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EDUCATE THROUGH TRAVEL As the World’s largest travel company for teachers, students and young adults, we have over 30 years experience in organizing safe, secure and exciting trips for young adults all over the world. We’re global, with over 240 branches worldwide giving help and offering essential backup for our customers in 60 countries. STA Travel strongly believe that travel opens up a mind of creativity, inspires, educates and brings excitement and dreams to life. Our Educate Through Travel brochure provides a taste of our unique range of educational trips, city trips, and amazing treks. STA Travel believes in supporting the trip organisers who will be provided with their own account manager and groups specialist. This dedicated team will be on hand to offer free advice and support not only at enquiry and booking stage but every step of the way until you return from your trip.

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CONTENTS Why STA Travel

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Planning Your Trip

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Responsible Travel

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Europe

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London

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Paris

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Munich

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Frankfurt

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Rome

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Florence

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Istanbul

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Greece

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Madrid

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Barcelona

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AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND

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Sydney

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Cairns

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Auckland / Christchurch

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ASIA

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Beijing

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Shanghai

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Hong Kong

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Latin America

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Buenos Aires

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Rio De Janeiro

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Lima

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Cuzco

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Costa Rica

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North America

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New York

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Washington D.C.

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Los Angeles

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Africa & Middle East

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Dubai

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Abu Dhabi

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Cape Town

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Johannesburg

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Morrocco

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Cairo

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Travel Essentials

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Terms & Conditions

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why sta travel? WHY STA TRAVEL

TOP REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH US 4. GLOBAL TRAVEL HELP

1. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

No matter where you want to go, we can get you there for an affordable price.

2. ONE-STOP FOR TRAVEL

From flights to beds to travel insurance. With all your bookings in one place, it’s easier to manage your trip with us.

3. LOW & FLEXIBLE AIRFARES

Wherever you are traveling, we’re there for you 24/7.

5. WELL-TRAVELED, PASSIONATE STAFF

Our experts are trained with hands-on experience to give you the best advice - and they freakin’ love to travel!

6. MORE THAN 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares and you can change your plans at minimal cost and effort.

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We’ve got the knowledge and experience to take you to the most exciting destinations, for less.

7. Price Beat Guarantee

If you find a lower price elsewhere we’ll beat it!

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GROUP TRAVEL TIPS • Book early for best fares and availability, flights can be booked up to 330 days prior to travel • Booked space can often be held up to 91 days prior to departure without names or full payment • Final names and full payment typically not due until 50-35 days prior to departure • With flights booked, spend precious time focusing on other details such as accommodations, transportation or tours • Group travel can help ensure that you get one set itinerary, one set cost and the organizer then only has to deal with one set of rules from a a single travel provider

GET ALL YOUR GROUP TRAVEL ESSENTIALS Group Prices

Over the years we have built up great working relationships with leading airlines, hotels, tour companies and guides that provide us with the best group travel rates. STA Travel ensures these great prices are transferred to our customers.

Transportation

We offer an amazing choice of flights, rail passes, transfers, long haul coach use, along with various other forms of transportation. Don’t worry, we can get you from point A to point B!

Group Tours

STA Travel can help you plan your group tour, from simply booking a hotel and airport transfer, to planning a themed all-inclusive tour. Focusing on anything from literature, cooking, architecture, language, you name it! Give us your tour ideas, or let us help you plan the best tour for your group!

ACCOMMODATION

Not familiar with the area you’re traveling to? To make things easier on you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. From the basic, clean hostel type accommodation, to the more modern, international standard hotels, we can find you what you’re looking for.

Insurance

Make sure you’re covered! We recommend Traveler’s Insurance for coverage of unexpected events like natural disasters, illness and theft. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to.

BOOKING YOUR GROUP TRIP 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Choose a destination that encompasses your objectives as well as your budget. Contact us and speak to one of our Groups Specialists to start planning your trip. Tailor or customize your trip to meet your group’s needs. Confirm your trip details, making sure to review all deadlines and conditions of your booking. Collect all of your participant’s details and complete your booking as a group or choose to allow each individual to contact us directly. Time to get the word out! Ask us how we can help you promote your trip. Review your final trip details and don’t forget to purchase Traveler’s Insurance! Stay in contact with your Groups Specialist for any questions or updates. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP


RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

We take our Partners seriously • • • • • •

Ethical in all they do Offer 24/7 in-country support Project health and safety checks are continuous Employment of local people Buying of local product Have established sustainable goals in place for each and every project • They are experts in their field!

PLANETERRA In 2009, STA Travel launched a partnership with the Planeterra Foundation. Planeterra is a non-profit organization that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their environment and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra gets to the root of local challenges by supporting: • Local solutions to human needs in tourism hubs • The conservation of ecosystems where the impact of tourism is increasing • Entrepreneurial small business development where the travel economy brings growing opportunities to local vendors • Responsible management of iconic destinations to protect important historic monuments and human heritage • Emergency response to climate-related and natural disasters in travel destinations In 2010 STA Travel committed $1,000,000 over five years to develop our new volunteer travel programs in support of Planeterra’s projects. In addition to supporting the volunteer projects, STA Travel has raised $80,000 to develop a Community Resource Centre on Koh Phra Thong in Southern Thailand, $25,000 to fund a safe drinking water project in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and has recently completed fundraising for a new project; a children’s ward at a hospital in Kikuyu, Kenya. If you would like to learn more or donate - visit www.planeterra.org

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camps

Global Vision International has built more than 160 long term,

Camps International operate a permanent network of international

volunteering projects in more than 40 countries around the world.

volunteer camps in the heart of rural communities and wildlife

GVI’s international network of field staff has built and managed these

conservation areas in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Borneo, Cambodia,

projects on the ground in close collaboration with local community

and Ecuador. Projects vary from constructing school classrooms

members to ensure both sustainability and a measurable impact. From

and supplying drinking water to wildlife conservation, teaching,

wildlife conservation to helping to educate children, GVI’s projects

reforestation, environmental education and marine workshops.

offer volunteers the chance to help make a lasting impact in areas

Achievements are measured through real results, with over $10.4

that matter to them.

million invested, 30 schools built, 600,000 trees planted and more

Join thousands of international volunteers each year working with GVI to make a positive sustainable change in the world.

than 30,000 lives improved. Camps have won the ‘Best Volunteering Organisation’ in the Responsible Tourism Awards and the ‘Eco Warrior Award’ in East Africa.

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“Almost every change that is needed to deal with Global Warning would improve the quality of life”

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Volunteering can be a unique and life-changing experience. It also looks fantastic on your resume demonstrating independence, adaptability and the ability to engage with people of all different backgrounds. Most of all it’s fun! However, you need support and guidance wherever you are in the world and our projects ensure you have this. While you may be able to find projects where you can volunteer for free, there is no guarantee that these projects are sustainable and well run, actually benefit the local community in a meaningful way, are set up with travelers in mind, or actually offer a good experience on the ground with valuable long-term work. Your money means we can achieve all of the above and also make a lifelong impact to our selected projects. It is crucial to bringing about positive change to the lives of the children, communities, environment and wildlife STA travelers visit everyday.

up to 70 % of your money goes straight back into the local economy The money you pay for your trip is passed on to our partners, who then spend it in-country, supporting local communities, employing local people, providing food, accommodation and services for volunteers amd ensuring the overall smooth running of the project. A proportion of this money also goes directly to the project as a donation. This donation ranges from 20% to as much as 70%.

Project research and development As for the remainder of your money, we and our partners dedicate significant time, money and effort towards finding sustainable and credible projects that offer travelers authentic experiences, while simultaneously contributing to the local communities. The costs to administer and support these programs cover recruitment, training and other services to ensure you get all the assistance you need before you travel. It’s vital that you’re prepared to ensure you have a rewarding and safe trip. We’re ‘customer-obsessed’ and know what it means to volunteer. STA Travel has sent over 100 of our own employees from our stores and offices around the world to visit these programs. Check out our website or make an appointment with one of our travel experts in store to find out more about the project that appeals to you the most.

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Europe Europe

We are dedicated to providing you customized travel arrangements for your groups, programs or faculty led trips. The tours, hotels, day tips and suggestions in this brochure are just a few examples of all we can do for you. Contact us today to book any of these trips or to customize a trip specifically for your group. Whether your group is traveling to one of these destinations or to anywhere else worldwide you will always have the service and support of STA Travel.

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• Be absorbed by Amsterdam’s extravagant nightlife • Enjoy a private boat cruise through Venice’s canals and islands • Admire the breathtaking Alpine scenery of the Swiss Alps • Check out the Parisian skyline from the top of the Eiffel Tower

• Relax in one of Budapest’s magnificent thermal spa baths • See Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps with a local guide • Check out Krakow's beautiful old town square

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Berlin Arrive in Berlin, and meet your group over dinner. On Day 3, hit the ground running as you soak up the intoxicating mix of old and new. See commemorative artwork on the remains of the Berlin Wall, visit the sight of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, explore the beautiful Tiergarten and snap yourself under the Brandenburg Gate. Nights in Berlin are just as exciting as the daytime, so head out into the mix. (B, D)

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Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich Weave through valleys dotted with castles and charming vineyards as you head off to the Rhine Valley. Kick back with a glass of local wine and find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar. Head for Munich (home of legendary Oktoberfest) where you’ll explore Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel. (2B, D)

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Berlin / Prague Try the bratwurst in Dresden on the way to Prague. You have the full day on Day 4 to see the sights! Walk the cobbled streets searching for bohemian treasures in the old town and stroll across the Charles Bridge to explore Hradcany Castle and the Cathedral. (2B, D)

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Munich / Innsbruck / Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps and stop in Innsbruck to see the famous Golden Roof. It’s then on to Venice; the ‘Floating City’. On Day 7, you’ll roam free and wander its maze of canals and alleys to discover quirky shops and grand palazzos as you take in the sights such as the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. (2B, D)

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Venice / Lucerne Catch a glimpse of Lake Como as you head over the border into Switzerland and continue on to lakeside stunner; Lucerne. Wander the cobbled streets, sip coffee by the lake or shop for Swiss goodies. (B, D)

Prague / Vienna / Budapest You’re off to explore Austria’s cultured capital; Vienna. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Imperial Palaces, wander through a gallery, take in a Mozart recital or check out the schnapps museum! On Day 7, hop across the Hungarian border to visit Budapest. Head over to the castle district for lovely views along the Danube River. The next day is a free day to explore. All your senses are surrounded by the history of this city split into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (4B)

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Lucerne / Paris Pass through the Burgundy wine region to the ‘City of Lights’. Tonight, you’ll enjoy an illuminated ‘Paris by Night’ city tour. On Day 10, cram in as much in a possible, don’t miss the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral. (2B, D)

Budapest / Krakow Travel north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. Head to the town square and see the black obelisk. On Day 10, wander through the lively market stalls and enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral and Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. (2B, D)

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Paris / London Morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or choose to take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

Krakow / Warsaw / Berlin This morning’s first stop is at the WWII concentration camp of Auschwitz to understand more about the horrors of the Holocaust. Then head off to explore Warsaw, Poland’s revitalised capital. On Day 12, take a guided tour of the old town and Jewish Ghetto. The tour ends on Day 13; you can stay on in Warsaw or take the free transfer back to Berlin. (3B, D)

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London / Amsterdam Depart the U.S. and arrive in London at anytime. On Day 3 take a ferry across the Channel via Belgium, you will arrive into the quirky Dutch city of Amsterdam. Tonight, venture out and see the city’s canals and gable houses illuminated on an optional canal cruise. Top it all off by experiencing some of the city’s outlandish nightlife! (D)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHH

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Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBRH

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highlights • Wander the art-filled piazzas in Rome • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence • Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa • Be dazzled by Paris’ bright lights • Indulge in divine Swiss chocolate • Witness awe-inspiring Alpine views • Marvel at the views of the Eiffel Tower • Soak up Paris from a chic pavement café Popular departures

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Indulge in this truly tempting platter of European delights! Western Rocker whisks you from the Mediterranean charm of Rome to the eccentric French glamour of Paris in a mere nine days. Between these two iconic cities you will experience an unforgettable medley of history, culture, sights, food and fun. Step back in time in ancient Rome, saunter the backstreets of Renaissance Florence, breathe the beautifully crisp Swiss Alp mountain air and watch the world go by from a local Parisian café.

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Rome Depart the U.S. and arrive in Rome at anytime. On Day 2 tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ and explore this monumental metropolis of Roman history. With its architectural and artistic treasures, its romantic corners and noisy markets, Rome sure knows how to impress! Today is yours to explore and get into the city your way. You could parade past the Colosseum, admire the famous ruins of the Roman Forum, throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain (ensuring your safe return to the city), saunter to the top of the Spanish Steps and visit the lavish Pantheon, and then just about have time to admire Rome’s Baroque centrepiece; Piazza Navona! After a hectic day of exploring, do as the locals do and head to the nearest gelateria to sample some traditional Italian dessert before you meet up with your Tour Manager and group later that evening. (D)

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Rome / Florence Get deeper under Rome’s fascinating historical skin and explore the Vatican City (the world’s smallest sovereign state) on an optional tour. Here you have the chance to visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Later today you will be on the road, heading through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. (B, D)

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Florence A local guide (‘Fiorentini’) will give you the inside track on some of Florence’s striking buildings and sacred art in this atmospheric city. Be sure to check out the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria, as well as enjoying a demonstration of the city’s traditional craft of leather making! (B)

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Florence / Pisa / Swiss Alps Make a stop in picturesque Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), a genuinely astonishing sight. After your time in Pisa, en route to the Swiss Alps you will catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como, whose shores are home to the villas and mansions of the rich and famous. There’s time this afternoon to stock up on irresistible chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. Absolute bliss. (B, D)

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Swiss Alps Chill out in whichever way your heart desires in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, where there are always plenty of activities on offer, frequently involving crazy trips on mountain railways, near-vertical funiculars and spectacular cable cars. Camera 100% essential. (B, D)

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Swiss Alps / Paris Leave the luxurious panoramic views of the Swiss Alps behind as you head through the wine-rich Burgundy region to the ‘City of Lights’, Paris. This famously cosmopolitan city is home to a showcase of historical legends; the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées and the Notre Dame Cathedral to name but a few! (B, D)

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Paris Indulge in some more decadent Parisian fun and lose yourself in its beautiful streets, where you’ll find magic, romance and history. Later on, finish the day in an idyllically French fashion by joining an optional Parisian dinner, followed by a traditional cabaret! (B)

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Paris / London Your tour ends in Paris this morning, so time to bid ‘adieu’ to your traveling companions. You can alternatively choose to take a complimentary transfer to end your trip in central London. (B)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), hotels (5 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCRT

You Might Like Extend Your Trip! Trail To Rome London-Vienna and Vienna-Rome (18 days) (COCCTR/COWWTR)

Fr $2,029

Trail to London Vienna-Rome and Rome-London (17 days) (COCCVL/COWWVL)

Fr $1,965

European Trail London-Vienna, Vienna-Rome and Rome-London (25 days) (COCCEL/COWWEL)

Fr $2,815

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Great Britain & 18 days Ireland  London 

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highlights • See the highlights of London • Enjoy a Beatles music tour in Liverpool • Walk around York’s old city walls • Be inspired by the Lake District’s beauty • Stroll along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh • Try and spot ‘Nessie’ at Loch Ness • Discover Belfast's turbulent history • Sample the perfect pint of Guinness Popular departures

This bonny Great Britain and Ireland tour will take you on a whirlwind of sightseeing, history and culture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland. Wonder at the beauty of the Lake District, stroll Edinburgh's Royal Mile, and then grab some binoculars to search for the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Add to that drinking Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone and visiting castles and cathedrals in Ireland and you've got an all-encompassing awesome experience!

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London / Liverpool Depart the U.S. and arrive in London at anytime. On Day 2 get together with your group and head off on a London city tour before traveling north to Liverpool, the home of The Beatles. (D)

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Liverpool / York / Lake District National Park Make your way through the charming Peak District to York. Take a guided walk around the city walls and visit the impressive York Minster. On Day 3, you’re headed for Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from; go hiking or kayaking, or cruise Lake Windermere. (2B, D)

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Lake District National Park / Edinburgh See Hadrian’s Wall and stop at Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. Familiarize yourself with sights such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Spend Day 5 exploring the city, perhaps visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, and head out on the town to enjoy some fun entertainment. (2B, D)

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Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness Stop by St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town (where Prince William met Kate Middleton!), and then roll on through the Scottish Highlands packed with wild mountain scenery and the tales of old clans. (B, D)

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Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West Highlands Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and hunt for the elusive monster! Continue on past the famous 13th Century Eilean Donan Castle. Head over to the stunning Isle of Skye and visit the seaside town of Portree, known for its brightly-colored houses and fishing port. Pass Ben Nevis and continue to the remote West Highlands. (B)

Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBUK

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West Highlands / Glasgow / Dublin See Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument en route to Glasgow. Famous for its friendly locals, head out to a local pub for a lively night out. The next day, ferry across to Ireland and head to Dublin. This bustling town has a whole lot of heart so get out and mingle with the locals at Temple Bar. (2B, D)

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Derry (Londonderry) / Galway This morning, learn about Derry’s epic battles of the past with a local guide and visit the colorful murals at the People's Gallery. It's then south to lively Galway to experience some traditional Irish music and share the ‘craic’ with the locals. On Day 12, jump on a ferry to the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands full of rugged cliffs. (2B, D)

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Galway / Blarney / Cork / Cobh / Kilkenny Admire spectacular coastal scenery at the vertical Cliffs of Moher, then head to the medieval Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous stone before arriving into Cork, with its island setting on the River Lee. Discover the Heritage Centre in the colorful harbor town of Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic, which also tells the tragic story of Irish emigration. See the historic Rock of Cashel complex en route to Kilkenny, where you’ll visit the Castle and St Canice’s Cathedral. (B, D)

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Kilkenny / Dublin / London Return to Dublin where you can admire the Georgian townhouses lining St. Stephen’s Green, witness the remarkable Book of Kells in Trinity College, and enjoy the easy-going local hospitality. On Day 16, ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales and travel back to London where the tour ends upon arrival. (2B)

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Scotland and Ireland Edinburgh to Dublin (14 Days) (COBBED)

Fr $2,135

Ireland

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England and Scotland

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Dublin to Dublin (9 Days) (COBBIR) London to London (11 Days) COBBBR/COWWBR

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Dublin / Belfast / Derry (Londonderry) First up, head to Belfast where a local guide will tell you the story behind the city’s troubled history. (B)

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europe CURRENCY: £ Pound POPULATION: 7.5 Million FAMOUS FOR: Historic architecture, red buses, cockney rhyming slang, a gherkin shaped tower, regal pageantry and a huge diversity of culture. USEFUL INFO: London is choc-a block with loads of free museums and exhibitions. The British Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery and many more – all free! FUN FACT: Many archaic laws are still binding in London – for example, all London cabbies can ask passengers if they have smallpox or the plague. Pregnant women can also legally relieve themselves in a Policeman’s hat. LOCAL EATS: London is perfect for homecooked comfort food. Most of the cosy pubs serve giant portions of bangers ‘n’ mash and roast dinners.

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UMI

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$99Single $60twin/double

CLINK HOSTELS

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$27 Dorm $52 twin/double

A stroll away from Hyde Park, Umi is a beautiful, converted Victorian townhouse. The hotel is situated in a quiet garden square in popular Bayswater close to restaurants, cafés and entertainment. Relax in Yumi coffee shop doubling as a bar in the evening, perfect after a day of sightseeing. Then back to your warmly decorated en suite room for a good nights sleep.

Clink is a family-run group of fun and comfortable hostels in King’s Cross. They are ideally located to discover all of London. Clink261 is a glamorous and unique boutique hostel with a cosy and intimate atmosphere. Clink78 is set in a former Courthouse that combines 200 years of history with a quirky and modern interior including renovated prison cells!

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Arrive in London

Check into your hostel and take some free time to enjoy the location

Enjoy a show like the Lion King

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Visit Madam Tussauds

Explore the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels

Have dinner in Covent Gardens

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Spend the day at Westminister Abbey

Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace Make sure you witness the changing of the guards

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 4

Spend the morning browsing London Eclectic Markets

Head home

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The London Eye You can’t visit the capital of UK without a ride on the famous Big Eye. See all of London from a bird’s eye view!

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The British Museum One of the most famous museums in the world, you’ll find the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles among the collection of breathtaking pieces, not to mention the Egyptian mummies!

HYDE PARK HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Westminster Abbey Built by Henry III in 1245 and it is one of the most important Gothic buildings of England. At first home of Benedictine monks, the coronation church since 1066 and the final resting place of 17 monarchs.

LONDON EYE

V&A MUSEUM WESTMINSTER ABBEY VICTORIA STATION

House of Parliament Visit the home of both chambers of Parliament of the United Kingdom and see the Lords and Commons Chambers, the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and Westminster Hall.

HEATHROW AIRPORT: 20km

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Visit the unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote.

Tower of London One of London’s most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.

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$75

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London

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$27

First time in London? Second or third time even? Purchase a one, two, three or six day pass and get free entrance into over 50 attractions, museums and historical buildings. Not only that, you can avoid the queues! Special discounts at restaurants, theatres and shops guarantees you’ll never be short of things to do and see.

Steeped in history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you don’t get much more of an iconic attraction than the Tower of London. Get fully immersed in the Tower’s intriguing past of torture and treachery and walk away with a head full of fascinating facts (which is more than Anne Boleyn did). Don’t forget to check out the Crown Jewels too!

LONLON

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STONEHENGE

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$131

Discover ancient Stonehenge, explore Windsor Castle with an up close experience of the world’s oldest & largest castle. Then it’s off to admire charming Bath, once the playground of 18th Century aristocrats. The day will give you a fascinating glimpse into England’s exciting history. LONWBS

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM


PARIS

europe CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 2.2 Million PRICE OF FOOD: Ham and cheese baguette $6. FAMOUS FOR: Passionate romance, melancholic poetry, massive baguettes and bloody revolutions. USEFUL INFO: It doesn’t cost a penny to walk inside and look around the stunning Notre Dame cathedral. It also hosts several free concerts. FUN FACT: Paris isn’t called the ‘City of Lights’ because of all the brilliance emitted intellectual residents that made the city a world renowned centre of learning. LOCAL EATS: Undo that belt and get stuck into the patisseries - chocolate éclairs, all kinds of croissants, lots of lovely cakes, crepes and baguettes - available just about everywhere.

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CAULAINCOURT SQUARE

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$31 Dorm $46 TWIN/Double

LA DEMEURE

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$205 Single $111 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Much more than a hostel, the rooms here with their bold splashes of colour mirror the charm and bohemian vibe of the very chic Montmartre area in which it's located. Packed with facilities like free WiFi, bike rental and if you’re after a break from the local clubbing scene, a TV lounge is perfect for a cosy night in. This is a perfect Parisian base!

This contemporary hotel is a great choice for a chic Paris getaway. It offers all the advantages of a larger hotel, yet has loads of warmth, intimacy and attention to detail. The relaxed lounge offers WiFi and all rooms are shiny and new. In the Latin Quarter, you're perfectly placed to explore the narrow streets, book shops and cafés.

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AFTERNOON

EVENING

DAY 1

Arrive in Paris

Check into your hostel and take some free time to enjoy the location

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 2

Morning guided tour of Paris by Bike (3 Hours)

Sightseeing afternoon including entrance to the Eiffel Tour and Seine River Cruise

Evening meal and take in the views from Montmartre

DAY 3

Day out at Versailles

Day out at Versailles

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 4

Head home

call 800.714.6503 to book


THE LOUVRE MUSEUM The Louvre is the world’s largest palace and museum. As a museum, it has one of the greatest art collections in Europe.

THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY A museum housed in a grand railway station built in 1900. Home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings, it has become one of Paris’s most popular museums.

MUSEUMS-D’ART MODERNE Europe’s finest collection of contemporary art.

CITE DES SCIENCES Located at La Villette, this modern museum houses a main exhibit called “Explore” that has themes from “Space, Life, Matter and Communication”.

MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO Holding Pablo Picasso’s own personal art collection alongside several Thousand of his own work ranging from masterpiece to sketch books.

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Bike tours

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$75

An active and fun way to see Paris. You’ll get a great orientation of the city’s best sights, as well as loads of helpful information, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, fantastic photo opportunities and a comfortable bike to take you around just about every known sight in the city. Feel like a true Parisian as you cycle through the city.

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THE PARIS PASS

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$154

Get the run of the world’s sexiest city and see Paris’ top sights at your own pace. This pass includes a Paris Metro pass plus your entrance to over 60 great museums, monuments and attractions across the city, including the Louvre, Versailles, a river cruise and wine tasting. Choose from two, four or six days of sightseeing at your own whim.

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Global Pass

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$462

Ideal for customers who want the freedom to explore as much of the European continent as possible they can travel as much or as little as they like within their chosen pass duration. With passes starting from 15 days through to 3 months and with flexi options as well they are only restricted by their own time constraints.

PARPAS

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THE SACRÉ-COEUR BASILICA The majestic building is located on top of the Montmartre hill, Montmarte area on a hill in an 18th arrondissement, north of downtown Paris, is known for its many artists who have been omnipresent since 1880.


Munich

europe CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 1.3 million PRICE OF FOOD: Sarcletti Eis restaurant price range $1.50 - $18. FAMOUS FOR: Beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. USEFUL INFO: Munich is worth visiting any time of year. The city shines in spring, summer, and autumn, but winter also offers many delights, such as cultural events and, of course, the ski slopes in the Alps. FUN FACT: Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for almost 200 years. LOCAL EATS: Weißwurst, which translates to white sausage is served with a pretzel and mustard sauce. A popular snack-onthe-go is “Semmel mit ein paar Wiener”, it is a roll with 2 frankfurters, Another traditional food eaten is Pork and dumplings which they call Knödel. FULL THE ROYAL DAY

CASTLES

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A&O HACKERBRUECKE

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$27 Dorm $41 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This clean and modern hostel is in a great location - one stop away from Munich's main station and only 10 minutes from the legendary Oktoberfest! It's a laid-back place and there's a cosy TV lounge with billiards and table football plus bicycle rental and internet. All rooms have a private bathroom, cable TV and some feature a balcony. You even get a free breakfast! MUCAAO

$70

Fairytale castles so perfect you half expect Tinkerbell to come flying out from one of the windows! Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles were King Ludwig’s pride and joy, and you will see how he lived in his day. Built in the neolate Romanesque style with lavish interiors, his dream castles are hidden in the seclusion of the mountains with the Alps towering above. MUCCAS

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WOMBAT'S CITY HOSTEL

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$26 Dorm $40 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This funky hostel is right in the centre of Munich next to the main train station. A short walk from the city centre and Marienplatz, it is the perfect base from which to explore the city. The Wombat bar is a great place to meet other travellers, enjoy a drink and have a game of pool. All rooms boast an en suite bathroom with shower and some have a private balcony. MUCWOM


Frankfurt

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CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 668,000 FAMOUS FOR: Frankfurt is very well known for its skyscrapers, having two of tallest skyscrapers in the European Union, the Commerzbank Tower and the Messeturm. USEFUL INFO: Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Wealthy bankers, students and granola drop-outs coexist in a city that has some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers of Europe next to wellmaintained old buildings. The city center, especially Römer square and the museums at the River Main, draw millions of tourists every year. On the other hand, many off the beaten track neighborhoods, such as Bockenheim, Bornheim, Nordend and Sachsenhausen, with their intact beautiful 19th century streets and parks are often overlooked by visitors.

BEST WESTERN GRAND CITY HOTEL

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$102 SINGLE $112 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This hotel is a great choice for a comfortable and friendly stay in Frankfurt. Enjoy wireless internet throughout the building, and in the modern bedrooms, or take some time out to enjoy the sauna and fitness center. The hotel offers a wide selection of food and drink that give you the perfect start to your day.

A&O GALLUSWACHE

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$53 Single $38 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

The new A&O building will enrich the Hessian metropolis with its modern rooms at a very affordable price. Our numerous shared rooms in the hostel area offer comfortable beds plus separate shower and toilet in the room. We are excited to welcome you at our A&O in the stunning “Chicago” on the Main!

FUN FACT: Time your trip to experience the largest book fair and the Musikmesse, the world’s largest music fair. LOCAL EATS: Love it or hate it, apple wine is Frankfurt’s local poison. Made from fermented apples, apfelwein (ebbelwoi or äbbelwoi in local dialect) contains about 5 percent alcohol, it has an acquired taste not appreciated by all. Rail Eurail Pass

Germany – France Pass

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$284

There’s something for everyone in France and Germany’s towns and cities - whether it’s the big city buzz or the famous architecture, the historic sites or the packed shopping streets or the scintillating nightlife.

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rome

europe CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 2.7 Million PRICE OF FOOD: Approx: $27 for a 2 course meal. FAMOUS FOR: Fearsome gladiators, the Pope, tasty gelato, a very famous money fountain, ancient Roman ruins and loads of beautiful palaces. USEFUL INFO: Don’t bother buying bottled water which will cost you at least $1.30 a bottle. Just carry an empty bottle around with you and fill up at the numerous drinking fountains around the city. You’ll never be very far from one. FUN FACT: There is a city called Rome on every continent. LOCAL EATS: The pizza is like nothing you’ve tasted before. Explore the alleys and side streets for the best pizzerias – where the locals eat.

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PALLADIUM PALACE

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$93 Single $57 Twin/Double

NARDIZZI

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$87 Single $48 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

A comfortable and refined hotel offering beautifully appointed rooms, decorated in classic Italian décor. Grab a drink from the bar and enjoy views of Rome from the rooftop garden or why not dine al fresco for breakfast. Located in the historic part of town, many of Rome's attractions are within walking distance including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

This place has got the lot - friendly staff, clean, comfortable bedrooms with A/C, satellite TV and real Italian pizzazz! Located a short distance from the historical centre and close to the rail terminal and bus lines, this hotel offers great value for money. Breakfast is served in the roof garden, where you have unrivalled views of the city's rooftops. ROMNAR

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DAY 1

Arrive in Rome

Check into your hostel and take some free time to enjoy the location

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 2

Rome City Tour - The guide will take you to the discovery of the Eternal town, a unique city that through the centuries keeps on enchanting travelers with its masterpieces of antiquity. The itinerary will include Colosseum, Roman Forum, Imperial Fora, Capitol Hill, Venice Square and Column of Trajan.

Explore Rome at Leisure with your Representative for assistance

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 3

Vatican City - A Tour to the discovery of art, history and religion of the smallest state in the world. You will visit the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry and the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Apartments of the Pope, decorated by Raphael and the Sistine Chapel with frescoes by Michelangelo. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Basilica, the temple of Christianity, which gathers masterpieces as the “Pietà” by Michelangelo.

Afternoon at leisure for more sightseeing and shopping with your Representative for assistance

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 4

Head home

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FIUMICINO AIRPORT: 20KM Via Leone IV

CAPITOLINE HILL (MUSEUMS) The museums, housed in two palaces, are situated around a central square –or piazza –designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and completed over a period of more than 400 years.

CIAMPINO AIRPORT: 15KM VILLA BORGHESE

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COLOSSEUM

PANTHEON Built more than 1800 years ago, the magnificent Pantheon building still stands as a reminder of the great Roman empire.

SPANISH STEPS Baroque steps built between 1721-1735.

COLLOSSEUM The Colosseum is probably the most impressive building of the Roman empire. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, it was the largest building of the era.

THE VATICAN & ST PETERS BASILICA Home to the Sistine Chapel with its world renowned ceiling painted by Michaelangelo and the Vatican museum.

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$33

Don't know your Caesars from your Ciceros, your Romuluses from your Remuses? This three hour wander takes you to the star attractions of the city that the Romans called home, from the magnificent Colosseum to the amazing Pantheon. Your expert guide will not only educate you on the history, politics and architecture, but also make the ancient times of Rome come to life.

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DARK SIDE OF ROME

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$130

During the day check out the city’s main sights at leisure, however, as soon as night falls, discover Rome in the dark with tales of myths and legends which are sure to make your blood chill. Your guide will take you to murder scenes and you will explore areas most tourists never get to see. Keep an eye out for ghosts!

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Italy Pass

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$180

Italy is a nation that hosts unique and fascinating events of international resonance throughout the year, providing innumerable opportunities for experiencing intense emotions. The Eurail Italy Pass enables you to make the most of this truly amazing country.

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4 KM WEST

Tor ere otev Lung

TREVI FOUNTAIN The most lavish of Romes Fountains it was built by Salvi in 1735.


FLORENCE

europe CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 366,000 PRICE OF FOOD: BEER:$7.80 / GELATO: $5.70 FAMOUS FOR: Outstanding art and architecture, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, the world’s most beautiful cathedral and lots of leather. USEFUL INFO: You’ll save a bit of money if you don’t mind standing. Cafés usually add a surcharge for sitting on one of their precious seats - so mingle with the locals and hang out at the bar. FUN FACT: The reason Mona Lisa has no eyebrows is because it was the height of fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off. It didn’t happen during a drunken ladies night. LOCAL EATS: The people of Florence love spinach and have loads of dishes based on Popeye’s favorite food. If you aren’t so fond of it, don’t order any food that is prepared “a la fiorentina”. HALF BEST OF FLORENCE DAY

WALKING TOUR

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CORONA D’ITALIA

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$104 SINGLE $61 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Housed in an elegant 19th Century palazzo beside the handcraft markets, this delightful hotel is a great base from which to explore Florence. The modern rooms with terracotta floors have a real Tuscan feel, complete with satellite TV, mini bar, A/C and safe box. After a day exploring the city sights, head to the American style bar for a cold beer - or two. FLRCOR

$74

Discover Florence`s historic center on this 3 hour walking tour including the Ponte Vecchio, the imposing Duomo, elegant Uffizi Square, the renowned leather market, and the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo`s David. Stroll along the timeless streets lined with chief architecture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, admire the city in its continued glory and discover its hidden gems, all in a single morning!

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PLUS FLORENCE

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$27 Dorm $44 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

This luxury hostel has amazing facilities. Cool off in the swimming pool, relax in the sauna, catch up on emails or grab a cappuccino in the cafe. Play some pool, hang out in the bar and check out the views from the terrace. Choose from a stylish and spacious private room or a light and airy dorm. You'll also find a flat screen TV in every room - flash! FLRPFL


ISTANBUL

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CURRENCY: Turkish Lira POPULATION: 13 million PRICE OF FOOD: BEER: $3.70 / TURKISH DELIGHT (BOX): $8.50 FAMOUS FOR: Bridging two continents, over 2000 mosques, haggling in bazzars, the Bosphorus Strait and once being Constantinople! USEFUL INFO: The Grand Bazaar is the largest covered bazaar (market) in the world, with over 3,000 shops that tend to group themselves according to the type of goods they sell. FUN FACT: The customary item that visitors should buy as a souvenir is the “evil eye” or the Boncuk. It is a blue piece of glass that Turks believe to have magical protective powers. LOCAL EATS: The national dish is the doner kebab. You might also want to taste their favorite alcoholic beverage, which is the raki - a tip would be to dilute it with water first. FULL Istanbul DAY

City Tour

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ORKA ROYAL

$97 SINGLE $130 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night including breakfast

The 4 star Orka Royal hotel is situated in the heart of old city, Sirkeci, Since 2005. There are 85 standard rooms, 5 corner suites, 1 Royal suite and 1 Bosporus suite (the total capacity is 184 beds). The hotel is within walking distance to all historical places in Sultanahmet area, Eminönü seaports, Sirkeci Railway station, Tramway station or bus stops. Also near all business and Shopping centers.

GRAND GULSOY

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$137 Single $163 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Located at the heart of Istanbul’s historical peninsula once was named as; “Byzantium”, Nova Rome”, Constantinople”, “Konstantinopolis”, “Dersaadet” and “Istanbul” and with views of two of the most magnificent masterpieces of world architecture, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

$79

Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul in one full day tour. The tour starts with pick-up at your hotel and you will have a rofessional English-speaking tour guide for the Duration of the tour. Included in the price is one lunch and all entrance fees. You will visit St. Sofya, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Greece

europe CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 725,049 PRICE OF FOOD: PITTA KEBAB: $4.00 BEER: $5.70 FAMOUS FOR: The Olympic Games, ancient monuments - the famous Parthenon, National Archaeological Museum and buzzing nightlife. USEFUL INFO: In Athens the buses are overcrowded - they won’t even stop for you! Explore the city on foot or by Metro, a brilliant way to see the sights. FUN FACT: A driver’s license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either “unbathed” or “poorly dressed” - evidence that the fashion police really do exist! LOCAL EATS: Traditional Greek “fast food” includes “souvlaki” which refers to shiskebab (pieces of pork grilled on a stick). You cannot leave without trying this delicious snack.

FULL DELPHI FULL DAY DAY

TOUR

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VILLA VERGINA SANTORINI

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$55 SINGLE $28 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This charming, seaside hotel in the village of Perrissa is only 30m from a black sandy beach typical of the island. There’s a swimming pool at the resort with a cool bar serving refreshing cocktails, while the garden café is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee. The apartment rooms have mini kitchen facilities perfect for self catering and all have A/C and en suites. EYEVER

$122

Beg or borrow a copy of Homer's Illiad and head to Delphi - home to the Sanctuary of Apollo. Perhaps the most famous site in all of classical Greece on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, learn about the oracle and tour the excavations. A visit to the museum to admire the bronze Charioteer is also included as well as a stop for lunch. Dolmades and a Greek salad anyone? ATHDFD

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hermes Hotel

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$95 Single $53 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

The Hermes is a small, stylish boutique hotel located in the desirable area of Plaka. With just 45 comfortable rooms, the hotel offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and A/C rooms with satellite TV, safe and mini fridge. For some fantastic views of the city, head up to the rooftop terrace where you can sit in the sun with a cool beverage. ATHHER


MADRID

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CURRENCY: €Euro POPULATION: 3.2 million PRICE OF FOOD: PAELLA: $19.50 BEER: $4.00 FAMOUS FOR: Bull jousting matadors, magnificent art museums, Galactico football team, chorizo, flamenco dancers and lots of beautiful people. USEFUL INFO: Check out the Museo del Jamon. It’s a lively bar, it’s a well-stocked deli, but most importantly - it’s a museum dedicated to ham...vegetarians should probably avoid. FUN FACT: Unlike most major cities, Madrid came about purely because of political reasons. Consequently it’s the highest capital in Europe and is located in the exact center of the country. LOCAL EATS: Those with a sweet tooth have to try the churros. Sold by street vendors - these long thick strips of deliciousness are great when dipped in hot chocolate. Mmmmm...

FULL AVILA AND SEGOVIA DAY

DAY TOUR

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CAT'S HOSTEL

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$28 Dorm $28 Twin/double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This 17th Century palace has been turned into one of the city's best hostels, offering guests a long list of facilities like free internet, laundry and 24 hour reception. Rooms are comfortable and clean, with twins or large dorms and shared bathrooms. The 'Cave Bar' is a great place to enjoy a beer with your travelling pals and there are often parties with local DJs. MADCAT

petit PALACE TRES CRUZES

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$101 SINGLE $59 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night including breakfast

You may struggle to leave this funky boutique hotel with its modern rooms with flat screen TV’s, hydro-massage showers, mini bars and free internet. Once you do however, you can explore the historic centre of Madrid which is right on your doorstep. Situated next to Plaza Del Carmen, you would be hard pushed to find a better base for your stay in the Spanish capital. MADPPT

$87

Soak up Spain’s sensational history with a full day’s visit to Avila and Segovia. Ancient hill-top Avila has been declared a UNESCO ‘Heritage of Mankind’ city, famous for its intact city walls and 90 towers dating back to the 11th Century. After exploring this amazing place it’s onto Segovia to see one of the best Romanera monuments; the incredible aqueducts. MADAVL

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BARCELONA

europe CURRENCY: â‚ŹEuro POPULATION: 1.6 Million PRICE OF FOOD: From $10 for a pasta dish. FAMOUS FOR: Mediterranean chic, multicultural food, impassioned Catalans, La Ramblas and of course, its world famous Gaudi architecture. USEFUL INFO: There are lots of places to change money on or around La Ramblas and they have very flexible opening hours.

HOTEL PRINCIPAL

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$96 Single $53 Twin/Double

EQUITY POINT CENTRIC

Prices are per person per night

FUN FACT: La Ramblas is an extremely popular place, with an average of about 150,000 people walk along it every day. LOCAL EATS: With close to 200+ places to eat in Barcelona and being by the coast means Barcelona offers truly amazing seafood and anything from Lobster, squid to sardines –or of course paella!!

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$28 dorm $64 twin/double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

This traditional family-run hotel, still holds an old-school Spanish feel and is only a stone`s throw from the buzz of the famous Las Ramblas Promenade. Relax on the rooftop terrace with views of the city and the Mediterranean, or hit the vibrant streets of the local area. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated with A/C.

A spectacular hostel which hosts concerts, flamenco and salsa nights as well as having a Moroccan style lounge, a sun terrace and a bar for chilling out in. On top of this, the location is unbeatable with the hostel being next to Catalunya Square and close to Las Ramblas. Choose from a spacious 12 bed dorm up to a private double with free internet on offer too.

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BARCELONA

MORNING

AFTERNOON

EVENING

DAY 1

Arrive in Barcelona

Check into your hostel and take some free time to enjoy the location

Evening meal at a local restaurant

DAY 2

La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell

Picasso Museum

Evening meal at a local restaurant

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Walking Tour and visit Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral, the Ramblas & Columbus Monument

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Choose from a spanish cooking experience or a Tapas and Flamenco evening


LAS RAMBLAS Stroll under the trees, admire the street artists, look at the alive statues.

PARK GUELL Gaudi avoided levelling the grounds so that the Park Guell has a network of twisting roads.

CASA MILÀ Commonly known as La Pedrera is the largest civil building designed by Antoni Gaudi.

THE SAGRADA FAMILIA Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, is one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. Construction on this church will continue for at least several more decades.

PORT AVENTURA Experience a great day out at Spain’s most popular theme parks, Port Aventura. CAMP NOU FOOTBALL STADIUM The FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium.

HALF TAPAS AND DAY

FLAMENCO NIGHT

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$37

Get an authentic taste of Spain with this unique cultural experience. Try up to 15 types of tapas and wash it down with plenty of Spanish sangria. Next up you’ll be taken through the Gothic Quarter to a flamenco theater to watch the colors and the costumes as you hear the flamenco rhythms. If you’ve indulged sufficiently why not take to the floor yourself...

FULL Barcelona Day and DAY

Night

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$52

Get ready to embrance your inner Spaniard. After a morning walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, choose two of the following evening activities (the sangria flows at all three) - a Spanish cooking lesson, a tapas and flamenco show or a legendary “Barcelona Night out Tour” to learn the art of cocktail-making then a visit to a few of Barcelona’s best late night venues.

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RAIL Eurail PASS

Portugal - Spain Pass

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$313

If your plans include visiting world class museums, trips to beautiful beaches and wining and dining in the great cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, then this is the pass for you!

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THE MONTJUIC A mountain inside the city. A true bowl of air. You can see the splendid sight of Barcelona from all sides. The hillsides are covered with flowers, exotic trees and giant cactus. The luminous fountains of Gaietà.


Australia & New Zealand Australia / New Zealand

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• Keep those wine glasses ready as you go wine-tasting in the Hunter Valley • Learn to surf like a pro in the eccentric Byron Bay • Hang with bronzed locals on the stunning Gold Coast • Overnight at Nundle outback sheep station

• Listen to fascinating Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime’ stories • Sail from one sun-kissed island to the next in the Whitsundays • Get snug in a swag underneath the stars of the outback • Explore Fraser Island’s sand dunes on a 4x4 adventure

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Sydney Rock up in Sydney at anytime today as you don’t meet your group until 6pm this evening. Stroll Sydney’s hotspots, including the Opera House, the Pitt Street Mall and Darling Harbour to name but a few!

02

Sydney / Nundle Sheep Station Bid farewell to cosmopolitan Sydney as you drive to the famous wine region of Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making. Afterwards you’re off to Nundle Sheep Station for the night where you’ll experience a sheep shearing demonstration and a hearty outback meal with locals. Yeehah! (B, D)

03

Nundle Sheep Station / Bingara After breakfast you’ll be heading for the country town of Bingara where you’ll try gold panning and gem grabbing at a historic gold mine. There’s also the chance to go for horseback ride too if you fancy. (B, D)

04

Bingara / Yamba Kick the day off with a trek into Gibraltar National Park before you reach the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Play lawn bowls with some locals, go fishing off the huge sea wall or take a relaxing swim. (B, D)

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Yamba / Byron Bay Welcome to the über-chilled, super-funky, awesomely-arty Byron Bay. Meet locals with an included yoga class and spend your evenings chilling in a teepee at an old hippy commune. Start Day 6 with an awakening surf lesson and use the rest of the day to explore, or to enjoy beach walks, people watching or hanging out at the Buddha Bar to watch the world pass you by. Ah, the peaceful way of life! (2B, D) Byron Bay / Brisbane Leave paradise behind you and swap it for the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast. You’ll have a few hours to hang with bronzed locals, play some sports, maybe even head out for a surf before heading to the slick city of Brisbane. Your trip ends as you arrive into the city. (B)

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Accommodation: Basic hotels (3 nts), hostels (1 nt), beach teepee (2 nts) Transport: Private bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOASB

itinerary Brisbane Feel free to arrive into Brisbane any time before 6pm this evening and explore the city your way. Check out the historic Treasury Building or perhaps relax to the max on the riverside beach on the South Bank.

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Brisbane / Fraser Island Check out the best of the city on a guided walking tour followed by a scenic train journey up the coast. You’ll then head over to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island! Once you’ve settled in, enjoy the peace of the island and get to know your travel friends over a good old-fashioned Aussie barbecue. Day 3 will whizz you around the island’s best bits in a 4x4, taking in the spectacular Maheno shipwreck and the azure waters of Lake Mackenzie. (2B, L, D)

04

Fraser Island / Cattle Station Get right into the outback lifestyle today as you journey to a remote cattle station, your home for this evening. Mingle with the locals as they show you the cattle station ropes and gain some insight into local Aboriginal culture. Learn how to make your very own didgeridoo and experience the authentic Cattle Country lifestyle, sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. (B, D)

05-06

Cattle Station / Whitsunday Islands Set sail on a maxi yacht, your home for the next three days. Snorkel your way between colorful reefs, schools of neon fish and secluded spots in the archipelago. You’ll also get to see the Great Barrier Reef from another perspective with an optional scuba dive. (2B, L, 2D)

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Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach / Airlie Beach Anchors up this morning as you set sail for Whitehaven Beach. Feel the sun on your skin and the white sand between your toes as you stroll its length. Later, head to Airlie Beach, a true backpacker legend. (B)

08-09

Airlie Beach / Cairns An early start this morning as you travel by train along the stunning coastline up to Cairns where you can relax at its pool lagoon for the afternoon. On Day 9, your adventure ends shortly after breakfast. (2B)

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Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), eco-lodge (2 nts), ‘swag’ (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach resort (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, yacht, boat, train, 4x4, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow AUD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOABC

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Punakaiki Franz Josef Queenstown

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highlights • Kayak ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes • Experience the TranzAlpine train journey • Get your heart racing in Queenstown • Admire picturesque Lake Matheson • Cycle through the historic Central Otago • Trek Punakaiki’s epic ‘Pancake Rocks’ • Hike the incredible Franz Josef Glacier • Camp on the edge of Doubtful Sound Popular departures

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Attention thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies! This trip has your name all over it. New Zealand isn’t nicknamed ‘Adrenaline Capital of the World’ for nothing you know. Fall madly in love with the beautiful South Island, exploring its beauty and its huge list of adventurous possibilities. You’ll hike the picture-perfect Franz Josef Glacier, weave the remote fiords of Doubtful Sound, bike Central Otago and experience one of the world’s most scenic train journeys. We haven’t even mentioned Queenstown yet, where you can do absolutely anything and everything that involves the words ‘adventure’ or ‘adrenaline!’

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Christchurch / Punakaiki Fancy starting the day with one of the world’s most scenic train journeys ever? We thought so. Catch the famous TranzAlpine train which crosses NZ’s South Island via the Southern Alps. You might have to pinch yourself as you drift off into a ‘I can’t believe I’m here’ type trance! Afterwards, head to beachside Punakaiki to enjoy a barbecue built using driftwood collected from the very beach you’re sat on! (B, D)

03-04

Punakaiki / Franz Josef National Park Start your day by trekking the ‘Pancake Rocks’ of Punakaiki and for a few essential scrapbook snaps. Then it’s back on the road to follow the winding coastal trail towards the legendary Franz Josef Glacier. Park up for the evening and get cozy at tonight’s unique stopover - a wilderness lodge set deep in the heart of the rainforest. On the morning of Day 4, meet a local mountain guide for an included trek of the amazing, the incredible, the mindblowing Franz Josef Glacier - this would be an appropriate time for a drum roll! Get your super-sexy ice climbing boots on and learn how to cut steps into the ice to walk up Franz Josef’s terminal (ice) face. Fear not, your hard work will pay off and you’ll be rewarded with extraordinarily stunning views of the area. (2B, D)

05-07

Franz Josef National Park / Queenstown It’s an early start this morning as you travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. If you time the weather just right you can get an awesome photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the rugged West Coast Road a bit farther, stopping off for nature trails and waterfall visits on the way to the epic Queenstown. Most people come to Queenstown with one thing on their mind: to plunge through thin air off a bridge, feeling their heart jump out of their mouth and to say they’ve jumped at the world’s original commercial bungy site. The adrenaline bug is very contagious so it’s lucky you have another two days free to make the most of all that Queenstown has to feed your new-found adventure addiction! Get involved in jet boating, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, canyon swinging, sky diving or touring some of the area’s world-renowned vineyards. (3B)

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Accommodation: Basic hotels (5 nts), lodges (3 nts), bush camp (1 nt), cabins (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, kayak, boat, train Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow NZD $180-220 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONSI

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Queenstown / Doubtful Sound Leave pulse-racing paradise behind you and journey to Fiordland National Park, the definition of rugged beauty at its finest. You might experience deja-vu when you first see this incredible place, here’s a clue for you – ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Boat across Lake Manapouri and meet up with your local kayaking guides who will paddle with you through the National Park below imposing cliffs and powerful waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for local residents including abundant birdlife, dolphins, seals and penguins. (B, L, D)

09-10

Doubtful Sound / Central Otago Spend the morning paddling back to the wharf, then transfer by bus to the historic central Otago mining country where you’ll rest up in a miners’ hotel! On Day 10, drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail and spend the better part of the day cycling through stunning scenery, making stops for local food and wine on the way. In the evening if you fancy, opt to try your hand at luging! (2B, L, D)

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itinerary Christchurch Today’s agenda: whatever you like! Arrive into the ‘Garden City’ at any time today as you don’t meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and tour buddies until 6pm this evening.

Central Otago / Christchurch Embrace the scenic drive through breathtaking central Otago before arriving into Christchurch in the early afternoon for an included city tour. Your South Island adventure comes to an end later today. (B)

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sydney Australia / New Zealand

CURRENCY: Australian Dollar POPULATION: 4.6 Million FAMOUS FOR: An Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, beautiful beaches, Blue Mountains, crazy nightlife and loads of sunkissed people. USEFUL INFO: Don’t worry about getting lost while in the city. There are information kiosks at locations throughout the city, including Circular Quay, Martin Place, and Town Hall. FUN FACT: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world measuring 1,149 meters in length. LOCAL EATS: Do as the True-Blue Aussies do and head over to the Sydney Fish Market to find the freshest and finest seafood ever. Don’t feel like cooking your own fish? Peter’s Fish Market will cook it right there for you.

FULL BLUE MOUNTAINS day

SPECIAL TOUR

FR

$83

On this spectacular tour to the Blue Mountains you’ll see native wildlife from Kangaroos and screeching cockatoos in the wild, enjoy a bushwalk to Wentworth Falls, and explore the village of Leura. Then head off to see the dramatic Three Sisters rock formation and unwind on an afternoon cruise along Parramatta River back to the city center.

TRAVELODGE SYDNEY

FR

$181 Single $91 TWIN/Double

FR

WAKE UP!

Prices are per person per night

FR FR

$38 Dorm $54 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night

Set in an unrivalled location among the superb restaurants, theaters and lively clubs of Sydney, you’re within easy walking distance to a great range of shops from designer stores to funky boutiques. This hotel is modern and easy on the wallet. Rooms are en suite with A/C and there’s an Internet café plus snack and drink vending machines in the lobby.

This seven storey mega hostel opposite Central Station is a great place to make new friends and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best hostels - and for good reasons! It has immaculate rooms (dorms and private) and bathrooms, a state of the art kitchen, Internet lounge, all day cafe, laundry facilities and Side Bar, the best backpacker bar in town!

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SYDWUP

HALF sydney harbour day

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$50

Discover Sydney Harbour from a magnificent timber tall ship! Sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison and under the Harbour Bridge as you embark on a real sailing experience on an authentic 1850s style tall ship. If you’d like to get involved and heave on a rope you can, otherwise simply sit back, relax and enjoy some live music and spectacular views.

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SYOSHT

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FULL BONDI SURF day

EXPERIENCE

FR

$87

If you have ever wanted to learn to surf and be part of this great Aussie tradition, there is no better place than to catch your first wave in the calm bay at Bondi Beach. You’ll be part of a group no bigger than five students to one super experienced surf instructor, so you’ll be up on your board in no time. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

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Cairns Australia / New Zealand CURRENCY: Australian Dollar POPULATION: 150,000 FAMOUS FOR: The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and adventure sports galore. USEFUL INFO: The lagoon on the promenade is free to use and a great alternative to the beaches during “stinger season” from October to May. FUN FACT: There are an estimated 1,500 species of fish, over 300 species of hard reef-building corals and more than 4,000 mollusc species. LOCAL EATS: While visiting tropical Australia try some local exotic fruit like Lemon Aspen, Davidson’s Plum, or Round Lime.

2

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FR

$120 SINGLE $60 TWIN/Double

FR

Prices are per person per night

This modern, ritzy resort is a real gem. Just 500m from the city center, it has it all including two salt water pools to cool down in, Internet, laundry facilities, a bar, an authentic Italian bistro and comfort galore. Rooms are en suite and come with A/C. It’s the perfect place to just chill out with a beer on your balcony as you watch the world go by.

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SKYDIVE FLEXI PASS

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$26 Dorm $66 TWIN/Double

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Cape Tribulation ‘Go Wild’ FR Overnight package $203

Embrace your wild side on this overnight tour to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy one of the most scenic coastal drives in the country as you head to Port Douglas where you’ll see some native Australian animals at the Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River spotting crocodiles, then after a picnic lunch explore the rainforest on a guided walk. End the day with some free time on Cape Tribulation beach before checking into your beachfront accommodation. On the second day there are loads of optional activities including Jungle Surfing before returning to Cairns.

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discovery cairns hotel

FR

$327

If jumping out of plane attached to a guy you’ve just met appeals then this is the activity for you! Put your life in the hands of a qualified instructor and skydive from 14,000 feet. It’s the ultimate way to see your surroundings and view the world like never before. This half-day activity is a must for anyone with a little bit of crazy in their make up! CNSFPS

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Offering you a bit of backpacker tradition along with the comfort of modern hotel rooms, check out this resort if you’re on a budget. It has a swimming pool, spa, Internet access and laundry facilities. The rooms are clean and comfortable with en suite bathrooms and A/C. It’s right in the city center, close to all the entertainment you can handle! CNSGIL


AUCKLAND/CHRISTCHURCH Australia / New Zealand

CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar POPULATION: 4 million FAMOUS FOR: Volcanos, the yachting lifestyle, really green hills and Sky Tower. USEFUL INFO: Lookout for the friendly WiSE Guides in central Auckland who are ready to share their wisdom and passion for the region. These friendly roving guides are here to inform visitors, provide directions and help visitors get the most out of their visit. LOCAL EATS: New Zealand has the largest Polynesian population in the world. So while there try some local favorites like breadfruit, taro root and poi.

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JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

FR

$469

CITY LODGE, Auckland

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$69 SINGLE $41 TWIN/Double

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$33 Dorm $41 TWIN/Double

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For clean, comfortable, quality accommodation that doesn’t break the bank look no further than Auckland’s City Lodge. Located just a five minute walk from central Auckland with shops, restaurants and bars nearby. The well equipped kitchen means cheap evenings in with fellow travelers is a must - a great way to make new friends.

Auckland provides the perfect backdrop for this short tour, designed especially for 1835 year olds. Head out of the city on Day 4, crossing the harbor bridge en route to Parry Kauri Park. Next up you’re off to the coastal town of Paihia; the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Get into its endless resort vibe and enjoy fish and chips on the beach! On Day 5, there are loads of activities to choose from including ocean kayaking to Haruru Falls. Get out there and visit Maori tribal lands to uncover NZ’s fascinating history, get involved with watersports or chill on the beach with a good book! On your final day, head back to Auckland for a city tour and to jet up the Sky Tower for 360° views.

jailhouse hostel, CHRISTCHURCH

AKLCIL

Talk about a unique place to stay! This former prison is now an award winning backpacker hostel, with a renovated interior and friendly staff. All rooms (former cells!) have fresh linen, shared bathrooms and super comfortable beds. With facilities such as an espresso coffee bar, WiFi and free parking, this is one place you will be happy to spend a few days behind bars. CHCJAI

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We are dedicated to providing you customized travel arrangements for your groups, programs or faculty led trips. The tours, hotels, day tips and suggestions in this brochure are just a few examples of all we can do for you. Contact us today to book any of these trips or to customize a trip specifically for your group. Whether your group is traveling to one of these destinations or to anywhere else worldwide you will always have the service and support of STA Travel.

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• Walk along the Great Wall of China and see how far you can make it • Wander and shop your way through Beijing’s old-world backstreets • Party and enjoy the city night life in vibrant Shanghai • Meet China’s most famous Terracotta Warriors

• Embrace the lively and vibrant streets of Bangkok • Marvel at the magnificent Angkor Wat • Relax while you discover Cambodia’s sandy white shores • Tour Ho Chi Minh’s markets & museums and bargain for a great deal

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Beijing Arrive in Beijing at any time, walk in the footsteps of history as you explore the vast Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. In the evening of Day 4, board the overnight train south to Shanghai.

05-07

Shanghai The country’s largest and most dynamic city. Take a stroll along this riverside path marveling at the spectacular array of art deco-style buildings or take in the sights of Pudong, a modern financial center, with its towering skyscrapers. Take the night train to Xi’an on Day 7.

08-09

Xi’an This ancient city, the capital of China for many years, is home to one of the Middle Kingdom’s greatest archaeological treasures – the Terracotta Warriors. You also have time to check out the vibrant Muslim Quarter with its serene Great Mosque and exotic local street food stalls and the majestic Ming Dynasty city walls.

10-13

Three Gorges An inspiration to painters, poets and a source of international controversy, the Three Gorges remain one of the world’s natural scenic wonders. Experience it first hand as you travel down the mighty Yangtze River in a Chinese-style riverboat, stopping at various sites en route. Continue by overnight train on Day 13.

14-16

Yangshuo Arrive in Guilin in the early morning and then travel by bus to the small country town of Yangshuo. Experience real village life meeting locals and seeing rural China in action. On Day 16, head to Guilin for the overnight train to Hong Kong.

17-18

Hong Kong Hong Kong boasts an unbeatable array of cultural sights, shopping, restaurants and has an electric atmosphere. Ride the Star Ferry into Victoria Harbour, wander Stanley Market and catch the views of Hong Kong from The Peak. On the 18th day, the tour comes to an end.

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  Most Mondays

2013

04-05

Phnom Penh Explore this pleasant riverside city of cafes, shady streets, funky bars and thriving markets full of vibrant textiles and crafts. Head off on an included walking tour and choose from optional trips to the historical sites, which include the Choeung Ek, more infamously known as the Killing Fields since the rule of Pol Pot. (2B)

06-08

Sihanoukville / Mekong Delta Relax on the white, sandy beaches of Cambodia’s southern coast. Visit one of the nearby islands, splash about on an optional snorkeling trip. Cross into the Mekong Delta surrounded by a rich green world of orchards and rice fields, floating markets and cottage industries. (B,D)

09-12

Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang Lose yourself in Ho Chi Minh City’s central market. Check out the War Remnants Museum, do an optional trip to the Ch Chi Tunnels, an immense network of man-made wartime tunnels. Board an overnight train on Day 10 to the beach resort of Nha Trang. Take a boat trip into the dazzling blue bay that surrounds the beach town of Nha Trang. On Day 12, take to the rails with an overnight aboard a sleeper train to Hoi An. (B)

13-16

Hoi An / Hue Wander through this pretty 16th Century trading port, where buildings bear traces of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and French architectural styles. Budding Stella McCartneys beware - you might just get a little excited at the hundreds of miracle-performing, superb tailors here. (B)

17-20

Halong Bay / Hanoi Float through the dreamlike islands that dot this vast, emerald bay in a traditional wooden junk. On day 20, say goodbye to your travel buds. (B)

Jan - Apr May - Dec

Beijing

Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), sleeper train (5 nts, 6-berth compartments), boat (2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat Meals: None Budget: Allow USD $270 - 360 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAACRG

01-03

Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat Arrive into Bangkok at any time. Welcome to the Khmer Empire gateway and one of the world’s finest artistic heritages. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Khmer meal at a Planeterra volunteering project in a village on the outskirts of Siem Reap. (2B, D)

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Hong Kong

Accommodation: Simple hotels (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, air-conditioned bus, junk boat, local boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $380-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATCV

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• Explore the frantic streets and bustling of Bangkok • Laze on Thailand’s idyllic white sandy beaches • Cycle the charming streets of Penang and barter for a good deal • Cool off under a refreshing waterfall in Koh Pha Ngan

• Catch a beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat • Swim the clear waters and white sandy beaches of Sihanoukville • Chat with friendly locals on a homestay • See glittering golden temples in Bangkok

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Bangkok Jump aboard a longtail boat or maybe a tuk-tuk and explore Bangkok’s charismatic mix of markets, klongs and temples. Melt under the hands of a relaxing Thai massage and feast both your eyes and belly on the tantalizing Thai cuisine that dominates the street scene.

03-04

Koh Pha Ngan On arrival into Chumporn, a bus journey and short boat ride takes you to the small island of Koh Pha Ngan where you have the next few days to explore the island’s waterfalls, swim in its lagoons or just relax. Options for snorkeling, hiking, visiting waterfalls or simply chilling out.

05-06

Koh Samui / Nakhon Si Thammarat Another short boat trip will see you arriving at Koh Samui in the afternoon of Day 5. Koh Samui is well known for its fabulous beaches and buzzing party nightlife. Take a tour of the island or just kick back and enjoy the awesome beaches. Then head off to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

07-09

Penang / Cameron Highlands The winding streets of Georgetown are best explored by bicycle rickshaw. Check out the fort’s colonial architecture, pop into the colorful Indian quarter and visit lively Chinatown. Head for the Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia’s most famous hill stations. Established in 1885 by William Cameron, a British surveyor, it is surrounded by pretty tea plantations and strawberry fields. The cooler weather is perfect for a relaxing walk through the cloud-covered forest.

10-12

Kuala Lumpur / Melaka Stare up at one of the world’s tallest buildings, explore the famous Batu Caves or check out the Oran Asli Museum. Then head to Melaka, with its historic fusion of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Portuguese influences.

13-14

Singapore Arrive into Singapore where you have a free afternoon to explore the city’s many attractions. Do the famous night safari at Singapore’s world-class zoo or browse for bargains on Orchard Road. (B)

Popular departures Jan - Dec

2013 T H A I L A N D

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Bangkok

04-05

Phnom Penh Absorb the spectacular scenery as you journey by local bus to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. You’ll experience a walking tour and check out the colorful cafés, shady streets and thriving markets full of vibrant textiles or choose to learn about Cambodia's sombre past.(2B)

06-07

Sihanoukville Travel by public bus to Cambodia’s southern coast and the sun-kissed beaches of Sihanoukville. Time to relax to the max on the white sand while perhaps enjoying a massage and eating fresh seafood, or why not join a boat trip for a day of snorkeling and lunch on an uninhabited island as the sun goes down? (B)

08

Mekong Delta / Chau Doc Cross the Vietnamese border into the intriguing water world of the Mekong Delta. Absorb the green river world of orchards, rice fields, floating markets and cottage industries on an optional boat trip. Tonight’s stop is in Chau Doc where you can explore the town, market or river front park by foot. (D)

09-10

Chau Doc / Ho Chi Minh City After breakfast on Day 9, you’ll journey to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. As you arrive later that day explore Ho Chi Minh’s myriad of rooftop bars, quirky restaurants or shop ‘til you drop at Ben Than Market. A cyclo can take you to any of these places for a very reasonable price and is a fun way to travel around Ho Chi Minh City. Bid your farewells to your new-found buddies as your trip ends shortly after breakfast on Day 10. (B)

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*Additional departure dates available

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Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Siem Reap Arrive in Bangkok at any time and feel free to explore this energetic city. Head across the Cambodian border and onwards to Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the intricate temples and palaces of the vast Angkor complex - the world’s largest religious building and one of Asia’s most incredible and most-visited sights. There is also time to visit Tonle Sap Lake to see one of its intriguing floating villages. (2B, D)

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beijing

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CURRENCY: Yuan Renminbi POPULATION: 13.82 Million PRICE OF FOOD: Sandwiches From $4 Pork & Vegetables From $7. FAMOUS FOR: The Great Wall of China, the magnificent Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. USEFUL INFO: High heels and short-sleeved blouses are to be avoided as the Chinese frown on women who display too much. FUN FACT: Never drop the chopsticks during the meal as it is considered a bad omen in China. LOCAL EATS: Some of the famous Beijing dishes include Hot Pot, Dumplings, Beijing Roast Duck (Pekking Duck), Zhajiang noodle, Sweetened Vinegar Spareribs, Hot and Sour Soup, Stir Fried Tomatoes with Scrambled Eggs, Steamed bread and Special type of Tofu. FULL GREAT WALL DAY

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CHONGWENMEN HOTEL

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This bargain hostel is friendly and fun and just a 10 minute walk from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. With a lively bar, free WiFi in the communal areas, free luggage storage and free security lockers, you would be hard pushed to find a better place to dump that backpack! The English speaking staff here are super helpful too so you can get all the info on Beijing you need.

Location, location, location! This decent three star hotel is just a one minute walk to the metro station and 15 minutes walk to Tiananmen Square. The rooms are an air-conditioned oasis and the perfect chill out base for beating the summer heat. When you’re done with pavement pounding, surf the cable TV, check out a Peking pub or chow down some real Chinese nosh.

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There are hundreds of trips to the Great Wall (and not all of them good!) but this trip definitely has the WOW factor. You’ll get your adrenaline pumping as you trek along the Great Wall with your guide. Enjoy breath-taking views and steep climbs as you walk at your own pace. You even get a relaxing reflexology foot massage to sooth you at the end the day! BJSWAL

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shanghai

asia CURRENCY: Chinese Yuan POPULATION: 23 million FAMOUS FOR: Tea houses, loads of people, cool architecture, really pretty gardens and shopping till you drop. USEFUL INFO: Taxis are the speediest form of transportation in the city, except during rush hour. Rush hour goes from about 7:30 to 9:00AM, and then again in the evening from about 4:45-6:30PM. FUN FACT: Shanghai has more commercial goods than anywhere in China outside of Hong Kong, making it one of the top shopping centers of Asia. LOCAL EATS: Shanghai’s favorite delicacy, hairy crabs, are considered cooling which is why they’re served with Shaoxing sherry wine, to restore the body’s yin and yang.

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Hiker Youth Hostel

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A simple, clean and convenient hostel, just a five minute walk from local attractions and transport networks. Rooms are decorated in typical Chinese décor complete with air-con but have shared bathroom facilities. Facilities include a bar, Internet terminals, TV lounge, games room and communal kitchen, as well as a laundry room. Bike rental is also available. SHAHIK

A Shanghai tour with a difference. Dance with locals in the park, try out some traditional Tai Chi, explore the backstreets of the old city, slurp on some soupy Shanghai snacks, wander down restored Daolun Raod, pop into antique shops, visit a Chinese style church and a street market and watch a film from the golden age of Shanghai cinema - and then collapse! SHAOSG

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NEW ASIA HOTEL

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$68 Single $34 Twin/Double

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Stay here and you’re in a top location, within walking distance to all the action. This ambient hotel comes complete with stunning panoramic views of the city. All rooms offer high speed Internet, unsurpassed views and fluffy robes and slippers awaiting your arrival. The service is great and the bars, restaurants and cafes are all open late, serving a mix of flavors. SHANAH


HONG KONG

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CURRENCY: Chinese Yuan POPULATION: 7 million FAMOUS FOR: A very busy harbour, massive high rises, DisneyLand and Victoria Peak. USEFUL INFO: Hong Kong offers many choices when it comes to public transportation. You can take the MTR (subway), train, bus, tram, ferry or taxi. Make sure to purchase an Octopus Card, not only can you use it on public transportation but some stores and vending machines will take it. LOCAL EATS: The best seafood restaurants are in small villages and island communities like Lei Yue Mun, Sai Kung and Lamma Island. The dining is down to earth with plastic seating and al-fresco affairs with bargain basement prices.

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DRAGON EXPERIENCE

Spend up to 25 days traveling on China’s trains and visiting some of the country’s most renowned sights. Select the length of your journey and the destinations you want to visit – chances are there is a Dragon Experience route for you! Each destination is connected by a sleeper train, so you waste no time during the day traveling. The routes have been designed to give you the chance to experience China’s unmissable attractions.

THE CITYVIEW

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$109 single $55 TWIN/Double

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COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL

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$135 single $68 Twin/Double

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An excellent value for money hotel with a firstclass location near bustling Nathan Road. Soothe aching muscles in the indoor swimming pool or work out at the high-tech gym. Choose from three top restaurants serving everything from sandwiches to dim sum and high tea to buffet. Spacious rooms are furnished with TV, A/C and mini-bar.

This stylish hotel is conveniently located close to tons of dining and shopping options and also offers a free shuttle to get you around the city sights effortlessly. The luxurious bedrooms boast indulgent extras including a pillow menu for a perfect night’s sleep, massage showers, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

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• Catch an optional tango dinner show in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires • View the raging Iguassu Falls from the Argentinian and Brazilian sides • Join locals for a delicious Brazilian barbecue in tropical Paraty • Catch sunset over Rio from the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain

• Climb Tikal’s Temple IV for incredible canopy views • Explore Belize’s beautiful countryside from San Ignacio • Snorkel and dive amidst the Caribbean vibe of Caye Caulker • Soak up the sun on Playa del Carmen’s sandy beaches

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Buenos Aires Arrive at any time and catch your included transfer to your first hotel. Delve straight into the Porteño lifestyle; from the high-class neighborhood of Recoleta to the La Bombonera football stadium, home of the much loved ‘Boca Juniors’, this is a city with cosmopolitan flair. Visit the Evita museum for an insight into her iconic status, and in the evenings, take in an optional tango dinner show, check out the great restaurants and sample a few glasses of first-rate Argentine wine. (B) Iguassu Falls Fly to Iguassu Falls and get ready for the thunderous force of Mother Nature at the peak of her powers, which you’ll visit from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Marvel at the cataracts from different vantage points, while real daredevils can jump onto a speedboat and ride the white waters under the monstrous torrents. But if that’s not for you, just soak in the beauty of the rainforest nature trails in the surrounding national park which straddles Argentina and Brazil. (2B)

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Paraty Fly to São Paulo and continue by road for some relaxation on the sandy shores of Paraty, a lovely coastal town with a distinctly tropical feel. Wander the cobblestone streets, hop onto a boat for a trip around the bay, check out the countless cachaça distilleries and kick back with a caipirinha watching the world go by. You’ll enjoy a delicious traditional barbecue with a local family, a real cultural experience. (2B, D)

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Rio de Janeiro Welcome to the city of soul, samba and sunshine. Be prepared to party hard along the stunning white beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, get high and mighty from the top of the Sugar Loaf and witness Christ the Redeemer standing in all his glory before you. Soak up that last bit of sun and enjoy one last cocktail before heading home on Day 8. (2B)

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Antigua Arrive in time for an early evening meeting with your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of your group. This peaceful, partiallyrestored colonial city with its cobblestone streets and rebuilt stucco homes with their heavy, beautifully-carved wooden entrances, is an absolute delight to explore.

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Flores / Tikal Next up is Flores, a charming town with pastel-colored buildings and a scenic setting on Lake Petén Itzá. There’s a day to visit the famous ruins of Tikal whose sheer scale is daunting. If you make it to the top of Temple IV, your senses won’t be disappointed! Spectacular views of the surrounding jungle canopy will greet you.

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San Ignacio Crossing into Belize you’ll arrive in San Ignacio. From here you can visit the sacred Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or check out the little-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. There’s also the chance for riding, canoeing or caving.

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Caye Caulker Caye Caulker is a relaxed and very easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents – it’s got a true Caribbean vibe. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and infamous Blue Hole are not far from the island and provide fantastic opportunities for snorkeling, diving and manateespotting tours. You can also try your hand fishing and be rewarded with a fresh catch, then barbecue it on the beach ... delicious!

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Playa del Carmen Your final stop is Playa del Carmen where long stretches of sandy beaches await. Lie back and relax with a cocktail in hand or head across to the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. For a final dose of ruins, Tulúm is not far down the coast and its setting, perched on a cliff top is really quite special. This adventure finishes on Day 11, so sadly it’s time to say goodbye to your group.

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Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, boat Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD $250-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACGME

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Accommodation: Comfort hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van, plane, bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $350-450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASBR

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• Marvel at Puerto Viejo’s white and black beaches • Soothe any aches and pains in magma-heated hot springs • Fly on a zipline or walk through the jungle canopy • Laze on the white sandy beaches of Playa Sámara

• Get active around the rumbling Arenal Volcano • Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve • Hike the trails in Manuel Antonio National Park • Lie back on the white sandy beaches of Quepos

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca The sight of Puerto Viejo’s white and black sand beaches, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, will amaze you. You can rent a bike, snorkel or hike through Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste the flavoursome Afro-Caribbean cuisine and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.

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Arenal / La Fortuna La Fortuna sits at the foot of the active Arenal Volcano which dominates the view from the town. Take the chance to go whitewater rafting, horse riding or take a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. For a bit of relaxation, slip into one of Arenal’s relaxing magma-heated hot springs.

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Monteverde Travel from Lake Arenal up an alluring green mountain road into the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest. Explore the town and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise. This unique community has several co-operatives worth visiting, so that you can get a taste of local life. If you’re OK with heights then don’t miss the amazing Sky Walk or a zipline canopy tour. If you’re not, then maybe a coffee plantation tour or a butterfly garden is more your thing.

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Playa Sámara Head on to beautiful Playa Sámara on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and spend time lazing on the long white sandy beach. Swim and snorkel in pristine waters, practice yoga on the beach or learn to surf at one of the surf schools. A very cool spot.

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San José Return to San José for a final night on the town. Leave at any time on Day 14 feeling energised and alive!

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La Fortuna / Arenal La Fortuna is an excellent base from which to start experiencing the range of adventure activities that Costa Rica offers. Take an unforgettable hike around the base of the still-active Arenal Volcano, accompanied by the sounds of monkeys and the distant rumbling of the volcano. Head off whitewater rafting, horse ride to a local waterfall or take a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Alternatively, simply lie back and relax in thermal springs.

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Monteverde Inhale the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Enjoy a guided sugar cane and coffee tour including a local lunch at El Trapiche and a guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Don’t miss the chance to glide through the trees on a thrilling canopy zipline adventure or walk through the canopy on a Sky Walk. Staying lower to the ground, you can visit a butterfly garden or go on a night walk to spot wildlife. (L)

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Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park Quepos is one of Costa Rica’s best-known beach towns and the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park is only a few minutes away. The tropical vegetation, abrupt headlands and well-maintained trail systems offer superb hiking and wildlife viewing, while the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, sea kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing. The scenery will take your breath away.

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San José Spend every last minute chilling on the beach before heading back to the capital for one final night on the town. This part of your adventure ends in the morning of Day 9.

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Buenos Aires 

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highlights • Tango the night away in Buenos Aires • Absorb the rich history of Colonia • Hang out in über-cool Montevideo • Experience rural life on an estancia • Gaze at Iguassu’s thundering torrents • Lay under palm trees in peaceful Paraty • Snorkel in your own tropical paradise • Chill out with a caipirinha on Copacabana Popular departures

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Between vibrant Buenos Aires and sexy Rio are some of Latin America’s gems. Hone your tango moves in BA before cruising into Uruguay, passing colonial towns and thermal baths into the interior and on up to the mighty Iguassu Falls. In Brazil you’ll stop off at tropical islands where you can soak up the sunshine, snorkel and surf. Finally you’ll arrive into the City of God where white beaches and samba rhythms await.

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Buenos Aires Arrive at any time on Day 1 and head out into this vibrant city which offers a touch of class and more than a hint of tango in the air. The city has a wealth of sightseeing options and you have the whole of Day 2 to explore. Head over to the neighborhoods of colorful La Boca, the boho chic of San Telmo, high-class Recoleta and party-central Palermo. Tango all night long, order a sumptuous Argentine steak or check out the football at La Bombonera (the chocolate box) - La Boca’s famed blue-and-gold stadium.

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Colonia del Sacramento Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Stroll along the riverfront and up the cobbled streets as you explore Colonia’s unique culture, rich history and captivating architecture. Hire a golf buggy but beware of the motorized mayhem - road signs are few and far between and there are no traffic lights. Rock up to the light house and unwind under a stunning Latin sunset.

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Montevideo Travel on to Montevideo, Uruguay’s über-cool capital which is renowned for hosting Buenos Aires’ socialites on the weekends at its various happening beachside clubs. Creativity is interspersed in and around a city that combines art deco and neo-classical buildings along with the historic downtown business district and 1980s skyscrapers. There are several good museums including the Carnival Museum, some great beaches just outside the city and fantastic street food on offer at the Port Market.

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Estancia Stay Leave the city lights behind in favour of the Uruguyan rural life. Get your hands dirty at a working estancia, or ranch, and explore the countryside on horseback rides or day hikes. If all this seems like too much effort, sit back with a glass of regional wine and some traditional barbecue. On Day 8, you’ll board an overnight bus for the journey inland to Iguassu Falls. (2B, 2L, 2D).

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Iguassu Falls Awesome, epic and amazing, you’ll be lost for words as you breathe in the warm waterfall spray and hop over the border to Brazil to gain a different perspective on these magnificent cascades. Take the opportunity to ride under the huge torrents of thundering water on a speedboat. Speedos entirely optional.

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Paraty Skipping a whopping 15-hour bus ride, you’ll fly to São Paulo and head straight to the coast. Palm trees and sandy shores await at Paraty, a quaint colonial town with a relaxed, friendly feel. Jump on a boat tour of the beautiful bay and nearby beaches or if you can tear yourself away from the ocean, visit a cachaça distillery to find out exactly how they brew this local sugar cane speciality.

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Ilha Grande Travel down the coast by bus then hop on board a ferry to take you over to the stunning island of Ilha Grande. You’ll be greeted by boats bobbing along the bay, an impressive lush green mountainous backdrop and a real chilled-out attitude. There are over 100 beaches to choose from so get your flippers on and head into the surf.

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Rio de Janeiro At last Rio de Janeiro, with the stunning white beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, sweeping views of the bright blue ocean from Christ the Redeemer’s shoulders and sunsets from atop the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Your centrally-located hotel in Copacabana is a base for you to explore the streets and soak in Brazil’s intoxicating color and seductive samba soul. Spend your last night hanging with your new friends before leaving on Day 17.

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts), estancia / ranch (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, mini-van, taxis, plane, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $480-$520 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAJBR

you might like Go in reverse In Search of Iguassu (17 days, Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires) (GAJRB) Fr $2,349 Add on a volunteering project Volunteer Brazil - work at a children’s day care center in the favelas of Rio (GATSZPBN) - see page 17 Fr $1,099

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INCA DISCOVERY 

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Lima 

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highlights • Explore Cuzco’s Inca and colonial past • Wander through the Sacred Valley • Visit a local weaving co-operative • Kit out your wardrobe with woolly hats • View incredible Andean landscapes • Conquer the Inca Trail’s high passes • Arrive at the ‘Sun Gate’ for sunrise • Explore breathtaking Machu Picchu Popular departures Jan Feb Mar - Dec

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If your aim is to challenge yourself with an epic hike that will unfold a tale of an ancient civilization and incredible constructions, which although hidden for centuries have stood the test of time, then this is the trip for you. Time in Cuzco will allow you acclimate to the Andean altitude and give you an opportunity to explore its colonial past. A tour through the Sacred Valley will bring you face-to-face with local life at a women’s weaving co-operative and a chance to purchase quality souvenirs.

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Lima Arrive into Lima at any time and get out exploring this underestimated city. The vibrant neighborhoods are colorful and the colonial center is charming. There are various activities such as paragliding on offer – what better way to see the city? In the evening, you’ll meet the rest of your tour group, so why not head out with them to sample some Peruvian cuisine including refreshing ceviche, a citrus-marinated seafood dish. Wash it all down with Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Its ingredients - locally-produced grape brandy and egg white - may not sell it, but trust us, it tastes good and it will probably be the first of many! Don’t drink too much though, it’s an early start in the morning.

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Cuzco You’ll fly from Lima to the sophisticated colonial city of Cuzco over the Andes Mountains, taking in the spectacular views. Cuzco sits at an elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft), so acclimatise yourself with a coca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. Head to the markets and pick up that Peruvian jumper you’ve always wanted and as many alpaca woolly hats as you have friends back home. Poke your nose into the museums and churches and try some authentic Peruvian food - guinea pig and one of the 3,000 varieties of potato that are grown in and around the Andes. If time permits, you can head out of town on a biking, horse riding or an action-packed river rafting trip.

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Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Today is a full-day guided tour through the Sacred Valley and on to the Ollantaytambo ruins. You’ll uncover hidden mysteries at ancient Inca sites, getting you excited for the big journey ahead. You’ll visit a Planeterra weaving project in a local community, where you can buy quality textiles direct from the women who’ve made them. Working your way along the route of the Urubamba River amid the lush agricultural backdrop, there will be more shopping opportunities at the local Pisac market before winding up in pretty Ollantaytambo. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo have a strategic location overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, and this major ruin site is a well-preserved example of the ingenuity and engineering ability of the Inca. Ollantaytambo is a relatively quiet town and it’s best to spend the evening relaxing ahead of tomorrow’s epic adventure.

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Plane, train, van, hiking Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-160 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPID

you might like Start & finish in Lima Inca Discovery Plus (9 days, Lima to Lima) (GAPIM) Fr $1,699 Choose an alternative trek Inca Discovery - Lares Trek (8 days, Lima to Cuzco) (GAPIL) see page 48 Fr $1,399

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu The views and complexity of the Inca constructions are mesmerizing and it will all help to keep your mind off the long walk to Machu Picchu. You’ll move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest, crossing over three high passes with the most challenging, known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, standing at a dizzy height of 4,200m. Your local porters will race ahead to create a camp complete with coca tea and nourishing food to keep your strength up, allowing you to walk the trail with just your daypack filled with essentials. Along the way, pause at beautifully-sited ruins such as Llactapata and Phuyupatamarca, and pass through original Inca constructions including a causeway and tunnel. On the final day, it’s a relatively short walk and then a climb up the steps to Intipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, to watch sunrise over Machu Picchu. The magical sight of these mysterious ruins and perfectly-engineered terraces will take your breath away. Its existence was known for centuries to the indigenous population, but it was not until a local boy led the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, to the site in 1911 that its fame started to spread into the outside world. You can walk around Machu Picchu and even climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train back to Cuzco. (3B, 3L 3D)

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CURRENCY: Argentine Peso POPULATION: 3 million FAMOUS FOR: Tango, beef, Evita Peron, the nightlife, and the culture. USEFUL INFO: It is easy to move around the city since it is distributed in blocks of 100 meters long and wide (10,000 square meters surface). There are avenues and streets identified with names of personalities of the cultural, military and political history of the country and of the world as well as places and dates. FUN FACT: The standard greeting in Argentina is a kiss on one cheek; men kiss women and vice-versa, women kiss women, and men kiss men, whether meeting for the very first time or having already seen one another several times in the same day. LOCAL EATS: In Buenos Aires people are used to eating dinner rather late, around 10:00PM,in both homes and public places. Local dining is famous for the quantity and quality of meat offered, but visitors may choose from a wide variety of regional dishes and cuisine influenced by immigrants from across Europe and Asia.

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MILHOUSE HIPO HOSTEL

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$17 Dorm $37 TWIN/Double

BOHEMIAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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$114 Single $57 Twin/Double

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This awesome hostel has fresh and funky decor, 24 hr reception, free Internet and Wi-Fi, kitchen, TV and games room, café/bar and lockers. Entertainment is organized every day of the week; try Tango dancing, hit the hottest clubs in town or catch a football match. Chic rooms, great atmosphere and friendly staff make for very satisfied guests! BUEMIH

Recently renovated, this welcoming and homely hotel is quaint and comfortable. Each of the 22 light and airy guest rooms feature cable TV, WiFi, minibar and soundproof windows. The breakfast room is charming - don’t miss the delectable pastries with your morning coffee and if there’s some sunshine, grab a table outside on the luscious garden terrace. BUEBOH

$312

Get Tangoed in Buenos Aires! Spend three nights at the awesome Milhouse Hostel and enjoy two Tango lessons, a Tango show, a bike tour and nightclub entry. Even airport transfers are thrown in! Tango is undeniably Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s most recognized contribution to music. During your lessons, both through dance instruction and lectures, you’ll learn the history of Argentina and Buenos Aires through its music. What better introduction to Argentina are you going to get?!

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rio de janeiro

latin america CURRENCY: the “Real” (pronounced ray-all) POPULATION: 6 million PRICE OF FOOD: $2 for a beer and about $10 for a meal. FAMOUS FOR: Natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches, Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) and Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car. USEFUL INFO: Carnival gets so much attention; it’s almost too easy to ignore the rest of Rio’s busy calendar. With each passing year, Reveillon – the New Year’s Eve celebration -- gains more status as a great alternative to Carnival. There’s Fashion Rio, or maybe the Rio leg of your favorite rock star’s tour. And the list goes on. FUN FACT: Explorers arrived in Guanabara Bay on New Year’s Day in 1502, they mistook the bay for the mouth of a mighty river. So they called the place Rio de Janeiro - which means literally, ‘River of January’.

EL MISTI HOSTEL , Copacabana

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$14 Dorm $31 TWIN/Double

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In the heart of Copacabana, El Misti has friendly staff and a chilled vibe. You’ll feel right at home and meet people from around the world, while enjoying barbecues and signature caipirinhas. The in-house chef dishes up delicious international food every weekend, plus there’s free WiFi, 24 hr reception, a kitchen and 24 hr tea/coffee - perfect for the partygoers! RIOMCO

$55

Take a hike up Pedra Bonita to see some stunning views over Rio. Drive through Tijuca National Forest where Christ the Redeemer, aka ‘the Big Dude’ is waiting. Grab lunch in Santa Theresa and catch sunset from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. RIOCAR

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copacabana

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$260 Single $130 Twin/Double

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LOCAL EATS: There are a variety of Brazilian specialties, including feijoada (a hearty stew made of black beans and pork), uniquely-prepared codfish, beef, duck, shrimp, and vegetable dishes along with more familiar salads and desserts.

HALF ‘The Big Dude’

copa sul,

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One block from the famous Copacabana beach, the Copa Sul offers quality, comfort, safety and tranquillity. Its restaurant serves great food and the American Bar is a great place to enjoy happy hour. The modern, bright rooms have WiFi, cable TV, air conditioning and a digital safety box. The reception staff speak a number of languages and will give you a warm welcome. TRIO01


lima

latin america

CURRENCY: Nuevo Sol POPULATION: 7 million FAMOUS FOR: Museums and churches displaying the history and anthropology of the Inca empire, beaches and sports. USEFUL INFO: It is acceptable to bargain about the price of an article in markets, and with beach and street hawkers. This bargaining process is known as regateo.

$12 DORM $25 Twin/Double

El Tambo Peru Lima

$59 Single $32 TWIN/Double

FUN FACT: It never rains in Lima. Yes, there is some drizzle, but not “real” rains, so you can forget the umbrella at home.

Che Lagarto Lima

LOCAL EATS: Most Peruvian dishes are characterized by strong flavors, including sauces whose base comes from spicy peppers and garlic. There are also a variety of chicken, beef and pork dishes (comida criolla) that are usually accompanied with rice and potatoes. Lomo saltado and ají de gallina are two of the most popular!

This is a great place for chilling and partying, close to all the hot spots in Lima. For those partygoers, sample the late riser’s breakfast. Make the most of free Internet and socialize at the buzzing bar or common area, featuring a pool table. There’s luggage storage, a kitchen and lockers. The en suite rooms boast modern decor complete with cable TV.

This hotel offers top-notch service at an unbeatable price. Ideally located in the heart of the tourist district, the en suite rooms have simple yet stylish decor complete with a large TV. After the delicious complimentary breakfast, use the laundry facilities and free WiFi. Don’t miss the lounge bar and cafe, serving tasty snacks all day and cocktails worthy of some cheers!

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LIMTAM

HALF Lima day

Discovery Tour

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Discover the real Lima on a guided walking tour of the city’s famous sights. Enjoy an informal Spanish lesson, wander Jiron de la Union and try local specialities such as churros and Pisco Sour.

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CUZCO

latin america CURRENCY: Nuevo Sol POPULATION: 348,935 FAMOUS FOR: The most famous trek in Peru and South America is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which has three alternatives. The longest one takes 8 days and 7 nights, it’s very hard and high. The most popular is the one of 4 days and 3 nights, in this one you pass through many Inca ruins and see different kinds of sceneries. USEFUL INFO: Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in the Quechua language) is the bearer of many grand titles. It was once the foremost city of the Inca Empire, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. FUN FACT: Cusco was originally built in the shape of a puma. The body of the puma contained the most important palaces, temples and governmental buildings. LOCAL EATS: While in Cuzco there are a variety of gourmet chocolates that can only be found within the city. If you feeling truly adventureous be sure eat a little alpacha or even some guinea pig - yeah that’s right guinea pig. FULL MACHU PICCHU DAY

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MILHOUSE CUZCO

$11 DORM $15 TWIN/Double

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Housed in a beautifully restored monastery and boasting a boutique feel with a hostel price tag, Milhouse Cuzco is the newest hostel in town and calling for you to visit! Relax on cozy bean bags with a refreshing cocktail, chill with a book in the courtyard or lounge around on one of the many comfy sofas. There’s a huge bar to boot - perfect for sharing traveling tales over a pisco sour! CUZMIL

$369

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Hop on the Peru Railway for a relaxing and scenic journey from Cuzco all the way to Aguas Calientes. You will have plenty of time to enjoy this quaint mountain town and stretch your legs by walking to Mandor Waterfall or Putucusi Mountain followed by a relaxing dip in the thermal hot springs. The famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu, awaits you just up the hill from Aguas Calientes where a day of exploration with an English speaking guide.

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prisma Hotel

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$40 Single $24 Twin/Double

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Located in the historical district of Cuzco close to the main square and Sol Avenue this is a quaint and cozy, colonial-style hotel. Friendly staff ensure you feel right at home and the simple rooms are bright and clean with private bathrooms and cable TV. Eat in the restaurant or head out into the town and the plentiful nightlife on your doorstep. CUZPRI


Costa rica

latin america

CURRENCY: COSTA RICAN COLÓN POPULATION: 4.2 million FAMOUS FOR: Coffee, rain forests, national parks, beaches, surfing waves, zip lines, and amazing natural wildlife. USEFUL INFO: Costa Rica is one of the happiest and greenest countries on earth - boosting a high rank in the Happy Planet Index. In 2007 the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. FUN FACT: Costa Rica literally translates as “Rich Coast.” It became the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army in 1948. Locals are known as Ticos. LOCAL EATS: Beans and rice, rice and beans, you’re gonna love them - otherwise known as gallo pinto or burra. There’s a heavy reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables - try the plantain and sweetcorn-based dishes, and you’ll probably turn into a banana while you’re there. Buzz around on the local coffee - traditional coffee breaks are usually around 3 p.m. For something a little stronger try the local liquor guaro.

Half The Congo Trail day

Canopy Tour Tamarindo

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Barcelo Playa Langosta

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$204 SINGLE $113 TWIN/Double

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Located on Langosta Beach, just 2 km from Tamarindo downtown and only 50 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport, Barceló Playa Langosta is ideal for nature and beach lovers and it is recommended for families and couples. This all-inclusive property offers 193 Standard rooms, four Suites and one Master Suite, with either terraces or balconies. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, mini bar, safety box and hair dryer.

El Sesteo Apartotel

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$64 Single $35 Twin/Double

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The hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from the international airport and 5 minutes from downtown San Jose, in a quiet, residential neighborhood. The Sabana Park is just a few blocks away, along with a variety of shops, restaurants and business. It has 18 Standard rooms and 21 Apartment-style rooms with kitchen, living room and dining room. All rooms have ceiling fan, TV, telephone and free internet access. It also offers its guests a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a covered parking lot, laundry service and breakfast.

$57

This canopy is located in a little town named Artola and the tropical dry forest and its high trees are surrounds this area. After a short hike we will arrive to the first platform, ready for instructions to start flying down the suspended cables. During the tour we will cross a walk bridge between two platforms, this is a truly exhilarating and exciting experience.

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north america North America

We are dedicated to providing you customized travel arrangements for your groups, programs or faculty led trips. The tours, hotels, day tips and suggestions in this brochure are just a few examples of all we can do for you. Contact us today to book any of these trips or to customize a trip specifically for your group. Whether your group is traveling to one of these destinations or to anywhere else worldwide you will always have the service and support of STA Travel.

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NEW YORK

North america

CURRENCY: U.S. Dollar POPULATION: 8.3 million FAMOUS FOR: The Statue of Liberty, The Met, Times Square, The Empire State Building, Brooklyn hipsters. USEFUL INFO: There are plenty of things to do for free in NYC. You can visit The Bronx Museum of Arts for free any day of the week. Also, don’t forget to take a walk through Central Park, visit Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon Memorial. FUN FACT: The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150°F. LOCAL EATS: It is often said that the easiest way to start an argument between New Yorkers is to ask where to find the best slice of pizza. Plenty of pizzerias claim the prize, and it’s always fun to do some of the research yourself. Also as you communte from A to B walking around the city be sure to grab yourself a dirty water dog from a street cart vendor.

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THE GERSHWIN HOTEL

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$201 single $101 Twin/Double

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Definitely one of the funkiest hotels in New York with its Warhole-esque artistic flare. Beyond the eye-catching exterior and reception, every corner is filled with fantastic art. Exhibitions, wine and cheese evenings and poetry slams are held each month. You won’t be disappointed whether you’ve splashed out on an opulent private room or bagged a ‘bunker’ dorm. nycger

This hostel, fabulously located in New York’s fashionable East Side, offers amazing value. There’s 24-hour reception, free WiFi in the common areas, cable TV, A/C, laundry facilities, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage and access to a swimming pool and gym. Rooms are clean, cozy and sufficient – choose from a single or bunk-bed room with shared bathroom. nycvan

$83

Want FREE entry to over 80 top attractions? The New York Pass offers great value and convenience, and also enables you to jump the queues at selected attractions. There are also special offers such as discounts on sightseeing tours, and at restaurants, theaters and departments stores. Choose from a 1, 2, 3 or 7 day pass. nycpas

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washington D.C.

North America CURRENCY: U.S. Dollar POPULATION: 632,323 FAMOUS FOR: The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, The Capitol Bulding, the Smithsonian Institution and a wide variety of other museums and monumental memorials. USEFUL INFO: Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC. Also don’t forget to bring your bills! Hold up a $20 bill in front of the White House, or a $5 bill next to the Lincoln Memorial. FUN FACT: 15% of Washington DC residents speak a language other than English as their first language. LOCAL EATS: Martin’s Tavern is a must. Every sitting president starting with Truman has dinned here, and who doesn’t want to see the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie.

HALF BIKE & DAY ROLL

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tHE nORMANDY

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$118 Single $59 Twin/Double

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$136 Single $68 Twin/Double

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Nestled among the fine surroundings of Rock Creek Park and the Kalorama neighbourhood this fab boutique hotel is full of old-world charm and character but with a modern twist. Luxurious rooms offer cable TV, free WiFi and a Nespresso machine. The stylish lobby is a great place to kick back and relax in the hand crafted furniture by famed British designer George Smith. TWAS01

Experience Washington D.C.’s history and culture by bike. Get up close and personal to all the city’s major sites. See the National Mall and Capitol Hill, take in Union Station, the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, The White House, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and much much more. This excellent tour comes highly recommended! wascap

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L’Enfant Plaza

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This convenient hotel is located directly above the Metro and steps from Capitol Hill. The rooms are large and some have a balcony with views over the city. WiFi is available upon request and there’s a fitness room to work out in. Add some flavor to your stay with delicious options at the upscale Grill, casual Foggy Brew Pub, the Coffee Cart or in the summer enjoy poolside service. TWAS03


los angeles

North america

CURRENCY: U.S. Dollar POPULATION: 3.8 million FAMOUS FOR: The Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Getty Center, The Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and every celebrity imaginable. USEFUL INFO: If you’re visiting LA during the summer, make a quick 25 minute drive to Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Concert Series and camp out on the beach to listen to free live music as the sun sets. FUN FACT: The citizens of Los Angeles are called ‘Angelinos’. LOCAL EATS: If you are on the hunt for some celebrity sightings, The Ivy is the place to be. Having late night fast food cravings? In-N-Out burgers are a must, as well as a hot dog from Pink’s.

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usa hostels, hollywood

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$30 Dorm

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This bright and funky hostel is newly renovated so all dorms are en suite with comfy bedding and ‘privacy pods’. It’s within walking distance to tourist attractions and nightlife and the hostel also has a lively evening atmosphere in its comfortable lounge, guest kitchen and large patio. An Internet room provides high speed access and security lockers are available to use.

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laxush

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$46 Single $35 Twin/Double

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This boutique, hybrid downtown hotel/hostel is perfect for saving pennies. Bright and trendy decor inspires a vibrant atmosphere and the restaurant serves up a tasty treat. There’s free WiFi and dorms come with brand spanking new bathrooms, ceiling fan and cable TV, while cozy private rooms boast cool gizmos including an iPod compatible clock radio. laxsta

Triple your chance of seeing a movie star by going behind the scenes of your favorite movies. Who will be working on a movie or commercial during your tour? Who can you spot at home in Beverly Hills? And who will you see out at famous landmarks such as the Kodak Theater, the Walk of Fame or Hollywood Sign? Also included is a walking tour inside the ‘Heart of Hollywood’ for more famous sites. nycpas

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• Search for tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park • Visit the fascinating archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge • Go in search of the ‘Big 5’ on game drives in the Serengeti • See the abundant animal life of Ngorongoro Crater

• Explore ancient temples and monuments • Enjoy a traditional dinner with a local family • Sleep under the stars on a felucca boat • Explore Luxor’s West bank by donkey

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Arusha / Lake Manyara Arrive into Arusha at any time. Known as Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, it’s a great place start your adventure. On Day 2, head to Mto wa Mbo village for a tour to learn about local life. After lunch in the village spend an afternoon touring the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, home to prolific birdlife and the famous tree-climbing lions. (B, L, D)

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Serengeti National Park Journey to the Serengeti with a stop in a local Masai village, where you can learn about their culture and lifestyle. Spend your time searching for the ‘Big 5’ among the acacia-spotted savannah on game drives in the fantastic grounds of the Serengeti National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Serengeti N. P. / Olduvai Gorge / Ngorongoro Crater Go on a final morning game drive in the Serengeti before continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famed for its abundant wildlife on the crater floor. Enjoy the stunning views from your campsite on the rim. On the way you’ll stop off at the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. (B, L, D)

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Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha After breakfast you’ll venture down to the crater floor and for your final safari experience. Take in the views of the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls though unfenced and free to roam as they choose. Grazing animals predominate, snap away at the herds against a stunning African backdrop. Travel back to Arusha for the last night on your African adventure, sit under the stars and soak up the atmosphere. On Day 7, say goodbye to your group and depart at any time (2B, L)

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Cairo Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group. Settle into your hotel or set out to start exploring the city.

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Cairo This morning you’ll head over to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the most famous landmarks in Egypt. The view is so much better than all those TV shows and films would have you imagine. You’ll then continue to the huge Egyptian Museum where your tour leader willl guide you through the key pieces of history. An overnight sleeper train will take you on to Aswan (first class two berth cabin). (B, D)

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Aswan After free time to explore this distinctly African city in the morning, board a felucca to cruise over to a Nubian village for a homecooked local dinner. On Day 4 you can choose to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel and more time to wander the streets of this laid back city. (2B, D)

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River Nile / Felucca Float along the Nile in a traditional felucca boat. Sleep under a blanket of stars. (B, L, D)

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Luxor It’s off of the water and on to the well preserved temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo. Arrive into Luxor and spend the rest of the day doing as you please. On Day 7 you’ll climb aboard your ‘Egyptian Mercedes’, otherwise known as a donkey (!) to travel to the Valley of the Kings. Experience firsthand the decoration and design of the tombs of the Pharoahs. (2B, L) Cairo Return to Cairo by plane where your trip ends. (B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full service camping (4 nts) Transport: 7 seater 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $40-55 for meals and drinks not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified driver/guide, camp cook Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADTWE

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Simple hotel (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Private Air-conditioned van, overnight train, felucca, plane, donkey Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD$150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADPBE

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Arabian ADVENTURE  Dubai 

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$1,699

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Dubai Desert Camp UAE

Muscat Jebel Shams Nizwa O MAN

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highlights • See the souks and skyscrapers of Dubai • Sleep out in a traditional desert camp • Enjoy a guided tour of Muscat • Explore impressive fortresses • Take a 4WD thrill ride over the dunes • Enjoy a traditional Bedouin barbecue • Take in stunning mountain vistas • Be charmed by the seaside village of Sur

Geographically, Dubai and Oman are neighbors, but in terms of character, they couldn’t be further apart. The former, an oil-rich Emirate, is known for its glitzy style and over-the-top architecture, while the latter, a paradisaical Sultanate, ranks as one of the region’s most relaxed places. What they have in common, though, is centuries of tradition and ample room for adventure. On this short but totally awesome adventure, you’ll discover ancient spice-trading ports, secluded wadis, busy souks, homestays and camping amid pristine desert sands that stretch to the horizon and beyond.

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Dubai Arrive at any time today. The day is yours to relax at the hotel or explore all that Dubai has to offer. Shop ‘til you drop or even go skiing in the Mall of the Emirates, visit the man-made Palm island or head to the Old Town for a taste of the traditional.

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Dubai / Desert Camp After a hearty breakfast, set off on a tour of this flamboyant city. You’ll soon see Dubai is a city of contrasts. Experience modern skyscrapers sitting side-by-side with traditional souks. Take in the over-the-top Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and find Dubai’s soul in the Bastakia area and the old Fahidi Fort. This afternoon, head off in a 4WD to the desert for an exhilarating thrill ride over some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Your evening meal will involve a mouthwatering barbecue and a belly dancing show. Relax under the night sky decorated by millions of stars and fall asleep to the sound of silence in your desert camp. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), dome tent (1 nt), permanent tent (1 nt) Transport: Private air-conditioned van, 4WD vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $145-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADOAA

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Desert Camp / Nizwa (Oman) Cross the border from Dubai to Oman. These destinations might be geographical neighbours but their characters couldn’t be further apart. Enjoy a scenic drive towards the city of Nizwa and the impressive fortress of Jabreen. Continue to the ancient and imposing Bahla Fort for a photo stop. Head back to Nizwa to visit the 17th Century fort complete with battlements, turrets, secret shafts and false doors. Also visit the bustling local souks, famous for silver and copper handicrafts. (B)

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Nizwa / Wadi Ghul / Jebel Shams Today you’ll visit the truly spectacular Wadi Ghul, Oman’s answer to the ‘Grand Canyon’. Next stop is ‘the Mountain of the Sun’ - Jebel Shams. This is one of the highest peaks in the region and offers incredible alpine views. This afternoon explore the ancient mud brick villages of the village of Al Hamra. (B)

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Jebel Shams / Sur / Muscat This morning it’s off to Sur, a charming sea-faring town with a bustling trading port and historic dhow yard. Travel the coastal road passing high cliffs and small fishing villages. Visit the ancient city of Qalhat, the oldest settlement in Oman. You’ll visit the famous sinkhole, part of a collapsed mountain which is filled with turquoise sea water, before stopping to enjoy a swim in the ocean. Arrive to Muscat in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)

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Muscat / Dubai Rise and shine for an early guided tour of Muscat. Visit the architecturally remarkable Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Explore the Bait Baranda museum and visit Old Muscat which is surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by 16th Century forts Jalali and Mirani. See the Al Alam Palace the home of His Majesty the Sultan. After a scenic drive the next stop is Muttrah where you’ll stop to explore the port and the winding alleys and back streets of the colorful historic souk. Return to Dubai by early evening, where your tour comes to an end. (B)

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pyramids & beaches 

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Cairo

Africa & Middle East

Dahab Hurghada

EGYPT

Luxor Aswan Abu Simbel

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Sign yourself up for this 15-day Egyptian extravaganza! Combine the fascinating ancient Egyptian temples, pyramids and relics with some incredible cruising along the River Nile in a traditional felucca boat. Slow things down with some beach time along the shores of the Red Sea, head out to beautiful dive spots, slap on a snorkel and float away to your heart’s content. You’ll be culturally satisfied, inspired and superbly relaxed by the time you head home. Choose this trip and not only is a great group of like-minded travel buddies, but you’ll also be traveling exclusively with 18-39 year olds.

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Cairo Arrive into Cairo International Airport. Take your included transfer from the airport to the hotel and join your fellow travelers and trip leader in the evening to learn more about the adventure that lies ahead. The following day, start with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. You could easily spend an entire day in here but your trip leader will drag you away for a tour of Giza, the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Opt to see the Pyramids from a unique perspective, on board a camel! In the evening, you’ll jump on the overnight train to Aswan. (B)

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Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan Arrive into the laid-back riverside city of Aswan this morning. Opt to visit a Nubian Village to learn about the lifestyle and customs of this region’s original inhabitants. Take the chance to dine on the banks of the Nile in the evening. On Day 4, make an early departure to Abu Simbel and visit the incredible temple built by Rameses II. Visit also the magnificent Temple of Hathor, which was built to honor the Goddess of Love and Rameses’ wife, Queen Nefertari. On your return to Aswan, you’ll board a felucca boat before setting sail on the River Nile. (2B, L, D)

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Felucca Sailing A full day of sailing awaits! On board your felucca, the Nubian crew will take care of all the cooking and sailing duties, giving you the chance to do as much (or as little) as you wish. It’s a relaxing day, spent reading, soaking up the sunshine and checking out the activity taking place on the river banks. (B, L, D)

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Luxor Stop off at Kom Ombo, where you’ll explore the temple with an Egyptologist. Continue to the ancient capital of Luxor and opt to go to the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Check out the gold and silver markets in town, where you can pick up some unique jewelery at good prices - don’t forget your haggling skills though if you want to secure the best bargains! This evening, there is an optional trip to the sound and light show at Karnak Temple. It sounds cheesy, but it’s a unique way of bringing this incredible complex to life. (B)

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Luxor / Valley of the Kings / Hurghada Take a guided tour to the amazing Valley of the Kings and visit the Ramesseum Temple. In the afternoon, transfer to the popular resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. The next day, enjoy some rest and relaxation in the resort and enjoy the sand, sea and sunshine. Later, depart for Dahab on the Sinai Peninsula, traveing by overnight bus. (2B)

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Dahab Arrive into the resort of Dahab and check into your hotel. Dahab means ‘gold’ in Arabic, a reference to the golden sands and, while many of Egypt’s Red Sea resorts have become over-developed to cater to the needs of package tourists, Dahab remains an authentic place where backpackers mix with an increasingly chic crowd of independent travelers. Spend the next few days soaking up some sunshine at your own leisure. Swimming, snorkeling and watersports are all on hand, and the town is famous for offering the amazing dive sites and reefs at nearby Ros Mohammad National Park. If you want to get active, there are other optional activities available including thrilling desert safaris on quad bikes or camels and an option to climb Mt. Sinai for an incredible sunrise. (5B)

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Cairo In the morning on Day 14, you’ll leave Dahab and set off into the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula on your way back to Cairo. Spend your last evening exploring the city. Take the chance to have one last dinner with your traveling buddies and perhaps pick up some last minute souvenirs at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 15, and you are free to depart at any time. (2B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), felucca (2 nts), overnight train in airline style seats (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned minibus, bus, train, felucca Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip leader, local Egyptologist guides Group Size: Max 30, Avg 15 Local Payment: USD $210 is payable to your trip leader on Day 1 Note: Entrance fees are not included, allow approx. USD $60 for mentioned sites Tour Code: TDHTEPB / TDMXEPCC

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DUBAI

Africa & Middle East CURRENCY: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) POPULATION: 2.1 million FAMOUS FOR: The Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), Bastakiya Quarter, and shopping. USEFUL INFO: To experience Old Dubai visit Jumeirah Mosque which is the largest mosque in Dubai and the only one open to non-Muslims. For a Modern Dubai feel, visit The Dubai Mall next door to the Burj Khalifa. FUN FACT: Dubai has no street addresses. LOCAL EATS: Dubai is a melting pot of different cultures and this is also true for the local food in Dubai. For more traditional Arabic food, steer clear of the newer developments and downtown Dubai and instead head for the city’s older backstreets where you will find some inexpensive local eats.

ibis al rigga

$75 single $46 Twin/Double

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Located in the historic part of Dubai, this sweet and simple hotel sits among all the glitz and glamour of Dubai’s shopping heartland. Sitting on Al Rigga Rd, there’s also loads of restaurants nearby so you can eat your heart out! Stylishly designed rooms are minimalist in décor with all the amenities. Grab a seat at the funky ‘Cube Bar’ and treat yourself to a refreshing drink. rakrct

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Hop on board the classic Dubai city tour to visit the city’s highlights. Sights include the Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab - the most luxurious hotel in the world and the Sheikh Zayed road where the Emirates Towers are located. Enjoy unique shopping with hidden gems at the Spice and Gold souks. Why not upgrade to the modern city tour that includes the Burj Khalifa experience? DXBCTO

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ibis deira city centre

$75 single $46 Twin/Double

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prices are per person per night including breakfast

This modern, contemporary hotel is the perfect spot for a chic city break in glam Dubai. With its bright funky reception, uber cool bistro and trendy bar, there are no clues that this is a budget hotel. Simple modern rooms do the basics well with flat screen TVs, Internet access and air-con. Feeling hungry? Choose from the Tempo terrace café or Bistro Domino. DXBIBI


ABU DHABI

Africa & Middle East

CURRENCY: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) POPULATION: 921,000 FAMOUS FOR: Emirates Palace hotel, Yas Island, Ferrari World Theme Park and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. USEFUL INFO: Take a stroll down The Corniche at sunset for stunning views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. FUN FACT: As a rule, no custom duty is levied on personal effects that enter or leave Abu Dhabi. This makes the country essentially a tax-free hub.

aloft, ABU DHABI

LOCAL EATS: When in Abu Dhabi, try the local Emirati and Gulf food which infused with spices that reflect the city’s trading heritage with Asia and the Middle East. One of the most popular dishes is Al Harees (slow cooked meat with a blend of spices and saffron rice).

A very sleek, uber cool new hotel with (as the name suggests) loft-inspired rooms complete with spa showers and LCD TVs. Make the most of the funky outdoor rooftop pool with accompanying chic poolside bar and lounge. Look out for their incredible Rain Pool Party’s – legendary! This is where you hang out if you’re looking for a good time.

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$112 single $65 Twin/Double

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TRADERS HOTEL QARYATAL BERI,ABU DHABI

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$107single $64Twin/Double

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Set in the exclusive Qaryat Al Beri Complex, you’ll enjoy lovely surroundings and use of the Shangri-La sister hotel’s dining and leisure facilities including the renowned Chi spa. The hotel has its own private beach and outdoor pool for those blue sky days (everyday!). There’s also a health club for the health conscious traveler. Grab dinner in the urban chic ‘Afya’ restaurant. auhthq

$79

Enjoy a morning of rough and ready dune dashing before hitting the highest peaks for rest, refreshment and stunning views! Then hit the sandy roads again, en route to a local Bedouin tent for a traditional - and delicious BBQ feast with all the colorful trappings! Clients will also have the option to ride a camel, sample the local water pipes, and watch a talented belly dancer work the crowds.

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cape town

Africa & Middle East CURRENCY: South African Rand POPULATION: 3.5 million FAMOUS FOR: Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, a group of penguins, gorgeous beaches, Robben Island and a bunch of grapes. USEFUL INFO: If you’re planning on visiting Table Mountain make sure to check the weather first. Cape Town wind is notorious, and the mountain can be shut for days on end when there are gales. FUN FACT: The first heart transplantation in the world was done by Dr. Christian Barnard in Cape Town in 1967. LOCAL EATS: Being a picky eater is no problem in Cape Town! The food is known as “rainbow cuisine” because they love mixing and mashing – one only has to take a stroll down Long Street to see the variety of foods that South Africans enjoy. From Italian to Mexican to Chinese, there’s nary a country that isn’t being represented gastronomically.

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DADDY LONG LEGS

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$86 Twin/Double

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Designed by local artists, photographers and musicians – this is one of the most unique and hippest places to stay in Cape Town, each well equipped room is entirely individual. Order a drink, sit on the balcony and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Long Street.

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$20 DORM $32 Twin/Double

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Sit back and relax with a cocktail as you enjoy the view of iconic Table Mountain from the comfort of this beautifully decorated Victorian mansion. With everything you need from Internet to bar to pool, this hostel is perfect for those wanting to be close to the action. It’s also just a short stroll to the cool backpacker hangout - Long Street!

STA506 cptASH

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Jump in and get friendly with the most magnificent predator of the oceans – the Great White Shark. Don’t worry though, there’s a cage between the two of you! Just sit back and let the experts draw in the sharks before you dive into the cage and join them in their natural habitat. This is a magical experience that’ll leave you buzzing about it for weeks to come. cptscd

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JOHANNESBURG

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CURRENCY: South African Rand POPULATION: 3.8 million PRICE OF FOOD: About $2 for a beer and $10 for a meal. FAMOUS FOR: Hillbrow Tower, Nelson Mandela, Africa’s tallest skyscraper, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and museums galore. USEFUL INFO: Getting around Johannesburg is best done by car, but selfdriving is not a good idea: Jo’burg drivers are notoriously impatient, as the myriad skid marks on the roads will attest. FUN FACT: Johannesburg has been rebuilt four times in the span of one century. First, it was a tented camp, then a town of tin shanties, then of four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally, a city of modern skyscrapers. LOCAL EATS: Make sure to try Biltong and Droewoers. The first is airdried meat and the latter airdried sausage. These are true South African delicacies and put American Jerky to shame. full JOZI BY day

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ACCOUSTIX LODGE & SLEEK BACKPACKERS

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AIRPORT GRAND HOTEL

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$124 Single $73 Twin/Double

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With super friendly staff and a seriously laid back attitude to life, you’ll feel at home at Accoustix. Join other travelers at the bar for a drink or a game of pool, jump into the pool for a swim or stretch out under the lodge’s lapa and braai your dinner to really soak up the South African culture! End your night jamming at the sound proof café. JNBALS

Located just ten minutes from the Jo’burg Airport this is the perfect place to relax and unwind before or after a long journey. The hotel is conveniently located to access both Pretoria and Johannesburg and offers a restaurant, cocktail bar, 24 hour room service, swimming pool, and complimentary WiFi. Everything you need for a magnificent stay. JNBARG

$123

Take a walk through Africa from its roots to present day. This thriving city is where South Africa’s history is most evident. Start at the Carlton Centre then move on to Museum Africa to see local artistry and learn about the indigenous culture. Finish up at Market Theatre and learn about beer heritage or enjoy your lunch at a pub overlooking the city. JNBJOZ

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morrocco

Africa & Middle East CURRENCY: Moroccan Dirham POPULATION: 32 Million PRICE OF FOOD: Pepe Nero, a restaurant which prices range from $10 - $25 and the cuisines that they have are, Italian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Vegetarian. FAMOUS FOR: Morocco is famous for the rugs, markets, spices and even the leathers that they have in this beautiful destination and a little known movie called Casablanca. USEFUL INFO: The University in Fes, founded in 859 AD, claims to be the oldest university in the world. FUN FACT: Africa is much closer than you think, a completely different world is only 3 hrs away!! LOCAL EATS: Spiced Teas, tasty tagines, dates, figs, olives, hummus or tickle your tastebuds with a meze.

full ATLAS MOUNTAINS day BY 4X4

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Hotel Amine, Marrakech

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$59 single $37 Twin/Double

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Located in the lovely suburb of Semlalia, a short drive to the Medina, the hotel has a restaurant, bar, massive pool and air-conditioned rooms. Treat yourself to a Hammam (traditional scrub bath) or massage. In the evening go pool side as belly dancers and musicians put on a show.

STA563

$94

Experience beautiful Morocco by 4x4! Travel out to Toubkal National Park, one of the most scenic parts of the country. Explore the awesome Mizane valley, the market town of Asni and the Berber village of Imlil. There is also time to eat a traditional Berber lunch in the mountains. rakatl

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RIAD CATALINA, Marrakech

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$107 single $62 Twin/Double

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prices are per person per night including breakfast

Nestled in Marrakech’s Medina, this riad has tons of 18th century charisma. Unwind in the lovely shaded courtyard or admire the Atlas Mountains from the rooftop pool. Jump on the in-house Internet to catch up with friends before grabbing a drink at the bar. The jewel colored rooms are all individual with opulent furnishings and mosaic decorated en suites. rakrct


cairo

Africa & Middle East

CURRENCY: EGP – Egypt Pound POPULATION: 9 million FAMOUS FOR: The Pyramids, the Sphinx and other ancient landmarks, beautiful modern buildings, the River Nile and the Delta River. USEFUL INFO: The capital city of Cairo is not only Egypt’s largest city but its most historic. The area is known for its landmarks that represent both Ancient Egypt and its Islamic history, drawing many tourists. Many of the region’s most famous landmarks are not actually in Cairo but in the small neighboring city of Giza. FUN FACT: In the Arabic language, Cairo is known as ‘Al- Qahirah’, which means ‘The Victorious’ or ‘The Triumphant’. LOCAL EATS: Sure you could go the adventurous route and nibble on some camel or pigeon. Or devour some amazing local dishes like konafah, dukkah, ful medames or the national dish kushari.

half tour of the day pyramids and sphinx

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barcelo cairo pyramids hotel

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$57 single $38 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

Relax in the comfortable surroundings of this epic hotel. Set in a historic building with a modern interior you can explore all Cairo has to offer from this fabulous base. With a great location just a few kilometers from the famous Pyramids, the highlights are easy to reach so you’ll have plenty of time to get back and enjoy the plush surroundings of your hotel. caibar

delta pyramids

Fr Fr

$51 Single $32 Twin/Double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Enjoy priceless views of the monumental pyramids at this top value resort in Giza. The fabulous rooftop terrace serves up the view of a lifetime as you enjoy a cocktail or a dip in the pool. Take a break from your laps and gaze out at the breathtaking pyramid skyline. Rooms are simple but with all the modern amenities including TV and Internet. caidep

$74

Join this half day tour to see some of the most incredible ancient monuments on the planet. Marvel at the Great Sphinx, stand gobsmacked at the Great Pyramid, and swoon over the other pyramids and temples! This really is history at its most real and exciting. You’ll have a camera full of amazing photographs to impress your friends back home. caipys

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IN SUCH EVENT, IF AVAILABLE, WE WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP YOUR PENDING RESERVATION AT THE CORRECT PRICE OR WE WILL CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY. ANY RATINGS FOR SUPPLIERS ARE INTENDED ONLY AS GENERALGUIDELINES, AND WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THE RATINGS. WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR CONTAINED ON OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. THE INCLUSION OR OFFERING OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES BY US DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OUR ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION OF SUCH PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES THAT OUR WEBSITE, ITS SERVERS OR ANY EMAIL SENT FROM US OR OUR SUPPLIERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE. THE CARRIERS, HOTELS AND OTHER SUPPLIERS PROVIDING TRAVEL OR OTHER SERVICES ON THIS WEBSITE ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND NOT AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF THE US. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTS, ERRORS, OMISSIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, BREACHES OR NEGLIGENCE OF ANY SUCH SUPPLIERS OR FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING THEREFROM. WE HAVE NO LIABILITY AND WILL MAKE NO REFUND IN THE EVENT OF ANY DELAY, CANCELLATION, OVERBOOKING, STRIKE, FORCE MAJEURE OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, AND WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE, OMISSIONS, DELAYS, RE-ROUTING OR ACTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT OR AUTHORITY. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH, YOUR ACCESS TO, DISPLAY OF OR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO ACCESS, DISPLAY OR USE OUR WEBSITE WHETHER BASED ON A THEORY OF NEGLIGENCE, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, AND EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF, DESPITE THE LIMITATION ABOVE, WE ARE FOUND LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE WHICH ARISES OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY OF THE OCCURRENCES DESCRIBED ABOVE, THEN OUR LIABILITY WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GREATER OF (A) THE SERVICE FEES YOU PAID TO US IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH TRANSACTION(S) ON THIS WEBSITE, OR (B) ONE-HUNDRED DOLLARS (US$100.00) OR THE EQUIVALENT IN LOCAL CURRENCY. THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY REFLECTS THE ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THE LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN THIS SECTION WILL SURVIVE AND APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY SPECIFIED IN THESE TERMS IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. General We are acting as an independent contractor and no joint venture, partnership or employment relationship exists between you and us or our Suppliers as a result of this Agreement or your use of our website. We reserve the right at any time to modify this Agreement without prior notice to you. Please refer to our website at www.statravel.com from time to time to review the most current version of the Agreement. Your continued access or use of our website or services signifies your acceptance of the modifications to the Agreement. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party. We may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason, and such termination shall not affect any right to relief to which we are entitled at law or in equity. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired.

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1. Our Agreement with You We sell a variety of travel related products from different suppliers and service providers (“Suppliers”). Each Supplier has its own terms and condition that are applicable to your particular arrangements in addition to our general terms and conditions, and you should make sure you understand them. Certain software and content found on our website are owned or licensed by us or our Suppliers, your use of which may be subject to further conditions. Our website, which is referred throughout this Agreement, can be found at www.statravel.com.

Travel Documents and Destinations It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately. Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage, etc.


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