $1065 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

26 May 09 Jun 23 Jun 07 Jul

03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul 15 Jul

21 Jul 04 Aug 18 Aug 01 Sep

29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug 09 Sep

15 Sep 29 Sep

23 Sep 07 Oct

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

2

TRIP ITINERARY

1

• Busabout guide and local driver • 8 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • All orientation walks • Professional local guide in Delphi,

ATHENS

CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, ALBANIA & GREECE

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

GREECE

DELPHI

ATHENS NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

(START)

MACEDONIA, SERBIA, BOSNIA & CROATIA TRIP ITINERARY DAYS 1 TO 9: ATHENS TO SPLIT |

BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS & TRAIL

BALKAN

CROATIA

NEED TO KNOW

As per the Ultimate Balkan (pg 44) day 7 to 15.

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MOROCCO

ENCOMPASSED - 15 DAYS FROM

$2148pp*

TRIP PRICE $2029 + LOCAL PAYMENT $119†

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

1 CHEFCHAOUEN 2 FES

RABAT CASABLANCA 1

1

MEKNES

1 MIDELT

MOROCCO MARRAKECH (START)

3

1

TODRA GORGE

MARRAKECH, CASABLANCA, MEKNES, CHEFCHAOUEN, FES, MIDELT, SAHARA, TODRA GORGE, AIT BENHADDOU & ESSAOUIRA

1

SAHARA DESERT 1 AIT BENHADDOU

2 ESSAOUIRA

NEED TO KNOW

TRIP ITINERARY

Local payment of USD $65 (NZ$119†) due on Day 1.

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners • Transfer from Marrakech airport • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Mini Van • Guided tours of Marrakech, Volubilis, Fes, Chefchaouen & Ait Benhaddou • Sahara camel trek • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  13 nights 3/4-star hotel, 1 night Berber camp (Sahara Desert) Accom. upgrade  Single upgrade available. Departure point/time  Hotel El Andalous, Marrakech, 6pm Return point/time  Marrakech, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ITALIAN ADVENTURE MOROCCO ENCOMPASSED

ADULT $2148

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

11 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr 22 Apr 06 May 20 May

25 Feb 11 Mar 25 Mar 08 Apr 22 Apr 06 May 20 May 03 Jun

10 Jun 24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep

24 Jun 08 Jul 22 Jul 05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep 30 Sep

30 Sep 14 Oct 28 Oct 11 Nov 25 Nov 06 Dec 23 Dec

14 Oct 28 Oct 11 Nov 25 Nov 09 Dec 20 Dec 06 Jan

DAY 1: MARRAKECH | Welcome to Morocco! Go explore or chill by the pool at our 4-star hotel before a welcome meeting at 6pm. (D) DAY 2: MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA | A morning journey to Casablanca with the afternoon to explore. (B)

★★Visit the stunning Hassan II Mosque, the third largest in the world

DAY 3: CASABLANCA TO MEKNES |

DAY 4: MEKNES TO CHEFCHAOUEN | Arrive at Chefchaouen high up in the Rif mountains. (B)

77Admire Chefchaouen, city of blue and white

DAY 5 & 6: CHEFCHAOUEN TO FES |

Discover Fes, the world’s largest medieval city. Explore souks and tanneries on our full day city tour. (B, B)

★★Immerse yourself in a traditional Moroccan evening

DAY 7: FES TO MIDELT | Relax after Fes in this beautiful alpine town for a night in the Atlas Mountains. (B, L, D) DAY 8: MIDELT TO SAHARA | We travel from the Atlas Mountains to the enigmatic Sahara Desert and Berber camp. (B, L, D)

77See the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start of the Sahara Desert

77Sahara camel trek 77Experience a traditional Berber camp

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A

drive to Rabat to check out the kasbahs and palaces of the capital, then on to the imperial city of Meknes. (B)

DAY 9: SAHARA TO TODRA GORGE |

Marvel at the changing colours and dizzying heights of the Todra Gorge. (B, L, D)

★★Wander Todra Gorge, the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Morocco

DAY 10: TODRA GORGE TO AIT BENHADDOU | Passing via Dades Valley,

we visit the home of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and its famous Kasbah. (B, D)

77Wander Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO-listed ancient fortified Kasbah city

DAY 11 & 12: AIT BENHADDOU TO ESSAOUIRA | Enjoy the beach and surf at

this stunning fortified and colourful 15th century fishing town. (B, B)

77Explore Game of Thrones location, ‘Astapor’

★★Surf the Atlantic coast on Essaouira’s golden beaches

DAY 13 & 14: ESSAOUIRA TO MARRAKECH | Check out Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and Djemâa-el-Fna market on our included city tour. (B, B)

77Guided city tour – Marrakech ★★Discover the UNESCO-listed KouToubia Mosque in Marrakech

★★Hammam spa in Marrakech

DAY 15: MARRAKECH |

after breakfast. (B)

Tour finishes


MOROCCO

HIGHLIGHTS - 9 DAYS -

FROM

$1748pp*

TRIP PRICE $1649 + LOCAL PAYMENT $99†

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

DAY 1: MARRAKECH | Welcome to Morocco! Chill by the pool at our 4-star hotel before the welcome meeting at 6pm. (D)

(START)

DAY 6: SAHARA TO TODRA GORGE | Marvel at the changing colors and dizzying heights of Todra Gorge, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon”. (B, D)

DAY 2: MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA | 77Explore Todra Gorge, Morocco’s “Grand Guided city tour of the capital Rabat then onto Casablanca this evening. (B, D)

DAY 3 & 4: CASABLANCA TO FES |

We head to Meknes with its impressive grand Mosque, before visiting the ancient Roman site at Volubilis, enroute to Fes. Experience the sights and sounds of largest medieval city, exploring souks and tanneries. (B, B)

★★Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca ★★Immerse yourself in a traditional Moroccan evening with dinner

Canyon”

3

1

SAHARA DESERT

1

AIT BENHADDOU

START IN CASABLANCA?

Check out the website for more details on our 8-day option starting in Casablanca.

77Wander Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO-listed

Local payment of USD $55 (NZ$89†) due on Day 1.

ancient fortified Kasbah city

DAY 8: AIT BENHADDOU TO MARRAKECH | Returning to the great city

77See the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start

77Guided city tour – Marrakech

77Sahara camel trek 77Experience a traditional Berber camp

1

TODRA GORGE

NEED TO KNOW

the home of “Lawrence of Arabia”, visiting the famous Kasbah too. (B, D)

DAY 5: FES TO SAHARA | of the Sahara Desert

MOROCCO

DAY 7: TODRA GORGE TO AIT BENHADDOU | Today we make our way to

of Marrakech – check out the city’s UNESCOlisted medina and Djemâa-el-Fna market on our included city tour. (B, D)

Today we travel to a traditional Berber camp. (B, L, D)

MEKNES

CASABLANCA 1

MARRAKECH

TRIP ITINERARY

2 FES

RABAT

★★Discover the UNESCO-listed KouToubia Mosque in Marrakech

★★Hammam spa in Marrakech

DAY 9: MARRAKECH |

Tour finishes after

breakfast. (B)

INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners • Transfer from Marrakech airport • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Mini Van • Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Volobulis & Ait Benhaddou • Sahara camel trek • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  7 nights 3/4 star hotel, 1 night Berber camp. Accom. upgrade  Single upgrade available. Dep. point/time  Hotel El Andalous, Marrakech, 6pm. Return point/time  Marrakech, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

MOROCCO

EXPRESS - 5 DAYS FROM

$1048pp*

TRIP PRICE $989 + LOCAL PAYMENT $59†

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

MARRAKECH 2

(START)

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

MOROCCOSAHARA DESERT 1

1 ESSAOUIRA

WANT TO END IN ESSAOUIRA?

Check out the website for more details on our 5-day option ending in Essaouira.

SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO

ADULT $1748

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

04 Feb 18 Feb 04 Mar 18 Mar 01 Apr 15 Apr 29 Apr 13 May

12 Feb 26 Feb 12 Mar 26 Mar 09 Apr 23 Apr 07 May 21 May

27 May 03 Jun 17 Jun 01 Jul 15 Jul 29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug

04 Jun 11 Jun 25 Jun 09 Jul 23 Jul 06 Aug 20 Aug 03 Sep

09 Sep 23 Sep 07 Oct 21 Oct 04 Nov 18 Nov 09 Dec 23 Dec

17 Sep 01 Oct 15 Oct 29 Oct 12 Nov 26 Nov 17 Dec 31 Dec

ITALIAN ADVENTURE MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS

CASABLANCA, FES, SAHARA, TODRA GORGE, AIT BENHADDOU & MARRAKECH

VOLUBILIS

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S

I L I A

D N A L G S I & PPIN O H

The voyage of your lifetime The sun on your skin, the salt in your hair. Wake up to laughter and dive into the cool blue water. Spend your days hiking to ancient fortresses and all night dancing under the stars. As the sun rises strangers become friends and friends become family. This is your time in the sun.


G N I


CROATIA SAILING Sailing in Croatia is like a trip across time, cruising the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea from port to port, docking for the night in historic towns filled with tales and myths that will make your jaw drop. Days on the boat are spent chilling on the deck, eating delicious food prepared by our cooks or jumping in the water to cool down from the heat. The nightlife is as lively as a pirate and worthy of a costume to match. Get ready for an experience like no other!

TOP REASONS TO GO THE BOATS

OUR FLEET ARE A MIX OF BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE SHIPS AND NEW STYLE CRUISERS WITH DECK SPACE FOR SUNBATHING OR JUST PLAIN RELAXING.

THE GUIDES

THEY’RE THERE TO TELL YOU STORIES, MAKE EVERYTHING EASY AND HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME ON THE ADRIATIC.

THE FOOD

FROM MUSSELS IN WINE SAUCE TO GRILLED SQUID AND SMOKED PRŠUT, OUR COOKS WILL ENSURE YOUR APPETITE FOR LOCAL DELICACIES IS SATISFIED.

THE PARTIES

RAVES IN CAVES, BARS LIT ON FIRE, FULL MOON PARTIES, AND A NIGHTCLUB IN A FORTRESS. CROATIAN NIGHTLIFE AT ITS BEST!

THE SWIM STOPS

THERE ARE SWIM STOPS EVERY DAY IN SMALL COVES AND SECLUDED BAYS, THE PERFECT WAY TO COOL DOWN FROM THE HEAT.


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

TWIN-SHARE CABIN WITH SHARED BATHROOM FACILITIES 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 sailing.

CLASSIC ENSUITE

TWIN-SHARE CABIN WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM FACILITIES 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

SPACIOUS MODERN TWIN-SHARE CABIN WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM FACILITIES

ON... If you’re after a bit of luxury, the cruiser ensuite on deck cabins are our premium option. If you’re on a budget, standard below deck cabins are the most affordable. So whether you are flashpacking or backpacking, Busabout has you covered! Make your choice and get booking.

CROATIA

These modern steel hulled giants offer large ensuite cabins with air conditioning, huge deck space and large galleys, plus you’ll get a hot buffet breakfast daily. 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.

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CROATIA

ISLAND HOPPER

- 8 DAYS FROM

$1059pp*

TRIP PRICE $1009 + LOCAL TAXES $50†

CROATIA OMIS 1 SPLIT 1 (START) PUCISCA HVAR

1 MAKARSKA

1

1 KORCULA

MLJET

1

1

DUBROVNIK NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

SPLIT, HVAR, MLJET, DUBROVNIK, KORCULA, MAKARSKA & OMIS TRIP ITINERARY

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

INCLUSIONS

★★Live the celebrity life in Hvar up close

• Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches • All orientation walks • Boat captain and crew • Bedding on the boats • 1 litre of drinking water per day • Plus all highlights marked with a �

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

Accom.  Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accom. upgrade  See cabin options on pg 50. Dep. point/time  Split Harbour, 1pm (check-in 11am). Return point/time  Split Harbour on day 7, 4pm. Overnight on the boat (disembark by 9am on day 8). Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ITALIAN ADVENTURE CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER

ADULT FROM $1059 • STUDENT FROM $1009 Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

06 May 13 May 20 May 27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jun 01 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul

13 May 20 May 27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 01 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul

12 Jul 15 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 26 Jul 29 Jul 02 Aug 05 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 16 Aug 19 Aug

19 Jul 22 Jul 26 Jul 29 Jul 02 Aug 05 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 16 Aug 19 Aug 23 Aug 26 Aug

23 Aug 26 Aug 30 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct

30 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 20 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct 14 Oct

Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).*Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation on October departures. 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 busabout.com for full details.

LINK UP TO THIS TRIP HOP-ON HOP-OFF NETWORK (pg 30) ULTIMATE BALKAN (pg 44)

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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)

★★Bike hire in the National Parks ★★Traditional BBQ dinner

DAY 4: DUBROVNIK TO KORCULA |

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)

77Orientation including Marco Polo’s birthplace

★★Sip cocktails at the top of a fourteenthcentury tower in Korcula

DAY 5: KORCULA 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)

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)

★★Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar

★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik – King’s

★★Dress up for the Captain’s Dinner

Landing in Game of Thrones

DAY 6: MAKARSKA TO OMIS |

We sail to Pucisca and the marble capital of the world. Dinner and the onboard pirates party. (B, L)

DAY 7: OMIS TO SPLIT | The pirate town of Omis. We visit the mountain fortress or hit the beach before sailing into Split. (B, L) DAY 8: SPLIT |

Say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)

DUBROVNIK Spend your day retracing the steps of the Lannisters by exploring Game of Thrones’ ‘King’s Landing’. Scale the famous medieval city walls of Dubrovnik for epic views and plenty of Instagram worthy opportunities! By night, the 500 year old fortress transforms itself to host Dubrovnik’s best party at Club Revelin​.​


CROATIA

ONE WAY SAIL

- 8 DAYS -

FROM

$1089pp*

TRIP PRICE $1039 + LOCAL TAXES $50†

CROATIA

OMIS 1

SPLIT (START)

1 MAKARSKA

PUCISCA

1

HVAR 1

STARI GRAD 1 KORCULA

MLJET 1

SPLIT, OMIS, MAKARSKA, STARI GRAD, HVAR, KORCULA, MLJET & DUBROVNIK TRIP ITINERARY

77Hike to a pirate fortress for panoramic views of Dalmatia

★★Captain’s BBQ

DAY 2: OMIS TO MAKARSKA |

One of Croatia’s most beautiful towns, set on the Croatian Riviera. Great local food, the best sunsets and raving in a cave till late. (B, L)

★★Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar

DAY 3: MAKARSKA TO STARI GRAD |

To the island of Hvar with a swim stop near the Golden Horn beach. We dock at Stari Grad and enjoy a local wine tasting this evening amongst lavender fields and olive groves. (B, L)

★★Wine tasting on the Stari Grad plain ★★Traditional peka dinner and wine tasting in Stari Grad

DAY 4: HVAR | A day cruising around the island of Hvar, swimming at secluded bays followed by a night of Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva Bar. (B, L) ★★Live the celebrity life in Hvar up close

Get a feel for the Croatia Sailing vibe by visiting busabout.com/360 and watching our epic 360 video.

LINK UP TO THIS TRIP HOP-ON HOP-OFF NETWORK (pg 30) ULTIMATE BALKAN (pg 44)

WANT TO START IN DUBROVNIK? Check out the website for more details on the Dubrovnik to Split itinerary option.

NEED TO KNOW DAY 5: STARI GRAD TO KORCULA |

Explore the beautiful, historic streets of Marco Polo’s birthplace. Enjoy a cocktail from the top of a tower and admire the views. (B, L)

★★Sip cocktails at the top of a fourteenthcentury tower in Korčula

DAY 6: KORCULA TO MLJET |

Start with a morning swim then 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

DAY 7: MLJET TO DUBROVNIK | Set sail to Dubrovnik with plenty of time to explore this picturesque town. Party your last night away. (B, L) ★★Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik, King’s Landing in Game of Thrones

DAY 8: DUBROVNIK | Say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)

Local taxes of $50 (€25)† due on Day 1.

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches • All orientation walks • Boat captain and crew • Bedding on the boats • 1 litre of drinking water per day • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accom. upgrade  See cabin options on pg 50. Dep. point/time  Split Harbour, 1pm (check-in 11am). Return point/time  Dubrovnik on day 7, 4pm. Overnight on the boat (disembark by 9am on day 8). Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ADULT FROM $1089 • STUDENT FROM $1039 DEPART | S: SPLIT D: DUBROVNIK Start 06 May 13 May 20 May 27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun 14 Jun 17 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jun 01 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 26 Jul

Finish Departs

Start

Finish Departs

13 May 20 May 27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jun 01 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 26 Jul 29 Jul 02 Aug

29 Jul 02 Aug 05 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 16 Aug 19 Aug 23 Aug 26 Aug 30 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct

05 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 16 Aug 19 Aug 23 Aug 26 Aug 30 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 20 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct 14 Oct

S S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D

S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D S&D D S&D S S&D D S&D S&D S&D D

Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).*Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation on October departures. 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 busabout.com for full details..

ITALIAN ADVENTURE CROATIA ONE WAY SAIL

DAY 1: SPLIT TO OMIS | Sail to Pucisca, on the island of Brac where we’ll visit the worldfamous stonemason’s school. We finish the day with a stop in the pirate town of Omis, where we see the fortress. (L)

1

DUBROVNIK

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

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TURKEY SAILING 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 Smugglers 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.

MEET THE FLEET

STANDARD CLASS GULET

PREMIUM CLASS GULET

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

Our ‘A Class’ gulet offers everything you expect from our Standard Class plus more space, support and comfort. Sail across the beautiful Turkish coastline in the luxurious style it deserves. These boats have guaranteed twin rooms, air-conditioning, more deck space, smaller groups and a Busabout guide on-board!


SAIL

TURKEY

- 8 DAYS -

FROM

$849pp*

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE† NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

TURKEY

FETHIYE 1

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1:FETHIYE TO BONCUKLAR 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: BONCUKLAR BAY TO ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND | We arrive this

morning in Butterfly Valley then onto Oludeniz (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 Oludeniz Blue Lagoon and watch paragliders above

★★St. Nicholas Island for picture-perfect sunsets

★★The Butterfly Valley walk

DAY 3: ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND TO KAS | Onwards to Hidayet Bay for turtle spotting, snorkelling and a swim in a quiet bay surrounded by olive groves. On to Kas, the pearl of the Mediterranean, famous for its shopping, ancient theatre and laid back vibe. (B, L, D)

★★Enjoy Turkish apple tea in colourful Kas

DAY 4: KAS TO SMUGGLERS COVE |

We visit Simena, a traditional fishing village with an impressive castle and delicious homemade ice-cream. After lazing around on deck, we explore Kekova’s vast Sunken city. Tonight we party on the pirate island of Smugglers Cove. Pack the bandanas! (B, L, D)

77Party at Smugglers Cove pirate island nightclub

77Sail by Kekova’s Sunken City ★★Visit Simena Castle for stunning views over Kekova

DAY 5: SMUGGLERS COVE TO DEMRE & LIMANAGZI | After a relaxing post-

breakfast snorkel, we pull into Demre, where an optional transfer to highly recommended Myra awaits. This evening Limanagzi Bay has a great sunset in store. (B, L, D)

★★Visit the ancient city of Myra and its Lycian Tombs

DAY 6: LIMANAGZI TO KALKAN |

A

sunny cruise to Kalkan, a picturesque little town with cobbled streets and quaint markets. Optional half-day trip to Saklikent Gorge or learn the art of backgammon from your crew. Nearby Firnaz Bay is where we kick back this evening. (B, L, D)

77Wander Kalkan’s cobbled streets DAY 7: KALKAN TO FETHIYE |

We moor up in Tarzan Bay for breakfast under olive and pine trees and then sail to Samanlik Bay for sunbathing and swimming. Return to Fethiye for our final night of festivities with a Turkish show and party in town! (B, L, D)

77Turkish belly dance show DAY 8: FETHIYE |

breakfast at 9am. (B)

Check-out after

BONCUKLAR BAY 1 ST. NICHOLAS LIMANGAZI 1 ISLAND 1 1 KAS 1 1 SMUGGLERS COVE KALKAN

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners • Afternoon tea and coffee • Snorkels, masks, flippers, fishing lines & board games • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Triple, double and twin ensuite cabins. Accom. upgrade  See cabin options on pg 54. Dep. point/time  Fethiye Harbour, 5pm (check-in from 2pm). Return point/time  Fethiye Harbour, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $849 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT FROM $879 HIGH SEASON ADULT $1119

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 01 Jul 08 Jul

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

15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug

22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep

02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep

09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct

PREMIUM CLASS GULET ADULT $1549

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul

08 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul

22 Jul 29 Jul 05 Aug

29 Jul 05 Aug 12 Aug

12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug

19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner). †All inclusive package refers to food and accommodation on the trip.

LINK UP THIS SAIL

TURKEY SAIL

FETHIYE, BONCUKLAR BAY, ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND, KAS, SMUGGLERS COVE, LIMANAGZI & KALKAN

(START)

TURKEY AEGEAN (pg 42) TURKEY CAPPADOCIA (pg 43)

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GREEK TIME Our Greek Island Hopper lets you spend between nine days and as long as you like on four beautiful Greek islands. Here’s a bit about them to help you plan your time there.

MYKONOS

Think massive sparkly clubs, glamorous cruise ships and elegant eateries with some of the most flavourful Mediterranean food you’ll find. Take your time to explore Mykonos and the nearby island of Delos and be rewarded with cultural insights and jaw-dropping archaeological sites.

SANTORINI

Filled with colourful beaches, superb shopping, world class wines and a volcano, it won’t take you long to discover you could easily spend an entire season on this island. If that wasn’t enough, Santorini has one of the best sunsets on the entire planet!

PAROS

Popular spot for relaxing and exploring the traditional Greek island lifestyle and culture. Experience Greek dancing and plate smashing at a beachfront restaurant and visit the best beach and swim spots on our Paros boat trip — a highlight of any Greek island experience.

IOS

Known for boasting some of the craziest nightlife in Greece, you’ll find anything from fire shows to flaming Lamborghinis and tequila slammers to chocolate orange shots. Water sports, beaches and traditional towns will help make sure you stay active during the day too.


FOOD & DRINK

Lip-smackingly fantastic! Proper Greek salads, fantastic moussaka, great value gyros (a kebab, but with hot chips in it) and all sorts of delicacies you’ve probably never heard of.

• FEAST YOUR EYES ON AS MANY GREEK SUNSETS AS POSSIBLE • SAMPLE SANTORINI’S FAMOUS WINES • GAIN A NEW ADDICTION TO GYROS, THE GREEK VERSION OF A KEBAB

GREECE

TOP TIPS

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GREEK

ISLAND HOPPER

- 11 DAYS FROM

$1609pp*

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

2 ATHENS (START) 2 MYKONOS

GREEK ISLANDS

2

2

SANTORINI

ATHENS, MYKONOS, PAROS, SANTORINI & IOS

IOS

2

NEED TO KNOW • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 10 nights’ accommodation • Return transfer from hostel to port • All ferries • Guided orientations of each island • All transfers on the islands • ‘Sun-tour-ini’ tour • Antiparos boat trip with swimming, BBQ • History, mythology and cultural talks • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  10 nights’ Hostel or hotel shared. Dep. point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, Monastiraki, 2pm. Return point/time  AthenStyle Hostel, After breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $1609 • STUDENT $1529 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT $1749 • STUDENT $1665 HIGH SEASON ADULT $2159 • STUDENT $2055

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER 58

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

CHECK PG59

TRIP ITINERARY

INCLUSIONS

Start

WANT MORE TIME ON THE ISLANDS?

PAROS

Finish

13 May 23 May 26 Jun 06 Jul 09 Aug 19 Aug 15 May 25 May 28 Jun 08 Jul 11 Aug 21 Aug 17 May 27 May 30 Jun 10 Jul 13 Aug 23 Aug 19 May 29 May 02 Jul 12 Jul 15 Aug 25 Aug 21 May 31 May 04 Jul 14 Jul 17 Aug 27 Aug 23 May 02 Jun 06 Jul 16 Jul 19 Aug 29 Aug 25 May 04 Jun 08 Jul 18 Jul 21 Aug 31 Aug 27 May 06 Jun 10 Jul 20 Jul 23 Aug 02 Sep 29 May 08 Jun 12 Jul 22 Jul 25 Aug 04 Sep 31 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 24 Jul 27 Aug 06 Sep 02 Jun 12 Jun 16 Jul 26 Jul 29 Aug 08 Sep 04 Jun 14 Jun 18 Jul 28 Jul 31 Aug 10 Sep 06 Jun 16 Jun 20 Jul 30 Jul 02 Sep 12 Sep 08 Jun 18 Jun 22 Jul 01 Aug 04 Sep 14 Sep 10 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jul 03 Aug 06 Sep 16 Sep 12 Jun 22 Jun 26 Jul 05 Aug 08 Sep 18 Sep 14 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jul 07 Aug 10 Sep 20 Sep 16 Jun 26 Jun 30 Jul 09 Aug 12 Sep 22 Sep 18 Jun 28 Jun 01 Aug 11 Aug 14 Sep 24 Sep 20 Jun 30 Jun 03 Aug 13 Aug 16 Sep 26 Sep 22 Jun 02 Jul 05 Aug 15 Aug 18 Sep 28 Sep 07 Aug 17 Aug 20 Sep 30 Sep 24 Jun 04 Jul *Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DAY 1: ATHENS | Meet your guide and group and then it is a day to explore one of the world’s oldest cities, filled with ancient monuments and today a buzzing, modern metropolis. ★★Explore the stunning Acropolis

DAY 2: 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

DAY 7: SANTORINI |

Get the most out of this glorious Greek island on our included ‘Sun-tour-ini’ tour of the island visiting all its highlights.

77‘Sun-tour-ini’ tour 77Explore the main sites of the island, topped off by watching the infamous sunset in Oia

DAY 8: 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.

★★Dance to fantastic DJs in Mykonos

★★Party until dawn

DAY 3: MYKONOS | Cocktail in hand or history book at your side, explore this fantastic island the way you want to. Check out the clubs and see some of the world’s best DJs tonight.

DAY 9: 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.

77Laze about on an idyllic paradise beach ★★Half-day trip to ancient Delos

DAY 4: 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.

77Night out in Ios ★★Watersports and scuba diving

DAY 10: IOS TO ATHENS | After a ferry ride back to the mainland we spend the last night together. DAY 11: ATHENS |

Tour ends.

★★Smash plates and dance (it’s a Greek thing!)

★★Horse ride along the beaches

DAY 5: PAROS | Head out on our favourite boat trip for a day of swimming in crystal clear water.

77Antiparos boat trip with swimming, BBQ lunch including ouzo and wine

DAY 6: 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

LINK UP & SAVE 10% Buy these trips together with any of the below and SAVE 10% on the total trip price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30) BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 45) BALKAN TRAIL (pg 45)


GREEK ISLAND FLEXI HOPPER

- 9 DAYS TO 5 MONTHS FROM

$669pp*

MYKONOS, PAROS, SANTORINI & IOS ATHENS (START)

MYKONOS

GREEK ISLANDS

PAROS IOS

SANTORINI

Our Greek Island Flexi Hopper works just like Hop-on Hop-off (pg 30), but instead of booking your coaches you reserve your ferries between these beautiful islands! Use Mytrip (pg 18) to plan your itinerary and select the accommodation style to suit your budget.

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • All ferries • Guided orientations of each island • All transfers to the MyTrip pick-up/ drop-off Partner islands accommodation • Exclusive discounts • History, mythology and cultural talks • Nights out on Mykonos and Ios *Per person price. This trip must be booked 2 weeks prior to departure.

Accom.  Pay as you go. €10–€45pppn* in Busabout recommended beach clubs and pensions (guest houses). Dep. 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 accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

DEPARTURE DATES

Trip departs from Athens every 2 days between 14 May and 21 September.

WANT MORE INFO?

Visit busabout.com for more details.

WHERE WE STAY:

PARADISE BEACH CLUB MYKONOS

Only steps away from the sea and a 10-minute bus ride into Mykonos Town you have the choice of basic cabins to more superior bungalows.

PENSION ELIZABETH PAROS

Located in a peaceful part of Parikia Town, you’re a short walk from the seafront cafés and restaurants, the beach and nightlife.

NEW

ZAKINTHOS ISLAND

Visit the beautiful Zakinthos Island as seen on our cover with a ferry ticket add-on for only €49. Visit busabout.com for more info.

FAROUT BEACH CLUB IOS

Situated right on the beach, this is the hottest place to be. Swim in the sea, the pool or try some water sports.

FIRA BACKPACKERS SANTORINI

A stylish hostel with all the facilities of a hotel. Only a short distance from the main square of Fira and the Caldera Cliffs for shopping and stunning sunset views.

GREEK ISLAND FLEXI- HOPPER

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. Book your beds through MyTrip (pg 18) with no booking fees.

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U M This is what you came for You’ve made it to the front of the stage. The beat drops. 120,000 people behind you scream. Your heart pounds with every beat. The bass controls you now. Fireworks light up the sky and the stadium glows with a thousand laser beams. Tonight, you dance to the songs of your summer. Tonight, you’re alive.


C I S U

S L A V I T S E F


SZIGET

FESTIVAL - 4 DAYS -

FROM

$919pp*

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • Festival entrance ticket • Busabout festival t-shirt & wristband • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  Multi-shared hostel with shared facilities. Dep. point/time  Budapest Wombats, 1pm. Return point/time  Budapest Wombats, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

SZIGET & LOLLAPALOOZA

Plan the day ahead at Sziget. Maybe revive in a thermal bath, or have a good meal of goulash to get you back on your feet. Then it’s time to party again!

★★Soak in the famous thermal baths

DAY 3: SZIGET |

13 Aug 16 Aug

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DAY 2: SZIGET |

Finish

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$749pp*

77Experience the Island of Freedom

Start *Per person price based on multi-share.

FROM

Meet your Busabout festival guide for orientation around Budapest and the Island of Freedom. Sziget kicks off this afternoon; get ready.

10 Aug 13 Aug

ADULT $919

FESTIVAL - 4 DAYS -

DAY 1:SZIGET |

Rest after the exertions of the previous evening. There are many cool bars set up in gutted out buildings. So warm up for Sziget with a little walk around the 8th and 7th districts before our final evening.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOLLAPALOOZA

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • Festival entrance ticket • Busabout festival t-shirt & wristband • 2x Return metro tickets to festival • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Multi-shared hostel with shared facilities. Dep. point/time  CityStay Hostel, 2pm. Return point/time  CityStay Hostel, 9am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

DAY 4: SZIGET |

Check-out by 9am and get back to the Hop-on Hop-off network or stay a little longer and cruise along the Danube.

★★Check out the Danube river cruise

BERLIN, GERMANY TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: LOLLAPALOOZA | Meet your Busabout festival guide for an orientation around Berlin.

77Welcome drink and check out the famous Berlin nightlife

DAY 2: LOLLAPALOOZA | Your guide will show you the best way to get to the festival via the metro. Enjoy the first day of great music.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DAY 3: LOLLAPALOOZA | Check out Berlin on our optional bike tour or experience the alternative side of the city before heading back to Treptower Park for more music!

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

77Dance to every music genre

ADULT $749 • Check website for departure dates. *Per person price based on multi-share.

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL Continue travelling by connecting with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30) OKTOBERFEST (pg 70) ULTIMATE SCANDI BALTIC (pg 40)

★★Ride through Berlin on a bike tour

DAY 4: LOLLAPALOOZA | Trip ends after breakfast. Get back on the coach network or explore the city and its alternative nightlife.


ULTRA

CAMPING - 4 DAYS -

FROM

$849pp*

Visit Ultra before you go by visiting busabout.com/360 and watching our epic 360 video.

SPLIT, CROATIA

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

TRIP ITINERARY 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.

77Explore beautiful Split, ‘The

DAY 3: BEACHVILLE 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?

77Go crazy at the final danceathon

Mediterranean Flower’

★★Decorate yourself with rave paint and get into the music

DAY 2: BEACHVILLE 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.

DAY 4: BEACHVILLE ULTRA |

Checkout at 9am. Head back to the Hop-on Hop-off network or stay a little longer and go to Hvar for some Croatian island relaxation.

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL THIS FESTIVAL CAN BE EXPERIENCED AS PART OF YOUR HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS. HOP-OFF FROM BRUGES. SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT

Accom.  Standard twin-share tent accommodation with shared facilities. Dep. point/time  Beachville Omis, 10am. Return point/time  Beachville Omis, 10am.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

77Refuel and recover in the crisp blue sea

TOMORROWLAND

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • Ultra Europe 3-day tickets • 3 nights’ accommodation • Split and Omis orientation walks • Transfers to and from Ultra • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Continue travelling by connecting with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30) CROATIA SAILING (pg 50) ULTIMATE BALKAN (pg 44)

ULTRA

HOSTEL - 5 DAYS FROM

$1139pp*

ADULT $849

Start

Finish

14 July

17 July

*Per person price based on multi-share.

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Ultra Europe 3-day tickets • 4 nights’ accommodation • Split orientation walk • Welcome dinner Accom.  Hostel multi-share. Dep. point/time  Split, 2pm. Return point/time  Check out 10am.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1139

Start

Finish

13 July

17 July

ULTRA

DAY 1: BEACHVILLE ULTRA |

*Per person price based on multi-share.

WANT MORE INFO?

Visit busabout.com for more details.

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BBK

FESTIVAL - 4 DAYS -

FROM

$709pp*

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

BILBAO, SPAIN TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Festival Entrance Ticket • Busabout festival t-shirt & wristband

DAY 1:BILBAO |

Make your way to our hostel then head to Bilbao Old Town. After this, get ready and head out to the festival.

• Plus all highlights marked with a �

77Enjoy the beautiful contrasts of the

Accom.  Multi-shared hostel with shared facilities. Dep. point/time  Bilbao, 2pm. Return point/time  Check out by 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

★★Hit the old town

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $709

Start

Finish

6 Jul

9 Jul

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast).

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL

Basque Country

DAY 2: BILBAO |

If you’re a little delicate after the partying last night then chill out at the hostel. Second night of BBK, bring it on! (B)

★★Check out the Guggenheim museum

DAY 3: BILBAO |

Shake off the cobwebs, stretch, eat breakfast and gather strength for the last night of concerts. (B)

77Lay in bed, dance, sing: it’s pitch perfect! DAY 4: BILBAO |

After some breakfast it’s time to say goodbye! (B)

Continue travelling by connecting with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (p30)

BENICASSIM FESTIVAL - 5 DAYS -

BBK & BENICASSIM

FROM

$649pp*

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 4 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Busabout festival t-shirt & wristband • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  Twin-share tent with airbeds. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag. Dep. point/time  Benicassim Campfest 2pm. Return point/time  Check out by 10am Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $649

Start

Finish

13 Jul

17 Jul

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast).

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BENICASSIM, SPAIN

Continue travelling by connecting with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30)

DAY 1: BENICASSIM |

Check-in at the Benicassim Campfest. Go straight to the concert area!

DAY 2: BENICASSIM |

Orientation walk of Benicassim, beach time and more music! (B)

77Orientation walk of Benicassim DAY 3: BENICASSIM |

Aqua Park anyone? Then head to the beach for drinks. More tunes tonight! (B)

★★Aqua Park ★★Join in for some beach volleyball

DAY 4: BENICASSIM |

Last night in Benicassim, party and concert time! (B)

77Catch a tan on the beach DAY 5: BENICASSIM | breakfast. (B)

Check-out after


CRUISE TO THE BEAT

HIDEOUT - 8 DAYS -

FROM

$1859pp*

TRIP PRICE $1809 + LOCAL TAXES $50

HVAR, PRIMOSTEN, VODICE, PAG, ZRCE BEACH & ZADAR

MORE FESTIVAL OPTIONS

3 PAG - ZRCE BEACH

CROATIA

AVAILABLE

1 ZADAR

1 VODICE

TRIP ITINERARY 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 Bar. (L)

★★Live the celebrity life in Hvar up close

DAY 2: HVAR TO PRIMOSTEN |

Enjoy lots of swim recovery stops today before exploring the coastal town of Primosten. Optional Captain’s BBQ onboard tonight. (B, L)

★★Traditional BBQ dinner

DAY 3: PRIMOSTEN TO VODICE |

Sail towards Skradin and transfer to Krka waterfalls, the perfect oasis for tired legs. Morning swims at Krka before lunch. We sail to the coastal hub of Vodice this evening. (B, L)

★★Swim at the stunning Krka Waterfalls National Park

DAY 4: VODICE TO PAG (ZRCE BEACH) | Hideout kicks off today as we sail to Pag. Transfer to Zrce beach and party to top DJs across its 3 venues at this idyllic beach front setting. (B, L)

★★Dance under the stars at Zrce

DAY 5: PAG (ZRCE BEACH) |

Recovery time swimming at secluded bays around Pag Island. Lunch onboard before we sail back for Hideout take 2. (B, L)

LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT CROATIAN SAILING FESTIVAL? We have various options where we we combine a music festival with a week of Croatian sailing. Previous festivals we’ve gone to include Black Sheep, Croatia Rocks, Love Week, Electric Elephant and Sonus. For full details on all the festivals we’ll go to in 2017, visit busabout.com

SPLIT

DAY 6: PAG (ZRCE BEACH) |

Easy morning to explore the coastal town of Novalija. Then back to Zrce beach for a final evening of revelry – Hideout round 3. (B, L)

DAY 7: PAG TO ZADAR |

We sail to the Dalmatian city of Zadar after a final refreshing swim stop. Explore the stunning Old Town this evening as we celebrate a magnificent week’s sail at the many top bars and eateries here. (B,L)

DAY 8: ZADAR |

Say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)

(START)

1 NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

HVAR

NEED TO KNOW Local taxes of $45 (€25)† due on Day 1.

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

• 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches • Island orientation walks • Orientation tours of Split and Zadar • Boat captain and crew • Bedding on the boats • Hideout festival tickets • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accom. upgrade  See cabin options on pg 51. Dep. point/time  Split Harbour, 1pm (check-in 11am). Return point/time  Zadar Harbour, Friday, around 4pm. Overnight on the boat (Disembark by 9am on Saturday). Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1859 • STUDENT $1769 Start

Finish

24 Jun

1 Jul

Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | 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 busabout.com for full details.

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL Continue travelling by connecting with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30) ULTIMATE BALKAN (pg 44)

CRUISE TO THE BEAT - HIDEOUT

DAY 1: SPLIT TO HVAR |

1 PRIMOSTEN

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U C

R U T L

I T S FE


L A R

S L A V I

Centuries old, always new It’s a celebration of age-old culture and the experiences you’ll never forget. So grab a handful of tomatoes, reload your water-pistol full of red wine and lift your stein of lager. On your marks, get set, GO!


LA TO

MA

TI

NA 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. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a slippery pole with a ham on top, an epic hose down and an after-party in Valencia. It’s a lot of crazy and a lot of fun.


LA TOMATINA

LA TOMATINA

LA TOMATINA

- 3 DAYS -

- 4 DAYS -

- 4 DAYS -

FROM

$569pp*

Hostel FROM

$669pp*

Camping FROM

$529pp*

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 2 nights’ accommodation • 2 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Festival entrance ticket • Orientation walk of Valencia • Festival party night • Return coach to Buñol for

• Busabout festival t-shirt and

• Busabout festival t-shirt and headband • Official Tomatina after-party ticket

• Busabout festival t-shirt and headband • Official Tomatina after-party ticket

• Busabout festival wristband

• Busabout festival wristband

Accom. Multi-share rooms Accom. Upgrade Twin rooms – available at time of booking Dep. point/time  Purple Nest or Red Nest Hostel, 2pm Return point/time  By 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

Accom.  Twin-share tent with airbeds. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag (sleeping bags can be bought) Accom. Upgrade Single tent and cabin upgrades available Dep. point/time  Busabout campsite from 2pm. Return point/time  Check-out at 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

Tomatina Festival

Busabout headband

• Busabout festival wristband • Official Tomatina after-party ticket and transfers

Accom.  Multi-share rooms (max. triples) Accom. Upgrade  Single/Double rooms – available at time of booking. Dep. point/time  Meet at Hotel Venecia, 2pm. (Please note we also use two other hotels within a 3-minute walk, both of the same standard. Allocations will be made on arrival.) Return point/time  By 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $569

and transfers

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $669

Start

Finish

28 Aug

31 Aug

*Per person price based on multi-share.

Start

Finish

29 Aug

31 Aug

*Per person price based on multi-share.

Tomatina Festival

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL

Tomatina Festival and transfers

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $529

Start

Finish

28 Aug

31 Aug

*Per person price based on multi-share.

LA TOMATINA

HOTEL

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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 OKTOBERFEST OKTOBERFEST Hostel

Camping

- 4 DAYS FROM

- 4 DAYS -

$789pp*

FROM

$409pp*

Camping - 6 DAYS FROM

$769pp*

START IN MUNICH

START IN MUNICH

START IN LONDON

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation (walking • 3 breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt

•Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 cooked breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt • Busabout festival wristband

Accom.  Hostel multi-share Accom. Upgrade  Twin room (limited availability) Dep. time  Check-in from 3pm. Return time  Check-out by 11am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

Accom.  Twin-share tent with air bed. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag (sleeping bags can be bought if required) Accom. Upgrade  Single tent upgrade (limited availability) Dep. point/time  Camping Thalkirchen, 2pm. Return point/time  Camping Thalkirchen, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

distance to beerfest grounds)

• Busabout festival wristband

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $789 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT $849 HIGH SEASON ADULT $879

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES LOW SEASON ADULT $409 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT $429 HIGH SEASON ADULT $469

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

15 Sep (Opening ceremony) 18 Sep 21 Sep 24 Sep 27 Sep 30 Sep

18 Sep 21 Sep 24 Sep 27 Sep 30 Sep 03 Oct

15 Sep (Opening ceremony) 19 Sep 23 Sep 27 Sep

18 Sep 22 Sep 26 Sep 30 Sep

*Per person price based on multi-share.

*Per person price based on multi-share.

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • Overnight luxury coach to & from Munich • 3 nights’ accommodation • 4 cooked breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt • Busabout festival wristband Accom.  Twin-share tent with air bed. We pitch your tent. Bring your own sleeping bag (sleeping bags can be bought if required) Accom. Upgrade  Single tent upgrade (limited availability) Dep. point/time  Check-in from 3pm. Return point/time  Return to London, 11am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $769

Start

Finish

14 Sep (Opening ceremony) *Per person price based on multi-share.

19 Sep

LINK UP THIS FESTIVAL Continue travelling by connecting these trips in Berlin with: HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 30) ULTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC (pg 40) LOLLAPALOOZA (pg 62)

BIERZELTSPIELE OKTOBERFEST

- BAVARIAN BEER HALL GAMES -

FINGERHAKELN

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.

See who can ‘hold their drink’ at arm’s length the longest.

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LA BATALLA DEL VINO - 3 DAYS FROM

$339pp*

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

AN EPIC WINE BATTLE IN HARO, SPAIN TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 2 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Busabout festival t-shirt & pañuelo • Busabout festival wristband

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.

DAY 2: WINE BATTLE DAY |

Accom.  2 nights twin-share tents with air mattresses. Accom. Upgrade  Cabin & single tent upgrade. Dep. point/time  Camping de Haro, Check-in after 2pm. Return point/time  Check out by 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

77Get stuck into local food on a pintxos

77Be part of a truly local Spanish fiesta

• Plus all highlights marked with a �

crawl

★★Check out the spectacular fireworks

DAY 3: HARO | Say goodbye to your fellow wine throwers. Your guide will help you get to your next destination. (B)

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

WHAT IS BATALLA DEL VINO?

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

It’s a unique and crazy Spanish fiesta where wet, purple, sun-soaked people frolic around while gorging on delicious wine and tapas (at least the wine you don’t get soaked in). It really couldn’t get any more Spanish than this.

ADULT $339

Start

Finish

28 Jun

30 Jun

LA BATALLA DEL VINO & KING’S DAY

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast).

KING’S DAY AMSTERDAM - 4 DAYS FROM

$589pp*

NEED TO KNOW

AMSTERDAM

INCLUSIONS

TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts & 1 dinner • Orange party pack (t-shirt, face paint, etc.) • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  Hostel multi-share. Accom. Upgrade  Twin rooms available. Dep. point/time  Amsterdam, 2pm. Return point/time  Amsterdam, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $589

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Let the war begin! Your guide will tell you about the Rioja region’s vineyards and then lead you to the battlefield. Super soakers at the ready, it’s wine fight time. (B)

Start

Finish

25 Apr

28 Apr

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner).

DAY 1: AMSTERDAM |

We meet in Amsterdam. Welcome dinner and drink before hitting the Dam nightlife. (D)

77Orientation walk of the Red Light District DAY 2: AMSTERDAM - KING’S NIGHT |

We get out to the countryside around Amsterdam and visit a traditional cheese and clog making house before hitting the streets for an Oranje Party. (B)

77Countryside 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 | breakfast. (B)

Check-out after


HALLOWEEN TREK

- 7 DAYS -

FROM

BUDAPEST, CLUJ, BRASOV, SIBIEL & RACATAU VALLEY

BUDAPEST (START)

TRIP ITINERARY We set off east through the mighty Hungarian Pusta to Cluj, the cultural capital of Transylvania, for dinner and drinks.

77Drive through the epic Carpathian mountains

DAY 2: CLUJ TO SIBIEL |

We visit the Turda salt mine and Sibiel, one of the region’s most beautiful towns. Tonight we’ll introduce you to some traditional music and food. (B)

77Visit the Turda salt mine, known to some as one of the most beautiful underground places in the world.

DAY 3: SIBIEL TO BRASOV |

We set off 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 walk and then the night is yours to explore. (B)

77Gawk 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)

77Get spooked by Vlad the Impaler’s Bran Castle

WHAT IS HALLOWEEN? The origins of All Hallows’ Eve - Halloween - can be traced back to Samhain, an ancient Celtic pagan festival. Celebrated on the 31st of October, it marks the time in the year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows) and martyrs. The costume parties, jack-o’-lanterns and trickor-treating only became popular from the late 19th Century.

DAY 5: HALLOWEEN - BRASOV TO RACATAU VALLEY | We drive to

1

HUNGARY

RACATAU VALLEY

1 CLUJ

SIBIEL 1

Sighisoara, birthplace of Dracula and a beautifully preserved UNESCO-listed fortified city. Halloween party tonight in a remote mountain location. (B, D)

77Suck up the medieval atmosphere of

1

2 BRASOV

ROMANIA NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

Sighisoara, Dracula’s birthplace

77Do 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)

★★Experience Budapests famous ruinzz bars

DAY 7: BUDAPEST | breakfast. (B)

Check-out after

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts & 1 dinner • Turda salt mines • Bran Castle tour and entrance fee • Exclusive Halloween party location • Orientation walks Brasov, Sighisoara and Cluj • Halloween BBQ at Racatau Valley • Plus all highlights marked with a � Accom.  2 night multi-share hostel, 1 night multi-share lodge, 2 nights twin-share hotel, 1 night multi-share villa. Accom. upgrade  Available at time of booking. Dep. point/time  Wombat’s Hostel, Budapest, 7am. Return point/time  Wombat’s Hostel, Budapest, 10am. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No bookings fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1179

Start

Finish

27 Oct 02 Nov *Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner).

HALLOWEEN TREK

DAY 1: BUDAPEST TO CLUJ |

$1179pp*

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The magic of Europe A toast to new friends with a glug of warm spiced gluhwein. Pull your scarf tight as the festive lights glitter and snow begins to fall. Cheer fills the open-air market as a brass band begins to play. Tonight you’re going to party in a winter wonderland. This is your fairytale.


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ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE - 26 DAYS FROM

$3139pp* SHORT ON TIME? CHECK PG78

FRANCE, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY,

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

TRIP ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew

DAY 1: PARIS |

Get the low-down on your spectacular winter adventure before you explore Paris.

• 25 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Comfortable coach transport • All orientation walks • Plus all highlights marked with a �

★★Paris night bike tour and boat trip down the River Seine

Accom.  Hostel or hotel multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room. Dep. point/time  Paris, 2pm. Return point/time  Paris, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

DAY 2: PARIS TO BRUGES |

Today we travel to Bruges, a stunningly beautiful town made of canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Spend the day exploring the city and tasting some of the finest Belgian beers. (B)

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

★★Sample the best Belgian beer & scrumptious chocolate

2017/18 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DAY 3: BRUGES TO AMSTERDAM |

ADULT $3139

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

13 Nov 24 Nov 08 Dec

08 Dec 19 Dec 02 Jan

19 Dec 02 Jan 13 Jan

13 Jan 27 Jan 07 Feb

27 Jan 07 Feb

21 Feb 04 Mar

DAY 4: AMSTERDAM |

Explore Amsterdam how the locals do – on a bike. Amsterdam has a lot to offer to history buffs, art lovers and beer lovers! (B)

77Stroll through the Red Light District ★★Visit the Anne Frank house

DAY 5: AMSTERDAM TO BERLIN |

Say goodbye to cheese & clogs – we are off to Berlin, the most diverse city in Europe, for sightseeing and traditional German food, before we head out to discover the best of Berlin’s nightlife and underground scene. (B)

DAY 6: BERLIN |

77Join the guide for an orientation walk

Spend the day exploring Berlin. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Berlin’s house or hard rock music scene at one of a multitude of nightclubs. (B)

★★The word nightlife & Amsterdam go hand

★★Take in Berlin’s rich history on a walking

Explore Bruges this morning before we set off to the city of bikes and canals. (B)

in hand! A night out in Amsterdam is not to be missed

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

tour

DAY 7: BERLIN TO PRAGUE |

We are off to the Bohemian Capital, Prague. On our way we’ll visit Dresden – the capital of Saxony. (B)

ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE

★★Orientation of the Old Town ★★See Charles Bridge AMSTERDAM

2 BERLIN

2

NETHERLANDS

KRAKOW

BRUGES 1

GERMANY

MUNICH

PARIS 2

SWITZERLAND

2

LAUTERBRUNNEN (SWISS ALPS)

AUSTRIA

1

SALZBURG

ITALY

2 VENICE

FLORENCE 2 2 ROME

76

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

DAY 8: PRAGUE |

Check out what Prague, ‘The City of a Thousand Spires’ has to offer. Join us for drinks and dinner in the evening. (B)

★★Be enthralled by Prague’s fairytale

CZECH REPUBLIC

2

(START)

FRANCE

2

PRAGUE 2

BELGIUM

POLAND

ZAKOPANE 1

architecture

DAY 9: PRAGUE TO KRAKOW | 2

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

We wave goodbye to the Czech Republic and drive north to Krakow, Polish culture capital. Get ready for a stroll around this lovely town and join us on its infamous pub crawl. (B)

★★Pub Crawl


CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND, HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, ITALY & SWITZERLAND TRIP ITINERARY CONT. Explore Krakow by foot and learn more about the city. Join us in the evening out in the buzzing district of Kazimierz. (B)

★★Wizz through the streets on a bike tour ★★Indulge in Pierogi ★★Visit the salt mines ★★Half-day trip to Auschwitz

DAY 11: KRAKOW TO ZAKOPANE |

Prepare to have your breath taken away – we are going to the Polish Alps! Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the winter atmosphere. (B)

★★Sample the traditional local cheese ★★Enjoy some skiing or snowboarding

DAY 12: ZAKOPANE TO BUDAPEST |

We head to Budapest with a quick lunch stop in Slovakia’s ski region, Donovaly. We experience the vibrant nightlife of the city with a glass of palinka at the famous ruin bars. (B)

77Infamous Budapest ruin bars DAY 13: BUDAPEST |

Explore Budapest. Some of our favourite spots include the Castle District, St. Stephens Cathedral and the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe. (B)

★★Relax in one of Budapest’s multitude of thermal baths

DAY 14: BUDAPEST TO SALZBURG |

We head to Salzburg, the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music. Join us for an orientation of the town and an optional hockey game! (B)

77Orientation walk of Salzburg DAY 15: SALZBURG TO MUNICH |

Sign up for an optional Sound of Music tour before we set off to our next stop – Munich! Take an orientation walk, explore the city and indulge yourself in a dinner of traditional pork knuckle and a stein of bavarian beer. (B)

77Orientation walk of Munich ★★Sound of Music tour

DAY 16: MUNICH |

The Bavarian capital has a lot to offer, so whether it’s Munich and beer halls, Neuschwanstein Castle or a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp – make sure you make the most of your day. (B)

DAY 22: FLORENCE | Florence is yours today. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets, head across the Ponte Vecchio to the Medici House or go for an optional trip to the Tuscan region to sample its wines. (B)

★★Lay eyes on the Devil’s footprint in the

★★Climb the tower of the Duomo for

Frauenkirche

★★Visit Neuschwanstein Castle or Dachau Concentration Camp

DAY 17: MUNICH TO VENICE |

panoramic views of this beautiful city

★★Wine tasting in Tuscany

DAY 23: FLORENCE TO LAUTERBRUNNEN | Indulge yourself in

Admire stunning Bavarian and Austrian Alps whilst we head down south to the capital of romance, Venice. Join your guide tonight for a pizza – a must when in Italy. (B)

the fairytale views of Swiss Alps – we are off to Lauterbrunnen. To top your day join us for tasting mouth-watering specialities of the local cuisine. (B)

DAY 18: VENICE |

DAY 24: LAUTERBRUNNEN |

Today is a Venice day. Take a gondola ride and be serenaded by a local Venetian, head to St Mark’s Square or just pick a café and watch the world go by. (B)

★★Head to Murano to see exquisite Venetian glass being produced

Make the most of your time in this picture perfect winter wonderland. Whether it’s skiing on Jungfrau slopes, paragliding in the skies or admiring stunning views out across the Swiss Alps – the choice is yours. (B)

★★Gondola ride through Venice’s waterways

★★Relax and take in the breathtaking views

DAY 19: VENICE TO ROME |

★★Go skiing or snowboarding in the Alps

All roads lead to Rome, our next stop. Lose yourself exploring its beautiful streets and historic buildings around every turn. (B)

DAY 20: ROME | It’s your time to check what this ancient city has to offer. Go on an optional walking tour or enter the world’s smallest country; the Vatican City. Endless options to spend the day in Rome. (B) ★★Re-enact the scenes from Gladiator with a visit to the Colosseum

DAY 21: ROME TO FLORENCE |

Time to say arrivederci to the eternal city – we are off to Florence. Treat yourself to a walking tour of the city and some flagship Florentine cuisine. (B)

with a hot Gluhwein

DAY 25: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO PARIS | Say bonsoir to the fashion capital – Paris. Soak up Parisian culture, atmosphere and architecture by exploring the city. (B)

DAY 26: PARIS |

The time has come to say goodbye to your new friends from all over the world. We check-out after breakfast. (B)

ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE

DAY 10: KRAKOW |

★★See the statue of David before having Florentine steak

77


NORTHERN WINTER ADVENTURE - 9 DAYS FROM

$979pp*

FRANCE, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY & CZECH REPUBLIC

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew

TRIP ITINERARY

• 8 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Comfortable coach transport • Plus all highlights marked with a �

DAY 1: PARIS |

Get the low-down on your spectacular winter adventure before you explore Paris.

Accom.  Hostel or hotel multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room. Dep. point/time  Paris, 2pm. Return point/time  Prague, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

★★Paris night bike tour and boat trip down the River Seine

DAY 2: PARIS TO BRUGES |

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

2017/18 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $979

Today we travel to Bruges, a stunningly beautiful town made of canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Spend the day exploring the city and tasting some of the finest Belgian beers. (B)

★★Sample the best Belgian beer & scrumptious chocolate

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

13 Nov 24 Nov 08 Dec

21 Nov 02 Dec 16 Dec

19 Dec 02 Jan 13 Jan

27 Dec 10 Jan 21 Jan

27 Jan 07 Feb

04 Feb 15 Feb

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

77Stroll through the Red Light District ★★Visit the Anne Frank house

DAY 5: AMSTERDAM TO BERLIN |

Say goodbye to cheese & clogs – we are off to Berlin, the most diverse city in Europe for sightseeing and traditional German food, before we head out to discover the best of Berlin’s nightlife and underground scene. (B)

DAY 6: BERLIN |

77Join the guide for an orientation walk

★★Take in Berlin’s rich history on a walking

in hand! A night out in Amsterdam is not to be missed

NORTHERN WINTER ADVENTURE

Explore Amsterdam how the locals do – on a bike. Amsterdam has a lot to offer to history buffs, art lovers and beer lovers! (B)

DAY 3: BRUGES TO AMSTERDAM |

Spend the morning exploring Bruges further before we set off to the city of bikes and canals. (B)

★★The word nightlife & Amsterdam go hand

Spend the day exploring Berlin. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Berlin’s house or hard rock music scene at one of a multitude of nightclubs. (B) tour

DAY 7: BERLIN TO PRAGUE |

We are off to the Bohemian Capital, Prague. On our way we’ll visit Dresden – the capital of Saxony. (B)

★★Orientation of the Old Town ★★See Charles Bridge AMSTERDAM

1

CZECH REPUBLIC

MUNICH 2 (START)

FRANCE

2

(START)

GERMANY

PARIS 1

SWITZERLAND

2

LAUTERBRUNNEN (SWISS ALPS)

AUSTRIA

1

SALZBURG

ITALY

2 VENICE

FLORENCE 2

EASTERN WINTER ADVENTURE SOUTHERN WINTER ADVENTURE NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

POLAND KRAKOW

PRAGUE 2

BELGIUM

(START)

2 BERLIN

2

NETHERLANDS

BRUGES 1

NORTHERN WINTER ADVENTURE

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DAY 4: AMSTERDAM |

2 ROME

ZAKOPANE 1

2

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

DAY 8: PRAGUE |

Check what Prague, the ‘The City of a Thousand Spires’ has to offer. Join us for drinks and dinner in the evening. (B)

★★Be enthralled by Prague’s fairytale architecture

DAY 9: PRAGUE |

The time has come to say goodbye to your new friends from all over the world. We check-out after breakfast. (B)


EASTERN

WINTER ADVENTURE - 9 DAYS -

$1139pp*

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Comfortable coach transport • Plus all highlights marked with a �

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: PRAGUE TO KRAKOW |

We wave goodbye to the Czech Republic and drive north to Krakow, Polish culture capital. (B)

77Pub Crawl

ADULT $1139

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

21 Nov 02 Dec 16 Dec

29 Nov 10 Dec 24 Dec

27 Dec 10 Jan 21 Jan

04 Jan 18 Jan 29 Jan

04 Feb 15 Feb

12 Feb 23 Feb

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

thermal baths

★★Wizz through the streets on a bike tour ★★Indulge in Pierogi ★★Visit the salt mines ★★Half-day trip to Auschwitz

77Orientation walk of Salzburg

DAY 3: KRAKOW TO ZAKOPANE |

★★Enjoy some skiing or snowboarding

DAY 4: ZAKOPANE TO BUDAPEST |

Start

★★Relax in one of Budapest’s multitude of

DAY 6: BUDAPEST TO SALZBURG |

Explore Krakow by foot and learn more about the city. Join us in the evening out in the buzzing district of Kazimierz. (B)

★★Sample the traditional local cheese

2017/18 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Explore Budapest and get to know this magnificent city. (B)

DAY 2: KRAKOW |

Prepare to have your breath taken away – we are going to the Polish Alps! Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the winter atmosphere. (B)

Accom.  Hostel or hotel multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room. Dep. point/time  Prague, 8am. Return point/time  Munich, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip.

DAY 5: BUDAPEST |

We head to Budapest with a quick lunch stop in Slovakia’s ski region, Donovaly. We experience the vibrant nightlife of the city with a glass of palinka at the famous ruin bars. (B)

77Infamous Budapest ruin bars

We head to Salzburg, the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music. Join us for an orientation of the town and an optional hockey game! (B)

DAY 7: SALZBURG TO MUNICH | Sign up for an optional Sound of Music tour before we set off to our next stop – Munich! Take an orientation walk, explore the city and indulge yourself in a dinner of traditional pork knuckle and a stein of bavarian beer. (B)

77Orientation walk of Munich ★★Sound of Music tour

DAY 8: MUNICH |

The Bavarian capital has a lot to offer, so make sure you make the most of your day. (B)

★★See the Devil’s footprint in Frauenkirche ★★Visit Neuschwanstein Castle or Dachau Concentration Camp

DAY 9: MUNICH |

We check-out after

breakfast. (B)

GERMANY, ITALY, SWITZERLAND & FRANCE

SOUTHERN

TRIP ITINERARY

WINTER ADVENTURE - 10 DAYS -

DAY 1: MUNICH TO VENICE | Admire stunning Bavarian and Austrian Alps whilst we head down south to the capital of romance, Venice.

DAY 6: FLORENCE | Florence is yours today. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets or head across the Ponte Vecchio to the Medici House.(B)

FROM

DAY 2: VENICE |

★★Climb the tower of the Duomo for

$1339pp*

Today is a Venice day. Take a gondola ride and be serenaded by a local Venetian, head to St Mark’s Square or just pick a café and watch the world go by. (B)

★★Head to Murano to see exquisite Venetian glass being produced

NEED TO KNOW

★★Gondola ride through Venice’s waterways

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 9 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Comfortable coach transport • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  Hostel or hotel multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Twin/Double room. Dep. point/time  Munich, 8am. Return point/time  Paris, after breakfast. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

2017/18 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1339

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

29 Nov 10 Dec 24 Dec

08 Dec 19 Dec 02 Jan

04 Jan 18 Jan 29 Jan

13 Jan 27 Jan 07 Feb

12 Feb 23 Feb

21 Feb 04 Mar

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DAY 3: VENICE TO ROME |

All the roads lead to Rome, our next stop. Lose yourself exploring its beautiful streets and historical buildings around every turn. (B)

DAY 4: ROME |

It’s your time to check what this ancient city has to offer. Go on an optional walking tour or enter the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B)

★★Re-enact the scenes from Gladiator with a visit to the Colosseum

DAY 5: ROME TO FLORENCE |

We are off to Florence. Treat yourself to a walking tour of the city before some Florentine cuisine. (B)

panoramic views of this beautiful city

★★Wine tasting in Tuscany

DAY 7: FLORENCE TO LAUTERBRUNNEN | Indulge yourself in the fairytale views of Swiss Alps – we are off to Lauterbrunnen. (B)

DAY 8: LAUTERBRUNNEN |

Make the most of your time in this picture perfect winter wonderland. (B)

★★Relax and take in the breathtaking views with a hot Gluhwein

★★Go skiing or snowboarding in the Alps

DAY 9: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO PARIS | Say bonsoir to the fashion capital – Paris. Soak up Parisian culture, atmosphere and architecture by exploring the city. (B)

DAY 10: PARIS | breakfast. (B)

We check-out after

EASTERN & SOUTHERN WINTER ADVENTURES

FROM

CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND, HUNGARY, AUSTRIA & GERMANY

★★See the statue of David

79


EASTERN

FESTIVE TREK - 11 DAYS FROM

$1729pp*

POLAND KRAKOW 2

PRAGUE 1 CZECH REPUBLIC

1 CESKY KRUMLOV

ZAKOPANE 2

BRATISLAVA

SLOVAKIA

HUNGARY

VIENNA 2

AUSTRIA NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

(START)

2

BUDAPEST

WANT TO START IN PRAGUE?

Check out the website for more details on the Prague to Krakow itinerary option.

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

EASTERN FESTIVE TREK

• Your fantastic Busabout crew

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POLAND, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, AUSTRIA & CZECH REPUBLIC TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: KRAKOW |

DAY 6: BUDAPEST |

77Traditional Christmas markets in Krakow 77Busabout welcome party 77Krakow walking tour

★★Soak in the thermal pools of Budapest

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!

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 Birkenau

DAY 3: KRAKOW TO ZAKOPANE |

South to the Alps to our Christmas chalet. Ski the Alps before experiencing Christmas, Polish style. Secret Santa! (B, D)

• 10 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Walking tour of Krakow • Christmas Eve dinner • Local traditional Christmas Dinner • Vienna Schnapps museum • Plus all highlights marked with a �

77Christmas Eve dinner

Accom.  8 nights hostel multi-share rooms & 2 nights hotel. Accom. upgrade  Double/Twin room. Dep. point/time  Krakow, 9:00am. Return point/time  Prague, after breakfast. Optional transfers to Berlin and Amsterdam. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

77Traditional Polish Christmas dinner

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

2017 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1729 • STUDENT $1645 Start

Finish

22 Dec

1 Jan

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: 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)

★★Skiing on Christmas Day

DAY 5: ZAKOPANE TO BUDAPEST |

To Budapest via Donovaly, before an evening of goulash and partying on the Danube River night cruise. (B)

★★Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise

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)

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, 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 YEARS DAY | Trek finishes after breakfast. (B)


ALPINE

FESTIVE TREK - 12 DAYS -

$2019pp*

FROM

FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, GERMANY & CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

PRAGUE 2 CZECH

REPUBLIC

TRIP ITINERARY 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

DAY 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO GRUENAU | We go to another alpine town

surrounded by awesome mountains and stunning lakes. There’s no better place to be for Christmas. (B, D)

PARIS

DAY 6: GRUENAU TO MUNICH |

Depart for Munich, with a stop in magical Salzburg. (B)

77City orientation of Salzburg 77Munich welcome beer (1 litre each) DAY 7: MUNICH TO CESKY KRUMLOV |

FRANCE

2 AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

LAUTERBRUNNEN 2

GRUENAU

(SWISS ALPS)

NO. OF OVERNIGHT STAYS

NEED TO KNOW

DAY 8: CESKY KRUMLOV TO PRAGUE |

• Your fantastic Busabout crew

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)

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)

big night! (B)

77Christmas dinner with all the trimmings

Time to say goodbye after breakfast. (B)

Winter in Europe is like something out of a fairy tale! There’s the sound of Christmas carols in the air, the lovely smell of Christmas trees, and the popular Christmas markets where you will find delicious heart-warming food, drink and beautiful traditional handicrafts.

(START)

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

77Christmas Eve dinner in the Austrian Alps DAY 11: BERLIN - NEW YEAR’S EVE | This morning you’ll truly get an understanding DAY 5: GRUENAU - CHRISTMAS DAY | of Berlin’s past and present and then on to the

A EUROPEAN WINTER

1

CESKY KRUMLOV 1 MUNICH 1 SALZBURG

77Walking tour of Berlin DAY 12: BERLIN - NEW YEARS DAY |

INCLUSIONS • 11 nights’ accommodation & breakfasts • Christmas Eve dinner • Christmas dinner • Lauterbrunnen traditional Swiss dinner • Berlin walking tour • Orientation walks in Munich, Cesky Krumlov, Prague & Dresden • Paris night bike tour and river cruise • Plus all highlights marked with a �

Accom.  11 nights hostel or hotel multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Double/Twin room. Dep. point/time  Paris, 2pm. Return point/time  Berlin, after breakfast. Optional transfers to Amsterdam. Pre/post accom.  Book on MyTrip. No booking fees.

FREE TIME |

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in an optional extra. See itinerary for H options

2017 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $2019 • STUDENT $1919 Start

Finish

21 Dec

1 Jan

*Per person price based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

ALPINE FESTIVE TREK

DAY 1: PARIS |

2 BERLIN

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Our passionate, local Guides are Scottish to the core. It’s not a job to them, more of a primeval calling – they eat, sleep and breathe it. They’ll regale you with our deep and dirty history; lead you to where legendary battles were fought and lost; and take you off the beaten track for the best unspoilt, jaw-dropping views. These guys have Deep Scottish Love by the bucket load.

LEGENDARY We’re the longest established backpacker tour company in the country – founded way back in 1993 by a dynamic team of Scots, who decided to break the mould and offer fully guided adventures for intrepid travellers. Our legendary tours have earned a sterling rep’ across the globe, but don’t just take our word for it… 95% of our customers have given us a 5* rating on TripAdvisor – who have awarded us with a Certificate of Excellence. We are also proud to have bagged a 5* accreditation from the Scottish Tourism Authority.

STUNNING

For a wee country, Scotland punches well above its weight. Yet, often its awe-inspiring scenery remains a tight-lipped secret. At HAGGiS, we set fire to the ace card and take you to the heart of its raw and rugged landscapes – so you can stand on heather-clad mountains and deserted white sand beaches; dip your toe in deep and mysterious lochs, or touch the stone-cold walls of ancient castles – older than your great, great, great, great granny. Famous the world over, our tartan kilts (pants optional), wailing bagpipes and hairy coos are all part of our rich culture.


YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY... Our wild and sexy Guides are proud to have Scottish blood coursing through their veins. They know the Highlands like the back of their hand and relish the opportunity to show off their encyclopaedic knowledge of Scotland. Given the chance, they’ll talk the hind legs off a lesser-spotted, mountain Haggis – when they’re not breaking into song or reeling off some patriotic poetry. More than that, they love to travel with like-minded people and know that by the end of your journey, you’ll love Scotland as much as they do.

I go from being a bus driver, to lunch co-ordinator, to comedian, to friend, to agony aunt (I could keep going on and on!) often at the same time – all whilst giving a running commentary about the amazing places you visit and drive through. However, the sheer enjoyment of meeting a new group each day or week, and showing them Scotland’s sexy landscapes, lochs, castles and mountains make it one of the best jobs on the planet!

Gillian FIFE @Gill_Haggis I’m a fiery ginger Scot who loves Scotland’s dramatic scenery and how our ever-changing weather makes every trip unique. No two days are the same – whether we’re having a snowball fight in the Highlands; watching otters play around Eilean Donan Castle; or simply basking in the eerie beauty of Glencoe – it all gets my blood pumping!

CHRIS Edinburgh @HaggisChrisP Every day is different – chatting about history, telling stories, going for walks or planting trees… no matter what’s on the itinerary, good quality banter and a mixture of Scottish music always goes down a treat. The hostels we stay at are fantastic and the staff look forward to the arrival of the buses so we can get the party started!

SANDY PERTHshire I’m an adventurous soul who is drawn to nature, like a moth to light. I spent my early-youth camping, hiking, climbing and snowboarding in the wilds of Scotland and my mid-youth doing the same things around the globe. Like a well-aged whisky, I’ve taken time to mature. Now back to my roots, I showcase the beauty, wonder, history and mystery of my home nation, to travellers from all over the world – oh aye!

The best travel memories happen when you deviate from the plan: a spontaneous paddle in the ocean, stopping to scoff freshly-picked raspberries on the roadside or gate-crashing a Viking festival. We do guided road trips for the free-spirited adventurer – so if there’s a random event happening – we’ll be taking a detour! After a day of hard-core exploring, the evenings are all yours to kick back, mingle with the locals and sample the local nectar – Sláinte!

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ISLE OF SKYE, LOCH NESS, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, ORKNEY & WESTERN ISLES Think you can take 10 days of it? It spans Scotland from pub to mountain, from beach to monster, and all the best bits in-between. So be bold, be smart and take our most complete tour of Scotland. TRIP ITINERARY NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Not included but space is held for you, budget around £24pppn. (Optional) Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures , Edinburgh, 8.15am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: Pre-Pay Bundle Multi-Share From $579pp • 9 nights hostel accommodation • Island whisky distillery visit • Skara Brae Stone Age Village • Tomb of the Eagles • Gearrannan Blackhouses • HAGGiS t-shirt

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Private room option plus all bundle inclusions detailed above. Jacobite Steam Train From $89pp

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $1079 • STUDENT $1039

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DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO STORNOWAY |

We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld. On to the Cairngorms National Park and the far north west for our ferry to the Hebrides!

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.

88Ferry journey to the Hebrides 88Dunkeld village where the Lowlands meet 88Ferry from the northern tip of the British the Highlands

DAY 2: LEWIS & HARRIS |

Mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlements and island exploration, optional visit to a traditional Hebridean blackhouse and local tweed weaver.

88Callanish Standing Stones 88Butt of Lewis Lighthouse 88Dun Carloway, Iron Age fort ★★Traditional Gearrannan Blackhouses

DAY 3: LEWIS & HARRIS TO SKYE |

Scotland’s most westerly distillery, the stunning isolation of Harris with its white sandy beaches and then over the sea to Skye.

88Isolated Outer Hebrides ★★Island whisky distillery visit

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.

88Beautiful Isle of Skye 88View Eilean Donan Castle ★★Monster hunt on a Loch Ness cruise

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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.

88Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones 88View the Italian Chapel ★★Neolithic Skara Brae Stone Age village

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.

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DAY 8: FREE DAY AT LOCH NESS |

The day is yours! Hunt for Nessie by canoe, mountain bike along the Great Glen Way or take an exhilarating RIB trip on the Loch; there’s something for everyone!

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★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)


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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!

Loch Ness sits at the south end of the famous loch in the Great Glen and is ideally situated for adventure. 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. Take a RIB trip or canoe on the loch, or why not get really adventurous and gorge walk or white water raft down the local rivers. Activities are subject to availability and can be booked locally.

88Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in Harry Potter

★★Jacobite Steam Train also known as the Hogwarts Express (summer only)

★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban

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.

88Dramatic Glencoe, scene of the 1692

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN $89 Featured in a number of the Harry Potter movies as ‘The Hogwarts Express’, the Jacobite Steam Train is a spectacular journey through some of Scotland’s most dramatic coastal scenery. Voted as the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust magazine readers for several years, the 42 mile trip is certainly worth considering as a trip add-on!

MORAG’S LODGE

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 award-winning 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. However, it’s at night when Mo’s really comes alive with the chance to party – Scottish Style! Not only do they offer locally brewed, organic beers and a large selection of whiskies, but live music, pub quizzes, karaoke and their famous‘Tartan Toga’ parties!

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LOCH NESS, ORKNEY, OBAN & OUTLANDER 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. TRIP ITINERARY NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Not included but space is held for you, budget around £24pppn. (Optional) Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.15am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: Pre-Pay Bundle Multi-Share From $399pp • 6 nights hostel accommodation • Highland whisky distillery visit • Skara Brae Stone Age Village • Tomb of the Eagles • HAGGiS t-shirt Pre-Pay Bundle Private Room From $539pp Private room option plus all bundle inclusions detailed above.

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Jacobite Steam Train From $89pp

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $749 • STUDENT $719

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.

88Clava Cairns and Culloden as seen in Outlander

88Mighty Dunkeld Cathedral ★★Visit a Highland whisky distillery

DAY 2: LOCH NESS TO ORKNEY |

88Free day at Morag’s Lodge to explore ★★Decide your activity; canoe, hike, bike or RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat)

★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)

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, fresh seafood galore and the chance to try some traditional ceilidh dancing; HAGGiS style!

88Ferry from the northern tip of the British

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DAY 3: ORKNEY |

★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban

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 see the Italian Chapel built during the Second World War.

88Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones 88See the Italian Chapel 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.

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The day is yours! Hunt for Nessie by canoe, mountain bike along the Great Glen Way or take an exhilarating RIB trip on the Loch; there’s something for everyone!

We journey to the tip of British mainland on 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.

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DAY 5: FREE DAY AT LOCH NESS |

Hogwarts Express

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.

88Dramatic Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan


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THE WESTERN ISLES, LOCH NESS, ISLE OF SKYE & THE HIGHLANDS We take you to the remote Western Isles of Scotland, renowned for their isolation and rugged beauty and explore famous sites such as Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye. DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO STORNOWAY |

We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld. On to the Cairngorms National Park and the far north west for our ferry to the Hebrides!

NEED TO KNOW 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.

88Beautiful Isle of Skye 88Ferry journey to the Hebrides 88View Eilean Donan Castle 88Quaint Dunkeld where the Lowlands meet ★★Monster hunt on a Loch Ness cruise the Highlands

DAY 2: LEWIS & HARRIS |

Mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlements and island exploration, optional visit to a traditional Hebridean blackhouse and local tweed weaver.

88Callanish Standing Stones 88Butt of Lewis Lighthouse 88Dun Carloway, Iron Age fort ★★Traditional Gearrannan Blackhouses

DAY 3: LEWIS & HARRIS TO SKYE |

Visit a whisky distillery, the stunning isolation of Harris with its white sandy beaches and then over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

88Isolated Outer Hebridean white sandy beaches

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, and historic Stirling on our return to Edinburgh.

88Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’ 88Pass Doune Castle as seen in Outlander and Game of Thrones

INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Not included but space is held for you, budget around £24pppn. (Optional) Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.15am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: Pre-Pay Bundle Multi-Share From $239pp • 4 nights hostel accommodation • Whisky distillery visit • Gearannan Blackhouses • HAGGiS t-shirt Pre-Pay Bundle Private Room From $419pp Private room option plus all bundle inclusions detailed above.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $519 • STUDENT $499

★★Visit an island whisky distillery

GEARRANNAN BLACKHOUSE VILLAGE You’re reading this because you’re interested in seeing more of Scotland than just the major icons like Loch Ness. Gearrannan offers a fantastic insight into the traditional way of life which has changed slowly, still shapes the Western Isles today and is truly off the beaten track.

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OBAN, ISLE OF SKYE, LOCH NESS & SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS A spectacular adventure through the Highlands and magical Isle of Skye. Ride the train which inspired Harry Potter’s ‘Hogwarts Express’ and hear tales of Scotland’s bloody history.

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TRIP ITINERARY

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Not included but space is held for you, budget around £24pppn. (Optional) Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

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Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking:

DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO OBAN |

DAY 4: LOCH NESS |

88Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’

88Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness 88Outlander set of Culloden and Clava

We take in the mighty Wallace Monument, then pass the medieval strong hold of Doune Castle as seen in Outlander. On to Eerie Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre before arriving at the fishing village of Oban.

★★Ceilidh the night away in Oban

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DAY 2: OBAN TO ISLE OF SKYE |

• 4 nights hostel accommodation • Highland whisky distillery visit • HAGGiS t-shirt

Passing under the shadow of Ben Nevis, we take in Glenfinnan monument, built in memory of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign to claim the throne of Scotland back in 1745. During summer, there’s also the chance to travel on the famous Jacobite Steam Train en route to the Isle of Skye.

Pre-Pay Bundle Private Room From $379pp Private room option plus all bundle inclusions detailed above. Jacobite Steam Train From $89pp

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $519 • STUDENT $499

88Stunning ferry trip in summer 88View Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain

★★Jacobite Steam Train as seen in Harry

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DAY 3: ISLE OF SKYE TO LOCH NESS |

Today we explore the stunning Isle of Skye, famous for ruined castles, awesome scenery and legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. Survey the windswept mountain terrain and rugged coastline before passing beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on return to the mainland.

88Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88View Eilean Donan Castle ★★Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)

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Plant a tree for Trees for Life before following the shore of Loch Ness to lonely Culloden Battlefield and ancient Clava Cairns, both seen in Outlander. This afternoon we get the chance to taste a drop of the ‘water of life’ at a whisky distillery.

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88Plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove (summer only)

★★Highland whisky distillery visit

DAY 5: LOCH NESS TO EDINBURGH |

Southward to explore the heart of Macbeth country, mighty Dunkeld with its cathedral and a gentle hike into the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Hermitage. Pass the famous Forth Bridge which has recently joined the list of Scotland’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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LOCH NESS, ISLE OF SKYE & GLENCOE The Skye High is a wee gem. Ideal for travellers short on time who want to get the most out of their trip to Scotland. All the best stuff is packed in: lochs, ruined castles and Nessie hunting. TRIP ITINERARY 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)

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.

88Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88View 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.

88Hear tales of Scotland’s national hero, William Wallace

★★Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport including ferry charges � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Not included but space is held for you, budget around £24pppn. (Optional) Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: Pre-Pay Bundle Multi-Share From $139pp

• 2 nights hostel accommodation • Highland whisky distillery visit • HAGGiS t-shirt Pre-Pay Bundle Private Room From $189pp Private room option plus all bundle inclusions detailed above.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $309 • STUDENT $295

HIGHLAND WHISKY DISTILLERY VISIT Some people squish up their face. Some stamp their foot on the ground. Others let out a loud 'ahhhhhh'. However you react to whisky, don't let it stop you from going on this fantastic optional guided tour. You'll discover the history behind Scotland's most divisive drink.

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THE GREAT GLEN, LOCH NESS & INVERNESS

Travelling from the Lowlands to the Highlands this adventure starts in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Journey 96 miles by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak.

From Fort William through Loch Ness you will make your way across 73 miles of stunning Scottish landscape by foot, canoe, sea kayak and bike.

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• Fully qualified instructor / guide • 3 nights accommodation • Bike, canoe & kayak hire • All safety equipment

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• Sleeping bag • Waterproof clothing / Walking boots • Good level of fitness • More info on website

• Sleeping bag • Waterproof clothing / Walking boots • Good level of fitness • More info on website

Accom.  Basic, shared (1 hostel / 4 camping). Dep. point/time  Euro Hostel, Glasgow, 10am. Rtn. point/time  Fort William Backpackers, 4.00pm (approx).

Accom.  Basic, shared (1 hostel / 2 camping). Dep. point/time  Departs Fort William, 10am. Rtn. point/time  Inverness City Centre, 4.00pm (approx).

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DEPARTURES 15 Jul, 5 Aug & 26 Aug *Per person price based on multi-share.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 4 nights accommodation • All transport around Scotland • Meals as marked (B:Breakfast, L:Packed Lunch, D:Dinner)

Accom.  2 nights hotel twin/triple share, 2 nights hostel dorm. Dep. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.45am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

DEPARTURES Saturday 23rd December 2017

Lochs, glens and snow-capped mountains. Traditional Christmas dinner, a ceilidh (Scottish party!) and a wee dram or two! A real Christmas cracker. TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO LOCH NESS |

DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY |

88Monster hunt on Loch Ness 88View eerie and dramatic Glencoe

88Christmas dinner with all the trimmings

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.

DAY 2: ISLE OF SKYE |

The voyage to Skye is packed full of famous castles. On the way 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)

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) including wine

88Traditional Scottish ceilidh night; HAGGiS-style!

DAY 4: INVERNESS TO LOCH NESS |

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)

88Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery 88Mulled wine on arrival to start the festivities 88Party the night away at Morag’s Lodge, 88Sleep at the Royal Highland Hotel Loch Ness DAY 5: LOCH NESS TO EDINBURGH |

*Per person price based on multi/twin/triple-share.

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. (B)

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INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 2 nights accommodation • All transport around Scotland • Meals as marked (B:Breakfast, L:Packed Lunch, D:Dinner)

Accom.  2 nights hotel twin/triple share. Dep. point/time HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 8.45am. Rtn. point/time  HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh, 5pm (approx).

DEPARTURES Sunday 24th December 2017 *Per person price based on twin/triple-share.

LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS An unforgettable Christmas in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Legendary Scottish hospitality, snowcapped mountains, gorgeous lochs and glens as well as traditional dancing. TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1-3: EDINBURGH TO HIGHLANDS & RETURN | Loch Ness, Glencoe and

Scottish Highlands plus a traditional Christmas dinner and a Scottish ceilidh! (2B, 2L, 2D). Full itinerary on haggisadventures.com

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Scotland is THE place to see in the New Year. Enjoy three fantastic days of celebrations, with top bands, amazing performances and fantastic crowds.

TORCH LIGHT PROCESSION 30th DECEMBER 2016 The celebrations kick off on the 30th December, with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. The famous Shetland Vikings lead thousands of revellers through Edinburgh’s Old Town and along Princes Street. The city is illuminated by the golden, orange glow of the torch bearers as they snake their way along the streets finishing up at Calton Hill for the firework display. Whether you decide to take part in the parade itself or simply spectate, this evening event is one that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s the perfect warm up for our legendary HAGGiS Ceilidh! NB: Add a torch ticket at the time of booking.

HOGMANAY STREET PARTY st 31 DECEMBER 2016 Highlighted as one of the ‘Top 100 things to do before you die’ and recently the only festival to appear in the ‘Discovery Channel – Top 25 World Travel Experiences’, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations. Revellers from all corners of the Globe head to the streets of Edinburgh to bring in the New Year Scottish Style. Four street party stages and 8 large screens cover the live bands, DJ’s and traditional Scottish music throughout the evening. Fireworks are let off on the hour from 9pm culminating in the ground rumbling, heart thumping eye popping finale at midnight. NB: Street Party tickets included as part of the tour package.

LOONY DOOK st 1 JANUARY 2017 Not many people choose to swim in the sea on New Year’s Day in Scotland (it’s a wee bit chilly) but for those mad enough to take the plunge, the appropriately named ‘Loony Dook’ is just the thing. Fancy dress is a must as you follow the parade along the length of South Queensferry High Street before braving the freezing waters. Locals and alike are there cheering you crazy people on, and it’s well worth it as proceeds from the ticket sales go towards charity. This has to be one of HAGGiS’ favourite events. NB: Add your Loony Dook ticket at the time of booking.


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Led by your local HAGGiS Guide, escape London and get maximum exposure to all that Edinburgh and Hogmanay has to offer.

This package is bulging with all the stuff that makes HAGGiS the local legends for delivering a good time. A Highland Day tour and Hogmanay celebrations.

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

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• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 3 nights hostel accommodation • Transfer to the Loony Dook • Street Party ticket � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Dep. point/time  London, 7.15am. Rtn. point/time  London, 6.00pm.

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook

DEPARTURES

30 December 2016 & 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide

• 4 nights hostel accommodation • Transfer to the Loony Dook • Street Party ticket • Highland day trip � • Highlights marked with a 

Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Dep. point/time  Edinburgh, check-in at hostel from 3pm. Rtn. point/time  Edinburgh, check-out by 10am.

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking:

• Torch to carry in the Torchlight Procession • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook

DEPARTURES

29 December 2016 & 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 6 nights hostel accommodation • All transport on Skye High trip • Street Party ticket � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Option 1 - 27 Dec.  Departs Edinburgh, 8:30am. Check-out by 10am. Option 2 - 29 Dec.  Check-in after 3pm. Return to Edinbugh, 5pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking:

• Torch to carry in the Torchlight Procession • Transfer to South Queensferry and the Loony Dook • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook

DEPARTURES

27th or 29th December 2016 & 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

DAY 1: LONDON TO EDINBURGH |

Journey north to Scotland and our exclusive HAGGiS Ceilidh to kick off the festivities.

88Coach transfer from London 88HAGGiS Ceilidh DAY 2: EDINBURGH |

Aussie and Kiwi celebrations, explore the city then Street Party to welcome 2017!

88Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party ticket 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

★★Climb Arthur’s Seat or visit Edinburgh Castle

DAY 4: EDINBURGH TO LONDON | Say farewell to Scotland, coach returns back to London.

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Check-in to your hostel and start the party!

DAY 2: EDINBURGH |

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1-3: ISLE OF SKYE TOUR | Loch Ness, Glencoe, Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands.

Highland day trip, back to Edinburgh for the Torchlight Procession and the HAGGiS Ceilidh!

88Awe-inspiring Isle of Skye 88Monster hunt at Loch Ness

★★Carry a torch in the Torchlight Procession

DAY 4: EDINBURGH |

88Highland day trip 88HAGGiS Ceilidh DAY 3: EDINBURGH |

Aussie and Kiwi New Year before the biggest party of them all, the Edinburgh Street Party!

88Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party ticket DAY 4: EDINBURGH |

Watch or join the Loony Dookers swim in the sea then enjoy Edinburgh’s winter festival.

★★Swim in the freezing Firth of Forth ★★Climb Arthur’s Seat or visit Edinburgh Castle

DAY 5: EDINBURGH | Check out-of your hostel.

A walking tour, the Torchlight Procession then dance the night away at our famous HAGGiS Ceilidh!

★★Carry a flaming torch in the opening parade

88HAGGiS Ceilidh DAY 5: EDINBURGH |

Aussie and Kiwi New Year then get ready for the main event, the Hogmanay Street Party!

88Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party ticket DAY 6: EDINBURGH |

Recovery day? Take it easy or rise early and swim in the sea at the Loony Dook!

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88Swim in the sea at the crazy Loony Dook DAY 7: EDINBURGH |

Say farewell and check-out of your hostel.

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Our Irish adventures are shamelessly good fun or, as we say over here, ‘great craic’. Explore pagan tombs, medieval castles and cross a knuckle-whitening, 30-metre high, rope-bridge over the wild Atlantic Ocean. Learn about our turbulent past, from mass migration through the centuries to the recent ‘Troubles’ of Northern Ireland. And, at the end of an action-packed day roaming the forty shades of green, that is our Irish countryside – there are good times to be had in a place central to much of our culture…the pub! Down creamy pints of the ‘black stuff’, whilst a ragtag of local musicians spontaneously strike up in a corner of the bar – fiddles and flutes aplenty!

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WILD, AUTHENTIC, IRISH It’s been our mission, since 1999, to give independent budget travellers the chance to really get to the heart of our beautiful Island. Our 100% local Guides make sure you experience the ‘real’ Ireland. That’s why we recruit the world’s best storytellers. They’re 100% Irish and have more facts and tall tales than you could shake a stick at. Some of the world’s greatest writers, poets and musicians are Irish – it’s in our blood, and our crew are simply part of that great tradition.

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We consider it our duty to make sure your experience of Ireland is the most welcoming of all your travels. Of course, everywhere else you go in the world the locals are friendly and want to show off their country, but we go that extra mile. It’s our duty to make sure you experience the ‘real’ Ireland and our 100% Irish Guides do just that. Shenanigans are guaranteed and as we say over here, the craic will be mighty!

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Follow the three-eyed raven through ancient landscapes and be transported straight to the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones territory and the film location for much of Westeros. Explore House Greyjoy of Pyke, aka Dunluce Castle, perilously perched on the cliff tops or picturesque Ballintoy harbour – the Iron Islands! And wander through The Dark Hedges – an ancient avenue of beech trees where (you know nothing) Jon Snow’s fierce cousin, Arya Stark, escaped from King’s Landing dressed as a boy.

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GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, BLARNEY CASTLE, CLIFFS OF MOHER, GALWAY, INIS MÓR, DERRY & BELFAST Our ultimate Irish adventure! Traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns, plus great craic on the road and at night for seven action-packed and fun-filled days! NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

DAY 1: DUBLIN TO BALLINTOY |

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 6 nights accommodation • 6 breakfasts (B) • All transport around the Emerald Isle � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Hostel private room $309pp. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: • Blarney Castle entry • Award-Winning Derry City Walking Tour • Black Cab Tour of Belfast

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ADULT $1019 • STUDENT $989

Head 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’. There’s still more as you get the chance to cross the Atlantic over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

66 The mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’, Game of Thrones

★★View the political murals of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour

★★The perilous Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge

DAY 2: BALLINTOY TO DERRY |

Follow in the footsteps of giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world, The Giant’s Causeway, created by giant or geology? Then onto the medieval city of Derry bringing you face-to-face with its troubled history, both past and present. (B)

66 The inside story on the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

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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’.

DAY 3: DERRY TO GALWAY |

We cross back into the Republic to explore the wild and rugged mountains of Connemara. Vibrant Galway, with its many pubs and live music, is home for the night. (B)

66 The rugged scenery of Connemara ★★Explore Galway, bustling university town

DAY 4: INIS MÓR |

Travel back in time! We cross the Atlantic to Inis Mór (Aran Islands). Hire a bike or a horse and cart and spend the day exploring this ancient, Gaelic-speaking island. A truly unique experience! (B)

66 Ferry to the Aran Island of Inis Mór ★★Explore the Gaelic speaking isle by bike or horse and cart


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Our Guides are the real deal: master storytellers, yarn-spinners and total legends. One thing’s for sure, you won’t shut them up – they are living proof that kissing the Blarney Stone gives you the gift of the gab forever more! Oh, and a little head’s up: you’ll probably develop a crush - and that’s okay. Our Guides could charm the birds from the trees – whether it’s their passion, that gorgeous lilt (one of the sexiest accents in the world) or the cheeky twinkle in their eye – you’re likely to leave a piece of your heart in Ireland.

DAY 5: 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 is Ennis, where the pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. (B)

Éire (Ireland) is always wow but a stand out would be that moment I hear Irish (Gaelic) as I step onto the boat to Inis Mór and I know I'll be cycling to an ancient part of Ireland, getting lost in legends of Celtic warriors while sitting over 200ft above the Atlantic Ocean, it's waves crashing against the fortress sea walls. And right at that moment I ask myself ... don't I have the best job in the world? Gillian, County Limerick

66 View the mighty Cliffs of Moher 66 Explore the strange lunar-like landscape of the Burren

★★Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its many buskers

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)

66 Stunning Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula

My favourite moment on tour has to be the first night I stayed in Ballintoy. Coming from the capital Belfast to this little tiny village on the Antrim coast, mingling with friendly locals and hearing their stories. This is somewhere you would drive past in the blink of an eye, but instead I feel like I have made lifelong friends here. And of course, waking up to that spectacular view of Sheep Island! I’ll never get tired of it! Kim, 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)

66 View the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel

★★Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle

I am passionate about Ireland and enjoy showing visitors the highlights and hidden gems of the Emerald Isle. My favourite thing to do on tour is looking out over the ocean at Dún Aonghasa with the waves crashing below, you really feel like you are on the edge of the world. And the fact that it has stood here for over 2,000 years makes it more awe inspiring as history and mythology meet at this ancient site. Conor, County Heath

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BLARNEY CASTLE, CLIFFS OF MOHER, KILLARNEY, GALWAY & INIS MÓR/CONNEMARA Discover what great craic the Emerald Isle is, from incredible landscapes, mountains and castles, to nights squeezed into the local pub with traditional live music and a pint of the black stuff in hand. NEED TO KNOW

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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’.

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide

• 4 nights accommodation • 4 breakfasts (B) • All transport around the Emerald Isle � • Highlights marked with a 

66 Explore Galway, bustling university town

Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Hostel private room $199pp. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: • Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum • Blarney Castle entry

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

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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 Gaelicspeaking island. From November to March we spend the day exploring the legendary scenery of Connemara and visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. (B)

66 Explore Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’ 66 Take in the mighty Cliffs of Moher DAY 4: ENNIS TO KILLARNEY |

We explore the dramatic Dingle Peninsula; breathtaking scenery, fresh Irish air and the adventures of warriors and heroes. After this we’ll head to the party town of Killarney. (B)

66 Enjoy the stunning Slea Head drive and explore Dingle

★★Party the night away at a Kerry ‘Dishco’

★★Explore the Gaelic-speaking Aran Island

DAY 5: KILLARNEY TO DUBLIN |

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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)

66 Ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct)

ADULT $779 • STUDENT $759

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★★Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum

DAY 3: GALWAY TO ENNIS |

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)

66 View the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel

★★Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle

CLIFFS OF MOHER The Cliffs of Moher are deservedly one of the most visited sites in Ireland. With a sheer drop of over 200 metres to the crashing Atlantic waves below, they offer stunning views of the spectacular coastline. As one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, we’ve included entrance to the awardwinning Visitor Centre in our trips.


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GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, BELFAST, CLIFFS OF MOHER, INIS MÓR & GALWAY Set your sights on the North of Ireland and explore the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’, from Game of Thrones and visit the vibrant cities of Belfast and Derry to hear about their turbulent past. DAY 1: DUBLIN TO BALLINTOY |

We head north and explore Belfast with its political murals and chequered history. We take in ‘The Dark Hedges’, Game of Thrones before heading to the stunning Antrim coast and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge across the Atlantic.

NEED TO KNOW DAY 3: DERRY TO GALWAY |

We leave the North and cross the border back into the Republic and through the stunning scenery of Connemara. The buzzing university city of Galway is our home for the night. (B)

66 Admire the wild mountain scenery of Connemara

66 Visit the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’, Game 66 Discover the vibrant streets of Galway of Thrones

★★Hear about the Troubles on a Black Cab Tour in Belfast

★★Cross the Atlantic on the perilous Carricka-Rede Rope Bridge

DAY 2: BALLINTOY TO DERRY |

Follow in the footsteps of giants at The Giant’s Causeway, created by giant or geology? Then on to the medieval city of Derry bringing you face to face with its troubled history, both past and present. (B)

66 Visit the amazing Giant’s Causeway ★★Take an award-winning walking tour of Derry

with its many buskers

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)

66 Take a ferry over the Atlantic to the Aran Islands

★★Explore the island of Inis Mór by bike or horse and cart

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)

66 Take in the mighty Cliffs of Moher ★★Explore the lunar-like landscape of the Burren

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY A place of legend not to be missed. Where else in the world can you see 40,000 stone hexagons left over from a fight between two giants? A UNESCO World Heritage Site, no trip is complete without stepping in the giant’s footsteps.

INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 4 nights accommodation • 4 breakfasts (B) • All transport around the Emerald Isle � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Hostel private room $199pp. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking:

• Black Cab Tour of Belfast • Award-winning Derry Walking Tour

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $779 • STUDENT $759

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WESTERN ROCKER - 3 DAYS -

$419pp*

INIS MÓR, CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY Let us whisk you away on this incredible 3 day trip through centuries of Irish history and magical scenery. Feel wild and free on the beautiful island of Inis Mór. TRIP ITINERARY NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 2 nights accommodation • 2 breakfasts (B) � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Hostel private room $109pp. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: • Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $419 • STUDENT $409

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.

66 Explore Galway university city ★★Try a dram at the Tullamore Whiskey

Distillery Museum

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)

66 Cross the Atlantic to the Gaelicspeaking 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

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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. Hear tales of fairies and leprechauns before returning to Dublin. (B)

66 Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher 66 Explore the mysterious lunar landscape

of the Burren

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.


SOUTHERN ROCKER - 3 DAYS -

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BLARNEY CASTLE, CLIFFS OF MOHER, GALWAY & DINGLE Short on time but want a massive fix of Irishness? This tour should do the trick! Be blown away by the dizzying heights of the Cliffs of Moher and dangle upside down from Blarney Castle. 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

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)

66 The 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, a buzzing university city, before returning to Dublin. (B)

66 The mighty Cliffs of Moher ★★Enjoy listening to many Galway city buskers

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 2 nights accommodation • 2 breakfasts (B) � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. Accom. upgrade  Hostel private room $109pp. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 8.30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H Add at time of booking: • Blarney Castle entry

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $419 • STUDENT $409

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$1159pp*

DUBLIN, KILLARNEY, ENNIS & BALLINTOY The ultimate all-Ireland St. Patrick’s extravaganza! What better place to party than the capital city of the country that gave the world St. Patrick! Serious festival fun, Irish style! TRIP ITINERARY NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • All transport around the Emerald Isle • 6 nights accommodation and breakfasts (B) � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share. No upgrades. Dep. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 9:30am. Rtn. point/time  Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin, 5.30pm (approx).

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DEPARTURES 13 March 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

DAY 1: DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY |

We head into the lush green countryside, pass the River Liffey and the Rock of Cashel on the way to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Your chance to kiss the famous stone for the ‘gift of the gab’!

66 Blarney Castle entry 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)

66 Beautiful Atlantic scenery on the Slea Head Drive

★★Join a ‘trad’ music session in a local pub in Co. Clare

DAY 3: ENNIS TO DUBLIN |

The stunning Cliffs of Moher, then the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren. We visit Galway a bustling university town, before returning to Dublin. (B)

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66 The stunning Cliffs of Moher ★★Discover the vibrant streets of Galway with its many buskers

DAY 4: 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)

66 Shamrocker orientation walking tour of Dublin

66 Guinness Storehouse ‘Fast Track’ entry 66 Shamrocker St. Pat’s party DAY 5: ST. PATRICK’S DAY, DUBLIN |

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)

66 Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the city centre

★★Party with the locals in The Temple Bar

DAY 6: DUBLIN TO BALLINTOY |

Leaving Dublin, we head north to explore Belfast and its political murals on a Black Cab Tour. We visit the Game of Thrones ‘Dark Hedges’, before heading to Ballintoy on the Antrim coast. (B)

66 Black Cab Tour of Belfast 66 Get a selfie at the ‘Dark Hedges’, Game of Thrones

DAY 7: 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)

66 Follow in the footsteps of giants at The Giant’s Causeway

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Party

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

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

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INCLUSIONS

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide

• 3 nights city centre accommodation • 3 breakfasts (B) � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share; No upgrades. Dep. point/time  Dublin Hostel; Check-in from 3pm, welcome drinks from 8pm. Rtn. point/time  Dublin Hostel; Check-out 10am.

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H

DEPARTURES 16 March 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 3 nights city centre accommodation • 3 breakfasts (B) • Return ferry and coach transfer from London � • Highlights marked with a  Accom.  Hostel dorm multi-share; No upgrades. Dep. point/time  London, 5.30am. Rtn. point/time  London, 6pm (approx).

TOUR OPTIONS

Highlights marked with a  H

DEPARTURES 16 March 2017

*Per person price based on multi-share.

DAY 1: DUBLIN |

Arrive in Dublin, check in before joining us for the Shamrocker St. Pat’s party.

66 Join us for the Shamrocker St. Pat’s party! ★★Dance to live traditional Irish music performances

DAY 2: ST. PATRICK’S DAY, DUBLIN |

The big day. Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival. Be prepared for the massive party and wear green. (B)

★★St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin ★★Party with the locals in Temple Bar ★★Wear GREEN!

DAY 3: DUBLIN |

Walking tour of Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse before an afternoon experiencing the festival vibe. (B)

66 Fast-track entry to the Guinness Storehouse

66 Shamrocker’s Dublin City Walking Tour 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

TRIP ITINERARY DAY 1: LONDON TO DUBLIN |

You will meet in London and head over land and sea to Ireland! Tonight we’ll hit one of Dublin’s local pubs and meet the other Shamrocker party goers.

66 Arrive in Ireland by sea 66 Join us for an authentic Irish pub welcome

DAY 2: ST. PATRICK’S DAY, DUBLIN |

The big day. Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and festival. Be prepared for the massive party and wear green. (B)

★★St Patrick’s Day festivities in Dublin ★★Party with the locals in Temple Bar ★★Wear GREEN!

DAY 3: DUBLIN |

Check out the Guinness Storehouse and walking tour of Dublin before an afternoon experiencing the festival vibe. On to a traditional music session. (B)

66 Fast-track entry to the Guinness Storehouse

66 Shamrocker’s Dublin City Walking Tour

ST. PAT’S PARTY

TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 4: DUBLIN TO LONDON |

Time to bid goodbye to the Emerald Isle and head over the water, back to London. (B)

66 Transfer back to London by coach

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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: 3.4 Iberian Adventure, Italian Adventures, Ibiza Blast, Croatia Sailing (Island Hopper & One-Way Sail), and Greece ‘4 Island Flexi-Hopper’, Greek Island Hopper, Morocco Adventures, Turkey Sail, Turkey Adventures, Scandinavia and Baltic Adventures, Balkan Adventures, Busabout 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 (Cultural, Music, Festive Treks), 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. 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 nonrefundable 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, one date change per person per tour is permitted without incurring an administration fee (except where charges in lieu of clauses 3.11 or 3.12 apply) subject to the tour being available and minimum notice of 45 full days given (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification). Any additional date and / or tour changes will incur an administration fee of 40 NZD per person per tour (except where charges in lieu of clauses 3.11 or 3.12 apply) subject to the tour being available and minimum notice of 45 days given (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification). For travel

during the 2017 operating season, the operator must be advised in writing of the new nominated departure date with a minimum notice of 45 days given (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification). For travel during the 2018 operating season the new departure date must be confirmed by 31st December 2017 and will be subject to the confirmed brochure prices and booking terms and conditions of the 2018 Operating season. It is your responsibility to notify the operator in writing of your new nominated departure date. If the Operator has not received notification prior to the minimum notice period given the Operator will assume that you have cancelled your tour and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 will be levied by the Operator. Any changes of departure date or tour where between 15 and 44 full days notice are given (not including the day of departure, or the day of notification), will incur an administration fee of 40 NZD, per person per tour (Exception: Croatia Island Hopper, Croatia One-Way Sail, Turkey Sail and HAGGiS Get Active Adventures where between 30 and 44 full days notice must be given - not including the day of departure, or the day of notification) subject to availability and charges in lieu of clauses 3.11 or 3.12 where the new departure date / tour must be immediately nominated. These changes may result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked Tours and are in addition to any fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 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 a) Name changes are permitted on Busabout Hop-On Hop-Off passes and Busabout Adventure Tours provided a minimum 30 day notice period from the nominated departure date is given in writing with full passenger details, and will incur an administration fee of 40 NZD per person per tour. 3.14 b) Within 30 days of the nominated departure date no name changes are permitted. 3.14 c) No Name changes are permitted on Festival Tours.

4. BUSABOUT HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES – SPECIFIC CONDITIONS | 4.1 A ‘sector’ is defined as any travel between two stops on

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 Flexitrip pass which allows a predetermined number of ‘coach days’ anywhere on the network, or a Season Pass which allows an unlimited number of ‘coach days’ anywhere on the network 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. 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 2017 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. Booking a “Hop-On Hop-Off” pass will allow you access to “MyTrip”, the Operator’s online planning tool, through a unique client reference number provided by the Operator using which you are able to book your coach sectors and accommodation within the My Trip itinerary planner. All accommodation reservations made within the MyTrip itinerary planner are considered a direct agreement between yourself and the accommodation service provider as per clause 12.4 bound by their terms and conditions. The Operator will offer a Product Credit up to the value of 5% of the total accommodation bookings made at Busabout preferred partner accommodations and using MyTrip. This credit may be only applied to new bookings with the Operator. This product credit has no monetary value. Restrictions may apply – see Busabout.com for full terms and conditions. 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 do not require special assistance from the Operator’s personnel. Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of the Operator accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. The Operator will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. 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. Many of our tours involve physical activity and may not be suitable if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. For further detailed terms and conditions see Busabout.com. 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. The Operator will not allow you to travel without a valid passport 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 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 requires 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. The Operator may require you to provide details of your insurance as a condition of travel. 8. CHANGES BY THE OPERATOR | 8.1 Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates at September 1, 2016. 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. 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 |

their vehicles and properties.

The Operators operate a No Smoking Policy on all

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 1 September 2016, until replaced. 14. OPERATING COMPANIES |

14.1a) The Busabout Hop-on Hop-off, Busabout Adventures and Busabout Festivals 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) A selection of local Operators provide additional services across tours advertised in this brochure. For a full set of details and their respective terms and conditions please refer to Busabout.com. 14.2a) HAGGIS Adventures are operated by Radical Travel Group Limited, Registered in Scotland No. 136334 14.2b) HAGGiS Get Active Adventures are operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits Limited. Their terms and conditions apply (available on request). 14.3 Shamrocker Adventures are operated by Shamrocker Adventures Limited. (Registered in Ireland 281604). 15. For a full expanded list of our Terms and Conditions please see busabout.com.


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0508 287 226

EMAIL US

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OUR OFFICE

131 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland, NZ

Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures are members of the familyowned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker are represented in New Zealand by Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Ltd. Please note: All prices are quoted in New Zealand Dollars.

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