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Introduction In 1979, two students returned from their travels newly cultured, slightly jetlagged and on the biggest high of their lives. Bright-eyed and inspired by their wanderlust, they founded STA Travel to help other young people explore a world beyond textbooks and office desks. The real world. 32 years later, the ethos of STA Travel remain the same. We’ve grown up with our travelers and discovered that more people, not just students, want authentic real-value travel options. We’ve built our exclusive product range from the ground up in direct response to what you need and want from us. We firmly believe that experiencing the wonders of the world will expand your mind and enrich your understanding. Travel is the best education - there is nothing like it to open the eyes, mind and heart. Our commitment to responsible travel is something we are very excited about. We’ve partnered with the non-profit organization Planeterra to launch a new selection of volunteer projects designed to help communities globally - and to help you experience travel with purpose. We’ve also committed to raising a million dollars over the next five years to support Planeterra in its work. Inside this brochure, you’ll find a whole host of European travel options, handpicked to inspire your socks off. We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation and all the essential extras to help you plan your ultimate European escapade. Come and talk to us by popping into one of our many branches, giving us a call or visiting our website online. We’re passionate about changing the way people think about travel and in the process, making a positive impact on the lives of millions. Get out there – the world is waiting for you!

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Intro to STA Travel

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Great Britain & Ireland

Responsible Travel

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Britain and Ireland

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Why STA Travel

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Welsh Explorer

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Getting There

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Cornwall Crusader

Planning Your Trip

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Skye High

Travel Essentials

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Highland Fling

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Where to STAy

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Island Explorer

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Your Amazing Adventure

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Southern Rocker

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World Map

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Celtic Rocker

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Travel with Purpose

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All Ireland Rocker

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Getting Around

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France, Italy &Spain

Car Hire and Spaceships

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Discover France

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Rail

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Trekking Mont Blanc

Busabout

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Introduction

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The Genghis Khan

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The Cossack

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The Budgeting Bolshevik

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The Nomadistan

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The Ruski Huski

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SAIL the Mediterranean

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4 Island Flexi-Hopper Pass

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Greek Island Discovery

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Greek Island Sailing Adventure

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Greek Island Hopper

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France to Italy

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Croatia Island Hopper

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Ultimate Italy

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Croatia One-Way Sail

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Cinque Terre Coastal Walk

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Enchanting Blue

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Taste of Tuscany

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Sail Away

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Amalfi Coast

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European Pathway

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Bravo Italia

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European Getaway

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Sicilian Volcano Trail

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Spirit of Europe

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Iberian Adventure

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Summer Fun & Sailing

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Northern Spain by Bike

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Grand European

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Iberian Voyager

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European Pioneer

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Iberian Experience

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Mega European

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Eastern Europe

Road to Athens

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Eastern Escape

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Western Spirit

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Ottoman Trek

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Eastern Spirit

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Classic Balkan Trek

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Europe Express

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Bohemian Trek

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Essential Europe

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Classic Rhapsody Trek

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European Odyssey

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Baltics to Budapest

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Europe Uncovered

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Best of Eastern Europe

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Discover Europe

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Turkey, Greece & Croatia

Best of the Med

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Flying Carpet

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Europe Unplugged

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Aegean Delight

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European Adventure

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Magic Carpet

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Southern Nomad

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Turkey Multi Sport

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Northern Nomad

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Best of Turkey

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Marrakesh to Cairo

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Turkey Explorer

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Constantinople to Hellas

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ESSENTIAL City Breaks

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London

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Edinburgh

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Dublin

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Paris

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Barcelona

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Madrid

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Rome

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Florence

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Venice

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Amsterdam

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Berlin

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Munich

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Budapest

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Prague

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Athens

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Greek Islands

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Istanbul

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SPRING BREAK Learn To

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Learn a New Skill

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Croatia Highlights

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Winter Wonder

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Balkan Discovery

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Learn a Language

Winter Getaway

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Russia, Scandinavia & Iceland

Winter Spirit

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Red Star Special

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Festivals

Vodka & Caviar

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Iceland Uncovered

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Golden Ring of Russia

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Vodkatrain

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European Festivals

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ANZAC Touring

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Insurance

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ESSENTIAL CITY BREAKS

European Wonder

Winter TourS

Regional TourS

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‘Planeterra is a labor of love and a dream that came together in 2003 based on our belief that people and planet should be as important as profit in the travel business. Working together with travelers like you allows us all to give back to the local communities that provide us with unforgettable memories through the precious gift of sharing their culture.’ Bruce Poon Tip, founder, Planeterra

a perfect relationship

STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey, partnering with Planeterra; a non-profit travelers’ organization focused on global community development and sustainability. This new partnership will not only change the face of STA Travel but enables you to connect with community and conservation projects around the world, helping you travel with purpose. Planeterra works with local partners to develop projects and direct donations to fund needs such as tools, materials and other items that keep projects going. They also develop volunteer programs so that people can visit a project, live on-site or with a local family, and contribute to the well-being of the community. Since 2003, Planeterra has developed more than 25 projects spanning Asia, Africa and the Americas – and now with STA Travel as a partner, there are close to 80 volunteering projects. This is the launch of a totally new type of travel experience; a credible, authentic and real opportunity for you to give back directly. STA Travel has committed US $1 million to the partnership with Planeterra to develop these new volunteer travel programs and support communities around the world. In addition to this investment, our goal this year is to raise US $120,000 to support the building of a community tourism training center on Koh Phra Thong Island in tsunami-affected Thailand. The center will be accessible to communities throughout southern Thailand, providing a way for them to increase income and sustainable tourism in the area. Want to help at our volunteer project? We wholeheartedly welcome your involvement on Koh Phra Thong (see our Travel with Purpose Travel Guide page 14) and any donations made towards our project will be doubled by us, up to US $30,000 annually. There are a whole host of volunteer options to get involved in across the globe – help make a difference to the lives of children in Thailand, work with orangutans in Borneo or volunteer in Europe at a turtle conservation project in Greece. You can also have a crack at voluntouring, where a small stint of volunteering is mixed into a group tour (see our Travel with Purpose). Our partnership with Planeterra enables us to provide you with much more than travel. We’re passionate about offering you a chance to experience the real world. And what you gain from giving back is seriously priceless. To view our entire range of meaningful travel options, make sure you pick up our Travel with Purpose Travel Guide, packed full of volunteer and voluntour options the world over.

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Why STA Travel? Now if this is the first time you’ve heard of us then where have you been living? We could say in a cave but that would be too cliché and we revolt against all things cliché, so much so that we’ve made our mark specializing in all the impossibilities that used to seem just a little out of reach. We have a wild and wonderful enthusiasm for all the experiences both diverse and magnificent that travel provides.

No matter where you are in the world, the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly people who work for STA Travel are never far away. We’ve got more than 400 STA Travel stores in 85 countries worldwide and 24/7 global travel help - an essential backup for all travelers on the move. If you’ve lost your tickets, want to change your dates or just need some local advice our help is always at hand.

We’ve been providing these kinds of adventures for more than 30 years, so you should have heard of us by now! We’ve made it our mission to open up the world to eager, enthusiastic, adventurous travelers and are the world’s largest bona fide travel company for students and young adults – but whatever your age we enthusiastically await your call, email or visit as we’re more than happy to show you our unique perspective of planet Earth.

We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation, adventure trips and all the essential extras to help you plan your dream trip to Europe. This brochure showcases the best of them, so enjoy! Come and talk to us by dropping into one of our STA Travel stores, calling us at 800.777.0112 or visiting statravel.com

Top 10 reasons to travel with us 1.

Global Travel Help

Wherever you are, we’re there for you

2. World Class Travel Partners

We only work with the best to ensure you’re looked after

3. Exclusive Low Airfares Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares

4. Exclusive Flexible Airfares

You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort

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100s of STORES Worldwide

Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world

6. One Stop Shop for All Your Travel Needs

With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday

7. Extremely Knowledgeable, Well Traveled Staff They’re expertly trained with hands on experience to give you the best advice

8. MORE THAN 30 Years Experience

We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less

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Price Beat Guarantee

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

10. Massive Range of Adventures Available to Everyone

No matter your age you can enjoy our extraordinary adventures in any corner of the world

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Getting there Why fly wth STA Travel?

Not only do we have great prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, so we offer a wide range of flights negotiated just for you. We can book just about anything you want too, from simple return tickets to complex tailor-made Round the World itineraries. Here’s what makes us stand out from the crowd: • Lowest fares with leading airlines for students holding an ISIC card, under 26 year olds holding an IYTC card and teachers holding an ITIC card. • Flexibility to change your travel dates and your route before and after departure. • The option to build your own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares. • Open Jaw tickets - fly into one airport and out of another. • 24 hour travel help - so wherever you are in the world, there is always an expert available to handle your queries. • Hundreds of STA Travel Store in 60 countries worldwide, giving you personal service as you travel the globe. • Airfares that last up to18 months, so you can do the world longer. • The STA Travel family! Whether you’re just planning or off traveling the globe, stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and by signing up to our emails. Our family is always the first to hear about our best exclusives, discounts and competitions.

Get the best price

We’ve been helping folks get the best airfare deals since the dawn of time. We may be exaggerating a little, but we have seriously been doing this for ages! Our experts know exactly where to look and what to check. So talk to one of our Travel Experts or have a look at our website to find yourself a deal that won’t break the bank. To get you started, here are a few insider tips that’ll help you find the cheapest prices: • Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 26 and teacher fares. • If you can help it, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many of our best prices sell out quickly. • Try and be a little flexible with your dates and check out flying on a weekday instead of a weekend. • Keep it local and fly from your nearest airport.

ONE-WAY Flights

Thinking about working overseas? If you like the idea of paying less upfront for your flight, let us introduce you to the concept of flying one-way. Just think - it’s cheaper now and soon enough you’ll be lapping it up in your chosen destination, earning plenty of moolah. In fact who says you’ll want to come back at all, right?! But when you do decide it’s time to jet home, one of our STA Travel Stores in 60 countries across the globe will be just around the corner to help you.

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Add-On Flights

Add-ons are the best (kinda like fries with your burger or fresh lime in your Vodka). They let you get to pretty much anywhere in the world you want to go. Add-on one of our unique sector fares (a one-way or return flight added onto your international flight). Doing this means more gallivanting beyond the arrival city of your European flight. If we really need to convince you, just think about hopping over to Athens for some fun in the Greek Islands before jetting onto Rome for ancient architecture and exquisite art. After all that, why not add a London shopping spree into the mix? It’s that easy.

Round the world

This is something we specialize in. We practically invented the concept of flying Round the World, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. You can mix several European destinations into one big Round the World trip - even do Asia and the Americas while you're at it for ridiculously great value. Our fares are totally flexible and some last up to 18 months; so you could work for a year and travel the other six if you wanted! Pretty awesome. And they’ll save you big bucks too.


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If size matters – this is one airline group you need to know. Not only will the coming merger of Continental and United form the largest airline in the world, Lufthansa and its “sisters” dominate the European skies. With umpteen thousands of seats departing from the U.S. to Europe every day – these Star Alliance carriers have more flight options than there are variables in the BCS selection process. These five guys are unique from each other and offer their own distinct experience for students – and yet we still get to mix and match them on one ticket to offer you the best choices to Europe and beyond. Our best buds to the North, Air Canada offers service from dozens of cities in the U.S. via Canada to Europe. London by way of Montreal is a cool way to go – a taste of Europe before you even leave North America. We do love the Canadians!  Now we’ve got to tell you more about four of our other favorite airlines.

Austrian Airlines The smallest of the carriers in the group – but don’t be fooled, they pack a punch. Actually, they pack a lot into your flight experience. Austrian flies daily from New York and Washington DC to Vienna. You know Vienna, land of Mozart, the Hapsburg Royal Dynasty, creation place of the waltz and apple strudel. But before you put those history courses to good use in the thousand-year-old city, you’ve got to get there. The best way to describe it – civilized. (You’re going to have a rocking time in Europe, so enjoy the calm for now.) It starts with a welcome drink while you check out what movies are playing on your in-seat video. Throughout the flight you can have Austrian wines, beer, spirits or any other thing your civilized heart desires – all for no charge. Vienna is an amazing destination and even better if you combine it with a side trip to “exotic” Europe. We all love London and Paris, but if you’ve done that try Dubrovnik, Bucharest or Odessa. When you’re ready to try off-the-beaten path Europe, fly Austrian.

More importantly let’s talk experience. On Lufthansa, your European journey begins before you leave the ground in the US. Free in-seat, on-demand video keeps you entertained and flight attendants keep you properly fed and refreshed with complimentary wine, beer and spirits – never a charge for service.

Continental Airlines More than 75 years ago Continental’s first flight went from Pueblo, Colorado to El Paso, Texas – requiring three stops in between. What a difference seven decades makes. Today Continental is our go to airline for nonstop flights from the New York area to Europe. From Athens to Zurich – Continental has 30 non-stop destinations across the Atlantic from the NYC-area. The Continental buzz isn’t limited to New York – they’ve got flights from all over the U.S. with easy connections in Houston, Newark and Cleveland. If you want to sleep on board, go right ahead – but we’re betting there will be too much entertainment offered for you to snooze the night away. First run movies, popular television shows, tons of music – most offered on in-seat video. You may have heard that Continental and United are joining forces - which means things are getting even better. The name may eventually disappear but we know the best parts of Continental continue on to the new United.

Lufthansa Let’s be honest, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Lufthansa, which is why it’s so lucky you’ve come to us. The formal name is Lufthansa German Airlines – but they are so much more. You take off from 17 major U.S. cities on enormous airplanes touching down in Germany where you can connect to every country in Europe. Not some … not most … all. Combined with sister carriers Austrian, Swiss, BMI and Brussels Airlines – the Lufthansa group is second to none in European size.

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Lufthansa was the first to offer intercontinental broadband WiFi so staying in touch via your smartphone or computer anywhere over the Atlantic is a piece of cake. But we expect nothing less from the airline that created www.myskystatus.com. On top of that, Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 – that’s the brand new, double decker behemoth of an airplane. You want to try that big bird? Just ask us for Lufthansa – or you can say “that German airline” – we’ll know what you mean.

United United will complete the merger with Continental by early 2012 making them the world’s largest airline with more than 700 airplanes and in excess of 5800 daily departures from more than 350 global airports. Yeah … United will fly to just about everywhere on the globe. That’s good news for you. Need flights from the West Coast to Europe? No problem. From the Midwest or East Coast to Europe? Got it covered. London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and many other hot destinations are part of their diverse network. When it comes to Europe, we get more requests for London than any other destination and chances are we’re going to suggest taking United. With multiple daily nonstop flights from five major U.S. cities to London alone, United will be an easy choice for your travel needs to London and other destinations you want to travel to. Trust us, you’re going to love flying the friendly skies with an even bigger and better United.


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Checklist  Talk to an STA Travel Expert and start planning  Get an ISIC Card so you can save on thousands of discounts while traveling  Book your arrival accommodation  Make sure your travel is free of hassles - get travel insurance!

planning your trip Where should I go? Europe has so much to offer and something for everyone. Think about the experience you crave and Europe can deliver, whether you want to swim in turquoise waters, wander through fabulous shopping arcades or absorb the culture and history of some of the most glamorous cities in the world.

With so many different cultures sitting side by side, it's easy to experience a little of each, with every new border crossing bringing new encounters and awe-inspiring scenery. So once you’ve flicked through this brochure and drawn up a rough plan, visit your nearest STA Travel store and chat to one of our friendly Travel Experts. All of our staff are seasoned travelers, so they’re full of helpful advice, tips and tales about the places that you’re planning to visit.

Getting around

Money

We sell ‘Open Jaw’ tickets - which quite simply allow you to fly in and out of different locations. Don’t forget that there are many ways to travel…you can go by plane, train, sailboat, coach, car – or even kayak for part of the journey! We offer all of this and more – allowing you to explore this amazing continent on your own terms..

Make sure you book at least your first few nights accommodation before you leave, you'll find that it's cheaper and more convenient that way and you certainly don’t want to find yourself wandering the streets on your first night!

Europe boasts long, scenic, wellmaintained roads, high-speed trains, beautiful sea passages and loads of well-connected airports. STA Travel takes full advantage of all of this to make sure you get around the continent as safely, comfortably and efficiently as possible. Our ‘Getting Around’ section on page 16 showcases loads of fantastic ways to zip around Europe. If you’re keen to get yourself on one of our adventure trips, then please don’t be put off if it starts in one place and finishes up in another.

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Apart from a few specific exceptions most countries in Europe use the Euro which makes life a lot easier for you! Although old, every major town has ATMs, giving you quick and easy access to your funds with your credit or debit card. Many of our adventure trips include nearly everything you need to survive, so you’ll only need a small amount of cash per day to get by. We’ll help you work out how much by getting you to consider where you’re going, how long you’ll be away for and what you’ll be doing while you're there.


travel essentials  Travel insurance

 Visa

Even the best-planned travel can be impacted by the unexpected. Illness… medical emergencies…severe weather… delayed flights…lost passports or luggage. Troubles can occur when you least anticipate them forcing you to cancel or interrupt your trip, lose your vacation investment, and incur unplanned expenses. And when you’re away from home, things like medical emergencies and illness are even more difficult to manage.

Your trip of a lifetime will quickly grind to a screeching halt if you forget to sort out your entrance visas. Please don’t forget to check with the relevant embassy if you need to get a visa for the countries that you plan to visit.

STA Travel has partnered with CSA Travel Protection to offer exclusive insurance coverage to STA Travel customers.

STA Travel offers a complete range of International SIM cards and cell phones to help keep you in touch with family and friends back home, and around the globe.

CSA Travel Protection plans provide important insurance coverage, benefits and 24-hour emergency assistance services to take care of you while traveling and protect your hard–earned investment. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to.

 Health

It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice in good time before departure. We suggest that you check out the excellent Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov for up-to-date information. Your local doctor can also give advice on which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.

 tefl

Make the best use of your time away, immerse yourself in a new culture, add to your resume and gain a skill for life. Millions of people are learning English worldwide in the most far flung of places. Why don’t you teach English abroad? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a recognized qualification. Anyone can do it and there is no need for prior teaching experience - just enthusiasm. Learn to teach English as a foreign language either online or as part of a weekend course with our Premier TEFL course. Once certified you can then take advantage of one of the many paid teaching opportunities available around the world. Fund your travels and never run out of cash. statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl Visit www.statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl for course options and pricing

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In addition to great savings, your online journal can automatically plot your location on a Google map. Send updates directly into the journal, and friends and family can keep up to date with your adventures. It’s that easy whether you’re riding on the bus over the Himalayas, tubing down the river or camel back riding, a quick text and everybody will know about it! Check out all offers and savings at www.statravelus.ekit.com

 isic

If you are a full-time student and at least 12 years old, the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is your passport to savings on airfare, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping, and more. They’re only $22 and you’ll save more than that along the way! What is ISIC? ISIC is the only globally

recognized student ID card that gets you more than 40,000 discounts in 120

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countries.

Discounts: ISIC is your guide to save on everyday expenses including travel, accommodation, entertainment, restaurants, electronics, museums, retail, and much more. Communication: ISIC comes with a pre-

loaded $10 phone card and an optional FREE international SIM card with $20 bonus calling time.

ISIC iPhone™ App: Never spend more money than you have to when you travel abroad. With the ISIC iPhone™ app, you can search all global discounts from the palm of your hand. Just select a location, choose the type of discount and a map will generate showing you all the savings in that area. You can find the ISIC Discounts App in the iTunes Store™. Not a student? STA Travel offers full-time

teachers the ITIC (International Teacher Identity Card) and youth, ages 12-26, the IYTC (International Youth Travel Card). US Discounts:

• Macy’s – 10% off all in store purchases • Target.com- 10% on all online purchases • Amtrak- 15% on your ticket • Firestone –15% on your oil change • Six Flags – Pay only the kids price • FedEx – 10% off printing

London Discounts:

• Gatwick/Stansted Express - 25% off • Picadilly Backpackers - 10% off of accommodation • Tower of London - 2GBP off admission

Paris Discounts:

• Excursion Paris - 20% off on excursion • Aquarium de Paris - 9.5 EUR off on ticket • Musee de Louvre - 20% off card Check out more even discounts at www.myisic.com

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Hit the sack Where to STAy?

Star ratings are often not the best way to categorize hotels. Depending on what country you’re traveling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We have three very straightforward accommodation categories to choose from: STAysimple, STAysmart and STAystylish. Read below for a description of each.

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STAysimple

STAysmart

STAystylish

For those who want that traveling dollar to go further… clean, comfortable, secure and perfectly adequate, these are no frills budget options. All of our hostels and some of our more basic hotels come under this category.

Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel. Quite often hotel prices in Europe are much cheaper than in the U.S., so you won’t find yourself breaking the bank when you stay in one of our STAysmart hotels.

These are a little bit special. Adjectives such as unique, funky and intimate are definitely very apt. Ordinary, they ain’t! Most will boast something absurdly indulgent, such as a private pool, pillow menu or a cigar lounge.

The majority of our STAysimple properties have great locations – in the heart of all the action, and many of them boast popular bars and vibrant social scenes. Facilities are generally limited, but this is compensated for by the friendly and helpful staff. Many of these options will have shared bathrooms.

STAysimple

These are modern, international standard hotels, so expect a plethora of great facilities. All rooms will have private bathrooms, A/C and a host of modern amenities. You can also expect loads of great facilities – most will have a pool, gymnasium and a couple of restaurants. STAysmart hotels are ideal for city stopovers.

STAysmart

These hotels are relatively small in size, which means close and personal attention. Superlative service and an unforgettable experience are more or less guaranteed. After a fantastically hectic adventure trip, or an early morning flight, it definitely pays to splash a little cash and book yourself into one of these wonderful hotels.

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your amazing adventure We partner with leading tour companies to give you the best variety of travel experiences to choose from across the globe. We like to call them our ‘perfect partners’, as they share the same passion for travel as we do and we guarantee you will get the cheapest price on their trips through us. Check out our perfect partners for Europe:

Gap Adventures was founded with a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen more than 20 years ago. Today, you can still expect the unexpected on one of their trips - embrace the bizarre, step off the beaten track and boldly embark down the road less traveled. They believe in unforgettable travel experiences that don't have to be expensive - and unlike other tour operators who charge solo travelers a supplement, you'll be paired up with a roommate of the same sex to ensure you get the same price. Their trips embrace authentic accommodation and local transportation to bring you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and awe-inspiring wildlife.

Just the basics are included for total flexibility. Experience life like a local, staying in rustic guesthouses, multi-shared rooms & campsites. Stay in simple, clean twin-share rooms with private facilities, running water and electricity. Occasional multi-share nights in guesthouses. Expect A/C, TVs, Internet, 24-hr electricity, and hot water. Your arrival transfer & breakfast is always included - comfort all the way! Authentic, exciting, affordable and fun, these trips are packed with value, amazing experiences and like-minded travel buddies to share it all with. Active trips are designed to push you to the edge of excitement for an adrenaline-pumping journey.

Designed for the budget backpacker, Busabout's hop-on hop-off coach network is all about flexibility. You decide where to go and how long to travel for. They also run awesome adventures throughout Europe and do the top festivals for those who want to party in style with a great group. Award-winning adventures with the best local guides and an incredible reputation built on word of mouth, there is no better way to discover Scotland, England and Wales with like-minded travelers. Let the Irish show you the real Ireland! Their guides live and breathe Celtic history, myths and legends and will leave you loving the Emerald Isle as much as they do. Fanfeckin-tastic!

Hop-on hopoff bus travel is becoming the new "it" way to travel. These trips are similar to a tour except you've got more control and maximum flexibility. The ball is in your court, as they say. If you find yourself totally loving a place, you can easily arrange to stay longer. Then when you're ready to move onto your next spot, you simply hop back on the bus. It's all about independent, secure, easy-going travel at your own pace - so you can see more of what you want and less of what you don't. For those looking for something a little bit different and a little bit special. Explorer trips refer to all our swankier, more specialized travel options - from regional touring and sailing azure blue waters, to rail passes and other transport types. Accommodation varies between hotels, hostels and cabins for each, so make sure you refer to the specific itinerary for details.

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Topdeck's passion is for providing unforgettable travel experiences for 18 to 30 somethings. Extended trips through Europe, ski and sailing are all on offer. One of the great things about Topdeck is that all of the traveling and accommodation is taken care of. You enjoy the fun parts of traveling while they take care of all the boring bits. No overbooked trains, unavailable hostels or language problems - make it easy for yourself! You will also be traveling with one of their friendly guides and with their encylopedic knowledge, Europe's history will really come alive! The itineraries are designed to give you as much free time as possible to explore at your own pace and you'll be traveling with other passengers of your own age - your new instant circle of friends from all over will share amazing experiences with you.

EASYRIDER HOTEL EASYRIDER CAMPING EASYRIDER CLUB

We feature loads of fantastic trips for 18 to 30 somethings. The group size averages around 38, so you’ll have just the right amount of new friends to share your experience with - on a long trip, that’s a big bonus!

Easyrider hotel: Enjoy the privacy of twin-share accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels with bags of local character. Travel in comfort, stay in style. Easyrider club: Hostels, bungalows, castles, even yachts! Make your money go further by opting for multi-share accommodation that will be as varied as the places you visit. Easyrider camping: Sample Europe’s best campsites with nightclubs and swimming pools, while staying in roomy twin-share tents.


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80 PROJECTS, 34 COUNTRIES... 1 WORLD voluntOUr

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Volunteering is all about making greater commitment towards the project you are visiting. By volunteering you are making a positive difference to the lives of others on a much more intimate level, by donating your time, energy and experience. All of our projects have the central goal of helping local people achieve a sustainable way of life in an environmentally sensitive manner as well as assisting conservation and community programs worldwide. No specific skills are normally required, just a desire to lend a hand and learn more about what life is like in other communities around the world.

Voluntours are a way to learn about the people and place you are visiting on a much deeper level than a normal adventure tour. It is a way to give back to the community you are visiting, to lend a helping hand to someone in need, to work towards a cause you believe in, or simply to find a way to make a positive impact through your travels. Our Voluntours provide opportunities for travelers to engage in community projects that are working in health, education, conservation and small business opportunities around the world.

Our projects

Participate in a range of global projects and make a real difference. Every project has been chosen with the ultimate aim of helping local people and their environment achieve a sustainable way of life.

Work in conservation

Protect some of the world’s most fragile environments. By preserving these ecosystem, you’ll contribute to the project’s long term sustainability, and help reeducate the community.

Work with animals

Contribute to the protection of endangered species. In their desperate fight for survival, you’ll develop an understanding of their conditions and work to protect them.

Work with Children

Inspire the newest generation to break the cycle of poverty. Your work will provide them with basic skills, and create an environment in which to reach their full potential.

Work with comMunities

Spend time with a broad cross-section of the local community. Your work will improve quality of life and ensure community sustainability in some of the world’s remotest areas.

Extend your stay FROM AS LITTLE AS $13 Before or after your project experience, why not extend your stay? Perhaps an jump on an escorted tour, kick-back and relax on a beach or head into the hustle and bustle on a city break?

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turtle conservation 14 DAYS,

fr

$1,620

mavrovouni, greece Help to protect and conserve an important Loggerhead Turtle nesting area in the Mediterranean. ABOUT THIS PROJECT Lakonikos is best known as an important nesting area for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean. This project, with the help of volunteers, engages in daily surveys to record nesting activity and protects turtle nests from land predators, destruction and other risks. The project also provides conservation information to tourists and the local community. How you make a difference You'll work in cooperation with the local community promoting conservation of these mysterious animals. The public awareness activities that you’ll be assisting with will help people to adopt a postive attitude towards their natural environment and ensure a future for the local turtle population. By helping to protect turtle nests against predators and other risks, you can help to ensure that as many hatchlings as possible make it into the turtle population. A day in the life of a Volunteer In the mornings you will be conducting surveys of the beach, locating any new turtle tracks and nests, plus recording measurements and installing protective grids around the nests. In the afternoon and evening, you will be involved with creative public awareness presentations. Other activities include harvesting bamboo and assembling the grids that are used to mark and protect the nests.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: 12 Jun11; 26 Jun11; 10 Jul11; 24 Jul11; 07 Aug11; 21 Aug11; 04 Sep11 Accommodation: Camping (13 nights) Getting there: Fly to Athens and then take a bus to Mavrovouni via Gythio Duration: Minimum stay 14 nights, maximum stay 154 nights In-country support: Project coordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow $15-20 per day Language requirements: Good level of English Prices: Valid for departures in 2011 Trip code: STAATHTUR

EXTEND YOUR STAY Greek Islands Sailing 8 days from $1,199 Our small, comfortable yachts are ideally suited to sailing around the beautiful Greek Islands. Unique itineraries from eight to 22 days offer you a chance to immerse yourself in Greek Island culture and history. Sail to small, seldom visited islands offering quaint shopping towns and the freshest seafood, or stroll along the bright streets of the more famous islands such as Santorini. See pages 86-87 for details. Trip Code: GAGVMS

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car hire A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in Europe. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, as well as stumble upon tiny, hidden towns along the way, all at your own pace. Travel within one country or get set to cross as many borders as you can handle. Europe here we come! Peugeot Leasing Cruise the open roads and discover the best of Europe behind the wheel of a brand new, tax-free Peugeot. A Peugeot lease is ideal for travelers planning an extended vacation in Europe. It's a great alternative to car rental and is great value for money too.

Then at the end of your contract period, simply return the vehicle to one of the many Peugeot depots located throughout Europe and your responsibility ends there. Peugeot depots are located in France, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland.

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert when making an inquiry or booking. CAR TYPES

Driving Licence A full, valid driver’s license is required for a minimum of two years in some locations. An International licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders in selected destinations. Please check Terms and Conditions with your STA Travel Experts. • UK FR $21 per day

For trips more than17 days, the Peugeot Open Europe program allows you to take temporary ownership of the latest model Peugeot, registered in your name for durations up to 175 days. So basically, you can drive a brand new tax-free vehicle with factory warranty, comprehensive insurance and unlimited miles. Sweet!

Self-Drive Ideas • London to Bath • London to Edinburgh • The Scottish Highlands • Wineries of Burgundy, Loire Valley and Champagne • French Riviera • Tuscany and Umbria • The Amalfi Coast • Rhine River Valley

• France FR $26 per day

DRIVING DISTANCES IN EUROPE (GUIDE ONLY) BETWEEN Amsterdam Barcelona Barcelona Frankfurt Frankfurt Frankfurt London London London Paris Paris Paris Rome Rome Rome Vienna Vienna Zurich

Brussels Lisbon Madrid Berlin Munich Prague Bath Edinburgh Machester Bordeaux Lyon Nice Florence Sorrento Venice Prague Salzburg Geneva

APPROX DISTANCE

APROX TRAVEL TIME

210 km 1260 km 627 km 553 km 393 km 511 km 185 km 650 km 337 km 583 km 465 km 931 km 284 km 265 km 544 km 406 km 300 km 227 km

2hr 15min 12hr 6hr 5hr 3hr 45min 4hr 45min 2hr 15min 7hr 15min 3hr 45min 5hr 20min 4hr 15min 8hr 20min 2hr 50mim 3hr 5hr 30min 4hr 3hr 2hr 40min

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• Italy FR $35 per day

• Germany Leasing FR $30 per day * Rates shown are per day, based upon 7-day car rental. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply, car type may vary.


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SPACESHIPS INCLUDED FREE WITH ALL HIRES: • FRIDGE • DVD PLAYER AND MOVIES • Full size double bed and BEDDING • COOKER • COOKING EQUIPMENT • WATER SUPPLY • CD PLAYER/RADIO • MP3/IPOD CONNECTOR • SELF-CHARGING DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM

'Spaceships' are the newest campervans to arrive in Europe. They are the Swiss army knife of campervans with everything you need custom-designed to fit into a compact space. They are easy to drive and smaller than a motorhome which allows you to get further off the beaten track while still being able to drive into Europe’s amazing cities. Your Spaceship is also your accommodation and kitchen, so you'll save heaps of cash. And with support from nationwide 'space stations', get info on campgrounds, activities and great discounts.

The UK and Europe provide the perfect setting for a road trip. From historical castles to golden beaches, you'll never be short of scenery. A campervan gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over whenever you choose. Take a road trip with mates, go to a festival, the beach or through the mountains.

DVD player with 15cm screen and unlimited DVDs

All Inclusive Pack $25 per day

Seat belted seating for four

Two burner cooker that sits outside to keep smells where they belong

Spaceships offer an all inclusive insurance option for total peace of mind. This reduces the insurance excess to zero and includes those items not covered by standard insurance (such as windscreen and tires). The all inclusive pack also comes with a free camping table and chairs for your hire!

Large double bed use fully inside or extend out the back for 30% more space and ventilation Large lockable storage space Chiller / Fridge with water supply, cooking and eating equipment for four

Alpha 2-berth

fr $31 per day • Large double bed • Belted seating for four • Minimum hire age 21 years

Alpha 4-berth

fr $23 per day • Large double bed • Belted seating for four • 2nd double bed in fold-out roof tent • Minimum hire age 21 years

BETA 2-berth fr $46 per day

• Large double bed • Belted seating for four • Side awning • Minimum hire age 21 years

OUR FAVORITE ROUTES WITH A SPACESHIP TAKE IT ROUND THE UK

TAKE IT TO EUROPE

SPACE STATIONS are points of contact for obligation-free local support, guidance and DVD exchange.

7 DAYS from $162

14 DAYS from $299

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UK

Amsterdam 

London  Dover  Calais 

netherlands

 Bruges belgium

Hadrian's Wall

 Clifden

Germany

Lux.

 Lake District Lake Konstanz

ireland

 Innsbruck

france switz.

Snowdon  Manchester Liverpool 

austria

 Alps Venice 

Birmingham

Wine Regions 

 Stratford-

 Monaco

Upon-Avon

UK  Bath Stonehenge 

 London Oxford 

Canterbury   Deal

 Siena  Rome

* Conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and correct at the time of print. There are no one-way fees as there is currently only one pick-up and drop-off location in the UK. You can take your UK Spaceship to Europe, however you can only visit European Union countries.

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EUrail This trusty little number will have you venturing all over the European continent. The best way to start is by choosing the countries and cities you want to visit, then figuring out how many stops you’ll need and/or the length of your pass. You can ride as many trains as you like on any given day, with the option of spending a day in each city or getting comfy and staying on longer. Booking trains across-country when you’re already in Europe can get pretty pricey, so organizing a Eurail pass before you go will make it heaps cheaper (not to mention easier on your wallet when you’re there). Plus if you're still under 26, prices are even cheaper still. Which countries are covered by Eurail? Austria (including Liechtenstein), BeNeLux (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Our Most Popular Passes Eurail Global Pass

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

10 days travel within 2 months

$537

$702

$825

15 days travel within 2 months

$705

$921

$1,083

15 consecutive days of travel

$455

$595

$699

21 consecutive days of travel

$587

$767

$902

1 consecutive month of travel

$723

$945

$1,111

2 consecutive months of travel

$1,020

$1,334

$1,569

3 consecutive months of travel

$1,258

$1,645

$1,935

Eurial Select Pass (3 Country)

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

5 days travel within 2 months

$287

$375

$441

flexiPASS Want total flexibility? The Flexipass is the most convenient way to see Europe. It allows you to purchase 10 or 15 travel days and use them whenever you choose within a two month period. You'll have 21 of Europe’s most fascinating countries at your fingertips - all you need to decide is where to go and when!

6 days travel within 2 months

$317

$414

$487

8 days travel within 2 months

$375

$490

$576

10 days travel within 2 months

$435

$568

$668

Eurial Select Pass (4 Country)

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

consecutive Pass The Consecutive Pass is just that. Travel one day after another. Ride when you want, how you want and for as long as you want, throughout the 21 countries serviced by the Eurail network.

5 days travel within 2 months

$321

$419

$493

6 days travel within 2 months

$351

$458

$539

8 days travel within 2 months

$409

$535

$628

10 days travel within 2 months

$468

$611

$719

Eurial Select Pass (5 Country)

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

5 days travel within 2 months

$354

$463

$544

6 days travel within 2 months

$384

$502

$590

8 days travel within 2 months

$443

$579

$681

10 days travel within 2 months

$500

$653

$768

15 days travel within 2 months

$634

$829

$974

Eurail Country Passes

Youth From

Saver From

Adult From

Italy

$162

$170

$201

Spain

$215

-

$215

France-Italy

$235

$262

$309

France- Spain

$235

$262

$309

Benelux-Germany

$252

$252

$310

Czech Republic-Germany

$270

$270

$316

select pass Similar to the Flexipass, the Select Pass allows you to travel within a two month period within three, four or five adjoining countries of your choice. You only choose the days of travel you really need and you'll save heaps by only paying for the countries you want to see. country pass If you’d prefer to spend your time digging into one specific country or exploring a few, you can't go past a Country Pass. Please note: Eurail passes that are valid for both Greece and Italy include ferry travel with Blue Star Ferries and Superfast Ferries.

* Conditions apply. Saver prices are valid when 2-5 people are traveling together. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old. Ask a Travel Expert for more Eurail Pass options.

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TRONDHEIM

OSTERSUND ÖSTERSUND

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BERGEN

9:30

7:00

TURKU

OSLO 6:20

EDINBURGH

1:50

HELSINKI

STOCKHOLM

8:40

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5:15

DUBLIN

11:15

HOLYHEAD

CORK 2:45

COPENHAGEN

4:10

KØBENHAVN

4:40

HAMBURG

3:50

18:30

1:51 2:15

1:47

PARIS

3:00

1:55

BORDEAUX

11:00

PAMPLONA

10:10

LISBOA

3:50 2:35

FARO

SEVILLA

2:45

2:50

MUNICH

2:20

MILAN MILANO

4:45

BARCELONA 9:00

9:45

5:40VALÈNCIA 4:00

DENIA

7:00

0:55

FIRENZE

MAHÓN CIUTADELLA MAJORCA

IBIZA

MALLORCA

MALAGA

ROMA

6:05

13:50

BELGRADE BEOGRAD

VENEZIA

2:40

ANCONA

ROME

9:00

2:20

9:10

4:00 1:20

SARAJEVO 9:32

BAR

15:50

BUCURESTI

9:00

8:45

SOFIA

SKOPJE 9:00 6:40 4:00

BARI

NAPLES

BUCHAREST

12:10

9:00 8:05

21:00

1:35

9:00

3:45

BUDAPEST

2:55

LJUBLJANA ZAGREB

9:00

VENICE

1:00

BOLOGNA

13:00

WIEN

FLORENCE

2:55

3:30

VIENNA

7:05 3:05

9:40

4:05

4:10

MÜNCHEN

MARSEILLE 2:35 NICE

3:00

6:05

3:10

3:50

MONTPELLIER 4:40

2:45

MADRID

3:55

1:40

8:40

PRAHA

4:00

LYON

WARSAW WARSZAWA

4:35

FRANKFURT PRAGUE

6:15

SANTANDER

6:05

5:45

3:40

3:10

BERN

SANTIAGO 4:30

KÖLN

3:55

2:00

LISBON

COLOGNE

BRUXELLES

RENNES

PORTO

4:00

BRUSSELS 1:25

BERLIN

6:10

1:53

LONDON

7:05

1:35

AMSTERDAM

THESSALONIKI

NAPOLI

8:30

4:25

IGOUMENITSA

ATHENS ATHINAI

CATANIA

PATRAS 3:35

PIRAEUS 11:50 6:30

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10 reasons to explore Europe by train FLEXIBILITY Why tie yourself down with restrictive flight or bus schedules? The flexibility of traveling on a Eurail pass means you can travel when you want and where you want - it all depends on you.

THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL Traffic jams, airport hassles - who needs them? With Eurail you can travel the easy way from city center to city center, giving you more time to make the most out of your visit.

eco-friendly Go green, go cleaner. Traveling by train is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint - so you can do your little bit to combat climate change.

TAKE TO THE SEAS Some Eurail passes include ferry travel as well as trains, so you can change things up a bit and get to over-the-water places.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Train stations are in city centers, airports are not. In fact, taxis from outof-the-way airports often cost more than plane tickets. Go train!

I’M LATE, I’M LATE! Miss a no frills flight and you're up the River Seine without a paddle. Miss a train and you can hop on the next one. Too easy!

YOU ACTUALLY SEE EUROPE It's amazing how traveling by train and watching the European countryside roll by is just like a real-life geography lesson. Sit back, relax and soak up the viewing pleasure of this gorgeous continent.

DON’T STRUGGLE WITH BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES Trains allow you to bring as much luggage as you want. Budget airlines have hefty fees for bags not much bigger than backpacks.

YOU ACTUALLY MEET EUROPEANS Not to mention young travelers from all over the world just like you, all eager to experience the true feel of Europe.

THERE's a EURAIL PASS FOR everyone Whether you want to travel on flexible days or consecutive days, within a few select countries or within only one – you’ll find a Eurail pass that fits your needs and budget.

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BRITrAIL If you’re looking for an easy way to travel around the UK, you can’t go past a Britrail pass. There are passes valid for travel across England, Scotland and Wales, or exclusively within England to get you around London and beyond. Discounts up to 50% off for low season, groups, or Eurail Pass holders.

FlexiPass Roll around Great Britain with greater flexibility. The Flexipass offers you between three and 15 days unlimited travel within a two month period (consecutive or non-consecutive) anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales.

Consecutive Pass

FLEXIPASS

Youth 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

3 days travel within 2 months

$205

$255

4 days travel within 2 months

$249

$315

8 days travel within 2 months

$365

$459

15 days travel within 2 months

$555

$689

CONSECUTIVE PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

3 days travel

$159

$199

4 days travel

$199

$249

8 days travel

$285

$359

15 days travel

$425

$535

22 days travel

$515

$645 $759

The Consecutive Pass allows unlimited travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Choose to travel from three days up to one month of consecutive day-after-day travel. Go where you want, when you want.

1 month of travel

$605

ENGLAND FLEXIPASS

Youth 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

3 days travel within 2 months

$165

$205

England FlexiPass

4 days travel within 2 months

$205

$255

8 days travel within 2 months The England Flexipass allows three, four, eight, or 15 days of flexible (non-consecutive) travel within a two month period throughout England.

England Consecutive Pass The England Consecutive Pass gives you the complete flexibility of unlimited train travel throughout England at a more affordable price. * Conditions apply. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old.

$295

$369

15 days travel within 2 months $439

$549

ENGLAND CONSECUTIVE PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

3 days travel

$129

$159

4 days travel

$159

$199

8 days travel

$229

$285

15 days travel

$345

$429

22 days travel

$415

$519

1 month of travel

$489

$609

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eurostar LONDON TO Paris - ONE WAY fr $60 LONDON TO brussels - ONE WAY fr $60 or Vice Versa Eurostar operates a perfectly smooth travel experience, with regular connections to over 100 destinations across the continent. Europe’s ever-expanding high-speed rail network means train travel is now faster and easier than ever, so you can sit back and relax as the views roll by your window. You'll also be happy to know that the Eurostar section of your journey is carbonneutral. Their fast check-in service and excellent punctuality record means you’ll arrive relaxed and on time too. So if you’re traveling across Europe, it makes sense to take a train and enjoy the many benefits Eurostar has to offer. All it takes is a simple changeover in Lille, Paris or Brussels.

Change in Lille A food lover’s paradise, Lille also offers up high-speed connections to a wide variety of delectable French destinations like Dijon and Lyon. If you’re more interested in topping up your tan than your tummy, soak up the sun in one of the many destinations further south, such as Avignon or Marseille. Simply hop off the Eurostar at Lille and change platform within the station to catch the ongoing service, without any long waits.

Eurostar ™ Eurostar ™ seasonal routes Continental high speed trains National high speed rail Channel tunnel Eurostar ™ connections Destinations

Change in Paris If you’re catching ongoing services from France’s first city, take advantage of Eurostar’s exclusive 24hr stopover option, as well as even more frequent high-speed connections to a large range of destinations, such as the chateau-laden town of Tours in the Loire Valley. Alternatively, why not head east on the TGV Est and enjoy a Champagne break in Reims or a lively city break in Strasbourg?

Change in Brussels All Eurostar travelers to Brussels are entitled to free onward travel on local services to any station in Belgium (within 24 hours of the scheduled arrival time of their Eurostar train), plus one free journey back to Brussels-Midi/ Zuid from any station in Belgium. Looking further afield, Brussels also offers connections to Amsterdam and all other Dutch stations, as well as high-speed connections to German destinations such as Cologne, Aachen and Frankfurt.

High Speed Journeys From whichever departure point you choose to travel from, you will travel on the UK’s first and only High Speed Line, HS1 which means you will be able to experience speeds of up to 187km/h!

Journey times have been reduced by up to 20 minutes so London to Paris now takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes and London to Brussels a mere 1 hour 51 minutes. Journey times from Ebbsfleet International are 10 minutes shorter. And because you’re traveling from city center to city center, there are no taxi fares to pay.

Carbon Neutral Journeys Being green is very important to Eurostar. Recent findings have shown that passengers who fly between London, Paris and Brussels generate ten times more of the greenhouse gas than travelers who go by rail. All Eurostar journeys are completely carbon neutral – which means that taking the train is now a truly attractive, greener alternative to flying.

Classes of Service Standard Perfect for travelers who simply want a seamless journey from city center to city center without any hassle. It offers an easy, comfortable journey with all the flexibility you would expect from Eurostar. Passengers will also benefit from 30 minute check-in and bar/buffet facilities onboard.

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Leisure Select Leisure Select is for travelers wishing to indulge themselves. It includes dedicated carriages for leisure travelers, 30 minute check-in, larger reclining seats, magazines on board and at-seat power sockets. Last but not least, a full wining and dining service is offered. This saves time and effort before and during your journey, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed when you arrive at your destination.


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busabout Europe is a pretty big place, with stacks of amazing places to see. So here's your chance to get out there and see it all at your own pace. Don't worry - we'll give you some back-up in the form of a knowledgeable guide, fun traveling buddies and a comfy coach to get you around. But unlike a tour, we won't tell you how long to stay - that's entirely up to you. It's all about flexibility. So what is Busabout all about? It's a hop-on hop-off bus service that allows you to travel all over Europe independently, securely and at your own pace. You get to be all pimped out aboard a comfy coach, with an onboard guide (who are typically hilarious and not bad looking!). And unlike boring 'nanna' tours, you get to choose where you jump on and off and how long you stay for. You can

also change your travel plans on a whim in order to linger a little longer if you've found a great spot. FLEXITRIP, ONE-WAYS or LOOPS? Choose from three kinds of trips: Flexitrips: These babies let you make your own adventure. Check out the massive network across Europe and create your own itinerary, then buy your Flexitrip pass plus any additional Flexistops to complete your journey. One-ways & loops: Alternatively, we’ve broken down the network into easy-to-use routes. Some are ‘loops’ and some are ‘oneway’ trips. They’re a great way to explore a particular region (see pages 24-25).

HIDDEN GEMS Busabout takes in all the major cities along the way, but also includes a few hidden gems that you might not be familiar with - so make sure you build plenty of time into your itinerary to explore these fantastic places. Some of our favorites include Cesky Krumlov, Lauterbrunnen, Cinque Terre, and Gruenau. COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY Buses run from May right through to October, with one passing through every second day. You can change departure dates up to 24-hr in advance at no extra cost. NEW FRIENDS Find travel buddies, make new friends or change your plans to fit in with that hot guy or girl you just met. It’s about who you make the journey with as much as where you go. Whether you start your trip on your own or with friends, you’ll meet loads of great people.

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ONE-WAYS: There are literally thousands of different itinerary options, but we've handpicked six of the best. The below trips cover some truly stunning parts of Europe. Hop-on and hop-off at your own pace!  Compulsory overnight stop  Non-compulsory day stop  Photo stop Pacing it: for those who have lots of time on their hands and want to do it all Racing it: for those who are short on time and want to see the main sights (min. recommended travel time)

GO WEST

LONG WAY ROUND

Start: Rome Finish: Paris 13 Destinations 3 Countries Pacing it: 4 weeks + Racing it: 18 days fr $769 STUDENTS fr $735

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Start: Paris Finish: Barcelona 20 Destinations 8 Countries Pacing it: 6 weeks + Racing it: 30 days fr $1,129 STUDENTS fr $1,085

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 Avignon Pisa   Florence

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Start: Rome Finish: Amsterdam 12 Destinations 6 Countries Pacing it: 4 weeks + Racing it: 18 days fr $769 STUDENTS fr $735

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Start: Paris Finish: madrid 16 Destinations 6 Countries Pacing it: 5 weeks + Racing it: 24 days fr $919 STUDENTS fr $875

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GO ROMAN

Start: Paris Finish: Rome 14 Destinations 7 Countries Pacing it: 4 weeks + Racing it: 21 days fr $769 STUDENTS fr $735

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Start: BERLIN Finish: madrid 19 Destinations 6 Countries Pacing it: 5 weeks + Racing it: 26 days fr $979 STUDENTS fr $935

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NORTH + WEST + SOUTH LOOPS

LOOPS: We’ve broken the network down into three easy-to-use chunks (North, South and West), each of which guarantees you a fantastic adventure. You can stop at each destination once and do things at your own pace. You can also combine any of the loops together to create your ideal trip.

Start & finish: Anywhere 33 Destinations 9 Countries Pacing it: 8 weeks + Racing it: 42 days fr $1,339 STUDENTS fr $1,295

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Start & finish: Anywhere 12 Destinations 6 Countries Pacing it: 3 weeks + Racing it: 15 days fr $735 STUDENTS fr $611

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Start & finish: Anywhere 23 Destinations 8 Countries Pacing it: 6 weeks + Racing it: 33 days fr $1,099 STUDENTS fr $1,055

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Start & finish: Anywhere 12 Destinations 5 Countries Pacing it: 3 weeks + Racing it: 15 days fr $635 STUDENTS fr $611

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Start & finish: Anywhere 23 Destinations 9 Countries Pacing it: 6 weeks + Racing it: 33 days fr $1,099 STUDENTS fr $1,055

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Start & finish: Anywhere 13 Destinations 4 Countries Pacing it: 4 weeks + Racing it: 15 days fr $635 STUDENTS fr $611

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TOURS

TOP 6

AMAZING EXPERIENCES ON TOUR

Discover the WILd Scottish Highlands

Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower

wander the historic streets of Rome like a local

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Dance flamenco in Spain

Buy a Babushka doll in Moscow

Party till Dawn in the Greek Islands

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Europe is packed full of must-see highlights. If you don't want to miss sights like the Eiffel Tower, Las Ramblas, the Leaning Tower, Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, Vatican City, St Mark's Square, Budapest's Castle district, Prague's Old Town, Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, the Berlin Wall, and the Red Light District in Amsterdam... you'd better get yourself onto one of our multi-country tours. We understand how precious your time is - you may not have years (or even months) to gallivant around

Europe soaking up the unbelievably diverse history, art, culture, and food to be found here. We also understand Europe can be a little pricey, so we've handpicked the best bits and condensed them into easily digestable chunks. You'll get a funny and knowledgeable guide on tour to impart their encyclopedic knowledge and to make sure there are no hiccups along the way. All you have to do is choose your itinerary and have the time of your life. Really, it's that simple.

winter tours Europe in winter is a spellbinding, magical place - all glistening and shimmering under a brilliant white coat of snow. The lights are twinkling, the cozy fires are blazing and the mulled wine is brewing! Snow ball fights, dog-sledding, Christmas markets, glacier hikes, frozen lakes, ice skating, and the Northern Lights are all on offer at this time of year. And don't worry about the crowds and long lines... there aren't any! You'll get express entry into all the museums and galleries - you won't even have to sneak a peek of the

Mona Lisa over someone else's shoulder. Not everywhere is going to be freezing though - the southern parts of Spain, Italy and Greece can be pretty balmy. But don't forget to pack your winter woolies, gloves, hat, scarf, coat and boots for some quality rugging up. Oh, and did we mention this is low season? Prices generally fall by about 25% - so not only do you get a to see all the highlights without the crowds, you also save money. We think traveling through Europe in winter is pretty spectacular indeed!

regional tours If you have a more specific curiosity to investigate, perhaps we can tempt you with one of our regional specialties. Do you just love the lifestyle, culture, fashion and food of Italy, France and Spain? Or perhaps you've always wanted to see what it was like to live behind the Iron Curtain in Russia. Maybe you just find the recent history of Eastern Europe fascinating, or are tempted by the ecclectic mix of east verses west cultures in Turkey. If you're anything like us, you'll love our selection of regional tours which allow

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EASYRIDER CLUB

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DAY 3: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN Absorb superb scenery as you head across to the Swiss Alps. Stay in a picturesque alpine valley at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain. Yo-de-lay-he-hoo! (B, L, D)

DAY 9: VENICE Experience a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal followed by a walking tour. See St. Mark’s Square, Bridge of Sighs, Doges Palace, the Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. (B, D)

DAY 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN Take in your immaculate surroundings - they say this place inspired Tolkien’s sketches and watercolors of the fictitious valley Rivendell, from ‘Lord of the Rings’. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: VENICE TO TYROL Cross the border into Austria and the gorgeous alpine Tyrol region where adventure activities abound. Try your hand at sky diving, mountain biking or paragliding - or kick back and relax in your beautiful surroundings. (B, L, D)

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This adventure is the perfect little number for sampling the delights of Europe on a quickie. Tick off eight countries in 14 days and get access to many must-see sights. You’ll have a full day to explore Paris, experience a sleepover in the Swiss Alps, spend five days absorbing Italy and visit the Vatican. Stop off to check out the dramatic scenery of Austria’s Tyrol region and a big, beautiful castle in Germany’s Rhine Valley before arriving in Amsterdam. Best Bits • Eat a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower • Ride Venice's Grand Canal in a vaporetto • Sleep in a 12th century German castle • Jump on a bike to tour Amsterdam • Walk guided tours of Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice, & Amsterdam • Yodel your heart out in the Swiss Alps • Marvel at Pisa’s Leaning Tower • Explore Vatican City & St Peter's • Experience adrenaline activities in Tyrol • Drink beer and eat chocolate in Bruges DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Hook up with your group and ferry to France across the English Channel. Pass by the battlefields of World War I on your way to Paris and enjoy a city lights tour by night. (D) DAY 2: PARIS Check out The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. Enjoy a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D)

DAY 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO FLORENCE First stop Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower. Then onto Florence to enjoy a tasty Tuscan dinner. (B, L, D) DAY 6: FLORENCE TO ROME A tour with a local guide makes this the perfect introduction. Check out the Uffizi Gallery, Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce Basilica. Flash-your-cash shopping before heading to Rome for another walking tour. (B, D)

DAY 11: TYROL TO THE RHINE VALLEY Head to Germany where you’ll stay in a castle dating back to the 12th century on the banks of the Rhine River. (B, L, D) DAY 12: THE RHINE VALLEY TO AMSTERDAM Enter Amsterdam - famous for its bikes, canals and liberal lifestyle. Head out and experience the notorious nightlife. (B)

DAY 7: ROME Start with a visit to Vatican City and Sistine Chapel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (B, D)

DAY 13: AMSTERDAM Your bicycle and walking tours are great introductions to the city and its sights. Finish off with an indulgent farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 8: ROME TO VENICE To fair Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, before reaching enchanting Venice. Get lost in the maze of alleyways and stumble upon a local bar. (B, D)

DAY 14: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Visit the historic city of Bruges, home to over 300 beers and the finest Belgian chocolate the sweetest place to finish up! (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 7 APR 14 APR 21 APR 28 MAY 5 MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23

FINISH APR 20 APR 27 MAY 4 MAY 11 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 6

START JUN 30 JUL 2 JUL 7 JUL 9 JUL 14 JUL 16 JUL 21 JUL 23 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 18

FINISH JUL 13 JUL 15 JUL 20 JUL 22 JUL 27 JUL 29 AUG 3 AUG 5 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31

START AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22 SEP 29 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27

FINISH SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 5 OCT 12 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 2 NOV 9

Accommodation: 2 nts hotel upgrade, 6 nts bungalow accommodation at European campsites, 3 nts hostel accommodation, 1 nt in an Austrian Gasthof, 1 nt in a 12th century German castle Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners Tour Code: TD HTEW

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European Pathway

EASYRIDER CLUB

17 DAYS, $2,080 fr

london

london

Have you been dreaming of a European holiday that takes in all the magnificent cities that everyone raves about - as well as a few hidden gems? Here it is. We have packed every highlight possible into this 17 day itinerary, leaving no rock unturned as we take you through thriving cities and picturesque mountain scenery while learning about the rich history that connects it all. Your adventure begins in Amsterdam where you will see the very liberal side of the city and explore its famous Red Light District, before heading to the powerhouse of Berlin and its uber cool night scene. Fall in love with Prague's old town charm as you wander the cobblestone streets and enjoy a great night out in the beer halls of Munich. You'll adore Italy and its famous cities - the canals of Venice, the eternal city of Rome and the Renaissance sweetheart of Florence. The culture, history, shopping, and food will have you head over heels. Be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps before you hit lovely Paris with its wide boulevards and chic fashion boutiques. Oh yes, this is definitely what you have been dreaming of so don't put it off any longer! Best Bits • Explore Amsterdam's Red Light District • Visit the Berlin Wall • Admire the beauty of Prague's Old Town • Down steins in a Munich beer hall • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Marvel at the Colosseum • Explore Rome and Vatican City • See Michelangelo's David in Florence • Climb to the top of Jungfrau Mountain • Enjoy a picnic beside the Eiffel Tower Day 1: London to Amsterdam Today we cross the English Channel to France by ferry and head to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a city of contrasts – where bicycles, clogs, tulips, and the infamous Red Light District live side by side in harmony! (D) Day 2: Amsterdam Your bike tour is a great way to see Amsterdam. The rest of the day is free to experience all the things that Amsterdam has to offer. (B) Days 3-4: Amsterdam to Berlin Onto funky and modern Berlin, one of our favorite cities. After a city tour that takes in the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag building, Berlin is all yours to explore. The nightlife is fantastic too! (2B, D)

Day 5: Berlin to Prague Head to the 800 year old city of Dresden before continuing to the cobblestone streets of Prague and an intriguing walking tour. (B, L, D) Day 6: Prague A free day to explore Prague and this evening try one of the many restaurants. Prague also lays claim to some of the world’s finest beer. (B) Day 7: Prague to Munich Head straight for the beer halls of Munich! (B, L) Day 8: Munich to Venice Innsbruck, in Austria, is the first stop today to check out the famous Golden Roof before reaching the floating city of Venice. (B, D) Day 9: Venice A vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal is a great experience, as is the walking tour through the maze of windy streets. An optional gondola ride is a must. (B, D) Day 10: Venice to Rome Onto Italy’s capital – the eternal city of Rome. A guided walking tour takes in the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the ancient Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Amazing. (B, L) Day 11: Rome Today is your chance to visit the fascinating Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. There is plenty of free time to explore the Palantine Hill area or shop in some of the fashionable boutiques. (B, D)

Day 12: Rome to Florence With so many artistic treasures Florence is known as an outdoor museum. It also has some of Europe’s finest shopping and delicious Tuscan food. (B) Day 13: Florence to Lauterbrunnen First stop - the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then north to Switzerland. Tonight stay in the tiny village of Lauterbrunnen nestled at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain. (B, D) Day 14: Lauterbrunnen An optional ride to the top of snowcapped Jungfrau gives unbelievable views. (B, L, D) Day 15: Lauterbrunnen to Paris Your journey today passes through some gorgeous scenery to Paris. This evening get your first taste of French cuisine. (B, L, D) Day 16: Paris Today there is plenty of free time to explore the sights of Paris. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Georges Pompidou Centre, the Louvre or the impressive Musée d’Orsay. Tonight enjoy a gourmet picnic dinner near the Eiffel Tower. Have a city lights tour and then an optional Seine River cruise or cabaret show is a great way to end the night. (B, D) Day 17: Paris to London Leave Paris this morning and make your way back to Calais for the ferry to England. Your trip finishes this evening back in London. (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 27 MAY 4 MAY 18 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 15 JUN 22

FINISH MAY 13 MAY 20 JUN 3 JUN 17 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 8

START JUL 6 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 31

FINISH JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 26 SEP 2 SEP 16

START SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 12 OCT 26

FINISH SEP 23 SEP 30 OCT 7 OCT 14 OCT 28 NOV 11

Accommodation: 2 nts hotel upgrade, 8 nts hostel accommodation, 6 nts bungalow accommodation at European campsites Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 35 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners Tour Code: TD HTSD

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european getaway

EASYRIDER CLUB

20 DAYS, $2,390 fr

london

london

Who would've thought we could squeeze this many amazing experiences into 20 days? This adventure crams in so many jaw-dropping moments that once you get home, your transition back into normal life will definitely prove tricky. This is the ultimate three week summer holiday. Check out 10 countries with other young, eager and adventurous travelers just like you. Your adventure starts in Paris, a city as romantic and immensely beautiful as your dreams - and your final stop is Amsterdam, a place where ‘nights out’ are a hedonistic event. In between these two monumental cities lies a fabulous blur of culture, sights and fun. See the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps, the sun-splashed glamour of the French Riviera, the history and tastes of Italy, the adrenaline-fueled spirit of Austria, the medieval architecture of Prague and the newfound funkiness of Berlin. You’ll be swept away by the fantastic group dynamic, with time to explore on your own too. Best Bits • Eat a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower • Breathe in the clean air atop Jungfrau • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Stay at a resort in Tuscany • Explore Rome and the Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Experience adrenaline activities in Tyrol • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Party hardy in Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Cross the English Channel by ferry and pass the battlefields of World War I on the way to Paris. Enjoy a city lights tour of this beautiful city. (D) DAY 2: PARIS Take in all the sights - visit the Louvre or the Sacre Coeur and indulge in your gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. Later on, take an optional River Seine cruise or see a cabaret show. (B, D) DAY 3: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN Travel across the Swiss Alps to the tiny village of Lauterbrunnen. (B, L, D) DAY 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN Take an optional ride to the top of the snowcapped Jungfrau Mountain for some unbelievable views. (B, L, D) DAY 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO FRENCH RIVIERA Head to the glamorous French Riviera. Stop at a French perfumery on your way and pick up this season's signature fragrance. Enjoy a local meal that evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: FRENCH RIVIERA Explore the chic seaside resort and take a dip in the warm waters of the Med or sip a coffee in a local cafe. This evening head to high-roller Monaco to dance the night away. (B) DAY 7: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is your first stop before heading onto Florence to savor the taste of delicious Tuscan cuisine. (B, D) DAY 8: FLORENCE With so many artistic treasures, Florence is rightfully known as an outdoor museum. It also happens to boast some of Europe’s finest shopping – get out your credit card and do some damage! (B)

DAY 13: VENICE TO TYROL Travel to the famous Austrian Tyrol region, where adventure activities abound. (B, L, D) DAY 14: TYROL TO PRAGUE Visit Mauthausen, a former concentration camp, before heading onto Prague. A walking tour of the gothic center will be a highlight of the tour and tonight sample a few Czech beers. (B, L, D) DAY 15: PRAGUE A free day to discover Prague. Stroll across Charles Bridge and visit the Castle District. Party all night with some of Europe’s best nightlife. (B) DAY 16: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Travel onto the 800 year old city of Dresden before continuing to funky Berlin. (B, D)

DAY 9: FLORENCE TO ROME Head southwards to the hilltop town of Orvieto before traveling onto Rome. The walking tour will show you around some amazing sights. (B)

DAY 17: BERLIN Check out the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie on a city tour. The rest of the day is all yours. (B)

DAY 10: ROME Ancient ruins and priceless art mixed in with a vibrant, modern city. All is yours to explore. (B, D)

DAY 18: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM Amsterdam. You know the drill, right? Get ‘acquainted’ with this fantastic city. (B, L)

DAY 11: ROME TO VENICE On your way to Venice stop in the romantic village of Verona, made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. (B, L, D)

DAY 19: AMSTERDAM Explore Amsterdam on two wheels with a bike tour. An optional canal ride and a visit to the Red Light District are also a must. Tonight is your farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 12: VENICE A walking tour through alleyways and across piazzas is the best way to get to know Venice. A gondola ride on the canals is even better. (B, D)

DAY 20: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Visit Bruges before heading back to London, where your adventure ends. (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 2 APR 16 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 21 JUN 25

FINISH APR 21 MAY 5 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 10 JUL 14

START JUN 28 JUL 2 JUL 5 JUL 9 JUL 12 JUL 16 JUL 19 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 20

FINISH JUL 17 JUL 21 JUL 24 JUL 28 JUL 31 AUG 4 AUG 7 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8

START AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 13 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1 OCT 8 OCT 15 OCT 29

FINISH SEP 15 SEP 22 SEP 29 OCT 2 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27 NOV 3 NOV 17

Accommodation: 4 nts hotel upgrade, 6 nts in hostels, 8 nts in bungalows at European campsites, 1 nts in an Austrian Gasthof Transport: Modern airconditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 19 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 13 dinners Tour Code: TD HTFD

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spirit of europe

EASYRIDER CLUB

24 DAYS, $2,880 fr

London

London

Sample a mass of contradictory cultures on this 24 day epic adventure. You'll visit four completely different corners of Europe - brooding Gallic charm, insatiable Mediterranean sensuality, burning Eastern Block passion, and icy cool Germanic bewitchery. This adventure truly lives up to its name by getting under the skin of each and every destination it visits. You’ll come face to face with the eternal and ancient spirit of Europe. Learn how and why certain people and cultures have remained steadfastly loyal to their origins despite thousands of years of war, invasion and revolution. Iconic capitals such as Paris, Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam scream with a million different stories. Cultural hotspots like Florence, Venice, Vienna and Krakow lay bare their histories for you to discover. All is topped off with some of the world’s most outstanding scenery; the indomitable Swiss Alps, the sultry French Riviera and the old-fashioned farmlands of Eastern Europe. Taking in a whopping 13 countries, this is a trip you’ll never forget. Best Bits • Climb the Eiffel Tower • Breathe in the clean air on top Jungfrau • Stay in a Tuscan resort • Explore Rome and the Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Absorb the elegant charms of Vienna • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau • Party hardy in Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Head over to Paris and enjoy a city lights tour. (D) DAY 2: PARIS Explore Paris, check out the Louvre and enjoy a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D) DAY 3: PARIS TO Lauterbrunnen Travel to the village of Lauterbrunnen, in the heart of the stunning Swiss Alps. (B, L, D) DAY 4: Lauterbrunnen Take an optional ride to the top of the snow capped Jungfrau Mountain. What a view! (B, L, D) DAY 5: Lauterbrunnen to French Riviera Make tracks to the lovely French Riviera. (B, L, D) DAY 6: FRENCH RIVIERA Spot the celebs as you stroll the promenades and head to the casinos of Monaco after dark. (B)

DAY 7: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE See the Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to renaissance Florence. Be sure to try the delicious Tuscan cuisine and a drop of local vino. (B, D) DAY 8: FLORENCE TO ROME Check out the artistic treasures of Florence and travel to Rome for a fascinating walking tour. (B) DAY 9: ROME Visit the Vatican and take an optional trip to the Sistine Chapel. The rest of the day is yours. (B, D) DAY 10: ROME TO VENICE The famous city of Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, breaks your journey to Venice. (B, L, D) DAY 11: VENICE See the sights on a walking tour of the alleyways. Take a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. (B, D) DAY 12: VENICE TO VIENNA Head to Austria and onto stylish Vienna, famous for its opera, coffee and apple strudel. (B, L, D) DAY 13: VIENNA The day is all yours! Visit the Opera House, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. (B) DAY 14: VIENNA TO BUDAPEST Travel to Bratislava to see this new up-and-comer, before heading onto Budapest. (B, D) DAY 15: BUDAPEST Explore the Castle District and unwind in one of the famous thermal baths. (B)

DAY 16: BUDAPEST TO KRAKOW Travel through Slovakia to Krakow. (B, L, D) DAY 17: KRAKOW This city inspires all. Your visit includes the Jewish Quarter and Palace of the Polish Kings. (B) DAY 18: KRAKOW TO PRAGUE Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. You’ll then head to Prague and enjoy a walking tour. (B, L, D) DAY 19: PRAGUE The day is yours to explore the cobblestone pathways of the gothic center and sample a few famous Czech beers. (B) DAY 20: PRAGUE TO BERLIN The historic city of Dresden makes a fascinating break on your journey to Berlin. (B, D). DAY 21: BERLIN Once divided, this city is now regarded as one of the most happening places in Europe. (B) DAY 22: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM From one happening city to another. Make sure you check out the crazy Red Light District. (B, L) DAY 23: AMSTERDAM See this amazing city by bike, enjoy a canal cruise and make the most of your farewell dinner. (B, D) DAY 24: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Beer and chocolates are on the menu in the Belgian city of Bruges, where you'll make a stop before arriving back in London. (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 5 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 19

FINISH APR 28 MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 12

START JUN 21 JUN 26 JUN 28 JUL 3 JUL 5 JUL 10 JUL 12 JUL 17 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 2

FINISH JUL 14 JUL 19 JUL 21 JUL 26 JUL 28 AUG 2 AUG 4 AUG 9 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25

START AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 18

FINISH SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 29 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27 NOV 3 NOV 10

Accommodation: 6 nts hotel upgrade, 10 nts in hostels, 7 nts in bungalows at European campsites Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 23 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 15 dinners Tour Code: TD HTCE

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summer fun & sailing EASYRIDER CLUB

26 DAYS, $3,595 fr

london

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Europe is packed full of intriguing culture and ultra-fascinating history. But sometimes, all that really matters to us is kicking back on a boat and sailing the sun-splashed coasts of southern Italy, Greece and Croatia! Did we mention three nights sauntering the Ionian Sea? This 26 day adventure really does push every pleasure button in the human psyche. You’ll learn lots, laugh lots and laze lots. Iconic cities such as Paris, Rome, Prague and Amsterdam are checked off, as well as the cultural capitals of Florence, Venice and Dubrovnik. Scenic wonderlands like the Swiss Alps, Tyrol and the Rhine Valley will also be marveled at and absorbed. But what makes this trip particularly special is the sailing. By day, swim in stunning bays and stretch out on sundrenched beaches; by night, head out under starsplattered skies and dine with the locals in the little tavernas. Perfectly positioned in the middle of your trip, you’ll relax to levels that you never thought possible as you think about all that’s been and all that’s yet to come on your fantastic adventure. Best Bits • Eat a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower • Breathe in the clean air on top Jungfrau • Stay at a resort in Tuscany • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Spend 3 nights flotilla sailing in Greece • Walk the city walls of Dubrovnik • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Stay in a 12th century German castle • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam Day 1: London to Paris Cross the English Channel and continue to Paris for the spectacular city lights tour. (D) Day 2: Paris Explore Paris and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. Take an optional river cruise or catch a cabaret show. (B, D) Day 3: Paris to Lauterbrunnen Travel through France to the Swiss Alps and the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen. (B, L, D) Day 4: Lauterbrunnen Take an optional adventure to the summit of Jungfrau, see spectacular views and explore this picturesque corner or the world. (B, L, D) Day 5: Lauterbrunnen to Florence See the Leaning Tower of Pisa and continue to Florence. Enjoy lovely Tuscan cuisine. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Florence Take a tour with a local Italian guide. Check out the shopping and the brilliant museums. (B) Day 7: Florence to Rome Visit the hilltop town of Orvieto before arriving in Rome for a fascinating walking tour. (B)

DAY 18: venice Enjoy a fascinating walking tour, a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal and an optional gondola ride, followed by a Venetian pizza. Perfecto! (B, D) Day 19: Venice to Tyrol The breathtaking scenery of the Tyrol awaits, but first - optional adrenaline activites. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Rome Explore Rome. Check out Vatican City and enjoy an optional visit to the Sistine Chapel. (B, D)

Day 20: Tyrol to Munich Off to the beer halls of Munich! (B, L)

Days 9-12: Flotilla Sailing Take an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and set sail on a six berth yacht on the Ionian Sea. Prepare for three days of pure bliss. (4B, 4L, 2D)

Day 21: Munich to Prague Visit the former concentration camp of Dachau on the way to Prague, where a guided walking tour will overwhelm you with beauty. (B, D)

Day 13: Plataria to Tirana Onto the hidden gem of Albania. Our luxurious hotel in Tirana is sure to impress. (B, L, D)

Day 22: Prague A free day to explore the cobblestone streets. (B)

Day 14: Tirana to Dubrovnik Cross through Montenegro and enjoy some stunning scenery before reaching Dubrovnik. (B, D) Day 15: Dubrovnik A free day to explore Dubrovnik, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cities. (B) Day 16: Dubrovnik to Zadar Make your way up the gorgeous Dalmatian Coast towards the bewitching walled city of Zadar. (B) Day 17: Zadar to Venice Next stop is Slovenia where you will see the enormous Postojna Caves before heading to the romantic city of Venice. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START APR 29 MAY 6 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 7 JUN 10 JUN 17 JUN 21

FINISH MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 2 JUL 5 JUL 12 JUL 16

Day 23: Prague to the Rhine Valley Tonight you’ll stay in one of the many castles on the banks of the Rhine. Sleep in a room that dates back to the 12th century! (B, L, D) Day 24: the Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Travel onto the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. (B) Day 25: Amsterdam A bike tour is a great intro to Amsterdam, followed by a walking tour. Enjoy a farewell dinner and an optional canal cruise. (B, D). Day 26: Amsterdam to London Return to London with a chance to explore the Belgian city of Bruges on the way. (B)

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START AUG 12 AUG 15 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 2 SEP 9 SEP 16 SEP 23 SEP 30

FINISH SEP 6 SEP 9 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 18 OCT 25

Food & Sailing Fund: $940 included Accommodation: 3 nts hotel upgrades, 3 nts on exclusive yachts in Greece, 1 nt in a 12th century German castle, 1 nt in an Austrian Gasthof, 1 nt in cabins on overnight ferry from Italy to Greece, 10 nts in bungalows in European campsites, 6 nts hostel accommodation Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 25 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 16 dinners Tour Code: TD HTSS

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Grand european

multi country tourS

EASYRIDER CLUB

28 DAYS, $3,490 fr

london

london

The grandest of all European adventures, this trip packs 13 countries into four weeks of fabulous fun. Attempting something of this scale on your own would undoubtedly result in extra stress, extra hassle and definitely extra cost - plus you wouldn’t have the company of a knowledgeable tour leader, let alone the big posse of tour mates you're bound to make. Every single day of this all-embracing European experience delivers something new. The beautiful boulevards of Paris conjure poetry and romance. The sun-drenched style of the French Riviera summons celebs and the beautiful people. The historic charms of Italy invoke fascination and wonder. The relaxed vibes of the Croatian coastline echo chilled-out tranquillity. And the notorious side streets of Amsterdam will make you want to fire up every sense into overdrive. Best Bits • Absorb the wonders of Paris • Inhale the beauty of the Swiss Alps • Explore Barcelona’s beautiful sights • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Relax on the stunning island of Pag • Experience adrenaline activities in Tyrol • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Enjoy a big night out in Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Head to Paris and enjoy a city lights tour. (D) DAY 2: PARIS Explore the sights and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D)

DAY 8: BARCELONA TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA Visit a perfumery before the Riviera. (B, D) DAY 9: FRENCH RIVIERA Celebrity spot or take a swim in the Med before trying your luck at a Monte Carlo casino. (B) DAY 10: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE A short drive to the Leaning Tower of Pisa before eating a delicious Tuscan dinner. (B, D) DAY 11: FLORENCE Check out the artistic treasures of Florence. (B) DAY 12: FLORENCE TO ROME Visit the hilltop town of Orvieto before arriving in Rome for a fascinating walking tour. (B) DAY 13: ROME Explore Rome at your own pace today. (B, D) DAY 14: ROME TO VENICE Enjoy a morning visit to Vatican City before traveling to Venice. (B, L, D) DAY 15: VENICE Take a walking tour of all the sights and enjoy a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. (B, D) DAY 16: VENICE TO PAG ISLAND Cross into Slovenia and visit the huge Postojna Caves. Travel onto the island of Pag. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: PARIS TO Lauterbrunnen Travel deep into the Swiss Alps. (B, L, D)

DAYS 17-18: PAG ISLAND Two days to relax. The swimming is great, the food is fab and the nightlife is buzzing. (2B, D)

DAY 4: Lauterbrunnen Check out this tiny village and take an optional adventure to the summit of the Jungfrau. (B, L, D)

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DAY 5: Lauterbrunnen to avignon Travel through the wine region of the Rhone Valley to the walled city of Avignon. (B, L) DAY 6: AVIGNON TO BARCELONA Your hostel is on Barcelona’s most fashionable street. Enjoy an afternoon city tour. (B, D) DAY 7: BARCELONA A free day to stroll down Las Ramblas. Check out the market stalls or try some tapas! (B)

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FINISH MAY 2 MAY 16 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 8 JUL 11

START JUN 21 JUN 25 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 9 JUL 12 JUL 16 JUL 19 JUL 23 JUL 26

FINISH JUL 18 JUL 22 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 5 AUG 8 AUG 12 AUG 15 AUG 19 AUG 22

START AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4

FINISH AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3 OCT 10 OCT 17 OCT 24 OCT 31

Accommodation: 7 nts hotel upgrade in Paris, the French Riviera and Pag, 9 nts in hostels, 9 nts in bungalows at European campsites, 2 nts in an Austrian Gasthof Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 27 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 16 dinners Tour Code: TD HTGE

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DAY 19: PAG ISLAND TO LJUBLJANA An eclectic mix of ancient and modern makes Ljubljana a fascinating stop. (B, L) DAY 20: LJUBLJANA TO TYROL Check out the spectacular Lake Bled on your way to the picturesque Tyrol region. (B, D) DAY 21: TYROL Adventures abound. Try tandem skydiving, paragliding or mountain bike riding. (B, L) DAY 22: TYROL TO PRAGUE Visit Mauthausen concentration camp, before traveling to Prague for an evening tour (B, L, D) DAY 23: PRAGUE A free day to see Prague - do it your way. (B) DAY 24: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Visit Dresden and continue onto Berlin. (B, D) DAY 25: BERLIN The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie museum are just some of the sights you'll see today. (B) DAY 26: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM Onto Amsterdam, famous for its canals, bicycles and liberal lifestyle. Have a big night out. (B, L) DAY 27: AMSTERDAM Enjoy a brilliant bicycle tour and a fascinating walking tour before a farewell dinner. (B, D) DAY 28: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Drink Belgian beer and munch on fine chocolates in Bruges, before heading back to London. (B)

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EUROPEAN PIONEER

EASYRIDER CLUB

36 DAYS, $4,580 fr

LONDON

LONDON

Just think of all those travelers missing out on your quality company if you choose to sit at home procrastinating, or worse - laze around on yet another beach holiday. Do you hear ‘boooring’ coming on? Because we do! Kick off the excitement as you pioneer through Paris with breathtaking scenery, enjoy Flamenco dancing in Spain, relax in the French Riviera and make millions in Monte Carlo’s casino (don’t hold us to it). You’ll explore Venice’s canals while gliding in a gondola, fall in love with Florence, preen over pretty Prague then party in Mykonos, Amsterdam and Berlin. On your way back, bounce onto Bruges before landing in London and swapping names for Facebook with your new tour mates. Sound like something you want to take part in? We think yes. Best Bits • Experience the tranquillity of Avignon • Wander through Spain’s lively markets • Watch a boisterous Flamenco show • Spot celebs along the French Riviera • Make your mark in a Monte Carlo casino • See Romeo and Juliet’s balcony • Experience Venice’s labyrinth of canals • Party all night (and day) in Mykonos • Down goulash in Hungary • Prance through pretty Prague DAYs 1-2: LONDON TO PARIS Rise and shine - you're up bright and early, heading from London to Paris by ferry. On arrival, get acquainted with your new friends over dinner and head out for a city lights tour. On Day 2, Paris is all yours to explore - see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre or check out the designer shops along the Champs Elysees. For dinner you’ll be indulged with a gourmet Parisian picnic under the Eiffel Tower. (B, 2D) DAYs 3-4: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN Depart Paris this morning and head through picturesque French countryside to stunning Lauterbrunnen; a tiny village at the base of the famous Jungfrau and Schilthorn mountains in Switzerland. Relax and marvel at the breathtaking scenery on Day 4 – or get wild and skydive out of a helicopter over the awesome Alps! (2B, 2L, 2D) DAY 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO AVIGNON Today you’ll drive through the heart of France to Avignon. You’ll take an evening stroll into the old town center past the Palace of the Popes and the Pont St Benezet, experiencing the peaceful ambience of this ancient walled city. (B, L)

DAYs 6-7: AVIGNON TO BARCELONA Travel onto Spain. The afternoon tour of Barca is awesome, featuring the Columbus Monument, Sagrada Familia - Gaudi’s spectacular cathedral, Montjuic (site of the 1992 Olympics) and more! Day 7 you’ll have plenty of time to wander around the lively Las Ramblas markets or visit Parc Guell. In the evening sample the local tapas and watch a boisterous Flamenco show. (2B, D) DAY 8: BARCELONA TO FRENCH RIVIERA Onto the French Riviera, home of the rich and famous. On the way you'll visit a local French perfumery for a short guided tour, where you can pick up a new signature scent. (B, D) DAYs 9-10: FRENCH RIVIERA TO VENICE Your whole day is free to spend on the French Riviera. Stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, go roller blading or just laze beside the Mediterranean. This evening, it’s onto flashy Monaco to make your fortune at the Monte Carlo Grand Casino. On Day 10, cross into Italy. Stop and visit romantic Verona and enjoy your afternoon walking tour which takes you to see Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony before moving onto Venice. (2B, D) DAYs 11-12: VENICE TO FLORENCE Venice’s network of canals and narrow passageways means that a walking tour is the only way to truly appreciate the splendors that this city offers. Later you’ll travel by motorboat along the Grand Canal and of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without a ride through the canals in a gondola. Day 12 sees you head south through the Tuscany region and travel onto Florence. You’ll be spoiled with a walking tour of this beautiful city before observing a leather demonstration and browsing the markets, galleries and shops. (2B, L, 2D)

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Days 13-14: FLORENCE TO ROME Off to the eternal city! Enjoy a walking tour of Rome’s ancient center upon arrival. Day 14, Rome is here for your taking. Enjoy attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. Don’t miss a chance to see Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel as well. (2B, D) Days 15-16: ROME TO ATHENS Time to get Greeky. Your overnight ferry will bring you to the Greek port of Patras and then to Athens where the orientation tour will get you familiar with famous attractions both modern and ancient. (B, L, D) Days 17-19: ATHENS TO MYKONOS Prepare yourself for three nights of crazy, non-stop fun. Stunning scenery, great beaches, hundreds of tavernas and legendary nightlife. You’ll really see it all. (3B, D) Day 20: MYKONOS TO ATHENS Sob a little, laugh a lot then pack your bags because today you’ll return to Athens. (B) Day 21: ATHENS TO METEORA Heading north to Meteora, you’ll visit the complex of cliff-top monasteries dating back to the 14th century. (B, D) Day 22: METEORA TO TIRANA Take off to Albania today, a hidden gem, still unspoiled by tourists. Your luxurious hotel accommodation in Tirana is sure to impress! (B, L, D) Days 23-24: TIRANA TO DUBROVNIK Onto Montenegro and the stunning coastal scenery surrounding the Bay of Kotor, before hopping across the border to Croatia. Say hello to gorgeous Dubrovnik! Don’t miss the chance to climb the city walls - the view is amazing. (2B, D)


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Day 25: DUBROVNIK TO SARAJEVO Over to Sarajevo today, a fascinating city heroically rebuilding itself from its recent tragic past. (B, D) Day 26: SARAJEVO TO BELGRADE Situated on the Danube River, Belgrade happens to be one of Europe’s oldest cities and also the capital of Serbia. An orientation tour will get you acquainted. At night, the many cool bars and clubs are screaming out for your visit! (B)

Days 34-35: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM To Amsterdam, famous for its canals and liberal lifestyle - among a whole lot of other things! Your bicycle tour is a great way to discover the city followed by a walking tour. Tonight a farewell dinner and optional canal cruise. (2B, L, D) Day 36: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Oh no, back to London. Don't get sad just yet you’re going via the chocolate and beer shops of Bruges, bound to make you smile for sure! (B)

Days 27-28: BELGRADE TO BUDAPEST Are you hungry? Ok, that's a dad joke - but Budapest will certainly impress! On either side of the mighty Danube river you have ‘old Hungary’ and ‘new Hungary’ – Buda and Pest. You’ll spend two days here and with goulash like this, you definitely won’t go hungry. (2B, D) Day 29: BUDAPEST TO VIENNA Onto stylish Vienna, home to opera, apple strudel and possibly Europe’s finest coffee. Kick back and indulge! (B) Days 30-31: VIENNA TO PRAGUE If someone ever calls you 'pretty as Prague', take it as a compliment. Prague is one of our favorites. A walking tour among the cobblestone streets is a great introduction to this charming city. On Day 31 Prague is all yours to explore. Spend the night taste testing one of the interesting restaurants and some of the world’s finest beer. (2B, D) Days 32-33: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Stop in the historic town of Dresden on your way to Berlin, one of Europe’s most happening cities. On Day 33, after traipsing around the city to see Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate, the rest is yours to explore. The nightlife here is amazing too…but surely on your second day here you know that already! (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START APR 21 APR 28 MAY 5 MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16

FINISH MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 14 JUL 21

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FINISH JUL 28 JUL 31 AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 14 AUG 18 AUG 25 AUG 28 SEP 1

START AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 21 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22

FINISH SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22 SEP 25 SEP 29 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27

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mega european EASYRIDER CLUB

49 DAYS, $6,295 fr

london london Whatever your idea of ‘big’, the following adventure will redefine that term and instead replace it with ‘humungous’. Even 'gigantic' is a more appropriate label. It's totally mega. In fact you’ll struggle to find a more extensive itinerary of Europe. Don't ask where it does go - ask where it doesn't! This is the ultimate tour of Europe, traveling through the glorious summer months and staying in some fabulous outdoor locations. Check out an unbelievable 20 different countries - yes, 20 mega countries - over 49 days. By rights we should be dedicating a whole brochure to this trip alone, but alas we only have a couple of pages to get across to you just how stupendous this adventure is. So we’ll shut up with the introduction and let you glance your eyes over the itinerary. Pick out your favorite places and get yourself ready for a life-defining experience that’ll have you bragging for ages. Best Bits • Picnic next to the Eiffel Tower • Soak up the beauty of the Swiss Alps • See Barcelona’s beautiful sights • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Explore Florence and Rome • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Sail through the stunning Greek Islands • Check out the ancient wonders of Athens • Experience Istanbul’s amazing contrasts • Marvel at beautiful Budapest • Learn about Krakow’s colorful history • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Party the nights away in Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam Day 1: London to Paris Cross the English Channel to Paris where you'll have a brilliant city lights tour. (D) Day 2: Paris Explore the chic streets, cool cafes and leafy boulevards of Paris. Enjoy a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. An optional River Seine cruise is a great way to finish the day. (B, D) Day 3: Paris to Lauterbrunnen View gorgeous scenery as you head to the Swiss Alps and the village of Lauterbrunnen. (B, L, D) Day 4: Lauterbrunnen An optional excursion to the summit of the snowcapped Jungfrau Mountain is a must do, with views to die for. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Lauterbrunnen to Avignon The medieval walled city of Avignon is next. (B, L) Day 6: Avignon to Barcelona Onto fabulous Barcelona where fashion, art and culture collide to make this funky city. Stay in the heart of town at a brilliant hostel. (B, D) Day 7: Barcelona A free day to roam the streets of Barcelona. (B) Day 8: Barcelona to the French Riviera Onto the French Riviera via a perfumery. (B, D) Day 9: French Riviera Time for some celebrity spotting on the promenades, swimming in the Mediterranean and punting at the casinos of Monaco. (B) Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Stop off in Verona to view Juliet’s balcony before arriving in the city of canals, Venice. (B, D) Day 11: Venice Enjoy a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal and a walking tour around all the sights, including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. An optional gondola ride is a must! (B, D) Day 12: Venice to Florence Make a must-see stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to Florence; home of museums, Tuscan cuisine and pretty leather gloves. (B, L, D) Day 13: Florence A local Italian guide will show you the sights of Florence and then it’s up to you. Eat your heart out or try the great shopping. (B)

Day 16: Rome to Greece Head through the Italian countryside to meet your overnight ferry. (B, L) Days 17-19: Flotilla Sailing in Greece Enjoy three great days on the Ionian Sea, swimming, sailing and sunbathing. (3B, 3L, 2D) Day 20: Plataria to Athens Off the boats and onto Athens. There is so much to see here, from the ancient Acropolis to the modern. (B, D) Days 21-22: Athens to Mykonos Spend two nights cranking it up on one of the world’s most famous islands. Stunning scenery, great beaches and pumping nightlife. (2B, D) Day 23: Mykonos to Athens Hop on a ferry transfer back to Athens. (B) Day 24: Athens to Meteora Heading north to Meteora, you'll visit the 14th century complex of cliff-top monasteries. (B, D) Day 25: Meteora to Kavalla Head to the Greek seaport of Kavalla. (B, L, D) Day 26: Kavalla to Gallipoli Across to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a beautiful location with a tragic history where you get to reflect on the role of the ANZACs in WWI. (B, D) Day 27: Gallipoli to Istanbul A short drive takes you to Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents - Europe and Asia. This is a bustling and fun city. (B, D)

Day 14: Florence to Rome Set off for Rome. The guided walking tour when you get there takes in all the amazing sights. (B)

Days 28–29: Istanbul Your local guide shows us the city attractions, with plenty of free time to master haggling in the Grand Bazaar. (2B)

Day 15: Rome A free day to visit the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain - and eat gelato every hour! (B, D)

Day 30: Istanbul to Sofia Take a city tour with a local guide to see Sofia’s sights. (B, L)

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multi country tourS Day 44: Prague Explore Prague and try one of the many interesting restaurants after dark. Prague also lays claim to some of the world’s finest beer. (B)

Day 31: Sofia to Belgrade An orientation tour gets you acquainted with Belgrade. The Old Town should not be missed. (B)

Day 38: Budapest A free day to take in the cafe culture or try a theraputic thermal bath. (B)

Day 32: Belgrade to Sarajevo Onto Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina - a city that is now heroically rebuilding itself. (B, D)

Day 39: Budapest to Vienna Onto charming Vienna, with a stop in the Slovak capital Bratislava. Vienna is home to opera, apple strudel and Strauss. (B, D)

Day 33: Sarajevo to Dubrovnik Today you head to Dubrovnik via the city of Mostar. (B, D)

Day 40: Vienna Time to explore Vienna. The impressive Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and the Schonbrunn Palace all await. Make sure you try the coffee! (B)

Day 34: Dubrovnik A free day to explore and enjoy beautiful Dubrovnik. The old fortified city has remained largely unchanged for centuries. (B) Day 35: Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes Heading north along the stunning Dalmatian Coast, stop at the old walled city of Zadar on route to Plitvice Lakes. (B, D) Day 36: Plitvice Lakes Free day to spend at the World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, home of woods, beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls. (B, L) Day 37: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest Buda and Pest are located on each side of the mighty Danube, your base for two nights. (B, D)

FINISH MAY 17 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 18

START JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 12

FINISH JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 22 AUG 29

START JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 AUG 30

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Day 47: Berlin to Amsterdam Time to do some Amsterdamage. Embrace the canals, cafes and rather liberal lifestyle. (B, L) Day 48: Amsterdam A bicycle tour is a great way to discover Amsterdam before enjoying your farewell dinner with the group and optional canal cruise. (B, D)

Day 42: Krakow Today choose from tours of the Jewish Quarter to visiting salt mines used since the 13th century. Visit the beautiful old town square, sit back, relax and watch all the people go by. (B)

Day 49: Amsterdam to London Back to London via Belgium to down some of the country's favorite beers. (B)

Day 43: Krakow to Prague Pretty Prague awaits. Your walking tour among the cobblestone streets is a great introduction to this charming city. (B, L, D)

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FINISH SEP12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3 OCT 10 OCT 17

Food & Sailing Fund: $1400 included Accommodation: 15 nts hotel upgrade, 3 nights on exclusive yachts, 14 nts hostels, 15 nts bungalows, 1 nt in cabins on an overnight ferry from Italy to Greece Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 48 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 27 dinners Tour Code: TD HTME

Day 46: Berlin Get to know Berlin on a walking tour around Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. The city is yours to explore. (B)

Day 41: Vienna to Krakow A sobering visit to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau to learn about the tragic history. Then to Krakow; once the capital city, it has many stories to share with visitors. (B, L, D)

DEPARTURES START MAR 30 APR 19 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 31

Day 45: Prague to Berlin Historic Dresden breaks your journey as you head to Berlin, one of Europe’s most happening cities. (B, D)

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road to athens

EASYRIDER CLUB

24 DAYS, $3,465 fr

london

Athens

Linking two illustrious cities along some of the world’s most impressive coastline, you'll check out a total of seven different countries as you follow the sunshine down to the Greek Islands and onwards to Athens. Enormous, stupendous and totally exciting! There’s no two ways about the colossal magnitude of this 24 day adventure. You’ll experience every spectrum of emotion – sheer excitement, culture, intrigue, indulgence and relaxation. And when you're done, you’ll never want to waste another summer bumming around a tacky resort or locked up in a fancy-pants hotel. You’ll feel refreshingly alive and no minute will go unused - even if you are recovering on the sandy shores of a Greek Island. You’ll discover truly exquisite culture, jaw-dropping history and insane beaches, all in the company of a group of legendary tour mates. This gigantic trip will ensure that your 2011 summer holiday goes down as your most memorable yet. Best Bits • Picnic next to the Eiffel Tower • Be blown away by the Swiss Alps • Explore Barcelona’s beautiful sights • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Snap cheesy pics at the Leaning Tower • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Sail through the gorgeous Greek Islands • Absorb the history of Athens DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Cross the English Channel to Paris where you’ll have a brilliant city lights tour that evening. (D) DAY 2: PARIS Explore the varied delights of Paris and enjoy a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D)

DAY 7: BARCELONA A free day to explore Barca - and Zara! (B) DAY 8: BARCELONA TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA Onto the French Riviera via a perfumery. (B, D) DAY 9: FRENCH RIVIERA Celebrity spot and bask on the beautiful Mediterranean before a night in the casinos of Monaco. (B) DAY 10: FRENCH RIVIERA TO VENICE Stop off in Verona to view Juliet’s balcony before arriving in the city of canals, Venice. (B, D)

DAY 15: ROME A free day to explore - and by explore, we mean sample as much gelato as possible. (B, D) DAY 16: Rome to Greece Head through the Italian countryside to meet your overnight ferry. (B, L) Days 17-19: Flotilla Sailing in Greece Enjoy three great days on the Ionian Sea, swimming, sailing and sunbathing. (3B, 3L, 2D) Day 20: Plataria to Athens Arrive in Athens. There is so much to see here, from the ancient to the modern. (B, D)

DAY 11: VENICE A vaporetto ride on the bustling Grand Canal and a walking tour unveils such treasures as St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. (B, D)

Days 21-22: Athens to Mykonos Pumping bass, golden bods, dancing on tables prepare for the wildest nights of your life. (2B, D)

DAY 12: VENICE TO FLORENCE Snap pics at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and head to the cultural epicenter of Florence. (B, L, D)

Days 23-24: Mykonos to Athens Your road to recovery starts with a ferry back to Athens. Say bye after breakfast on Day 24. (2B)

DAY 13: FLORENCE A local Italian guide will show you the sights and you’ll have loads of free time to explore. (B)

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DAY 14: FLORENCE TO ROME Onto Rome, where your walking tour around all the city highlights awaits . (B)

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DAY 3: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN View gorgeous scenery on the way to the Swiss Alps and the village of Lauterbrunnen. (B, L, D) DAY 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN An optional excursion to the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain is not to be missed - the views are amazing. (B, L, D) DAY 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO AVIGNON The walled medieval city of Avignon is the next stop. Try some provincial cuisine! (B, L) DAY 6: AVIGNON TO BARCELONA Onto the fashion, art and culture of Barcelona. You’ll stay right in the heart of town. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START FINISH MAR 30 APR 22 APR 19 MAY 12 MAY 3 MAY 26 MAY 10 JUN 2 MAY 17 JUN 9 MAY 31 JUN 23

START FINISH JUN 7 JUN 30 JUN 14 JUL 7 JUN 21 JUL 14 JUN 28 JUL 21 JUL 5 JUL 28 JUL 12 AUG 4

START JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 AUG 30

FINISH AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22

Food & Sailing Fund: $830 included Accommodation: 6 nts hotel upgrade, 10 nts bungalow accommodation at European campsites, 3 nts hostel accommodation, 3 nts on exclusive yachts, 1 nt in cabins on an overnight ferry from Italy to Greece Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 23 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 14 dinners Tour Code:TD HTLA

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Paris 2 FRANCE

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WESTERN SPIRIT

EASYRIDER CLUB

$1,150 9 DAYS,

EASYRIDER CLUB

16 DAYS, $1,865

fr

LONDON

eastern spirit fr

rome

ROME

LONDON

• Stroll the Champs Elysees • Stay at a Tuscan resort • Pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa • Suck in the clean air on top Jungfrau Mountain • Visit Vatican City and Sistine Chapel

• Take a vaporetto ride on Venice’s Grand Canal • Experience the romance of Budapest • Visit former concentration camps Birkenau and Auschwitz • Party all night in Berlin • Visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District

DAYs 1-2: LONDON TO PARIS Board an early morning ferry to Paris and on arrival, head out for a dazzling city lights tour. The next morning is all yours to explore sights like the Louvre and Sacre Coeur, then indulge in a gourmet picnic below the Eiffel Tower. End the day with an optional outing to see a cabaret show. (B, 2D)

DAYs 1-2: ROME TO VENICE Kick off with a walking tour of Rome. The next day your adventure will see you heading north through Tuscany to Venice. (B, L, 2D)

DAYs 3-4: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN Depart Paris and travel through stunning French countryside to arrive in Switzerland. Head to Lauterbrunnen, a tiny village at the base of the famous Jungfrau mountain. Awake to breathtaking scenery, visit the snowcapped summit and explore this most picturesque corner of the world. (2B, 2L, 2D) DAYs 5-6: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO FRENCH RIVIERA Off to the French Riviera, home of the rich and famous. You'll visit a local French perfumery for a short guided tour on your way. Day 6 is all yours to strut around spotting celebrities, stroll the promenades or sip coffee in a chic cafe. Come evening you’ll visit the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. (2B, L, D) DAY 7: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE This morning you’ll travel to the historic city of Pisa, with plenty of time to see the famous Leaning Tower, before driving to your Tuscan resort to indulge in fabulous Italian food. (B, D)

DAYs 3-4: VENICE TO VIENNA Travel by vaporetto along the Grand Canal, meander through narrow alleyways or take a gondola ride through the canals. On Day 4 make your way to beautiful Vienna, famous for its opera, coffee and apple strudel. (2B, L, 2D) DAYs 5-7: VIENNA TO BUDAPEST Day 5 is all yours. Head off in the morning via Bratislava to Budapest and spend your afternoon on a city tour. Spend Day 7 exploring the Castle District with its cobbled streets or visit a traditional thermal bath. (3B, D) DAYs 8-10: BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE Depart from Budapest and travel through Slovakia to Krakow. Wander through the mysterious streets of the Old Town, explore the Wawel Castle hill or shop in the Cloth Hall markets. A sombre start to Day 10 as you stop at the memorial camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz. Overnight in Prague. (3B, 2L, 2D) DAYs 11-13: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Prague will captivate you. Embrace the gothic architecture, then lunch in a cafe. From Prague you’ll travel to Dresden and onto Berlin. (3B, D)

DAYs 8-9: FLORENCE TO ROME Embark on a guided tour of Florence to see all the famous sights. In the afternoon you’ll carry onto Rome for a walking tour of the richly historic city. Cover-up the next morning for a trip to Vatican City to see St Peter’s. (2B)

DAYs 14-16: BERLIN TO LONDON (via amsterdam) Amsterdam! Jump on a bike like a local, take an optional canal cruise and explore the Red Light District. Day 16, it's back to London via Bruges. (3B, L, D)

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DEPARTURES

START APR 5 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 19

FINISH APR 13 APR 27 MAY 4 MAY 11 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 27

START JUN 21 JUN 26 JUN 28 JUL 3 JUL 5 JUL 10 JUL 12 JUL 17 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 2

FINISH JUN 29 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 25 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 10

START AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 18

FINISH AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 5 OCT 12 OCT 19 OCT 26

Accommodation: 4 nts hotel upgrade, 4 nts in bungalows Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners Tour Code: TD HTCER

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London  NETHERLANDS BELGIUM

GERMANY

Paris 2 FRANCE

Lauterbrunnen 2

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FINISH SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 29 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27 NOV 3 NOV 10

Accommodation: 2 nts hotel upgrade, 10 nts in hostels, 3 nts in bungalows at European campsites Transport: Modern airconditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners Tour Code: TD HTCRL

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• Take a tour around Paris’ iconic sights • Devour pretzels, pork knuckles and German beer in Munich • Witness the beautiful Swiss scenery • Discover Germany’s medieval castles

• Get lost in Amsterdam’s infamous streets • Drink steins in a Munich beer hall • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Wander around the romantic city of Paris

DayS 1-2: London to Paris Travel from London to Paris and enjoy a spectacular city lights tour this evening. The next day is free for you to explore all the sights. An optional River Seine cruise or cabaret show is a great way to finish the day. (B, D)

Day 1: London to Amsterdam Straight to Amsterdam for bikes, clogs, cheese and infamous red lights!

Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Beautiful Swiss scenery is on view traveling to Lucerne, where your walking tour takes in the famous Chapel Bridge and the stunning Lake Lucerne. (B, D) Day 4: Lucerne to Florence Head to the home of Renaissance art and marvel at all the cultural delights. (B) Days 5-6: Florence to Venice To the city of canals, where your walking tour on Day 6 takes in such sights as St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. A vaporetto ride is a highlight! (2B, D) Day 7: Venice to Munich Time to move onto Germany and the beer halls of Munich. Prost! (B)

Day 2: Amsterdam to the Rhine Valley Vineyards, castles and the mighty Rhine are yours to explore today. (B, D) Days 3-4: the Rhine Valley to Munich & Tyrol Day 3 sees you downing steins in Munich’s beer halls and then onto the Tyrol region, where there's plenty for adrenaline junkies to do. (2B, D) Day 5: Tyrol to Venice The floating city. A maze of canals and alleyways beckon to be explored. (B) Days 6-7: Venice to Rome To the eternal city. Take a walking tour of the historic center and then there’s loads of free time to explore all the sights on your own. (2B, D) Day 8: Rome to Florence To the home of Renaissance art, great shopping and even better food. (B)

Day 8: Munich to the Rhine Valley Discover medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River. Be sure to taste the local wines too, of course. Bottoms up. (B, D)

Day 9: Florence to Lucerne Get blown away by the Alps and stunning Swiss scenery in Lucerne. (B, D)

Day 9: the Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Onto the red lights, coffee shops, canals and bicycles that make Amsterdam such a unique city. (B, D)

Days 10-11: Lucerne to Paris Chic shops, trendy cafes, stylish locals and amazing sights await you in Paris. Enjoy a picnic lunch beside the Eiffel Tower. (2B, D)

Day 10: Amsterdam to London Return to London today via the chocolate-loving city of Bruges. (B)

Day 12: Paris to London Wave au revoir to Paris and make your way back to London. (B)

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START APR 24 MAY 8 MAY 22 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUN 19

FINISH MAY 3 MAY 17 MAY 31 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28

START JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 AUG 7

FINISH JUL 5 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 16

START AUG 14 AUG 21 SEP 4 SEP 18 OCT 2 OCT 16

FINISH AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 13 SEP 27 OCT 11 OCT 25

Accommodation: 9 nts hotel accommodation on a twin share basis Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 30 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD HTND

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FINISH AUG 15 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1 OCT 8

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european odyssey

EASYRIDER HOTEL

18 DAYS, $2,860 fr

london

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Many years from now, when you’re sitting in your old, worn out armchair, you’ll remember back to your insane adventure from 2011. You’ll think back to all the romance and culture of Italy; that unforgettable visit to a winery when you sat out in the Tuscan countryside with a big group of friends, sampling the most perfect pasta and pizza. You’ll fondly remember the alpine air of Switzerland; the glorious surroundings of the cow-dotted pastures and the distant snowcapped mountains. You won’t be able to help yourself from mentioning the time in Amsterdam either; when you cycled around the beautiful city before heading out for a big night of revelry on the irresistibly corrupt streets - for some Amsterdamage, as you once called it. The experiences that this adventure delivers won’t ever leave you and you'll be bragging about it for a lifetime. Staying in comfy hotels, with a group of fellow travelers, you’ll visit nine different countries over 18 days. Buckle up for the time of your life. Best Bits • Eat a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower • Stay in a Swiss mountain hideaway • Marvel at Pisa’s Leaning Tower • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Experience adrenaline activities in Tyrol • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Party the nights away in Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam Day 1: London to Paris Head from London to the French capital. On arrival enjoy an illuminating city lights tour. Day 2: Paris Get out and about - a free day to explore the shops, cafes and museums. Don’t forget your gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D) Days 3-4: Paris to LAUTERBRUNNEN Cross the border to the knockout scenery of Switzerland and travel to your spectacular mountain hideaway. A cable car or train ride will take you to a traffic free village where the most noise you'll hear is the jangling of cow bells! The setting of the alpine BBQ is unforgettable and the walks are stunning. (2B, 2D) Days 5-6: LAUTERBRUNNEN to Florence See the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way to Florence. Take time out in Tuscany to visit a winery and enjoy an al fresco dinner. (2B, D)

Days 7-8: Florence to Rome Onwards to the buzzing city of Rome, where the ancient and modern sit side by side. Visit the Roman Forum, Spanish Steps and Vatican City. Be sure not to miss a visit to the incredible Sistine Chapel as well. Sample pizza, pasta and gelato to really taste the flavors of Italy. (2B) Days 9-10: Rome to Venice Visit romantic Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet, before arriving in Venice. A walking tour through alleyways takes in all the major sights, including St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Your vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal will be unforgettable and an optional gondola ride through the canals is an absolute must. (2B, D) Day 11: Venice to Tyrol Tyrol is choc-a-block with adrenaline activites. Try mountain biking, paragliding and even skydiving. If you aren't feeling too active, simply soak up the breathtaking scenery. (B, D) Days 12-13: Tyrol to Prague Visit Mauthausen, the former concentration camp, before traveling onto the beautiful city of Prague where you'll see the highlights on a walking tour. The next day is free to explore all your favorite bits. (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START APR 16 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 14

FINISH MAY 3 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 1

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FINISH AUG 30 SEP 6 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 18 NOV 1 NOV 15

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Day 14: Prague to Berlin First up today is 800 year old Dresden, then it’s straight to the buzzing capital of Germany, Berlin. Some amazing nightlife awaits. (B, D) Day 15: Berlin The sights and museums help give you an understanding of the history, including The Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Make the most of the party atmosphere and check out one of the many happening clubs. (B) Day 16: Berlin to Amsterdam Onwards to the city where clogs, bicycles and an informous Red Light District mix to create a unique atmosphere. (B) Day 17: Amsterdam See the fantastically liberal city of Amsterdam on your bike and enjoy a walking tour of all the sights. Later on, there's time to explore, chill-out or party. You'll probably do all three! (B, D) Day 18: Amsterdam to London After stopping off at the Belgian city of Bruges to sample some chocolate and beer, your trip finishes back in London. (B)

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europe uncovered EASYRIDER HOTEL

22 DAYS, $3,490 fr

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Prepare for a seductively alluring, elegant work of art that’ll leave you gasping for more. For absolute proof just rest your eyes on this amazing itinerary. From the chic city streets of Paris and the iconic artistries of Italy, to the stunning coastline of Croatia and the coffee shops and canals of Amsterdam – just about everything on this adventure is, quite simply, beautiful. Let your mood lighten and your face brighten as you breathe the fresh alpine air of the Swiss mountain ranges, saunter the pristine streets of the French Riviera and dance the night away in a fantastically funky Berlin nightclub. If you want to sample a huge spectrum of all that this diverse continent has to offer, and you demand to do it in style and comfort, then this trip is as good as it gets. A whopping 12 different countries are checked out, all the while leaving you with plenty of time to do and see exactly what you want. Best Bits • Picnic by the Eiffel Tower • Stay in a Swiss mountain hideaway • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Relax on the stunning island of Pag • Lose yourself in Ljubljana’s eclectic vibe • Enjoy the traditional charms of Salzburg • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague

DAY 6: FRENCH RIVIERA Laze on the beach or stroll the promenades before heading to the casinos of Monaco. (B)

DAY 15: LJUBLJANA TO SALZBURG Explore the dramatic scenery around Lake Bled in Slovenia and carry on to Salzburg. (B,D)

DAY 7: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE After taking ‘that photo’ at Pisa, it’s onto the home of Renaissance art - Florence. (B, D)

DAY 16: SALZBURG TO PRAGUE Visit Mauthausen Concentration Camp and head onto beautiful Prague for a walking tour. (B, D)

DAY 8: FLORENCE TO ROME Spend the morning in Florence then onto Rome. (B)

DAY 17: PRAGUE Today is yours to explore Prague. Wander around the historic city center and enjoy the excellent local beer. (B)

DAY 9: ROME A free day to explore Rome and the Vatican. The Sistine Chapel is definitely worth a visit. (B) DAY 10: ROME TO VENICE Travel to Venice via the fair city of Verona. (B, D) DAY 11: VENICE Take in all the sights on a walking tour and enjoy a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. (B) DAY 12: VENICE TO PAG ISLAND Stop at the stunning caves of Postojna and head to your resort on the lovely island of Pag. (B, D) DAY13: PAG ISLAND A free day to relax. Soak up the sun by day and party by night. (B) DAY 14: PAG ISLAND TO LJUBLJANA The ancient city of Ljubljana is sure to surprise with its eclectic mix of old and new. (B)

DAY 18: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Travel to Berlin via historic Dresden. (B, D) DAY 19: BERLIN The sights and museums help give you an understanding of the history, including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. The nightlife is awesome too! (B) DAY 20: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM Red lights, hip bars, coffee shops and canals - this unique blend gives Amsterdam a special atmosphere. (B) DAY 21: AMSTERDAM See the city on bicycle and walking tours and then explore, chill-out or get naughty! (B, D) DAY 22: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. (B)

DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS Head to Paris and enjoy a brilliant city lights tour. DAY 2: PARIS A free day to see all the delights of Paris. Enjoy a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, D) DAYs 3-4: PARIS TO LAUTERBRUNNEN Cross into the Swiss Alps to your amazing mountain hideaway. Enjoy a tasty BBQ. (2B, 2D) DAY 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN TO FRENCH RIVIERA Stop at a French perfumery for a tour before arriving in the glamourous French Riviera. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START APR 21 APR 28 MAY 5 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9

FINISH MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30

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EASYRIDER HOTEL

28 DAYS, $4,490 fr

london london Who wants to spend their holiday chasing airports, catching cabs and carting luggage around? No thanks. Jump aboard a modern, air-conditioned coach with a big bunch of travel buds and roll on through Europe the easy way. Along with the must-see spots like Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Budapest, you’ll visit a few places that your average tourist generally doesn’t get to – the walled city of Carcassonne, the alpine wonderland of the Swiss Alps and the picture-postcard beauty of the Rhine Valley. If you’re in the mood for art, culture and sheer wonder, Florence, Venice and Vienna won’t disappoint. And for the hedonist at heart, Munich, Prague and Amsterdam are sure to delight. Regardless, this adventure has “scale” for sure. You’ll be doing 15 different countries in 28 days and better yet, each night you’ll rest in a comfy hotel - no hostels in sight! Best Bits • Picnic next to the Eiffel Tower • See the sunny charms of Southern France • Explore Barcelona’s beautiful sights • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Enjoy a vaporetto ride in Venice • Laze on the beaches of Croatia • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Party till dawn in Amsterdam DAYs 1-2: LONDON TO PARIS Make the trek to Paris for a stunning city lights tour this evening. Day 2 is a free day to explore Paris and enjoy your delicious picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B,D) DAY 3: PARIS TO BORDEAUX Stop off in the heart of the Loire Valley before heading to Bordeaux and its vineyards. (B, D) DAY 4: BORDEAUX TO CARCASSONNE Stop to sample some famous Bordeaux vino, then travel to the walled city of Carcassonne for a late afternoon walking tour. (B, D) DAYs 5-6: CARCASSONNE TO BARCELONA Travel through the majestic Pyrenees, stopping in Andorra before arriving in artsy Barcelona. Day 6 is a free day to explore the city. (2B, D)

Days 9-10: French Riviera to LAUTERBRUNNEN Alpine walks with the best views imaginable or take an optional cruise to Lucerne. Stay at an exclusive mountain hideaway. (2B, 2D) Day 11: LAUTERBRUNNEN to Florence First stop is the Leaning Tower of Pisa before you reach Florence. It’s time to seriously chow down on delicious Tuscan cuisine. (B, D) Day 12: Florence to Rome See the art treasures of Florence, then onto Rome for a fascinating evening walking tour. (B) Day 13: Rome The day is free to explore all the monuments of Rome - including the local pizza and gelato. (B) Days 14-15: Rome to Venice A morning visit to Vatican City and the chance to see the amazing Sistine Chapel. Head to Venice this afternoon where your walking tour takes in sights such as St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Your included vaporetto ride is the perfect way to see the city. (2B, D) Days 16-17: Venice to Krk Visit the stunning cave system in Postojna (Solvenia) before the Croatian island of Krk. The next day, laze on the sandy beaches and visit the nearby Old Town of Krk for dinner. (2B, D)

Day 18: Krk to Ljubljana Carry onto Ljubljana where ancient sites and modern bars create a lively atmosphere. (B) Days 19-20: Ljubljana to Budapest The twin cities of Buda and Pest have great architecture and fascinating histories. Use your free day to check out the naturally heated thermal baths. (2B, D) Day 21: Budapest to Vienna Stylish Vienna is next with its famous opera, coffee and apple strudel. (B) Days 22-23: Vienna to Prague Great shopping and historic architecture are all here in charming Prague. Check out the cool bars and sample some of Europe's best beer. (2B, D) Days 24-25: Prague to Berlin Stop in the historic town of Dresden before arriving in funky Berlin. Check out the Berlin Wall and other historic sites on Day 25. (2B, D) Days 26-27: Berlin to Amsterdam Red lights, coffee shops, canals and bicycles all make Amsterdam unique. Go on bicycle and walking tours to see the city in depth. (2B, D) Day 28: Amsterdam to London Back to London today via the medieval city of Bruges. (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 12 APR 26 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 JUN 7 JUN 21

FINISH MAY 9 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUL 4 JUL 18

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DAYs 7-8: BARCELONA TO FRENCH RIVIERA Get ready for some celebrity spotting on the boulevards of Nice. Laze on the beach or go for a swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. In the evening you’ll head to the glamorous port of Monaco to try your luck in the casinos. (2B, D)

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Best of the Med 21 DAYS, $4,090 fr

MADRID

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Three weeks basking and bronzing among Mediterranean coastline. Turquoise waters. Amazingly gorgeous locals. This trip is pure and utter bliss. You'll be staying in hotels the whole way and your ferry crossings are included too, so you can seriously kick back and soak up the Med in style. From the skimpy beaches of Spain and the sun-drenched streets of Italy, to the crazy, non-stop, time-of-your-life that awaits you in the Greek Islands - prepare to fall in love with the Med and never come home. Best Bits • Get blown away by Spanish beaches • Ride a vaporetto on Venice's Grand Canal • Escape to the island paradise of Mallorca • Meet Sasa the Elephant Man in Mykonos • Crank up your farewell dinner in Athens

Day 10: Venice Your walking tour will save you getting lost! See the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. A vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal is also included for an alternate view. (B)

Days 15-16: Rome to Athens Travel to Bari on the Adriatic Coast to catch an overnight ferry from Patras. Arrive in Athens for a tour and sit high up near the acropolis overlooking the city at sunset - truly one of Europe's highlights! (B, D)

Day 1: Madrid Kick off with a tour of Spain’s capital city. Landmarks such as the Royal Palace and the Plaza de España are highlights. (D)

Day 11: Venice to Florence Stop for a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before arriving in Florence, the capital of the Tuscan region. Hello heaven. (B, D)

Day 2: Madrid Take in this artistic city with a visit to the Prado Museum, relax in the botanical gardens or visit the home of soccer stars, Real Madrid. (B)

Day 12: Florence Wander around this outdoor museum, that is the jewel of Renaissance Italy and home to the statue of David. The waffles, shopping and coffee are out of this world. (B)

Days 17-19: Athens to Mykonos Get set for three nights of pure, explosive craziness. This is the cosmopolitan party epicenter of the Greek Islands so prepare to go hard. The stunning scenery, great beaches and tavernas help heal the hangover too. (3B, D)

Day 3: Madrid to Mallorca Cross to the east coast and spend the afternoon in Valencia, situated in the center of the Spanish Med coastline, before an overnight ferry to the beautiful island of Mallorca. (B)

Day 13: Florence to Rome Take the afternoon to visit the Vatican and have your eyes glued to the ceiling at St Peter’s Basilica. Seriously breathtaking. (B)

Days 4–5: Mallorca This Mediterranean paradise has something for everyone – cathedrals, castles, ruins, shopping, beaches, and an energetic nightlife. (2B, D)

Day 14: Rome Your included walking tour takes you to the Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Colosseum. The afternoon is free to indulge in more gelato! (B, D)

Day 20: Mykonos to Athens Say a sad-faced goodbye to Mykonos and return to Athens by ferry. Make your final night and farewell dinner a festive one. (B, D) Day 21: Athens Say farewell to your new friends this morning after breakfast and exchange names for Facebook. (B)

Day 6: Mallorca to Barcelona Barca is surreal architecture, thriving beach and modern style shaken into a dynamic cocktail. The nightlife is nothing short of crazy, so kick it off with a traditional Spanish flamenco show. (B, D) Day 7: Barcelona Gaze at Gaudi’s gothic masterpieces La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Then wander Las Ramblas, crowded with flower sellers, street performers, tasty tapas, and shopping. (B) Days 8-9: Barcelona to Venice Cross the Med by ferry to Italy. Arrive in Genoa, followed by a stop in Verona to view Juliet’s balcony, before the city of canals. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUL 4

FINISH JUN 12 JUN 26 JUL 10 JUL 24

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FINISH AUG 7 AUG 21 SEP 4 SEP 18

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EASYRIDER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,150 fr

london

london

For a belt-tightening, credit-crunching alternative that screams fantastic value, look no further than this 22 day adventure. You’ll check out nine different countries while staying in cushy camping accommodation with loads of meals included, all for a stunningly low price. This trip pretty much guarantees you'll have plenty of fun, meet great new people and still see all the delights of Europe you're craving. From the chic city streets of Paris and the sun-soaked beauty of the French Riviera to the artistic wealth of Italy and the awesome nightlife of Amsterdam and Munich - every stop offers something new and amazing. Best Bits • Picnic gourmet-style by the Eiffel Tower • Breathe the clean air of the Swiss Alps • Soak up the sun on the French Riviera • Discover the culture of Florence • Explore Rome and Vatican City • Jump on a vaporetto ride in Venice • Drink lashings of beer in Munich • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Party in funky Berlin • Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam Day 1: London to Paris Travel to Paris and enjoy a city lights tour. (D) Day 2: Paris Explore the city and eat baguettes at a picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. An optional River Seine cruise is a great finish to the day. (B, D) Day 3: Paris to LAUTERBRUNNEN Enjoy gorgeous scenery as you head to the Swiss Alps and the village of Lauterbrunnen. (B, L, D) Day 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN Take an optional trip to the top of the Jungfrau Mountain – the views are stunning! (B, L, D) Day 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN to Avignon Stop at the medieval walled city of Avignon. Your walking tour visits the Palace of the Popes. (B, L) Day 6: Avignon to French Riviera Glam it up in the French Riviera. Stroll the promenade or sip coffee in a chic cafe. (B, L, D) Day 7: French Riviera Time for some serious celebrity spotting followed by a cool-off swim in the Med. Try your luck at the glitzy casinos of Monaco after dark. (B) Day 8: French Riviera to Florence The Leaning Tower of Pisa is up first. Travel into Florence and its Renaissance treasures. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Florence to Rome Your walking tour of Florence tells the fascinating stories of this city. It’s then onto Rome. (B)

Day 17: Prague The day is all yours. Visit the brilliant restaurants and sample some of the world’s finest beer. (B)

Day 10: Rome The day is yours to take in Rome's endless attractions. There'll also be time to visit Vatican City and its amazing museums. (B, D)

Day 18: Prague to Berlin The 800-year-old city of Dresden breaks your journey as you head to happening Berlin. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Rome to Venice Make tracks towards magical Venice. (B, L, D) Day 12: Venice A vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal is a real highlight and a walking tour will show you all the sights. An optional gondola ride is a must. (B, D) Day 13: Venice to Vienna Travel to charming Vienna, home to opera, apple strudel and Europe’s finest coffee. (B, L, D) Day 14: Vienna Visit Hofburg Palace and check out the Opera House or the Schnapps Museum. (B, L) Day 15: Vienna to Munich Visit the concentration camp at Mauthausen and head to the beer halls of Munich. (B, L) Day 16: Munich to Prague A walking tour on Prague's cobbled streets is a great introduction to this charming city. (B, L, D).

Day 19: Berlin See Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and get your dance on - the nightlife here is amazing. (B) Day 20: Berlin to Amsterdam Head to Amsterdam, famous for its canals, liberal lifestyle and infamous Red Light District. (B, L) Days 21-22: Amsterdam to London A bicycle tour is a great way to explore Amsterdam like a local. Tonight a farewell dinner and optional canal cruise before heading back to London the following day. (2B, D)

want something shorter? southern nomad 10 days, LONDON TO ROME SEE PAGE 48 FOR DETAILS

northern nomad 13 days, ROME TO LONDON SEE PAGE 48 FOR DETAILS

DEPARTURES START MAY 5 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30

FINISH MAY 26 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 14 JUL 21

START FINISH JUL 7 JUL 28 JUL 9 JUL 30 JUL 14 AUG 4 JUL 21 AUG 11 JUL 23 AUG 13 JUL 28 AUG 18 AUG 4 AUG 25 AUG 6 AUG 27

START AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15

FINISH SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22 SEP 29 OCT 6

Accommodation: 19 nts in some of Europe’s best campsites on a twin share basis in spacious dome style tents complete with air mattresses, 2 nts hostel ugrade Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners Tour Code: TD HTEF

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UK

London 

2 Amsterdam 2 NETHERLANDS

• Dresden

GERMANY

Paris 2 FRANCE

Munich 1

SWITZ.

French Riviera 2

2 Prague czech Rep.

• Mauthausen 2 Vienna

AUSTRIA

Lauterbrunnen 2 Avignon 1

Berlin

ITALY

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EASYRIDER CAMPING

34 DAYS, $3,660 fr

London

London

Close your eyes and imagine sailing in Greece, cycling around Amsterdam or paragliding in the Austrian Alps. Then imagine the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And we're not even halfway there yet - you still have bar hopping in Barcelona, celebrity spotting in the French Riviera, UNESCO World Heritage cities of Dubrovnik and Dresden to explore, drinking Europe's best beers in Prague, eating apple struddel in Vienna and exploring the Castle District of Budapest. Just about every facet of Europe you could want to see, with just over a months' worth of adventure to be had. Bring it! Best Bits • Munch a picnic beside the Eiffel Tower • Breath in the fresh air of the Alps • Stroll Barcelona's Las Ramblas • Soak up the sun in the French Riviera • Marvel at the history of Rome • Cruise around the Greek Islands • Climb the city walls in Dubrovnik • Party till dawn in Berlin Day 1: London to Paris Cross the channel to Paris with your new buds or there's also the option to join in Paris if that suits. Cram in as much sightseeing as possible before a city lights tour in the evening. (D) Day 2: Paris Wake up in pretty Paree! Time to explore all the sights - rent a bike to get around the city faster. You'll finish up with a gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower and then there's a decision to be made - optional Siene River cruise or Parisian cabaret? Yes you can-can! (B, D) Day 3: Paris to LAUTERBRUNNEN Be wowed by the scenery as you travel into the Swiss Alps to the village of Lauterbrunnen beneath mighty Jungfrau Mountain. (B, L, D) Day 4: LAUTERBRUNNEN Walk around, adjust to the impossible beauty of the Alps and just soak it all in. Don't miss an optional adventure to the top of Jungfrau Mountain, with views that will make you want to scream out a yodel at the top of your lungs. (B, L, D) Day 5: LAUTERBRUNNEN to avignon Step back in time. Palaces, paintings and cathedrals await you in the medieval walled city of Avignon. (B, L)

Day 6: Avignon to Barcelona Stop off at the famous Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, on the way to Spain. Then onto Barcelona, an unstoppable city famous for its gothic architecture and nonstop nightlife. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Venice to Florence Stop at Pisa for your cheesy, must-do photo at the Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence. Carb-up on traditional Tuscan cuisine for dinner. (B, L)

Day 7: Barcelona A day to explore the ins and outs of this bustling, beautiful city. Head to the beach for a totally liberated feeling, wander around Las Ramblas for bargain buys and get giddy staring at Gaudi's creations - not to be missed. Stop for a shop at Zara too. (B)

Day 13: Florence to Rome Onwards to Rome - home of gladiators, the Roman Empire and endless pub crawls. Your walking tour takes in many highlights. (B)

Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Follow the Med coastline to the playground of the rich and famous - the Cote d'Azur, with a stop at a perfumery on the way. (B, L, D) Day 9: French Riviera Time to explore Monaco's seaside resort area. Yep, by explore we mean laze around on the beach. Try your luck in the casinos of Monte Carlo by night. (B, D) Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Cross the border to Italy and stop off in Verona to see Juliet's balcony on your way to Venice. Hello, Romeo? (B, L, D) Day 11: Venice Time to get lost - in a good way. Discover a maze of alleyways on your walking tour before witnessing Grand Canal traffic up-close from the decks of a vaporetto. (B, D)

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Day 14: Rome Vatican City is first up today with time for an optional (and must-do) visit to the Sistine Chapel. The day is then free to explore the sunny piazzas and eat like crazy. (B, D) Day 15: Rome to Greece (overnight ferry) Journey through the Italian countryside to meet your overnight ferry to Greece. (B ,L) Days 16-18: Flotilla Sailing in Greece It’s time to set sail on your yacht for an idyllic few days on the Ionian Sea. Enjoy three days swimming, sailing and sunbathing. In the evenings, visit the local tavernas and feast cheap on gyros. (3B, 3L, 2D) Day 19: Plataria to Tirana (albania) Onto Albania. Once cut off from the western world, it is still relatively untouched by tourism. (B, L, D)


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Day 20: Tirana to Dubrovnik Head north of Albania to witness Montenegro and the stunning coastal scenery surrounding Kotor Bay. Then onto Dubrovnik which hugs the coast in the south of Croatia. (B, L, D)

Day 27: Vienna Dig right in to explore Vienna today. Try the Viennese coffee and cake, visit Schonbrunn Palace, eat more strudel or pick up a bargain along Kartnerstrasse and Graben. (B)

Day 21: Dubrovnik Today is free to explore this beautiful city in more depth. Climb the walls for amazing views over the rooftops. (B)

Day 28: Vienna to Prague Be prepared for a stark and sobering visit to the former concentration camp Mauthausen before heading onto Prague - capital of the Czech Republic. Walk the cobblestone streets on your walking tour for a good look around. (B, L, D)

Day 22: Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes Head along the stunning Dalmatian Coast, north to the old walled city of Zadar and then onto the World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes. (B, L, D) Day 23: Plitvice Lakes Spend the day exploring the Plitvice Lakes National Park - take a walk on one of the numerous trails or hike to find waterfalls. (B, L, D) Day 24: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest Heading north you'll get to Hungary’s capital made up of Buda and Pest, located on each side of the mighty Danube. (B, L, D) Day 25: Budapest Kick things off with an orientation tour which will give you insight into the city's history and charm. Try a traditional thermal bath and enjoy the nightlife. (B) Day 26: Budapest to Vienna Follow the Danube to Bratislava, Slovakia before heading further west to Vienna; think opera, apple strudel and Strauss. (B, L, D)

Day 29: Prague Spend today exploring all the nooks and crannies of this pretty picture-perfect city. In the evening the nightlife is buzzing. A few beers? Czech! (B) Day 30: Prague to Berlin A stop at historic Dresden breaks your journey before hitting uber-funky and modern Berlin. Brilliant food, people, history and nightlife, you can't not have a good time here. There are even beer-drinking-bicycles you can ride! (B, L, D)

Day 31: Berlin This morning your city tour takes in the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag building before an afternoon of free time. End the day by hitting the hip bars and clubs - the most progressive nightlife in Europe. (B) Day 32: Berlin to Amsterdam To Amsterdam, famous for its canals, liberal lifestyle and a city of amazing contrasts. This is where bicycles, clogs, tulips and the infamous Red Light District live together in harmony. (B, L) Day 33: Amsterdam Jump on your bike for a tour with a difference. This bicycle tour is a great way to discover the city and rub shoulders with the locals. Tonight a farewell dinner and optional canal cruise. (B, D) Day 34: Amsterdam to London Say bye to your new buddies - or arrange to keep traveling together - as the tour ends this evening back in London. (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 22 JUN 5 JUN 19 JUN 26

FINISH JUN 24 JUL 8 JUL 22 JUL 29

UK

START FINISH JUL 3 AUG 5 JUL 10 AUG 12 JUL 17 AUG 19 JUL 24 AUG 26

START AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 28 SEP 11

London 

FINISH SEP 9 SEP 16 SEP 30 OCT 14

2 Amsterdam 2Berlin NETHERLANDS

Dresden  GERMANY

Paris 2 FRANCE

Accommodation: 1 nt hotel upgrade, 4 nts hostel accommodation, 1 nt overnight ferry, 3 nts flotilla sailing, 24 nts camping in 2 person dome tents Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 33 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 21 dinners Tour Code: TD HTPT

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Mauthausen Vienna 2

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 Bratislava hungary

2 Budapest SWITZ. AUSTRIA Swiss Alps 2 2 Avignon 1  Venice 2 Plitvice Lakes Verona Pont du Gard 

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French Riviera

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 Zadar Pisa 1 Florence 2 Dubrovnik 2 Rome

ITALY

albania 1

Tirana

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Southern Nomad

Northern NomaD

10 DAYS

13 DAYS

LONDON

fr

$960

EASYRIDER CAMPING

ROME

ROME

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$1,290

EASYRIDER CAMPING

LONDON

• Be wowed by ancient Parisian architecture • Tick the Swiss Alps off your to-do list • Live the high-life at a casino in Monaco • See the Leaning Tower, take guided walks of Florence & Rome

• Cruise Venice's Grand Canal aboard a vaporetto • See pretty palaces on a guided walk of Vienna • Take a guided walk through the dainty streets of Prague • Jump a bike for a unique tour of Amsterdam

Days 1-2: London to Paris First stop Paris, where you'll go on a city lights tour. The next day is free to explore before a delicious gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. (B, 2D)

Day 1: Rome Kick things off in Roma. Check out the sights before group dinner. (D)

Days 3-4: Paris to Lauterbrunnen Gorgeous scenery presents itself today as you head to the charming Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen. Try an optional excursion to the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain or adrenaline activities. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 2: Rome to Venice Make tracks to the city of Venice. Get lost in a-maze-ing alleyways and eat some of the tastiest pizza in Italy. (B, L, D) Day 3: Venice What a day! A vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal and a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 5: Lauterbrunnen to Avignon Back to France where the medieval city of Avignon awaits - famous for its Palace of the Popes, inhabited in the 14th and15th centuries. (B, L)

Days 4-5: Venice to Vienna Next onto charming Vienna, home of opera and apple strudel. (2B, 2L, D)

Days 6-7: Avignon to French Riviera Onwards to the home of the rich and famous. Sun, sea and celebs await! See the Royal Palace by day, do the casinos of Monaco by night. (2B, L, D)

Day 6: Vienna to Munich Visit the former Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen before heading to Munich with a walking tour of the old city. (B, L)

Day 8: French Riviera to Florence Finally, the chance to take cheesy pics at the Leaning Tower. Then onwards to Florence, the 'outdoor museum' famous for food and shopping. (B, L, D)

Days 7-8: Munich to Prague Oh Prague, such a favorite! Kick off with a walking tour. (2B, L, D)

Day 9: Florence to Rome Go on a walking tour of Florence with a local Italian guide who'll explain the treasures of this city. Then it's south to Rome - and the choices in this city are amazing. (B)

Days 9-10: Prague to Berlin Stop off at the 800-year-old city of Dresden on the way to Berlin, one of Europe's most happening cities with beer and nightlife aplenty. (2B, L, D) Days 11-12: Berlin to Amsterdam Tour Amsterdam by bike. Toast your tour buds at your last dinner. (2B, L, D)

Day 10: Rome Visit the Vatican and St Peter's this morning before saying ciao to your new friends over an afternoon gelato..or three. (B)

Day 13: Amsterdam to London Back to London via Belgium and France. (B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START MAY 5 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30

FINISH MAY 14 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 9

START JUL 7 JUL 9 JUL 14 JUL 21 JUL 23 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 6

FINISH JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 1 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 15

START AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15

FINISH AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24

Accommodation: 9 nights in some of Europe's best campsites, twin share basis in dome style tents with air mattress Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Tour Code: TD HTEFV

UK

 London

Paris 2 FRANCE

2

Avignon 1 2

French Riviera

Swiss Alps SWITZ.

Pisa  1 Florence

START MAY 14 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 9

FINISH MAY 26 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 14 JUL 21

START JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 1 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 15

FINISH JUL 28 JUL 30 AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 13 AUG 18 AUG 25 AUG 27

START AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24

FINISH SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 22 SEP 29 OCT 6

Accommodation: 10 nights in some of Europe's best campsites, twin share basis in dome style tents with air mattress Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD HTEFL

italy

UK

NETHERLANDS

 London 2 Amsterdam 2 Berlin Dresden Munich 1

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austria

Venice 2 Verona  italy

Rome 1

Rome 1

Prague

2 czech republic

GERMANY

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Marrakech to cairo 81 DAYS, marrakech

fr

$11,599

cairo

Amsterdam •3

Berlin •2

Bruges •1 2• Prague

Paris •3

2• Krakow

Cesky Krumlov •1 Vienna •2 2• Budapest

Bled •2 Venice •3 Cinque Terre •2 Florence •2

Barcelona •2 Madrid •2 Seville •2 Granada •2 Tafifa •1

Rome •3 Naples •2

Overnight ferry 1

Corfu •2

3• Istanbul Lesbos •2 1• Ayvalik

1

Overnight ferry 2• Santorini

2• Athens

1

Overnight bus 2• Cappadocia 1• Ilhara Gorge 1• Adana 2• Aleppo

Tangier •1

1• Hama 1• Palmyra

Marrakech •2

3

Damascus •2

Fez

1• Amman 1• Cairo

Mount Sinai •1 Red Sea •2

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Marrakech to Cairo 81 DAYS, $11,599 fr

marrakech

cairo

The ultimate European and Middle Eastern adventure. Cross three continents and 17 countries as you explore all the places you’ve dreamed about seeing in this fascinating region of the world. Jumping on this tour will give you maximum freedom and independence to enjoy the activities you choose - and most importantly, maximum savings for your wallet! Best Bits • Wander the exotic souks in Marrakech • See saucy Flamenco in Seville • Be inspired by the beauty of Paris • Walk the cobbled streets of Prague • Enjoy a famed Santorini sunset • Party all night in buzzing Istanbul • See crusader castle Crac des Chevalier • Marvel at the ancient city of Petra Days 1-2: Marrakech Wander the exotic and bustling souks (a.k.a marketplaces), bargaining for anything from spices to silver and slippers to carpets. Days 3-6: Fez to Tangier Go treasure-hunting in the labyrinthine souks of Fez and enjoy a drink in one of Tangier’s bars overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. Days 7-9: Tarifa to Granada Relax and admire the beautiful Spanish coastline of Tarifa and explore the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Grenada. Days 10-11: Seville Moorish monuments, Flamenco and a lively population - prepare to fall head over heels for this city's energetic pulse. Days 12-15: Madrid to Barcelona History, architecture, museums, beautiful parks and wild, wild nightlife - these two cities have it all! Days 16-18: Paris Climb the Eiffel Tower, sneak a peek at Mona Lisa’s smile and stroll the Champs Elysees. Days 19 - 22: Bruges to Amsterdam Sample famous Belgian chocolate on your way to Europe’s red light capital - Amsterdam! Days 23-24: Berlin Berlin is best known for its lively nightlife, vibrant art scene and historical legacy. Visit the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Days 25-26: Krakow Marvel at the Old Town and explore the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Days 27-29: Prague to Cesky Krumlov You will love pretty Prague and its gothic center. Head onto medieval Cesky Krumlov in Southern Bohemia taking in views of the fairytale castle. Days 30-31: Vienna Palaces, opera and museums are all specialties of Vienna - and so is the Viennese coffee! Days 32-33: Budapest Wander the castle ramparts of Buda and shop for treasures in Pest. Days 34-35: Bled Nestled in the snowcapped Julian Alps, lakeside Bled offers endless outdoor activities. Days 36-38: Venice Take a gondola ride through the canals, get lost in the labyrinth of alleyways and sample Prosecco in hidden local bars. Days 39-42: Cinque Terre to Florence Five little villages between the azure sea and hillside make up the Cinque Terre. Head to Florence for a dose of renaissance culture. Days 43-47: Rome to Naples Rome exudes history. See the Colosseum and Palatine Hill before heading south to Naples with a chance to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Days 48-50: Corfu Cross the Adriatic to the island of Corfu. Relax at the beach or climb the hills for amazing views. Days 51-52: Athens Explore the cobbled streets of charming Plaka, sample the best souvlaki ever and head up to the iconic Acropolis for sweeping views. Days 53-55: Santorini Wander the winding whitewashed streets, take a trip out to the volcano or enjoy the famed Santorini sunset with a glass of local wine. Days 56-57: Lesbos Bathed in olive groves and beaches, Lesbos is known as the “Emerald Island”. Days 58-62: Ayvalik to Istanbul Sit back in one of Ayvalik’s cafes to sample your first Turkish coffee. Venture onto Istanbul; a hub of turrets, domes and buzzing energy.

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Days 63-66: Cappadocia to Adana Hike or bike through incredible rock formations known as “fairy chimneys” in Cappadocia and through the beautiful Ihlara Gorge filled with caves containing ancient Byzantine churches and painted frescos. Adana is the last stop before you hit the Syrian border. Days 67-68: Aleppo Aleppo is the epitome of an Arabian bazaar city. Donkeys and horse-drawn carts are still the fastest way around these alleyways! Days 69-70: Hama to Palmyra See atmospheric Hama before heading to explore fairytale crusader castles at Crac des Chevaliers. Learn the Greco-Roman history in Palmyra in its captivating desert oasis backdrop. Days 71-72: Damascus Absorb Damascus’ unique oriental charm as you stroll through the maze of alleyways, bazaars, minarets and fountain courtyards. ­­­Days 73-76: Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum Hop across to Jordan and its capital Amman before making a stop at the Dead Sea. Continue to the ancient city of Petra and marvel at the towering façades carved into the rose-colored rockface. See spectacular desert scenery at Wadi Rum, home of the Bedouin people. Days 77-79: Red Sea to Mount Sinai Time for a well-earned beach break. Chill out and relax, or enjoy some unique snorkeling over the coral reefs. Climb Mt Sinai before visiting St Katherine’s monastery, legendary home of the biblical burning bush. Days 80 - 81: Cairo Cross the Suez Canal before entering Egypt's bursting capital as you celebrate your odyssey with a final farewell tonight.

DEPARTURES START APR 16

FINISH JUL 05

START FINISH MAY 28 AUG 16

START AUG 20

FINISH NOV 08

Accommodation: 73 nts simple hotels and hostels at times multi-share, 1 nt overnight train (airline style seating), 2 nts overnight ferry (airline style seating), 1 nt bedouin tent, 2 nts simple beach huts, 1 nt overnight bus (airline style seating). Transport: Public and private bus, train, ferry, metro, 4x4 jeeps, walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10. Meals: 1 dinner. Budget: Allow USD1938-2500 for meals not included Tour Code: GA DCMC


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Paris to Cairo

Marrakech to Paris

65 DAYS,

17 DAYS, $2,699

fr

$8,999

fr

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Experience an amazing variety of culture, food, scenery and activities on this 65 day epic adventure from Paris to Cairo. Art aficionados, history buffs, food lovers, night owls, and adrenaline seekers alike will find what they are looking for in this diverse and fascinating region of the world. GA EFPC

Cross three countries and two continents. See the souks of Marrakech, take in the laid-back beach vibes of Tarifa and see the spectacular Moorish heritage of Granada. Experience the wild tapas bars of Madrid and the vibrant art scene of Barcelona before ending your adventure in the elegant City of Lights to absorb that certain “je ne sais quoi!” GA DCMP

Paris to Prague

Paris to Venice

Paris to Rome

12 DAYS, $1,799

21 DAYS, $2,999

28 DAYS, $3,999

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Come along on this classic Central European escapade. From the elegant boulevards of Paris to the heady mix of culture and nightlife in Amsterdam, you'll visit world-class museums and historical symbolism in Berlin, take in the magical fairytale architecture of Krakow and the bohemian charm of Prague. Culture by day, pints by night! See the best of Europe as the locals know it. GA EFPP.

A true European odessy. From the museums and landmarks of Paris, to the artistic and oh so funky nightlife of Berlin, you'll take in the architectural charm of Prague and historic magnificence of Vienna. The Alps of Slovenia will charm and the canals and alleyways of Venice will inspire. There is something for everyone on this memorable journey through some of Europe’s most famous cities. GA EFPV

Now this is Europe in all its glory - past and present! Stroll the chic streets of Paris, dive into the awesome nightlife of Amsterdam and get cultural in Berlin. Be inspired by the romantic architechure of Krakow and the bohemian charm of Prague before wandering the alleyways and canals of Venice. Finish up your journey in the eternal city of Rome. This is Europe at its glorious best! GA EFPR

venice to rome

Rome to Athens

Venice to Istanbul

8 DAYS, $1,199

9 DAYS, $1,199

25 DAYS, $3,679

Refer to Itinerary on page 50, days 36 - 44

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Refer to Itinerary on page 50, days 36 - 61

See the best of what Italy has to offer and get off the beaten track doing it! Start off in Venice and get lost in maze of alleyways before heading to the Cinque Terra to explore these five little villages, following centuries-old footpaths leading through olive groves and vineyards. Take in Renaissance Florence and marvel at the aweinspiring Duomo, all before hitting Rome. GA EIVR

Journey between the two founding cities of Western civilization as we know it. From the Roman remains of the vibrant eternal city, you'll travel to the home of pizza, Naples and absorb the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Cross the Ionian Sea to the laid-back Greek Island of Corfu with its green hillsides and fantastic beaches before reaching the capital of classical treasures, ancient Athens. GA EIRA

From the bastion of the mighty Venetians, travel through Italy soaking up all the history, art and charm it can throw at you! It is then onto Greece. Ancient Athens will impress you while it’s lovely islands of Santorini and Lesbos will entice you to relax on the beach while sipping on a nip of ouzo or local wine. Voyage onto Istanbul - the city that connects Europe and Asia - for a grand finale. GA EIVI

Athens to Istanbul

Prague to Venice

Istanbul to Cairo

10 DAYS, $1,349

10 DAYS, $1,419

21 DAYS, $2,199

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Step back in time on this adventure, linking two cities whose histories are intricately bound together. From Athens, the founding city of Western civilization, you'll head onto Istanbul, the seat of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Explore temples, ruins and amazing scenery all dished up with plenty of ‘island time’ to really get the feel of this charming region. GA EGAI

From the bohemian charm and tasty beer of Prague to the medieval delights of Cesky Krumlov; the regal monuments and mouthwatering pastry shops of Vienna and the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest. Take in the mountain air of the stunning Julian Alps in Slovenia before ending up in the mysterious tangle of alleyways and canals that is the incomparable wonder of Venice. GA EYPV

An exotic Middle Eastern adventure like no other. See the best of the region through the eyes of the locals. Absorb the history and inhale the atmosphere of the myriad of souks and bazaars, float in the Dead Sea, see the sun rise over the dunes of the desert and stand in awe before the façades of rose-colored Petra and those incomparable Egyptian Pyramids. GA ETIC

each one of these tours encapsulates a small snippet of the bigger itinerary - so you can do as much or as little as you want!

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winter tours WINTER wonder 14 DAYS, london

fr

EASYRIDER HOTEL

$2,150

london

Europe is totally magic in winter. Here's your chance to see eight magnificent countries in14 days - minus the summer crowds and long lines. If you're lucky, the sparkling cities and sprawling countryside will be covered with a beautiful blanket of snow for you. Layer up with a hat, gloves, scarf and coat - the perfect cover up for drinking and eating beyond your means. Hit the streets by day and warm your weary bones in the evening in front of a toasty fire or with a hearty beverage. Take in the dazzling display of lights in Paris and journey through the snowcapped pristine Alps. See (and taste!) the best of Italy; shop till you drop in renaissance Florence, marvel at the living history of Rome and lose yourself in the winding alleyways of Venice. Cross the Austrian boarder to the musical city of Salzburg and continue onto Germany for a few steins in Heidelberg. Wrap up this amazing tour on a high in Amsterdam, as you cycle your way through the city like a local. Life doesn't get any better! Best Bits • Catch a cabaret show in Paris • Eat Swiss chocolates in Switzerland • Hit the boutiques in Florence • Explore the living history of Rome • See Vatican City and Sistine Chapel • Take a gondola ride through Venice • Sing 'The Sound of Music' in Salzburg • Down steins in Heidelberg • Cycle through Amsterdam • Wander the markets of pretty Bruges DAYs 1-2: London to Paris Leaving London early, you’ll be in Paris for a magical city lights tour that evening. Day 2 is a free day - wander through the Louvre, stroll the Champs Elysees or visit the Notre Dame. In the evening, say can-can to a cabaret show or a cruise on the River Seine. (B, D) DAYs 3-4: Paris to Lucerne Make tracks for spectacular Switzerland - a country so scenic it hurts! You’ll be put up in a cozy hotel in the Swiss Alps where you will enjoy a group dinner on Day 3, before a walking tour of the ancient Chapel Bridge and the beautiful Lion Monument on Day 4. Explore the town center or hit the shops. (2B, 2D)

DAY 5: Lucerne to Florence Onwards to Italy! We make our way to the grand city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. (B, D) DAY 6: Florence to Rome A local guide will take you on a tour to see the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce the and spectacular Duomo this morning before you set off to Rome. Your evening walking tour visits the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and more – a fantastic way to get acquainted with this historic city. (B) DAY 7: Rome Visit the Vatican City this morning and opt for a guided tour of the museum and Sistine Chapel. The rest of the day is free to explore Rome’s many monuments - or simply relax at a local pizzeria and enjoy the buzzing vibe. (B)

Day 11: Salzburg to Heidelberg Willkommen to Deutschland! Heidelberg is a picturesque town with an imposing castle sitting proudly over the Old Town. Enjoy a few German beers tonight! (B, D) DAYs 12-13: Heidelberg to Amsterdam On for some Amsterdamage in the city famous for bikes, canals and liberal lifestyle. Tonight you'll check out the heart of the city, Dam Square and take a walk around the Red Light District. A bike tour on Day 13 is a great way to see the city as the locals do. Enjoy a farewell dinner and optional canal cruise. (2B, D) DAY 14: Amsterdam to London It's back to London to say your goodbyes but not before a stop in Bruges to sample the famous beer and chocolate of Belgium. (B)

DAYs 8 -9: Rome to Venice Venice is your goal today, but not before a stop in fair Verona to visit Juliet’s famed balcony. Spend Day 9 wandering the maze of Venice’s alleyways, through St Mark's Square and past the Basilica. An optional gondola ride through the canals is an absolute must. (2B, D) DAY 10: Venice to Salzburg Head north to Austria and charming Salzburg, famous for being the home of Mozart and the setting for the 'Sound of Music'. A walking tour will take in some great architecture and give you a feel for this classy city. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START OCT 16 OCT 30 NOV 13 NOV 27 DEC 4 DEC 14

FINISH OCT 29 NOV 12 NOV 26 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 27

START DEC 16 DEC 21 DEC 28 JAN 4 JAN 8 JAN 15

FINISH DEC 29 JAN 3 JAN 10 JAN 17 JAN 21 JAN 28

START JAN 29 FEB 5 FEB 19 MAR 4 MAR 18 MAR 25

FINISH FEB 11 FEB 18 MAR 3 MAR 17 MAR 31 APR 7

Accommodation: 13 nts hotel accommodation on twin share basis Transport: English Channel ferry crossings, modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners Tour Code: TD HTWW

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WINTER GETAWAY

EASYRIDER CLUB

18 DAYS, $2,190 fr

london

london

Best Bits • Admire the beauty of the Swiss Alps • Snap some cheesy pics at Pisa • Dine in a Florentine restaurant • Visit the Vatican • See Romeo and Juliet’s balcony • Ride a vaporetto along the Grand Canal • Prance through pretty Prague • Experience Berlin’s nightlife • Ride the streets of Amsterdam by bike • Scoff chocolate in Bruges DAYs 1-2: LONDON TO PARIS Up bright and early, you’ll depart London for Paris via ferry. After your welcome dinner, you’ll take a city lights tour past some famous sights along the River Seine. Day 2, you’ve got plenty of time to peruse Paris at your own pace. (B, 2D) DAYs 3-4: PARIS TO Lauterbrunnen Depart Paris and travel through the alpine countryside to Lauterbrunnen, at the base of the famous Jungfrau and Schilthorn mountains. Wake up to fresh mountain air and breathtaking scenery. (2B, 2D) DAYs 5-6: Lauterbrunnen TO FLORENCE Head for Pisa today and snap some pics at its famous tower before arriving in Florence. This morning, you’ll be shown the sights by a local Italian guide who'll give you all the insider-info as you walk past items of cultural and historical significance. Hit the shops and markets followed up by dinner. (2B, D)

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So you’ve got 18 days to do whatever the heck you want? Super. Here’s our totally unbiased view of what you should do. Starting out in ye olde London, you’ll royal wave and ‘au revoir’ your way across the English Channel before arriving in France via ferry. Get set to traipse the European continent pretending to be cultured, while your friends and family exclaim that you sure do “get around”. You’ll visit nine cracking countries along the way. From Pisa and Florence, to the romance of Rome and its Vatican, to your vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal and walk through Venice’s winding streets. The hills will come alive with the sound of music in Austria, before you Czech out Prague and bounce onto Berlin for a boogie. Take your high to the next level in awesome Amsterdam, where hedonistic pursuits are purely pleasurable. And your final stop is Bruges, where your belly will be in heaven, before boarding your boat back to London. Sound exciting? Nah, we didn’t think so either.

DAYs 7-8: FLORENCE TO ROME Visit the historic hilltop city of Orvieto, famous for its wine, before arriving in Italy’s capital, the eternal city and home of Vatican City - Rome. You’ll be indulged with a walking tour around all things Roman, then choose what night time activities you’ll revel in. Rise and shine, it's Day 8 - you’ll have a chance to visit the Vatican this morning, then in the afternoon get out the credit card and hit the shops. (2B, D) DAYs 9-10: ROME TO VENICE Traveling north through Tuscany and over the Apennine Mountains to Venice, you’ll stop off to visit ancient Verona, before traveling onto enchanting Venice. Day 10, you’ll have the opportunity to travel by vaporetto along the Grand Canal, take a walking tour through the winding city streets and we thoroughly recommend you finish off your day with a gondola ride. (2B, D) DAY 11: VENICE TO SALZBURG The beautiful city of Salzburg is next on our itinerary, where the hills are alive with the "Sound of Music." After your walking tour of the city you won’t wonder why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D)

DAYs 13-15: PRAGUE TO BERLIN Another day spent in the paradise of Prague. Wander the cobbled streets, spoil yourself with delicious cuisine and share a beer with your brand new friends. On Day 14 your first stop is the 800 year old city of Dresden before continuing onto Berlin, one of Europe's most happening cities. You’ll take a tour and see the famous relics from war-time days. Learn about the Berlin Wall, the Nazi’s and the Third Reich on an optional tour. (3B, D) DAYs 16-17: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM Your final city is hedonistic Amsterdam. On your way into the city you’ll watch cheese and traditional clog making demonstrations and come nightfall head to the infamous Red Light District. Do Amsterdam by bike the next morning, pedaling past the famous sites before a canal cruise after the farewell dinner. (2B, D) DAY 18: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Goodbye Amsterdam, hello Bruges! Have a quick stop here to down some Belgian beers before heading back to London. (B)

DAY 12: SALZBURG TO PRAGUE Onwards to the Czech Republic, stopping en route to reflect on the horrors of WWII during a visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. In stark contrast, you’ll then head to pretty Prague and take a guided walk through the city’s attractions. (B, D)

DEPARTURES START NOV 5 NOV 12 NOV 19 NOV 26 DEC 3 DEC 7 DEC 10 DEC 14 DEC 16

FINISH NOV 22 NOV 29 DEC 6 DEC 13 DEC 20 DEC 24 DEC 27 DEC 31 JAN 2

START FINISH DEC 17 JAN 3 DEC 20 JAN 6 DEC 24 JAN 10 DEC 27 JAN 13 JAN 3 JAN 20 JAN 5 JAN 22 JAN 7 JAN 24 JAN 12 JAN 29 JAN 14 JAN 31

START FINISH JAN 19 FEB 5 JAN 21 FEB 7 FEB 4 FEB 21 FEB 11 FEB 28 FEB 18 MAR 6 FEB 25 MAR 13 MAR 10 MAR 27 MAR 24 APR 10

Accommodation: 4 nts hotel upgrade, 9 nts in hostels, 4 nts in bungalows Transport: English Channel ferry crossings, modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 35 Meals: 17 breakfasts, 11 dinners Tour Code: TD HTWFD

UK

2 Amsterdam London  NETHERLANDS 2 Berlin • Bruges • Dresden

BELGIUM

Prague 2

Paris 2 FRANCE

1

SWITZ.

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winter spirit

EASYRIDER CLUB

24 DAYS, $2,850 fr

LONDON

LONDON

A one month holiday exploring a winter wonderland of fun - how will you ever settle back into normal life? This trip will see you cover 11 cool countries and leave you with an insatiable appetite for more European experiences in your life. You’ll start off and finish up in ye olde London town - but the bits in between are what makes this trip awesome. Experience the likes of breathtaking French countryside and stunning Swiss scenery. See monuments like Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Rome’s Vatican City and Sistine Chapel and Venice’s canals. You’ll see Mozart’s former residence, ski in Salzburg, stuff mouthfuls of strudel in Vienna and lust after Budapest’s wine producing fountain. You’ll wish architectural views never changed when you witness Poland and Prague. Finish up partying hard in Berlin and Amsterdam before disappearing in a wave of chocolate and beer in Bruges. Life is so sweet. Best Bits • Shop till you drop in Paris • Snap pics at the Leaning Tower of Pisa • Visit Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel • Witness Venice from the canals • See Mozart’s home town • Go skiing in Salzburg • Eat an abundance of strudel in Vienna • Feel the romance in Budapest • Party hardy in Berlin • Bike around Amsterdam DAYs 1-2: LONDON TO PARIS Put those sea legs on and glide from London to Paris by ferry. Come night, you’ll see why they call Paree the 'City of Lights' on your sensational city lights tour. Day 2, woo-hoo! You’ll have plenty of time to explore all the treasures that Paris has to offer. (B, 2D) DAYs 3-4: PARIS TO Lauterbrunnen This morning, depart Paris and travel through the French countryside to stunning Switzerland, final destination Lauterbrunnen. Welcome Day 4 as you marvel at the picturesque scenery and breathe in the fresh alpine air. Opt to take a trip up the awesome snow-covered 13,100ft high Jungfrau Mountain by railway. (2B, 2D) DAYs 5-6: Lauterbrunnen TO FLORENCE This morning you’ll travel to Pisa where you’ll see its Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence; a city bursting with artistic treasures and known for being an outdoor museum for good reason. Check out Florence the next morning with a local Italian guide and see some sensational sights before chilling out for the rest of the day. (2B, D)

DAYs 7-8: FLORENCE TO ROME First stop is the fascinating, wine-laden hilltop town of Orvieto, before you make your way to Rome. You’ll get a walking tour on arrival which will cruise past places like the Colosseum. Go when you see the golden interior of the Vatican, marvel at the Sistine Chapel’s paintings and then spend your afternoon as you like. (2B, D) DAYs 9-10: ROME TO VENICE Traverse through Tuscany and over the Apennine Mountains to Venice, stopping to visit Verona along the way. Get your walking shoes on - you’ll be visiting all the sights around Venice before mounting a motorboat along the Grand Canal. Later, get lost in the mystery of it all - wander the narrow passageways, shop in the streets or sit in one of the cafes that line the canals. Get in a gondola and get gazing! (2B, D) DAYs 11-12: VENICE TO SALZBURG Today you'll pass stunning alpine scenery on the way to the city of music. Salzburg is surrounded by some excellent ski fields, so why not take this opportunity to slash up the slopes? (2B, D) Day 13: Salzburg to Vienna Onto charming Vienna, home of opera, apple strudel, and possibly Europe's finest coffee. (B) DAYs 14-15: VIENNA TO BUDAPEST Heading east to Budapest today, you’ll encounter one of Europe’s most romantic cities. The River Danube divides beautiful old Buda from bustling, present Pest. Take a city tour one day, then the next explore the Castle District with its cobbled streets and visit the famous bathhouses. (2B, D)

DAYs 16-17: BUDAPEST TO KRAKOW Onwards through Slovakia and over to Poland’s Krakow - a city that miraculously escaped the destruction of World War II. Spend today wandering through the Old Town, discovering little galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants or choose to take a Schindler tour of the Jewish ghetto. (2B, D) DAYs 18-19: KRAKOW TO PRAGUE Visit the former concentration camp of Auschwitz before heading to Prague. You'll feel enchanted by the fairytale vibe of this city. Parade through Prague and enjoy world famous cuisine and architecture. (2B, D) DAYs 20-21: PRAGUE TO BERLIN First stop is Dresden before heading to Berlin. You’ll revel in the nightlife and get a history lesson while walking around on your guided tour. Spend the next day musing through museums and seeing great sights in your free time. (2B, D) DAYs 22-23: BERLIN TO AMSTERDAM Last stop Amsterdam, party capital of Holland. On your way into the city you’ll check out a cheese and clog making demonstration. Spend the rest of the day cruising Amsterdam by bike, then take the city by storm after dark. (2B, D) DAY 24: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Departing Amsterdam you’ll travel to historic Bruges. Sample the chocolate and beer, then head back to London. (B)

DEPARTURES START NOV 3 NOV 10 NOV 17 NOV 24 DEC 1 DEC 4 DEC 8 DEC 11 DEC 15

FINISH NOV 26 DEC 3 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 24 DEC 27 DEC 31 JAN 3 JAN 7

START DEC 18 DEC 22 DEC 24 DEC 29 JAN 3 JAN 5 JAN 10 JAN 12 JAN 17

FINISH JAN 10 JAN 14 JAN 16 JAN 21 JAN 26 JAN 28 FEB 2 FEB 4 FEB 9

START JAN 19 JAN 26 FEB 2 FEB 9 FEB 23 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22

FINISH FEB 11 FEB 18 FEB 25 MAR 3 MAR 17 MAR 31 APR 7 APR 14

Accommodation: 6 nts hotel upgrade, 13 nts in hostels, 4 nts in bungalows Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 23 breakfasts, 13 dinners Tour Code: TD HTWCE

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regional tours great britain & ireland REGIONAl TOURS

britain & ireland 14 DAYS, $2,140 fr

London

London

Discover everything that these great isles have to offer. Yes, they have it all - from scandalous royals in history (we were thinking Henry VIII) to founding fashion and music revolutions cue The Beatles and Rolling Stones. Become a culture vulture and see it all from the verses of Shakespeare, shop 'til you drop in the princely streets of Edinburgh, party the night away in the heaving bars of Dublin and admire the wild beauty of Wales. Travel from ancient ruins to modern metropolises; explore castles and fortresses, pubs and taverns; take in more than 2000 years of history and a variety of cultures all squeezed into five fantastic neighboring nations. This really is the best of Britian and Ireland in a two week rampage. To top it all off, you'll be traveling with people that you'll actually call friends by the end. This is what we like to call "jolly good fun". Best Bits • Visit the home of Shakespeare • Walk the walls of York • Visit the impressive Edinburgh Castle • Enjoy a fun night out in Glasgow • Sip Guiness at Temple Bar in Dublin • Kiss the Blarney Stone • Admire the beauty of North Wales • Explore the mystery around Stonehenge Day 1: London to York Depart London for the university town of Oxford. Then continue onto Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare. End the day in the walled city of York for an evening pint. (D) Days 2-4: York to Edinburgh Today travel to Hadrian’s Wall before reaching Edinburgh. A walking tour takes in Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and Charlotte Square. Then a free day to explore Edinburgh’s cobbled streets or enjoy an optional excursion into the Scottish Highlands. (3B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh to Glasgow On your way to Glasgow you'll make a stop at a whiskey distillery for an optional tour and tasting. This evening have a great night out and meet the firendly locals of Glasgow. (B) Day 6: Glasgow to Belfast A drive through the Scottish countryside brings you to Stranraer where you'll catch the ferry to Belfast. Here you can see the ever changing face of this friendly, vibrant city. (B) Days 7-8: Belfast to Galway This morning head to the impressive Giant’s Causeway. Then onto Londonderry, a city constantly reinventing itself. From here continue to Galway. (2B) Day 9: Galway to Killarney Drive through the Burren to see the dramatic Cliffs of Moher before arriving into Killarney, a lakeside Irish village in lush County Kerry. (B)

Days 10-11: Killarney to Dublin A drive south takes you to Blarney Castle before reaching Dublin. A walking tour with a local guide introduces you to all the sights. This afternoon visit the Guinness Storehouse and party at Temple Bar. (2B, D) Day 12: Dublin to North Wales A morning ferry takes you across the Irish Sea to breathtaking North Wales. (B) Day 13: North Wales to Cardiff Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is a fantastic mix of old and new and its nightlife is legendary. (B, D) Day 14: Cardiff to London First stop Bath, site of Roman Britain. Check out this beautiful town before reaching the next stop, Stonehenge. Return to London early evening and wave goodbye to your new friends. (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 08 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 12 JUN 19

FINISH MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02

START JUN 26 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 31 AUG 07

FINISH JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 20

START AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 04 SEP 11 SEP 25

FINISH AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 08

Accommodation: 13 nights hotel and B&B accommodation on a twin share basis Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 15 - 20 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTUK

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WELSH EXPLORER

CORNWALL CRusader

5 DAYS, $339

5 DAYS, $339

(students fr $319)

(students fr $319)

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LONDON

LONDON

LONDON

LONDON

• Visit Conwy Castle, one of the world’s most impressive • Wander around the spectacular ruins of Tintern Abbey • Hike in the Brecon Beacons • A night to remember in the vibrant capital, Cardiff • Trek through the stunning Snowdonia National Park

• Marvel at the mysterious Stonehenge • Check out the dramatic Cheddar Gorge • Explore the wilderness of Dartmoor • Take a free surf lesson in Newquay • Visit the ancient Roman spa city of Bath

Day 1: London to abergavenny Head west across the Severn Bridge into southern Wales and to Chepstow Castle, the oldest stone fortification in Britain. Explore the Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey, one of the finest ruins in the country. You then have the chance to go down a real Welsh mine at the Big Pit, which is situated in Blaenavon and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Home for the night is the medieval market town of Abergavenny.

Day 1: London to Cheddar Depart London and travel west to Stonehenge, the UK’s most famous and mysterious stone circle, then onto Salisbury Cathedral. Next up is the dramatic and imposing Cheddar Gorge.

Day 2: abergavenny to corwen We start with a walk in the stunning Brecon Beacons. Travel through Wales and take in some stunning sights, including the famous secondhand book capital of Britain, Hay-on-Wye. Grab some local produce and cook up a feast in your overnight Welsh farmhouse. Day 3: corwen to caernarfon Head to Conwy Castle before traveling on to explore Snowdonia National Park. Absorb the spectacular scenery that northern Wales is so famous for. Spend the evening in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle on the relaxed north coast. Day 4: caernarfon to cardiff We have a walk around the Welsh tribal lands of Dolgellau and then onto Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales. Take a gorge walk at the Devil’s Bridge and the coastal road to the Welsh capital - Cardiff. Day 5: cardiff to London Free time to explore the city of Cardiff, then Caerleon - the site of a Roman amphitheater and fortress - before heading back to London.

Day 2: Cheddar to Newquay Spend the morning exploring the wilderness of Dartmoor before making your way into Cornwall. Take this chance to trek to Canonteign Falls. You’ll then head to Newquay, the UK’s surf capital and your base for two nights. Day 3: Cornwall Spend the day in Cornwall, taking part in ancient rituals, scenic coastal walks and the amazing Minack Theatre. You’ll also stop at Land’s End. Then back to Newquay for surf time and a night out to remember. Day 4: Newquay to Bath Travel to Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur, before traveling east through Devon into Somerset to Glastonbury where King Arthur is buried. Stop for the night in the historic and beautiful city of Bath. Day 5: Bath to London Visit the Roman Baths and check out some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. You’ll then visit the historic village of Lacock and the stone circles of Avebury before you head back to London.

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

MAY 9 - SEP 26: MON (FORTNIGHTLY)

MAY 2 - SEP 19: MON (FORTNIGHTLY)

Inclusions: All on tour transport, all ferry charges and local taxes, your fantastic local guide, entry to Big Pit and Conwy Castle Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: London 7:15am Trip ends: London 6:30pm Tour Code: RT

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Inclusions: All on tour transport, all ferry charges and local taxes, your fantastic local guide, free surfing lesson at Newquay Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: London 7:15am Trip ends: London 6:30pm Tour Code: RT

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3 DAYS, $189 fr

EDINBURGH • • •

(STUDENTS FR $179 )

highland fling

ISLAND EXPLORER

5 DAYS, $309

7 DAYS, $479

fr

EDINBURGH

Discover the magical Isle of Skye Go monster spotting at Loch Ness View the stunning Eilean Donan Castle

DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO LOCH NESS Travel past Stirling and hear tales of the legendary William Wallace. Your route takes you through Glencoe where you'll have the option to stop at a whisky distillery, before heading through the Great Glen over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

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(students fr $289)

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EDINBURGH

Stay in a haunted highland castle Hunt for Nessie at Loch Ness Dance your tartan pants off

Day 1: EDINBURGH TO CARBISDALE Head north through mountains and forests to Dunkeld and then over to Culloden Battlefield before feigning royal ancestry on arrival at your pad for the night, Carbisdale Castle - yes, it's haunted!

DAY 2: LOCH NESS (VIA SKYE) A day exploring the Isle of Skye with its myths, legends and stunning scenery. Then back to the mainland and Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness for a night with Nessie.

DayS 2-3: CARBISDALE To Loch Ness & SKYE A wee walk in the Highlands followed by some Nessie spotting. Spend the night by Loch Ness. Day 3, over the sea to Skye for a day of legends, myths, fairy stories and scenery.

DAY 3: LOCH NESS TO EDINBURGH Follow the entire length of Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled! Pass through Inverness and head for Culloden Moor, site of the defeat of Bonne Prince Charlie’s Jacobite uprising. Heading south you'll pass Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Perth before arriving back in Edinburgh.

Days 4-5 : loch ness To Oban & Edinburgh Pass many lochs, castles and mountains. You'll also have the chance to taste a dram of whisky before heading to Oban for a spot of Ceilidh Dancing. Finally, it’s back to Edinburgh hearing tales of William Wallace.

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(students fr $445)

EDINBURGH

Stay in a haunted highland castle Visit the Callanish Standing Stones Sit on white sandy beaches at Harris

DAYs 1-3: EDINBURGH, CARBISDALE CASTLE & Loch Ness Heading from Edinburgh you'll stay overnight in the haunted Carbisdale Castle. Next it’s onto Loch Ness, where you have a free day to explore. Days 4-5: Loch Ness, western isles, Lewis & HaRRis Head to the remote northwest and stop at the breathtaking mile long Corrieshalloch Gorge. Tonight hop on a ferry to the Western Isles. On Day 5, visit the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, neolithic in age at 4,000 years old. Days 6-7: Harris,SkyE and Edinburgh The beaches of Harris with their magnificent mountain backdrop are worth a look before catching a ferry to the Isle of Skye. Make your way back to Edinburgh on Day 7, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe on the way.

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Edinburgh

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DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

JAN - JUN: MON; JUL - SEP: MON & SAT; OCT - DEC: MON

DEPARTURES

JAN - MAR: MON & FRI; APR - OCT: MON, WED & FRI; NOV - DEC: MON & FRI Inclusions: On tour transport, taxes and ferries , legendary local guide Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Edinburgh 8:30am Trip ends: Edinburgh 5pm Tour Code: RT

Inclusions: All on tour transport, taxes and ferries; your legendary local guide Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Edinburgh 8:30am Trip ends: Edinburgh 5pm Tour Code: RT

Inclusions: All on tour transport, taxes and ferries, your legendary local guide Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Edinburgh 8:30am Trip ends: Edinburgh 5pm Tour Code: RT

call 800.777.0112 to book

APR 30 - OCT 22: SAT

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SOUTHERN ROCKER

Celtic rocker

All Ireland Rocker

3 DAYS, $209

5 DAYS, $339

7 DAYS, $519

(students fr $199)

(students fr $319)

(students fr $485)

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DUBLIN

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DUBLIN

DUBLIN

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DUBLIN

DUBLIN

• Jam with the locals in Ennis • Experience the dramatic Cliffs of Moher • Explore the stunning Dingle Peninsula • Get the gift of the gab at Blarney Castle

• Kiss the Blarney Stone • Wander the wonderful Burren landscape • Experience the dramatic Cliffs of Moher • Day trip to Inis Mor or Connemara

DAY 1: DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY Drive through the county of Wicklow and marvel at the lush green mountains as you pass the River Liffey. Travel to the Rock of Cashel before heading to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone. Your overnight stop is the party town of Killarney.

DAY 1: DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY Pass the River Liffey on the way to Cashel. Kiss the stone at Blarney Castle in the county of Cork.

DAY 2: KILLARNEY TO ENNIS Sit back in awe at the archaeological heritage as you explore the wilds of the Dingle Peninsula. Cross the mighty Shannon River and head to Ennis, capital of Country Clare for some traditional Irish music and jigging. DAY 3: ENNIS TO DUBLIN Check out the stunning Cliffs of Moher, then the eerie moon surface landscape of the Burren. You'll visit Galway and the City of the Tribes before returning to Dublin.

DAY 2: KILLARNEY TO ENNIS A trip round the Dingle peninsula, spot dolphins and Atlantic views before a night of traditional music. DAY 3: ENNIS TO GALWAY Experience the Burren’s lunar limestone landscape. See the Cliffs of Moher and travel onto Galway. DAY 4: GALWAY TO INIS MOR OR CONNEMARA Take a ferry over to the amazing Gaelic speaking island or explore Ireland’s holy mountain. DAY 5: GALWAY TO DUBLIN Get tribal in the ‘City of the Tribes’ before returning to Dublin.

northern ireland

Dingle • Killarney

1

1

Ennis

 Dublin

• Blarney Castle

DAYs 1-2: DUBLIN, KILLARNEY & Ennis Pass the River Liffey on the way to Blarney Castle where you get your chance to kiss the famous stone for the gift of the gab. Day Two is all about breathtaking coastal scenery as you head to Ennis. DAYs 3-4: Galway & Inis Mór Day Take in the lunar landscape of Burren - home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns. See the Cliffs of Moher before onto Galway. Day 4 it's off to Inis Mór – the largest of the Aran Islands. DAYs 5-7: Enniskkillen to Belfast Heading into northern Ireland you'll discover Derry, then onto the Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the vibrant capital of Belfast. After your Black Cab tour on Day 7, it’s time to return to Dublin for more great craic!

Derry •

Inis Mór 1 Cliffs of Moher • Dingle • Killarney

1

1 1

Galway

Ennis

Enniskkillen

1

Westport • Connemara Inis Mór 1 1 Galway

ireland

• Galway Cliffs of Moher

• Head out to the Aran Islands • Discover the Giant’s Causeway • Walk the Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge • Hear stories behind the ‘Troubles’ in Belfast

northern ireland

ireland

DUBLIN

 Dublin

• Blarney Castle

Dingle •

Ennis Killarney Blarney • 1

1

• Giant’s Causeway 1

Belfast

 Dublin

UK

DEPARTURES

JAN - MAR: FRI (FORTNIGHTLY); APR - OCT: FRI; NOV - DEC: FRI (FORTNIGHTLY) Inclusions: All on tour transport, all ferry charges and local taxes, your fantastic local guide, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Dublin 8:15am Tip ends: Dublin 5:30pm Tour Code: RT

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

Inclusions: All on tour transport, ferry charges and local taxes, guide, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle Accommodation: Not included Departure point: Dublin 8:15am Tip ends: Dublin 5:30pm Tour Code: RT

Inclusions: All on tour transport, Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide, all ferry charges & local taxes, FREE entry to Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Dublin 8:15am Trip ends: Dublin 5:30pm Tour Code: RT

JAN - MAR: MON (FORTNIGHTLY); APR: MON; MAY - AUG: MON & SAT; SEP: MON; OCT - DEC: MON (FORTNIGHTLY) * Inis Mor APR – SEP, Connemara OCT - MAR

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france, italy & spain

Discover france 14 DAYS, $2,495 fr

Paris

PARIS

Best Bits • Visit the magnificent palace at Versailles • Enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower • Visit the D-Day landing site at Normandy • Explore the island of Mont St-Michel • Sample local wines in Bordeaux • Stay in a beautiful French château • Walk the walls of Carcassonne • Glam it up along the French Riviera • Taste the culinary delights in Lyon • See the breathtaking scenery of the Alps Days 1-3: Paris Arrive any time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Spend the next two days exploring all the highlights; travel out to the incomparable palace of Versailles, enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower and wander down the Champs Elysees. In the evening see some authentic French cabaret! (2B, 2D) Day 4: Paris to Bayeux This morning, before hitting the beaches of Normandy, you'll visit Camembert - yes, as in the cheese. To die for! In the afternoon, learn about the D-Day landings with a visit to the 360 degree cinema at Arromanches Les Bains. Stay in Bayeux tonight. (B, D)

Day 5: Bayeux to Loire Valley Today you'll visit Mont St-Michel, one of France’s most incredible attractions. After the walk up to the abbey, head off to the Loire Valley, aka “chateau valley”. Tonight you'll get to stay in a châteaux. (B, D)

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France - the epitome of style, sophistication and elegance. This is your chance to delve head-first into a country that will leave you feeling vibrant, liberated and in love - from the elegant boutiques and boulevards of Paris to the sun-soaked coasts of the Cote d'Azure. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty of the Alps and the incredible history of the cities of Normandy and Carcassonne. Enjoy the famous wines of Burgandy and the delicious cuisine of Lyon. You've seen it in the movies, read about it in books and dreamt about purchasing chic Parisian pieces for a lifetime. Relish the opportunity to really explore one of the yummiest countries on the planet.

Days 6-7: Loire Valley to Bordeaux Visit the famous Château de Chambord and marvel at its beauty from a boat ride around its base. Stopover in the Cognac region before heading to Bordeaux. Day 7, visit the hilltop town of Saint Emilion and sample some of the delicious vintage vinos during a visit to a local winemaker. (2B, D) Day 8: Bordeaux to Carcassonne On to Carcassonne today, which is an excellent example of a fortified city. Enjoy a brief orientation tour about the history of the town and the walls that have made it famous. (B, D) Days 9-10: Carcassonne to French Riviera First up is the unbelievable Pont du Gard aquaduct before heading to the celeb hotspot, the French Riviera. Enjoy Day 10 at your own pace - hit the famous beaches or hit the shops. Tonight head to Monaco where you can try your luck at one of the many casinos. (2B, D)

Day 11: French Riviera to Lyon Leave the Cote d’Azur today and journey onto the culiary capital of Lyon with a stop in Avignon. Make sure you try some of the famous local dishes. (B) Day 12: Lyon to Annecy Spend the morning exploring the city of Lyon. Take in the breathtaking scenery as you head to Annecy in the French Alps. Learn a bit about the interesting history of the town during an orientation tour. (B) Day 13: Annecy Today is a free day in the Alps. Enjoy the view of Mont Blanc from one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes or just enjoy the atmosphere from the shore. Tonight you'll have a cracking farewell dinner with the group. (B, D) Day 14: Annecy to Paris Back to Paris where it's time to say goodbye. The bright side? You're back in Paris! (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 21 JUN 4 JUN 18 JUL 2

FINISH JUN 3 JUN 17 JUL 1 JUL 15

START JUL 16 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27

FINISH JUL 29 AUG 12 AUG 26 SEP 9

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START FINISH SEP 10 SEP 23 SEP 24 OCT 7

3 1

Accommodation: 12 nights hotel accommodation and 1 night in a Chateau on a twin share basis. Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 16-20 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTDF

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Loire Valley france

2

2

Bordeaux 1

Carcassonne

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Annecy

Lyon

1

French Riviera

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trekking mont blanc 10 DAYS, Chamonix

fr

$1,349 Chamonix

After an adventure? As in hiking the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland? Look no further, we're declaring this challenge open! It's a trip designed for those with a bit of ‘grit’ – if you don’t have any, get some - life’s way too short to be cautious. If you are up for the glory, it'll see you storming up hills and mountains, through valleys and alongside picturesque scenery, returning ready to kick life’s butt. Seriously though, this trip does involve some demanding trekking. There are no porters to carry your packs so you'll need to be in good physical condition - if you aren't yet, get training now! The Mont Blanc region boasts one of the world's premier hiking circuits so this is one adventure not to miss. Best Bits • Trek from France to Italy and Switzerland • Explore world class hiking circuits • Hike past glaciers and pine forests • Take in views of spectacular mountains • Descend into remote villages • Stay overnight in mountain refuges • Wind through the Chamonix Valley • Select the options that suit your ability Days 1-2: chamonix to Les Contamines Arrive in Chamonix in time for a 5pm welcome meeting with your guide and fellow hikers. On Day 2, from Les Houches you'll take a cable car to the start of your trek in Bellevue. Hike through beautiful spruce forests and alpine meadows, past the magnificent Bionnassay Glacier and along the old Roman road towards the Col Du Bonhomme. Enjoy views of the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc range before descending to Les Contamines Valley and a mountain cabin for a relaxing evening. (D)

Day 3: Les Contamines to les chapieux As you tackle the tough climb, you'll be rewarded with awesome views of the surrounding peaks. Then it's a steep descent into the Vallée des Chapieux where you'll spend the night. (B, D) Day 4: les chapieux to Courmayeur Climbing through open pastures, arrive at the Col de la Seigne and the border of Italy, before descending into the beautiful Val Veny. The route today is long and demanding but the views are fabulous, and at the end of the day you reach the delightful Italian town of Courmayeur. (B) Day 5: Courmayeur Ahhh, an opportunity to relax! Spend the day taking it easy, with options for a cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner on Mont Blanc or a transglacial crossing from Italy into France. (B) Day 6: Courmayeur to val Ferret Hike from Courmayeur to Mont de la Faxe, taking the 'balcony road' for fabulous views of the Grandes Jorassses Ridge. Spend the night in the mountains at the rustic Bonatti Refuge. (B, D)

Day 7: val Ferret to Champex Hike through the Grand Col Ferret to the border with Switzerland before descending to the Swiss side of Val Ferret to the village of the same name. Here you'll hop on a local bus towards Champex and onto Praz de Fort, where you can choose to hike the final segment of the walk or stay on the bus all the way to the village. (B) Day 8: Champex to Trient Starting at Champex d’en Bas, today's hike takes you along the spectacular Bovine Way; an ancient trail used to access the cow pastures high above the valley. Cross the Col de la Forclaz and continue onto the town of Trient. (B, D) Day 9: Trient to Chamonix Valley Say goodbye to Switzerland and return to France via the Chamonix Valley. You'll hike over the Col de la Balme, with stunning views of the Mont Blanc massif from the top. Then descending to the Chamonix Valley, it's a train or bus back to Chamonix for a final night on the town. (B) Day 10: Chamonix Take your weary self back home or onwards for another adventure.

DEPARTURES START JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 02 JUL 07 JUL 09 JUL 14

FINISH JUL 02 JUL 09 JUL 11 JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 23

START JUL 16 JUL 21 JUL 23 JUL 28 JUL 30

FINISH JUL 25 JUL 30 AUG 01 AUG 06 AUG 08

START AUG 04 AUG 06 AUG 11 AUG 13 AUG 18

FINISH AUG 13 AUG 15 AUG 20 AUG 22 AUG 27

START AUG 25 SEP 01 SEP 03 SEP 08 SEP 10

FINISH SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 12 SEP 17 SEP 19

france

switzerland

Trient

Accommodation: 2 nts hotels, 2 nts basic hotels (may be multi-share) , 5 nts mountain refuges (multi-share) Transport: Local bus, walking, cable car Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD340 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EFMB

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ULTIMATE ITALY

13 DAYS, $2,799

13 DAYS, $2,349

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PARIS

REGIONAl TOURS

FRANCE TO ITALY ADVENTURE

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ROME

rome

venice

• Enjoy the local Pinot's in Burgundy • Head to the heart of Provence • Party it up in Nice • Wander along the Cinque Terre • Explore the bustling city of Rome

• • • • •

Days 1-3: Paris to Beaune Touch down in Paris and settle in. Day 2 head out to the Burgundy region and the town of Beaune, famous for its Pinot Noir. Browse the local markets and down some local wine at one of many cellars.

Days 1-2: Rome to Siena Arrive in Rome and explore at your own pace. Day 2, take on Siena, one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns.

Days 4-5: Avignon Head to the heart of Provence and the spectacular medieval walled town of Avignon. Visit the magnificent medieval Papal residence and try the mouthwatering Provençal cuisine. Days 6-7: Nice to Monaco Travel to the Mediterranean coast. Soak up the sun on the promenade of Nice and flit the night away in the trendy bars and restaurants. Enjoy a day trip to Monaco and visit the famous Monte Carlo casino.

See the preserved medieval town of Siena Soak up the culture in Florence Get acquainted with little Lucca Marvel at Mediterranean sunsets in Cinque Terre Admire the splendor of Venice

Days 3-4: Siena to Florence Exquisite is the only way we can describe Florence. Spend the next two days exploring the Renaissance art capital. Day 5: Florence to Lucca Head to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. You’ll have the day here to get to know the piazzas, towers and churches of this enchanting walled city. Days 6-7: Lucca to the Cinque Terre Five stunning villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Hike, swim and drink wine as you meander from one town to the next.

Days 8-9: Nice to the Cinque Terre Spend two nights in stunning Cinque Terre, where five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Hike, swim, drink wine and watch amazing Mediterranean sunsets.

Day 8: Cinque Terre to Asti Discover the wineries and sample the vintage vinos, making sure to taste the sparkling Asti Spumante, the region’s specialty.

Days 10-11: Cinque Terre to Florence After a stop at Pisa, explore the Tuscan capital that inspired the fathers of Italian art, birthplace of the Italian language and the Italian Renaissance.

Days 9-10: Asti to Como Just north of Milan, Como is the gateway to Lago di Como. Explore Bellagio, a lake town that is often described as the most beautiful in all of Europe.

Days 12-13: florence to Rome Jump on a train to the bustling Italian capital. Rome exudes history, from its mysterious Catacombs to the imposing Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City.

Days 11-13: Como to venice Venice - a city embellished with monuments of rare splendor that make it a town like no other in the world. It’s yours to absorb, explore and experience. Come Day 13 kiss Venice goodbye and relish in the memories.

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START MAY 01 JUN 05 JUL 10

FINISH MAY 11 JUN 17 JUL 22

START JUL 31 SEP 04 OCT 02

FINISH AUG 12 SEP 16 OCT 14

START FINISH OCT 30 NOV 11

Accommodation: 12 nights hotels Transport: Local bus, train, walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD612 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EFIA

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START APR 16 MAY 07 MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 18

2

france italy

Avignon

2

Nice

2

2

Cinque Terre 2 Florence 1

FINISH APR 28 MAY 19 JUN 2 JUN 16 JUN 30

START JUN 25 JUL 09 JUL 23 AUG 6 AUG 20

FINISH JUL 7 JUL 21 AUG 4 AUG 18 SEP 01

START SEP 03 SEP 17 OCT 01 OCT 15 OCT 29

FINISH SEP 15 SEP 29 OCT 13 OCT 27 NOV 10

Accommodation: 12 nts hotels Transport: Local bus, train, boat Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD612 - 790 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EIUL

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call 800.777.0112 to book

2

Como

2 Venice italy Asti 1 Cinque Terre 2 Lucca 1 2 Florence Siena 1 1 Rome 


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cINQUE TERRE Taste of Tuscany walk 8 DAYS, $1,699

5 DAYS, $899

8 DAYS, $1,299

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fr

lA SPEZIA

amalfi coast

Florence

lA SPEZIA

fr

SIENA

Sorrento

Sorrento

• Hike the stunning Ligurian coastline • Pass through the Cinque Terre villages • Sample the local Limoncello • Indulge in the freshly caught seafood

• Visit Piazza Michelangelo in Florence • Sample the famous Chianti wines • Wander the streets of medieval Lucca • Go to gastronomical heaven in Siena

• Wander through the ruins of Pompeii • Explore the Sorrento Peninsula • Hike the incredible “Walk of the Gods” • Visit picturesque Positano and Ravello

Days 1-2: la spezia Arrive in La Spezia. On Day 2, you'll head out into the Cinque Terre National Park and walk the original coastal trail from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, passing through all five of the beautiful Cinque Terre villages. Try some local wine or grappa and feast on freshly caught seafood. Bellissimo!

DAYs 1-3: Florence Arrive in Florence. On Day 2, enjoy the local produce at the covered market before a walk through Florence up to the famous viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo. On Day 3, take a short hike in the Chianti countryside followed by winetasting and a light lunch. (2B, L)

DAYs 1-3: Sorrento and Pompeii Arrive in Sorrento with free time to enjoy a stroll through town. On Day 2, take a scenic walk to Punta Campanella and the Sorrento Peninsula, famous for its dramatic coastline - gaze across the water to the enchanting island of Capri. On Day 3, wander the streets of forgotten Pompeii, frozen in time from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. You’ll have a guided tour and free time to explore. (2B, D)

Days 3-5: Amalfi Coast Enjoy the freedom to explore the Cinque Terre on your own. Take a hike along one of the higher inland trails for more beautiful views over the coast, or choose to fill your days with many optional activities such as biking, boat trips and diving. Take a cookery class in typical Ligurian cuisine - or simply laze on the azzure beaches! Day 5: la spezia It's time to say goodbye to paradise. Leave at any time today.

Days 4-5: Lucca Imagine a beautiful little Tuscan town protected by thick 16th century walls - that's Lucca, only a short train ride away. Explore the streets on foot and medieval ramparts by bike. (2B) Days 6-8: Siena Visit Pisa, taking a walk to view the famous monuments including the Leaning Tower. One of Italy's best preserved medieval towns, Siena is a gastronomic delight and you will happily devour the local specialities. Day 8 and it's time to say goodbye. (3B)

DAYs 4-8: Amalfi Coast The next three days will be filled visiting the charming towns of the Amalfi Coast. There is plently of hiking to do - challenge youself to the incomparable “Walk of the Gods”. The views over the idyllic villages of Furore, Praiano and Positano make it all worthwhile. Visit the city of music; Ravello, made famous by Wagner. A mustdo is catch the ferry to Capri to visit the Blue Grotto. Depart Sorrento on Day 8. (5B)

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italy

Lucca 2 Siena

3

Pompeii • Sorrento 3 • 4 Amalfi Positano •Ravello

Florence

2

4

La Spezia italy

DEPARTURES START FINISH MAY 15 MAY 19 JUN 12 JUN 16

DEPARTURES START FINISH JUL 10 JUL 14 SEP 04 SEP 08

START FINISH OCT 08 OCT 12

Accommodation: 4 nights guesthouse Transport: Train, walking Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD272 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EICW

START FINISH MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25

DEPARTURES START FINISH JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 27 SEP 03

START FINISH SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 22 OCT 29

Accommodation: 7 nights hotels Transport: Local bus/train, Walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 lunch with winetasting included Budget: Allow USD408 - 544 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EITT

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START APR 30 MAY 14 MAY 28

FINISH MAY 07 MAY 21 JUN 05

START JUN 18 JUL 02 SEP 03

FINISH JUN 25 JUL 09 SEP 10

START FINISH SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 15 OCT 22

Accommodation: 3 nts farmhouse, 4 nts hotel Transport: Train, walking, bus Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner included Budget: Allow USD272 - 340 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EIAC


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bravo Italia 13 DAYS, rome • • • •

fr

$2,330

8 DAYS, $1,299 fr

rome

Catania

Catania

• Take a dip in the thermal springs of Vulcano Island • Relax on the black volcanic beaches of Sicily • Discover beautiful Italian seaside villages • Explore the lava tunnels and flows of mighty Mt Etna

Check out Rome and Vatican City Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Cinque Terre Experience a vaporetto ride in Venice

DAYS 1-2: ROME Arrive in glorious Rome for a walking tour to see the sights, including the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Spend Day 2 discovering some of the world’s finest works of art at the Vatican museum and the amazing Sistine Chapel. (B, D)

DAYs 1-2: CATANIA TO LIPARI Land in Catania any time to explore. On Day 2 you’ll travel from Milazzo harbor by boat to the island of Lipari. Enjoy an easy hike along the south coast of the island with views of Vulcano Island’s crater. (B)

DAYS 3-4: ROME TO SORRENTO Head to stunning Sorrento via the ancient buried city of Pompeii. On Day 4 take a local bus along the Amalfi Coast to Positano, or an optional full day tour to the Island of Capri and the famous Blue Grotto. Bliss! (2B, D)

DAY 3: LIPARI TO VULCANO Venture to Vulcano Island, famous for its black beaches and thermal springs. Take a three-hour hike to Vulcano’s crater to see the ‘fumaroles,’ then time to relax on the beach or go for a dip in the thermal hot springs. Return to Lipari for dinner. (B)

DAY 5: SORRENTO TO ASSISI Travel through dramatic mountain scenery to Assisi and visit the Basilica of St Francis with its magnificent 14th century frescoes. (B, D) DAYs 6-7: ASSISI TO FLORENCE Driving through the Tuscan hills, you'll visit the medieval city of Siena. Then onto a Chianti winery for a tour followed by an al fresco dinner. Wake up in Florence for a walking tour with a mind-blowing history lesson. (2B, D)

DAYS 4-5: VULCANO TO STROMBOLI Off to Stromboli Island today across the Tyrrhenian Sea for a sunset trek. Hike to the western side of the island to experience the power of the 'Sciara del Fuoco', a lava-filled scar on the side of Stromboli volcano - one of the most active in the world. Day 5 you have the option to take the strenuous but rewarding hike to the top with a certified volcano guide. (2B)

DAYs 8-9: FLORENCE TO CINQUE TERRE First stop Lucca, then onto the Leaning Tower of Pisa. On Day 9 you'll experience the unspoiled group of five villages known as Cinque Terre. (2B, D)

DAY 6: STROMBOLI TO MT. ETNA Return to Sicily’s mainland and travel to the northern side of Mt Etna. Before dinner, you’ll go for a short walk over the lava flow, then return to a delicious meal at your mountain hotel. (B)

DAYS 10-11: CINQUE TERRE TO VENICE Cruise on Lake Garda, see Juliet's balcony in Verona and arrive in Venice for a walking tour of the city and a vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal. (2B, D)

DAY 7: MT. ETNA Today you’ll walk through woods, lava tunnels and different lava flows. Experience the power of mighty Mt Etna up close. (B)

DAYs 12-13: VENICE TO ROME Travel south to visit the hilltop city of Orvieto, before arriving back in Rome for a farewell dinner. Say ciao to your travel buddies on Day 13. (2B, D)

DAY 8: CATANIA Wake up and after a hearty breakfast say goodbye to your new friends. (B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START MAY 8 MAY 22 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUN 26

FINISH MAY 20 JUN 3 JUN 17 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 8

START JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 7

FINISH JUL 15 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 19

START AUG 14 AUG 28 SEP 11 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 9

FINISH AUG 26 SEP 9 SEP 23 SEP 30 OCT 7 OCT 21

Accommodation: 12 nts hotel accommodation on a twin share basis Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, ferry Group Size: Avg 16-20 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTBI

Lake Garda • Verona • 2 Venice Cinque 2 Terre Pisa • 2 Florence Siena • 1 Assisi Orvieto • 3 Rome

START FINISH MAY 13 MAY 20 JUN 10 JUN 17

START FINISH SEP 16 SEP 23

START FINISH OCT 14 OCT 21

Accommodation: 7 nts hotel Transport: Private and public bus , hydrofoils, boat, walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout, local guides, certified volcano guide Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD340 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EISV

Pompeii • Capri • 2 Sorrento italy

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Stromboli 2 2 Lipari Vulcano • • Milazzo 1 Mt Etna Catania 2

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Iberian Adventure

northern spain by bike

7 DAYS, $779

8 DAYS, $1,399

fr

madrid

(STUDENTS fr $745)

fr

madrid

Barcelona

Barcelona

• Absorb the passion of a live Flamenco performance • Hit the Lagos party circuit with force • Visit the beautiful Moorish Alhambra Palace • Head to the most southernly point in Europe, Tarifa • Wander the cobblestone streets of Toledo

• Experience the beauty of Catalunya by bicycle • Cycle along the Bici Carril • Visit the volcanic area and Garrotxa Natural Park • Explore the Banys Arabs (Arab baths) in Girona • Wander the streets of Sant Feliu de Guíxols on the Costa Brava

Day 1: Madrid to Seville Visit Cordoba, home to the Mezquita (Mosque) then onto Seville. Take a walking tour with a local guide and visit the world’s third largest cathedral. Tapas and party time!

DAYs 1-3: Barcelona to Olot Arrive any time in Barcelona and spend the day wandering. Day 2, an early morning train journey brings you to the medieval town of Ripoll. Cycle along the Bici Carril, a former railway line that has been transformed into a bicycle route, through the lovely village of Sant Joan de les Abadesses on your way to the historic town of Olot. Day 3 is free to choose from many of the optional activities in the Olot area, such as walking or biking in the nearby Garrotxa Natural Park amidst the park’s many volcanoes.

Days 2-3: Seville to Lagos Explore beautiful Seville before heading off to the sun-loving party town of Lagos in Portugal. Head out for dinner at an authentic Portuguese restaurant, before hitting the bars. On Day 3, wander the town of Lagos, explore the stunning secluded coastline by kayak or grab some surf lessons. Spend the night partying or just relax. Day 4: Lagos to Tarifa Stop in Jerez to experience a traditional Bodega and sample some of the world renowned Tio Pepe Sherry. Then it’s onto Tarifa - take a quick ferry to Morocco, go whale watching or visit Gibraltar. Days 5-6: Tarifa to Granada Onto Granada past the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tonight you're in the home of tapas, so treat your belly to everything on the menu. The next day you'll have the chance to visit the Alhambra, Spain’s most visited attraction and residence of royalty for centuries. Join a fully guided tour or relax and head to the Turkish hot pools for a massage. Flamenco dancing tonight. Day 7: Granada to Madrid Leaving Granada, make a stop in Consuegra before heading to the imperial city of Toledo. You will return to Madrid by early evening where your tour will end. Say adios to your new amigos.

DEPARTURES

JUN 11 - SEP 17: SAT Inclusions: Orientation walks in each town, Bodega sherry tasting in Jerez, modern coach with reclining seats, Busabout guide and driver, all local taxes Accommodation: 6 nts multishare accommodation in Spanish hostales (budget hotels), upgrades available Departure point: Mad Hostel, Madrid 7:45am Return time: Mad Hostel, Madrid 6pm Tour Code: RT

Days 4-5: Olot to Girona Start the morning on the Bici Carril, as you cycle along from Olot to Girona (34mi). Most of the time there are gentle gradients as you wind your way through sunflower fields and tree lined canopies, crossing rivers and the occasional road until you reach your destination – Girona. The following day is free to either explore this fascinating town or ride to Rupit, one of the most picturesque villages in Catalunya. Don't miss the gorgeous Arab baths, or if you'd rather stay on the saddle, cycle to the nearby lake Banyoles where you can swim, row or go fishing. Days 6-7: Girona, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Barcelona Bike the last 25mi towards Sant Feliu de Guíxols on the Mediterranean coast. Spend the remainder of the day swimming in the Mediterranean or exploring the Spanish coastline. The following day is spent at leisure before departing for Barcelona by bus in the evening. Optional activities include hiking, biking, diving or just relaxing on the beach. Day 8: Barcelona It's all over much too quickly! Time to say goodbye this morning and continue on yet another adventure.

DEPARTURES portugal spain

Madrid  • Toledo Consuegra • Lagos 2 Seville 1 Jerez • 2 Granada Tarifa 1

START MAY 29 JUL 17

FINISH JUN 05 JUL 24

START SEP 02 OCT 16

FINISH SEP 09 OCT 23

Accommodation: 7 nights hotel Transport: Local bus, train, bicycle Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout, local guides Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD340 for meals not included Included 3 guided biking excursions, 21 speed mountain-bike style bicycle with helmet Tour Code: GA ESSB

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barcelona

barcelona

Day 8: Fez Kick off with a tour of this fascinating city led by a local guide who you give you all the insider gossip. Spend the afternoon exploring at your own pace. (B)

Day 15: Porto Free day to explore Porto - check out the Ribeira district, the medieval old town and spot all the different 'azulejos'; hand-painted tiles that characterize the city. (B)

Best Bits • Stroll down Las Ramblas in Barcelona • Explore Valencia's old quarter • Visit the beautiful Alhambra Palace • Wander the streets of Fez • Munch at the tapas bars in Seville • Party the night away in Lisbon • Admire the beautiful azulejos in Porto • Drink plenty of Portugese port • Relax in Madrid's peaceful gardens • Chill on the beach in San Sebastian

Day 9: Meknes and Volubilis Take a day trip out to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and visit the city of Meknes, once the capital of Morocco. (B, D)

Day 16: Porto to Madrid To the capital of Spain, magical Madrid. Stop at Salamanca on the way, one of the most spectacular renaissance cities in Europe and home to the oldest university in Spain. (B)

Day 1: Barcelona Bienvenido a Espana! This afternoon take a tour of this funky city. See the Columbus Monument, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, Pueblo Espanol and Las Ramblas before your welcome dinner. (D)

Days 12-13: Seville to Lisbon A new day a new country - Portugal. Arriving in Lisbon take in the sights of Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. Check out Bairro Alto for some of Europe's best nightlife. The next day is yours to wander the streets as you like. (2B, D)

Day 2: Barcelona to Valencia Spend some free time exploring Barcelona this morning before you head down to Valencia via Cava caves. (B, D) Day 3: Valencia Do a walking tour of the old quarter today. Use your free afternoon to head to the beach. (B) Days 4-5: Valencia to Granada Head to Granada, the last Moorish city in Spain to fall to the Christians. Visit the Alhambra, once a fortress with palaces, gardens and a small city all in one. (2B, D) Day 6: Granada to Tangier Today you'll head to the southern tip of Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and spend that afternoon exploring Tangier. (B, D) Day 7: Tangier to Fez Travel to Fez, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. (B, D)

Days 10-11: FeZ to Seville Bid farewell to Africa and return to Europe. On Day 11 a tour of Seville takes in all the highlights including the beautiful Plaza de Espana and the Cathedral. The tapas bars are buzzing in the evenings - grab a bite. (2B, D)

Day 14: Lisbon to Porto On the way to Porto, stop at the nearby town of Sintra to visit the Palacio Nacional da Pena. Also visit Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto and the port capital of the world. Here you'll enjoy a tour and wine tasting at one of the many port cellars. (B, D)

Day 17: Madrid Your city tour of Madrid takes in the Royal Palace (home to one of Europe’s oldest monarchies) and the Plaza de Espana. There is plenty of free time to visit the Prado or relax in the peaceful botanical gardens. (B, D) Day 18: Madrid to San Sebastian First stop today is Segovia, then it’s onto San Sebastian in the Basque Country. (B, D) Day 19: San Sebastian Try your hand at surfing or just chill out on the beach. Later today check out the city’s many pintxos (tapas) bars in the old town. (B) Days 20-21: San Sebastian to Barcelona First stop today is Zaragosa, then it’s onto Barcelona to dance the night away and end the tour on a high. Depart after breakfast on Day 21. (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START MAY 03 MAY 10 MAY 24 MAY 31

FINISH MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 13 JUN 20

START JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 05 JUL 26

FINISH JUL 04 JUL 11 JUL 25 AUG 15

START FINISH AUG 29 SEP 18 SEP 06 SEP 26

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Fez

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Explore the alluring cities, warm cultures and exquisite landscapes of the southern Mediterranean region as you delve head-first into three saucy countries - Spain, Morocco and Portugal. You'll make your way from Barcelona to Madrid via the enchanted city of Fez and the party capital of Lisbon, sampling the delicious cuisine of each place and learning about the fascinating history that entwines them. The nights out will start to roll into days as you party like you've never partied before - the nightlife is buzzing, sweaty and simply incredible. And with a group of like-minded travel buddies to share it all with, this is sure to be a summer you'll never forget.


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Barcelona

Barcelona

Experience the two exuberant countries that make up the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is famous for its vibrant cities, beautiful countryside and stunning National Parks. See all the highlights starting in the chic urban playground of Barcelona. Wander along the lively Las Ramblas and view Gaudi’s most famous work, the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Head up to Basque country, in the shadow of the Pyrenees. Pamplona lies quietly dormant for most of the year and explodes in color and excitement during the 'Running of the Bulls' festival. Stop at the seaside town of San Sebastian, renowned for its surfing and chilled out vibes and visit Santiago de Compostela, one of the world's most important pilgrimage sites. In southern Spain, sample the delights of Andalucia and absorb the passions of Seville and Granada. Be captivated by the energy of the Flamenco and a visit to the amazing Moorish Alhambra Palace will leave you breathless. Portugal will charm you with its multicultural, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Its capital, Lisbon, is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of history. The beaches, the wine and the food will all captivate you and the nightlife will leave you buzzing, with some of the best in Europe. The diversity will impress you, the scenery will inspire you and the experience will stay with you forever. Best Bits • Admire Barcelona's incredible architecture • Explore Spain's Basque region • Be moved by a Flamenco performance • See the amazing Moorish Alhambra Palace • Wander the narrow streets of Porto • Explore Lisbon's winding streets and cafes • Chill out on the beaches of the Algarve • Eat Paella by the plateful • Enjoy the famous Spanish nightlife • Sample the famous wines of Porto

­ ay 1: Barcelona D Arrive in Barcelona at any time and explore Spain’s second largest city, known worldwide for its dynamic atmosphere and exciting style, before meeting up with your group this evening. Day 2: Barcelona to Pamplona Home to the famous 'Running of the Bulls', this is a perfect city to enjoy on foot with its numerous parks, monuments and neighborhoods full of charm and history.

Days 9-10: Santiago de Compostela to Porto Over the border in Portugal is the city of Porto. This gracious northern capital is Portugal's second largest city and a thriving industrial hub. It successfully blends commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm.

Days 3-4: Pamplona to San Sebastian Take a short bus trip into the Basque country to this sleepy, tasty, breachfront town. With the sun and sea as your constant companions, take a break from your urban adventures and laze on the beautiful beaches of San Sebastian.

Days 11-12: Porto to Lisbon A morning train will take you to the amazing capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Explore the Castelo de Sao Jorge which overlooks the city. Look out for small corridors off the winding streets that lead to relaxed cafes boasting fantastic views from the hill. Hang out in Bairro Alto, one of the most picturesque quarters in the city, with its 16th Century architecture. Watch how the area comes alive at night with numerous quirky bars.

Days 5-6: San Sebastian to Cangas de Onis A scenic day of travel takes you to the region of Asturias. Cangas de Onis is located in the beautiful mountains of the Picos de Europa National Park. Invigorate yourself with a hike among its gorgeous peaks and valleys.

Day 13: Lisbon to Evora Practice your Portuguese with the locals on an early morning bus ride to Evora. Wander through the twisting alleyways and past the whitewashed houses to see the many beautiful monuments and buildings that make Evora a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Days 7-8: Cangas de Onis to Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela is an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Explore the cathedral on the Praza do Obradoiro, which houses the supposed tomb of St James the Apostle. Immerse yourself in the culture and history.

Days 14-15: Evora to seville Enjoy Seville, one of the most colorful cities in Spain. Explore its beautiful monuments, parks and gardens. It's one of the most exciting cities in the country, filled with Muslim monuments, Flamenco dancing and a large, lively student population contributing to its energetic pulse.

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Days 16-17: Seville to granada Onwards to the Andaluz city of Granada, where you have an included visit to the breathtaking Alhambra Palace. This is one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture and will be a highlight of the trip for most visitors. It's easy to spend a whole day exploring the three sections of the palace. Days 18-19: Granada to valencia Heading up to the middle of the Mediterranean coast you'll arrive in Valencia. After an orientation walk round the Old Quarter, the rest of the day is yours - perhaps visit Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences or lay back and relax on one of the city beaches. In the evening you'll enjoy a delicious meal at a paella restaurant where you can taste this local dish.

Days 20-21: valencia to barcelona Arrive in Barcelona and head off on an orientation walk of the city, including the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. You'll visit Park Guell, with its amazing stone structures, tiling and fascinating buildings, including Gaudi's dragon fountain at the entrance. Spend the evenings enjoying the charm of the city, delicious tapas and great Spanish wine. There's the option to visit the incredible Sagrada Familia, another Gaudi which amazingly has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. Or visit the Museums of Montjuic and Barcelonetta.

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DEPARTURES START FINISH IBERIAN EXPERIENCE 22 DAYS

START FINISH SPAIN & PORTUGAL SAMPLER 12 DAYS

START FINISH SPAIN & PORTUGAL HIGHLIGHTS 11 DAYS

Accommodation: 21 nights hotels Transport: Local bus, train, walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Budget: Allow USD850-1122 for meals not included Tour Code: GA ESIE

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eastern escape 13 DAYS, $2,150 fr

berlin

berlin

For years, hidden behind a veil of political difference, much of the east was closed off to tourists. But thankfully - not any more! This trip gives you the chance to see some of Europe's most lively and innovative cities, each filled with a history of war and struggle, making each place so unique and prosperous today. You will be inspired by the cutting edge style, art and nightlife, will greedily devour the local cuisine and happily down pints of the local beers. You'll visit the ever so funky Berlin and Warsaw; rebuilding from a recent tragic past into what can only be described as a thriving urban metropolis. Make your way to the gothic glory of Prague, cobbled streets of Krakow, romanticism of Budapest and stop for culture, coffee and opera in Vienna. Traveling with a group of like-minded people from all over the globe, your Eastern Escape will be a holiday to remember. Best Bits • Explore the very recent history in Berlin • See the remains of the Berlin Wall • Roam the old Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw • Admire the beauty of Krakow's Old Town • Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau • Try a traditional bath in Budapest • Eat apple strudel in Vienna • Wander the cobbled streets of Prague • Try a pint of Europe's most popular beer • Stop in historic Dresden Days 1-2: Berlin Arrive at any time and meet up with your group to hit some of the funky bars this city is famous for. The next day starts with a city tour taking in all the fascinating sights of this historic city; now a hip and trendy place reborn after the fall of the Berlin Wall. (B, D) Days 3-4: Berlin to Warsaw Reborn after the horrors of World War II into a city of cultural significance and lively night life. Visit the Old Jewish Ghetto and Pawiak Prison with time for discovery at our leisure. (2B, D) Day 5: Warsaw to Krakow Today a sobering visit to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Then onto Krakow, the former capital of Poland and one of its most charming cities. (B, D)

Day 6: Krakow Today is a free day to explore. You can choose from tours of the Jewish Quarter to visiting salt mines used since the 13th century. (B)

Day 13: Prague to Berlin Historic Dresden breaks the journey as you head back to Berlin, where your trip comes to an end early evening. (B)

Days 7-8: Krakow to Budapest Today head to the twin cities of Buda and Pest, where you can visit Statue Park to get a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain. The next day is free to check out other sites such as the baths and underground labyrinth which has a famous fountain producing wine. (2B, D) Days 9-10: Budapest to Vienna Stop off in Bratislava before heading onto Vienna. You won't need your iPod here as Vienna is a musical gold mine. From the Vienna Boys Choir to Viennese concerts in spectacular palaces, this city proves that classical can be cool! On your city tour see the impressive Hofburg Palace, home of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Spanish Riding School, the Opera House and the Schonbrunn Palace. (2B, D) Days 11-12: Vienna to Prague Visit Kutna Hora before arriving in Prague. A walking tour takes in all the sights such as the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Prague is justly famous for its nightlife – from traditional beer halls to the largest club in eastern Europe (nine floors!). Yup, Prague has it all. (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START MAY 15 MAY 29 JUN 12 JUN 26 JUL10

FINISH MAY 27 JUN 10 JUN 24 JUL 08 JUL 22

START JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 07 AUG 21

FINISH JUL 29 AUG 05 AUG 12 AUG 19 SEP 02

START SEP 04 SEP 18 OCT 02 OCT 16

FINISH SEP 16 SEP 30 OCT 14 OCT 28

Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation on a twin share basis Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 16-20 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTBM

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GERMANY

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Krakow

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Ottoman TREK

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Visit Gallipoli Beach and Lone Pine cemetery Party on the island of Corfu Check out the unspoilt Albanian beaches Walk along Dubrovnik's city walls

Day 1: SPLIT, MOSTAR & SARAJEVO Drive along the Croatian coast into Bosnia and magnificent Mostar with its famous bridge. It’s then onto Sarajevo for a night out among top nightlife, live bands and great food.

Day 1: Istanbul to Gallipoli Leave the Turkish metropolis and head to Gallipoli, made famous by the brave ANZACs of 1915. Visit this historical site, the lone pine cemetery and the beach landing point before an evening of Turkish cuisine. (B)

Day 2: SARAJEVO A free day in the Bosnian capital. Marvel at the famous Sarajevo tunnel which will give you a better understanding of the country and its people. Relax the afternoon away shopping in the old town bazaar. (B)

Day 2: Gallipoli to Thessaloniki Head across the border to Greece, stopping at Kavala and its impressive Roman aqueduct before heading to Thessaloniki. The food here is yum, the nightlife second-to-none and the beaches simply awesome. (B)

Day 3: SARAJEVO TO BELGRADE Across the border into neighbouring Serbia and its capital Belgrade. Explore the city with its grand orthodox churches - but the real highlight here in Belgrade is the people. (B)

Day 3: Thessaloniki, Meteora & Athens Spend a historical day at Meteora. This ancient site features monasteries perched on cliffs dating back to the 9th Century and is UNESCO listed. Onto Athens next, the gateway to the famous Greek islands. (B)

Day 4: BELGRADE TO SOFIA Pass through the important Serbian town of Nis to inspect some Ottoman ruins. Then it’s into Bulgaria and the capital Sofia. The inner city is full of national monuments, sweeping boulevards and chic eateries. (B)

Days 4-5: Athens to Corfu Corfu boasts a buzzing party scene, some great castles and a touch of Greek mythology. Arrive in the afternoon, enjoy a swim and a relaxing evening in the resort. Day 6 is a free day to explore the island. (2B)

Day 5: SOFIA TO Plovdiv Relax this morning among Sofia’s museums, shops and cafes before heading south to Plovdiv, an important Ottoman outpost. The town boasts some of the best preserved ruins and amphitheaters of the region. (B)

Days 6-7: Corfu to Durres & Kotor Head to Albania's port city of Durres for a night on the coast with those gorgeous beaches. Day 7, continue your journey into Montenegro and the town of Kotor. You'll be amazed by the history of this city. (2B)

Days 6-7: Plovdiv to Istanbul Meet the end of Europe in Istanbul. Trace the footsteps of the once famous Ottoman army back to the edge of Asia. Enjoy your orientation walk of Istanbul eating Turkish food. It's all over after breakfast the next day. (B)

Days 8-9: Kotor to Dubrovnik & Split Save the best till last as you head to Croatia. Your first stop is Dubrovnik the city legendary for its well preserved stone walls. It's then onto Split for one last night of partying. Say your goodbyes the next morning. (B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

MAY 28 - OCT 01: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY) Inclusions: All transport with guide, city orientation walks, 6 nights accommodation, Sarajevo walking tour with tunnel entrance, Eastern Trekker t-shirt Accommodation: 1 nt multi-share hostel, 2 nts multi- share motel, 3 nts twin share hotel Meals: 6 breakfasts Departure point: Split 9am Trip ends: Istanbul after breakfast Tour Code: RT

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1 Belgade Sarajevo 2 Split  • Mostar • Nis bulgaria 1 Sofia 1 • Plovdiv

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prague

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DAY 1: SPLIT TO Pag A short drive to the island paradise of Pag. It’s off to the beach and the crystal clear island waters. Indulge in local wines, cheese and succulent roast lamb before a legendary beach party at Zirce Beach. Goes off!

Day 1: Prague, Kutna Hora & Olomouc First stop is the UNESCO listed Kutna Hora. Explore an ancient church made from human bones before departing for Olomouc. After a city walk, enjoy dinner in a typical Moravian restaurant & party in a plane at Aeroplane Bar! (B)

DAY 2: Pag, Ljubljana & Bled One of Europe’s most magnificent drives, from the Croatian coast to the Alps. You’ll stop and enjoy Ljubljana then onto Bled. Stretch the legs by rowing out to a church perched on an island - ring the bell for luck. (B)

DayS 2-3: Olomouc, Auschwitz & Krakow Stop for a visit at Auschwitz and Birkenau, then onto Krakow for a buzzing night out. On Day 3, enjoy a bike tour with a local Polish guide. (2B)

DAYS 3-4: BLED TO SALZBURG Wake up to the cows mooing and the Alps in your face. Fill in your day with an optional Emerald River day trip where you can swim, raft, canyon and adventure you way through the mountains. On Day 4, enjoy a late breakfast before making tracks to Salzburg, the "Sound of Music" city. Visit the yummy Schnapps Farm and admire the surrounding mountains. (2B) DAY 5: SALZBURG TO CESKY KRUMLOV It's a short drive to Cesky Krumlov where you'll enjoy a walk around the town, visit the castle, or get a bit adventurous and lilo the Vlatva River. Spend your night exploring the Old Town. (B) DAYS 6-7: CESKY KRUMLOV TO PRAGUE The last days take you to the bohemian capital Prague, where you'll have time to enjoy the sights and make sure your last night is full of memories. Say bye after breakfast on Day 7. (2B)

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Day 4 : Krakow to Zakopane A short drive to Zakopane you'll find mountains galore. This is a hiker’s paradise. Visit some of the highest peaks in the east with stunning views. After an adventurous day in the mountains, indulge in a yummy alpine BBQ. (B) Days 5-6: Zakopane to Budapest To Budapest, with a stop in the Tatra Mountains for lunch. Eat gobfuls of goulash tonight before a Danube River night cruise. Afterwards you'll cruise right on into the famous Budapest nightlife. Day 6 is yours to explore. (2B) Day 7: Budapest to Plitvice Leave central Europe and enter the Balkans through Croatia, with a swim stop at Lake Balaton. Visit the Balkan open-air war museum before arriving into Plitvice National Park at sunset for a BBQ and a few beers. (B) Days 8-9: Plitvice To Split Head over lunar landscapes to Split and check out the Old Town before the dreaded last supper. Day 9 it's time to say your sad goodbyes. (B)

DEPARTURES

MAY 14 - OCT 01: SAT Inclusions: All transport with guide, 6 nights accommodation, wine and cheese tasting on Pag, orientation walks, Eastern Trekker t-shirt Accommodation: 1 nt hotel multi-share, 2 nts hostel multi-share, 3 nts apartment multi-share Meals: 6 breakfasts Departure point: Split 9am Tip ends: Prague after breakfast Tour Code: RT

Visit the Church of Human Bones Take a bike tour through Krakow Soak in a thermal bath under the stars in Budapest Wander through Plitvice National Park in Croatia

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Prague 1

1

Cesky Krumlov

Salzburg austria

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Bled

Inclusions: All transport with guide, bike tour of Krakow, walking tour of Olomouc, Auschwitz and Birkenau guided tours, orientation walks of Budapest and Split, entrance to the Plitvice National Park, t-shirt Accommodation: 2 nts hotel multi-share, 4 nts hostel multi-share, 1 nt apartment multi-share, 1 nt bungalow twin-share Meals: 8 breakfasts Departure point: Prague 7am Trip ends: Split Tour Code: RT

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poland

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RIGA • • • •

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baltics to budapest

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vienna

Budapest

Explore the beautiful Baltic cities of Riga and Vilnius Soak up the atmosphere in Krakow's medieval town square Head to Ukraine and trek in the foothills of the Carpathians Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Hungary's famous wine region

• • •

Budapest

Soak it all up with guided walking tours of Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest Go rafting in Cesky Krumlov & boating down the Danube Pay tribute to the thousands of lives unjustly taken at Auschwitz

Days 1-2: Riga Wander the medieval cobbled lanes and marvel at the contrasting Art Nouveau architecture of this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage city.

Days 1-2: vienna Take the first day to settle in, before an included walking tour of beautiful Vienna and an afternoon off to to explore even more on Day 2. (B)

Day 3: Riga to Vilnius Fall under the spell of delightful and quirky Vilnius, with a thriving alternative, artistic culture alongside a beautiful baroque Old Town.

Days 3-4: Cesky Krumlov Head into the Czech Republic and savor the twinkling lights as you explore the city in the evening. On Day 4 enjoy a rafting trip along the river and find out why it's a favorite past time for locals. (2B)

Days 4-7: Vilnius , Warsaw & Krakow Overnight bus to Warsaw. Marvel at the reconstruction that's allowed Warsaw's rise from the rubble. Next travel to the medieval town of Krakow, where you'll visit the concentration camp of Auschwitz.

Days 5-7: prague Enjoy an included tour of the Old Town, with plenty of free time to discover why every street, ghetto, inn or theater tells its own story. (3B)

Days 8-9: Krakow to Lviv Head east to the Ukraine and its most beautiful city. A guided tour on Day 9 will help you appreciate the history and culture of this city.

Day 8: Teplice nad Metuji Exchange city life for this quiet village. Spend the afternoon hiking through the unique and wonderful sandstone pinnacles and canyons. (B)

Days 10-11: Lviv to Carpathians & Uzhhorod Out of the city and into the countryside for a hike into the foothills of the Carpathians. On Day 11 travel to the small and pretty town of Uzhhorod.

Days 9-10: krakow Delve deep into Poland, pay tribute at Oswiecim (Auschwitz), the site of one of history's most horrific crimes and visit the Auschwitz Museum. (2B)

Days 12-13: Uzhhorod to Eger Travel to Hungary and the renowned wine region around the town of Eger.

Days 11-12: Tatranska Lomnica Float down the sleepy Dunajec River on a traditional wooden boat. (B)

Days 14-15: Eger to Budapest Last stop - Budapest! Wander through the Castle Hill with its Old Town and cross the Danube River to the busting shops and cafes of Buda.

Days 13-15: Bratislava to Budapest Take a walking tour of Bratislava and say goodbye Solvakia, hello Hungary! Kick off Day 14 with a Budapest walking tour. Depart anytime Day 15. (3B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START MAY 08 JUN 05 JUL 03

FINISH MAY 22 JUN 19 JUL 17

START JUL 31 AUG 28 SEP 25

2

FINISH AUG 14 SEP 11 OCT 09

Accommodation: 14 nights hotels/pensions Transport: Train, overnight bus (airline-style seats), private bus, local bus, walking Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Group Leader throughout, local guides Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD454 - 595 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EABB

Stay Longer in Budapest See page 117 for details

Riga

1 1

Warsaw

Vilnius

Overnight Bus

2

poland

Krakow Eger 1

1

3 1

2

Lviv

Uzhhorod

START MAY 08 JUN 05 JUL 03

FINISH MAY 22 JUN 19 JUL 17

START JUL 31 AUG 28 SEP 25

FINISH AUG 14 SEP 11 OCT 09

Accommodation: 14 nights hotels/pensions Transport: Train, private bus, local bus Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Group Leader throughout, local guides Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD454 for meals not included Tour Code: GA EABE

add Budapest sightseeing See page 117 for details

Budapest

call 800.777.0112 to book

Teplice nad Metuji

poland

1

2

Krakow

Prague

2

Cesky 2 chezch republic Krumlov 2

Vienna

1

2 Tartranska

Lomnica

slovac repubic

Bratislava

2

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turkey, greece & croatia

FLYING CARPET 15 DAYS, $1,475 fr

istanbul istanbul Book yourself on this fab 15 day tour and experience the must-see sights of western Turkey. Start out in the unique city of Istanbul which is the only city on the planet to span two continents - Europe and Asia! You'll visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome. You'll tick Gallipoli off your list, get teary-eyed at the WWI battlefields and tour ancient Troy; you might even see Brad Pitt come galloping around the corner, chariot in tow (well, use your imagination ladies). You’ll head south along the coast, visit famous historical sites dotted along the way, reach the pleasant coastal town of Fethiye and spend a day sailing. Last stop is Cappadocia where underground cities were carved out of rock before heading back to finish up in Istanbul once more. Best Bits • Pay tribute at Gallipoli battlefields • Tour the ancient ruins of Troy • Check out the ancient city of Ephesus • Take a dip in the hot springs of Hieropolis • Visit Turtle Beach & mud baths of Koycegiz • Cruise around the islands of Fethiye • Trek Saklikent Gorge • Explore the underground city of Derinkuyu DayS 1-2: Istanbul Arrive in Istanbul and spend the remainder of the day (not to mention the night) exploring. The next day you’ll be taken on a tour of this exotic city visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the underground Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome. (B) Day 3: Gallipoli Battlefields Today you’ll visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, the Nek, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. (B, D) DayS 4-5: Troy to Kusadasi Visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the acropolis of Pergamum. On Day Five you'll immerse yourself in history with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis before reaching Kusadasi. (2B, 2D)

Day 6: Kusadasi to Pamukkale Tour the white calcium terraces, known as travertines, of Pamukkale, followed by the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times. (B, D)

Day 11: Anatalya to Cappadocia An early departure for Cappadocia, stopping to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi on the way. This afternoon you also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary. (B, D)

Day 7: Pamukkale to Fethiye Drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way. (B, D)

DayS 12-13: Cappadocia Admire the Uchisar Castle and the "fairy chimneys" in the amazing Goreme Valley and experience a traditional Turkish folklore evening. On Day 13, trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. (2B, 2D)

DayS 8-9: Fethiye You have two options today - one will take you on a cruise around the 12 glorious islands of Fethiye. This will be an overnight cruise and you'll rejoin your group on Day 10. If you choose to stay on dry land you can take an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge and get your adrenaline pumping paragliding over Oludeniz Beach. (2B, 2D)

DayS 14-15: Cappadocia to Istanbul An early morning departure to arrive at the nation's capital, Ankara. Here you'll visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul for your last night on tour. Depart after breakfast the next day. (2B)

Day 10: Fethiye to Antalya Have a relaxing morning and soak up the seaside vibe before the afternoon drive to Anatalya. (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 07 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25

FINISH MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02 JUL 09

START JUL 02 JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20

FINISH JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03

START AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 27 SEP 24 OCT 08 OCT 22

FINISH SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05

Accommodation: 14 nights hotel accommodation Transport: Fully air conditioned bus Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 dinners Includes: Inbound airport transfer from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport Tour Code: STA FZ

sail the greek islands SEE PAGES 84-88 FOR DETAILS

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3

Istanbul

•Ankara

Gallipoli 1

• Troy • Pergamum • Ephesus

Kusadasi 2

Fethiye 3

turkey

Cappadocia 3 Konya •

1

Pamukkale

1

Saklikent

Antalya


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MAGIC CARPET

8 DAYS, $670

10 DAYS, $805

fr

ISTANBUL • • • • •

REGIONAl TOURS

AEGEAN DELIGHT

fr

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

Absorb amazing Istanbul from two continents Visit the moving Gallipoli battlefields Tour the ancient ruins of Troy Visit the mystical Temple of Artemis Take a dip in the hot springs of Hierapolis

• • • • •

DAYS 1-2: ISTANBUL Arrive any time and explore at leisure. On Day 2, prepare for a fantastic city tour. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome. (B) DAY 3: ISTANBUL, Gallipoli Battlefields & GUZELYALI See the battlefields of Gallipoli. Visit Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, the Nek, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. (B, D) DAY 4: GUZELYALI TO KUSADASI Visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. You'll then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Check out its impressive temples and library. (B, D) DAY 5: KUSADASI Absorb yourself in history with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Take a visit to a carpet village, where you'll learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. (B, D) DAY 6: KUSADASI TO PAMUKKALE This morning you will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading towards the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale, followed by the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. (B, D)

ISTANBUL

Visit the moving Gallipoli battlefields Tour the ancient ruins of Troy Check out the ancient city of Ephesus Visit the mystical Temple of Artemis Marvel at Cappadocia’s lunar landscapes

DAYS 1-2: ISTANBUL Day 1 is yours to do your own thing - welcome to Istanbul! On Day 2 you'll rise, shine and tour this exotic city checking out the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica's Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome. (B) DAYS 3-4: ISTANBUL TO KUSADASI Visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, ANZAC Cove, the Nek, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum before spending the night in Guzelyali. Head out in the morning to visit Troy, home to the famed Trojan Horse. Tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum then spend the night in Kusadasi. (2B, 2D) DAYs 5-6: KUSADASI to Pamukkale Take a tour of Ephesus and visit the Temple of Artemis. You'll also check out a carpet village to learn how they are made by hand. Day 6, head to Pamukkale, admire the magnificent white calcium terraces and tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. (2B, 2D) DAYs 7-8: Pamukkale TO CAPPADOCIA Travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary on the way to Cappadocia. Don't miss the traditional Turkish folklore evening that night. The next day marvel at the lunar landscape of the Goreme Valley's "fairy chimneys" and explore the many levels of an underground city. (2B, 2D)

DAYS 7-8: PAMUKKALE to ISTANBUL Head back to Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the Silk Bazaar. On Day 8, emjoy a final breakfast with your travel buddies and say your goodbyes. (2B)

DAYS 9-10: CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL An early morning visit to the nation's capital, Ankara, before heading back to Istanbul for one last hoorah with your tour buddies. After breakfast on Day 10 your adventure sadly comes to an end. (2B)

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

JAN - MAR: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY); APR - OCT: SAT; NOV-DEC: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY) Accommodation: 7 nights hotel accommodation Transport: Fully air conditioned bus Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Includes: Inbound airport transfer from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport Tour Code: STA FZ

stay longer in istanbul SEE PAGES 124-125 FOR DETAILS

3 Istanbul 

Gallipoli 1 • Çanakkale turkey • Troy • Pergamum

Kusadasi 2

• Ephesus

1

Pamukkale

JAN - MAR: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY); APR - OCT: SAT; NOV-DEC: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY) Accommodation: 9 nights hotel accommodation Transport: Fully air conditioned bus Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Includes: Inbound airport transfer from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport Tour Code: STA FZ

add istanbul sightseeing SEE PAGES 124-125 FOR DETAILS

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3  Istanbul 1

• Ankara

Gallipoli

• Çanakkale • Troy • Pergamum

2

• Ephesus

turkey

Cappadocia 2 Konya •

Kusadasi 1 Pamukkale


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turkey multi sport

best of turkey

9 DAYS, $1,499

8 DAYS, $1,099

fr

ISTANBUL

fr

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

• Take a walking tour of historic Istanbul • Hike the Lycian Way through turquoise lagoons • Cycle through olive groves and local villages • Enoy a water hike through the Saklikent Canyon • Kayak through picturesque bays and inlets

• Eat handmade Turkish Delight at the markets in Istanbul • Visit the WWI site at Gallipoli • Walk across the ancient battle grounds of Troy • Sip Turkish coffee at a seaside cafe in Ayvalik • Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Artemis

DAYS 1-2: Istanbul to Fethiye Explore Istanbul by foot and learn about the historic Hippodrome area, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. A short flight in the afternoon takes you to the coastal town of Fethiye. (B)

DAYs 1-2: Istanbul, Gallipoli & Çanakkale Arrive in Istanbul. On Day 2, travel to Gallipoli to visit the important WWI site and afterwards make your way to the town of Çanakkale - a great place to watch the locals stroll by the harbor in the evening. (B)

DAYS 3-4: Lycian Way Head out for a two night village stay. You'll hike through the small villages and stunning scenery of this region while still allowing plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the local cuisine. First stop is Kayakoy, a virtual 'ghost village' of traditional Greek-style houses and churches. Continue along forest paths to the famous turquoise lagoon of Oludeniz. Experience local life in old Turkish villages and enjoy wonderful local food. (2B, 2D)

Day 3: Troy to Ayvalik Visit the ruins of Troy and marvel at the story behind this great site. Explore the charming town of Ayvalik, sit back in one of the seaside cafes or take an optional local boat cruise for a relaxing afternoon. (B)

DAY 5: Fethiye Enjoy a water hike through the natural wonder of the Saklikent Canyon and visit the ancient city of Tlos, dominated by its acropolis. (B) DAYs 6-7: Dalyan Grab a paddle and jump into a kayak for a half-day kayaking adventure through picturesque bays and inlets. On Day 7, trade your kayak for a bike and head out for a day of cycling. The route is flanked by mountains and hugs the shore of Lake Kocagöl. You'll cycle through olive groves and local villages, ending the day with a swim in a beautiful bay. (2B) DAYs 8-9: dalyan to Istanbul Explore glorious Istanbul - the Topkapi Palace (former home of the Sultans) and the Grand Bazaar are both unmissable highlights. Wander through the Spice Market, originally the center of Istanbul's spice trade. (2B)

DEPARTURES START APR 22 MAY 20 JUN 10

FINISH APR 30 MAY 28 JUN 18

START SEP 02 SEP 16 OCT 14

FINISH SEP 10 SEP 24 OCT 22

START FINISH NOV 18 NOV 26

Days 7-8: Istanbul After a flight to Istanbul, you'll head to your hotel. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour to discover more of this fascinating city taking in the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. This afternoon you may want to explore the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sofia or perhaps head to the Grand Bazaar for some last minute shopping. On Day 8 it's time to say goodbye to your new friends after breakfast. (B)

START APR 09 APR 16 MAY 07 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04

turkey

Accommodation: 6 nts hotels, 2 nts simple huts (shared bathrooms) Transport: Private air-conditioned van, plane, kayak, mountain bike, walking Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 15 Avg 10 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners Tour Code: GA ETMS

Fethiye 2

Day 6: Pamukkale to Istanbul Discover the white cliffs of Pamukkale and adjacent ruins of Hierapolis. (B)

DEPARTURES

2 Istanbul 

Dalyan 2

Days 4-5: Selçuk to Pamukkale Stroll around Ephesus, which may just be the best preserved example of a Roman city in the world. Afterwards, check out the remains of the Temple of Artemis - one of the seven wonders of the world. See the old city of Selçuk and climb the hilltop to the Basilica of St John, or check out the small but beautiful Ephesus Museum. (2B)

2

Lycian Way

FINISH APR 16 APR 23 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11

START JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02 JUL 23 AUG 06 AUG 13

FINISH JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02 JUL 09 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 20

START AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 17 OCT 08 OCT 15

FINISH AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 15 OCT 22

Accommodation: 7 nights hotels Transport: Private air- conditioned van, plane Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 15 Avg 10 Meals: 7 breakfasts Tour Code: GA ETBT

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Istanbul 2 Canakkale • Gallipoli (Troy) 1

turkey

1

Ayvalik 1

Selcuk

1

Pamukkale


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CONSTANTINOPLE TO HELLAS

15 DAYS, $1,999

12 DAYS, $1,738 fr

fr

ISTANBUL • • •

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

Lose yourself in ancient church caves at Cappadocia Experience the whirling dervish firsthand in Konya Cruise the Dalyan River & visit Iztuzu Beach on the Agean Coast

DAYS 1-2: istanbul Explore Istanbul with a walking tour to the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. (B) DAYs 3-4: Cappadocia See ancient churches carved into caves, eat an authentic Turkish dinner and walk through valleys for unique "moonscape" scenery. (2B, D) DAY 5: konya Explore the underground city of Derinkuyu before arriving in Konya, the home of the whirling dervish - the spinning dance of prayer. (B) DAY 6: Antalya Stroll Antalya's Ottoman old town and visit Karaalioglu Park. (B) DAYS 7-8: kas Experience the turquoise waters and coast that Turkey's famous for. (2B, L) DAYS 9-10: Aegean coast Visit a Greek "ghost town" in Fethiye before heading to the blue lagoon of Oludeniz Beach. Take a boat trip on the Dalyan River and swim. (2B) DAY 11: Pamukkale Explore Pamukkale's famous limestone formations and Kayakov Village. (B) DAYs 12-13: Selçuk Tour to the white cliffs of Pamukkale, the ancient city of Hierapolis, the Roman city of Ephesus and the village of Sirence, famous for its wine. (2B) DAYs 14-15: istanbul Fly back to Istanbul for last minute shopping. Depart Day 15 any time. (2B)

FINISH MAR 26 APR 23 MAY 07 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 18 JUL 02

• • • • •

ATHENS

Absorb Istanbul from within two continents Visit the moving Gallipoli battlefields Tour the ancient ruins of Troy Check out the ancient city of Ephesus Party and recover on three Greek Islands

DAYS 1-3: ISTANBUL TO GUZELYALI Transfer to your hotel and the day is yours to explore. On Day 2 head out on a city tour. Visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Get up early to head out of the city and visit the moving WWI battlefields of Gallipoli on Day 3. (2B, D) DAY 4: GUZELYALI TO KUSADASI Visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan horse. You'll then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum and its impressive temples and library. (B, D) DAY 5: EPHESUS, KUSADASI Enjoy a tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Also check out a very interesting carpet village. (B, D) DAY 6: KUSADASI TO Mykonos Leaving Turkey, take a ferry to Samos and depending on ferry schedules, you'll either head straight to Mykonos or spend a day exploring lovely Samos. (B) DAYS 7-10: MYKONOS, IOS & SANTORINI Ferry around three stunning Greek Islands all boasting irresistible beaches, warm seas and killer nightlife. Wander the whitewashed narrow alleyways of Mykonos, party like crazy on the beaches of Ios and bathe in the warm, volcanic waters of Santorini. (4B) DAYS 11-12: SANTORINI TO ATHENS Lie back on the black sand beaches before boarding a ferry to Athens for your final night. On Day 12 it's all over and time to say goodbye. (2B)

2 Istanbul 

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES START MAR 12 APR 09 APR 23 MAY 07 MAY 14 MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 18

START JUL 02 JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10

FINISH JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24

START SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05

JUN - SEP: SAT (FORTNIGHTLY)

FINISH OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 15 OCT 22 NOV 05 NOV 19

Accommodation: 13 nts hotels, 1 nt overnight train Transport: Private van, train, boat, plane, walking Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 15 Avg 10 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Code: GA ETTE

REGIONAl TOURS

turkey explorer

2

1

Goreme (Cappadocia)

Istanbul

2

turkey

Selcuk 2

1 Pamukkale 1

Fethiye

2 2

1

Konya

Accommodation: 5 nights hotel twin share accommodation, 6 nights C class twin share room on boat Transport: Fully air conditioned bus, ferries Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners Tour Code: STA FZ

stay longer in athens SEE PAGES 120-121 FOR DETAILS

Antalya

Kas

call 800.777.0112 to book

1 Gallipoli Troy •

2

1 Athens  2

Ios 1 Santorini 2

turkey

• Ephesus Kusadasi

• Samos

Mykonos


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croatia highlights balkan discovery 8 DAYS, $1,799

11 DAYS, $2,299

fr

zagreb • • • • •

fr

dubrovnik

ljubljana

Explore the colorful lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park Marvel at the captivating architecture of Trogir Visit the spectacular St James Cathedral in Sibenik Admire the impressive Roman ruins of Diocletian´s Palace Walk the walls of Dubrovnik's enchanting Old Town

DAY 1: zagreb Arrive at any time and get familiar with Croatia's capital. DAY 2: zagreb to plitvice lakes national park Venture over the mountains to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Spend the day exploring the many walkways and colorful lakes by boat and foot. Keep your eyes open for diverse and rare fauna such as the European Brown Bear, Eagle, Owl and Wild Cat. You'll spend the night in a local village homestay - a great way to meet local Croatians. (B) DAY 3: plitvice lakes national park to sibenik Take some time to visit St James Cathedral in Sibenik, another spectacular World Heritage Site. (B) DAYs 4-5: sibenik to trogir & split Explore the tangled marble streets that make up the Old Town of Split. Be sure to visit the elegant cathedral standing in the center of the impressive ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian´s Palace, spectacularly preserved and uniquely integrated into the city today. On Day 5, you'll visit the captivating town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within its 15th century city walls it hosts Renaissance and Romanesque architecture. (2B) DAYs 6-7: split to dubrovnik Explore Dubrovnik´s Old Town with a walking tour around the city walls. There's plenty of free time to soak up the atmosphere and ambience of this captivating city. Relax at one of the waterside cafes, take a plunge in the crystal waters of the Adriatic or sample some local cuisine. (2B) DAY 8: dubrovnik Your Croatian adventure comes to an end. Depart at any time. (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 22 JUN 19 JUL 17

FINISH MAY 29 JUN 26 JUL 24

dubrovnik

• Discover stalactites and stalagmites in the Postonjna Caves • Wander around the Roman ruins of Diocletian´s Palace • Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Sarajevo • Admire the rebuilt Stari Most (Old Bridge) of Mostar • Explore Dubrovnik's enchanting Old Town DAYs 1-3: Ljubljana to bled Arrive any time on the first day. On Day 2 you'll have an orientation walk of Ljubljana city before hopping on a local bus to Bled, where the afternoon is all yours to explore. Day 3 is a trip to the Bohinj region for optional walking, canoeing or cycling adventures. (2B) DAY 4: bled to Postonjna caves & Rijeka Heading back through Ljubljana you'll reach the Postonjna caves, where you'll have a guided tour. Then it's onwards to Rijeka for the night. (B) DAYs 5-6: Rijeka to split Enjoy a guided walking tour of Split's tangled marble streets, taking in the elegant cathedral that stands in the center of the impressive ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian´s Palace. The palace itself is spectacularly preserved and uniquely integrated into the modern city. You'll take a half day excursion to the town of Trogir to see its Renaissance and Romanesque architecture. (2B) DAYs 7-8: split to sarajevo Head across the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and the vibrant capital, Sarajevo. This city is renowned for its multicultural character and religious diversity. Soak up some of this atmosphere with an included city tour, before taking some time to explore on your own. (2B) DAYs 9-11: sarajevo to mostar & dubrovnik Travel through spectacular mountain scenery to arrive at the beautiful town of Mostar, close to the Bosnian-Croatian border. Stop to explore the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), destroyed by shelling in 1994 and rebuilt with UNESCO funding in 2000 as a symbol of hope for the region. Crossing back into Croatia you'll arrive in Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Spend the day exploring Dubrovnik´s Old Town. Refresh yourself with a swim in the sea or explore the city's streets, monuments, bars, and cafes. Depart at any time on Day 11. (3B)

DEPARTURES START AUG 14 SEP 11 SEP 25

FINISH AUG 21 SEP 18 OCT 02

START FINISH OCT 09 OCT 16

Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, 1 night homestay Transport: Local Buses, private van, boat Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD338 for meals not included Tour Code: GA ECCH

croatia 1 Zagreb 1

Plitvice Lakes N.P.

Šibenik 1

• Trogir Split 2

START FINISH MAY 22 JUN 01 JUL 03 JUL 13

START AUG 14 SEP 11

FINISH AUG 24 SEP 21

START FINISH SEP 25 OCT 05

Accommodation: 10 nights hotels Transport: Local buses, private van, walking, boat Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout, local guides Meals: 10 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD474 for meals not included Tour Code: GA ECBD

2  Dubrovnik

Bled 2 SLOVENIA 1 Ljubljana 1

Rijeka Bosnia & Herzegovina

croatia

Split

2 Sarajevo • Mostar

2

2

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Russia, Scandinavia and Iceland

red star special

EASYRIDER CLUB

fr

berlin

berlin

Your 37 day trip checks out Scandanavia’s four fabulous countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. You’ll explore ultra-modern cities, cruise through breathtaking fjords, gawk at stunning scenery, soak in arctic waters and bask in woodfired saunas. After all that Scandic beauty, you’ll say Zdravstvuyte (hello) to the enormous empire of Russia. This dazzling country is bursting with revolutionary history, complex ideology and layer upon layer of obstinate pride. This huge itinerary visits 10 countries on an adventure that’ll take you to places your average traveler wouldn't even dream of getting near to. Best Bits • Say hello to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid • Check out Stockholm's modern designs • Enjoy the natural ambience of Oslo • Cruise though beautiful Geiranger Fjord • Hike to the Svatisen Glacier • Swim at the Arctic Circle • See the artistic treats of St Petersburg • Absorb real Russian culture in Novgorod • March through Moscow’s Red Square • Hang out on Riga’s Baltic coastline Days 1-2: Berlin First stop, Berlin! Explore the recent history that resonates from the very streets of the city. (B, D) Days 3-4: Berlin to Copenhagen Move onto Copenhagen. Your city tour will take you to see the famous Little Mermaid. (2B, L, D) Days 5-7: Copenhagen to Stockholm Ferry across to Stockholm. Cutting edge design and a youthful culture make Sweden's capital a vibrant place to visit. (3B, 2L, 2D) Days 8-9: Stockholm to Oslo Pass stunning Lake Vattern on the drive into Norway. (2B, 2L, D)

Days 12-13: Andalsnes to steinjker & Korgen See Trondheim and Hell on the way to Steinjker. Day 13, head up the coast to Korgen, an inland village surrounded by mountains. (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 14-15: Korgen to Tysfjord & Skibotn Hike to the Svartisen Glacier and after a Polar Plunge swim above the Arctic Circle, it’s time to try a traditional woodfired sauna! (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 16-17: Skibotn to russenes North you go. Be charmed by the beautiful barren landscape. Here you'll find the midnight sun, reindeer and moose. (2B, 2L, 2D) Days 18-19: russenes to Rovaniemi & Jyvaskyla See Lapland, the home of Santa Claus. Then head to the lakeside town of Jyvaskyla. (2B, 2L, 2D) Day 20: Jyvaskyla to Helsinki A short trip to Helsinki, boasting some particularly special neo-classical architecture. Enjoy the special highlights tour. (B, L) Days 21-22: Helsinki to Tallinn Catch a ferry across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn. See the old city walls and medieval buildings. (2B, D) Days 23-25: tallinn to ST PETERSBURG Your first stop in Russia is beautiful St Petersburg. A city tour with a local guide gives an in-depth insight into this major cultural center. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 26: ST PETERSBURG to Novgorod Travel through the Russian countryside to Novgorod. See beautiful old churches and drink traditional Russian “Medovukha”. (B, L, D) Days 27-29: Novgorod to Moscow Drive through the former communised farmlands to Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow. A local Russian guide will give you an amazing insight into this multi-layered city. (3B, L, 2D) Day 30: Moscow to Velikiye Luki You'll stay overnight in the town of Velikiye Luki, scene of a major WW II battle. (B, L, D) Days 31-32: Velikiye Luki to riga Cross the border into Latvia and travel to Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed gem. (2B, L, D) day 33: Riga to Vilnius Travel to the historic capital of Lithuania. Wander around the remarkable old town. (B, L) Days 34-35: Vilnius to Warsaw Head south to Warsaw. Visit the Old Jewish Ghetto and Pawiak Prison. (2B, D) Day 36: Warsaw to Berlin Toast a great journey at your farewell dinner in Berlin. Head out into the buzzing nightlife for your big-night-out finale. (B, L, D) Day 37: Berlin Your trip of a lifetime sadly comes to an end after breakfast. Say your goodbyes. (B)

DEPARTURES START MAY 15 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 12

FINISH JUN 20 JUL 04 JUL 11 JUL 18

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FINISH JUL 25 AUG 01 AUG 08 AUG 15

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Accommodation: 15 nts hotel upgrade, 4 nts in hostels, 17 nts in bungalows in campsites Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 36 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 25 dinners Tour Code: TD HTRS

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Days 10-11: Oslo to Andalsnes Head to Andalsnes for a full day excursion to the breathtaking Geiranger Fjord. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Down lots of Russian vodka Tour the Summer Palace and Hermitage Museum Drink traditional Medovukha in the Russian countryside Tour the Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and Kremlin Visit Novgorod - one of Europe’s oldest

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• See the world's most active geyser • Visit the spectacular lava falls at Hraunfossar • Stay at a traditional Icelandic fishing village • Explore the glacial lake of Jokulsarlon • Take a dip in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon

Day 1: St Petersburg Your trip starts today in St Petersburg. Meet your fellow travel companions for dinner and down some Russian vodka if you’re game! (D) DayS 2-3: St Petersburg The day begins with a sightseeing tour led by a local guide to see some spectacular sights such as the Summer Palace and Hermitage Museum. A Russian folklore show gives a true touch of local culture. Day 3 is a free day to explore and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city. (2B, D) Day 4: St Petersburg to Novgorod Today you’ll drive through the former communised farmlands of the Russian countryside to Novgorod. You’ll see beautiful old churches or drink traditional “Medovukha”. (B, L, D)

DAYS 1-2: Reykjavik to Borgarnes & Laugarvatn Arrive in Reykjavik. On Day 2 drive to the famous Golden Circle of South Iceland. First stop is Gullfoss Waterfalls. Then visit the geyser area, including Stroikkur, the world's most active. Overnight in Borgarnes. (B) DAY 3: Borgarnes & Laugarvatn to Akureyri Today’s first stop is at Hraunfossar, a spectacular series of lava-falls. Pass Skagafjorour, a fjord in the north and visit the Varmahlid area. Stay at Akureyri, only 62 miles away from the Arctic Circle! (B) Day 4: Akureyri to Lake Mývatn Visit pseudo-craters, solfataras with boiling sulphuric mud pools and a lava-labyrinth. An optional whale watching cruise is available today. (B, D)

Day 5: Novgorod to Moscow Your adventure continues onto Moscow through beautiful farmlands and countryside, before bunking down and preparing for tomorrow. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Lake Mývatn to Höfn Continue eastwards and pass the stunning Eastfjords with steep mountains, rolling hills and beautiful lakes. Overnight in the area of Höfn, an Icelandic fishing community. (B, D)

Day 6: Moscow Spend a day around Moscow with a local guide. You’ll see the Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and more. Don't miss out on an evening visit to the Moscow Circus. (B, D)

Day 6: Höfn to Vík Drive south to Vatnajökull Glacier - Europe’s largest. Stop at Jökulsarlon, the famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs. Pass through Kirkjubæjarklaustur and drive over dramatic lava fields to Vík. (B, D)

DayS 7-8: Moscow A day to explore the city, find the perfect baboushka doll or sneak a photo of the Red Army - but don't get caught, they might take your camera! Day 8, unfortunately all good things come to an end. (2B)

Days 7-8: Vík to ReykjavIk Stop at Dyrhólaey Cliff where you can see thousands of puffins. Continue to the Blue Lagoon for a refreshing swim in the pleasantly warm mineralrich water before arriving in Reykjavik where it all ends on Day 8. (2B)

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Accommodation: 7 nights hotel upgrade Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Group Size: Avg 38 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Tour Code: TD HTSM

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Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmstays Transport: Private airconditioned van Group Size: Avg 16-20 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTICE

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Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this eight day jaunt into the largest country in the world. Wander picturesque towns older than Moscow, marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes, watch beautiful ballets and sample the best vodka on the planet. You'll be lead by an expert guide from end-to-end and the local guides along the way will help you uncover Russia's hidden nooks and crannies. Visit the Kremlin in Moscow and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's famous Hermitage. The graceful cathedrals of St Petersburg coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are just waiting to be discovered in this glimpse of Russia. Best Bits • Wander ancient, picturesque towns along the Golden Ring route • Visit Moscow's Kremlin and Armoury • Stay in a traditional Russian guesthouse • Visit a famous monastery in Yaroslavl • Wear faux fur & drink vodka like water • Take a guided walk around St Petersburg • Wander through the palaces of Pushkin • Get your artistic fix at the world-famous Hermitage Day 1: moscow Arrive in the Russian capital at any time, meet your new tour buds and an old friend - vodka! Day 2: moscow Moscow is rich in history and houses many of the country’s most famous sites. Visit Red Square which contains the Kremlin and its immense complex of palaces and churches, the stunning St Basil’s Cathedral with its colorful domes and the treasure-filled Armoury. Line up to see Lenin in the Mausoleum and enjoy a boat ride along the Moskva river. Make sure you stroll down Arbat Street to buy your first bubushka doll from the Izmailovo Market. Day 3: moscow to suzdal First stop on the Golden Ring route is Suzdal the Russian capital before Moscow. Enjoy a quiet day strolling the streets of this medieval town and watch the sunset from the Kremlin ramparts. Day 4: suzdal to rostov Enjoy the small towns of the Golden Ring inlcuding Rostov and Yuriev Polski, with their churches, Kremlins and ancient atmosphere. Spend the night in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shore of Nero Lake - one of the most picturesque lakes in the European part of Russia. (B, D)

Day 5: rostov to Yaroslavl Last stop on the Golden Ring is Yaroslavl, home to one of the most famous monasteries in Russia. In the evening you'll take an overnight train to St Petersburg. (B) Days 6-7: St Petersburg The most European Russian city, St Petersburg is often called "Northern Venice". Enjoy its stunning architecture during the walking tour. One of the best ways to see the city is to take a

boat trip along its numerous rivers and canals. Marvel at the vast collection of art at the worldfamous Hermitage, then venture further afield to Pushkin and wander through the palaces and gardens that were once used as the Tsar’s royal estates. You may want to catch a beautiful ballet performace here too. (B) Day 8: St Petersburg Don your faux-fur, slam back a few final vodka's and bid farewell to your new mates. Depart at any time. (B)

DEPARTURES START APR 24 MAY 22 JUN 05 JUN 19 JUL 03 JUL 17

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Accommodation: 5 nights hotels, 1 night guesthouses and 1 night overnight train Transport: Private and public buses, train, metro Group Size: Max 15 Avg 10 Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout and local guides Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Tour Code: GA ERGR

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vodkatrain Experience Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakstan, and Uzbekistan at ground level. This very real and entirely unique experience embraces the true spirit of independent travel. Why would you want to sit on a stuffy flight for 10 hours? The best way to get to and from Europe is by train. It might take an extra couple of weeks, but you’ll see and experience so much more that you’ll be bragging to friends, family and pets for years and years. So instead of heading off on the same old trip and hanging out at the same old beach with the same baboons and BBQs, go somewhere you’ve probably never heard of. You’ll be traveling with the locals along the Trans-Siberian, Mongolian or Silk Road Railways. Vodkatrain is perfect for travelers who prefer not to have the restrictions of a ‘tour’ but recognize the advantages of someone else taking care of the red tape and bureaucracy. They put young, like-minded travelers together so you can share costs but also share experiences. You’ll have the freedom to do your own thing, backed up by a support network when you need it most. Every element of these journeys scream adventure and excitement. Read up, book a ticket and get ready for the time of your life.

Honchos In every city stop you’ll meet a very knowledgeable, sometimes witty and incredibly good looking local Honcho. These guys and gals know pretty much everything about their home city. You can get all the inside info and local experiences by hanging out with your Honcho and the rest of the group or head off on your own to explore. Think of them as a friend who will share their city and their life with you, breathing local spice into each city stop!

Transport The trains you'll take are a destination in themselves. Along with ideas, philosophies and an enormous variety of goods, these trains carry families, traders, students, soldiers, business people, travelers, monks, and acrobats. For overnight trains, you’ll have all the comforts of four-share (two bunk) sleeping compartments. They have bedding, reading lights, a big window, a small table, room for a backpack or two, and if you’re really lucky - a vase with a plastic flower. Once you arrive at the station, a local Honcho will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation. Then when it’s time to leave, they’ll arrange the transfer back to the station, making sure you’re safely on-board the right train, going in the right direction. Group Size No 60-seater buses and definitely no name tags. Your group will be limited to 15 people from all over the world – big enough to form a posse, yet small enough to give you space. There are no single supplement costs so single travelers pay the same as couples, share with other solo travelers (same sex) or receive the room at no extra cost. Depending on group size, you may be sharing with local travelers and members of the opposite sex on train sectors.

Name: Muugii Lives in: Ulaanbaatar "At the Ger camp you can do lots of fun things including horse riding and archery. You'll also get the chance to visit a traditional Mongolian nomad family and see how they manage their life with their animals. And if you come in winter - you can even go skiing."

Honchos are available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day and some choose to stay out later for a drink. All their expenses are covered to ensure they only take you to the places they would want to go, so there’s no funny business.

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Accommodation For the most part you’ll stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels, local guesthouses, and traditional Gers (tents). Some may be multishare but most will be twin-share with private or shared facilities. All are centrally located (or really close to public transport) and clean. If your adventure includes Mongolia, you’ll stay in a traditional Ger camp - a real highlight! young like-minded people You won’t be sneaking into your room at 4 a.m., worried about waking up Mom. All Vodkatrain travelers are aged between 1835 years which means fun and enthusiastic companions. Unlike a big coach tour, you can choose to hang out with the group or do your own thing - anything goes. Inclusions • Four-berth train tickets (Six-berth Budgeting Bolshevik, page 82) • Accommodation on share basis • All Trans-Mongolian journeys include a stay in a traditional Mongolian Ger • Honcho services in every city stop • All departure and arrival transfers enroute (excludes first and last days) • Visa support for pre-booked services

Name: Olga Lives in: Moscow "'Skijoring' - sounds crazy. Maybe it is, or maybe it will be the highlight of your trip. It's simple, just snap on a couple of skis, harness yourself to a few speedy dogs and yell out Davi! (Russian for 'go'). Then hold on for your life as you carve across snowy Siberian fields at speeds very few have ever experienced. Sure beats a day in the office!"


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2011 DEPARTURES

st petersburg

beijing

(Russia, mongolia, china)

This epic journey takes you from the ‘Venice of the North’ (St Petersburg) to China’s electrifying capital. In between, you’ll visit an array of unbelievable and unpronounceable places. Hang out with nomads in wild Mongolia, explore beautiful wilderness around Lake Baikal, and absorb centuries of intriguing history in Moscow and Beijing. You'll also discover Ulaanbaatar, the only capital where horse 'neighs' ring louder than car horns.

WHY THIS TRIP?

This is the most popular Trans-Mongolian trip and the only one that includes a stop in St Petersburg. You'll travel across two continents, three countries and a whopping seven time zones. Incredible.

Days 1: Arrive St Petersburg 2: St Petersburg 3: St Petersburg (overnight train to Moscow) 4: Early morning arrival in Moscow 5: Moscow 6: Moscow (afternoon departure to Irkutsk) 7: Train 8: Train 9: Train 10: Morning arrival in Irkutsk and to Lake Baikal 11: Lake Baikal 12: Return to Irkutsk (evening departure to Ulaanbaatar) 13: Train 14: Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar 15: To countryside and Ger camp 16: Ger camp 17: Ger camp (return to Ulaanbaatar) 18: Morning departure to Beijing 19: Afternoon arrival in Beijing 20: Beijing 21: Beijing and bye-bye!

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JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05 NOV 19 DEC 03 DEC 17

JAN 23 JAN 30 FEB 06 FEB 20 MAR 13 MAR 27 APR 10 APR 24 MAY 08 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 12 JUN 20 JUN 26 JUL 03

JUL 10 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 07 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 11 SEP 25 OCT 02 OCT 16 OCT 23 NOV 06 NOV 27 DEC 11 JAN 01

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Extras: Add arrival/departure transfers, pre/post accommodation and rail extensions to your itinerary - please ask your advisor for details. Age: 18 to 35's Tour Code: VTDE / VTDW (ex Beijing)

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Just a wee bit shorter than some of our other Trans-Siberian options, but by no means lacking on the lashings of fun or experience. Make tracks through three different countries: absorb the bright lights of Beijing, the eclectic quirkiness of Ulaanbaatar, the raw adventure of a Mongolian Ger camp and the sights and sounds of clinking glasses in Moscow. Soak in all of the amazingly different culture via your local head Honcho.

HONCHO says... Name: Maria Lives in: Moscow "The group was tired from a full day at the museums and there was no reason to stay at the hostel. So I invited them to my home for a traditional Russian party. We had pancakes with red caviar called Vareniki."

Reverse Itinerary runs Beijing to Moscow

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JAN 17 FEB 14 MAR 14 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 09 MAY 23 JUN 06 JUN 13 JUN 27 JUL 04 JUL 12 JUL 19 AUG 01 AUG 08 AUG 22 SEP 12 SEP 27 OCT 24 DEC 05

JAN 30 FEB 27 MAR 27 APR 24 MAY 08 MAY 22 JUN 05 JUN 19 JUN 26 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 25 AUG 01 AUG 14 AUG 21 SEP 04 SEP 25 OCT 10 NOV 06 DEC 18

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Extras: Add arrival/departure transfers, pre/post accommodation and rail extensions to your itinerary please ask your advisor for details Age: 18 to 35's Tour Code: VTCE / VTCW (15 days ex Beijing)

Days 1: Arrive Moscow 2: Moscow 3: Moscow (evening departure to Ulaanbaatar) 4: Train 5: Train 6: Train 7: Train 8: Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar 9: To countryside and Ger Camp 10: Ger Camp (return to Ulaanbaatar) 11: Morning departure to Beijing 12: Afternoon arrival in Beijing 13: Beijing 14: Beijing and bye-bye!

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beijing

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This fantastic itinerary takes you to a whole host of weird, wonderful and fantastically interesting destinations. See Suzdal, a city that has as many churches as people. Or what about Mongolian Ulaanbaatar where there’s more horses than cars. This trip has more stops than any other itinerary and spends longer in Mongolia, enabling travel to more remote places. Chugging through awe-inspiring landscapes, finish up in electrifying Beijing.

WHY THIS TRIP? *You get way more time in Mongolia and the itinerary is packed with extras if you go in summer. Learn how to build a traditional Mongolian Ger, hike through the mighty Siberian wilderness and visit a banya - a traditional Russian sauna.

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Extras: Add arrival/departure transfers, pre/post accommodation and rail extensions to your itinerary - please ask your advisor for details Age: 18 to 35's Tour Code: VTHE / VTHW (24 days ex Beijing) * Summer itinerary for selected Moscow departures only. Information regarding this will be provided during your booking process.

Days 1: Arrive Moscow 2-3: Moscow (departure to Suzdal) 4: Suzdal 5: Suzdal (late evening departure to Kazan) 6: Morning arrival in Kazan 7: Kazan (evening train to Irkutsk) 8: Train 9: Train 10-11: Evening arrival in Irkutsk (to Lake Baikal) 12: Lake Baikal (to Irkutsk and train to Ulan-Ude) 13: Ulan-Ude 14: Morning departure to Ulaanbaatar 15: Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar 16: To Bayangobi and Ger camp 17-18: To Kharkhorin and Ger camp 19: Return to Ulaanbaatar 20: Morning departure from Ulaanbaatar 21: Afternoon arrival Beijing 22-23: Beijing and bye-bye!

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Name: Alice Lives In: Beijing "I'd like to take you to the Night Market on Wangfujing Street. You can test how brave you are if you want to try scorpions and snakes. What is more terrifying than actually eating scorpions?"

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Name: Wendy Lives In: Beijing "I have prepared some useful and simple phrases. You will find it's very interesting when you say "nihao" to a passerby and hear "nihao" back , or at a restaurant, when you say "pijiu" and your beer will be served…"

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Days 1: Arrive Moscow 2: Moscow (afternoon departure to Irkutsk) 3: Train 4: Train 5: Train 6: Morn arrival in Irkutsk (to Lake Baikal) 7: Lake Baikal 8: Back to Irkutsk (train to Ulaanbaatar) 9: Train 10: Early morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar 11-12: To countryside and Ger camp 13: Ger camp (return to Ulaanbaatar) 14: Morning departure to Beijing 15: Early afternoon arrival in Beijing 16-17: Beijing and bye-bye!

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Traverse old Turkestan and the mysterious ancient Silk Road where tea, silk and spices were traded in the old caravanserais. Back in the day they’d have crossed the desert and mountains by camel but today you’ll be doing it by train. Stop at ancient Bukhara in Uzbekistan - a fascinating center of trade, scholarship, culture and religion. Amble through Almaty - a pretty garden city with an aerial tramway line and more than 125 fountains.

1: Arrive Moscow 2: Moscow 3: Moscow (departure to Tashkent) 4: Train 5: Train 6: Evening arrival in Tashkent 7: Tashkent (depart to Samarkand) 8: Samarkand 9: Depart to Bukhara 10: Bukhara (depart to Tashkent) 11: Arrive in Tashkent (depart to Almaty) 12-13: Almaty 14: Almaty (late departure to Urumqi) 15: Train 16: Arrive in Urumqi (depart to Beijing) 17: Train 18: Arrive Beijing and bye-bye!

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catch a Santorini Sunset while sipping local wine

Party till dawn on the beaches of Ios

Swim in the Turquoise waters of the Mediterranean

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FLEXIBLE TOUR: Do things at your own pace. There are sailings every two days starting in May. Pre-select the dates you wish to travel and join up with different groups along the way. Just make sure you confirm your travel dates at least two weeks before your departure from Athens.

Best Bits • Discover the ancient ruins of Delos • Explore a hot volcano or two • Relax on the black beaches of Santorini • Party well into the morning in Ios • Witness stunning sunsets • Wander the whitewashed alleyways • Meet Sasa the Elephant Man in Mykonos • Get a tan under the Grecian sun • Dance the night away on Paradise Beach • Drink Ouzo and eat gyros

Setting off from Athens, this fantastic trip stops at four islands: Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Ios. Take your time and do things at your own pace or stick to a fixed itinerary of nine days. Fixed Itinerary: Days 1-2: Athens to Mykonos An early start. Meet at the port and your guide will provide you with all ferry tickets needed for the trip as well as your itinerary which contains details of all the group activities, transport, accommodation and optional excursions. Set sail for the stunning island of Mykonos, party central for the next two nights. It's the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands with a vibrant and slightly insane nightlife - international DJs and sexy Europeans in speedos reside here in the summer. Make sure you get out to see the rest of Mykonos too - with its whitewashed villages, narrow alleys and hundreds of little chapels and churches. Mykonos town, with its famous landmark windmills, is also considered one of the most beautiful of all the island towns.

Days 3-4: MYKONOS TO PAROS Leaving Mykonos on Day 3, head to Paros - a totally chilled-out island where you can kick off your party shoes and recover the way only the Greek islander's know how. There are plenty of optional excursions to join here, including a full day cruising around Paros and Antiparos, stopping at some of the most spectacular swimming spots you can imagine. Snorkel, cliff jump, watch the kite boarders or chill out on the deck soaking up the sun. Days 5-6: PAROS TO SANTORINI With its majestic cliffs rising vertically out of the sea, Santorini is regarded as the most spectacular of all the Greek islands. Postcard images of whitewashed churches against a blue sea and sky, volcanic black-sand beaches, ancient ruins, great wines and some of the world's most fantastic sunsets are all on offer. Enjoy a guided walking tour around Fira Town and enjoy a sunset dinner on the Caldera followed by some less-hectic bar hopping in this relaxed setting. Days 7-9: SANTORINI to Ios & Athens Prepare to end your Greek Island adventure with a bang - Ios is without a doubt the party capital. With hundreds of bars packed into a small threeblock radius and truckloads of beer imported daily, it’s rare to see someone awake before midday (well, 2pm really). When you do finally get yourself out of bed, there are plenty of beaches to laze upon. Day 9 you'll head back to Athens with some unforgettably happy memories.

DEPARTURES MAY 17 - SEP 26: EVERY SECOND DAY Inclusions: Guided orientations, nights out, transfers to and from specific accommodation, fantastic guide, all local taxes Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure Point: Port of Piraeus, Athens, Gate E6, 6:30am Return Time: Variable. Book onward travel for after 12 noon the next day Tour Code: RT

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Whether you believe the Cyclades Islands were formed by a massive volcanic explosion, a mythical Greek deity or a big dude with a beard who only had seven days to work with – there is simply no doubting just how beautiful these utopian pieces of paradise are. Stretch yourself out on your own little beach, soak in the tranquilizing rays of sunshine, splash around in the warm turquoise waters and dance the night away as you down shots of Ouzo.


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• Marvel at the ancient Greek monuments in Athens • Hike into the Samaria Gorge and picnic in an isolated fishing village • Discover the secluded beaches of Loutro by kayak • Wander the whitewashed streets of Santorini Days 1-2: Athens Arrive in Athens and explore at your leisure. Bargain your way through the colorful markets, gawk in awe at ancient ruins and don't forget to try the Ouzo! (B) Days 3-4: Chania, Samaria Gorge and Agia Roumeli Travel overnight to Crete. Day 3 relax at one of Chania's many harbor-side cafes or wander the streets of the pretty Old Town. Day 4, enjoy a hike into the Samaria Gorge and picnic lunch in the isolated fishing village of Agia Roumelli. (B) Days 5-6: Chania to Loutro Catch a ferry to Loutro and take the option to discover the secluded beaches by kayak. Hike in the mountainous countryside beneath glorious sunshine. (2B, D) Day 7: Loutro to Heraklion Travel back in time during a guided visit to the ruins of Knossos Palace. (B) Days 8-9: Heraklion to Santorini Spend your days wandering the winding whitewashed streets, take a trip out to the volcano, relax on Perissa Beach or the famous Akrotiri Beach - it's red! (2B)

You'll get the most out of your port stops. With no fixed itinerary, you have plenty of free time to explore. One day you could rent a scooter and ride to the top of a cliff to explore ancient ruins and churches. The next you could take it easy at a harborside taverna, go for a swim or hike through the many villages and olive groves. Each stop will give you plenty of access to fantastic restaurants, beautiful scenery and lively entertainment.

RELAXING NIGHTS Anchor in beautiful bays or dock in picturesque harbors. You can sleep in the bunks, but feel free to spread yourself out on the deck and sleep under the stars in the fresh Mediterranean air.

GO SAILING If you’ve always wanted to sail, this is your chance. With just a skipper onboard, you can become one of the crew. Navigate the high seas, learn a few basics or just sit back, relax and let your shipmates take charge.

FOOD KITTY Enjoy the fabulous food at the local tavernas or choose to maximize your budget by combining your resources with your shipmates to prepare and enjoy your meals on board. Fixed start and end points Although it would be really tempting to jump ship and set up your life on a Greek island, you can only get on and off at your designated start and end destination (Athens, Mykonos, Santorini or Kos).

The Yachts

Days 10-11: Santorini to Naxos Explore the spectacular coastline of Naxos. Hop on a bicycle, bus, boat, scooter, quad bike or buggy to reach its beautiful beaches. (2B)

All yachts are true sailing vessels; meaning that space is optimized for public areas and sleeping quarters can be snug. Cabins are allotted by the skipper on a first-come, first-served basis. The skippers are fully licensed, professional sailors, knowledgeable in the waters and customs of the Greek Islands.

Days 12-13: Naxos To athens Take a final ferry journey back to Greece's vibrant capital and spend the night on the town with your group. On Day 13 you can leave at any time. (2B)

Yacht Specifications Each of our sailing yachts in the Greek Islands is unique, however the yachts have the following features in common: • Electricity: 12V while offshore, 220V while moored (sometimes 110V available).

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Athens to Mykonos. Possible island stops include: Andros, Syros, Kea, Paros, Kythnos, Mykonos, Kap Sounio, Poros, Hydra.

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Days 1-2: Santorini to Ios Crazy, crazy Ios. Leave Santorini to explore this picture-perfect town and prepare to party - the nightlife here peaks around 5am! Day 2, you’ll leave Ios and cruise to the unique chain of islands known as the Small Cyclades. Days 3-4: Small Cyclades to Naxos Enjoy life as a sailor as you make your way to Naxos. Hang out on deck watching for dolphins or try your hand at sailing. Day 4 is a full day to explore.

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Day 5: Naxos to Mykonos Set sail for Mykonos where you'll dock in the bustling port. Take a trip to Delos, lounge around the trendy waterfront bars or shop in the cute boutiques. Day 6: Mykonos to Syros Sail to Syros and stop at the uninhabited island of Didimi for some snorkeling and swimming. Here you’ll drop anchor and visit the old Cycladic city of Ermoupolis. Day 7: Syros to Paros You’ll love the port town of Paros, with its famous shallow beaches and caves.

Mykonos to Santorini. Possible island stops include: Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Ios, Sifnos, Milos, Sikinos, Folegandros, Thirasia, Santorini.

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If you thought pigging out on chocolate every day at 3:30pm was the best thing on earth, just wait 'til you get to the Greek Islands. Pure heaven. You might actually be convinced on arrival that you're walking through those pearly gates! After exploring the ancient city of Athens, ferries will take you the short distance across the seas to the stunning islands of Paros, Mykonos and Santorini. Each island boasts its own distinctive treats. Paros is the most peaceful of the three; its omnipresent history, white marble constructions and tranquil beaches will definitely delight. Mykonos is famed for its cosmopolitan culture, quaint windmills and brilliant nightlife. Santorini is known for its volcanic features, stunning views and kaleidoscopic colors. On every island you’ll enjoy tours and excursions, but you’ll have loads of time to simply lay back and soak up the sunshine. Stay in comfy hotels along the way, all perfectly located close to the action. Best Bits • Hop around three Greek Islands • Enjoy a welcome meal with music & dance • Tour the ancient sights of Athens • Absorb the quaint serenity of Paros • Party all night in Mykonos • Marvel at Santorini’s amazing sunsets • Relax on countless beautiful beaches • Enjoy walking tours on each island DAY 1: ATHENS Welcome to Athens, a city with one of the most breathtaking views (above the Acropolis) in the world. Arrive at any time today and explore at your leisure before meeting up with your fellow travel buds in the evening. The night is yours, so hit the town with your new friends.

DAY 2: ATHENS Explore the city with a walking tour. Your trip leader will show you the major sites, including the vibrant Plaka area and its markets, the world famous Acropolis and Syntagma Square. You'll also see the changing of the guards. Enjoy free time in the afternoon before joining the locals for Greek dancing and yummy cuisine. (B, D) DAY 3: ATHENS TO PAROS Take a private transfer to the port of Piraeus to catch the ferry to your first beautiful island. Your hotel in Paros is a short walk from the beach. A walking tour around the harbor and through the narrow streets will get you orientated. The afternoon is free to explore the island on your own and snack on souvlakis. (B) DAY 4: PAROS Relax on the beach and perfect your tan, visit the church of Ekatontapiliani or check out Naousa, Kolimbithres and other important sites. A short bus ride to the village of Lefkes is well worth it for the views and the photos. (B) DAY 5: PAROS TO MYKONOS A short ferry ride to stunning Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands. The afternoon is free for you to explore. This evening watch the famous sunset over the windmills in Mykonos town before heading out into the famous nightlife - you'll dance till sunrise. (B)

DAY 6: MYKONOS A free day on the island. Kick back and relax on Paradise Beach or check out the sights, such as Kastro, the amazing complex of churches. There is an optional half-day excursion to the nearby island of Delos, the traditional birthplace of the sun god Apollo. (B) DAY 7: MYKONOS TO SANTORINI Catch the ferry past many small islands and arrive at the volcanic island of Santorini. Your hotel has amazing views over the sea. In the afternoon, your tour will visit some of the most interesting and important sites of the island. The sunset at Oia makes for some memorable photos as the sun reflects like snow against the dark volcanic stone cliffs. (B) DAY 8: SANTORINI A free day on the island - discover Thira, Kamenes, Ancient Thira or take a boat trip to the volcanic crater and swim in the warm sea. (B) DAY 9: SANTORINI TO ATHENS In the afternoon you'll depart Santorini for Athens, arriving late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. (B) DAY 10: ATHENS Your adventure ends after breakfast. Say farewell to Greece and your new tour mates. (B)

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Accommodation: 9 nights hotel accommodation in twin or triple rooms Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, Ferry Group Size: Avg 16-20 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Age: 18 to 39's Tour Code: TD HTG1

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You'll only need shorts, a couple of t-shirts, flipflops and a swim suit to laze about the Adriatic Sea. And your only decisions will be whether to relax, swim, sightsee or sunbathe. Not much needed at all really - just your pasty bod, the boat and the 1,185 sun-drenched islands of the Dalmation Coast. Although your best party outfit and some dancing shoes won’t go astray either! Starting and finishing up in the coastal town of Split, the cruise will take you along the southern Dalmation Coast making stops in Makarska, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, and Hvar. You'll probably have to pinch or slap yourself at some point too - it really is incredibly beautiful here. Best Bits • Jump off the boat into the Adriatic • Sip cocktails atop Korcula's Tower • Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik • Sit and watch the yachts come in at Hvar • Catch fish off the back of the boat • Sit and watch the yachts come in at Hvar • Captain a Pirate Cruiser • Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar Day 1: SPLIT TO Hvar Sail from Split to Hvar. This beautiful town is a favorite of the rich and famous - and you'll soon see why. Climb the town's fortress for breathtaking views of Hvar and the Pakleni Islands dotting the seas below. (L) Day 2: Hvar to MILjET After a late breakfast and a refreshing swim it’s onto Miljet, an island paradise of inland lakes, monasteries and unspoiled nature. Enjoy a BBQ dinner tonight. (B, L)

Day 3: Mijet to DUBROVNIK Continue onto the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, a stunning medieval city with its limestone and marble streets and squares, plus the most complete set of medieval fortified walls in the world. You'll have plenty of time to explore the town and all the sights on offer. (B, L) Day 4: DUBROVNIK to KORCULA Famed for expert stone masonry, jewelery making, ship-building and its most famous resident - Venetian traveler Marco Polo, Korcula boasts over 5,000 years of history. Discover it all on your orientation walk, including a stop at Marco Polo’s birthplace. (B, L)

Days 7-8: pucisca TO SPLIT Return via the pirate town of Omis, visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split to enjoy your final night. On Day 8, say goodbye to your new shipmates when the tour ends after breakfast. (2B, L) Please note: The captain reserves the right to change route in the case of bad weather conditions.

Day 5: KORCULA to MAKARSKA Head to the Croatian Riviera, a stunning port full of top restaurants, shops and clubs. You'll most likely see the best sunset of the week here. After dark it's time to party in a sea cave until you can't party no more. (B, L) Day 6: MAKARSKA to pucisca Enjoy a late breakfast before arriving into the port of white marble. Tonight is the famous captain's dinner. (B, L)

DEPARTURES MAY 14 - SEP 24: SAT Inclusions: Boat captain and crew, English speaking Guide, island orientation walks Accommodation: 7 nights twin share on boat (shared facilities) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches (onboard) Departure point: Split 1pm (check in 11am) Trip ends: Split 9am Tour Code: RT *Prices are per person based on standard below deck twin share accommodation and vary depending on cabin class and departare date. Price includes taxes of $35, payable on day one.

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Spend eights days in heaven. Well actually, in Croatia. We think it's pretty close to heaven; sailing along the beautiful Adriatic. With the spectacular Dalmation coastline following you all the way, you'll discover tiny islands and secluded coves hidden in the sparkling sea. Watch amazing sunsets with your new friends, sip cocktails from the deck of your boat or check out the vibrant local bars on dry land. In just over a week, you will swim in crystalline waters off Golden Horn Beach and sip locally produced Posip wine at a small Korculan vineyard. You'll get to indulge in the freshest seafood you've ever tasted on Makarska and revel under the stars. Trust us, this is how you want to spend your summer days! • • • • • • • •

Canoe across the Mijet Salt Lakes Cycle out around the coasts of Brac Party 'til dawn in a Croatian cave bar Try fishing off the back of the boat Hike up to the Stari Grad Pirate Fortress Swim in the waters off Golden Horn Beach Eat superb fresh seafood on Makarska Drop anchor in a secluded bay

Day 1: Dubrovnik to MlLjet Anchors away! Depart Dubrovnik Harbour and head to Miljet, famous for its stunning National Park - which also doubles as a fantastic place to swim. There will be an optional Captain's Dinner on the first night too, so you can get to know your fellow crew over a good meal and a few drinks.

Day 2: MlLjet to Korcula Head off on the afternoon sail to Korcula. Join your guide for a walk around this great town, reminiscent of a mini Dubrovnik. Once you've worked up a whopping appetite, head into town to feast on a pizza and a few cocktails at Dos Locos Bar. No visit to Korcula would be complete without a drink at Massimo - a cocktail bar on the roof of a medieval fort turret. Day 3: Korcula to Hvar Depart Korcula for the island of Hvar, with plenty of time for a swim-stop in the crystal clear Adriatic - jump off the deck and straight in! After docking in the port of Hvar, enjoy a brief walking tour of one of the highlights of the Dalmatian Coast. For the evening there is something special in store - happy hour onboard watching the beautiful people pass and then it's out to meet some new friends in Hvar. Day 4: Hvar to Vis From Hvar town you’ll set sail to Vis, the most unknown of all the Croatian islands. The big attraction here is the Blue Caves; labyrinths of underwater caves make for an exceptional afternoon exploration. In the evening, the Captain will offer you a BBQ dinner and a chilled out evening watching the sunset with a few beers on deck. Paradise!

Day 5: Vis to Bol This morning, sail around to one of the most beautiful little fishing villages for a taste of real Dalmatian culture. The town of Bol (on the Island of Brac) is made famous for the most photographed beach in Croatia. Rent a bike and cycle out around the coasts for a secluded spot to swim. The local specialities here are world class - fresh herbs, great food and an outdoor cinema which offers a fabulous atmosphere on the waterfront. Day 6: BOL to Makarska Today we sail along to the Island of Brac. Your guide will lead you into the town square on arrival to tell you a little more. Dinner is at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern in the town center with a few drinks afterwards. Day 7: Makarska to Omiš & Split Next up is the pirate town of Omiš! This town was notorious for its pirate activities a thousand years ago. Local sea captains would ‘supervise’ navigation of trading vessels and refuse to pay taxes to their Venetian rulers. Enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travelers and head out to party. Day 8: Split Early breakfast after which it's time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends.

DEPARTURES MAY 28 - SEP 24: SAT Inclusions: Boat captain and crew, island orientation walks, English speaking guide Accommodation: 7 nights twin share on boat (shared facilities) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches (onboard) Departure point: Split 1pm (check in 11am) Trip ends: Dubrovnik 9am Tour Code: RT Please note: This trip also operates in reverse, so if you want to start in Split that's fine! *Prices are per person based on standard below deck twin share accommodation and vary depending on cabin class and departare date. Price includes taxes of $35, payable on day one.

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Explore Fethiye Bay and Gocek Bay Sail the Mediterranean with seven nights on board a Gulet

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Explore Cleopatra Beach and Kizil Liman Sail the Mediterranean with seven nights on board a Gulet

Day 1: marmaris Board the Gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tasty dinner. (D)

Day 1: BODRUM Board the Gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tasty dinner. (D)

Day 2: marmaris TO Ekincik Sail to Ekincik and the beautiful beach of Izturu - famous for a sea turtle called Caretta. Check out the nearby ancient city of Caunos, passing Lycian rock tombs on the way to sulphurous mud baths and hot spings. (B, L, D)

Day 2: BODRUM TO Orak Island After breakfast, you'll sail to Kara Ada (Black Island). Enjoy a lovely lunch before cruising to your overnight stop at Orak Island. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Ekincik TO Kleopatra & hamam bayS Cruise to Aga Liman for a swim-stop. In the afternoon you'll stop in Manastir Bay before an overnight in the area of Kleopatra and Hamam Bays. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Orak Island TO Kufre An early start as you cruise for Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands). Spend the day amidst a beautiful island panorama. Soak up the sunshine and jump in the warm waters for a refreshing swim before arriving in Kufre. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kleopatra & hamam bayS TO gocek Island hop from the lovely Gulf of Tersane to Yassica Island before your overnight stop in Gocek. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kufre TO Ingiliz Liman After a tasty breakfast you'll set off for Longoz. You stay the night in the serene Ingiliz Liman (English Bay). (B, L, D)

Day 5: gocek TO gemiler island Disembark in Fethiye, where you can walk to the Lycian rock tombs from the ancient city of Telmessos. After lunch you'll cruise to Olüdeniz. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and tanning before crusing to Gemiler Island. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ingiliz Liman TO Karacasogut Your yacht sails to Sedri Adasi (Cleopatra Island). Prepare for one of the most spectacular beaches in the world - entirely made up of seashells. Spend the afternoon sailing to Karacasogut for your overnight stop. (B, L, D)

Day 6: gemiler island TO ekincik Take an enchanting cruise to Disibilmez and Baba Islands, before you return to the region of Ekincik. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Karacasogut TO Tuzla Cruise to Balisu for lunch. That afternoon sail to Tuzla, where you'll stay the night. (B, L, D)

DayS 7-8: ekincik TO marmaris Cruise to Iceada Cebekilise, heading through Turunc for a swim-stop in either Kadirga or Kumlubuk. Arrive in Marmaris late that afternoon. Sadly your adventure comes to an end on Day 8 and you'll be saying your goodbyes after breakfast. (2B, L, D)

DayS 7-8: Tuzla TO bodrum Enjoy an early morning sail to Cokertme. After lunch in Kizilliman, you'll head back to Bodrum for a final night on the yacht and a final chance to hit the bars. On Day 8 it's all over - say goodbye! (2B, L, D)

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30 APR - 15 OCT: MON, FRI & SAT Accommodation: 7 nights twin share cabin Transport: Sailing boat Group Leader: Captain and crew Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners and some snacks Tour Code: STA FZ

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Paris CITY BREAK

Barcelona city break

Amsterdam city break

3 NIGHTS FR $266

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• 3 nights at Le Liege Strasbourg Hotel • Champagne Cruise • Arrival transfer

• 3 nights at Hostel Gothic Point • 1 Day Cooltra Scooter Rental

• 3 nights at Hans Brinker Hostel • Ultimate Party

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Berlin CITY BREAK

Prague CITY BREAK

3 NIGHTS FR $224

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• 3 nights at Nardizzi Hotel • Ancient and Old Rome Tour • Arrival transfer

• 3 nights at Generator Hostel • Berlin Nightlife Tour

• 3 nights at Novometsky Hotel • Kutna Hora Tour • Arrival transfer

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LONDON

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge

The London Pass

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FULL DAY fr $110 Discover the mysterious Stonehenge, admire Windsor Castle (the world's oldest & largest) and visit Bath, once the playground of 18th century aristocats. STA2031

1 day PASS fr $61 First time in London? Purchase a 1, 2, 3 or 6 day pass and get free entrance to 55 attractions, museums and historical buildings. You'll avoid the lines too, saving time and money. STA2034

full day fr $41 Book yourself a spot on London’s big, red open-top bus! Learn about the history and visit the most popular attractions, hopping on and off wherever you want to explore within a 24 hour period. STA270

STRATFORD, OXFORD & WARWICK CASTLE

total london experience

Madame Tussauds

FULL DAY fr $110 Stop at Oxford; the famous University & film location for many Harry Potter scenes, Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon & ye olde Warwick Castle. STA2035

full day fr $139 Pack all the sights into a short amount of time with an expert guide. Visit Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Catherdral and the rest! STA269

Entry fr $33 Experience what it's like to be in a room full of hot, wax celebs. Sing with Beyonce, shoot goals with Beckham or have a Royal encounter with Willy or Harry! Pre-purchasing will fast track your entry too. STA2033

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the london dungeon Entry fr $31 Located on historic Tooley Street, experience the Drop Ride of Doom, enter Traitor's Gate on the Boat Ride from Hell, learn about Jack the Ripper & more scary stuff. STA271

london eye & river cruise 1 hour fr $45 See London from a different angle. This cool duo gets you a seat on the London Eye followed by a cruise on The Thames river which leaves right from the base. Too easy! STA272


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• 3 nights at the Generator Hostel, dorm including breakfast • Big Bus London sightseeing pass So you've decided on London and you're super excited. The only thing left to figure out is where to stay and what to see. Hmm. Don't stress - we've got it all sorted for you right here with our trusty welcome pack.

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The Generator Hostel has been the place to stay in London for more than a decade now. It's the original party place - and it's been recently refurbished with new floors, beds, windows and bathrooms. Free WiFi is also available, so keeping in touch with friends all around the world couldn't be easier. And what better way to see the sights of ye olde London Town than atop a big, red, open bus? See all the major city attractions, from Big Ben and the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. STAPK2

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• 3 nights at the Caeser Hotel, twin share including breakfast • Airport to hotel transfer • London West End ticket to see STOMP

• 4 nights at Think Earls Court Apartments, double apartment • Airport to hotel transfer • 2 day London Sightseeing Pass

London's West End is the entertainment capital of the UK and the home of theater - so what better way to lock in your seat to see STOMP than with this theater pack?

Let's face it. After a ridiculously long flight and an even longer wait trying to get through UK customs, all you'll want at Heathrow is someone there holding up a sign with your name on it. We can arrange it!

You'll be picked up from the airport after your flight and taken to your hotel - the Caeser, a stunning boutique hotel set in a typical Victorian building in the affluent area of Queens Gardens. And of course - you'll get a ticket to STOMP! Celebrating its eighth sensational year in London, this multi-award winning show has a universal language of rhythm, theater, comedy and dance. Eight performers use everything from lighters, plastic bags, bin lids - even the kitchen sink - to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. STAPK3

There'll be a driver waiting to pick you up and take you to your cuttingedge apartment for a dose of sweet, sweet privacy. The apartments are modern with full kitchen and location is a bonus - right near Kings Road, Knightsbridge, Harrods and Hyde Park, yet still within easy reach of the city. Which is great news as the city is where your London Sightseeing Pass will come in handy - giving you free entry to more than 50 of the top attractions including the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, London Zoo, Aquarium and lots more. STAPK4

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London's West End is the entertainment capital of the UK and the home of theater. We'll have you tapping your toes and belting out show tunes after you've been to see one of these entertaining extravaganzas!

Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful piece of entertainment of all time, produced in any media and its success is continuing all over the world. Share in this piece of history and don't miss the chance to see the spectacle in London's West End!

Dirty Dancing Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Don't miss this extravaganza exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing!

Grease It's the original High School Musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the movie including You're The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, and Greased Lightning! The hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John proved to be the highest-grossing movie musical ever - now see it live on a London stage.

Stomp

Chicago is one of London’s most popular and thrilling smash hit musicals. A nightclub dancer, a smooth talking lawyer and a cell block of sin. It would be a crime to miss it.

Celebrating its eighth sensational year in London, STOMP is now fresher, faster and funnier than ever before, with new routines, new choreography and new music. Eight performers use everything from lighters, plastic bags, bin lids - even the kitchen sink - to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm in this multi award winning show.

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The Generator has been the place to stay in London for more than a decade now. The recently refurbished hostel is the original party place - accept no imitations. Renowned for its cool bar and awesome location close to the West End, it has a long list of amenities - but it’s the party animals who stay here that really make this place rock! STA634

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A stroll away from Hyde Park, Umi is a converted Victorian townhouse close to restaurants, cafes, boutiques and entertainment. Relax in Yumi coffee shop doubling as a buzzing bar in the evening, then stumble back to your warmly decorated room for a good nights rest. STA2026 fr fr

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CLINK Hostels

Just a short stroll from Kings Cross, these hostels are ideally located to discover London. You'll also find yourself a stones throw from the British Museum and Camden Market, just minutes from the bright lights of town. Both have stylish, cool interiors and offer modern facilities. Clink 78, a former courthouse, has cool pod beds and some of the private rooms used to be police cells. STA702 l

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A true boutique hotel that oozes chic style and comprises three carefully restored mid 19th century Grade II listed townhouses. All rooms offer handmade Bellestrata beds, antique furniture and period features with views over a private mews toward Marble Arch. STA2029 fr

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the caesar

A boutique hotel located in the center of London, just a few minutes away from Hyde Park and accessible on foot from Oxford Street and Notting Hill shopping areas. There is a charming Spanish restaurant and bar on site and the cozy rooms are finished with luxury amenities. STA267 fr fr

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This Victorian hotel has a great and glamorous history, full of poets and bohemians. The rooms are elegant all with a private bathroom and just a stones throw from Kensington, it offers a great location that won’t break the bank. Relax with a drink at the bar or out in the small garden. STA693

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$106 SINGLE $71 TWIN/DOUBLE

Local Eats: London is perfect for home-cooked comfort food. Most of the cozy pubs serve giant portions of bangers 'n' mash and roast dinners.

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In the cosmopolitan heart of Kensington, just a short stroll from the tube you are within easy access to London’s West End theaters and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The classic rooms have modern gadgets like WiFi and the cute bar is a great meeting place for a nightcap. STA266 fr fr

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HYDE PARK EXECUTIVE

Located on the north side of Hyde Park, these elegantly refurbished apartments are close to a range of public transportation, making for easy access to the city and the West End. The rooms have it all, including cable TV, heating and washing machine, plus there's free WiFi at reception. fr

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thINK earls court

The perfect location for seeing the West End of London. You'll be surrounded by the indulgence of Kings Road, Knightsbridge, Harrods and Hyde Park, yet still within easy reach of the city. The apartments are stylish and modern, complete with a full kitchen. STA267

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thINK London bridge

These apartments are stylish, modern and decked out with everything you'll need to feel right at home - including a fully fitted kitchen. They offer freedom and flexibility in the heart of London, within easy reach of the city, Canary Wharf and the West End. Perfecto! STA267

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Useless Info: 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.

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bank hotel

This is more than your average backpacker hostel. It has a generous lounge, dining and kitchen area, free Internet access, a laundry service and lockers for rent. Located right on the Royal Mile, there's a myriad of shops, bars, pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained. STA2015

Originally built in 1621 for the Guild of Tailors, it was restored in 1998 to become a modern, comfortable hotel. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the stone-vaulted dining area and pop down for a pint in the Three Sisters Bar - as synonymous with Edinburgh as the Military Tattoo! STA2019

The Bank was built in 1923 as a grand - you guessed it - bank! It's been recently restored into a swanky hotel and is located on the Royal Mile, only a two minute walk from Princes Street. Rooms are luxuriously decked-out with en suite, LCD TVs, CD players, and bathrobes. STA271

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City sightseeing bus full day FR $20 This fantastic bus tour around Scotland's stunning capital allows you to hop-off and on again at any of the famous sights and attractions it passes. STA2022

Loch Ness Hunter full day FR $55 Seek out the real Scotland on this highland fling to Loch Ness. After a scenic drive from Edinburgh, eat lunch and cruise the legendary lake keeping your eyes peeled for Nessie. STA2036

The Highlander full day FR $48 From Edinburgh, head out into wild Scotland. Spot the film sets of Monty Python’s Holy Grail, drive around the Loch Tay and stop for a wee dram of fiery Scotch at a whisky distillery. STA2037

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LOWLANDS TO THE HIGHLANDS 6 DAYS,

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• Lose yourself in the Scottish wilderness • Travel from Lowlands to Highlands • Visit iconic Loch Lomond and Glencoe DAYS 1-2: glasgow to Inverarnan Get picked up from your hostel and shuttle to the start of the West Highland Way. Today you'll journey north past lochs and through forests to Rowardennan YHA. On Day 2, take to the water and canoe the world famous Loch Lomond. Get a unique view of Ben Lomond before setting up camp for a night in a tepee.

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DAYS 3-4: Inverarnan to glencoe Traveling by foot and on bike, you'll follow the River Falloch through stunning gorges, rocky rapids and wide, dark pools. The way winds through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. On Day 4, hike through one of the most remote areas of Europe along the military road built in the 1700’s by General Wade. DAYS 5-6: glencoe to fort william Tackle the 'Devils Staircase' on Day Five into the stunningly beautiful Glencoe. Take to the water in the afternoon for some kayaking in the gorgeous Loch Leven. Day 6 sees you traveling from the calm inlet of Loch Leven into the open water of Loch Linnhe. Surrounded by mountains, what better way to experience the Highlands of Scotland? DEPARTURES JUL - SEP : SAT Inclusions: All on tour transport including bike hire, canoe hire, sea kayak, safety equipment, camping equipment and your local guide/qualified instructor Accommodation: Not included, please enquire for details Departure point: Glasgow 8:30am Trip ends: Fort William 5.30pm Group Size: Max 8 Code: RT

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Days Inn TalBOT Street

Located in Temple Bar, surrounded by pubs, clubs and restaurants, this laid-back hostel with an infectious atmosphere is the place to stay! Chill out in the sunny lounge or catch up with new friends. Clean dorms have their own showers, plus free breakfasts and no curfew. STA706

This cozy hotel will invite you in with its warm, traditional atmosphere. It’s had a makeover recently and all rooms have their own en suite. There's a lively pub and compact restaurant too but, located in the Temple Bar, you won't have far to go to find a pint of Guinness. STA710

We all like good value and this hotel has loads of it. With a city center location only a two minute walk from O'Connell St, all the delights of Dublin are on your doorstep. Light and airy rooms have free WiFi and you'll be served up a hearty Irish breakfast in the mornings. STA693

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DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Bus

WILD WICKLOW TOUR

full day FR $23 Enjoy a little Irish history on board this hop-on/ hop-off bus, as you take in the sights with commentary on St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, The River Liffey, Old Jameson's Distillery and heaps more. After your tour you'll know where to drink the best Guinness, the best restaurant to dine at and the liveliest bar to party at until the wee hours. STA802

full day FR $45 It's a known fact that the Irish are blessed with oodles of charm and your hosts on this full day adventure are no exception. Take in some of the most spectacular sights in Ireland, like the hidden mountains and the barren bog-lands at Sally's Gap, which were used in the filming of Braveheart; they'll leave you breathless. STA804

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CAULAINCOURT SQUARE

Much more than a hostel, the newly renovated rooms here with their bold splashes of color resonate the charm and bohemian vibe of the very chic Montmartre area in which it's located. Packed with facilities like free WiFi and bike rental, this is a perfect Parisian base. STA600 fr fr

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Centrally located in a typical Parisian neighborhood and opposite a charming canal, you'll be astonished just how far your dollar will stretch. All rooms have an en suite and there is free WiFi to boot - but the best bit is the array of hip nightlife right at your door. STA602 fr fr

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A fantastic petite hotel located on a quiet street, just a short walk away from the Place de la Republique. En suite rooms are simple and clean but of a high standard, with Internet access and cable TV. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes within walking distance. STA712 fr fr

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This pretty Parisian hotel in the bustling rue Lafayette district of Montmarte is located between the Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est trains stations, making for easy access around the city. Rooms are fully renovated with A/C, cable TV and free WiFi access. STA172 fr fr

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This ultra modern hotel boasts cutting edge interiors from the best young designers in France. Each room has a personal color theme, art deco bathroom and free WiFi. Located in the hip Bastille quarter among the trendy bars, this is where you want to be seen. STA662 fr fr

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blc design hotel

A design hotel splashed in white from ceilng to floor will leave a lasting impression. Rooms are a hideaway of fine-tuned comfort, the pearly whites add a new-age touch and the sleek breakfast lounge transforms into a lively bar and meeting point in the evenings. STA661 fr fr

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Oozing understated elegance, this little beauty is a real find for cost-conscience bargain hunters. Right in the middle of trendy Montmartre, you're in easy reach of the Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge Theater, plus all the other must-see sights around the city. STA170 fr fr

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A spotless hotel situated in a lively but safe area in the heart of Paris, minutes from the Eurostar terminal. Start your evening with a cocktail in the hotel’s lounge before heading out to sample one of the numerous brasseries that are dotted around the leafy boulevard. STA661 fr fr

$113 single $59 double

USELESS INFO: Paris isn’t called the ‘City of Lights’ because of all the brilliance emitted by the Eiffel Tower. It refers to the various intellectual residents that made the city a worldrenowned center 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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la demeure

This cute, contemporary hotel is a great choice for a chic Paris getaway. The cozy lounge offers WiFi and all rooms are shiney and new. Located in the Latin Quarter, you're perfectly placed to explore the narrow streets, book shops and cafes this area is known best for. STA171 fr fr

$191 single $105 double

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Fat Tire Bike Tours

paris Sightseeing bus

The Da Vinci Code Walk

half DAY FR $36 This is an active and really fun way to see Paris. You’ll get a great orientation, loads of insightful info, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, photo opportunities galore and a comfortable bike to take you around just about every known sight in the city. STA604

2 days FR $34 See the best of Paris with this cool sightseeing bus tour. The buses come and go, so you can simply hop-off at any number of famous sights for closer inspection. Hop back on and strap on your headphones to hear a guided commentary as you cruise through the city. STA605

half DAY FR $28 You’ve read the book, you've seen the movie now do the tour! You’ll be expertly guided to all the places Robert Langdon went as he frantically stalked the streets of Paris. Prepare to gain an even deeper insight into the mysteries of the Da Vinci Code. STA606

The Paris Pass

Wine and Cheese Tasting

champagne cruise

2 DAYS FR $127 Get the run of the world’s sexiest city and see Paris’ top sights. This pass includes your entrance to 60+ museums and attractions across the city, including the Louvre. Choose from two, four or six days of sightseeing, then you’re free to follow your whim. You'll also get deals galore at the city's hottest restaurants. STA664

1.5 hours FR $93 Mmm! Indulge in two of France’s yummiest produce in the home of a French sommelier. You'll be welcomed by a flute de champagne before being expertly guided through a wonderful tasting experience of five wines paired with five cheeses, Charcuterie and an assortment of French breads are also served. STA665

1 hour FR $57 Travel down the Seine sipping champagne while enjoying the romantic views of Paris - what could be more chic? During the cruise you’ll taste three different champagnes: usually one brut, one demi-sec and one rosé. The cruise will last an hour and you'll be returned to the same point you started - the Eiffel Tower. STA173

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HOSTEL GOTHIC POINT

The hottest hostel in town - this place is cutting edge cool. Drawing in a funky, arty crowd, they run regular exhibitions, movie marathons and DJ nights. Guests get free entry to some of the city's hippest nightclubs. Rooms are modern and clean with a long list of extras. STA677

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CENTRIC POINT HOSTEL

A spectacular hostel, hosting concerts, flamenco and salsa nights, as well as spacious rooms and free Internet access. There's a Moroccan-style lounge for chilling out, a sun terrace and bar, plus a relaxing new addition - the massage room, where you can book in for a rub down. STA617 fr

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$29 DORM $66 Twin

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barcelona urbany

A brand new hostel in a modern and funky building with more facilities than you can poke a stick at. You can even use the gym facilities next door including an indoor swimming pool. The trendy rooftop bar is a great place to hangout and serves food and drinks all day. STA177 fr fr

$21 DORM $34 Twin

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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RIALTO HOTEL

A superb location right in the heart of the city center, perfect for experiencing the Catalan culture. Once the birth place of famous Catalanian painter Miro, this hotel has everything you'll need including Internet access, cafe and restaurant. STA678 fr fr

$121 single $75 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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ASTORIA HOTEL

Chic design combined with traditional architecture makes for a grand beauty. Take in the city views from the rooftop pool or stroll the short distance to Barcelona’s best shopping streets. 'Luxury' describes the rooms - they're even soundproofed so you're not disturbed. STA718 fr fr

$119 single $69 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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olivia plaza

Want style, glamour and a city center location? You got it! Rooms are decked out with all the latest modern gadgets and have fab views of Plaza Cataluña. The secluded terrace bar is perfect for a romantic drink and the restaurant 'Nineteen' serves up a mean tapas menu. STA180 fr fr

$206 single $113 double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast


103 1.5km NORTH

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Famous for: Mediterranean chic, Sangria, impassioned Catalans, Gaudi architecture and so much delicious food.

CATHEDRAL

Useful Info: Two places to hang out - Barrio Gotico is full of creativity, funky bars and market stalls. Raval is more earthy and multicultural, with an amazing range of food and some great shops.



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ROMA REIAL

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One of Barcelona’s best located hotels set amidst the stunning architecture, cafes and little bars just minutes from Las Ramblas. Simple but clean rooms offer great value for money - some even have balconies where you can watch the flamenco singers below. STA618 fr fr

$92 single $59 twin/double

+ bonus

4TH night free11

21 MAY 11 - 31 OCT

principal

This traditional family-run hotel, while recently renovated, still holds an old-school Spanish feel. Relax on the rooftop terrace with views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean, or hit the vibrant streets of the local area just minutes from Las Ramblas. STA178 fr fr

$97 single $53 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Spanish Cooking Class

TAPAS & FLAMENCO NIGHT

2 hours FR $31 This is a hands-on class, so don your apron and chef’s hat, roll up your sleeves and get ready to start cooking a yummy Spanish menu, from paella to tapas. STA181

2 hours FR $34 Get an authentic taste of Spain. Try up to 15 types of tapas served up for you by a professional Spanish chef and wash it down with Sangria. Next up you’ll be taken through the Gothic Quarter to a traditional Spanish bar. Watch the colors and the costumes as you hear the Flamenco rhythms! STA814

Cocktail Class 2 hours FR $35 Learn not only the science but the flair of making the right cocktail and how to do it in Spanish style. You'll be taught by a professional, get four cocktails and a glass of cava. STA182

Barcelona Bar Crawl 6 hours FR $22 This is Barcelona's wildest bar crawl. You'll visit lots of different bars with one free drink in each. End the night with free entry to a buzzing nightclub so you can dance till dawn! STA622

cooltra scooter rental 1 day rental FR $54 Here is a new and exciting way to see Barcelona. Rent a scooter and explore with the eyes of a local! You will have the freedom to discover hidden places a conventional tourist wouldn't easily find. Just choose how many days rental you'd like and the Cooltra team will give you maps and plenty of tips on how to enjoy the city to the fullest! STA183

call 800.777.0112 to book

Local Eats: Being by the water means Barcelona offers truly amazing seafood. Lobster, squid, sardines - or an amazing paella!

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Melon District Marina

The popular Melon District Marina is a student residence and new concept for young travelers seeking fun and fabulousness in Barcelona! Ultra modern and stylish rooms coupled with a communal buzz around the TV room, kitchen and rooftop pool make for a very exciting stay. STA179 fr fr

$82 single STUDIO $34 double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

ESSENTIAL CITY BREAKS

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madrid

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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 24hr reception. The 'Cave Bar' is a great place to enjoy a beer with your traveling pals and there are often parties with local DJs. STA620 fr fr

$29 DORM $29 Twin

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03 JAN 11 - 31 MAR

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This hostel combines old Spanish charm with modern facilities. Take advantage of the gym, cable TV, kitchen, free Internet and admire the lights of Madrid from the rooftop terrace and late night bar. In the middle of town, you are only minutes from all the major attractions. STA680 fr fr

$29 DORM $29 Twin

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los amigo sol

Right in the middle of Puerta del Sol, which in itself is considered the center of Madrid, you'll be just minutes away from everything you need. The hostel comes with a fully-equipped communal kitchen, TV lounge, Internet access and free WiFi. STA184 fr fr

$31 DORM $40 Twin

+ bonus

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16 OCT 11 - 03 DEC

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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PETIT PALACE DUCAL

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medium cortezo

This beautiful hotel occupies an old palace from the end of the 19th Century. Recently renovated, modern rooms all come with Internet access, latest generation hydro-showers, TV and minibar. Located in the city's coolest neighborhood, you'll find boutique shops and bars galore. STA720

This elegant little number can't be beaten if you're after a fashionable stay without breaking the bank. Modern rooms with all the latest gadgets are sure to please and the roof terrace is a great spot to relax with a book or simply enjoy the stunning views across the city. STA186

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$135 single $71 double

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$103 single $51 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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me madrid

Located on a buzzing plaza in the heart of the city, this hotel is destined to raise eyebrows, blur boundaries, tempt, tease and transform! There are two hip bars, one on the rooftop terrace with enviable views. You'll get impeccable service and luxurious rooms with designer amenities. STA187 fr fr

$273 single $136 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast


105 currency: € euro POPULATION: 3.2 Million PRICE OF A BEER: $4.00 PRICE OF PAELLA: $19.50

 BARAJAS AIRPORT: 12km 



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This traditional little hotel is easy on the pocket and just as easy on the eye. Minutes from both Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, it combines the historical with the hip. Rooms are cozy and clean and the cute little restaurant serves a mean morning coffee. STA621 fr fr

$97 single $65 twin/double

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regina

Nearly a century old, there's not a hint of old and musty here anymore! Rooms are sleek and contemporary. Attic rooms even have a private terrace. The cellar bar holds an extensive selection of wines and location-wise it can't be beat; within a walk to Puerta del Sol. STA185 fr fr

$144 single $82 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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. Useless Info: 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...

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Petit Palace Tres Cruces

Located in a stunning building, this hotel makes the most of the latest technology and has modern funky interiors to match. Most rooms have a balcony or terrace and free Internet. Located on the beautiful Gran Via Avenue, the best shopping and sights are an easy walk. STA681 fr fr

$126 single $67 double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Madrid City Tour

Bullfight

half DAY FR $34 Madrid is an urban playground of cutting edge design and vivid fashion, steeped in centuries of history. With your guide you'll dig below the surface and uncover the city's mixed past. Visit Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and modern sights like the Avenida Gran Via, Castellana and the emblematic Las Ventas building. STA188

half DAY FR $78 This is not for everyone, but it's a long part of Spanish culture and an unforgettable spectacle where the bravery of bull and bullfighter compete. Bullfighting only takes place during the summer months. Your expert guide will be there to expain the historical significance inside the famous Las Ventas building. STA190

avila & segovia day tour

toledo day tour

Full Day FR $98 Soak up Spain's sensational history with a 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. Next, it's onto Segovia to see one of the best Romanera monuments; the incredible aqueduct. STA189

half DAY FR $66 Visit the beautiful city of Toledo, one of the oldest in Europe. It is often called the 'city of the three cultures' since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here together. With your guide you'll explore the mix of buildings from almost all the periods in history - Arab, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque styles. STA191

call 800.777.0112 to book

ESSENTIAL CITY BREAKS

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Famous for: Bull jousting matadors, magnificent art museums, Galactico football team, chorizo, flamenco dancers and lots of beautiful people.

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ROME

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Plus Roma

Budget hostel? There's a swimming pool with poolside bar, spa, pizzeria, beach volleyball, BBQs, and the coolest, funkiest late-night bar with DJ. Yes, really! There are plenty of room types to choose from including private rooms and they provide a regular shuttle to the Vatican. STA610 fr fr

$22 DORM TENT $32 Twin

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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Hotel Accademia

Live the 'Dolce Vita', or at least as close to it as possible. With an enviable location right by the Trevi Fountain you are positioned within walking distance to everything. The rooms are smart with free WiFi, A/C and cable TV. There's a cute cafe and cocktail room too. STA192

$197 single fr $115 double

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Youth Station Hostel

A hostel with a great buzz and friendly atmosphere. All dorms have en suite bathrooms, large lockers and each bed has linen included as well as its own lighting. There is Internet access and a comunnal kitchen if you fancy making an Italian pasta dish of your own. STA695

fr

$29 DORM

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

SEILER HOTEL

In a distinctive building, this quaint and central hotel offers all the comforts and facilities you need for an enjoyable stay in Rome. All rooms have a private bathroom, TV and A/C on request. You are walking distance to many of the city's attractions like the Trevi Fountain. STA612

fr

$57 twin/double

+ bonus

4TH night free11

03 NOV 11 - 28 DEC

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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Palladium Palace

A comfortable and refined hotel offering beautifully appointed rooms, decorated in classic Italian dĂŠcor. Grab a drink from the bar and enjoy views of Rome from the rooftop garden. Located in the historic part of town, many of Rome's attractions are within walking distance. STA696

$114 single fr $61 twin/double

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hotel mascagni

In the very heart of historical Rome lies this sophisticated beauty. With old-school charm the modern rooms have every luxury you need for a comfortable stay, including some pretty high tech lighting and 1920's designed bathrooms. There's a free WiFi corner and a cozy bar. STA193

$196 single fr $104 double

fr

+ bonus

3rd night free 11

15 JUL 11 - 31 AUG

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast


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PIAZZA S.M MAGGIORE

currency: € euro POPULATION: 2.7 Million PRICE OF A BEER: $7.80 PRICE OF PIZZA NAPOLETANA: $10.50 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 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. Useless Info: In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court, he would swear on his testicles. Lucky for you that nowadays Rome is only ancient in its architecture, not its court proceedings!

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Ancient and Old Rome

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Nardizzi

This place has got the lot - friendly staff, clean, comfortable bedrooms and real Italian pizzazz! Located a short distance from the historical center, this hotel offers great value for the money. Breakfast is served in the roof garden, where you have unrivalled views of the city's rooftops. STA721 fr fr

$99 single $54 twin/double

Vatican Tour half day FR $36 Visit the world’s smallest independent state as this tour takes you to the home of the Pope. Enlighten your spirit and mind as you view the splendors of the Vatican; from St Peter’s Square to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The abundance of artistic, architectural and archaeological wonders will leave you awestruck. STA816

frascati wine tasting tour from rome half day FR $80 Bring your boozing to a classy conclusion as you amble through Rome's verdant vineyards. Take in 200 acres of vine from one of Italy's oldest families. Your expert guide reveals Roman history while you savor the wine that has been produced through the ages. STA195

crypts and cataCombs the underside of rome half day FR $74 Delve deep into Rome's underworld and discover the madness of millenniums past. Get a private viewing of the Cappuccini Crypt - creepily decorated with human bones, descend to the Domitilla Catacombs and see inside the sensational Church of San Clemente. STA196

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

ITALIAN ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, fr $299 (STUDENTS fr $279) ROME

• Explore the eerie ruins of Pompeii • Go star-spotting in glamorous Capri • Wander the streets of Ravello and Amalfi

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hotel marcella royal

A true boutique hotel in the heart of the city, moments from Via Veneto, famous for the 'Dolce Vita', Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Rooms are furnished in traditional Italian style; red décor and thick carpets add a very Roman feel, with modern additions like WiFi. STA194

$186 single fr $113 double

fr

ROME

+ bonus

3rd night free11

02 JAN 11 - 31 MAR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

DAY 1: ROME TO POMPEII & SORRENTO Travel south from Rome past Naples and Mt Vesuvius to Pompeii. Enjoy a two-hour tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll then head further down the coast to Sorrento. DAY 2: ISLE OF CAPRI A whole day on Capri. Laze on the beach, take the cable car up to Anacapri or jump on a local boat to experience the famous grottos. Look out for the paps chasing visiting celebs.

call 800.777.0112 to book

DAY 3: AMALFI COAST TO ROME Drive the spectacular Amalfi coastline, past the town of Positano, with relaxed stops in Amalfi and Ravello. Admire the homes of the rich and famous. In the afternoon, head back to Rome. Rome 

Pompeii Sorrento   Capri  Amalfi

DEPARTURES MAY 20 - SEP 26: MON & FRI Inclusions: 2 nights in tent cabins, guided tour of Pompeii & Sorrento, Busabout guide, Limoncello and chocolate tasting, return ferry to Capri, all on-tour transport Accommodation: Santa Fortunata camping village Departure Point: Plus Roma, 7:45am Return Time: Plus Roma, 7:30pm. Tour Code: RT

ESSENTIAL CITY BREAKS

half day FR $32 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. 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. STA815

Local Eats: The pizza is like nothing you’ve tasted before. Explore the alleys and sidestreets for the best pizzerias – where the locals eat.


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FLORENCE

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plus florence

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. You'll also find a flat screen TV in every room - woot! STA2002 fr fr

$31 DORM $42 Twin

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Hostel 7 Santi

This sanctuary of serenity is actually a converted convent. If you fancy a little dose of spirituality the lovely church of Setti Santi is next door. The hostel has friendly staff and a list of facilities including a sociable TV room, Internet access and phones on each floor. STA2003 fr fr

$28 DORM $41 Double

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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rosso 23

Rosso means 'red' and this beautiful boutique hotel is stylishly decorated in every hue. The noble building is full of character with an interesting staircase taking center place. With an enviable location on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the city is yours for the taking. STA199 fr fr

$111 single $68 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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balestri

With an unrivalled location in walking distance to the Ponte Vecchio, enjoy stunning views of San Leonardo and San Miniato hills from the terrace. Tastefully decorated in typical Florentine style, all rooms have soundproof windows and views of the square or courtyard. STA200 fr fr

$114 single $70 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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Patrizia

A simple, family-run hotel with a relaxed and homely atmosphere. The simple rooms are clean and fresh and come with cable TV, private bathrooms and telephones. You're located in the middle of town so all of Florence's main attractions are only a short walk away. STA2004 fr fr

$73 single $52 twin/double

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast


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 FLORENCE AIRPORT: 7km 

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Famous for: Outstanding art and architecture, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, the world’s most beautiful cathedral and lots of leather.

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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.

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$80 single $44 twin/double

SANTA CROCE

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corona d’italia

Set in an elegant 19th Century palazzo beside the handcraft markets, this delightful hotel is a great base from which to explore Florence by foot. There is an American-style bar to enjoy a sundowner and the modern rooms with terracotta floors have a real Tuscan feel. STA197 fr fr

$108 single $63 twin/double

+ bonus

4TH night free11

01 APR 11 - 31 OCT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

an evening in florence

artisans of the oltrarno

2 hours FR $48 On an evening walk, explore the bustling piazzas and backstreets of the historical center. Become acquainted with the city’s art, architecture, food, history and modern-day life. STA201

half Day FR $82 One of the cornerstones of Florentine culture is the tradition of creating handcrafted goods. With your guide, explore the workshops of artisans up close and see shoes, jewelery and etchings painstakingly crafted by hand. Learn how the skills have been passed down to each generation since the Middle Ages. STA204

medici family Tour Half Day FR $113 Discover the dynamic story of Florence’s most notorious clan on this walking tour. Along the way visit iconic sights like the cloister of San Marco, Palazzo Medici and Medici Chapels. STA202

FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING Bus full day FR $31 Hop-on and off around the city on an open topped bus to take in all the sights. Stop at the many museums and galleries housing great works of art and see the impressive Duomo. STA203

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”.

fresco tutorial Half Day FR $101 To understand the art of fresco painting is to understand the genius of the Renaissance masters like Michelangelo, Raphael and Masaccio. Join an accomplished artist in their private studio to learn the history and theory of fresco making. Then put your skills to the test and create your own piece of artwork using traditional methods. STA205

call 800.777.0112 to book

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Hotel Macchiavelli

A cute hotel decked out in typical Florentine style with a third floor terrace where you can relax with a drink or sunbathe in the summer, taking in the view over the rooftops of Florence. Modern rooms all have WiFi, flat screen TVs with cable and self-controlled A/C. STA198 fr fr

$82 single $51 twin/double

+ bonus 4TH night free

11 22 JAN 11 - 31 MAR 11 10 JUL 11 - 05 SEP

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

ESSENTIAL CITY BREAKS

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This charming and newly renovated hotel is located in the heart of Florence, only a few steps from the mighty Duomo and Accademia Museum where you can view Michelangelo's masterpiece, 'David'. Chic, Italian-style rooms are warm and elegant and include A/C and cable TV. STA722 fr

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Plus Alba D'Oro

Way more than your average hostel, this is a complete village with pizzeria, pool, spas, Internet cafe, supermarket, beach volleyball and the awesome late night Gondola bar with DJ where they hold the infamous Plus Toga Parties. They also run a shuttle into the city center. STA629 fr fr

$24 DORM $25 Twin

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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casa sant' andrea

A former monastery built in the 16th Century, today it has been beautifully renovated to include modern facilities such as Internet access and a tourist info desk. Located in the Piazale Roma area, overlooking the St Chiara Canal, it gives you easy access to the main sights. STA206

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Venezia Hostel

Island living and laid-back chilling at this happygo-lucky hostel on the gorgeous isle of Giudecca. Minutes from St Mark’s by water taxi - the cozy bar and restaurant is perfect for quiet nights in. There is a cafe, TV room and Internet access. The clean dorms are strictly single sex. STA675

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$40 DoRM

Caneva

An amzingly central location for the price, you can often hear the gondola's serenades as they pass by the canal. Family run, cute and convenient with a very warm and welcoming atmosphere - the rooms are simply decorated, yet all have a TV and telephone. STA630

$50 twin

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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PANTALON

7

This small, family-run hotel boasts a very friendly and personal atmosphere. Perfectly located in the historical center of the city you are moments from the Rialto Bridge and only 15 min walk from St Marks Square. Enjoy stunning views of your surrounds from the terrace. STA2013

$88 single fr $61 twin/double

fr fr

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Da Bruno

This recently renovated, family run hotel offers bright and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the old town. It offers unusually large rooms furnished in typical Venetian-style, with glasses and mirrors from Murano, a relaxing breakfast room and a lot of charm. STA2012 fr fr

$108 single $75 double

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Villa Rosa

This ancient Venetian house has been beautifully restored into a cozy hotel that just oozes Italian style. With its own private garden, you can enjoy an outdoor breakfast in the summer. The rooms have been renovated in a traditional Venetian style and all have A/C and cable TV. STA2011 fr fr

$77 single $46 twin/double

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2 HOURS FR $90 The Venice aperitif has become a folk tradition - the pleasure of a relaxing moment drinking an ombra (literally 'shadow', a little glass of red wine). You'll be taken by a local Venetian along narrow roads to discover historical osterie (wine bars) as you cross over the Grand Canal and through local markets, discovering places hidden from tourists. STA210

THE LAGOON ISLANDS

VENICE WALKING TOUR

half Day FR $34 Boarding a comfortable boat, you'll speed along the canal to the Venetian lagoon where you'll explore the famous islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. You'll see a glass-blowing display on Murano; see the painted houses and shop for lace on Burano; and visit Venice's first church on the tranquil island of Torcello. STA209

2 HOURS FR $35 Want to see the sights? Well, there is no better way to explore Venice than by foot and this walking tour will take them all in with the company of an expert guide! Visit St Marks Cathedral and wander through the square before visiting the Doge's Palace across the Rialto Bridge and then onto Murano Island. STA211

hotel Grand carlton

Super elegant, this grand hotel is located right on the Grand Canal. Traditonal stuccoes and designs reminiscent of the glorious Serenissima epoch are all evident. Rooms, furnished in typical Venetian style, have all of today's modern luxuries including plasma TVs and Internet access. STA207

$146 single fr $79 twin/double

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THE SHADOW OF VENICE

2 HOURS FR $67 Take a guided walking tour of Venice. You'll be enchanted as you wander through the city's picturesque cobblestone alleyways admiring the world's most romantic city. Next, board a gondola and cruise along the world-famous Grand Canal to the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge). STA208

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Useless Info: Due to it being absurdly close to sea level, Venice might well have disappeared by 2100 - by which time we'll probably be selling teleportation packages instead of flights.

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Useful Info: Visiting outside of the humid summer months means quieter streets and a cooler climate. The misty winter weather quite often adds to the romantic atmosphere.

Local Eat: All that walking about and getting lost can zap your energy. Luckily, there are lovely little cafes around nearly every turn. Get your sugar hit by munching on a tasty cake and gulping down a delicious espresso.

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AMSTERDAM

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HANS BRINKER

This happening hostel is the place to stay in Amsterdam. Internet access is free but the real drawcard is the hip bar and club where you can dance 'til dawn every night with your new travel pals. Reception is 24hrs so you can check in whenever you turn up (day or night). STA004 fr fr

$30 DORM $40 Twin

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HOTEL VONDEL

A small boutique hotel where attention to detail pays off. Enjoy breakfast on the patio when the sun is shining or a sundowner in the stylish bar before hitting the town. There's bike and Vespa scooter rental for the active, plus room service and picnic basket service for the indulgent. STA2004 fr fr

$143 single $71 twin/double

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STAYOKAY zeeburg

This shiny new hostel has an old-school style. Once a 1900's school, it now has cutting-edge interiors with dorms designed by Edward van Vliet. Hang out in the buzzing bar, challenge your mates to a pool marathon or devour some hearty Dutch cooking in the cozy canteen. STA666

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$43 DoRM

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Eden Leidse Square

Here is a charming and cozy hotel with a stylish bar and lounge, free Internet in the lobby and one of the warmest welcomes in the city. Located on lively Leidse Square, just a few minutes away from the Vondelpark and Museum Quarter, where there's a great range of bars and cafes. STA176

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$63 double

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STAYOKAY VONDELPARK

This monumental chalet building has been transformed into one of the city's best hostels. With an outdoor breakfast area overlooking the park, all rooms with en suites and a big list of facilities. Close proximity to the Van Gogh Museum and Leidseplein’s nightlife. STA713

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$49 DoRM

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NADIA HOTEL

Located in a historic canal-side gallery building, this cute hotel has a warren of clean, cozy rooms with a morning buffet served in the super-kitsch breakfast room. You can take a stroll along the canal to the hip Jordaan district just around the corner. Dam Square is a short walk away. STA2004 fr fr

$75 single $49 twin/double

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Hotel France

You just can't get more central than this - only a few minutes walk from central station, the attractions of Dam Square and shopping areas. There's free WiFi and if the weather's good, enjoy breakfast on the canal side terrace. Fancy a pint? There's an Irish pub next door! STA174

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$68 double

USELESS INFO: The Dutch are statistically the tallest people in the world. So if you’re a little short of height and you don’t want to feel too intimidated, make sure you pack your heels. LOCAL EATS: Gobble up a Pannekoeken, the Dutch version of a pancake. It's served flat on a large plate and sprinkled with sugar, jam, jelly, syrups, fruits or maybe even hot ginger sauce. Unimaginably delicious!

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Eden Hotel Amsterdam

Eden is your little oasis right in the center of bustling Amsterdam, located right on the Amstel River. Comfortable rooms have been recently renovated to a high standard and have a few modern additions like flat screen TVs. The fluffy, big, high beds add a touch of luxury too. STA175

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$77 double

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ultimate party

going dutch walking tour

cycle amsterdam

6 hours FR $28 There's no 'going Dutch' on this one. Join the city’s most famous pub crawl - take on the unlimited free shots and see if you can make it to the end of the night! Your handpicked guide will impart loads of local knowledge as you check out Amsterdam's best nightlife venues. STA674

2.5 hours FR $40 Get a taste of Amsterdam by exploring its historic sights and modern neighborhoods by foot. Wander through the Jordaan area, step back in time at the Begijnhof, sample life on a house boat and wander through the Red Light District accompanied by a local guide. STA809

4 hours FR $43 Travel as the locals do - explore Amsterdam by bicycle! Ride through the city’s historic center to the picturesque waterfront and explore everything from the Red Light District, ultramodern architecture, 15th Century buildings and even a brewery housed in a windmill. STA810

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Generator Hostel

Enormous, friendly and safe, the groovy and ultra modern Generator has all the facilities a budget traveler could ask for - Internet cafe, buzzing bar with beer garden, buffet restaurant, TV lounge and laundry. Ideally located in the heart of the former East Berlin. STA625 fr fr

$17 DORM $28 Twin

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A&O FRIEDRICHSHAIN

This popular hostel housed in a former factory is clean and bursting with facilities. There is a great social scene with its own bar and beer garden, a cafe with TV screens and comfy sofas, Internet access, kitchen, bike hire and a game room with table tennis and billiards. STA683 fr fr

$29 DORM $45 Twin

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hotel park inn

Right on legendary Alexanderplatz, high above Berlin's rooftops, there is a panoramic terrace with fabulous views and an open air lounge for you to enjoy a drink. Rooms have a contemporary design with flat screen TVs, underfloor heating in the bathrooms and WiFi. STA214

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$53 double

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arcotel john f.

Totally central, just moments from some of the city's best attractions and well connected to the rest. A thoroughly modern hotel, all rooms have been decorated with customized furniture and are fitted out with the latest gadgets. There's a cool little bar as well. STA215

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$60 double

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plus berlin

This brand new hostel is setting new standards with its modern, funky design and never-ending list of facilities. There is an indoor swimming pool and sauna, laundry, outdoor courtyard, restaurant, bar and cafĂŠ. All rooms have WiFi and private rooms have flat screen TVs. STA212 fr fr

$26 DORM $35 Twin

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berolina hotel

A central location on the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, this bright and airy hotel has modern, spacious rooms with WiFi and TV. Enjoy your morning breakfast in the hotel café before heading out to explore the city highlights on your doorstep. STA686 fr fr

$60 single $38 twin

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Art Hotel

Oozing artistic flair from every surface, this uber-cool design hotel will put a spring in your step when you see the price. The corridors host a little exhibition of Dali, Picasso and Kalinsky and it’s 24hr restaurant and cafe is a popular hangout for the more sociable. STA684 fr fr

$92 single $63 twin/DOUBLE

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Useless Info: Kennedy’s famous statement upon visiting the city - "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) was greeted with smiles by the locals, as "Berliner" is a German name for a jelly doughnut. Local Eats: Currywurst is the national fast food. Hot pork sausage, cut into slices and seasoned with ketchup and curry sauce. Hmm.

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hotel savigny

This classy little number has all the essentials wrapped up so you can enjoy Berlin to the max. Central location close to transportation, shopping and historic sites, elegant and modern rooms with WiFi and A/C, bar, relaxing garden and service with a smile. STA213

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$45 double

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berlin nightlife Tour

bike tour

5 hours FR $18 Skip the tourist trail and rub shoulders with the locals. Experience the cauldron of Berlin evening madness - bars, clubs and biergardens in the bombed out ruins of Berlin's downtown. Every night of the week doors will open to 'insider' bars, art squats, cocktail lounges and authentic pubs. You'll finish the evening in some of Berlin's most happening clubs. STA216

Half Day FR $18 Full of riveting history and lots of fun, glide along a scenic route through the Tiergarten Park and by the River Spree while visiting all the attractions. See the Berlin Wall, Hitler's Bunker, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Death Strip, the memorial to the Nazi Book Burning and much, much more. Receive a brilliant historical rundown that is truly exciting. STA218

sachsenhausen concentration camp

third reich berlin tour Half Day FR $18 Discover the history behind the most defining figure and regime of the 20th Century - Hitler and the Third Reich. Learn of the ferocity of the Allied bombing campaign, the defense of the Nazi Reich Capital, the Cross of Coventry and the Madonna of Stalingrad. STA219

6 hours FR $22 This tour takes you right to the very dark heart of the holocaust. See inside Sachsenhausen where you will get an idea of the realities of life and death behind the gates. Your guide will explain to you the history of the concentration camp during this integral time in history. STA217

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amous for: Trendy nightlife, huge sausages, liberal lifestyles, countless art galleries, diverse architecture and a fascinating historical legacy. Useful Info: Berlin is colorfully sprinkled with loads of fantastic graffiti. It’s considered a real art form here – even the residents of certain buildings have painted their walls with their own artistic outpourings.



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WOMBAT'S CITY HOSTEL

CREATIF ELEPHANT

Clean and brand new, this modern hostel is in a great location - a stop away from Munich's main station and only 10 minutes from Oktoberfest. All rooms have a private bathroom, cable TV and some even feature a balcony. You even get a free breakfast! STA715

This funky hostel is right in the center of Munich next to the main train station. A five minute walk from the city center and Marien Platz, it is the perfect base from which to explore the city. All rooms boast an en suite bathroom with shower and some have a private balcony. STA716

Located within the city center down a quiet little side street. All the rooms are modern and have recently been refurbished. If you want a cozy and friendly vibe complete with WiFi and a main railway station just a minute away, this pad is perfect for you. STA717

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$26 DORM $44 twin

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THE ROYAL CASTLES NEUSCHWANSTEIN & LINDERHOF full DAY fr $67 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. See exactly why on this full day tour. STA813

austria, salzburg & lake district Full day fr $64 Austria is famous for Mozart, its mountainous landscapes and of course - the Von Trapps! This packed day tour leads you through the heart of Austria via the Bavarian Alps to one of the world's most quaint and peaceful places; Salzburg. This is where the hills are alive! A truely remarkable experience. STA223

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$28 DORM $48 twin

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munich by night hALF DAY fr $88 Spend your evening getting acquainted with one of Europe's most active nightlifes. Enjoy a booming Bavarian evening with lots of music and a scrumptious dinner in the famous Hofbräuhaus. See the city at dusk and enjoy the sparkling skyline as you sip away on a tasty bar drink. This is the life! STA224

mUNICH BEER TOUR HALF DAY fr $36 The art of brewing is a centuries-old tradition in Munich, featuring many beer gardens, breweries and beer festivals. It's a crime not to join in! This half day tour gives you the lowdown on the world's oldest brewing traditions, with experienced master brewers providing you all the info. The day is rounded up with a snack and beer sampling. STA225

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$105 single $58 twin/double

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ramada budapest

If it’s atmosphere you’re after, look no further! Bagging one of the city’s best spots next to the buzzing bars and cheap eats of Budapest. This pad has its own 24hr bar with some of the punchiest beers in town. The rooms are clean and feature an en suite bathroom. STA728

Situated in the very heart of buzzing Budapest, this hostel has a convenient and central location. This royal old mansion has been recently renovated, offering free Internet, tea and coffee all day long. There is no better choice for a great stay in town! STA220

This hotel offers comfort, a central location and class. On a lovely sunny day, enjoy dining on the outdoor terrace. And after all the wining and dining, you'll be grateful for the on-site fitness center that also includes a sauna for extra relaxation. STA221

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budapest sights & spas

budapest EXPLORER

2.5 hours fr $40 Soak away your aches and pains by discovering the beauty of Budapest on a journey through the spas and history of the Hungarian capital. Learn about the country’s spa traditions and explore some of best landmarks, taking you from the bustle of the downtown to the healing waters of the Széchenyi thermal baths. Don't forget to pack your togs! STA226

HALF DAY fr $46 Take a tour into the real Budapest with this adventure through the icons and little known gems that dot this amazing city. Explore the capital by tram, foot and metro stopping at some of the most stunning areas. Walk in the footsteps of Franz Liszt and pay a visit to a little known Hungarian market to experience the real heart of this historic city. STA227

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$56 twin/double

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PLUS PRAGUE

Just a few stops from the stunning city center, Europe's plushest hostel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna. It has an amazing chill-out area with large screen TVs and kitchen facilities on every floor. Girls – pamper yourself in the unique Plus Girls Zone. STA2012

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DLOUHA HOSTEL & PENSION 3 A&O HOSTEL

Located in the middle of Prague's city center, just a three minute walk to the Old Town Square. The rooms are worth way more than their rate and the new rooftop apartments are simply gorgeous. The bar is good for an early evening warm-up, perfect for party-goers. STA2013 fr

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JULIAN

A first class, well-maintained hotel in a great location near Old Town Square and Prague Castle. Take advantage of the fitness center with sauna, whirlpool, tanning room and a gym. Or if you want a bit of relaxation, chill in the Englishstyle drawing room with an open fire. STA693 fr fr

$91 single $50 twin/double

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yasmin hotel

Bright, open and airy with a sophisticated style, the Yasmin is modern and super trendy. Each luxurious room is complimented with fresh white linens, simple lines and a minimalist design. Enjoy an intimate lunch surrounded by a luscious green oasis. STA693 fr fr

$131 single $66 double

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Cheap and comfortable with helpful staff who speak a myriad of languages and less than a 15 minute walk from everything - there's even local transport on your doorstep. All the rooms have private bathrooms and the underground bar supplies locally brewed schnapps! STA691 fr fr

$22 DORM $30 twin

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Spend your time at sea, well not literally - but rather on the Danube River in the middle of Prague, a fabulous loaction. Bunk down in your cozy room or grab a cocktail and enjoy the afternoon on the sundeck. Take in the views of the Prague Castle from your own sun chair. STA228

$52 single fr $37 twin/double

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This hotel has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, located within walking distance to the city center. The terrace is a good spot to enjoy brekky in the morning sun. There is everything you need including private bathroom, cable TV, radio and magnificent views over Prague. STA692

$61 single fr $31 twin/double

Local Eats: Tuck into some delicious goulash and mop up the sauce with bread dumplings. Washing it all down with a glass or two of quality local beer is a must!

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hotel central

A traditional hotel in an awesome central location, right in the heart of the Old Town surrounded by shops, art galleries and an array of restaurants and lively bars. Rooms here are simple, clean and offer an en suite bathroom, cable TV and in-room safe. STA229

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prague by bike

kutnÁ hora

2.5 hours fr $33 A guided bike tour combines a gentle pace with Prague’s magnificent architecture and monuments. Venture through idyllic sidestreets and enjoy a relaxing riverside lunch. Take the opportunity to sample the famous Czech Budvar beer while you soak up the stunning city views. STA230

HALF DAY fr $54 Kutná Hora is situated about 40 miles out of Prague and owes its origin to the silver mines. It has been declared a World Heritage Site since 1995. Today it is a lovely little town which has managed to preserve a lot of its historic charm, including the rich gothic style St Barbora and the unique Bone Church. STA232

grand city tour

bohemian highlights

HALF DAY fr $39 Get acquainted with the historical district of the city, visiting the National Museum, the National Theater and Lesser Town Square. You will also venture out to the Castle District and walk through the beautiful grounds of Prague Castle and the world-famous St Vitus' Catherdral; the most recognizable landmark in the city. STA231

fULL DAY fr $106 Visit two unique gems among the castles in the Czech Republic. First you'll visit the Konopišt Castle, well renowned for its fascinating collection of antique weaponry. Continue westwards to the historical Karlštejn Castle. Charles IV had this gothic monument built as a depository for the Empire crown jewels and relics of saints. STA233

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amaryllis

With its clean rooms and bargain prices, it's no wonder the Amaryllis is a popular choice with those looking for a basic, affordable place to stay. The 24hr reception will hold your luggage if you're off on an island hop. Check out the chilled-out lounge and bar. STA693 fr fr

$37 single $24 twin/double

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A great location, with so much of this ancient city on its doorstep. From the rooftop garden you can take in panoramic views all around Athens. Retreat to the friendly restaurant where you can pick up a buffet breakfast each morning and get to know other fellow travelers. STA234 fr fr

$53 single $36 twin/double

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greek islands cruise Full Day fr $133 Spend a day sailing around some of Greece's gorgeous islands. Your first stop is Hydra, where you can stroll around the shops or take a dip in the sea. Munch on seafood for lunch before a quick jaunt around Poros. Upon arrival at Aegina, choose to join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia, saunter around town or just head to the nearest bar. STA239

delphi tour Full Day fr $130 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. STA240

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hermes hotel

The Hermes offers stylish, modern and comfy accommodation in a fresh and cozy atmosphere. There's a lounge to hang out in, while up on the rooftop area you can take in the views of this glorious city. The plush rooms all offer luxurious white marble bathrooms. STA235 fr fr

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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.

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Enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar and marvel at the breathtaking views. Particularly spectacular is the lit-up Acropolis, only a stone's throw from the hotel. With friendly staff, comfy sized rooms with nice furniture and a small restaurant, this is a great Athens base. STA237 fr fr

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athens sightseeing

markets, ruins & ancient athens

Half Day fr $83 Jump on the bus and discover this vibrant and hyperactive city - from its recent greener, cleaner, more cosmopolitan makeover to its ancient, crumbling past. Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathenian Stadium and the Presidential Palace. In contrast, visit the ancient Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis. STA241

Useless Info: 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!

Half Day fr $51 Stroll through the flea markets around Athina Street, barter for leather goods and delve into Athens' ancient past. Explore Monastiraki Square, ancient Agora and the forgotten neighborhood of Thissionn. You'll experience the spirit of the Greek life that has existed for thousands of years. STA243

argolis excursion

walking athens

Full Day fr $130 Drive along the coastal road to the heart of heroic Greece, Mycenae - a sight to behold! Visit the remains of this ancient city including the lioness's gate, the tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace. Back on your bus, journey through Argos to Nauplia for a traditional Greek lunch, before taking in Epidaurus. STA242

Half Day fr $51 Strap on your best walking shoes and prepare yourself for an absorbing day on the best walking tour of Athens. From Syntagma Square head to the Acropolis and onto Hadrian's Arch and the Olympic Stadium. One thing is for sure, leave lots of room on your camera as you see Athens in the best possible way. STA244

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CENTER SQUARE HOTEL

They're not down with monochrome here so you better be cool with color! The rooms are stylish and functional with all the amenities you could possibly want. There's a chic coffee lounge if you want to relax after a busy day and you’ll also enjoy panoramic views of the Acropolis. STA238 fr fr

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In the heart of Fira, the island's capital, you are just moments from the lively bars, restaurants and markets of the town and within easy reach of the beaches by bus or taxi. Clean and simple rooms all have en suite, A/C, TV and a balcony overlooking the sea. STA245

This charming, seaside hotel in the village of Perrissa is only 100ft from the black sandy beach typical of the island. There's a swimming pool at the resort with a bar serving cocktails and the apartment style rooms have mini kitchen facilities perfect for self catering. STA246

Just 493ft from the center of Fira, this is the perfect choice if you want to combine the peaceful countryside yet still be in reach of the buzzing nightlife. Traditionally furnished rooms all have a balcony and there is a pool to relax by and absorb the island vibes. STA247

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$95 single $55 double

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Here is your chance to stay at a beautiful whitewashed hotel in Santorini's capital, Fira. Enjoy the glorious sunsets while sampling the local wine from your very own balcony and relax in the newly refurbished rooms with their beautifully vivid color themes and stone built beds. The stunning pool has views out to sea and the swim-up bar has a long cocktail menu! STA251

This beautiful spa hotel in the town of Fira provides you with a fairytale-like holiday from the moment you step through the designer entrance. You'll love life relaxing in your very own poolside cabana, or take advantage of the luxury spa for a pampering treatment. All rooms are decked-out with the finest luxuries and have their own terrace looking out over island life. STA252

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123 CURRENCY: Euro POPULATION: 2.9 Million PRICE OF A BEER: $5.70 PRICE OF OUZO: $19.50 Famous for: Every Greek Island is unique with its own amazing landscapes and beauty - but they do have it all when it comes to charming villages, golden beaches and crazy nightlife. . Useful Info: Traveling to the Islands from mainland Greece is very easy with many budget flights from Athens almost every day. Useless Info: Greeks celebrate their name days instead of birthdays. Since a few names such as Yannis, Giorgios and Nikos are popular, this leads to semi-major holidays on those dates. Local Eats: The mezedes (single) are appetizers, usually accompanied with Ouzo. It's one of the basic elements of Greek culture to share food and wine with friends.

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Paradise Beach is the place to party. With a beach side location spend your days soaking up the sun or enjoying the water sports. By night, hit Tropicana bar right on the beach. There's a long list of facilities from shops, restaurants, bike rentals and Internet. STA248

Located in the superb seaside resort of Platis Gialos, there's a TV room, billiards and table tennis facilities, snack bar, plus indoor and outdoor eateries. You can chill out in the hotel's spa or cool off in the swimming pool with the absolutely essential pool bar! STA249

This is a small hotel with a friendly vibe on Stefano Beach, only 1.5 miles from Mykonos town. There are restaurants, a mini-market, car rental and bike rental nearby. There's a cafe and bar, beach umbrellas, sunbeds and all the cozy rooms have balconies with sea views. STA250

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petinos hotel, Mykonos

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A recently renovated boutique hotel located on the beach of Platis Gialos. All rooms have king size beds for maximum comfort and offer spectacular views of the Aegean Sea from private balconies. Have your breakfast at the poolside cafe or try your dancing skills during the special Greek nights at the Blue Myth restaurant. STA253

In the heart of Mykonos town, just a short walk from the famous windmill, you'll find this hotel gem. Each of the large, contemporary rooms have a view of the sea, town or pool and come with free WiFi, while breakfast is served up in the 200-year-old house. Relax by the pool, indulge in some pampering activites or visit the neighbouring beach. STA254

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If you need a bed within staggering distance to the best bars and sights of the city, the Sultan is for you. The restaurant serves great food at top notch prices and the rooftop bar looks out onto the water. Breakfast, towels and free Internet are all included. What else could you ask for? STA647

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This cheap and cheerful hotel has one of the best locations in town with views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia from your room or at breakfast on the rooftop terrace. Cozy rooms with en suite are all squeeky clean and there is free WiFi, cable TV and A/C. STA255

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A modern hotel packed with features - there's even a gym with an indoor swimming pool and traditional Turkish bath. Add to that free WiFi throughout the entire hotel and a nice bar where you can relax. Located by Taksim Square there are plenty of boutique shops, bars and cafes. STA256

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the q-inn hotel istanbul 6 ambassador hotel

Enjoy the welcoming service at this sophisticated hotel. The outdoor terrace offers dazzling views over the old town, there's a funky bar and a cafe where you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing. Classic rooms are decked-out with essentials like WiFi and stocked mini bar. STA258 fr fr

$92 single $50 twin/double

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A nice boutique hotel in the heart of the Old Town within walking distance to the Grand Bazzar and Blue Mosque. There is a terrace cafe, gym, sauna, Turkish bath and WiFi all over the hotel. Individually decorated rooms have unique furniture which adds a luxurious feel. STA259 fr fr

$62 single $38 double

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Add a little glamour to your stay at Diva's. There is plenty of sparkle in the chic rooms including amenities like WiFi, cable TV and the stunning panoramic views over the Old Town. There is even a cute garden with big comfy sofa where you can relax. STA260 fr fr

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Being one of the oldest hotels in Istanbul, they sure know how to turn on the charm here. Located in the heart of the Old Town just moments from the famous sights, shopping, lively bars and tasty restaurants of the city. Rooms are comfy with all the amenities. STA257 fr fr

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Full Day fr $134 Head out of the city on a day trip to the famous battlefields of Gallipoli. Once a WWI area of conflict, the fields are now incredibly serene. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. STA262

4 hours fr $35 Discover the secret haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the backstreets to visit hard-to-find sites. Explore mosques with a local and gain an insight into Islam, wander the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazzar and visit local market stalls where you can try delicious authentic Turkish Delight. STA264

troy day trip

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full day fr $134 Troy conjures up all types of images from history (and a couple from the movies) - Helen and Paris, Hector and Hercules, the Trojan horse and, um...Brad Pitt? See the setting of all these incredible stories and visit the battlefield of history with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide. STA263

4 Hours fr $35 Enjoy Turkish hospitality at its best and taste some delicious home cooking while sharing a meal with a local family in Sultanahmet. Learn about the cultural customs and after dinner take a stroll through the backstreets with a local, sip tea and play backgammon in an authentic teahouse. STA265

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Located in the fashionable Taksim area full of boutique shops and hip bars, the old town site are easily accesible by metro. You will love the funky design of the hotel and the roof-top bar/ cafe has great views of the Golden Horn and there are DJ's playing on weekends. STA261 fr fr

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Tour the wonders of Istanbul Visit the battlefields of Gallipoli Check out Troy and its Trojan Horse

DAYS 1-2: ISTANBUL Much like royalty you’ll be met at the airport, then taken to your hotel. The day is yours to do as you please. On Day 2 you’ll have a guided visit to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome. Also learn how carpets are made by hand with a facinating demonstration. Hit the local bars that night or enjoy a local meal. (B, L)

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DAY 3: ISTANBUL TO CANAKKALE Visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, now a serene sight. Spend the night in Canakkale. (B, L, D) DAYS 4-5: CANAKKALE TO ISTANBUL Step back in time when you visit the archaeological site of Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, then head back to Istanbul that night. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 5. (2B)

 Istanbul Gallipoli   Çanakkale turkey  Troy

DEPARTURES JAN - APR : MON, THU & SAT; MAY - OCT : DAILY; NOV - DEC: MON, THU & SAT Accommodation: 4 nights hotel Transport: Fully air conditioned bus Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: STAFZ

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SPRING BREAK 2011

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Europe is the most popular destination for STA Travel customers – and with all of the amazing places to visit there, it’s no wonder! We’ve pulled together exclusive packages to each of our favorites – London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona – to make for an unforgettable Spring Break experience.

SPRING BREAK SPECIAL What You’ll Do Like to roam the city on your own? These Spring Break trips are for you. Prefer to have a little guidance? Our Travel Experts have you covered.

The New Spring Break Experience Experience Spring Break in Europe. You won’t miss the girls or the guys, or the clubs and the bars. They are in Europe too. You’ll skip the sunburn for moderate climates where you can soak up the sights and spend your Euros and Pounds on having fun, not buying aloe to recover from overexposure to the sun. Europe is just like your traditional Spring Break on the beach, just better. You’ll come back with stories in different languages, some of which you can even tell your parents – and they’ll probably be impressed. Let STA Travel’s Travel Experts help you plan your Spring Break experience for 2011.

Each Spring Break trip comes with a daily breakfast to make sure you get off to a good start. The rest of the day is yours. During your stay you’ll get an included bike or bus tour to help you find your way around the city.

Where You’ll Go Go big or go home. You can spend your Spring Break lounging on the beach and recovering from a hangover…Or you can spend your Spring Break taking in the sights and sounds of one of Europe’s most popular destinations – and you still might have a hangover.

Each STA Travel Concierge meets the highest standard of local city knowledge and general travel expertise to make sure you enjoy your Spring Break. By the end of the trip, they might be as vital as your passport

The Travel Experts at STA Travel worked together to create four amazing Spring Break trips that will leave your friends with passport envy.

The STA Travel Concierge Here’s one thing you won’t find on the beaches of Cancun – a STA Travel Concierge. From finding the best route on the Metro to get to the Louvre or recommending the best local pub in London to grab a pint, a STA Travel Concierge will be in each city to help you with anything you may need.

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london london • Meet up with other Spring Breakers • Ride the London Eye and cruise the Thames • Swing by Stonehenge or enchanting Bath Day 1: Tuesday You’ll arrive early in the morning and will be greeted by the STA Travel Concierge at your accommodations. This evening you’ll kick-off the week with an included group dinner where you’ll meet some new friends and your Concierge will give you great ideas on how to make the most of your week in London. Day 2: Wednesday Don’t sleep in too late, as you’ll miss the included breakfast! Take advantage of your included Hop-on/Hop-off sightseeing tour to see some of the city’s best sites and attractions. Day 3: Thursday The day is yours to explore the sites, venture out to the markets and culture of Camden, in northwest London, or book a day trip. Day 4: Friday Head to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in Hyde Park, taking a ride on The London Eye, cruising the Thames or even standing face-to-face with celebrities and world leaders at the most famous wax museum in the world, Madame Tussauds. Day 5: Saturday Last day! You're free to raom the city and double back on some of your favorite attractions or hit up anything you may have missed. Day 6 – Sunday You’ve pre-booked your return transfer to the airport so just be awake in time to catch it. DEPARTURES MAR 2011: TUES Subject to availability Inclusions: City sight seeing tour, services of STA Travel Concierge Accommodation: 5 nights Hotel or Hostel Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 Dinner

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• Meet up with other Spring Breakers • Explore the cities famous Canals • Do the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl

• Meet up with other Spring Breakers • Enjoy the ultimate Barcelona Bar Crawl • Head out for Flamenco and Tapas

Day 1: Tuesday You’ll arrive early in the morning and will be greeted by the STA Travel Concierge at your accommodations.  This evening you’ll kick-off the week with an included group dinner where you’ll meet some new travel friends and your Concierge will give you some great ideas on how to make the most of your week in Paris.

Day 1: Tuesday You’ll arrive early in the morning and will be greeted by the STA Travel Concierge at your accommodations.  This evening you’ll kick-off the week with an included group dinner where you’ll meet some new travel friends and your Concierge will give you some great ideas on how to make the most of your week in Amsterdam.

Day 1: Tuesday You’ll arrive early in the morning and will be greeted by the STA Travel Concierge at your accommodations. This evening you’ll kick-off the week with an included group dinner where you’ll meet some new travel friends and your Concierge will give you some great ideas on how to make the most of your week in Barcelona.

Day 2: Wednesday Wake up in time for the included breakfast. The day is yours to explore Paris. Head out for the included city Bike Tour.

Day 2: Wednesday Kick that jet lag, and rise early for the included breakfast. Grab a bike to pedal your way through beautiful Amsterdam.

Day 2: Wednesday Your stay includes a daily breakfast, so head down for a hearty start to your day. Head out for a Bike Tour to get familiar with some of the city’s best sights and history.

Day 3: Thursday One could spend a lifetime in the Louvre, so get there early. You do not want to keep the lovely Mona Lisa waiting. Do try and leave time to see Paris from its famous river.

Day 3: Thursday The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Visit the Anne Frank House or take an optional cruise on one of the cities many canals. Tonight, the Red Light District is an absolute must see.

Day 4: Friday Get your adrenaline flowing by climbing the steps of Montmartre (your STA Travel Concierge can point you there), and to the beautiful SacréCœur Basilica, with stunning views of Paris from the top.

Day 4: Friday Visit the legacy of one of Amsterdam’s icons – Vincent van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum is filled with works from one of history’s most revered and fascinating artist. Discover more of the city with an optional Going Dutch Walking Tour (wooden clogs not included).

Day 5: Saturday Last day! Today is your last chance for passionate romance, melancholic poetry, massive baguettes, revolutions, fine dining, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and one last chance to pay your respects to Jim Morrison and many others at the incredible Père Lachaise Cemetery. Day 6: Sunday You’ve pre-booked your return transfer to the airport so just be awake in time to catch it! DEPARTURES MAR 2011: TUES Subject to availability

Day 5: Saturday Last day! You're free to roam the city and double back on some of your favorite attractions or hit up anything you may have missed. Day 6: Sunday You’ve pre-booked your return transfer to the airport so just be awake in time to catch it! DEPARTURES MAR 2011: TUES Subject to availability Inclusions: City sight seeing tour, services of STA Travel Concierge Accommodation: 5 nights Hotel or Hostel Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Day 3: Thursday Take in a few of the Museums or explore the amazing architecture of Gaudi. In Barcelona do not forget the food, try an optional Spanish cooking class to learn the passions of Spanish cooking. Day 4: Friday Two of the best places to be in Barcelona are Barrio Gotico and El Raval – a creative and funky Gothic Quarter, and an earthy and multicultural area (respectively). Day 5: Saturday Last day! Sangria, seafood, siestas – all covered. For the sports fans or those interested in seeing what excites the passion of any Catalonian, pay a visit to the stadium of the renowned FC Barcelona. Day 6: Sunday You’ve pre-booked your return transfer to the airport so just be awake in time to catch it! DEPARTURES MAR 2011: TUES Subject to availability Inclusions: City sight seeing tour, services of STA Travel Concierge Accommodation: 5 nights Hotel or Hostel Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Inclusions: City sight seeing tour, services of STA Travel Concierge Accommodation: 5 nights Hotel or Hostel Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 Dinner

call 800.777.0112 to book

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• Meet up with other Spring Breakers • Go on a Wine and Cheese Tasting • Do the Champaign Cruise down the Seine


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If you're looking for a true Italian cooking holiday focusing on the classic Italian dishes, then this pizza, pasta and gelato making course is for you. Spend the better part of two days in the kitchen with a professional chef and learn how to "throw" a pizza base, master the art of delicious, fresh pasta making and discover the secrets of flavor combination techniques to create perfectly fluffy gelato. You will also have free time to explore Sorrento or take an optional excursion to the Island of Capri.

Tucked away in the peaceful village of Gramont in Gascony, a charming and tastefully restored French farmhouse is the setting for your weekend French patisserie course. Learn the skills to make delicious, classic French desserts such as Tarte aux Pommes, Crème Brûlée and even try your luck making a Croquembouche! With the help of your English and French chefs, you'll immerse yourself in the French lifestlye while covering pastry making, caramalized decoration, piping and more.

Inclusions: Italian pizza, pasta & gelato making cooking course over 2 days including all ingredients, souvenir apron and recipe book Accommodation: Twin/double room with private bathroom at a bed and breakfast in Sorrento (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Departure Days: Daily, except public holidays, please note there are no cooking classes on Sunday Tour Code: GLT 001

Inclusions: 3 dessert making lessons with a professional chef, all cooking materials, apron and ingredients Accommodation: Twin share at a French farmhouse (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch on Saturday at the farmhouse, 2 dinners with unlimited wine and water Departure Days: Fridays (The school is closed from January to mid March) Tour Code: GLT 002

surf & spanish course

flamenco dancing course

7 DAYS,

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$305

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Immerse yourself in the country French lifstyle Eat your way through a weekend of local French cooking Indulge your passion for desserts

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$336

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• Learn Spanish and order a beer like a local • Hit the waves and learn to surf at Zurriola surfers beach • Chill out and explore the beautiful city of San Sebastian

• Learn to clap your hands and stamp your feet • See a live Flamenco show in the tapas bars of Seville • Develop your knowledge of the different rhythms of Flamenco

Learn Spanish in the morning at this friendly Spanish language school by the beach and in the afternoon, make the most of the stunning surf beaches on the Basque Coast with exhilarating surf lessons. Your Spanish and surf instructors are highly qualified and will have you speaking the local lingo and surfing those waves in no time! Have fun, meet new people and take home two new skills that you'll keep forever.

Learn how to Flamenco dance in the heart of Andalucía. Tucked away in the orange-tree lined streets of Seville, this Flamenco dance school is used by locals and visitors alike from beginners to professional dancers. Your experienced dance teacher will help to develop your Flamenco dancing technique as well as your own dancing personality. Many classes are accompanied by a Flamenco guitarist as you learn how to express yourself.

Inclusions: Local payment of $82 (enrolment fee), daily Spanish lessons for 45 min (Mon to Fri) and class materials. Daily surf lesson (Mon to Fri) for 1 hour, surfboard and wetsuit to use during your surf lessons. Free Internet access. Accommodation: Shared apartment with Spanish locals or home stay Meals: no meals included Departure Days: Sundays (course starts Monday). There will be no classes on public holidays and lessons will not be made up or refunded Tour Code: GLT 003

Inclusions: 5 x 120 minute flamenco dance lessons a week (Mon to Fri), information on local Flamenco shows around Seville, one evening out led by a school representative each Monday, dance diploma, Internet access. Accommodation: Shared apartment Meals: no meals included Departure Days: Sundays (course starts Monday). There will be no classes on public holidays and lessons will not be made up or refunded Tour Code: GLT 004

call 800.777.0112 to book

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• Learn to cook classic Italian dishes from a professional chef • Free time to explore Sorrento and take a day trip to Capri • Get a recipe book and apron to take home


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Learn Spanish 7 days

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$589

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Barcelona

Learn a new language Meet interesting people Explore Barcelona like a local

There is no better way to learn a language than to fully submerse yourself in the local culture and interact with the local people. Spanish is a vibrant language and you will have lots of fun practicing your new skills at the shops, bars, restaurants and in everyday scenarios. Soak up the atmosphere of cosmopolitan Barcelona and explore the nooks and crannies only locals know about!

COURSE OPTIONS You'll be taught by highly qualified Spanish speakers who have a passion for teaching and use proven techniques. Lessons are highly interactive and you'll speak Spanish from day one both inside and outside the classroom. Focusing on the four main language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, each day will see you increasing in confidence and rolling out Spanish in no time. Intensive course: You will have four Spanish classes from Monday to Friday in groups of a maximum of eight students. If you want to advance quicker in oral communication we recommend you go for the Super Intensive course, with two extra daily classes based on oral and written communication practice. • Intensive course: 20 group lessons + 5 private lessons per week • Super Intensive course: 30 group lessons + 5 private lessons per week

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ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Comfortable accommodation is an essential part of your trip. Choose from: • Home stay - get your own room and share the lives of a local family. Share meals, watch TV and hangout with the other kids. • Student residences - live with fellow students, get your own room with shower and practice your skills over a morning coffee in the shared kitchen or TV lounge. • Shared student apartments - more homely than the residence, share an apartment with other students and get your own kitchen, bathroom and lounge with TV. Courses are available at all levels from beginners to advanced - and they are also available in Madrid! Inclusions: Study materials and textbook for each level of your course, a welcome dinner on arrival, level test and end-of-course certificate. Guided cultural tour, an extra daily class covering culture and current events, use of the computer room with unlimited Internet access and email and a student discount card also included. Accommodation: min 6 nts based on your choice of homestay, residence or apartment Departure Days: Accommodation starts on Sundays, language course starts on Mondays Tour Code: STA


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Learn Italian 7 days Rome

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$677 Rome

• Learn the language of love • Meet interesting people • Explore Rome like a local The Italian language is one of the most expressive and poetic in the world. Whisper sweet nothings into that special someone's ear or wave your arms around with exaggerated gestures next time someone needs a telling off. Learn the local lingo as you explore the twists and turns through the mighty city of Rome and order pasta and gelato like a pro! This is a skill you will keep forever.

Learn French 7 days fr $766 Paris

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Mix some sin with your syntax and some style with your sentence structure! Just minutes from the elegant Champs Elysees, you'll discuss the dramas of the day, dabble in some slang and discover the Paris you've been pining for on this seven day course. When you're not practicing the local lingo, go shopping in the world's style capital or moon over Mona Lisa's smile.

Standard and Intensive courses: This course is held throughout the year on six (monthly) levels of ability. Four lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday. To progress more rapidly, go for the Intensive course - with two extra lessons of group language courses in the afternoon. • Standard course: 20 group lessons per week (45 min each) • Intensive course: 30 group lessons per week (45 min each)

COURSE OPTIONS Immerse yourself in the local French culture and progress rapidly as you practice the local lingo in your free time. You will be taught in small groups by highly qualified French speakers who have a passion for teaching and use proven techniques. Lessons are highly interactive - even as a beginner, you’ll be taught in French and you will be encouraged to speak inside and outside the classroom. Intensive course: The lessons focus on reviewing and extending grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, writing, speaking, and pronunciation skills. Continual practice of the French language builds up your confidence and improves your fluency. Choose from: • 10 lessons per week • 20 lessons per week • 26 lessons per week + 6 special topic • 30 lessons per week + 10 group lessons

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ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Comfortable accommodation is an essential part of your study. Choose from: • Home stay - get your own room and share the lives of a local family. Share meals, watch TV and hangout with the other kids. • Shared student apartments - get your own room but share the kitchen and bathroom with your fellow students. A great way to make new friends. • Private apartments - if privacy is important to you, this is the option for you. Fully self contained, there is everything you need in a central location. Courses are available at all levels from beginners to advanced - and are also available in Florence and Venice too! Inclusions: Study materials and textbook for each level of your course, level test and end-of-course certificate. Guided cultural tour, use of the computer room with unlimited Internet access and email also included. Accommodation: min 6 nts based on your choice of homestay, shared apartment or private apartment Departure Days: Accommodation starts on Sundays, language course starts on Mondays Tour Code: STA

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Comfortable accommodation is an essential part of your study. Choose from: • Home stay - get your own room and share the lives of a local family. Share meals, watch TV and hangout with the other kids. • Student residences - get your own room with en suite but share the kitchen with your fellow students. A great way to make new friends. • Hotels - if privacy is important to you, this is the option for you. Breakfast is included and you'll be no more than 30 mins from the school. Courses are available at all levels from beginners to advanced - and are also available in Nice! Inclusions: Study materials and textbook for each level of your course, level test and end-of-course certificate. Guided tours in Paris, free-access media lab with supervision of a teacher, 20 minute Internet access in the school also included. Accommodation: min 6 nts based on your choice of homestay, student residence or private hotel room Departure Days: Accommodation starts on Sundays, language course starts on Mondays Tour Code: STA

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• Take home a new skill • Meet interesting people • Explore Paris like a local

COURSE OPTIONS Located in an attractive, elegant building in the center of Rome, you'll study with up to 12 other students. Enthusiastic teachers will use different media such as videotapes, projectors and CD players that will allow them to give you the most efficient, dynamic and interesting Italian classes. Immerse yourself in the local culture and progress rapidly, practicing your new skills in your free time.


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OKTOBERFEST munich - 1 Week

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15 Sep 2011: 6 days,

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$479

21 Sep 2011: 7 days,

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• Be part of the world’s biggest beer festival in Munich • Dress up as a Beer Wench (or just ogle at them) • Soak up the atmosphere in the massive beer tents • Drink beer in glasses the size of your head • Sing along with the oompah bands

• Be part of the world’s biggest beer festival in Munich • Visit the lesser well known beerfest in Stuttgart • Go on an excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle • Drink beer in glasses the size of your head • Sing along with the oompah bands

DAY 1: London to Munich Depart London in the afternoon and catch the ferry from Dover to Calais. It's an overnight coach journey to Munich tonight.

DAY 1: London to Munich Jump on a ferry to France before riding an overnight coach to Munich.

DAY 2: munich On arrival in Munich, check into your campsite before heading into town for a beer hall party. Shuttle buses will be running back to the campsite, so sit back, relax and down a couple of steins. DAY 3: beerfest Head into Munich for the opening of the festival - paarrtayyy! Your guide will make sure you're in the right place at the right time and once again there'll be shuttle buses to take you back to camp in the wee hours of the morning. DAY 4: munich Hit the beer halls again for round two of Oktoberfest revelry or try one of your optional excursions: take a bike tour of Munich or a day trip to Dachau. Again, there’s regular shuttles running back to camp. DAY 5: Neuschwanstein Start winding down with a day trip to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle before departing Munich for London.

DAY 2: munich Check into your campsite then head into Munich for a beer hall party. Shuttle buses will be running back to the campsite all night, so sit back, relax and sink a few steins. DAY 3: beerfest It's paaarrttyy time! Head into Munich for the opening of the festival. Your guide will make sure you're in the right place at the right time and there'll be regular shuttles running back to the campsite again. DAY 4: munich Hit the beer halls again for your second day of Oktoberfest revelry or try one of our optional excursions - go on a bike tour of Munich or on a day trip to Dachau or Neuschwanstein Castle. DAY 5: Stuttgart After breakfast, head to Stuttgart by coach and spend the next night in the luxury of a hotel! Tonight you'll have a table reserved for dinner at the Cannstatter-Volksfest, a traditional German beer hall.

DAY 6: arrive london The coach arrives in London late afternoon. Time to recover!

DAYs 6-7: Stuttgart to London After some free time to explore Stuttgart, it’s time to start the journey back to London where you'll arrive late afternoon on Day 7.

Inclusions: Opening night Oktoberfest Party, Beer Hall party night, orientation walk of Munich, excursion to Neuschwanstein, Oktoberfest t-shirt, experienced guide, luxury air conditioned coach travel Accommodation: 2 nights overnight luxury coach, 3 nights basic tents and air bed (pre erected), bring your own sleeping bag (a warm one!) Departure point: London 3pm Return time: London 5pm Tour Code: RT

Inclusions: Oktoberfest Party, orientation walk of Munich & Stuttgart, excursion to Neuschwanstein, Oktoberfest t-shirt, experienced guide, luxury air conditioned coach travel Accommodation: 2 nights overnight luxury coach, 3 nights basic tents and air bed (pre erected) - bring your own sleeping bag (a warm one!), 1 night hotel in Stuttgart Departure point: London 3pm Return time: London 5pm Tour Code: RT

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LA TOMATINA las fallas

running of the bulls - 2011

food fight festival - 2011

Bonfire Festival - 16 Mar 2011

4, 5 & 6 DAYS

3 & 5 DAYS

5 DAYS

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fr

$339

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Lying within the rolling green hills of the Basque countryside in northern Spain you'll find the gorgeous Pamplona; a sleepy town that explodes from a modest population of 180,000 to over 500,000 during Spain’s most notorious festival San Fermin, or a.k.a the Running of the Bulls. Each year from July 6 to 14, the town transforms into a playground for locals and foreigners alike, where gallons upon gallons of sangria, cava (Spanish Champagne) and cerveza (beer) are consumed. So don your best white outfit, tie a red scarf around your neck and get ready to party on the streets like never before!

valencia

fr

$339

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Imagine a small street in a tiny Spanish town, packed with more than 20,000 people slogging each other with tomatoes. Spain has some truly crazy festivals, but La Tomatina wins the award hands-down for the craziest and the messiest. On the last Wednesday in August each year, the inconsequential town of Buñol holds the world’s largest organized tomato fight. Buñol is located in the region known as the Communidad de Valencia, around about 19 miles west of Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. If you fancy being part of this foodfight, choose from one of the options below which include:

Choose from our packages below. All include: • Accommodation with breakfast • Shuttles to/from Pamplona fiesta • Encierros (bull runs) • Professional guide

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Hostel - 1st Week, 5 days

Hotel, 3 Days

5 Jul 2011, FR $529 Cram into the town sqaure for an unmissable opening ceremony and take part in the bull runs.

30 Aug 2011, FR $339 Day 1 is about preparation. You'll arrive in Valencia where you will have a tour of the town and you will have time to hit the shops and get your outfit ready! Day 2 is when the madness happens and you will be dripping in tomato juice by the end of it. An early shuttle from Valencia to Buñol where the fight takes place. Day 3 is about recovery, tour ends after breakfast.

Includes: 4 nights hostel accommodation in San Sebastian (with breakfast), orientation walk & tapas crawl, coach shuttles to and from Pamplona, Pamps t-shirt, & panuelo (neckerchief), arrival night sangria and Pintxos party, day at the beach Tour Code: RT

Hostel - 2nd & 3rd Week, 4 days 9 & 12 Jul 2011, FR $429 All the good stuff from the opening week, only without the opening ceremony...and 1 day less. Includes: 3 nights hostel accommodation in San Sebastian( with breakfast), orientation walk & tapas crawl, coach shuttles to and from Pamplona, Pamps t-shirt, & panuelo (neckerchief), arrival night sangria and Pintxos party, day at the beach Tour Code: RT

Camping - 5 days 4 & 11 jul 2011, FR $339 Just turn up to the campsite where your tent will be pitched so you can get straight into the mix! Inclusions: Campsite accommodation in twin share tent, continental breakfasts, welcome dinner, ‘Pre Pamps’ party, bull runs, day trip to San Sebastian, coach shuttles to and from Pamplona, Pamps t-shirt & panuelo (neckerchief) Tour Code: RT

London coach & Camping 6 days 4 & 10 Jul 2011, FR $499

Making your way from London? Jump on our special coach transfer to get you there and back. Includes: Return coach transfer, campsite accommodation in twin share tent, continental breakfasts, welcome dinner, ‘Pre Pamps’ party, bull runs, day trip to San Sebastian, coach shuttles to and from Pamplona, Pamps t-shirt & panuelo (neckerchief) Tour Code: RT

Transfer to the tomato fight Pub crawl of Valencia's nightlife Excursion to America’s Cup port Professional guide

Hostel, 5 Days 28 Aug 2011, FR $439 Have a bit more free time before the madness begins to explore Valencia and take a day trip to Peñíscola Beach town on Day 3. Make sure you have your outfit ready as Day 4 is when it all happens in Bunol - the biggest food fight you have ever seen! The last day set aside for recovery. Tour ends after breakfast. Inclusions: Orientaion walk and introduction to Valencia, pub crawl, festival party night, coach transport to and from Buñol for Tomatina festival, visit the America’s Cup port village, afternoon session at the beach, Busabout Tomatina t-shirt and swimming cap, professional guide Accommodation: 2 nights hotel or 4 nights hostel accomm in center of town Start point: Valencia 2pm Finish time: Valencia 10am Tour Code: RT

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$409 Valencia

• Witness daily Mascletas (fireworks) • Be part of the biggest bonfire night • Explore Valencia on foot Ready for a bonfire party? Back in the day, rag dolls were strung up and ninots (figurines) were put on platforms around the city, supposedly to represent people or occasions that were criticized and then burned in a big bonfire. This is pretty much what happens now but on a much larger scale. There's an enormous multi-colored parade with the members of the Fallas wearing intricately decorated, traditional costumes. At midnight the dramatic closing act takes place. A massive bonfire is built and the ninots are set ablaze and destroyed - all except one, saved by the votes of the Falleros. DAY 1: Valencia After check-in, meet your leader for a guided walk around town, get the low-down on what's ahead and hit some of the local bars. DAY 2: valencia It's St Patrick's Day! Spend the morning exploring the city and its surrounding attractions before mixing it up with a Spanish and Irish theme tonight. DAY 3: The celebrations begin The Mascleta takes place at 2pm. There is no comparable fireworks display - it’s something everyone should experience at least once! DAY 4: The celebrations Continue The Cabalgata del Fuego (celebration of fire) takes to the streets of Valencia tonight. Everything from floats, rockets, gunpowder, street performances and music. The Cremà (burning) marks the end of the festival. DAY 5: Valencia It all wraps up after breakfast! Inclusions: 4 nights hostel dorm accommodation in Valencia with breakfast, walking tour of Valencia, festival party night, festival t’shirt Start Time and Place: Purple Nest Hostel, check in 14:00 Tour Code: RT


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4 DAYS

7 days

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• Party with folk from around the world • Explore the amazing sights of Amsterdam • Wear lots and lots of orange

• Party in Dublin with the Irish • Drink gallons of gorgeous Guinness • Local guides full of the craic

• Experience the Viking Fire Festival • Explore the Shetland Isles • All-night party with the locals

Everybody knows the Dutch love to party - but few know to what extent the city of Amsterdam comes alive every year with the celebration of Queens Day. Approximately one million people flock to party with the locals for what is fast becoming the world’s largest street party!

There remains only one place on earth to properly celebrate the world's number one saint; the country that taught the rest of the world how to party – Ireland! Join in with all the Celtic capers - street performances, open air dancehall, treasure hunts and mind blowing madness! Don your best green outfit (hats, streamers, ribbons, glasses are all appropriate), get your shamrocks ready and try to keep up with the Irish pint-forpint of Guinness.

Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It's a celebration of Shetland history. With 800 Vikings, a burning Norse galley, all night parties and even a chance of viewing the Northern Lights – simply amazing!

DAY 1: LONDON TO AMSTERDAM It’s an early start in London. Kick back and relax as you head over the English Channel and get to know your fellow revellers - you’ll arrive in Amsterdam in the early evening. Meet in the hostel bar for a few sociable drinks before heading out to soak up the ‘Dam’.

The two adventures featured below will both ensure you’re right in the center of Dublin for all the raucous revelry on the 17th March.

ST PATRICK’S PARTY

DAY 3: QUEENS DAY CELEBRATIONS Drag yourself from your bed in order to make sure you don’t miss a second of this crazy Dutch tradition. The city is flooded in a sea of orange as the streets erupt in celebration of the birthday of Queen Beatrix.

Return coach and ferry transfers from London also available with this package.

DAY 4: AMSTERDAM TO LONDON Say a tearful goodbye to Amsterdam and head back on your coach to London via the ferry. The coach is equipped with DVDs, screens and a multi-channel audio system so there is plenty to keep you entertained on the way home.

7 days: 14 mar 2011, FR $739 The ultimate all-Ireland St Patrick’s Day extravaganza! See Ireland at its best in seven days. You'll get a tour of both the north and south of Ireland and then be back in Dublin to enjoy a fabulous St Patrick’s Day with all the other party people.

Inclusions: All transport, coach and ferry to/from Amsterdam, 3 nights at a city center hostel in 6 bedded dorms, breakfast, free welcome party, city info and map pack, professional guide, orientation walk of Amsterdam, free (legal) orange party pack , Town & Country Bike Tour, Canal Cruise & Dinner Tour Code: RT

4 DAYS: 16 mar 2011, FR $339 For all who claim to be Irish and those who want to be, this package gives you the St Patrick’s Day party you’ve been waiting for. Hit the highlights of the festival in Dublin’s fair city, including the Parade, all the famous sights of the capital and then party with the Irish on their native soil.

Inclusions: Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide, hostel accommodation, Shamrocker St Patrick’s Party, St. Patrick's Survival Pack (full of info, maps and tips), exclusive Shamrocker St. Pat’s t-shirt, walking tour of Dublin, free entry to Guinness Storehouse Tour Code: RT

Celtic Combo

Inclusions: All on tour transport, your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide, all ferry charges & local taxes, hostel accommodation, Shamrocker St Patrick’s Party, St. Patrick's Survival Pack (full of info, maps and tips), exclusive Shamrocker St. Pat’s t-shirt, walking tour of Dublin, free entry to Guinness Storehouse, free Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Tour Code: RT

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DAY 2: Lerwick Have the full day to check out your new surroundings. Visit Scalloway, the original capital and head to the Burra Islands with its gorgeous beaches. Join in early revelling in town that night and always be on the look out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). DAY 3: The celebrations begin The big day dawns! Check out the Viking procession in the morning and in the afternoon attend a celebration of Shetland folk music this is a good time to start getting your body warmed up with dance (and perhaps whisky) for the long night ahead. The festival reaches a crescendo as a full-size replica Viking longship is ceremonially burnt. DAY 4: Lerwick to Aberdeen Nursing a mighty hangover, make your way through the north country and eventually back to port for the overnight ferry to Aberdeen. DAY 5: Aberdeen to Edinburgh From Aberdeen, head south through stunning coastal scenery and visit St Andrews, home of golf, before arriving back in Edinburgh where it's time to finish up. Inclusions: Tour from Edinburgh including return overnight ferry (with shared cabin) from Aberdeen to Lerwick, 2 nights dorm accommodation in hostel in Lerwick, 2 evening meals & breakfasts, fantastic guide Tour Code: RT

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DAY 2: AMSTERDAM Today is the warm-up for Queens Day. Festivities kick off at midnight and generally run all night before it officially starts at 6am on April 30. Rise in the afternoon for an orientation walk of the city and check out the famous sights. Later in the afternoon take an optional bike tour around the city before you get the party started.

DAY 1: Edinburgh TO Lerwick Leaving Edinburgh, travel north with a stop in Royal Braemar to take a stroll around the village. You will get to Aberdeen and board the ferry for an overnight ride to the Shetland Islands.


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festive party trek

29 dec 2011: 5 days, $579

22 dec 2011: 11 days, $1,075

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Edinburgh • • •

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Edinburgh

KRAKOW

Join the street party festivites to welcome in the New Year Cure your hangover with a Loony Dook Check out the Highlands on a day tour

PRAGUE

• Check out Krakow’s Christmas night markets • Go skiing on Christmas Day • Tuck into a traditional Christmas meal

The world has New Year, Scotland has Hogmanay! Edinburgh is a city that knows how to party - when that clock's strikes midnight you had better be prepared for lots and lots of singing, dancing, snogging, laughing, eating, and drinking. You'll be right at the epicenter of this festive street party on the famous Princes Street surrounded by thousands of fellow revellers.

Get together with new friends over the festive season and do something a little different (and heaps more exciting) this Christmas. You'll eat and drink like royalty on this trip, you can ski on Christmas Day, you’ll see a top-notch fireworks display over Prague from the Charles Bridge and most importantly laugh the whole time. Spend Christmas Day in the Polish Alps and NYE in Prague!

* 7 Day Hogmanay & Highlands Tour departing Edinburgh and 4 Day Hogmanay Package departing London also available.

* This tour also runs in reverse (Prague to Krakow). Both treks meet in Budapest on Boxing Day.

Inclusions: Torch light procession and welcome party, highland day tour, Edinburgh walking tour, Hogmanay street party pass, Loony Dook and farewell party Accommodation: 4 nts hostel dorm accommodation with breakfast Tour Code: RT

Inclusions: All transport with guide, 10 nights accommodation, tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau, walking tour of Krakow, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas dinner, a bottle of Champagne, Vienna Schnapps Museum, Eastern trekker t-shirt Accommodation: 8 nts hostel multi share, 2 nts hotel Departure Point: Hostel Centrum, Krakow Tour Code: RT

Scottish highland CHRISTMAS IN PARIS christmas 24 dec 2011: 4 days, $589 fr

24 dec 2011: 5 days, $719

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Play in the snow among stunning mountain scenery Spend Christmas Day in a Highland Castle Enjoy loads of food, drink and live music

Imagine a Highland setting for Christmas. Now add a castle, lochs, snow capped mountains and cozy pubs with real fires. Then add a proper roast dinner with all the trimmings and a party with other festive travelers. Just a wee bit cooler than mince pies with your granny! Inclusion: Packed lunches on 25th and 26th December, mulled wine on arrival at the castle, Christmas Eve dinner and party, Christmas dinner and wine, traditional Scottish ‘Ceilidh’ Accommodation: 4 nts hostel shared dorm with breakfasts Departure point: Edinburgh 8.30am Return time: Edinburgh 5pm Tour Code: RT

Christmas Eve party and Christmas lunch Explore by bike, boat and big blue bus Check out the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur

A big traditional Christmas lunch, a beautiful Parisian setting, a little present waiting under the glistening tree and a rocking Christmas party at the world-renowned St Christopher’s Paris - topped off with some lovely side trips to soak up the festive French spirit. Sure beats sitting around at home waiting for Santa to find his way back to you! Inclusion: Packed lunches on 25th and 26th December, mulled wine on arrival at the castle, Christmas Eve dinner and party, Christmas dinner and wine, traditional Scottish ‘Ceilidh’ Accommodation: 4 nts hostel shared dorm with breakfasts Departure point: Edinburgh 8.30am Return time: Edinburgh 5pm Tour Code: RT

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the digger tour

Anzac Expedition

22 Apr 2011: 5 days

12 April 2011: 15 days

fr

$401

istaNBUL istaNBUL

fr

$1,269

istaNBUL istaNBUL

• Cruise along the Bosporus, separating Europe and Asia • Explore the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli • Attend the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove Day 1: Istanbul Welcome to Istanbul, where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group. Day 2: Istanbul After breakfast, you'll enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and after lunch you'll learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value before a leisurely cruise on the Bosporous. Tonight don't miss the Turkish Folklore evening. Day 3: Istanbul to Gallipoli An early morning start to head for the Gallipoli peninsula where you'll enjoy a BBQ lunch at Kabatepe before a short orientation tour of the WW1 battlefields visiting Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and ANZAC Cove if accessible. After the tour, head straight to the site of the dawn service to get a good spot for the long night ahead. Sleep under the stars just like the soldiers did. Day 4: Gallipoli Awake before sunrise to the ANZAC Dawn Service. Become aware of the deafening silence as you commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. Attend the Australian and/or New Zealand Memorial services before a late afternoon drive back to Istanbul. Day 5: istanbul The tour concludes after breakfast as you say bye to your new friends.

• Attend the ANZAC Dawn Service & tour the WW1 battlefields • Travel all over Turkey Days 1-3: Istanbul Settle in - you'll tour 'modern' and 'old' Istanbul on Days 2 and 3. Day 4: Istanbul to ankara Head to the nation's capital, the ancient city of Ankara. Days 5-6: ankara to cappadocia Drive to Cappadocia to explore Goreme and its surrounds on Day 6. Day 7: cappadocia to antalya (via konya) Tour Konya's Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum on the way to Antalya. Days 8-9: antalya to fethiyE (Via saklikent gorge) Visit Saklikent Gorge on Day 8 before a day in Fethiye. Days 10-11: fethiye to kusadasi (via pamukkale & ephesus) Visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ruins of Hierapolis before arriving in Kusadasi. On Day 11 visit the ancient city of Ephesus. Day 12: kusadasi to kucukkuyu (via pergamon) Stop at Pergamon, an ancient Greek city bursting with ancient ruins. Day 13: kucukkuyu to gallipoli (via troy) Take an early morning tour of Troy, the site of the Trojan Wars. Then head for Gallipoli & the WW1 battlefields for a guided tour. Day 14: anzac day at gallipoli Get up before sunrise for the ANZAC Dawn Service and join the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine. Head back to Istanbul that evening. Day 15: istanbul Munch your last brekky and say bye to your tour mates.

DEPARTURE: Tuesday, 12th April

Inclusions: Inbound airport transfer from Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airports, commemorative gift Accommodation: 3 nts hotel accommodation in Istanbul. Transport: fully air-conditioned coach. Group Leader: English-speaking tour guide. Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches. What to Bring: Warm clothes for a night under the stars and a sleeping bag. Tour Code: STA FZ

Inclusions: Commemorative hoodie. Accommodation: 13 nts hotel accommodation. Transport: Modern airconditioned coach. Group Leader: Turkish guide and fully qualified trip leader. Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners. What to Bring: Warm clothes for a night under the stars and a sleeping bag. Tour Code: HTANZ15

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Ankara

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Pamukkale •Konya • 2 1 Kusadasi Antalya 2 Fethiye • Saklikent Gorge

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1. Our Agreement With You Products and Suppliers

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.

Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements It is your responsibility to fulfil the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. You are also required to carry a valid International Student I.D., and International Youth I.D. or an International Teacher I.D. card if you are traveling on a special student/youth/teacher ticket. It is your responsibility to verify this with our travel expert who is assisting you.

STA Travel is acting as intermediary or a “Booking Agent” for products and services that are not directly supplied by us (e.g., air carriage and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). We are not a co-vendor of such products and services. You will be entering into a separate contract with such Suppliers in connection with such products and services.

Insurance Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We may be able to arrange travel insurance to be provided to you, furnish you a quote, and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance.

Deposits and Payment

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

Any deposits from you are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables us to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the price. The price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and other travel documents have been issued, subject to any terms and conditions of the Supplier. We will advise you of the date that full payment is required. Upon your provision of your payment information, you are authorizing us to make the payment arrangements with the corresponding Suppliers. We reserve the right to refuse personal checks as a method of payment. After full payment, the conditions of the contract with your Supplier may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. If we are acting as your Booking Agent, we will pass on any such increase to you as we become aware of such increase. If we have arranged a package, changes in transportation costs including the cost of fuel, taxes, fees and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have paid in full.

Documentation

Our general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge an administration fee should you make a request for such documents to be sent as a hard copy.

Cancellations and Changes

Your contract with your Suppliers may allow them to cancel or amend bookings. If we are your Booking Agent, we will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes once we become aware of such change if there is time before your departure, but we accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred that may result. Subject to the Supplier’s terms and conditions, you will then have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements if one is made available by the Supplier, or canceling your booked arrangements and receiving any applicable refunds. We do not guaranty that any refunds will apply. If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you leave the United States, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to us and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. We have no control over airline schedule changes and accept no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left the US, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

Right of California Customer to Make Claim on the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund

You may be eligible for a refund for losses to a registered seller of travel that participates in the California state refund program. If you were located in California at the time of your purchase, you may have a right to file a claim for loses with the California Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation. Certain restrictions apply. For a claim form and additional information, write to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation P.O. Box 8474 Northridge, CA 91327

2. Your Agreement With Us Your Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

By booking your arrangement with us or using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, including Parts 1-3 of this Agreement and any additional terms and conditions of any Supplier that are applicable to your booking, travel arrangements or use of any website content. You agree on behalf of yourself and those you represent to comply with all such terms and conditions, including the payment of all amounts when due. You agree that any violation of any such terms and conditions may result in (a) the cancellation of your reservation or purchase, (b) your forfeiture of any monies paid for your reservation or purchase, (c) you being denied access to the applicable travel related product or service, and (d) our right to debit your account for any costs we incur as a result of such violation. You represent and warrant that (a) you are of sufficient age to use our services and website and can create binding legal obligations in connection with your use, (b) you are legally authorized to act on behalf of those you represent and accept these terms and conditions on their behalf, and (c) the information supplied by you or members of your group is true and correct. You are responsible for informing such other persons of all terms and conditions applicable to their travel arrangements. You understand that you are financially responsible for any use of our services or website by you and those using your name or account.

If You Change Your Booking

Where a change requested by you to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, our standard service fees will apply in addition to any additional Supplier charges. Please contact your original booking agent to enquire about changes or review the ‘Travel Help’ section of www.statravel.com for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product purchased. Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other Suppliers. While we will endeavour make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and Suppliers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply. Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or eticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

If You Cancel Your Booking

If you cancel your arrangements, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to the cancellation terms and conditions of your Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation. We need to receive from you your original voucher before any applicable refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from the Supplier(s). Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. We are not responsible for a Supplier’s failure to pay a refund. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.

Important Notice Regarding Airline Reservations

If you arrive at an airline ticket or passenger check-in counter with your confirmed ticket and find that the airline shows no reservation for you – do not leave the counter. Check your ticket. If the status box shows “OK” for the flight in question, the airline policies typically require them to accommodate you on that flight, or if that is not possible, they must either find you a substitute flight or pay you denied boarding compensation. If necessary ask to speak to a supervisor.

If You Have A Complaint

If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please immediately contact us in the United States, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.statravel.com. If you fail to timely contact us, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and attempt to rectify any error while you are away, and this may affect your rights under this Agreement. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau.

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. Prior to booking international travel, we recommend that you review any U.S. Government’s prohibitions, warnings and advisories applicable to your destinations. By offering travel to any particular destination, we do not represent that travel in such destination is safe or without risk. You further agree that in connection with your activities, you will not permit the use of our services or website by anyone that resides or is staying in a country for which such use is prohibited under U.S. regulations.

U.S. Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov for all the countries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary.

Use of our Services and Website You agree you will only use our website or services to make legitimate reservations or purchases and shall not make speculative, false or fraudulent reservations or reservations in anticipation of demand. You will only use our website and services in compliance with applicable law. Without our prior written permission, you may not (a) access, monitor or copy any content or information on our website using any “robot”, “spider” or other automated or manual device or program, (b) deep link to any portion of our website, or (c) “frame” or incorporate any portion of our website into any other website. Our website may contain links to third party websites that we provide only as a convenience to you. You should take precautions to ensure that whatever links you access are free of viruses, worms, trojan horses or other destructive mechanisms The existence of these links does not imply that we endorse such websites or any included content. We are not responsible for such websites or content or any data privacy practices of such websites.

Indemnification You agree to indemnify us and our affiliates, and any of our Suppliers, and any such parties’ officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, losses, damages, or other costs, (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) brought by you or third parties as a result of (a) your breach of this Agreement, (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party, or (c) your use of our website.

Privacy Policy You consent to our processing and sharing of personal information about you and other members of your party that you have provided to us in accordance with the terms of and for the purposes set forth in our privacy policy. You represent that you have read and agree to the terms of our privacy policy, which can be found at our website.

3. Additional Terms Warranties, Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, REFERENCES HEREIN TO “US” “WE” AND “OUR” SHALL ALSO REFER TO OUR AFFILIATES. THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR OUR SUPPLIERS OR PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS, INCLUDING PRICING ERRORS. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF, AND DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OTHER INACCURACIES RELATING TO SUCH INFORMATION THAT APPEARS ON OUR WEBSITE. WE EXPRESSLY RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CORRECT ANY PRICING ERRORS ON OUR WEBSITE AND/OR ON PENDING RESERVATIONS MADE UNDER AN INCORRECT PRICE. 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) ONEHUNDRED 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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