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ADVENTURE.. It’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, trying weird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like to keep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STA Travel in 1979. We love nothing more than getting to know a new language, culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring. We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet opens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to our travellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use this knowledge to create your very own life-changing experience. Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire your ultimate trip to Europe, whether you’re looking for an iconic multi-country journey or just a quick break to explore a little-known corner of this breathtaking region. From shoestring hostels to luxurious hotels, and from great value camping tours to indulgent small ship cruises, we’ve also got every budget covered. Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers will make sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again. So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.

START THE ADVENTURE


CONTENTS We Know Because We Go! Save With STA Travel Flying High Start The Adventure Sleep With Us Go Smart or Go Home Feeling Social? Making It Count Discover Europe

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GETTING AROUND

18 Work & Travel 20 Car Hire 22 Eurail 26 Busabout

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EUROPEAN TOURING

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Multi-Country Tours for 18-35s

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REGIONAL TOURING

67 94 96

Regional Touring & Small Group Adventures Vodkatrain Local Living Holidays

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MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

99 100 104 110

Spain Croatia Greece Turkey

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UK & IRELAND

113 116 122 126 130

UK Touring London England & Wales Scotland Ireland

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CITY BREAKS

136 138 140 144 149 152 153 154 156 157 158 160

Paris Amsterdam Rome, Florence, Venice Barcelona, Sun & Surf, Madrid, Lisbon Berlin, Munich, Vienna Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Geneva Prague Copenhagen, Reykjavik Brussels, Bruges Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb Athens, Santorini, Mykonos Istanbul

162 LEARN A LANGUAGE 164 FESTIVALS & EVENTS 170 TERMS & CONDITIONS FACEBOOK.COM/STATRAVEL.AU TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELAU

CONTENTS

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WE KNOW BECAUSE WE GO!

WE KNOW BECAUSE WE GO!

TOP 10

REASONS to travel with STA Travel 1.

GLOBAL TRAVEL HELP

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WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERS

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EXCLUSIVE LOW FLEXIBLE AIRFARES

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HAND-PICKED

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100S OF STORES WORLDWIDE

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ONE-STOP SHOP

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WE ARE THE EXPERTS

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OVER 30 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE

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PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

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ADVENTURES FOR ALL

Wherever you are, we’re there for you 24/7 We work with only the most reputable tour operators and accommodation providers across the globe Our unique airline partnerships mean you always get the lowest fares around and you can also change your plans at the last minute without breaking the bank Experiences, trips and accommodation options - all hand-picked and vetted by us With stores all over the world, you’re never far from one of our Travel Experts Book everything with us and spend less time worrying and more time having fun Our Travel Experts are the go-to people for tips and advice, whatever your question We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt! We’ll beat any price that you find lower elsewhere* No matter what your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to create your ultimate trip *For full terms and conditions on our price beat guarantee please visit www.statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm


SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL Save with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch a little further, by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers. We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sure you get the best deals going.

No single supplements

Repeat traveller

Multi-trip deals

Free Nights

Cardholder discounts

Flex

Mates rates

EARLY BOOKING

Buy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5% off your total price.

Great discounts on airfares and a load of free stuff too, just for being a student, teacher or young person. Check out our range of discount cards on page 12.

Save cash if you travel as a group, or maybe earn a free place if there are enough of you.

Travel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll often find your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.

SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL

Travelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sex traveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many of our tours.

Stay longer at many of our hotels and hostels and we’ll often throw in a free night, or two...

STA Travel’s unique range of flexible products aim to make travelling easier and cheaper. Check out our Multiflex pass on page 6 to reduce the cost of changing your travel plans.

Book your trip well in advance of your travel date and you may qualify for reduced rates.

MAKE IT HAPPEN Its pretty easy really - you’ve done the most important bit by picking up this brochure. Next step – go in and see one of our Travel Experts and start planning your route. There are all sorts of things we can help you with from here.

checklist Pick up my STA Europe brochure Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning! Get my flights booked Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing discounts all over the world Get my Cashcard so I can manage my money easily while I’m away Get a phone card so I can phone home cheaply Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights Check and arrange any visas required Speak to my GP or STA Travel Clinic about my jabs Get packed, it’s time to hit the road

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FLIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FLYING HIGH

Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can book just about anything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets, to complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you. •

The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 30 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure!

The flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure.

Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares.

100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe.

GET THE BEST PRICE

We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 30 and teacher fares. We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.co.uk or ask in store for details. Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.co.uk to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

ROUND THE WORLD

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. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six.

STOPOVERS

The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you could be getting two or more countries for the price of one. These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expert what’s available for you.

MULTIFLEX PASS

On average, an STA traveller on a round the world trip will change their flight dates five times. By buying your date changes up front you could save hundreds and change your mind during your trip, without having to worry about the cost. You can get three date changes from $99 or unlimited date changes from $149, saving you heaps of cash!


TOURING EUROPE

There’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour, it takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the mustsee highlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you to authentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insider knowledge would know. You’d probably never find them on your own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than trying to put it together yourself, so whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee that you will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else.

START THE ADVENTURE

To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you, see the ‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out for the following logos throughout the brochure.

These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 16 like-minded travellers, though average group sizes are often lower.

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE (18-35s) As above, but aimed at younger travellers looking to experience the best of Europe with a bunch of fun and friendly travel mates. Please note that some of our touring partners set an official age limit whilst for others it is suggested as a guideline – see individual tour pages.

On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’ll travel only with 18-35 year olds (or 18-39 year olds) who share your passion for travel. These trips are super sociable and ideal for making new friends.

Authentic, exciting and affordable, these trips are aimed at backpackers and those on a budget with a yearning for discovery. Explorer tours are available in the UK, Spain, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe or as fantastic budget sailing options in Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

Independent travel in Western & Central Europe is easy with Busabout’s hop-on, hop-off network of fully-guided big blue buses, allowing you to explore flexibly and at your own pace, jumping back on the bus whenever you’re ready to move on. You can head into Eastern Europe too, travelling on (non-guided) public transport arranged by Bamba Experience.

mini adventure Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tours can be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour or mixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You are likely to be travelling with other like-minded people but each tour is different, run by our local operators and designed for maximum enjoyment.

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Trip Styles

100% Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going! Lifetime Deposits – if you need to cancel or postpone, your money’s protected for use against a future trip. No Single Supplements – you can be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or, if you prefer your own space, look for the ‘My Own Room’ prices.

As a world leader in youth travel, Contiki’s travel experiences are designed exclusively for 18-35s and are all about what young travellers want to experience. No regrets, no compromises and definitely no travelling with other people’s kids or grandparents. Every trip is an unforgettable adventure of inspiring places and lifelong friendships.

Classic – for travellers of all ages seeking extraordinary landscapes and wildlife, and real interaction with local cultures. Comfort – unforgettable trips with upgraded accommodation and transport, plus more meals and included activities. Active - geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors who are hungry to hike, trek, bike, raft and more. Local Living – immersive, one-of-a-kind stays in traditional accommodation, to get you close to the land and its people. Marine Cruising & Sailing – explore Greece, Croatia or Turkey on an exclusive yacht, or the Arctic on an expedition ship.

offer ‘ME Time’ - plenty of free time for you to really get the most from your trip. And with a dedicated Contiki team on-hand, you’ll have constant access to valuable insider knowledge. Best of all, on every date listed for Contiki tours in this brochure, you’ll benefit from: Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going!

Service Levels

Contiki includes access to blockbuster sights such as the Eiffel Tower and The Vatican (and they even skip the queue). Wi-Fi is available on board their modern coaches, at a nominal charge. They also

Camping – travel the original Contiki way on a camping classic with a twist. Stretch your budget by sleeping under the stars in spacious twin-share or ‘room to myself’ tents complete with air mattresses. Some campsites even have Wi-Fi, on-site bars and swimming pools

If there’s any better way to travel from Europe into Asia than on the legendary Trans-Mongolian Railway, we want to know about it! Travelling with no more than 15 people, all aged between 18 and 35, you’ll escape the restrictions of an organised tour but Vodkatrain will take care of all the boring red tape. In each city, you’ll meet a friendly local guide (or ‘honcho’) who can show you all the cool things to see and do. Na Zdarovie!

Designed for adventurous backpackers, Busabout’s hop-on, hop-off bus network across Europe is all about flexibility, taking you effortlessly from Paris to Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome and all points between. It links up along the way with other cool tours and some seriously awesome festivals like Munich’s Oktoberfest. If you’re heading to Scotland or Ireland, it’s also hard to beat HAGGiS and Shamrocker’s budget-friendly tours.

Service Levels

Camping – great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport. Basic – simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities. Standard – comfortable and central midrange accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included. Upgraded – well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport, more included meals, activities and transfers.

Physical Grading

1. Easy – you can walk unaided, climb a few stairs and carry your own bag. 2. Light – some gentle walks or hikes, but still suitable for all fitness levels. 3. Average – includes moderate activities such as hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. 4. Demanding – some hikes at higher altitudes or other strenuous activities. 5. Challenging – serious high-altitude treks, climbing, cycling and heavy exercise.

for that little bit of extra glam. At the end of the day, kick back with your fellow travel buddies in true festival style. Standard – still stretching your budget to the max, these trips give you a taste of all the ways to stay, from Contiki’s own French château to an Alpine chalet to a sailing boat on the Med – no night is ever the same! And with max quad-share, with twin-share and hotel upgrades thrown in, you have more ways than ever to travel. Superior – get a little extra luxury. Stay in comfy twin-share hotels every night with ‘room to myself’ and triple-share options available, as well as extra special feature hotel experiences. Add in a raft of meals, insider knowledge and amazing experiences and you’ve got an epic trip.

TOURING EUROPE

STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation of true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit. All trip styles / service levels have a few things in common:

YOLO – popular with 18-39 year olds, Yolo trips are for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way.


SLEEP WITH US SLEEP WITH US

Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling 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’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the enviable and the luxe to the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of hostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.

Shoestring

Our wallet-friendly digs are hand-picked by us. No frills and no nasty surprises but a great sociable atmosphere and fantastic locations! Generator Berlin

GlamPacker

Stay in some of the most expressive and one-of-a-kind hostels and budget hotels around, without breaking the bank. They are cool and unique, just like you! Generator Dublin

Rock Solid

You want a comfy bed, a hot shower and a good range of amenities. Ranging from low key 2* hotels to well known 4* brands, you know it’s a safe bet! umi London

A-LiST

These flash and funky hotels are worth splashing out on. Great facilities, classy interiors and a bit of luxury thrown in. Get your bling on. Cliffside Suites Santorini

APARTMENT

Be like a local; live it up in an apartment. Wash your own socks, fix your own breakfast, share with your mates. It’ll be like a home from home, wherever you are. Hyde Park Executive London

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SLEEP WITH US

WHY SLEEP WITH US There are loads of very good reasons to book your accommodation with us. Here are our favourite four.

Hand-picked

We’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very best properties around, in every conceivable style.

Vetted Best Price Guaranteed 24 hour Concierge

We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety.

No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.

With our worldwide network of stores, backed by our 24/7 global service desk, we won’t leave you stranded.

+BONUS

Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save money and make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates, terms and conditions. Pricing and Photography The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures only as a guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your Travel Expert will be happy to help. Just ask!


GO SMART OR GO HOME Travel insurance GO SMART OR GO HOME

Whether you’re sailing the Greek Islands or skiing the French Alps, you’d be crazy to leave home without travel insurance. We know travel insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, but experience tells us that travelling without cover is not a risk worth taking. STA Travel offers insurance policies that cover you for a range of benefits such as overseas medical, cancellation costs, emergency evacuation transport, new for old luggage and automatic cover for a range of adventure activities (subject to the policy wording). If things go wrong, you’ll have access to the 24 hour team of doctors, nurses and case managers too. Ask your STA Travel adviser for more information or see page 169.

VISA

Check with one of our advisers for any visa requirements you might have. If you do require visas, we’ll be able to help you get one so you can sit back and relax.

DISCOUNT CARDS

Are you a student, teacher, or aged 30 or under? If you want to get access to over 42,000 discounts worldwide then you’ll want to pick up one of our ISIC cards. These puppies are only $30 each, and you’ll earn that back and then some! Take a look at what you can save both at home and abroad, then ask your local STA Travel store how you can get your hot little hands on one.

HEALTH

It’s your responsibility to obtain proper medical advice in good time before you go. We suggest a visit to the Smart Traveller website at www.smartraveller. gov.au for the latest info. Your local GP can also give advice on which vaccinations you’ll need.

GLOBAL SIM CARD

It’s good to stay in touch whilst you’re away. It’s even better to keep your costs down and control your spending. Ask your Travel Expert today how you can avoid being charged the big bucks on roaming call and data costs.

via BPAY® and with access to over 34 million MasterCard locations worldwide, the Multi-currency Cash Passport™ really is the better way to manage travel money. •

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Load up to ten currencies on the one card – AUD, USD, EUR, GBP, NZD, CAD, THB, HK$, JPY and SGD International ATM transactions fee free* Chip and PIN protected for premium security and worldwide acceptance Second backup card and free card replacement anywhere in the world# Ability to view your account and allocate your funds across different currencies online Access to 24/7 Emergency Assistance Services Top it up and use it, again and again!

MULTI-CURRENCY CASH PASSPORT™

^ The prevailing exchange rate is locked in for the initial load value only. Subsequent card reloads will be processed at the then prevailing exchange rate on the day of the reload transaction, and will be locked in at that rate. * Some ATM operators may charge their own fee or set their own limits. # Conditions apply. See Product Disclosure Statement ** Before you make a decision to acquire the Card, please check www. cashpassport.com/multi for the latest currencies supported Access Prepaid Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 47 145 452 044, AFSL 386 837) arranges for the issue of the Cash Passport in conjunction with the issuer, Heritage Bank Limited (ABN 32 087 652 024, AFSL/ACL 240 984). You should consider the Product Disclosure Statement for the relevant Cash Passport available at www.cashpassport.com before deciding to acquire the product. Any advice does not take into account your personal needs, financial circumstances or objectives and you should consider if it is appropriate for you. MasterCard® and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.

Our Top EUROPE Discounts

Top Aussie Discounts

We’ve got an amazing array of discounts close to home with over 4,500 in Australia and New Zealand! These range from fine dining to takeaway, from student software to travel, and everything in between!

The Multi-currency Cash Passport™ allows you to load up to ten currencies onto one easy to use card so you can lock in your exchange rate.^ You can also top up your card while travelling

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Paris - Disneyland Paris – up to 50% off admission Swiss Alps – 5% off a range of accommodation London - Tower of London – £3 off admission Barcelona – Catedral de la Sagrada Familia – €2 off admission Prague – 10% off a range of music festivals

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STA Travel – exclusive travel discounts Microsoft – exclusive, world’s best pricing Movie tickets from $10.50 at Hoyts, Village or Event Get up to 25% off at over 2,000 restaurants and 500 attractions 5% off Coles, Kmart or Woolworths Gift Cards

Terms and conditions apply. Discounts subject to change and may not be available in all states or territories. Consult www.isiccard.com.au for up to date discount listing and how to redeem.

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FEELING SOCIAL?

SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER Be the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing up to our email newsletter. We’ll slam it straight into your inbox, for when the urge to travel takes you. Sign up to go into the draw to win a $500 STA Travel voucher, drawn monthly. VISIT US AT www.statravel.com.au/newsletter

Like us on Facebook Do you like us on Facebook? If not, get over there right now! As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration and exclusive comps. Whether you’re looking to connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips and ideas, or find the latest deals from STA Travel, hit the wall on our Facebook page and get involved today! LIKE US AT www.facebook.com/statravel.au

Follow us on Twitter Get your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’re on hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about the world’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our latest and greatest deals, straight to your Twitter stream. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away. FOLLOW US AT twitter.com/statravelau

ON GOOGLE + Twitter’s not everybody’s cup o’ tea, so if you like your info streamlined and super tidy, Google+ is the place to and all the same great travel chatter, deals and breaking fares, away from kitten pics or your Mum’s prying eyes! SEARCH FOR US on Google like this: +STA Travel Australia

ON PINTEREST Whenever you need to fuel your wanderlust head over to our Pinterest page and trawl through our virtual pinboards of dreamy photos, inspirational quotes, hints, tips and more. We’re completely ‘glued’ to this digital scrapbook and we know you’ll be as addicted as we are! It’s the perfect place to organise travel plans, or build your bucket-list in one awe-inspiring space. Share your adventures with other like-minded travellers and get pinning! FOLLOW US AT pinterest/statravelau

FEELING SOCIAL?

Being social is at the very heart of what we do; from the moment you step into one of our stores, it’s all about engaging with you at a level which suits you. This way, we learn to understand your needs as an individual, and we learn where to tweak things to ensure you have an unforgettable adventure. And guess what? We extend that philosophy right across the web! Come and join us…


MAKING IT COUNT RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Coming from a 11-year-old girl in one of our projects in Peru, this was, without question, the best job offer we’ve ever had. Despite its beautiful surroundings and the buzz that comes with a thriving tourism industry, Cuzco is a tough place to grow up for many children. For those living in extreme poverty there’s no room for big ambitions and many turn to begging, taking drugs and living on the streets. The Inti Runakunaq Wasin Centre (House of the People of the Sun) offers food, somewhere to safe to play, and educational support for children and young people. They learn valuable skills including jewellery making, leather working, sewing, cooking, music and English. Thanks to the amazing work of volunteers and supporters from around the world these guys can finally afford to dream big. We’re proud to be building a new art workshop for the centre, which will open up even more opportunities for local children and young people. This US$32,000 facility is just one of the many projects we’re involved in around the world.

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION Responsible tourism is at the heart of what we do, and our Foundation is something we’re hugely proud of. It allows us to use all our existing resources, expertise and experience and make sure every penny goes towards our chosen causes around the world. It’s a registered charity, so you can be sure that everything you donate goes right to the people who need it most. We focus on a number of different projects throughout the year, including conservation, clean water, kids’ projects and medical centres. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and check out our Facebook to find out what we’re up to right now. To donate, ask one of our Travel Experts or visit www.statravelfoundation.org

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“WHEN I GROW UP YOU CAN WORK FOR ME.”


AT A GLANCE 100... The number of volunteering projects we offer – from one day to six months worldwide. Whether you’re into working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building or sports, there’s something for everyone.

US$25,000. . The amount our new water tank in Panama’s Bocas del Toro cost us. It’s been going strong for a year and it’s a lifeline for the local community, who had no safe drinking water up until then.

80.. Kids and young people are currently studying for their futures in the drop in centre in Cuzco.

4.in.right The number of countries we have projects now.

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER

We owe everything to the incredible communities who open their doors and allow us to experience their beautiful backyards. So it’s up to us to be courteous and understanding.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

US$230,000. 00.. That’s how much we’ve invested so far in our projects.


DISCOVER EUROPE DISCOVER EUROPE

ICELAND

REYKJAVÍK

FINLAND

ST. PETERSBURG

HELSINKI

OSLO NORWAY

TALLINN

STOCKHOLM

ESTONIA

SWEDEN

RIGA EDINBURGH

LATVIA

DENMARK

COPENHAGEN

LITHUANIA

VILNIUS DUBLIN AMSTERDAM

IRELAND UNITED KINGDOM

LONDON

NETHERLANDS

POLAND

BRUSSELS

GERMANY

BELGIUM

PARIS

LUXEMBOURG

PRAGUE

LUXEMBOURG MUNICH ZURICH

FRANCE

BERN

SPAIN

SLOVENIA

MILAN

ZAGREB CROATIA

ROMANIA

BELGRADE

BUCHAREST

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

FLORENCE

SERBIA

ITALY

SOFIA

MONTENEGRO

BARCELONA

MADRID

MOLDOVA

BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

NICE

PORTUGAL

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA

SWITZERLAND

BORDEAUX

ANDORRA

KRAKOW CZECH REPUBLIC

VIENNA

VENICE

BILBAO

BELARUS

WARSAW

BERLIN

ROME

BULGARIA ALBANIA

MACEDONIA

TIRANA

ISTANBUL

GREECE

LISBON SEVILLE

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WORK & TRAVEL GETTING STARTED IN UK

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SNAPSHOT So you’re thinking about going to

WORKING HOLIDAYS

live and work in the UK? And with Europe as your playground, you’d be crazy not to! Working in another country is exciting, challenging and an experience like no other; and we believe picking a starter package is the best way to kick things off. You are not tied into anything but our Job Starter Promise will give you peace of mind so that you can head off on your adventure knowing that you’ll not be wasting any precious time job hunting.

Job Starter Promise

Getting that all important first job can often take weeks but our Job Start Promise means that we’ll get you working within 14 days of arrival... otherwise we’ll refund you the cost of our Job Start Promise.* We will need a minimum of 4 weeks notice for our Job Starter Promise (from time of booking to the time you are ready to start work). *14 Day work guarantee starts after you have completed all registration and skill testing if applicable. The ‘cost’ of the Job Start Promise Component is valued at £100. If work has not been gained within the 14 day period we will refund the Job Start Promise Component in full. Please ask in store for full terms and conditions.

Job Starter – Construction & Trades If you have any type of construction or trade experience then we’ll get you the work. Offices, houses, shops, roads and bridges will always need building and repairing! There are over 700 different types of jobs in the construction industry alone which may include bricklaying, carpenters, electricians, handyman, labourers, plasterers, plumbers, site foreman and skilled labourers. • Construction Skills Health & Safety study book, training and test • CSCS card application and Card • CIS / unique tax reference registration assistance • Discounted priority tool ordering and delivery Eligibility: 3 months industry experience and steel capped boots are required.

Job Starter – Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistants carry out tasks that allow the class teacher to concentrate on

Visa Info

Don’t leave yours to chance! Around 30% of visa applications are rejected so getting it right the first time will avoid costly delays. Securing a visa can be like leaping through hoop after hoop, so leave the hard slog to us. Otherwise you can book our “Visa Assistance”. You tell us what we need to know and we’ll sort it out. Simple!

teaching - they might prepare the classroom for a certain lesson, help out on school trips or give extra help such as reading. • Early Years, Primary & Secondary • Temp & permanent roles • Competitive daily rates • Schools to match abilities & location • Full Basix Package Eligibility: Whilst formal qualifications are not mandatory you will need to have proven experience of working with children and references to support this. A police check is also required.

typical rates of pay Teaching Assistants

£50 to £90 per day

Qualified Teacher

£120 to £150 per hour

Nursery Assistants

Unqualified +/- £7 per hour, qualified £7.50 to £10 per hour £6.25 to £7.50 per hour for labour work £12 to 13 per hour for skilled trades positions such as electricians £5.85 to £7.50 per hour

Construction

Bar / Hospitality / Pub

Job Starter – Qualified Teacher Teaching is a rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering fantastic career prospects and development opportunities in addition to competitive financial benefits. If you are a qualified or newly qualified teacher then we have the specialists (Quality Mark Assured) to help you secure that all important first contract. • Schools to match abilities & location • Early Years, Primary & Secondary Teaching • Competitive daily rates • Supply & permanent roles • Full Basix Package Important note: Police Checks are required.

*Rates based on Job Starter Packages as well as on market conditions. Use as a guide only.

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UK PUB LIFE

$795

FR

Snapshot Don’t stress about finding work

I• NCLUSI ONS Full UK nett wage of approx £160 to • •

• • • •

£200 per week plus tips Jobs arranged before arrival Accommodation upstairs in an English pub (and assistance with finding accommodation for non-pub positions) Pub laundry and cooking facilities (if you’re lucky) Meals sometimes included Usually 2 days off each week Friends and couples placed together

WORKING HOLIDAYS

when you arrive in the UK. The key is to get a job sorted before you get there! That’s where we come in. We can find you work in over 600 pubs across England, including locations in and around London, the midlands, Scotland and coastal areas. Surrender to your pint-pulling career! You’ll be earning the pound and living the Aussie dream before you know it.

NoBritsPubloveExperi ence, No Problem Aussie & Kiwi staff and our pub managers are keen to employ you and will give

you on-the-job training, as well as providing live-in accommodation and cheap/free meals. Save your $$$ and start earning £££ immediately. We have UK live-in jobs available for bar staff, waiters, chefs and more.

ELI GIBILITY • Aged 19 years or over • • • • •

DURATION

Hold a valid passport or visa that allows work in the UK Customer service / retail experience preferred Generally no bar experience necessary For out of London pubs, customer service experience For busy, central London pubs previous hospitality experience required

WORK IN CHILDCARE

Minimum 4-6 month placement (or longer)

$700

FR

snapshot Do you have a cheery disposition? Do you know how to make clothes from curtains and how to make broccoli sound as tasty as chocolate ice cream? If you answered yes to the above then perhaps you should pack your bottomless bags, open your umbrella and work overseas as a Nanny or Au-Pair! We can organise live-in childcare placements in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. Phew!

inclusions • Live-in with a host family, own bedroom and all meals • Weekly wage • Time off to travel / sightsee • Support throughout your placement • Free airfare (destination dependent)

WHAT IS INVOLVED

eligibility

Experience another culture from the safety and comfort of living with a host family. Care for the children and do light housework. Duties may include driving to school, playing games, helping with homework, preparing snacks, doing laundry and tidying up. Guaranteed placement before you leave (if application criteria are met). Stay for 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on destination.

Please contact an STA Travel Expert for detailed eligibility criteria, as each country has different requirements based on age and experience.

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CAR HIRE

GETTING AROUND • • • • • • •

SELF DRIVE IDEAS

London to Edinburgh Highlands & Islands of Scotland Vineyards and Châteaux of Burgundy, Loire Valley and Champagne French Riviera to Florence and Tuscany Swiss Alps and Bavaria Germany’s Rhine Valley Southern Scandinavia & The Fjords

CAR TYPES

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. Look out Europe, here you come! Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire and we advise you upfront of any locally payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence is required for a minimum of two years in some locations. An International licence is required in selected destinations. Please check the Terms and Conditions with your STA Travel Expert.

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Please check the applicable Terms and Conditions with your Travel Expert. Economy FR $15* per day

DRIVING DISTANCES IN EuROPE BETWEEN

Compact FR $20* per day

Intermediate FR $34* per day

Full Size FR $36* per day * Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.

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(GUIDE ONLY)

APPROX. DISTANCE

APPROX. TRAVEL TIME

Amsterdam Barcelona

Brussels Madrid

210 km / 130 miles 627 km / 389 miles

2hr 15min 6hr

Barcelona

San Sebastian

571 km / 355 miles

5hr

Frankfurt

Berlin

553 km / 343 miles

5hr 20min

Frankfurt

Munich

393 km / 244 miles

3hr 45min

Frankfurt

Prague

511 km / 317 miles

4hr 45min

London

Bath

185 km / 115 miles

2hr 15min

London

Edinburgh

650 km / 404 miles

7hr 15min

London

Manchester

337 km / 209 miles

3hr 45min

Paris

Bordeaux

565 km / 351 miles

6hr

Paris

Lyon

465 km / 289 miles

4hr 15min

Paris

Nice

931 km / 578 miles

9hr

Rome

Florence

284 km / 176 miles

2hr 50min

Rome

Sorrento

265 km / 165 miles

2hr 45min

Rome

Venice

531 km / 330 miles

4hr 50min

Vienna

Prague

331 km / 206 miles

3hr 25min

Vienna

Salzburg

300 km / 186 miles

3hr 45min

Zurich

Geneva

280 km / 174 miles

3hr 15min

Please note that the prices shown are subject to change depending on country of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please speak to your STA Travel Expert for more details.

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SPACESHIPS CAMPERVANS

$35

FR

PER DAY

GETTING AROUND

VEHICLE TYPES

ALPHA 2-BERTH

• Large double bed • Belted seating for four

BETA 2-BERTH

• Newer, more fuel efficient • Belted seating for four • Side awning

The UK and Europe provide the perfect settings for a road trip. From historic castles to golden beaches, 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 music festival or camp in the mountains. With support from European Space Mates, get info on campgrounds and activities and some great discounts! Spaceships are the newest campervans to arrive in Europe. They are the Swiss Army Knife of campervans with everything you need customdesigned to fit in a compact space. They are easy to drive and smaller than a motorhome, allowing you to get further off the beaten track and even to drive right into Europe’s amazing cities. Your transport is also your accommodation and your kitchen so you can make major savings! Spaceships depots are located in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, but you’re free to travel in any European Union country, plus Switzerland, Croatia and Norway.

Included free with all hires:

ALL Inclusive Pack

• Fridge and water supply • Cooker and cooking equipment • Full size double bed and bedding • UK and European insurance • Maps and camping info • DVD Player and unlimited movies • CD Player/Radio • MP3/iPod connector • Self charging dual battery system

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 tyres). The all inclusive pack also comes with a free camping table and chairs for your hire!

$51 ONE WAY

COACH TRAVEL WITH EUROLINES London

*Please note there is a minimum hire age of 21 for all Spaceships Campervans

FR

Paris / Brussels / Amsterdam

Highlights

• Discount coach travel from London to Paris, London to Brussels or London to Amsterdam • Travel on modern, air con coaches with reclining seats and comfortable leg room • Benefit from convenient pick-up/drop-off points, and take two pieces of luggage for free

Looking for a quick and easy way to hop over to the continent and start your big European trip? Then look no further than Eurolines. Its great fares will whisk you in comfort from London to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam. There’s up to three daily daytime services to Amsterdam (9 hrs 30 mins), four to Brussels (7 hrs 15 mins) and five to Paris (7 hrs 30 mins). All three cities are also served by two daily overnight departures which is a great way to cut down on your accommodation costs and maximise your free time when you get there. You’ll cross the English Channel either by ferry or the Channel Tunnel, and travel on comfortable, modern and well-equipped coaches. Selected departures even come with free Wi-Fi onboard so you can keep in touch with friends while you’re on the move. Ask your Travel Expert for more details.

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EURAIL PASSES

GETTING AROUND

Trains in Europe are reliable and comfortable, and whizz you across borders with the minimum of fuss. It can get pretty pricey to book individual train journeys in Europe, so organising a Eurail pass before you go will make your vacation heaps cheaper. If you’re under 26 years old, or if you travel with friends, it’s cheaper still. Work out a rough plan of how many countries you’d like to visit in the time you have available and then choose the right pass for you.

WHERE CAN YOU TRAVEL WITH EURAIL Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

EURAI L GLOBAL PASS Gives flexibility to travel pretty much anywhere in 24 countries! If you prefer to spend a few days exploring Europe’s amazing cities in depth rather than being constantly on the move, opt for a 10-day or 15-day ‘flexi’ pass which you can use whenever you choose within a two-month period. If you’d rather throw the rulebook out of the window and see Europe as spontaneously as possible, opt for a ‘continuous’ pass which allows you to travel wherever and whenever you like within your chosen pass duration.

EURAI L select PASS Choose your favourite three, four or five adjoining countries, work out how many travel days you need (within a two-month period) and find the Select Pass right for you. You save heaps by only paying for the countries you want to see. Note: France is not part of the Select Pass for 2014.

Eurai l Regional Pass. If you only want to focus on a couple of countries this pass is for you featuring between 3-10 days travel within a twomonth period.

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Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

10 days travel within 2 months

$595

$776

$913

15 days travel within 2 months

$780

$1019

$1197

15 continuous days of travel

$505

$660

$775

21 continuous days of travel

$651

$850

1 continuous month of travel

$800

2 continuous months of travel

EURAIL GLOBAL PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

5 days travel within 2 months

$393

$513

$603

$999

6 days travel within 2 months

$427

$557

$654

$1045

$1229

8 days travel within 2 months

$492

$642

$755

$1127

$1473

$1732

10 days travel within 2 months

$554

$723

$850

3 continuous months of travel

$1391

$1818

$2138

15 days travel within 2 months

$703

$917

$1078

EURAIL SELECT PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

5 days travel within 2 months

$325

$424

$498

France / Italy

$270

$352

$414

6 days travel within 2 months

$359

$468

$550

France / Spain

$270

$352

$414

8 days travel within 2 months

$423

$552

$648

Benelux / Germany

$284

$351

$467

10 days travel within 2 months

$490

$640

$751

Denmark / Germany

$240

$310

$379

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

5 days travel within 2 months

$358

$467

$548

Italy

$197

$252

$296

6 days travel within 2 months

$390

$509

$598

Benelux

$164

$266

$312

8 days travel within 2 months

$454

$593

$697

Ireland

$177

$221

$259

10 days travel within 2 months

$520

$678

$797

Spain

N/A

N/A

$301

3 COUNTRIES

EURAIL SELECT PASS 4 COUNTRIES

EURAI L ONE-COUNTRY PASS Available in 19 countries (but not in France, Germany, Switzerland or Great Britain), these small but perfectly-formed passes give 3-15 days travel within a one-month or two-month period. Some of the smaller countries, such as Slovenia/Croatia and Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg count as one country.

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EURAIL SELECT PASS 5 COUNTRIES

EURAIL REGIONAL PASS

EURAIL ONE-COUNTRY PASS

Please note: * Conditions Apply. Saver prices available when 2-5 people are travelling together on the same pass. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old. When travelling on selected trains (e.g. high-speed or overnight services, peak departures & scenic journeys), advance bookings and/or compulsory seat reservations are necessary and do sometimes attract a nominal charge. * Countries chosen on the Select Pass must adjoin with a direct connection by a participating Eurail railway or shipping line. Finland and Germany do ‘adjoin’ (by ferry), but Finland and Norway do not! * Prices shown on ‘Regional’ and ‘One-Country’ prices are based on minimum travel days available, higher prices apply for longer duration passes.


16:00

Trondheim Östersund

3:50 6:45

Bergen

9:30

7:00

Turku

Oslo

Helsinki

1:50

6:20

Stockholm

8:40

Westport

Belfast

5:15

4:00

3:30

Dublin

Cork 2:45

Holyhead

11:15

København

4:30

London

2:20 2:15

Rennes

1:25

3:10

Paris

3:55

Bern Santander

4:30

Porto

11:00

Pamplona

3:00

10:10

Lisboa

Madrid

3:50 2:35

Sevilla

2:50

2:55

Milano

1:40

5:10

2:20

Marseille

2:35

Barcelona

1:45 5:30

Nice

València

11:20

Wien

2:45

7:05

7:20

Budapest

9:00

9:00 Ljubljana

2:35

6:05

Zagreb

2:20

Venezia

1:00

2:03

Bologna

5:35

Ancona Split

0:37

Firenze

1:35

Roma

9:10

15:00

1:10

Málaga

13:50

7:30

6:05

Beograd

9:00

12:10

Bucureşti

8:05

Sarajevo

8:45

9:32

Sofia

9:00

9:00 Bar Skopje

4:00

4:00

Bari 9:30

Napoli

2:45

7:30

4:30

4:10

7:45

4:00

3:50

Lyon

Montpellier

4:40

2:45

Faro

Bordeaux

6:15

Warszawa 8:40

6:05

3:55 München

1:55

Santiago

6:05 4:35

Praha

Frankfurt 3:10

3:00

Berlin

2:38

5:50 1:47 Köln 4:20 Bruxelles 1:10 5:45 3:40

2:00

7:05

1:35

6:10

1:53

GETTING AROUND

Hamburg Amsterdam

7:30

Thessaloniki

Igoumenitsa

4:25

6:00

Catania

Patras 3:35

Athinai Piraeus 6:30

TOP

11:50

Rhodes Heraklion

GREAT REASONS TO EXPLORE EUROPE BY TRAIN FLEXIBILITY Why tie yourself down with restrictive flight or bus schedules? With Eurail, you can travel when and where you want. Venice or Rome? Just flip a coin and away you go!

IS IT A TRAIN? IS IT A BIRD? Many of Europe’s trains are marvels of futuristic engineering, with high-speed services such as France’s TGV and Germany’s ICE slashing journey times between major cities.

ECO-FRIENDLY Travelling by train is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint – so you can do your little bit to combat climate change. Petrol/gas in Europe is also quite expensive, so trains are also easier on your wallet.

TAKE TO THE WATER Many Eurail passes include free (or discounted) ferry travel, so you can mix things up a bit with a relaxing mini-cruise across the Baltic or the Mediterranean.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Train stations are in city centres, airports are not. In fact, taxis from out-of-the-way airports often cost more than plane tickets. Go train! YOU ACTUALLY SEE EUROPE It’s amazing how travelling by train and watching the European countryside roll by is like a real life geography lesson. Sit back, relax and soak up the viewing pleasure of this gorgeous continent. THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL Traffic jams, airport-style security – who needs them? With Eurail, travel the easy way from city centre to city centre and arrive within walking distance of hotels and attractions.

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! DON’T STRUGGLE WITH BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES Trains allow you to bring as much luggage as you want, whereas budget airlines often have hefty fees for bags not much bigger than backpacks. THERE’S A EURAIL PASS FOR EVERYONE Whether you want to travel on flexible days or continuous days, within a few select countries or only one – you’ll find a Eurail pass that fits your needs and budget.

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EURAIL ITINERARIES EXPLORI NG EUROPE WITH EURAIL Eurail is your passport for

GETTING AROUND

exploring Europe, but deciding where to go can be a tough call. How far and how fast you want to go is up to you and you don’t need to be constantly on the move to get a maximum value for your hard-earned dollars. Here are just a couple of our favourite routes – plus we’ve thrown in hostel accommodation and some great sightseeing trips to show you just how affordable it is to take a rail holiday in Europe.

ITALIAN ADVENTURE Rome

Venice

FR

$557 PATHWAY TO ROME 8 DAYS

Highlights

• Travel by train through some of Italy’s finest and contrasting cities • Explore the art galleries and Renaissance architecture of Florence • Browse Milan’s elegant shopping arcades looking for designer gear

DAY ITINERARY

Amsterdam

03-04 05

Enjoy a feast for the senses with this 8-day rail journey through Italy, starting in Rome. On Day 2, we’ve included a half-day ‘Ancient and Old Rome’ sightseeing tour, led by an expert guide who’ll introduce the Colosseum, the Pantheon and other sights.

Rome / Florence

Activate your Eurail pass at the station in Rome, and make your first train journey up to Renaissance Florence, where you have a couple of days to visit its architectural and artistic masterpieces.

Florence / Milan

Ride the rails again today for the short trip up to Milan, Italy’s glamorous capital of fashion and style. Some of the streets and designer shopping arcades feel more like catwalks! Hop back on the train this morning down to Venice. On Day 7 enjoy a half-day excursion to the Lagoon Islands of Tercello, brightlypainted Burano, and Murano, which is famous for its glass-blowing. Tour comes to an end on Day 8.

Accommodation: Hostels, shared dorms (7 nts) Transport: Eurail One-Country Italian Rail Pass (3 days of travel within 2 months) Meals: None Notes: Includes sightseeing tours in Rome (Ancient & Old Rome) and Venice (The Lagoon Islands); higher prices apply for customers aged 26 and above

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11 DAYS

Highlights

DAY ITINERARY

Milan / Venice

06-08

$911

• Discover the famous nightlife in the ‘party-central’ Amsterdam • Marvel at the sheer scale and Gothic splendour of Cologne Cathedral • Pay a visit to the original ‘Cinderella Castle’ - Neuschwanstein

Amsterdam / Cologne

Rome

01-02

Rome

FR

01-03 04-05 06-07

This adventure takes you on a one-way journey from Amsterdam (where we’ve included our ‘Ultimate Party’ night excursion) to Rome. Start your Eurail adventure on Day 3 as you catch the train to the beautiful city of Cologne whose cathedral is a medieval masterpiece.

Cologne / Munich

Head into Bavaria for two nights in historic Munich, famous for its raucous beer cellars. We’ve included a day trip to the Royal Castles of Linderhof and the fairytale fantasy of Neuschwanstein.

Munich / Vienna

Head to the Austrian capital today, and spend your days exploring the magnificent palaces of the former Habsburg Emperors.

Vienna / Florence / Rome

08-11

Head into Italy for a visit to Florence, whose medieval craftsmen left a legacy of astonishing architecture. On Day 9, it’s back on the train to Rome where you have a couple of days to explore. We’ve included a ‘Rome by Night’ tour, so you can end your trip in style.

Accommodation: Hostels, shared dorms (10 nts) Transport: Eurail 4-Country Select Pass (5 days of travel within 2 months) Meals: None Notes: Includes sightseeing tours in Amsterdam (Ultimate Party), Vienna (Historical City Tour) and Rome (Rome by Night); higher prices apply for customers aged 26 and above

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EUROSTAR

LONDON TO PARIS ONE-WAY FR$63 LONDON TO BRUSSELS ONE-WAY FR$63

GETTING AROUND

Eurostar operates a perfectly smooth travel experience, with regular connections to over 100 destinations across the continent. Europe’s ever-expanding highspeed rail network means train journeys are now faster and easier than ever. What’s more you can take comfort in knowing that Eurostar treads lightly on the environment, with Eurostar journeys emitting just a tenth of the CO2 of an equivalent flight. Meanwhile the fast check-in and excellent punctuality record mean you’ll arrive relaxed and on time.

Change in Lille, paris or brussels Lille offers high-speed connections to

HiWhichever gh Speeddeparture Journeyspoint you choose to Classes of Service Standard: Perfect for travellers who want

destinations like Dijon or Lyon, Avignon or Marseille. From Paris, high-speed services link you to the likes of Reims, Tours and Strasbourg. For a small supplement you can travel beyond Brussels to any regional station in Belgium or connect through to Amsterdam and stations in Germany.

travel from, you’ll travel on the UK’s first and only High Speed Line HS1, meaning you’ll experience speeds of up to 186mph, shaving 20 minutes from the journey. Trains from London to Paris now take as little as 2 hours 15 minutes and London to Brussels just over 2 hours.

a seamless city-to-centre journey without any hassle. It offers 30-minute check-in and bar/buffet facilities on board. Standard Premier: For those seeking more from their time on board, Standard Premier offers a light meal and drinks to ensure you arrive cool, calm and collected.

England Consecutive Pass Gives you the complete flexibility of

OUR MOST POPULAR PASSES

BRITRAIL If you’re looking for an easy way to travel around Great Britain, 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. And with the flexibility to hop on and off wherever you want, you’ll be shouting ‘lovely jubbly’ before you know it.

BriRolltRai l Flexi Pass around Great Britain with greater

unlimited train travel throughout England for three, four, eight, 15 or 22 days or one month. * Conditions apply. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old. Prices are correct as at September 2013 and are subject to change and currency fluctuations. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for current pricing.

flexibility. The Flexi Pass offers you three, four, eight or15 days travel within a two month period (consecutive or nonconsecutive) anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales.

BriAllows tRaiunlimited l Consecuti ve Pass travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Choose your duration - three, four, eight, 15 or 22 days or one month of consecutive day-after-day travel. Go where you want, when you want.

England Flexi Pass Allows three, four, eight or 15 days of flexible (non-consecutive) travel within a two-month period throughout England.

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BRITRAIL FLEXI PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 days travel within 2 months

$485

$327

$272

8 days travel within 2 months

$879

$590

$475

15 days travel within 2 months

$1,323

$896

$715

BRITRAIL CONSECUTIVE PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 consecutive days

$393

$262

$212

8 consecutive days

$689

$459

$370

15 consecutive days

$1,034

$689

$557

ENGLAND FLEXI PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 days travel in 2 months

$393

$272

$212

8 days travel in 2 months

$705

$475

$387

15 days travel in 2 months

$1,060

$715

$574

ENGLAND CONSECUTIVE PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 consecutive days

$311

$212

$173

8 consecutive days

$557

$370

$304

15 consecutive days

$830

$557

$442

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BUSABOUT

HOP-ON-HOP-OFF

backpack europe & Make new Friends One of the best things about GETTING AROUND

travel is the people you meet. Busabout is perfect for budget travellers or anyone looking to meet new, like-minded mates to share experiences with along the way. Those people who start off on their own soon have a group of friends to travel with and it changes all the time as new people join and leave at each stop.

Why Hop-on Hop-off EUROPE ... SORTED! An extensive travel network that lets you explore 9 countries and 34 destinations in Europe. CONVENIENT Door-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs at the most popular hostels. FREQUENT Buses run every other day to and from every destination on the network. FLEXIBLE You decide where you go and how long you stay for. Change your plans as often as you like for free and get it all sorted using the online tools. SOCIABLE Travel with like-minded backpackers and independent travellers and make heaps of new friends along the way. AFFORDABLE Stay where you like and control your own budget.

If you want to explore, discover new things, meet new people and have an awesome time doing it, you’ll want the freedom and independence to make your own decisions and travel on your own terms. Busabout’s extensive hop-on, hop-off network has a totally unique style, ideal for those who want to do their own thing. They cover nine countries and loads of stops in each, and give you the opportunity to stay as long as you like in each place before deciding to move on. There is no fixed itinerary to follow, but if you want some tips, there’s a range of suggested ‘loops’ and one-way routes to choose from. Busabout’s mix of independence and support lets you experience Europe your own way.

Be Independent

Want to party in Berlin or check out the Paris museums? Sunbathe on a Mediterranean beach or take a hike in the Alps? Plan your trip before you set off or make it up as you go – it’s up to you. And if you change your mind? Do it. We encourage it. Busabout’s guides will help you at every step of the way. Just make sure that if you’re travelling anywhere there’s a festival on, you get your bookings made in plenty of time - don’t miss out!

Making things easy..

You won’t just get dumped in the middle of a new city, you’ll be dropped as close as possible to a Busabout preferred hostel partner so you can just carry your bag inside rather than having to lug it across town. That’s less hassle and more time to get exploring.

local knowledge

Busabout’s awesome guides and drivers are all independent travellers who are fanatical

about Europe and keen to share their knowledge, experience and money-saving advice with you. They’ve been there and tried it all so they’ve got plenty of suggestions, whatever you’re looking for.

Travel Stress-Free

Instead of keeping one eye on your luggage (and your weight allowance), you can relax. Your bag gets locked up underneath the coach while you travel so there’s no need to worry about all your stuff during the day.

GETTING STARTED The travel style may be independent but a bit of planning and advice is always useful when • City centre to city centre coach service with preparing for your trip abroad. Here are a departures from each stop every second day. few tips to make sure you choose the pass • Start and finish your trip wherever you like, or within the context of your chosen itinerary. that’s right for you.

step 1: How Busabout works

• Compulsory stops are white (minimum one night stay); optional stops are black - you can either stay on the coach or break your journey.

step 2: do some research • Surf the net for ideas on places you want to see and do. • Grab a pen and circle all the places you want to see on the map; ask other travellers for advice • Take a look at the timetable on page 27 for all the dates and times. • Plan your budget! Check out our hostel and hotel accommodation options on pages 136-160. Pre-book before you go to avoid disappointment in peak periods.

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step 3: choose your preferred pass • There are 3 ways to go: – Flexitrip (join the dots for ultimate flexibility). – Loops (see one, two or all three routes). – One-Ways (tried and tested favourite routes).

step 4: what next • Once you’ve bought your pass we’ll give you details about ‘MyTrip’ to start planning. • Trip Mates - you can opt-in and start chatting with others who are travelling on your first departure day. • Remember to leave some time for some serious adventures. Busabout is timed perfectly to link up with major festivals like the Running of the Bulls (Pamplona), La Tomatina (Valencia) and Oktoberfest (Munich). • You can also link up in Prague with Busabout’s guided trips of Eastern Europe (see page 82).


FLEXITRIP 9 COUNTRIES & 34 STOPS The FLEXITRIP pass is designed to give you ultimate flexibility so go crazy drawing circles around the destinations you have always dreamed of visiting, then connect the dots and count up the stops.

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A Flexistop is one travel day so, if you want to get from Paris to Amsterdam that would be one Flexistop. If instead you fancy hopping off in Bruges and then carry on to Amsterdam another day, that would take 2 Flexistops. Build up on your base Flexitrip pass by buying additional stops before you leave. You can also buy extra Flexistops while you’re on the road from your guide.

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The guides & Drivers ‘...are Big Blues’ .. The road crew is the true spirit of Busabout. very sexy and we love them. We know They are there to help you make the most of your trip. They will even assist you with your onward travel in case you need to change your plans. So, if you need the low down on what metro line in Paris takes you to the Eiffel Tower or where the best place to get gelato in Florence is, just ask the crew. They know because they are just like you, independent travellers and are out there trying new things. They also know the best places to party.

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you will too. Each bus has Wi-Fi and its own entertainment system offering on board movies and documentaries plus loads of music channels. And for all the ‘flashpackers’ out there travelling with electronic gadgets, there are power points on board so you can charge everything up! The modern air-con buses all have reclining seats, plenty of leg room and secure lock-ups for your bags.

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Busabout’s coaches operate on three ‘loops’ (North, South and West), so whether you choose to complete just one loop, a combination of any two loops, or all three loops, you can create your very own tour of Europe. No matter where you end up travelling, you’ll enjoy the same great Busabout service with awesome guides always on hand. Remember, in the freestyle spirit, you can do what you want!

TRIP DURATI ON GUIDE: Looki ng for adventure Pacing it - for those who have lots of Busabout connects you with jump-off locations where you can hook up with other tours

time and want to do it all.

Racing it - minimum recommended travel times for those who are short on time and only want to see the highlights. • Every second day service (May-October) • Stay as long as you like in each destination • Expert guides on all departures • Change your travel days as often as you like along the way

to explore a destination in more depth. Here are our favourites: ROME Jump on the 3-day Italian Adventure and head south to explore Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi coast. You’ll also get to visit the lost city of Pompeii, hidden for centuries under layers of ash from Mt. Vesuvius. See page 77. PRAGUE Not only is Prague a spectacular city where you could spend days exploring all the shops, cafés and bars, it is also a great starting point to explore Eastern Europe and the Balkans. See page 82.

You can re-travel your loop as many times as you like on a standby basis until the end of the season.

NORTH LOOP Start - Finish: Anywhere 12 Destinations - 6 Countries

MADRID Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe and with so much to see it really deserves a closer look. Check out our 7 day Iberian Adventure, covering the best of Spain and Portugal. See page 70.

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SOUTH LOOP Start - Finish: Anywhere 13 Destinations -5 Countries

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Start: Rome - Finish: Paris 14 Destinations - 3 Countries

LONG WAY AROUND Start: Paris - Finish: Barcelona 21 Destinations - 8 Countries

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SUN SEEKER Start: Berlin - Finish: Madrid 20 Destinations - 6 Countries

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2014 TIMETABLE Flexibility is what it’s all about; you’re in control of your European adventure. Busabout offers a real easy-to-use travel planner to help you. Welcome to ‘MyTrip’. GETTING AROUND

On ‘My Trip’ you can check availability, book and cancel your buses, ferries, and beds anywhere on the Busabout network (with no booking fees!). And you can connect with everyone else booked on your trips and get chatting before you head off.

How do I book my buses and accommodation

Do i have to book in advance

Once you’ve bought your pass you’ll get a client reference number. Go to ‘MyTrip’, create a password and then you can log in.

To guarantee your seat, book through ‘MyTrip’. If you’re not able to be flexible with your dates and are travelling during key European Festivals we’d recommend you book your travel days at least a couple of weeks in advance. A little bit closer to departure is normally OK if you’re a bit more flexible with your dates. You can turn up without a booking and if there’s space you’re welcome on board but we can’t guarantee the bus won’t be full.

What if I change my mind You can change buses up to 24 hours in advance at no extra cost. If you don’t cancel a sector or don’t show up, you can still travel that sector, but only on a standby basis. FROM TO NORTH (2 MAY - 28 OCTOBER) Paris Bruges Bruges Amsterdam Amsterdam Berlin Berlin Dresden Dresden Prague Prague Ceský Krumlov Ceský Krumlov Vienna Vienna Gruenau Gruenau Salzburg Salzburg Munich Munich Stuttgart Stuttgart Paris

DEPARTS ARRIVE 8:00 13:00 13:00 18:00 8:00 18:00 8:00 11:30 11:30 15:30 8:00 11:45 11:45 16:30 8:00 12:00 12:00 14:00 14:00 17:00 8:00 11:15 11:15 21:30

SOUTH (13 MAY - 27 OCTOBER) Munich Wildschönau Valley Wildschönau Valley Venice Venice Ancona Ancona Rome Rome Orvieto Orvieto Siena Siena Florence Florence La Spezia La Spezia Nice Nice Lake Como Lake Como Lauterbrunnen Lauterbrunnen Lucerne Lucerne Munich

FROM UNTIL 2-May 17-Oct 2-May 17-Oct 3-May 18-Oct 4-May 19-Oct 4-May 19-Oct 5-May 20-Oct 5-May 20-Oct 6-May 21-Oct 6-May 21-Oct 6-May 21-Oct 7-May 28-Oct 7-May 28-Oct

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WEST (23 MAY - 11 OCTOBER) Paris Bern 8:00 17:15 23-May 6-Oct Bern Lauterbrunnen 17:15 18:30 23-May 6-Oct Lauterbrunnen Milan 8:00 13:30 24-May 7-Oct Milan Nice 13:30 18:30 24-May 7-Oct Nice Avignon 8:00 12:15 25-May 8-Oct Avignon Barcelona 12:15 19:00 25-May 8-Oct Barcelona Valencia 8:00 13:00 26-May 9-Oct Valencia Madrid 13:00 19:00 26-May 9-Oct Madrid Pamplona 8:00 15:00 27-May 10-Oct Pamplona San Sebastian 15:00 17:00 27-May 10-Oct San Sebastian Biarritz 8:00 9:30 28-May 11-Oct Biarritz Tours 9:30 16:30 28-May 11-Oct Tours Paris 16:30 21:30 28-May 11-Oct COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

Busabout operates an EVERY SECOND DAY service. To check travel dates, simply match the colour of the departure city on the timetable to the same colour on the calendar. White departure cities on the timetable operate on white calendar days, shaded departure cities on shaded calendar days.

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BAMBA EXPERIENCE Why Bamba Bamba Experience Passes include

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both convenient transportation options and exciting activities along the route of your choice. You have the flexibility to choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go. All you have to do is to choose a route and a departure day; the rest is taken care of. Bamba strongly believes that the freedom to travel how you want will bring you happiness. Bamba has a team dedicated to assisting you during and after your trip

Publi c Transportation Travel will be in safe, reliable and

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comfortable buses. Depending on your route, you may travel by train, boat or private shuttle vans as well.

IExperience ncluded Experi ences tons of included day trips encompassing a variety of adventure, historical, natural and cultural activities. All activities bundled in your passes have guaranteed daily departures too.

1. Storyline Berlin

5. Cape Sounion Tour

2. Sea Kayaking Day Trip

6. Dracula’s Castle Included Experiences

Travel Independently Explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed. Travel freely, at your own pace, to the best hot spots with no tour leader or schedule. It’s all up to you!

Guaranteed Daily Departure Begin and end your journey anytime you wish, between the 1st of April and the 31st of October.

Unli mited Schedule Changes Make unlimited changes to your schedule before and during your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months, so you can take all the time you want to enjoy your journey!

Onli ne Trip Manager Access your trip online to make as many

3. Breakfast with Sofia

changes to your itinerary as you wish.

Best Value Bamba provides high quality transportation and activities with trusted and reliable local operators at the most affordable rates.

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• Storyline Berlin (Berlin) • Communism Experience (Warsaw) • Auschwitz – Birkenau Tour (Krakow) • Prague Experience (Prague) • Vienna by Bike Adventure (Vienna) • Budapest Explorer (Budapest) • Sea Kayaking Day Trip (Split) • Bosnia Mostar Adventures (Dubrovnik) • Pink Palace Experience (Corfu) • Cape Sounion (Athens) • Dracula’s Castle (Brasov) • Bucharest by Night (Bucharest) • Breakfast with Sofia (Sofia) • Plovdiv Revival (Plovdiv) • Local Home Foodie Tour (Istanbul) • Gallipoli to Eceabat (Istanbul) • Pamukkale Tour (Selcuk) • Bay of Kotor (Kotor)


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MAGYARS & BALKAN FR $2,315 WAYS

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BUDAPEST LOOP Recommended Trip Time 47 Days

BERLIN LOOP Recommended Trip Time 17 Days

This pass can also start in Budapest, Vienna or Prague and finish where you started. Berlin

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Sofia

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Zagreb Plitvice Zadar Pag Split Bol Hvar Korcula Budapest Dubrovnik Kotor Ulcinj Shkoder Tirana Vlore Dhermi Saranda Corfu Athens Thessaloniki Sofia Veliko Tarnovo Bucharest Brasov Sighisoara Cluj Napoca Budapest

EASTERN EUROPE FR $1,284 WAYS

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BERLIN TO DUBROVNIK Recommended Trip Time 30 Days

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Krakow

Prague Vienna

Budapest

Zagreb Split

Berlin Zagreb

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• Communism Experience • Auschwitz - Birkenau Tour • Prague Experience • Vienna by Bike Adventure • Budapest Explorer • Sea Kayaking Day Tour • Bosnia Mostar Adventure

Lodz Prague Vienna Bratislava Budapest Pag Zadar Split Hvar Split Dubrovnik

BERLIN TO ISTANBUL VIA POLAND & ROMANIA Recommended Trip Time 21 Days

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Istanbul

Berlin Warsaw Krakow Bucharest Veliko Tarnovo

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Zagreb Dubrovnik

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• Budapest Explorer • Sea Kayaking Day Tour • Bosnia Mostar Adventure • Bay of Kotor - All about the mussels trip • Pink Palace Experience • Cape Sounion

VIENNA TO ATHENS VIA ROMANIA & TURKEY Recommended Trip Time 35 Days

I• ncluded Experiences: Vienna by Bike Adventure

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Budapest Brasov Bucharest Sofia

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Eceabat Athens Bodrum

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VIENNA TO ATHENS VIA CROATIA Recommended Trip Time 36 Days

I• ncluded Experiences: Vienna by Bike Adventure

• Communism Experience • Auschwitz - Birkenau Tour • Budapest Explorer • Dracula’s Castle • Bucharest by Night • Breakfast with Sofia • Plovdiv Revival • Local Home Foodie Tour

Budapest Cluj Napoca Sighisoara Sofia Plovdiv Istanbul

BALKAN ROAD TRIP FR $1,614 WAYS

Vienna

• Sea Kayaking Day Tour • Bosnia Mostar Adventure • Bay of Kotor - All about the mussels trip • Pink Palace Experience • Cape Sounion • Breakfast with Sofia • Bucharest by Night • Dracula’s Castle

• Budapest Explorer • Dracula’s Castle • Bucharest by Night • Breakfast with Sofia • Plovdiv Revival • Local Home Foodie Tour • Gallipoli Tour to Eceabat • Pamukkale Tour • Cape Sounion

Vienna Bratislava Budapest Cluj Napoca Sighisoara Brasov Bucharest Veliko Tarnovo Sofia Plovdiv Istanbul Eceabat Selcuk Bodrum Kos Santorini Ios Paros Mykonos Athens

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Prague

• Communism Experience • Auschwitz - Birkenau Tour • Budapest Explorer • Vienna by Bike Adventure • Prague Experience

I• ncluded Experiences: Budapest Explorer


EUROPEAN TOURING EUROPEAN TOURING Europe is so jam-packed full of famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. Unless you’ve just won the lottery and quit your job, we’re guessing you’re a little tighter on time, but you still want to see as much as possible. These fun trips will have you (and your new best mates) ticking off the must-see highlights from London to Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and Istanbul and all points between. Set sail in the Greek Islands, tuck into an authentic Tuscan feast and explore the legendary nightlife of Amsterdam. This ain’t no coach tour for your granny, these tours are designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds only!

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Get back to basics in comfort on a camping tour, bed down in comfortable hotels or opt for a trip that features a real mix of accommodation including exclusive feature properties such as an Alpine chalet or authentic French château!


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Highlights

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• Visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District and drink beer in Munich • Boat along Venice’s canals and visit a French perfumery in Paris • Indulge with delicious Swiss chocolate and try escargot in France

• Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa and visit casino in Monte Carlo • Sip French wine at a château and stroll art-filled streets in Florence • Enjoy a special access tour of Rome and wander the canals in Venice

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London / Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

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Leave London this morning (or meet the group in Amsterdam that afternoon). This evening you’ll get to see Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and gable houses that make the city unique by night. On Day 2, meander the ‘Dam’ and its glorious sights before a scenic drive to tonight’s stop in Germany’s Rhine Valley. (B, 2D)

London / Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

Travel from London to Paris this morning (or join the tour later this afternoon in Paris) and enjoy a night-time sightseeing tour. Spend Day 2 exploring all the beauty and glamour of this enchanting city. On Day 3, travel through Burgundy’s wine region to our impressive 16th Century château for the night before continuing to the glamorous French Riviera the next day. (4B, 4D)

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Rhine Valley / Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Venice

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Via the Lorelei Rock and on to the Bavarian capital of Munich, home to the famous beer festival Oktoberfest. Sample some Bavarian beer and maybe a pork knuckle too! On Day 4, you’ll stay in a traditional Austrian Gasthof in a picturesque village setting in the Tyrol Valley, famous for its array of adventurous escapades. Wind your way on to Venice on Day 5 and be mesmerised by the ‘Floating City’ as you get lost along its canals and backstreets. (3B, D)

Pisa / Florence / Rome / Venice

Head for the university town of Pisa to check out the architectural wonder of the famous Leaning Tower, then on to the capital of Renaissance Italy - Florence where you can try some Tuscan specialities. On Day 7, enjoy a walking tour of Florence, before heading off to Rome for another guided tour. On Day 8, tap into La Dolce Vita of ‘Eternal City’ and explore this living museum of history, then continue to Venice the next day. Take an optional gondola ride through the canals for an authentic Venetian experience. (4B, D)

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Venice / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

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It’s back into the Alps today so brace yourself for an onslaught of stunning scenery! Tonight’s special stop is at a Swiss Chalet in a chocolate-box village at the foot of Jungfrau Mountain. Day 7 is yours to relax or take an optional activity to the top of the Jungfrau Mountain by cog train. Head for Paris on Day 8. You’ll get to sample French Champagne and try escargot on tonight’s ‘Paris by Night’ tour as well as seeing the city’s icons (3B, 3D)

Munich / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

Today you will travel through the Austrian Alps and on to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and home for lederhosen, sausages and, above all, the annual beer-drinking festival - Oktoberfest. On Day 11, stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial on your way to the Rhine Valley. Learn to make a beer stein and enjoy an optional wine tasting in an underground cellar. Save the best for last as day 12 takes you to the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam! (3B, 2D)

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Indulge in all of Paris’ sophisticated charms and discover world-class museums, such as Louvre, world-class fashion on the Rue de Rivoli, and amazing food in just about any restaurant you visit! You’ll also have time to visit a French perfumery before a last night with your group. On Day 10, morning transfer will take you to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (2B)

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only S W EDEN for 18-35s Accommodation: Gasthof (1 nt), Scotland D E N M AR K chalet (2 nts), cabins (1 nt), hotel (4 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air-con coach with power points, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners GER MAN Y N E T H E RL A N D S Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group E N G L A N D Amsterdam Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCEH London Ruhr Valley Dover NORTH SEA

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Spend the whole day exploring Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés, hip shopping and multi-cultural cuisine. On Day 14, you can choose to stay on in town, take the transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to London. (2B)

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Who would’ve thought we could squeeze this many amazing experiences (not to mention ten different countries) into 20 days? Departing from London, your adventure really kicks off in Paris, a city full of romantic and historical charm as you start your journey towards world-famous Amsterdam. In between lies a fabulous mix of culture, sights and fun. See spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, the sun-splashed glamour of the French Riviera, the history of Italy and the adrenalin-fuelled spirit of Austria. You’ll be swept away by the energetic group dynamic, but with plenty of time to explore on your own too. BLACK SEA

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Highlights

Try Champagne and escargot in Paris Picnic in the French countryside Mix with the elite in Monte Carlo See the Statue of David in Florence Sample local pasta and gelato in Rome Admire Vienna’s glorious architecture Visit Dachau concentration camp Cycle along the canals in Edam

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Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (7 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive onsite teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCMX

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Gondola ride through Venice’s canals • Adventure activities including white water rafting in Tyrol (summer only) • Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain • Wine tasting in Germany’s Rhine Valley • Cabaret show and Champagne in Paris

01

Meet up with your crew and travelling pals in London, and catch a peek at the White Cliffs of Dover as you ferry across the Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and on to picturesque Paris (you can also join the tour in Paris if you prefer). On your first evening you’ll sip Champagne and admire the city’s illuminated sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, the Champs Élysées and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Ooh la la! (D)

Paris

02

This European gem is sure to encapsulate you with its opulence of history, romance and magic. On every street corner you can uncover endless lengendary icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur, for magnificent sweeping views of the city. You’re bound to witness and indulge in the Parisian café culture, seek inspiration at one of the city’s museums and stroll among the boutiques of the Latin Quarter. Later on, choose to head to a famous all-singing-all-dancing cabaret show! (B)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

03

Winding through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais wine region, you’ll stop at Château Fontainebleau before reaching tonight’s stop at a 16th Century château! Here you’ll be treated to a wine tasting in the cellar with the local wine expert, then you can chill poolside or take a stroll through the countryside. (B, D)

Beaujolais Wine Region

04 05

Today’s agenda: relaxation, relaxation, relaxation. Unwind at the château; swim, or immerse yourself in the rural French countryside on a scenic walk to the ‘Top of the World’. Once you have reached the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the French countryside as you eat your picnic lunch, perhaps washed down by some local Beaujolais wine? Bliss. (B, L, D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

Travel through France’s charmingly rustic Provence region - known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs - to the glamorous French Riviera. Tonight, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco where you’ll see the Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. (B)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

06

This morning’s first stop is at a French perfumery where you can pick up the latest fragrance. It’s then off to check out the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, before you arrive into Florence’s welcoming arms. After dinner, take a walk along the River Arno and head into the heart of the city where you can unwind Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine in an art-filled piazza. (B, D)

Florence

07

Spend the morning getting under the skin of the charming Tuscan capital with a locally-guided tour of the sights; see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza Della Signoria. Take in a Florentine leather craft demonstration (and pick up some leather goods while you’re at it!) and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Florence / Rome

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08

Rome is calling! Pass Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Enjoy the truly incredible and era-defining sights including the Vatican City, Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Pizza, pasta and a glass of vino is a great way to spend the night as you follow the lead of the locals in backstreet bars and cafés - this is the good life! (B)

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Rome

09 10

Rome’s your culture-clad playground today as you take it all in. Layers of history reveal themselves in the streets and an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, will be a treat as you learn about its fascinating history from a local guide. It’s then off to explore the city sights, enjoy a spot of shopping or why not tuck into some local delicacies! Bella Roma! (B, D)

Rome / Venice

Start your journey north today, through the luscious rolling Apennine Mountains, heading for the canals and grand squares in romantic Venice! (B, D)

Venice

Time to lose yourself in the maze of backstreets, alley ways and canals today as you explore the highlights of the ‘Floating City’; the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square are all waiting to be explored. Enjoy a private boat trip through the Venetian Lagoon and see the city’s enchanting maze of canals. You could always find yourself a local backstreet bar for an aperitif and indulge in some bruschetta. (B, D)

11 12 13

Venice / Austrian Tyrol

It’s time to say arrivederci to Italy today. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards and castles as you wind your way through the Alps to a quaint Tyrolean village in Austria. Tonight’s special stop is at a traditional gasthof. (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol

This picture-perfect spot is the idyllic setting for a little outdoors adventure, and today you can choose your own. Exhilarating outdoor activities include; tandem paragliding, hiking and mountain biking! The perfect way to soak up the stunning Alpine scenery. (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Munich

14

On to Bavaria, but first a stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial to learn about the tragic history of the Holocaust before reaching lively Munich (home of the legendary Oktoberfest). See the city’s famous Glockenspiel and Marienplatz and then maybe head off to enjoy some beer drinking and traditional Bavarian entertainment in the great beer halls. (B)

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

15 16

A unique stop today to check out tiny Liechtenstein and see a spectacular 12th Century castle before heading to the lakeside beauty of Lucerne, to indulge in some delicious Swiss chocolates. Enjoy a stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and wander across Lucerne’s famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Continue on through the Alps and finish with tonight’s special stop in a traditional Swiss chalet in the mountains. (B, D)

Swiss Alps

Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world and take part in the optional cog railway ride to the top of snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain where you’ll enjoy breathtaking vistas. (B, D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

17 18 19 20

Back to Germany today as you pass through Heidelberg, known for its great old town and lively student ambience. It’s then on to the Rhine Valley, a region full of wine villages with a traditional German atmosphere. You’ll learn how beer steins are crafted or perhaps enjoy wine tasting in an underground cellar. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

Today you travel into the Netherlands and on to vibrant Amsterdam. Take a bike ride past windmills in the village of Edam and visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. in the evening, check out the sights of the Red Light District. (B, D)

Amsterdam

With a full day in Amsterdam, you can check out the city’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Tonight, you have the option to enjoy a canal cruise. (B)

Amsterdam / London

Extend your stay in Amsterdam, catch the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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EUROPEAN WHIRL London or Amsterdam

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Paris or London

18 DAYS

Highlights

Cycle the streets of Edam Explore Berlin’s trendy art scene See the site of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ Wander Prague’s famous old town Bunk down in a traditional gasthof Explore Rome on a special access tour Discover Renaissance art in Florence Breathe the crisp air of the Alps

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Apr 22 May 06 May 23 Jun 06 Jun 18 Jun 28 Jul 02 Jul 04 Jul 09

Jun 27 Jul 03 Jul 06 Jul 08 Jul 13 Jul 17 Jul 20 Jul 23 Jul 30

Jul 14 Jul 20 Jul 23 Jul 25 Jul 30 Aug 03 Aug 06 Aug 09 Aug 16

Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 16

Aug 18 Aug 24 Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 25 Oct 02 Oct 03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (5 nts), hotels (4 nts), hostels (5 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCEW

From the cycle-friendly Dutch capital to the romantic sights of Paris, find out what makes Europe tick. You’ll stay at some exclusive special stopovers; we’ve lined up a traditional gasthof in the picture-perfect Austrian Tyrol and a cosy stay in a chalet in a stunning Swiss village to name a few. Go on the hunt for Bohemian treasures in Prague’s old town, hit the cool club scene in Berlin, try a stein of beer in Munich, cruise the canals of Venice and feel like a movie star, absorb the history of Rome and feast on Tuscan specialities in Florence. This fab trip really gives you a sense of what culture-rich Europe has to offer!

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Denmark

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Edam

London

2

Calais

Amsterdam

2

Berlin

Dover

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2

Valley of the Somme 2

05-06

Dresden

Paris

Prague

07-08

Munich 1

Burgundy Region

Lucerne

1

Tyrol

Brenner Pass Swiss 2 Alps Lake Como 2 Venice

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09

Apennine Mountains

Florence

10

ADRIATIC SEA

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Vatican City

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Rome

I TA LY

11-12

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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London / Amsterdam

Set off on your Euro adventure and make your way to the red-light capital, Amsterdam, to check out the canals by night. The next day, hop on a bike and pedal past windmills in scenic Edam and visit a clog maker’s house. Afterwards, check out museums, trendy cafés or head to a nightclub. (B, D)

Amsterdam / Berlin

Motor down the autobahn and prepare for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight enjoy the city’s cutting-edge arts, bar and club scene. The next day, enjoy a free day to explore historic sites like ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, the Reichstag and the controversial remains of the Berlin Wall. (2B, D)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

Stop for a tasty bratwurst in the beautifully-rebuilt Baroque city of Dresden on your way to Prague, an ever-modernising hub of Eastern European revival. Enjoy a free day to explore Wenceslas Square, Hradcany Castle and Charles Bridge, followed by delicious Czech beer and the fun of a night out! (2B)

Prague / Munich / Austrian Tyrol

Today you’re heading back to Germany and on to Munich, the festival home of Oktoberfest. On Day 8, be wowed by Alpine scenery en route to a Tyrolean village famous for its adventure sports. (2B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Venice

This morning you have the option to plunge yourself into a whitewater rafting adventure. After, wind your way out of the mountains through the Bavarian Alps to fairytale Venice. (B, D)

Venice

Meander along the alleyways and canals of the ‘Floating City’ to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, quirky shops, bars and markets. You’ll see sights such as the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square, as well as having the option to gondola ride along the city’s iconic canals. (B, D)

Venice / Rome

Criss-cross your way through the Apennine Mountains to Rome. Tonight’s walking tour takes in some impressive sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Enjoy free time in Rome on Day 12 and an optional tour of the Vatican Museums. (2B, D)

Rome / Florence

Today you’re off to Renaissance Florence where a local guide gives you the inside scoop on the city’s best attractions; see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, the Baptistry and Piazza Della Signoria. (B)

Florence / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

Glimpse the magical Lake Como and admire the lakeside beauty of Lucerne before delving into the Swiss Alps. On Day 15, take the optional cog train to the summit of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Paris

Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering French capital for a special ‘Paris by Night’ tour to see the attactions and sparkling lights. On Day 17 you’ll get to visit a French perfumery and enjoy your last night as a group. (2B, D)

Paris / London

Choose to extend your stay and remain in Paris, catch the morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take the complimentary transfer back to London. (B)

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Athens

21 DAYS

Highlights

See stunning Versailles Palace Stay in a 16th Century French château See the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Try your luck at a Monte Carlo casino Opt in for a Tuscan feast Choose to tour the Vatican Museums Relax and enjoy the rays in Corfu Discover ancient monuments in Athens

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May 19 Jun 04 Jun 21 Jun 30 Jul 09

Jun 24 Jun 26 Jul 03 Jul 06 Jul 13

Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 26 Aug 02

Jul 21 Aug 05 Aug 19 Sep 04

Aug 10 Aug 25 Sep 08 Sep 24

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Corfu hotel (3 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (4 nts), hostels (2 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 20 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCLG

A journey of culture, food and fun. Start off with three awesome nights in Paris which gives you plenty of time to check out the city highlights and enjoy a trip to Versailles. Make your way down through Italy via Spain and the French Riviera. Chill for a few nights on the beautiful holiday island of Corfu before ending your tour in Athens after ticking the Acropolis off your ‘to do’ list. If you want to add on a bit of Greek island hopping, just say the word and we’ll get it sorted. Or if you want to jump off in Rome, that’s fine too. This is your trip and we’re going to make sure it’s the trip of a lifetime!

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Sweden Scotland

LATVIA

Denmark

02-03

NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

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London

P O L A N D

G E R M A N Y

1 Dover Calais Valley of the Somme

Versailles

3

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Paris

Fontainebleau Beaujolais Region

Château de Cruix F R A N C E

Pyrenees Mountains

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Arles Pisa 2 2 Monaco

06-07

Venice

ROMANIA

Apennine Mountains

Florence Rome

French S PA I N 2 Riviera Vatican 2 Mt. Vesuvius City Pompeii Brindisi Barcelona Corfu 1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

08-09

3

IONIAN Corinth Canal

1

Athens

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Want to chill in the Greek Islands? Add on a Greek Island Hopping tour. See page 107 Stuck for time? End in Rome instead. London to Rome  Fr $2,675 (16 days) (COCCLR)

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Start the adventure

20-21

London / Paris

Get to know your new pals on the journey to Paris as you travel across the English Channel and pass World War I battlefields. Or if you fancy, meet your group later that afternoon in Paris. This evening you’ll have a spectacular ‘Paris by Night’ tour taking in the dazzling city sights. (D)

Paris

Immerse yourself in French culture with two days to explore the history and sights of the city. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a trip to the impressive and opulent Versailles Palace. (2B, D)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

Travel through the Burgundy wine region to a special overnight stop at our 16th Century château. On Day 5, relax and enjoy the rural setting on a picnic with a view and chill out by the pool. (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

Travel through southern France, across the Pyrenees and head for the sizzling Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Take in a city tour on Day 7 to see all the sights, walk down Las Ramblas or hit the beach. Tonight, head out to see an optional traditional flamenco show and try tapas and sangria. (2B, D)

Barcelona / French Riviera

Sit back and enjoy a drive through rustic Provence and along the Côte d’Azur, as you head for the glitzy French Riviera. On Day 9, wander the markets and boutiques and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere. Head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and try your luck at a casino. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Venice

Buongiorno Italia! Today you’ll have the chance to pick up a glamorous bargain or two at a designer outlet mall en route to Venice. On Day 11, meander through the maze of backstreets and alleys and follow the canals to marvel at sights such as the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. (2B, 2D)

Venice / Pisa / Florence

Snap yourself propping up against an architectural wonder, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, en route to Florence. Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Florence’s striking buildings and sacred art, and plenty of free time to explore the collection of Renaissance art or hit the shops for some leather goods. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

Ready, steady, Rome! Explore all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s walking tour. On Day 15, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)

Rome / Corfu

Passing Naples, the birthplace of pizza, catch a glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius and take an optional tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. It’s then onto the overnight ferry across the Adriatic, bound for Greece. (B)

Corfu

Kick back and relax in Corfu as you soak up some sumptuous Greek rays over the next few days. Enjoy the water sports, food, shopping and local culture in this turquoise island paradise. (3B, 2D)

Corfu / Athens

Leave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to mythological Athens. On Day 21, after sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (2B)

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Paris or London Lithuania

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Ruhr Valley

Dover

Dresden Krakow Prague Auschwitz 2 2

Calais Valley of the Somme 2

Paris

Vienna

Burgundy Region

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Venice

2

Lake Bled

1

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F R A N C E

Pisa

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Florence 2 Vatican City

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Rome I TA LY

S PA I N

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Highlights

Get on your bike in Amsterdam Uncover Berlin’s explosive club scene Wander the cobbled streets of Prague Soak up the beauty of Krakow Alpine views in Slovenia & Switzerland Enjoy the ‘Dolce Vita’ in Rome Indulge in divine Swiss chocolate Be dazzled by Paris’ bright lights

Departures 2014/15

Indulge in a truly tempting platter of European delights on this 23-day, 13-country journey across the continent. You’ll travel from the city of cool, Amsterdam, to the city of über-cool, Berlin; down through the Central European gems of Prague and Vienna; and then head east to discover the buzzing café scenes in Krakow and Budapest. Soak up the good life in Italy, fill your lungs with pure Alpine air in Switzerland, then put your feet up and watch the world go by from a pavement table in Paris. We know you’ll want to do it all, but if time dictates otherwise, it’s good to know you can also split this tour into handy, pocket-sized sections!

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Jan 26 Feb 02 Feb 16 Mar 16 Apr 06 May 11 Jun 01 Jun 22 Jul 06 Jul 15

Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 16 Sep 01 Sep 13 Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 22

Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 10 Aug 17 Sep 07 Sep 23 Oct 05 Nov 09 Nov 23 Dec 14

Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 29

Jan 04 Jan 11 Jan 20

2015 Jan 10 Jan 26 Feb 21 Mar 14

Feb 01 Feb 17 Mar 15 Apr 05

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02

Absorb the Dutch way of life and pedal past countless windmills in Edam (summer trips only), where you can happily gorge on its world-famous cheese! Also check out a local cheese farm and traditional clog maker’s house. Afterwards, unwind in Amsterdam and allow yourself to be consumed by its world-class museums, galleries and cafés to suit all tastes and budgets. (B)

Amsterdam / Berlin

03-04

Motor down the autobahn across northern Germany to its capital city, Berlin. Relish in Berlin’s fusion of all things old and new in this ever-changing metropolis. Delve into its depths and learn about Germany’s darker past at the grafitti-covered Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and eclectic galleries, clothes shops and markets, and indulge in this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bars and club scenes. (2B, D)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (17 nts), hotels (5 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 22 breakfasts, 10 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCEL / COWWEL

05 06

Fr $1,885

Travel through the Czech countryside to Austria’s capital, to immerse yourself in all things Viennese - pastries, schnitzels, waltzes, that sort of thing! See the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, visit the Schatzkammer to see priceless jewels from the golden days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or treat yourself to a slice of irresistible strudel at one of the city’s coffee shops, imagining yourself as the next Einstein or Freud! If you find yourself falling under the spell of this cultured city, why not take in an optional music concert, there’s always some Mozart or Strauss being played in Vienna. (2B)

Vienna / Auschwitz / Krakow

09-10

Fr $995

Fr $1,869

Get yourself acquainted with Prague and its medieval streets, imposing Gothic architecture and absurdly delicious but cheap beer. Stroll across the Charles Bridge, visit Hradcany Castle or grab yourself a table at a pavement café and watch the hustle and bustle of the Old Town Square. (B)

Prague / Vienna

Fr $945 Fr $1,029

As you venture south towards the Czech Republic, stop off for a quick bite to eat and to admire the rebuilt Baroque architecture of Dresden, including the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace and Opera House. Badly damaged during World War II, this comeback kid of a city has once again earned its nickname as the ‘Florence of the North’. (B, D)

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Meet up with your crew and the rest of your group this morning in London and head down to the White Cliffs of Dover for your ferry across the English Channel. Travel across Belgium and into the Netherlands to the colourful city of Amsterdam, where it’s also possible to join the tour. (D)

Amsterdam

Inclusions

Shorten This Trip! Eastern Rocker (London-Vienna, 8 days) Eastern Trail (Vienna-Rome, 9 days) Western Rocker (Rome-London, 8 days) Trail to Rome (London-Rome, 16 days) Trail to London (Vienna-London, 16 days)

London / Amsterdam

11

Cross back into the Czech Republic and then over the border into Poland for a visit to the sombre concentration camp memorial at Auschwitz, its name forever etched into world history. Upon arrival into the vivacious city of Krakow uncover the effortless beauty of its unspoiled mediaeval Old Town and browse its lively market stalls. After you have walked the streets, you might like to visit the city’s stunning centrepiece; Wawel Castle and Cathedral. (2B, D)

Krakow / Budapest

Head south through Slovakia stopping off in the picturesque town of Banska Bystrica, before crossing into Hungary to enjoy all the sights and sounds of its capital city, Budapest, known as the ‘Paris of the East’. This evening, there’s an optional river cruise and dinner. (B)

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12 13 14

Budapest

With its buzzing café scene, this gem of a city is divided by the Danube River into hilltop, historic Buda and the bustling modern-day city of Pest. You’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of both parts of the city taking in sights such as the Royal Palace, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion. (B, D)

Budapest / Ljubljana

Today, you will be Ljubljana-bound! Slovenia’s capital, whose name means ‘beloved’ in the local language, boasts a young, vibrant culture which showcases a hilltop castle as well as a mixed bag of quirky museums, galleries and atmospheric bars. (B)

Ljubljana / Venice

Wind through the scenery of the Julian Alps before heading to Venice. The ‘Floating City’ flaunts tight alleyways, canals and gondolas that lead to charming Italian eateries, grand squares and palazzos. (B)

Venice / Rome

15

You’ll cross the Apennine Mountains on today’s drive down to Rome. On arrival into the ‘Eternal City’, see some of the sights including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. With its artistic and architectural treasures, combined with romantic restaurants and chaotic markets, Rome is one city that sure knows how to impress. (B)

Rome

16

Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum of monuments and history. You could throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain (ensuring your safe return to the city), saunter to the top of the Spanish Steps and still have time to admire Rome’s Baroque centrepiece, the Piazza Navona. After a big day of exploring, do as the locals do and head to the nearest gelateria to sample this traditional Italian treat before you meet up with the group for tonight’s dinner. (B, D)

Rome / Florence

17-18

Get deeper under Rome’s skin and explore the Vatican City (the world’s smallest sovereign state) on an optional tour, where you’ll have the chance to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later today, you will be back on the road, heading through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. On Day 18, a local guide (‘Fiorentini’) will give you the inside track on some of the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. Be sure to check out the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria, as well as enjoying a demonstration of the city’s traditional craft of leather making. (2B, D)

Florence / Pisa / Swiss Alps

19 20

Make a stop in picturesque Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), a genuinely astonishing sight. En route to the Swiss Alps, you’ll catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como, whose shores are home to the villas and mansions of the rich and famous. This afternoon, stock up on some irresistible chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. (B, D)

Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Paris

21 22 23

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

Paris

Indulge in some more decadent Parisian fun and lose yourself in its beautiful streets, where you’ll find magic, romance and history at every turn. Visit a French perfumery and later on, finish the day in idyllic fashion by joining an optional Parisian dinner followed by a traditional cabaret. (B)

Paris / London

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

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EUROPEAN ESCAPADE London or Paris

Amsterdam or London BALTIC SEA NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

Belarus

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EUROPEAN TOURING

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Château 2 de Cruix F R AN CE

2

SPAI N

Liechtenstein

Swiss Alps Arles 2

Pyrenees Mountains

Rhine Valley

Ukraine

Heidelberg Dachau

Valley of the Somme 2

GERMA NY

Ruhr Valley

1

Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

2

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera Barcelona

Venice

2

ITALY 2

Apennine Mountains

Florence ADRIATIC SEA

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Rome

Vatican City

AEGEAN SEA

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Highlights

See the sights of sophisticated Paris Stay at a 16th Century château See Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia Take an optional tour of Vatican City Enjoy wine tasting in Beaujolais See Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna Visit Dachau concentration camp Cycle around the village of Edam

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Sample a mix of cultures on this 25-day European Escapade. You’ll visit four different corners of Europe - brooding Gallic charm, insatiable Mediterranean vibes, the majesty of Austria and Germany and the spectacular scenery of the Alps. Iconic cities such as Paris, Rome, Vienna and Amsterdam scream with a million different stories. Cultural hotspots like Florence, Venice, Munich and Barcelona lay bare their histories for you to discover. Top it all off with some of the world’s most outstanding scenery, like the Swiss Alps, the sultry French Riviera and endless rolling hills of the Tyrol.

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

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Mar 28 Apr 17 May 01 May 13 May 21 May 31 Jun 08 Jun 12 Jun 16

Apr 21 May 11 May 25 Jun 06 Jun 14 Jun 24 Jul 02 Jul 06 Jul 10

Jun 24 Jun 26 Jun 30 Jul 02 Jul 09 Jul 12 Jul 18 Jul 24 Jul 30

Jul 18 Jul 20 Jul 24 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 05 Aug 11 Aug 17 Aug 23

Aug 05 Aug 17 Aug 23 Sep 07 Sep 10 Sep 13 Sep 15

Aug 29 Sep 10 Sep 16 Oct 01 Oct 04 Oct 07 Oct 09

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostels (5 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 24 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive onsite teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCBE

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Feel the passion at a flamenco show in Barcelona • Try some unusual schnaps at the schnaps museum in Vienna • Go tandem paragliding or bobsledding in the Austrian Tyrol • Enjoy wine tasting in the Rhine Valley

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Vienna

2

Tyrol

2

01-02

After a quick meet and greet there’s plenty of time to introduce yourself to the rest of the group on your journey across the English Channel, past World War I battlefields and on to Paris. This evening’s special illuminated ‘Paris by Night’ tour will be a treat as you understand why the Champs Élysées is referred to as the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’. Spend Day 2 exploring the sights: climb the Eiffel Tower, see the Arc de Triomphe, stroll through art-filled galleries at the Louvre, hit the shops along the Champs Élysées and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. This evening, head out to an optional cabaret show to enjoy a glass of Champagne and see the can-can girls demonstrating French cabaret at its finest! (B, D)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

03-04 05

Head out of the city and into the glorious French countryside with a stop at the grand Fontainebleau Château. Pass Burgundy vineyards as you continue to tonight’s stop, an extra-special 16th Century French château. Enjoy wine tasting in the cellar, relax until your heart’s content by the pool or explore the surrounding countryside. On Day 4 you’ll get to enjoy a rustic French picnic (copius amounts of brie included) with a magnificent view. (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

A beautiful driving day as you head through scenic southern France and across the Pyrénées Mountains into Spain and on to the scorching seaside city of Barcelona! (B, D)

Barcelona

06 07 08 09 10 11

A big day as you take in all the sights of this flirtatious city. See Gaudi’s famous (but as yet unfinished) Sagrada Familia, explore the Gothic Quarter and stroll down Las Ramblas. If you fancy escaping the crowds head to the beach or to Parc Güell to see more of Gaudi’s famous works. Tonight, get into the spirit of things and head to an optional flamenco show! (B)

Barcelona / Povence / French Riviera

Travel via Provence to see ancient Roman monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Arles. Scoot along the Côte d’Azur amidst the glamorous surroundings of the French Riviera. (B, D)

French Riviera

You have a full free day to explore the chic and stylish French Riviera. Browse the markets and boutiques, catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a long lunch at a hip brasserie. Tonight, you’ll head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino, so get your bets ready! (B, D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

Continue along the scenic coastal Côte d’Azur, stop for a creative picture or two at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then motor on to the charming Tuscan capital; Florence. (B, D)

Florence

A treat today as a local Fiorentini takes you on a tour of the sights and gives you an insider’s view of the city. See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria. Catch a leather demonstration and absorb the Renaissance vibe. (B)

Florence / Rome

Waving goodbye to Florence you’ll make your way to another Italian heavyweight; Rome! Familiarise yourself with all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s tour. See how many you recognise from the movies. (B)

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Rome

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There are an incalculable number of archaeological and artistic treasures to explore - so you had best not waste any time! A meander through the streets will reveal layers of history with lots of hidden pockets, grand piazzas and glamorous boulevards to uncover. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums with a local guide, including the Sistine Chapel. (B, D)

Rome / Venice

13-14

It’s time to say arrivederci to Rome and head north to Venice. Let loose on the ‘Floating City’ and explore the sights; see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square. Wander the backstreets, explore quaint shops, see the iconic canals and gondolas, then maybe enjoy an aperitif in a local bar. (2B, 2D)

Venice / Vienna

15-16 17 18 19

It’s time to leave Italy and travel north through the stunning Dolomite Mountains and on to the Austrian capital; classy Vienna. Wiener schnitzel, strudel and schnapps time! On Day 16 check out the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces - home to the once-mighty Habsburg monarchy - the magnificent Opera House, the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and wander through the delicious food stalls of the Naschmarkt. (2B)

Vienna / Munich

Today it’s on to Munich, famous for its annual beer festival Oktoberfest. There’s time to check out this handsome city and see the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Later, you could head off to the beer halls to drink Bavarian beer by the stein and enjoy some traditional German entertainment! (B)

Munich / Austrian Tyrol

The Austrian Tyrol is the destination today. Make your way through Bavaria with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial, to remember the tragic history of the Holocaust. Then travel on to your special stop for the night in a traditional Austrian gasthof. (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol

This spectacular part of the world is synonymous with adrenalin-fuelled adventure sports and there is plenty on offer today! Choose to go tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. If adventure is not your thing you can choose to explore the quaint village and surrounding countryside. (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

20-21 22

Setting off this morning, enjoy a unique stop in tiny Liechtenstein where you’ll stroll around the capital city, Vaduz, before heading into Switzerland with a delightful stop in Lucerne. Stroll across the famous wooden Chapel Bridge and pick up some yummy Swiss chocolates lakeside. This afternoon, continue on to a small village for a stay in a traditional chalet in the mountains. On Day 21, you’ll have some chill out time in the serenity of the mountains or take a cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain. What a view! (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

Travel through awesome mountain scenery and head back into Germany today. Make a stop in picturesque Heidelberg, famous for its lively atmosphere, large student population and medieval castle. Then head on to the charming wine villages of the Rhine Valley. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

23

Last stop and it’s a goodie. Today, make your way to the red lights of Amsterdam, famed for its liberal thinking and bicycle riding culture. Jump on a bike tour past windmills and visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house to learn how it’s done. Later on, be sure to check out the city’s canals and elegant gable houses by night! (B, D)

Amsterdam

24 25

A free day to explore all the sights. Amsterdam’s city centre is easy to navigate so head to the museum quarter, sip coffee with the locals in a canal side café and hit the shops on your last day. In the evening take an optional canal cruise to explore the city’s elegant waterways by night. A party is in order - so head out to one of the notoriously fun nightclubs to celebrate what will have been an unforgettable few weeks. (B)

Amsterdam / London

Extend your stay in Amsterdam or take the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or choose to return to central London with the complimentary transfer. (B)

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Amsterdam or London Lithuania

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

Belarus

NE THERL ANDS EN GLAN D

2

Amsterdam

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme 2

2

Rhine Valley

Paris

1

Munich 1 Tyrol

Liechtenstein Lucerne

Swiss Alps I T A L Y Pisa

F R AN CE 2

French Riviera

2

2

Vienna

Dolomite Mountains

Venice

2

Florence

Vatican City

2

ADRIATIC SEA

Rome

Pompeii

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Mt. Vesuvius Brindisi 1

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Highlights

Explore glittering Paris by night See the Royal Palace in Monaco Learn the lingo on the streets of Rome Kick back and soak up the Corfu sun Cruise through the Venetian Lagoon Tuck into apple strudel in Vienna Hunt for treasure in Old Town Prague Stay in a traditional Swiss chalet

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Corfu

Europe; a culture-rich continent packed full of beauty and ultra-fascinating history. But sometimes, all that really matters is kicking back on a beach! We heard you and you’ll get plenty of time enjoying the sun-splashed coasts of the French Riviera, Italy and Greece on this 29-day adventure, chasing the sun through 12 countries. Iconic cities such as Paris, Rome, Prague and Amsterdam are ticked off, as well as the cultural capitals of Florence, Venice and Vienna. Scenic wonderlands like the Swiss Alps, Austrian Tyrol and the Rhine Valley provide the photogenic backdrop. No hassles, no worries, just lots of amazing times!

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

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Apr 05 Apr 25 May 05 May 20 May 23 Jun 03

May 03 May 23 Jun 02 Jun 17 Jun 20 Jul 01

Jun 06 Jun 18 Jun 21 Jul 08 Jul 10 Jul 24

Jul 04 Jul 16 Jul 19 Aug 05 Aug 07 Aug 21

Aug 02 Aug 15 Aug 27 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 10

Aug 30 Sep 12 Sep 24 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 08

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Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Corfu hotel (3 nts), Austrian Gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostels (5 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 28 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers group Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCSER

02

Corfu Sailing Option: Fr $5,245 Days 12-14 of this trip can be spent on a private yacht (multishare accommodation), cruising the waves flotilla-style, helping out on deck, swimming and sunbathing, with daily breakfast and lunch provided. Tour Code: COCCSES

Today is a full free day to soak up the romantic atmosphere and see all the unique icons of the city. You might like to climb the Eiffel Tower, check out the Arc de Triomphe, visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa, stroll down the Champs Élysées or the banks of the River Seine. Or do as the locals do and get involved with the city’s addictive café culture and simply people watch! In the evening, sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne! (B)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

03-04

Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards are on Day 3’s agenda, as you wind through the Burgundy wine region, with a stop at the imposing Fontainebleau Château. As you journey through the rustic French countryside you will end at tonight’s stop, a 16th Century château! Enjoy wine tasting in the cellar or relax by the pool. On Day 4, you’ll get to enjoy a brie-filled French picnic with a magnificent view as you head out to explore the picturesque vineyard-lined surroundings. (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

05-06

Parade through Provence to the insanely sophisticated French Riviera. Dust off your glad rags as you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco tonight. See the Royal Palace and hit the tables in a Monte Carlo casino. On Day 6, keep your eyes peeled for celebs as you stroll the promenade of Nice, check out the boutique shops or wander through the local market. If it’s all too much to take in, grab a spot on the beach and relax among all the bronzed bodies. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

07-08

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Our Top Optional Activities: • See the can-can at a Parisian cabaret • Take in the music of Mozart in Vienna • Evening canal boat cruise in Amsterdam

There’s plenty of time to introduce yourself to your group on the journey across the English Channel, past World War I battlefields and on to Paris, where you can also join the trip if you prefer. This evening, a ‘Paris by Night’ tour will treat you to Champagne and escargot, whilst you admire the dazzle of this charismatic city and its sparkling lights. (D)

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Ukraine

REP

AUSTRIA

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Beaujolais Region

Prague Cesky Krumlov

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EUROPEAN TOURING

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region ATLANTIC OCEAN

2

CZECH

Heidelberg Dachau

First up today you’ll get to visit a French perfumery as you bid ‘bon voyage’ to France. Enjoy a stunning coastal drive along the Côte d’Azur to check out Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower before arriving into Florence. On Day 8, a local of the city will show you its architectural and arty wonders on a walking tour so you can admire the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Piazza della Signoria. As well as gaining some insider knowledge you’ll get to see a Florentine leather craft demonstration. Later, take to the streets and explore at your own pace. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

09-10

It’s off to explore the might of Rome! Familiarise yourself with the sights on a tour of the city; the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. On Day 10, don’t leave a stone unturned as you explore this living history museum. Enjoy a treat with an optional locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Lose yourself in the maze of streets, alleys and squares or pull up at a café and sip espressos as you watch the locals go by. (2B, D)

Rome / Corfu

11

As you leave the delights of Rome behind you, pass Naples, a palm-fringed city sandwiched between a sleeping volcano and the steaming Campi Flegrei. On your way you are sure to catch a glimpse of imposing Mt. Vesuvius too. Later on there is the chance to opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient lost city and ruins. A local guide will really make the whole place come alive and you’ll get a good idea what it was like living in ancient Roman times. It’s then onto the overnight ferry bound for Greece! (B)

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Corfu

12-14

The ferry will arrive in the morning and you’ll have three blissful days to enjoy the Mediterranean delights of Corfu! Relax on the beach, bask in the glorious Greek sunshine, get into the water sports, climb the hills of the village and wander the charming white washed streets. Three days to do nothing but shop ‘til you drop, eat mouth watering olives, go Greek at a legendary toga party and soak up the rays in this simmering paradise. Sign me up! (3B, 2D)

Corfu / Venice

15-17

Prepare your sea legs as you voyage to enchanting Venice. On Day 16, you’ll arrive in the morning and have the rest of the day and the following day to meander through the tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and quirky markets; see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, plus why not take an optional gondola ride through the canals? (3B, D)

Venice / Vienna

18-19

Heading north towards Austria’s classy capital of Vienna, you will pass the remarkable Dolomite Mountains and witness countless towering peaks, peaceful valleys and scattered villages along the way. There is plenty to see in this hub of cultural delights so hit the cafés tonight for some traditional strudel and schnapps. On Day 19, waltz your way through a morning city tour and in the afternoon encounter its wealth of parks and incredible Baroque architecture and see the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces, the Gothic masterpiece St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. (2B)

Vienna / Cesky Krumlov / Prague

20

Make your way into the Bohemian Czech Republic today and stop at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Ceský Krumlov. A fairytale-like town divided by the Vltava River, it’s full of Baroque buildings housing cafés and bars and features a spectacular castle and Old Town square. Continue on to Prague and discover why it’s called the ‘city of a thousand spires.’ (B, D)

Prague

21 22 23

Today, don’t leave a cobble untrodden as you weave your way through the intriguing streets of Prague’s Old Town, see the infamous astrological clock, Wenceslas Square, wander over the Charles Bridge full of street vendors and visit Hradcany Castle. Discover Gothic architecture, cheap and delicious beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)

Prague / Munich

Heading into Germany, you will make a sombre visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial and then on to beer-loving Munich. Explore the city’s cultural side and uncover world-class museums, the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz, as well as traditional food and Bavarian beer gardens! (B)

Munich / Austrian Tyrol

Travel through the pristine Alps as you make your way to the quaint Alpine village of Hopfgarten. Set your wild side free and take on the Tyrol’s heart-stopping adrenalin activities that are on offer! This evening you have a special stop over at a traditional Austrian gasthof! (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

24-25 26

A quick lunch stop in Liechtenstein, and why not enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family’s 12th Century castle? It’s then on to lakeside Lucerne where you can stroll across the wooden bridge before reaching the incredible Swiss Alps where you will be staying in a traditional Swiss chalet. On Day 25, you can choose to take the cog railway to the top of Jungfrau Mountain! (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

More mountain scenery as you travel back into Germany and make a stop in picturesque Heidelberg, famous for its large student population and medieval castle. It’s then on to the charming wine villages of the Rhine Valley where you will learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

27-28 29

Famed for its liberal thinking and bicycle riding culture, Amsterdam is a true European wonder! Pedal past windmills, visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. On Day 28, explore boutiques, museums and hang out at the cool cafés. In the evening, take an optional canal cruise with drinks to explore the city’s elegant waterways by night. Tonight’s farewell is bound to be a great party at one of the city’s notoriously fun night clubs! (2B, D)

Amsterdam / London

Say goodbye to your new mates and take the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am), extend your stay in Amsterdam or return to London with the complimentary transfer. (B)

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EUROPEAN ADVENTURER London or Paris

Amsterdam or London Lithuania

NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

G E R M A N Y N E T H E R L A N D S

Edam

E N G L A N D

2

London

Dover Calais

Ruhr Valley St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

Paris Versailles Burgundy Region 3

EUROPEAN TOURING

Château de Cruix

2

F R A N C E

Barcelona

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1

Rhine Valley

Munich

Swiss Alps

Ukraine

Heidelberg

2

Tyrol 2

1

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona 21

Vienna

Lake Bled

1 Ljubljana Venice

Apennine Mountains 1 Zadar Arles Pisa 2 Florence 2 Monaco Split 2 Dubrovnik

French Riviera

Pyrenees Mountains

Belarus

Amsterdam

2

Rome

Mt. Vesuvius Vatican City Pompeii Bari

Durres

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S PA I N 1

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Patras

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Highlights

Chill in a 16th Century French château Sample divine Italian pizza and pasta Party it up on a Mykonos beach Check out the stunning Albanian coast Admire the view in historic Dubrovnik Explore Ljubljana’s quirky Old Town Drink Bavarian beer in Munich Stroll the canals of Amsterdam

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BLACK SEA

Preveza 1 Athens Corinth 3 Mykonos Canal

Travel along some of the world’s most impressive coastlines as you follow the sunshine along the Mediterranean from Barcelona to the French Riviera and from Italy all the way to the Greek Islands and Croatia. Enormous, stupendous and totally exciting! This 37-day adventure takes you through no fewer than 17 countries. Party goers, glamour queens, history buffs and culture vultures will all find your niche as you tackle the best of Europe plus a few lesser-known gems. This is simply the best way to see the most of Europe without wasting a moment!

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

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Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 23

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Aug 16 Sep 21 Aug 30 Oct 05 Sep 02 Oct 08

01

Paris

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Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), Mykonos beach resort (3 nts), hotels (10 nts), hostels (8 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 36 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 22 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive onsite teams at villages and special stopovers group Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCPB

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Our Top Optional Activities: • See a flamenco show in Barcelona • Mountain bike in the Austrian Tyrol • Cog railway ride to the spectacular summit of the Jungfrau Mountain • Enjoy an island cruise and swimming in Dubrovnik

Meet up with your crew and travel buddies before ferrying across the English Channel and past infamous World War I battlefields to Paris (or join the tour later this afternoon in Paris). This evening, enjoy a special ‘Paris by Night’ (Champagne and escargot included!) city tour taking in a twilight view of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral. (D)

02-03

You have two full days to immerse yourself in the sophisticated Parisian culture and be swept away by the history and romance of it all. Paris is absolutely brimming with classic and contemporary art galleries, bistros and patisseries, funky music venues, pristine parks, glamorous people and that’s not even mentioning the usual Paris postcard spots! After a quick latté and a trip to the Louvre, enjoy a trip to Versailles Palace, the impressive home of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. (2B, D)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

04-05

Travel past the endless vineyards of Burgundy’s wine country to your special stop at a 16th Century château! Indulge in a cellar wine tasting session with a local expert, and sample the local Beaujolais wine. On Day 5, you have the whole day to relax and immerse yourself in the rural French countryside as you wish. Enjoy a delicious French picnic, followed by a spot of chilling by the pool! (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

06-07 08-09

Take in passing views of the Pyrenees as you head into Spain and on to the red-hot city of Barcelona. A big day on Day 7 as you aim to take in all the sights; see Gaudi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, wander the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. If you’re after some beach time, grab your swimmers and chill out with the gorgeous local crowd. As the sun goes down, Barcelona’s passion and zest for life ignites! Head to an optional flamenco show and sample some local tapas. (2B, D)

Barcelona / French Riviera

Enjoy the scenic drive through Provence, along the ruggedly beautiful Côte d’Azur as you head towards the decadent French Riviera. Don your finest as you head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a grand casino. Keep your eyes peeled for fashionable celebs out and about! (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Verona / Venice

10-11

Today, cross the Italian border for a stop in the fair city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony before heading off to tonight’s enchanting destination; Venice. On Day 11, lose yourself in the ‘Floating City’; follow its labyrinth of canals to find all the highlights. Explore the shops and palazzos, sip prosecco at a local bar and take an optional gondola ride through the canals. (2B, 2D)

Venice / Florence

12-13

Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a snap-happy stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. A local of the city will divulge historic, architectural and artistic tales of the city on a walking tour, taking in sights such as the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and Giotto’s Bell Tower along the way. Explore the art-filled streets, take a walk along the Arno River and sip Chianti wine until your heart’s content. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

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14-15

Today you’re turning Roman! Get to grips with all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon on tonight’s walking tour. On Day 15, a stroll through the streets will reveal layers of history with lots of hidden alleys, squares and piazzas. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)

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Rome / Athens

16-17

Pass gritty Naples, see Mt. Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeii’s well-preserved past in an optional tour of its lost city and ruins. It’s then onto the overnight ferry bound for Greece. On arrival into mythological Athens, you’ll learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally-guided tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon, as well as heading to the site of the first modern Olympics. (2B)

Athens / Mykonos

18-20

Jump on the ferry to the idyllic Greek Shangri-La of Mykonos! Completely and utterly unwind for a few days in this Aegean paradise with its azure seas, golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. Take a trip into Mykonos Town and see the famous windmills and traditional Cycladic-style houses. (3B, D)

Mykonos / Preveza / Durres

21-22 23-24

Back to Greece’s mainland and make your way through mountains to the coastal fishing town of Preveza. On Day 22, travel into Albania, which promises mind-blowing scenery scattered with the remains of Cold War bunkers – a sad reminder of its recent past. Later on, travel along the Adriatic Coast to Durres. (2B, 2D)

Durres / Dubrovnik

Sticking to the shoreline, continue through Montenegro to the spectacular Croatian town of Dubrovnik. You’ll have a full day to explore the walled city, trying delicious seafood and walking its historic streets. (2B, D)

Dubrovnik / Split / Zadar / Ljubljana

25-26

Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split to see Diocletian’s Palace, and then travel on to the buzzing seaside city, Zadar. On Day 26, travel on to Slovenia’s colourful capital of Ljubljana with its alternative youth and student culture. Check out the castle, its delightful Old Town and the city emblem, the dragon. (2B, D)

Ljubljana / Vienna

27-28 29-30

Skirt past picture-perfect Lake Bled on the road to cultural Vienna. Later on, you have the chance to experience Vienna’s musical legacy with a Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the city’s imperial palaces. On Day 28, soak up Viennese culture at its finest on a culture-clad morning tour. Tick-off the famous Opera House, the Gothic masterpiece of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace. (2B)

Vienna / Austrian Tyrol

You’ll be blown away by the stunning scenery of the Alps en route to a Tyrolean gasthof. It’s time to choose your adventure on Day 30; go tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. (2B, 2D)

Austrian Tyrol / Munich

31

Start the day with some whitewater rafting in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity on the river before winding down out of the mountains towards lively Munich. Be sure to check out the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz too. Later on, enjoy entertainment in true Bavarian style, over a few steins in the beer halls of course. (B)

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

32-33 34

You’ll have a stop in Liechtenstein before heading to stunning Lucerne. Stroll across the wooden bridge and shop for some tempting Swiss chocolates. Tonight’s special stop is in a typically quaint Swiss village, nestled in the Alps. On Day 33, opt to take the cog railway train to the top of Jungfrau Mountain if you’ve ever wanted to know what being on top of the world feels like. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

Enjoy more mountain scenery as you travel back into Germany today and make a stop in picturesque Heidelberg. It’s then on to the wine villages of the Rhine Valley where you’ll learn how to craft a beer stein. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

35-36 37

Prepare for a final burst of fun as you head for Amsterdam. Bicycles, café culture, museums, windmills and canals are all waiting to be discovered. You’ll even get to visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. On Day 35, the city is yours to roam free and get under the skin of the ‘Dam. For your last night with your group, take an optional canal cruise and then party in one of the many nightclubs. (2B, D)

Amsterdam / London

After saying your sad farewells take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am), extend your stay in Amsterdam or take the complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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ULTIMATE EUROPEAN London or Paris IRISH SEA

Amsterdam or London

NORTH SEA

Edam

E N G L A N D

London

Amsterdam St Goar

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

3

EUROPEAN TOURING

Château de Cruix

Swiss Alps Arles

F R A N C E

2

Pyrenees Mountains 2

Rhine Valley

C Z EC H

Munich

Paris

2

1

Ukraine

U K R A I N E

Heidelberg R E P U B L I C 1

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

ATLANTIC OCEAN

P O L A N D

Ruhr Valley

Dover

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

B E Belarus L A R U S

G E R M A N Y

2

1

Tyrol

2 2

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona 2

Vienna Budapest 2 H U N G A RY

RO M A N I A

Venice

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera

Barcelona

Appenine Mountains 2

Belgrade

1

Florence I TA LY 2

1

ADRIATIC SEA

Rome

Vatican City Pompeii

Kavala Brindisi

1

Canakkale 1

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Highlights

Stay in a 16th Century French château Drive along the glittering Côte d’Azur Explore Venice’s labryinth of canals See Rome’s awe-inspiring Colosseum Soak up the sunshine in Corfu Pay tribute to heroes at ANZAC Cove Marvel at Istanbul’s Blue Mosque Visit lesser-known Serbia & Bulgaria

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Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Corfu hotel (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (23 nts - Greece) (22 nts Egypt), hostels (4 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt - Egypt) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings, return air transfer (Egypt) Meals: 44 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 24 dinners (Greece), 27 dinners (Egypt) Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCUEG (Greece) / COCCUE (Egypt)

Our Top Optional Activities: • Walking tour of Pompeii’s ancient city • See the Santorini sunset at the clifftop village of Oia (Greece option) • Groove away belly-dancing in Istanbul • Whitewater rafting in the beautiful Austrian Tyrol (summer only)

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Istanbul

Athens

T U R K E Y

Whatever your idea of ‘big’, this mega-adventure will redefine it - it’s huge! This ultimate tour will have you travelling through the summer months and staying in anything from an Austrian gasthof to a charming Swiss chalet. From the decadence and dazzle of Paris to the dreamy, sun-soaked islands of Greece and from the ragged eastern charm of Belgrade to the ancient monuments of Rome. You’ll see some awe-inspiring sights, from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the ancient Acropolis in Athens. Tick off an unbelievable 16 different countries over 45 days (or 17 if you go for the Egypt option!). Get ready for a life-defining trip!

DAY ITINERARY

FINISH

Aug 08 Sep 21 Aug 17 Sep 30 Aug 24 Oct 07

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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Corinth Canal

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Jun 08 Jun 29 Jul 20

3

Gallipoli

Troy Thermopylae

1

Corfu IONIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BLACK SEA

Sofia

London / Paris

Head across the English Channel, via the Valley of the Somme, towards cosmopolitan Paris. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give you a real taste of Paris’ history and romance. Later on you’ll get to see the city’s famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe illuminated by night. (D)

Paris

02-03 04-05 06-07 08-09 10-11 12-13 14-15

Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters, experiencing all the French capital is famous for. You’ll also enjoy a trip to Versailles Palace, home of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. (2B, D)

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

Weave through wine country and stay at a 16th Century château amidst Beaujolais vineyards. Relax and immerse yourself in the rural countryside. Enjoy a scenic picnic and unwind poolside. (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

Travel south across the Pyrenees and towards flamboyant Barcelona! Day 7 allows you to uncover Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, amble through the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas district. Tonight, opt in for a colourful flamenco show, outdoor squares, Catalan cuisine and sangria! (2B, D)

Barcelona / French Riviera

Pass through rugged Provence to the Côte d’Azur where you’ll hit the palm-fringed beaches of the French Riviera. Stroll the glam promenade of Nice in your quest to celeb spot. Later, head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino as you rub shoulders with the high-rollers. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Venice

Today you are Italia bound! Explore the backstreets and maze of canals of the enchanting city of Venice to find sights such as the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Top it off with some delicious Italian food al fresco style and opt in for a gondola cruise of the canals. (2B, 2D)

Venice / Pisa / Florence

Hit the road again and this time you’re headed for the Tuscan sweetheart; Florence. On the way make a photo stop in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. On Day 13, stroll with a local guide and marvel at the city where Renaissance masterpieces, music and happy people fill the busy squares. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

Ciao bella Roma! Step back in time as you witness the presence of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on a walking tour. On Day 15, there’s a chance to delve into history with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)

Rome / Corfu

16-18 19

Today you’ll pass Naples and glimpse Mt. Vesuvius, then have the chance to tour Pompeii’s ancient ruins, where a local guide will help you to retrace ancient history. All before taking the overnight ferry bound for the Greek paradise of Corfu. Immediately you’ll find yourself on ‘local time’, browsing the markets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and bargaining with the locals. Be consumed by sun-soaked beaches, thrill-seeking watersports, toga partying and checking out a local taverna or two. (3B, D)

Corfu / Athens

Leave Corfu behind you and head over the Corinth Canal to the mythological city of Athens. (B, D)

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GREEK ISLAND OPTION

$6,985 / EGYPT OPTION $7,335

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45 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

20-22

23-26 27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36 37-39 40-41 42 43-45

GREEK ISLANDS OPTION

EGYPT OPTION

Athens / Ios

Athens / Cairo / Aswan

Ios / Santorini / Athens

Aswan / Luxor / Red Sea / Cairo / Athens

Step back in time to Athens; the birthplace of democracy. Learn about the Parthenon and the Acropolis from a local and wander around the marble columns. Later on, board the ferry and cruise to the gem of Ios. On Day 21, grab a cocktail and chill by the pool or hit the sublime beaches. Let loose and join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes; after all Ios is known as the ultimate party island! (3B) As stunning proof of a volcanic eruption, Santorini will make your jaw drop with its beauty. Check out blue-domed, whitewashed buildings, opt to boat out to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, or relax on the black or red volcanic sand beaches. On Day 26 bid farewell to paradise and head for Athens. (4B)

Explore Athens’ ancient sights, history and gritty urban soul, the true picture of all things Greek, before your flight to Egypt that afternoon. Chaotic Cairo will show you its iconic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, before you head to Aswan, which offers laid-back African culture. Explore vibrant markets, walk along the Nile or hop on a felucca and drift out to the Botanical Gardens. (3B, D) On Day 23 opt in for a trip to Abu Simbel, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Next up: Luxor, where you’ll visit the Valley of the Kings. From Hurghada on Day 25 discover pristine beaches and coral reefs, swim or head out onto the Red Sea with an optional cruise. On Day 26 you’ll fly back to Athens. (4B, 2D)

Athens / Kavala

Journey along Greek coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala for some Greek food. (B, D)

Kavala / Canakkale / Istanbul

Today, ferry across the Dardanelles towards the port city of Canakkale, with a stop in Troy. On Day 29, make a pilgrimage through the historic World War I battlefields at Gallipoli en route to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. (2B, D)

Istanbul

Savour the incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where east literally meets west. Explore the magnificent Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar with a knowledgable local guide. (2B, D)

Istanbul / Sofia / Belgrade

Jaunt the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of socialist heritage and modern European living. Head into Serbia where you’ll uncover the ragged charm of Belgrade. (2B, 2D)

Belgrade / Budapest

Travelling north along the Danube River you’ll find yourself in a true Eastern jewel, Budapest. Get acquainted with the sights on a city tour taking in the twin cities Buda and Pest, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace and Church of St. Matthias. Oh yeah and its buzzing arts, café and music scene! (2B)

Budapest / Vienna

Arrive into the cultural heavyweight of Vienna. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the historic home of the Habsburg Empire; see the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces and elegant Opera House. (B)

Vienna / Austrian Tyrol / Munich

You’re headed into the Alps today where you’ll stay at a traditional Tyrolean gasthof. Well known as an adventure hub, you’ll have the chance to try paragliding, whitewater rafting or mountain biking. On Day 39, you’ll meet Munich to see its glockenspiel and enjoy a few steins in the beer cellars. (3B, 2D)

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

Make a stop in Liechtenstein and then stroll across the wooden bridge in lakefront Lucerne before continuing to a typical Swiss village. On Day 41, opt to ride the Jungfrau cog railway. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

Head back into Germany for a stop in Heidelberg, famous for its large student population and medieval castle. Next, head for the Rhine Valley where you’ll learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London

You’re on the home stretch and headed for Amsterdam to visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. Explore the Dutch capital’s museums and cafés before an optional canal cruise and a last night party. On Day 45, transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (3B, D)

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EUROPEAN MAGIC

AMSTERDAM TO $1,589 BARCELONA

$2,549

FR

London or Amsterdam

9 DAYS

Paris or London

Amsterdam

FR

11 DAYS

Barcelona

EUROPEAN TOURING

Highlights

Highlights

• Party in Amsterdam and explore Munich by bike • Admire the breathtaking Alpine scenery of the Swiss Alps • Check out the Parisian skyline from the top of the Eiffel Tower

• Enjoy a dazzling ‘Paris by Night’ city tour of its incredible sights • Try your luck on the tables at a Monte Carlo casino • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets and Gothic Quarter

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

London / Amsterdam

As you ferry across the Channel, via Belgium, you will arrive into the quirky Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Tonight, venture out and see the city’s canals and gable houses illuminated on an optional canal cruise. Top it off by experiencing some of the city’s outlandish nightlife! (D)

01

Amsterdam

Get yourself to Amsterdam any time today and head out to explore before meeting your group over dinner this evening. Discover the city on Day 2; jump on a bike and pedal past windmills, visit a cheese farm, and enjoy an optional canal cruise in the evening. (B, D)

01-02

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich

02-03

You could hire a bike today to explore Amsterdam’s cobbled streets and elegant waterways, before weaving through valleys dotted with vineyards and castles as you head to the Rhine Valley, where you can enjoy optional wine tasting in a historic cellar. On Day 3, head for Munich, home of Oktoberfest and authentic beer halls. (2B, D)

Munich / Innsbruck / Venice

04-05

Wind through the Bavarian Alps and stop in Innsbruck to see the famous Golden Roof. It’s then on to Venice; the ‘Floating City’. Take a day to explore its maze of canals and alleys to stumble upon such sights as the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square. (2B, D)

Venice / Lucerne

06

Pass through the Burgundy wine region to the ‘City of Lights’. Tonight, you’ll enjoy an illuminated ‘Paris by Night’ city tour. Day 8 is yours to explore all that Paris has to offer. (2B, D)

Norway

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBHH / COWWHH

Sweden Scotland Denmark

BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA IRISH SEA

London

Amsterdam

Dover

1

G E R M A N Y 1

Calais 2

Departures 2014

Paris

Rhine Valley 1 Munich

1

Lucerne

START

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Jan 25 Feb 22 Apr 13 May 11 May 25 Jun 01 Jun 15

Feb 02 Mar 02 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun 23

Jun 29 Jul 09 Jul 16 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 14

Jul 07 Jul 17 Jul 24 Aug 04 Aug 18 Sep 01 Sep 22

Sep 28 Oct 05 Oct 18 Nov 01 Dec 06 Dec 20 Dec 30

Oct 06 Oct 13 Oct 26 Nov 09 Dec 14 Dec 28 Jan 07

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

50

05-06

Swiss Alps F R A N C E

Lake Como

French Riviera / Barcelona

Enjoy the drive along the Côte d’Azur and across into Spain. Uncover what makes this amorous city tick, taking in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, inspirational architecture and Las Ramblas’ buzz! Tonight, opt in for a traditional Spanish feast and flamenco show before your tour ends on Day 11 after breakfast. (3B, D)

09-11

Inclusions

NORTH SEA

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges are included Tour Code: COBBAB

Venice

Edam 2

Amsterdam ENGLISH CHANNEL

Paris

2

Burgundy Region

Lucerne 2

Swiss Alps

F R A N C E

2

I TA LY

FINISH

May 02 May 12 May 23 Jun 02

START

FINISH

Jun 20 Jul 11

Jun 30 Jul 21

S PA I N

START

Monaco

French Riviera Barcelona 2

FINISH

Aug 22 Sep 01 Sep 05 Sep 15

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

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2

Pyrenees Mountains

Departures 2014 START

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Today pick up Italian designer bargains at an outlet shopping mall before reaching the French Riviera. Day 8 is all about chilling out by turquoise waters and meandering markets and boutiques. In the evening, see the Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. (2B, D)

Innsbruck

ADRIATIC SEA

S PA I N

Pass though the vineyards of the Burgundy wine region as you head to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. You’ll wake up in lakeside Lucerne on Day 6 to an inspiring view. Shop for Swiss goodies or chill out at a café overlooking the lake and famous wooden Chapel Bridge. (2B, D)

Lucerne / French Riviera

Morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

Inclusions

From one cultural Mecca to the next, today you’re off to Paris. Enjoy tonight’s impressive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour. On Day 4, soak up the French passion and explore legendary icons like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame. (2B, D)

Lucerne / French Riviera

Lucerne / Paris

Paris / London

09

03-04

07-08

Catch a glimpse of Lake Como as you head over the border into Switzerland and continue on to lakeside stunner; Lucerne. (B, D)

07-08

Amsterdam / Paris

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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EUROPEAN DISCOVERY London or Paris

Amsterdam or London

$2,095

FR

12 DAYS

Highlights

• • • • • • • •

Opt in for a canal cruise in Amsterdam Tour Munich’s best bits by bike Boat the canals and islands of Venice Enjoy delicious gelato in Rome Go leather goods shopping in Florence Indulge with Swiss chocs in Lucerne Admire Paris from the Eiffel Tower Wind along the scenic River Rhine

EUROPEAN TOURING

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START

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Jan 03 Jan 07 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 18 Mar 27 Apr 03 Apr 17 May 03 May 10 May 17 May 24 Jun 05 Jun 12 Jun 17 Jun 19

Jan 14 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 08 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 08 Mar 29 Apr 07 Apr 14 Apr 28 May 14 May 21 May 28 Jun 04 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 28 Jun 30

Jun 24 Jun 26 Jul 03 Jul 05 Jul 10 Jul 12 Jul 17 Jul 22 Jul 26 Aug 07 Aug 16 Aug 23 Sep 04 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 20 Sep 23 Sep 25 Oct 02

Jul 05 Jul 07 Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 21 Jul 23 Jul 28 Aug 02 Aug 06 Aug 18 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 15 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 01 Oct 04 Oct 06 Oct 13

Oct 09 Oct 16 Oct 18 Oct 28 Nov 18 Nov 30 Dec 07 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 27 Dec 31

Oct 20 Oct 27 Oct 29 Nov 08 Nov 29 Dec 11 Dec 18 Dec 24 Dec 28 Jan 01 Jan 07 Jan 11

2015 Jan 11 Jan 27 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24

Jan 22 Feb 07 Feb 28 Mar 21 Apr 04

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

DAY ITINERARY

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHD / COWWHW NORTH SEA

E N G L A N D

London

Amsterdam Ruhr Valley

Rhine Valley

Calais

01 02 03 04-05

1

Valley of the Somme 2

Paris

Munich

Burgundy Region

Tyrol

1

Swiss Alps Brenner Pass Lake Como 1 Venice

F R A N C E

Florence

1

Glimpse the White Cliffs of Dover and get to know your tour buddies as you cross the Channel to the free-wheeling city of Amsterdam where tonight, you can see the illuminated canals and gable houses on an optional cruise with drinks. Afterwards, check out the eye-opening Red Light District! (D)

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

Delve a little deeper into Amsterdam’s exciting culture; hit the museum quarter or sip coffee canalside with the trendy locals. Weave your way along the River Rhine with its charming wine villages and old-time German atmosphere for an optional master class in wine tasting in a historic cellar. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Munich

Today, you’re off to discover the delights of Munich, the Bavarian capital and home to the worldfamous Oktoberfest! On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing bike tour, taking in the historic Glockenspiel and tonight, head to one of the many lively beer halls to sample traditional Bavarian food and beer! (B) Drive through stunning Alpine scenery to a year-round adventure resort in the Austrian Tyrol, home to meadows and grazing pastures in summer and exciting ski resorts in the winter. Don’t waste time sitting about indoors, get out and experience it all for yourself! Cross the dramatic Brenner Pass into Italy to see all the sights in the ‘Floating City’ of Venice. Enjoy a private boat ride through the canals and out to the historic islands of the Venetian Lagoon. (2B, D)

Venice / Rome

1 1

Lucerne

London / Amsterdam

Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Venice

G E R M A N Y

1

Dover

ENGLISH CHANNEL

If holidays were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetiser. Eight countries in 12 days gives you a taste of all the big cities plus some out-ofthe-way places too! Starting in Amsterdam kick things off in one of Europe’s biggest party capitals. It’s non-stop from here on as you experience a wonderful mix of culture, sights and fun. Head to the breathtaking heights of the Swiss Alps, eat your way through the menu in Italy before winding up in chic Paris. All this and lots more plus some pretty awesome hotels as well. Why not, you’re on vacation after all!

06-07

Rome / Florence / Lucerne

Apennine Mountains

ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY 2

08-09

Rome

Vatican City MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Today, travel past cypress and olive trees to the Renaissance city of Florence. Admire the scenestealing Duomo, which rises above the city. Get the inside track on Florence’s cultural beginnings from a local guide as you explore streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Choose to indulge in an authentic feast in the heart of the Tuscan hills. On Day 9, hop across the border to the Swiss city of Lucerne which boasts a lakeside setting, a 14th Century wooden bridge and gorgeous medieval buildings. Choose an optional cruise on its lovely lake. (2B)

Lucerne / Paris

10

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Evening canal cruise in Amsterdam • Gondola ride through romantic Venice • Entrance to Florence’s top nightclub • Cabaret show and dinner in Paris

Criss-cross your way through the Apennine Mountains to Rome, home to iconic sights such as the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Get some insider knowledge with an optional locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museum. Lose yourself in the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. (2B, D)

Drive through the rolling vineyards of the Burgundy wine region to glittering Paris and kick-start your adventures with an after-dark tour of the ‘City of Lights’. See some of the world’s most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, before discovering the the the bohemian cafés of the Marais and Bastille districts or the nightlife of studenty Montparnasse. (B, D)

Paris

11-12

This morning, pick up the latest fragrances with a visit a French perfumery, then get busy exploring the city’s many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters. Tonight is the last night with your friends, so why not treat yourself to an optional cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. On Day 12, the tour comes to an end with a transfer back to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or a complimentary transfer to back to central London (2B)

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MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Rome

• • • • • • • •

Madrid

$2,095

FR

13 DAYS

Highlights

Learn to make Italian pizza in Rome See the remarkable Sistine Chapel Explore Florence’s Renaissance streets Sip Chianti in picture-perfect Tuscany Cruise Cinque Terre’s stunning coast Dine like the locals in a French bistro Wander in the Spanish Royal Palace Try tapas and sangria in Barcelona

EUROPEAN TOURING

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Jul 21 Aug 11 Sep 08 Oct 20

Aug 02 Aug 23 Sep 20 Nov 01

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Nov 17 Nov 29 Dec 28 Jan 09

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Inclusions

Trip Style: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBDM / COWWDM

There is no place better in the scorching summer than the cool coast of the Mediterranean. The beaches are crammed with bronzed bodies and the classy cities and charismatic towns along the coast swell with al fresco dining, music and happy faces. Beginning in Rome or Madrid, your two-week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the sun-splashed coast. Fiery flamenco dancing in Barcelona, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous on the French Riviera, enjoying the rustic delights of Tuscany, walking in the footsteps of Roman Emperors and soaking up the addictive Spanish flavour of Madrid. Sheer bliss!

DAY ITINERARY

NORTH SEA

Rome

01-02 F R A N C E I TA LY

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Avignon

Pisa/Italian CinqueTerre Riviera

1

Pyreness Mountains Aix-enProvence Zaragoza 2 2

Madrid

1

2

Monaco Florence 2 French San Gimignano Riviera Rome 2

Barcelona

Rome / San Gimignano / Florence

03-04

Vatican City

Head into Tuscany and spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed ‘Medieval Manhattan’. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region’s rolling hills. This evening, pull up into Renaissance Florence and take a stroll around this open-air museum. On Day 4, see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry on a locally-guided tour, then set off to explore streets crammed with sacred artworks. (2B)

Florence / Pisa / Italian Riviera

05

S PA I N

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. So once you have dropped your bags at the hotel - get out there! Feel free to explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!). This evening, catch up with new friends over dinner. On Day 2, it’s full steam ahead as you max your time in the ‘Eternal City’. Uncover mysteries of the Vatican on a locally-guided tour, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (B, D)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Stop and check out Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower before hitting the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre, where five colourful villages dot the ragged coastline and walled vineyards reach down to the water’s edge. The setting is stunning and the local produce is sure to ignite your tastebuds with its mix of flavours. Cruising along the coast, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Portovenere and check out picture-perfect Riomaggiore and Monterosso. Grab a table at a beachfront café and try some mouthwatering pesto or foccacia, best served with a sea view. (B)

Italian Riviera / French Riviera

06-07 08

Follow the beautiful sapphire waters to sunny Nice. On the way you’ll stop off at a French perfumery too. There is plenty of free time on Day 7 for exploration or to sun worship on the beach. Later, visit Monaco and the Royal Palace and prepare to rub shoulders with the elite at a Monte Carlo casino. (2B, D)

French Riviera / Aix-en-Provence / Avignon

Drop by stunning Aix-en-Provence for lunch and check out the historic Cours Mirabelle. Avignon will give you a real taste of the Provençal lifestyle and allow you to investigate its Roman heritage. Wander the cobbled streets or relax with a glass of pastis (aniseed liqueur) within the city’s walls. (B)

Avignon / Barcelona

09-10

Barcelona is a sizzling, festive city any night of the week, so settle in on one of its outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria or bar hop your way around the city. On Day 10, hit the streets of Las Ramblas, see the amazing Sagrada Familia or hang out in the imaginative gardens of Parc Güell. If it’s the beach you seek, grab your swimming gear and enjoy the seaside vibes with the locals. End your time with an optional dinner and get into the local spirit of things as you watch flamenco. (2B, D)

Barcelona / Zaragoza / Madrid

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Heading inland, roll on to the Baroque city of Zaragoza for lunch before heading to Spain’s colourful capital. Day 12 get hooked on Madrid’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. Step into the largest Royal Palace in Europe with a local guide, who will expertly show you through the lavish state rooms. Tonight’s optional dinner is not to be missed before joining the locals on a night out in this 24hr city. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 13, when it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (3B, D)

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Pedal past Dutch windmills in Edam Cruise past castles on the River Rhine Admire the scenery of the Swiss Alps Explore the maze of canals in Venice Wander the ancient streets of Rome Be inspired by sacred art in Florence Chill out on Nice’s pristine beaches Paris’ vistas from the Eiffel Tower

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Have you been dreaming of a European holiday that takes in all the magnificent cities that you’ve heard everyone rave about? Here it is. Every highlight possible has been packed into this 16-day itinerary, which starts off in hedonistic Amsterdam where bicycles outnumber cars. You’ll then whisk through Germany and Austria before reaching Italy and its famous cities - the canals of Venice, the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and the Renaissance sweetheart, Florence. Check out the crystal-clear shores of the glitzy Riviera before hitting svelte Paris with its wide boulevards and chic fashion boutiques. Sounds good to us!

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Ferry across the English Channel to the liberal city of Amsterdam. Check out the eye-opening Red Light District and see its museums and gable houses. Cycle in the cheese village of Edam and see how clogs are traditionally made. This evening float along the city’s canals on an optional cruise. (B, D)

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

Cross into Germany to the half-timbered villages of the Rhine Valley. On summer afternoons, relax with a glass of wine on a river cruise - dotted with castles and vineyards and lovely scenery. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Lucerne

Amsterdam

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Passing picture-perfect Alpine scenery on today’s journey will land you nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, more specifically in lakeside Lucerne. Here you’ll discover the wooden Chapel Bridge and you can take an optional excursion up the world’s steepest cog railway to Mt. Pilatus. On Day 5, meander its cobbled lanes and quaint buildings or hit the chic Swiss chocolate shops. (2B, D)

Lucerne / Liechtenstein / Innsbruck

Detouring for a quick stop in tiny Liechtenstein, it’s then off to find some adventure in the Austrian Tyrol where you can choose to go whitewater rafting, before checking out Innsbruck’s Old Town where you can see the famous Golden Roof. (B, D)

Innsbruck / Venice

Welcome to Italy! Ramble through the ‘Floating City’s’ myriad of alleys and alluring backstreets to be charmed by grand squares and bustling art-filled streets. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Later enjoy an optional gondola ride through the canals. (B)

Venice / Rome

Rome has no end of historic and cultural charm, so don’t miss the iconic Colosseum and Roman Forum before you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, or simply people watch (espresso in hand) at Piazza Navona. Check out St. Peter’s Basilica and opt for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. (2B, D)

Rome / Florence

Pass hills, orchards and vineyards on your way to Renaissance Florence. Listen to a local guide as they show you the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Piazza della Signoria. (B)

Florence / Pisa / French Riviera

Check out Pisa’s famous leaning wonder en route to the French Riviera. Stroll the markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Mix with the elite at a Monte Carlo casino! (2B, D)

French Riviera / Château de Fontager

Travel north and enjoy a lunch break in Avignon and check out the Papal Palace before arriving at Château de Fontager. Enjoy its pool, lovely grounds and charming location on the Rhône River. (B, D)

Château de Fontager / Paris

Leave the vineyards behind as you travel to the French capital where you’ll have a ‘Paris by Night’ tour taking in the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame. On Day 15, indulge in some boutique browsing, bistro dining, sightseeing and absorb the magic of this classy city. (2B, D)

Paris / London

Transfer either to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to central London. (B)

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Cruise Amsterdam’s winding canals Party it up in an explosive Berlin club People watch in Prague’s Old Town Visit Munich’s fun-filled beer halls Feast on Italian delicacies Explore ancient artefacts in Rome Tour a Tuscan castle and try Chianti Chill out in Alpine beauty Switzerland

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Indulge in all things European with this crème de la crème tour, ticking off nine countries over 19 days and uncovering iconic city hotspots like outlandish Amsterdam, Eastern Bloc Berlin, fairytale Venice, chic Paris and lakeside Lucerne. Ignite your tastebuds with Swiss fondue, Bavarian beer, French Merlot, Austrian strudel and Italian gelato. Meander your way around museums, ancient relics, monuments, castles, beer gardens, markets, cathedrals, squares, piazzas, canals, churches and palazzos. If you’re looking for inspiration in this most varied of all the world’s continents, you’ll certainly find it on this trip!

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Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (18 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 18 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBAP / COWWAP

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London / Amsterdam

Heading off from London, make your way via Belgium to charming Amsterdam. Wander along its canals and gable houses by night and check out the racy Red Light District where the unique come together on narrow cobbled streets. Be sure to inspect some of its awesome bars and clubs too! (D)

Amsterdam

Experience Dutch culture at its finest as you pedal past windmills in Edam to a cheese farm and a clog maker’s house. Then, this afternoon café hop like a local and hit the museum quarter. Tonight, explore the brightly-lit canals by night on an optional canal cruise. (B)

Amsterdam / Berlin

Motor down the autobahn and prepare yourself for a serious dose of über-cool Berlin. Find out what makes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. Grab some mates and head out to enjoy the city’s exploding arts, bar and club scenes. (B, D)

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Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall, check out the Reichstag and visit the Tiergarten on this morning’s locally-guided city tour. Visit Checkpoint Charlie and be reminded of Germany’s darker past at the Brandenburg Gate. With your free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and imaginative street art - the city’s walls are plastered in cut-outs and graffiti. Experience traditional German street food at one of Berlin’s awesome markets - currywurst anyone? Then cosy-up in one of Berlin’s many beer gardens and let the good times roll! (B)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

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Leaving arty Berlin behind you, you’ll make a stop in Dresden; a city of outstanding beauty with a tragic past. See the signature buildings like the Opera House, the domed Frauenkirche, the Royal Residence – once home to the Saxon Kings – and the Zwinger Fortress. This afternoon, head over the border to the Czech Republic and continue on to its Bohemian capital; Prague. (B, D)

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Pretty Prague is easily explored on foot so start with a walking tour over the Charles Bridge, through Hradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Why not try an optional lunch cruise on the Vltava River and enjoy views of the city from the water? Free time means you can delve deeper into the old town’s jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. By night there’s something for everyone from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera, so make the most of it with friends and good beer. (B)

Prague / Munich

Today you’re headed for the Bavarian capital, Munich, with a moving stop at Dachau concentration camp memorial en route. Tonight, head to one of the massive beer halls for a night of beer drinking and traditional German entertainment. (B)

Munich

Don some traditional lederhosen and have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array of museums, killer shopping and lively beer gardens. Familiarise yourself with the city’s Old Town on this afternoon’s tour and explore some of the city centre’s sights. (B, D)

Munich / Venice

Today, take a trip through the Austrian Alps to picturesque Italy. Known as the ‘Floating City’, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals. (B, D)

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First up today, take a private boat through the waters of the Venetian Lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square show Venice’s unique beauty. You’ll discover a labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzas and markets with a local guide on an optional walking tour. Then, what better way to finish the day, than with an optional gondola ride through the canals with your new mates? (B)

Venice / Rome

From one historic Mecca to the next, today you’re bound for Rome, overflowing with relics from another age. A tour of the city centre passes sights like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. Hang out at the Spanish Steps, sit back, watch the locals and enjoy a slice of pizza or two. Step back into ancient times as you explore the impressive Colosseum and the Roman Forum - both truly worthy of their icon status. This city is easily explored by foot, so after trailing its streets be sure to rest at Rome’s countless gelateria bars or chic cafés, grazie! (B, D)

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Make the most of an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica this morning and uncover its secrets and mysteries. Then, head off to browse the designer boutiques of the Via del Corso and the city’s piazzas, brimming with local traders, dancers, artists and sun-kissed faces. When in Rome! (B)

Rome / Florence

13

Weaving through the rolling Tuscan hillside you’ll delve through this rustic Italian region, admiring vineyards, olive groves, hill-towns and frescoed churches on your way to Florence. As you arrive into one of Italy’s most beautiful cities you’ll be greeted by friendly Florentines, glistening hills, iconic buildings and world-famous art that no other city would dare to rival! This evening stroll along the River Arno and enjoy a gelato in one of the old city squares - local style. (B, D)

Florence

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Set off today with an ‘in the know’ local guide who will share the city’s secrets; of art, history and culture. See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria to name a few! Leather trading is an important industry for Italy, so experience a special Florentine leather craft demo later and enjoy the rest of the day as you please. Set off to hunt down a bargain at the market or check out some inspirational works of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. This evening get involved in an optional Tuscan hills feast - sampling the region’s fresh, local cuisine. (B)

Florence / Pisa / Lucerne

15

Pisa is known by name to just about every visitor to Italy, thanks to its architectural wonder, the Leaning Tower. There is plenty of time en route to Switzerland for a quick photo stop at the Tower and for catching a glimpse of the romantic Lake Como. We haven’t even mentioned lakeside Lucerne yet! As you arrive at this Alpine beauty, you’ll see its famous wooden Chapel Bridge, which dates back to the 14th Century, plus cobbled lanes filled with chocolate shops and charming buildings. (B, D)

Lucerne

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On today’s agenda: Alpine freedom! You can choose whether to just relax and absorb it all over a hot chocolate, or get above the clouds with an optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus. This afternoon, there is an optional cruise on one of Europe’s most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water. (B)

Lucerne / Paris

17

Today’s drive takes you through the vineyards of the Burgundy wine region all the way to the sophistication of Paris. Tonight, kick-start your Parisian adventure with a ‘Paris by Night’ tour, which shows off the city’s transformation into the ‘City of Lights’. By the end of this evening you’ll understand why the Champs Élysées is referred to as the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’. (B, D)

Paris

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This morning you’ll get to visit a French perfumery to pick up the latest scents at a great price. Then, get busy exploring the many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters. Tonight is the last night with your friends, so why not treat yourself to the full Parisian night out with a cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. (B)

Paris / London

Take the morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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Highlights

Climb the iconic Eiffel Tower Unwind in a typical French château Wander Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter Explore Rome’s Piazza Venezia Discover Florence with a local guide Visit one of Munich’s beer halls Tour Prague’s pretty Old Town Admire the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

24 days, 11 countries and exploring a winter wonderland of European delights. This trip will see you tick off icy cool countries, brimming with culture and will leave you with an insatiable appetite for more. You’ll start off in London before heading off to the continent to experience the breathtaking French countryside and stunning Swiss mountain scenery. See monuments like Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Rome’s Vatican City and Venice’s canals. You’ll see Mozart’s former residence and one amazing astrological clock before finishing up in savvy party cities of Berlin and Amsterdam. Life is good.

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Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (23 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 23 breakfasts, 12 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COWWHL

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Meet your new tour friends and head over the Channel to France, catching a glimpse of World War I battlefields on the way to sweet Paris! Tonight, wrap up and enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour where you’ll see lamp-lit bridges and cafés giving you a real taste of Paris’ romance, as well as the illuminated Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and other famous landmarks. On Day 2 get your coat, hat and gloves on and see all the sights as you stroll among the diverse quarters and stylish boutiques or wander through the art-filled halls of the Louvre. Later, opt in for a Parisian cabaret show! (B, D)

Paris / Lucerne

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Travelling through the scenic wine-producing region of Burgundy, passing snow-capped Swiss mountains, you’ll find yourself landed in the Alpine stunner of Lucerne. On Day 4, see its famous wooden Chapel Bridge, followed by a tempting chance to eat traditional Swiss fondue at an authentic, cosy inn. (2B, 2D)

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Sit back and absorb Alpine vistas as you make your way through Switzerland, past Lake Geneva and back into France. You’ll pass the Rhone River and rustic vineyards before reaching tonight’s stop at a medieval French castle. The next day, you’ll zig-zag the dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées Mountains, over the border into the Mediterrenean exuberance of Barcelona. Get cosy at one of the city’s many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas with your new friends. (2B, 2D)

Barcelona

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This active city will leave you in total awe as it shows off its art, architecture and style from every Gothic backstreet to every hilltop panorama. Witness Gaudi’s wild imagination with his masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, see the 1992 Olympic Games complex and the cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter. You’ll also have free time to see more of the city’s creative scene, with its vibrant gardens at Parc Güell or buzzing street life on the tree-lined Las Ramblas - a boulevard packed with performers, artists, shops and stalls. Tonight, get into the local flavours with an optional flamenco dance show and dinner. (B)

Barcelona / French Riviera

08

Devour the beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes and relaxed rural charm as you leave the sizzle of Barcelona behind and drive along the rugged sapphire coastline of the Cote d’Azur. You’ll pass the über-glam resort of Cannes and roll up to tonight’s chic stop at the palm tree-lined shores of Nice. (B, D)

French Riviera

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There’s plenty of free time today to feel at ease in your glam surroundings; visit the local markets, try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, or enjoy a long lunch with a glass of mouth-watering rosé at a trendy brasserie or bistro. Tonight, get a taste of the high life in Monaco and enjoy an optional dinner a few doors down from the Royal Palace and try your luck at a casino. (B)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

10

Onwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, you’ll stop by Pisa and get up close to its architectural wonder; the Leaning Tower. Admire Florence’s scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral, which rises above the city, serving up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, opt in for an authentic Tuscan feast, where you can flare up your tastebuds with regional dishes in a typically dreamy Tuscan setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence’s biggest club. (B)

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Florence / Rome

Spend the morning with a local as they show you the sights of their home city; see the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry. Enjoy the atmosphere and then you’re off again passing cypress tree and olive groves, before reaching the Italian relic of Rome. Tonight enjoy a walking tour taking in Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (B, D)

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Max your time in Rome on an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then check out Rome’s imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum. After a quick espresso stop, watch the trendy Roman folk whizz past you on Vespas, past timeworn monuments, fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. (B)

Rome / Venice

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This morning, splash some cash with a stop at a designer outlet mall en route to Venice. On Day 14, start with an included private boat ride through the waters of the Lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. Then it’s on to the limestone Bridge of Sighs and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square, all of which portray Venice’s unique beauty and lifestyle. Cap the day off with an optional gondola ride. (2B, D)

Venice / Vienna

Today, you’ll wind your way past the imposing Dolomite Mountain ranges on to the cultural hub of Vienna. This evening it’s all about the culture and you get acquainted with the city’s most famous resident, Mozart over an optional dinner and classical music concert. (B)

Vienna

An exciting start to the day with an introduction to the city’s heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the ornate State Opera House and Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, plus free time to check out the palaces, art galleries and coffee houses and to wander along the Danube. (B, D)

Vienna / Munich

17

On to Bavaria, but first a stop to remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering visit to the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial. Next up, Munich, a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture with a modern lifestyle. Explore the heart of Munich’s old town with the group, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells. Then get a taste of tradition at a typical beer hall and park yourself at a long wooden table. Order yourself some hearty local food, like roasted pork knuckle, and quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany’s 5,000 brews. (B)

Munich / Prague

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Wind through the German countryside and on to the Czech Republic’s Bohemian capital, Prague, which is a great city to explore on foot. So set off on Day 19, wander over the Charles Bridge, through Hradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral on a city tour. There’s loads of free time to discover all the nooks and crannies of the old town and pick up some local treasures. Tonight, try the local bargain-priced beers and explore the varied nightlife of the city. (2B, D)

Prague / Dresden / Berlin

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Roll back into Germany and on to the region of Dresden, home to the Saxon Kings and known for its tragic past and modern beauty. This evening, arrive into one of the world’s most cutting edge cities; Berlin. On Day 21, join a local guide and learn about the Berlin Wall, see the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and street art! This evening immerse yourself in the city’s explosive nightlife. (2B, D)

Berlin / Amsterdam

Motoring past Hanover into the Netherlands and on to its capital, free-wheeling Amsterdam. Check out the city’s eye-opening Red Light District, its cafés, shops and atmosphere! (B, D)

Amsterdam

Your penultimate day on tour, so make it a good one as you explore the museums, cafés and canals of Amsterdam. Visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house and in the evening you’ll have the option to take a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. A big farewell party is in order! (B)

Amsterdam / London

The tour ends today and you can choose to extend your stay in Amsterdam, catch the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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Highlights

Stroll the bohemian quarters of Paris Admire the beauty of Lake Lucerne Glam it up on the French Riviera Feast on local Tuscan specialities Wander through the Roman Forum Taste schnaps and strudel in Vienna Explore Prague’s charming Old Town

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If you’re after a European adventure of history, culture, art and stunning scenery and want to live it up and stay in comfy hotels, then this trip has your name all over it! With twonight stops in all the best spots you’ll have plenty of time to do things your way. You’ll get to explore the chic city streets of Paris and the iconic, laid-back style of Italy. Wander the treasure-filled old town of Prague and the cafés of Amsterdam. Let yourself go as you breathe the fresh Alpine air of the Swiss Alps, saunter the promenade of the French Riviera and get your adrenalin pumping in the Austrian Tyrol. We promise you this will be a blast.

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Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of lakefront Lucerne, before heading south across the Alps for a glimpse of magical Lake Como before hitting the rugged coastline of the Côte d’Azur and the palm tree-lined beaches of Nice. Taste the high life with an evening in Monte Carlo. Bid adieu to France on Day 7 and head to Renaissance Florence, via the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (4B, 2D)

Florence / Rome / Venice

Apennine Mountains

Get under the skin of Florence with a locally-guided tour of the sights. Then it’s on to the Eternal City; Rome, where tonight you can take a walking tour of its sights. On Day 9, delve into history with an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. The journey north starts on Day 10 and you’re headed to Venice where you can explore all the famous sights. Perhaps finish up with an optional gondola ride through the canals and a cheeky aperitif in St. Mark’s Square. (4B, 2D)

Florence

Venice / Austrian Tyrol / Munich

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Venice

2

08-11

ADRIATIC SEA

2

Rome

12-14

Vatican City

IONIAN SEA

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Enjoy a gondola tour of Venice’s canals • Go all arty and highbrow with a Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna • Take the plunge and try paragliding in the Austrian Tyrol (summer only)

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Ferry across the English Channel to France and journey south to Paris or, if you prefer, you can join the tour in Paris. Your first day is rounded off with a special ‘Paris by Night’ tour offering a glittering view of the illuminated city. Spend Day 2 indulging yourself in all that Paris has to offer, visiting world-class museums and pausing for refreshment at quaint pavement cafés before an optional cabaret show in the evening. On Day 3, drive through the lush vineyards of Burgundy’s wine country to cross the border into Switzerland where you’ll spend the night at an Alpine feature hotel. (2B, 2D)

Relax on the scenic drive as you climb over the Brenner Pass from Italy into Austria to the typically Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten, known for its adrenalin adventure activities. On Day 14, you’ll head for the Bavarian capital of Munich, but first, a stop at the very sobering Dachau concentration camp. Munich is waiting to be explored, so head to one of the city’s famous beer halls for some traditional food and entertainment. (3B, 2D)

Munich / Vienna / Prague

15-17

Leave the festivities of Bavaria behind and head to Austria’s cultural hub; Vienna. This city was once the home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its rulers endowed the city with a wealth of palaces and cultural traditions. Tour the magnificent sights such as the grand Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. On Day 16, travel to Prague and wander over the Charles Bridge, through Hradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral. The next day is yours to weave through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and relax in its beer gardens. (3B, D)

Prague / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

18-20 21

Journey back into Germany towards the Rhine Valley, an enchanting area full of castles and renowned vineyards dotted with half-timbered, black and white houses full of character and charm. On summer departures, you’ll even transfer onto a boat to enjoy a scenic cruise. On Day 19, head into Holland to the forward-thinking city of Amsterdam to learn some traditional Dutch crafts with a visit to a cheese farm and clog maker’s house, followed by an optional evening canal cruise. Hop in the saddle on Day 20 for a ride around Edam and an afternoon at leisure to explore. If you’re up for it, head out to have some fun in a city where the locals are always up for a good night out. (3B, 2D)

Amsterdam / London

The tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning, and you can choose either to take a transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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EUROPEAN PANORAMA London or Paris

• • • • • • •

$5,575

FR

28 DAYS

Amsterdam or London

Highlights

Stroll along the Champs Élysées Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter Enjoy a special Rome sightseeing tour Wander the fairytale streets of Venice Kick back and soak up the Corfu sun Try strudel and schnaps in Vienna Breathe crisp Alpine air in Switzerland

EUROPEAN TOURING

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Jun 30 Jul 27 Jul 14 Aug 10 Jul 28 Aug 24 Aug 11 Sep 07

Apr 21 May 18 May 12 Jun 08 Jun 09 Jul 06 Jun 23 Jul 20

START

FINISH

Sep 01 Sep 08

Sep 28 Oct 05

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (25 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 27 breakfasts, 14 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHM

For a widescreen view of Western Europe, this European Panorama trip really lives up to its name. You’ll tick off 12 amazing countries as you explore the continent with your new friends visiting historic cities, ancient monuments and sun-kissed beaches. Drinking wine in Bordeaux, eating traditional tapas in Barcelona, beach bumming on the Greek isle of Corfu and bike riding in the Dutch countryside are just a few of the activities you’ll get to experience. Throw on your sightseeing shoes and get ready to take in the panoramic sights of Europe over 28 sensational days.

Norway Estonia Sweden

NORTH SEA

Scotland

Denmark

BALTIC SEA

IRISH SEA

Edam London

2

Dover

Lithuania

Ruhr Valley 1

Rhine Valley Valley of the Somme Munich Mauthausen 2 Paris 1 2 Vienna Loire Valley 1 Liechtenstein Tyrol Calais

Chateau Chambord

2

Swiss Alps Bordeaux 1

2

Barcelona

2

Lucerne Dolomite Mountains 2

Venice

French Riviera

03-05 06-07

2

Florence Rome Vatican 2

Pisa Monaco

1

Carcassonne Pyrenees Mountains

01-02

Amsterdam

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ATLANTIC OCEAN

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Latvia

Mt. Vesuvius City Pompeii Brindisi 1

S PA I N MEDITERRANEAN SEA

08-09

3

Corfu IONIAN SEA

10-11 12-15 16-18 19-20

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Eat local dishes and see a live flamenco performance in Barcelona • Take a guided tour of ruined Pompeii • Sunbathe and swim on an island cruise in Corfu • Sample schnaps in Vienna • Wine tasting in the Rhine Valley

21-22 23-24

London / Paris

Set off from London and ferry across the Channel to Paris. In the evening see the city and its famous monuments all beautifully lit up. On Day 2, hit the iconic sights, shops, museums and cafés. (B, D)

Paris / Bordeaux / Carcassonne / Barcelona

Cut through the Loire Valley en route to Bordeaux. On Day 4, visit the fortress city of Carcassonne before reaching Barcelona. The next day explore the scorching city sights; Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Tonight, enjoy an optional flamenco performance. (3B, D)

Barcelona / French Riviera

Take a scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur to Nice. On Day 7, keep a look out for celebs as you stroll the promenade then head to Monaco to see the Royal Palace tonight. (2B, D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to Florence. Wander the art-filled streets with a local guide on Day 9 and get to know the history while taking in the stunning views. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

Bella Roma! You’ll feel the might of Rome on your walking tour; see Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. On Day 11, enjoy an optional tour of the Vatican, then head off to explore the historic streets of this ever so slightly crazy city. (2B, D)

Rome / Corfu

Pass Naples and take an optional tour of Pompeii’s ruins before boarding the overnight ferry to Corfu. Enjoy whitewashed scenery, divine food, water sports and optional island cruise! (4B, 2D)

Corfu / Verona / Venice

Today, cruise the Adriatic to the picturesque destination of Venice. Arrive on Day 17 and stop in Verona before landing in Venice. See its canals and breathtaking palazzos. On Day 18, enjoy a private motorboat ride to explore the historic islands of the Venice Lagoon. (3B, D)

Venice / Vienna

Next stop is Vienna. On Day 20, see Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Meander the city’s music venues, cafés and beautiful Baroque architecture. (2B, D)

Vienna / Munich / Austrian Tyrol

Stop at the sombre Mauthausen concentration camp memorial as you travel on to Munich. Check out the Glockenspiel and then head to the beer halls tonight. On Day 22, pass stunning Alpine scenery as you travel to a traditional Tyrolean village. Try out one of its infamous adventure sports! (2B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

Head for exquisite Lucerne. Stroll across the wooden bridge and eat Swiss chocolate by the magical lakeside. On Day 24, enjoy an optional trip up Mt. Titlis or go for a mountain walk. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London

25-28

Follow the River Rhine to a valley full of castles and vineyards. Enjoy a great atmosphere and learn how beer steins are crafted. Next up: Amsterdam, to see its museums, café culture and canals. Day 27 is free for you to explore and for your last night blow out before a morning transfer to Shiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London the next day. (4B, 2D)

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EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS London

• • • • • • • •

Paris or London

$3,595

FR

18 DAYS

Highlights

The land of waffles & beer - Brussels Explore Amsterdam’s Red Light district Hit the lively beer halls in Munich Parade the secret alleyways of Venice Be dazzled by Monaco’s Royal Palace Sniff out a French perfumery Try tapas and sangria in Barcelona Boutique shop ‘til you drop in Paris

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START

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Apr 27 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 29

Jun 23 Jul 03 Jul 10 Jul 17

Jul 10 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03

START

FINISH

Jul 31 Aug 17 Aug 21 Sep 07 Sep 04 Sep 21

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (17 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges included Tour Code: COBBEM

If you’re keen to try the culinary delights of Europe, the European Impressions is an 18-day whirlwind of sensory pleasure. It’ll take you to Belgium for waffles, Germany for beer, Italy for pasta, Spain for tapas, Switzerland for chocolates and France for escargot! Of course, there’s plenty more to do than just eat your way around 10 countries. In between mouthfuls of local delicacies, throw in adventure, history, culture, art, glamour, people-watching, architecture and ancient monuments! From the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley to the sexy sizzle of Barcelona, this trip ticks all the boxes. Let the good times roll.

DAY ITINERARY NORTH SEA

G E R M A N Y 1

London

Ruhr Valley

Dover

1

1

Calais

Brussels

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Rhine Valley

Valley of the Somme 2

1

Liechtenstein Lucerne 2

Swiss Alps

Bordeaux F R A N C E

2

Carcassonne S PA I N

2

02

Munich

Paris

Loire Valley 1

01

Amsterdam

Innsbruck Brenner Pass Lake Garda

Barcelona

Venice

Apennine Mountains

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera

2

03

2

Florence I TA LY

04-05

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

06 IONIAN SEA

07-08 09-10 11-12 13

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Amsterdam by night on a canal cruise • Bungee jump in the Swiss Alps • Feel the Mediterrenean passion of a flamenco show

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14-15 16-18

London / Brussels

Meet up with everyone in London, cross the Channel, dash through France and head to the land of chocolate, waffles and beer; Brussels! Be sure not to miss the statue of the Mannekin-Pis, the Palace of Justice and the seriously awesome Grand Place as you go exploring this afternoon. (D)

Brussels / Amsterdam

A short drive through Belgium and you’re in Amsterdam. Jump on a bike - just like the locals - and cycle through Edam. Later, visit a cheese farm and a clog maker’s house. This evening, sip coffee in a cute café, see the gable houses and stroll the Red Light district, experiencing the city’s nightlife! (B)

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

Travel through rolling emerald valleys to the charming wine villages of the Rhine Valley. Enjoy the traditional German atmosphere and see how beer steins are made. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

A majestic drive takes you to Lucerne where you can stroll over the wooden Chapel Bridge before heading into the Alps where you’ll stay in a Swiss mountain hotel. On Day 5, get above it all with one of the many optional adrenalin activites on offer - bungy jumping, hiking or the Ice Flyer! (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Liechtenstein / Munich

More stunning scenery as you cross through tiny Liechtenstein and head for the Bavarian beauty of Munich. Here you’ll sample local brews in the famous beer halls and see the Glockenspiel. (B)

Munich / Innsbruck / Lake Garda / Venice

A quick stop in Innsbruck to see the Golden Roof and you’re Italy bound. Stop at Sirmione on Lake Garda and then on to Venice. Enjoy the vivacious atmosphere of its grand squares and palazzos, full of entertainers, cafés and local traders. Grab an espresso in St. Mark’s Square. (2B, D)

Venice / Pisa / Florence

Bid farewell to fairytale Venice and make tracks for Florence. On Day 10, a local guide gives you the inside scoop on striking buildings such as the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and the Baptistry. (2B, D)

Florence / French Riviera

Today you’ll drive along the Italian coastline towards the disco ball that is the French Riviera, with a quick stop at a perfumery. Visit Monaco’s Royal Palace, a Monte Carlo casino, soak up its golden rays, unwind with a cocktail, shop its upscale boutiques and mix with the affluent crowd. (2B, D)

French Riviera / Barcelona

Enjoy a beautiful drive through rustic Provence and along the Côte d’Azur to Barcelona! (B, D)

Barcelona / Bordeaux

This city is all about food, fiesta, fashion and fun - with a huge mix of wacky Gaudi and Gothic architecture thrown in! Tonight opt in for a sensational flamenco show. On Day 15, feel the glory of medieval Carcassonne, one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities, on the way to Bordeaux. (2B)

Bordeaux / Paris / London

Zig-zag past rolling vineyards en route to the French capital where you’ll enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour, before a full day to explore at your own pace and a last night out with your group. On Day 18, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to central London. (3B, D)

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THE EXPEDITION London or Paris

• • • • • • • •

FR

Amsterdam or London

21 DAYS

Highlights

See the bright lights of Paris Get back to nature in the Swiss Alps Visit a lavish Monte Carlo casino See Pisa’s amazing Leaning Tower Enjoy a local walking tour in Florence Take a boat to the canals of Venice Check out ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ Explore medieval streets in Prague

EUROPEAN TOURING

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START

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May 14 Jun 03 Jun 11 Jul 01

Jul 02 Jul 16

Jul 22 Aug 05

START

START

FINISH

Aug 27 Sep 16 Sep 17 Oct 07

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share tents, including air mattresses (18 nts), hostels (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 20 breakfasts, 12 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager, Driver & Cook Group Size: Max 46 Tour Code: COCCCM Denmark BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA

EN G LAND

London ENGLISH CHANNEL

Berlin

Edam 2

01-02

Dresden GERMANY

Prague

Valley of the Somme 2

Munich

Burgundy Region

Swiss 2 Alps FRA NCE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2

Apennine Mountains

Monaco

French Riviera

2

Tyrol Brenner Pass

Pisa 2

DAY ITINERARY

2

Amsterdam

Dover

Calais

Paris

As a rule, camping is a relaxing holiday, but this 21-day camping tour takes relaxation to another level. The campsites are great places to catch up with the group and have some down time in comfort! All the big cities are ticked off and you get two-night stops all the way around, giving you loads of time to explore all the sights. You’ll have buckets of free time to see everything you want whether it’s a glimpse of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, a wander around the Vatican City in Rome, bar hopping in Berlin or some serious sun lounging on the beach in the French Riviera. Europe, you absolute beauty!

Venice

2

03-04 05-06

ADRIATIC SEA

2

Florence 2

Vatican City

Rome

07-08 09-10

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Enjoy a cabaret dinner show in Paris • Go rafting in the Austrian Tyrol • Take a river lunch cruise in Prague Shorten Your Trip: The Little Hopper (10 days, London/Paris to Rome) (COCCCK) Fr $1,215 The Escape (12 days, Rome to London) (COCCCW) Fr $1,459

11-12 13-14 15-16 17-18

London / Paris

Get to know your new travel mates on the journey to France, where your ‘Paris by Night’ tour allows you a stunning view of the city illuminated. On Day 2, discover the city’s icons; visit one of the worldclass museums, stroll among the cafés or climb the Eiffel Tower. (B, D)

Paris / Swiss Alps

Enjoy the drive through Burgundy’s vineyards as you head to the awe-inspiring Swiss mountains. It’s all about relaxation on Day 4. Why not take an optional train trip to the top of the Jungfrau? (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / French Riviera

Travel out of the mountains to France and experience the allure of the Côte d’Azur. Tonight, get a taste of the high life in Monaco, see the Royal Palace and try your luck at a grand casino. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

Stop by Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower before reaching Renaissance Florence. On Day 8, join a knowledgeable local guide as they unravel tales and lead you through art-filled streets; as well as a Florentine leather demonstration, a regional trading speciality. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

In the midst of Vespas, cafés, fountains and exquisite buildings, you’ll get familiar with the history of Rome on a tour taking in the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Rome’s your playground on Day 10, so explore the sights or take an optional tour of the Vatican. (2B, D)

Rome / Venice

Journey north with a stop at a designer outlet mall, before reaching fairytale Venice. Day 12 and it’s time to uncover the ‘Floating City’s’ impressive sights, squares and palazzos, as well as iconic gondola rides and atmospheric backstreets that are all waiting to be explored. (2B, 2D)

Venice / Munich

Relax on a scenic drive through the snow-capped Austrian Alps. Feeling wild? Opt for a whitewater rafting adventure before reaching Munich. On Day 14, perhaps jump on a bike tour with a local or head to the buzzing Old Town and hunt around the little shops. (2B, D)

Munich / Prague

Today’s itinerary: the postcard-perfect Bohemian city of Prague. This gem is easily explored by foot, where you’ll naturally come across the Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Admire its happy people, cheap beer, sample the eastern nightlife and pick up souvenirs. (2B, D)

Prague / Dresden / Berlin

A quick lunch break in beautifully-restored Dresden, then carry on to experience some Berlin funk! Brush up on your history with a city tour, where you’ll learn about the Berlin Wall, see the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. Tonight, grab some currywurst and hit the city’s beer gardens. (2B, D)

Berlin / Amsterdam / London

Start the adventure

19-21

Travel on to the uncoventional city of Amsterdam and in the evening check out the interesting Red Light district. On Day 20, explore the museums, cafés and canals. Opt for a bike ride past windmills and visit a local cheese farm and clog maker’s house before heading off to enjoy the nightlife. The tour comes to an end on Day 21; take the transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or the complimentary transfer back to Central London. (3B)

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THE EASY RIDER London or Paris

Amsterdam or London

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

G E R M A N Y

Edam

E N G L A N D

2

London

Amsterdam

Dover

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

1

3

Loire Valley 2

EUROPEAN TOURING

1 ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bordeaux

Swiss Alps

2

Zaragoza 2

Vienna

2

Monaco

French Riviera

Florence I TA LY

Vatican City

Barcelona

H U N G A RY

Venice

2

Pisa

Arles

1

2

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

F R A N C E

Biarritz

Pamplona

C Z EC H R E P U B L I C

Heidelberg Munich 1

Valley of the Somme

Paris

P O L A N D

Ruhr Valley Rhine Valley St Goar

3

Rome

ADRIATIC SEA

Mt. Vesuvius Brindisi

1

Isle of Capri

S PA I N

Sorrento Pompeii

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

People watch from a Parisian café Swim in the Ionian & Mediterranean Discover Basque culture in Pamplona Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day trip to the Italian Isle of Capri Soak up the sun in gorgeous Corfu Catch your breath in the Swiss Alps Wander the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome

If you’ve got heaps of time and working with a budget, this awesome one-month trip is just the ticket for anyone wanting to see maximum Europe while watching their wallet. From sophisticated Paris, journey via stylish Biarritz to the passion-filled soul of Spain; Barcelona. Then you’ll experience some of Europe’s most fashionable holiday destinations, namely the French Riviera, Sorrento and the islands of Capri and Corfu. Then, it’s time to crank up the culture with stays in Venice and Vienna, before admiring the mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps. You’ll need that ice-cold Dutch beer by the time we get to Amsterdam!

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Departures 2014

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FINISH

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FINISH

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Sep 04

Oct 05

START

4

Corfu

IONIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

01-03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share tents (including air mattresses) (29 nts), overnight ferry (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 31 breakfasts, 18 dinners Group Leader: Tour manager, Driver & Cook, exclusive on-site teams at villages Group Size: Max 46 Tour Code: COCCCD

04

Meet your travel crew in London before you ferry across the English Channel for the drive to Paris, or you can join in Paris this afternoon if you prefer. Either way, you’ll soon be enchanted by the French capital’s artistic and historical charms! Settle into the Parisian way of life, soak up its atmosphere and tick off as many of its famous landmarks as humanly possible. On Day 3, there’s a chance to visit the beautiful Palace of Versailles (entrance fee not included), followed by an optional cabaret show complete with can-can girls and a glass of French Champagne. (2B, 2D)

Paris / Bordeaux

Leave the decadence of Paris behind you, as it’s beautifully replaced with rolling vineyards, châteaux and quaint French villages, as you cut through the Loire Valley. Continue south towards the equally beautiful wine-producing region of Bordeaux, its namesake city known as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’. (B, D)

Bordeaux / Biarritz / Pamplona

05 06

First stop; Biarritz, a stylish coastal town which oozes French glamour to the highest degree. Here you can swim and shop until your heart’s content, before crossing over the Spanish border into the Basque Country and to the city of Pamplona. Enjoy a walking tour of the home of extreme Spanish festival; the Running of the Bulls, and see its famous Bullring. (B, D)

Pamplona / Zaragoza / Barcelona

As you head to the Baroque city of Zaragoza and on to Barcelona, you’ll see why this sexy city sizzles! You’ll witness the Gothic beauty of Gaudi’s as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Família Cathedral and the 1992 Olympic Games complex. (B, D)

Barcelona

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07

Barcelona has an overwhelming dose of passion and personality, and today is yours to explore as you wish. See Gaudi’s wild imagination at Park Güell, which boasts awesome views! Stroll down Las Ramblas or the Gothic Quarter to witness some of Europe’s finest Gothic architecture, or chill with some tapas in vintage cool El Raval. Get into the Spanish spirit with an optional flamenco show! (B)

Barcelona / Arles / French Riviera

08-09

Picture this; you are winding through picturesque Provence, passing ancient Arles, on your way to the utterly glamorous and superbly scenic Côte d’Azur (French Riviera), where you can hit the beach with the locals. Sounds good, huh? During your stay you’ll visit a perfumery, the Royal Palace in Monaco and have the chance to win big bucks at a Monte Carlo casino. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

10-11

As you leave the Côte d’Azur, stop and check out Pisa’s Leaning Tower, before arriving in the arty Renaissance city of Florence. Here, a ‘Fiorentini’ guide will explain the history behind Florence’s striking buildings, allowing you to be charmed by one of Italy’s finest cities. Later, take in a leather craft demonstration before venturing off for a spot of independent exploration. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

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Travel through the rolling hills of Umbria before tapping into ‘La Dolce Vita’ in Rome and exploring this living history museum. Rome has a huge amount to tantalise the avid culture vulture, including the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Piazza Venezia and the Trevi Fountain. Anyone for gelato? Or how about envisaging chariot races and bloodthirsty duels when at the ancient Colosseum? Or unravelling the mysteries of the Vatican City? However you spend your time in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’ is sure to impress. (3B, 2D)

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Rome / Capri / Sorrento

Continue south through Italy to the port of Naples from where you can catch a boat over to the charming Isle of Capri to soak up its sweeping views and romantic atmopshere. Set sail back to the mainland and continue to the seaside resort of Sorrento, dramatically situated on a cliffside. (B)

Sorrento / Corfu

As you pass Naples you will no doubt catch a view of the remarkable Mt. Vesuvius. Here, you can opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Later, you will travel across to Italy’s Adriatic coastline to the port of Brindisi, from where you will board the overnight ferry from Italy to Greece. (B)

Corfu

17-20 21

Corfu; an island of shimmering olive groves, cypress trees and an abundance of heavenly beaches. Here you can kick back and relax, get into the water sports scene, wander the local markets, visit a Venetian fortress in the old town (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site) and of course soak up some sublime Greek rays. (4B, 3D)

Corfu / Italy

Today, cruise the full length of the Adriatic Sea up to Venice. Italy’s on your left; Albania, Montenegro and Croatia are on your right! Overnight on board before reaching Italian soil the next morning. (B)

Venice

22-23

Today, you will make your way towards the endearing city of Venice. Ah Venice, the ‘Floating City’ with the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre! This peachy city will show you its grand squares, bustling markets, art-filled palazzos, alleyways, canals and gondolas. You can also admire its landmarks; the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Phew! (2B, D)

Venice / Vienna

24-25 26

Jaunt through the exquisite emerald scenery of the Dolomite Mountains on your way to Vienna. Viennese culture will waltz right up to you on a morning tour of this Central European jewel, the former focal point of the vast and insanely wealthy Austro-Hungarian Empire. This city has plenty to shout about, with the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the elegant State Opera House just a few of its incredible attractions. It’s not just the buildings themselves that provide the wow factor, it’s what those Habsburgs stored in them - don’t miss the breathtaking royal jewellery on display at the Schatzkammer! There’s culture everywhere in Vienna, but if it’s fun you’re after, the city’s historic fairground at Prater Park should have you feeling like a kid again! (2B, D)

Vienna / Munich

Next up, Munich, home of the famous German beer festival; Oktoberfest. Munich pulses with folklore and age-old traditions and a few of its must-do’s include the market square and beer cellars where you can down steins of beer, tuck into hearty German fare and party with the oompah bands. (B)

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

27-28 29-30

Traverse one of Europe’s smallest and wealthiest countries, Liechtenstein, before heading into the unmistakably tranquil Swiss Alps, with a stop in beautiful Lucerne to admire it’s medieval wooden bridge and lakefront charm. On Day 28, chill out in your healthy mountain surroundings, or if you fancy, opt in for a spectacular cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Amsterdam

Head north into Germany and on to Heidelberg, best known for its Baroque old town, medieval castle and buzzing student feel. Next up, on Day 17, it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Here you can see this provocative city’s array of canals and gable houses by night. (2B, D)

Amsterdam / London

31-32

From cheese to clogs, from museums to clubs to trendy cafés, Amsterdam has something for all cultural tastebuds. On Day 32, after a whole month of awesome adventures, it’s time to say goodbye to your crew and new-found travel buddies. You can take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take advantage of a complimentary transfer to central London. (2B)

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Visit the stunning Versailles Palace Admire the beauty of lakeside Lucerne Visit Monaco’s exquisite Royal Palace Take a trip to the idyllic Isle of Capri Discover the Acropolis in Athens Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli Wander the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul Enjoy a walking tour of Dubrovnik

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If you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing trip around Europe, look no further, you’ve found it right here. 46 days, 22 countries, one hell of an adventure - we are talking life changing! Not only will you tick off some European heavyweights - Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam, you’ll also discover some up and coming gems. Get off the beaten trail and head to some truly unique destinations like Bulgaria’s chic and lively capital Sofia and witness a stunning sunset from the ruggedly beautiful Albanian coast. It’s camping almost all of the way, with some hotel nights thrown in too!

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Set off from London and ferry across the Channel to Paris. This evening, enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour where you’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’ illuminated in all their glory. Days 2 and 3 are free to explore the history and romance of the French capital. Explore its diverse quarters and admire its chic residents. You’ll also enjoy a trip to the charming Palace of Versailles, the impressive home of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. Ooh la la! (2B, 2D)

Paris / Lyon / Barcelona

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Service Level: Camping Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share tents, including air mattresses (40 nts), hotels (4 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 45 breakfasts, 29 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager, Driver & Cook, exclusive on-site teams at villages Group Size: Max 46 Tour Code: COCCCA

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii • Belly dancing show in Istanbul • Island cruises in Corfu and Dubrovnik Shorten Your Trip Southern Trail (21 days, London/Paris to Athens) (COCCCL) Fr $2,515 The Northern Trek (26 days, Athens to Amsterdam/London) (COCCR) Fr $3,045

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Travel through southern France and over the Pyrenees to the red-hot Catalonian city of Barcelona! There is plenty of time on Day 6 to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex, admire Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and walk through the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas, stopping for some sangria and tapas along the way! Head out to see an optional passionate flamenco show. (3B, 2D)

Barcelona / Arles / French Riviera

You’ll enjoy the mellow drive through Provence, driving along the Côte d’Azur, towards the glistening scenery of the French Riviera. On Day 8, look out for celebs as you stroll the palm-fringed promenade in Nice. Tonight, head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino. (2B, 2D)

French Riviera / Verona / Venice

Today you’ll stop in Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, then it’s on to Venice. On Day 10, wander the arty backstreets and alleys and follow the canals to find sights such as the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Why not opt in for a gondola ride too? (2B, 2D)

Venice / Pisa / Florence

Passing the glorious Appenine Mountains and the rolling hills of Tuscany, you’ll get a chance to take a photo of the Leaning Tower in Pisa, en route to Florence. Here, a local guide explains the history of the city and shows you the city sights including the Basilica Santa Croce and the Baptistry. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

Get set to experience a mouth-watering plate full of Roman delights like the Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon on a walking tour. You’ll relish the ancient history of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum and can opt in for a tour of the Vatican Museums too. Mind the Vespas! (2B, D)

Rome / Capri / Sorrento

It’s off to Naples and then a boat ride to the main marina on the Isle of Capri. Soak up its sweeping views and head into the white-washed villages where you could try the sweet limoncello. When you arrive back into the dramatically-set resort of Sorrento, find a local trattoria to dine Italian-style. (B)

Sorrento / Corfu

16-19

Today, choose to opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins, then it’s on to the overnight ferry for Corfu. Then prepare for some sublime Greek rays over the next three days, though there is plenty to do if you can pull yourself off the beach! Check out Corfu Town’s Venetian Fortress or sign yourself up for an optional island sailing cruise. (4B, D)

Corfu / Athens

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Leave the beach vibes of Corfu behind you and travel across the Corinth Canal to the mythological city of Athens. Check out the ancient wonders of the city on Day 21 and feel its gritty urban soul. See the Acropolis, the cobbled streets of Plaka and wander the site of the first modern Olympics. (2B, 2D)

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Athens / Kavala / Gallipoli

Journey Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. It’s then over to Turkey on Day 23 as you make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli battlefields, site of one of World War I’s most notorious and bloodiest chapters. You’ll also check out ANZAC Cove. (2B, 2D)

Gallipoli / Istanbul

Ferry across the Dardanelles and visit Troy before continuing on to Istanbul. Savour the incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city. Explore the magnificent Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar with a local guide and try bartering for unique souvenirs at one of the city’s markets. (2B, D)

Istanbul / Sofia / Struga

Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia; a city with a curious blend of socialist heritage and modern European living. Witness its extraordinary Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Cut across Macedonia to the red-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés and village atmosphere of Struga near Lake Ohrid. (2B, 2D)

Struga / Durres / Dubrovnik

Cross into Albania and on to Durres where steep mountains plunge deep into the Adriatic Sea. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, walled city of Dubrovnik, one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities and classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (2B, 2D)

Dubrovnik

Find historic buildings, modern galleries and amazing seafood in this stunning town. See the fortified city and the Old Port where you can enjoy a sunset drink with views of the Adriatic. You also have a chance to get away from the crowds with an optional swimming cruise along the coast. Bliss! (2B, D)

Dubrovnik / Zadar / Budapest

32-34 35-36 37-38 39-40 41-42 43 44-45 46

Head up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split to visit Diocletian’s Palace. Then travel on to seaside Zadar. On Day 32 continue north, following the serene River Danube to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe; Budapest. Get acquainted with the sights on a city tour taking in the twin cities Buda and Pest. On Day 34, explore the lively arts, café and music scene or head to one of the famous thermal spas. (3B, 2D)

Budapest / Bratislava / Vienna

A short drive through the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and you’re in Europe’s cultural heavyweight; Vienna. Day 36 give you the chance to explore the historic summer home of the mighty Habsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace, and see the city’s impressive Opera House. (2B, D)

Vienna / Ceský Krumlov / Prague

Stop in the picture-perfect Bohemian town, Ceský Krumlov, as you travel to Prague. On Day 38, you’ll discover why it’s known as the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’ as you enjoy a walking tour of the old town, Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. (2B, D)

Prague / Munich

Stop at the sombre Dachau concentration camp memorial as you travel on to the Bavarian capital, Munich. On Day 40, check out the sights and sounds of the city then head to the beer halls for some traditional German entertainment. (2B, D)

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

A quick stop in tiny Liechtenstein before heading to the lakeside beauty of Lucerne. Stroll across the 14th Century wooden Chapel Bridge then continue to tonight’s special stop in the Swiss Alps. On Day 42, opt to take the cog railway train to the top of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg

You travel back into Germany today and make a stop in Heidelberg, famous for its large student population and medieval castle. (B, D)

Heidelberg / Amsterdam

You’re on the home stretch and headed for Amsterdam where you’ll visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. On Day 45, let loose and explore the museums and café culture before your last night out at one of the many nightclubs in town. (2B)

Amsterdam / London

After saying your sad farewells, take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or choose the complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

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REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

You’ve worked out Europe is a pretty big place and you’ve decided not to try to see it all on one visit. Smart move. Maybe you’re tempted by the beach lifestyle of Spain, the culture of Italy, or the fine food and wines of France? Maybe you fancy a glimpse behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Russia, or hope to sample the ‘east meets west’ flavours of Turkey? Choose one of our regional tours for an in-depth discovery of your favourite corner of this diverse continent. Our small group adventures are perfect for those who enjoy the convenience of prearranged travel with the flexibility to do your own thing, and you’ll generally travel with no more than 16 like-minded folks. Choose from basic, standard and superior options, or an active holiday to put you in touch with nature. Opt for a multi-country small group adventure or a more in-depth exploration of just one or two countries, or choose a ‘local living’ holiday where you can really discover the heart and soul of the places you visit.


EUROPE ENCOMPASSED London

24 DAYS

London

Highlights

Enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower Love the great outdoors in the Alps Uncover ancient monuments in Rome See priceless art in Florence Enjoy a gelato in St. Mark’s Square Explore the Imperial palaces of Vienna Chill out in laid-back Amsterdam

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (20 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, train, metro, ferry Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR 500750 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEELL

You. Europe. 24 days. Ready? You’d better be, because this epic romp through the Old World’s greatest cities doesn’t slow down for stragglers. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers eager to tick an entire continent off their ‘must-do’ list, this adventure will take you from the busy streets of the English capital to Paris’ most elegant galleries and cafés, the stunning natural brilliance of Switzerland, the rugged beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre and the party capitals of Berlin and Amsterdam before wrapping up with a celebratory pint in a London pub. Phew! We’re tired just talking about it.

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01-02

NORTH SEA

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Amsterdam

Bruges Paris ATLANTIC OCEAN

Paris / Interlaken

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Interlaken 2 1

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Venice

Rome

Leaving Paris, you’ll have the best part of three days to enjoy this outdoors adventure resort in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy hiking in the nearby valleys of Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen, where you can also see the unique Trümmelbach Falls hidden inside a mountain. Opt to get your adrenalin pumping with hang gliding, zorbing, whitewater rafting, or swimming in crystal-clear lakes. On Day 5, travel by overnight train to Milan.

Milan / Rome

Florence

Viareggio MEDITERRANEAN SEA

03-05

2

Vienna

F R A N C E

Milan

3

G E R M A N Y

1

After meeting in London today, make your way to Paris on the overnight bus service. Upon arrival, take an orientation walk to introduce you to this wonderful city. Afterwards you are free to explore on your own to discover its certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Paris has something for everyone, enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, perhaps explore the outstanding museums and churches, or float down the Seine on a sightseeing cruise. (L)

ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY

Strut your stuff with an included orientation walk of Milan, Italy’s capital of fashion. It’s then on to Rome, where you can spend your time discovering the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. A trip to the Vatican City is a must to see the famous St Peter’s Basilica. Don’t miss the amazing Italian food, wine and nightlife.

Viareggio (Tuscany)

09-11

With a base in Viareggio, discover the Tuscan countryside and some of its famed cities on included day trips. Visit Pisa to see its famous Leaning Tower, and take in the coastal trails along the terraced hillsides of the Cinque Terre. Visit also the Renaissance city of Florence, which boasts magnificent buildings such as the Duomo and the outstanding art collection at the Uffizi Gallery.

Venice / Vienna

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A scenic train ride takes you to Venice, one of the few places in the world that can truly be described as unique. This ‘Floating City’ is best explored on foot, wandering through the labyrinth of alleys and streets, discovering opulence and beauty at every turn. On Day 13, travel by overnight train to Vienna where there’s plenty of time to explore. Check out the highlights of its imperial past, including the grand St. Stephen’s Church and the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, and marvel at the Hofburg Palace or with an optional visit to the Lipizzaner ‘dancing’ horses of the Vienna Riding School.

Prague / Berlin

16-20

Travel on to Prague where you’ll take a walking tour with your guide and visit a Pilsner beer hall. You then have free time the next day to explore the Old Town and the castle complex. Arriving into Berlin on Day 18, get your bearings with an included bike tour. A melting pot of different cultures and flavours, it’s one of the most interesting cities in Europe.

Amsterdam / Bruges / London

21-24

Depart from Berlin by train and spend a couple of days exploring Amsterdam; beautiful, hip, and famously laid back. Start with a sightseeing walk and an included visit to a local brewery. If you only do one thing in Amsterdam, get a unique perspective with a cruise along its signature canals, which are lined with elegant gabled townhouses. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. On Day 23, arrive in Belgium to the compact city of Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval trading centres in Europe, which has remained practically unchanged since its heyday. Finally, make your way back for one last night in London, where your tour ends on Day 24.

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Rome

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Rome

DAY ITINERARY

London / Paris

After meeting the rest of your group in London today, make your way to Paris on the overnight bus service.

Rome

Arrive into Rome today and head out to explore some of the Italian capital’s famous sights such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Meet the rest of your group this afternoon/evening.

01

Paris

Upon arrival in Paris, take an orientation walk to introduce you to this wonderful city and enjoy a picnic lunch (included) under the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day discovering the unmistakable Parisian sense of style. Perhaps enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine, browse the romantic lanes of Montmartre, or check out the outstanding art collection of the Louvre. (L)

Interlaken

03-05

Head south into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playground of Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding, whitewater rafting or rock climbing, this is the place. The charms of the twin valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are both pictureperfect. On Day 5, travel by overnight train to Milan.

Milan

The bustling city of Milan is renowned worldwide as a centre for fashion and style. Keep an eye out for catwalk supermodels browsing their favourite designer boutiques, as you enjoy some of the city’s sightseeing highlights today on an orientation walk.

06

Viareggio (Tuscany)

02-04

On arrival into Rome, spend the day checking out famous sights from the glory days of the Roman Empire, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Don’t miss a trip to the Vatican City to admire the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The tour ends on Day 8, and you’re free to depart at any time.

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (5 nts), bus (1 nt), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, metro, ferry Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR 280-380 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEELR

05-06

London G E R M A N Y 1

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Interlaken

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On arrival into Vienna, you have plenty of free time to explore. This former home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire boasts many reminders of its imperial past, including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Marvel at the priceless jewels housed in the Schatzkammer (Treasury), or pay an optional visit to the Vienna Riding School.

Prague

Travel on to Prague where you’ll take a walking tour with your guide and visit an authentic beer hall. You then have free time on Day 10 to explore the Old Town Square, and admire its astronomical clock before waving goodbye to your travel companions as the tour ends.

09-10

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (8 nts), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus, metro Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR 220-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRP

G E R M A N Y

Prague 1

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Vienna Venice

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Rome

Cinque Terre

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A scenic train ride takes you to Venice, one of the few cities that is genuinely like nowhere else on the planet. This ‘Floating City’ is best explored on foot, wandering through the labyrinth of alleys and streets, or take a gondola ride to appreciate its ancient bridges and opulent mansions. On Day 6, travel by overnight train to Vienna.

Inclusions

NORTH SEA

Paris

Using the popular seaside resort of Viareggio as your base, discover the highlights of Tuscany and the famous rolling countryside of Cinque Terre. Day trips are included to see sights as varied as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the elegant and cultured city of Florence.

Venice

Rome

07-08

10 DAYS

Prague

• Hike in the verdant hills above Tuscany’s famous Cinque Terre • Wander the art-filled streets in the Renaissance city of Florence • Watch a gorgeous sunset as you sip an ice-cold Pilsner in Prague

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Highlights

• Visit the Louvre and see priceless works of art in Paris • Enjoy some adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities in the Swiss Alps • Step back in time as you explore the historic streets of Rome

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London

Rome

Highlights

DAY ITINERARY

Prague

Rome / Viareggio (Tuscany) / Cinque Terre / Venice

Depending on your arrival time into Prague, you may have some free time to explore the city. Meet the rest of your group this evening.

Berlin

Arriving into Berlin, get to grips with the city’s layout on an included bike tour, and then enjoy almost two full days at your own pace. Few cities in Europe have such an interesting past, present or future. Take in sights such as Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate.

It all begins in Rome, home to more ancient landmarks than you could shake a centurion’s spear at. On Day 2, take a train to Tuscany and explore this hospitable Italian region, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the terraced hillsides of Cinque Terre and an evening stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view over Florence. On Day 5, take a scenic train ride to the ‘Floating City’ of Venice and enjoy an orientation walk along the canals and the labyrinth of alleys. Spend Day 6 exploring the picturesque streets and palaces before jumping on the overnight train.

01-06

Amsterdam

05-06

Welcome to the Netherlands! Here you have a couple of days to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam, whose inhabitants are famously chilled and laid-back. Start with a sightseeing walk and an included visit to a local brewery, and then enjoy free time for your own discovery. Jump on a sightseeing cruise along the city’s elegant canals, visit the unique Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, and check out the slightly less serious side of this fun-loving city with a stroll around the infamous Red Light District.

Vienna / Prague

Wake up in the Austrian capital of Vienna and spend time exploring its imperial streets and museums, and sampling its tasty pilsner. On Day 9, head to Prague and walk around town with your guide. Pay a visit to a genuine beer hall before continuing to explore the city and its Old Town Square with the famous Astronomical Clock.

07-10

Berlin / Amsterdam

Welcome to Berlin and an included bicycle tour. Enjoy free time exploring this historic city, the famous Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery or its many trendy bars and cafés. Travel to Amsterdam on Day 14, one of the coolest cities in Europe. After a sightseeing walk and a visit to a local brewery, stroll the beautiful canals, visit Anne Frank’s house or the Van Gogh Museum, or check out the city’s infamous Red Light District.

Bruges / London

07-08

17 DAYS

London

• Explore the beautiful streets and ancient monuments in Rome • Embrace a variety of cultures and sample some great food and drink • Cycle the chilled-out streets of Amsterdam and party in Berlin

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FR

Cross the border into Belgium for a visit to the lovely city of Bruges, where the stunning medieval buildings that line its Grote Markt (market square) once housed some of the richest merchants and craftsmen of Europe. After an orientation walk, there’s free time for activities such as bike rides, canal cruises, visits to local breweries or shopping for divine Belgian chocolate. Finally, cross the English Channel and make your way back to London for one last night with the group. Your tour ends on Day 8.

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (7 nts) Transport: Train, bus, metro, ferry Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR 210-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEYPL

11-15

Bruges / London

Head into Belgium for a visit to one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns; Bruges. Opt for a brewery tour, canal boat trip or cycle around the historic centre before heading to London for a final night out with the group. Your tour comes on an end on Day 17.

16-17

Inclusions NORTH SEA

London Amsterdam 1

2

Berlin

Bruges G E R M A N Y

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Sweden

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (15 nts), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, metro, ferry Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR 350-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRL

Scotland Denmark

NORTH SEA

Amsterdam Berlin 3 2 London G E R M A N Y Norway

1

Prague

Bruges

Prague

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• Relax with friends over a stein of beer in a Berlin beer garden • Feel like a local as you cycle the canals of Amsterdam • Wander through the old town of Bruges and shop for chocolates

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Highlights

Madrid / Lisbon

Depart Madrid and head to the Portuguese coast and Portugal’s star attraction and capital, Lisbon. Take an orientation walk through the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets before heading into the Bairro Alto area for the local nightlife. On Day 2, explore the Alfama District, Rossio Square, the Torre de Belem or the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos or opt for a day trip to the fairytale town of Sintra. (B)

Meet in London late afternoon and catch the Eurostar train to Paris.

07-08

Paris

Two days in the romantic city of Paris, with a picnic lunch included at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and plenty of free time to explore. Board the overnight train to Barcelona on Day 3. (L)

01-02

Lagos

Barcelona

Start with an orientation walk to introduce the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas; explore the port of Barceloneta or spend a lazy day on the beach. On Day 6, catch the overnight train to Granada.

This morning head off to the sun lovers’ party town of Lagos in the south of Portugal. It’s famous for its beaches, bars, restaurants and vibrant summer nightlife. Opt to explore the secluded coastline of the Algarve by kayak, grab some surf lessons or just lie on the beach and nurse your hangover. Spend the night partying at Lagos’ best bars. (B)

03

Granada / Seville

Get a taste of Moorish influences on a walking tour of Granada and a guided visit to the Alhambra. In Seville, explore the former home of Muslim and Christian royalty, the Alcazar, or take in a flamenco show.

Chefchaouen

Cross by ferry into Morocco and enjoy an orientation walk through this mysterious blue village perched high in the Rif Mountains. Opt to hike through the mountains and be mesmerised by nearby waterfalls.

09-10

Seville / Granada

04-06

Fes / Casablanca

Today explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes El-Bali, the world’s largest medina, and its bargain-filled souks. On Day 3, discover the art-deco and modernist gems of beachfront Casablanca.

11-13

Marrakech

Witness the acrobats, fortune tellers and snake charmers of the Djemaa el-Fna square, with its rows of irresistible open-air food stalls. You’re free to leave at any time on Day 15.

14-15

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, air-conditioned coach, train, ferry Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR 320-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEEME

London Paris

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Granada / Consuegra / Toledo / Madrid

Leaving Granada, make a stop in Consuegra before heading to the UNESCO-listed city of Toledo. The former capital of Spain commands a strategic hilltop location and boasts a chequered and turbulent history. Check out Toledo’s famous cathedral featuring significant art works by El Greco, Rubens and Titian. Return to Madrid by early evening where your tour will come to an end. (B)

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (6 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide & Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes orientation walks in each town, locally-guided tour of Seville, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

S PA I N P O RT U G A L

Lisbon

2

Barcelona

Casablanca

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Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 08 Nov 15 Nov 29 Dec 20 Jan 03

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Seville

Departures 2014

Head back to Spain and the beautiful city of Seville. Take a walking tour with a local guide, and explore the capital of Andalucia. Tapas and party time! Day 5 will take you to Granada, known as the home of tapas. Grab your mates and sample some of the local specialities. On Day 6, you’ll have the option to join a fully-guided tour of the stunning Alhambra Palace or relax and head to the Turkish hot pools for a massage. Enjoy a traditional flamenco show tonight. (2B)

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Madrid

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London / Paris

04-06

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Madrid

FR

• Enjoy sangria and flavoursome tapas in local tavernas and bars • Hit the Lagos party circuit on Portugal’s sunny Algarve coast • Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of Toledo, Spain’s former capital

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$1,059 / $1,029

FR

Highlights

• Meet the ghost of Moorish Spain at Granada’s graceful Alhambra • Sample patatas bravas, chorizo and paella on a tapas bar crawl • Explore the sensory overload of Morocco’s medinas and kasbahs

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BEST OF SPAIN & $1,299 PORTUGAL 8 DAYS

Madrid

DAY ITINERARY The well-defined provinces of Spain are fiercely proud of their own individual culture and heritage, as you’ll notice when you arrive today in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. If time permits, head out to explore the city before meeting your group this evening.

Barcelona / Pyrenees Mountains

Start the day with an orientation walk of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter before heading into the Pyrenees Mountains for a two-night stay in a ‘casa rural’, or converted farmhouse, where you’ll enjoy home-cooked meals and some optional hikes in this beautiful region. (B, 2D)

San Sebastian

Catch the bus to the stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, your first stop in the Basque Country, where you can opt to take a tapas tour to learn about the region’s distinctive food and language. (B)

04

Bilbao / San Sebastian

Day trip to the bustling city of Bilbao to explore the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) and visit the art installations on display at the Guggenheim, Frank Gehry’s iconic, modernist building covered in titanium panels.

05

Logrono

Head inland to the lovely and crazily underrated city of Logrono, at the heart of the Rioja wine-producing region. It would be a crime not to sample the region’s local vintages, so we’ve included a wine tasting session. Head to ‘pintxo street’ this evening to sample great tapas.

06 07-08

Madrid

Travel to Madrid for an orientation walk and a free afternoon and evening in Spain’s capital city (and the only place on this trip where Spanish is the first language!). Depart at any time on Day 8.

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $699

Jun 01 Jun 28 Jul 12

Jun 08 Jul 05 Jul 19

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Barcelona

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Highlights

• See stunning mosaics in Lisbon and the ‘Chapel of Bones’ in Evora • Feel the rhythm of flamenco in Seville and bar hop around Madrid • Relax on the beach in Valencia and enjoy tapas in Barcelona

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Oct 05

Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon at any time and meet the group in the evening. Dive straight in on Day 2, and enjoy an orientation tour with your guide before you set off to explore its narrow medieval streets.

01-02

Lisbon / Evora / Algarve Coast

03-04

Jump on a local bus to Evora this morning and enjoy a tour including the ghoulish ‘Chapel of Bones’. Use your free time to explore this lively city of bustling alleyways and quaint architecture. Afterwards, make your way to Lagos for a two-night stay on the Algarve Coast.

Algarve Coast / Seville

05-06 07-08

Head east to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. After an orientation walk, you have two days to get a feel for the city; explore monuments and gardens, savour tapas and wine and see a dramatic evening flamenco performance.

Cordoba / Granada

You’re off to explore Cordoba and its incredible Moorish mosque, the Mezquita-Catedral. On Day 8, next up it’s the Andalucian city of Granada, where there will be an included visit to the Alhambra Palace.

Granada / Madrid / Valencia

Madrid has it all - history, architecture, galleries, beautiful parks and wild nightlife. On Day 11, travel to the vibrant city of Valencia. Use Day 12 to explore all this outstanding place has on offer.

09-12

Valencia / Barcelona

Take a morning train to Barcelona and familiarise yourself with the sights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour. Next day, make the most of your time here in this cosmpolitan city as it all wraps up in the morning of Day 15.

13-15

Inclusions

F R A N C E

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Converted farmhouses (2 nts) hotels (5 nts) Transport: Public bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 240300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESNS

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Barcelona

DAY ITINERARY

Barcelona

02-03

Lisbon

FR

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• Enjoy the food, art and culture of the Catalan and Basque provinces • Visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao’s modernist masterpiece • Sample fine Rioja wines in Logrono, a city surrounded by vineyards

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$2,499

FR

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR 315-415 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESSP

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,099

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14 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

Explore Madrid’s vast Royal Palace Hit the beaches in San Sebastian Discover Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter Party ‘til dawn in Ibiza (summer only) Admire the beauty of Seville Wander Granada’s cobbled streets Tour the Moorish Alhambra Palace Visit Cordoba’s Mosque of Caliphs

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Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach, ferry crossing, flight to Ibiza (summer only) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBEH/COWWEH - note that winter departures (Jan-Mar 2014 & Oct 2014-Mar 2015) follow a modified itinerary and do not visit Ibiza, please ask for details

Madrid

01-02 03

Pyrenees Mountains

San Sebastian

Bilbao Segovia

Madrid Cordoba

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Pamplona

Zaragoza 3

2

Barcelona

2

Denia

1 2

04

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Toledo

1

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Seville

Spain is a mix of cultures where each region has its own distinct style. Not only is it rich in cultural traditions, it’s innovative and has a cutting edge arts scene and youthful party vibe. The Spanish Spree is just that, a spree taking in the perfect blend of culture and partying. You’ll get to wander through the Royal Palace in Madrid, visit the magnificent Moorish-style Alhambra Palace in Granada and see the Rock of Gibraltar. Then, put on your dancing shoes and take in the magic of Barcelona where the nightlife is pumping every day of the week, and head to the beaches of Ibiza where you can dance ‘til dawn.

Granada

Ibiza

Arrive in Madrid and check yourself into the hotel. Later, meet your new travel buddies over dinner. Get straight into it on Day 2 as you explore the heart of Madrid. Wander along Gran Via, the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe as your local guide expertly shows you through the lavish rooms of the magnificent Royal Palace. Perhaps treat yourself to a traditional tapas dinner, then head off into the city that never sleeps. (B, D)

Madrid / Segovia / Bilbao

Head north to Bilbao in the Basque Country, with its unique language and culture. Stop by the pretty clifftop town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and many squares. See the jaw-droppingly beautiful Roman aqueduct before arriving in Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Art Museum. (B, D)

Bilbao / San Sebastian / Pamplona

Start the day with free time in the elegant and stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, a surf hot spot. Later, pull into Pamplona, home to the extreme festival of the ‘Running of the Bulls’. Enjoy a walking tour of the well-preserved old town and see the route of the infamous run. (B)

Pamplona / Zaragoza / Barcelona

05-06

Stop in Baroque-style Zaragoza before making your way to the buzzing city of Barcelona. First up on Day 6 is hilltop Montjuic, from where you can take in full-blown vistas of the city. You can also check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Next, get a look into the wild imagination of the architect Antoni Gaudi, and visit his fabulous, though as yet unfinished, Sagrada Familia Cathedral. (2B, D)

Barcelona / Ibiza

Gibraltar

07-08

Jump on a plane to Ibiza, Spain’s party paradise. Popular with sun worshippers, backpackers and those that want to party! Honour the birthplace of the rave by checking out Ibiza’s world famous clubs, which keep going until the sun comes up. On Day 8, relax, catch up on sleep, soak in the sun and people-watch until the bars open and the dance floor is calling once again. (2B)

Ibiza / Granada

09-10 11 12

Ferry back to the mainland and take in the views on the drive south to beautiful Granada. Start Day 10 with a locally-guided optional tour through the old Muslim Quarter of Albaicin. Next up is the Alhambra where a specialist guide will bring the magic of this former home of the sultans to life. Take a walk through the complex of fortifications, luxurious palaces and gardens. (2B, D)

Granada / Gibraltar / Seville

Wind along the Costa del Sol with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop, and enjoy a stop at the Rock of Gibraltar. This quirky British territory guards the entrance to the Mediterranean. (B)

Seville / Cordoba

Spend the morning exploring this fun, laid back city where the locals focus on the good life; long lunches, afternoon siestas, late dinners and dancing. It’s then into the heart of Andalucia, through to Cordoba to see the Mezquita and learn about the Spanish Inquisition. (B)

Cordoba / Toledo / Madrid

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Travel to the hill-top town of Toledo, whose narrow streets are packed with monuments reflecting the Romans, Jews, Muslims and Christians that have all called this place home. Head back to the Spanish capital, and make your last night one to remember. The tour comes to an end on Day 14 after breakfast, so it’s time to bid adios to your new amigos. (2B)

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IBERIAN VOYAGER  Barcelona

Includes Local Payment - 21 DAYS

Barcelona

Highlights

Admire Gaudi’s creations in Barcelona Stroll the courtyards of the Alhambra Sail across the Strait of Gibraltar Explore the ancient medina of Fes Sample flavoursome tapas and tagine Grab your maracas for some flamenco! Discover Lisbon aboard its old trams

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Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 21 Jul 28

Jul 22 Aug 12 *Aug 25 Sep 02

Aug 11 Sep 01 Sep 14 Sep 22

Tour marked (*) will be in Valencia for the La Tomatina Festival and includes a day trip to Bunol to join in the fun.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Only for 1839s Accommodation: Hostels (16 nts), hotels (4 nts) Transport: Air-con coach, ferry Meals: 20 breakfasts, 12 dinners Group Leader: Trip Leader & Driver, local guides Group Size: Max 48, Avg 35 Note: Price includes food supplement of $455 Tour Code: TDEESPBB

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Zaragoza

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Porto

Salamanca

Segovia

2

Sintra 2

Madrid

Lisbon

Seville Tangier

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Valencia

Granada

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Fes

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Barcelona

Meet your Trip Leader and the rest of your group this afternoon for a tour of Barcelona’s highlights including the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic and Las Ramblas. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

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How are your language skills? You’ll hear Spanish, Portuguese, Basque, Catalan, French and Arabic spoken on this wonderful three-country journey that straddles Europe and North Africa. From stylish Barcelona, you’ll travel south through the Moorish-influenced cities of Andalucia then sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to discover the sights and sounds of Morocco, including the ancient city of Fes. Get lost in winding souks and bargain for unique goods and meet some friendly locals along the way. Next up are the gorgeous capitals of Lisbon and Madrid, before a final chill out on the beaches of San Sebastian.

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Barcelona / Valencia

Explore more of Barcelona before heading south to the vibrant city of Valencia, home of Spain’s best paella. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter to see the Silk Exchange and central market. The afternoon of Day 3 is at leisure, we’re thinking it could be time to head to the beach? (2B, D)

Valencia / Granada

Head into Andalucia to Granada, the last Moorish city in Spain to fall to the Christians. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra, a former fortress, palace and gardens all in one. (2B, D)

Granada / Tangier

Head to the southernmost tip of Spain, and travel by ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. In distance terms, it’s not that far, but you’re hit with a wonderful sensory overload – welcome to Africa! Spend the afternoon in Tangier, an ancient port guarding the entrance to the Med. (B, D)

Tangier / Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the Islamic world. Enjoy a sightseeing tour plus time to explore its narrow alleyways and covered bazaars. You’re sure to get lost, but that’s half the fun! On Day 9, take a day trip to Meknes and the Roman ruins at Volubilis, which date back to 40AD. (3B, 2D)

Fes / Seville

Bid farewell to the sights and sounds of North Africa and return to Spain for a tour of Seville, with time to take in the Alcazar royal residence, the Jewish Quarter and a fiery flamenco show. (2B, D)

Seville / Lisbon

Head into Portugal today and, on arrival into its authentic and colourful capital, see the sights including Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. Don’t forget to check out the Bairro Alto, one of the oldest districts in Lisbon and the heart of the city’s nightlife. (2B, D)

Lisbon / Sintra / Porto

En route to Porto, admire the romantic architecture of Sintra and visit Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting tour at a typical port cellar. Porto itself is a lively city where you can stroll the atmospheric riverfront district of Ribiera, whose buildings are adorned with characterful hand-painted tiles. (2B, D)

Porto / Salamanca / Madrid

On the way to Madrid, make a detour to visit the university city of Salamanca, one of the finest Renaissance cities in Europe. Enjoy a city tour of Madrid to see the magnificent Royal Palace, with plenty of free time to admire world-class art in the Prado Museum or explore the nightlife. (2B, D)

Madrid / San Sebastian

Head via Segovia into the Basque Country for a two-night stay in the glorious seaside resort of San Sebastian. Stroll along the promenade to discover the Old Town’s many ‘pintxos’ (tapas) bars. (2B, D)

San Sebastian / Zaragoza / Barcelona

Travel from the Basque Country into Catalonia, both fiercely proud regions of Spain where many of the locals don’t speak Spanish as their native tongue. Enjoy a last night out with the group, before the tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 21. (2B, D)

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REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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22 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

Explore the great Iberian cities Chill out on the coast of the Algarve Marvel at the Mezquita-Catedral Sample the best tapas in the world Experience the Basque way of life Watch some fiery flamenco in Seville Live like a local staying in a casa rural

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May 18 Jun 08 Jun 14 Jul 05 Jun 28 Jul 19

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Aug 31 Sep 21 Sep 14 Oct 05

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (19 nts), ‘casa rural’ converted farmhouse (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 550-650 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESLM

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,749

Dynamic culture, thumping nightlife, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine, fresh local produce - the Iberian Peninsula really is a gold mine of riches for every sense and interest. Wander the streets of Lisbon, learn about the Moorish history in Cordoba (El Cid, Don Quixote...ring any bells?), be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, witness Gaudi’s fantastical Barcelona with your own eyes, party in the buzzing Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees and live the culture alongside the locals themselves. If that sounds exciting already, trust us it will be even better in real life!

DAY ITINERARY Lisbon

Bilbao

01-02

San Sebastián 2

Pyrenees

Logrono 1

Madrid

Barcelona 2

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Lisbon

Valencia

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Evora Cordoba 1

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Evora / Algarve

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Algarve Coast

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Arrive in Lisbon, a fascinating city with over 20 centuries of history. Enjoy a little exploration on your own before meeting up with the group this evening. On Day 2, enjoy an orientation tour with your guide before you set off to explore its typical tile-covered building façades and narrow medieval streets. Listen out for Portugal’s traditional music, the fado, being played and sung at night. Today travel to Evora and enjoy an orientation walk including a visit to the ‘Chapel of Bones’, which is constructed almost entirely from the bones of thousands of people, and the centrally-located ruins of the Temple of Diana. Later, continue to beautiful Lagos, where, on Day 4, you will enjoy an included hike along the golden cliffs and sandy coves of the Algarve.

Seville

05-06

This morning, head to one of the most exciting cities in Spain, Seville. After an orientation walk, you will have two days to explore this amazing city with its winding medieval lanes and romantic, hidden plazas. Sample the best tapas in Spain and get a taste of Seville’s energetic pulse with an included visit to a dramatic evening flamenco performance.

Cordoba / Granada

07-08

Set off to Granada with a stop in Cordoba to visit its incredible Moorish Mosque, the MezquiteCatedral, and the medieval Jewish Quarter, full of narrow lanes and traditional houses. Experience the stunning sunset along the banks of the Guadalquivir River and sample some of the region’s divine food. On Day 8, it is on to the city of Granada, where there will be an included visit to the Alhambra Palace, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture.

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09-12 13-15

Welcome to the lively and buzzing Madrid, pulsing with sheer energy and offering it all - architecture, museums, amazing tapas bars, beautiful parks and wild nightlife. Set off on an included orientation walk before an optional visit to the Museo del Prado and an evening tapas and wine bar walk. On Day 11, travel to the vibrant city of Valencia and enjoy an orientation walk of the Old Quarter. Opt to visit the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences or relax at one of the beautiful beaches.

Barcelona

Known worldwide for its dynamic atmosphere and exciting style, Barcelona never disappoints. Familiarise yourself with the sights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour, visit Gaudi’s Parc Güell and enjoy an evening of tapas and wine to round out the days.

Pyrenees / Bilbao / San Sebastian

16-19

Head into the Pyrenees Mountains for a two-night stay in a ‘casa rural’, or converted farmhouse, where you’ll enjoy home-cooked meals and some optional hikes in this beautiful region. Catch the bus to the stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, your first stop in the Basque Country, where you can opt to take a tapas tour to learn about the region’s distinctive food and language. On Day 19, enjoy a day trip to Bilbao, known for the stunning Guggenheim Museum. (2B, 2D)

Logrono / Madrid

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Head inland to the lovely and underrated city of Logrono, at the heart of the Rioja wine-producing region. It would be a crime not to sample the region’s local vintages, so we’ve included a wine tasting session. Head to ‘pintxo street’ this evening for a spot of bar-hopping and to sample great tapas. On Day 21, return to Madrid and enjoy some free time in the capital before departing the next day.

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TREKKING MONT BLANC Chamonix

LOIRE VALLEY $1,599 CYCLING 10 DAYS

Chamonix

DAY ITINERARY

Blois

Highlights

• Cycle through the history books at a string of glorious châteaux • Take time to appreciate the lush scenery of Loire Valley • Pedal through the ‘Garden of France’ and sample regional produce

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive in Chamonix for a welcome meeting with your fellow hikers. On Day 2, take a cable car from Les Houches to Bellevue, and then hike through spruce forests and Alpine meadows past the Bionnassay Glacier. Descend to Les Contamines for a night in a mountain gite. (D) Today is the first real challenge as you have a steep ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (2,329m), a perfect lunch stop with awesome views. The auberge at Les Chapieux serves local specialities for dinner. (B, D)

The steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (1,970m) is rewarded with a great view of Mont Blanc Massif. Continue along the Mont de la Saxe for a picnic lunch facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses, before descending to the Italian Val Ferret. Start Day 7 with a steep climb to cross the Grand Col Ferret (2,537m) and drop down into Switzerland. Travel on to the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly. (2B, 2D)

Trient / Chamonix

08-10

Hike the ‘Bovine Way’; an ancient trail used to access the high summer cow pastures. Cross the Col de la Forclaz and down into Trient. On Day 9, a final day of trekking takes you over the Col de la Balme back into France’s Chamonix Valley, for a bus or train ride back to Chamonix. Tour ends after breakfast on Day 10. (2B, D)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts, possibly multishare), mountain refuges (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, cable car Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR240-315 for meals not included Group Leader: Qualified International Mountain Leader as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFMB

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Chamonix

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1

Val Ferret

Selected Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Saumur

Visit a vineyard to sample some Chinon red wine. As you cycle in the shadow of a steep limestone cliff, known as ‘Tuffeau’ you’ll pass houses built out of the cliff face, visit troglodyte caves and wine cellars. See a unique regional sight, ‘pommes tapees’, translated as hammered apples. Arrive in Saumur for the night. (B)

05

Gennes

On today’s ride, you might even be able to sample the delicious fruit sold in the harvest season from roadside stalls. Visit the unusual mushroom caves of the Musée du Champignon. In Gennes, visit the château of Milly-le-Meugon. (B)

06 07-08

Angers / Nantes

Once in Angers, visit the château, famous for the Apocalypse Tapestry, and make the most of the cuisine and wine from the region. On Day 8, take the train to Nantes where your trip ends. (2B)

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Train, bus, bicycle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR340-415 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFAA

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Les Chapieux

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Continue on to the spectacular Château de Chenonceau, then through villages to the town of Tours, passing the city of Amboise. Stop by the markets to pick up some succlulent treats! Day 4 begins cycling along the river passing the meadows of the Loire to Chinon. Along the route stop at Château Usse and the famous Renaissance era gardens of the Château de Villandry before arriving in Chinon. (2B, L)

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Jun - Sep

Arrive at any time and spend your day in the twisting streets of the town, or sample delicious French cuisine. Start Day 2 pedalling the French countryside. On your way to Chenonceau, stop at Château de Blois and get a real sense of the regal history in the Loire. (B)

01-02

Climb to the Col de la Seigne (2,516m) and the border with Italy. Today’s route is demanding, but the views are fabulous and Day 5 is at leisure to recover in the town of Courmayeur. There’s an optional cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner on Mont Blanc. (2B)

Courmayeur / Val Ferret / La Fouly

06-07

Blois / Chenonceau

Les Contamines / Les Chapieux

Les Chapieux / Courmayeur

04-05

8 DAYS

Nantes

Chamonix / Les Contamines

03

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REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Trek the world-class hiking circuit of Europe’s highest peak • Conquer steep climbs and high mountain passes • Admire spectacular views of glaciers, valleys and Alpine meadows

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$1,199

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REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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$2,599

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14 DAYS

Rome

Highlights

Admire charming medieval cities Stroll the chic streets of Paris HIke the glorious Cinque Terre Taste fine wines and local delicacies Soak up the real European vibe Witness Florence’s masterpieces Explore Rome’s museum-like streets

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow EUR 430-565 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEFPI

Raise your glass to the best of France and Italy! Get seduced by the colourful cultures of these beautiful countries, where daily life is woven around café terraces, village squares, produce-laden markets, unbelievable architecture and oh-so-delicious traditional cuisines. Travel from Paris to Rome and savour some of the most enticing cultural and natural highlights. Get your head spinning in Paris, sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, experience the real ‘dolce vita’ following scenic tracks along Italy’s Cinque Terre coast and prepare to be amazed by the astonishing architecture of Rome.

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DAY ITINERARY Paris

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Paris

Beaune

Beaune

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F R A N C E

Avignon

Arrive to Paris, the city of love, and prepare to discover its certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ as you wander through the arty Montparnasse, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, stare at the priceless works of art at the Louvre, stroll the glamorous Champs-Élysées, cruise down the river Seine or challenge the steps of the Eiffel Tower. Smell the love in the air!

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Nice

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02-03

Avignon

2

Rome

Today, arrive to the charming town of Beaune, best known for its wine: making it, tasting it, selling it, but most of all, drinking it. Enjoy an included local wine tasting as an introduction to the region’s famous vintage. Visit the local markets and the historic centre before enjoying an optional dinner with your group here in the heart of Burgundy, one of France’s most distinguished culinary and wineproducing regions. Spend Day 3 visiting neighbouring Dijon or exploring the famous Beaune Hospice, France’s most splendid medieval charity hospital.

04-05

Take the train to the heart of lavender-scented Provence and the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon, ringed by amazingly well-preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts. Explore the magnificent art and architecture, none grander than the impressive medieval fortress, the Papal Palace. Visit Pont St. Bezenet and top-notch museums, as well as ancient cobbled streets and leafy squares bustling with cafés and restaurants offering gorgeous Provençal cuisine.

Nice / Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

06-07

Today, arrive to the gleaming Mediterranean coast and the Côte d’Azur’s cultured capital, Nice. With its mix of modern city grit, old-world opulence and year-round sunshine, Nice is the place to be! Soak up the amazing atmosphere, visit some of the must-see museums and explore the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Spend the evening wandering the romantic old town streets and treating yourself at some of France’s best bars and trendiest restaurants. Take a day trip to the principality of Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country, to admire the expensive yachts lining its glamorous marina.

Cinque Terre / Pisa / Florence

08-11

Head along the coast into Italy and spend two nights by the sensational Cinque Terre National Park, where five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Get your heart racing on the coastal walk or meander from town to town with an included train pass. On Day 10, continue to the town of Pisa and its Leaning Tower, drawing its fame from an architectual project gone seriously wrong! Continue to the heart of Tuscany and enjoy a relaxing walk in the Renaissance city of Florence. Pay a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo for a stunning panoramic view of the city. Opt to see the Statue of David, wander the Uffizzi Gallery or swing by the shopping stalls.

12-14

Welcome to one of the world’s most alluring and seductive cities; Bella Roma! Take an orientation walk of the thrilling Italian capital before a free afternoon for a spot of independent exploration. Nicknamed the ‘Eternal City’, Rome is also home to His Holiness the Pope, whose residence at the Vatican City is a sovereign state within the city of Rome. Visit the Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum where the gladiators battled to the death, and the Catacombs that entombed early Christians. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a Roman meal with some new local friends. Your tour ends on Day 14 and you are free to depart this living history museum at any time but not before you turn your back on the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin over your shoulder into the water; it’s said this will ensure your safe return to the city. Well, who wouldn’t want to come back? (D)

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ULTIMATE ITALY Rome

ITALIAN $2,499 ADVENTURE

FR

14 DAYS

Venice

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Discover ancient Roman life on a guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii • Enjoy the glamorous Isle of Capri with its famous Blue Grotto • Treat yourself with some home-made gelato and a shot of limoncello

DAY ITINERARY

Get yourself to Rome and start discovering this Eternal City. There will be an orientation walk on Day 2 before a free day to explore myriad options. On Days 3 and 4, take on Siena, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns, starting your exploration with an orientation walk and a spot of Chianti wine tasting. (D) Jump on a local bus for the journey to the Tuscan capital. Exquisite is the only way we can describe Florence, so enjoy spending your time exploring this open-air, living, breathing museum of Renaissance art.

Lucca / Pisa / Cinque Terre

Isle of Capri

Head to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Spend a day exploring the piazzas, towers and churches of this enchanting walled city. After a half-day visit to Pisa on Day 8, take the train to the Cinque Terre National Park. Five stunning villages are sandwiched between the beach and the hills, and the whole area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander from one town to the next with an included train pass.

07-09

Rome / Pompeii / Sorrento

Rise and shine for an early departure from Rome down to Pompeii, Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Enjoy a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, whose treasures were buried by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Continue down the Amalfi Coast, twisting through a succession of lovely villages to the resort of Sorrento, your base for the next two nights. Dip in the pool or visit the campsite beach before heading into sun-kissed Sorrento for an orientation walk, a limoncello and chocolate tasting and an optional meal at a traditional restaurant followed by a few cocktails at some local bars.

Florence

05-06

01

Get a taste of the real ‘dolce vita’ as you spend the whole day on the Isle of Capri. Tour along the coastline and check out the surreal Blue Grotto, incredible celebrity homes and gorgeous scenery. Take the cable car up to Anacapri and look out for the paparazzi chasing the visiting celebrities. Discover true Italian ice cream and enjoy the beach before heading up to the spectacular Giardini di Augosto for a view of the Faraglioni rocks. Return to Sorrento for the night.

02

Como

Just north of Milan, the town of Como is the gateway to its namesake lake, the Lago di Como. With an included day pass for the boat services on the lake, you can explore resorts and villages such as Bellagio, often described as the most beautiful town in all of Europe.

10-11

Amalfi Coast / Rome

Make the most of your final day driving the spectacular Amalfi coastline, past the town of Positano, with relaxed stops in Amalfi and Ravello. For a true taste of the Italian South chill out on the beach and eat the best cakes ever at the local bakeries in Amalfi. In the afternoon, head back to Rome where the trip concludes - local traffic conditions mean we cannot guarantee the return time. We recommend you book your onward travel the day after your trip ends.

03

Venice

Venice is embellished with monuments of rare splendour that make it a city like no other in the world. Explore the canals on an optional gondola cruise, and take time to discover sights including the Doge’s Palace. The tour comes to an end on Day 14, depart at any time.

12-14

3 DAYS

Rome

Rome / Siena

01-04

$409 / $395 FR

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Public bus, train, boat Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow EUR 430-565 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIRV

My Own Room Available: Fr $799

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Como 2

Venice 2

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Pisa

2

Siena

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share tent-cabins (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Meals: None included Group Leader: Guide & Driver team Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Included tour of Pompeii & Sorrento, boat trip to/around Capri (weather permitting), limoncello & chocolate tasting, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY

Rome

Pompeii Sorrento 2

Departures 2014 Mar - Oct

Selected Sundays, typically 2-3 departures per month

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Rome

Departures 2014 May - Sep

Isle of Capri

2

Ravello

Amalfi Coast

Every Monday & Friday and selected Wednesdays

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Highlights

• Relax at a pavement café in Siena’s magnificent Piazza del Campo • Marvel at a Mediterranean sunset in the Cinque Terre • Admire the splendour of Lake Como’s waterfront villas and mansions

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SIMPLY ITALY Rome

ITALIAN $1,985 ESPRESSO 12 DAYS

Rome

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Boat trip to the beautiful and romantic Isle of Capri • Take in the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo on a tour of Florence • Explore the dramatic cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre

DAY ITINERARY

Rome

Highlights

• Rome, Florence and Venice - Italy’s very own triple espresso! • Locally-guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel • Sample antipasto and Chianti at a 16th Century Tuscan castle

Take the boat over to the glamorous Isle of Capri, famous for its natural beauty, caves and rock formations. Explore the hillside town of Anacapri, or take an optional cruise to the Blue Grotto. (B, D)

06-07 08-09

Sorrento / Florence

Head north to enjoy a spot of wine tasting in the Chianti region, before admiring the rolling hills of Tuscany en route to Renaissance Florence. A local guide will help bring all its secrets to life. (2B, D)

Florence / Verona / Venice

Stop to admire Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, before arriving into Venice, where there’s time to explore its alleyways and grand squares, plus an optional gondola ride to admire its canals. (2B)

Venice / Lake Garda / Milan / La Spezia (Cinque Terre)

Call into the lakeside resort of Sirmione, before reaching Italy’s fashion capital and economic powerhouse, Milan. Discover the stunning cliffside village of the Cinque Terre on Day 09. (2B, D)

La Spezia / Pisa / Rome

They say ‘all roads lead to Rome’, and that’s true today but not before you’ve stopped in Pisa to check out its famous Leaning Tower. In Rome, enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican and soak up ‘La Dolce Vita’. The tour concludes after breakfast on Day 12. (3B)

10-12

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBSY / COWWSY

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Check-in and meet your new travel buddies, perhaps with time to enjoy a bit of independent sightseeing before dinner. Though modern and cosmopolitan today, the ancient monuments that litter the streets of Rome can sometimes make this powerhouse of the former Roman Empire feel like a living museum. An optional sightseeing tour on Day 2 introduces highlights such as the Colosseum. (B, D)

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Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

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Mt. Vatican City Vesuvius Pompeii Naples Isle of Capri 2 3

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03-04

Enjoy views of terraced vineyards as you pass through the rolling hills of Umbria en route to the Renaissance splendour of Florence, one of Europe’s most enlightened and cultured cities. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s sacred art and striking buildings. (2B, D)

Florence

Today’s day trip into the Chianti region offers the perfect excuse to enjoy a spot of wine tasting. Also visit the medieval town of San Gimignano, the classic Tuscany of your imagination. (B)

05

Florence / Venice

Pick up some designer gear at bargain prices this morning at a stylish outlet mall. Later, romance could be on the cards in Verona, where you’ll see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, before arriving in Venice. (B, D)

06

Venice

There’s no better place to find yourself lost than in the narrow alleyways and winding canals of Venice, where there’s also a chance to enjoy an unforgettable gondola ride to take it all in. (B)

07

Venice / Rome

08

The tour concludes after breakfast in Venice, or you can opt to take a complimentary transfer back to Rome. (B)

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Capri

04-05

8 DAYS

DAY ITINERARY

Check-in to your hotel and meet your new travel friends over dinner. On Day 2, travel south towards Naples, before arriving into the charming holiday resort of Sorrento. Enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B, D)

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Venice or Rome

Rome / Sorrento

01-02

$1,419

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Sorrento

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver team Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBHI / COWWHI

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THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE Berlin

15 DAYS

Budapest

Highlights

Climb the Reichstag’s dome in Berlin Hike in the scenic Tatra Mountains Learn about Auschwitz from a local Grab an ice-cold Czech beer in Prague Go rafting along the River Vltava Waltz your way through Vienna Pick your favourite – Buda or Pest?

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May 25 Jun 08 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 13

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Jul 20 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 24 Aug 31

Aug 31 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 28

Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 12

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts) Transport: Train, private bus, local bus Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR 335440 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEABE

My Own Room Available: Fr $899

From the urban attractions of Berlin to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, this two-week trip through Central and Eastern Europe offers an intriguing combination of historic towns, village life and outdoor pursuits. Float down the river on a traditional raft, enjoy hiking in the scenic Tatra Mountains and savour the café cultures of Prague and Vienna. Experience the unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe, and grab your sightseeing checklist of must-do cities, from trend-setting Berlin to the medieval streets of Prague, this little beauty will tick them all off!

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

01-02 Berlin

Warsaw

2

S LOV E N I A

Make your own way to Berlin and meet up with your new travel mates this evening. Day 2 is yours to discover this amazing city, which has many tangible reminders of its starring role in the history of both Germany and Europe – not least the Reichstag, ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ and surviving fragments of the Berlin Wall. Districts such as edgy Kreuzberg and bohemian Prenzlauer Berg are well worth exploring, by day and by night. (B)

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Warsaw

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Krakow

Prague

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Zakopane

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Budapest

Poland’s reconstructed capital is a testament to the courage and determination of its people, and the city’s story can be learnt with an included visit to the unmissable Warsaw Historical Museum. Smaller museums of interest here are dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and Marie Curie, amongst others; all are well worth a visit. (B)

Warsaw / Zakopane (High Tatra Mountains)

Visit the unmissable Warsaw Rising Museum in the morning then take in the relaxed, laid-back vibe of the outdoors resort town of Zakopane, at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains, where there’s time to enjoy one of the many hiking options in this breathtaking region. (2B)

Krakow

H U N G A RY

06-07 AEGEAN SEA

An effortlessly beautiful city, Krakow is centred on Europe’s largest medieval square, the Rynek Glowny. It’s hard to know what to explore first in Krakow; the attractive Old Town which miraculously escaped significant damage in WWII, or the former royal residences sitting proudly atop Wawel Hill. Included is a visit to the former concentration camp at nearby Auschwitz, a sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity to man, followed by an overnight train to Prague. (2B)

Prague

08-09

Regarded by many as the unspoilt jewel in Europe’s historic crown, there’s time in the Bohemian Czech capital to simply soak up the atmosphere of its unique cobbled streets, where it seems every building has its own story to tell. Find a little beer garden and grab a cold glass of Pilsner as you watch the sun set over the Vltava River. (2B)

Prague / Ceský Krumlov

10-11

ˇ Step back into medieval times with a visit to the castle in Ceský Krumlov. The castle towers over the fairytale-like streets of this gorgeous town, whose graceful Renaissance and Baroque houses line the banks of a sharp bend in the River Vltava. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site oozing with culture, history and life before taking to the water with an afternoon of rafting. (2B)

Vienna

12-13

Enjoy a walking tour of some of Vienna’s most beautiful sights including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, the former city home of the Habsburg Emperors. Austria’s capital has plenty of other diversions too. We’d like to recommend the Schönbrunn Palace, but we’d understand if you got distracted by the superb gateaux served in the elegant cafés. (2B)

Bratislava / Budapest

14-15

Enjoy a visit to Slovakia’s charming but little-known capital, Bratislava, before continuing on to Budapest. There’s plenty to explore here, both in historic Buda and modern Pest, which face each other from either side of the River Danube. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the city’s many thermal spas, which range from the open-air Szécheny Baths to the magnificent Gellért Baths. Your tour ends on Day 15, and you’re free to leave at any time of your choosing. (2B)

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EASTERN ROAD Berlin

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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FR

13 DAYS

Warsaw or Berlin

Highlights

Soak up Berlin’s unbelievable nightlife Admire the rebuilt city of Dresden Sample Czech beers in Prague Tuck into schnitzel and strudel Relax in Budapest’s thermal spa baths Check out Krakow’s beautiful old town Visit Auschwitz concentration camp Take a tour of Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto

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Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBRH

Take a peek behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ on this amazing six-country tour and find out exactly why Eastern Europe is right now one of the hottest destinations on the planet. From the edgy and exciting city of Berlin, you’ll visit historic Prague and cultured Vienna, the showcase capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Straddle the Danube River as you explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest before moving on into Poland, where you’ll have four nights to discover the sights and sounds of Krakow and Warsaw. The history and beauty of these fascinating destinations will captivate your imagination.

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

P O L A N D

Berlin

2

Warsaw

2

01-02

G E R M A N Y

Czestochowa

Dresden 2

2

Kutna Hora C Z EC H

Vienna

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

Auschwitz

Prague

Krakow

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Banska Bystrica

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Budapest

Arrive in Berlin, and meet your group over dinner. On Day 2, hit the ground running as you soak up the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. See commemorative artwork and graffiti on the remains of the Berlin Wall, visit the sight of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, explore the beautiful Tiergarten and snap yourself under the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is truly one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and the nights are even more fun than the daytimes, so head out into the mix. (B, D) Make a rewarding stop in historic Dresden on your way south to Prague. Dresden was almost totally destroyed during World War II, having previously been known as the ‘Florence of the North’. It rose phoenix-like from the ashes and was painstakingly rebuilt in the Baroque style, so today you can admire stunning architecture such as the Royal Residence, Opera House and Frauenkirche. (B, D)

Prague

04

H U N GA RY

You have the full day to get to grips with the sights, the history and the stupidly cheap beer on offer in this Bohemian beauty! Wander the maze of cobbled streets as you hunt for souvenirs and treasures in the old town, stroll across the Charles Bridge to explore Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, or bag yourself a prime spot on Wenceslas Square for some people-watching. (B)

Prague / Vienna

05-06

Head south through the Czech countryside via the small town of Kutna Hora on your way to explore Austria’s cultured capital; Vienna. Take a scenic drive along the city’s showpiece Ring Road, and admire the beautiful architecture of the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the elegant State Opera House. Day 6 is yours to stuff yourself silly with strudel and scream yourself hoarse on the theme park rides at Prater Park. More cultured activities are available too, of course, you might prefer to spend your time wandering through art galleries, admiring the jewellery collection of the Habsburgs, taking in an optional Mozart concert or checking out the schnapps museum! (2B)

Vienna / Budapest

07-08 09-10

On Day 7, hop across the Hungarian border to visit Budapest. Head over to the castle district for lovely views along the Danube River, taking in sights such as the Church of St. Mattias, the Chain Bridge and Hungary’s beautiful parliament building. The next day is a free day to explore; all your senses are surrounded by the history of this city; split into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (2B)

Budapest / Banska Bystrica / Krakow

Travel north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. On Day 10, wander through the lively market stalls and enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral and Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Alternatively, choose an optional guided tour of the amazing salt mines. (2B, D)

Krakow / Auschwitz / Warsaw

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Locally-guided walking tour of Berlin • Traditional Czech dinner in Prague • Classical music concert in Vienna • Guided tour of Poland’s salt mines

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This morning’s first stop is at the WWII concentration camp of Auschwitz to understand more about the horrors of the Holocaust. Then head off to explore Warsaw; Poland’s revitalised capital where you can immerse yourself in its impressive cultural scene and thriving nightlife. On Day 12, take a guided tour of the old town, the Royal Palace and Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto. (2B, D)

Warsaw / Berlin

The tour ends after breakfast this morning, so it’s time to say goodbye and swap e-mail addresses with your travelling mates. You can stay on in Warsaw or take the free transfer back to Berlin where your tour will end upon arrival. (B)

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BERLIN TO BUDAPEST  Berlin

SKI $1,685 AUSTRIA 11 DAYS

Budapest

DAY ITINERARY

London (or Austria)

All you have to do is get yourself to Berlin on Day 1. If there’s time, head out and explore before meeting up with the rest of your group this evening. Over the next two days, you’ll get under the skin of this urban utopia. Get a feel for the city’s history and visit the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. You can shop the cool markets, eat delicious German food and party tonight in the cool clubs. (2B, D)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

Highlights

London / Hopfgarten

01

This awesome week of skiing and snowboarding starts in London at 7pm this evening as you board the overnight coach to Austria.

Hopfgarten

Arrive into the typically Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten and check-in to your gasthof, your home for the week. If you prefer (and at a small discount on the prices shown), make your own way to Austria and be picked up today either at Innsbruck Airport or Wörgl railway station, which has easy access from both Munich or Salzburg. The gasthof features single, twin and quad rooms, a cosy bar, Wi-Fi facilities, and serves a delicious hot buffet breakfast daily. Lift passes, ski school, snowboard lessons and all equipment hire can be arranged.

02

Head through Dresden; a beautiful city with a tragic history and enjoy lunch in a riverside beer garden before travelling on to Prague. You’ll have two days to explore the sights starting with a walking tour over the Charles Bridge to discover Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Uncover the hidden treasures of the old town as you navigate through little lanes, alleys and courtyards. By night there’s something for everyone from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera. (3B, D)

Hopfgarten

Next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna, from where the Habsburg Emperors once ruled huge swathes of Central Europe. This city was designed to impress, and boasts a legacy of grand architecture including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and the Baroque-style State Opera House. In the evening, you might like to see a classical music concert in one of the city’s many theatres and palaces. (2B, D)

03-08

Vienna / Bratislava / Budapest

A quick stop in Bratislava before reaching Budapest, two cities rolled into one. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Hungary so romantic. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 11. (3B, D)

09-11

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBIT / COWWIT

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Hopfgarten / London

09

An early departure this morning to board the return coach to London, where your tour comes to an end with a late evening arrival. (B)

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (7 nts), overnight coach (1 nt) Transport: Modern, coach with power points for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts (upgrade to include 5 nights’ half board at a supplement) Group Leader: On-site team at the gasthof Tour Code: COC7SWBIT

G E R M A N Y

Munich Wörgl Innsbruck

Salzburg

Hopfgarten AU S T R I A

Prague R E P

Vienna 2 Sep 20 Oct 18 Nov 01 Nov 29 Dec 27

Hopfgarten is the perfect location for a ski or snowboard holiday and is your gateway to the SkiWelt, one of Europe’s top ski resort areas, which boasts over 279kms (174 miles) of piste incorporating 63 beginners runs, 51 intermediate runs and 7 black runs, making it ideal for learners and hardcore snow fans alike. You’ll scope out the slopes with a couple of guided piste tours courtesy of a local ski guide and enjoy a day trip to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound of Music’. The rest of the time is free to explore the SkiWelt resort area, but don’t forget to practice for the fun of the Grand Slam, as you’ll want to show off your skills in this downhill race. By night, hang out in the gasthof bar or check out the après-ski scene at the pubs, clubs and outdoors schnaps stands. (6B)

Inclusions

C Z EC H

Jan 04 Mar 09 Apr 12 May 10 May 31

9 DAYS

• Ski and snowboard your way down 279kms of runs for all abilities • Enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, home of the musical Von Trapps • Socialise with party nights at the gasthof and some lively après-ski

Prague / Kutna Hora / Vienna

07-08

London (or Austria)

DAY ITINERARY

Berlin

04-06

FR

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Cruise the bohemian streets of Prague by bike (summer only) • Experience the opulent lifestyle of the Habsburg Emperors in Vienna • Goulash galore as you enjoy a Hungarian dinner cruise in Budapest

01-03

$905

FR

AU S T R I A

Bratislava 2

Budapest

H U N G A RY

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BOHEMIAN TREK Split

CLASSIC $969 / $939 RHAPSODY TREK STUDENTS

FR

FR

7 DAYS

Prague

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Uncover Slovenia’s Alpine playground; Lake Bled and its island church • Visit the Bohemian capital of Prague and ‘Czech’ out its charms • Wine tasting in Slovakia’s stunning Carpathian region

DAY ITINERARY

Prague

Highlights

Prague / Kutna Hora / Olomouc

Leaving the Czech capital this morning, your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kutna Hora. Explore an ancient church made from human bones then head to Olomouc. Enjoy a city walk and an optional dinner in a Moravian restaurant, then it’s time to party. (B)

01

Zagreb / Ljubljana / Lake Bled

A short drive over the border to magnificent Slovenia this morning and en route you’ll stop and enjoy the eastern princess of Ljubljana. Later on, you’re back on the scenic road to Lake Bled. On Day 3, get your adventure fix with an optional day trip on the Emerald River. Here you can swim and raft your way through cascading waterfalls and mountain peaks, in the midst of the Slovenian Alps. (2B)

Lake Bled / Bratislava

Explore the lake and row out to the church perched beautifully on its island. After that, you’ll be Bratislava bound! After a city orientation, you’ll see its castles and its electric atmosphere. Head out for some local delicacies and inspect the bar scene. On Day 5, take a private tour and visit Devin Castle, lunch up high at the TV tower, visit the Slavin monument, Bratislava castle, a real operational bunker, then finish with wine tasting at a traditional Slovak restaurant. (2B)

04-05

Bratislava / Prague

Explore the small Czech town of Mikulov before being greeted by picture-perfect Prague. You’ll have time to see all of its iconic sights like the Old Town and Hradcany Castle, before indulging in absurdly cheap beers and unforgettable nightlife! Bid your farewells as your trip finishes after breakfast on Day 7. (2B)

06-07

Olomouc / Auschwitz / Birkenau / Krakow

02-03

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts), boat hotel (2 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide & Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes orientation walks in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Mikulov, Bratislava & Prague, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

Departures 2014

C Z EC H 1

04-06

Budapest / Plitvice / Split

07-09

FINISH

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Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23

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Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03

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S LOV E N I A

2

Zagreb 1

C ROAT I A

Split

P O L A N D

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels/hotels (7 nts) bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 barbecue dinner Group Leader: Guide & Driver team Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes city orientation walks, tour of Auschwitz, entrance to Plitvice National Park, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

AU S T R I A

Bled

START

You’re off to Croatia today, with a swim stop at Lake Balaton. Visit the Balkan open-air war museum before arriving in Plitvice National Park at sunset for a barbecue and a few beers. On Day 8, explore the aqua-blue lakes and water wonderland of Plitvice National Park, before heading over lunar landscapes to Split and the Croatian coast. Check out the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace before your last night. Day 9, and it’s time to say your sad farewells. (2B, D)

Inclusions

R E P

Ljubljana

A short drive to the adventure resort of Zakopane, where you’ll find mountains galore - hiker heaven! On Day 5, head for the Hungarian capital, Budapest, with an optional tank ride and stop in the Velka Fatra mountains. Enjoy a Danube River cruise and a night out. Day 6 is yours to explore; chill out in the thermal baths, visit the best markets or explore the city by bike. (3B)

7 Day Rhapsody Trek (Prague-Budapest) & 3 Day Mini Rhapsody Trek (Budapest-Split) options available.

Prague Bratislava

Stop for a visit at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps to learn about the sad and harrowing history of the Holocaust. It’s then on to Krakow, where the drinks are cheap and the nightlife is buzzing. On Day 3, explore the sights of this beautiful town. (2B)

Krakow / Zakopane / Budapest

4 Day Mini Bohemian Trek (Split-Lake Bled) option available.

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9 DAYS

Split

DAY ITINERARY

A stunning drive through scenic mountains to buzzing Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. A city that oozes with energy and a zest for life, but still has a refreshing amount of old-world graciousness. After an orientation walk, hit the bars and local eateries with your new mates!

02-03

$1,179 / $1,145 FR

• Visit the incredible Church of Human Bones in Kutna Hora • Pay your respects with a visit to infamous Auschwitz & Birkenau • Wander between the lakes in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park

Split / Zagreb

01

STUDENTS

FR

Krakow 2

1

Prague C Z EC H

Zakopane Olomouc 1

R E P

S LOVA K I A

AU S T R I A

Budapest

H U N G A RY

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Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15

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OTTOMAN TREK Split

CLASSIC $1,019 / $989 BALKAN TREK STUDENTS

FR

8 DAYS

Istanbul

Istanbul

DAY ITINERARY

From the historic city of Split, you’ll enjoy the drive along the dramatic Croatian coast and into Bosnia. Stop in magnificent Mostar, famous for its quirky old town and 16th Century Ottoman bridge, beautifully rebuilt since its destruction during the war in 1993. Continue on to Sarajevo; top nightlife, live bands and great food.

Sarajevo / Belgrade

Istanbul / Thessaloniki

Set off from Istanbul across the Greek border for a stop in Kavala to see the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct. Continue to Thessaloniki, where the nightlife is legendary, the food is some of the best in Greece and the history is awe-inspiring!

01

Meteora / Athens

Today, get to know the Bosnian capital and its incredible history. Visit the famous Sarajevo Tunnel, which once provided the only access to the outside world for its beseiged citizens. Relax the afternoon away shopping in the old town bazaar. On Day 3, head to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Explore the city with its grand Orthodox churches - but the real highlight here is the people. (3B)

02-03

Sofia

04-05

Head across the border into Bulgaria where you’ll get to inspect some Ottoman ruins in Nis before arriving into the energetic capital, Sofia. The inner city is full of monuments, sweeping boulevards and chic eateries. At night, feast your ears on gypsy music! (B)

Black Sea Resort / Istanbul

06-08

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Split / Mostar / Sarajevo

05

FR

• Tuck into delicious local Greek food in Thessaloniki • Admire Meteora’s stunning cliff top monasteries • Unwind on the sun-drenched beaches of Albania and Montenegro

DAY ITINERARY

02-04

$1,019 / $989

FR

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• See the famous rebuilt 16th Century bridge in Mostar’s old town • Discover archaeological ruins from the Ottomans in Plovdiv • Explore the nightlife scenes in three Eastern European capitals

01

STUDENTS

FR

Today, journey to the beautiful Bulgarian coast. From watersports and beaches by day and lively parties by night, this is the place to be! On Day 7, reach the end of Europe as you travel on to Istanbul and trace the footsteps of the once-mighty Ottoman Army back to the very edge of Asia. Enjoy scrumptious Turkish food and check out the lively nightlife. Sadly, it’s all over after breakfast on Day 8. (3B)

Today, visit the ancient site of Meteora to see the 9th Century monasteries perched high up on the cliffs. It’s then on to the bustling Greek captial, Athens. On Day 3, it’s up to you how you spend your time, but one thing’s for certain, you’ll never be far from ancient monuments. Tonight, try some of the local specialities. (2B)

Parga / Gjorkastra / Tirana

The next stop is Parga, a party town with great beaches and traces of Greek mythology. On Day 5, head into Albania, an up-and-coming hot spot, with beaches and history to back it up. Visit bunkers and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Gjorkastra, before heading to the capital city, Tirana (2B)

Budva

Head north into Montenegro, one of the most beautiful corners of Europe. We stay in the atmospheric town of Budva, set directly on the Mediterranean and with the best beach culture in the Balkans. (B)

06

Dubrovnik / Split

Save the best ‘til last - you’re off to Croatia! Take a walk around Dubrovnik’s historic city walls before heading up the coast to Split for your final night. Depart after breakfast on Day 8. (2B)

07-08

4 Day Mini Balkan Trek (Istanbul-Athens) & 5 Day Balkan Trek (Athens-Split) options also available.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Shared hotels/hostels (7 nts) Transport: Modern air-con coach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide & Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes Sofia, Istanbul and Nis orientation walks, Mostar local guide, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

Inclusions Black Sea 1 Sarajevo Belgrade 2 CROATIA

Nis

2

Split

Mostar

1

Sofia

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (7 nts) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide & Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes Meteora Monastery entrance, orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Tirana and Budva, free Lonely Planet guide Tour Code: BU

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Sep 13 Sep 27

Istanbul

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Istanbul

Dubrovnik

1 1 Budva Tirana

Gjirokastra

Parga

1

Kavala

1 1

Thessaloniki

Meteora 2

Athens

Departures 2014 Sep 06 Sep 20

Split

START

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Sep 13 Sep 27

Sep 20 Oct 04

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CROATIA ADVENTURE Zagreb

CONSTANTINOPLE $799 TO HELLAS 7 DAYS

Dubrovnik

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Island-hop your way down Croatia’s long and dramatic coastline • Scramble around medieval fortresses and old Roman ruins • Sail, snorkel, swim or sunbathe, and then party in exclusive clubs

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul

Arrive into Croatia’s attractive capital any time and meet the rest of your travelling companions this evening. Enjoy a guided orientation walk of Zagreb and its very charming old town complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings before your transfer to Plitvice for the night.

Plitvice / Split

03-04

Highlights

Istanbul

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. On Day 2, prepare for a city tour visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. (B)

01-02

Explore an absolutely stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, wander the wooden paths arching over crystal clear pools at the base of steep forested mountains and admire the many waterfalls. Catch your transfer to Split to enjoy an evening walking tour. Here in Croatia’s second city, enjoy a free day exploring on Day 4. You may choose to visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Bol, make a trip to Trogir or the ancient ruined city of Solin, or visit the bars and restaurants, and experience the nightlife once the sun goes down.

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Ephesus / Kusadasi

03-05

Hvar’s lush fields are filled with lavender, rosemary and heather, and it’s the sunniest place in Croatia! By day, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, sailing and snorkelling. Late afternoon, as the heat of the sun fades, stroll the medieval backstreets of Hvar Town and climb the hill for panoramic views from the 16th century Venetian Fortress. By night, hit the Carpe Diem night club.

Hvar / Dubrovnik

06-07

Arrive to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. Rich in history and filled with stunning architecture, museums and fountains, it is a great city to explore. Enjoy a final optional night out on the town with a group before saying your farewells on Day 7.

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (6 nts, multishare) Transport: Train, bus Meals: None included Budget: Allow EUR 220-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAECZD

06-08

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Zagreb 1

C ROAT I A 1

Plitvice

Jul 20 Jul 26 Jul 27 Aug 02 Aug 03 Aug 09

Aug 10 Aug 16 Aug 17 Aug 23 Aug 24 Aug 30

Take an optional boat trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Swim in the warm thermal water, take a therapeutic mud bath or sunbathe on the black sand beaches before taking the ferry to Athens on Day 10. Take a half-day tour to the Acropolis on Day 11, stopping at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus, Hadrians Arch, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon. On Day 12 it’s time to say goodbye. (4B)

09-12

Accommodation: 4 and 5* Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Fully air-conditioned coach, airport transfers Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: STAISTCHT

BLACK SEA

Istanbul

G R E EC E

2 MARMARA SEA

Gallipoli Troy

1

Canakkale T U R K E Y

Pergamum

B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A 2

2

Split

1

Dubrovnik FINISH

Santorini / Athens

AEGEAN SEA

1

START

Leaving Turkey, take a ferry to Samos. Depending on ferry schedules you may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring Samos. Tonight you stay in Mykonos. Relax on the beach or take an optional day trip to the neighbouring island of Delos. This mecca of ancient Greece is an island-wide, open-air museum. Revitalise with an early morning swim and wander the charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before ferrying to Santorini. (3B)

Inclusions

Hvar

Departures 2014

Head out of the city to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Visit the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly. Day 4, visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. You’ll then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum before heading to Kusadasi for the night. Day 5, visit the ancient city of Ephesus and the site of the Temple of Artemis. (3B, 3D)

Kusadasi / Samos / Mykonos / Delos / Santorini

Split / Hvar

05

12 DAYS

Athens

• Visit the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli • Roam among the ruins of ancient Ephesus • Party ‘til dawn at a beach party in Mykonos

Zagreb / Plitvice

02

FR

DAY ITINERARY

Zagreb

01

$2,184

FR

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FINISH

Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12

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Delos

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Athens

FINISH

Sep 06 Sep 20

Sep 17 Oct 01

Ephesus

Kusadasi Mykonos 2

Ios 2

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MAGIC CARPET  Istanbul

TURKISH $1,138 DELIGHT 10 DAYS

Istanbul

Istanbul

Highlights

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Day 2, enjoy a fully guided city tour, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Day 3, visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly. Stay overnight in Canakkale. (2B, D)

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkali

01

Depart Istanbul to visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly. Stay in Canakkale.

02-03

Canakkale / Troy / Kusadasi / Ephesus

Take a trip to Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and battlefield of Hercules, followed by a tour of the Acropolis of Pergamum, before heading on to Kusadasi. Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis before continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi. (2B, 2D)

04-06

Fethiye / Kas / Olympos / Konya / Cappadocia / Istanbul

Inclusions

Inclusions

Departures 2014

Gallipoli Troy

Pergamum

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Istanbul

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Canakkale

Ephesus

Ankara

Cappadocia 1

On the way to Olympos, stop at Kas, a traditional small Turkish fishing village. Days 9-10 you’ll spend in Olympos, famous for its tree houses. Try rockclimbing, caving or just chill out. Gulet passengers rejoin the tour here. On Day 11, follow the ancient silk trade route across the Anatolian Plain to Konya and Cappadocia. Day 12 and 13 explore the carved cave villages and underground cities of the region. Early in the morning head back to Istanbul, via Ankara to vist the mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. (7B, 2D)

08-14

BLACK SEA 3

1

Leaving Kusadasi, drive through Pamukkale where you can paddle in the natural calcium formations and visit the ancient spa town of Hierapolis before heading to Bodrum. On Day 5, head to Koycegiz for an optional late-night boat cruise on Lake Koycegiz. The next morning trek up Saklikent Gorge to Fethiye. (3B) Spend a relaxing day in Fethiye. If you choose the gulet option which goes between May and September, you will board your traditional handmade gulet. Cruise your way along the Mediterranean coastline stopping enroute for sunbathing and swimming before reaching Olympos on Day10. (B on Day 7 and all meals included on the gulet)

07

Marvel at the lunar landscapes of the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and explore the many levels of an underground city. Day 9, depart to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where you’ll visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Later, head back to Istanbul, where you’ll overnight. Day 10, after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport where your tour ends. (3B, D)

Accommodation: 4* and 5* hotels (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned coach, airport transfers Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: STAISTMCT

Today, travel along the Aegean Coast stopping at the city of Troy for a one-hour tour. On the way to Kusadasi, visit the site of Pergamum. On Day 3, visit the Temple of Artemis on a tour and Ephesus. (2B)

Fethiye

Head to Pamukkale, where you’ll overnight. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and take a dip in the hot springs that were considered, in Roman times, to have theraputic powers. Day 7, travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansaray and the Mevlana Museum in Konya. (2B, 2D)

Cappadocia / Goreme / Ankara / Istanbul

08-10

Canakkale / Troy / Pergamum / Kusadasi

Kusadasi / Pamukkale / Bodrum / Koycegiz / Fethiye

Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia

06-07

14 DAYS

Istanbul

• Cruise the Aegean Coast to the ruins of Troy • Trek up Saklikent Gorge taking in Fethiye en route • Swim in the clear waters of the Turquoise Coast

DAY ITINERARY

04-05

FR

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Explore Istanbul’s ancient monuments • Visit the Gallipoli battlefields • Tour the ancient ruins of Troy

01-03

$1,092

FR

Konya

2

Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts), budget shared hotel/guesthouse (3 nts), tree house (2 nts). Gulet option replace - the hostel/guesthouse with 3 nts Gulet cabin share Transport: Fully air-conditioned coach Meals:13 breakfasts, 2 dinners. Gulet option: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: STAISTSHO/STAISTTDG

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1

T U R K E Y

Canakkale

Troy

Pergamum Ephesus

Ankara

Cappadocia

1

Pamukkale

2

Konya

Kusadasi Fethiye 2

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Bodrum Koycegiz

Departures 2014

AEGEAN SEA

Istanbul Gallipoli

2

Pamukkale

Kusadasi

BLACK SEA

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Kas

Olympos

Gulet Option MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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$1,799

ABSOLUTE TURKEY Istanbul

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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FR

15 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

Wander Istanbul’s spice market Create your own pottery masterpiece Explore Cappadocia’s hidden caves Stay in a traditional Turkish village Sleep under the stars on board a boat See the famous cliffs in Pamukkale Visit ancient Troy and Gallipoli

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Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), simple homestay (1 nt), boat (1 nt, multishare) (this night will be spent in a hotel in inclement weather) Transport: Private van, boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD 285-375 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETAT

My Own Room Available: Fr $499

Get ready, we’re here to shake things up and give you a taste of the real, exciting, Turkey! Full of ancient monuments, a fascinating history and timeless, out-of-the-way villages that really pack a cultural punch, this tour allows you the freedom to explore all the highlights. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls at Pamukkale to the battlefields of Gallipoli, you’ll see the country’s hidden gems as you explore the crossroads of Asia and Europe.

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Istanbul / Ankara

Arrive in Istanbul and meet up with the rest of the group. Begin Day 2 with an orientation walking tour of the city, passing Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace and wandering through the Spice Bazaar. There may be a little free time to explore, prior to today’s transfer to Ankara, Turkey’s capital. (B)

Ankara / Cappadocia

03-05

From Ankara, you’ll be whisked away to the town of Göreme, your base for exploring the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia. Enjoy lots of optional activities over the next two days; hire a bike to explore these fairytale surroundings, hike in the Rose Valley or visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum. On one of the evenings, have dinner with a local family. (3B, D)

Cappadocia / Konya / Village Stay / Antalya BLACK SEA

06-07

Istanbul 2

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Çanakkale Ankara (Troy) 1 Göreme T U R K E Y (Cappadocia) 1 Ayvalik 3 Pamukkale

Antalya / Cayagzi / Boat Cruise

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Selçuk

Antalya 1 1

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Konya

Homestay

An early start as you head to one of the many underground cities in the region, most famously used as hiding places for Christians being persecuted by the Romans. Then, head to the Ihlara Valley whose cliff-like walls are 100-150m high. After lunch, travel to Konya and admire its beautiful, turquoise-domed shrine before continuing to a local village where you’ll learn about traditional life and enjoy a home-cooked meal. On Day 7, you’re off to the Mediterranean coast and the city of Antalya. Arriving around lunchtime, spend your afternoon wandering the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleiçi. This is a great place to stop and have a drink at one of the restaurants with great views of the marina below. (2B, D)

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Today, enjoy a free morning in Antalya then continue to the beautiful coastal village of Cayagzi where, after lunch, you’ll board the boat for an unforgettable night on the sea (weather permitting). Sleep on deck under the stars and enjoy dinner with the group. This really is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm crystal waters that Turkey is famous for! (B, D)

Kas / Pamukkale / Selçuk

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

09-11

Enjoy a morning sailing on board soaking up the sunshine and scenery and admiring the passing views. After lunch, you’ll dock and make your way to the coastal town of Kas. You’ll be charmed by the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings as you wander among its many antiques stores. On Day 10, leaving the sea behind, pass through almond orchards as you travel to Pamukkale where you’ll visit the famous white cliffs. You’ll also have the chance to explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white ‘castle’. On Day 11, travel to the town of Selçuk where you’ll visit the spectacular ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. (3B)

Ayvalik / Troy / Çanakkale

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You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture and attractive harbour, and if you are itching to get back into the turquoise Mediterranean, the beach of Sarimsakli is only a short bus ride away. On Day 13, pay a visit to Troy, made famous by the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, and more recently by Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt! This evening you’ll enjoy the delights of the harbour town of Çanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. (2B)

Gallipoli / Istanbul

14-15

This morning, make an early visit to Gallipoli, where thousands of ANZAC troops gave their lives during WWI, to see the war cemeteries and famous ‘Lone Pine’. Continue back to Istanbul, where you can finish your sightseeing or get in some last-minute shopping in the aromatic spice bazaars and sparkling jewellery stores. The tour sadly ends after breakfast on Day 15. (2B)

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Highlights

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Çanakkale

Arrive in Istanbul and meet up with your group this evening. On Day 2, it’s an early start as you travel to the important WWI battlefield site of Gallipoli for a guided visit to ANZAC Cove and the war cemeteries. Later, make your way to the town of Çanakkale - a great place to watch the locals promenade by the harbour. (B)

Troy / Ayvalik

Visit the ruins of ancient Troy and marvel at the story behind this great site. You won’t want to miss your chance to have your photo taken with the Trojan Horse! You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobbled streets and attractive harbour; this afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise of the beautiful area before spending the night in a converted Ottoman-style mansion. (B)

Ayvalik / Ephesus / Selçuk

04-05

Enjoy a free morning exploring Ayvalik at leisure, and in the afternoon, travel to Selçuk, your base for exploring the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. Travel to the picturesque village of Sirence where you can sample some of the local wine, shop for crafts and perhaps sample some tasty Turkish specialities for lunch. (2B)

Selçuk / Pamukkale / Istanbul

06-08

This morning, journey to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale before exploring the ancient site of Hierapolis, built originally by the Romans as an elegant spa resort. After a short flight to Istanbul on Day 7, head to your hotel to check in. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour to discover more of this fascinating city taking in the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. A great way to end the day is with a traditional hammam (Turkish bath). After breakfast on Day 8, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. (3B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private air-conditioned van, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD 190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETBT

My Own Room Available: Fr $349

15 DAYS

Istanbul

• Admire Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia Church & Blue Mosque • Delve into an underground world in Cappadocia • Enjoy an overnight Aegean boat cruise and sleep under the stars

DAY ITINERARY

03

FR

Istanbul

01-02

Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group this evening. Enjoy an orientation walk, and free time to discover the thousands of years of history represented within Istanbul’s mosques, palaces and covered bazaars. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia. (B)

Cappadocia

03-05 06-07 08-09 10-12

A landscape like no other on the planet. Explore the rock chimneys and underground cities, sample a home-cooked dinner with a local family, and perhaps even consider an optional hot-air balloon ride. Travel overnight on Day 5 to Antalya. (2B, D)

Çirali / Kekova

Board your boat today for a relaxing mini-cruise, weather permitting, on the Aegean Sea. See the flames of Olympos Mountain by night and enjoy a freshly-cooked dinner before sleeping under the stars. (B, D)

Dalyan

Back on land at Uçagiz, travel on to charming resort of Dalyan. Take a trip to the famous mud baths, or swim and chill out at the beach, which is also a nesting site for turtles. (2B)

Pamukkale / Ephesus / Selçuk

Explore the whitewashed calcium terraces of Pamukkale, the ancient city of Hierapolis, and the well-preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus including the magnificent façade of the Library of Celsus. (3B)

Troy / Çanakkale / Istanbul

13-15

From the harbour town of Çanakkale, there are optional visits to the ruined city of Troy and Gallipoli to learn about this important WWI battle site. On Day 14, return to the big city for one last night out with the group, before departing at any time on Day 15. (3B)

Inclusions BLACK SEA

Istanbul 2 SEA OF MARMARA

Gallipoli 1

Canakkale (Troy) 1

Ayvalik T U R K E Y

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 1839s Accommodation: Hotel (11 nts), bus (2 nts), boat (1 nt, weather permitting) Transport: Bus, van, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD 285-375 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETTO

My Own Room Available: Fr $319

BLACK SEA

Istanbul 2

1

Mar - Oct

Selected Saturdays, typically 2-3 departures per month

1

Selçuk Pamukkale

T U R K E Y

Gallipoli

Çanakkale Göreme (Troy) (Cappadocia) 1

2

Selçuk Dalyan

2

Departures 2014

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Eat handmade Turkish delights in the bazaars of Istanbul • Visit the dramatic and moving WWI battlefields at Gallipoli • Sip Turkish coffee at a seaside cafe in Ayvalik

01-02

$1,249

FR

2

2

Pamukkale Çirali

1

Antalya

Kekova 1

Departures 2014 Apr - Oct

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Selected Fridays, typically 1-3 departures per month

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AEGEAN DELIGHT  Istanbul

TURKEY $935 AEGEAN ADVENTURE

FR

8 DAYS

Istanbul

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

Istanbul

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. On Day 2, a fantastic city tour will cover off the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica’s underground cistern and the Hippodrome. (B)

Istanbul / Gallipoli

It’s an early start this morning as you head out of Istanbul and on to Gallipoli to visit the peninsula, famous for the brave ANZACs who fought their way into history back in 1915. After the moving experience, enjoy a barbecue dinner with your fellow explorers. (B)

01

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Kusadasi

Head out of Istanbul to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Visit Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and the Gallipoli Museum. Tonight you’ll stay in Canakkale. Day 4, visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and ancient battlefield of Hercules. You’ll then tour the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum before heading to Kusadasi for an evening by the sea. (2B, 2D)

Ephesus

Today is filled with historic marvels, as you travel to legendary Troy, where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homer’s Illiad, then Pergamum and its staggering remains, and finally reaching your overnight oasis at the ancient Ephesus. On Day 3, all the time is yours to explore Ephesus or just hang around the oasis pool. If you choose to attack historic sights, don’t miss a remarkable 25,000 seater colisseum or the incredible Curetes Way. In the evening, enjoy great Turkish food and wine well into the balmy night. (2B)

02-03

Kusadasi / Ephesus / Pamukkale

Enjoy a history-steeped guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus which has the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) and a carpet village. End your day in Kusadasi. Day 6, head towards the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale and then it’s off to the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. You’ll sleep in Pamukkale tonight. (2B, 2D)

05-06

Pamukkale / Saklikent Gorge

Leave Ephesus behind and head inland to Pamukkale, famous for its stunning limestone baths, healing waters and glowing white travertines that wind down the hill. Move on to the impressive Saklikent Gorge, its waters icy cool even in the height of summer, before reaching your treehouse escape for the night. (B)

04

Saklikent Gorge / Fethiye

Rise to a burst of nature atop the tree line in your own treehouse. Spend an unforgettable day in this delicious refuge rafting down the crystal clear waters before immersing yourself in a mudbath. Wallow in the cool natural environment of the gorge, hike and enjoy a beautiful lunch before heading to the Mediterranean coast and reaching Fethiye. Sadly, your wonderful trip ends on Day 6 after breakfast. But not to worry, just board an authentic Turkish gulet and continue your adventure on a Sail Turkey trip (see page 110). (2B)

Pamukkale / 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, tuck into a final breakfast with your travel buddies and say your goodbyes. (2B)

07-08

Inclusions

BLLACK SEA

Accommodation: 4 and 5* Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Fully air-conditioned coach, airport transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: STAISTADT

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Canakkale

Troy

T U R K E Y

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Istanbul

MARMARA SEA

AEGEAN SEA

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Fethiye

• Explore the ancient ruins of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum • Stay in a treehouse in Saklikent Gorge • Explore the unique calcium limestone terraces of Pamukkale

DAY ITINERARY

03-04

$759 / $739 FR

Highlights

• Absorb amazing Istanbul from two continents • Tour the ancient ruins of Troy and see the Trojan Horse • Visit the site of the mystical Temple of Artemis

01-02

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FR

Inclusions

BLACK SEA

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: hostels/motels (4 nts), tree house (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-con coach Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide & Driver team Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Gallipoli tour, Troy and Pergamum entrance fees Tour Code: BU

Istanbul 1

Gallipoli

Troy T U R K E Y

Bergama

Ephesus Pamukkale

Kusadasi MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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REALM OF THE POLAR BEAR Longyearbyen

8 DAYS

Longyearbyen

Highlights

Set off on an adventure of a lifetime Search for polar bears and whales Take a plunge in the Arctic Look out for walrus on the ice floes Discover stunning ice-covered fjords Glimpse herds of Svalbard’s reindeer Enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra

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Inclusions

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Twin, triple and quad share cabins or suites, all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window (7 nts) Transport: MS Expedition, Zodiac, local bus Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, Polar Bear Pub, outdoor observation deck, gift shop, computer room, fitness room, sauna, medical clinic Meals: Daily breakfast and lunch (buffetstyle), gourmet dinners (table service with one sitting), occasional polar barbecues (weather permitting) Note: Drinks and tips not included Group Leader: Full crew of up to 55 on board with a 10:1 guest/staff ratio. Group Size: Max 134 passengers Tour Code: GAXVRPNX

From close-up encounters with mighty glaciers, to polar bears and other plentiful wildlife, a voyage aboard the MS Expedition is a voyage of non-stop highlights. When summer arrives in Spitsbergen, the region springs to life with a magnificent bounty of flora and fauna, and awe-inspiring natural wonder. You’ll explore not only by boat, but also by Zodiac and on foot, keeping a look out for roaming wildlife, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and bird colonies, all of whom co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore for a few months of the year. This is the Arctic – this is an adventure.

DAY ITINERARY Longyearbyen

01

Get your first glimpses of the midnight sun in Spitsbergen’s capital, Longyearbyen, where there are as many snowmobiles as people! The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities, so there is plenty to keep you occupied before boarding time. You’ll embark on the MS Expedition in the afternoon, she is uniquely equipped to meet the demands of sailing in polar environments. Set sail this evening. (D)

Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen

Ice and weather conditions permitting

02-07

Longyearbyen

Each day of the cruise is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ‘open ocean’ crossings, the seas are normally calm. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historic extravaganzas and you‘ll spend the next six days exploring this remote polar region. Visit ice-covered seas and fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and witness glaciers crashing into the sea around you. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears busy hunting seals, and keep a constant lookout for walruses hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. At one or more of the stops, you can hope to see one of Svalbard’s unique species of reindeer, they are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility to see Arctic foxes. You’ll visit - ice permitting - spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots) as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. There may be the opportunity to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna and cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. This is also a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the North Pole, from trapping to coal mining and war, and you’ll get the opportunity to visit some of these historic sites. (6B, 6L, 6D) The final itinerary is dependent on ice and weather conditions, which have to be assessed by the captain during the voyage, and it may not be possible to visit all the sites mentioned above. In particular, it is not always possible to sail the eastern coast of Spitsbergen. By not having a set itinerary, however, you take on the expedition spirit and are free to capitalise on the best that Svalbard has to offer.

7

08

Longyearbyen

Arrive back in Longyearbyen in the morning for disembarkation. Wave goodbye to your new friends and take home the incredible memories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. (B)

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TREKKING IN ICELAND Reykjavik

LAPLAND ACTIVE $3,299 ADVENTURE 10 DAYS

Reykjavik

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Visit the world’s most northerly capital, laid-back Reykjavik • Witness the spectacular eruption of boiling waters at Geysir • Hike across the icy surface of the Solheimajökull Glacier

DAY ITINERARY

Kiruna

Golden Circle

Highlights

• Dog-sledding through icy wilderness with a pack of huskies • Seeing the Northern Lights in all their multi-coloured glory • Bedding down for the night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®

Kiruna

Arrive in Kiruna Airport at any time where your transfer to your hotel awaits. There is no time to waste as you head out into the icy wilderness and on to Vittangi Moose Park to get up close and personal with some of these noble creatures in their natural habitat.

01

Today get a first taste of the natural splendour that lies ahead. At Pingvellir, walk in the rift valley that marks the meeting point, or rather the ‘tearing apart’ point, of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Witness boiling waters exploding at Geysir, and marvel at the twin waterfalls at Gullfoss. (B, D)

Landmannalaugar

03-06

Reachable only by 4WD vehicle, and in the shadow of Iceland’s most feared volcano, Hekla, today’s hike is through the astonishing Landmannalaugar, most famous for its natural hot springs. Spend Days 4 to 6 on the Laugavegur Trail. Covering an average of 15kms per day between remote campsites at Lake Alftavatn and Emstrur, you’ll cross volcanic plateaux in search of waterfalls and glaciers. Bring waterproof clothes and a sense of adventure. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Lapland Wilderness

02-04

The highland valley of Thorsmork is the start point for today’s 20km hike through ‘Volcano Alley’ to the foot of the iconic, 60-metre Skogar waterfall. Hike between the ice-covered volcanoes of Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafallajökull, which disrupted worldwide air traffic during its 2010 eruption. From Skogar, enjoy a day of ice hiking on the Solheimajökull Glacier. (2B, 2L, D)

05

Skogar / Reykjavik

06

Take a well-deserved soak in the natural springs of the Hellisheidi mountain range, and hike into the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur as you return to Reykjavik, where the tour ends on Day 10. (2B, L)

09-10

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts, multishare), camping (6 nts) Transport: Local bus, private minivan Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELST

This morning bid farewell to your new canine friends and return back to civilisation. Stop at the Sami village to learn about the indigenous people who live in this region, their rich culture and long-established traditions. You will take a short reindeer safari through the snow before continuing to the world-famous Icehotel for a free afternoon. Choose to head out on a snowmobiling tour, or just stroll around the remarkable ice structure and enjoy a visit to the Icebar. (B, L)

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Golden Circle

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Kiruna

Return to Kiruna and enjoy a free morning for optional activities. Depart at any time on your included airport transfer. (B)

Inclusions

Landmannalaugar Hveragerdi

Departures 2014

Today make friends with your team of dogs, your personal transport for the next few days. Slide across the Swedish wilderness in complete silence, listening to the panting of the dogs and the whoosh of your sled over the snow. Stop to try a local skill, ice fishing, relax in the cabin for lunch or try out the sauna. In the evening of Day 3, experience even more Arctic goodness, as you spend the night in a teepee out in the snow. On Day 4, choose to try snowshoeing, developed as the easiest way to get across the snow thousands of years ago. After dinner, go off in search of the famous Northern Lights while being pulled along on your sled. (3B, 3L, 3D)

ICEHOTEL®

Thorsmork / Skogar

07-08

6 DAYS

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive into Iceland’s capital, and if time permits head out to explore its quirky charms. This evening, meet your new travel mates.

02

FR

Kiruna

Reykjavik

01

$2,699

FR

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), wilderness lodge (2 nts), teepee (1 nt), ICEHOTEL® (1 nt) Transport: Bus, dog-sled, shoeshow Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow EUR130-190 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 10, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAEWLA

Lapland Wilderness Kiruna

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Icehotel

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SCANDINAVIA Berlin or Copenhagen

9 DAYS

Stockholm

Stockholm

Highlights

DAY ITINERARY

Berlin / Copenhagen

Meet your group in Berlin, and travel by ferry to Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen (or you can join here). On Day 2, take in the sights of the vibrant Nyhavn waterfront area and explore the counter-cultural vibe in Christiania. This evening, why not enjoy the rides at the famous Tivoli Amusement Park? (B, D)

Copenhagen / Oslo

Travel via Sweden to Oslo, Norway’s beautiful capital, where there’s a sightseeing tour and free time to explore its 9th Century Viking ships, harbour and National Gallery. (2B, D)

Stockholm

Check-in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the very cool Swedish capital before dinner with your fellow travellers. Day 2 is yours to explore the 14 islands of Stockholm, before boarding the overnight cruise to Helsinki. (B, D)

01-02

Helsinki / St. Petersburg

03-04

Oslo / Voss / Geirangerfjord

05-06

Travel across the starkly beautiful high mountain plateau of Hardangervidda to the adventure capital of Voss. On Day 6, head to the Boyabreen Glacier in Skei and on to Norway’s longest and most spectacular fjord, Sognefjord. (2B, D)

Geirangerfjord / Lom / Lillehammer / Gjovik

Cruise along the Geirangerfjord before admiring one of the few remaining medieval ‘stave’ churches in Norway. Enjoy an optional thrill ride down an Olympic bobsled track! (B, D)

07

05-06

Stockholm

Tour ends today in Stockholm, but you might like to extend your trip to 12 days (Tour Code: COCCSH) with an overnight cruise across the Baltic Sea and a day to explore Helsinki. (B)

09

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COCCSS

Discover the ancient fort town of Novgorod and Tchaikovsky’s former house in Klin, en route to Moscow. Here, you can visit the Kremlin, Red Square and the magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral. (4B, 2D)

1

Lom Lillehammer

Sognefjord 1

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Voss

Gjovik S W E D E N

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Moscow / Minsk / Warsaw

Travel into Belarus for a locally-guided tour of Minsk, one of the least westernised of all the former Eastern Bloc capitals. Visit the Brest Fortress and cross into Poland to head for Warsaw which is packed with palaces, churches and mansions. Delve into the city’s darker history with a guided tour of the old Jewish ghetto. (3B, 2D)

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Warsaw / Berlin

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Tour ends in Warsaw, or you can catch a free transfer to Berlin. (B)

Inclusions

Geiranger Skei

Two full days to explore the riches and palace-lined waterways of this enchanting city. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s leading cultural museums. Take in a performance by the Russian Ballet, shop for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into beef stroganoff and vodka! (2B)

St. Petersburg / Novogorod / Moscow

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Travel past Lake Vänern before arriving into Stockholm, where you’re free to explore this coolest of capitals. (B)

At the forefront of Finland’s fashion and design scene, the quirky city of Helsinki boasts any number of independent shops, bars and restaurants, plus the remarkable fortress of Suomenlinna. On Day 4, cross the border into Russia to reach St. Petersburg. (2B, D)

St. Petersburg

Gjovik / Stockholm

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Warsaw or Berlin

• Cruise across the Baltic from super-cool Stockholm to Helsinki • Explore the breathtaking Hermitage in St. Petersburg • See the guards in Red Square and visit the grounds of the Kremlin

DAY ITINERARY

03-04

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2

Oslo

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Stockholm

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), ferry (1 nt) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach with power points for charging, ferry crossing Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COCCRS

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St Petersburg Helsinki 3 GULF OF BOTHNIA

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Berlin

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Highlights

• Three cool countries, three über-cool capital cities • Breathtaking views as you cruise the remote Geirangerfjord • Savour the flavours of Scandinavia’s distinctive cuisine

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Moscow

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Warsaw

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BALTICS TO ST. PETERSBURG Vilnius

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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$1,999

FR

14 DAYS

St. Petersburg

Highlights

Wander the cobbled streets of Vilnius Admire the dunes of the Curonian Spit Enjoy a picnic in beautiful Riga Live like a local on an Estonian farm Join in lively nightlife of the Baltics Live like a Tsar in St. Petersburg Experience legendary ‘white nights’

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), farm stay (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, ferry, bike Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR 380-450 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXVS

The Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain a mystery to many travellers but this region will take no time at all to steal your heart. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, this two-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Enjoy inspiring views while cycling around spectacular dunes on Lithuania’s Curonian Spit, get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art nouveau district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing into Russia by land. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,449

DAY ITINERARY

F I N L A N D

Vilnius / Trakai St.Petersburg 2 Narva

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Tallinn BALTIC SEA

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Curonian Spit

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Saaremaa R U S S I A

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Riga

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Curonian Spit

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Vilnius P O L A N D

Jump on a public bus and ferry to make your way to the Curonian Spit and prepare to be amazed by some of the world’s most precious sand dunes. This spit of land dangling off the western part of Lithuania hosts hills of soft white sand, superb views and a collection of elk, deer and avian wildlife. Enjoy an included bicycle tour around Hill of Witches, Parnidis dune, and a visit to sea bird colonies.

Riga

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Arrive in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania and explore the Old Town - one of the oldest surviving medieval centres in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Day 2, you’ll visit the Gothic-style Trakai Castle, perfectly sited on an island so you can take in beautiful lake views and the wooden architecture of the town. Return to Vilnius to admire its open-air markets and quirky attractions such as the Frank Zappa monument, a giant egg statue, and many more.

Today, you will cross the border into Latvia and head to the funky and vibrant capital of Riga. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and a lunch of delicious treats from the Central Market. Once your taste buds are satisfied, choose to visit the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists’ district or just wander the winding cobbled streets of the beautiful old town. (L)

Saaremaa B E L A R U S

07-08

Another day, another Baltic border! Cross into Estonia and on to its largest island, Saaremaa, covered in thick pine forests and boasting empty stretches of sparkling coastline. It is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage, tiny villages and old windmills seemingly unchanged by the passage of time. Experience a real taste of local life by spending two nights on a farm stay. There will be plenty of things to do, including hiking, cycling, mustard-making, fruit-picking and folk evenings with traditional music. Don’t miss an included tour of local breweries and bakeries.

Tallinn

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It is time to leave the country life behind and continue on to the capital of Estonia and one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Tallinn. Fall in love with this medieval town, its carved stone walls and 14th Century churches mixing with modern restaurants, boutiques and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace and use your free time to visit the Museum of the Occupation, the Dome Church, the open-air museum, go sea kayaking, visit the beaches or bask in a sauna.

Narva

Head towards the border of Estonia and Russia to the town of Narva, famous for its magnificent castle and an intriguing history. Visit the Hermann Fortress with two fortresses facing each other across the river - one in Russia, one in Estonia. You will have an option to go kayaking on the river.

St. Petersburg

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Wave farewell to the Baltic countries and travel by bus to the ‘Paris of Russia’, St. Petersburg. An included walking tour exposes the secrets of this captivating city, bringing its history and culture to life. On Day 13, visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Opt to take a canal boat tour at midnight, experience the legendary ‘white nights’ in June when the sun barely dips below the horizon, ride the deepest subway in the world, lounge in the city parks or relax in a café with some tea and traditional Russian fare. This lavish, sprawling city is sure to charm you with its history, architecture and vibe.

St. Petersburg

Your tour ends today in St. Petersburg and you are free to depart at any time.

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SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE Vilnius

GOLDEN RING $1,059 / $1,029 OF RUSSIA STUDENTS

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FR

8 DAYS

Tallinn

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Check out Moscow’s showpieces - Kremlin, Armoury and Red Square • Stay in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shores of Nero Lake • Admire Orthodox frescoes and golden domes in grand cathedrals

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Vilnius / Klaipeda

Today, get to know the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius with all its quirky nooks and crannies. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful, historic old town and a trip to Trakai to visit the castle. It’s then off to Klaipeda and the famous Curonian Spit, a UNESCO-protected national park. Look out for elk and deer amidst the sand dunes!

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Moscow

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Klaipeda / Riga

Riga / Stockholm

Today board the ferry for an overnight mini-cruise to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. It promises to be a night full of entertainment, with karaoke and quite possibly an ABBA-themed tribute band. Arrive at sunrise on Day 4, and after checking-in, head off to discover the Old Town with our Viking friends. (2B)

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Stockholm / Helsinki

Introduce yourself to Swedish meatballs with a carefree look around some of Stockholm’s 14 islands, before boarding the second overnight cruise, this time headed to Finland. On arrival, you’ll have the chance to explore Helsinki, a city at the forefront of Nordic design, get steamy in a sauna and party ‘til the sun comes up. (2B)

05-06

Helsinki / Tallinn

Today, you’ll cross the Baltic Sea to Estonia’s historic capital, Tallinn. Delve into the city’s history with a walk around the incredibly wellpreserved medieval centre, and take in the views over the city’s red tiled roofs. The trek finishes after breakfast on Day 8. (2B)

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Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), overnight ferry (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern airconditioned coach, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes all orientation walks, Viking walk in Stockholm Tour Code: BU

Helsinki Overnight Cruise

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Tallinn

Stockholm 1

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Riga

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Hill of Crosses

START IN VILNIUS - FINISH IN TALLINN

After departing Moscow, you cover the Golden Ring; one of the oldest routes to be found in Russia, dotted with ancient towns each representing a different historic spirit of the Russian people. On the morning of Day 3, a private transfer will take you to Suzdal, a small town and former capital of European Russia in the 11th Century. On Day 4, travel to Rostov via Yuriev Poslki, the towns resembling openair museums, where life is slow and old traditions are maintained. Overnight will be spent in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shore of Nero Lake. (B, D)

Yaroslavl / St. Petersburg

05-08

Enjoy a guided tour of Yaroslav, an ancient Russian town, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers. In the evening, board an overnight train to St. Petersburg, the most European Russian city and often called ‘Venice of the North’. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to give you a real insight to its stunning architecture and history. In the morning of Day 7, travel to one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg, Pushkin, once the royal estate of the Tsars and enjoy a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace. In the afternoon, return to St. Petersburg for a final dinner, and there is the option to take a night tour of the city’s beautiful rivers and canals. On Day 8, say ‘cheers’ with a final vodka and bid farewell to your new mates. Depart at any time. (3B)

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Arrive in the Russian capital at any time; meet your new tour buds and an old friend - vodka! On Day 2, get busy exploring Moscow, rich in history and housing many of the country’s most famous sights. Enjoy an included walking tour of the impressive Kremlin, the official residence of the President, and its immense complex of palaces and churches, as well as the Armoury Chamber.

Moscow / Suzdal / Rostov

Explore the eerie Hill of Crosses before arriving into Riga, the capital city of Latvia, which is full of landmark Baltic sights and top nightlife. It also boasts 750 fine examples of art nouveau architecture. (B)

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St. Petersburg

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), train (1 nt) Transport: Van, train, bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD 160-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARGR

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Klaipeda

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Rostov

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Moscow

Vilnius

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Suzdal

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Highlights

• Visit all three Baltic capitals - Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn • Party in the outdoor bars in the ‘Summer Night City’ of Stockholm • Relax in typically Finnish style with a visit to a sauna

Moscow

$1,999

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VODKATRAIN Trans Mongolian Railway & the Silk Road

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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what’s included

Honcho services in every city stop All your train tickets Accommodation on shared basis Arrival / departure transfers en route All Trans Mongolian journeys include a stay in a traditional Mongolian ger • Visa support for pre-booked tours

extend your journey Vodkatrain has a range of VodkaPack city breaks and RailPacks through Europe and China to help you plan your journey. If Vodkatrain is part of a bigger trip and you are leaving or returning to Europe we’ve even made sure that the tour dates match up with those at Busabout (see pages 88 and 93) so you won’t have to get on a plane between London and Hong Kong. That’s 12,000km overland!

Experience the Trans Siberian Railway, Mongolia and the Silk Road at ground level. Travel with the locals, explore cities with your local Honcho, decide what you want to see and do and pay local prices along the way! Vodkatrain brings together young, like-minded individuals with different backgrounds from all around the world to travel together through some of the most unique and interesting destinations on routes less travelled. You’ll be travelling with the locals wherever you go and will discover each new city with the help of your local Honcho. Vodkatrain is a great combination of independent backpacking and small group travel at affordable do-it-yourself prices. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional tour groups with fixed schedules and regimented sightseeing, Vodkatrain gives you the chance to do your own thing or let your Honcho show you around the city they live in and love!

TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

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The trains are a destination in themselves, especially the dining car! These are not chartered trains but regular scheduled services and they ferry families, traders, students, soldiers, business people, travellers and monks, so there is always an interesting mix of people. Overnight trains have comfortable bunk-bed style, mixed gender, four-berth compartments (sleeping configurations and facilities differ for some journeys) and they have bedding, reading lights, a big window, a small table, room for your backpack and constant hot water so you’ll never run out of instant noodles! At each stop a local Honcho will meet you and transfer you to and from your accommodation. They’ll also take care of the train tickets and make sure you’re on the right train and going in the right direction! You’ll stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and traditional Mongolian gers (a real highlight); some accommodation may be multi-share but most will be twins. All are centrally located (or really close to public transport) and clean.

GROUP TRAVEL AS INDIVIDUAL AS YOU Vodkatrain is 18-35 only, so you’ll be sharing your adventure with like-minded and independent travellers from across the globe. These are not ‘escorted’ tours but it is group travel. This means you’ll have other

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travellers around to share experiences with and to provide a support network so you don’t have to tackle any hard bits alone! Vodktatrain is a travel revolution born out of the bureaucracy and challenges of travel through some of Asia’s most incredible, unique and unusual destinations.

HONCHOS Honchos have grown up in their city and love showing you around, not only to the tourist sites (they are important too) but to the real heartbeat of the city, its people and those underground places you normally need weeks to find! They can show you how to use local transport, where to change money, their favourite cafés, bars and restaurants, can translate all the latest gossip and if there is something they don’t know they have the language skills to find out. Your Honchos are available from 9am ‘til 9pm each day and some choose to stay out later for a drink. All their expenses are covered to ensure they’ll only take you to the places they would want to go themselves so there’s no funny business! Your Honcho probably has some ideas about what you should see in their city - but there is no pressure to do any suggested activities; if you want to do your own thing, they will help you with directions, a few local sayings or maybe scrawl a basic map on a napkin - then leave you to it...


$3,320

THE VODKATRAIN Beijing

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21 DAYS

St.Petersburg

DAY ITINERARY Beijing / Ulaanbaatar

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Your first train and an opportunity to spot your first camel in the Gobi Desert.

05-07 08-09 This is the classic Trans Mongolian journey. Visit all the best places from electrifying Beijing, through to St. Petersburg, known as Russia’s ‘Venice of the North’. You’ll stay with the nomads in Mongolia and party in quirky Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy a dip in Lake Baikal after a few nights on the train and absorb fascinating history in Moscow or while strolling along the Great Wall.

Start your journey in Beijing. Check out the Chinese capital’s hutongs, markets, Tiananmen Square and try some Peking Duck.

Ulaanbaatar / Terelj National Park

Have a look around this quirky capital. On Day 6 head to Terelj National Park and settle into life as a nomad in the ger camp.

Trans Mongolian Railway / Irkutsk

Return to Ulaanbaatar and depart for Irkutsk. Watch the traders at the border and catch a glimpse of your first yak.

Irkutsk / Lake Baikal

Morning arrival into Irkutsk, and then head to Lake Baikal. Pack a picnic and enjoy a hike along its beautiful shores.

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Trans Siberian Railway

12-15

Head down to the dining car to practice your Russian!

16-18

Moscow

Discover the highlights around Red Square and spend some time in Gorky Park. Depart for St. Petersburg in the afternoon of Day 18.

St. Petersburg

Visit the grand avenue of Nevsky Prospekt and say your farewells to your group enjoying the live music scene before your epic journey is completed on Day 21.

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St Pete Feb 14 Mar 14 Mar 28 Apr 11 Apr 18 May 02 May 16 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 19 Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 23 Sep 30

Sep 17 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 24

Oct 07 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 16 Dec 30 Jan 13

St Pete Jan 06 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 17 Mar 03 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 14 May 05

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THE GENGHIS KHAN Beijing

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15 DAYS

Moscow

DAY ITINERARY Beijing

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Meet your group and Honcho in Beijing.

Beijing

Explore the hutongs, markets and Tiananmen Square here in China’s capital. Ride a bicycle around to get an idea of the scale of the city and the metro to grasp the density of the population.

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Trans Mongolian / Ulaanbaatar

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Board the train and get ready for an impressive change of wheels at the border!

Ulaanbataar / Terelj National Park

04-07 Just because you are a bit tight on time it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a Trans Mongolian Adventure. Try exotic delicacies at the Beijing night markets, experience traditional Mongolian hospitality at a ger camp and delve into history in Moscow. Hit three countries and do all this in two weeks - now that’s what we call an adventure!

Check out Mongolia’s capital city. On Day 5, head out to Terelj National Park and your ger camp, climb Turtle Rock and play some pool with the locals in the wilderness. On Day 7, return to Ulaanbaatar.

Ulaanbataar

Get a great view of the town from the Zaisan Memorial or mingle with monks at the Gaandan Khiid Monastery.

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Trans Siberian Railway

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Cross the border into Russia and watch the landscapes change as you enter Siberia. Spend time with the locals, share stories and watch the landscapes change out the window.

Moscow

Check out the Kremlin, visit Lenin or travel on the dazzling metro system. On Day 15, it’s time to bid farewell to your new friends.

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Due to rail schedules, dates marked (*) have one less night in Beijing and Moscow, two extra nights on trains and a day trip to Hohot.

TOUR CODE: GKBM / GKMB

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LOCAL LIVING HOLIDAYS

REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES For those travellers who don’t enjoy long days travelling from place to place, and like to unpack rather than live out of suitcase, our ‘Local Living’ holidays are designed to really get you under the skin of your favourite destination. Staying in authentic country homes, farmhouses, agriturismos and characterful apartments, you’ll get close to the land and its people whilst discovering the local culture through daily activities such as hiking, cycling, vineyard or market visits, language classes or cooking demos. The experience differs by region, but the result is always immersive and one-of-a-kind.

WHAT’S LIFE LIKE LOCAL LIVING? TAKING IT SLOW

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If it’s Thursday, it must be Belgium, right? Wrong. Local Living trips are designed for travellers who don’t want to rush around Europe at breakneck speed, ticking off all the must-see sights and countries from a checklist. Local Living trips are for those who prefer to slowly slip into a destination and let it get under their skin. These trips open up some of Europe’s most memorable places, allowing you to stay among the locals, set your own agenda and witness real life in your new favourite place.

Just like on a regular tour with G Adventures you’ll benefit from having a CEO (that’s a Chief Experience Officer) to help with any questions you might have. He or she is wellversed in the inner workings of your chosen regions and can help with translations, bike rental, restaurant recommendations, day trips and just about anything else you need.

UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION You won’t move around much on a Local Living trip, but considering the possible settings - Burgundy, Tuscany, Sorrento, to name just a few - you won’t want to. The centrepiece of each trip is a charming and unique home base, carefully selected to provide you with a relaxed atmosphere and an authentic feel for the region you’re in. These aren’t hotels, we’re talking Italian agriturismos, Icelandic farmhouses, sedate river barges and the like. Best of all? You’ll only have to unpack once!

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COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY Local Living trips are intentionally kept loose and open, there’s no fixed itinerary and no early morning wake-up calls. Your CEO will have a cheat sheet of ideas, sights, sporting activities and local markets (and will know how to get you to each place smoothly and effortlessly), but essentially you’re free to do as much or as little as you feel like.

FOOD & DINING Your CEO will equip you with a starter kit of breakfast essentials and local delicacies when you arrive. Dine in, dine out, it’s up to you. On almost every trip you’ll also have the chance to sit down to a delicious feature meal experience with a special local guest.

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Naples

$1,799

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Naples

8 DAYS

SOUTHERN TUSCANY LOCAL LIVING Rome

$1,399

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Rome

7 DAYS

Arrive into Naples and transfer the next day to your comfortable agriturismo, a converted 17th Century monastery in the village of Furore, high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. Live like one of the very lucky locals, enjoying pre-dinner cooking demos and delicious home-cooked meals. Tour the ruins of Pompeii, visit picturesque coastal towns and go hiking on breathtaking walking routes.

Arrive into Rome and transfer by train to a rural agriturismo in a country setting with beautiful valley views. Your host, Stefano, is a keen organic producer and loves showing visitors around his family’s orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Peruse local markets, get your hands dirty in the kitchen, explore Tuscany’s stone-walled towns, visit Florence or Siena, and soak up the idyllic scenery.

Departs: Saturdays (Mar-Nov) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (6 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, minibus, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAL

Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Small, locally-owned farmhouse / agriturismo (6 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 120-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIST

TUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVING Rome

$1,399

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Rome

7 DAYS

Travel by train from Rome to the beautiful Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano to stay in a medieval house converted into apartments. Enjoy orientation walks in Rome, Siena and Florence, a half-day cooking class, wine tasting at a local cooperative, walks through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and a home-cooked dinner courtesy of your charming host, Ugo, a native of San Gimignano. Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Apartments in locally-owned house (6 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 240-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAEIGL

SORRENTO LOCAL LIVING Naples

Naples

$1,499

FR

7 DAYS

BURGUNDY CANAL BOAT LOCAL LIVING Louhans

$1,299

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Louhans

8 DAYS

Get a new perspective on France with like-minded travellers aboard a charming canal boat with just four ensuite cabins. Maneouvre through locks as you cruise for 4-5 hours each day, stopping for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycling along country lanes and hiking in verdant valleys. Facilities include shared lounge and kitchen, plus a furnished sundeck complete with barbecue. Departs: Selected Saturdays (May-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 49-foot canal boat (7 nts) Transport: Canal boat Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR 250320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAEFBL

ICELAND SOUTH LOCAL LIVING Reykjavik

Reykjavik

$2,249

FR

7 DAYS

Enjoy an orientation walk and optional group dinner in Naples before transferring to Sorrento where your home for the week is an organic lemon farm with sweeping views of the sea. Enjoy home-cooked dinners using organic produce, limoncello tasting and a pizza-making demo. Take a day trip to the Isle of Capri, hike the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ and tour the ruins of Pompeii.

Take a bike ride around Reykjavik and tour the Golden Circle’s three star attractions - Pingvellir, Gulfoss and Geysir - before arriving at your homestay, an old farmhouse with two kitchens, hot tub and sauna. Enjoy home-cooked Icelandic specialities for dinner and a spectacular range of optional activities such as snorkelling, canoeing, hiking, whitewater rafting and whale watching cruises.

Departs: Selected Sundays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (5 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEISO

Departs: Selected Saturdays (Jun-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Fully-equipped farmhouse (5 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Private van, bike Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR 40-50 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELIL

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REGIONAL TOURING & SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

AMALFI COAST LOCAL LIVING


MEDITERRANEAN SAILING MEDITERRANEAN SAILING Imagine a sailing holiday in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sitting on deck, admiring the golden sunset with a cold beer or a glass of locally-produced wine… does life get any better? Now imagine dropping anchor in a hidden cove along Croatia’s rocky shore and diving in for a refreshing swim, or pulling into a timeless fishing village for lunch at a traditional Greek taverna. Interested? There are countless ways to experience the Med – we have yachting holidays in the Greek Islands, traditional gulets in Turkey, and wooden cruisers or yachts to explore the hedonistic islands of Croatia. We can even take you to the party capital of Ibiza, and sort out your club tickets and hangover cures. If it’s island-hopping you’re after, you can do this cheaply like the locals on one of our ferry-based tours in Greece, from sun-soaked Mykonos to volcanic Santorini.


STUDENTS

$1,199/ $1,165

IBIZA ISLAND HOPPER Ibiza

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FR

FR

8 DAYS

Menorca

Highlights

Party in the world’s best clubs Dance to a beautiful sundown in Ibiza Enjoy free cocktails on a sunset cruise Visit Mallorca’s Caves of Drach Go horse riding or windsurfing Try a sobrasada, traditional stew Sunset kayak trip & Menorcan dinner

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Multi-share budget hotels/ hostels (7 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Max 25 Notes: Includes orientation walks, organised nights out on every island, all ferry tickets and transfers Tour Code: BU

The Balearic Islands are a group of gorgeous sun-kissed holiday hotspots located close to the Spanish mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. With a great climate, beautiful beaches and an easy-going nature, the islands are perhaps best-known around the globe for the party island of Ibiza. This is a clubber’s paradise, truly nowhere compares to this! There are two ways to enjoy this itinerary - you can travel from Ibiza to Menorca (we call it ‘Retox then Detox’), or you can do the trip in reverse from Menorca to Ibiza (‘Detox then Retox’). Either way, your island hopping is easy aboard the public ferries.

DAY ITINERARY Ibiza S PA I N

01

Barcelona

Get yourself to Ibiza and check-in. Your guide will give you the low-down of what’s on offer over the next week, and help book any optional boat trips or excursions you’d like. Your guide can also arrange club tickets, with great discounts off the normal entrance fee. Enjoy an orientation walk of Ibiza Town, after which there’s free time to explore, shop or relax by the hotel pool. Tonight, head to a great tapas bar for dinner and drinks, followed by your first night out in some of the biggest night clubs in the world.

Ibiza

Menorca Mallorca

Valencia

Ibiza

2

02-03

2

After dancing ‘til dawn, the morning is yours to recover, so relax by the pool, explore the island or hit Ibiza’s awesome shopping scene. Later on, head to an absolute Ibiza must-do - the Pukka Up party boat cruise! Here you’ll groove away to top on-board DJs, wicked dancers and let the drinks flow! On Day 3, hit the island’s most lively beach, Bora Bora. An all-day beach party with tunes and ice cold cocktails will make your last afternoon in Ibiza one to remember! Tan topped up and totally chilled, this evening head with your guide to San Antonio, for an orientation walk through Ibiza’s West End and dinner at one of Ibiza’s best restaurants. (2B)

Ibiza / Mallorca

2

04

This morning, there is the option to head over to the tiny island of Formentera, before catching the ferry to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearics. On arrival, transfer to the resort of Alcudia which has a lovely bayside setting on the north coast of the island. After check-in, meet up for an orientation walk of the local area and then enjoy some traditional cuisine on the waterfront. (B)

Mallorca

05

Take an optional excursion to Soller which is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range on the island’s secluded and dramatic west coast; the second is to the Caves of Drach, where you can marvel at the world’s largest underground lakes. Alternatively, catch a local bus to Mallorca’s capital, Palma, and explore its cathedral and bustling shopping district. If you just want to chill, take some time out on the beach for sunshine and watersports. (B)

Mallorca / Menorca

06

Enjoy an easy morning before catching the afternoon ferry to Menorca. Start with an orientation walk of Cuitadella Town; with its wide selection of shops and restaurants. You could spend the day here and never get bored. This evening, head to the Cova d’en Xoroi, a club like no other we know. Perched on a cliff, you can dance ‘til dawn overlooking the seas to the sounds of top international DJs working the decks. (B)

Menorca

07-08

Menorca, with as many beaches as Ibiza and Mallorca combined, is stunning, and today is your chance to explore. Relax on world class golden beach with a cocktail in hand, swim in the crystal clear waters or head off on horseback through the gorgeous countryside. In the afternoon catch a bus out to a top water sports beach for the incredible optional sunset kayaking trip, then tonight finish the tour in style sampling locally made Pomada, and the best kept secret of Menorca – its brilliant nightlife. Sadly, this awesome island-hopping tour ends on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)

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CROATIA ONE-WAY SAIL Dubrovnik

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STUDENTS

$919 / $899

FR

FR

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik Explore Mljet’s National Park Hike to a pirate fortress Drop anchor and dive into the Adriatic Drink cocktails on a medieval turret Party ‘til dawn in a Croatian cave bar Wine tasting on the Stari Grad plain

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Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20

Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) usually with bunks Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or above deck (windows) cabins, with either shared or en-suite bathroom Transport: Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Group Leader: Captain, Crew & English-speaking Guide Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 16-36 passengers Notes: Includes orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands. Port taxes of approx. EUR 20 to be paid on Day 1 Tour Code: BU

Spend eight days in heaven. Well, actually in Croatia, but we think it’s pretty close to heaven - sailing up the beautiful Adriatic and following the spectacular Dalmatian coastline all the way. You’ll discover tiny islands and secluded coves hidden in the sparkling sea, watch amazing sunsets, sip cocktails from the deck or check out the vibrant local bars and cool nightclubs on dry land. This chilled out week of sunshine and partying will see you swimming in crystalline waters, sipping locally-produced wine and eating the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted. Trust us, this is how you want to spend your summer days!

DAY ITINERARY Dubrovnik / Sipan

01

Anchors away, as you set sail on the first day of the best week ever! As you depart Dubrovnik harbour and head out across the blue Adriatic, soak up the beauty of Eliphiti Island on your way to Sipan. The sail time is short, with a nice refreshing swim stop to set the tone for the week. Tonight you’ll dock at the port of Sipan, your base for the night, and watch the stunning sunset and get to know your trip mates over a barbecue dinner as you celebrate your first night on tour. (L)

Sipan / Korcula B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

C ROAT I A

2

Split 1

Pucisca

Hvar

02

Omis 1 Makarska

2 1

Korcula / Hvar

03

Korcula

Spend the morning exploring the stunning Mljet National park before setting sail to Korcula. Join your guide for a stroll around this town and visit the supposed birth place of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Seek out the beautiful Moreska – a unique local sword dance complete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Tonight, satisfy your explorer’s hunger with a pizza before a cocktail or two at Dos Locos Bar, then it’s on to the awesome rooftop cocktail bar Massimo - perched on the top of a medieval fort turret for jaw dropping views and an incredible vibe. (B, L)

1

Sipan

Depart Korcula for the island of Hvar, with plenty of time for a swim-stop in the crystal clear Adriatic. After docking in the glamorous port of Hvar enjoy a short walking tour of one of the highlights of the Dalmatian Coast. See the beautiful Venetian cobbled streets, town square and maybe enjoy the short walk up to the Spanjola Fortress for awesome views out over the bay. Keep your eyes out for the big pleasure yachts too as Hvar is frequented with the rich and famous. (B, L)

Hvar

Dubrovnik

04

This is your island day, shake off the sea legs and get busy exploring Hvar. In the summer the smell of lavender will fill your nostrils, whilst the wine on the island is some of the best in Croatia. Hvar has so many small little hidden bays where you can swim alone with your friends. The island also boasts some fabulous little eateries tucked away where only the locals (and your guide!) know. This evening re-visit the bars or chill out on a beach with a bottle of the locally-made wine. (B, L)

Hvar / Bol / Makarska

05

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Sail to one of the most beautiful little fishing villages for a taste of real Dalmatian culture! The town of Bol (on Brac) is famous as being the most photographed beach in Croatia, ‘Zlatni Ra’ (literally ‘Golden Horn’), known for the way it sticks right out from the coastline. Then it’s on to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, water sports and palm-fringed promenade. Dinner will be at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern with a few drinks afterwards. (B, L)

Makarska / Pucisca / Omnis

06

After a night of sheer entertainment it’s over the waters to Pucisca on the island of Brac. On arrival into Pucisca you’ll be introduced to the world famous stonemasons’ school where they provided that gleaming white stuff for the White House. Today is a nice chilled one; enjoy swimming and relaxing before the Captain’s barbecue in the evening. (B, L)

Pucisca / Omis / Split

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07-08

Wake up in the pirate town of Omis ready to explore the island, get physical with some rafting or just relax on the beach before sailing on to Split for your final night in Dalmatia’s capital. Explore the Roman Palace of Diocletian, chill out on the waterfront with a Bijela Kava (coffee) in hand, before rounding the night off with some cocktails and party at Bacvice Beach. Day 8, bid farewell and transfer to the airport, or stay a bit longer by linking up with the Bohemian or Ottoman Trek, to continue your eastern adventure. (2B, L)

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CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER Split

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STUDENTS

$899 / $879

FR

FR

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Enjoy a beer in Split’s Roman fort Snorkel at secluded bays Swim in the lakes of Mljet N.P. Explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik Sip cocktails atop Korcula’s tower Check out the rich and famous in Hvar Party like a pirate!

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Jun 21 Jun 28 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 09

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Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20

Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or above deck (windows) Transport: Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Group Leader: Captain, Crew & Guide Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 16-36 passengers Notes: Includes orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands. Port taxes of approx. EUR 20 to be paid on DAY 1 Tour Code: BU

Jump on board your fantastic sailing boat, stretch out on deck in the blissful sunshine and take in some of the 1,185 islands dotted along Croatia’s rugged Dalmatian Coast. If all this becomes too taxing, jump in the azure water for a swim, dock at an island port to explore its old town, climb a medieval fortress or party ‘til dawn in a blue cave. Starting and finishing in Split, spend the week island-hopping down the coast to glorious Dubrovnik and back again. Grab your flip flops, bathers and sunglasses, and you’re all set for a week in paradise.

DAY ITINERARY Split / Hvar

01 B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

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Split

Hvar / Mljet

1

Pucisca

Hvar

Depart Split harbour to cruise out past the island of Brac, as you enjoy your first lunch onboard and get to know your new crew. Stop for a swim in the beautiful Adriatic as you head towards one of Croatia’s coolest islands – Hvar. Marvel at the super yachts in the medieval harbour that has made the town a popular celeb hang out. Wander around the markets or head up to the ancient fort for one of the best postcard shots of Croatia’s sunniest island! Tonight it’s tequila boom booms at Kiva, funky beats and DJs at the super cool Carpe Diem or raving in a nightclub in a monastery! (L)

Omis 1 1

02

Makarska

1 1

Korcula Mljet

Wake-up to beautiful views of the Dalmatian coast and set sail to Mljet, famous for its stunning national park. You’ll see amazing salt-water lakes and a secluded abbey on the Island of St. Mary in the middle of the biggest lake. It’s an awesome place for a dip; and with the water a few degrees warmer than the sea, you’ll think you’ve struck paradise. A favourite thing to do is catch a boat out to the island to check out the old monastery. Tonight you’ll overnight at the port of Polaca / Pomena where you can put your feet up, watch the sun go down and tuck into a barbecue. (B, L)

Mljet / Dubrovnik

1 1

Dubrovnik

03

Today, you’ll make your way to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and home to some of the best waterfront bars on the coast. If sipping cocktails gets too much, head round to one of the hidden bays for swim. This evening, why not sample some of the local seafood caught fresh that day? Later, Club Fuego will open its doors for the evening playing beats to move your feet until the wee hours of the morning. (B, L)

Dubrovnik / Korcula

04

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This morning it’s off to Korcula to check out the island where Marco Polo was supposedly born. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the famous Moreska, a local sword dance unique to Korcula complete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Stroll around town with your guide and take a lesson in the old fashioned way to properly guard a town against extreme weather! Later, enjoy a pizza in town and then maybe 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. (B, L)

Korcula / Makarska

Fr $989

05

Fr $989

Fr $939

Fr $1,145

Today you sail up the mainland coast to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, water sports and palm-fringed promenade framed by the lofty heights of the Biokovo Mountains. After a few drinks watching the amazing sunset, dinner is at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern in the town centre followed by a few drinks afterwards. If you’re here in peak season, don’t forget to check out Club Deep, a nightclub inside a cave that used to be a weapons depot in the Second World War. A place of war becomes a place of party... how cool is that? (B, L)

Makarska / Pucisca / Split

06-08

This morning, sail across to Pucisca and the marble capital of the world. Sample a real bit of Dalmatian culture heading off the beaten track to one of the island’s most beautiful bays! Tonight is the Captain’s dinner followed by the night sail to Omis and the onboard pirates party. On Day 7, explore the pirate town of Omis, visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split to enjoy your final night in Dalmatia’s capital! Have a wander around the amazing Diocletian’s Palace, sip a bijela kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront with concerts and entertainment going on all summer long! Cocktails in Red Room and party until dawn on Bacvice Beach! After breakfast on Day 8, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and crew! (3B, 2L)

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CROATIA SAILING ADVENTURE Dubrovnik

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$1,349

FR

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Wander the stone walls of Dubrovnik Enjoy the social lifestyle on a yacht Discover secluded islands and beaches Explore historic ports and towns See the forests of Mljet National Park Indulge in Hvar’s legendary nightlife Connect with Roman history in Split

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May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21

May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28

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Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 09 Aug 16

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Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 04

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Yachts (7nts) – equipped with 5 twin-share cabins, 3 bathrooms and 2 showers Transport: 50 ft sailing yacht Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR 250-300 for meals ashore not included Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Max 8 Notes: Basic food items on the yacht to be covered by a locally-payable food kitty (approx. EUR 50 per person) Tour Code: GAECVD

B OZ N I A & H E R Z EG OV I N A

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DAY ITINERARY 01-08

Split

Dubrovnik / Split There’s no fixed route on this one-way cruise along Croatia’s craggy Adriatic shoreline – much depends on the interests and wishes of the group, along with the guidance of the resident local expert, the yacht’s skipper. Possible stops may include the popular islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac, the more remote island of Vis, or coastal towns along the mainland. Your home for the week will be a 50ft sailing yacht, which you’ll share with a maximum of just eight guests in five twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities. Please note the itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions. This decision will be made solely at the skipper’s discretion, based on the safety of both the group and the yacht, however some of the likely sightseeing highlights include the following:

Hvar Vis

Whether you’re looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or decadent evenings indulging in the local nightlife scene, this easy-going Croatian sailing holiday sets out to please. Embark in lovely Dubrovnik and discover charming villages as you sail from island to island aboard a small, skippered yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and its culture, and we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this region’s beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.

Ploce Korcula

Dubrovnik

Mljet 7

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Mljet Famous for its hiking, cycling, swimming and stunning scenery, the island of Mljet is where it was reputed Odysseus stayed for seven years. Your stop won’t be as lengthy but you’ll be able to enjoy a guided tour of the national park or a refreshing swim in one of the saltwater lakes. Korcula Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula Town will soon lure you with its many charms. The sightseeing highlight is the Gothic St. Mark’s Cathedral, however much of the charm of this striking walled town comes from just wandering among its red roof houses and narrow streets. The island is known for the production of some of Croatia’s finest wines, especially of the sweeter dessert variety, and for its top-quality olive oil.

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Ploce Disembark at this bustling town on the mainland of Croatia, where the streets are packed with wonderful shopping opportunities, or get out of town and laze at one of the many beautiful beaches nearby. Hvar Hvar is a popular choice with the rich and famous, as you might be able to guess judging by the expensive pleasure yachts you’ll see moored in the marina at Hvar Town. This stylish island is also a paradise for hedonistic nightlife, and has been known to attract a host of celebrities, but it is also highly regarded as a place that is bursting with delightful Renaissance-style architecture. Brac Brac is the perfect place to laze away a sunny afternoon on the beach, breaking only to take regular dips in the crystal-clear water. Perhaps set up a barbecue on the beach, and enjoy some local wines you’ve sourced direct from the vineyards? Split Before the cruise comes to an end in the harbour at Split, the skipper will find a picturesque inlet to enjoy lunch together as a group. Enjoy the last night aboard and reminisce about what your favourite experiences were on your journey along the Dalmatian Coast. Split is a great place to end the cruise; and before moving on from the city, you’ll no doubt want to explore the amazing Diocletian’s Palace.

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CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Split

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Vistas from Hvar’s hilltop fortress Relax on Dubrovnik’s pristine beaches See the palm-covered Elaphite Islands Indulge in Makarska’s divine seafood Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split Admire Adriatic seascapes as you sail Unwind with an icy cocktail in Korcula Party in cool coastal bars and clubs

MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

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$1,185

FR

Departures 2014 START

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START

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May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 18 Jun 21 Jun 25 Jun 28 Jul 02

May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 25 Jun 28 Jul 02 Jul 05 Jul 09

Jul 05 Jul 09 Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 23 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 02 Aug 06

Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 23 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 02 Aug 06 Aug 09 Aug 13

Aug 09 Aug 13 Aug 16 Aug 20 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20

Aug 16 Aug 20 Aug 23 Aug 27 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with en-suite bathroom Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 dinners Group Leader: Captain, Crew & Tour Manager Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBCI

Shimmering azure waters, sublime sunshine, silky beaches, ancient architecture, medieval towns and timeless traditions; Croatia truly has it all. This journey along the Dalmatian Coast takes you from the marble streets of Split to the glitz and glamour of Hvar and from the Adriatic emerald of Korcula to the colourful reefs of the Elaphite Islands. Mix this with Croatia’s blend of glamour and old-fashioned authenticity, plus a cocktail or two and you have yourself a sizzling eight days of sun ahead! You’ll travel the coast aboard a wooden cruiser typically accommodating 20-36 passengers.

DAY ITINERARY Split / Hvar

01 B O S N I A & H E R Z EG OV I N A

1

C ROAT I A 1

1

Makarska

03 1

Korcula

Kick start your day by swimming into the inviting azure water at a remote cove en route to utopia number two; Korcula. This zesty island is graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled town. Oh yes, and it also happens to be the home of famous adventurer, Marco Polo! After meandering its streets and admiring its fortified Old Town, why not sample some of Croatia’s finest wines. (B, L)

Korcula / Dubrovnik

Hvar 1

Trstenik 2

Dubrovnik ADRIATIC SEA

Hvar / Korcula

02

Split

Jump onboard your new home for the next seven nights; a traditional Croatian wooden cruiser as you leave the glittering turquoise port of Split behind you. Next stop; the show-stopping island of Hvar. This little treasure is best known for being the sunniest and greenest of the Croatian Islands, receiving 2,724 hours of glorious rays per year! Between its luscious lavender fields, tranquil villages brimming with friendly locals and its pine-covered hills, lies medieval Hvar Town. On your first day in Dalmatian paradise you can check out Hvar’s stunning square, 16th Century theatre and its hilltop fortress, which boasts spine-tingling panoramic views over its harbour. As you settle in to the laidback way of life, get to know your new mates better over dinner before hitting the town. (L, D)

Today you’ll set sail for the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. It’s easy to see why it has acquired that title, with its melange of Baroque buildings, eye-catching monuments, quaint monastries and finelycarved stone museums which sing its historical and vibrant past. later on hit up Placa, the pedestrian district of the Old Town and soak up its flamboyant atmosphere. (B)

Dubrovnik

04

Head back to the pretty city and bronze yourself on one of its heavenly beaches, cooling off in the water if it all gets too much! If you fancy, venture further afield with a day trip along the Dalmatian Coast, or take a cable car ride above Dubrovnik for absolutely breathtaking views! Later, opt in for a kayaking trip around the old city walls for a different angle on this beautiful city. (B, D)

Dubrovnik / Trstenik

05

Sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations and colourful reefs; you’re sure to be dazzled by its effortless beauty! Unwind on deck as you continue on to the unspoilt village of Trstenik. As you pull in to dock later that evening you’ll witness more views of the Adriatic. (B, L)

Trstenik / Makarska

06

Watch the sea sparkle and soak up the sublime Croatian rays as you cruise along to Makarska, with its long sandy beach and striking promenade. If you fancy a bit of local action, head to Makarska’s main square and check out the kaleidoscope of colours you can see at its fruit and flower markets. Tonight is yours, so head out to a local eatery and try some of the town’s succulent seafood. (B, L)

Makarska / Split

07 08

After drifting past the windsurfers’ paradise of Brac, you’ll gallivant around Split. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage, complete with 200 buildings and a huge cathedral. On your last evening, soak up Split’s Adriatic vibes and head on to one of the waterfront bars, followed by a night out at its cool cafes and sizzling clubs. (B, L)

Split

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast, so swap email addresses and reminisce on the past eight sun-soaked days! (B)

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CROATIAN ISLAND HOPPER Split

SAIL $1,659 GREECE 8 DAYS

Dubrovnik

MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

Highlights

Athens

DAY ITINERARY

Split / Pucisca

Athens / Perdika

Board the boat, settle into your en-suite cabin and get your cruise sizzling with a tasty barbecue. A perfect start to an idyllic week in one of the world’s ultimate holiday destinations. (L, D)

Board your luxury yacht and start a voyage among some of the best Greek islands on offer starting with Aegina and the beautiful small fishing village of Perdika. This is a great place to relax over a beer and get to know your fellow seafarers.

01

Pucisca / Makarska

03

Plug in your iPod and watch the Adriatic go by en route to Makarska, where the sandy beach and promenade are perfect for stretching your legs. Makarska goes off when the sun goes down, so head out tonight to explore the themed bars and fun clubs in the resort. (B)

06 07-08

It’s on to a new vibe today, Bol on the island of Brac, a cute town that just begs to be explored. Hit the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) Beach and enjoy people watching over a delicious seafood lunch. (B)

Enjoy a day of relaxation then take it up a notch with a pirate party at an exclusive overnight stop in Wild Bay. One of Croatia’s most popular islands, Hvar, is the next stop. The harbour is packed with yachts (and celebs!), the vineyards produce some great vintages and the views from the hilltop fortress are stunning! (2B, 2L, D)

Hvar / Korcula

Stop at small islands as you continue to Hydra, an island where no cars or motorcycles are welcome. Head to the waterfront to grab some dinner before hitting the bars for some great nightlife. (B, L)

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Head to the eye-catching city of Dubrovnik, its Baroque architecture earning it the moniker of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The cruise comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8, but you won’t want to leave! (2B, L)

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Alternate Saturdays from May 31 to Aug 23

Northbound from Dubrovnik

Alternate Saturdays from Jun 07 to Aug 30

Today it is on to the island of Spetses with a swim stop in Zogera Bay. Wander the narrow streets admiring traditional architecture or enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and secluded bays. Next day, anchor at Dhokos and Kounoupi islets on your way to Poros, where you can sit back and chill in its many bars and tavernas. (2B, 2L)

Aegina / Athens

Korcula / Dubrovnik

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deckC R O A T I A (porthole) or on deck cabins, with en-suite bathroom Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Captain, Crew & Tour Manager Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBSI / COBBDI

Head to the incredible Peloponnese coast with a swim stop off the south coast of Spetses before reaching Plaka, a stunning port with a great beach for swimming as well as top-notch bars and taverns, perfect for a beer and fresh seafood. On Day 4, spend a day sailing to the idyllic seaport town of Nafplio, stopping at small coastal villages for swim and lunch. (2B, 2L)

Spetses / Poros

Explore the fascinating Venetian architecture in the walled fishing village of Korcula, stroll the cobbled streets and find a cosy bar hidden away in an old turret. Ideal for a blissful sundowner. (B, L, D)

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Athens

• Prepare for an unforgettable ‘all hands on deck’ sailing experience • Visit traditional fishing villages and sample mouth-watering seafood • Dance the night away in the dazzling island of Hydra

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• Sunbathing on the Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s finest beaches • Tucking into a seafood platter at an authentic harbourside café • Partying with the glamorous crowd in the hotspots of Hvar

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07-08

Sail to the main port on the island of Aegina, popular for its history stretching back thousands of years, its moon crescent harbour filled with fishing boats and its little Byzantine chapel. Make the most of this welcoming port before sailing back to Athens the next day where it is time to wave farewell to your fellow sailors. (2B, 2L)

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Double/Twin share cabins (7 nts) Transport: Luxury yacht Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes bedding and towels on the boats (bring your swimmers). Local payment (Port Taxes marine insurance, fuel supplement & basic food kitty) of approx. EUR 100 to be paid on Day 1 Tour Code: BU

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6 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

Wander the ancient streets of Athens Relax on Mykonos’ blissful beaches Drop anchor for a taste of Turkey Enjoy the ship’s bars, clubs and spas Admire the history of Rhodes Town See a spectacular sunset on Santorini Capture views of ‘sugarcube’ houses Opt for a guided tour of the Acropolis

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Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), cruise ship (quad cabins) (4 nts) - twin-share and single cabins are available at a supplement Transport: Cruise ship Meals: 5 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 three-course dinners, 4 suppers Group Leader: On-board cruise representative Tour Code: CO6CGS

Join our partners, Contiki Holidays, to hit the sun-kissed Greek isles for some serious R&R aboard one of Louis Hellenic’s fabulous cruise ships. The cruise isn’t exclusively chartered to Contiki so you’ll have the opportunity to mix with loads of other people, while still travelling as a group with other like-minded 18-35 year olds. Visit iconic spots like Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos, and make a port of call in Kusadasi for a little taste of Turkey. Tuck into four delicious meals daily on the ship and enjoy a wealth of on-board facilities including a luxurious spa, swimming pools, bars, nightclub, live entertainment and even a casino.

DAY ITINERARY Athens

01 T U R K E Y

Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist and turn through the narrow medieval streets of the Plaka district, which is brimming with traditional tavernas and pavement cafés, and stumble upon ancient architectural sites full of history and character. Meet your cruise representative and the rest of your group this evening, perhaps getting to know your fellow travellers over an optional dinner at an authentic Greek taverna.

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Head down to the port in good time to board your ship. Settle into your cabin - whether you have chosen inside or outside twin-share, quad or single cabin, they all have private en-suite facilities before setting sail for the paradise island of Mykonos, admiring awe-inspiring views over the Aegean. Head into Mykonos Town and wander through its maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed cubeshaped houses. Chill with friends on the island’s golden beaches and cool off with regular dips in the azure waters. Wrap up the day with a drink at one of Mykonos’ bars along Little Venice and watch the sun go down as the island’s young and vibrant party crowd comes alive. (B, L, D, S)

03

Wake up to the Turkish port town and resort of Kusadasi, where you can haggle for bargains in its authentic bazaar or grab yourself a pavement table for a refreshing glass of visne (sour cherry juice) or Turkish tea. Opt in for a trip to the classical archaelogical site of Ephesus, which is highly recommended for history buffs. Next up, you’re back on the boat and heading back into Greece for a visit to the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos where you can visit the Monastery of St. John or relax on the beach while watching the local fish for the catch of the day. (B, L, D, S)

Patmos / Rhodes

04

Hug the coastline of Turkey all the way down to Rhodes, the sunniest island in the Aegean. It’s an absolute gem of an island, serving up a mix of ancient relics from different civilisations as well as pristine beaches and medieval towns. Rhodes Town itself is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to the massive walled fortifications which completely enclose its atmospheric old quarter. (B, L, D, S)

Rhodes / Crete / Santorini

05

Drop by Heraklion Town on Crete, the largest of all the Greek islands, en route to the most quintessential of all, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings, spectacular island sunsets and breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to the clifftop town of Fira. While docked in Santorini, you also have the option to take a boat ride out to the fascinating volcanic island of Nea Kameni. (B, L, D, S)

Santorini / Athens

06

Return to the Greek capital and set yourself up for the day ahead with a final breakfast on board the ship. On arrival, transfer from the port to the centre of Athens, where it’s time to say your goodbyes as the tour comes to an end. You do, however, have one last unmissable opportunity to prolong the fun - an optional guided tour of the ancient Parthenon and Acropolis! (B)

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Athens

Highlights

Choose fixed itinerary or flexible tour Discover the Plaka area in Athens Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches Snorkel in crystal-clear water Admire Santorini’s iconic white houses Dine like a local at a Greek taverna Walk around the old city walls in Fira

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FIXED ITINERARY: A Busabout guide will escort each group, staying two nights on each island. If you have not advised otherwise (at least two weeks prior to departure) your ferry tickets will be booked as a fixed nine-day itinerary as shown below. Accommodation is not included on the flexi-hopper, but is easily arranged online through Busabout’s ‘MyTrip’. FLEXIBLE TOUR: Confirm your travel dates at least two weeks before your departure from Athens. There are sailings every day (Jul/Aug) and every second day (May/Jun/Sep). Stay as long as you like on each island, joining up with different groups along the way.

DAY ITINERARY Athens / Mykonos

Inclusions

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, can be arranged for EUR 10-45 per person per night in local pensions and beach clubs. Book online through Busabout MyTrip (see page 27) Transport: Ferry Meals: None included Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Avg 34 Notes: Orientation walks, nights out, transfers to and from specific accommodation and local taxes Tour Code: BU

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Day 1 is an early start. Make your own way to the port of Pireaus in Athens, and meet your guide who will provide you with all your ferry tickets for the trip and your itinerary which contains details of all the group activities, transport, accommodation and optional excursions. Set sail for the stunning island of Mykonos, home for the next two nights. It’s the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands with a vibrant and sophisticated nightlife and is a favourite amongst the jet setters. Mykonos Town, with its famous landmark windmills, narrow alleys and hundreds of little family churches and chapels, is considered one of the most beautiful towns on the island.

Mykonos / Paros

03-04

Leaving Mykonos on Day 3, head to Paros, a totally chilled out island where you can kick off your party shoes and relax the way only the Greek Islanders know how! There are plenty of optional excursions to join including a full day cruise around Paros and Antiparos stopping at some of the most spectacular swimming spots you can imagine, complete with beach barbecue. Snorkel, watch the kite boarders cutting up the waves and chill out soaking up the sun. Paros is one of the most prosperous of all the Greek Islands, thanks to the abundance of high-quality white marble found here. Explore this beautiful island, discover carefree villages and lovely Golden Beach.

Paros / Santorini

05-06 Athens

Mykonos Paros Ios

The volcanic isle of Santorini is regarded as the most spectacular of all the Greek Islands, its majestic cliffs rising vertically out of the sea. 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. On Day 6, enjoy an orientation walk around Fira Town before an optional sunset dinner on the volcanic caldera followed by some less hectic bar hopping, in this relaxed setting.

Santorini / Ios

07-08

Santorini

09

End your Greek Island adventure with a bang, as Ios is without a doubt the party capital with hundreds of bars packed into a small three-block radius and truckloads of beer imported daily! It’s a rare day when you see someone awake before midday (well, 2pm if we’re being honest). When you do finally rise, there are plenty of beaches on which to laze in order to recharge your batteries. Milopotas offers everything you could want from a beach, including watersports such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing and caters to a young, fun-loving party crowd.

Ios / Athens

With some great memories of the trip, head back to Athens by ferry this morning where the tour comes to an end on arrival.

Please note this is a sample itinerary only, based on booking the ‘fixed’ itinerary. Those on the ‘flexible’ tour can add as many extra nights as they wish on each island - you have all summer to complete the route! Both versions of the itinerary must be booked two weeks prior to departure. Return time for this trip varies depending on ferries. We recommend booking your onward travel for after 12pm the following day.

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Discover the Plaka area in Athens Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches Snorkel and swim in clear waters Take in a spectacular Santorini sunset Admire iconic white cube buildings Dine like a local at a Greek taverna Walk around the old city walls in Fira

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Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (12 nts) Transport: Ferry crossings Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBGI

If you were going to make a Greek Island your holiday destination, you’d be faced with the tough decision of which one to choose, so we’ve put together a holiday that combines three of the best! Over 13 days you’ll dance your way through Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, with plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party. There’s also time for wining, dining and sightseeing in the capital, Athens, at the beginning and end of your island stay if you wish. The perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style! Travel to and from Athens and between the islands is by public ferry service.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Athens

Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting cosy with mythological beauty Athens; a cosmopolitan city crammed with ancient wonders and an urban soul. This afternoon, meet up with your travel pals and tuck into a delicious Greek dinner at a local taverna. (D)

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Ios 2

Today, you have the full day in Athens. Get the lowdown on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from a local guide on an optional tour, highly recommended to get the insider knowledge on this spot. Then experience Athens’ cultural melting pot and wander its streets. Be sure to find a hole-in-the-wall food joint in the neighbourhood of Plaka where you can try many Greek specialities for dinner this evening, such as lamb moussaka, souvlaki, grilled meats and freshly-drizzled salads of tomatoes, red onions and olives! (B)

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Santorini

Board the ferry and witness amazing views of the islands and the azure Aegean, as you make your way to the beautiful, whitewashed vistas of Mykonos. Spend the next two days discovering if the stories behind Mykonos’ reputation for blissful beaches and party culture is true. In your free time, head into Mykonos Town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed houses. Maybe grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialities, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip. On Day 5 be sure to check out party haven Paradise Beach on an optional day trip. Then unwind on the island’s world-famous beaches, wrapping it all up with a cocktail at one of Mykonos’ Little Venice bars as you watch the sun go down. Heaven! (3B, D)

Mykonos / Santorini

06-08

Today it’s a change of islands and a total change of scene. Santorini will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water, look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches. Enjoy Day 7 and 8 getting familiar with the slow-paced island life. Head to Santorini’s highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool off with a swim stop at Perissa Beach. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of the island to catch one of its famously spectacular sunsets on the ‘Oia at Sunset’ optional excursion. (3B, D)

Santorini / Ios

09-11

After free time this morning, cruise on to Ios. Peaceful by day, pumping by night, Ios is the ultimate party destination. Over Days 10 and 11, you can lounge about poolside before big nights out, when Ios’ villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs and let loose to the pumping tunes. Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. There’s plenty of time during the day to recharge your batteries, perhaps with a visit to the fun-loving beach of Milopotas or the quieter option of Manganari, down on the island’s south coast. (3B, D)

Ios / Athens

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Wave goodbye to Ios and the dreamy Cycladic Islands and set sail back to mainland Greece, spending a final evening with your new friends in Athens. Make the most of your last night on tour and join the group for a mouth-watering local dinner. Later, head out to Athens’ up-and-coming district of Psiri, buzzing with trendy bars and clubs. (B)

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