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EUROPE 2019


Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Signature Journeys is an Australian owned and operated group travel company that has been delivering exceptional touring holidays across the globe since 1999. Our 2019 European touring portfolio is our best yet! We are excited to be partnering with Europe’s leading group travel operators to deliver our bespoke touring itineraries, specially curated holidays for you, our discerning guests. As valued guests of Signature Journeys, we are delighted to offer you two dedicated river cruises aboard APT’s Concerto-class river ship, the beautiful AmaReina. Gliding along the waters of the Rhine, Maine and Danube Rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest, as Signature Journeys guests your benefits include discounted cruise pricing for all-inclusive five star river cruising. 2

For those wanting to explore further, we have curated magnificent land touring itineraries unique to Signature Journeys across Europe. Partnering with the awarded touring companies of Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Tours, both leaders in service and excellence for delivering European touring programs, our unique first-class itineraries will assure your European touring holiday is exceptional. With a passion to design unrivalled touring holidays that deliver memories that you’ll recall fondly for years to come, we invite you to peruse our 2019 European touring range and look forward to welcoming you aboard one of our first-class touring programs soon.


SCOTLAND

NORWAY SWEDEN

Edinburgh

DENMARK

IRELAND Dublin

Ring of Kerry

Killarney Rosslare

Fishguard

Holyhead

RUSSIA

WALES

AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

NETHERLANDS

LONDON

POLAND GERMANY

BELGIUM

PRAGUE

PARIS

CZECH REP.

Ceský Krumlov

Rothenburg Munich

FRANCE

Beaune

Gruyères

SWITZERLAND Lake Geneva

Lyon

Lucerne

PORTO

Venice

SLOVENIA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Ad

ria

Sea

SERBIA

DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO

Rome NAPLES

Lisbon

Amalfi Coast

ALBANIA

Isle of Capri

Valencia

Seville

tic

Split

BARCELONA

Madrid

Evora

CROATIA

ITALY

Orvieto

SPAIN

Gödöllö

BUDAPEST

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Florence

PORTUGAL

SLOVAKIA

HUNGARY

Lake Maggiore

Cinque Terre

Bratislava

AUSTRIA

Salzburg

MILAN

NICE

Vienna

Granada

Gibraltar

SICILY

RIVER CRUISES & TOURS Duration

Destinations

Cruise / Tour

Page

15 Days

Magnificent Europe

Cruise

8

15 Days

Magnificent Europe

Cruise

10

16 Days

European Heartland

Tour

14

11 Days

Dalmatia Discovery

Tour

16

12 Days

France & Italy Sojourn

Tour

18

16 Days

Spain & Portugal Explorer

Tour

20

22 Days

Britain & Ireland Indepth

Tour

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*You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. If you are not a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you can join at qantas.com/join. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Terms and Conditions, available at qantas.com/terms. Qantas Points will be earned on bookings made in Australian Dollars from 1 May 2018. Members must add a valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname to their booking before the trip departure date. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 2 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent on APT holidays that include a Luxury River Cruise and 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on all other APT holidays. Qantas Points will be credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer member’s account within 7 days of the trip departure date. Members will not earn Qantas Points on airfares bundled with an APT holiday; where a member cancels their APT holiday prior to the date of departure; APT holidays booked with staff, companion or Friends and Family discounts; travel industry member discounts; press and partnership trips; or prize winners. You can check the Qantas Points that you have earned with APT and your total points balance at qantaspoints.com/your-account. Standard APT Booking Terms and Conditions apply. APT reserve the right to change, suspend or terminate these Terms and Conditions at any time.

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Budapest

Magnificent Europe Experience the romance of iconic cities and quaint riverside villages as APT brings the best of Europe right to you. PAGES 8 - 11

Your cares will drift away with the breeze as lush

A Glimpse of the Signature Experiences that await

fields, charming villages and medieval ruins glide

Follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria and

gently by on our luxury river cruises. Amsterdam

embark on the elegant Grand Empress steam train.

offers canal-crossed streets and world class artwork.

Enjoy lunch on board, before taking a private tour of

Budapest houses a number of grand monuments.

Gödöllö Palace.

Cruise the spectacular Rhine Gorge and be entranced

Discover why Vienna is renowned as Europe’s

by the historic legend of the lady lorelei. You’ll also

centre for classical music during an exclusive visit

dock close to the heart of many charming towns and

to its City Palace. After a cocktail reception, take in a

villages dotted along the banks of the Rhine, Main and

breathtaking private classical concert.

Danube rivers. Unpack once and relax aboard your

Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has opened the

floating boutique hotel, then let the best of Europe

doors of her home, Namedy Castle, for you to explore.

arrive at your doorstep.

Savour dinner held in the ornate ballroom. 7


Magnificent Europe 15 Days | Departs Budapest 19 July, 2019 AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS

GERMANY

Rhine River

POLAND

Cologne Andernach Rüdesheim Miltenberg Würzburg

FRANCE

Main River

Bamberg Nuremberg Regensburg Rothenburg Main-Danube Canal

Coach

Passau

Cruise The Grand Empress

1

No. of Nights Stay

Salzburg

SWITZERLAND

CZECH REP. Ceský Krumlov SLOVAKIA Dürnstein Concerto River Ship Vienna Linz 14 Gödöllö Melk Bratislava Danube

AUSTRIA

River

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

Included Experiences/ Freedom of Choice™

ITALY DAY 1: Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, set off on a magical twilight cruise along the Danube River. 14 Nights aboard MS Amareina River Ship D See ship deckplan on page 12 DAY 2: Budapest Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Afterwards, re-board your ship and sail to Vienna. Royal Signature Experience After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a B.L.D guided tour of Gödöllö Palace. DAY 3: Vienna This afternoon, arrive in Vienna and set off on a tour along the famous Ringstrasse before enjoying a guided walk to St Stephen’s B.L.D Cathedral. DAY 4: Vienna Embrace the chance to personalise your time here in Vienna thanks to a choice of activities. In the evening, an exclusive experience takes place. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, visit Slovakia’s Bratislava, or enjoy a round of golf. Royal Signature Experience Tonight, after dinner, attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ 8

Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss and an B.L.D operatic recital. DAY 5: Dürnstein, Melk Today, choose from a selection of sightseeing activities in Dürnstein and Melk. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps embark on a bike ride along the banks of the Danube River. Later, disembark your river ship in Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town. B.L.D DAY 6: Linz, Passau From Linz, a number of activities are on offer today. Both touring options will then conclude in Passau, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, remain on board and cruise to Passau, where you will enjoy a walking tour. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Disembark in Linz and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from The Sound of Music. Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic. B.L.D DAY 7: Regensburg Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing On a guided walking tour see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall. Or, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour, where you will discover culinary secrets of past centuries. B.L.D

DAY 8: Nuremberg Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing A historic city tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley. B.L.D DAY 9: Bamberg This morning your ship will arrive in Bamberg, where you’ll explore the Old Town with a local expert to discover a range of historic churches and buildings. B.L.D DAY 10: Würzburg Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Enjoy a walk to the Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. If you prefer, take a journey along the Romantic Road to the medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for a tour. Otherwise, visit a family-owned farm and take a tour of the property. B.L.D DAY 11: Miltenberg Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning, where you may select an experience. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps enjoy a visit to a local winery, where you can sample the region’s delicious produce


Schonbrunn Palace

during a wine and cheese tasting. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise hike through a picturesque forested area with spectacular views of the B.L.D Franconian vineyards. DAY 12: Rüdesheim, Andernach Dock in Rüdesheim and set out on your chosen activity. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the scenery of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise the Rhine’s most beautiful stretch. Onwards, at Andernach, disembark for an exclusive experience. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing In Rüdesheim, perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, board a scenic gondola for exceptional views over the Rhine Valley, or perhaps sample wines from the region during an onboard tasting. Royal Signature Experience This evening, you will be treated to a special event as you arrive in the 2,000-year-old town of Andernach. Here, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle, home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, who has kindly opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy time to wander about the castle and grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special B.L.D classical piano recital. DAY 13: Cologne Arrive in the Gothic city of Cologne, centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, choose from a number of experiences on offer.

Cesky Krumlov

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Enjoy a walking tour of the town, taking in beautiful sites such as the ancient Roman wall while enjoying local beers and snacks along the way. Alternatively, perhaps embark on a B.L.D guided bike ride through the city. DAY 14: Amsterdam Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, and join your chosen experience. In the evening, come together for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps admire Amsterdam’s canals from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and merchant houses. Or visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and a tasting of the region’s renowned cheeses. Alternatively, relax on board while a local baker will conduct a stroopwafel demonstration. B.L.D DAY 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B Tour Highlights: • EXCLUSIVE! Take an imperial rail journey aboard the Grand Empress steam train and a private tour of Gödöllö Palace • EXCLUSIVE! Visit Vienna’s incredible City Palace for a cocktail reception and a private concert • EXCLUSIVE! Explore Namedy Castle before a special dinner

Amsterdam

Included Experiences: • All-inclusive sightseeing in 15 destinations • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 10 locations • Finest dining - a total of 41 meals • Complimentary beverages served on board • Expert APT Cruise Director • Butler, room service and complimentary laundry for select suites

FLIGHTS INCLUDED* CAT.

DECK

$

E

Piano

D

Piano

$9,295 $9,695

C

Cello

$12,595

B+

Violin

T

Cello

T+

Violin

P

Cello

P+

Violin

Royal Suite

$13,095 $13,195 $13,295 $13,495 $13,895

Violin

$16,595

*Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Prices include transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries. Prices are cruise only per person twin share unless otherwise specified. Single Supplement price on application. Included flights are subject to availability of APT Superdeal Offers and may be withdrawn at any time. Disruptions to cruising, itinerary, and operating ship may occur. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

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Magnificent Europe 15 Days | Departs Amsterdam 27 September, 2019 AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

NETHERLANDS Rhine River

Cologne Andernach

POLAND Concerto River Ship

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Rüdesheim Miltenberg Würzburg

FRANCE

Main River

Bamberg Nuremberg Regensburg Rothenburg Main-Danube Canal

Coach

Passau

The Grand Empress No. of Nights Stay

Ceský Krumlov Dürnstein Vienna Linz Melk

Cruise

1

CZECH REP.

Salzburg

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

Danube River

SLOVAKIA Bratislava

Gödöllö

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

Included Experiences/ Freedom of Choice™

ITALY DAY 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship Be met on arrival and transferred to your river ship, docked in the heart of Amsterdam. After dinner, a free evening gives you the chance to step ashore and explore the canal-crossed streets at your leisure. 14 Nights aboard MS Amareina River Ship D See ship deckplan on page 12 DAY 2: Amsterdam Personalise your time in Amsterdam today with a choice of experiences. In the evening, gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps admire Amsterdam’s canals from a glass-top boat, or visit Zaanse Schans. Otherwise, stay on board your ship while a local baker conducts a stroopwafel B.L.D demonstration. DAY 3: Cologne, Bonn, Andernach Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing In Cologne, take a tour through the historic city centre and sample local beers and snacks. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages. Royal Signature Experience In Andernach, you are treated to an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her B.L.D castle just for you. 10

DAY 4: Rüdesheim Approach the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River today, where crumbling ruins cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides are marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing In Rüdesheim, tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, board a scenic gondola for exceptional views over the Rhine Valley, or perhaps sample wines from the region during an onboard tasting. B.L.D DAY 5: Miltenberg Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps enjoy a visit to a local winery, where you will sample the region’s delicious produce during a wine and cheese tasting. Alternatively, hike through a picturesque forested area with views of the Franconian vineyards. B.L.D DAY 6: Würzburg Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you walk to the Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the PrinceBishops of Würzburg. Alternatively, take a journey along the Romantic Road to the marvellous medieval town of Rothenburg

where you’ll stop for a tour, or visit a familyowned farm for a tour. B.L.D DAY 7: Bamberg This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, one of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. Here, you will explore the Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz B.L.D DAY 8: Nuremberg Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley. B.L.D DAY 9: Regensburg Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing On a guided walking tour, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Alternatively, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour. B.L.D DAY 10: Passau, Linz Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.


Miltenberg

Zaanse Schans

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Disembark in Passau and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Both touring options will then conclude in Linz, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise to Linz. B.L.D

classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, as well as an operatic recital. B.L.D

DAY 11: Melk, Dürnstein Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam Dürnstein’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Join a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Another option is a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube River. B.L.D

Day 14: Budapest Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise. Royal Signature Experience After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllö Palace. B.L.D

Day 12: Vienna Arrive in Vienna, home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, then enjoy a guided walk to St Stephen’s Cathedral. Royal Signature Experience Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private concert featuring a full orchestra performing

Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

Day 13: Vienna Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today. Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Alternatively, visit Slovakia’s Bratislava, or enjoy a round of golf. B.L.D

Tour Highlights: • EXCLUSIVE! Explore Namedy Castle before a special dinner • EXCLUSIVE! Visit Vienna’s incredible City Palace for a cocktail reception and a private concert • EXCLUSIVE! Take an imperial rail journey aboard the Grand Empress steam train and a private tour of Gödöllö Palace

Rothenberg

Included Experiences: • All-inclusive sightseeing in 15 destinations • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 10 locations • Finest dining - a total of 41 meals • Complimentary beverages served on board • Expert APT Cruise Director • Butler, room service and complimentary laundry for select suites

FLIGHTS INCLUDED* CAT.

DECK

$

E

Piano

D

Piano

$9,595 $9,995

C

Cello

$12,895

B+

Violin

T

Cello

T+

Violin

P

Cello

P+

Violin

Royal Suite

$13,395 $13,495 $13,695 $13,895 $14,295

Violin

$16,895

*Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Prices include transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries. Prices are cruise only per person twin share unless otherwise specified. Single Supplement price on application. Included flights are subject to availability of APT Superdeal Offers and may be withdrawn at any time. Disruptions to cruising, itinerary, and operating ship may occur. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

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APT Concerto River Ship MS Ama Reina

Suite Categories

VIOLIN DECK Royal Suite Panoramic Balcony & Outside Balcony Category P+ Panoramic Balcony & Outside Balcony Bridge

Walking Track

Heated Pool

Category B+ Panoramic Balcony

302

Teak Front Deck Gift Shop

301

304 303

306 305

310

308 307

312 311

309

316

318

314 313

315

317

322

324

326

320 319

321

323

325

330

332

328 327

329

331

Bicycles

Elevator

Fitness Centre Chef’s Table Restaurant

Library Reception

Category T+ Panoramic Balcony & Outside Balcony

Lower Sun Deck

Main Lounge & Bar

Ob s ervation Lounge

River Bistro

202 201

208 207

206

210 209

204

212 211

205

214 213

Elevator

203

216 215

223 222

218

225 224

217

227 226

220

229 228

221

231 230

219

233 232

Massage & Hair Salon

Wine Room

Category T Panoramic Balcony & Outside Balcony

Bella Cucina Restaurant Verde Fine Dining Restaurant

Kitchen

Cruise Director

112

110

108

106

104

102

113

109

107

105

103

114 115

111

116 117

Category C Panoramic Balcony PIANO DECK Category D Twin Window

No Elevator Access

Category E Twin Window

Crew Cabins

101

Engine Room

CELLO DECK Category P Panoramic Balcony & Outside Balcony

Technical Data MS AmaReina – Launched 2014 • Length: 135 m • Width: 11.4 m • Suites: 82 • Max. Passengers: 164 • Crew: 49 • Home Port: Basel

Twin Balcony Suite Categories: P and P+

Royal Suite Category: Royal

Owner’s Suite+ Category: Owner’s Suite+

235 sq. ft./21.8 sq. m.

300 sq. ft./27.9 sq. m.

350 sq. ft./32.5 sq. m.

Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary from ship to ship. On the MS AmaReina, suite 302 measures 290 square feet and does not feature a bath tub.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Signature Journeys Explore even more of Europe on our first-class guided journeys. From the British Isles to the French Riviera, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Dalmatia coast, the wonder of Europe awaits. Stroll the traboules of Lyon, cruise the Italian Lakes District, breathe in the fresh alpine air of the Swiss Alps, sip Guinness in Dublin or view the beauty of Portugal’s rugged beaches – join us to discover the treasures of Europe. 13


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European Heartland NETHERLANDS

16 Days | Departs 17 July & 24 September, 2019 BELGIUM

2

2

PRAGUE

GERMANY

PARIS

Munich

FRANCE Gruyères

SWITZERLAND 2

Lausanne

1

No. of Nights Stay Included Experiences

Lake Geneva

Lyon

2

DAY 1: Welcome to Paris On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you will be met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening. Hotel: Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel Paris (2 nights) SD DAY 2: Paris Sightseeing This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Paris where you will see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, the facades of the Louvre, the banks of the River Seine with its many romantic bridges, Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. The afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy this City of Light. This evening, perhaps visit one of the world famous cabaret shows? B DAY 3: Paris - Lyon Journey into Burgundy and stop in Beaune, a walled city at the heart of the wine making district in Burgundy. Enjoy a wine tasting of the local wines before continuing to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage City. Take a unique journey through time and across cultures, by strolling down its narrow streets, crossing its “traboules” (narrow secret passages), walking along its bustling docks, passing through its impressive squares, and seeing over 200 sites illuminated at night. 14

Bern

2

Neuschwanstein Castle

CZECH REP. Vienna

1

Liechtenstein Beaune

Coach

2

Ceský Krumlov

Oberammergau Salzburg Lucerne Mondsee

AUSTRIA

2

Montreux

ITALY

Hotel: Mercure Hotel Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette or similar (2 nights)

BOSNI HERZE

B

DAY 4: Exploring Lyon Walk with your Travel Director to discover the historic treasures of its well preserved Old Town, or Vieux Lyon which grew up to accommodate the influx of trade in the 16th Century. You’ll see the influence of the Italian’s in the architecture, but the dominant style was French Gothic. Besides the architecture and history, some also call Lyon the gastronomic center of France and you’ll enjoy a taste of B.L local flavours over a delicious lunch. DAY 5: Lyon - Montreux Farewell France today and head into Switzerland. Travel first to Geneva, and on an orientation see the Jet D’Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Then continue your journey through Switzerland, skirting Lake Geneva, past Lausanne and onto the resort town of Montreux. Montreux is ideally situated, nestled between steep hills and the lakeside. Enjoy some free time to explore this pretty town in the afternoon. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel. Hotel: Eurotel Montreux or similar B.D (2 nights) DAY 6: Montreux Further around the Lake Geneva arc is the medieval Chillon Castle. Your Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy that was immortalized by Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon.’ After exploring the Castle you will enjoy a tasting of local wine

produced in the region. It comes as a surprise to some, over 200 grape varieties are grown in Switzerland! Afterwards, return to Montreux where the rest of the day is free for you to B enjoy at your leisure. DAY 7: Montreux – Lucerne This morning, travel to the fortified town of Gruyeres where there is time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th Century castle. In the Swiss capital, Bern, join a local historian to see the Bear Pits, Cathedral of St Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Continue to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where you will stay for the next two nights. Hotel: Grand Hotel Europe or similar B.D (2 nights)

DAY 8: Lucerne Ascend by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus, towering a massive 2128 meters above Lucerne andSICILY from where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure mountain-top air. Then it’s back to Lucerne where there’s some free time to shop, cruise the lake or just wander the pretty B town. DAY 9: Lucerne - Munich Travel into Germany and make a stop at Neuschwanstein castle, a fairy-tale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. The castle was supposedly the inspiration for many of Walt Disney’s castles. Continue onto the fun loving Bavarian Capital,


Chillon Castle

BELARUS

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Prague

POLAND

UKRAINE SLOVAKIA

HUNGARY ROMANIA CROATIA

IA AND EGOVINA

SERBIA

Munich. This evening, enjoy the mood of the Abbey, the one-time Benedictine monastery that served as the church where Captain Von city with a dinner at a local restaurant. Trapp and Maria got married in ‘The Sound BULGARIA Hotel: Hilton Munich City or similar of Music’. Continue on through Melk to the B.SD (2 nights) MONTENEGRO beautiful Wachau Valley and onto the Austrian DAY 10: Munich Sightseeing capital of Vienna. This evening dinner is at a Meander through the heart of Munich this local restaurant in Vienna. morning with a Local KOSOVO Expert, visiting its Hotel: Hilton Hotel Vienna Danube charming Marienplatz with both its new and B.D Waterfront (2 nights) old City Halls built on its periphery. See the ALBANIAthat delights visitors DAY 13: Vienna Sightseeing magical Glockenspiel Join a Local Expert for a private tour of throughout the day with the enactment of Schönbrunn Palace, Austria’s famous imperial 16th century tales. Spend the rest of the day summer residence. Marvel at its frescoed on your terms exploring the city’s Baroque ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and palaces and vibrant markets, or embrace the GREECE gilded ornaments, before spending some time Bavarian region’s rich beer brewing heritage in the perfectly-manicured gardens. Then at Hofbräuhaus am Platz, built in the 16th see the city’s many highlights, including B century. St. Charles’ Church, the Hofburg Palace, DAY 11: Munich - Salzburg Parliament and the State Opera House. Enjoy Travel from Munich into the German the rest of the afternoon at your leisure for countryside where we visit Oberammergau, B further exploration. in the Bavarian Alps, home of the Passion Play DAY 14: Cesky Krumlov - Prague since 1634. Then travel over the Austrian Once over the Czech border, head for border to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of picturesque Ceský Krumlov. On an orientation music’ to join your Local Expert for a guided tour with your Travel Director, walk through tour. See the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past Residenzplatz, the city’s imposing fortress, colourful houses that lead up to the finest the immense cathedral in the Old Town and castle in the land. Then enjoy some free time Mozart’s birthplace. Dinner tonight is in a in this fairy-tale vision from the Middle Ages, local restaurant. nestled amid a loop in the Vltava River. In Hotel: Hubertushof Anif (1 night) B.D the afternoon, continue through the green DAY 12: Salzburg - Vienna Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague. Leave the sounds of Salzburg behind for Hotel: Angelo by Vienna house Prague Hotel B or similar (2 nights) lakeside Mondsee where you’ll see Mondsee

DAY 15: Prague Sightseeing Join a Local Expert for a tour of one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle where you’ll admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and appreciate amazing views of the Old Town. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and celebrate your adventures with newfound friends. B.D DAY 16: Farewell Prague Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to Prague airport for your onward or homebound flight. B

16 DAYS PARIS TO PRAGUE 2019 DEPARTURES July

17

September 24

FROM

$5,595 $5,855

All prices are land only per person twin share and include tipping at included hotels and restaurants per the itinerary. Single Supplement pricing available on request. Tour is based on minimum 20 passengers. September departure including Oktoberfest will be accommodated at the Park Inn By Radisson Munich. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Special Dinner

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CZECH REP.

Dalmatia Discovery

SLOVAKIA

11 Days | Departs 1 May & 18 September, 2019 AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND Lake Maggiore MILAN

Italian Lakes

Verona

2

1

SLOVENIA

2

Coach

Venice

Opatija

Rovinj

Pula

Postojna Caves

Plitvice Lakes National Park

2

1

Ad

ITALY

CROATIA

1

Trogir Split

ria

No. of Nights Stay

tic

Sea

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2

DUBROVNIK

Included Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive Milan Welcome to Milan, fashion capital and gateway to northern Italy. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome drink and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant. Hotel: Holiday Inn Garibaldi Hotel Milan or similar (2 nights) SD DAY 2: Lake Como Today we head to Lake Maggiore in the lovely Italian Lakes district. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. Since the climate is mild year-round, the area is filled with Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants and was featured in Ernest Hemingway’s infamous novel, A Farewell to Arms. Our starting point is Stresa, a resort town on the Lake where we join a private cruise. Discover three islands and enjoy the scenic surrounds as you cruise across the tranquil waters. On your return, there is time to explore picturesque Stresa before returning to Milan where the evening is at your leisure. B DAY 3: Verona and onto Venice Travel to elegant Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Walk with your Travel Director, passing the well-preserved Roman Arena and stand beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived. Carry on to magnificent 16

Venice, city of canals. Arrive at your hotel by boat, in true Venetian style, a city of 118 islands and no motorcar traffic to mar its beauty. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel and then perhaps head out to soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city. Hotel: Best Western Premier Sant Elena Hotel Venice or similar (2 nights) B.D DAY 4: Venice Sightseeing Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. We transfer by boat to St. Mark’s Square and join a Local Expert to see the gilded basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs. There’s free time to wander the labyrinth of streets and alleys before returning to our hotel. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes? B

SICILY

DAY 5: To Croatia Farewell Italy as you venture into Slovenia to visit the world-famous Postojna Caves. Step aboard the cave train and descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Marvel at the 5-metre tall Brilliant, the cave’s most beautiful stalagmite, and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Continue to Croatia to the seaside-resort town of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Uka. Perhaps take time to stroll by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront promenade before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Mozart Opatija or similar (2 nights)

B.D

DAY 6: The Jewels of Istria Cross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the Jewels of Istria. First, stop is Pula, where you will visit the well-preserved first-century arena, scene of brutal gladiatorial battles in Roman times. Continue to the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets and join others in the central Marsala Tita Square sipping coffee at café terraces, check out the fountain at its center and admire the historical architecture. We return to Opatija where the B evening is at leisure. DAY 7: Pristine Plitvice National Park Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast in the morning - journey past sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading inland to visit one of Europe’s great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges will lead you through the bluegreen beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. With your Local Expert, visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-metre-high falls and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park. Spend the evening at Jezero Hotel, situated in a stunning location at the heart of the National Park and close to the lakes. Hotel: Jezero Hotel Plitvice (1 night) B.D

AL


UKRAINE

Dubrovnik

Venice

Plitvice National Park

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

SERBIA BULGARIA

KOSOVO DAY 8: The Dalmatian Coast to Split The green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 B.C. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the Old Town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje’s originally Diocletian’s Mausoleum - and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. In the evening, don’t miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional Konoba. Hotel: Hotel President Solin (1 night) B

LBANIA

GREECE

DAY 9: To Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik, ‘paradise on earth’ according to George Bernard Shaw. This evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant. Hotel: Royal Blue Hotel Dubrovnik B.D (2 nights) DAY 10: Explore Dubrovnik Join a walking exploration of the city, guided by a Local Expert. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the Old Town. Walk past Onofrio’s Fountain, see the Old Jewish Quarter and the synagogue, and marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. This evening, enjoy a celebration dinner to B.SD salute our Dalmatian journey.

DAY 11: Farewell Your journey draws to a close after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B

11 DAYS MILAN TO DUBROVNIK 2019 DEPARTURES May

01

September 18

FROM

$4,195 $4,195

All prices are land only per person twin share and include tipping at included hotels and restaurants per the itinerary. Single Supplement pricing available on request. Tour is based on minimum 20 passengers. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Special Dinner

Split

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France & Italy Sojourn SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

HUNG

12 Days | Departs 9 July & 30 September, 2019SLOVENIA FRANCE Rapallo French Riviera

NICE

2

Monaco

2

ITALY Cinque Terre

Tuscany

Florence

2

Orvieto

2 Rome Coach

1

Ferry No. of Nights Stay Included Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive Nice Welcome to the elegant resort of Nice, on the French Riviera, which sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. On arrival you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. This evening, meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a welcome drink and the opportunity to mingle over dinner. Hotel: Novotel Nice Centre Vieux Nice or similar (2 nights) SD DAY 2: Nice Sightseeing Nice has a cosmopolitan Riviera vibe, and you’ll have a day to soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy exploring its fashionable boutiques and restaurants, stroll along the fabled Promenade des Anglais or soak up the sun on its popular beaches. Perhaps join an optional excursion to St Paul de Vence, a 500 year old ‘perched’ village in the Riviera hinterland and one of most famous enclaves for artists in France. B DAY 3: Monaco – Rapallo Depart Nice and travel to nearby Monaco, where you’ll enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Then walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace where the Grimaldi family live, the yacht-filled harbour and the cathedral, housing the tombs of the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Cross into Italy and follow the arc of the Italian Riviera before reaching the town of Rapallo. Tonight, enjoy the flavours of the region at a local restaurant dinner. Hotel: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa Rapallo (2 nights) B.SD 18

1 Pompeii 2 NAPLES

Sorrento

Isle of Capri

Amalfi Coast

Positano

“David”. Then walk to see one of the most DAY 4: The Cinque Terre iconic sights, the Duomo, a cathedral with A highlight today is our travel by train through a terracotta tiled dome engineered by the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’, a World Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. See Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five also the Gates of Paradise on the baptistry and villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, wander through Piazza della Signoria and onto Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. They’re SICILY Piazza Santa Croce. The afternoon is then free accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, for you to lose yourself in this amazing city. but this only lends to the already considerable This evening, perhaps join an optional dinner charm of these unique 11th century seaside B experience in the Tuscan hills? villages dotted along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the five towns, colourful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce. With a Local Expert, explore two of the villages before some free time to explore on your own. Return to Rapallo where this evening is at leisure. B DAY 5: Rapallo – Florence Farewell the Italian Riviera coast and travel inland through the scenic rolling hills into Tuscany and onto Florence, capital of Italy’s world-renowned Tuscany region. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: Adler Cavalieri Hotel Florence or similar (2 nights) B.D

DAY 7: Florence – Rome Farewell Florence as we leave Tuscany and travel into Umbria and the medieval city of Orvieto rising above the surrounding countryside sitting on its perch of volcanic tufa. Far below lies vineyards and fields dotted with ancient villas and vineyards. Orvieto has been inhabited since Etruscan times, a fact that is still evident today in the underground world of caves and tunnels that run under the city. Here we join a local chef and partake in a classic pasta cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and washed down with a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine. Then continue to the Eternal City of Rome for a 2 night stay. Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome or B.SL similar (2 nights)

DAY 6: Florence Sightseeing Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. This morning, you’ll get a taste for what Florence has to offer. With your Local Expert, visit The Galleria dell’Accademia to see ‘the original sculpture of Michelangelo’s

DAY 8: Vatican and Rome with a Local Rome is the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. Today explore some of the gems of Rome and discover why people keep coming back to this ‘Eternal City’. In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to lead you through the priceless


Nice

GARY

Trevi Fountain

Cinque Terre

ROMANIA CROATIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA SERBIA BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

KOSOVO ALBANIA

GREECE art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. There’s some free time to do as the Roman’s do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking tour has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument of the Roman period, and enjoy free time for B dinner in Piazza Navona. DAY 9: Rome to the Ancient City of Pompeii Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first Century and explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Continue along the clifftop road to the picturesque Amalfi Coast and our hotel in Vietri Sul Mare. Hotel: Raito Hotel Vietri Sul Mare B.D (2 nights)

DAY 10: Capri Excursion Transfer to the port in Sorrento and join a cruise to the Isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals, ascend to Capri town by funicular railway. With your Local Expert, explore the narrow alleyways and wonder at the view over the Tyrrhenian Sea. There’s plenty of time to shop, enjoy a famous lemon granita or just take in the scenery before our return ferry back to the mainland. This evening is free for you to explore this wonderful region. B DAY 11: Amalfi – Naples After a leisurely start, travel to Naples situated on the Bay of Naples. After checking into the hotel, there’s some free time before joining your fellow travellers this evening for a dinner to celebrate your time together at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Royal Continental Hotel Naples or B.SD similar (1 night) DAY 12: Farewell Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to Naples Airport for your onward or B homebound flight.

12 DAYS NICE TO NAPLES 2019 DEPARTURES July

09

September 30

FROM

$5,795 $5,795

All prices are land only per person twin share and include tipping at included hotels and restaurants per the itinerary. Single Supplement pricing available on request. Tour is based on minimum 15 passengers. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (SL) Special Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Special Dinner

Florence

19


Spain & Portugal Explorer 16 Days | Departs 10 June & 02 September, 2019 2 PORTO

SPAIN Nazare

PORTUGAL

BARCELONA

2 Madrid

2

Evora

Cuenca

Cordoba

Seville

Included Experiences

DAY 1: Barcelona. Arrival You will be greeted at Barcelona Airport by your English speaking Tour Director and transferred to your hotel before joining an orientation walking tour. Tonight, celebrate the start to your exploration of Spain and Portgual at a special Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: HCC St Moritz, Barcelona (2 nights) SD DAY 2: Barcelona Today you will enjoy a panoramic artistic sightseeing tour of Barcelona. A city known as the capital of Catalan Art Nouveau, where the famous architect Antonio Gaudi lived and worked, your tour includes visits to the Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s bizarre Park Guell which has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Then, our tour passes Paseo de Gracia to see Gaudi’s famous apartment buildings La Pedrera and Casa Batllò before an afternoon at leisure. B DAY 3: Peñíscola - Valencia Depart Barcelona for Valencia. En-route you will visit Peñíscola, often called the ‘Gibraltar of Valencia’, it is an impressive fortified seaport. Considered as the third most important city of Spain, upon arrival in Valencia this afternoon relax aboard a panoramic tour of the city including the City of Arts & Sciences, designed by famous worldwide known Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Visit to the historical centre with the gothic ‘Carmen Quarter’ and its important monuments to view such as ‘La Lonja’ (former silk market) and the Modernist façade of the Central Market, among other sights. Hotel: Vincci Palace B DAY 4 : Cuenca - Madrid A highlight today is your visit to the remarkable mountain village of Cuenca. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage designation, Cuenca is famous for it’s historic ‘casas colgadas’ (hanging 20

1

Coach No. of Nights Stay

Valencia

Jabugo

2

1

Peniscola

1

Lisbon

2

Gibraltar

1 1 Granada

Marbella

houses) which are cantilvered and appear to seemingly cling to the cliff edges above the Huécar gorge. Continue to Madrid where tonight you’ll enjoy a cultural highlight, a tapas dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: Catalonia Gran Via (2 nights) B.SD DAY 5 : Madrid This morning’s guided city tour of Madrid will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions. A panoramic drive to see the most interesting sights of the city: the Alcalá Gate, Paseo del Prado and famous Cibeles and Neptuno fountains. Ending with a visit to the 18th Century neo-classical architectural marvel, the Royal Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure where your Tour Director is on hand to assist with any additional sightseeing you would like to do. Perhaps take an optional tour to Toledo, the former Imperial capital, to see the Gothic Cathedral, the church of Santo Tome, with its masterwork of El Greco “The Burial of Count Orgaz” and Synagogue B Santa Maria la Blanca (additional cost). DAY 6: Córdoba – Granada This morning you’ll tour the monumental city of Córdoba, located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Upon arrival visit to the magnificent Great Mosque of Córdoba, typifying the architectural genius and importance of the city’s historic Muslim influence. In contrast, take in the charm of the Jewish Quarter – its colourful patios tastefully decorated with plants, flowerpots, birdcages and the inevitable whitewashed walls, fountains and wrought iron. Visit the Synagogue, considered one of the most significant in Spain, alongside El Tránsito & Santa María la Blanca located in Toledo. Afternoon arrival to Granada. Hotel: Gran Hotel Luna de Granada B.D

DAY 7: Alfarnatejo - Gibraltar This morning you will enjoy Spain’s foremost monument, Alhambra Palace. Built atop the old Roman and Visigothic ruins overlooking Granada, your visit will include the tranquil Generalife Gardens. Continue then to the tiny mountain village of Alfarnatejo (population 400). After a warm welcome by the villagers and a glass of local sweet wine, your host families will invite you into their homes for a traditional home-hosted lunch. Continue to Gibraltar along the Costa del Sol. Hotel: Elliott Hotel, Gibraltar B.SL DAY 8: Gibraltar – Seville This morning you’ll partake in the famous Rock Tour of Gibraltar. See the ever-popular Apes Den to witness the Barbary Macaques who find the rough limestone cliffs and scrub vegetation a congenial habitat to that of their native Morocco. Also be in awe of the spectacular St Michael’s Cave, a seemingly bottomless cave fabled to link Africa to Spain under the Strait of Gibraltar. Your journey will continue this afternoon to Seville where this evening, where you’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Why not opt to attend a fiery Flamenco show at one of the fabulously intimate tablaos afterwards (additional cost). Hotel: Becque Hotel, Seville (2 nights) B.D DAY 9: Seville After breakfast enjoy a morning panoramic tour of Seville to admire the beautiful Plaza de España & Plaza de América, with its impressive buildings left from the 1929 Latin-American Expo, the Mª Luisa Park and Torre del Oro by the Guadalquivir River. Visit Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest place of worship in Spain. Built on the site of the former great Mosque, it incorporates the original minaret -


SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

Gibraltar

Évora

SLOVENIA

Lake Geneva

ITALY

Porto

ROMANIA CROATIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

SERBIA BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

KOSOVO ALBANIA

GREECE

SICILY

La Giralda. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Seville, or to perhaps visit B more sights of the Andalusian capital DAY 10: Jabugo – Évora Our picturesque drive this morning traverses the protected national park of Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche bound for the heart of production of the famous ‘Jabugo’. Upon arrival you’ll visit one of Spain’s most regarded ham factories, famous the world over for their cured ham delicacies. You’ll receive an introduction to the processes followed to create their delicious produce from the growth of the Iberian pigs through to the curing of the ham followed by a tasting paired with local wines. After your visit you will enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before crossing the border into Portugal to arrive in Évora. Hotel: M’ar Dar Muralhas Hotel, Evora B.HL DAY 11: Évora – Lisbon Topped by an imposing cathedral, Évora is laid out over a gently sloping hill rising out of the huge Alentejo plain. Its historic centre represents a valuable cultural legacy that UNESCO has classified World Heritage. Enjoy the magnificent Roman Temple ruins and a visit to the Chapel of the Bones on your included walking tour. Continue to Lisbon via Setubal whe will make as stop for lunch 8on own), and then crossing the Arrabida Mountain is a landscape of exceptional aesthetic value. Arrival to Lisbon and check-in at your hotel. Hotel: Mundial Hotel, Lisbon (2 nights) B.D DAY 12: Lisbon Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal. Rich in Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and Post-Modern constructions it is a city of architectural wonder.

Historical boulevards and monuments decorate the main throughfares across the city and your included city tour will boast the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery including a visit to Jeronimos Monastery, which is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Mid morning enjoy coffee and a delicious national cake delicacy at a local B cafeteria overlooking the Belem Tower. DAY 13: Nazare - Porto Your scenic journey along the wild Portuguese coast to Porto this morning will feature a stop at the charming fishing village of Nazare, blessed with magnificent fine white sand beaches and hospitable locals. At the Miradouro do Suberco (Suberco Belvedere), lose yourself in the spectacular view of the sea, the beach and the line of houses. Free time for lunch on own and before your picturesque drive continues to Porto. Hotel: Bessa Boavista Hotel, Porto (3 nights) B DAY 14: Porto Porto is a picture postcard city straddling the mighty Douro River and linked by the inconic Dom Luis I bridge. Your panoramic visit of Porto will showcase the many beautiful pockets of this historic city clinging to it’s charming heritage whilst harmoniously embracing modernity. Drive to the mouth of the Douro River, see the Cathedral perched atop one of Porto’s highest hills and offering expansive views across the city, admire the richly decorated Church of São Francisco and the famous Palacio da Bolsa with its magnificently decadent Arabian Hall. Afternoon at leisure. This evening you will enjoy an evening to remember with a special night out in Porto with dinner at a local restaurant wiht B.SD your new found travel companions.

DAY 15: Porto Enjoy a full day at leisure in this captivating riverside city. Stroll the banks of the Douro or walk across the inconic Dom Luis I bridge to the riverside village of Vila Nova de Gaia to visit the charming historic port wine cellars for an al fresco port wine tasting overlooking the cityscape of Porto city on the opposing shores of the river Douro. Perhaps opt to cruise aboard a traditional ‘Rabelo’ boat on the river Douro, a special kind of boat historically used to transport the big barrels of Port Wine along the river Douro, from the vineyards of the central Douro Valley region to the wine cellars in Porto. However you choose to spend your day, one thing is assured, you will fall in love B with Porto’s many charms. Day 16: Depart Porto All good things must come to an end unfortunately. After breakfast you will be transferred to Porto Airport for your onward B or homebound flight.

16 DAYS BARCELONA TO PORTO 2019 DEPARTURES June

10

September 02

FROM

$5,945 $6,095

All prices are land only per person twin share and include tipping for included hotels, restaurants and local guides per the itinerary. Single Supplement pricing available on request. Tour is based on minimum 21 passengers. For full terms and conditions see back cover. (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (SL) Special Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Special Dinner

21


Britain & Ireland Indepth 22 Days | Departs 18 May & 03 August, 2019 SCOTLAND 2

Isle of Skye

Culloden

Inverness Eilean Donan Castle Glencoe

Pitlochry

Loch Lomond Glasgow

Saint Andrews

1

Edinburgh

2 Alnwick Gretna Green

IRELAND

1 Galway

1

2

Lake District

Dublin

Coach

1

Ferry

Ring of Kerry

2

Blarney Castle

Holyhead

Waterford Youghal

No. of Nights Stay Included Experiences

York

Liverpool Chester

ENGLAND

1

Killarney

1

2

Cliffs of Moher

1

WALES Rosslare

Stratford-upon-Avon

Fishguard

Bladon Cardiff

2 Bath Stonehenge

Oxford

2

NETHERLANDS

LONDON

BELGIUM

DAY 1: Arrive London Welcome to London. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that was once the centre of a global empire and today marches to its very own vibrant cosmopolitan tune - yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant to kick off your grand journey through England, Ireland and Scotland. Hotel: The Tower Hotel or similar (2 nights) SD DAY 2: London Sightseeing Ease into London’s energetic pace this morning before embarking on an included half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of kings and queens, poets and politicians. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a slice of London culture. Ramble through the Royal Parks, shop for quintessentially British treats on Carnaby Street. B DAY 3: Stonehenge - Bath Ponder the unsolved mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge this morning, our first stop todayPORTUGAL as we drive west through the picturesque English countryside to Bath. We arrive in the stately Georgian town of Bath whose beautiful Pulteney Bridge and 15th century Gothic Abbey, provide a picturesque backdrop for the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. Hotel: Hilton Hotel Bath City or similar (2 nights) B DAY 4: Bath Sightseeing Gain insights into the elegant city of Bath during Roman times, enjoying an orientation that will include beautiful Pulteney bridge and a visit to the Roman Baths from which the city 22

derives its name. Visit the Pump Room and view the 15th century Bath Abbey. The rest of the day is yours to explore Bath at your leisure. B DAY 5: Cardiff - Waterford Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, we view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay, before seeing the Millennium Stadium and historic Cardiff Castle during our orientation of the city. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford where we’ll dine in our hotel tonight. Hotel: Dooleys Hotel Waterford or similar B.D DAY 6: Youghal - Blarney - Killarney Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, and pursue the ‘gift of the gab’ as we visit Blarney Castle where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Continue to Killarney. Hotel: International Hotel Killarney or similar (2 nights) B.D DAY 7: Ring of Kerry This morning visit Torc Waterfall for a leisurely guided walk with a Local Specialist. Continue your day winding around the picture-perfect Ring of Kerry. Take in the views of coast and sea, fields and rolling hills in this landscape that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Join your companions this evening for a memorable Be My Guest dinner on aSPAIN traditional farm in Killarney. B.SD DAY 8: Cliffs of Moher - Galway Our up-close encounter with Ireland’s ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an iconic feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic and the endless ocean views you will see from its

midst. We continue to Galway where we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the stone Cathedral. FRANCE Hotel: The Connacht Hotel or similar B DAY 9: Galway - Dublin This morning we leave Galway behind and make our way to Dublin. Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland’s capital city. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the colourful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure meandering through Dublin’s pretty cobblestone streets. Hotel: Roganstown Hotel & Country Club or similar (2 nights) B SWITZ DAY 10: Dublin Sightseeing Today we visit the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to explore the charming Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colourful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through Phoenix Park, Dublin’s playground. B DAY 11: Chester - Liverpool Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and stop in the ancient town of Chester. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester’s medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. Later arrive in Liverpool. Hotel: Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower or similar (2 nights) B DAY 12: Liverpool Sightseeing Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound. Later visit the Beatles Story Museum. B DAY 13: Quarry Bank Mill - Lake District This morning we visit Quarry Bank Mill, a


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National Trust property that will give us a Cultural brave men who lost their lives in the fierce final Visit Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor battle of the Jacobite Uprising before returning Insight into life during the Industrial Revolution. Centre before rambling through its quaint to your hotel this evening. B.L.D Heading north to the idyllic Lake District, which cobblestone streets. hasGERMANY inspired poets and writers for centuries, DAY 17: St. Andrews - Edinburgh Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Stratford Upon Avon we see Lake Windermere and the spectacular Meandering through the dramatic landscapes UKRAINE CZECH REP. or similar B scenery. Dinner at the hotel this evening. of the Scottish Highlands, we pass the Hotel: North Lakes Hotel & Spa Penrith DAY 21: Bladon - Oxford - London picturesque village of Pitlochry before arriving or similar B.D Journey to the picturesque Cotswolds this in the historic town of St. Andrews. Famous for SLOVAKIA morning to the charming little churchyard at it’s golf course on which golfing greats have DAY 14: Gretna Green - Glasgow Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill’s grave clamoured to play for centuries. We cross the The runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green rests. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, is our first stop today where we’ll tread in the city in the British Isles, we’ll enjoy an orientation our home for the next two nights. Enjoy free footsteps of eloping couples who would take AUSTRIA tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera time before this evenings attendance at the their vows over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive and the Bodleian Library and see the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (Military Tattoo in Glasgow for an orientation tour including ZERLAND HUNGARY colleges that make up the university. We return included on August departure only). views of the Cathedral and magnificent George to London, this evening we come together for Hotel: Novotel Centre or similar (2 nights) B Square, lined with statues of Great Britain’s our Farewell Dinner ROMANIA at a local restaurant. most celebrated sons. SLOVENIA DAY 18: Edinburgh Sightseeing Hotel: The Tower Hotel or similar B.SD Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre Spend the CROATIA morning exploring this charming or similar B cityscape. Join your Local Specialist for a DAY 22: Depart London guided sightseeing tour including a visit to After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London DAY 15: Loch Lomond - Glencoe - Inverness Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city from as you are transferred to the airport for your This morningITALY journey along the famous bonnie AND its imposing CastleBOSNIA Rock vantage point. See the onward or homebound flight. B banks of Loch Lomond. Then stop at the World Royal Mile and theHERZEGOVINA elegant Palace of Holyrood War II Commando Memorial near Fort William SERBIA in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new for breathtaking views of Britain’s highest 22 DAYS LONDON TO LONDON Scottish Parliament building. B mountain, ‘Ben Nevis’. We’ll travel along the banks of Loch Ness before arriving in Inverness. DAY 19: Alnwick - York 2019 DEPARTURESBULGARIA FROM Hotel: The Columba or similar (2 nights) B Visit the medieval market town ofMONTENEGRO Alnwick. Enjoy a visit to the impressive castle, used DAY 16: Isle of Skye - Culloden May 18 $7,695 as a filming location for the Harry Potter Meandering to the coast, we arrive in Mallaig films. Arrive in York where we’ll embark on August 03 where we’ll board our ferry and cross to $8,245 KOSOVO an orientation walk along the picturesque Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks All prices are land only per person twin share and Shambles and to the York Minster, one of the provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive include tipping at included hotels and restaurants per greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening the itinerary. Single Supplement pricing available on around the breathtaking Sleat Peninsula where request. Tour is based on minimum 20 passengers. ALBANIA we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. we will have some free time to enjoy lunch before Edinburgh Military Tattoo is only included on the Hotel: 53 Hotel York or similar B.D crossing a road bridge back to the mainland. The August departure. Be My Guest dinner on a traditional farm in Killarney is subject to availability when rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave DAY 20: Stratford-upon-Avon booking. For full terms and conditions see back cover. you speechless before you continue your journey Shakespeare’s legacy and life are celebrated (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner past the lochs and glens of the Highlands to the in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon (SD) Special Dinner GREECE tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the which we will have an opportunity to visit. 23


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