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Digital! The destroyer of dull daily commutes and overnight backpacker bus journeys, you can now download all our brochures straight to your tablet or mobile. Access videos and bonus imagery, share pages, tap to book, save trees and download for inspiration on the road. SEARCH STA TRAVEL BROCHURES LATIN AMER ICA 2018 /19

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Our story The big stuff The good stuff The responsible stuff The essentials Save money and stay flexible All about flights All about tours All about duvets Map and trip planner WORKING HOLIDAYS

22 MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS 23 Europe music festivals 26 Beats: Small group festival tours 28 UK music festivals 30 Europe special events 32 Oktoberfest 33 Christmas & New Year 34 ON THE ROAD 35 National Express 36 Campervan rental 38 Rail passes

41 Busabout 46 EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES 86 UK & IRELAND 100 London 105 Scotland 106 Ireland 107 FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS 110 Paris 113 Amsterdam 116 SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO 126 Barcelona


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EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

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ENGLAND & WALES ROAD TRIPS

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129 Madrid 130 Spanish beaches 131 Portugal 132 ITALY 142 Rome 145 Venice 146 Florence 147 CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE 151 Vienna 152 Berlin 154 Munich 155 Prague

156 Budapest 157 CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS 170 Croatia 171 GREECE & TURKEY 181 Athens 182 Greek Islands 189 Turkey touring & Istanbul 190 SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND & THE BALTICS 203 Reykjavík 208 TERMS & CONDITIONS 210 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Our It all started back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long haul hangover and an idea. To create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Over 35 years later and we're the world's largest student and youth travel company; with stores in over 50 countries and over 2 million travellers a year. Since then, we've launched apps, festivals, film projects, digital music platforms and pioneered charity campaigns. We've crossed borders to push boundaries, walked unfamiliar paths to find new friends, and got lost to discover the places we love. We've done all of these things, but our philosophy has never changed. We're STA Travel, and we're here to Start The Adventure. And now, it's your turn.

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Big STUFF THE

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the rucksack and book your next adventure.

Here’s how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are worldly-wise, well-travelled and can pack a 60 litre backpack in a minute flat.

Lots of travel companies make grand promises about their prices. Here's ours. If we can't beat a scheduled airfare, tour or hotel price, then we'll give you R5,000 travel credit towards your trip.*

We don't endorse credit card debt, organ harvesting or blackmail as legitimate ways to fund your trip. So if you see a flight you like, secure it there and then with a low deposit and pay the rest later.

We've been trusted by travellers since 1979. We work with the world's leading airlines, touring partners and ground handlers to create experiences that are real, responsible and authentic.

We know how important it is to feel safe on the road. That's why our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 to help quickly resolve issues - so that you can get back on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our exclusive BlueTickets have been flying the young and studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible fares for over 35 years.

CARES

Let’s clear this up once and for all before someone does a keg stand! Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but our adventures are ageless. If you love to travel, we love you.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

*Not all tickets are available for our deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.co.za/price-beat-guarantee.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Good STUFF THE

MAKING A STAND ON TEEN CANCER

At STA Travel, we help millions of young travellers explore the world each year. Yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer.

STA TRAVEL ON A MISSION

No young person should face cancer alone. That's why we've joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia, Austria, Germany and New Zealand on a global campaign to raise awareness and vital funds.

100% of this money will go towards helping provide the support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes needed to ensure that young people with cancer continue to receive the expert care they need.

Our mission is to raise USD $1 million by 2020.

Our people have been busy. In year one, we.. RAN AND WALKED OVER 400 KM

HAD A SONG WRITTEN FOR US BY ALONG CAME SHIFTY

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER WORLDWIDE

SHAVED TO RAISE OVER USD $10,000

RAISED A TOTAL OF USD $155,000

BAKED (AND ATE) A LOT OF CAKES

To check out our film and track by STA Travel Sounds artists Along Came Shifty, head to youtube.com.statravel

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Responsible STUFF THE

We believe in exploring, not exploiting. We're not perfect, but here's a bit about what we've been doing to help.

MAKING A STAND

MAKING A STAND

On Volunteering

On Animal Welfare We've partnered with international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, to enforce a pioneering animal welfare policy. Together, we are committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of animals across all of our operations, and to changing the attitudes of others within the tourism industry.

We love encouraging our travellers to give back on their travels. Unfortunately, volunteer projects can often be mismanaged; exploiting poorer communities for profit rather than helping them. We believe that volunteering should have a lasting and positive impact, meeting both the local needs of communities and the desires of travellers to make worthwhile contributions. Only then can voluntourism make a true difference.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

So far we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities because they have compromised our stance on animal welfare. These have included Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and a ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We're asking our travellers to use their influence to help change perceptions, and in doing so, to help change the lives of animals around the world. If you come across any instances of animal neglect or cruelty on your trip, please report them to Born Free's Travellers' Animal Alert. Find out more at bornfree.org.uk/travellersalert/

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Our responsibilities are threefold. Firstly, to the project, to ensure that it is based on achievable and beneficial objectives. Secondly, to our volunteers, by giving a clear outline of the project's goals. And thirdly, to the community, by encouraging economic, social and environmental sustainability rather than dependency. STA TRAVEL'S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers do great work, and we want you to have the best time doing it. A big part of this comes down to attitude, and while we're lucky to have the World's Best Customers (your medal's in the post) we also want to ensure that you are prepared and your expectations are managed. Ask your Travel Expert for a copy.

IF IT'S NOT SAFE

We've been trusted by travellers for over 35 years, and we take that trust seriously.

We won' t sell it!

We operate a comprehensive customer safety policy to promote the good health and

safety of our travellers abroad, only working with reputable operators who meet local, national and our own strict company standards.

operations, withdrawing any products or properties where customer safety or our own company values are compromised.

We're constantly on the road assessing our

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The Essentials The holy grail of traveller essentials, here are all the things your trip can't survive without.

BEFORE YOU GO VISAS

Not getting deported is a fairly important part of travelling, so make sure you check all entry requirements well in advance. And if you do require a visa, our visa process is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. If you're not prepared, it could mean forking out hundreds on flights from a country you won't even see. Not fun. VACCINATIONS

Some countries won’t even let you in without having had certain vaccinations, so check the requirements and visit your GP at least ten weeks before you depart.

PARKING & LOUNGES

Early morning flight and no one kind (crazy) enough to drive you to the airport? Save up to 50% (and some important snooze time) by pre-booking airport hotels and parking with us. Or, start your journey off in style by booking yourself fancy airport lounge access. Player.

Who said travellers were fickle and indecisive? Yep, that was definitely us. Travelling should be about having the freedom and flexibility to change your

We know that you're not always everyone's favourite travel purchase. People scoff at you, tell you they don't need you, and even palm you off onto their parents to deal with. Not us, we're here to thank you. You support us when we spontaneously decide to skydive out of light aircraft, reimburse us when our stuff gets nicked, pay for us to return home in an emergency, give us access to a 24/7 support line, and generally lend your strong and silent support while we run around the planet doing stuff we wouldn't usually do - in places we wouldn't usually do it. Thank you travel insurance. Your services to travellers have been duly noted.

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MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES

Dear Travel Insurance,

See page 154 for more details.

plans, which is why you can now make easy prepaid dates changes to your flights without ever paying airline or admin fees. It's a game changer.

Check out before you check in Check the validity of your passport and make sure you have enough blank pages. Check through all your documentation and share it with family members via your MySTA account. Tell your bank where you’re going to avoid getting your card blocked. Or get yourself a Cashcard for a safe and convenient way to take cash overseas. Double-check the airline’s luggage allowance. Compulsory last-minute panic check: passport, wallet, phone, charger, adaptor, sanitiser. Round of applause, you've nailed it.


ON THE ROAD BOOK IT ON THE APP

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• Book flights, tours, day trips and beds from your mobile

• Instantly access all your adventures, wherever you are in the world

• The new one stop shop for travellers

• Wherever you are, reach us 24/7

• Run by backpackers, for backpackers

• Get issues resolved quickly, on the road and in real time

• Make same day bookings with instant confirmation • Book at our lowest prices with exclusive app deals • Check TripAdvisor ratings • Find the coolest stuff to do in each new place • Never be lost, bored or hostel-less again

• Store your STA Travel bookings and itineraries in one secure place • Check for flight updates and airline schedule changes • Sync bookings made instore, online, by phone and the app • Share your travels via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter • Embrace saving trees and not losing all the important stuff - again

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• Local advice, travel help and free Wi-Fi • Book hostels, tours, day trips, buses, campers and flights

• Travel safety, and crisis management

• Find a flatmate, a car share or a date (maybe)

• Feel the love with our positive vibes and travel tip tweets

• Now in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa... with more stores on the way!

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Save Money HOW TO

If there’s one thing we love (almost) as much as travelling, it’s discounts. If you’re a full-time student, a teacher, or just a young’un under 31, you can pick up an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card for exclusive prices and discounts at home and abroad.

Choose your card International Student Identity Card (full-time students) You'll need: O  ne passport sized photo P  roof of age (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, 18+ card) P  roof of full-time education (official letter/ documentation from your place of study) International Teacher Identity Card (full-time teachers) You'll need:

Savvy Savings International Youth Travel Card (anyone 30 years or younger) You'll need: One passport sized photo Proof of age (same as ISIC above) All ISIC/ITIC/IYTC cards are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

The benefits Reliable The number one global discount card and the only internationally-recognised student ID Trusted Held by more than 4.5 million students worldwide Save at home Get thousands of discounts at cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets near you

P  roof of age (same as ISIC above)

Save abroad Get exclusive STA Travel prices on travel, and loads of discounts at some of our favourite attractions

P  roof of full-time teaching status (official letter or documentation from your place of study)

It’s a bargain At just R100, can you really afford not to get one?

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DISCOUNT CARDS

Full-time students, under 31s and teachers can pick up an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for discounted deals with us, plus thousands of savings at home and abroad. From R100. FREEBIES

Get a free ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card when you book a G Adventures trip. Eligibility required. MATES RATES

Going as a group? You could be eligible for a discount, or even a free spot for yourself! LOYALTY DISCOUNTS

Get repeat traveller discounts from some of our tour operators and free nights when you stay longer at our favourite digs. MULTI-TRIP OFFERS

When you book more than one tour with the same operator.


INDI //INDEPENDENT

TA I L O R M A D E Y O U R WAY / /

Flexible ...AND STAY

Travel the way you want it.

Can't pay yet? Book with a deposit and convince a concerned parent or friend to pay it later. F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

The promised land for flexible travellers, FLEXI has arrived! Secure all your adventures with a deposit, make changes to your flights, and confirm dates for beds, tours and campervans when you're on the road. Finally, congratulate yourself on being such a free spirit.*

FLEXIFLY

Hello, this is your captain speaking. With every FlexiFly flight, you can book now pay later to lock in the lowest prices, and add a MultiFLEX pass to make date changes before you fly and while you're on the road. And if there are any students or under 31s flying with us today, switch to a BlueTicket for even more freedom. FLEXISTAY

Two words, sleeping around. Another word, Why? Here's why. Solving that perennial travel dilemma of not knowing where you're going to be and when, pay for a number of nights now, but choose where you stay later.

FLEXITOUR

On day one, the adventure gods created tours. On day two, we created FlexiTour. Put down a deposit on hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, tours and day trips; pay the balance before you go; then travel around the planet knowing that all the good stuff is sorted and that you can lock in the dates when you're ready.

Meet INDI, no rules tailor made travel for independent adventurers. With INDI, any adventure is possible. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends, get exactly the transport, experiences and accommodation you want, tailor made into an original and personalised itinerary.

We do the leg work With pre-booked transport, treks and trips; have the convenience and comfort of knowing that the main elements of your trip are sorted.

Style it out You choose exactly what you want to do and see, and our Travel Experts will coordinate it all using trusted local guides and suppliers.

Rides and digs Travel by any means you like, from private car and driver, to trains and planes; with accommodation from hostels to honeymoon suites.

Your world, your way For more inspiration, ask our Travel Experts for sample itineraries and start designing your ultimate INDI adventure today.

FLEXICAMPER

Where there's a wheel, there's a way. And it’s the FlexiCamper way. Available in Oz and New Zealand, pay for a number of campervan hire days now, but decide when you want to hit the road later. And to make things even sweeter (as if a bed and drinks fridge on wheels wasn't enough), book with a deposit. FLEXIPACKAGE

Make way for the mothership. All your adventures! Whack a deposit on everything – flights, tours, hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, campers and accommodation – and we'll turn it into the most flexible trip the world has ever seen. The days of missing out because you've run out of cash are over. Insert smug face [here].

*Local T&Cs apply. Ask your Travel Expert for more details

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About Flights ALL

What we like best about flying is our prices. And the small bags of peanuts. THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

We've been jumping into flat beds with the world's leading airlines for over 35 years, all to bring you exclusively low and flexible airfares. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other companies, our Travel Experts can help you piece together completely unique itineraries. Create your own multi-stop route, 18-month tickets and personalised Round the World trips with unlimited stops and mileage. However fly you're feeling, we'll have just the ticket. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you R5,000 travel credit towards your trip.* BOOK NOW PAY LATER

So, you could spend R250 on seven bottles of wine, and drink them (responsibly) as you watch your dream flights go up in price. Or you could lock in

the price of those flights today with a low deposit, and leave 'future you' to pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.** MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES

Flighty travellers, form an orderly queue! With our exclusive MultiFLEX passes, you can now make easy prepaid date changes on the road, without ever paying airline or admin fees. It can save you hundreds, which can then be spent on beer. Or 50 pairs of Thai fisherman pants. You can lock in your future flight changes right now with a super low deposit. EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND YOUTH FARES

Back in 1979, STA Travel's flare-wearing forefathers created the first ever tickets for students and young people. They were cheaper, more flexible and flew in the face of everything we knew about airfares – offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious routings and bargain date changes. They used to be printed on blue paper, so today, we simply call them BlueTickets. (Slow day on the marketing floor). Over 35 years later, our BlueTickets are still the lowest and most flexible fares for students and under 31s. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

BUT WAIT, I'M NOT A STUDENT!

Yes, we realise that this all seems a bit unfair to tax payers and the over 30s. That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique freedom and flexibility. We just didn’t want to call them GreyTickets that’s all, out of respect. PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

We're referring to that section at the front of the plane - the bit you usually walk through to get to your seat? Business, pleasure, extremely long legs... we have upgraded fares with the world's leading airlines. Try us, we can do classy when we want.

When to book Booking last minute for long haul flights usually spells out OVERDRAFT. (If you can still focus through the tears). Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest price tickets selling out first, so the earlier you book the better.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.co.za/price-beat-guarantee.htm **Not all tickets are available for our deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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THE LOWEST & MOST FLEXIBLE AIRFARES ON THE PLANET


About ALL

Tours

we don't follow flags or umbrellas, just locals. What happens on tour Our tours are designed for curious, independent travellers. We know you don’t want to stick out like a sore tourist thumb when you’re strutting your best self around the globe. That’s why we only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. So let’s clear a few things up…

Myth:

IT’S MORE AUTHENTIC TO GO SOLO

BUSTED! Our tours are led by local people, which means you’ll be guided around a country by the ones who know it best. You’ll have access to great local haunts – places you might never find on your own – and you’ll be led by people who have the most extraordinary local knowledge about… well, just about everything. Beats having your head down in a guidebook all day!

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Myth:

THERE’S NO CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW LOCAL CULTURE

BUSTED! Backpa-scuse me?! Having a local guide on your side actually gives you more opportunity to get beneath the surface. They know the place, they know the people and they’ll want to give you the best impression of their home. Some tours even include overnight stays with local families where you’ll get to observe their traditions and get involved in their daily routine. Can’t get much closer than that.

Myth:

YOU GET HERDED AROUND IN HUGE GROUPS

BUSTED! We love small groups. Small groups mean more time to get to know each other, more opportunities to talk to your guide, plus the chance to see a whole lot more without blocking the pavements for everyone else. So everybody wins!

Myth:

THERE’S NO FREEDOM ON A GROUP TOUR

BUSTED! Our tours vary in terms of how many activities are included in the price you pay. That means you can usually opt out of a scheduled activity if you’d rather go exploring on your own. But hey, we all need a pack sometimes, right?

Myth:

IT’S CHEAPER TO GO IT ALONE

BUSTED! There are always ways to cut corners when you’re travelling. But there are also loads of hidden costs. Most of our tours come with accommodation and some meals included so you know what you’re paying for, with no nasty surprises.

Group Travel Small Group Adventure Small groups, authentic adventures. Go under the radar with local guides, public and private transport. Small Group Adventure (18-39s) As above, but with an age limit. Exclusively For 18-35s Bigger groups with more inclusions and high energy exploits! Hop-On Hop-Off Flexible bus passes. Travel at your own pace on backpacker or public bus networks.

Going Solo Independent Tour Private tours for you and your friends. Some itineraries come with private guide and upgraded hotels. Self-Drive Tour We provide the itinerary, the accommodation, the maps and the directions. You bring the driving gloves and snacks.

WE

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LOOK OUT FOR... The tours that make us go ooohhh. If we love it, we put a flag on it.


MEET SOME OF OUR

TOUR OPERATORS... G Adventures has defined small group travel for 25 years Step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures. Travel in small groups on a mixture of private and local transport, and stay in some truly unique places along the way. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

You'll be automatically paired up with a same-sex roommate on your trip. However, if you prefer your own room, check out the My Own Room prices. LIFETIME DEPOSITS

Need to cancel or postpone? No problem. Your deposit is protected for life and can be put towards a future tour. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Once you've paid, you're going! FREE DISCOUNT CARD

Student, teacher or under the age of 31? Grab a free discount card when you book any tour with this logo. 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 mid-range accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included.

TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS These fun-filled and fast-moving adventures are designed exclusively for travellers aged 18 to 39. CLASSIC A mix of uncommon experiences, insider access, cultural contact, and all the must-sees and dos. ACTIVE Don't just see the world. Bike, hike or kayak it! Active tours keep travellers who like to move on the move. LOCAL LIVING Stay with locals, live with locals, become a local. MARINE Soak up the Mediterranean sun, spot polar bears and cruise the Norwegian fjords. RAIL Get closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes.

INTRODUCING National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. This hand-curated collection of exclusive trips has been designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the incredible destinations we go to. Discover the world with more inclusions, deeper exploration, plenty of free time and greater opportunities to forge true, human connections.

UPGRADED Well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport; more included meals, activities and transfers.

Create your own adventure with Busabout's Hop-on Hop-off flexible travel network is the award-winning, alternative way to see Europe. With a coach network that scurries all across the continent, it also stops along the way to link up with some awesome adventures in Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe and more. Jump off for a week of sailing in Croatia, go island-hopping in Greece or explore Scandinavia. Still filling gaps in your itinerary? They also arrange trips to some of Europe's most exciting music and cultural festivals. Heading to Scotland or Ireland? Their partners at HAGGIS and Shamrocker Adventures have all your trip needs covered. Turn to page 41 for more info.

You’ll have choices abound when you travel with Contiki, the travel company that has been taking on the young, the wild and the free since 1962. With travel experiences designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, you can count on awesome included activities as well as plenty of free time to spend by yourself, doing things your way. More departures, more destinations and more included in the overall trip price. You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and groups of friends and you won’t be charged a single supplement if you travel alone (you’ll be matched with a same-sex roommate). You’ll also have access to valuable insider local knowledge with a Trip Manager and network of Local Guides. WAYS TO TRAVEL

DISCOVERER See it all and do it all. Great inclusions and places to stay. HIGH ENERGY Tick off the must-sees by day, party hard and be social by night. IN-DEPTH EXPLORER Stay longer in one region. Local eats, local guides. INDEPENDENT INSIDER Craves freedom and one-of-a-kind experiences. CAMPING Budget-friendly, adventurous, see-it-all trips for all outdoor enthusiasts. SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH Live it up on the Med and spend your days chilling. WINTER & SKI Hit the slopes and make the most of crisp, winter mornings. SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS It's all about the moments with this one. WAYS TO STAY

HOTELS Where it's all about comfort, great facilities and locations you'll love. HOSTELS Social, budget-friendly hubs with friendly staff. Great locations. CAMPING Easy-to-use tents, comfy mattresses and good facilities. BOATS Sailing boats, cruise ships, yachts... all ways to explore by sea. SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABIN VILLAGES Swiss chalets, French chateaux and exclusive cabin villages with pools and bars.


About Duvets ALL

Tired? There’s a nap for that.. Why book your bed with us? We've slept in a lot of strange beds and propped up a lot of hostel bars to make sure we get you the best deals on dorms, rooms and apartments around the world. We know what's important to you and we'll only offer you rooms we'd stay in ourselves.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

All our pricing is per person, per night – with no hidden extras. We guarantee* to beat our competitors’ prices on all the accommodation featured in this brochure. MORE CHOICE

This brochure is just the start. We have thousands of options around the world from hammocks to five-star honeymoon

resorts. We also negotiate a range of room types, so if you have something to celebrate or need some *ahem* alone time... upgrade. FREEBIES

We’ve negotiated, bribed and flirted our way into securing great perks for you. Look out for this tag for room upgrades, long stay specials, earlybird offers, free nights and meals. TOP SELLERS

Stay where the cool kids stay at our top selling properties. If there's a Top Seller label on it, it means we love it AND our travellers love it too. FREE WI-FI

For the other kind of check-in (the Facebook kind), look out for the free Wi-Fi logo.

*For full T&Cs on our Price Beat Guarantee, visit statravel.co.za/price-beat-guarantee.htm

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Free Wi-Fi

STA TRAVEL APPROVED

Swan towel origami is impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, and work continually with suppliers to maintain and improve their standards. Yes, we’re fun at parties.

Check out

HOW WE RATE OUR PROPERTIES ON THE NEXT PAGE


OUR OWN RATINGS Star ratings can’t always be trusted, so we came up with our own categories so you know exactly what to expect when you get there. NO FRILLS, BUT NO NASTY SURPRISES EITHER

Shoestring

PLUS FLORENCE - FLORENCE, page 146 STYLISH, MINUS THE MATCHING PRICE TAG

Glampacker

BLUESOCK HOSTEL - PORTO, page 131 GOOD VALUE, GOOD ROOMS, GOOD TIMES

Rock Solid GENERATOR - Venice, page 145

We’ve teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, to add their accommodation reviews and ratings to our app and website. So now, you can see what other travellers are saying before you book.

NEW HOTEL LAFAYETTE - PARIS, page 112 HELLO, ROOM SERVICE? IT’S ME

A-List

where next ? Need some inspiration? Check out TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations, listed here and throughout our brochures. Bali London Paris Rome New York Crete Barcelona Siem Reap Prague

Phuket Istanbul Jamaica Hoi An St. Petersburg Roatan Marrakech Belize Rio de Janeiro

St. Maarten Playa del Carmen Dubai Grand Cayman Kathmandu Bora Bora Cuzco

SPLENDOUR RESORT - SANTORINI, page 182 THINK 'FRIENDS', ONLY WITH YOUR OWN MATES

Apartments

HYDE PARK EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS - LONDON, page 102

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Learn A

LEARN A LANGUAGE

Language Recent studies have shown people with more than one language in their worldly pockets are smarter and more creative than their monoglot pals. Some even say they make better lovers. And who are we to argue with science? That aside, language also opens a lot of doors (plus, it looks great on the CV).

What can you expect?

Where can you stay?

HOw LONG ARE COURSES?

Lessons usually take up around 20 hours a week, plus a few more hours for homework (don’t complain, you can do it in the sun). Most schools are located close to the centre, so you can explore your new city while getting some lingo practice in. We hear bars are a good place to start. And as most of our language students are independent travellers aged between 18 and 29, our bet is you’ll have plenty of people to practice with.

STUDENT RESIDENCES Keep your independence and be the master of your own schedule.

Courses on the opposite page start from one week in duration (from two weeks for Malaga and Florence) and extra weeks can be added depending on your language needs. So whether you want to stay for one week or three months, we have a language option available to you.

Which course? INTENSIVE: Ideal for beginners or those who want to improve their language skills significantly in a short period of time. Opt for a combination course for a mixture of class and one-to-one lessons. STANDARD: For people who want to brush up on their existing language skills or for beginners who want to fit in lessons around the rest of their travel plans, our standard courses offer the best for both. Whichever course you choose, you’ll get a certificate at the end to confirm your enrolment.

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SELF-CATERED SHARED APARTMENTS When you live with other students, you’re guaranteed a practice partner. Iron out your questionable grammar before unleashing it on to the city! HOMESTAY Possibly the best option in terms of putting what you learn into practice. Talking to your hosts every day is practice in itself, and it’ll give your confidence a real boost. Breakfast or half board is often included.

DID YOU KNOW... The Bible is the world’s most translated book, but Pinocchio comes a close second!

Before you go Getting a few things sorted before you get on the plane will make things a lot easier when you arrive. ESSENTIALS: Visa: Don’t assume tourist visa rules apply to you as a student! Travel and health insurance Language requirements

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WHAT TO BUY: Dictionary Foreign-language audio books/podcasts WHAT TO DO: Research your destination Find out about local events


R4,950

FR

LEARN SPANISH BARCELONA

1 WEEK

R6,124

FR

Located close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, this bohemian language school offers standard courses teaching 20 lessons per week. Stay in a homestay (half board) or shared apartment (self-catering) with other students. 1 WEEK

R4,950

FR

LEARN A LANGUAGE

VALENCIA

Buzzing Valencia is a great place to improve your language skills. The modern school offers standard (20 lessons) and intensive courses (25 lessons) in a traditional street in the heart of the city. Stay in homestays (breakfast) or a shared self-catered apartment.

SEVILLE

1 WEEK

R5,034

FR

Coined as Spain’s prettiest city, Seville is proud to have one of the country's leading language schools. Choose from standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses with homestay (half board) or self-catered apartment options available.

MÁLAGA

2 WEEKS

R13,423

FR

This language school is located on a hill with gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea, with a library, sports hall and pool on-site. Take your pick from standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses, staying in a student residence (no meals included).

MADRID

1 WEEK

R6,124

FR

Located in the Salamanca district, this Madrid school has 11 modern classrooms, a media centre and a library. Standard (20 lessons) or combination (20 lessons, plus five private) are available and you will stay in a self-catering shared apartment.

LEARN ITALIAN ROME

R6,292

FR

1 WEEK

R7,047

FR

Situated in the old town, just a few steps from Piazza Navona, this language school gives students an authentic Italian experience. Classrooms are bright and spacious, and the school boasts a lounge area and a computer room with free Wi-Fi. Choose from standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses, and stay in a homestay with breakfast included or a single room in a shared self-catering apartment.

FLORENCE

2 WEEKS

R6,292

FR

Impressive architecture, piazzas aplenty and more art than you can shake a paintbrush at; Florence is a top destination for learning Italian. This relaxed language school is located by the Basilica of Santa Croce in the city centre, close to many bars and restaurants. The school has ten classrooms and offers standard (20 lessons) and intensive (30 lessons) courses, with homestay (half board) or self-catered shared apartment accommodation options available.

LEARN FRENCH PARIS

R6,124

FR

1 WEEK

R8,809

FR

Centrally-located, this school is recognised by two French universities. Pick from holiday (20 lessons), standard (26 lessons) and intensive (26 lessons, plus three on a subject you choose) and stay in a homestay (breakfast) or student residence (breakfast).

MONTPELLIER

1 WEEK

R6,124

FR

Montpellier is a student mecca, with its beaches, cafés, bars and music venues. Study standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses in the 18th-century building. Stay in a homestay with breakfast included or a self-catered student residence.

NICE

1 WEEK

R6,879

FR

The internationally-renowned language school is just 600 metres from the beach and close to Nice University. Choose from standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses and stay in homestay (half board) or a shared self-catered apartment.

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

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MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Music Festivals January

May

01-02

New Year's Day Grande Parade, Paris (France)

5-30

 righton Fringe: mixed arts B (UK)

03-04

Polar Bear Plunge (Netherlands)

17-28

Cannes Film Festival (France)

05-06

Kiruna Snow Festival (Sweden)

TBC

White Nights: music/film/ballet (Russia)

June

February 11-28

Venice Carnival (Italy) Page 137

16-18

Secret Solstice: various music (Iceland) Page 27

25-28

Battle of the Oranges: street festival (Italy)

21-25

Glastonbury: arts and music (UK)

25-30

Hideout Festival (Croatia)

28-30

La Batalla del Vino (Spain) Page 31

March 15-19

St. Patrick's Day (Ireland)

17

Las Fallas de Valencia: fire fiesta (Spain)

Page 31

April

6-8

3-8

Snowbombing Festival: music/ skiing (Austria)

13-16

25

ANZAC Day (Turkey) See page 31

14-16

27

King’s Day: street party (Netherlands) Page 31

WE

22

July

August 30-2

Outlook: sailing/dance music (Croatia)

9-13

Boardmasters: surfing/music (UK) 

9-16

Sziget: music, culture and arts (Hungary) Page 23

10-15

Sonus: dance music (Croatia)

26-28

Defected Festival (Croatia)

30

La Tomatina (Spain) Page 31

September 7-10

Bestival: various music (UK)

16-3

Oktoberfest (Germany)

TBC

Page 28

Page 32

Festival No. 6: arts and music (UK)

October 31

Halloween, various cities (Europe)

November 1-30

Bilbao BBK Live: rock and pop (Spain) Benicassim: various music (Spain)

Page 25

Christmas markets, various cities (Europe)

December

6-9

Festival of Lights illuminations (France)

Page 25

22

Eastern Festive Trek Page 33

21-30

Tomorrowland: electronic music (Belgium) Page 25

31

Edinburgh Hogmanay (Scotland)

TBC

Amsterdam Pride (Holland)

TBC

Altitude Comedy Festival (Austria)

Ultra: dance music (Croatia)

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STA TRAVEL BEATS

DRY SHAMPOO

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

FESTIVAL-HOPPING

NEW LINE-UPS

Festival-based small group tours we mixed up with our pals at Beats Travel. See page 26 for secret parties and a lot of dancing.

Covering up the smell of grease, mud and spilt booze since the 60s (in its current canned form at least).

Go carnival-mad in Dublin on Paddy's Day or jump in to a huge street party in Amsterdam on King's Day. See page 31.

What's better than a weekend of festivaling? An entire summer's worth! Check out the Stoke Passport on page 25.

We're all about trying out new things, and our festival trips cover a lot of ground. The problem is choosing which ones to go to!

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EUROPE

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Music Festivals

Mainland Europe is known for throwing some epic parties when the sun's out (actually, even when it's not), with some pretty impressive guestlists to match. Pack your dry shampoo and get ready to join the great unwashed and the world's best artists in the mosh pits of our favourite festivals. Oh, and those wristbands? We know you're cool, but showing them off all year? Kinda gross. SZIGET FESTIVAL TOUR

4, 11 August

Now into its 25th year, Sziget keeps on getting bigger and better, attracting 400,000 fans (half of whom are from outside Hungary) to an island in the middle of the Danube. 2017 headliners included The Chainsmokers, Kasabian, Wiz Khalifa, Major Lazer, Pink and The Vaccines but Sziget isn’t just about the music. Szitizens will stumble across trippy art installations, fizzy wine bars, geeky game tents, psychedelic chillout gardens and much more. No need to rush either, it's on for five fab days! Psych yourself up for some festival madness with a tour around Europe’s most vibrant cities. Start in über-cool Berlin, then make your way through Prague’s beer gardens and Vienna’s cafes. By the time you rock up to Budapest, you’ll be ready to throw yourself in and party Sziget-style. 10 DAYS 

R20,495

FR

COCCSF

LOLLAPALOOZA BERLIN

7 September

Trust Berlin to put on a show. Lollapalooza Berlin's first outing was in 2015, and the festival went on to sell out just one year later. The lesson learned? Act quick! 2017 saw Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons taking the top spots with other acts including The XX, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club and Galantis. This fourday package includes a two-day pass to Lollapalooza as well as return train tickets to the festival for both days. Bedding down for three nights in multi-share accommodation, the other two days of the tour will be spent in the capital itself. After an orientation walk around Berlin, enjoy loads of optional activities including a bike tour, a street art workshop, a Real Berlin experience or a local German dinner. Please ask your Travel Expert for departure dates. 4 DAYS 

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

R7,020

FR

BU

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MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

SONUS

August

MAD COOL

July

TOMORROWLAND

27-29 July

A techno festival set along the white sand of Croatia's Zrce Beach. Hosted by the strip's awesome beachfront clubs, you can expect ground-shattering performances by the best techno artists in the world, all supported by some of the most exciting underground innovators around.

Madrid's newest rock bash. After just two years on the festival circuit, Mad Cool has already managed to bag the big dogs. M.I.A, Foo Fighters, Green Day, The Who, ALT-J, Foals and Catfish and the Bottlemen have already made an appearance. Who knows what 2018 has in store!

The biggest electronic music festival in the world, and it definitely looks the part! Even before the music starts, the stage designs and firework displays will blow your mind. It's like the best adult playground in the world. A setting fit for EDM, house and techno royalty.

5-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET 

3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET

3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & ACCOMMODATION



NATURE ONE

R2,198

FR

3-5 August

Nature One was born in Germany in 1996 and like any other 22-year-old, it's here for a good time. With over 20 stages and more than 50,000 people dancing in front of them, it shows off the best producers and DJs in house, techno, EDM and trance. And it's all set on a former NATO missile base! 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET 

FLOW FESTIVAL

R1,439

FR

10-12 August

With possibly our favourite backdrops of any European festival, Flow takes place at Helsinki's historic Suvilahti power plant. On top of the diverse line-up (2017 featured Frank Ocean, Flume, Sampha and Lana Del Rey), there are also talks, visual art installations and film screenings. 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET  

R3,020

FR

SUMMERBURST

June

Too good for one ground to contain, Summerburst is spread over two: one in Gothenburg and the other in Stockholm. A diverse line-up means a big and diverse crowd, and last year's revellers bopped along to Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Justin Bieber, Tiesto and Eric Prydz. 2-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET 

R2,106

FR

R1,394

FR



RAVE ON SNOW

R15,485

FR

TBC

Bringing out the Alps' ravier side. Rave on Snow takes over the Austrian resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm for three days and gets its kicks from the worlds of techno and underground house. Take to the slopes by day and dance by night to the likes of Sven Väth and &ME (featured in 2017). 4-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET

R1,239

FR



SNOWBOXX

17-24 March

A slamming combo of snowsports, live acts and world-class DJs. Taking over the French Alps resort of Avoriaz, Snowboxx features 650km of pistes as well as two main event stages. There's also slopeside yoga, regular barbecues, igloo raves (as you do) and as much skiing and snowboarding as you like! 8-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & HOTEL 

R18,121

FR

ULTRA CROATIA

6-8 July

Europe's most electric dance festival. The younger sibling to Miami's Ultra, Split officially spins the decks for three days. However, hardcore hedonists gear up on yachts for days beforehand and wind down with after parties on nearby islands. Past acts include David Guetta and Tiesto. 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET 

R1,998

FR

Stoke Passport 4 FESTIVAL PASS FR R8,965

Perfect for travellers who like to plan on the go, this passport gives four days access to between four and ten events, including Ibiza Beach Camp (page 125), Andorra Snow Weekender (surcharge applies, page 125) and Sonar Festival. What's more, the Stoke Passport is valid for a whole two years, so if you don't quite get round to seeing your favourite band this time round, there's always next year! Please book seven days in advance. SPECIAL OFFER: Unlimited beer and sangria at Stoke festivals. ESSTOD

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH *Rates are based on 2017 prices and are subject to change

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Beats STA TRAVEL

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Small Group Festival Tours

STA Travel Beats is the festival-hopping lovechild we created with our friends at Beats Travel to bring together our two big loves: music and itchy feet. These small group adventures lead the way to Europe's most unique music festivals, with trips taking place everywhere from India to the Balkans. So if you're done with the tried and tested festival route, or just looking to solidify your festival geek status, this is what you've been looking for.


GREECE AND CROATIA SAIL BEATS May/ September Days of sun and sea topped off with some awesome sounds from the Sail Beats DJs. Kick start your day on the healing ship with morning yoga sessions and sail around the European Islands to hunt down secret party locations.

R9,696

8 DAYS 

FR

JMKBTS

BALKAN BEATS: EXIT AND SEA DANCE FESTIVAL July Not one, but two festivals! EXIT takes place in a magical fortress in Serbia, while Sea Dance kicks off on the beautiful Jaz beach in Montenegro. In between, visit Belgrade, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. INCLUSIONS Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels or hotels (9-14 nts) Transport: Private coach Group Leader: Beats Travel guides Group Size: 10-50 Includes: festival tickets, exclusive Beats Travel warm up party 15 DAYS 

R21,176

FR

SPUEXT

SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL ICELANDIC BEATS June Ever thought you'd see your favourite band serenading you from inside an active volcano? Iceland is all about the unbelievable. Wander across hot springs, trek across glaciers and party in the midnight sun for three whole days. INCLUSIONS Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Mixed dorm or private room (7 nts) Transport: Bus Group Leader: Beats Travel guides Group Size: 10-30 Includes: Festival ticket, day trips, Beats Travel opening and closing parties 8 DAYS 

R26,474

FR

REKBEA

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

INCLUSIONS Age Group: Exclusively for 18-40s Accommodation: Superyacht (4-7 nts) Transport: Boat Group Leader: Beats Travel guides Group Size: 30-80 Meals: 7 breakfasts Includes: Access to all Sails Beats events, club entries, yoga workshops, closing party


UK

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Music Festivals Come rain, shine or snow (British weather is broken) the UK has a knack of putting on a show during festival season. As the young and the young-at-heart come out to play, they set out to celebrate the diverse, the eccentric and the downright bizarre, which happen to be three of our favourite adjectives. Come join the crowds and get ready for the summer of your life. Anoraks and rain boots are encouraged. WIRELESS

BESTIVAL

6-8 July

For one weekend in July, London's Finsbury Park is overtaken by the best names in urban, pop and dance music. We're already buzzing for the 2018 instalment, with confirmed acts including Skepta, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper and Nas. A real winner on the capital's festival scene. 1-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET  

LEEDS

3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING 

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Wild costumes, eclectic line-ups and a visual dose of trademark tomfoolery on Dorset's Jurassic Coast. Welcome to the world of Bestival! Expect enchanted woodlands, outlandish big tops, Bollywood tents and a lot of fancy dress. Oh, and for the last two years, the STA Travel hostel and stage.

R1,041

4-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

FR

24-26 August

The UK's favourite moshpit welcomed Muse back to to the stage in 2017 alongside Major Lazer, Bastille and Glass Animals. This is a highlight on the English festival circuit, featuring some of the biggest names of the year in rock, pop, indie and electro. Bring wellies/gumboots/bin bag shoes. R3,440

FR

26-29 July



READING

24-26 August

Reading and Leeds are one of the same, taking place simultaneously on the bank holiday weekend and sharing a line-up. Reading is the world's oldest continuing popular music festival, with some impressive notches on its bedpost: The Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Kinks, Eminem... the list goes on! 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING 

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R3,440

FR

R3,056

FR


MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

CREAMFIELDS

23-26 August

The grandaddy of electronic music. Insane visuals, explosive pyros, and the biggest house and trance artists: this is one of the world's most renowned EDM festivals. Now in 18 countries, from Malta to Mexico, this legendary festival started right here! And 2018 promises to be the biggest yet. 2-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING 

R2,685

FR

V FESTIVAL

August

ISLE OF WIGHT

21-24 June

The launch party of the UK's major festival calendar! Forget the weather forecast (it's June and it's England) and welcome the summer with a field full of rock, pop, comedy and cabaret. 2018 brings about a very special birthday, too, as the festival hits the big five-0! Did someone say... party? R2,937

4-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

FR

DOWNLOAD

8-10 June



This rock and pop festival in Essex's Hylands Park has perfected the art of star-studded line-ups. 2017 was jumping with headline performances by Jay Z and P!nk. Even the audience was A-list, with Rihanna rumoured to be watching from the sidelines. Featuring rock, pop, urban and electro music, this one's a real all-rounder.

Hands down, the UK's best metal festival. Class headliners aside, the festival ground is also up there with the best. The Circus of Horrors brings its usual bulk of bizarre while the rest of the site is kitted out in tattoo parlours, inflatable churches (time to pop the question?), medieval fight rings and the odd bout of Bogan Bingo.

2-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET

3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET

R2,769

FR

R3,356

FR

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

WE ARE FSTVL

25-27 May

Taking off in Upminster's Airfield of Dreams, We Are FSTVL ramped things up last year with performances by Jamie Jones, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs and Sven Väth. The We Are Camping ground comes complete with restaurants, pillow fights, a giant ball pool, a woodland spa and a full-blown house party! 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET  

R2,752

FR

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MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

EUROPE

Special Events It's not all about the music... Festivals in Europe take many forms. Whether you want epic beats or epic beets, you'll probably find what you're looking for. Take Spain's La Tomatina: a festival-turned-foodfight that shouldn't really make any sense (but we love it). Or La Batalla del Vino: it's boozier cousin in the north. There are also days upon days of cultural holidays. Pay your respects in Gallipoli on Anzac Day, celebrate with the Dutch on King's Day or don your beer goggles as you prepare for Munich's iconic Oktoberfest.


MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

UP HELLY AA

28 January 18, 29 January 19

Every January, the town of Lerwick in the far north of Scotland goes a bit mad as it welcomes 50 helmeted Vikings, a Norse galley burning and an all-night party to town! This tour starts in Edinburgh and makes its way to Shetland via St. Andrews and Aberdeen. 6 DAYS 

R12,840

FR

BU

ANZAC CLASSIC

23 April

From Istanbul, travel to Gallipoli to take part in the Anzac dawn service and pay your respects to the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair and Australia's Lone Pine cemetery. Includes two nights in a hotel, one night camping, coach transport and sightseeing in Istanbul. 4 DAYS 

LA TOMATINA (HOSTEL)

R6,419

FR

COBBAC

27 August

Enjoy a guided walk of Valencia, all the fun of the world’s most famous tomato fight and the official La Tomatina after party. There’s also an optional day trip to Peñiscola. Includes a threenight hostel stay (multi-share), breakfasts and transfers to/from 4 DAYS 

15 March

Experience St. Patricks on its home turf. Hit the pubs of Temple Bar, enjoy a walking tour and visit the Guinness Storehouse before soaking up the atmosphere in the Fair City. Includes a three-night hostel stay (mixed dorm) and a craic-ing Paddy's Day party. 4 DAYS 

R6,880

FR

BU

ANZAC ODYSSEY

23 April

This trip has everything the ANZAC Classic has plus one extra night in Istanbul to enjoy an (optional) belly dancing show and dinner. Includes visits to Lone Pine, ANZAC Cove and the commemorative services. Includes three nights in a hotel and one night camping. 5 DAYS 

LA TOMATINA (HOTEL)

R7,489

FR

COBBAO

28 August

Enjoy this crazy event with this three-day hotel package based in Valencia. Enjoy a guided trip to Buñol for the La Tomatina festival, as well as two epic nights out on the town. Two nights accommodation (max triple-share), transfers and breakfast are included.

R5,490

3 DAYS 

25 April

LA BATALLA DEL VINO (CAMPING)

FR

R5,340

FR

BU

BU

KING'S DAY AMSTERDAM

28 June

Never mind wine-o-clock. This is all-out wine war to soak as many people as you can in Rioja. And no need to worry about waste, you'll be wringing the stuff out of your clothes for days. Just grab a glass! Two nights accommodation, air beds and two breakfasts included.

Start with a welcome dinner and hit the ‘Dam night scene. Start the next day with a bike tour and get ready to celebrate the mother of all street parties! Includes a three-night hostel stay (multi-share), breakfast, one dinner and a countryside bike tour. 4 DAYS 

ST PATRICK'S DAY DUBLIN (FROM LONDON)

R3,350

FR

BU

3 DAYS 

CALL 0861 781 781 TO BOOK

R2,430

FR

BU

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Oktoberfest

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

22 September - 7 October Horses and carts carry in the ceremonial beer kegs, oompah bands strike up the music and the world’s biggest beer festival kicks off with a colourful parade. An annual fixture in Munich’s calendar for over 200 years, Oktoberfest is more than an excuse to drink beer (as if you needed one). It’s an amusement park, market, entertainment extravaganza and a celebration of Bavarian culture. Plus, special beds for all lightweights suffering from premature hangovers!

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING (FROM LONDON) 20 & 27 Sep, 2 Oct

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM LONDON) 20, 25 & 29 Sep, 3 Oct

OKTOBERFEST HOTEL (FROM LONDON) 20, 25 & 29 Sep, 3 Oct

Enjoy the party vibes at the Oktoberfest fairgrounds and the campsite, plus a guided city walk of Munich and trip to Dachau. Includes four or six nights twin-share tent (bring your own sleeping bag), return coach/ ferry from London and more.

Kick the party off in the Marienplatz on an orientation tour. Indulge in wurst, pretzels and beer steins, plus pay a sobering visit to Dachau concentration camp. Includes five or six nights hostel accommodation, return coach/ferry from London and more.

Take it up a notch with an excellently located hotel and enjoy all the fun and frolics of Oktoberfest, a trip to Dachau and a guided walk of Munich. Includes five or six nights in a hotel (twin-share), return coach/ ferry from London and more.

5 or 7 DAYS 

6 OR 7 DAYS  

6 or 7 DAYS 

R6,335

FR

COCCBF

9,555

FR

COCCOF

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING (FROM MUNICH) 21, 24, 27 & 30 Sep, 3 Oct

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM MUNICH) 21, 24, 27 & 30 Sep, 3 Oct

Get your bearings on an orientation walk of Munich followed by two days of Oktoberfest fun, or enjoy an optional trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Includes three nights in a twin-share tent with airbed (bring your own sleeping bag), breakfasts and t-shirt.

Stay central and hit the main festival to enjoy countless beers and heaps of Bavarian fare with fellow revellers in many beer halls. Includes three nights’ hostel (multi-share) and breakfast. Optional day trips and bike tours also available.

4 DAYS 

4 DAYS 

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R3,650

FR

BU

R7,480

FR

BU

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R14,325

FR

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Christmas New Year AND

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Want to do Christmas or New Year differently this year? Head over to Paris or Amsterdam to soak up their unique festive atmospheres on a sociable trip with a ready-made group of revellers. Enjoy great parties, festive food treats and celebrate in style. Or how about Scotland’s historic capital? Edinburgh is so good at the whole NYE party thing, that the Scots invented their own word for it! CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

23 December

CHRISTMAS IN AMSTERDAM

23 December

Tour the city by night (look out for that glittering Eiffel Tower!), soak up Paris's festive atmosphere by day, cruise the River Seine and tuck into a delicious French feast. Includes hotel accommodation for three nights, four meals and return coach/ferry transfers from London.

Start the festivities with a walking tour of the Red Light District. Enjoy a free day to explore the city and its nightlife, before tucking into a feast on Christmas Day. Includes three nights hotel accommodation, five meals and return coach/ferry transfers from London.

4 DAYS 

4 DAYS 

NEW YEAR IN PARIS

R6,259

FR

COWPXM

29 December

NEW YEAR IN AMSTERDAM

R5,740

FR

COWAXM

29 December

Explore the City of Light and see in the New Year with an awesome party. Cruise the River Seine on New Year’s Day and enjoy an indulgent dinner. Includes accommodation for three nights in a hotel, four meals and return coach/ferry transfers from London.

Arrive into the Dutch capital and sign up for an optional canal cruise to meet new friends before hitting the nightlife. Soak up awesome vibes as you welcome in the New Year. Includes hotel accommodation for three nights, four meals and return coach/ferry from London.

4 DAYS 

4 DAYS 

EDINBURGH'S HOGMANAY

R6,389

FR

COWPNY

29 December

Welcome the new year with plenty of drinks and ceilidh dancing at Edinburgh's legendary Hogmanay street party. Includes four nights at a local hostel, street party ticket, a day trip to the Highlands and the optional 'Loony Dook' on New Year's Day! 5 DAYS 

EASTERN FESTIVE TREK

R8,190

FR

BU

ALPINE FESTIVE TREK

R7,120

FR

COWANY

21 December

Paris by night bike tour and river cruise, Berlin walking tour, Munich welcome beer (one litre each!), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner, a Swiss dinner and a Berlin New Year’s Eve party - you're covered! Plus 11 nights multi-share accommodation with breakfasts. 12 DAYS 

(Adult) FRR18,490 / (Student) FRR17,570 BU

22 December

One of our favourite festive destinations: Eastern Europe! On top of a NYE party in Prague and Christmas Day spent in a Polish ski resort, visit Krakow, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna and Budapest. Includes accommodation, breakfasts and two dinners. 11 DAYS 

(Adult) FRR15,890 / (Student) FRR15,100 BU

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d a o R they see me rollin'... Things we love about travelling through Europe: historic buildings, romantic languages, eating cheese at breakfast without being judged... Also, changing course with the wind and whizzing across borders on trains and buses and in cars and campervans. Ask your Travel Expert about all the different ways you can ride around Europe today.

Car Hire

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 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 at all times.

Driving Licence

A full valid driver’s licence with photo is required from your home country, otherwise an international licence is needed.

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years-old but can vary between car hire companies and location. Please check terms and conditions with your STA Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

why hire a car?

Car types

Economy FR R159* per day

• The perfect excuse to make some epic road trip playlists! • Stop and visit hidden treasures that tour buses might drive straight past • You can choose the schedule - get up and go when you want, no waiting around for others

Compact FR R212* per day

The continent is criss-crossed with an endless road map of driving possibilities, so chuck your rules out of the sunroof and freestyle your way into an epic European road trip. HIGHLANDER HATCHBACK

Take a highland fling around stern Scottish castles, skirting monsterfilled lochs and riding car ferries to remote whisky-fuelled islands. ROMAN HOLIDAY

Ride your horn through red-blooded Italian cities, overtaking Vespas in the Chianti-stained Tuscan hills and coasting in massive sunnies along glam Mediterranean clifftops. AUTOBAHN BEATER

Blast along the no-limits German autobahn into the gingerbread towns and fairytale Disney-style castles of the chocolate box Bavarian countryside.

Intermediate FR R354* per day

*Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.

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Full Size FR R371* per day


NATIONAL EXPRESS

Skimmer ON THE ROAD

Suggested itineraries Linking up public transport isn’t always easy, but the National Express network makes light work of it. With buses servicing hundreds of towns and cities across Scotland, Wales and England, you could create a pretty lengthy itinerary for yourself! Here are a couple of our favourites. THE BRIGHT CIDER LIFE London

Seaside towns, street art, stone circles and famous surf beaches. See bands and Banksy’s in Bristol, Britain’s street art capital; take a dip in the Roman spa town of Bath; catch breaks off the coast of Cornwall and Devon; visit prehistoric Stonehenge; and travel along England’s south coast.

Do it like a Buss National Express is more than just a bus service to take you from A to B. The network covers the entire surface of England, Scotland and Wales so you can find your own bit of UK heaven. Map out an epic Brit-inerary with a Skimmer Pass: take a tour of England’s top cities, make your way to the Lake District for some quality hiking and country pubs, head west to the Welsh coast of Pembrokeshire or get your wild camping game on around the lochs of Scotland.

How does it work?

Skimmer Passes 7-DAY UNLIMITED PASS:

Book your Skimmer pass at STA Travel  eceive your digital pass directly to R your phone R1,158

14-DAY UNLIMITED PASS: R1,997 28-DAY UNLIMITED PASS: R3,339

 eserve your seat on any scheduled R coach by entering your pass number on the website or at any National Express bus station ahead of time  how your Skimmer pass and seat S reservation email to your driver

Easy

Bristol Glastonbury

Amesbury

London

Bath

Salisbury Brighton Bournemouth Portsmouth Newquay Exeter

THE GREAT SCOTT Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Take a punt on the river in Cambridge; party in the northern cities of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool; explore the medieval city of York; get muddy in the Cumbrian countryside; climb castles on the wild Northumberland coast, and dance the ceilidh in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Carlisle

WHY NATIONAL EXPRESS?

Convenient

London

Newcastle

Free entertainment The Holy Grail Manchester Liverpool

York Leeds Nottingham

Birmingham

National Express is the biggest coach network in the UK, serving hundreds of towns, cities and airports.

Get a guaranteed seat (aka, no being stood up in train vestibules). And they're leather, with power sockets!

The National Express VUER app is completely free and offers hours of on-board films, news, TV shows and e-books.

USB charging points and those two magic words worshipped by all travellers, FREE Wi-Fi.

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Bristol

Bath

Cambridge London

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we're on the road to everywhere People say where there’s a wheel, there’s a way. Well, where there are four wheels, a fully-equipped kitchen and a load of storage space, the tarmacked world is your oyster! There are motorhomes for couples, families and groups of friends, and no motor is more than one year old. Minimum hire is 5-7 days (dependent on season), minimum driver age is 25, and additional costs apply when taking the camper from the UK to Europe.

STANDARD INCLUSIONS

SAVE SOME MONEY

• Unlimited mileage and breakdown cover • Comprehensive UK insurance for one driver • Air conditioning and gas central heating • Hot and cold running water • Fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom • Fridge and gas cooker • Crockery, pots, pans and glasses •T  V/DVD player, stereo system and digital TV aerial • Ample storage space • Automatic transmission with power steering

• Save 5% on hires of 15-21 days • Save 10% on hires of 22-42 days • Save 15% on hires over 42 days

The Travel Pack (£40 per day, maximum charge of 21 days) includes CDW, picnic table and chairs, linens and Sat Nav.

PICK-UP/DROP-OFF FROM Toddington, Bedfordshire. Around 65km north of central London, 20km from Luton Airport and 25km south of Milton Keynes.

Choose your ride! 2-Berth R839 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Electric drop down bed • Sleeps up to two people • Includes: toilet, shower, gas stove, fridge, grill, oven, TV/DVD player, radiator, reverse camera

4-berth R839 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Rear U-shaped lounge • Sleeps up to four people • Includes: toilet, shower, gas stove, fridge, grill, oven, TV/DVD player, radiator, reverse camera

6-berth R923 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

• Bunk beds • Sleeps up to six people • Includes: toilet, shower, gas stove, fridge, grill, oven, TV/DVD player, radiator, reverse camera Prices shown are per van, per day based on low season rates and will vary throughout the year

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Spaceships CAMPERVANS

ON THE ROAD

DID YOU KNOW:

the ‘swiss army knife’ of campers The UK and Europe make perfect road trip territory, and a campervan gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary. Whether it's a road trip, a camping weekend in the mountains or a festival home you're after, Spaceships is here to help you uncover the hidden parts of Europe. These award-winning campers are compact, custom-designed, easy to drive and fuel-efficient. Pick up yours from one of three depots and head off to whichever EU country (plus Norway, Croatia and Switzerland) is on your wishlist.

Included free with all hires ALL Inclusive Pack £15 per day • Unlimited mileage • 24-hour roadside support •N  o young driver fees (21+) or charges for extra drivers • UK and European insurance • F ridge/chiller, water supply, cooker and cooking equipment • Full-size double bed and bedding • Maps and camping info • Radio and USB connectivity

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!

R504 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

The most fuel-efficient camper available. • Large double bed • Belted seating for two people • Large side awning, chiller • 1.6 litre diesel engine

VW DELTA PREMIUM 2-BERTH

R588 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Premium, fuel-efficient, brand new! • Large double bed • Belted seating for 4 • Large fridge/freezer • Electric hookup

voyager 4-berth

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES Edinburgh

Spaceships Depots One-way hires are available between all depots.

Dublin

UNITED KING DO M

LondonNETHERL ANDS G ERM ANY

BELG IUM

CZECH R EPU B LIC

F RANCE

AU S T R IA SWITZ ERL AND

ITALY M O NACO

SPAIN

Choose your ride! VW CAMPER CAR 2-berth

Spaceships is open seven days a week and offer after-hour pick-ups and drop-offs

BEST OF EUROPE London London (5,564 kms/3,457 miles) An epic European adventure covering 11 countries, including Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam and Paris. From French vineyards to idyllic Mediterranean beaches (and don't forget the food), the road trip has it all. HIGHLAND ADVENTURE Edinburgh Edinburgh (1,352kms/840 miles) Experience Scotland’s stunning west coast where the roads wind between mountains and lochs. Search for the Loch Ness Monster before hiring a bike in the Cairngorms National Park (or white water rafting if you’re feeling more adventurous). BEST OF THE BRITISH ISLES

R839 PER VAN/PER DAY

FR

Sleeps four, super efficient. • Two double beds • Belted seating for 5 • Large fridge/freezer • Electric hookup

London London (2,415 kms/1,500 miles) Loop your way through England, Scotland, Ireland (north and south) and Wales on this comprehensive road trip. Contrast historic Edinburgh with lively Glasgow, enjoy the craic in Belfast and Dublin, and step back in time in Bath and Stonehenge.

Prices shown are per van, per day based on low season rates and will vary throughout the year

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Eurail Passes OFF THE RAILS IN EUROPE! 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 28 years old, or if you travel witih 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?

•B  enelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

• Serbia and Montenegro

EURAIL ONE-COUNTRY PASS Available in 22 countries (but sadly not in Germany and Switzerland) these small but perfectly-formed passes give 3-10 days travel within a one-month period. Some of the smaller countries, such as Slovenia/Croatia and Belgium/Netherlands/ Luxembourg count as one country.

EURAIL select PASS Want to explore a few countries in depth? Save heaps by only paying for the countries you want to see. Check out our map on page 35, pick two, three or four adjoining countries, work out how many travel days you need (always within a two-month travel period) and choose the best Select Pass for. Note, the following groups are counted as "one country” for all Select Passes:

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EURAIL APP This nifty app allows you to see train timetables for the whole of the Eurail network. PLUS you can filter out trains that require reservations. Furthermore, it works offline, amazing!

• Slovenia and Croatia Not all country combinations are possible. Ask your Travel Expert for full details.

EURAIL GLOBAL PASS Considered the ‘golden ticket’ of European rail travel, the Eurail Global Pass gives you the flexibility to travel pretty much anywhere within 28 countries at your own pace. Choose from continuous travel days or a ‘flexi’ pass, which gives you five, seven, ten or 15 travel days to use anytime within a one or two-month period. Ride as many trains as you like on any given day, enjoy free or discounted ferry travel (for routes where trains don't go) and change plans on the go.

Please note: * Conditions Apply. Saver prices available when 2-5 people are travelling together on the same pass. Youth prices apply if under 28 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 may be 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! * Reservation fees apply.

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PASS OR TICKET WHICH DO I NEED? - INDIVIDUAL TICKETS Great if you are making one to two specific journeys. Booking these in advance can save you a few bucks. - RAIL PASSES Usually work out cheaper than multiple tickets - especially if you're not planning your route in advance. They also allow travel on both peak and off-peak trains - saving you even more money!


Turku Bergen

Helsinki

Oslo Stockholm

Gothenburg Malmö

Aarhus

Copenhagen Westport

Belfast

Gdansk Bremen

Dublin Cork

Rotterdam

London

Antwerp Brussels Lille

Liege

Paris Le Mans

Rennes Nantes Tours

Lyon

Biarritz Bilbao

Vigo Porto

Montpellier Toulouse

Verona Venice

Milan

Marseille

Ljubljana

Ostrava Bratislava Budapest

Zagreb Belgrade

Bucharest

Sarajevo

Florence

Nice

Split Bar

Rome Naples

Sofia Skopje

Bari

Istanbul

Thessaloniki

Valencia

Toledo Cordoba

Katowice Krakow

Bologna

Genoa

Barcelona

Madrid

Sevilla

Turin

Zaragoza

Lisbon

Wroclaw

Dresden

Geneva

ClemontFerrand

Huesca Valladolid

Essen Cologne Frankfurt

Warsaw

ON THE ROAD

Rouen

Bordeaux

Poznan

Hannover Leipzig

Prague Mannheim Nuremberg Stuttgart Brno Strasbourg Munich Dijon Vienna Zurich Salzburg Basel Bern Innsbruck Graz

Le Havre Brest

Hamburg Berlin

Amsterdam

Palermo

Alicante

Athinai Piraeus

Catania Cadiz Malaga

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! 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 in Europe is also quite expensive, so trains are also easier on your wallet.

DID YOU

know?

1. S  ave 15% when you travel in a group of 2 to 5 people by purchasing our Saver Pass. 2. A  ll passes are available with 11 months validity 3. C  hildren travel free when accompanied by a full-fare paying adult 4. Y  outh prices apply if under 28 years old 5. Y  ou can ride on the Eurostar with your Eurail pass (Terms and conditions apply, ask your Travel Expert for more details)

EURAIL GLOBAL PASS Duration

Youth standard

Youth 1st class

5 days within 1 month

Fr R4,568

Fr R5,596

Fr R6,051

Fr R6,962

15 days continuous

Fr R5,895

Fr R7,236

Fr R7,691

Fr R9,018

22 Days continuous

Fr R7,587

Fr R9,318

Fr R9,890

Fr R11,621

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 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.

15 days within 2 months

Fr R9,071

Fr R11,153

Fr R11,842

Fr R13,912

1 month continuous

Fr R9,305

Fr R11,439

Fr R12,142

Fr R14,263

2 months continuous

Fr R13,105

Fr R16,111

Fr R17,100

Fr R20,106

3 months continuous

Fr R16,150

Fr R19,846

Fr R21,082

Fr R24,778

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.

EURAIL ONE COUNTRY PASS

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.

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. 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! THERE’S AN 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. OFFERS ARE ON US! Your Eurail pass also gives access to discount offers on sightseeing, shopping, accommodation and more!

Youth standard

Youth 1st class

Fr R898

Fr R1,080

Adult saver 1st class

Adult 1st class

Adult saver 1st class Adult 1st class Fr R1,145

Fr R1,340

EURAIL TWO COUNTRY SELECT PASS Youth standard

Youth 1st class

Fr R1,952

Fr R2,382

Adult saver 1st class Adult 1st class Fr R2,525

Fr R2,954

EURAIL THREE COUNTRY SELECT PASS Youth standard

Youth 1st class

Fr R2,368

Fr R2,889

Adult saver 1st class Adult 1st class Fr R3,071

Fr R3,592

EURAIL FOUR COUNTRY SELECT PASS Youth standard

Youth 1st class

Fr R2,538

Fr R3,110

Adult saver 1st class Adult 1st class Fr R3,292

Fr R3,852

*P  rices shown are based on minimum travel days available. Prices may vary depending on country/countries and duration selected. For longer trips, please ask your Travel Expert for more details.

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UK Rail POINT-TO-POINT

Glasgow ON THE ROAD

Edinburgh

Only got a few days in the UK? No problem! You can pre-book point-to-point UK train tickets before you set of and collect them from any UK station on arrival.

DID YOU

Newcastle

know?

Manchester

1. With more than 2,500 stations, you can basically get everywhere by train Only got a few days in the UK? No problem! You can pre-book point-to-point UK train before you set and collect 2. T  unnel through cliffstickets and journey through theof highlands, withthem from any UK onscenic arrival. Beston rate some ofstation the most railAdd journeys earth

Liverpool

Cambridge

Birmingham

Edinburgh

Manchester

Oxford Liverpool Bristol London

Brighton York Exeter Manchester

Birmingham FR

Swansea

R950 R416 R807 R273 R195 R429

BritRail Flexi Pass

Gives you the complete flexibility of unlimited train travel throughout England for three, four, eight, 15 or 22 days or one month.

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London

Bath

Plymouth

England Flexi Pass

The BritRail Consecutive Pass allows unlimited travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales, for anything from three days up to a month of consecutive, dayafter-day travel. Go where you want, when you want and really see the best that Great Britain has to offer.

TELEPHONE

Brighton

With 18,500 trains serving around 2,500 stations each day, BritRail is the easy way to travel around Great Britain. With a wide range of passes and the flexibility to hop on and off whenever you want, you’ll be sipping pints and scoffing fish and chips in no time!

BritRail Consecutive Pass

Bristol

Cardiff

Britrail The BritRail Flexi Pass offers between three and 15 days of unlimited travel within one month anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. Roll around Great Britain on your terms, without breaking the bank.

Hull Norwich

3. Some trains have buffet cars, and sell beer! ONE WAY

York

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

England Consecutive Pass OTHER PassES Please note these are simply a few of our popular passes, speak to your STA Travel Expert for full list and details.

Youth PassES

our most popular passes BRITRAIL FLEXI PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 days travel within 1 month

R1,757

R2,342

R2,889

8 days travel within 1 month

R3,136

R4,177

R5,232

15 days travel within 1 month

R4,724

R6,299

R7,860

BRITRAIL Consecutive PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 consecutive days

R1,379

R1,835

R2,290

8 consecutive days

R2,238

R3,305

R4,125

15 consecutive days

R3,683

R4,919

R6,142

england FLEXI PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 days travel in 1 month

R1,497

R1,900

R2,368

8 days travel in 1 month

R2,655

R3,358

R4,203

15 days travel in 1 month

R3,982

R5,062

R6,325

england Consecutive PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 consecutive days

R1,223

R1,549

R1,926

8 consecutive days

R2,069

R2,629

R3,279

15 consecutive days

R3,071

R3,891

R4,867

Youth prices apply if under 26 years old.

Did you know? Spend less when you travel in a group of 3 to 9 people by purchasing our Saver Pass

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n O p Ho h t i w f f O Hop t u o usab

BOOK & GO! -GUARANTEE-

Easy as 1, 2, 3

What is hop-on hop-off?

We have never cancelled a trip and don’t operate a minimum numbers policy. When you book any of our trips you are absolutely guaranteed to go.

1 Plan your route using the map on the next page

Hop-on Hop-off is the ultimate flexible travel network for independent travellers making their way around Europe. With 47 cities and 15 countries gracing the Busabout map, you have the freedom to choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay there. Whether you want to have some R&R in Lake Bled, a tapas frenzy in Spain, a tour of Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites or all of the above; you can!

2 Buy your Hop-on Hop-off pass (prices on page 42) 3 Get MyTrip, your online travel planning tool where you can:

Create your itinerary Book accommodation to suit your style and budget Change plans along the way (at no extra cost) Meet fellow travellers There’s a million ways to go. What’s yours?

WHY CHOOSE BUSABOUT?

Choice & Flexibility on Your Itinerary

with Like-minded people

Making friends

Security & Comfort

Convenient

Expertly Guided

Pre-plan your route or book it as you go. No hidden fees or extra charges when you change your plan. Guaranteed.

Join a network of thousands of like-minded independent travellers and make new friends at every stop.

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

A door-to-door service to our preferred accommodation partners with 100% guaranteed departures.

Our guides are on hand to help whenever you need them. Restaurants, clubs, museums, galleries: they've got the lowdown.

on your travels

& Hassle Free

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF

Network ON THE ROAD

HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES UNLIMITED PASS:

R18,900

STUDENTS: R17,960

15-STOP PASS:

R16,990

STUDENTS: R16,150

12-STOP PASS:

R13,990

STUDENTS: R13,300

9-STOP PASS:

R10,990

STUDENTS: R10,450

HOW IT

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

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

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

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

4 Check out our timetable and calendar on page 44 to get planning. Dates in ORANGE match the arrows on the map in orange. Dates in BLUE match the arrows on the map in blue.

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You can easily link Hop-on Hop-off to Busabout’s other trips marked on the map with these icons.

6-STOP PASS:

R7,950

STUDENTS: R7,560

3-STOP PASS:

R5,950

STUDENTS: R5,660

*ADD-ON EXTRA STOPS R1,220 *Can only be bought with another pass.


ON THE ROAD

LINK UP THESE TRIPS:

ADVENTURES 1 U  LTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE page 196

Link these trips before, after 2 ULTIMATE EASTERN or during your hop-on hop-off ADVENTURE page 169 experience and enjoy massive 3 ULTIMATE BALKAN savings. Ask your Travel ADVENTURE page 168 Expert for details.

MUSIC FESTIVALS 4 CROATIAN ADVENTURE

7 LOLLAPALOOZA page 23

page 163

5 ITALIAN ADVENTURE page 138

6 IBERIAN ADVENTURE page 122

SAILING TRIPS 8 CROATIA ONE-WAY SAIL page 158

9 CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER page 159

C  ULTURAL FESTIVALS 10 OKTOBERFEST page 32 11 L A BATALLA DEL VINO page 31

12 LA TOMATINA page 31


HOP-ON HOP- OFF

Timetable ON THE ROAD

GET PLANNING Pick up a pen or your iPhone calendar and start planning your Eurotrip. The coach leaves the destinations marked below in orange on the orange calendar dates. It leaves the destinations marked in blue on the blue calendar dates. All coaches leave the first departure city at 8am sharp. For all other departure and arrival times, talk to your local Travel Expert.

ROUTES TIMETABLE D=DEPARTS A=ARRIVES

RUNS

Amsterdam

D:08.00

Berlin

A:18.00

Barcelona

D:08.00

Valencia

D:13.00

Madrid

A:18.30

2 May - 9 Oct 1 Jun - 1 Oct

Berlin

D:08.00

Dresden

D: 11.30

Prague

A:14.30

3 May - 10 Oct

Budapest

D:08.00

Zagreb

D:14.30

Split

A:21.00

16 May - 9 Oct

Florence

D:08.00

La Spezia

D:10.45

Lake Como

D:15.00

Krakow

D:08.00

Zakopane

D:11.00

Budapest

A: 18.00

15 May - 8 Oct

Lisbon

D:08.00

Porto

D:12.00

Santiago de Compostela

A: 17.00

3 Jun - 3 Oct

Madrid

D:08.00

Evora

D:13.00

Lisbon

A:15.30

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Ljubljana

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Venice

A:18.00

Munich

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Salzburg

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Grunau

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Vienna

A:17.00

Munich

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Stuttgart

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Nice

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Avignon

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Barcelona

A:18.30

31 May - 30 Sep

Paris

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Bern

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Paris

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Bruges

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Amsterdam

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Prague

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Cesky Krumlov

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Rome

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Orvieto

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Siena

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Santiago de Compostela

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Bilbao

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San Sebastian

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Bordeaux

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Tours

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Split

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Zadar

D:10.45

Venice

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17 May - 10 Oct

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Lucerne

D:09.30

Munich

A: 17.00

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Milan

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Nice

A: 18.30

30 May - 29 Sep

Venice

D:08.00

Austrian Alps

D:14.30

Munich

A:16.30

18 May - 11 Oct

Venice

D:08.00

Bologna

D:10.00

Rome

A:15.30

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Vienna

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Bratislava

D:9.30

Krakow

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It may be one of the smaller continents, but what Europe lacks in size, it makes up for in style. Think mountains, forests, rivers and lakes!

There's much to love in Rome, Paris and London. But what about the cities off the tourist trail? Tirana, Struga, Krakow we're looking at you!

Lets face it, your Instagram followers are gonna love you. Selfie at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Colosseum? Check.

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EUROPEAN HORIZON 10 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

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After a little taster of Europe but strapped for time? Take this short and sweet blast through eight countries in ten days, breaking up visits to Europe's biggest and best capitals with stays in its most beautiful Alpine villages. Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEH

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London / Amsterdam / Rhine Valley Meet your team and co-travellers in London and sail via Calais to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Famous for its free spirit and its bicycle-friendly streets, you'll also get the chance to check out the Red Light District. And yes, the coffee shops and the red-hued windows are still part of the attraction, but so are the trendy bars popping up in between. Explore canals, museums and boutiques the next day before following the Rhine River to the old-world village of St. Goar, home to a fairytale castle and the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock! If that's not worth your time, we don't know what is. (B, 2D)

03-04

Rhine Valley / Munich / Austrian Tyrol Head south to Munich today, the proud home city of Oktoberfest. The Bavarian capital is a pro at blending traditional culture with an enviable modern lifestyle. Walk the city's Old Town and don't miss Marienplatz' Glockenspiel, a Gothic clock complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells. Next up, Austria, and an exclusive Austrian Gasthof (guesthouse) in the mountains where you'll get the chance to take part in optional activities like paragliding. (2B, D)

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Austrian Tyrol / Venice / Lucerne / Swiss Alps Pass castles, vineyards and orchards as you travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and on to Venice. And what better way to see the city than on a private boat through the canals? The Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square are impressive architectural feats. With all that gold, exactly how is this island still afloat? On Day 6, it’s back into the Alps. Stop at Lake Como, then follow the trail of clanging cow bells to the Swiss town of Lucerne and spend the night at a chalet at the foot of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, D)

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Swiss Alps / Paris Re-charge the batteries and relax in a gorgeous Alpine setting. Want something a little different? Take the cog train (at extra cost) to the top of Jungfrau Mountain and Europe's highest railway station. Party overnight in a converted underground bomb shelter, and start your journey to Paris in the morning through the wine region of Burgundy. Tonight you’ll get to sample Champagne and escargot, as well as see the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Notre Dame on a Paris by Night tour. (2B, 2D)

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Paris / London Indulge in Paris’ sophisticated charms and discover world-class museums like the Louvre, the fashionistas of Rue de Rivoli as well as one of the world's most celebrated cuisines. You’ll also have time to visit a French perfumery before a last night with your group. On Day 10, take a morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or transfer back to London. (2B)

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• See Amsterdam’s canals by night • Drive through the Alps and Rhine Valley • See the famous Glockenspiel in Munich

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Venice, Italy

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In Europe, there's a lot you can do with 14 days. Whether you start in London or Paris, this loop will give you wine and châteaux aplenty with a side serving of historical ruins, windmills, bike rides and gelato. It's eclectic Europe 101. Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCPE

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Munich / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London Leaving Munich, today’s first stop is at the sobering Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. From here, head north through the vineyards of the Rhine Valley. You’ll also get to learn how beer steins are made, relax with a glass of wine or indulge in optional wine tasting in an underground cellar. Next, it's on to the Netherlands and the vibrant, canal-lined streets of Amsterdam. There are more bicycles than cars here and you'll soon be in the saddle for a bike ride, stopping at a cheese farm and clog maker's house. Check out the city's museums on Day 13, then head home or back to London on Day 14. (4B, 2D)

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Florence / Rome / Venice / Munich There are very few cities as easy on the eye as Florence. Enjoy a guided walking tour, then head to Rome for an evening walking tour. The next day, visit the Eternal City museum, then opt to explore the Vatican City and Sistine Chapel. On Day 9, criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna to Venice. The Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square all await. The following day, cross the Alps to Munich; the home of Oktoberfest, the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz Square. (4B, D)

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Riviera / Pisa / Florence Your journey continues today down the Cote d'Azur. Do as the locals do and browse upscale boutiques, lunch at a chic brasserie or head to local markets. Tonight, mingle with the rich and famous in Monte Carlo. See the opulent Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. On Day 6, stop at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa on your way to the leading light of Renaissance Italy - Florence. (2B)

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Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / Riviera Heading south, stop at the Palace of Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site once home to Napoleon and King Louis VII. Continue your journey through Burgundy’s wine country, passing by Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards and whetting your appetite for your wine tasting session tonight. Arrive at your very own 16th-century château, your home for the night! The next day, continue to the glamorous Riviera via a local perfumery. (2B, D)

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London / Paris From London, take a ferry across the Channel and start making your way to Paris past infamous World War I battlefields. On your first evening in the City of Light, sip Champagne and admire the city’s most popular sights - the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Notre Dame - illuminated at night. Next day, make the most of the Parisian café culture, feign artistic knowledge at the Louvre and browse the boutiques of the Latin Quarter. (B, D)

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• Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa • Rub shoulders with royalty in Monte Carlo • Tour the artistic city of Florence

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• See Parisian sights illuminated at night • Sleep in a 16th-century French château • Drive along the Côte d’Azur to the Riviera

Accommodation: French château (1 nt), village cabins (4 nts), hotels (7 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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Ten countries in 20 days? Challenge accepted. Take a larger-than-average bite out of Europe with a loop starting at either London or Paris and finishing up in Amsterdam, where you're free to stay on for as long as you want. Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCMX

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London / Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region Take the ferry across the Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and on to Paris, the capital of crêpes, croissants and couples. Or, if you're already there, just join us when we arrive! On your first evening, sip on Champagne and admire the city’s illuminated sights, including the Eiffel Tower. Next day, indulge as much as you can in the Parisian café culture (pastries), make for the boutiques of the Latin Quarter or head to the museums. Tonight, opt for a local cabaret show. Depart Paris on Day 3 and wind through Burgundy's wine country. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Château Fontainebleau before reaching tonight’s stop, an exclusive 16th-century château! Here you’ll be treated to a wine tasting session and dinner. Day's 4 agenda? Pure relaxation in the countryside! (3B, L, 3D) Beaujolais Wine Region / Riviera / Florence / Rome Travel through France’s rustic Provence region to the glamorous coast of the Riviera. Rub shoulders with celebs in Monaco, where you’ll see the Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. On Day 6, stop at a French perfumery and Pisa's famous leaning tower on your way to Florence. Embark on a locally guided tour of the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Piazza della Signoria before heading to watch a Florentine leather craft demonstration. Head to Italy's capital on Day 8 and see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazzas Venezia and Navona upon arrival. Continue to explore on Day 9, heading into the world's smallest country, the Vatican City. It's only 0.2 square miles large! (5B, 2D) Rome / Venice / Austrian Tyrol / Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps Journey through the rolling Apennine Mountains towards the canals of romantic Venice on Day 10. Enjoy a guided walking tour of 'Hidden Venice' on arrival, aperitivo included of course, then visit the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square the next day. Day 12 sees you leaving Italy and heading into the mighty Austrian Alps. You'll enjoy a free day here tomorrow, so make use of the many adventure sports on offer here, including hiking, mountain biking and even paragliding! On to Bavaria on Day 14, but first a stop at the sobering Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial to learn about the tragic history of the Holocaust. On arrival in Munich, head for the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz Square. Day 15 seesIRISH SEA you head into the Swiss Alps, stopping in tiny Liechtenstein and Lucerne along the way. (6B, 4D) Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London Chill out in the Swiss Alps on Day 16 and opt to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain. Move on through Heidelberg to the Rhine Valley the following day, stopping at a medieval castle along the way. Learn how beer steins are crafted and see how much wine you can guzzle at an optional wine tasting session. Move on to Amsterdam on Day 18 for two final days before departing on Day 20. (5B, 3D)

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• Discover the history of Florence and Rome • Tour the canals of Venice by gondola • See the rich and famous in Monaco

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• Sip Champagne in the French capital, Paris • Stay at a Beaujolais 16th-century château • Strike a pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Florence, Italy

Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (6 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 12 dinners

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You might like Our top optional activities • Adventure activities including mountain biking in Tyrol • Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain • Wine tasting in Germany's Rhine Valley • Cabaret show and Champagne in Paris

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Paris, Rome, Prague and Berlin by way of the Burgundy wine region and Lucerne. Mix it up with high-octane cities, adrenalin activities and some quiet time here and there to really soak in your ever changing surroundings. Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEW

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London / Amsterdam Set off to Amsterdam and check out the canals by night. The next day, head farther afield with a bike ride through scenic Edam and visit a clog maker’s house. Back in the Dutch capital, check out the city's museums, trendy cafés or head to a nightclub. (B, D)

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Amsterdam / Berlin / Dresden / Prague Motor down the autobahn to Berlin and 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. On Day 5, stop for a tasty bratwurst in the beautifully rebuilt Baroque city of Dresden and continue on to Prague. With a free day on your hands, explore Wenceslas Square, Hradcany Castle and Charles Bridge and wash it down with Czech beer and a night out. (4B, D)

07-10

Prague / Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Venice Today, it's back over the border to Germany and on to Munich, the festival home of Oktoberfest. On Day 8, make your way through Alpine views on your way to a Tyrolean village famous for its adventure sports. Next morning, you have the option to plunge yourself into a white water rafting adventure before winding your way out of the mountains through the Bavarian Alps to Venice. Day 10, meander along the alleys of the Floating City or take a gondola ride along the city’s iconic canals. (4B, 2D)

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Venice / Rome / Florence Criss-cross through the Apennine Mountains to Rome. Tonight’s walking tour takes in some impressive sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Day 12, enjoy free time to explore and take an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Then head to Renaissance Florence for a guided tour of the Duomo and Basilica Santa Croce. (3B, D)

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Florence / Lucerne / Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of upmarket Lake Como (first to spot a celeb gets a free gelato) and admire the lakeside beauty of Lucerne before heading into the Swiss Alps. On Day 15, take the optional cog train to the summit of Jungfrau Mountain, now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. (2B, 2D) Swiss Alps / Paris / London Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy on your way to the French capital for a Paris by Night tour, and visit a local perfumery on Day 17. As your trip ends next morning, stay in Paris, catch the morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport or take a complimentary transfer back to London. (3B, D)

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• Cycle the streets of Amsterdam • Cycle the famous chesse town of Edam • Check out the beer halls of Munich

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London / Paris Cross the Channel and make for the French capital in time for a Paris by Night tour, sightseeing with a side of Champagne and escargot (snails). Welcome to the City of Light! Fill up the next two days with sights including the opulent Versailles Palace (entrance not included) and spend your free time visiting attractions like the story-filled Père Lachaise cemetery and the worldly Musée du quai Branly. (2B, 2D)

04-07

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona Journey through the Burgundy wine region to a special two-night stop at a 16th-century château. Travel through southern France, across the Pyrénées and head for the sizzling Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Discover unique buildings and an almost dream-like skyline on a city tour then head to the beach. At night, opt to see a traditional flamenco show and fill up on tapas and sangria. (4B, L, 3D)

08-09

Barcelona / Riviera Drive along the Côte d’Azur to the glamorous coastline of the Riviera. On Day 9, wander the boutiques before heading to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and to try your luck at a local casino. (2B)

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Riviera / Venice / Pisa / Florence Buongiorno Italia! The floating islands of Venice hoard basilicas and grand churches like they're going out of fashion, including Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. See as many as you can before continuing on to Pisa on Day 12. Drive to nearby Florence the next day for a locally-guided tour of the city's striking buildings, with plenty of free time to explore the city’s collection of Renaissance art. (4B, 2D)

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Florence / Rome Ready, steady, Rome! Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s city 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)

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Rome / Corfu / Athens 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 to Corfu for three days of fantastic sun. Enjoy watersports, food, shopping, and local culture in this island paradise. Day 20, travel across the Corinth Canal to Athens. Your included city tour will also take you on a visit to the Acropolis, the perfect end to your trip. Say your goodbyes on Day 21. (6B, 2D)

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Accommodation: French château (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (9 nts), hostels (2 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 20 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 10 dinners

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You might like Shorten your trip London to Rome (16 days, London - Rome) (COCCLR)  Fr R32,159 Extend your stay on the Greek Islands Greek Week (9 days, Athens - Athens) (COCCGW) see page 180 Fr R21,015

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A city tour around Paris See Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia Feel fancy on the Riviera Relax poolside in a 16th-century château Strike a pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit Florence's iconic Duomo

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Weave around the waterways of Venice Enjoy a Vienna city tour Stay in toy-like Alpine villages Stop by the hidden gem of Liechtenstein Try adrenalin-fuelled sports in Austria Explore Amsterdam’s café culture by bike

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London / Paris Travel across the English Channel, past World War I battlefields at the Somme and on to the City of Light for a Paris by Night tour. Spend Day 2 around the sights, which might include a trip up the Eiffel Tower, a walk under the Arc de Triomphe or a culture hit at the grand Louvre museum. This evening, head out to an optional cabaret show or find yourself a wine bar (and keep that cheese coming!). (B, D)

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Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region After a stop at the historic Fontainebleau Château, carry on to your own 16th-century French château. When in France! Enjoy a wine tasting session in the château’s working winery, relax by the pool or explore the surrounding countryside. On Day 4, enjoy a rustic French picnic with a view. (2B, L, 2D)

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Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona Make your way through southern France and across the Pyrénées Mountains into Spain. After a morning of scenic driving, you'll arrive at the scorching seaside city of Barcelona. (B, D)

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Barcelona / Provence / Riviera After becoming the first ever city to win the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 1999, you can bet on being blown away by Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the boulevards of Las Ramblas. Catch an optional flamenco show tonight then hit the road on Day 7 to see ancient Roman monuments at an UNESCO-listed site in Arles. Continue along the Côte d’Azur to the Riviera. (2B)

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Riviera / Pisa / Florence Spend your day at leisure in upmarket boutiques and restaurants before heading on to Monte Carlo tonight to see the Royal Palace and to visit a casino. Go steady! Continue once again along the scenic coast of the Côte d’Azur and get creative with your camera at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This afternoon, motor on to the charming Tuscan capital of Florence. (2B, D)

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Florence / Rome Waving goodbye to Florence, make your way to another Italian must-see, Rome. Find your feet with a walk around the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s tour. A meander through the streets will reveal plenty of history with lots of hidden pockets, grand piazzas and stylish boulevards. Later, there’s an option to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, with a local guide. (2B, D)

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Rome / Venice It’s time to say goodbye to Rome and head north to Venice. This so-called Floating City is one of the world's most beautiful islands, brimming with ornate churches, palaces and decorated gondolas. Take a trip to see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, wander the backstreets for quaint shops and coffee houses and get yourself an aperitif at a local bar. (2B, D)

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Venice / Vienna Travel north through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna for schnitzel, strudel and schnapps! On Day 16 check out Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces - home to the once-mighty Hasburg monarchy - the Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and wander through the delicious food stalls of Naschmarkt. (2B) Vienna / Munich Today, you're off to Munich, the merry home of Oktoberfest. Walk around the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz before heading off to the beer halls for some traditional German entertainment. (B)

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Munich / Austrian Tyrol Head to the Austrian Tyrol today, by way of Dachau Concentration Camp. Tonight, enjoy your special stopover in a traditional Austrian gasthof. This 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. Want to take it easy? Explore the quaint village and surrounding countryside. (2B, 2D)

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Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps In Liechtenstein, take a stroll around capital Vaduz before heading to Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland. Continue on to a small village for a stay in a traditional mountain chalet. On Day 21, take an optional cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain or soak up the Swiss scenery. (2B, 2D)

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Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley Travel through gorgeous Alpine scenery to Heidelberg, famous for its large student population and medieval castle. Then, head on to the wine villages of the Rhine Valley. (B, D) Rhine Valley / Amsterdam Last stop, Amsterdam. Take a bike tour that will take you to the windmills, cheese farms and clog makers of the surrounding countryside. Later on, check out the city’s canals and gabled houses by night. Your last day is a free day to explore. The 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. In the evening, opt for a canal cruise to explore the city’s waterways by night and enjoy Amsterdam's notorious nightlife. (2B, D) 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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inclusions Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian Gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (10 nts), hostels (5 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 28 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 12 dinners

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Corfu / Venice / Vienna / Prague / Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Swiss Alps / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam Jump aboard another ferry today and cruise along the Adriatic Coast to Venice, arriving around lunch time on Day 16. The next day, meander through the city's alleyways and canals to find art-filled palazzos, bustling markets and grand squares. See the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square, then opt for a romantic gondola ride. Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna on Day 18 and enjoy a walking tour the following day. Take a scenic drive along the historic ring road, then pop by the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House. On Day 19, visit the medieval ˇ town of Ceský Krumlov on the way to the 'City of a Thousand Spires', Prague. Snake past the city's sights on Day 21 and enjoy plenty of cheap beer. Prague is famous for it! The next day, cross into Germany and make for Munich, where you'll visit the famous Glockenspiel and have a stein or two at a traditional beer hall. Continue into the beautiful Alps, where you'll be based the next few days. Visit Hopfgarden, Liechtenstein and Lucerne, then head to the Rhine Valley on Day 26 for charming wine villages and more. End up in Amsterdam for Days 27 and 28. Depart any time on Day 29. (15B, 6D)

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Riviera / Florence / Rome / Sorrento / Corfu First port of call today is visit to a traditional French perfumery. After you've got yourself smelling all nice, cross the border into Italy and grab a photo at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa (you know the kind). Continue on to the charming city of Florence, where you'll enjoy a day of sightseeing and a leather craft demonstration on Day 8. Continue to Italy's capital Rome, where you'll see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon on arrival. The next day, explore the sights of the world's smallest country, the Vatican City, then opt to follow in the footsteps of the Emperors and Gladiators on a guided tour. Continue to Sorrento on Day 10, we may opt for a quick pit stop at the cliffside village of Positano. The next day, opt to tour Pompeii's ancient ruins, then hop aboard the ferry to the Greek island of Corfu for three days of beach time and soaking up the sun. This is the life! (8B, 3D)

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London / Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / Riviera Whether you join the group in London or Paris, your first evening will be spent in the City of Light on a Paris by Night tour. Sipping champers before seeing the sparkling Eiffel Tower - what a start! Day 2 is a free day for you to explore France's capital. Head to the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral then opt for a cabaret. Vive la France! Travel south on Day 3 and travel to the Beaujolais Wine Region, stopping at Château Fontainebleau before heading to your own château accommodation. Yep, you read that right. You're staying in a castle! Indulge in a French picnic lunch the following day, washed down with a glass of vino. On Day 5, travel through Provence to the glamorous Riviera. Mingle with the rich and famous in Monaco, try your luck at a casino in Monte Carlo then chill out with a beach day on Day 6. (5B, L, 3D)

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Lucerne / Paris Pass through the Burgundy wine region to the City of Light. Tonight, ATLANTIC enjoy an illuminated Paris by Night city tour. Day 8 is yours to explore OCEAN all that Paris has to offer, especially its food! (2B, D)

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

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Munich / Innsbruck / Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps and stop in Innsbruck to see the famous Golden Roof. It’s then on to Venice, the so-called Floating City, to explore its canals on an optional gondola ride. (2B, D)

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Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich Explore Amsterdam’s cobbled streets before weaving through the Rhine Valley, where you'll enjoy an optional wine tasting in a historic cellar. Next, head for Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (2B, D)

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London / Amsterdam Take a ferry across the Channel, travel through Belgium and arrive into the quirky Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Tonight, venture out and see the city’s canals and gable houses illuminated on an optional canal cruise. Top it off by experiencing the city’s outlandish nightlife. (D)

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Prague / Vienna Travel through the Czech countryside to Austria and its capital, Vienna, ATLANTIC OCEAN and immerse yourself in all things Viennese. See the magnificent Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and drive along the historic Ring Road. Your trip concludes on Day 8, but if you’re not ready to go home, why not continue to Rome on our 9-day Eastern Trail trip? Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. (2B)

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Berlin / Dresden / Prague As you venture south towards Prague, stop off to admire the rebuilt Baroque architecture of Dresden. Get acquainted with Prague’s medieval streets, daunting Gothic architecture and tasty beer. (2B, D)

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Berlin Learn about Germany’s darker past and be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene, not missing the graffiti-covered Berlin Wall. You'll also visit Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag. (B)

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Amsterdam / Berlin Pedal past windmills in Edam (summer only) to get a taste of traditional Dutch life at a local cheese farm and a clog maker’s house. On Day 3, motor down the autobahn to Berlin’s bar scene. (2B, D)

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Two full days to explore Paris Sample wines in the Beaujolais wine region Feast on tapas in Barcelona Live the high life in the Riviera Stop in romantic Verona and Venice Explore Italian cities Rome and Florence

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Unwind on a sun-soaked Greek island Travel through Montenegro and Albania Explore Croatia’s rocky coastline Stop over at Lake Bled, Slovenia Stay in picturesque Alpine villages Soak up canal culture in Amsterdam

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London / Paris If you're joining the trip in London, ferry across the English Channel and pass by World War I battlefields as you make your way to the rest of the group in Paris. Jump right in with a special Paris by Night city tour (Champagne and escargot included) to take in a twilight view of the Eiffel Tower and other iconic sights. You'll then have two full days to explore the city's contemporary galleries, bistros and patisseries as well as the Louvre, Versailles Palace, Sacré-Cœur and Notre Dame Cathedral. (2B, 2D)

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Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region Cross Burgundy’s wine country on your way to your 16th-century château lodgings. Indulge in a cellar wine tasting session with a local expert and sample the local wine. On Day 5, enjoy a delicious French picnic in the countryside, followed by some relaxation time by the pool. (2B, L, 2D)

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Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona Next up on this whirlwind European trip is seaside spice bomb Barcelona. Thanks to the artist Antoní Gaudi, Barca has a skyline unlike any other city in the world. Original, colourful and full of joy, it really reflects the character of the city. Head over to see his Sagrada Familia, take a stroll down the lively boulevards of Las Ramblas or make your way down the city beach for some Vitamin D. (2B, D)

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Barcelona / Riviera / Verona / Venice Enjoy the scenic drive through Provence and along the Côte d’Azur towards the beautiful Riviera. Put on your best pair of shoes (maybe flip flops will just have to do) and head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and to visit a grand casino. Cross the border into Italy and head to the fair city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony before heading on to Venice. Day 11, explore the Floating City's shops and squares or take an optional gondola ride through the canals. (4B, D)

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Venice / Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains and rolling Tuscan hills to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a snap-happy stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Florence, take in the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and Giotto’s Bell Tower on a locally-guided tour. (2B, D)

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Florence / Rome / Athens Not many capitals can match Rome's artistic prowess. As you make your way around the highlights on tonight's tour, namely the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, keep a look out for masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini. Day 15, there’s a chance to take a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel before hitting the road to Athens on Day 16. Pass by Naples, Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii before hopping on an overnight boat to Greece. (4B, D)

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Athens / Mykonos After a locally-guided tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, jump on the ferry to Mykonos. Unwind for a couple of days surrounded by azure seas, golden beaches and a vibrant party culture. (3B, D)

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Mykonos / Preveza / Tirana Back to Greece’s mainland to the coastal fishing town of Preveza. On Day 22, travel into Albania, a country scattered with old Cold War bunkers. But also, home to the dynamic capital of Tirana. The city has a lot more developing to do, but it's well on its way to becoming a new European favourite. (2B, 2D)

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Tirana / Dubrovnik / Split / Zadar / Ljubljana Cross through Montenegro on your way to the Croatian town of Dubrovnik. With a full day free, explore the walled city and try out some of its delicious seafood. Day 25, move up the Dalmatian Coast, stop in Split to see Diocletian’s Palace then travel on to the seaside city of Zadar. On Day 26, travel to Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and head to Presernov Trq for live music and street performers. (4B, 2D)

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Ljubljana / Vienna Skirt past Lake Bled en route to cultural Vienna (tip: if there's time, sniff around for some famous Bled cake. It's basically cream, custard and pastry and it's great). Later, opt for a Mozart and Strauss concert in an imperial palace and soak up Viennese culture at its finest on a city tour the next morning. (2B)

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Vienna / Austrian Tyrol You’ll be blown away by the stunning scenery of the Alps today as you travel to your special stopover at a Tyrolean gasthof. It’s time to choose your adventure on Day 30 as you make the most of the region's outdoor lifestyle. Opt to go tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. (2B, 2D)

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Austrian Tyrol / Munich There's still time for adventure this morning on an optional white water rafting trip. Afterwards, travel through the mountains to lively Munich and check out Bavarian-style entertainment in the beer halls. (B)

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Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley Stop in Liechtenstein before heading to the stunning lake at Lucerne. The hunt for the perfect Swiss chocolate begins! Tonight’s special stopover 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. See picturesque Heidelberg before stopping to learn how to craft a beer stein in Rhine Valley. (3B, 3D)

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Rhine Valley / Amsterdam Bicycles, café culture, museums, windmills and canals are all ready and waiting in Amsterdam. You’ll even get to visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house! Day 36, the city is yours to roam free. Take an optional canal cruise then party in one of the many nightclubs. (2B, D)

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Amsterdam / London After saying your 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)

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

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Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (14 nts), hostels (9 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 36 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 19 dinners


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See Versailles Palace and the Eiffel Tower Stop in Europe’s hidden gem, Liechtenstein See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Up-and-coming cities in Serbia & Bulgaria Opt to spend time in Budapest's baths Visit Pisa, Venice and Florence in Italy

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Tour Rome’s Colosseum and Pantheon Relax on the sun-soaked isle of Corfu Discover Troy, Athens and Gallipoli Tuck into the Turkish delights of Istanbul Journey across the stunning Swiss Alps Party in hedonistic Amsterdam

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London / Paris Journey across the English Channel and the Valley of the Somme towards Paris. Later, you’ll get to see the city’s famous sights, including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, illuminated by night on a late city tour. Over the next two days discover the city's bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters as you experience what the capital is famous for. You’ll also enjoy a trip to Versailles. (2B, 2D)

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Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona Weave through one of France's premier wine regions and stay at a 16th-century château in the middle of Beaujolais vineyards. Because, France! Immerse yourself in the slow pace of the countryside with a scenic picnic before starting the journey south across the Pyrénées towards Barcelona. Catalonia's cultural beast will reveal Gaudi’s fantastic architecture as well as a fun-loving way of life. Amble through the Gothic Quarter and down Las Ramblas then opt for a colourful flamenco show. (4B, L, 3D)

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Barcelona / Riviera Pass through Provence and make your way down to the Riviera. Stroll down the glamorous promenade of Nice, head to Monte Carlo’s Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo Casino as you rub shoulders with the high-rolling, boat-owning, suited-and-booted population. (2B)

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Riviera / Venice / Pisa / Florence Explore the canals of Venice and stand in awe of the buildings on St Mark’s Square (with this much gold it should be tacky, but it's not). Walk along the Bridge of Sighs and top it all off with delicious Italian food or opt for a leisurely gondola cruise. Day 12, call by Pisa on your way to the Tuscan capital of Florence and discover its Renaissance masterpieces on a locally-guided tour on Day 13. (4B, 2D)

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Florence / Rome Ciao bella Roma! Step back in time as you make your way around 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 and the Colosseum. (2B, D)

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Rome / Corfu Today you’ll pass Naples, glimpse Mt. Vesuvius, then have the chance to tour Pompeii’s ancient ruins (at extra cost) where a local guide will help you to retrace its history. All before taking the overnight ferry to the Greek paradise of Corfu for sun-soaked beaches, watersports and bouncing tavernas. (3B, D)

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Corfu / Athens Leave Corfu behind you and head over the Corinth Canal to the city of Athens, where the group will split depending on the option you choose. (B, D)

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Athens / Ios Learn about the Parthenon and Acropolis from a local. Later, cruise to Ios, grab a cocktail and rest up weary feet on the beach. Then, let loose and join the outdoor party on the local squares! (3B)

Athens / Cairo / Aswan Explore Athens’ ancient sights before your flight to Egypt to see the ancient Pyramids and the Sphinx. Head to laid-back Aswan, walk along the Nile River and shop in the markets on the way. (3B, D)

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Ios / Santorini / Athens Check out the blue-domed buildings of Santorini, opt to sail out to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and relax on volcanic sand beaches. On Day 26 return to Athens. (4B)

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Athens / Kavala / Canakkale / Istanbul Journey past Mt. Olympus to harbourside Kavala then take a ferry over to Canakkale, stopping in Troy on the way. On Day 29, make a pilgrimage through historic Gallipoli en route to Istanbul. (3B, 2D)

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Istanbul / Sofia / Belgrade Istanbul, where east literally meets west! Walk the line between two continents as you explore the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar with a local guide. Jaunt across the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city often overlooked. Discover a youthful capital peppered with Ottoman mosques and historic monuments. Next up is Serbian capital Belgrade. Rugged and a little rough around the edges, you'll find great food here. Nice, fancy and cheap - just how we like it. (4B, 3D)

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Belgrade / Budapest / Vienna Travel north along the Danube River to Budapest. Tour the twin cities Buda and Pest, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace and Church of St. Matthias. Arrive in Vienna to explore the historic home of the Habsburg Empire. See the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces and elegant Opera House. (3B)

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Vienna / Austrian Tyrol / Munich After a sombre visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp if time allows, travel to the Alps. In Tyrol, enjoy a unique stay at a traditional Tyrolean gasthof and opt to try your hand at paragliding or mountain biking. Day 39, opt to try white water rafting before enjoying a stein in Munich’s beer cellars. (3B, 2D)

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Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps Following a quick lunch stop in Liechtenstein, head to lakefront Lucerne before continuing to a typical Swiss village up in the mountains. On Day 41, opt to ride the Jungfrau cog railway. (2B, 2D)

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Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London On your final approach to Amsterdam, stop in Heidelberg en route to the Rhine Valley to learn how beer steins are crafted. Day 43, arrive at the Dutch capital for a cheese and clog farm visit. On Day 45, transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or head back to London. (4B, 2D)

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Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (Greece: 25 nts) (Egypt: 24 nts), hostels (6 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt), overnight train (Egypt only: 1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry, return airport transfers (Egypt) Meals: 44 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 21 dinners (Greece), 24 dinners (Egypt)


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Nine countries in 12 days gives you a taste of some of Europe’s biggest and best cities. From the cycle lanes of Amsterdam to the bohemian Mecca of Paris, this trip is for history buffs, culture vultures, and city slickers alike. We've also thrown the Alps in for good measure. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBHD/COWWHW

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London / Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich Leave the White Cliffs of Dover for the illuminated canals of Amsterdam where you can enjoy an optional cruise before heading to the infamous Red Light District. Head to Amsterdam’s museum quarter before hopping on the bus, making your way along the Rhine and stopping for an optional wine tasting. Day 3, you’re off to Munich, the Bavarian capital and home to the world-famous Oktoberfest. Opt for a bike tour then sample traditional Bavarian food in the evening. (2B, 2D)

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Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Venice Drive through stunning Alpine scenery to a year-round adventure resort in the Austrian Tyrol, home to meadows and grazing pastures in the summer and ski resorts in the winter. Make a visit to the mountainous and ridiculously photogenic Innsbruck before crossing the Brenner Pass into Italy. Your first stop in the boot-shaped country is Venice. Enjoy a walking tour through the quaint streets and follow the charming canal network over its 400 bridges! (2B, D)

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Venice / Rome Criss-cross your way through the Apennine Mountains to the Italian capital of Rome, home to iconic sights such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica, and take an optional locallyguided tour of the Vatican Museum. Lose yourself in the city’s streets surrounded by monuments, fountains and pizzerias aplenty. (2B, D)

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Rome / Florence / Lucerne Today, travel past olive and cypress trees to the Renaissance city of Florence. Admire the scene-stealing Duomo as you get the inside track on Florence’s cultural beginnings from a local guide, and explore streets crammed with artwork from masters like Michelangelo. You can also indulge in an authentic feast in the heart of the Tuscan hills. Sure why not?! On Day 9, hop across the border to the Swiss city of Lucerne, which boasts a lakeside setting perfect for an optional cruise (in summer). (2B)

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Lucerne / Paris / London Drive through the Burgundy wine region to glittering Paris. Snap the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe before taking in the City of Light from a bohemian café in the Marais or Bastille district. Day 11, pick up the latest fragrances on a visit to a French perfumery, then get busy exploring the city’s bistros and ENGLISH museums. Tonight will be your last night as a group, so why not treat yourself to an optional cabaret CHANNEL experience, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne? On Day 12, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to London. (3B, D)

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London / Amsterdam / Berlin Ferry across the Channel to Amsterdam where you'll get the chance to explore the Red Light District and the canal's boutiques. On Day 2, Germany's hedonistic capital beckons. Berlin's notorious nightlife calls for a day of recovery, so Day 3 will be yours to spend at leisure. For culture, opt for the Jewish Museum or the C/O Gallery. For street art, head to the East Side Gallery or Hackescher Markt. (2B, 2D)

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Prague Say hello to the best beer in Europe. Prague is a firm favourite on the European trail, and not just for their homely beer cellars and hard-to-beat microbreweries. The city is a beauty in terms of architecture, with the Old Town taking centre stage with its beautiful church domes and old chapels. There's also Charles Bridge and Hradcany Castle, as well as some great museums for Bohemian art. (2B, D)

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Salzburg / Venice Bring your favourite things to the city famous for angry captains, singing nannies and dresses made out of curtains. That's right, Salzburg was the setting for 'The Sound of Music'. Follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews and Mozart on an optional tour, or take your time to get to know this quintessential Austrian city. Make for UNESCO-listed Altsadt or take note of the thriving arts scene. Day 7, you're on to Italy and Venice's myriad of alluring backstreets. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square, or opt for a gondola tour through the canals. (2B)

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Rome / Florence In Rome, don’t miss the iconic Trevi Fountain. Check out St. Peter’s Basilica and opt for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Colosseum and Roman Forum. Day 10, head to Florence for a locally-guided tour of the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and Giotto’s Bell Tower. (3B, D)

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Cinque Terre / Lucerne A jewel on the Italian coast is the Lego-like towns of the Cinque Terre. One of the most beautiful areas in Europe, the area is perfect for seafront walking trips and even gives the Amalfi a run for its money. On Day 13, it's another scenic highlight as you hit the lakeside town of Lucerne. (3B, D)

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Paris / London 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 boutique browsing, bistro dining, sightseeing and absorb the magic of this classy city before returning to central London. (3B, D)

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Want to see the best of Europe but don't have too much time on your hands? This trip follows a classic route through western Europe and includes plenty of activities to get you right in the swing of things. Take a walk along the canals of Venice and the colourful coast of the Cinque Terre and climb up the Eiffel Tower in 'gay Paree'.


EUROPEAN INSPIRATION 19 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

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Indulge in all things European with this crème de la crème trip - Ten countries, 19 days. Ignite your tastebuds with Swiss fondue, Bavarian beer and French Merlot, then feast yours eyes with Rome's Colosseum, Paris' Eiffel Tower and Berlin's East Side Gallery to name a few! Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBAP/COWWAP

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London / Amsterdam / Berlin Heading off from London, make your way via Belgium to the charming city of Amsterdam. Wander along its canals and gable houses by day and check out the racy Red Light District by night. On Day 2, pedal past windmills in Edam to a cheese farm and a clog maker’s house. Then, café hop like a local and hit the museum quarter. Tonight, explore the brightly-lit canals on an optional canal cruise. Continue to Berlin and explore the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag on arrival. On Day 4, check in at Checkpoint Charlie then go on an optional walking tour. Don't forget the clubs this evening! (3B, 2D)

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Berlin / Dresden / Prague / Munich / Venice Leaving Berlin behind, stop to see the signature buildings of Dresden, including the opera house, Frauenkirche and the Zwinger Fortress. This afternoon, head over the border to Prague. On Day 6, start with a walking tour over the Charles Bridge to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral. By night, there’s something for everyone, from jazz bars and DJs to opera. On Day 7, stop at the humbling Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial on your way to the Bavarian Capital of Munich. Tonight, head to one of the massive beer halls for a night of Bavarian-style entertainment. On Day 8 explore the city sights, including the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz, then head to Venice on Day 9 via the Brenner Pass. Take a private boat through the Venetian Lagoon before seeing the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square on Day 10, then finish up with an optional gondola ride for a slice of romance. (6B, 3D)

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Venice / Rome / Florence From one historic heavyweight 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 Trevi Fountain. On Day 12, tick off plenty more of the city's famous sights, including St. Peter's Basilica in the tiny Vatican City. When in Rome! Depart Italy's capital on Day 13 and stop in the Tuscan Hills for a cheese and Chianti wine tasting experience. Next stop - Florence! Here, you'll set off with a local guide who will show you the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria to name a few. You'll then enjoy a traditional leather craft demonstration and optional Tuscan evening. (4B, 2D)

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Florence / Pisa / Lucerne / Paris / London Stop and check out Pisa's famous Leaning Tower on your way to the charming mountain town of Lucerne, passing by Lake Como along the way. Enjoy a free day on Day 16 and wander through Lucerne's cobbled streets. If you're feeling active, make sure you hike up into the mountains! Move on to France's glistening capital Paris on Day 17 and visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and a certain famous tower. Visit a local perfumery the next day, then head off on Day 19 in either Paris or London. (5B, D)

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London / Paris / Lucerne Ferry across the English Channel to Paris (unless you're joining the trip there) for a special Paris by Night tour. On Day 2, explore world-class museums and quaint cafés at your leisure and opt to see a cabaret show in the evening. The next morning, leave the city and travel through the beautiful wine region of Burgundy to Switzerland's lakeside beauty Lucerne. Bed down at an Alpine hotel. (2B, 2D)

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Lucerne / Riviera / Pisa / Florence Get your fill of chocolate treats before crossing the Alps for a glimpse of Lake Como. Continue down to France's glamorous south coast and enjoy an evening in Monte Carlo. On Day 7, cross the border into Italy and call by Pisa's Leaning Tower en route to Florence, where you'll finish the day. (4B, 2D)

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Florence / Rome / Venice Welcome to Firenze, Italy's pride and joy! A local Florentine will take you on a guided tour of the main attractions before you continue your Italian journey to capital Rome. In order for you to make the most of your visit, you'll be taken on a city tour right off the bus when you arrive. Day 9 will then be spent at leisure, or on an optional visit to Vatican City. Day 10, make the journey to Venice and spend the next day wandering the Floating City's nooks and crannies and browsing its designer stores. (4B, D)

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Venice / Austrian Tyrol / Munich There's plenty of time to relax today as you drive through the scenic Brenner Pass to the Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten, known for outdoor adrenalin activities. On Day 14, stop at the sobering Dachau Concentration Camp before continuing on to the Bavarian beer halls of Munich. (3B, 2D)

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Munich / Vienna / Prague Vienna is Austria's cultural hub. It's also surrounded by 7km2 of vineyards! Tour past the Schönbrunn Palace and the Opera House on your way around town, and make your way to Prague next day. Famous for its Gothic architecture, there's also some great street art on show. Take a city tour to see Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus' Cathedral and take some time off on Day 17 to sample some Czech beer. (3B, D)

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Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London On to Germany and the beautiful Rhine Valley where, in summer, you can hop on a boat for a scenic cruise. Day 19, travel to Amsterdam and stop for a bike ride through Edam to visit a nearby cheese farm and a clog maker's house. Enjoy a night in the city then go your own way on Day 21. Stay, transfer to Schiphol Airport or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (4B, 2D)

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Explore Amsterdam’s world-class museums Indulge in Berlin’s cutting-edge bar scene Wander Prague’s Gothic Old Town Square Waltz around the streets of Vienna Visit Auschwitz and the city of Krakow Sightseeing tour of Budapest

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Discover Slovenia’s up-and-coming capital Float along Venetian canals See historic Rome, Florence and Pisa Stay in a spectacular Swiss Alps village Admire the Baroque buildings of Dresden Tour Paris’ iconic sights and museums

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London / Amsterdam Leave the White Cliffs of Dover for the colourful city of Amsterdam, where you can also opt to join the trip. Pedal past windmills in Edam (summer trips only), gorge on cheese and check out a traditional clog maker’s house. Afterwards, explore Amsterdam’s museums, galleries and cafés. (B, D)

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Amsterdam / Berlin Motor down the autobahn to Germany’s capital, Berlin. Visit the graffiti-covered Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Check out Berlin’s eclectic galleries, clothes shops and markets, and indulge in the city’s exploding arts, bars and club scenes. (2B, D)

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Berlin / Dresden / Prague 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. On Day 6, get yourself acquainted with Prague and its medieval streets, imposing Gothic architecture and absurdly cheap but delicious 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. (2B, D)

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Prague / Vienna Travel through the Czech countryside to Austria’s capital to immerse yourself in all things Viennese pastries, schnitzels, waltz music, 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 why not take in an optional music concert? There’s always some Mozart or Strauss being played. (2B, D)

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Vienna / Auschwitz / Krakow Cross into Poland for a visit to the sombre concentration camp memorial at Auschwitz. On arrival in Krakow, uncover the effortless beauty of its medieval Old Town, browse its lively market stalls and visit the city’s stunning centrepiece, Wawel Castle and Cathedral. (2B, D)

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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. You’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of both parts of the city, taking in the Royal Palace, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening, there’s an optional river cruise and dinner. (B)

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Budapest Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the chance for a relaxing soak in one of the city’s thermal baths such as the Gellert or the fabulous open-air Szechenyi Baths. (B)

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Budapest / Ljubljana Today, you're Ljubljana-bound! Slovenia’s capital boasts a young, vibrant culture with a mixed bag of quirky atmospheric bars. Hike to the hilltop castle, visit the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Nicholas or simply people-watch in Ljubljana’s main square. (B)

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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 palazzi. (B)

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Venice / Rome Cross the Apennine Mountains to Rome to see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon and more. Throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, saunter to the top of the Spanish Steps and admire Rome’s Baroque centrepiece, the Piazza Navona. Head to the nearest gelateria before tonight’s dinner, then make a repeat visit to the same gelateria immediately after! (2B, 2D)

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Rome / Florence Explore the Vatican City on an optional tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later, you’ll head through rolling hills and terraced vineyards to the Renaissance city of Florence. On Day 18, a local guide 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)

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Florence / Pisa / Swiss Alps Make a stop in picturesque Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), a genuinely astonishing sight. En route to the Swiss Alps, catch a glimpse of Lake Como, its shores scattered with the villas and mansions of the rich and famous. This afternoon, stock up on some chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. (B, D)

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Swiss Alps / Paris Sample the mountain railways, vertical funiculars and cable cars of the Swiss Alps. Next day, head through the wine-soaked region of Burgundy to the City of Light, Paris. (2B, 2D)

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Paris / London Indulge in some more decadent Parisian fun and lose yourself in the beautiful streets, where you’ll find magic, romance and history at every turn. Visit a French perfumery and later on, join an optional Parisian dinner followed by a traditional cabaret show. Your trip ends in on the morning of Day 23, so it’s time to bid adieu to your travelling companions. Alternatively, take a complimentary transfer to end your trip back in central London. (2B)

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London / Paris Meet the group in London or, alternatively, greet them on the other side of the Channel in Paris. This evening, tour the city by moonlight on an exclusive Paris by Night tour and soak up its romantic atmoshpere. Spend the following day in historic Montmartre or climb up to the Sacré-Cœur before opting to treat yourself to a Parisian dinner or a cabaret show. (B, D)

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Paris / Bordeaux Say au revoir to Paris and bonjour to Bordeaux. Cut through the Loire Valley, pass through rolling vineyards and land in the world-famous wine region of Bordeaux, home to some of the world's most expensive and prestigious wines. Crack open the wine and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. (B)

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San Sebastian On Day 4, head towards the sultry Basque city of San Sebastian. Spend the next couple of days basking in the sun, swimming or testing your surfboard stamina. By night, go to Parte Vieja’s famous pintxos bars for patatas bravas and a copa de cava. End the night in one of the late night haunts. (2B, D)

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San Sebastian / Barcelona Leave the Bay of Biscay behind and stop for lunch at Zaragoza, where you'll also visit the Church of the Holy Pillar. It's then on to the midst of Barcelona's fanciful fiestas. Wander the Gothic Quarter, visit the Olympic Park and gawk at Gaudi’s incredible masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Squeeze past street artists and stalls on Las Ramblas before treating yourself to a traditional flamenco show in the evening. (2B, D)

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Barecelona / French Riviera Travel through the rustic region of Provence along the Côte d’Azur and on to the glamorous Riviera. On Day 9, join the locals as you stroll through outdoor markets, browse upscale boutiques and sunbathe on the famous pebble beach. Later, don your fanciest outfit in Monte Carlo, choose to dine near the Royal Palace, visit a French perfumery and try your chances with a few bets in a casino. Red or black? (2B, D)

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Cinque Terre / Florence Monterosso is the oldest village of the colourful Cinque Terre, located on the coast of Liguria. Enjoy the seaside setting, sip local wine and gorge on freshly-caught seafood. On Day 11, travel to Florence via the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Wander in the shadows of the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry, and enjoy a Florentine leather craft demo - all with a local guide. (2B)

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Florence / Sorrento Travel south through the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento. On Day 13, chill out on the Isle of Capri for breathtaking coastal views and amazing restaurants. Explore the harbour or relax on a boat trip (summer only) where the emerald green waters implore you to dive right in. (2B, D)

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Rome Drive along the coast to Rome. Take an optional tour of Pompeii to see the devastating effect of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, then continue on to The City of the Seven Hills for a special sightseeing tour. On Day 15, tap into la dolce vita of the Eternal City, delving into its history with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Fancy yourself as a bit of a culture fiend? Add on an optional tour of the Colosseum. Seriously, there's a lot to get through! (2B, D)

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Venice Over the Alps, stop in Romeo and Juliet’s lovestruck home of Verona and strike a pose on the balcony (the reconstruction stops there). Your next stop is the alluring maze of Venice. Meander through the Floating City’s narrow alleyways to find grand palaces and art-filled squares. Stroll around St. Mark’s Square, take a guided walking tour or relax on a peaceful gondola ride along the canals. (2B, D)

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Salzburg / Prague Travel through the Austrian countryside to picture-perfect Salzburg. The Baroque palace, the regal Residenz and the medieval fortress of Hohensalzburg are pretty much all must-sees, so get cracking. Next, travel north to Prague. Visit the beautiful (but mind-boggling) Astronomical Clock, climb the stairs up to Hradcany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, dodge past hawkers selling souvenirs and street artists along Charles Bridge and stumble upon some Czech history on Wenceslas Square. (2B, D)

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Prague / Berlin Snake through the city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover its wealth of Gothic architecture and bargain priced beer (both a city staple). Then it’s on to the well-restored city of Dresden - the Florence of the North - before making your way to streetwise Berlin. See Alexanderplatz square, the Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and the colourful remains of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Tonight, make the most of the city's vibrant 24-hour nightlife. No regrets necessary. (2B, D)

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Berlin / Amsterdam Find out what makes Berlin’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world with free time to explore. Visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and revel in the capital's intoxicating mix of old and new as you find your way through its troubled past. On Day 23, it’s on to Amsterdam for a trip to the Red Light District where the creative and wacky collide. (2B, D)

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Amsterdam / London Stretch your legs as you cycle around the countryside (summer only) past working villages to the world-famous cheese village of Edam where you’ll get to try a cheeky slice. You’ll then head back to the city to explore the flower markets, canals and parks that the ‘Dam is known for. On the last night, raise your glass and toast your adventure with a farewell dinner and canal cruise. On Day 25, your trip sadly comes to an end. Tuck into breakfast before transferring to Schiphol Airport (estimated 10am arrival). Alternatively, choose to take a complimentary transfer back to London or stay on to see what else Amsterdam has to offer (it's a lot). (2B)

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Get a widescreen view of Western Europe and visit 13 incredible countries while you’re at it! Glug on wine in Bordeaux, eat tapas in Barcelona, be a beach bum in Corfu and do as the Dutch do with a bike ride through the countryside. Throw on your sightseeing rags and get ready for 28 sensational days of adventure. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBHM

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London / Paris / Bordeaux / Barcelona / French Riviera Starting in London, ferry across the Channel to Paris. Alternatively, meet the group there. Enjoy free time on Day 2 and opt to attend a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, fancy dinner and a glass of bubbly. The next morning, enjoy a scenic drive through the Loire Valley as you make your way to Bordeaux via Château de Chambord (wine lives here - you'll have a great time). Visit the fortress of Carcassonne then head south across the Pyrenees Mountains towards the sizzling city of Barcelona. On Day 6, it's on to the glamorous Riviera. Time to rub shoulders with the rich and famous! (6B, 4D)

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Florence / Rome / Sorrento / Corfu Stop by the Leaning Tower of Pisa as you make your way to Italy's most artistic city, Florence. Wander the streets with a local guide, learn about the history of the Duomo, and enjoy a traditional Florentine leather craft demonstration before heading to Rome on Day 9. On arrival, take a walking tour of the captial's most popular sights, including the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, and venture in to Vatican City the following morning. Next up is the gorgeous Amalfi Coast in the south with an overnight stay in Sorrento. From here, catch a glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius and opt for an tour of Pompeii before boarding the ferry to Greece for three full days on the island of Corfu. (8B, 3D)

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Venice / Vienna / Munich / Austrian Tyrol Make your way back to Italy and settle in for two nights in Venice. The floating city is heaving with gold-plated buildings and squares, but there's also plenty of cafés and bars to uncover. Take a private motorboat to the islands, visit the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square and take an optional gondola ride through the canals. On Day 19, drive through the spectacular Dolomites and head to Austrian capital Vienna. Enjoy a city tour before spending the rest of your time at leisure (probably hunting for strudel). En route to Munich, make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial. It's then on to the home of Oktoberfest before a stunning Alpine journey to a Tyrolean village. (7B, 2D)

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Swiss Alps / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam On your way to the Swiss Alps, cross the border in (and out) of Liechtenstein, before taking a stop in Switzerland's lakeside city of Lucerne. Visit the wooden Chapel Bridge then continue your scenic drive to the middle of the Alps for two nights of optional outdoor activities. On Day 25, follow the River Rhine to Germany and the vineyard-heavy Rhine Valley. See the Lorelei Rock and enjoy a river cruise before you make for your final destination, Amsterdam. In between canal rides, bike rides and musesum-hops, head out to the countryside to see the windmills of Edam and visit a cheese farm (our favourite kind). Transfer to Schipol Airport on Day 28, or take a complimentary transfer to London. (6B, 4D)

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Spend a month on the road and conquer a hefty part of Europe while you're at it. That's an impressive 18/19 countries! Visit star players Barcelona and Munich as well as emerging artists Tirana and Lucerne, and get a varied look at one of the world's best-trodden regions. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBHE/COBHEC

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London / Paris / Lyon / Barcelona / French Riviera Your trip starts in either London or Paris (not a bad start either way). Travel across the Channel and past France's notorious World War I battlefields to the City of Light. Visit the city's popular attractions and enjoy your second day at leisure. On Day 3, make your way through Burgundy to Lyon - France's gastronomical capital - and call by the Château Fontainebleau on the way. The next day, wind your way through the Pyrénées towards Barcelona, where sangria flows in copious amounts. Just how we like it. After a scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur, roll up to Nice for two nights in the Riviera. (6B, 3D)

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Venice / Florence / Rome / Sorrento / Athens Say a big ciao! to Italy as you make your way towards the art-filled palazzos of Venice. Then, from one gem to another, head to Florence on Day 10. Emerge from the Tuscan hills to arrive into one of Europe's most beautiful cities and take a tour with a local guide. It's on to Rome on Day 11, into the shadow of the Colosseum, before heading south to Sorrento on Day 13, calling by the island of Capri en route. Start making your way to Greece on Day 14, arriving at Athens the following day. (8B, 2D)

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Mykonos Island From Athens, take the ferry over to Mykonos for a good dose of sunshine. Enjoy a tasty local dinner on Day 16, then it's three days of sun, sea and souvlaki before returning to the mainland. (5B, 3D)

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Tirana / Dubrovnik / Zadar / Vienna Possibly one of the Balkans' least-visited capitals, Tirana is slowly emerging as a must-stop on the European trail. Uncover its fascinating (but sometimes brutal) history, then catch some coastal scenery as you travel through Albania and Montenegro to Croatia's Dubrovnik. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with historical buildings, modern galleries and succulent seafood. On Day 24, move up the Dalmatian coast to Zadar before continuing on to Vienna the following day. (6B, 4D)

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Munich / Lucerne / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London Before arriving into Munich, stop at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Once you've settled in to the city, visit a traditional beer hall and see what Munich does best! Leave the Bavarian capital on Day 28, and travel through Liechtenstein towards the Swiss Alps and lakeside Lucerne. Travel on to the Rhine Valley for vineyards, castles and steins, then continue to Amsterdam on Day 31. Enjoy a bike tour of Edam before your trip ends on Day 33. A complimentary shuttle to London is available. (7B, 3D)

Greek Island cruising Board your ship for a five day island-hopping tour in the Aegean Sea, with a cheeky stop in Turkey's Kusadasi en route. Stops include Greek favourites Santorini and Mykonos. (5B, 4L, 5D)

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London / Paris Head over the Channel to France, catching a glimpse of World War I battlefields on the way to Paris. Wrap up and head out to see the city's famous landmarks and enjoy panoramic views from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. On Day 2 stroll among the diverse quarters, shop stylish boutiques or wander the art-filled halls of the Louvre. Later, opt in for a Parisian cabaret show, bubbles and all! (B, D)

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Paris / Lucerne Travel through the wine-producing region of Burgundy to the Alpine stunner of Lucerne. On Day 4, see the famous wooden Chapel Bridge and eat traditional Swiss fondue at an authentic, cosy inn. (2B)

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Lyon / Barcelona Enjoy Alpine vistas as you make your way through Switzerland, past Lake Geneva and back into France for an overnight stop in Lyon. The next day, you’ll zig-zag over the dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées Mountains, cross the border and into the fun-filled streets of Barcelona. (2B, D)

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Barcelona / French Riviera This active city will leave you in total awe as it shows off its art, architecture and style from every era. Witness Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, see the 1992 Olympic Games complex and the cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Tonight, get into the local flavours with an optional flamenco dance show and dinner. On Day 8, drive along the rugged sapphire coastline of the Côte d’Azur, past the über-glam resort of Cannes and roll up to tonight’s chic stop at the palm tree-lined shores of Nice. (2B, D)

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Riviera There’s plenty of free time today to feel at ease in your surroundings; visit the local markets, try the locally-made produce like lavender honey or enjoy a glass of rosé at a trendy brasserie. Tonight, live it up in Monaco, enjoy an optional dinner near the Royal Palace and try your luck at a casino. (B)

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Pisa / Florence Heading to Renaissance Florence, you’ll stop by Pisa and get up close to its Leaning Tower. The tilt has been there since construction, as it was built on soft ground. Admire Florence’s scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral, opt in for an authentic Tuscan feast, and head out for a night in Florence’s biggest club. (B)

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Rome See the Bell Tower and Baptistry of Florence this morning. Then you’re off to the Italian relic of Rome. Tonight enjoy a walking tour around Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. On Day 12, 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. Make sure you also grab some of that Italian cuisine while you're at it! (2B, D)

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Venice On Day 14, start with a private boat ride through the waters of the Venice Lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. Then it’s on to the Bridge of Sighs and 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)

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Dresden / Berlin Roll back into Germany and on to Dresden, known for its tragic World War II past and restored beauty. This evening, arrive into one of the world’s most progressive cities, Berlin. On Day 21, opt to join a local guide and learn the history behind the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and immerse yourself in the nightlife. (2B, D)

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Amsterdam Motoring past Hanover, cross into the Netherlands and on to its free-wheeling capital, Amsterdam. Check out the city’s eye-opening Red Light District, its cafés, shops and unique atmosphere. Day 23 is your penultimate day on your trip, 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 opt to take a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. Tonight, a big farewell party is in order! (2B, D)

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Munich 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 is 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, a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells. Then, it's on to a traditional beer hall. (B)

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Prague Wind through the German countryside towards Prague. On Day 19, wander over the Charles Bridge, through Hradcany Castle and to St. Vitus’ Cathedral on a city tour. There’s loads of free time to discover the Old Town, pick up local treasures and try bargain-priced beers that the city is renowned for. (2B, D)

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With 40 nights of camping in 46 days, one thing's for sure: you'll soon be a champion at setting up tents! This tour covers 23 countries and includes heavyweight cities à la Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Budapest as well as up-and-comers Struga, Tirana and Sofia. Trip Style: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, Driver & Cook, exclusive on-site teams at villages Group Size: Max 46 Tour Code: COCCCA

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London / Paris / Beaujolais / Barcelona / The Riviera Ease into things at the beginning of the trip with a few days spent in the hedonistic regions of France and Spain. First up is French capital Paris. Head out to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palace of Versailles - the pinnacle of opulence - then continue on to one of the country's best wine regions, Beaujolais. Next up, a journey through the Pyrénées to Spain's tapas-tastic Barcelona before crossing back into France to Arles and the upscale French Riviera. (7B, 6D)

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Venice / Florence / Rome / Sorrento / Corfu Italian cities are among the showiest in Europe, and the envy of the world in terms of architecture. First up is Verona, then on to impressive Venice. Floating in a lagoon off the northern coast of Italy, you'll barely be able to move without walking into a palace or a basilica. Opt for a Secrets of Venice walking tour to uncover what many won't. Next up, Renaissance sweetheart Florence and capital Rome, with a full day in each to explore their imposing landmarks. On Day 15, drive down to Naples and catch a boat to the Isle of Capri before making your way to Corfu for three days of complete relaxation. (11B, 5D)

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Athens / Kavala / Gallipoli / Istanbul / Sofia / Skopje / Struga / Tirana Travel across the Corinth Canal to mainland Greece and on to Athens. Take some time to visit the Acropolis then continue your journey along the Greek coastline to Kavala. On Day 23, start making your way to Turkey via the historic Gallipoli battlefields, making your final approach to Istanbul with a ferry across the Dardanelles. After a full day in the city, start your exploration of the Balkans with overnight stops in Bulgaria's Sofia, Macedonia's Struga and Albania's fascinating capital of Tirana. (9B, 8D)

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Dubrovnik / Seline / Budapest / Vienna / Prague Cross into Croatia and head to Dubrovnik. Renowned for its history, galleries and seafood, you'll have two full days to soak it all in. On Day 32, enjoy a stop in Split to visit Diocletian's Palace on your way to Seline, your last Croatian stop before stepping off the bus in lively Budapest. Visit both sides of the city, Buda and Pest, then make your way to Vienna on Day 35 (with a cheeky lunch in Slovakia en route). ˇ On Day 37, call by medieval Ceský Krumlov on your way to the City of Spires, Prague. (10B, 6D)

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Munich / Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Amsterdam Next up, beer-loving Munich. Gorge on traditional German food and enjoy visits to the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Take to the countryside on Day 41 and head to the soaring beauty of the Swiss Alps. Opt for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain then head north to the Baroque Old Town of Heidelberg. Finish up in Europe's wildchild, Amsterdam, and opt to transfer back to London on Day 46. (8B, 4D)

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• Exclusive Paris by Night tour • Bordeaux wine region stay • Barcelona backstreet tour

• Visit a French perfumery • Explore the Cinque Terre • Sightseeing tour of Rome

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Sorrento / Rome Travel through Umbria and Lazio to Sorrento, a picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast. Visit celeb-studded Capri, stroll through the town's piazzas and Roman ruins, and visit nearby Pompeii on the way to Rome. Enjoy a full day's sightseeing before the trip ends on Day 16. (5B, 2D)

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Nice / Cinque Terre / Florence Live the high life for the day as you saunter around the area's upscale boutiques. Visit a French perfumery, see Monaco's Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino (time to whip out your fanciest flip flops). On Day 10, cross the border to Italy and spend the night at a cliffside town in the Cinque Terre before heading south to Florence. (3B)

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San Sebastian / Barcelona / French Riviera Enjoy a full day in San Sebastian, home to one of Europe's best inner-city beaches, Playa de la Concha. Spend the night at one of its famous pintxo bars before starting the journey to spicy Barca on Day 6. With it's Gaudi-influenced skyline and raucous nightlife, this is one of our favourite European spots. On Day 8, travel through rustic Provence, along the Côte d'Azur to the glamorous French Riviera. (4B, 2D)

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London / Paris / Bordeaux / San Sebastian Meet up with your group in either in London or Paris, and spend the afternoon soaking up the romance in the City of Light. The following day, sign up to an optional cabaret show and dinner before leaving for wine country Bordeaux on Day 3. Enjoy a visit to the grape-loving town before hitting the road to sunny San Sebastian the next day. (3B, 2D)

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• Local guided tour of Florence • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • A sightseeing tour of Rome

• Salzburg's historic fortress • Explore Venice's canals • Free time in Amsterdam

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Berlin / Amsterdam / London It's difficult to overstate how awesome Berlin is. Make sure you learn as much about its present as you do about its past with a full day to explore. Day 16, cross into the Netherlands and enjoy two nights to explore Amsterdam and the nearby country village of Edam. Make your final approach into London on Day 18. (4B, D)

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Quad-share hotels and hostels Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 17 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCQL/COWWQL

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Venice / Salzburg / Prague / Berlin The so-called Floating City is packed with Instagram-worthy buildings. See the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square, and opt for a Venice special: a gondola ride. Next up is picture-perfect Salzburg, followed by a two-nights stay in Prague. Visit the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock and opt for a river cruise. Next up, Berlin! (5B, 2D)

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Sorrento / Rome / Venice Head south on Day 5 and pull in to Sorrento this afternoon. Southern Italy is renowned for having Italy's best food, so don't waste a single meal! Spend some time on Capri, explore the ruins, then set your sights on Rome on Day 7. Here, tap into la dolce vita and go out to explore. After two nights, it's on to Venice via lovestruck Verona. (5B, 3D)

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Barcelona / French Riviera / Cinque Terre / Florence Starting in Barcelona this morning, travel through the region of Provence to the French Riviera. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous of Monaco then continue on to Italy's Cinque Terre on Day 3, one of the country's most picturesque spots. The next day, make way to Renaissance Florence and enjoy a leather craft demonstration. (3B, D)

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• Explore colourful Madrid • Hit the beaches of Barcelona • Enjoy scenic coastal drives

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Barcelona / Madrid Wind along the Mediterranean coast through the Pyrénées Mountains to the sangria-fuelled streets of Barcelona. Europe's most seductive city is also a ridiculously cultured one, with fantastic museums mixed in with Gaudi's playful and iconic architecture. Your last stop is Spanish capital Madrid, whose spontaneous lifestyle might just capture you in a spell. Make the most of the cuisine before the trip ends on Day 13. (5B, 2D)

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Italian Riviera / French Riviera / Avignon Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa on your way to the Italian Riviera. Here, you'll find the Cinque Terre, a medley of colourful villages poised on the cliff face. Visit the towns of Monterosso and Portovenere, then swap the Italian seaside for the French as you continue across the border towards the glamorous regions of Monaco and Monte Carlo. On Day 8, travel through charming Provence to Avignon. (4B, D)

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Rome / San Gimignano / Florence Stylish Rome overflows with relics from another age, so once you’ve dropped your bags, go out to find them! On Day 2, take a tour of the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel. Day 3 takes you to Tuscany, with your first stop being San Gimignano, often dubbed Medieval Manhattan thanks to its stone turrets which date from the 13th century. Then it's on to beautiful Firenze. As well as some striking sightseeing, you'll also get to enjoy a traditional leather craft demo with a local guide. (3B, D)

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• Opt for a Venice boat ride • Free time in medieval Prague • See the Brandenburg Gate

• Red Light District visit • Austrian countryside views • See Checkpoint Charlie

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Quad-share in hotel or hostel (9 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCQEM/COCCWWQE

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Amsterdam / London Motor down the autobahn and get your cycling gear on in time for your arrival in Amsterdam. Check out the Red Light District and the city's canals. Spend Day 9 in the countryside cycling around the village of Edam (summer only), and return to the 'Dam for one night. The trip ends on Day 10 with a transfer to Schipol Airport or London. (3B, D)

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Berlin Cross the border to Germany's Dresden, often dubbed the Florence of the North due to its architectural beauty. After a few hours in the city, make for Berlin. Get a taste for the capital's easy-going character over two nights. Visit the commemorative artwork of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the site of Checkpoint Charlie. (2B, D)

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Prague After a night in music-loving Salzburg (famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of 'The Sound of Music'), head north to the Czech Republic and capital Prague. Make your way around the medieval Old Town then spend a full day walking the streets, peering into wacky museums and sampling some of Europe's cheapest beer. (2B, D)

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Rome / Venice / Salzburg Whether you've just arrived or at the end of your own Roman holiday, meet your group this morning and hit the road to Venice. Travel over the Apennine Mountains and stop in Verona to see the city's Roman Arena before pulling in to the Floating City. After a full day of sightseeing, make your way through the Austrian countryside to Salzburg. (2B, D)

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Ljubljana / Venice / Rome Slovenia's capital is a beaut. Alongside the picture-perfect Old Town and castle, the city has a young student population that keeps the whole place ticking. In summer, make the short journey to idyllic Lake Bled. On your final approach to Rome, stop in Venice for a night and see its most iconic monuments. The tour finishes in Rome on Day 16. (4B, D)

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Krakow / Budapest Learn about Poland's tumultuous past with a stop at the Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp. In Krakow itself, soak in the beauty of yet another medieval Old Town and browse the busy market stalls and pavement cafés. The next stop is Budapest, the so-called Paris of the East. We highly recommend the optional Past and Present tour. (4B, D)

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Prague / Vienna Despite being a stag-favourite, Prague still retains its medieval magic. Spend two nights in the City of a Hundred Spires with visits to Hradcany Castle, Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock. On Day 7, travel through the Czech countryside to Austria, calling by the bone church of Kutná Hora en route. Opt to visit the Schnaps Museum. (4B, 2D)

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London / Amsterdam / Berlin If you join the group in London, ferry across the Channel then travel on to Amsterdam to join up with the rest of the crew. Start Day 2 with a cycling trip in the Dutch countryside (Summer nly) then return to the city to check out its myriad of museums, cafés and nightclubs. Next up is Berlin, both rich in history and contemporary culture. Make the most of it! (3B, 2D)

• Gaudi’s architecture in Barca • Madrid's art galleries • Night tour of Paris

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Pamplona / San Sebastian / Bordeaux / Paris Things get literary today with a night in Pamplona, a city immortalised in Hemingway's famous novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. Next up, a relaxing afternoon on San Sebastian beautiful beaches and in its countless pintxos bars before arriving in wine country Bordeaux. Make your final approach to Paris on Day 17. Depart two nights later in Day 19. (5B, D)

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French Riviera / Barcelona / Madrid Glam up with two nights at southern French beauty Nice. Visit Monaco’s Royal Palace and a Monte Carlo casino before coasting along the Côte d’Azur to Barcelona on Day 11. Explore Gaudi's wacky architecture on Day 12 before opting for a flamenco show in the evening. The next day, continue to capital Madrid via the cathedral of Zaragoza. (5B, 2D)

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Munich / Venice / Florence / French Riviera Today, it's on to the Bavarian capital and Germany's most trusted beer extraordinaire, Munich. Sample the offerings at the famous beer halls before swapping barley for grapes in Italy. In Venice, saunter around the grand squares - full of entertainers and local traders - before making your way to Florence. On Day 9, it's on to the Riviera. Visit a French perfumery. (5B, 2D)

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London / Amsterdam / Rhineland / Swiss Alps Start in London and head towards the red lights of Amsterdam. Set out to see the city's canals and gable houses, and enjoy some free time this evening to explore. Next up, cross into Germany and on to the crisp scenery of the Swiss Alps and enjoy a full day at leisure to hike or climb up one of the slopes. (3B, 3D)

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• Montparnasse Tower views • Amsterdam bike tour • Included London day tour

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Berlin Cross the German border on Day 10, and finish with a banger in Berlin. Ease your way into the relentless city with an included Alternative Berlin Tour, then enjoy the next two days at leisure. On top of the obvious attractions, sign up for optional Trabi Tour of the city in an old, authentic (and CUTE!) Trabant. (4B, D)

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Amsterdam It's north to the Netherlands on Day 7, where Amsterdam awaits with a sea of high-end (...) coffee shops. Day 8's included activity? A Dutch Bike Ride. Pair that up with the optional Street Art & Subculture Tour for a pretty good picture of life in the city. Day 9 is yours to spend at leisure. Cocktails o-clock at the House of Bols Mixology, maybe? (3B, D)

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Paris Give the White Cliffs of Dover a wave as you cross the English Channel to France. Arrive in the City of Light and get straight down to business with included entry to the Montparnasse Tower for the best views over Paris. With two full days here, sign up fo an Insider Walking Tour, dinner with the locals or go full French on the Paris Patisserie Tour. The choice is completely yours! (3B, D)

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London Once you've touched down in London town, head out for a delicious welcome dinner. The next day, get yourself acquainted with the city on a bike tour and see some of its most famous landmarks. Now that you've got your bearings, spend the next day at leisure with optional extras including a street art tour and a craft beer tour. (2B, D)

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• Visit a famous Budapest spa • Alternative Berlin tour • Terezin Concentration Camp

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Budapest The final stop on this tour is a good'un. Budapest is now a hot destination on the European trail, made hotter by the steam rising from its iconic baths. And you get to go! Enjoy an included visit to a Budapest spa, then spend your last two days at leisure doing completely as you choose - Budapest is your oyster! Your trip comes to an end on Day 13. (4B, D)

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Krakow Poland is up next, and the eclectic (sometimes eccentric) city of Krakow. As you approach the city, stop for an included visit to the nearby Salt Mines, and head back to the city for dinner. Over the next two days, opt to take a tour of Schindler's factory, explore the city by bike and even learn how to make (and eat) a pierogi. It's up to you! (3B, D)

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Prague En route to Prague, stop for a visit to the Terezin Concentration Camp. Pull into the city later in time for dinner. Prague's Gothic architecture makes its Old Town one of the most beautiful in Europe, but there's plenty going on here as well. Sign up for an optional Czech beer tasting session (yes please) or a visit to the bone church at Kutna Hora. (3B, D)

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Berlin After you've arrived, head straight in with an included tour of Berlin's alternative spots before your first included dinner. The following two days are spent completely at your leisure, but we can still provide some guidance if you'd like! Optional extras include a Progressive Food Tour. Which is where we'll probably be. (2B, D)

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Stockholm The Swedish capital is made up of 14 islands on the bank of the larger Stockholm Archipelago, and each one has its own distinct character. But before all that, take a chance on an included visit to the super trouper ABBA Museum. After that you're free to visit the amazing Vasa Museum or even take a dinner cruise before the trip ends on Day 13. (4B, D)

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Oslo It's north again and over the border to Norway's capital, Oslo. On your first full day here, a visit to the famous Kon-Tiki Museum is included which is located on the city's Bygdøy peninsula. There's also an opportunity to do some Viking Biking (a tour of the city's highlights) and even a half-day fjord cruise (highly recommended). It's up to you! (3B, D)

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Copenhagen We love Copenhagen. It does everything well: food, coffee, cycling, art, palaces... you name it. Start with an included visit to Tivoli Gardens. The amusement park first opened in 1843, and it's still an integral part of the city. Over the next two days, take to the cycle highways on an optional bike tour, or take to the canals instead. And why not hit the beach? You might need your wetsuit though... (3B, D)

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Berlin The German capital provides an eventful springboard for the trip with an included dinner on Day 1 plus a tour of Berlin's alternative hangouts. You're then free to explore the city streets on your own, with optional extras including a Progressive Food Tour and a Trabi Tour. Later, opt to head out to sample Berlin's vivacious 24-hour night(and day)life. (2B, D)

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Munich On Day 10, make your way to Munich and stop by the fairytale-esque Neuschwanstein Castle en route (does not include entry). Once you arrive in the city, you have two full days to fill. Optional activities include a Third Reich tour, white water rafting (summer only) and a night of Bavarian food and beer. It's completely up to you! Your trip wraps up on Day 13. (4B, D)

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Milan It's a travel day on Day 7 as you make your way to Italy's fashion forward capital of Milan. The highlight here is your included cruise on nearby Lake Como and a visit to the Bellagio! That leaves you with an entire day free to explore the city at your leisure. Opt for an evening of dining (and drinking) with the locals. (3B, D)

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Nice Travel through Arles and make your way to southern France's Riviera darling, Nice. Enjoy an optional wine tasting on arrival, or go one step further on Day 5 by signing up to a Cycle and Dine experience. In the afternoon, go on an included visit to the nearby ancient village of Ezre. Opt to end your stay with a sailing trip along the Côte d'Azur. (3B, D)

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Barcelona Touch down any time on Day 1 and enjoy your welcome dinner. Start your exploration of spicy Barca on Day 2 with the Barcelona Street Life tour, then opt to sample the city's tapas (rude not to) later in the day. Day 3 bring the chance to see a different side of the city - by boat! Don't forget to have a wander down Las Ramblas. (2B, D)

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From the cultural delights of Rome to the Plitvice Lakes by way of the beaches of Corfu; this trip makes the most out of the Adriatic region and then some. Take your time to see what Florence and Venice have to offer, then soak up the sun on the Amalfi Coast and in Game of Thrones-mad Dubrovnik. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBAUM

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Florence / Venice / Ljubljana / Plitvice Lakes Swap the charms of arty Florence for Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', on Day 4. After you've had a wander around, move on to the canals and gondolas of Venice, where you'll spend the night and have ample spare time to explore. Next morning, head in to Slovenia and opt for a tour of the Postojna Caves before hitting up the capital Ljubljana, known for its vibrant student culture. On arrival, take a tour of the castle and Old Town then chill out in a café. On Day 6, visit Croatia's UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, and enjoy some downtime by the 16 lakes as well as its countless waterfalls. (3B, D)

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Plitvice Lakes / Split / Dubrovnik / Tirana After that serene interlude, amp it up a notch on arrival into ultra-cool Split and spend the night in the town's bars and clubs. Opt for a typical Croatian feast beforehand to give you that much-needed energy! On Day 8, hen enjoy the scenic drive to Dubrovnik where you'll be able to see the magnificent walled town. The next day, head into Albania and wind through dramatic mountains and along the coast to Tirana. (3B, D)

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Tirana / Corfu / Port of Bari / Amalfi Coast / Rome Leave Albania's capital and head south to the ferry port for your transfer over to Corfu. Kick back and relax on arrival and enjoy plenty of free time. Get stuck into a whole host of watersports, soak up the sun and generally just relax. If you're looking for some authentic food, why not opt for a traditional Ionian dinner experience while you're here? Once you've had enough of the beach, hop aboard an overnight ferry on Day 12 back to Italy to the Port of Bari and the Amalfi Coast. Culture vultures, make sure you don't miss out on an optional exploration of Pompeii. On Day 14, head north via Mt. Vesuvius back to Rome, where your trip ends Day 15. (6B, D)

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DAY ITINERARY Rome / Florence Arrive into Italy's capital at any time on Day 1 and check into your hotel. During the afternoon, meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers, then choose to get out and enjoy the city's lively restaurant and bar scene. The next day, tap into la dolce vita of this intriguing city with a special access walking tour. Soak up the cultural delights of St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square and the Castel Saint'Angelo. Opt to learn all about the city's emperors and gladiators with a trip to the famous Colosseum. On Day 3, leave Rome and head through the rolling hills and terraced vineyards of Umbria to the Renaissance city of Florence. On your arrival, you'll be treated to a walking tour of the city's striking buildings and art galleries. (2B, D)

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• Picnic opposite the Eiffel Tower • Seek adventure in the stunning Swiss Alps • Experience the glitz of the French Riviera

• Sample some of Europe’s best nightlife • Explore ancient wonders in Rome and Pisa • Taste the delights of Spain and Portugal

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London / Paris / Interlaken Meet in London late afternoon and travel to Paris aboard the Eurostar. Discover all that the City of Light has to offer on Day 2, including the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées and a picnic lunch in front of the Eiffel Tower. If you like, opt to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral or Montmartre, home of the Moulin Rouge! The following day, climb aboard a train to Switzerland’s scenic Interlaken and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Spend Days 4 and 5 enjoying your free time, and sign up to a whole host of adventurous activities, including canyoning, white water rafting and paragliding. (L)

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Rome / Pisa / Cinque Terre Move on to Italian capital Rome by train. Get your bearings with a CEO-led walk, then find your culture fix in the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel or the Pantheon at leisure. Just make sure to make room for pizza (the perfect sightseeing sustenance). On Day 8, start making your way to the Italian Riviera, stopping at the Leaning Tower of Pisa en route. In Cinque Terre, walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit the colourful towns on the way with your included national park pass and unlimited train ticket.

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Nice / Monaco / Barcelona / Madrid Cross over into France on Day 10 and set up base in celeb hotspot, Nice. Enjoy a visit to Monaco and while away the evening in some of the region’s best bars and restaurants. The next morning, opt to go cycling, take a coastal hike or go on a day trip to nearby beaches and villages. On Day 12, take a quick flight to Barcelona. Find your bearings with your guide then get out and explore. Check out the Gothic Quarter, Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia. On Day 14, take the train to Madrid. On arrival, find your feet in Spain’s beautiful capital city with a short guided walk. Afterwards, enjoy free time to see the sights. Madrid is home to some of the best art museums in the world as well as sprawling squares and parks. Tonight, sample the renowned nightlife with the rest of the group.

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Granada / Seville / Lagos / Lisbon Take an orientation tour of Granada to help you find your feet, then opt to visit the famous Alhambra or ease your weary bones in one of the city’s hammam baths. Enjoy a tapas bar crawl with your group, then continue on to thriving Seville the next morning. Opt to visit the Alcázar Palace, the Santa Cruz Quarter, and even a flamenco show while you're here. On Day 19, cross into Portugal to the laid back town of Lagos. For the next couple of days, chill out on the beach or go hiking or biking. Take the train to Lisbon on Day 21. Explore the city's sights then enjoy a great night out before your tour ends on Day 22.

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Tour eleven beautiful countries Opt to visit Notre Dame Cathedral Enjoy the Alpine playground of Interlaken Florence views from Piazzale Michelangelo Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum Admire the architecture of Venice

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Check out Vienna’s imperial history Sink into Budapest’s thermal baths Explore Krakow’s Gothic architecture Stroll across Prague’s Charles Bridge Take to two wheels in Amsterdam Discover cobbled lanes of medieval Bruges

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London / Paris Meet your group late afternoon and catch the Eurostar to Paris. The next day, picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and decide what to do next. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine, browse the romantic lanes of Montmartre or opt to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. (L)

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Interlaken Take the train to the Swiss adventure playground of Interlaken, and get an orientation walk through the city on arrival. Explore a nearby glacier, go swimming in a crystal-clear lake or opr to try hang gliding, white water rafting or rock climbing! And whatever you do, don't miss the nightlife.

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Rome Travel to Rome via fashion-forward Milan, and take your time to get to know the historic city. Check out the famous sights of the Roman Empire, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Vatican City is especially worth a visit (the Sistine Chapel in particular), and make some time for pizza. Always pizza.

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Florence End your stay in Rome with a migrant-led tour of the city then continue on to Renaissance beauty Florence. Make your way through cobbled streets and across lively piazzas to see the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, and get some serious culture vulture points in the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views over Florence, and get an ice coffee along the River Arno.

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Venice A scenic train ride takes you to the famous Floating City of Venice. Take an orientation walk around its labyrinth of canals or opt to take a traditional gondola ride under its ancient bridges. Visit the artisan islands of Murano and Burano, the Basilica di San Marco or Doge’s Palace.

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Ljubljana Slovenia's capital always turns out to be a favourite, in no short part due to its proximity to Lake Bled. Opt to take a quick trip to the lake, or hang out in the outdoor cafés lining the Ljubljana River.

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Vienna Board the train again, this time to the captial of Austria. Check out grand buildings and palaces, wander the gardens and museums, marvel at the priceless jewels housed in the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) and sample a tasty Pilsner. Opt to see the Lipizzaner 'dancing' horses.

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Budapest On to Budapest for a walking tour followed by a free afternoon to explore. Check out the beautiful Parliament building, wander the streets of the Old Town or enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the famous Ottoman-era, art nouveau or modern thermal baths. Fancy a little culture kick? Head to Memento Park, the Museum of Terror or the Buda Castle. Later on Day 16, take the overnight train to Krakow.

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Krakow Welcome to the once-royal capital of Krakow. First up, enjoy an orientation walk as you delve into a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Spend the next day exploring at your own pace. Visit sobering Auschwitz, travel to the old salt mines or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.

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Prague Enjoy an orientation walk around town including a visit to an authentic beer hall. This is one of Europe's cheapest cities to satisfy your beer cravings in, so make the most of it. The next day, walk across Charles Bridge to Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, wander the cobblestone streets, and explore the beautiful alleys and courtyards. Later, enjoy some people watching in Wenceslas Square and relax with a glass of one of the best beers in the world!

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Berlin This morning, catch a train to Germany and pedal around lively Berlin on an included bike tour. See the remaining sections of Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz and visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag. In your spare time, chill out at one of the city's packed cafés (this city brunches like no other) and join the raving frenzy in one of its super clubs. They cater to almost every possible taste of music. No excuses. No mercy.

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Amsterdam To Amsterdam! Enjoy a sightseeing hop-on hop-off canal boat tour and admire the gabled townhouses lining the canals. Take to two wheels and explore the city by bike - just like the locals - take some time to chill out in one of its famous cafés and sample some local hops at a local brewery. Don’t miss the refurbished Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House and the city’s famous Red Light District, where you’ll no doubt be dancing until the early hours.

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Bruges Travel to the cobbled lanes and dreamy canals of the Belgian city of Bruges and enjoy an included orientation walk to get to grips with the historic sights. Opt to visit a local brewery and treat yourself and your tastebuds to a local pint. Want to explore more of this quaint city? Take to the water on a canal boat trip or opt to pedal around the historic centre by bike.

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London Today, a bus ride takes you towards the sprawling metropolis of London, while the tour ends on arrival, your exploring isn't done yet. See the world-famous sights of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey blend in with modern architectural feats like the Gherkin, the Shard and the socalled Walkie Talking building. Browse the department stores along Oxford Street, stroll through the city’s royal parks and, if you’ve still got the energy, the nightlife is yours to explore.

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LONDON TO ROME ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, London

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• Picnic under the Eiffel Tower • Admire art in the Louvre • Get outdoorsy in Interlaken

• Shop ‘til you drop in Milan • Check out Rome’s hotspots • Admire the Sistine Chapel

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Rome Travel to Rome by train via Milan. On arrival, enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk before setting out on your own. Spend the rest of your afternoon checking out famous sights from the glory days of the Roman Empire, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Alternatively, take this time to indulge in Italian cuisine. It's wine o'clock all day. The trip ends on Day 7 and you’re free to depart at any time.

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Interlaken Head into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playground of Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try paragliding, white water rafting, glacier exploring or rock climbing, this is the place to do it. The views are absolutely incredible, and the twin valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are an Instagram lover's best friend. And it's not all go, go go. Take time out at a nearby lake, perfectly clear and as serene as they come. Bring your swimming gear.

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London / Paris Meet the rest of your group in London and make your way to Paris on the afternoon Eurostar. The next day, take an orientation walk around the city and enjoy a picnic lunch in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day in true Parisian style and opt to enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Seine or browse the artisan lanes of Montmartre. After a bit of art? Check out the famous Louvre Museum or the must-see Musée d'Orsay, housed in a former train station and displaying some of the world's most revered Impressionist art. (L)

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• Float along Venice’s canals • Vienna orientation walk • Relax in Budapest’s baths

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Vienna Catch the train to Vienna and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. This former home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire has many reminders of its imperial past, including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Gawp at the priceless jewels of the Schatzkammer (Treasury) or chill out with your fellow travellers and catch up over a Pilsner. Opt to see the famous Lipizzaner 'dancing' horses.

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Venice / Ljubljana A scenic train ride takes you to Venice, one of the few cities that is genuinely like nowhere else on the planet. This famous Floating City is best explored on foot, or take a gondola ride for a glimpse of some hidden piazzas. On Day 5, travel on to Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana (not as complicated as the name suggests) and opt to visit nearby Lake Bled.

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Berlin Catch a train to Germany and explore Berlin on an orientation walk. See the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz, visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag before enjoying the city’s brilliant nightlife with your new-found travel partners. Your tour ends on Day 7.

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Prague This morning take a train to Prague and enjoy an orientation walk around town, with a visit to an authentic beer hall. The next day is all yours to discover the treasures of the Old Town. Walk across the Charles Bridge to Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, enjoy people watching in Wenceslas Square or opt to visit the famous Letná beer garden along the river Vltava!

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Krakow Enjoy an orientation walk through Krakow, a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk up Kosciuszko’s Mound for the best panoramic views over the city. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Opt to visit Auschwitz, travel to see the nearby salt mines or stay in the city and explore the Jewish Quarter.

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Budapest Arrive at Budapest, where two cities roll into one, and spend the next day exploring the Hungarian capital. Enjoy sweeping panoramas from the hills of Buda, wander the buzzing streets of Pest or relax in the thermal baths. In the evening of Day 2, catch a night train to Krakow.

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• Bicycle tour of Berlin • Cruise the canals of the Dam • Berlin's 24/7 nightlife

• Visit Anne Frank’s House • Explore medieval Bruges • End your tour in London

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Bruges / London Travel to the picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals of Bruges and enjoy an orientation walk to get to grips with the historic sights and opt to visit a local brewery. Later, continue exploring this medieval town and its beautiful market squares, stunning churches and inviting restaurants. Opt to take a canal boat trip or cycle around the historic centre. On Day 6, a bus ride takes you to the bustling metropolis of London where your trip comes to an end. Stay on in the city to see world-famous sights, empty your wallet in eclectic markets and savour some of Britain's best street food.

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Amsterdam Today takes you to trendy yet historic Amsterdam. Soak up the city’s relaxing atmosphere and start exploring its canals, museums and beautiful parks. Enjoy a sightseeing hop-on hop-off canal boat tour and admire the elegant gabled townhouses lining the canals. Make sure you don’t miss the famous Van Gogh Museum, visit Anne Frank’s house, sample some beer at a local brewery, and check out the bars of the city’s infamous Red Light District.

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Berlin Arrive to the trendy German capital of Berlin at any time today and meet your group. There is so much to discover, from top museums, galleries and historical monuments to an unbeatable underground club scene. Start your explorations with an included bike tour, then opt to visit Checkpoint Charlie, see the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. Don’t forget to experience Berlin’s famous nightlife.

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Vienna / Budapest Continue to Vienna and opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit its world-class museums. Tonight, stay at one of our partner-supported hotels that helps migrant workers. On Day 11, make your approach to Budapest and get an orientation walk on arrival. Spend the night at leisure and say your goodbyes on Day 12. (3B)

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Trip Style: Rail Age Group: Any Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (11 nts) Transport: Train, subway Meals: 11 breakfasts Budget: Allow $470-615 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEFBR

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Salzburg Austria's musical capital is brimming with history and character. While you're here, opt to visit the nearby salt mines or follow in Fraulein Maria's footsteps on a Sound of Music tour. If you ever wanted to run up hills singing 'The Hills are Alive,' this is the time to do it. (2B)

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Zermatt / Chur / Munich Head deeper into the Swiss countryside today with a train journey to the Alpine village of Zermatt. Take the chance to go hiking in the nearby mountains. On Day 5, board the famous Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps towards Chur. Overnight here before making your way to Munich the next day. It's a long journey, but the view makes up for it. Explore the home of Oktoberfest the next day. (4B)

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Paris / Lausanne Where better to start your Europe rail journey than in romantic Paris? Meet your group on Day 1 and spend the following day at leisure, with plenty of time to visit some of the city's museums, patisseries, cafés and sidewalk bars. On Day 3, take a morning TGV to Lausanne, Switzerland and enjoy a free afternoon in town. (2B)

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Vienna / Budapest Day 6 is yours to spend as you wish. Opt to visit Vienna’s Opera House, get your museum fix at the Belvedere or tuck into some tasty Viennese treats in one of the city’s iconic coffee houses. On Day 7, head for the Hungarian capital, Budapest, get street-savvy on a guided orientation walk and see the sights of twin cities, Buda and Pest. Head for the thermal baths or sign up for a city bike tour, then make sure you hit the lively ruin bars in the evening. (3B)

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Salzburg / Vienna Catch the train to Salzburg, a charming town in the Austrian hills. Home to a beautiful UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg was also the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ - so there’s plenty to keep you busy. After a brief orientation walk, opt to visit the nearby salt mines or join a guided tour. Travel to Vienna late afternoon on Day 5 and opt to dine out in the charming City of Music. (2B)

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Bled Hop aboard the train to Slovenia, stopping by capital Ljubljana on the way to idyllic Bled. Take an orientation walk around the lakeside village before exploring it for yourself. Make the most of your stay here in the Julian Alps and head out to enjoy the great outdoors. Stay put or travel further afield to the stunning Bohinj area and opt to hike, bike or take a rowing boat out on the lake. (2B)

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ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE 26 DAYS, Paris

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• Explore Krakow's lively nightlife • Visit artsy and architectural Florence • Stoll along romantic Venetian canals

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• Explore Amsterdam's Red Light District • Get lost in the bohemian capital of Prague • Chow down on schnitzels in Munich

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Paris / Bruges / Amsterdam / Berlin Arrive in Paris on Day 1 and meet your fellow travellers and guide. Get the lowdown on what's in store for the next few weeks, then head out and explore the charming French capital of Paris. Opt to join a Paris night bike tour and a scenic boat trip down the River Seine. Next morning, travel to Bruges, a UNESCO-listed medieval town made of canals, cobbled streets and age-old buildings. Spend the next morning exploring, then set off to Amsterdam, the city of bikes, canals and coffee shops. Enjoy a guided orientation walk while here and explore all the sights, including the Red Light District. Make for Berlin on Day 5, just in time for an epic night out! (4B)

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Berlin / Prague / Krakow Get rid of your hangover with a day to yourself wandering around the city, checking out the sights of Checkpoint Charlie, the East Side Gallery and more. Spend one last night out on the town, then on Day 7, head to the Bohemian capital of Prague. After an orientation walk, enjoy time to yourself, checking out just what the City of a Thousand Spires has to offer. Wave goodbye to the Czech Republic on Day 9 and head for Poland and its culture capital of Krakow. Explore the city by foot and opt to visit the Salt Mines or the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp. (5B)

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Zakopane / Budapest / Salzburg / Munich Leave the cities behind you and hit the slopes of Zakopane. Opt for a ski lesson, then travel to Budapest via Donovaly on Day 12. Check out the famous and rowdy ruin bars. Explore the city by yourself on Day 13, then make for Salzburg, the home of Mozart and 'The Sound of Music'. Swap Austria for Germany on Day 15 as you journey to Munich, best known for its beer halls, Neuschwanstein Castle and Dachau Concentration Camp. (6B)

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Venice / Rome / Florence Admire the stunning Bavarian and Austrian Alps on your way south to the capital of romance, Venice. Join your guide for a pizza then spend the next day roaming around sights like imposing St. Mark's Square and the beautiful canals. Then, it's on to Rome, where you'll have the chance to check out the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Vatican City. On Day 21, it's off to Florence. (5B)

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Florence / Lauterbrunnen / Paris Florence is yours today. Stroll the cobbled streets, walk to the Medici Palace or head into the Tuscan region. Next day, it's off to the Swiss Alps for skiing, paragliding and tasty cuisine. On Day 25, say bonjour once more to the City of Light, where your trip ends on Day 26. (5B)

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Get the best of winter in Europe on this action-packed 26-day trip, taking you from the sights and sounds of the City of Light to the famous thermal baths of Budapest, and back again! Visits to the Alps, Munich's famous beer halls, Amsterdam's canals and Berlin's hedonistic clubs are just some of the highlights. Jump on the coach and dive right into the very best of winter Europe.


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With over 2,000 years of history crammed into Blighty, there's plenty to discover. From Romans to Vikings and everything in between.

So goes the saying by Samuel Johnson; "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". We couldn't agree more!

There are approximately 56,000 pubs in the UK, and more than 15 million people drink in a pub at least once a week. Cheers.

Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country. Caerphilly, in South Wales, is the country's largest.

From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the psychedelic Bollywoodesque tents of Bestival... the festivals here rule!

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GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 16 DAYS, London

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London / Liverpool / York / Lake District National Park Start with a tour of London before heading north to Liverpool, home of The Beatles. Day 2, make your way to York to see the Gothic cathedral and old Roman walls, continuing on to Cumbria’s Lake District on Day 3. Opt for a high ropes course, archery (summer only) or a Lake Windermere cruise. (2B, 2D)

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Lake District National Park / Edinburgh Stop at Gretna Green and see Hadrian’s Wall as you cross into Scotland (no passport necessary). In the capital see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Spend Day 5 at your leisure. (2B, D)

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Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness / Isle of Skye / West Highlands Stop by St. Andrews University (alumni including John Cleese, Chris Hoy, Will and Kate) then roll on through the Scottish Highlands, dotted with tales of ancient clans. Spend time searching for the Loch Ness Monster, then head to the Isle of Skye on Day 7 and visit the seaside town of Portree. Later, pass by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and continue through the remote West Highlands. (2B, D)

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West Highlands / Glasgow / Dublin See Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument en route to Glasgow. On Day 9, ferry across to Ireland and head to the craic-filled town of Dublin for a night out with the locals. (2B, D)

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Dublin / Kilkenny / Cork / Galway Stop at Kilkenny for lunch and an optional bike ride on your way to Cork. On Day 11, take the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before calling by the Cliffs of Moher on the way to Galway. (3B, 2D)

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Galway / Derry (Londonderry) / Belfast Head north, stopping by Donegal on your way to the walled city of Derry to see its historical 17th-century ramparts. Opt for a locally-guided walking tour to see the Bogside Murals, a series of paintings depicting issues surrounding the Troubles. Day 14, stop at the Giant’s Causeway en route to Belfast, the very city that built the Titanic! So opt to visit the Titanic Museum before you leave. (2B, D)

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Belfast / Dublin / London Return to Dublin for one last night on the Emerald Isle. Dublin does international cuisine like nowhere else so make sure you make the most of it along with great markets, chic (and not-so-chic) bars and history-heavy attractions like Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College and Parnell Square. Day 16, ferry back across the Irish Sea to Wales and travel through its mountainous countryside back to London. (2B)

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From the Big Smoke to the Dear Green Place, this trip has towns, high peaks and remote islands all in one nifty package. After a couple of English highlights, move on to Scotland for blossoming cities and dramatic rural landscapes with a side of that unbeatable Scottish humour. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBBR/COWWBR

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London / Liverpool / York Meet up with the group this morning for a quick tour of London's most iconic sights, then head north to Liverpool. The Cavern Club, which gave The Beatles their first stage, lies to the north of the city. You'll also find galleries and museums here to rival those in London, as well as Albert Dock, part of Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 2, travel through the rolling hills to York, where delicious regional specialities are on offer for dinner and the brave can take an optional ghost tour of the city. (B, 2D)

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Lake District / Edinburgh On Day 4, stop at Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans at the outer limit of their Empire, before crossing into Scotland at Gretna Green. See Edinburgh's historic sights by coach, and spend the following day exploring its beautiful architecture (and the night testing out the bar scene). (2B, D)

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Edinburgh / St. Andrews / Scottish Highlands After a brief stop at the student town of St. Andrews (also famous for having one of the world's oldest golf courses), hit the road and make for the dramatic peaks of the Scottish Highlands. Home to Britain's largest national park, the wild landscapes will prove to be the Scotland of your imagination. Here, you'll also stop by the mysterious Loch Ness. Who knows, maybe you'll spot the monster! (B, D)

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Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West Highlands Travel over to the Isle of Skye for a seductive scene of moors, mountains, lochs and sea cliffs. Explore the colourful seaside town of Portree. Back on the mainland, travel past Eilean Donan Castle and, if the weather’s being kind, get a glimpse of the UK’s highest mountain peak, Ben Nevis. (B)

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West Highlands / Stirling / Glasgow Visit Stirling to see the impressive William Wallace Monument before reaching Glasgow, the UK’s third-largest city and home to a burgeoning bar and music scene. The trip ends here on Day 9. Stay on or add on a train journey back to London as an additional supplement. (2B)

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Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

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Cardiff / Stratford / Warwick / Manchester / Liverpool / London Venture back into England today and stop by Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, on your way to Warwick. Continue on to Manchester, the uncrowned capital of the north, where you'll spend the night. Make sure you check out the nightlife and live music of the Northern Quarter! Throw on your best Scouse accent as you head to Liverpool on Day 9, famous for its football team and the Beatles of course! Head back to London on Day 10 where your trip ends. (4B, D)

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Oxford / Bath / Cardiff Time to part with your textbooks and take to the M4 - you're off to Bath today! With plenty of culture, Roman architecture and piping hot baths (hence the name), it's hard not to fall in love with this town. Swap England for Wales on Day 5 and drive through the stunning Brecon Beacons on your way to Cardiff. Waste no time experiencing the country's famous food, including Welsh rarebit and Welsh crempog. The next day, explore the Welsh capital to your heart's content. Hit up the regal Caerphilly Castle or enjoy Womanby's live music. (3B, D)

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London / Oxford Arrive into Blighty's capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in to the home of royals, high tea and pubs aplenty! Bond with your fellow travellers this evening over some traditional British grub, then opt to explore the city's nightlife. The next day, tick off some history with an optional Tower of London tour, then hit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. This is London after all! On Day 3, swap the big city for the prestigious university town of Oxford, chock-a-block full of museums, botanical gardens and academia. (2B, D)

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• Explore the length of London • Three free walking tours • Visit Oxford University

• Have a look at Stonehenge • Snack on English tea & cake • Enjoy a Brighton bike tour

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London Touch down in London and transfer (included) to your accommodation. That afternoon, opt to explore the city or just relax. The next day, make use of your hop-on hop-off bus pass, giving you access to over 80 stops in central London, as well as a Thames sightseeing pass and three free walking tours. See the changing of the guard, trace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper and swot up on your rock'n'roll history! (B)

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Oxford / Bath On Day 3, make your own way to the bus station and catch your bus to the university town of Oxford. The next day, walk the halls of the famous Oxford University on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about the famous alumni that went here and spot the various 'Harry Potter' filming locations! After the tour, catch the bus to Bath. (B)

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Bath / Brighton Tick a major attraction off your bucket list today as you head to the famous landmark of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. No one's quite sure what this stone circle signifies, but that just adds to the intrigue! On Day 6, catch the bus to Brighton and hit the beach (if the weather allows). (2B)

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Brighton / London Soak up the history and culture of this vibrant city on an included bike tour. Halfway through the tour, stop for some quintessentially British tea and cake at the Royal Pavilion Garden Café. You are in England after all! Catch the bus back to London and enjoy one last night on the town. Head back to the airport on Day 8 via an included transfer. (B)

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NEWQUAY SURF ESCAPE 4 DAYS, London

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• Two included surf lessons • Explore Newquay town • Enjoy the lively nightlife

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London / Newquay Make your own way to London's bus station this morning to catch your bus to Newquay in Cornwall. It's a long drive so make sure you've packed plenty of snacks and a book or iPad! Arrive in Newquay that afternoon and make your way to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Relax, get settled in and explore the pubs, the bars and the beach! IRISH Newquay SEA After breakfast, you'll head straight into the Atlantic for a fun-fuelled surf lesson. Learn all the basics of this thrilling sport and see if you can stand up on your board before heading to a local pub, where you'll be able to have a look at the photos taken of you hangin' ten at the beach. All equipment including winter wetsuits, boots, gloves and a surfboard will be included to keep you comfortable during your time in the chilly North Atlantic waters! After you've finished for the day, head out on the town with your new surfer buddies. Make use of the discounts applicable at a local restaurant. After all, all that exercise will require some fuel! Newquay also has a reputation for being a lot of fun, so get stuck in with the lively pubs, clubs and bars. You can wash that hangover away the next morning with your next two-hour surfing lesson! (2B)

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ENGLISH UNIVERSITIES BREAK 4 DAYS, London

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• Discover Oxford University • Learn about its history • See 'Harry Potter' film sites

• Go punting in Cambridge • Explore the city's culture • All bus transfers included

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London / Oxford Make your own way to the bus station today as you catch the bus to Oxford, one of England's most famous university towns. Upon arrival, head to your hostel and get settled in. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to either explore or just kick back and chill.

02

Oxford / Cambridge Today you'll walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on a two-hour walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St. Mary, the Bridge of Sighs and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the 'Harry Potter' films! After your tour, make your own way to the bus station to catch your bus to Cambridge.

03

Cambridge Today, you'll take to the water for a quintessential Cambridge experience - punting! Step aboard a traditional punt (the English version of a gondola) and drift downstream on the River Cam past the famous college ‘Backs’. Glide beneath the Mathematical Bridge and Bridge of Sighs, admire views of the King's College Chapel and The Wren Library and listen as your guide unveils fascinating facts about the legendary University City. You can even have a go at ‘driving’ the punt yourself!

04

Cambridge / London Today, you'll make your own way to the bus station to catch your bus back to London, where your trip will end on arrival.

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inclusions Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Choice of dorm, single or twin-room in hostels (3 nts) Transport: 3 bus journeys Meals: Not included Includes: Oxford University walking tour with professional guide, punting tour with local guide Note: Transfers from/to airport are not included Tour Code: BELONUNI

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ENGLISH CULTURAL BREAK 4 DAYS, London

R6,327

FR

London Independent Tour

highlights

• Pedal past Brighton's sights • Tuck into tea and cake • Hit up Brighton's nightlife

• Enjoy a tour of Stonehenge • Opt to soak in Roman Baths • All transport included

01

London / Brighton Today you will make your own way to the bus station to catch your bus to Brighton, arriving in time for a bike tour of the city. Soak up the history and culture of this vibrant city by pedalling between Brighton’s iconic landmarks. You'll get to hear the stories of some of the characters who have helped shaped this seaside town, and will also enjoy tea and cake at the Royal Pavilion. This evening, make sure you check out some of the town's lively nightlife!

02

Brighton / Bath Make your own way to the bus station to catch your bus to Bath. On arrival, head to your accommodation for check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. If you really want a taste of what the city is known for, visit the Roman Baths and take a soak in one of the many spas dotted around town.

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Brighton Beach, Brighton

inclusions Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Choice of dorm, single or double room in hostels (3 nts) Transport: 3 bus journeys Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Stonehenge day tour and Brighton bike tour Note: Transfers from/to airport are not included Tour Code: BELONENG

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Bath Get ready for your tour of one of England's most famous landmarks. Drive through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside this morning to arrive at Stonehenge, first mentioned as one of the wonders of Britain only seventy years after the Norman Conquest in 1066. These majestic and mysterious ruins have aroused awe and curiosity ever since. After your tour, head back to Bath for one final night. (B)

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Bath

Stonehenge

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DEVON & CORNWALL 5 DAYS, London

R9,212

FR

London Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Get mystified at Stonehenge • Explore the city of Exeter • Walk across eerie Dartmoor

• Learn about King Arthur • Visit St. Michael's Mount • Stop in famous Glastonbury

DAY ITINERARY 01

London / Exeter Leave the capital this morning and make your way to the famous site of Stonehenge, a prehistoric and mysterious stone circle. Continue on to the South Devon coast and check out the rock arch of Durdle Door – a great place for a photo! End your day in the city of Exeter.

02

Exeter / Dartmoor / Postbridge / Tavistock / Exeter After breakfast, head to eerie Dartmoor, a place of myths and legends that inspired both Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Next up, head to the hamlet of Postbridge, best known for its ancient clapper bridge. Continue to Tavistock, the charming hometown of Sir Francis Drake, before heading back to Exeter in the early afternoon. (B)

03

Launceston / Bodmin Moor / Falmouth Head further west today and journey into Cornwall, a region famous for its rocky cliffs, white sandy beaches, great surf breaks and mystic moorlands. Visit the civil parish of Launceston, Cornwall's ancient capital, and the nearby Bodmin Moor, where your guide will tell you about its mysterious legends. Continue to Golitha Falls and Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, then end the day in Falmouth. (B)

04-05

Falmouth / St. Michael's Mount / Land's End / St. Ives / Falmouth / Glastonbury / London After breakfast, journey to St. Michael's Mount, a rocky island crowned by a medieval church and castle. Move on to the Minack open-air theatre, hit the beaches of Porthcurno, then spend some time at Land's End. Overnight in Falmouth, then spend Day 5 exploring the famous town of Glastonbury on your way back to London. (2B)

St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall

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IRISH SEA

WALES

ENGLAND

St. Ives Launceston Bodmin Moor

London

Glastonbury Exeter Dartmoor / Postbridge

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 3* B&B or hotel (4 nts) Transport: 16-seater mini coach Meals: 4 breakfasts Group Leader: Professional guide/driver Group Size: Max 16 Includes: All transport and accommodation Note: Does not include entry fees, tips or transfers Tour Code: VILON1

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St. Michael's Mount

Jan-Dec

Saturdays

Land's End

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ENGLAND & WALES ROAD TRIP 14 DAYS, London

R20,083

FR

London Self-Drive Tour

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard/superior hotels in Oxford (1 nt), Stratford (1 nt), York (2 nts), Lake District (2 nts), Liverpool (1 nt), Snowdonia (1 nt), Brecon Beacons (1 nt), Cardiff (1 nt), Bath (2 nts), Bournemouth (1 nt) Meals: 13 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit Note: Car hire not included. Option to extend/change your route available Tour Code: LONWAS London Oxford (97 km) Stratford (80 km) York (241 km) Lake District (161 km) Liverpool (142 km) Snowdonia (121 km) Brecon Beacons (209 km) Cardiff (64 km) Bath (90 km) Bournemouth (105 km) London (196 km)

Crib Goch, Snowdonia National Park

highlights

• Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare • Wander around medieval York • Fresh air in the Lake District

• Get active in Snowdonia National Park • Tour Cardiff's museums and galleries • Stop by the mysterious Stonehenge

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

London / Oxford / Stratford Pick up your car in London (please note car hire is not included in the above price) and drive west towards the university city of Oxford, nicknamed the City of Dreaming Spires by the cultural critic and poet Matthew Arnold. For views over the medieval city, get yourself to the top of Carfax Tower then take a walk down to the riverside Botanic Garden. Next day, drive on to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare. Visit Upton House for some well-preened gardens. (B)

03-05

York / Lake District It's a longer drive of around 240 kilometres (150 miles) today as you make your way north to York, another impressive medieval city. Pass by Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068, and travel through England's oldest national park, the Peak District. In York, visit the grand York Minster Cathedral or the Railway Museum then head to the Lake District on Day 5. 160 kilometres (100 miles) later, arrive in Cumbria and enjoy scenes that inspired writers from Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter! (3B)

06-08

Lake District / Liverpool / Snowdonia With another day in the Lake District, make the most of its natural resources! Go windsurfing on Lake Windermere - England's largest natural lake - or set out on a hike in the Great Langdale valley. On Day 7, drive to Liverpool for great shopping or a look back at the beginnings of one of the world's most successful bands, The Beatles. It's another national park on Day 8 as you head west down the north Wales coast to Snowdonia. Experienced climbers dote on Tryfan mountain (Snowdon is another favourite, but has busier trails) or head to Bala's Tryweryn River for grade four white water rafting. (3B)

09-11

Brecon Beacons / Cardiff / Bath The Brecon Beacons (or Bannau Brycheiniog in Welsh) is a mountain range that makes up the second of Wales' three national parks, this time in the south. Pass through Hay-on-Wye on the way, the site of the world-famous Hay Festival of Literature and the country's National Book Town. The capital calls on Day 10 with a short journey to Cardiff. Call by medieval Caerphilly Castle or get a feel for traditional Welsh life at St. Fagan's National History Museum. Day 11, hit the road to Bath. (3B)

12-14

Bath / Bournemouth / London Aptly-named Bath is most famous for its Roman-era natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. But there are also some great bars dotted around. Make the most of the afternoon tea! On the final approach back to London, stop for a night at Bournemouth. This is the perfect base if you want to visit Stonehenge and the mystical Salisbury Plains before returning to London on Day 14. (3B)

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NORTHERN NAVIGATOR ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Manchester

R13,465

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Manchester Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Hit the beach in Whitby • Explore medieval York • See the Angel of the North

• The Lake District's scenery • Learn all about The Beatles • Visit the home of Man Utd

01-02

Manchester / Leeds / York Pick up your car from Manchester (note that car hire is not included) and drive northeast to the city of Leeds, famous for being a leading centre of industry in Victorian England. On arrival, opt to visit the Royal Armouries Museum, home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, and the Thackray Medical Museum. On Day 2, head for York, known for its huge 13th-century gothic cathedral and castle. (B)

03-04

York / Whitby Make for the town of Whitby today on North Yorkshire's stunning coastline. Check out the scenic harbour, then opt to visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a heritage railway line used as a set piece in 'Harry Potter' and 'Sherlock Holmes'. The next day, pay a visit to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the ruins of Whitby Abbey, famous for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula. (2B)

05-09

Whitby / Newcastle / Keswick / Liverpool / Manchester Continue further north today and stop in the lively city of Newcastleupon-Tyne, famous for its friendly Geordie people, deep-rooted traditions and legendary nightlife! Stop for a picture at the iconic Angel of the North, cross the Tyne Bridge and opt to visit The Great North Museum. On Day 6, head west and cross into the stunning Lake District National Park. Spend a couple of days in charming Keswick, visiting the museum, the Honister slate mine and famous Derwentwater lake. After all that fresh air, head back to city life and make for Liverpool, home of museums aplenty and The Beatles! Head back to Manchester on Day 9 and opt to explore Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, and the Etihad Stadium, the home of their rivals Manchester City. (5B)

Old Trafford, Manchester

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S COT L A N D

Newcastle upon Tyne Keswick

Whitby

York Leeds Liverpool

Manchester

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard/ superior hotels in Leeds (1 nt), York (1 nt), Whitby (2 nts), Newcastle (1 nt), Keswick (2 nts), Liverpool (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit Note: Car hire not included. Option to extend/change your route available Tour Code: MANNRT

Manchester Leeds (70 km) York (39 km) Whitby (76 km) Newcastle (121 km) Keswick (146 km) Liverpool (194 km) Manchester (56 km)

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SCOTLAND ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Edinburgh

R16,467

FR

Edinburgh Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Be in control of your trip • Explore the Western Isles • Stop at Loch Ness

• Overnight on the Isle of Skye • Travel through the Highlands • Stay in 4* hotels

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Edinburgh / Dundee / Inverness Pick up your car in Edinburgh (note that car hire is not included) and hit the road north to Dundee. Head to Inverness on Day 2 and pass by some well-known whisky distilleries on the way (a fun stop for all non-drivers and a source of envy for everyone else). In the city, visit the old Victorian Market, and take a trip to Loch Ness on Day 3. (3B)

04-05

Stornoway It's a face full of nature on your way to Stornoway as you drive through the mountainous Highlands landscape. Take a scenic stop at the Rogie Falls or pull up at Corrieshalloch Gorge before arriving at Ullapool for a ferry to Stornoway. Next day, visit the Isle of Lewis' Iron Age and Viking structures before bedding down in Stornoway for a second night. (2B)

06-07

Isle of Skye / Glencoe Drive to the village of Tarbert and hop on a ferry bound for the Isle of Skye. Come to shore at Uig on the west coast of the Trotternish peninsula. Make use of the island's walking trails or take a wild swim in the Fairy Pools of Glenbrittle. On Day 7, travel to the brooding Glencoe and opt to visit the Folk Museum or the Kinlochlaich House Garden. (2B)

08-09

Stirling / Edinburgh First up today is Loch Lomond. On the way, visit the Neogothic Castle at Inverary then take a serene cruise on the Loch for some gorgeous views of the surrounding country. Continue on to Stirling to visit the castle, the museums and the National Wallace Monument. After one final night here, drive back to Edinburgh to return your car. (B)

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Skye

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Glencoe

Dundee

Edinburgh

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard/ superior hotels in Dundee (1 nt), Inverness (2 nts), Stornoway (2 nts), Skye (1 nt), Glencoe (1 nt), Stirling (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit, one-way ferry crossing for 1 car/4WD (including 2 full-paying passengers) from Ullapool to Stornoway and from Tarbert to Uig Note: Car hire not included. Option to extend/change your route available Tour Code: EDISCT

Edinburgh Dundee (113 km) Inverness (220 km) Stornoway (90 km) Skye (56 km) Glencoe (224 km) Stirling (161 km) Edinburgh (48 km)

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SKYE HIGH 3 DAYS, Edinburgh

R2,520/R2,450

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Edinburgh

highlights

• Stunning Highlands backdrop • Monster hunt in Loch Ness • Visit the Isle of Skye

WE

• See Ben Nevis first-hand • Marvel at Glencoe’s beauty • Whisky tasting in a distillery

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Edinburgh / Loch Ness Set off from history-rich Edinburgh and cross over the Forth Road Bridge as you journey north to Macbeth Country, Dunkeld. Pay a visit to the cathedral then throw back a dram of the 'water of life' on an optional Highland whisky distillery tour. Journey through Inverness and delve further into the heartland towards the shores of Loch Ness, where you’ll spend the night. This deep, narrow loch stretches for 23 miles between Inverness and Fort Augustus and its cold waters have been extensively explored in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

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Isle of Skye Today, explore the stunning Isle of Skye and its myriad of Celtic myths, Viking legends and fairy tales. The largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides, its dramatic landscape is sure to captivate you, from the brooding hills and rugged cliffs to a wonderfully weathered coastline. It’s then back to the mainland past the photogenic Eilean Donan Castle, nestled on an offshore islet and linked to the mainland by a stone-arched bridge.

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Loch Ness / Glencoe / Edinburgh Follow the length of Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for signs of the phantom monster! Leave the Great Glen and pass underneath the shadow of Ben Nevis as you make your way south to stunning Glencoe, which you might recognise as a backdrop from both 'James Bond' and the 'Harry Potter' films. Next up, you'll pass by Stirling, the scene of some of Scotland’s bloodiest battles during the Wars of Independence. Listen to tales of the warrior William Wallace (AKA 'Braveheart') before returning to the capital for a night on the town.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

inclusions Isle of Skye

Inverness Loch Ness

Glencoe

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £24 per person per night. This can be pre-paid or arranged on a pay as you go basis Meals: Not included Transport: Modern coach Group Leader: Local guide/driver Group Size: Avg 28 Includes: Dunkeld Cathedral Tour Code: BU

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Apr-Oct

10-18 departures per month

Nov-Dec

6-8 departures per month

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HIGHLAND FLING 5 DAYS, Edinburgh

R4,650/R4,530

FR

Edinburgh

highlights

• Castles and history galore • Explore eerie Glencoe • Fab views on the Isle of Skye

• Keep an eye out for Nessie! • Soak up battlefield history • Glug away on Scotch whisky

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Edinburgh

Aug

Loch Ness / Edinburgh Journey back to Scotland’s capital today, passing the Commando Memorial, the forests and the salmon-packed rivers of Perthshire. Travel through the heart of Macbeth Country and explore Dunkeld Cathedral and the woods and waterfalls of the Hermitage. Return to Edinburgh at around 5pm via the UNESCO-listed site of Forth Bridge. Your trip ends upon arrival in the Scottish capital.

Jul

Dunkeld

Oban

Jun

Loch Ness

Kyleakin Ben Nevis Glencoe

May

Isle of Skye

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £24 per person per night. This can be pre-paid or arranged on a pay as you go basis. Upgrades are available Meals: Not included Transport: Modern coach Group Leader: Local guide/ driver Group Size: Avg 28 Includes: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns and Hermitage Forest Tour Code: BU

Apr

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03-04

Isle of Skye / Loch Ness Day 3, explore the stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye and hear stories of legends, faeries and clans whilst taking in the views of mountains, castles and dramatic coastlines. Make sure you’ve packed a camera! Head back to the mainland via Eilean Donan Castle. Next day, start the day monster spotting as you pass the famous Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Journey through the Culloden Battlefield and then opt to visit a local whisky distillery, where you’ll learn all about how the delicious spirit is made!

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Feb

01-02

Edinburgh / Oban / Isle of Skye Every bit as catchy as Hotline Bling... Head north into the Scottish Highlands. Pass the magnificent Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and the medieval stronghold of Doune Castle - a backdrop for 'Game of Thrones'. Next, head into Glencoe, famous for its eerie scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre. Next day, pass under the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, on your way to the Isle of Skye. Opt to travel on the famous Jacobite Steam Train, as seen in 'Harry Potter', on your way there (summer only).

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COAST TO COAST 7 DAYS, Edinburgh

R6,880/R6,700

FR

Edinburgh

highlights

• Fantastic Highland scenery • Ceilidh (Scottish dancing) • Enjoy local Scotch whisky

• Explore a stone-age village • Marvel at Urquhart Castle • Hogwarts Express (optional)

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01 08 15 22 29

Dec

07 14 21 28

Nov

02 09 16 23 30

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COMPASS BUSTER 10 DAYS, Edinburgh

05 12 19 26

Oct

Departures 2018 Sep

Edinburgh

Aug

Dunkeld

Glencoe

Jul

Oban

Jun

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Loch Ness / Oban / Edinburgh The journey back allows you to take in the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (as seen in the 'Harry Potter' films), or to take an optional ride on an atmospheric steam train. Next up is Oban, known as the Gateway to the Isles, and this is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditional ceilidh dancing. On Day 7, travel through the haunting beauty of Glencoe then on to Rob Roy and William Wallace Country, before passing by the old capital of Stirling. The trip ends on your arrival back in Edinburgh. Scotland, you wild and sexy beast!

May

Loch Ness

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £24 per person per night. This can be pre-paid or arranged on a pay as you go basis. Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach, ferry Meals: Not included Group Leader: Local guide/driver Group Size: Avg 28 Includes: Ring of Brodgar standing stones, Clava Cairns and Culloden Battlefield Tour Code: BU

Apr

Orkney / Loch Ness Cross back to the mainland and journey south through the wilderness of Sutherland and Caithness. Pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. Get out your binoculars and scour the waters for a glimpse of Nessie. Day 5 is completely free so you can explore the area at your own pace. That evening, make sure you grab a drink at Morag's Lodge!

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Mar

06-07

Orkney Kirkwall

Feb

04-05

Hogwarts Express, Scotland

Jan

01-03

Edinburgh / Loch Ness / Orkney Your adventure starts in Macbeth country, with a visit to Dunkeld Cathedral, before a stop at a Highland distillery where you have the chance to sample a wee dram. Past Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, you'll stop at the eerie Culloden Battlefield and ancient Clava Cairns. On Day 2, take a ferry to Orkney and visit the Tomb of the Eagles, a Neolithic chambered tomb located on a cliff edge at Isbister. On Day 3, you'll get to explore Skara Brae, a Stone Age village inhabited between 3,200 and 2,200 BC., as well as the Ring of Brodgar.

R10,050/R9,810

FR

Edinburgh

highlights

• Explore Skara Brae • Views on the Isle of Skye • Keep a look out for Nessie

• Taste Scotch whisky • Pay a visit to eerie Glencoe • Chill on the Outer Hebrides

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Loch Ness

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Lewis Stornoway Ullapool

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John O’Groats

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £24 per person per night. This can be pre-paid or arranged on a pay as you go basis. Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach, ferry Meals: Not included Group Leader: Local guide/driver Group Size: Avg 28 Includes: Ring of Brodgar, Dun Carloway, Iron Age Fort and Butt of Lewis Lighthouse Tour Code: BU

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Orkney

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Loch Ness / Oban / Edinburgh It’s back to the mainland today and past Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. The day is yours on Day 8 to do as you please. Hunt for 'Nessie' by canoe, mountain bike along the Great Glen Way or hike up a mountain to soak up the awesome views. On Day 9, opt to catch a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (AKA the Hogwarts Express) on the way to the coastal town of Oban. On Day 10, head back towards Edinburgh, stopping by the stunning Glencoe region on the way.

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Isle of Skye / Loch Ness / John O’Groats / Orkney Islands Explore the dramatic coastline and mountains of Isle of Skye, otherwise known as the Isle of Mist, then travel past the Eilean Donan Castle on the way to Loch Ness. On Day 5, venture past to the tip of the British mainland at John O’Groats, then take a short ferry to the Viking-influenced Orkney Islands. Exploring the Stone Age chamber of the Tomb of Eagles is a definite highlight! On Day 6, head to the extraordinary Skara Brae, then it's on to the Ring of Brodgar.

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Edinburgh / Stornoway / Lewis / Harris / Isle of Skye Bid farewell to the proud capital and head through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld. Afterwards, travel on to the Cairngorms National Park then catch the ferry to the Outer Hebrides. On Day 2, the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, a traditional Hebridean blackhouse and a visit to a local tweed weaver are all on the menu. Then journey on to the beautiful Isle of Skye via Harris.

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IRELAND ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Dublin

R14,479

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Dublin Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Discover Ireland's Celtic past • Enjoy a Galway night out • Admire the Cliffs of Moher

• Cork's English Market • Stop by the Rock of Cashel • Great views in Co. Wicklow

01-02

Dublin / Galway Pick up your car in the capital and hit the road west to Galway. Take the southern route through County Kildare or the northern route past the Hill of Tara in Meath, one of Ireland's mythical landmarks and thought to have been a seat of a High King. In Galway, opt to visit the Cathedral or Lynch's Castle then find a spot on popular Eyre Square. (B)

03-05

Limerick / Adare / Killarney On Day 3, make your way to Adare by way of Ennis, Doolin and Limerick with options to stop at the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren en route. Drive on to Killarney the next day, a beautiful town on the shores of Lough Leane and a popular stop on the Ring of Kerry circuit. From here, visit Torc Waterfall or head over to Innisfallen island. (3B)

06-07

Cork / Kilkenny Start a conversation with 'Aru from Cork?' and see where it gets you! Cork has plenty of spirit and it's a great stopover city. Visit the Crawford Art Gallery, forage for your supper at the English Market then go for a drink at one of Ireland's smallest pubs, the Hi-B. No phones allowed. On Day 7, it's on to Kilkenny via the Rock of Cashel. (2B)

08-09

County Wicklow / Dublin Enjoy one of the country's most scenic drives as you travel on to County Wicklow. Pass by Glendalough before arriving, where a day out at Powerscourt House and Gardens will give you space to breathe. On your final approach to Dublin, soak up the continental feel of Dalkey then return your car. Extend your stay in the Fair City where highlights include the National Gallery, Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College. (2B)

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Dublin

Galway

Wicklow

Limerick Adare

Kilkenny

Killarney Cork

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard/ superior hotels in Galway (2 nts), Adare (1 nt), Killarney (2 nts), Cork (1 nt), Kilkenny (1 nt), County Wicklow (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit Note: Car hire not included. Option to extend/change your route available. Tour Code: DUBIRE

Dublin Galway (209 km) Adare (116 km) Killarney (97 km) Cork (72 km) Kilkenny (164 km) County Wicklow (82 km) Dublin (74 km)

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SOUTHERN ROCKER 3 DAYS, Dublin

R3,900/R3,830

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Dublin

highlights

• Kiss the Blarney Stone • Admire stunning landscapes • Have the craic in Galway

• Explore lunar landscapes • Visit castles and cathedrals • Visit the Cliffs of Moher

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Ennis Dingle Peninsula

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Cliffs of Moher

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Dublin

Galway

Jun

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed hostel dorms (2 nts). Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach Meals: 2 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Cliffs of Moher tour Note: Blarney Castle entry at extra cost Tour Code: BU

Apr

N O RT H E R N I R E L A N D

May

03

Ennis / Cliffs of Moher / Galway / Dublin Hold onto your hats this morning, as it gets pretty blustery at the Cliffs of Moher. En route to Galway, explore the eerie lunar landscape of the Burren. You’ll have a little free time to see some of the highlights of the city of Galway - known for its student population, brightly-painted pubs and summertime street entertainers - before returning to Dublin. The tour comes to an end on arrival into the capital this evening. (B)

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02

Killarney / Dingle Peninsula / Ennis Today you’re headed for the Dingle Peninsula, known for great beaches and some of the best surfing in Ireland. Dingle town is full of old village pubs so grab a snug and get a Guinness down you. It’s also home to a thriving Gaelic-speaking community, proud of its language and ancient traditions. From here, cross the Shannon River and head to the small town of Ennis for a night of traditional Irish music. (B)

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Feb

01

Dublin / Cashel / Blarney / Killarney Leaving Dublin this morning, pass through the lush scenery of County Wicklow en route to Cashel. Slap bang in the middle of town lies the famous Rock of Cashel, where you stop for a picture by the collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture perched atop its lofty summit. Next, head down into County Cork (otherwise known as the Rebel County) for an optional visit to Blarney Castle (at extra cost) and the beautiful surrounding gardens. Don’t forget to kiss the famous Blarney Stone if you want to be blessed with the gift of the gab! It’s then on to the lakeside town of Killarney, the gateway to some impressive mountain scenery, lakes and waterfalls, where you’ll spend the night.

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CELTIC ROCKER 5 DAYS, Dublin

R7,250/R7,130

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• Dramatic Irish scenery • Sample some fine whiskey • Learn about local legends

• Kiss the Blarney Stone • Visit the Cliffs of Moher • Epic Irish nights out

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Cliffs of Moher

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Inis Mor

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Connemara

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed hostel dorms (4 nts). Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach Meals: 4 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Cliffs of Moher, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct) and all transport Tour Code: BU

Jan 19

N O RT H E R N I R E L A N D

Apr

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Blarney / Dublin Head into County Cork to visit Blarney Castle, where you have the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone - it’s said that doing so will give you the gift of the gab! Continue to the Rock of Cashel where, perched on top of a limestone outcrop, you’ll find a fine collection of medieval buildings. Your trip ends on arrival in Dublin. (B)

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The Burren / Ennis / Dingle Peninsula / Killarney Listen to local legends as you explore the lunar limestone landscapes of The Burren, then head over towards the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, stay at the lively town of Ennis where pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. On Day 4, explore the Dingle Peninsula and breathe in as much pure sea air as you can before heading to the lakeside town of Killarney, where you can enjoy a night out bar hopping. (2B)

Blarney Castle, County Cork

Jan

01-02

Dublin / Galway / Inis Mór or Connemara Leave Dublin this morning and sample some homegrown whiskey at Tullamore Dew on an optional tour. Later on, pass the peat bogs and Galway Bay before reaching the colourful and vibrant city of Galway. One in four of the city’s population are students, so a good night out is definitely on the cards if you arrive in term time! Next day, during the summer, catch the ferry over to the Irish-speaking island of Inis Mór, famed for its endless dry stone walls and strong Irish traditions. During the winter months, you'll take a day trip into Connemara where you’ll explore the legendary scenery and visit the Kylemore Abbey. Return to Galway for a night out on the town. (B)

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GIANT'S ROCKER 5 DAYS, Dublin

R7,250/R7,130

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• Discover vibrant Belfast • Learn about Derry’s history • Roam the Giant’s Causeway

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Belfast

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed hostel dorm (4 nts). Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach Meals: 4 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Transfer and ferry to Inis Mór, Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway visitor centre Tour Code: BU

May

05

Galway / Dublin After a morning in the mythical Burren, Ireland’s limestone ‘lunar landscape’ and home to all the country’s fairies and leprechauns (honestly!) it’s on to the Cliffs of Moher, looming high over the Atlantic Ocean. Admire the dramatic scenery before making your way across the peat bogs of central Ireland to the Fair City of Dublin. (B)

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Inis Mór (Aran Islands) Take the ferry to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, an island with over 3,000 miles of stone walls. Jump on a bike or hire a horse and cart, and spend the day exploring the island or grab a pint and get chatting to the Irish-speaking locals. This is a real off-the-map experience. Return to Galway for the night. (B)

Ballintoy Giant’s Causeway

Feb

02-03

Ballintoy / Derry (Londonderry) / Galway Follow the footsteps of giants on the amazing natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway. Then, it’s on to the medieval city of Derry. Meet Derry’s harrowing and bloody past on a walk through both past and present. Day 3, leave the North and travel through wild and rugged Connemara towards the culture capital of Ireland, Galway. (2B)

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Jan

01

Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / Ballintoy From Dublin, head over the border to seductive Belfast, and opt to explore the city on a optional Black Cab Tour with a local at the wheel. Learn about The Troubles and explore the city's political murals. Continue along the Antrim coast and take a (wobbly) stroll on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, high above the Atlantic.

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ALL IRELAND ROCKER 7 DAYS, Dublin

R9,490/R9,320

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The island of Ireland, northern and southern, is a land of legend, inspiration and often troubled history. Today, after a fresh wave of emigration following the recession, young people are returning with a new course for the future. Get the best of both worlds, the young and the old, on this week-long adventure and get acquainted with the Irish pub culture along the way. The craic is legendary! Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Guide/driver (100% Irish) Group Size: Avg 25 Tour Code: BU

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Dingle Peninsula / Killarney / Dublin Day 6, travel along the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy breathtaking scenery and fresh Irish air as you listen to tales of local warriors. Your home for the night is the party town of Killarney. Next day, enter the Rebel County of Cork (with accents as Irish as they come) and head for the Blarney Castle. Opt to kiss the Blarney Stone to get the gift of the gab before taking in the imposing Rock of Cashel. Your trip wraps up on arrival to Dublin on Day 7. Staying on? We suggest a visit to Dublin Castle's Chester Beatty Library and a stroll around leafy Merrion Square. (2B)

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Sep

04-05

Inis Mór (Aran Islands) / The Burren / Cliffs of Moher / Ennis Today you have a chance to step back in time with a ferry crossing over to Inis Mór, the largest of the scenic Aran Islands. Explore the Irish-speaking island by bike or hire a horse and cart. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Dun Aengus, a 3,000-year-old Iron Age fort perched on a 300-foot cliff. Return to Galway that evening and hit the local pubs for a Guinness or two. On Day 5, take in the lunar-like landscape of The Burren - home to many legends of ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns. In the afternoon, head over and peer over the Cliffs of Moher on the sheer drop into the Atlantic - vertigo sufferers beware! Continue on to the market town of Ennis and enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music. And plenty of pubs of course. Fan-feckin'-tastic! (2B)

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Aug

02-03

Giant’s Causeway / Derry (Londonderry) / Galway Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal basalt columns formed by a massive underwater eruption, before discovering the historic walled city of Derry. Walk through both past and present in this medieval city and enjoy a drink or two in one of its many bars. On Day 3, head south and cross back into the Republic. Visit the resting place of the world-famous poet W.B.Yeats (maybe gather some inspiration on the way!) then stop off in the quaint town of Westport for lunch. This afternoon, make your way through barren glens and mountains of the Connemara region to the student city of Galway, also known as the City of Tribes. Packed with lively bars, you have a great night waiting for you! (2B)

Jul

01

Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / Ballintoy From Dublin, head north and over the border to explore the political murals of Belfast on an optional Black Cab Tour. Northern Ireland's capital is also home to the Titanic Quarter, so there's no better place to learn about the ship's tragic journey. Later, it’s further north to The Dark Hedges - an atmospheric, tunnel-like avenue of intertwined beech trees - and the rural village of Ballintoy where you can dare yourself to walk across the precarious Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge above the Atlantic Ocean.

Jun

DAY ITINERARY

May

Departures 2018 Apr

• Explore the Gaelic isle of Inis Mór • Walk on the Cliffs of Moher • Kiss the Blarney Stone

Mar

highlights

Jan

• Opt for a Black Cab tour of Belfast • Explore Derry’s medieval history • Jig to live music in Galway

Feb

Carrick-a-Rede, Ballintoy

Accommodation: Mixed hostel dorms (6 nts). Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach, ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór, all transport

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HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND 9 DAYS, Dublin

R25,779

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highlights

• Explore Temple Bar’s pubs • Walk the Wild Atlantic Way • Lakeside scenery in Killarney

• Wander the streets of Cork • Admire the Cliffs of Moher • Listen to Irish music & craic

R E P U B L I C O F I R E L A N D

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Killarney

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Dublin Travel back to Dublin today where your tour ends upon arrival. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Get a taste for Irish whiskey at the Old Jameson Distillery or take a train to Howth Peninsula. (2B)

N O RT H E R N I R E L A N D

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts) Transport: Private van/bus Meals: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $315-410 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEQHI

Apr

07-08

Cork Time to meet the proud residents of Cork city! After an orientation walk, set on your own journey around Georgian parades, snug pubs, contemporary galleries and eclectic markets (foodie tip: the English Market is a dream). Day 8, opt to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the mythical stone or discover the Titanic Museum in Cobh. (2B)

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Mar

05-06

Killarney Continue on to Killarney and spend your free time exploring the town or enjoying the striking countryside at the nearby national park. Next day, hit the beautiful sights along the famous Ring of Kerry. (2B)

Galway, Ireland

Feb

03-04

Galway / Cliffs of Moher / Galway Young and vibrant Galway is your destination today. Situated on Ireland’s west coast, this is one of the country’s best-loved cities with ocean views and attractions in spades. Pay a visit to the Cliffs of Moher on Day 4 and walk through picturesque villages on a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. Opt for a night on the town in Galway. (2B)

Jan

01-02

Dublin Arrive into Dublin at any time today and get yourself out exploring the city’s attractions before your welcome meeting. Then get ready to experience Temple Bar’s animated nightlife.

R14,935

FR

Dublin Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Sample the perfect Guinness • Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher • Kiss the Blarney Stone

• Guided tour of Belfast • Entrance to Giant’s Causeway • Aran Islands visit (summer)

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REPUBLIC O F IRELAND

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Belfast

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NO RTHERN IRELAND

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBIR/COWWIR

Jul

07-08

Dublin Today, travel back to Dublin and squeeze in as many sights as you can. Choose to enjoy your last night together with a traditional Irish evening, before your trip ends the next day after breakfast. (2B)

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05-06

Derry (Londonderry) / Belfast Day 5, it’s time to head north. Cross the border to the historic walled city of Derry and engage in an optional tour of the Bogside Artists' famous Murals, depicting the political turmoil during The Troubles. Head along the northern coast towards Belfast, and pay a visit to the Giant’s Causeway - a volcanic collection of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Arrive in Belfast and enjoy a guided tour of the city before heading out on your own. Opt to visit the world-renowned Titanic Museum or wander over to the Botanic Gardens. (2B, D)

Giant's Causeway

Feb

03-04

Blarney / Cliffs of Moher / Galway Leaving Cork, kiss the Blarney Stone and call by the dramatic Cliffs of Moher en route to Galway. Explore this quintessential Irish town where the Irish language can still be heard. In summer you have the option to sail over to the untamed landscapes of the Aran Islands and discover their mythical appeal. (2B, D)

Cork, Ireland

Jan

01-02

Dublin / Kilkenny / Cork Arrive in Dublin and cram in as much sightseeing as you can muster before meeting up with your group. From here, head south to Cork Ireland’s second city - and stop for lunch and an optional bike ride in Kilkenny on the way. (B, 2D)

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(Spears = beers; a great addition to the Cockney slang dictionary, we think you’ll agree). Quick wit, sarcasm, Big Ben, the odd Royal, pubs aplenty and high teas. That’s London, baby! Act the tourist and tick off historic landmarks en route from one boozer to the next, stroll through the Royal Parks or amble through the tatty but achingly cool East End. Swap galleries for street art, vinyl and vintage on Brick Lane then head to beardy-hipster Shoreditch.

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Location: Just off Russell Square and a short stroll from the British Museum and the British Library.

Location: Situated in the borough of Tower Hamlets, close to Tower Hill and just 600 metres from Aldgate East tube station.

Vibe: Cool, youthful and more London than London. An old police station designed to reflect the city's street life.

Vibe: Trendy hostel housed in a restored former seaman's hostel. Mingle with fellow travellers in the cavernous underground bar.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Café • Cinema room • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • 10 minutes to King's Cross and St. Pancras stations

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Terrace • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Free drink voucher

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Location: Just ten minutes' walk from King's Cross station.

Location: Close to University College London and King's Cross station.

Location: Just two minutes' walk from the food stalls of the famous Borough Market.

Vibe: Vibrant hostel housed in a 200-year-old converted courthouse.

Vibe: Trendy, modern hostel situated in a homely ex-student hall.

Vibe: Cheap and seriously cheerful with a social atmosphere. Get ready to party!

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Free walking tour

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Games room

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Free walking tours • Discounted pub crawl

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Location: Close to the museums of South Kensington and a two-wminute walk from Earl's Court underground station.

Location: Opposite University College London, five minutes' walk from the British Museum or 15 minutes to the West End.

Vibe: A Victorian townhouse with 22 individually-designed rooms, all with en suites, in the heart of classy west London.

Vibe: Great for a no-frills, no-nonsense stay in London, with more than 1,000 clean and simple rooms.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flat-screen TV • Restaurant • Bar • Lounge • Conservatory • 24-hour reception • Safety deposit box at front desk • Laundry service

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Room service • 2 restaurants • Pub • Café • Hair salon • Meeting rooms • 24-hour reception • Lift • Close to King's Cross and St. Pancras stations

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Location: Just two minutes' walk from Bayswater tube station.

Location: Right by Lancaster Gate tube station, over the road from Hyde Park.

Location: Just 300 metres, or a five-minute walk from Kings Cross Station.

Vibe: Unfussy, budget hotel situated right in the heart of the action.

Vibe: Sleek, smoke-free hotel with 387 rooms, 2 restaurants and a gym.

Vibe: A build-your-own stay. Pay for your room then just add on what you need.

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Complimentary toiletries • Safety deposit box

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 2 restaurants • Bar • Café • Lounge • 24-hour gym

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • 24-hour reception • Early check-in and late check-out (at extra cost)

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Location: In the Bayswater area of the city, ten minutes' walk from Paddington station.

Location: Close to Bayswater and Queensway tube stations and Hyde Park.

Vibe: High-end hotel set in an elegant Victorian townhouse. Hit the gym or sauna.

Vibe: Beautiful Victorian exterior and swish, chic interiors; this is luxury.

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Bar • Gym • Sauna • 24-hour room service

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Location: Situated right in the heart of hipster Shoreditch, close to bars and restaurants. Old Street tube is just 500 metres away.

Location: A minute's walk from Aldgate East underground station and the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Close to Liverpool Street.

Vibe: Modern, budget hotel with a choice of 210 cosy rooms. Each has an en suite with a power shower and blackout curtains!

Vibe: Bringing luxury to the hipster-clad streets of east London with recently-refurbished rooms, a private cinema and patio.

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Departs: Daily Includes: Return airport transfer from/to Gatwick or Heathrow, oyster card with £10 credit, accommodation in St. Christopher's Inn Village, London Eye standard ticket and Jack the Ripper walking tour Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Code: LONCPR/LONEYT/ LONJAC/GO Fin HOLIDAYS

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• Oyster travel card included • Base close to Borough Market • Return airport transfers included

Don't worry about the ins and outs of your London stopover. This trip takes care of all the basics as well as a couple of extras! Whether you're flying in to Gatwick or Heathrow, the included transfer gets you straight to your accommodation, St. Christopher's Inn Village in London Bridge. You'll use this as a base for the next couple of days, so get out and explore the area. Make sure you grab some food from nearby Borough Market - it's a must in the big smoke! As for sightseeing, kick things off with an included oyster card (essential for getting on and off the tube), and make your way to the London Eye for an eagle-eye view over the city. Later on, dial up the spook factor with a guided tour through Brick Lane and the East End, passing the areas where the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper sliced and diced - scary stuff!

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WESTMINSTER PALACE & BIG BEN HARRODS

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An easy way to get to know the city. Big Bus Tours will take you around London’s biggest attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. The classic ticket includes a free daily guided walking tour as well as a single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London. Tour Code: LONBIG

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UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND

THE LONDON PASS

R1,041

FR

1-6 DAYS

LONDON FOOD WALKING TOUR

R990

FR

HALF DAY

First time in London? Second or third time even? Then purchase a one, two, three or six-day pass and get free entrance into over 60 of London’s most famous attractions, museums and historical buildings. You’ll also get to avoid the queues and be privy to special discounts at restaurants, theatres and shops.

Get a taste of real British food on this walking tour of London Bridge and the famous Borough Market. Follow your foodie guide to local pubs, market stalls, artisan stores and bakeries. Learn about the latest gastronomic trends as you pass landmarks like Tower Bridge and the HMS Belfast. There's also free drinks included!

LONLON

VILON2

LONDON EYE

R345

FR

HALF DAY

WINDSOR, BATH & STONEHENGE

R1,712

FR

FULL DAY

JACK THE RIPPER MURDERS

R145

FR

HALF DAY

Retrace the steps of London's most prolific murderer. In 1888, Jack the Ripper (identity unknown) trawled the city streets killing prostitutes in the most brutal and bloody ways imaginable. Visit the sites of his killings on this guided tour, including Whitechapel's Ten Bells pub, and try to solve the mystery. Good luck. LONJAC

OXFORD, STRATFORD,

COTSWOLDS & WARWICK CASTLE

1,502

FR

FULL DAY

On a clear day, the view from the top of the London Eye (around 135 metres up) can reach a staggering 40 kilometres. At the front of your line of vision will be Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. So that's quite a bit done without having to walk a single step! One rotation takes around 30 minutes.

Explore Windsor Castle, an official residence of The Queen, before moving on to discover the ancient monument of Stonehenge. The stones all come from Wales, but how is anyone's guess. Then, it’s off to Bath, once the playground of 18thcentury aristocrats and now a vibrant city. All in all, an impressive day's sightseeing!

Leave the city behind for a day and take a step back in time. Visit one of Europe's oldest libraries on a walking tour of Oxford, drive through the green countryside of the Cotswolds, head to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the home of Shakespeare, and try the medieval era on for size at Warwick Castle. Literally. Battle helmets, swords; the lot.

LONEYT

LONWBS

LONSOW

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR

R1,219

FR

HALF DAY

Unless you're clutching your acceptance letter, this is as close to Hogwarts as you're going to get! Discover the magic behind the films' special effects and explore behind-the-scenes secrets. Tread the stone floor of the Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley™. Includes return transport.

THE SHARD LONDON: THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD

HALF DAY

In the highest room in the tallest tower, you'll find 360° views over London (what else?). At 310 metres high, The Shard looks down over the city's most famous landmarks, from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. Grab a ticket, take a highspeed lift to the top, and get spotting with the help of the interactive telescopes.

LONWAR/LONKGS

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R436

FR

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LONDON WALKING TOUR INC. AFTERNOON TEA

R848

FR

HALF DAY

First up today is a guided tour of the City of Westminster in central London, with sights including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Downing Street and Big Ben. You'll also get to see the Horse Guards building, guarded by the Household Cavalry. Finish up at a luxury hotel with tea, scones, sandwiches and cakes. Just like the locals... LONTEW


SCOTLAND gie it laldy! UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND

Which is Scots talk for give it all you’ve got! Scotland sure deserves it. First up, it's home to one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Edinburgh plays host to the famous Fringe Festival every August - an explosion of theatre, cabaret and comedy and Hogmanay every New Year's eve. To the west, up-and-comer Glasgow is known for its warm welcome, while the dramatic terrain of the Highlands draws the world's most intrepid hikers.

Shoestring

ST CHRISTOPHER'S,

R244 R468

FR FR

EDINBURGH

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

Glampacker

THE BAXTER, EDINBURGH

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R373

FR

DORM

ROOM ONLY

HAYMARKET HUB HOTEL, EDINBURGH

R873 R437

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Opposite Waverley station, a five-minute walk from Princes Street.

Location: At the heart of Edinburgh's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Close to Haymarket train station, a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle.

Vibe: Social pad with live music and sports coverage in the entertainment venue.

Vibe: A restored building on the dapper end of whimsical Edinburgh's hostel scene.

Vibe: Pay for the basics and add on any extras you need. A sort of pay as you go.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Restaurant • Bar • 24-hour reception • Free walking tours

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • Personal lockers • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • 24-hour reception

EDISTC

DISCOUNT: 25% OFF AT BELUSHI'S BAR

EDIBAX

A-List

GRASSMARKET, EDINBURGH

R1,041 FRR546

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

THEDI1

Rock Solid

Rock Solid

POINT A GLASGOW

R1,091 FRR546

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ALEXANDER THOMSON FRR1,007 SINGLE FRR529 TWIN/ HOTEL, GLASGOW DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: The historic Grassmarket area, close to Princes Street and the station.

Location: Just a hop, skip and a jump from the famous Royal Concert Hall.

Location: A five-minute walk from the train station, close to the Gallery of Modern Art.

Vibe: Quirky, comic strip-lined rooms a stone's throw from pubs, clubs and bars.

Vibe: Modern hotel with 122 understated rooms. Grab brekkie in the futuristic lobby.

Vibe: Budget hotel with a choice of rooms or suites. Make use of the free breakfast!

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite with rain shower • Air con • iPod docks • Bar • Lounge • 24-hour reception • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • In-room safe • Blackout curtains • Flatscreen TV • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • En suite • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Lounge • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

EHEDI2

EHGLA1

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IRELAND gimme moher UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND

As it continues to champion its traditional heroes, Ireland also thrives on the new, the niche and the downright unique. So get your fill of Joyce and Yeats in Dublin with a side of Mexican street food, bohemian markets and fantastic art galleries. Head east to the laid-back student city of Galway (an Irish favourite) and south to Cork, the real Irish capital according to any decent Corkonian. Don't miss a chance to sniff around the English Market.

Shoestring

BARNACLES TEMPLE BAR, DUBLIN

R372 R723

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Rock Solid

Glampacker

GENERATOR DUBLIN

R346

FR

DORM

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

CASSIDYS HOTEL, DUBLIN

R1,162 FRR581

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the heart of the city centre, close to bars, shops and restaurants.

Location: Central setting next to Jameson Distillery and the Smithfield LUAS station.

Location: Central spot at the top of O'Connell Street.

Vibe: Young, vibrant hostel; great for those wanting to see all the city has to offer.

Vibe: Stylish hostel with fancy touches like a Jameson chandelier and regular events.

Vibe: Boutique-style hotel set in the city's characteristic Georgian townhouses.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • En suite • Shared kitchen • Lounge • 24-hour security • Free walking tour

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Personal lockers • Bar • Café • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

1 FREE TOWEL WHEN STAYING IN A DORM: FOR ISIC/IYTC/ITIC CARDHOLDERS

DUBBAR

DUBGEN

Apartments

STAYCITY APARTHOTELS FRR1,896 SINGLE MILLENNIUM WALK, DUBLIN FRR948 TWIN/ DOUBLE ROOM ONLY

THDUB1

Rock Solid

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BARNACLES QUAY STREET HOUSE, GALWAY

R328

FR

DORM

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

THE METROPOLE HOTEL, CORK

R1,561 FRR873

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: To the north of the river, a minute's walk from Temple Bar.

Location: Situated in the lively Latin Quarter, close to the Galway City Museum.

Location: Overlooking the River Lee, ten minutes' walk from the English Market.

Vibe: Contemporary apartments with fantastic access to the whole city.

Vibe: Relaxed, bohemian-style hostel with city walking tours and a shared kitchen.

Vibe: Comfortable, elegant hotel with 98 tastefully decorated rooms and suites.

Highlights: Private apartments • En suite • Kitchenette • Lounge • Weekly cleaning service • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • En suite • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Free walking tours

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • En suite • Indoor pool • 2 restaurants • Bar • Hot tub • Sauna • Gym • Fitness classes

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France & the Netherlands

NL Amsterdam

BELGIUM Paris

FRANCE Lyon Chamonix Bordeaux

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Avignon

Nice

LIBERAL LOVIN'

CHEESIN' AROUND

WASH IT DOWN WITH WINE

KING'S DAY

FLOWER POWER

The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage. It's also ranked the world's fourth happiest country.

It's no secret that France loves its cheese. There are more than 300 types found here, and people eat on average 26 kilos per year!

At STA, we love our wine. It turns out so do the French...France produces (and drinks) more wine than any other country.

April 27th, King's Day, brings about one of the world's biggest street parties in the Netherlands. Wear orange!

The Dutch are famous for their tulips and are the world's biggest producer of them. Come during April to catch them in bloom.

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TREKKING MONT BLANC 10 DAYS, Chamonix

R23,199

FR

Chamonix

highlights

• Tackle world-class hiking • Rest up in a mountain gîte • Fuel up on local specialities

Small Group Adventure

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• Conquer steep climbs • View spectacular glaciers • Admire Alpine meadows

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DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Chamonix / Les Contamines 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. (B, D)

03-05

Les Chapieux / Courmayeur Today is the first real challenge - a steep ascent to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (1,200m), a perfect lunch stop with awesome views. Start Day 4 with another tough climb up to the Italian border at Col de la Siegne (2,516m). Take a day to recover in the Italian town of Courmayeur and opt for a cable ride to Pointe Helbronner. (3B, D)

06-07

Italian Val Ferret / La Fouly The steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (1,981m) is rewarded with a great view of Mont Blanc Massif. Continue along the Mont de la Saxe and descend to the Italian Val Ferret. Start Day 7 with another climb to cross the Grand Col Ferret (2,299m) and drop down into Switzerland. Travel on to the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly. (2B, 2D)

08-10

Trient / Chamonix Valley Hike the ancient Bovine Way, an ancient trail used to access the high summer cow pastures, cross the Col de la Forclaz and head down into Trient. On Day 9, a final day of trekking takes you over the Col de la Balme. Your tour ends on Day 10. (2B, D)

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Trient

La Fouly

Chamonix

Val Ferret

Les Contamines Mont Blanc Courmayeur Les Chapieux

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels, possibly multi-share (2 nts), mountain refuges, multi-share (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, cable car Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included Group Leader: Qualified International Mountain Leader as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFMB

Departures 2018 Jun-Sep

3-6 departures per week

I TA LY F R A N C E

Mont Blanc Explorer (GAEFME) 8 Days, Fr R21,919

HIGHLIGHTS OF FRANCE 8 DAYS, Paris

R20,619

FR

Nice Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Café culture in Paris • Go wine tasting • Explore Avignon's palaces

• Soak up the sun in Nice • Opt to visit Pont du Gard • Enjoy plenty of free time

DAY ITINERARY

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Paris F R A N C E

Beaune (Burgundy)

My Own Room Available: Fr R6,049

Departures 2018

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Nice S PA I N

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Avignon

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Highlights of Italy (GAEIMR) 8 Days, Fr R23,199

E N G L A N D

May

07-08

Nice Travel south on Day 7 to the charming Riviera town of Nice. Explore the streets, cafés and bars of the old town centre or chill out by the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Depart any time on Day 8. (2B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEFPN

Apr

05-06

Avignon Travel south to Avignon, right in the heart of the Provence region. On Day 5, visit the Palais des Papes and famous Pont St.Benezet. The next day, you're free to do as you choose. Explore more of Avignon, one of the most beautiful cities in the region, or head further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard or the town of Orange. (2B)

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NORTH SEA

Mar

03-04

Beaune Travel to Beaune and enjoy an included wine tasting session. Afterwards, enjoy some free time and opt to visit the famous Hospices, a former hospital for the poor. Enjoy a free day the next day and opt to visit the city of Dijon, famous for its wine and mustard. If you're feeling more active, head out to the countryside for a bike ride or hike. (2B)

Nice, France

Feb

01-02

Paris Arrive at any time on Day 1 into France's capital and check out all the sights. We recommend arriving a day or two early to make the most of your time here! The next day, enjoy an orientation walk then spend your free time exploring the city's museums, cafés, patisserie shops and landmarks. Eiffel Tower, anyone? (B)

Jan

FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

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THE SEINE EXPERIENCE 8 DAYS, Paris

R32,100

FR

Paris Exclusively for 21-45s

highlights

• Explore the City of Light • Sail to medieval Rouen • See the palace of Versailles

• Visit quaint Honfleur • Bike along the Seine • Plenty of optional extras

STAR SURF CAMP MOLIETS 8 DAYS, Moliets

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F R A N C E

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Departures 2018 Aug

Paris

Jul

La Roche Guyon

Jun

Caudebec En Caux Conflans Ste. Honorine Vernon

May

Rouen

Honfleur

Trip Style: Sailing, Cruise and Beach Age Group: Exclusively for 21-45s Accommodation: Twinshare in river cruise ships (7 nts) Transport: river cruise ship, bicycle, coach Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Group Leader: 2 guides, local experts Group Size: Max 100 Note: Includes 4 explorer walks, 2 bike tours, trips to Versailles and Honfleur, bar crawl and light show (Jun-Sep), cooking class, daily yoga classes and movie night Tour Code: COUCSEF

Apr

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Mar

05-08

Vernon / La Roche Guyon / Paris Immerse yourself in one of the most scenic corners of Normandy on an easy five-mile bike ride along the Seine with your guide, pedalling from Vernon to the artists’ hamlet of Giverny. Spend free time visiting Monet's gardens, kayaking on the Seine or paragliding in the Vexin National Park. Head back to Paris on Day 6 and explore the city at your own pace either via bike or via BatoBus. There's also an option to join a street art tour of Montmartre, a show in the famous Moulin Rouge or a tasty foodie tour - incroyable! On Day 7, opt to visit the Louvre, or anything you missed the first time! Depart any time on Day 8. (4B, 3D)

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E N G L A N D

Feb

03-04

Rouen / Caudebec En Caux / Honfleur Discover Rouen’s medieval charms on a guided walking tour on Day 3, then visit the local market with the ship's chef to prepare for a cooking class. If you're looking to get a history fix, opt to visit the Normandy beaches, where the allied forces launched their D-Day invasion. There's also an option to join a bar crawl and light show this evening! On Day 4, head to the quaint, seaside village of Honfleur. There's also a chance to visit a local cider farm or the windswept cliffs of Étreat. (2B, L, 2D)

Rouen, France

Jan

01-02

Paris / Conflans Ste. Honorine After you've touched down in the City of Light, get settled in to your accommodation aboard your boat and meet your guides and fellow travellers. Later this evening, step ashore for a 'Midnight in Paris' stroll along the banks of the Seine. There's a reason France's capital is one of the most romantic cities in the world! The next day, sail to the magnificent palace of Versailles and have a wander around its gardens, then follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise. (B, D)

R5,174

FR

Moliets

highlights

• Daily surf lesson included • Plenty of chill out time • Free use of skate equipment

• Free yoga session • Daily cinema screenings • Trip to San Sebastián

DAY ITINERARY 01

Moliets With white beaches, great waves, lots of chill time in the blazing sunshine and great nights out, this is one hell of a holiday! Arrive at any time on Day 1 and catch your transfer to your camp in Moliets (at extra cost). Get settled in and meet your new-found surfer buddies! (D)

02-03

Moliets On Day 2, you'll start your surfing lessons. Moliets is situated just north of Hossegor, Europe's 'surfing capital', so you'll be sure to catch some great waves. You'll be guided throughout by experienced surf instructors, so if you're a beginner don't panic. You'll get the hang of it in no time! After a sunny day on the beach surfing, chill out on hammocks, catch a movie in the outdoor cinema arena or grab a drink or two in the tiki bar. It's more of the same the next day, only this time, there's a free yoga session and a party thrown in! (2B)

04-08

Moliets Continue improving your surf skills on Days 4-7, with daily lessons provided by experienced and friendly surf instructors. Once you've had your fill of the waves, head back to shore and enjoy plenty of free time. If you're wanting to keep things active then you needn't get itchy feet. The camp offers table tennis tables and even a skate ramp to keep you busy. Of course, you're not just here for the surfing. On Day 5, you'll get to enjoy a wine and cheese night (this is France after all), then on Day 6 you'll get to let loose in the bars of San Sebastián. There'll also be a beach barbecue on Day 7 and a proper party send-off for you! Check out at 11am on Day 8 and head back home. Surf on, dude! (5B, 4D)

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F R A N C E

BAY OF BISCAY

Moliets

Departs: Daily (May-Sep) Accommodation: Multi-share tent (7 nts). Single and twin tent upgrade available Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Transport: Not included. Can be arranged at extra cost Includes: Daily surf lesson, yoga session, cheese and wine night, goody bag (with surf book and beach bag) and free equipment hire Note: Good level of fitness required Tour Code: FUESTA

Departures 2018 May-Sep

Daily

San Sebastián S PA I N

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FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

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Charles de Gaulle Airport: 15KM

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Seine River

PARIS MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

PLACE DE LA CONCORDE TUILERIES GARDEN

3 arr.

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SORBONNE UNIVERSITY

PANTHÉON

GARE DU LYON

15 arr. MONTPARNASSE TOWER GARE MONTPARNASSE

GARE D’AUSTERLITZ

5 arr.

14 arr. There's more to the historic Quartier Latin than the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Think second-hand book stores, cosmopolitan eateries, after-hours bars and botanical garden Jardin des Plantes.

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PARIS feel the louvre! FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

The City of Light has been a favourite with loved-up beaus for a while now. But there’s always a way to get around those smooching couples clogging up the Eiffel Tower queue (if you don't know what we're talking about, it’s probably you - please move). It goes without saying that culture is practically on tap, but there are some corking festivals to go with it. Summer brings the Fête de la Musique and man-made beaches along the Seine.

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1

CAULAINCOURT SQUARE HOSTEL

Glampacker

R435 R613

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

2

ST CHRISTOPHER'S CANAL & GARE DU NORD

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R309 R553

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: On a quiet, leafy square in Montmartre, just minutes on foot from Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro and the Sacré Coeur.

Location: Two incredible locations: One just 200 metres from the Gare du Nord and one overlooking the famous Canal St Martin.

Vibe: Bright, bohemian and colourful hostel ideal for backpackers wanting to embrace the joie de vivre of French life.

Vibe: Designer hostels with lively atmospheres, bars, restaurants and waterfront terraces - ideal for meeting fellow travellers!

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Communal kitchen • Computers for guest use • In-room safes in selected rooms • Towel hire • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • 2 bars • 2 Restaurants • Games rooms • 24-hour reception • Lockers • Luggage storage • Basement club with DJ

PARCAU

Glampacker

3

GENERATOR PARIS

PARSCP/PARSCG

DISCOUNT: 25% OFF AT BELUSHI'S BAR

Rock Solid

R449 R734

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

VICTOR MASSE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R1,082 FRR606

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated within a converted office block in the 10th arr., 15 minutes' walk from Gare du Nord and close to Canal St Martin.

Location: Set in a quiet street close to the Moulin Rouge, Sacré Coeur Basilica and less than 250 metres from Pigalle metro.

Vibe: This once-derelict building is now home to stylish rooms and a lively atmosphere, with the roof terrace the centre of festivities.

Vibe: Situated in an old townhouse, circa 1880, close to the bars and restaurants of Montmartre.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Basement bar with DJs • Rooftop terrace • Restaurant • Lounge area • 24-hour reception • Laundry facilities

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Cable TV • Lift • 24-hour reception • Lift • Vending machine (snacks and drinks) • Luggage storage

EARLYBIRD OFFER: 20% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 120+ DAYS IN ADVANCE 01JAN18-31DEC18 (3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY)

PARGEN

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Rock Solid

FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

ROYAL FROMENTIN

5

R1,264 FRR683

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

6

ROOM ONLY

NEW HOTEL LAFAYETTE

R1,726 FRR863

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

7

BASTILLE DE LAUNAY

R1,918 R1,103

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Set between Pigalle and Blanche Metro stations near the Moulin Rouge.

Location: In the 9th arr., a ten-minute walk from Galeries Lafayette's flagship store.

Location: Marais, a stone’s throw from the Picasso Museum and Victor Hugo's house.

Vibe: An ode to 1930s Paris, this former cabaret house retains its art deco roots.

Vibe: A modern townhouse hotel, offering peace after a busy day sightseeing.

Vibe: Relaxed and traditional townhouse hotel with a bar and patio for socialising.

Highlights: Private rooms • Cable TV • Bar • Lift • 24-hour reception • Daily housekeeping • Close to restaurants

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception • Outside seating

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Luggage storage • Laundry service • 24-hour reception • Room service • Lift

10% DISCOUNT: FOR WEEKEND STAYS (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY)

50% DISCOUNT: FOR SUNDAY STAYS (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY)

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PARLAF

Rock Solid

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IBIS ALÉSIA MONTPARNASSE

R1,326 FRR663

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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9

SAINT DOMINIQUE

R2,333 R1,167

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Location: Right in the heart of the 7th arr., close to the La Tour-Maubourg metro stop.

Vibe: Contemporary hotel with bright, modern rooms. Check out the 24-hour bar.

Vibe: Polished city hotel with bright, sophisticated rooms and suites.

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Air con • Restaurant • 24-hour bar • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Air con • Bar • Café • Terrace • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

THPAR1

R978

FR

HALF DAY

Breeze past the crowds outside the Eiffel Tower with this skip-the-line pass and 1.5-hour tour. In the company of your local guide, gain priority access to the tower's second floor. Delve into the history of this famous monument and soak up the exhibits on display. Then bid adieu to your guide and head to the summit for stellar views.

R2,184

FR

2-6 DAYS

See Paris' top sights at your own pace with this awesome pass giving you free entry to over 60 attractions. It includes unlimited Metro travel, a complimentary guide book, a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour plus a wine tasting experience (of course). Skip the queues and save time with fast track. Choose from two, four or six days.

EXPAR1

DINNER AND SHOW AT PARIS MOULIN ROUGE

R2,715

FR

HALF DAY

Follow in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor with this ticket to the hottest show in Paris. See colourful showgirls and expert dancers strut their stuff on the historical stage of the Moulin Rouge. Lose yourself in the dancing and drama then pleasure your palate with fine French food during a three course meal.

VIPAR1

112

THE PARIS PASS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: South of the River Seine, just 300 metres from the Alésia metro stop.

SKIP THE LINE EIFFEL TOWER

PARLAU

VIPAR2

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PARPAS

DISNEYLAND PARIS

R863

FR

FULL DAY

Let loose in the House of Mouse with this awesome one-day ticket package. Enjoy thrilling and iconic rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean then meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and co. for a photo opp or two. And let's not forget that spectacular firework show over Sleeping Beauty's castle! PARDIS


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RIVER IJ

ijk Spaarndammerd

Westerpark WESTERPARK

Haarlemmerweg

Forget about the red-light district and coffee shop clichés, one of the city's greatest pleasures is exploring its labyrinth of canals on foot or by bike. Think charming, gabled buildings, dinky humpback bridges and cutting-edge architecture. nG Jan va

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Pedal leisurely around Amsterdam's prettiest green space, Vondelpark, or soak up the eclectic vibe laid on the grass, beer in hand. Next up, check out Rijksmuseum's world-renowned Rembrandt collection.

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VONDEL PARK

SKINNY BRIDGE

Grachtengordel-Zuid 7

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VAN GOGH MUSEUM

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AMSTERDAM Amster-dayummmn FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

The cool kid of Europe, Amsterdam has culture and quirk in equal measure. Alongside red light districts, Heineken breweries and cannabis cafés, there are also bikes galore, more canals than Venice, beautiful parks and thousands of museums documenting everything from sex to Anne Frank. And all those houseboats on the canal? They’re home to shops, museums and there’s even one dedicated to cats! A 'Dam treat we say...

Shoestring

1

HANS BRINKER HOSTEL AMSTERDAM

Glampacker

R346 R470

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

2

GENERATOR AMSTERDAM

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R428 R826

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Nestled between the iconic canals of Amsterdam, an easy 10-minute walk to the infamous Red Light District.

Location: Based in Amsterdam's vibrant eastern part, overlooking Oosterpark, and close to the creative De Pijp area.

Vibe: Funky and no-frills hostel with affordable rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a club and a fun atmosphere.

Vibe: An old university building, this designer hostel opened its doors in 2016 and is filled with creative touches throughout.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • En suite • Bar • Restaurant • Basement club • Garden • Dining room • 24-hour reception • Café • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • En suite • Restaurant • Bar and chill-out lounge • Outdoor terrace • Café • 24-hour reception • Lockers • Bicycle hire • Luggage storage

AMSHAN

AMSGEN

Glampacker

3

CLINK NOORD

Glampacker

R436 R707

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

ST CHRISTOPHER'S AT THE WINSTON

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R501 R846

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated in the culturally vibrant Overhoeks district, a free, five-minute ferry from Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Location: Slap-bang in the middle of the infamous Red Light District and close to Dam Square and Centraal Station.

Vibe: Live music and DJs, communal areas and a library make this former 1920s laboratory a great place to meet fellow travellers.

Vibe: With happy hours, a beer garden and an on-site nightclub, this hostel is the perfect haven for party-lovers.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar and restaurant • Café • Self-catering kitchen • Library • 24-hour reception • Lockers • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Beer garden • Restaurant • Nightclub • Terrace • 24-hour reception • Lockers • Free daily walking tour • Smoking room

AMSNOO

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DISCOUNT: 25% OFF AT BELUSHI'S BAR

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AMSWAD


Rock Solid

HOTEL TEUN

R1,527 FRR756

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

6

NADIA HOTEL

R1,270 FRR717

FR

ROOM ONLY

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Located in the lively Haarlemmerdijk district just 600 metres from Westerpark. Central Station is ten minutes' walk away.

Location: Situated beside Keisergracht canal, just a few minutes' walk from the Anne Frank House and Dam Square.

Vibe: Cosy 10 bed hotel set in a 17th-century townhouse. The rooms all feature rustic décor, and there's an in-house bar.

Vibe: Once an art gallery, the Nadia is now a friendly family-run hotel with 52 rooms over four floors.

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • Bar • Terrace • Lounge • Shop • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception • Close to bars, restaurants, cafés and Westerpark

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Cable TV • Laundry service • Daily housekeeping service • Free welcome drink on arrival • Bike rental 10% DISCOUNT: 03JAN18-05FEB18, 10FEB18-18MAR18, 24MAR18-25MAR18, 01 DEC18-26DEC18 (2 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY. BLACKOUT DATES APPLY)

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A-List

7

MAX BROWN MUSEUM SQUARE

AMSNAD

A-List

R2,198 R1,099

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

VONDEL HOTEL

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R2,031 R1,099

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In Amsterdam's museum district, close to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and down the road from the leafy Vondelpark.

Location: A few minutes' walk from Vondelpark close to the city's lively centre with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Vibe: Boutique-style rooms set within four classic townhouses. Communal areas are decorated with hipster furnishings.

Vibe: A small, boutique hotel hidden in a beautiful side street. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or have a drink in the stylish bar.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Daily housekeeping service • 24-hour bar • Breakfast area • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite and apartment options available • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Terrace • Bicycle hire • 24-hour reception • Tour desk • Public off-site parking (at extra cost)

EXAMS2

WITHLOCALS RED LIGHT DISTRICT NIGHTTIME WITH A LOCAL

R278

FR

HALF DAY

No trip to the 'Dam would be complete without exploring the infamous Red Light District, and what better way to see it than at night with a local guide? Discover untold stories, see the city's notorious bars, boutiques, and red and purple windows and get well off the tourist trail. The tour usually lasts around two hours. AMSLGT

SKIP THE LINE: CANAL CRUISE & HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE

EXAMS3

R433

FR

HALF DAY

Combine two Amsterdam essentials in one day with this package, combining a canal cruise and skip-the-line admission to the Heineken Experience. Begin with a 75-minute tour along the canals, taking in pretty houses, churches and bridges. End with a queue-beating Heineken brewery experience with a free pint thrown in! VIAMS1

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ALTERNATIVE AMSTERDAM WALKING TOUR

R218

FR

HALF DAY

Get to know the alternative cannabis culture that prevails in the 'Dam on this two-hour walking tour. Join a local guide and uncover the city’s often-controversial trends, including legalised prostitution as well as same-sex marriage, various examples of street art and sites, such as the city's best-known coffeehouse. VIAMS2

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FRANCE & THE NETHERLANDS

5

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Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Barcelona Porto

Madrid

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

Lisbon

Valencia

Ibiza

Seville

Fes

Rabat

MOROCCO Marrakech

WE

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FOODIE HEAVEN

THE BLUE CITY

CHILLIN' OUT

DRIVING HOME A BARGAIN

We all love a food fight, and what better place to do it than at this festival? It takes place each year at the end of August.

The Portuguese eat more fish and shellfish than any other country in the world. They also have some rather tasty custard tarts on offer!

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is a city in Morocco's Rif Mountains. It’s famous for the striking, blue-washed buildings of its old town.

According to a 2013 OECD report, the Spanish devote 16 out of every 24 hours to leisure (eating, drinking and sleeping). This is the life!

Morocco is known for its souks and markets, and each town has one. Perhaps the most famous is in Marrakech. Bargain hard!

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SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGAL 15 DAYS, Madrid

R22,879

FR

Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team, Local Guide in Morocco Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBMP/COWWMP

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01 17 24 08

Mar 19

Feb 19

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

• Sample tasty tapas and tagine • See the majestic Alcazar in Seville • See the historic trams in hilly Lisbon

Feb

• Wander around Madrid’s Plaza de España • Stroll the courtyards of the Alhambra • Haggle like a local in Fes

Jan

Departures 2018/19

highlights

Jan 19

Souk, Fes

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share room in hotel (14 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners Note: Tips, local taxes and service charges are included

06 03 01 05 02 27 10 27 07 16 23 13 10 08 19 09 24 31 27 17 15 16 24 20 23 22 30 29

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Madrid Arrive in Madrid, make your way to your hotel and go exploring before meeting your new travel buddies over dinner. On Day 2, see the Gran Via, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España. (B, D)

03-04

Madrid / Granada Head south through the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the historic hub of Granada. Timeless, atmospheric and full of character, this passionate city is best-known for its magnificent Alhambra Palace. Explore this former home of the sultans on a locally-guided tour. Enjoy an optional tour of the Moorish Quarter of Albaicin with a visit to the Royal Chapel. (2B, D)

05-06

Fes Travel along the Costa del Sol for your ferry crossing into Morocco. Stop at the medieval capital of Fes for a guided tour of the souk. Admire the skill of the craftsmen on a visit to a carpet-weaving cooperative, and have a wander past the Royal Palace and medieval medina. This evening, why not experience an optional Moroccan-style dinner complete with belly dancing? (2B, D)

Extend your trip Iberian Peninsula & Morocco (21 days, Madrid - Madrid (COIBPMO/COWIBP)  Fr R46,469

07-09

Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / Asilah Admire the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains and the cool, green oasis of Ifrane on today’s scenic drive to Marrakech. Explore the traditions of Koutoubia Mosque, the splendour of Bahia Palace and the overwhelming sensory overload that is Djemaa el-Fna Square. Hit the coast today at the city of Casablanca and pay a visit to Morocco’s political capital, Rabat, on your way to Assilah. (3B, 2D)

Shorten your trip Morocco (5 days, Fes - Marrakech) (COBBMO/COWWMO)  Fr R8,349

10-13

Gibraltar / Seville / Lisbon Back to Europe for a visit to the British territory of Gibraltar, whose rocky summit guards the entrance to the Mediterranean, before moving on to Andalucia’s capital, Seville. See the Plaza de España and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alcazar. Day 12, head to Lisbon. Don’t miss the grand riverfront square of Praca do Commercio, the boutiques of Chiado or the sweeping city views from the Castelo de São Jorge. Travel along the banks of the Tagus to the popular riverside suburb of Belém to explore the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower - here you’ll find the best custard tarts in Lisbon and later check out the Bairro Alto for a party! (4B, 2D)

14-15

Madrid The final leg of the trip sees you cross back over the border into Spain to head to Madrid. Set yourself up for a last night fiesta with an afternoon siesta! Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 15. (2B)

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This way, lovers of tapas, siestas and sangrias. Snake your way from Madrid to North Africa, across Gibraltar to Portugal for your fill of spice-filled souks and freshly-baked custard tarts.


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Madrid

R32,239

FR

Marrakech

highlights

• Stroll through Lisbon • Visit the Chapel of Bones • Port wine tasting session

Small Group Adventure

WE

• Explore the Fez medina • Hike in the Rif Mountains • Tuck into tasty cuisine

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Chefchaouen Fez Meknes

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Oct

Tangier

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Seville

Olhão

Aug

S PA I N

Jul

Madrid Lisbon Évora

Jun

Salamanca

May

11-15

Fez / Marrakech Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Journey on to Fez where you'll get the chance to tour the famous medina with a local guide. On Day 13, travel to Marrakech via Casablanca. Depart on Day 15. (4B)

Porto

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Train, private van, ferry Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $360-470 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESMK

Apr

08-10

Seville / Chefchaouen Enjoy two free days in Seville, where you can opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz and the Alcázar Palace. Later on, rejoin your group for a dramatic flamenco dance perfomance. On Day 9, cross from Europe to Africa and enjoy a tour of the port city of Tangier. Continue to the quaint blue city of Chefchaouen the next day and opt to go hiking in the Rif Mountains. Alternatively, visit a local weavers' cooperative. (4B, L)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Mar

04-07

Lisbon / Évora / Algarve / Seville Head to Portugal's capital today and enjoy an orientation walk of the vibrant Belém district. The next day is yours to explore. Opt for a trip to the nearby Sintra or have a wander around the São Jorge Castle. That evening, enjoy a traditional dinner in the Alfama district. On Day 6, travel to Évora and enjoy a tour of the haunting Chapel of Bones, then on Day 7, journey to Seville via the fishing village of Olhão. (4B, D)

Lisbon, Portugal

Feb

01-03

Madrid / Porto Arrive into Spain's capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, head to Porto in Portugal, stopping by the historic Spanish town of Salamanca along the way. The next day, enjoy an orientation walk with the rest of day free to explore. That evening, visit a port wine cellar and toast your day with your fellow travellers. (2B)

Jan

SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

DAY ITINERARY

R12,537

FR

Madrid

• See Madrid's museums • Tour Alhambra Palace • Free night out in Seville

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Stop by lovely Lagos • Tour picturesque Lisbon • Visit Giralda Tower

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Madrid / Granada Arrive at any point on Day 1 and settle in to Spain's lively capital city. Meet your tour leader and the rest of your group, then head out on your own for sangria and dancing in the city's bars. Next day, take a city tour to see some of the city's top attractions, including the Museo del Prado, Palacio Real, Paseo del Arte and Puerta del Sol. Make sure you indulge in the tapas also. Top tip: order a drink and you'll get them thrown in for free! Depart Madrid on Day 2 and travel to Granada. (B) Granada / Córdoba / Seville Today you'll receive an orientation tour of Granada, exploring the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Then visit the old Jewish district and the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Córdoba. Move on to sultry Seville, where you can indulge in a night out! Take a walk to visit the Giralda Tower, Mudejar Pavilion and more on Day 4. (2B) Lagos / Lisbon Continue your adventure as you head into Portugal today and make for backpacker hotspot Lagos on the Atlantic. Chill out here until your next bus, perhaps taking a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean, then travel north to Lisbon. The next day, embark on a city tour to see all of the pretty architecture and see a load of charming churches. Make sure you get one last night out - the Portuguese are known for being lively and friendly characters! (2B)

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inclusions

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Shared 4* hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach or minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Trip Leader Group Size: Avg 15 Compulsory Local Payment: USD $232 Tour Code: BEMADPOR

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S PA I N

Madrid

Departures 2018

Lisbon

Apr-Nov

Córdoba Lagos

Seville

Lisbon / Madrid Travel back to Spain's capital today and make the most of your last evening. Your trip ends on the morning of Day 8. (2B)

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BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL 14 DAYS, Lisbon

R33,659

FR

Barcelona Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESSP

inclusions Porto, Portugal

highlights

My Own Room Available: Fr R11,409

01-02

Lisbon Arrive into vibrant Lisbon at any time on Day 1 and dive straight in on Day 2 with a guided tour of Belém. After you've seen some of the city, get out and have a wander yourself, spotting sights such as the imposing São Jorge Castle and National Azulejo Museum, then take in the views from one of the miradouros (viewpoints). That evening, enjoy a traditional dinner and night of Fado music. (B, D)

03-04

Batalha / Coimbra Leave Portugal's capital and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery. Enjoy a few hours here, then move on to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra. The next day, enjoy a free day to check out the city's famous university, its impressive buildings and the bars and restaurants on the quaint riverfront. (2B)

05-06

Porto Enjoy a free morning in Coimbra, then head to the vibrant coastal town of Porto where you'll have an orientation walk. With a free day on Day 6, opt to take a cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley. That evening, enjoy a port wine tasting session. (2B)

07-09

Madrid / Granada Madrid has it all - history, architecture, galleries, beautiful parks and wild nightlife. Art enthusiasts really should check out the Museo del Prado - it's a must see on any trip to the city. After free time to explore it on Days 7 and 8, you're off to the Andalucian city of Granada, where there'll be an included visit to the Alhambra Palace. In your free time, hit the trendy tapas bars and Albaicin quarter. (2B)

10-12

Seville / Córdoba / Valencia Head south to Seville, one of Spain's most alluring cities. After an orientation walk on arrival, get a feel for the city. Explore the museums, tour the Alcázar Palace and catch a flamenco performance that evening. On Day 12, travel to the vibrant city of Valencia, the home of paella and the Holy Grail, via Córdoba. Enjoy an orientation on arrival then explore the beaches and bars of Spain's Fiesta capital. (3B)

13-14

Barcelona Take a bus to Barcelona and familiarise yourself with the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour. That evening, take part in a G Adventures-supported tapas cooking class prepared by migrant youth, then opt to enjoy the city's lively nightlife! Depart at any time on Day 14 or continue your Spanish adventure of your own accord - there's plenty more to see! (2B)

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Apr

Mar

Departures 2018 Feb

• Bar hop around Madrid • Relax on a beach in Valencia • Fill up on tapas in Barcelona

Jan

• Visit Lisbon’s Belém district • Sip a beer along Coimbra's riverfront • Explore colourful Seville

Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $340-445 for meals not included

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Dynamic culture, intriguing history, to-die-for cuisine and a real party atmosphere; the Iberian Peninsula really ticks all the right boxes. Get a good grasp of it with this trip, taking you from the cobbled streets of Lisbon to the fascinating art of Barcelona via sultry Seville and lively Madrid. Salud!


MADRID TO LISBON 13 DAYS, Madrid

R28,615

FR

Lisbon Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Bar and café hop in Madrid • Cruise down the Douro river • Beach time in the Algarve

• Visit the castles of Sintra • Tuck into tasty food • Marvel at Porto's art

08-13

S PA I N

P O RT U G A L

Madrid

Algarve

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

16 13 11 08 05 30 27 25 22 19

HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL 7 DAYS, Lisbon

Jul

Jun

Departures 2018 May

Lisbon

Apr

Porto

Trip Style: Independent Insider Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Single, twin or triple-share in hostel (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COEXML

Mar

The Algarve / Lisbon Head to the beach today and kick back and relax. Gorge on some tasty seafood and hit some of the bars that evening. On Day 9, opt to take a boat ride to some of the region's hidden coves - bliss. On Day 10, make for the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, stopping at the pretty village of Grandola on the way. A mosaic of tiled streets, pastelarias and hill-set shops await you in Lisbon, so get out and explore! Visit the castles and secret gardens of Sintra on Day 9, which many locals call the 'cultural heart of the country', then do some bar hopping in the evening. Spend one more day exploring on Day 12, making sure you try some famous custard tarts, then end the trip the morning of Day 13. (6B, D)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Feb

04-07

Porto / The Algarve Hit the road today and make for Porto on Portugal's Atlantic coast. Here you'll find sprawling terracotta buildings right by the Douro River and one of Europe's oldest town centres. The next day, enjoy a peaceful boat cruise down the Douro and opt to visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. On Day 6, tap into Porto's heritage, the sweet tasting port wine, and ride the old wooden tram. On Day 7, venture south and make your way to Lagos in the Algarve. (4B, 2D)

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Jan

01-03

Madrid Arrive into Spain's lively capital at any time on Day 1 and meet your fellow travellers for a drink or two. The next day, venture to the medieval walled city of Toledo, then kill some time café and bar hopping around the fashionable Malasaña district. Your last full day in Madrid can be spent sampling some tasty tapas and churros. Work it off with an optional bike tour through the city's hidden streets. (2B, D)

R15,359

FR

Porto

• Check out Lisbon's sites • See Batalha's monastery • Drink in Coimbra's bars

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Sample some port wine • Enjoy traditional food • Learn about Porto's history

DAY ITINERARY

120

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Dec

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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16

Oct

Porto Enjoy another free morning on Day 5, then journey on to the coastal town of Porto, famous for its port wine production. Take an orientation walk on arrival, then the rest of the day is yours to explore. See the medieval Ribiera district, cruise down the Douro Valley or just have a wander. That evening, visit the port wine cellars. Depart on Day 7. (3B)

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,719

Sep

Lisbon

Coimbra

Aug

Batalha

Jul

P O RT U G A L

Jun

Porto

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEPLP

May

05-07

S PA I N

Apr

04

Coimbra Enjoy a free day in Coimbra and check out ancient buildings, winding streets and the bars and restaurants on the pretty riverfront. If you're looking to get cultural, opt to visit the famous university on a guided tour. A third of the city's residents are students, so make sure you sample some of the nightlife when you're finished! (B)

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Mar

03

Batalha / Coimbra Leave Lisbon behind you and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous Battle of Aljubarrota. Enjoy some free time here then end the day in the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra. Check out the bars and restaurants this evening. (B)

Lisbon, Portugal

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Feb

01-02

Lisbon Arrive into Portugal's lively capital at any time on Day 1 and check in to your hotel. The next day, enjoy an orientation walk through the historic Belém neighbourhood, then the afternoon is free for you to do as you choose. Munch on tasty custard tarts, wander up and down the hilly coastal streets then enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado dance performance in the Alfama district. (B, D)

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SURF, YOGA, WINE 6 DAYS, Lagos

R6,015

FR

Lagos

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• Three days of surf lessons included • Three yoga sessions included • Wine tasting excursion

Departs: Selected dates in 2018 Accommodation: Dorm in surfhouse (5 nts). Upgrade available Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Faro airport can be arranged for approx. €30 Note: Includes surf course, wine tasting and yoga sessions. Massages not included but available Tour Code: LAGWNE

Surf on golden beaches along the picturesque Algarve coastline, stretch those aching muscles afterwards with sunset yoga sessions and top off your days with healthy home-cooked meals. Add on a wine tasting trip in an organic vineyard and plenty of time to chill out by the pool and you've got yourself a pretty great holiday! After you've touched down in Faro airport on Day 1, transfer to the surfhouse and get settled in with a welcome dinner. Days 2-4 will be spent surfing, with morning and afternoon surf lessons lasting about two hours each. Post surfing, enjoy some relaxing yoga while the sun goes down. Day 5 will be spent wine tasting, with an afternoon spent at a local vineyard, followed by dinner at a local restaurant (at extra cost). You'll then head off on Day 6. All levels of surfers, yogis and wine drinkers can apply!

SURFHOUSE BOOT CAMP 5 DAYS, Lagos

R5,363

FR

Lagos

highlights

• Enjoy an included surf lesson • Take in the views on a scenic hike • Two personal training sessions

inclusions

Departs: Selected dates in 2018 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in surfhouse (4 nts). Upgrade available Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Faro airport can be arranged for approx. €30 Note: Includes surf lesson, 2 personal training sessions, paddleboard lesson and hike Tour Code: LOSBOT

• Three sunset yoga sessions • Stand-up paddleboard lesson • Plenty of free time throughout

If sitting around on your hols just ain't your thing, then we've whipped up the ideal adventure for you. It's all about the outdoors - hiking across rugged clifftops, hanging ten with an included surf lesson, stand-up paddleboarding through grottos and coves... heck there's even a personal trainer on site! Commence your active five-day adventure on Day 1 with a welcome dinner, providing you with much-needed energy for the next few days! Wake up to an included surf lesson on Day 2, followed by sunset yoga and another tasty supper. Work your muscles with a personal training session the following morning, then go on a hike to see some of the region's most stunning scenery. Continue the exercise with another training session on Day 4, followed by a paddleboard session and more yoga. Depart at any time on Day 5.

BAD YOGIS WEEK 8 DAYS, Lagos

R4,059

FR

Lagos

• 10 yoga lessons included • A variety of yoga sessions • Optional massages

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Departs: Selected dates in 2018 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in surfhouse (7 nts). Upgrade available Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Faro airport can be arranged for approx. €30 Note: Includes 10 yoga sessions. Massages not included but available Tour Code: LOSYOG

highlights

• Located right by the Atlantic • Plenty of chill out time • Indulge in wine post-yoga

Whether you can bend into any pose or can’t touch your toes, or know more about drinking wine than downward dog time; as long as you’re keen to get your yoga on whilst on holiday, this is for you! After you've landed in Faro airport on Day 1, head to the surfhouse and get stuck in with your first yoga session. The aim over your week's stay is to increase your flexibility and strength, with awakening morning sessions and restorative, softer classes in the evening. A longer meditation session is typical in the evening, so you’ll be rested and ready to treat yourself to a post-yoga glass of wine. You are on holiday after all! There's also a chance to indulge in a massage or two to feel really relaxed and zen (at extra cost). You'll enjoy a free day to do as you please on Day 7, then you'll check out on Day 8 to head back to the airport.

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• Hearty breakfasts and dinners • Hang out with fellow surfers • Chill out by the pool


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IBERIAN ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, Madrid

R8,990/R8,550

FR

Madrid

highlights

• Relax in a Hammam bath • See palaces and cathedrals • Party hard in Portugal

• Surf, swim and sunbathe • Enjoy tapas and flamenco • See Consuegra's windmills

DAY ITINERARY

Madrid

M O RO CCO

Unlimited hop-on hop-off pass (BU) Fr $17,960

SPANISH SPREE 14 DAYS, Madrid

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Granada / Madrid Get right to the action after breakfast this morning as you make for the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Afterwards, opt to zen out in a traditional Moorish hammam spa before you hit the bars and restaurants with your guide. On Day 7, head to the capital via the famous windmills of Consuegra and the ancient city of Toledo. If you're sticking around, make use of Busabout's hop-on hop-off coach network! (2B)

inclusions Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostels (7 nts). Twin-share upgrade available Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Note: Includes orientation walks in each town, pub crawl in Lagos and Alhambra Palace tour Tour Code: BU

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03-05

Lagos / Tarifa / Granada Today is full of free time. Opt to go on a kayaking trip to explore stunning sea grottos, laze on sandy beaches or delve into the depths of old town's history. Prep yourself for round two tonight! The next day, head back into Spain and enjoy a traditional lunch in Tarifa before you explore Guzman Castle and the beaches of the Straits of Gibraltar. Later on, opt to hop aboard the ferry to Morocco and enjoy a guided tour of Tangier and its famous markets. Once you've filled your boots with souvenirs, catch the ferry back to Tarifa. Next day we travel to Granada where you'll get the option to watch a traditional flamenco show. (3B)

Seville, Spain

Jan

01-02

Madrid / Seville / Lagos Hit the road straight away and head to the picturesque city of Seville, stopping at the Mezquita monastery in Córdoba along the way. Upon arrival, head out on a walking tour with a local guide then hit the hostel bar. The next day, cross into Portugal and make for Lagos. Once you're settled in, get your drinking hat on for an included pub crawl! (B)

R20,999

FR

Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See Madrid’s Royal Palace • See the cliffs of Aqueduct • Hit San Sebastián's beaches

• Visit Ibiza (summer only) • Awe at the Alhambra • Sample Barcelona's tapas

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Boutique Local (COCEBBBL12) 12 days, Fr R38,685

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Jun

Bilbao

May

ATLANTIC OCEAN

inclusions Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share room in hotels (13 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry crossing, flight to Ibiza (summer only) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBEH/ COWWEH - note that winter departures follow a modified itinerary and do not visit Ibiza.

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10-14

Granada / Seville / Córdoba / Madrid Start Day 10 with an optional locally-guided tour through the Muslim Quarter of Albaicín. Next up is a tour of the Alhambra, a Moorish-era palace. On day 11, wind along the Costa del Sol and past the Rock of Gibraltar until you come to Seville. See the cathedral and Alcázar palace, then head to Córdoba for the night. On Day 13, hit the road one last time and stop by medieval Toledo on your way back to Madrid. (5B, D)

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Mar

05-09

Pamplona / Barcelona / Ibiza / Granada Stop in Roman-style Zaragoza before making your way to the buzzing city of Barcelona. Wander through the Gothic Quarter on Day 5 then experience plenty of food, fiesta and fashion on a city tour on Day 6. Hop aboard a flight to Ibiza the next day for two days of sunshine, beach time and plenty of party time. Next stop; Granada! (5B, D)

Bilbao, Spain

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01-04

Madrid / Bilbao / Pamplona Arrive in Madrid, check yourself in and meet your new buddies over dinner. Day 2, wander along Gran Via, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and step into the lavish rooms of the magnificent Royal Palace. Head north on Day 3 via the pretty clifftop town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and squares. See the beautiful Roman aqueduct before arriving in Bilbao, home to its own Guggenheim Art Museum. Start Day 4 with free time in the seaside resort of San Sebastián. Later, pull into the beautiful city of Pamplona, where you’ll spend the night. (3B, 2D)

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BEST OF NORTHERN SPAIN 8 DAYS, Barcelona

R23,599

FR

Madrid Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Grasp the Catalan culture • Bed down in a casa rural • Sunbathe in San Sebastián

• Explore Bilbao’s Old Quarter • Sip vintage wines in Logroño • Views of the Pyrénées

06-08

San Sebastián Pyrénées

Logroño

Barcelona Madrid

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts) Transport: Public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250325 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESNS

My Own Room Available: Fr R4,379

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BEST OF SOUTHERN SPAIN 8 DAYS, Madrid

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Jan

Logroño / Madrid Head inland to the wildly underrated city of Logroño at the heart of the Rioja wine-producing region, and sample the region’s local vintages in a wine tasting session. On Day 7, travel to Madrid for an orientation walk and enjoy a free afternoon in Spain’s capital city. Depart on Day 8. (2B)

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Bilbao

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05

San Sebastián Today you'll take a day trip to the nearby beach town of San Sebastián. While you're here, opt to take a pintxos tapas tour or get stuck in with learning all about the area's intriguing Basque culture. If you're looking to just chill, why not hang out at the Playa de la Concha beach? (B)

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04

Pyrénées Mountains / Bilbao Travel to Bilbao, situated in the unique Basque region of Spain, and get settled in. That afternoon, you're free to explore. Opt to visit the Guggenheim Museum or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for great views over the city. (B)

Madrid, Spain

Mar

02-03

Barcelona / Pyrenees Mountains Take an orientation walk of the city’s Gothic Quarter before heading into the breathtakingly beautiful Pyrenees Mountains for a two-night stay in a converted farmhouse, also known as a casa rural. Enjoy home-cooked meals and optional hikes while you're here. (2B, 2D)

Feb

01

Barcelona Spain’s provinces are fiercely proud of their own individual culture and heritage, as you’ll notice when you arrive today in Catalonia’s capital. Head out to explore the city before meeting your group this evening.

R21,259

FR

Barcelona Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Spain's capital • Visit the Alhambra Palace • Catch a flamenco show

• See the ancient Mezquita • Feast on tasty paella • Enjoy a tapas cooking class

DAY ITINERARY

Barcelona

My Own Room Available: Fr R6,819

Departures 2018

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Seville

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Córdoba

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Madrid

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $285-370 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESMB

Apr

07-08

Barcelona Enjoy a free morning on Day 7 and hit the sights of Valencia, including the cathedral, the Llotja de la Seda building and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Later on head to Barcelona and take an orientation walk to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. That evening, take part in a tapas cooking class. Depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)

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06

Córdoba / Valencia Head to the coastal city of Valencia via the thousand-year-old city of Córdoba. Visit the multiarched Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from 785 AD, and have a stroll around the Jewish Quarter. Catch the train to the port city of Valencia and tuck into a traditional paella dinner on arrival. Make sure you wash it down with some wine! (B)

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Feb

04-05

Seville Head west on Day 4 to Seville, the colourful capital of Andalucía. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival then end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance. You're free to explore on Day 5. Opt to explore the former Jewish district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar Royal Palace or the world's largest gothic cathedral. (2B)

Alhambra Palace, Granada

Jan

01-03

Madrid / Granada Arrive into Spain's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Spend the next morning having a wander through the city before you head south to Granada via train. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival, then stroll through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicín. It's a great place to check out the sunset! The next day, enjoy a tour of the beautiful Alhambra Palace and discover the various tapas bars! (2B)

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IBIZA BLAST

R5,490/R5,220

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4 DAYS, San Antonio

San Antonio

highlights

• Party it up with famous DJs • Go to a popular superclub • Check out the hippy markets

• Chill out on the beach • Enjoy a massive boat party • Try authentic tapas

I B I Z A

San Antonio

San Antonio Rise and shine to another day in paradise. If you’re up before 10am (or just getting home) your breakfast will be included. Feel free to spend the day relaxing by the pool or grab a cocktail! This may also be your last opportunity to see the markets, Formentera, and the historic Ibiza Town, so make sure you check them out. Once you’ve had your fill of the local sights, cool off at the beach club. (B) San Antonio After you've summoned up the courage to get out of bed for breakfast (we believe in you), your trip sadly comes to an end. (B)

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min age 18 Accommodation: Triple-share basic hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Group Leader: Busabout Guide Group Size: Avg 25 Note: Includes a sunset boat party, entrance fee to a superclub, pub crawl and wristband for discounts Tour Code: BU

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02

San Antonio After breakfast, enjoy a day of exploring the local beaches or check out one of the numerous hippy markets. Las Dalias is extremely picturesque and should be the first port of call. If you crave an escape from the hustle and bustle, you can also take an optional day trip to the gorgeous white sand beaches & crystal clear waters of Formentera. Join the world's biggest boat party this evening before you head to a world-famous super club. (B)

Feb

01

San Antonio Meet your guide and check in to your accommodation in the centre of town. Once you've dropped your bags, you have some free time to check out the local beaches or, if you’re planning a late one, perhaps a siesta? This evening, enjoy a pub crawl through Ibiza’s notorious West End.

R21,225

FR

Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Stroll in the Gothic Quarter • Party hard in Ibiza • Relax on beautiful beaches

• Gorge on paella in Valencia • Hit Madrid's museums • Opt to see a flamenco show

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Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Quad-share in hostels/hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry to/from Ibiza Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCIB

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Apr

06-09

Valenica / Madrid Wave goodbye to the White Isle today and head back to the mainland. Next port of call? Valencia; the birthplace of paella. Explore a whole host of colourful and crumbling buildings, then sign up for an optional cooking class with dinner included. The next day, make for Spain's capital Madrid. You'll bunker down here for the rest of our trip, getting acquainted with every nook and cranny. On Day 8, enjoy a city tour then opt to venture to the medieval walled city of Toledo. Later, you'll enjoy a farewell Española dinner before spending your last night as you choose. Madrid's nightlife is legendary, so why not check it out? Head off on Day 9 and wave goodbye to your new travel buddies. (4B, D)

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03-05

Ibiza Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, you’ll voyage by ferry to the world’s party capital, Ibiza. Take to the clubs straight away or ease yourself in with something a bit more low key. If you're not fussed by 6am dance floor sessions, don't worry. You'll find no shortage of pleasure in the pristine beaches, water sports and hippy markets found here! Opt for a boat ride to the idyllic isle of Formentera on Day 5 then watch the sunset at the idyllic Café del Mar. (3B)

Ibiza, Spain

Feb

01-02

Barcelona Kick off in the sultry Spanish city of Barcelona (also known as 'Barca'). From the hip neighbourhood of Gràcia to the iconic church of Sagrada Família, there's plenty to do here. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers and see where the night takes you! The next day, check out the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour, then opt to cruise the backstreets by bike or take in a flamenco show. (B, D)

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Independent Tour

Ibiza Town

R1,956

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Ibiza Town

• Camp right by the beach • Party each night

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ANDORRA SNOW WEEKENDER FROM BARCELONA Barcelona

R4,401

FR

Barcelona

3 DAYS

highlights

• Opt for yoga or volleyball • Daily breakfast and lunch

• Hit the slopes for two days • Explore tax-free Andorra

• Bus transfers included • Lift passes included

This package will put you right in the heart of the White Isle action, but instead of staying in your bog standard hotel, you'll camp right by the beach. To join, you'll need to spend a minimum of three days, and your typical day will start with a hearty breakfast then an optional yoga session. Afterwards, enjoy some volleyball, then grab lunch with a beer. Go snorkelling or cliff jumping in the afternoon, then eat, sleep, rave, repeat in the evenings!

Just a few hours' drive from Barcelona, this tax-free principality is great for skiing, snowboarding, partying and escaping to the mountains. Depart Barcelona at 8pm on Day 1 and sit tight for the scenic three and a half hour drive. Upon arrival, dump your bags and hit the bars! The next morning, hit the slopes and spend the whole day shredding, then toast your day with a few drinks. After more of the same on Day 3, head back to Barcelona via bus.

Departs: Daily (01Jun18-15Sep18) Accommodation: Tent (2 nts minimum) Meals: Daily breakfast and lunch. Unlimited beer and sangria for only €10 extra per day Note: Package includes daily activities and discounted club entry Tour Code: IBZWPP

Departs: 3-4 times per month (Jan-Mar) Accommodation: 3* hotel (2 nts) Transport: Bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Inclusions: Return bus transfers, lift pass and ski equipment. Snowboard hire is at extra charge. Tour Code: BCNAND

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STAR SURF CAMP SANTANDER Santander or Bilbao

R4,135

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Santander or Bilbao

• Spend a week surfing • Enjoy daily yoga classes

8 DAYS

highlights

• Eat barbecues on the beach • Opt to go paddleboarding

Spain's northern coast has stunning beaches, damn good surf breaks and beautiful views - all just a stone's throw from this awesome surf camp. Pitch up right in the heart of Oyambre Natural Park and enjoy a full week of surfing, yoga, paddleboarding, beach cruiser trips, volleyball and barbecues! You'll bed down in shared tipi-tent accommodation, tuck in to tasty dinners every day and will even get a free beach bag thrown in. What's not to love? Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share tent (7 nts). Single or twin upgrade available Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Santander/Bilbao Note: Good level of fitness required Tour Code: SDRDRF

STAR SURF CAMP FUERTEVENTURA Fuerteventura

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R4,522

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8 DAYS

highlights

• Stay right on the beach • 9 hours of surfing lessons

• All equipment hire included • Free activities included

Fancy spending eight days hanging out with like-minded travellers, surfing all day and chilling on the beach? Yeah, we thought so. Based in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura's Star Surf Camp is home to the island's best surf breaks. Enjoy nine hours of surfing lessons on Days 2, 3 and 4, with plenty of time to practice in between. When you're not surfing, make use of the free snorkelling and longboarding on offer, or hike a nearby volcano for epic views. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of mixed dorm, twin or double room (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Transport: Not included Includes: 3 surf lessons and equipment hire Note: Good level of fitness required Tour Code: FUESTA

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Spain’s most prosperous region, Catalonia is currently paving its way towards total independence. Whether it comes, we’ll have to wait and see. But with Barça on the map, we’re not betting against its potential! As Las Ramblas oozes with sangria, mojitos and mouth-watering pintxos, Gaudi’s fabled architecture marks the city’s skyline apart from any other. With this much on, it’s sure to keep you well-oiled from morning ‘til… well, the next morning.

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Location: Right on the edge of Barca's lively Raval neighbourhood, just a 20-minute walk from the beach.

Location: The trendy Gracia district, less than 20 minutes' walk from La Sagrada Família and Gaudi's iconic Casa Batllo apartments.

Vibe: Simple, a little funky and more than fit for purpose. A solid base with plenty of socialising opportunities.

Vibe: An eclectic mix of designs (think concrete floors, oversized birdcages, hundreds of lanterns), topped off with lots of orange!

Highlights: Private rooms • Private or shared bathrooms • Balconies • Air con • Linen/towels • In-room safe • Shared kitchen • Welcome drink and tapas • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Café • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Bicycle rental • 24-hour reception • Close to major attractions

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Location: A stone's throw from Catalunya metro station and just a five-minute walk from the Plaza Catalunya square.

Location: Set in the Gothic Quarter, close to Urquinaona metro station and popular Las Ramblas.

Vibe: Modern and artsy backpackers hostel decorated with murals throughout. Social times aplenty at the on-site bar.

Vibe: Recently renovated, this three-star hotel offers 157 clean and polished rooms, with a garden terrace and regular live music.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden courtyard • Bike rental • Vending machines • Smoking area

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Solarium • Bar (with live music) • Poolside bar (summer only) • Garden terrace • Laundry service • 24-hour reception

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Location: Nestled in the city centre, a five minute stroll from Provença station.

Location: Ramblas, as the name suggests. A 15-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya.

Location: Located in the Poble-Sec district, a short walk from the metro station.

Vibe: Laid-back hostel with a bar and tapas-style restaurant for socialising.

Vibe: Warm, knowledgeable staff make this place a great choice for curious travellers.

Vibe: A modern and practical hotel with a rooftop terrace and seasonal pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments available • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Close to station

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Luggage storage • Airport shuttle (at extra cost) • Close to the metro

Highlights: Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Rooftop terrace • Seasonal pool • Café • Bike rental

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Location: Raval district, close to Drassanes metro and Museu Maritim.

Location: Five minutes from Barcelona FC's legendary Camp Nou soccer stadium.

Location: Within stumbling distance of Las Ramblas and 20 minutes from the beach.

Vibe: Chic and minimalist accommodation with 89 clean, monochromatic rooms.

Vibe: Modern and bright apartments with kitchenette and separate living room.

Vibe: Modern but rustic with exposed stone walls and sleek furnishings.

Highlights: Private rooms • Rooftop terrace • Bar and lounge • Restaurant • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Apartments • Kitchenette • Air con • In-room safe • 24-hour reception • Weekly housekeeping • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception

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The fanciful architecture of Gaudi dominates the Barcelona skyline, and none more so than his beautiful Sagrada Familia. On top of a guided tour of the cathedral, this half-day trip also includes exclusive entry to the Tower of the Passion facade, where you can look out over a panoramic view of the city at 65m high.

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Exactly what it says on the tin, so form an orderly queue. Fall in love with the rich flavours of Barcelona with your own private guide and a night gorging on the city's famous tapas - pintxos. With four types of local tapas included, wash them all down with four glasses of regional Catalonian wine (also included).

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KAYAKING & SNORKELLING DAY TRIP

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Explore the rocky coves and seaside villages of the picturesque Costa Brava on this adventurous day trip. With kayaking, snorkelling and even cliff jumping on the cards, enjoy a range of activities in this stunning region of the Med. Transfers, a guide, a packed lunch, a beer and equipment are all included. BCNKAY


MADRID Simply Dali-cious SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

While Madrid may not have as many world-famous icons as other cities, it more than makes up for it in spirit, food and art. With Picasso, Dalí and Miró all gracing the walls of the capital’s galleries, there’s no better place to observe Spain’s artistic tradition. Once you’ve fed your inner culture vulture, let loose in Madrid’s gastronomic scene before hitting the tiles with the Madrileños. If you can tear yourself away from the tapas of course.

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Location: Right in the centre of Madrid, close to Santa Ana Square in Sol district.

Location: Close to Alonso Martínez metro and 20 minutes on foot from El Retiro Park.

Location: Great location right in the city centre, 500m away from Plaza Mayor.

Vibe: Two lively hostels with access to the discos, terraces and bars of both.

Vibe: Bright, relaxed and modern hostel set in a former 19th-century palace.

Vibe: Modern and minimalist hotel set in a former textile warehouse.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Roof terrace • Bar • Nightclub • TV lounge • Guided city tours

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Rooftop bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • TV lounge

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Terrace • Café • 24-hour reception

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Location: On Puerto de Toledo as the name suggests, next to the historic centre.

Location: Two minutes' walk from Puerta del Sol train and metro stations.

Vibe: Clean, spacious rooms and a casual, homely atmosphere.

Vibe: Relaxed and stylish hotel with a rooftop terrace for incredible city views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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The preferred stomping grounds of sun-worshippers on tour, and we can't blame them. Spain's beaches are among the best in Europe with sun, sea, sand and sangria taking to the stage front and centre. But that's just part of the story! Tenerife's walking festival champions its awesome volcanic hikes, Lanzarote is peppered with the works of late artist César Manrique, Ibiza has the wicked nightlife and Mallorca has coastal living down to a tee.

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Location: Just an eight-minute walk from the beach in the lively Marina district.

Location: A 20-minute walk from Ibiza's nightlife and three minutes from the beach.

Location: Fifteen minutes from the beach, close to Plaza de España.

Vibe: A social hub in the neighbourhood with Ryans Pub at its heart.

Vibe: A solid place to chill out in between raves. Dark curtains included for night owls.

Vibe: Bright, airy rooms set around a charming courtyard.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor terrace • Bar • Restaurant • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private apartments • Air con • In-room safe • Kitchenette • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Bike rental • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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Location: Four minutes on foot from Puerto del Carmen beach.

Location: Playa de la Arena's seafront promenade, seven minutes from the beach.

Location: Marbella's seafront promenade, a five-minute walk from the Old Town.

Vibe: Adult-recommended hotel and the ideal beachfront getaway.

Vibe: Great value for money, with gorgeous sea views from most rooms.

Vibe: Studios and one-bedroom apartments overlooking the Med.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Massage services

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • 24-hour reception

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PORTUGAL Not faro from heaven SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

Portugal has a knack for making cities. Take the capital, Lisbon: not just a home for UNESCO sites and the world's best custard tarts, but also to a hidden trove of rooftop bars, artsy cafés and an awesome nightlife. Towards the north, Porto is moulding itself as the country's gourmet capital, with cellars of port to match. Lagos, the poster gal of the Algarve, has stellar beaches while Faro's Old Town brings historical clout to the southern coast.

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Location: Next to the Parque Eduardo VII and three kilometres from São Jorge Castle.

Location: In the heart of the city, just a few minutes' walk from Rossio station.

Location: In the awesome Ribeira district of Porto, right next to the canal.

Vibe: Basic, no-frills hostel with a bar and outdoor terrace for cocktail o'clock!

Vibe: Comfortable hotel that has recently undergone a full refurbishment.

Vibe: Clean, sleek and rustic chic. No fuss but no corners cut either.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • All rooms en suite • Bar • Terrace • Lockers • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Café • TV room • Lounge • Reading room • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Air con • Individual light and socket • Bar • Daily events in the bar

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Location: Porto city centre, less than 200 metres from Trindade metro station.

Location: Walking distance from the town centre, but with space in between!

Location: In Faro's city centre and only a five-minute walk from the Old Town.

Vibe: Standard but comfy hotel rooms with excellent city connections.

Vibe: Includes all your home comforts with the added bonus of a social atmosphere.

Vibe: Clean and spacious, with some rooms enjoying a sea view.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Minibar • Panoramic Bar with city views • Restaurant • Terrace • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • Shared kitchen • Outdoor showers

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Venice's own colour chart. Renowned for its quality lace, the island also sticks out thanks to its brightly coloured houses.

The original own-brand pizza. Created in the Middle East (apparently) but perfected in Naples. Fall in love all over again.

During the Renaissance, rich families in this hillside town built turrets to show off their wealth. Just 15 remain, but they are pretty.

The world's second-most translated book (the Bible just about takes the edge) was penned right here, just outside the city of Lucca.

Once the playground of the Roman elite, Baia is now an underwater archaeological park. Dive down to see the amazingly-preserved ruins.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY 8 DAYS, Milan

R23,199

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Rome

• Guided walk in Milan • Free time in Florence • Leaning Tower of Pisa

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• Traditional Roman meal • See the canals of Venice • Panoramic views of Florence

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Pisa / Rome Take a local train to Pisa and spend some time at the Leaning Tower (props welcome for inevitable photo shoots). Continue on your way to Rome, arriving in the capital this evening. Jump straight in on Day 7 with an orientation walk before spending the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, get a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Your trip ends after breakfast. (3B, D)

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Florence Squeeze in some more Venetian magic this morning before travelling to Florence this afternoon. All your time here is spent at leisure and boy, is there a lot to get through! This is possibly one of the world's most impressive Renaissance cities, so opt for a few hours wandering around the Uffizi gallery, see the statue of David, take a walk across the Ponte Vecchio or head over to Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic views over the city. Dedicate some time to grab yourself some iced coffee and some glazed pastries. To. Die. For. (2B)

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• Leaning Tower of Pisa • Sample fine Chianti wines • Lake Como’s elegant villas

• Sea views in Cinque Terre • The hill scenery of Tuscany • Explore Venice's waterways

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Public bus, train, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $490-640 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIRV

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Lake Como / Venice Just north of Milan, the town of Como is the gateway to its namesake lake. With an included boat day pass, explore the beautiful resorts and villages with ease. Your final stop is Venice, full of ornate monuments and buildings that make it a city like no other. Explore the canals on an optional gondola cruise and take time to discover sights including St. Mark's Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Leave at any time on Day 14. (5B)

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Siena / Cinque Terre Enjoy a day trip to Siena, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. After an orientation walk, make the most of your free time with optional visits to il Campo or the Duomo. On Day 8, travel via Pisa to Cinque Terre, five UNESCO-listed villages sandwiched between the cliffs and the beach. Make your way around with your included train pass. (3B)

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Florence Take a local train to the Tuscan capital of Florence and take an evening stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city. With former residents including Michelangelo and Donatello, you can see why the city holds so much importance in Italy's varied history. (2B)

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Rome / Montepulciano Get yourself to Rome and start exploring the Eternal City. Find your bearings on Day 2 with an orientation walk, then set off on your own with options including Vatican City, the Colosseum or people-watching on one of the piazzas. The next day, continue to the heart of rural Tuscany, the wine-producing region of Montepulciano. Spend a day at leisure with optional bike rides and vineyard tours. (3B, D)

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SIMPLY ITALY 12 DAYS, Rome

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Rome / Sorrento Check in to your Rome hotel and get to know your group over dinner. On Day 2, travel south to Naples then continue on to the holiday resort of Sorrento, passing by Mt. Vesuvius on the way. Arrive on the Amalfi Coast and enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B, 2D)

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Capri Capri is a perennial favourite with the rich and glamorous, and today's the day to grab a slice of the action for yourself! Take a boat over to the island and prepare to be dazzled. During your time on land, explore the hillside town of Anacapri, take an optional cruise to the Green Grotto or grab a seat and a coffee al fresco with the locals. Shades on, pinkies up, and action. (B)

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Florence Leaving the southern coast behind, make your way through rural Umbria and the terrace vineyards of Tuscany until you find the Chianti region. Pull up for a local wine tasting (our kind of truck stop) before continuing on your way to Renaissance Florence. On Day 5, get a guided tour of the city's most famous sites with a local on a route that takes in the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria. Spend the rest of your time here at leisure. (2B, D)

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Verona / Venice Stop in Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony and the Roman Arena, then continue on to Venice. Head out to see the city canals at night, then get up the next morning for a full-on day of sightseeing. Enjoy an included motorboat to the nearby islands and make your own way around the Floating City's canals, squares and iconic architecture in your own time. (2B)

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Lake Garda / Milan / La Spezia (Cinque Terre) As you make your way to Milan, stop by the resort of Sirmione, located on the shores of Lake Garda. Next up is Italy’s fashion capital and economic powerhouse, Milan. On Day 9, you're off to the stunning cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. This UNESCO-listed region is one of Italy's crowning glories. Visit Monterosso and Portovenere and take a train along the scenic coast. Bring comfy shoes. (2B)

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Pisa / Rome Stop in Pisa to check out the famous Leaning Tower. In Rome, enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican and eat as much gelato as you can before you leave. The trip comes to an end after breakfast on Day 12. (3B)

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• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Included excursion to the Isle of Capri • Local wine tasting in the Chianti region

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ITALIAN ESPRESSO 8 DAYS, Rome

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snapshot Short, punchy and soul-awakening, just like a classic Italian espresso. In just over a week, see the best of northern and central Italy with overnight stays in Rome, Florence and Venice. Explore the countryside (and its wines) and get a real sense of la dolce vita with local tours, dinners and free time at leisure.

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Rome Check in to your hotel and meet your new travel partners and hit the streets for some sightseeing. Today, this is a modern and cosmopolitan city, but the ancient monuments speckled throughout the streets can make this powerhouse of the former Roman Empire feel like a living museum. See the Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and the Roman Forum - just the thing to build an appetite for tonight's included dinner. Head out at your leisure on Day 2 and take part in an optional tour of the Colosseum or cook up a storm in a Roman cooking class. (B, D)

03-04

Florence After a visit to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, enjoy views of terraced vineyards and rolling hills as you pass through Umbria and rural Tuscany on your way to the Renaissance masterpiece of Florence. Once a cradle of art, culture and scientific genius, the remnants are still here today, making up one of the world's classiest and most beautiful skylines. On Day 4, take a locally-guided tour for a closer look at the city's fantastic architecture and impressive history. Enjoy a traditional leather craft demo before seeing the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower and Piazza della Signoria, then head out to check out the shops along the Ponte Vecchio. (2B, D)

05-06

Florence / Venice Today, leave the city behind and make for the rural Chianti region nearby, famous the world over for its excellent wines. After a guided tour of a Tuscan winery, make for the hillside village of San Gimignano. This quaint, quite unusual village is nicknamed Medieval Manhattan because of its stone turrets, built by families as signs of power and wealth. Return to Florence for the night. The following morning, romance could be on the cards with a stop in lovestruck Verona to see the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. Later in the day, continue on to the fairytale-like city of Venice. (2B)

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Venice / Rome There’s no better place to find yourself lost than in the narrow alleyways and along the winding canals of Venice. There's good coffee, fancy shops and, of course, stripy gondoliers everywhere you look. Top that with a lagoon-full of gold-plated buildings, elaborate frescoes and ornate bridges, and you have a busy day on your hand. Our tip? Take a break from the sightseeing and find yourself a quiet piazza to enjoy a cup of coffee and soak in the gentler side of Venice away from the crowds. On Day 8, the trip comes to an end after breakfast in Venice. Otherwise, opt to take a complimentary transfer back to Rome. (2B)

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ITALIAN BELLISSIMO 11 DAYS, Rome

R28,265

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• Included Tuscan wine tasting • Rome guided tour • Free time to explore

• Visit the town of Lucca • Stay on the Italian Riviera • Dinner at the Cinque Terre

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Trip Style: Independent Insider Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Team Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COEXRR

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Italian Riviera Before hitting the coast of the Riviera, call by the beautiful town (a Tuscan favourite) of Lucca. Walk the town walls or just while away some time on its picturesque squares. Arrive this evening and spend the next two days soaking up the views over wine and antipasto! Visit the colourful cliffs of the Cinque Terre, wander around the boutiques of Portofino and check out the galleries of medieval Genova. (3B, D)

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Florence Time for a change of scenery! Aim for the vineyards of Tuscany and make for Florence, stopping for a wine tasting en route. Arrive this evening and spend the next two days at leisure. Opt for a Vespa tour or head out on foot, making room for a coffee and a fette biscottate on the way. On Day 6, a half-day trip to nearby San Gimignano could be on the cards as well as a Tuscan cooking lesson. (3B, D)

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Rome Arrive in Rome and get off on the right foot with a hearty Italian welcome dinner. Containing over 2,500 years of history and mythology, Rome remains ambiguous to the uneducated eye. On Day 2, up your knowledge on a guided Hidden Rome sightseeing tour and opt for a cooking class in the evening. The following day, find a pokey wine bar in Pigneto or try red wine gelato (yum?) at Gelateria de Teatro. (2B, D)

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Florence Check in to your hotel and meet your tour leader for an orientation walk of the city. Passing by the Ponte Vecchio, finish up on one of Florence's busiest streets for your first aperitivo. Day 2 is yours to see the city at your own pace. Don't miss the chance to visit the monumental galleries and museums dotted around the place, and make time to swing by Michelangelo's David. On Day 3, enjoy a day tour to nearby Pisa and head up to the coastal beauty that is Cinque Terre. (D) Venice Catch the train and pull into Venice in just two hours. Dump your bags in your hostel then go on an orientation walk to see St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the Palazzo Ducale. Enjoy a free afternoon and a full day on Day 5 to wander at leisure. Take to the canals on a gondola or sign up to a half-day tour to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. On Day 6, take a day trip to Italy's most romantic city: Verona. The setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it's also known for its spectacular Roman Amphitheatre. Return to Venice late afternoon.

Duomo, Milan

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Milan Travel to the global capital of fashion, Milan. On arrival, head out to see the Duomo, Vittorio Emanuele II's gallery and finish up by the Navigli, the perfect spot for a night out. The next morning, take a day trip to Lake Como. Take a ferry around the lake to check out some lakeside villages before returning to Milan in the evening. End the tour on Day 9, or take a train to Rome to join the Let's Go South tour (page 139). Interlaken

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Departs: Sundays Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorms (5 nts), hostel or cabins in camping village (3 nts) Transport: Train, boat Meals: 1 dinner Group Leader: Local tour guides Group Size: Min 2, Max 10 Tour Code: FLNRTH

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WINTER IN ITALY WITH VENICE CARNIVAL 9 DAYS, Rome

R21,919

FR

Venice Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Entrance to Venice Carnival • Traditional Roman dinner • Orientation walk in Florence

• Day trip to Pisa • Three days of carnival • Free time to explore

DAY ITINERARY

03-05

Florence / Pisa Today's destination is Tuscany, a region with good food, good wine and cultural icons coming out of its ears. Tuscan capital Florence is your home for the next three days. Sightseeing here can be quite intense, so take things at your own pace and take regular breaks for coffee, snacks and the odd aperitivo. Perennial favourites include the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and the Mercato Centrale. Another site worth exploring is nearby Fiesole, which has a great vantage point with views over the city. On Day 5, take a day trip to Pisa (Leaning Tower selfie included). (3B)

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Rome Arrive in the capital at any time on Day 1, and make the most out of your free day. The next morning, take an orientation walk around the Eternal City then opt to visit the Pope's home country, Vatican City, where you'll find St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Other sites for your list include the Colosseum and Roman Forum, nearby Trastevere and the gelaterias of Piazza Navona. Tonight, get a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. (B, D)

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Pisa

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Venice Travel to Venice on Day 6. The carnival will be in full swing when you arrive so put on your mask (the wackier the better) and join the other revellers, mulled wine in-hand, as you make your way to St. Mark's Square. Picture the spires of the Basilica looming over and the bobbing of the gondolas on the Grand Canal, and you've got yourself a pretty great setting. It all finishes on Martedí Grasso, Fat Tuesday, and you'll be right at the heart of it 'til the end. Depart at any time on Day 9. (4B)

Departs: 21Feb18 Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Train Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $310-405 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIIC

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BEST OF TUSCANY 4 DAYS, Florence

R4,711

FR

Florence Small Group Adventure

highlights • Sample the Tuscan good life • Wine tasting in Chianti • Visit San Gimignano's turrets

• Learn the history of Siena • Guided tour of Florence • Stroll around the Cinque Terre

DAY ITINERARY 01

Florence Get a taste for la dolce vita in Italy’s cultural Mecca. Check in at your city-centre hostel and spend your first evening on a guided tour of Florence. Fall in love with the architecture and Renaissance art created by famous artists, then get to know your group over an aperitivo and a tasty Italian buffet. End the city tour in one of the city’s most lively street, with bars aplenty! Drink and dance the night away or return back to your hostel for a good night’s kip.

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San Gimignano / Monteriggioni / Chianti / Siena Today's day trip takes you to four famous Tuscan spots. Walk among the stone towers of UNESCO-listed San Gimignano, indulge in a wine tasting session in the world-famous Chianti region and, after a brief photo op at medieval Monteriggioni (Tuscany's most preserved medieval town), round off the day on Siena’s Piazza del Campo.

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Pisa / Cinque Terre After a brief selfie stop at the Leaning Tower, go north to the Cinque Terre and discover the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. Lounge away on the charming beaches, walk the scenic hiking trails, and enjoy a locally-prepared lunch of traditional cuisine. (L)

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Florence Store your bags in the hostel and make the most of your last day in Florence. Iced coffees might well be in order! Depart at any time.

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Cinque Terre

Florence Pisa

Departs: Fridays and Sundays (Apr-Oct) Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: 6/8-bed dorm in a hostel in central Florence (3 nts). Private upgrades available Meals: 1 lunch Group Size: Max 8 Transport: Private transfers Includes: Local English-speaking guides, transport, maps and info pack, and all day trips Tour Code: ROMTUS

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ITALY HIGHLIGHTS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Rome

R12,069

FR

Rome Independent Tour

highlights

• Foodie bike tour of Rome • Accademia Museum tickets • Tablet guide of Florence

• Venice walking tour • Included gondola ride • Free time in capital Rome

DAY ITINERARY ITALY

01-02

Rome Reach your accommodation with minimal fuss with included transfers from Rome airport, and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. On Day 2, jump straight in with a foodie city tour by bike, a 14km loop that will take you to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Jewish Ghetto and the Trevi Fountain. On your way, snack your way around Italian cuisine with pizzas, gelato and baked goods on the go. (B)

03-04

Florence Make your own way to the bus station and transfer to Florence. Check in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. On Day 4, take advantage of your skip-the-line ticket to the Accademia Museum to see a masterpiece in the (marble) flesh, Michelangelo's David. Then, head out to see the city's famous landmarks with the help of your included tablet city guide. We suggest a visit to the gardens at Palazzo Medici if you fancy a quiet (and scenic) couple of hours. (2B)

05-06

Venice Head to the train station to catch your next ride to the Floating City of Venice. This evening, soak up the atmosphere of the dramatic city on your own. Next up on Day 6, a two-hour cultural tour of Venice to introduce you properly to its impressive landmarks and irresistible atmosphere. Afterwards, enjoy a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and the charming Fenice neighbourhood. (2B)

07-08

Rome Transfer back to Rome and enjoy one last evening in the capital before your tour ends on Day 8 with an included airport drop-off. (2B)

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Venice

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Florence

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels (depending on package) (7 nts) Transport: Bus, train, airport transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Local guides Includes: Transport, Rome bike & food experience, Florence Accademia self-guided tour, Venice walking tour & gondola experience Tour Code: BEROMHGH

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ITALIAN ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, Rome

R4,490/R4,270

FR

Rome

highlights

• Visit the ruins of Pompeii • Dine on traditional cuisine • Get a taste for limoncello

• Celeb-spot in Isle of Capri • Enjoy gorgeous sea views • Explore the town of Sorrento

DAY ITINERARY 01

Rome / Pompeii / Sorrento Rise and shine for an early drive to Pompeii, one of Europe’s most compelling archaeological sites whose treasures were buried by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Continue down the Amalfi Coast, twisting through a succession of villages on your way to the resort of Sorrento, your base for the next two nights. Dip in the pool or visit the campsite beach before making you way into town for an orientation walk and an optional meal at a traditional restaurant. Later, go seek out a few cocktails at some local bars.

02

Isle of Capri Get a taste of la dolce vita as you jump on a local boat and head over to the Isle of Capri for the day. Capri is a celeb favourite, so keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the Knowles-Carter clan. Tour along the coastline and check out the gorgeous scenery. Take an optional cable car ride up to Monte Solaro and keep a look out for any wandering celebrity. They like to come here on their days off. Get hold of some Italian gelato and enjoy the beach. Return to Sorrento for the night.

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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 the afternoon, head back to Rome where the trip concludes. Local traffic conditions mean we can't guarantee the return time so we recommend you book your onward travel for the day after your trip ends.

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Isle of Capri

inclusions Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share tent cabins (2 nts). Upgrade available Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: Not included Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Tour of Pompeii and Sorrento, boat trip to/around Capri, guided Amalfi Coast drive, limoncello demo and chocolate tasting. Tour Code: BU

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LET'S GO SOUTH 7 DAYS, Rome

R10,595

FR

Rome

highlights

• Tour the sites of Rome • Learn about Vatican City • Entrance to Pompeii

• Try Sorrento's limoncello • Isle of Capri day trip • Cruise the Amalfi Coast

DAY ITINERARY

03-04

Rome / Pompeii / Sorrento Day 3, soak up this history and channel your inner gladiator at the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Enjoy a free afternoon to see the sights, or go shopping in the Piazza di Spagna district. The next day, it's time to leave the city and travel south to Pompeii, the UNESCO World Heritage Site buried by ash after the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Continue to Sorrento and dine on classic Italian staples: pasta, gnocchi and limoncello liqueur.

05-07

Isle of Capri / Amalfi Coast / Positano / Naples / Rome Day 5, and it's time to hit the waters of the Med with a boat trip to the Isle of Capri. Visit Mt. Solaro and the Blue Grotto and make sure to check out the views from the summit of Mt. Solaro - the photo ops here are second to none! Tonight, enjoy your dinner in one of Sorrento's famous pizzerias. Next day, take a trip along the Amalfi Coast, calling by the village of Positano and passing by the Island of Galli and the Emerald Grotto along the way. On Day 7, visit Naples (where pizza was born!) on the way back to Rome, where your trip ends. Check out the city’s monuments and have one last browse of the shops.

Colosseum, Rome

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Rome I TA LY

Pompeii

inclusions Departs: Mondays (May-Sep) Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels in Rome (3 nts), shared cabin in Sorrento camping village (3 nts). Private upgrades available Meals: 1 dinner Transport: Private van/coach to Amalfi coast, boat ride to Capri Includes: English-speaking tour leader, guided tours, orientation walks and transport Tour Code: ROMSOU

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BEST OF SICILY 8 DAYS, Catania

R18,899

FR

Catania

highlights

• See Sicily’s best sites • Enjoy a local farmhouse stay • Get up close to Mt. Etna

Small Group Adventure

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Ragusa Modica

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Mt Etna Randazzo

May

Palermo

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, train, private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIBS

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07-08

Mt. Etna / Catania Get up early this morning for a visit to imposing Mt. Etna. Hike past the lava flows on the south side for some dramatic views and, if you have enough energy left, opt for a more strenuous trek with a local guide (weather permitting). Enjoy a free afternoon in Catania then depart at any time the following day. (2B)

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Syracuse / Randazzo Next up is Modica, most famous for its Baroque architecture and its traditional Aztec chocolates. Speaking of, enjoy an included chocolate tasting followed by a cheese tasting (two of our absolute favs) before attempting to squeeze in lunch as well. After all, the best way to a place's heart is through its food! Continue on to the ancient town of Scicli to find the Church of San Matteo before heading to the Greco-Roman seaside city of Syracuse for the night. Spend a free morning here at leisure on Day 6 then head to your farmhouse stay at Giarre, where you'll enjoy an included dinner. (2B, L, D)

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Catania / Palermo / Ragusa Arrive in Catania at any time and meet your new travel group. On day 2, travel by train to Palermo, Sicily's capital. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival before setting out on foot to discover its hidden gems: quiet cloisters, vintage clothes stores and unassuming chapels. On Day 3, visit Monreale for views of La Conca d’Oro Valley and visit the Norman cathedral before heading back to Palermo. Day 4, head to Ragusa for an orientation walk of the UNESCO-listed Old Town before quenching your thirst with an included wine tasting session. (3B, L)

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Rome Meet your group and tour leader and head out on an evening orientation walk of the Eternal City, passing by the Colosseum and the Roman Forum on your way. End the tour in a local restaurant for your Italian-themed welcome dinner. On Day 2, enjoy a guided walk along winding Roman backstreets, with sights including Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. After lunch, explore the Vatican Museums (entry included), Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (D)


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i t a ly Take it easy! Taking it Slow Forget about the jetset mentality for just a second. Local Living trips are designed for travellers who don’t want to rush around Europe at breakneck speed, ticking off sights and countries from a checklist. Local Living trips are for those who prefer to slip slowly into a destination and let it seep 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 be a part of everyday life in your new favourite place.

Unique Accommodation You won’t move around much on a Local Living trip, but considering the possible settings - Tuscany, Umbria and the Amalfi Coast, to name just a few why would you 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, medieval houses and organic lemon farms. Best of all? You’ll only have to unpack once!

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When you’re always on the move, there’s little time to really get to know a place. Local Living holidays are designed to do just that. Staying in authentic country homes, farmhouses, agriturismos and characterful apartments, you’ll get close to the land and its people while discovering the local culture through daily activities like hiking, cycling, vineyard visits, language classes or cooking demos. Instead of living out of a suitcase, you’ll actually get to unpack! You’ll also have full control of your timetable, but with the added safety blanket bonus of a local Chief Experience Officer.

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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 will know your chosen region inside out and can help with translations, bike rental, restaurant recommendations, day trips and just about anything else you need.

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 local guest.

Completely Flexible 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), but essentially you’re free to do as much or as little as you want.

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AMALFI COAST LOCAL LIVING

R20,559

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8 DAYS

Departs: Selected Saturdays (Apr-Nov) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (6 nts) Transport: Minibus, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAL

AMALFI COAST WINTER LOCAL LIVING

R19,359

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7 DAYS

Arrive in Naples and transfer by train next day to a rural agriturismo with valley views. Your host is a keen organic producer and loves showing visitors around his family’s orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Peruse local markets, visit Pompeii, head out on the famous 'Walk of the Gods' hike and get the limoncello lowdown with a how-to demonstration. Departs: Selected Sundays (Jan-Mar,Nov), selected Thursdays (Dec) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAW

Small Group Adventure

TUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVING

R16,939

FR

7 DAYS

Travel by train from Rome to the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano and stay in a medieval house converted into apartments. Enjoy orientation walks in Rome, Siena and Florence, a half-day cooking class, walks through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You'll even get a traditional home-cooked dinner courtesy of your charming host, Ugo, a native of San Gimignano. Departs: Selected Sundays (Jun-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), apartments in locally-owned home (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $215-280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAEIGL

Small Group Adventure

UMBRIA LOCAL LIVING

R19,359

FR

8 DAYS

Unwind at Italy's foodie favourite, Umbria. Take a private van from Rome and settle in at your guesthouse on a sustainable farm. How you spend your week here is up to you. Help with animal feeding tasks and fruit picking on the farm, wake up slowly with a yoga session and head to nearby Gubbio and Assisi to do some sightseeing. Make sure to check out the wine cave... Departs: Selected Saturdays (May-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo/ guesthouse (6 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included Transport: Private vehicle Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 10, Avg 7 Tour Code: GAEILU

SORRENTO LOCAL LIVING 7 DAYS, Naples

R20,559

FR

Naples Small Group Adventure • Visit the ruins of Pompeii • Stay on a local lemon farm • Sail to the Island of Capri

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Departs: Selected Sundays (May-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAEISO

highlights

• Hike the Walk of the Gods • Limoncello demonstration • Walking tour of Naples & Sorrento

Enjoy an orientation walk and an optional group dinner in Naples before transferring to Sorrento. Your home for the week is an organic lemon farm with sweeping views of the sea, where the host family will give you an in-depth look at life in an Italian agriturismo. Enjoy home-cooked dinners of fresh, organic produce and even make yourself the chef with an optional full-day cooking class. If you prefer beach time then take full advantage of the Amalfi Coast (sitting just around the corner) with a day trip to the elite island of Capri and hike the famous Walk of the Gods (if the weather allows). Also on the itinerary is a tour of the Pompeii ruins, a scenic boat ride from Positano to Sorrento and a limoncello-making demonstration and tasting. You know, to take the edge off.

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Arrive into Naples and transfer the next day to your agriturismo, a converted 16th-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 homecooked meals. Tour the ruins of Pompeii, cruise along the coast from Positano to Amalfi and go hiking on gorgeous walking routes.

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Italy’s capital has some pretty tasty ingredients for a city getaway, from a past steeped in history and mythology to ancient ruins, tasty food and worldclass art. There are pizzerias and gelaterias aplenty (and pretty much all worth it), marble sculptures, soaring basilicas and Baroque churches, plus The Vatican is just a stone’s throw away. Lap up the seductive city with a people-watching session in one of the sun-soaked piazzas.

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Location: Just a 15-minute drive from the Vatican, this is the closest campsite to the city's historic centre.

Location: A ten-minute walk from Termini train and metro station. The Colosseum is just two metro stops away.

Vibe: Easy-going atmosphere centring around the outdoor pool and bar in summer.

Vibe: A real social hub with a youthful party atmosphere and an international clientele. Book a private room for peace and quiet.

Highlights: Shared house tents • Private/shared cabins • En suite bathrooms (not available in house tents) • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • Barbecue area • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Rooftop terrace • Shared kitchen • Garden • Nightclub • Nightly DJ entertainment • Live concerts • Bike rental • Luggage storage

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Location: A short walk from Termini train station with excellent city links. Within walking distance to major attractions.

Location: Two hostels (Alessandro Palace and Downtown) just a short stroll from Termini train station.

Vibe: Opened in 2016, this hostel is spread over seven floors and is naturally social. Rooms are spacious and cleanly designed.

Vibe: Alessandro Palace has a lively bar with great drink specials. Downtown has fewer facilities but is more wallet-friendly.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms with en suites • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Lounge area • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Female-only dorms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen (Downtown) • Restaurant and bar (Palace) • Outdoor terrace (Palace) • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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Location: Central spot just 15 minutes from Termini Station and Trevi Fountain.

Location: In the heart of the city and within 2kms of the Roman Forum.

Location: Within easy reach of Barberini metro station and Trevi Fountain.

Vibe: A small hotel with comfy rooms. No frills, but everything you need.

Vibe: Set in an 18th-century building and on the upscale side of budget Rome.

Vibe: Set in a 16th-century building and featuring warm and clean décor.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Daily housekeeping • Bar • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Restaurant • High-speed Wi-Fi • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Soundproof rooms • In-room safe • Bar • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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R907 R563

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ROMANICO PALACE

R1,522 FRR870

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Location: Close to Termini Station as well as the Colosseum and Rome Opera House.

Location: In the centre of Rome next to the Termini train and metro stations.

Location: Away from the noise, just outside Villa Borghese park.

Vibe: Simple interior with few trimmings but everything you need for a comfy stay.

Vibe: Bright, spacious hotel with friendly staff who know the city inside out.

Vibe: Old-school imperial style with elegance and luxury in buckets.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Sauna • Express check-in/check-out • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Daily housekeeping • Luggage storage • Airport shuttle (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Marble bathrooms • Bar • Terrace • Sauna • Hammam • 24-hour reception

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R832

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Getting around three of Rome's most popular sites in just half a day may sound optimistic, but with skip-the-line access and a local guide by your side, anything is possible! On top of big hitters the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, head Palatine Hill for views over the city and Nero's Circus Maximus!

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VATICAN TOUR

R538

FR

HALF DAY

Enlighten your mind and spirit with this three-hour guided tour of the world’s smallest independent state and residence of the Pope. Prepare to be wowed by St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s epic Sistine Chapel. And forget about queuing with the crowds; your Skip the Line ticket will fast track you to the front.

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POMPEII FULL DAY TRIP

R2,185

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Explore a slice of history as you visit the infamous and still-active volcano that brought Pompeii to its tragic end in 79 AD. Take an optional short hike through soft volcanic ash, soak up stunning views of the city at the volcanic crater rim and enjoy a pizza lunch. Finally, head to Pompeii and wander its ghostly streets. ROMPVV


VENICE gondola with the wind

ITALY

For a city held above water by wooden sticks, Venice is doing pretty well for itself. As striped gondoliers go about their day they glide past gold-covered basilicas, Guggenheims and decorated bridges. There’s also high fashion, fine wine, fine dining, street performers and the biannual international arts festival, the Biennale. Aside from Piazza San Marco’s evident pomp, smaller piazzas provide a respite from the crowds. Good coffee included.

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Location: Set in Marghera, 25 minutes from the centre by public transport.

Location: The island of Giudecca, minutes from St. Mark's Square by water bus.

Location: At the heart of the Old Town, walking distance from St. Mark's Square.

Vibe: Easy-going campsite with space to sunbathe, swim and socialise.

Vibe: Housed riverside in a 200-year-old Venetian Palazzo. Great interior!

Vibe: A small hotel spread over three floors in a traditional Venetian building.

Highlights: Dorms • Bungalows or mobile homes • Restaurant • Bar • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Nightly DJs • Hot tub • ATM

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Safe • Lockers • Restaurant • Bar • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • Express check-in/check-out

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R2,316 R1,158

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R1,549

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Location: Central spot, just a ten-minute walk from St. Mark's Square.

Location: Right next to the Grand Canal, a five-minute walk from Rialto Bridge.

Vibe: Set in a historic building with great views of the canal.

Vibe: A gorgeous mix of contemporary chic and classic Venetian tones. Classy as.

Highlights: Private rooms • Lockers • Hair dryers • Outdoor terrace • Tea and Coffee facilities • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • Bar • Luggage storage • Room service • 24-hour reception

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Starting at the Rialto Bridge, this tour will get you to some of Venice's most popular sites such as St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Skip-the-line passes means more time for other activities like a glassmaking demo in Murano and a lacemaking demo in Burano. All this while discovering the city's beautiful hidden streets and piazzas. VCEISL

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FLORENCE . .and the flying machine

ITALY

A tempting antipasti of art and culture, Firenze is your ticket to a Renaissance throwback. Once home to the likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello (Raphael was in Rome, busy ruining our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joke), there are plenty of masterpieces knocking about. Spend time in the monumental Uffizi Gallery, head to the Duomo cathedral then cool off with a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio. Gelato in-hand, obviously.

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Location: Just a ten-minute walk from Santa Maria Nobella Station.

Location: Central setting a few steps from the Duomo and Accademia Museum.

Location: 200 metres from the main station, right in the centre.

Vibe: Social atmosphere with plenty to keep you busy between sightseeing trips.

Vibe: Comfy, traditionally-furnished rooms managed by friendly staff.

Vibe: Housed in a 19th-century palazzo with a real Tuscan feel.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Hammam • Sauna

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Bike rental • Library • Luggage storage • Express check-in/check-out

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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Location: In the highly social Santa Croce area overlooking the Arno. Vibe: A boutique hotel and a vision of white and gold. No. Dirty. Shoes. Highlights: Private rooms • Balconies • Air con • In-room safe • Pool • Outdoor terrace • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping

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If Czech Republic is the world's number one consumer of beer then the gold stuff must be good there right?

With loads of natural hot springs and hundreds of spas and bathhouses, Hungary is a great place to cure a hangover.

Easy to dismiss as simply a steamed German sausage lathered in curry ketchup but oh no. This street food is a cultural movement.

Fairytale mountains, pretty beach towns, village beer gardens, Baltic coastlines, a huge lake district. How have they kept it secret?

Over half of the country is covered by the Alps which means it's great for winter sports, hiking and scenic railway journeys.

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SKI AUSTRIA

R9,825

FR

9 DAYS, London (or Austria)

London (or Austria)

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• Stay in a traditional gasthof • See stunning alpine views • See daily Tyrolean village life

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• Enjoy the après-ski scene • Day trip to Salzburg • Guided tours of the piste

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Hopfgarten / London It's an early departure this morning as you board the return coach to London, where your trip comes to an end with a late evening arrival. (B)

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Trip Style: Winter & Ski Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Gasthof (7 nts), overnight coach (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts (upgrade to include 5 nights half board at a supplement) Group Leader: On-site team Tour Code: COC8SWBIT(London)/COCPC7SW (Austria)

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Hopfgarten Hopfgarten is the gateway to the SkiWelt, which boasts 280 kilometres (174 miles) of piste and more than 100 beginners, intermediate and advanced runs, ideal for learners and hardcore snow fans alike. Get some locally-guided piste tours and enjoy a day trip to Salzburg. The rest of the time is yours, but don’t forget to practice for the Grand Slam. By night, hang out in the gasthof bar or check out the après-ski scene at the pubs and clubs. (6B)

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Hopfgarten Arrive into the Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten and check in to your gasthof. It features single, twin and quad rooms, a cosy bar, Wi-Fi facilities and serves a hot buffet breakfast daily. Lift passes, ski school, snowboard lessons and all equipment hire can be arranged at an additional cost.

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London / Hopfgarten The week of skiing and snowboarding starts in London at 7pm as you board the overnight coach to Austria. Or, if you prefer, make your own way to Austria and get picked up at Innsbruck Airport or Wörgl train station (ideal if you're coming from Munich or Salzburg) on Day 2.

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AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST SUPER CRUISE 22 DAYS, Amsterdam

R86,900

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Budapest Exclusively for 21-45s

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• The modern way to cruise! • On-board DJs and movies • Try cheeses, beers and wines

• Cycle along rivers and canals • Relax in Budapest's spas • Discover hipster Bratislava

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Amsterdam / Haarlem / Duisburg / Cologne / Bonn Cruise from Amsterdam's red lights to the flowery Dutch countryside. There'll be cheese, tulips and an onboard DJ night. Then cycle into the medieval city of Cologne for beer halls and gothic churches. End Day 5 with a romantic ride to Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven. (4B, 5D)

06-11

Koblenz / Frankfurt / Miltenberg / Lohr / Würzburg / Kitzingen Cruise Rhine Gorge, past fairytale castles, to Frankfurt. Day 7, wander its markets and prepare for an evening cooking class. Then more freewheeling village adventures! Hiking, watercolour painting and pretzel-making await in Miltenberg, whilst night watchmen await to show you Würzburg's winding streets. Day 11 is all about slow food and then the group will snuggle up for an onboard movie night. (6B, 6D)

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Bamberg / Nuremberg / Regensburg / Straubing / Passau Wake up in the beer capital of Franconia for bikes, hikes and kayaks. To Nuremburg for a dose of history and Regensburg for party time. Day 16, enjoy a bike ride to the Bavarian Forest for a barbecue in the eve. (5B, 5D)

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Passau / Linz / Melk / Dürnstein / Vienna / Bratislava / Budapest Start with yoga, tour futuristic Linz, and chill in pretty Austrian countryside. Then to the classical Vienna and hipster Bratislava. End the cruise in the city of spas, Budapest. Feast like kings and end on Day 22. (6B, 5D)

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Miltenberg Würzburg Duisburg Kitzingen Cologne Bonn Koblenz Bamberg Dürnstein Frankfurt Nuremberg Lohr Vienna Straubing Regensburg Bratislava Passau Linz Melk Budapest

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EASTERN ROAD 13 DAYS, Berlin

R26,615

FR

Warsaw or Berlin Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Tuck into schnitzel and strudel • Relax in Budapest’s thermal spa baths • Take a tour of Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto

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• Soak up Berlin’s nightlife • Budapest night cruise and dinner • Sample Czech beers in Prague

Jan

Budapest, Hungary

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included

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Berlin Arrive in Berlin and get to know 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 on the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery, visit Checkpoint Charlie, explore the inner-city Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate, and get your rocks off in one of its legendary nightclubs. (B, D)

03-04

Berlin / Dresden / Prague Stop in Dresden, also known as the Florence of the North, on your way south to Prague. Gear yourself up for the grand architecture of the Royal Residence, Opera House and Frauenkirche, stroll across Charles Bridge to explore Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, wander the cobbled streets and gardens of the Old Town or bag yourself a spot on Wenceslas Square for some people-watching. (2B, D)

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Prague / Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside and call by the small town of Kutná Hora on your way to explore the Habsburg Palaces of Vienna. Day 6 is yours to stuff yourself silly with strudel, scream yourself hoarse on rides at Prater Park or take in an optional Mozart concert in the evening. (2B)

07-08

Vienna / Budapest Today, cross the Hungarian border to Budapest for views of Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Hungary’s beautiful parliament building. The next day is a free day to explore. Walk around historic Buda and modern-day Pest then opt to reward weary feet at one of the city's hot springs. (2B)

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Budapest / Banská Bystrica / Krakow Travel north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in Banska Bystrica before arriving in Polish Kraków. 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 nearby salt mines. (2B, D)

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Kraków / Auschwitz / Warsaw En route to Warsaw, stop at the World War II concentration camp of Auschwitz. On Day 12, take a guided tour of the Old Town, the Royal Palace and Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto. (2B, D) Warsaw / Berlin The trip ends after breakfast this morning, You can stay on in Warsaw or take the free transfer back to Berlin where your trip will end upon arrival. (B)

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Find out exactly why eastern Europe is one of the hottest destinations on the planet right now. From edgy Berlin, continue your journey around some more of Europe's surprising cities including Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. There's history, hot springs, palaces and plenty of afternoon drinking. Tidy.


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R27,159

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An intriguing combination of city buzz, village life and outdoor adventure, get the low-down on Eastern Europe’s history and culture. Travel from cutting-edge Berlin through fairytale medieval towns and imperial cities to Budapest. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEABE

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Vienna 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 distractions too. We’d like to recommend the Schönbrunn Palace, but we’d understand if you got distracted by the mouth-watering gateaux instead... (2B)

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Budapest Continue on to Hungary's capital, Budapest. There’s plenty to explore here, both in Buda and Pest, which face each other from either side of the Danube. Don’t miss the chance to visit Buda Castle, grab a drink in the city's ruin bars (pubs built in the abandoned ruins of the old Jewish Quarter) or get a good steaming in the thermal spas. Your tour ends on Day 14 and you’re free to leave at any time. (3B)

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Prague / Ceský Krumlov Enjoy a scenic train ride into the Czech Republic and spend the next three days soaking up Prague’s atmosphere, regarded by many as the unspoilt jewel in Europe’s historic crown. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or sip a cold glass of Pilsner on the banks of the Vltava River. Day 9, hop on a train and step into a fairytale at medieval Ceský Krumlov, where the castle towers over the town and its narrow cobbled streets. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site by foot or take to the water with an afternoon of rafting. Do not leave without trying a Trdelník pastry! (4B)

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Kraków Take the train to Kraków, one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe. Head for the Old Town and dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal. A visit to the former concentration camp at nearby Auschwitz is included, a sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity. You should also make time for Wawel Royal Castle, the cultural heart of Poland. (3B, L)

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Berlin Make your own way to Berlin and meet up with your group this evening. Day 2 is yours to discover this always-evolving city, which has more than a few reminders of its role in the history of both Germany and Europe, not least the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and surviving fragments of the Berlin Wall. Districts like edgy Kreuzberg and bohemian Prenzlauer Berg are well worth exploring. Opt to have a drink at the top of the famous Berlin television tower or make your way to one of the many world famous underground nightclubs. (B)

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• Ceský Krumlov - a medieval masterpiece • Explore Vienna on a guided walking tour • Soak in Budapest’s thermal baths

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• Make your way around dynamic Berlin • Opt for a Polish meal at Kraków’s milk bars • Get a sobering tour of Auschwitz

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Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Train, private bus, local bus Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $520-680 for meals not included

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The Sound of Music may have been filmed in nearby Salzburg, but there’s no shortage of the real thing here in Austria’s capital. Having hosted the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn, the city’s musical legacy is pretty impressive. But so is everything else, from the architecture and the markets to the wine. Surrounded by seven km2 of vineyards, no capital is better equipped for your grape-based needs! As Billy Joel said, Vienna waits for you.

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Location: Close to the shopping mile and the concert halls, museums and galleries.

Location: In the 'student ghetto' with great nightlife and budget eats nearby.

Location: The best part of the city, between Naschmarkt and Karlplatz Square.

Vibe: Clean, bright and spacious rooms with plenty of socialising opportunities.

Vibe: Stylish, social hostel with a lobby reminiscent of a Viennese coffee house.

Vibe: A quiet family-run hotel set in an Art Deco building in trendy Freihausviertel.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Snack bar • Library • Bike rental • Games room • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Bar • Nightclub • 24-hour reception • Free drink voucher

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Location: On a shopping street, next to Meisel Market.

Location: Only 15 minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Vibe: Comfortable, family-run hotel with a homely feel.

Vibe: Well-appointed rooms and spacious common areas. Relaxation central.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Terrace • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Spa • Gym • Tennis court • 24-hour reception • Shuttle service (at extra cost)

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Take to the city on two wheels and follow an expert guide around Vienna's best and most popular spots, including parts of the Danube River. Pass by the bright hues of the Hundertwasserhaus, a colourful apartment block covered in trees and shrubs, as well as Hofburg Palace, City Hall, Prater's Ferris wheel and the Opera House. VIVIE1

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BERLIN learning the BER-LINgo CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Another perpetual topper of the Europe cool list, Berlin is sure making up for lost time. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city has grown into a quirky, artistic and rebellious player on the world stage. Famed for its cool bars, boutiques and galleries (not forgetting its ruthless nightlife) it’s also a historical heavyweight where sobering memorials and museums take centre stage. Chow down on currywurst and don your explorer’s hat.

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Location: Two hostels! One in Mitte, right at the heart of the city. The other in Prenzlauer Berg, in trendsetter East Berlin.

Location: Set in Berlin's popular student district, just a five-minute walk from Ostkreuz train station.

Vibe: Generator Mitte soaks up the artsy atmosphere of nearby Hackescher Markt. For Prenzlauer Berg, think edgy party hostel.

Vibe: A renovated factory building in easy reach of Berlin's best bits. Spacious rooms, laid-back atmosphere and great nightlife.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Common room • Outdoor terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Café • Barbecue area • ATM • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Snack bar • Barbecue area • Garden • ATM • Luggage storage • Bike rental • Karaoke • Volleyball • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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Location: Friedrichshain, Berlin's artsy neighbourhood. Only a few minutes walk to the East Side Gallery and Berlin's best dance clubs.

Location: Right on Alexanderplatz Square, and a ten-minute walk away from Museum Island and lively Hackescher Markt.

Vibe: Modern hostel-come-hotel in an historic school building. The social atmosphere makes it a great place to meet other travellers.

Vibe: High spec rooms with tasteful furnishings and marble bathrooms. Get knock-out panoramic views from the hotel bar.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Indoor pool and sauna • Outdoor terrace • Free yoga (Thursdays) • Games room • ATM • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 3 restaurants • Bar • Outdoor terrace • Sauna • Fitness centre • Massage • Bike rental • ATM • Laundry • Luggage storage

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JEWISH MUSEUM

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R347

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R672

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R346

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A-List | NH Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt

VOLKSPARK HASENHEIDE

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ECONTEL HOTEL

A-List

R806 R403

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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HOTEL INDIGO BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ

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R1,527 FRR764

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Based in the affluent district of Charlottenburg, a 15-minute walk from the palace and peaceful gardens.

Location: The trendy Mitte district, a ten-minute walk from Alexanderplatz Square.

Vibe: Convenient and quiet hotel with all the essentials, plus a restaurant serving up Brandenburg specialities.

Vibe: Combining excellent location with boutique-style rooms and fancy toiletries. Travel-size you say...

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Bicycle rental (at extra cost) • Laundry • 24hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rain shower • Bathrobes • Restaurant • Bar • Outdoor terrace • Fitness centre • Luggage storage • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

EXFRA3

BERLIN PASS

R1,598

FR

2-3 DAYS

HIGHLIGHTS & HIDDEN SITES HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

EHBER4

R466

FR

HALF DAY

WITHLOCALS WWII PAST AND PRESENT TOUR

R343

FR

FULL DAY

Available as a two or three-day option, this pass gives you access to the whole city without spending an extra penny. With access to over 60 attractions including the Jewish Museum, the Neue National Gallery and the Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, you can also opt to add on unlimited use of public transport between Zones A, B and C.

Discover the history of the Third Reich and Cold War on this fascinating, four-hour walking tour. You’ll visit the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Wall's ‘death strip’, Brandenburg Gate and the Nazi War Bunkers. Then, head on to the controversial Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag Parliament and the Nazi Book Burning memorial.

Dive into the rich history of Berlin with your favourite local. Learn about the city's storied past and visit must-sees like the Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburg Gate. You'll also stop at lesser-known landmarks. Plus, if you suddenly get a currywurst craving, I'm sure your guide will know the best place to pick it up!

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MUNICH The Bavarian capital CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Introducing Munich, the pulsing city that positively crackles for legendary booze fair Oktoberfest. Attracting millions of revellers worldwide, you’ll spend your days and nights drinking beer by the stein (ein prosit!), eating 15-inch pretzels and cutting shapes to traditional Bavarian music. If this isn’t floating your boat or you’re visiting outside of Sept/Oct, (literally) grab your skates and whizz around the Olympic ice rink like a pro.

Glampacker

WOMBAT'S CITY HOSTEL MUNICH FRR438

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Rock Solid

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A&O MÜNCHEN HACKERBRÜCKE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

R269 R537

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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CREATIF ELEPHANT

R1,144 FRR699

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Next to the main train station and a ten-minute walk from the city centre.

Location: One train stop from Central Station, a short drive from Oktoberfest.

Location: A short walk from Central Station and the Stachus/Karlsplatz pedestrian area.

Vibe: A social hostel that's convenient and budget friendly.

Vibe: No frills but clean and spacious, a great base for all your beer festivity needs.

Vibe: A budget hotel with all the basics covered for a few nights' stay.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Bar • Chill-out area • Luggage storage • Complimentary drinks voucher on arrival

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Rooftop terrace • ATM • Luggage storage • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Offsite parking (at extra cost)

MUCWOM

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EDEN HOTEL WOLFF

R1,813 R1,334

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROYAL CASTLES DAY TOUR

R848

FR

FULL DAY

BAVARIAN BEER AND FOOD EVENING TOUR

R521

FR

HALF DAY

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Location: Across the road from Central Station and one stop from Oktoberfest. Vibe: Bright, spacious rooms in a circa-1890 Art Nouveau building. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Rooftop terrace • Spa • Sauna • 24-hour reception

Escape the city for a day and go all royal in the Bavarian hills as you visit two of King Ludwig II's castles. First up is Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration behind Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'. The second, Linderhof Palace, is thought to have been modelled on Paris' Versailles. So it's glamour all round, then! VIMUC1

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This tour is your crash course in Bavarian beer tasting and etiquette. And we're pretty sure you'll ace it. Visit three iconic Munich beer halls and gardens and try out some local brews including the popular Helles or Dunkles. Your first and final beers are on us, and we'll throw in a Jägermeister as well. You know, to wash the beer down... VIMUC2


PRAGUE czech in to bohemia CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Seeing as the beer is generally cheaper than bottled water, budget-conscious travellers can let loose in the Czech capital. And if the Gambrinus, Kozel and Pilsner aren’t enough to entice you, perhaps the fairytale-like architecture will do the trick? Or its medieval warrens? Or the gothic spires of Prague Castle? Spending your time under the watchful eye of one of the world’s oldest working clocks, you’ll soon see time rushing by.

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PLUS PRAGUE

R197 R323

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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SOPHIE'S HOSTEL

R234 R543

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CZECH INN

R139 R420

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Location: Around 15 minutes away from the city centre by tram.

Location: Central location in New Town, a five-minute walk from Wenceslas Square.

Location: In the hip Vinohrady district, close to bars and beer gardens.

Vibe: A great place to meet other travellers for that legendary Prague night out.

Vibe: On the budget end of boutique, with colourful designer touches.

Vibe: Affordable luxury and friendly staff in an art nouveau building.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Indoor pool • Sauna • Luggage storage

Highlights: Dorms • Private rooms or apartments • Communal kitchen • Bar • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Café • Bar • Shared kitchen • Laundry services • Nightly activities

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R1,192 FRR627

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PRGCIL

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CORINTHIA TOWERSFRR1,460 FRR730 HOTEL

TWIN/ DOUBLE

WITHLOCALS: PRAGUE CASTLE FRR180 AND SECRET NEIGHBOURHOOD DAY TOUR

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Location: Right by Florenc metro, a 15-minute walk from the Old Town Square.

Location: South of the city centre with good access to transport links.

Vibe: Fully-renovated in 2016, rooms are spacious and clean. Friendly, helpful staff.

Vibe: Fancy pants hotel with panoramic views and a pool on the 26th floor.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurants • Lounge • Spa • Sauna • Fitness centre • Beauty salon

Follow an expert guide on a 2.5-hour tour of Prague's crowning glory, its fairytale castle. A huge complex of churches, palaces and courtyards, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Europe's medieval must-sees. Plus, you'll wander the winding streets of Novy Svet to see it in all its 14th century beauty.

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BUDAPEST With a (hot) spring in your step CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Budapest is the city (OK, two cities) that'll throw your carefullydrafted schedule out the window. One of those places where you'll come for one night and stay for a week. You'll need at least two days to see all the museums on your list (the National Gallery and the House of Terror are highly rated), another to make the most of the bathhouses and a few more just to soak up the atmosphere. If you're here in summer, Sziget festival is one of Europe's best.

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MARCO POLO TOP HOSTEL

R154 R231

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WOMBAT'S CITY HOSTEL BUDAPEST

R286 R357

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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COSMO CITY HOTEL

R1,569 FRR785

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Location: At the heart of the city, close to Blaha Lujza Tér metro station.

Location: Next to Deák Ferenc Tér (three metro lines) a short walk from the Danube.

Location: City centre location on Váci utca, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare.

Vibe: Basic but comfortable hostel within easy reach of the city sights.

Vibe: A spacious, social hostel that gives out a free welcome drink on arrival. Result!

Vibe: A small hotel with just 36 comfy, well-appointed rooms.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Safe at reception • Bar • Outdoor terrace

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Self-service kitchen • Bar • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

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QUEEN'S COURT HOTEL

R1,158 FRR579

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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BUDCOS

A-List

ESTILO FASHION HOTEL

R1,336 FRR726

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

PRIVATE ENTRANCE TO SZÉCHENYI SPA

R295

FR

FULL DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right at the heart of Budapest, ten minutes from Deák Ferenc.

Location: On Váci utca, just a short walk from the Gellért Thermal Baths.

Vibe: Casually snazzy. Simple, beautiful rooms are offset by the lavish retro spa.

Vibe: Convenient hotel with soundproofed rooms and funky dècor.

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Air con • In-room safe • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Restaurant • In-room massage (at extra cost) • Luggage storage

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Travellers are busy people, and we don't always have time for queues and waiting around. This ticket will get you through a private entrance to the city's largest public bath, with an optional massage, so you can start enjoying 18 indoor and outdoor pools as well as a handful of saunas, steam rooms and spring-fed baths right away. VIBUD1


Croatia, Slovenia & the Balkans Ljubljana

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Travelling through Croatia is like being an extra in this epic fantasy. Dubrovnik was actually the stage for King's Landing, crazy.

Slovenians love their food, so much so that they worship their produce at festivals such as Cabbage Fest and Chestnut Sunday.

Once home to the bloodsucking Count Dracula, now just pretty hilltop perches full of fairytale mystery and wonder.

The oldest surviving country name in Europe, Bulgaria homes ancient gold and countless archaeological sites.

Albania is dotted with abandoned military bunkers now being re-imagined as cafés, museums, houses and tourist spots.

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CROATIA ONE-WAY SAIL 8 DAYS, Dubrovnik

R9,290/R8,820

FR

Split

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Eight days of heaven. Well, it’s Croatia, but we think it’s pretty close! Discover paradise islands and secluded coves, lay out on deck and watch cracking sunsets. Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Captain, crew and guide Group Size: Max 25 Tour Code: BU

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share cabins (7 nts) Cabin: Choose from below or above deck cabins, with either shared or en suite bathroom Transport: Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Includes: Orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands Note: Port taxes of approx. €40 to be paid on Day 1

01-02

Dubrovnik / Mljet Check in and enjoy lunch on board with your fellow shipmates before spending the afternoon around Dubrovnik. Tonight, seek out local seafood for dinner (it's everywhere) before toasting your trip with a few buckets of cocktails and a night on the tiles at a 15th-century fortress, now Club Revelin. Day 2, it's anchors away as you set sail for the first time! It's an easy cruise this morning as you make your way to the beautiful island of Mljet. Stop on the way for a swim in a secluded bay then continue towards the national park. The island's lakes are fringed with pine trees, providing an idyllic swimming spot for the afternoon before your optional barbecue dinner tonight. (B, 2L)

03-04

Mljet / Korcula / Hvar On Day 3, take a dip and enjoy lunch on board as the ship sails on to Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Find your feet on a guided walk around town, and look out for a traditional Moreska performance, a local sword dance complete with costumes and traditional music. End the night with an optional clubbing outdoor experience in Korcula's unique nightlife. The following morning, leave Korcula for the glamorous port of Hvar. Explore the island on a short walking tour and to visit the Spanjola Fortress for knock-out views over the bay. Look out for Hvar's resident fleet of luxury yachts - the rich and famous like to rock up on their days off. Tonight it’s happy hour on board, before Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva Bar and fancy cocktails at Carpe Diem. (2B, 2L)

05-06

Hvar / Stari Grad / Makarska After last night's antics, today will start slow. You're welcome. Make your way along the coast and stop for a refreshing swim before arriving at Stari Grad, still on the island of Hvar. On top of the town's collection of Roman relics, it's also quite the wine connoisseur. Late afternoon, head to a local vineyard for a wine tasting and a traditional Peka barbecue and sip away as the sun sets. On Day 6, it’s on to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, watersports and palm-fringed promenade. Grab some drinks and recharge your batteries during the on board happy hour this evening. Tonight, get something to eat in the backdrop of the old town and then rave in a cave until the early morning. (2B, 2L)

07-08

Makarska / Omis / Split Stop by the pirate town of Omis before sailing on to Split. Explore the Roman Palace of Diocletian, relax on the waterfront or party at Bacvice Beach. Day 8, bid farewell and transfer to the airport, or stay a bit longer by linking up with the hop-on hop-off travel network (see pages 41-45). (2B, L)

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• Party 'til dawn in a Croatian cave bar • See Dubrovnik, of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame • Wine tasting on Hvar Island

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• Eight days of sailing in the sun • Enjoy Tequila at the Kiva Bar • Swim in hidden bays in the Adriatic

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CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER 8 DAYS, Split

R9,290/R8,820

FR

Split

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Captain, crew & guide Group Size: Max 25 Tour Code: BU

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06-08

Makarska / Pucisca / Omis / Split This morning, sail across to Pucisca - the marble capital of the world. Sample a real bit of Dalmatian culture and head off the beaten track to one of the island’s most beautiful bays. Then it's on to Omis. After a wander around town get ready for the optional Captain’s dinner and pirate party on board. Enjoy a free morning to relax or opt to visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before returning to Split for your final night. Have a wander around Diocletian’s Palace, sip a bijela kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront and enjoy the summer entertainment. Parties on Bacvice Beach are all-nighters, so bring your A game. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (3B, 2L)

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Mljet / Dubrovnik / Korcula / Makarska Make your way to Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic and home to some of the best waterfront bars on the coast - not to mention the world’s most complete set of medieval fortified city walls. If sipping cocktails gets too much (who are you?), head round to one of the hidden bays for a swim. This evening, why not sample some fresh local seafood? Later, Club Revelin will open its doors for the evening, keeping you up and dancing until the early hours. Next 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 and complete with costumes and traditional music. Opt for a clubbing experience tonight at an outdoor party hotspot Boogie Jungle, the party animal among you should be sure not to miss out on Korcula's nightlife. Day 5, sail up the mainland coast to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, watersports and a popular promenade framed by the lofty heights of the Biokovo Mountains. After a few drinks at sunset, it's time for dinner at a local taverna. The nightlife here is worth exploring! 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 World War II. (3B, 3L)

Jul

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Split / Hvar / Mljet Leave Split harbour and enjoy your first lunch onboard. Pause for a quick swim in the Adriatic before anchoring at one of Croatia’s coolest islands, Hvar. Bring your best celeb-watch game as you check out the super yachts in the medieval harbour, wander around the markets or head up to the ancient fort for one of the best shots of Croatia’s sunniest island! Tonight it’s DJs and raving at Tequila Boom Booms, a popular night at the monastery-turned-nightclub Kiva Bar. Next day, wake up to striking views of the Dalmatian coast and set sail to Mljet, famous for its stunning national park. You’ll see saltwater lakes and a secluded abbey, a great place for a swim. Tonight, enjoy an optional barbecue as the sun sets on another gorgeous day. (B, 2L)

Jun

DAY ITINERARY

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Apr

Departures 2018 Mar

• Sip cocktails on a 14th-century tower • Wander the Diocletian’s Palace at Split • Explore Mljet’s stunning national park

Feb

highlights

Jan

• Dive off the boat into the Adriatic Sea • Party like a pirate onboard • Party in a Croatian cave

Accommodation: Twin-share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below or above deck Transport: Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Includes: Orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands Note: Port taxes of approx. €40 to be paid on Day 1

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

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Split

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Omis Pucisca

Hvar

Makarska

Korcula

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There's no better place to act saily than the Dalmatian Coast. Armed with just a lilo you can spend your days swigging cheap Croatian beers, sunning your pasty buns and splashing within celeb-spotting distance of show-off super yachts.


CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE 8 DAYS, Split

R13,355

FR

Split Exclusively for 18-35s

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CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS

Nothing says 'carefree summer' quite like jumping on a boat and sailing around the Croatian islands, known for their beaches, waterbomb-worthy waters and good times. There's even a bit of history and culture around as well. Starting in Split, visit Makarska, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Trstenik, Hvar. Trip Style: Sailing, Cruise & Beach Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Captain, crew & Trip Manager Group Size: Boats typically accommodate 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBCI

inclusions Hvar Town, Croatia

highlights

• Indulge in Makarska’s divine seafood • Unwind with a cocktail in Korcula • Party in coastal bars and clubs

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Split Your tour ends this morning after breakfast, so swap numbers and Instagram handles and reminisce on the past eight sun-soaked days. (B)

Aug

06-07

Trstenik / Hvar / Split Relax on the decks as you cruise along to the show-stopping island of Hvar, best known as the sunniest and greenest of the Croatian Islands, receiving 2,724 hours of glorious rays per year! Check out Hvar’s stunning square, 16th-century theatre and its hilltop fortress for spine-tingling panoramic views over the harbour. Day 7, drift past the windsurfers’ paradise of Brac on your way to Split. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage. On your last evening, soak up Split’s Adriatic vibes and head out to a waterfront bar, followed by a night out at its cool cafés and sizzling clubs. (2B, 2L)

Jul

04-05

Dubrovnik / Trstenik Head back to the city and bronze yourself on one of its beaches. Opt to take a cable car ride above Dubrovnik for absolutely breathtaking views. Later, opt for a kayaking trip around the old city walls for a different angle on the city. Day 5, sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations and colourful reefs. Unwind on deck as you continue on to the unspoilt village of Trstenik, famous for its wines. So that's us sorted. (2B, L, D)

Jun

02-03

Makarska / Korcula / Dubrovnik Kick start your day with a swim in the inviting waters of a remote cove en route to utopia number two, Korcula, an island graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled town. After meandering its streets and its fortified Old Town, why not sample some Croatian wine? Day 3, set sail for Dubrovnik, the so-called Pearl of the Adriatic. It’s easy to see how it got its title, with its baroque buildings, quaint monasteries and finely-carved stone museums which sing its historical and vibrant past. Later, soak up the flamboyant atmosphere of Stradun, a street in the Old Town. (2B, L)

May

01

Split / Makarska Jump aboard your new home, a traditional Croatian wooden cruiser, and leave the turquoise port of Split behind you. Get to know your new travel companions over lunch and make your way to Makarska's pebbled beach and striking promenade. Head to the main square and check out the markets. Tonight is yours to spend as you wish (L, D)

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Jan

DAY ITINERARY

Mar

Departures 2018 Feb

• Discover Hvar’s hilltop fortress • Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split • See Dubrovnik’s walled old town

Accommodation: Twin-share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with private facilities Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners (daily bottled drinking water supplement)

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CROATIAN ISLAND HOPPER 8 DAYS, Split

R19,029

FR

Dubrovnik Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: Sailing, Cruise & Beach Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Captain, crew & Trip Manager Group Size: Boats typically accommodate 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBSI

inclusions Dubrovnik, Croatia

• Cruise the sun-soaked Croatian coast • Celeb-spot in Hvar harbour • Float in the Adriatic at sunset

highlights

• Lounge on Bol’s beaches and bays • Wander Korcula’s fascinating Old Town • Explore UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Twin-share cabins (7 nts). Choose from below deck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with private facilities Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners (daily bottled drinking water supplement)

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Split / Makarska Welcome to paradise, sailor! Board the boat and settle into your en suite cabin before getting your cruise off to a sizzling start with a tasty lunch on deck. Get to know the rest of your group over a few drinks and put your feet up as you take in your idyllic surroundings en route to Makarska. This coastal beaut goes off when the sun goes down, so make the most if it tonight and go explore the themed bars and fun clubs in the resort. (L, D)

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Makarska / Bol The long beach and promenade of Makarska are perfect for stretching your legs, so head for the main square for a good nose around the fruit and flower markets. Later on you’re off to enjoy the vibe of Bol on the island of Brac. This cute town is just begging to be explored, from the pebble beaches and small bays to the town’s historic spots. Hit one of Croatia’s best beaches, Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), and enjoy some serious people watching over a delicious seafood lunch. Tonight, opt for an aptly-themed pirate party - sure, what else would you be doing?! (B, L)

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Bol / Wild Bay / Hvar Time for an exclusive overnight stop and your own slice of paradise in Wild Bay. Swim in still blue waters or haul yourself up on that lilo before starting the journey to Hvar, one of Croatia’s most popular islands. The harbour is packed with yachts (and celebs!), the vineyards produce some great vintages and the views from the hilltop fortress are stunning, so there’s plenty to fit in. At night, get into party mode at the ever-popular Carpe Diem club. (2B, 2L, D)

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Hvar / Korcula / Dubrovnik Raise the anchor and hit the waves towards the walled fishing village of Korcula, once home to legendary explorer Marco Polo. See the fascinating Venetian architecture and stroll the cobbled streets in search of a cosy bar hidden away in an old turret. Ideal for a blissful sundowner. Then head to the city of Dubrovnik, where the Baroque architecture has earned it the moniker of Pearl of the Adriatic. (2B, L)

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Dubrovnik With a full day in this Game of Thrones stunner, you're free to take a kayak excursion around the city walls or hike up Mt. Srð for full scale views of the region. Failing that, just find a quite cove in which to soak up the last of the holiday sun. The cruise comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, D)

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Hop aboard and sail the seas of paradise! Eight days of non-stop fun in the sun, making life-long friends while you’re at it. Visit Croatia’s most picturesque and historic cities, with plenty of beach and boat time in between! And with a barbecue on deck, you have all the makings of a fab sun holiday.


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SAILING CROATIA 8 DAYS, Dubrovnik

R18,699

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Split Small Group Adventure

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Travel Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Yachts (7 nts) – equipped with 4 twin-share cabins, 3 bathrooms and 2 showers Transport: Sailing yacht Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals ashore not included Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Max 8 Note: Basic food items on the yacht to be covered by a locally-payable food kitty (approx. USD $80 per person) Tour Code: GAECVD (from Dubrovnik)/GAECVS (from Split)

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• Explore culture and more in Dubrovnik • Enjoy Hvar's awesome nightlife • Be amazed by the Diocletian's Palace

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DAY ITINERARY Dubrovnik / Split There’s no fixed route on this one-way cruise along Croatia’s craggy Adriatic shoreline. It all depends on the interests and wishes of the group along with the guidance of the resident expert, the yacht’s skipper. Possible stops may include the popular islands of Hvar, Korcula and Ploce, the more remote island of Vis, or coastal towns along the mainland. Your home for the week will be a 15-metre (52ft) sailing yacht, which you’ll share with a maximum of eight guests in four twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities. The tour runs in both directions between the coastal towns of Split and Dubrovnik. Please note the itinerary may change due to inclement weather conditions. Possible ports of call: Mljet Famous for hiking, cycling, swimming and stunning scenery, the island of Mljet is where it was reputed Odysseus stayed for seven years. You can enjoy a guided tour of the national park or a refreshing swim in one of the saltwater lakes.

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• Discover secluded islands and beaches • Explore the birthplace of Marco Polo • Wander the forest of Mljet National Park

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Korcula Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula Town will soon lure you in. The sightseeing highlight is the Gothic St. Mark’s Cathedral. But a lot of this striking walled town's charm comes from wandering among its red roof houses and narrow streets. 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 about for a while at one of the many beautiful beaches nearby. Hvar With its delightful Renaissance-era architecture, 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. Brac Brac is the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon on the beach, breaking only to take regular dips in the crystal-clear water. You can also enjoy a beachside barbecue accompanied by wines you’ve sourced direct from the vineyards. Well if we must...

Go in reverse Sailing Croatia (8 days, Split - Dubrovnik) (GAECVS) Fr R18,699 Extend/shorten your trip Croatia & The Balkans (15 days, Budapest - Split) (GAEJBT) Fr R25,979 Adriatic Adventure (9 days, Dubrovnik - Athens) (GAECDA) Fr R16,119 Croatia Adventure (7 days, Zagreb - Dubrovnik) (GAECZD) see page 163 Fr R12,239

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CROATIA ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, Zagreb

R12,239

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• Party in glamorous Hvar • Chill in charming villages • Island hopper boat cruise

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels multi-share (6 nts) Transport: Train, metro, bus, ferry Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $260-340 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAECZD

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Hvar / Dubrovnik In Hvar, choose to hike, kayak or snorkel your way through the day. As the heat of the sun fades, stroll the medieval backstreets of Hvar Town and climb the hill for panoramic views from a 16th-century Venetian Fortress. By night, opt to hit the Carpe Diem night club. On Day 6, arrive at Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. Rich in history and filled with stunning architecture, museums and fountains, it's a great city to explore. Enjoy a final optional night out on the town with a group before saying your farewells on Day 7.

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Plitvice / Split Explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, famous for its network of 16 cascading, multi-tiered pools and lakes. Wander along the wooden paths at the base of a forested mountain and admire the surrounding waterfalls. Later, catch your transfer to Split to enjoy an evening walking tour. Here in Croatia’s second city, after exploring the Diocletian’s Palace, you can enjoy free time for independent discoveries 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 town's bars and restaurants. You'll also find a fresh fish market close to the waterfront, a great option for tonight's dinner.

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Zagreb / Plitvice Arrive into Croatia’s attractive capital at any time and meet the rest of your travelling companions later this evening. On Day 2, enjoy a guided orientation walk of Zagreb and discover its interesting Old Town, complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Later, transfer to Plitvice for your overnight stay.

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R2,690

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Split

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• Swim in Krka's crystal pools • Explore Zadar's old cafés • Stay in stunning Plitvice

• Discover Split's old town • Enjoy sunset cocktails • Feast on Croatian barbecue

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share bungalow (1 nt) Transport: coach Meals: 2 dinners Group Leader: Busabout guide Group Size: Avg 25 Tour Code: BU

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Plitvice Lakes National Park / Split Early start today as you aim to get out and see the lakes before the crowds arrive, your Instagram followers will thank you. Plitvice is all about crystalline lakes, tumbling cascades, and clouds of butterflies. Feel free to follow the forested hiking trails and enjoy an afternoon lakeside lunch. Then continue back along the coast to Split. Opt for dinner on the promenade or go rogue and discover this stunning old town for yourself. Built in the 4th century by a retired Roman emperor who wanted to grow cabbage in peace, Split is a treasure trove of historical charms. Wander under the criss-crossing lines of drying I TALY laundry, walk to the walls of Diocletian's Palace, and watch the sun set over the Adriatic. Can't shake the travel bug? Why not extend your trip by linking up with the hop-on hop-off travel network? See page 42. (D)

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Split / Krka National Park / Zadar / Plitvice Lakes National Park We meet at the Goli+Bosi design hostel in the morning and then make like a Croatian town and split. Your first stop in this two-day tour is a cracker; Krka National Park. This natural wonderland is famed for its seven waterfalls. Bring your swimmers, you won't regret it. Then it's off to Zadar, another coastal gem with Roman ruins, medieval churches and cosmopolitan cafés. Here you can grab a bit of munch and check out the town's sea organ, an arty installation using the power of the sea to make sweet pipe music. End the day in Plitvice where you can settle in to a comfortable twin share bungalow, grab a Croatian cocktail and prepare for your barbecue feast. (2D)

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• Experience Croatian culture • Discover medieval fortresses • Tour Diocletian’s Palace


SPLIT RETURN 8 DAYS, Split

R11,720

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Split Small Group Adventure

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• Chill out in historical Zadar • Explore stunning Split • Hop to the island of Hvar

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Krka N.P.

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Sibenik / Hvar / Split Spend today on loungers and in pools as today is mostly about chill time and cocktails. Later catch a catamaran to Hvar where you can choose to get historical, or just continue with the cocktails! End the tour in Split, indulge in its gorgeous restaurants and get lost in its medieval alleyways. Thank you Croatia, you've been great! (B)

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: 18+ Accommodation: Hostel dorms Transport: Air con bus, catamaran Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Min 18, Max 28 Tour Code: SPURTN

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Zadar / Sibenik / Krka National Park Dust off your flip flops and make for the Garden Lounge in Zadar; once an abandoned hotel, now a flashy bar overlooking the city walls. Then, it's on to Sibenik where the brave and the bold can sign up to an optional bungy jump over the River Krka. Ditch the adrenaline-fuelled antics after that for the pools of Krka National Park. (2B)

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Novalja Nothing cures a hangover like a day on the beach so that's exactly what today is all about. Find some shade, lay out a sarong and gear yourself up for that first cocktail of the day. In the evening we do it all again, watch out Zrce Beach! Make sure all the booze is out of the system for Day 3 and spend time off-road on an optional quad biking adventure. Then, yep you guessed it, back to the beach! (2B)

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Split / Plitvice Lakes National Park / Novaja Begin your tour in the sunny town of Split, famed for its sprawling fortress and traditional Dalmatian vibes. Then head north to Plitvice for a day of chasing waterfalls and hiking endless turquoise lakes. Then it's party time as you make for Novalja, a town where the young and beautiful come to drink and let loose.

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• Café culture in Split • Opt for ziplining in Omiš • Wander Dubrovnik fortress

• Hike stunning Plitvice Lakes • Swim in Krka's crystal pools • Party time in beachy Novalja

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Split / Omiš / Makarska / Dubrovnik Time to split! Spot Game of Thrones' locations, indulge in the town's café culture, and get lost in its medieval streets. The next day, travel to Omiš where you can relax or opt in to an awesome ziplining adventure. It's then on to Brela for a barbecue party, booze cruise and a night at the legendary Casa Vecchia hostel. Last up, Dubrovnik.

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Sibenik / Hvar Cocktail day anyone? Get your dancing sandals on or pull out a sun lounger and enjoy the resort. Then it's back to Split and a short catamaran ride to Hvar. This glitzy port town is a hotbed of pretty streets and party spots. Explore the historical centre or see if you can haggle your way to one of the surrounding islands. (B)

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Zadar / Sibenik / Krka National Park Leave the sexy sands of Novalja for the historic city of Zadar and chill your beans at the Garden Bar. Then on to Sibenik via River Krka where you can opt for a thrilling bungy jump (that's one way to shake a headache). Spend Day 5 in the paradise-worthy pools of Krka National Park or if you'd prefer, have a cultural day in stony Sibenik. (2B)

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Zagreb / Plitvice National Park / Novalja All the best days start on a deck chair with a glass of wine in hand. After a beautiful morning in the vineyards of Zagorje, make for the turquoise lakes of Plitvice and then continue to the beach bars of Zrce for swimming and all-night parties. Time out for some optional quad biking is also thrown in, just make sure you're off the sauce! (3B)

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• Chase waterfalls in Plitvice • Party in bassy beach bars • Swim in Krka National Park


ZAGREB TO SPLIT 8 DAYS, Zagreb

R11,720

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Split

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• Discover medieval towns • Wine tasting around Zagreb • Quad biking in Novalja

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CROATIA & THE BALKANS 15 DAYS, Budapest

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Plitvice Lakes N.P.

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Zagreb

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: 18+ Accommodation: Hostel dorms Transport: Air con bus, catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Min 18, Max 28 Tour Code: ZAGSPU

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Sibenik / Hvar / Split With a slight cultural break, it's time to get back on the booze! Cocktails, poolside cabanas and block-rocking beats are on the cards today. Then we'll leave the mainland and catch a catamaran to Hvar. This summery island is a beautiful spot full of traditional restaurants, age-old monuments and a beach-filled archipelago. Choose to explore the gothic walls or simply settle in with a glass of pivo (Croatian beer) and see where the night goes. The tour ends in Split, a traditional town where the party takes place within ancient walls. (B)

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Zadar / Sibenik Leave the bass behind and enjoy some downtime in historical Zadar. Recharge at the Garden Bar then hit the road to Sibenik, stopping by the Krka River for an optional bungy jump (if you're feeling bold). On Day 5, pack your swimsuit and dive into the pools of Krka National Park. Alternatively, spend the day in Sibenik wandering its stone labyrinth of backstreets and exploring the city's medieval heart. (2B)

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Zagreb / Plitvice Lakes National Park / Novalja Kick off in the Croatian capital with a morning in the surrounding vineyards. One of the great wine regions, make sure you bring your wine-tasting skills. Then to Plitvice Lakes for an afternoon among the oak forests and tumbling waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for wolves, bears and rare birds. End the day in Novalja for a night on the famous party beach of Zrce. Your two full days here are all about sunning on golden beaches, swimming in turquoise waters, and quad biking off the beaten track. (3B)

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Split Small Group Adventure

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• Kayak in the Bay of Kotor • Discover Sarajevo’s history • Enjoy Hvar’s beaches

• Stroll across Mostar’s bridge • Walk the walls of Dubrovnik • Visit Kalemegdan Fortress

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Budapest / Novi Sad / Belgrade Rock up into the bubbling hot spring city of Budapest at any time. Explore the Royal Palace, St Matthias Church and Castle Hill’s Old Town. Day 2, board a train to Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia, where you’ll visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress. As afternoon hits, hop on a train to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress then opt to float down the Danube or dabble in one of the markets. (3B)

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Sarajevo / Mostar / Herceg Novi (Bay of Kotor) Travel to Sarajevo for an included tour of the Tunnel of Life to learn about the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Travel on Day 7 to charming Mostar where you’ll find the visible scars of the 1990s conflict hidden in the restored Ottoman quarter. Wander across the world-famous pale stone Stari Most (Old Bridge) before moving on to Montenegro and the winding Bay of Kotor on Day 8. Opt to float the waters by sea kayak or try a mud spa. (5B)

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Dubrovnik / Hvar / Split It’s on into Croatia, and the much-loved city of Dubrovnik. Relax in one of the cafés, explore the Old Town, ride a boat to a nearby island and try tasty dishes at a seaside cafe. Day 12, head to Hvar’s dreamy beaches, thriving nightlife and many watersports. Soak up the crystal clear seas, hidden beaches and deserted lagoons on Day 13 as you cruise around the Pakleni Islands. Ferry back to Split’s mainland on Day 14, tour the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and stock up on last-minute goodies at the local market. Your tour ends on Day 15, when you're free to leave Split at any time. (6B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts) Transport: Train, bus, boat, taxi, tram Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $445-580 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEJBT

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• Party hard on Zrce Beach • Hike around emerald lakes • Swim in tumbling waterfalls

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R18,699

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Dubrovnik

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• Snorkel in clear waters • Visit Kotor's ancient port • Dubrovnik's famous fort

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Herceg Novi

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Tivat / Dubrovnik Today you'll make your final approach into Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic and the setting for the much-lauded TV series, 'Game of Thrones'. On your way back, stop by the beautiful city walls for a photo op and spend one last night on the boat. The next day, you're free to leave after breakfast. Extend your stay to make the most out of the city.

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Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: 4 twin/double cabins, 3 bathrooms, 2 showers Transport: 15m (52ft) sailing yacht Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included Group Leader: Skipper/Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8 Tour Code: GAECVM

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Bigovo / Kotor / Tivat Continue on your journey until you come to the ancient Mediterranean port of Kotor, one of Montenegro's most beautiful towns and part of a World Heritage Site. Next up is the town of Tivat, where you're free to explore the town, the botanical gardens or its monuments. Otherwise, the beaches sure look pretty.

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Herceg Novi / Budva / Bigovo The Budva Riviera definitely gives the others a run for their money in terms of scenery. Lower the anchor and explore fantastic beaches under the cliffs of Spas Hill, and spend the night in the clubs along Budva's promenade. Snorkelling is on the agenda on Day 4 (gear included). Head to the ancient fishing village of Bigovo for the clearest waters.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

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Dubrovnik / Cavtat / Herceg Novi Where better to start your adventure down the Dalmatian Coast than Dubrovnik, one of Croatia's most iconic cities. Meet your skipper at 4pm for a welcome meeting and spend your first night out in Croatian waters. The next day, enjoy a full day's sailing to Herceg Novi and enjoy almost exclusive access to its best beaches, only accessible by boat.

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Athens Exclusively for 18-39s

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• Hike in Montenegro • Cross the border to Albania • Relax on Corfu’s beaches

• Visit beautiful Gjirokastër • Great nightlife in Kerkyra • See Athens’ historic sights

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Tirana

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Bay of Kotor

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels multi-share (8 nts) Transport: Train, metro, bus, ferry, private van Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAECDA

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Athens This morning, fly to the Greek capital of Athens. Enjoy a day checking out the sites, including the Acropolis, and sampling the city’s bars and restaurants. Depart any time on Day 9.

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Corfu Day 6, hop over to the Greek island of Corfu and arrive in the lively town of Kerkyra. Get your bearings on a guided orientation walk and then enjoy free time. Make sure you check out the nightlife, which the town is widely known for! Heavy heads the next morning? Get some air and head out to explore. History buffs will want to visit the wide range of churches in Corfu Town, while sun worshippers can just take up a spot on one of the island’s beaches.

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Tirana / Saranda Cross into Albania for an orientation walk of the country’s quirky capital, Tirana. In your spare time, make for the Blloku district where you'll find the city's best-dressed brigade. Next day, get some sea air in the coastal town of Saranda. Once you’ve arrived, take a dip in the Blue Eye Spring and grab lunch in Gjirokastër, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kerkyra, Corfu

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Dubrovnik / Bay of Kotor Arrive at Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most historic city, at any time. Next day, cross into Montenegro and strap on your walking boots for an optional hike, or visit the picturesque Lake Skadar. On day 3, opt to visit to the seaside village of Perast where you’ll get a front row seat to the beauty of the Adriatic at sunset. Day 3 is yours to spend as you please. Opt to explore the city of Kotor or chill out on the beaches of Herceg Novi.

Jan

CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS

• Sail the Dalmatian Coast • Relax on secluded beaches • Sample Budva's nightlife

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BEST OF THE BALKANS 15 DAYS, Split

R31,825

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Split Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBCH

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners

• Travel along the Dalmatian coast • Chill out on Budva’s beaches • Step off the tourist trail in Sarajevo

• Party with the locals in Belgrade • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes • Go sightseeing around vibrant Budapest

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Split / Dubrovnik Check in to your hotel in Split, head out to explore the streets and get to know your travel buddies over a tasty dinner. Make the most of your free morning on Day 2 with a visit to Diocletian’s Palace and start the drive down the scenic Dalmatian coastline to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik. Feast on the sights that give the city its title as the Pearl of the Adriatic on a locally-guided walking tour and spend your free time recreating your favourite moments from 'Game of Thrones'. (2B, D)

04-06

Dubrovnik / Budva / Sarajevo Start your scenic drive along the fjords of southern Europe towards Montenegro, stopping en route in the fortified town of Kotor. Arrive in the picturesque coastal town of Budva and opt for a night on the town. Spend Day 5 at your leisure, opting to wander around the Old Town or head to the nearby beaches to swim in fantastic turquoise waters. Next day, cross into Bosnia and admire the famous town of Mostar before continuing on to Sarajevo. (3B, 3D)

07-09

Sarajevo / Belgrade / Budapest Hit by war in the early 90s, Sarajevo is now open. Find your feet on a locally-guided tour and make your own way around the historic landmarks. Bašcaršija, the Old Town, is awash with mosques, bazaars, restaurants (try the kebabs) and cool bars and is a great place to get to know the spirited Sarajevans. Day 8, make your way to the Serbian capital. Visit Belgrade’s Old Town and opt to soak up festive vibes at one of the city’s bars. Cross into Hungary on Day 9, and head to Budapest. (3B)

10-12

Budapest / Ljubljana / Plitvice Lakes Budapest, the Paris of the East! Explore both sides of the Danube on a driving tour and visit Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Launch into the city’s nightlife and enjoy a full day at leisure to discover the heavenly thermal baths and the array of museums and galleries peppered around the city. Day 11, head for the vibrant student city of Ljubljana in Slovenia and explore the castle and the Old Town before leaving for another UNESCO-listed site on Day 12, the pristine lakes and waterfalls of Croatia's Plitvice Lakes. (3B, 2D)

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Plitvice Lakes / Zadar / Split On Day 13, make your way to Zadar and opt to visit the Sea Organ, a system of pipes and whistles built into stone steps by the sea that sing when the waves push air through them. Start the journey back to Split on Day 14. On your last night in Split, head to the waterfront for one last hurrah! You'll depart on Day 15. (3B)

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ULTIMATE BALKAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Split

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Get better acquainted with one of Europe's most enigmatic corners. The Balkans have everything going for them: history, beautiful countryside and young, lively cities. Just off the crowded tourist trail, they still have plenty to offer and all you'll need for a truly eye-opening trip. We can't wait for you to see it! Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Guide and driver Group Size: Avg 25 Tour Code: BU

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• Walk the lively streets of Belgrade • Enjoy a night out in Sarajevo • Swim on Croatia's Mediterranean coast

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• Feast on Greek food in Thessaloniki • Visit Montenegro's Bay of Kotor • Opt to visit Athens' Acropolis

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Service Level: Basic Accommodation: Hostel multi-share (14 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 14 breakfasts Note: Includes orientation walks in Thessaloniki, Tirana, Gjirokastër, Nis and Split. Entry to 2 monasteries in Meteora.

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Split / Dubrovnik / Kotor / Budva / Tirana / Gjirokastër / Meteora Starting in Split, drive to the coastal town fortress of Dubrovnik and enjoy some free time to swim and take a walk along the city walls. This afternoon, continue on to Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor, your base for the evening. Opt to climb to St. John's Fortress for unbeatable views of the area, and visit the picturesque town of Budva the following day. Cross the border into Albania on Day 3, making your way through the countryside and arriving at capital Tirana for a night out with the locals. Head to the Blloku district for good bars and great spirit! The next day, lunch in UNESCO-listed Gjirokastër before crossing into Greece and the otherworldly Meteora. Bed down in nearby Kalambaka. (3B)

05-07

Thermopylae / Athens / Delphi / Thessaloniki This morning, visit two of Meteora's most important monasteries. Famous for their Byzantine frescoes and fantastic views, they also provided inspiration for Game of Thrones and Bond's 'For Your Eyes Only.' Stop by Thermopylae's statue of Leonidas on your way to Athens and end the day with drinks at the hostel's rooftop bar. On Day 6, enjoy free time to discover the Greek capital (a visit to the Acropolis is a must) and spend the evening sampling some traditional music and dancing. The following day, head to the religious centre of ancient Greece at Delphi on your way to Thessaloniki. (3B)

08-10

Ohrid / Skopje / Nis / Belgrade From the birthplace of Alexander the Great, set off towards the charming town of Ohrid. This lakeside settlement is scattered with beautiful monasteries and churches. Later, make the most of Macedonia's hospitality and affordable nightlife. On Day 9, head to Skopje, the country's capital and birthplace of Mother Teresa. Take an optional trip to Lake Matka or get a top sunset show from Mount Vodan. On Day 10, travel to Serbia. After seeing the Ottoman ruins at Nis, continue to Belgrade for grand Orthodox churches, beautiful museums and a bit of a rebellious city vibe. Affordable prices, great food and flowing drinks. That's the night sorted! (3B)

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Belgrade / Sarajevo / Mostar / Split Explore the Serbian capital at your own pace on Day 11 with attractions including the Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park, the Old Quarter and Central Republic Square. The next morning, it's on to the burgeoning cultural hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo. Enjoy a lively night out then get up on Day 13 for an optional tour of the Sarajevo Tunnel, or use your time to scour the Old Town bazaar. On your final approach to Split the following day, stop in Mostar for an orientation walk around the town and its famous Ottoman bridge. In Split, toast your tour with traditional Dalmatian food. (5B)

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ULTIMATE EASTERN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Budapest

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• Swim, sun and party at Sunny Beach • Discover the Roman ruins of Plovdiv • Uncover fascinating history in Belgrade

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• Dine on the Danube with a river cruise • Enter Dracula's lair at Bran Castle • Drink in the ruin bars of Budapest

Service Level: Basic Accommodation: Twin/triple-share hotel (14 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Note: Includes entry to Bran fortress, Rasnov fortress and a visit to Salina Turda salt mines.

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Budapest / Debrecen / Cluj Start in Hungary's fairytale capital, settle in to your hotel and go survey the city from the top of two medieval lookouts. Then grab some drinks at one of the city's trendy ruin bars. Begin the following day making your way through the Valley of Beautiful Women, stopping for lunch in Eger. Then head across the nine-holed bridge towards Debrecen where you'll overnight, ready for the border crossing the next day. First stop is Cluj, a Romanian student town full of baroque buildings, communist blocks and cosy courtyards. Free time here to explore. (2B, D)

04-05

Turda Salt Mines / Sighisoara / Brasov Time to go underground as you tour the incredible Turda salt mines complete with theme park rides (at extra cost). Lunch in the colourful and cobbled Sighisoara, birthplace of Transylvania's most notorious ruler Dracula, or 'Vlad the Impaler' as he's more affectionately known. Continue to Brasov where you'll tour the old town and the Black Church before taking some time to explore yourself. Hike or take the funicular up Mount Tampa for cracking views of the city spires. (2B)

06-09

Bran Castle / Bucharest / Sunny Beach Today is all about turrets as you leave Brasov for Dracula's magical hideout at Bran Castle, the 13th century Dacian fortress at Rasnov and King Carol's summer residence at Peles Castle. Arrive in Bucharest in the evening. Take a day to stroll around the churches and check out the immense Palace of the Parliament. Then off for some well-earned beach time in Bulgaria. Sunbathe on golden sands, try watersports off the coast and sample Sunny Beach's infamous nightlife. (4B, D)

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Plovdiv / Sofia Today we head for the Roman ruins of Plovdiv, Europe's oldest continuously inhabited city. Drink in the pavement cafés and see what's on at the Roman Amphitheatre. Then continue to Sofia and tour the central market, Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, and Sveti Georgi Rotunda. (2B)

12-15

Nis / Belgrade / Budapest Another border crossing today is we jump from Bulgaria to Serbia. First stop is Niš to seek out some jazz tunes and posh cocktails, plus some Ottoman ruins for good measure. Then continue on to Belgrade for an optional walking tour and pub crawl. The next day is free to explore the Kalemegdan Citadel, Maršal Tito's Grave, Museum of Yugoslav history and more. Day 14 you'll return to Budapest with a quick stop at the riverside city of Novi Sad. End with an optional dinner cruise on the Danube, the perfect send off! (4B, D) CROAT I A

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From the abandoned buildings of Budapest to the gothic spires of Transylvania, this trek guides you out of the shadows, into the light, and then back to the shadows again. One minute you're standing in the dusky landscape of Vlad the Impaler and the next you're on Sunny Beach with a bottle of Jager.


CROATIA Time to split CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS

Tucked in between Central Europe and the Balkans with a Mediterranean coastline to boot, Croatia doesn't scrimp on anything. While Zagreb is full of history and culture, the Adriatic Coastline, including heavy-hitters Split and Dubrovnik, take care of the cocktails, the parties and the boat cruises. There's also fresh seafood, colourful bays and some of Europe's most beautiful seaside towns. What are you waiting for? Zagreb your things!

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Location: Half a mile from the waterfront and the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace.

Vibe: A boutique hostel set in a renovated 19th-century warehouse.

Vibe: Elegant hotel with soundproofed rooms and an on-site casino.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor terrace • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Indoor pool • Hot tub • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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Location: Two minutes' walk from the beach in the pine forest of Lapad Bay.

Location: In the heart of the UNESCO protected Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Location: Set in the new business district of Trešnjevka, close to FC Zagreb Stadium.

Vibe: Beachside hotel all about the sunshine and the sea views.

Vibe: Modern spaces with exposed stone walls and stylish social areas.

Vibe: A modern hostel to cover the basics with a social bar on the ground floor.

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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest malls in the world with over 60 streets, 3000 shops and millions of visitors.

The Greeks love dancing so much that there are over 4000 different types of traditional dance throughout the country.

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Santorini Small Group Adventure

snapshot This is Greece in all her timeless glory, and it starts with a week on the mainland touring the cradle of civilisation including Athens, Delphi and the lofty monasteries of Meteora. The Greek Islands await!

GREECE & TURKEY

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout and local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEGBG

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• Hike the spectacular Samariá Gorge • Discover Crete’s secluded beaches • Awe at the volcanic beauty of Santorini

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• Wander the sites of ancient Athens • Explore Meteora’s magnificent monasteries • Marvel at ancient Greek monuments

Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt, 4-berth mixed cabins) Transport: Ferry, public bus, taxi, private van, train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $560-730 for meals not included

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Athens Arrive into Greece’s capital any time on Day 1 and meet your fellow travel companions. Day 2, enjoy an orientation walk before a day at leisure exploring the city’s many historic sites. Highlights include the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Agora and the hilltop Acropolis, within whose columned gates lies the mighty Parthenon - completed as early as 438BC! (B)

03-05

Meteora / Delphi Depart Athens Day 3 by train and travel to the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora, where you can fill your boots soaking up all the history or just admiring the views from the precipitous cliff faces on which the monasteries are perched. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get to travel to the iconic Temple of Apollo on Day 5. Situated in ancient Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this 4th Century site gives you a fantastic insight into the lives of the ancient Greeks. (3B)

06-09

Nafplio / Chania / Agia Roumeli Day 6, travel to the charming town of Nafplio, regarded as one of Greece’s prettiest towns. Explore its cobblestoned streets and opt to climb the Acronafplia to soak in the views. Enjoy a free day on Day 7 and choose to visit Epidavros and the nearby archaeological site of Mycenae. Take the overnight ferry to Chania in Crete, and spend the day wandering the cobbled streets or just relaxing at one of the town’s charming harbourside cafes. Time to get active on Day 9 and put on those hiking boots as you enjoy the rugged Samaria Gorge. Spend the night in the remote fishing village of Agia Roumeli. (3B)

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Loutro / Iraklio (Heraklion) Travel by ferry the morning of Day 10 to the town of Loutro and opt to rent a kayak in the afternoon and explore the many beautiful coves and caves of the tranquil coastline. Day 11, enjoy a cooking course with a local family then opt to enjoy tasty seafood at the town’s restaurants, hiking Aradine Gorge or just chilling on the beach. Day 12, head to nearby Iraklio (also called Heraklion) and enjoy a visit to Knossos; the ancient site of a Minoan Palace and residence of King Minos. (3B, L)

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Santorini Hop on a ferry and head to the volcanic island of Santorini, 141 kms (88 miles) north of Crete. The sheer lava cliffs and white sugar cubed houses found here are perhaps the most iconic images of Greece. Enjoy your final two nights here, exploring the pretty white-washed village of Oia, joining a half-day volcano tour or witnessing a famous Santorini sunset - get your sundowner ready! End the tour on Day 15. (3B)

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SAIL IN GREECE 8 DAYS, Mykonos

R4,753

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Santorini Small Group Adventure (18-35s)

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• Party in incredible bars • Have drinks on your boat • Dance all night long

• Try some water sports • Watch a Santorini sunset • Have a beach barbecue

01-02

Mykonos Join your group today at around 2pm and get to know each other over a traditional Greek lunch. Once you're full to the brim, your guide will take you to Paradise Beach, the island's most famous beach for partying. Don the rave paint and get ready to dance 'til dawn. Next morning, let the cool waters of the Aegean Sea get rid of that hangover! Explore the old town and wander through picturesque alleyways, then enjoy a boat party and pub crawl through Mykonos Town. (B)

03-04

Paros Depart Mykonos and set sail for Paros, famous for its water sports, wind surfing and lively nightlife! Opt for a quad bike safari of the island or simply chill on secluded beaches. Prep for a night out on the town; think drinking, dancing, and still being up as the sun rises! Next morning will be yours to spend as you please, then you'll enjoy an orientation walk of Paroikia town with your guide. Make for your own private beach party that afternoon then another pub crawl. (2B)

05-08

Ios / Santorini Make for Ios and the beach of Mylopotas, where you can get involved with a whole host of watersports. During the afternoon, try and drink Jack Sparrow under the table with a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' cruise. After dinner, hit the epic nightlife, then get ready to do it all again tomorrow; beach barbecue added and all! On Day 7, set sail for the last time and make for beautiful Santorini. Explore the old town of Thira, full of boutiques and tavernas, then opt for a bus tour of the island with your trip manager. Watch an awesome sunset from Oia, then head back to the boat for one last night. End the trip the next morning. (4B, L)

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inclusions Trip Style: Yolo Cruise Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Vintage 30 ft ship (7 nts) Transport: Ship Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Group Leader: Trip manager Group Size: Max 24 Note: Trip also runs in reverse. Ask your Travel Expert for details. Optional extras are also available on the tour. Please also note that the itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions, and you may not be able to stop at every port on the itinerary Tour Code: GRSAIL

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GREEK SAILING 8 DAYS, Athens

R16,695

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Athens

• Explore unspoilt Perdika • Swim in secluded bays • Eat tasty seafood

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• Kick back on sandy beaches • Understand Greek history • Get to know the locals

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Aegina / Athens Sail to the main port on the island of Aegina, popular for its history, 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 to end the trip. (2B)

Trip Style: Sailing and Cruise Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share berths with bathrooms on a sailing yacht (7 nts) Transport: Yacht Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Dedicated on-board skipper Group Size: Max 8 per boat Tour Code: COCCGS

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Spetses / Poros Today head to the island of Spetses with a swim stop in Zogeria Bay. Wander the narrow streets admiring traditional architecture or enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and secluded bays. The 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)

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Plaka / Nafplio 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 traditional tavernas; perfect for a beer and fresh seafood. On Day 4, spend a day sailing to the idyllic seaport town of Nafplio, where you’ll find local markets, amazing views and historical fortresses - awesome! (2B)

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Athens / Perdika / Hydra Board your yacht and start a voyage among some of the best Greek islands on offer, starting with unspoilt Perdika. This is a great place to relax over a beer and get to know your fellow seafarers. Next day, 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)

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GREEK ISLAND HOPPER 11 DAYS, Athens

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Athens

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Why see just one Greek Island when you can explore four? Starting and finishing among the ancient ruins and living museums of Athens, spend 11 days island hopping around all the Aegean Sea has to offer. From party-mad Mykonos and Ios to breathtaking Santorini (yes, it really is just like the pictures), there won't ever be a dull moment. Also enjoy the idyllic swimming spots of Paros, with some traditional Greek dancing and famous plate smashing thrown in for good measure. Opa! Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Avg 25 Tour Code: BU

Choose the flexible option to add on extra nights on each island, and take up to five months 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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Santorini / Ios / Athens Ferry over to the final stop on your Aegean adventure, Ios. Grab a sunlounger at the beach club. Tonight is all about pizza and pub crawls. Nurse your thumping head down at Mylopotas Beach and opt for a kayak safari trip, or a hillside hike where you might stumble across some secluded swimming holes. Head back to Athens for the final night out with your crew before your adventure ends in the morning of Day 11. (4B)

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Paros / Santorini On Day 6, it's on to the volcanic isle of Santorini, famed for its whitewashed, blue-domed churches and volcanic black-sand beaches. This evening, enjoy an orientation walk around Fira Town before watching the sunset followed by lazy bar hopping. See Santorini's highlights on the optional Sun-tour-ini trip (where else?!) including the island's fabulous views, the local wines of the Santo winery and the beautiful red and black beaches, then return to Fira Town. (2B)

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Paros Leave for Paros this morning, the perfect place to rest your (probably) heavy head. After lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure on the streets of Parikia town then opt to dine on a secluded beach tonight and try out two local traditions, plate smashing and Greek dancing! Listen to stories of ancient Greek battles and end the night back in town with drinks and shisha. Day 4, opt for a full-day boat trip around Paros and Antiparos' most spectacular swimming spots. With wine and soft drinks, a barbecue lunch and snorkelling gear all included, this trip is a must! (2B)

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Athens / Mykonos Meet your guide and fellow sailors at the hostel before heading out to explore Athens. Next Morning get the to Mykonos. Spend the afternoon in the beachfront cafés, ordering 2-for-1 cocktails until your heart's content. Then hit Mykonos Town for a guided walk of its landmark windmills, narrow alleys and hundreds of little family churches and chapels. Stick with your guide come sunset for a bar crawl of Mykonos' hottest night spots. Next morning, ease your hangover at your own pace as you're free to chill out on Paradise Beach, then enjoy dinner and drinks in the evening. Did someone say super club? (2B)

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• Party 'til the early hours in Mykonos • Tour vineyards and volcanic beaches • Start and end in cultural Athens

Accommodation: Hostel/hotel twinshare (10 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 10 breakfasts Includes: Accommodation, transfers, ferry port transfers, local taxes, orientation walks, nights out, historical talks, full day Antiparos boat trip with barbecue lunch on a private beach with ouzo and wine, pub crawls on Mykonos and Ios, and exclusive bar discounts

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• Discover four paradisiacal Greek islands • Optional trip to stunning snorkel spots • Explore postcard-perfect Santorini

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GREEK ISLAND HOPPING 13 DAYS, Athens

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Athens Exclusively for 18-35s

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12-13

Ios / Athens Wave goodbye to Ios as you set sail back to mainland Greece, with a final evening in Athens. Join the group for a mouth-watering local dinner before heading out to Athens’ up-and-coming district of Psirri, full to the brim with trendy bars and clubs. Sadly, all good things come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye after breakfast on Day 13. (2B)

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Aug

06-11

Mykonos / Santorini / Ios 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. Enjoy Day 7 and 8 getting into 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. Jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll pass lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of the island for one of its famously spectacular sunsets on an optional excursion. After free time this morning, cruise on to Ios. Peaceful by day, pumping by night. Over Days 10 and 11, 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. (6B, 2D)

Jul

03-05

Athens / Mykonos Lay back and witness amazing views of the islands and the Aegean Sea as you journey towards 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. Grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialities, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip. On Day 5, check out the tranquil island of Delos on an optional day trip. Then unwind on the island’s world-famous beaches, wrapping it all up with a cocktail as the sun goes down. (3B, D)

Jun

01-02

Athens Check in and spend the afternoon getting cosy with mythological Athens, before meeting up with your travel mates this afternoon and tucking into a Greek dinner at a local taverna. Day 2, get the lowdown on the Parthenon and Athens from a local guide on an optional tour, then experience Athens’ cultural melting pot and wander its streets. Be sure to find a hole-in-the-wall food joint in Plaka where you can try many Greek specialities for dinner, such as lamb moussaka and souvlaki. (B, D)

May

DAY ITINERARY

Departures 2018 Mar

• Party hard in the bars and clubs of Ios • Stroll around the old town walls in Fira • Have an epic night out in Mykonos

Feb

highlights

• Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches • Snorkel and swim in crystal-clear waters • Take in a spectacular Santorini sunset

Accommodation: Hotel (12 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included

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Struggling to chose just one Greek destination? Don't worry, we’ve put together three of the best for you! Spend 13 days dancing your way through Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, perfectly combined with time for wining, dining, and sightseeing - Greek style! If you wish to soak up more culture while you’re at it, why not arrive a little early, or stay a little longer in the beautiful, history-filled capital of Athens.


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s e r u t n e v Ad sail away, sail away Ship-borne travel is the most affordable and exciting way to experience the Greek Islands, and this fleet of small, comfortable yachts is perfectly suited to the task. Island hopping in the Cyclades can mean combining popular hotspots like Mykonos, Ios and Santorini with smaller, out-ofthe-way islands where you’ll find traditional villages, vibrant nightlife and the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted.

GROUP LEADER:

Skipper/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) GROUP SIZE:

What's life like at Sea? SMALL GROUP SAILING

All the yachts used for the Greek Island Sailing trips have their own distinct character, but they do share important features including inside living/dining space, open-air decks, fridges, showers, music players and hot water. And despite rumours to the contrary: size matters! When it comes to sailing we believe small is beautiful. The yachts are typically 12-15m (40-52ft) in length and accommodate a maximum of eight guests in four or five twin-share cabins. There are typically three shared bathrooms and showers on board.

Max 8 RELAXING NIGHTS

By night, the yachts anchor in the most beautiful bays and picturesque harbours. Sleep in your bunk or camp out on the deck under a blanket of Mediterranean stars. The choice is yours.

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Yachts, equipped with 4 twin/double-share cabins, 3 showers/bathrooms TRANSPORT:

15-metre (52 feet) sailing yacht MEALS:

LEARN TO SAIL

With just a skipper on board, there’s always an opportunity to get involved if you’ve ever fancied yourself as a crew member. Earn your sea legs and pick up the basics of sailing from the skipper, or just sit back and let your shipmates take the wheel.

ITINERARIES

We go where the wind takes us. We know where the cruises start and finish but other than that, there’s no fixed route. A lot of it depends on what the group wants to do and see, as well as the expert guidance of the yacht's skipper. 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.

ACCOMMODATION:

MEALS & FOOD KITTY

In order for you to make the most of Greece's fantastic cuisine (think locally caught fish, grilled meats and fresh salads) meals aren’t included on these sailing trips. You’ll be asked to contribute to a locallypayable food kitty (typically USD $60 on eight-day trips, USD $80 on ten-day trips or USD $120 on 15-day trips) to cover basic food items on board. Pooling your cash is a great way to maximise your travel budget.

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Allow USD $240-315 (8-day trips), USD $300-390 (10-day trips) or USD $450-585 (15-day trips) for meals ashore not included


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Athens to Mykonos 8 DAYS

FR R16,879 Athens to Santorini

FR R33,919

15 DAYS

Possible Island Visits: Aegina, Hydra, Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Mykonos

Possible Island Visits: Syros, Kea, Kythnos, Hydra, Aegina, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Ios, Santorini

This cruise may pull into the ports of pistachio-producing Aegina or car-free Hydra (where the main form of transport is a donkey) before setting sail for beautiful Mykonos. As legendary now as it was in the days of Zeus.

Sail your way through some of the world's most beautiful islands aboard a 15m yacht. Go hiking and snorkelling, explore ancient archaeological sites, gorge on fresh seafood (and Ouzo of course) and get plenty of time to just kick back and relax.

Tour Code: GAGVAM (Athens-Mykonos)/GAGVMA (Mykonos-Athens)

Tour Code: GAGVAS (Athens-Santorini)/GAGVSA (Santorini-Athens)

SANTORINI to SANTORINI 10 DAYS

FR R23,199

Possible Island Visits: Ios, Naxos, Mykonos, Syros, Paros, Sifnos, Folegandros, Santorini Explore the dramatic volcanic surroundings of Santorini, arguably the most beautiful Greek Island, with this in-depth itinerary. Step back in time on little-visited islands like Sifnos and Folegandros, and party alongside a stylish crowd on Mykonos and Ios.

Athens Ándros

Aegina Kéa Kythnos Sérifos

8 DAYS

FR R18,059

Mykonos

Hydra

Tour Code: GAGVSS (Santorini-Santorini)

Mykonos to Santorini

Tínos

Syros Páros

Sífnos MIRTOAN SEA

Kimolos

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Mílos

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Folegandros

Possible Island Visits: Syros, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Sifnos, Ios, Folegandros, Santorini From Mykonos, this southern route has seaside towns, sugarcube houses and impossibly clear waters as its backdrop. Island visits could include laid-back Paros, Naxos and the party capital of Ios, before winding up amid the volcanic beauty of Santorini.

Náxos

Antiparos

SEA OF CRETE

Athens Mykonos

Mykonos Santorini

Santorini Santorini Athens

Santorini Santorini

Tour Code: GAGVMS (Mykonos-Santorini)/GAGVSM (Santorini-Mykonos)

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MYKONOS & SANTORINI ISLAND HOPPING 7 DAYS, Athens

R9,291

FR

Athens

highlights

• Begin in historical Athens • Party on Paradise Beach • Try traditional Greek food

Independent Tour

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• Swim off volcanic beaches • Discover pretty Santorini • Amble white-washed villages

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DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Athens / Mykonos Make your own way to Athens' Piraeus Port for your ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, settle in then get out and about exploring the island's boutiques, restaurants, bars and beaches on your own. For those up for a party, make sure you head to Paradise Beach for world famous DJs. Next day enjoy a free day to sample traditional Greek cuisine, go scuba diving or explore Delos Island. You have one more free day on Day 3, so make sure you make the most of the awesome nightlife scene! (2B)

04-05

Mykonos / Santorini Hop aboard your ferry to Santorini today; one of Greece's most spectacular islands. Think white-washed buildings and churches, great views, world-famous sunsets and sweeping beaches. On arrival, get yourself checked in to your hotel and kick back and relax. Enjoy the next day at leisure, and see what makes this island such a must-go travel destination. Opt to go swimming at a black-sand beach, taste local dishes (washed down with wine of course), or go on a boat trip to look at the volcanic caldera for which the island is known. In the evening, make sure you check out the magnificent sunset from Skaros, a rocky headland in Imerovigli, then hit the lively bars. (2B)

06-07

Mykonos, Greece

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Mykonos

Santorini

Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Choose from dorm hostels or 3 or 4* hotels (6 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts (3* and 4* packages only) Includes: Ferry tickets and accommodation. Port to hotel transfers (3* and 4* packages only, otherwise €22 per person) Tour Code: BEBEMSAD

Departures 2018/19 Apr-Sep

Santorini / Athens Make the most of your last full day in Santorini today and continue your sightseeing. Top up your tan on the beach, go for an amble through the villages of Fira and Oia, and have one last sunset overlooking the volcanic caldera. Next morning, transfer back to port and grab the ferry back to Athens, where your trip ends. (2B)

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IOS EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Athens

R9,031

FR

Athens Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore beautiful Ios • Get active with watersports • Chill on Mylopotas Beach

• Eat tasty Greek cuisine • Check out Homer's tomb • Party in lively bars

DAY ITINERARY 01

Athens / Ios Ios is one of the most popular Greek islands for travellers, and it's easy to see why. With unspoilt beaches, adrenalin-fuelled watersports, lively bars and clubs and a whole host of cultural sites, it's the ideal place in which to spend a few days. Catch your ferry to Ios from Athens' Piraeus Port then check in to your accommodation on arrival. Spend the rest of the day at leisure; make sure you grab some of that fine Greek food!

02-03

Ios The next couple of days are yours to do as you please, but we'd advise you to check out some of the nightlife while you're here. After a free day of chilling on the beach and checking out the sites of Ios town and Homer's tomb, you can head back to the main town of Chora and get ready for the night ahead. Discover fire-juggling bartenders and grab a few of the famous slammer shots. Brighten yourself up with a facepainting sesh (you're on holiday after all) then move on to the rowdy Irish Bar (where else). If you're still up at dawn, witness an out-of-thisworld sunrise. Ideal for that Instagram account! If the hangover isn't too bad, head to Mylopotas Beach, the perfect place in which to kick back and zen out. Grab some rays in a sun lounger or partake in some adrenalin-fuelled water sports. In the evening, opt to join a sunset speedboat safari, where you'll have the opportunity to go cliff jumping, tubing and swimming. Opt for another night out in the evening. (2B)

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Athens

Ios / Athens After one last breakfast and one last morning browsing the shops for some souvenirs to make the family happy, head back to Athens via ferry. You'll arrive back at Piraeus Port in the evening. (B)

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Apr-Sep

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GREEK ISLAND EXPLORER 7 DAYS, Athens

R16,121

FR

Heraklion Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Athens' sights • See the sunset in Santorini • Visit the famous Acropolis

• Tour Knossos Palace • Gorge on tasty Greek food • Get to know Greek history

01-02

Athens Arrive into Greece's capital city at any time today and transfer to your hotel. Next day, get out and see all the sites with a city tour. Start at Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue on via the Temple of Olympian Zeus to Constitution Square and then on to the Acropolis. End up at the Parthenon and the impressive Acropolis Museum. (B)

03-04

Santorini Ferry to one of Greece's most popular holiday islands, Santorini. You'll get to enjoy a free day here on Day 4. Opt to take a tour to visit the island's volcano and hot springs, make your way to the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri or kick back and relax with a drink or two watching the sunset in Oia. (2B)

05-07

Santorini, Greece

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Mykonos / Athens Today we set sail to the party island of Mykonos, a sunny paradise in the Aegean Sea. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and explore the white-washed surroundings. Why not sample some of the town's famous nightlife that evening? The next day is yours to explore the island's ancient ruins, trip out to tiny traditional villages, or just kick back on the beach. Then spend your last night enjoying the sunset and tucking in to the tasty cuisine. The following morning you'll transfer to the port and ferry across to Athens where your trip comes to an end. (3B)

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Departs: Daily (15Apr18-22Oct18) Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 4* hotels (6 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Size: No minimum or maximum Includes: Ferry tickets and accommodation. Inbound airport transfer. Port to hotel transfers. Tour Code: ATHIEX

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CELESTYAL CRUISES AEGEAN CLASSIC 6 DAYS, Athens

R21,049

FR

Athens Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Wander through Athens • Relax on Mykonos’ beaches • Drop anchor in Turkey

• Admire Rhodes' history • See the sunset in Santorini • Pass ‘sugarcube’ houses

DAY ITINERARY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Crete

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02 07 09 16 23 30

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01 08 15 22 29

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Rhodes

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Santorini

Patmos

Aug

Mykonos

Kusadasi

Jul

Athens

May

AEGEAN SEA

Trip Style: Sailing and Cruise Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: On-board cruise representative Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), cruise ship (quad cabins) (4 nts) Transport: Cruise ship Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, unlimited drinks package (beer, wine and soft drinks) Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: CO6CGS

Jun

06

Santorini / Athens Return to the Greek capital today and set yourself up for the day ahead with a final brekkie aboard the ship. On arrival, say goodbye to your fellow travellers but opt for one last activity; a guided tour of the ancient Parthenon and Acropolis. (B)

T U R K E Y

Apr

05

Rhodes / Crete / Santorini Drop by Heraklion Town on Crete en route to Santorini, famous for its blue and white buildings, spectacular sunsets and awesome scenery. Opt to take a boat ride to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. (B, L, D)

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Mar

03-04

Mykonos / Kusadasi / Patmos / Rhodes Wake up to the Turkish port town of Kusadasi, haggle for bargains in its bazaar and an included trip to the archaeological site of Ephesus. Next up, head back to Greece and to Patmos, where you can either chill on the beach or visit the Monastery of St. John. On Day 4, you'll hug the Turkish coast all the way down to Rhodes, Greece's sunniest island. Rhodes Town is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site so history buffs will have plenty to do! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Feb

02

Athens / Mykonos Hot foot it to Mykonos today and soak up the incredible views of the sparkling Aegean. Chill out on the beach and drink in one of the many bars then head out for a night on the town. (B, L, D)

Jan

01

Athens Check-in to your hotel and grab a sneaky peek at Greece's capital. Meander through the medieval streets of the Plaka district and stumble upon ancient archaeological sites. Meet your group in the evening.

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GREEK WEEK 9 DAYS, Athens

R21,015

FR

Athens Exclusively for 18-35s

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Packing more punch than a bowl at a Caribbean party, this high energy tour is all about Greek chic. Uncover myths amongst the ruins of Athens, wander the white-washed walls of Mykonos, and throw some serious shapes on the dancefloors of Ios. A lot can happen in a week! Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 8 Tour Code: COCCGW

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DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Athens / Mykonos On arrival in Athens, check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon delving into the city's ancient past. Mingle with proud Athenians in open-air restaurants or tour the crumbling buildings of this edgy capital. No trip is complete without paying homage to Athena at the Parthenon and surrounding Acropolis. That evening, meet your fellow travellers and opt for a traditional Greek meal, you should be souvlaki! The following morning you'll get a little more time to tick off the ancient wonders before catching a ferry to Mykonos, known for its sunny beaches and lively nightclubs. Wash off the dust of Athens with an afternoon swim and get ready to hit the bars in the evening. (B)

03-04

Mykonos Wake up on Mykonos, known the world over for its hedonistic nightlife, fashionista crowds and sweeping beaches. Get lost in the white-washed maze of houses, take a dip in the azure waters of the Aegean or sip on an Ouzo and watch the sunset over the iconic windmills. Make sure you have a night out; there's a reason Mykonos is considered a major party island! If there's a place it's acceptable to stay up past dawn then this is it! Next day, kick back into island time. Chill on the beach, hire a car to explore or kick things up a notch with watersports at Paradise Beach. (2B)

05-06

Ios Next day, head via ferry to the beautiful backpacker haunt of Ios, another stomping ground for youthful fun and frolics. Take in the island views as you cruise past beautiful bays and beaches. During summer holiday months, Ios is a booze-fuelled party destination but it's also pretty easy to lose the crowds. Disappear through winding streets or rent a car and drive out to the countryside of goat farms, honey boxes and sweeping viewpoints. Spend your days sunbathing, chilling out poolside, and sipping cheap Greek cocktails until it's time to hit the dancefloor. (2B, D)

07-09

Ios / Athens Continue to relax on the sandy beaches or lounge by the pool before a big night out when Ios' village come alive. Head to Far Out Beach Club if you want to start the dancing early. Located on Mylopotas Beach, this place is a backpacker's paradise. Wave goodbye to the islands on Day 8 and head back to the mainland for one final night on the town. Soak up some ancient mythology, grab a couple of postcards, and swap emails with your new travel buddies. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 9. Why not stick around? Head out to the Attika Peninsula where you'll find more spectacular antiquities and more inviting beaches! (3B)

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Departures 2018

• Party on down on the island of Ios • Swim in the green-blue Aegean Sea • Try traditional Greek food and drink

Jan

• Explore the ancient temples of Athens • Chill out on the beaches of Mykonos • Settle in for stunning sunsets

Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Ferry, coach Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Note: Optional activities are available throughout trip at extra cost

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ATHENS it's the sound of the acro-polis

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Athens has seen its fair share of transformations over the years, and not all of them have been of the shiny, glamorous kind. But thanks to the 2004 Olympics, 21st-century Athens is a sight to behold. Even in the face of recent financial woes, the Grecian capital still holds its own, packed with museums, modish restaurants and peppered with ancient monuments. Make sure you check out the legend at the Parthenon Temple, on top of the Acropolis.

Glampacker

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FRESH HOTEL

R1,583 FRR950

FR

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HOTEL EVRIPIDES

R852 R394

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Located in the heart of the Psirri district, just beneath the mighty Acropolis.

Location: Five minutes' walk from both tram and metro stations in Psirri District.

Location: Situated right in the heart of the city, close to the Acropolis.

Vibe: Environmentally-friendly hostel with Acropolis views from the rooftop bar.

Vibe: A cheerful hotel with sleek, colourful interiors and a fab rooftop pool.

Vibe: Standard rooms, no frills. Comfy and reliable with a great view of the Acropolis.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Games room • Art exhibition

Highlights: Private rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Rooftop pool (seasonal) • Terrace • Sauna • Gym • Massage service • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Sun terrace • Bar • Lounge • Gym • Sauna • Bike rental • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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PLAKA HOTEL

R1,193 FRR666

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ACROPOLIS HILL HOTEL

R1,370 FRR718

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Overlooking the ancient Acropolis and two minutes from the metro.

Location: In serene (and green) Filopappou, ten minutes from Akropoli metro station.

Vibe: This modern hotel's showpiece is its rooftop terrace. Acropolis views included.

Vibe: Luxuriously styled with fancy furniture! Bring a snazzy pair of shoes.

Highlights: Private rooms • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Lounge • Dining room • Bike rental • Off-street parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balconies • Bar • Sun terrace • Outdoor pool • Free off-site parking

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STAY 3 PAY 2: 01JAN18-31MAR18

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HALF DAY

Stroll around Athens' ancient streets, learning the history behind each monument and ruin. Visit the marbled Roman Agora, see stunning Greek Orthodox churches and dine in ancient tavernas. The best bit comes at the end when you saunter past the queues and enter the heart of Athens, the Acropolis. Hello amazing views! ATHHID

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It's a mad world out there, and we could all benefit from *ahem* a tahini piece of paradise now and again. Enter the Greek Islands, bobbing away in the midst of the Aegean Sea and laden with all the good things: cheese, olive oil, sun, sand and mythical legends. Whitewashed fishing villages and mouth-watering mezedes take centre stage 'til sundown, and then it's on to ouzo (if you can stomach it) and plate-cracking parties. Yammas!

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HOTEL THALASSA, SANTORINI

R1,448 FRR805

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INCLUDES BREAKFAST

HAROULA HOTEL, SANTORINI

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SPLENDOUR RESORT, SANTORINI

R1,947 FRR978

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Overlooking Palio Stafida beach three kms from downtown Argostolion.

Location: Centrally set in Fira, Santorini's capital, and near the bus station.

Location: Oceanview hilltop spot, just a ten-minute walk from Santorini Town.

Vibe: Affordable hotel in two neo-classical inspired buildings with an outdoor pool.

Vibe: Traditionally-built hotel with a flowered garden and pool to chill out in.

Vibe: Cool and calm resort offering serene social space and minimalist luxury.

Highlights: Private rooms • Sun terrace • Outdoor pool • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Library • On-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Garden • Bar • 24-hour reception • Safety deposit box

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Garden • Terrace • Bar • Bicycle rental services

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PARADISE BEACH, MYKONOS

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ARTEMIS HOTEL, MYKONOS

R948 R589

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PETINOS BEACH, MYKONOS

R1,477 FRR739

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Location: Just a stone's throw from one of the island's most famous party beaches.

Location: Situated right next to the beach in the village of Agios Stefanos.

Location: A minutes' walk from Platis Gialos beach in the south of the island.

Vibe: Cycladic-style resort with a party atmosphere and the island's liveliest club!

Vibe: Quaint and traditional family-run hotel with stunning views of the Aegean.

Vibe: Bright, spacious and chic resort with an outdoor pool, bar and open-air lounge.

Highlights: Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Beach • Nightclub/DJ • Garden • Watersports • ATM • Shops • Snack bar

Highlights: Terrace • Coffee shop • Bar • Snack bar • Beach • Umbrellas and sun beds (extra charge) • In-room safe • ATM

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Bar • Snack bar • Buffet restaurant • Gym • Sauna • Terrace

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Location: Situated right on Mylopotas Beach and 12 km from Theodotis town.

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Highlights: Private or shared rooms • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Bar • Barbecue and pizzeria • Sushi bar • Watersports

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IRENE HOTEL, PAROS

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OLYMPIC HOTEL, CRETE

R1,357 FRR835

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Located on a sandy beach just ten minutes' walk from the harbour.

Location: Along the beach, only 500m from the centre of Parikia.

Location: In the heart of Heraklion in Kornarou Square.

Vibe: Stylish boutique hotel with Mediterranean and ethnic features.

Vibe: Family-run hotel with Cyclade architecture and a pretty garden.

Vibe: No nonsense city hotel with recently renewed rooms.

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Infinity pool • Garden • Bar • Snack bar • Watersports • Beach • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Balcony • Sea views • Bar • Garden • TV lounge • Shuttle services (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Café • Restaurant • Bar • Rooftop terrace • TV lounge

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DIONYSOS HOTEL, RHODES

R571 R363

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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12

AEOLOS BAY HOTEL, TINOS

R726 R363

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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13

APRAOS BAY HOTEL, CORFU

R363 R242

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Five minutes from Ixia Beach and 3 km from the Acropolis of Rhodes.

Location: Slap-bang in the middle of Tinos town, close to the Monument of Elli.

Location: Two minutes' walk from Kalamaki beach in the north of the island.

Vibe: Lively resort set on 35,000 sq m of lush grounds. Pool and mini-golf available!

Vibe: Relaxed and stylish hotel with a chic bar/lounge in which to chill and unwind.

Vibe: Tranquil, Venetian-style hotel surrounded by olive and orange trees.

Highlights: Private rooms or apartments • 2 pools • Pool bar • Terrace • Garden • Mini-golf • Watersports • Tennis courts

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Lounge • Free airport/ferry shuttle • 24-hour reception • Watersports • Beach

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Terrace • Barbecue • Garden • Bike rental • Restaurant (à la carte) • Bar

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SAIL TURKEY 8 DAYS, Fethiye

R6,290

FR

Fethiye

highlights

• Swim in crystal-clear waters • Dine on traditional dishes • Party in Smugglers Cove

• Visit the Butterfly Valley • Go snorkelling and diving • Relax on Turkey’s beaches

07 14 21 28

04 11 18 25

01 06 08 13 15 20 22 29

TURKISH SAILING 8 DAYS, Bodrum

Dec

Sep

02 09 16 23 30

Nov

Aug

28 05 12 19 26

Oct

Jul

Departures 2018 Jun

Smugglers Cove St Nicholas Island Kalkan Kas

Apr

Limanagzi

Saminlik Bay

Mar

Fethiye

May

07-08

Kalkan / Fethiye After an early start, moor up in Tarzan Bay, a sheltered cove surrounded by pine-clad ridges. After breakfast set sail to Samanlik Bay for some more leisure sunbathing and swimming. That evening, arrive back in Fethiye to discover the town's intriguing history then go out to celebrate what will certainly be a memorable week sailing along the Turkish Turquoise coast. Depart after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L, D)

T U R K E Y

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Triple/double/twin en suite cabins (7 nts) Transport: Turkish gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Skipper & gulet crew Group Size: Max 25 Note: Includes afternoon tea/coffee, use of snorkels, masks, flippers, fishing lines and board games on the gulet Tour Code: BU

Feb

05-06

Smugglers Cove / Demre / Limanagzi Bay / Kalkan Get the chance to snorkel the bay after breakfast on Day 5, then head along the coast to Demre, famous for its ancient Lycian Tombs. Tonight, you'll find the perfect mooring at Limanagzi Bay to catch a fiery sunset. Next day, set sail to Kalkan, a picturesque little town of true unspoilt beauty. You’ll also have the option to take a half-day trip to the stunning refuge of Saklikent Gorge. (2B, 2L, 2D)

inclusions

Jan

01-04

Fethiye / Saminlik Bay / St. Nicholas Island / Kas / Smugglers Cove Set sail out of Fethiye’s busy little harbour with time for swimming around the 12 Islands before dinner. On Day 2, find a secluded bay to enjoy breakfast. Head first to Butterfly Valley, before a swim in the Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz. Tonight, stay near St. Nicholas Island, where you can explore the ruins of a Byzantine settlement before dinner. Depart at sunrise on Day 3 for breakfast and an energising swim in a quiet bay surrounded by olive groves. Sail on to Kas, a gorgeous little town with pebble beaches and traditional antiques and jewellery shops. Day 4, visit Simena, a traditional fishing village with an impressive castle overlooking the bay, then pass the sunken city of Kekova before we party at Smugglers Cove. (3B, 3L, 4D)

R7,049

FR

Bodrum Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Relax, chill and sunbathe • Eat delicious and fresh food • Explore Bodrum in-depth

• Stroll through pine forests • Opt to bathe in mud baths • Get the chance to see turtles

DAY ITINERARY

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04 01 11 08 18 15 25

Dec

02 09 16 23 30

Nov

28 05 12 19 26

Oct

Departures 2018 Sep

Ballisu English Harbour Kisebuku

Aug

GULF OF GOKOVA

Jul

Çökertme Karacasogut

Jun

Pabucburnu

May

Bodrum

Apr

06-08

Ballisu / Kargili / Kisebuku / Pabucburnu / Yaliciftlik Bay / Bodrum Catch some rays on deck before heading over to Kargili Bay for swim and chill time. Later, get a culture fix as you explore the ancient Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku. Tonight, you'll enjoy another night aboard the gulet enjoying locally-produced wine or Turkish beers. On Day 7, discover Pabucburnu and Yaliciftlik Bay, or head ashore to experience local life in a village on an optional guided tour. Cruise back to Bodrum for one final night out with your group. Next day, sadly all of this comes to an end as you continue with your onwards travel plans. (3B, 2L, 2D)

T U R K E Y

Trip Style: Sailing, Cruise & Beach Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Traditional Turkish gulet (two-person cabin with en suite facilities). Single cabins available at a supplement. Note that many guests choose to sleep on deck under the stars Transport: Turkish gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Captain and crew Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: COBBTS

Mar

04-05

English Harbour / Karacasogut / Cleopatra Island / Ballisu Opt to visit the pretty, laid-back resort of Dalyan, where you often spot turtles on the aptly-named Turtle Beach or experience one of the famous mud baths. Sail on to Karacasogut, where you can get the chance to visit Marmaris, known for its bars, clubs and shopping. Next head to Cleopatra Island, a little slice of paradise with its small beach, white sand and azure waters. There's still plenty of time for more fun in the sun at Ballisu, followed by another freshly-prepared dinner and another jaw-dropping sunset. (2B, 2L, 2D)

inclusions

Feb

01-03

Bodrum / Orak Island / Çökertme / Seven Islands / English Harbour Make your way to the port to board your traditional Turkish-style wooden gulet. Meet your friendly crew and fellow travellers over dinner, then head out on the town! Next day, set sail for sleepy Orak Island. Enjoy a lunch aboard ship, then take in the coastline as you head to the little fishing town of Çökertme. On Day 3, if you're up early enough, check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands. After breakfast, enjoy swim stops at Kufre Bay then head to English Harbour. (2B, 2L, 3D)

Jan

GREECE & TURKEY

DAY ITINERARY


Istanbul

Independent Tour

Cappadocia, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

R5,195

FR

Istanbul

5 DAYS

highlights

• Sights galore in Istanbul • Explore magical Cappadocia

• Discover ancient mosques • Shop in the Grand Bazaar

Begin your tour at Istanbul airport where you’ll be met by a representative. Next day, enjoy a guided tour around the city and explore Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, Divanyolu and Süleymaniye Külliyesi. Travel overnight via bus to Cappadocia and spend the next two days exploring the stunning valleys and fairytale-esque rock formations. Travel back to Istanbul via overnight coach and end the tour on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3* hotel depending on package (4 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: 2 night buses, air con buses, airport pick-up Includes: Entrance fees and guided tours Tour Code: BEISTICA

EPHESUS & PAMUKKALE Istanbul

R4,661

FR

Istanbul

4 DAYS

highlights

• Visit one of the 7 Wonders • Explore ancient cities

Get to grips with ancient Turkish history on this fab four-day package, taking in Ephesus, Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Start the adventure by travelling from Istanbul to Selçuk. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus - one of the best-preserved ancient ruins in the world. Day 3, enjoy a tour of breathtaking Pamukkale, with its white cliffs, the ancient ruins of Hierapolis and thermal springs, then head back to Istanbul via local bus Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3* hotel depending on package (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Local bus Includes: Entrance fees, guided tours Tour Code: BEISTEPA

(Students)

TURKEY AEGEAN 8 DAYS, Istanbul

• Pass Turkish countryside • Take a dip in thermal springs

R12,490/R11,870

FR

Fethiye

highlights

• Tour Gallipoli's battlefields • Explore historic Troy • Stay the night in a treehouse

• Bathe in healing pools • 3-day gulet sailing cruise • Party in Kusadasi's clubs

DAY ITINERARY

06-08

Istanbul Gallipoli Canakkale Troy T U R K E Y

Pergamon

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotel multi-share (4 nts), gulet sail boat (3 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 14 Note: Includes Gallipoli tour, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias and Pamukkale entrance fees Tour Code: BU

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

Pamukkale Selçuk Aphrodisias

May

Departures 2018 Apr

Ephesus

inclusions

Mar

12 Islands / Firnaz Bay / Fethiye Spend two relaxing days on the pristine Aegean Sea, cruising past the quiet beaches of the Yassica Islands. Swim, snorkel or lay back and soak up the sun before a backgammon and Shisha sesh in the evening. Next day, swim at the ruins of an ancient Roman bath and sail on to the palm-clad cove of Sarsala Bay for a hike to Lissa. Cool off at Bedri Rahmi before returning to Fethiye for a last night of drinking and dancing. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Feb

04-05

Aphrodisias / Pamukkale / Fethiye Today is all about love as you spend the morning in the city of Aphrodite, goddess of all things soppy. Then journey inland to absolutely stunning Pamukkale, famous for the healing waters of its limestone baths. Cameras at the ready! Next morning, drive to Fethiye to explore the Lycian tombs and sample some fresh seafood in the harbour. Then board your Turkish gulet ready for your open water adventure, hope you like spending days on end in nothing but swimmers! Set sail that afternoon and dine under the stars. (2B, D)

Cleopatra Bay, Fethiye

Jan

01-03

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Cannakale / Troy / Ephesus / Selcuk Head out of Istanbul and on to the historic WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Day 2, you’re off to legendary Troy, where Achilles battled the Trojans, one of the major storylines in Homer's Iliad. Then continue to the Anatolian ruins at Pergamon and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Opt for a Turkish bath in the afternoon before heading to the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi for dinner and drinks. (2B)

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ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA ADVENTURE

Independent Tour


(Students)

TURKEY CAPPADOCIA 8 DAYS, Fethiye

R9,990/R9,500

FR

Istanbul

highlights

• Chill out on hidden beaches • Spend a night in a treehouse • Awe at dreamlike landscapes

• Explore spiritual Konya • See the largest salt lakes • Shisha up in Istanbul

Istanbul Cappadocia Lake Tuz

Saklikent Gorge

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

02 14 11 08 16 28 25 22 30

Antalya Kas

BEST OF TURKEY 8 DAYS, Istanbul

Jul

Jun

May

Konya

Apr

Departures 2018

T U R K E Y

Fethiye

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostel multi-share (1 nt), boutique cave multi-share (3 nts), Hotel multishare (3 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 14 Note: Includes Goreme open-air museum, Cappadocia underground tour, Sultanhani entrance and a pottery making display Tour Code: BU

Mar

06-08

Cappadocia / Lake Tuz / Istanbul Recharge today as you journey deeper into Cappadocia’s hidden gems. Visit ancient churches, aqueducts, caves, secluded valleys and a relicfilled Cappadocian house. Tonight, opt to take a dip in a Turkish bath and settle in for a cultural night of belly dancing and whirling dervishes. Rise early and leave for the fun of flamboyant Istanbul. Visit the largest salt lakes in the world at Lake Tuz for those shimmering Instagram pictures! Back in Istanbul, head out for some drinks and grab a shisha pipe before your trip wraps up on the morning of Day 8. (3B)

inclusions BLACK SEA

Feb

03-05

Antalya / Konya / Cappadocia Leave Kas for Antalya. Spend time on Konyaalti Beach, wander pretty stone streets and grab a drink at the harbour. Next, experience Seljuk culture at Mevlana and spend the night under Mount Hasan in a cave hotel. The next day, take guided visits to the underground city, see fairytale chimneys in Love Valley, and stop at Cavusin castle and more open-air museums. End the day with a pottery demo and a free night to explore. (3B)

Cappadocia, Turkey

Jan

01-02

Fethiye / Saklikent Gorge / Kas Start in Fethiye and drive to the stunning Saklikent Gorge for a morning of rocky walks and swim spots. Continue to the crystal blue waters of Kaputas Beach before travelling down the Mediterranean coast to the quaint town of Kas. Spend the day here exploring the old amphitheatre and Lycian tombs, sampling the region’s fresh seafood, or spend the day soaking up the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches. (B)

R14,179

FR

Istanbul Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Marvel at Gallipoli’s history • Explore the ruins of Ephesus • Grab a selfie in ancient Troy

• Sail in stunning Ayvalik • Sample delicious cuisine • Wander fascinating Istanbul

DAY ITINERARY

186

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24 21 19 16 14 11 08 06

Dec

Nov

Departures 2018 Oct

Pamukkale

Sep

Selçuk

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,929

Aug

T U R K E Y

Jul

Ayvalik

Jun

Gallipoli

Canakkale (Troy)

May

Istanbul SEA OF MARMARA

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private air con van, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETBT

Apr

06-08

Pamukkale / Istanbul 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). The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (3B)

inclusions BLACK SEA

Mar

04-05

Ayvalik / Ephesus / Selçuk 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. Opt to visit the picturesque village of Sirince for some shopping or head to the grand St. John's Basilica or the magnificent Mosque of Isa Bey. (2B)

Pamukkale, Turkey

Feb

01-03

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Çanakkale / Troy / Ayvalik 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. Visit the ruins of ancient Troy and marvel at its epic history. You won’t want to miss your chance to get a selfie with the Trojan Horse! You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobbled streets and attractive harbour. Visit a G Adventures-supported handicraft project, enjoy a boat cruise of the area then bed down in a converted Ottoman-style mansion. (2B)

Jan

GREECE & TURKEY

DAY ITINERARY


TURKEY ON A BUDGET 15 DAYS, Istanbul

R15,479

FR

Istanbul Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr R3,219

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

Feb

Jan

Departures 2018 30 13 11 08 06 03 14 12

Ephesus, Turkey

• Admire Troy’s wooden horse • Explore Wartime history at Gallipoli • Hit the mud baths of Dalyan

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• Chill out at fab beaches • Explore frenetic Istanbul • Enjoy tasty Turkish cuisine

Upgrade your trip Absolute Turkey (15 days, Istanbul - Istanbul) (GAETAT)  Fr R24,499

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Istanbul 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. Opt to shop 'til you drop in the market bazaars or stuff yourself silly on some traditional Turkish cuisine. Travel by overnight bus on Day 2 to Cappadocia. (B)

03-05

Cappadocia On arrival in the fairytale-esque region of Cappadocia, get out and explore the rock chimneys and underground cities that make this such a must-visit region. Sample a home-cooked dinner with a local family, and perhaps even consider an optional hot-air balloon ride for incredible views. Travel by overnight bus on Day 5 to the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya. (2B, D)

06-09

Olympos / Kekova / Dalyan Travel to the quaint village of Olympos on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean coast. Kick back and relax and enjoy lounging on the beach, then set off on an evening walk to see the flames of Mount Olympos at night. On Day 7, head to continue to the beautiful coastal village of Kekova and board your boat for a relaxing mini-cruise, weather permitting, on the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a freshly-cooked dinner aboard before you grab some sleep right under the stars. Day 8, travel on to charming resort of Dalyan. Take a trip to the famous mud baths, or swim, sunbathe and chill out at the beach, which is also a nesting site for turtles. (3B, D)

10-12

Pamukkale / Ephesus / Selçuk Enjoy a day of free time to explore the whitewashed calcium terraces of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Next day, head to Selçuk and opt to check out the well-preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus, its museum and the magnificent façade of the Library of Celsus. If you'd like to explore further, you can also have a wander to the St. John's Basilica, the impressive Isa Bey Mosque as well as the picturesque village of Sirince, where you'll be able to sample some local wine and food. (3B)

13-15

Shorten your trip Turkey Multisport (12 days, Istanbul - Istanbul) (GAETAI)  Fr R16,759

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Troy / Çanakkale / Istanbul From the harbour town of Çanakkale, there are optional visits to the ruined city of Troy and Gallipoli to learn about this important World War I 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)

Istanbul T U R KEY Gallipoli Çanakkale (Troy)

Göreme (Cappadocia) Pamukkale

Selçuk Dalyan

Kekova

Olympos

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Caption Cappadocia, goes here Turkey xxx

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), boat multi-share (1 nt, Nov-Apr in a hotel instead) Transport: Public bus, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAETTO


MAGIC CARPET 10 DAYS, Istanbul

R17,033

FR

Istanbul

highlights

• Istanbul’s Blue Mosque • Visit the Gallipoli battlefields • Tour the ruins of Troy

Small Group Adventure

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• Acropolis of Pergamum tour • Awe-inspiring Cappadocia • Hit the ancient Silk Road

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AEGEAN DELIGHT 8 DAYS, Istanbul

Dec

AEGEAN SEA

Departures 2018/19 Nov

Kusadasi

Oct

Pamukkale

Sep

Konya

Ephesus

Jul

Cappadocia

Jun

Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia Head to Pamukkale, where you’ll explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and take a dip in the hot springs. Day 7, travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansaray and Konya's Mevlana Museum. Don't miss out on the optional Turkish folklore evening! (2B, 2D) Cappadocia / Goreme / Ankara / Istanbul Marvel at the lunar landscapes of the Goreme Valley Open-Air Museum and explore the underground city. Day 9, depart to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where you’ll visit the mausoleum at Anitkabir. Later, head back to Istanbul, where your tour ends Day 10. (3B, D)

Ankara

Pergamum

May

Gallipoli Canakkale Troy

Accommodation: 4* and 5* hotels (9 nts) Transport: Air con 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 Note: Includes entrance fees Tour Code: ISTMCT

Aug

08-10

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06-07

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Istanbul

Mar

04-05

Canakkale / Troy / Ephesus / Kusadasi Travel to iconic Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and battlefield of Hercules. Follow this up with a tour of the Acropolis of Pergamum, then head to Kusadasi. Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and visit the site of the Temple of Artemis before continuing to quaint Sirince and a carpet village. Overnight in Kusadasi. (2B, 2D)

Cappadocia, Turkey

Feb

01-03

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale Make the most of a free day in Istanbul on Day 1. Next morning, visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace on a guided city tour then opt to go on a half-day Bosphorous boat cruise. Next day, visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials as well as ANZAC Cove. Overnight in Canakkale. (2B, D)

Jan

GREECE & TURKEY

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R13,023

FR

Istanbul Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore incredible Istanbul • See the Trojan Horse • Visit the Temple of Artemis

• Visit ANZAC Cove and more • Tour of ancient Ephesus • Soak yourself in hot springs

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Istanbul Upon your arrival you'll be transferred to your lovely four-star hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your own pace, then next morning, a fantastic city tour will tick off the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise the waters separating Asia from Europe that afternoon with an optional boat trip. (B)

03-04

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 epic Acropolis of Pergamum before heading to Kusadasi. (2B, 2D)

05-06

Kusadasi / Ephesus / Pamukkale Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the fruitwine village of Sirince and a carpet village. On Day 6, head towards Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs before returning to Pamukkale for the night. (2B, 2D)

07-08

Pamukkale / Istanbul Head back to Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the intriguing Silk Bazaar. On Day 8, tuck into a final breakfast the head off home. (2B)

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The world’s only transcontinental city, Istanbul is definitely unique. With both Asia and Europe taking residence inside the city’s borders, you can bet on finding a tantalising culture made up of two very different worlds. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice with the likes of the cutting edge Pera Museum and Istanbul Modern. While shoppers will be kept busy in the Grand Bazaar; the biggest covered market of its kind in the world. Be prepared to barter!

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SULTAN HOSTEL

R263 R453

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Glampacker

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R307 R269

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R1,141 FRR575

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Location: Central location in the historical Sultanahmet district. Close to Hagia Sophia.

Location: Walking distance from Taksim Square's bars, restaurants and cafés.

Location: In the old city, just a 10-minute walk from the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Vibe: Friendly hostel built with backpackers in mind. And no curfew!

Vibe: Stylish budget hostel with bespoke bunks and marble bathrooms.

Vibe: Upscale hotel set in a pair of old Ottoman homes.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Security lockers • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Games room

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R557 R326

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GALLIPOLI DAY TRIP (TROOPER 444)

R1,451

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FULL DAY

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Location: A ten-minute walk from the Hagia Sophia landmark and museum.

Location: A great spot a short drive from the airport and the city centre.

Vibe: Spacious and well-equipped hotel rooms in central Istanbul.

Vibe: Modern, clean and convenient. Easy access without being on top of the crowds.

Highlights: Private rooms • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Sauna • Hammam • Gym • Massage service • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Bar • Garden • Gym • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

Take a trip down memory lane on this insightful and jam-packed day trip. Depart Istanbul early morning and head to the famous World War I battlefields of Gallipoli. Stop for a tasty lunch, then visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly and Kaba Tepe Gallipoli Museum.

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MYTHS AND LEGENDS

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It's hard to argue with this region of the world's scenery. Fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, forests, lakes you name it they're here.

The Finns love a kooky championship. Wife carrying anyone? Or maybe mobile phone throwing? Swamp football?

Norway gets 98-99% of its electricity from hydroelectric power, more than any other country in the world.

Forget road tolls, Icelanders are more concerned with road trolls. Roads are re-routed to avoid where they are thought to live.

According to a World Happiness Report, Copenhagen is the world's happiest city. It's also one of the best places to live!

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CLASSIC FJORD ROAD TRIP 8 DAYS, Oslo

R7,455

FR

Oslo

highlights

• Stop at quaint alpine towns • Travel the Road of Trolls • Discover ancient glaciers

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Oslo / Hamar / Lillehammer / Skeikampen Arrive in Oslo and explore its endearing waterfront neighbourhoods. The following afternoon head north along Lake Mjøsa to Hamar, home to a glass cathedral and The Viking Ship, the world’s largest wooden sports hall. Continue to Lillehammer and step back in time with a trip to Maihaugen’s open-air folk museum. Stay the night in Skeikampen. (B)

03-04

Valley of Gudbrandsdalen / Dombås / Molde / Geiranger / Leikanger Drive north up the grand Valley of Gudbrandsdalen and through alpine towns to Molde, the city of jazz and roses. The next day you’ll journey the bendy Road of Trolls towards Geirangerfjord for a cruise up close to the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls. Continue the scenic drive past Mount Dalsnibba, around reflective fjords until you reach the Flåm quaint settlement of Leikanger. (2B)

05-06

Leikanger / Sognefjord / Bergen / Gol After breakfast, drive to Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Here, opt for a cruise taking you beneath dramatic cliffs to Gudvangen where you’ll continue on to Bergen. Prepare yourself for the steepest road in Europe and try not to be distracted by the views along the way! Day 6, take some time to discover beautiful Bergen before getting back on the wild and rugged roads to Gol. Along the way you’ll see the thunderous Vøringsfoss waterfall, the highest in Norway! (2B)

07-08

Gol / Oslo Leave the outdoor wonderland of Gol and drive back in the direction of Oslo. Take in the last glimpses of Norway’s valleys and fjords before ending your road trip after breakfast on Day 8. (2B)

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Sognefjorden

Lillehammer Hamar

Gol

Bergen

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Oslo

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts Includes: Self-drive kit with day-to-day routings and maps Not Included: Car rental, activities not specified Tour Code: OSLFJD

Oslo Hamar (127 km) Lillehammer (61 km) Skeikampen (40 km) Dombås (123 km) Molde (166 km) Geiranger (108 km) Leikanger (238 km) Sognefjord (38 km) Bergen (201 km) Gol (302 km) Oslo (190 km) This is a flexible route. Please ask for details.

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OSLO - SOGNEFJORD - BERGEN 7 DAYS, Oslo

R13,197

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Bergen Independent Tour

highlights

• Discover the delights of Oslo • Take almost vertical railways • Cruise under snowy cliffs

• Visit UNESCO-listed Bryggen • Cross mountain plateaux • Stay in rural alpine villages

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Oslo When you’ve arrived and settled in to your central hotel, why not get out into the green spaces and pretty pastel-coloured streets of Oslo? Find a cosy café in Aker Brygge, ponder the sculptures in Frogner Park, or go visit the museums and galleries on Bygdøy. In the evening be sure to splash your krone in the city's world-renowned bars, restaurants and jazz clubs. (B)

03-04

Oslo / Myrdal / Flåm / Vatnahalsen After breakfast, take a scenic train ride across Europe’s highest mountain plateaux to Myrdal where you’ll overnight in a nearby hotel. In the morning you’ll catch one of the world’s steepest railways to the small northern village of Flåm. The tracks take you through twenty tunnels past waterfalls and mountain viewpoints but don’t use all your camera space at once as a Sognefjord cruise awaits you in the afternoon. Sail along the base of snowcapped cliffs, under cascading waterfalls and past pretty mountain villages. Then journey along Nærøyfjord and back to Vatnahalsen for the night. (2B)

05-07

Vatnahalsen / Flåm / Bergen Day 5 you’ll go west to Bergen, the capital of western Norway. Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen paints a pretty picture wherever you look. Head down to the UNESCO-listed Old Quarter of Bryggen to admire the leaning rows of wooden buildings lining the harbour. Catch the Fløibanen funicular up Mount Fløyen and take some time to appreciate the views from the top. Or go on a treasure hunt of Scandinavian Art at the city’s many museums. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 7. (3B, 2D)

Bryggen, Bergen, Norway

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Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Age Group: Any Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Transport: Local trains, ferry Group Size: Min 2 Tour Code: OSLBER

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Flåm

Bergen

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• Explore endearing Oslo • Cruise along Geirangerfjord • See the mighty Vøringfossen

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SCANDINAVIA 12 DAYS, Berlin/Copenhagen

R28,369

FR

Helsinki Exclusively for 18-35s

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Serene Norwegian fjords, colourful Copenhagen and cool as a cucumber Stockholm...there's a reason people can't get enough of Scandinavia. This 12 day adventure is ideal for nature lovers, adventure seekers, night owls and everyone in between. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip manager and driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCSH

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• See the magnificent Boyabreen Glacier • Shop 'til you drop in swanky Stockholm • Conclude in the vibrant city of Helsinki

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• Take in colourful Copenhagen's sights • Check out Oslo's many museums • Pass beautiful mountains and fjords

Accommodation: Quad-share hostels (7 nts), hotel (3 nts), quad-share Baltic cruise (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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Berlin or Copenhagen / Copenhagen / Oslo Meet your team in either Berlin this morning or later on in Copenhagen. Get to know each other with a drink or two - you are on holiday after all! Take in the sights of the vibrant Nyhavn area on Day 2, and swing by the famous Little Mermaid monument, the Town Hall and the Royal Palace. Opt to tour the Carlsberg Brewery, or feel the vibes in the hippy commune of Christiana. Tonight, get your ride on at the Tivoli Amusement Park, one of the world's oldest theme parks! On Day 3, head to Norway's capital Oslo and check out the Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park. (2B, 2D)

04-05

Oslo / Voss Kick start Day 4 with an orientation tour of this harbourside city, then enjoy a relaxing afternoon checking out one of Oslo's many museums. If you're looking to get active, make sure you try your hand cycling on one of the city's bikes. The next day, get your scenery spotting on as you cross the rugged landscapes of the Hardangervidda Plateau en route to Voss. (2B, D)

06-07

Voss / Geiranger Fjord / Gjøvik You'll be blown away by Norway's mind-blowing scenery today as you pass mountains, fjords and glaciers on your way to Geiranger. Spot the incredible Bøyabreen Glacier, drive past Sognefjord, the longest and most spectacular of Norway's fjords, and opt to go for a hike in Geiranger. On Day 7, cruise along the serene Geiranger Fjord by boat, then head to the town of Lom to see one of the country's few remaining medieval stave churches. Continue on to the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer, where you can get your adrenalin pumping with an optional bobsled ride. Next stop on the agenda; the charming town of Gjøvik. (2B, D)

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Gjøvik / Stockholm Today you'll cross into Sweden and enjoy a scenic drive to Stockholm through unspoilt forests and lakes, keeping your eyes peeled for bears, wolves and moose (if you're lucky) along the way. Day 9 starts with an optional guided tour of the ABBA Museum and Nobel Prize Banquet Room, then the rest of the day is yours to hang out in this uber-cool city. You could check out the Vasa warship, the Skansen open-air museum or do some shopping in the city's trendy shops. Make sure you check out the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace! Catch an overnight ferry to Helsinki on Day 10. (3B, D)

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Helsinki Dock into the quirky Finnish capital this morning and get settled in. Visit the Sibelius Monument and see the 'Church in the Rock', then enjoy free time. Depart any time on Day 12. (2B) CO U NTRY

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SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA PLUS 22 DAYS, Berlin/Copenhagen

R50,539

FR

Warsaw/Berlin Exclusively For 18-35§

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Berlin or Copenhagen / Oslo Begin your Scandic adventure in Berlin this morning or in Copenhagen this afternoon. The next day, tick off some of the city's famous sights. then opt to check out Tivoli Gardens this evening. Leave Denmark on Day 3 and head for Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo. Wander around Vigeland Sculpture Park then, on Day 4, enjoy an orientation tour. In your free time, visit the city's popular museums. (3B, 2D)

05-09

Voss / Geiranger Fjord / Gjøvik / Stockholm Travel through Europe’s largest mountain plateau to the town of Voss on Day 5, then pass by Sognefjord, Bøyabreen Glacier and Tvindefossen Waterfall the next day. On Day 7, cruise alongside the waterfalls of the Geiranger Fjord to the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer. Continue on to the lakeside town of Gjøvik. It's then on to Stockholm on Day 8. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival. The next day, explore the medieval streets of Gamla Stan and watch the changing of the guard. (5B, 3D)

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Stockholm / Helsinki / St. Petersburg / Novgorod On Day 10, enjoy an optional Smörgåsbord dinner then board an overnight ferry over the Baltic to Helsinki. Dock the next morning and see a church cut from solid rock, then wander around the markets, the Olympic Stadium and the Senate Square. On Day 12, cross the border and start your Russian adventure. Ypur first stop? The canals of St. Petersburg, otherwise known as the 'Venice of the North'. Tour the sights and go local with two full days to explore. Stop by the beautiful Peterhof Palace Gardens, visit the Hermitage, one of the world's largest art and culture museums, then opt to see a ballet. And where better?! Head to the fortress city of Novgorod on Day 15 for a locally-guided tour of the Old Town. (6B, 2D)

16-22

Moscow / Minsk / Warsaw or Berlin Head south to Russia's spiritual, political and economic hub, Moscow. On the way, stop at the township of Klin, where you'll see the house of the famous composer Tchaikovsky. After arriving at the captial, you'll enjoy two days to explore and a fantastic opportunity to discover th country's intriguing history and culture. Swing by the famous Kremlin, the Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum, then enjoy a guided coach tour of the city and the famous Moscow metro (possibly the classiest in the world - it has actual chandeliers). In your spare time, we recommend you check out The Armoury, one of the city's oldest museums. On Day 19, pass by the site of Napoleon's historic battle with the Russians at Borodino, then cross the border into Belarus for a night in Minsk. On Day 21, make your way to Warsaw, your last stop. This is an impressive city, almost completely reconstructed after the war. Explore the Old Town, see Chopin's monument and learn about the Warsaw Uprising. Depart on Day 22. (7B, L, 3D)

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• Sail along spectacular fjords • Drive through Norway's wilderness • Tour Moscow, Oslo and Warsaw

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• All of page 192, plus Russia! • Take in waterfalls, forests and glaciers • See six World Heritage Sites

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Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Accommodation: Quad-share hostels (7 nts), hotels (13 nts), quad-share Baltic cruise (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry, boat Meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Geiranger Fjord Gjøvik

Helsinki

Voss Oslo

St. Petersburg

Stockholm

Novgorod

Copenhagen Berlin

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Take your sweet time exploring Scandinavia's green scenery and Russia's opulent palaces on this action-packed trip, starting in Copenhagen and ending in Warsaw. With 12 overnight stops, you'll leave no corner of this fascinating region unturned. The vodka's on us...


NORWEGIAN FJORD TREKKING 7 DAYS, Bergen

R29,659

FR

Odda (Hardangerfjord) Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Admire the Trolltunga views • See Valley of the Waterfalls • Explore beautiful Bergen

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Bergen / Odda Arrive in Bergen at any time and go check out the slim wooden townhouses of the UNESCO-listed old wharf before an orientation walk. Once the main hub for trade, this iconic quayside is now a workspace for local potters, jewellers and artists. In the morning, venture out and see more of Norway’s second-largest city and an optional lunch at the world-famous fish market. You may also take this time to stock up on supplies before jumping on a ferry and making for Odda, gateway to Folgefonna National Park and home to the Folgefonna Glacier. (B)

03-04

Odda / Buer Glacier Today you’ll get to stretch your legs in the spectacular wooded ravines of Oddadalen. You’ll hike ten kms along the valley towards Låtefoss, the largest waterfall in the region. The next day, strap on your crampons and join a guide for a hike across the glacial valley of Buer. (2B)

05-07

Trolltunga / Skjeggedal / Odda Step back into your walking boots and prepare for a full-day hike to Norway’s proudest rock formation, Trolltunga. The 'Troll's Tounge' is 700 metres above Ringedalsvatent Lake and the surrounding fjordland. It offers one of the best views around from the summit with numerous waterfalls and mountain ridges. You then have once more evening with your group before it's time to wave goodbye the next morning. (3B)

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Trolltunga, Norway

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Trolltunga

Bergen

Oddadalen

Odda Buer Glacier

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), simple hotel with shared bathrooms (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, ferry, private minivan Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $205-270 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guide Group Size: Max 10, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAENFH

Departures 2018 Jun-Aug

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MAGIC LAPLAND 7 DAYS, Stockholm

R7,172

FR

Stockholm

highlights

• Venture into the Arctic Circle • Relax in a traditional sauna • Have a drink at the Ice Hotel

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Rovaniemi

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Hostel, cabin and apartment (4 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Transport: Bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (1 extra dinner 21Dec18, 28Dec18) Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Max 50, Avg 45 Includes: Free use of snow shoes, fishing gear, skis, tours to Norway fjords and Narvik Optional Extras: Husky sledge, husky safari, snow mobile safari, cross country ski tour, ice climbing, Northern Lights tour on horseback Tour Code: LAPMAG

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Abisko / Stockholm This morning, you’re free to try out some activities in the Abisko area. After lunch, start your journey back through Lapland, calling at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gammelstad Church. Enjoy dinner before the overnight trip back to Stockholm. Your tour ends on Day 7.

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Kiruna / Narvik / Abisko Today, travel west to meet the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, the Sami. Learn about their unique history and way of life, then travel through the mountains to Norway and enjoy views of fjords and the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Sweden and the Abisko National Park and spend the evening in a teepee, Sami-style, sip Swedish hot wine and wait for the Northern Lights to appear.

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Mar

03-04

Korvala / Rovaniemi / Kiruna After breakfast, charm yourself back onto the ‘good’ list with a visit to Santa Claus’ village. Meet the man himself, then head to Rovaniemi city. Journey back to Sweden and spend the night at Kiruna. Next day, visit the famous Ice Hotel at Jukkasjarvi and enjoy an ice-cold drink before returning to Kiruna for some dog-sledding and snowmobiling. (B)

Snowmobiling, Kiruna, Sweden

Feb

01-02

Stockholm / Korvala Board the bus in Stockholm for an overnight drive to Korvala. Wake up on Day 2 in Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Tuck into breakfast and spend the day exploring forests and frozen lakes on snow shoes, kick sledges or cross country skis. Feeling brave? Take a freezing Arctic swim after dinner. Or, get steamy in the sauna. (B, L, D)

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SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

• Scenery galore in the fjords • Ice walking on Buer Glacier • Hike to your heart’s content

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NORTHERN LIGHTS SEARCH 5 DAYS, Rovaniemi

R18,949

FR

Rovaniemi Independent Tour

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Rovaniemi, Finland

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Return transfers from/to Rovaniemi Airport and Santa Claus Village included Includes: Reindeer safari, snowmobile safari, evening snowshoe hike, Northern Lights hunt by car and use of thermal overall set during your stay Tour Code: RVNLGT

• Get active on a snowshoe hike • Enjoy an exciting snowmobile ride • Head out into the wilderness

Wanting to go on a reindeer safari, visit the real life Santa Claus Village and perhaps maybe even ride a snowmobile? Well, you're in luck, as this tour does it all and more. After you've arrived into Rovaniemi Airport on Day 1, transfer to your hotel and get settled in. That evening at 7pm, enjoy a reindeer safari into the wilderness to search for the famous Northern Lights. Seeing this natural event isn't guaranteed, so let's just hope lady luck is on your side! The next day, head to the Santa Claus Village and enjoy free time to explore. That evening, you'll enjoy an exciting snowmobile safari, once more keeping an eye out for the Aurora Borealis. Day 3 involves getting a bit more active - it's time for a snowshoe hike! That evening and on Day 4, you'll enjoy two more chances to spot the famous lights. Fingers crossed! Depart at any time on Day 5.

MOSCOW AND ST.PETERSBURG TWIN-CENTRE 7 DAYS, Moscow

R8,574

FR

St.Petersburg Independent Tour

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• Visit Moscow and St.Petersburg • See the Kremlin and Armoury • Take the Sapsan Express train

The Kremlin and Cathedral of St. Basil, Moscow

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-room in 3* or 4* hotel (6 nts). Single room available at extra cost Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Return transfers to/from airport and railway station included Includes: Tours and entry fees as specified Tour Code: MOSPTE

• The Church of Spilled Blood • Plenty of free time to explore • A day at the Summer Palace

Filled with amazing sights and opulent architecture, Russia is a visual masterpiece. From the capital's Red Square to the Tsar's royal estates, there's plenty to see here, and this tour will take you to the country's two commercial hubs. Start on Day 1 in the capital Moscow. On arrival, you'll be whisked off to your hotel via private transfer, taking in some of the sites along the way. For the next three days, you'll get to see exactly what makes the capital tick with two half-day tours. Sights on the checklist include the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Armoury and Bolshoi Theatre. On Day 4, get aboard the Sapsan Express train to charming St. Petersburg, where you'll spend the next three days. Enjoy a half-day orientation tour of the city then spend a full day at the Peterhof (Summer Palace). Depart at any time on Day 7.

VISA-FREE RUSSIA 6 or 7 DAYS, Stockholm

R5,624

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Tallinn or Stockholm Small Group Adventure • Two or three party cruises • Three days in St. Petersburg • Guided bus tour

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Departs: 29Mar18, 26Apr18, 10May18, 11Oct18, 25Oct18, 21Dec18 Accommodation: Multi-share cabin on boat (4 nts), multishare room in hostel (3 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: All day (x1) and night ferry (x2 or 3) transfers and return transfers from/to St. Petersburg ferry terminal included Includes: Russia entrance fee and all tours and fees as specified Tour Code: STOVIS

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• Visit Russia with no visa • Explore Tallinn and Helsinki • Explore the Hermitage Museum

We all know how much of a hassle getting visas can be; long waits, hefty fees and over-the-top application forms. Ignore all that with this tour, taking you to Russia without the need to get a visa! Commence your tour on Day 1 in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Meet your fellow travellers and hop aboard an overnight party cruise to Helsinki. Upon arrival, spend the day exploring, then it's on to another fun night cruise to St. Petersburg, one of Russia's most famous cities. Over the next three days, you'll get to see exactly what makes the 'Venice of the North' tick. Enjoy a guided bus tour, visit the Hermitage Museum, opt to enjoy a traditional Russian dinner and folk show and enjoy plenty of free time. Head to Tallinn via ferry on Day 6 and enjoy a day to explore. Choose to end here, or catch one last party cruise to Stockholm.

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• Chance to spot the Northern Lights • Visit the Santa Claus Village • Sit tight on a reindeer safari


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ULTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Berlin

R23,450/R22,280

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Berlin

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• Try meatballs in Stockholm • Channel your Viking in Oslo • Explore enchanting Tallinn

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Vilnius / Warsaw / Berlin Arrive in Warsaw mid afternoon for a walk around the Old Town and a local dinner with vodka sides. End the tour in raving capital Berlin and depart after breakfast on Day 15. (3B)

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostels (13 nts), multi-share cruise liner (1 nt) Transport: Coach, ferry, cruise ship Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Busabout Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes all orientation walks, Viking walk in Stockholm Tour Code: BU

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Tallinn / Riga / Vilnius Today, it's off to the art nouveau town of Riga to try Latvia’s Black Balsams on an optional boisterous bar crawl. After breakfast you’re free to visit the Freedom monument, climb St. Peter’s Church or relax with some food and drink. Then drive to Lithuania to see the eerie Hill of Crosses and the fairytale castle of Trakai. The next day you’ll explore the Baroque brilliance of Vilnius. (4B, D)

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Oslo / Stockholm / Tallinn Head to the saffron-coloured streets of Stockholm where you can grab two wheels and ride across the city’s many islands. Spend the afternoon checking out the museums (the ABBA Museum is a must!) or sampling some Scandi cuisine. Day 7 you’ll board an overnight cruise liner across the Baltic to Tallinn, a medieval town not shy of a party. (4B, D)

Trakai Castle, Lithuania

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Berlin / Copenhagen / Oslo Start in Berlin and ferry to Denmark’s creative capital, Copenhagen. Get your thrills at the optional19th-century Tivoli Amusement Park before exploring the nightlife on offer. Soothe your head with a morning orientation and use your free time in the afternoon to visit hippy wonderland Christiania or find a cosy brewery. Day 3, drive to Oslo, visiting the Vigeland Sculpture Park on arrival. The next day, enjoy a morning city orientation and join an optional bike tour. (3B, D)

R24,799

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Helsinki Small Group Adventure

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• Explore quirky Vilnius • Climb the Curonian Spit • Admire art nouveau in Riga

• Enjoy Saaremaa’s traditions • Fall in love with Tallinn • Helsinki’s great nightlife

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Vilnius

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Nida

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Kuressaare

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Tallinn

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BALTIC SEA

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), farm stay (3 nts) Transport: Public bus, ferry, bike Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXVS

May

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Tallinn / Helsinki Travel by ferry across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, Finland’s forwardthinking capital. Enjoy an orientation walk, then free time to explore the sights including the underground rock church, Olympic Stadium and the Suomenlinna sea fortress. One big last night out is on the cards, before the trip concludes on Day 13. (2B)

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Saaremaa / Tallinn It's 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. (2B)

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Curonian Spit / Riga / Kuressaare Head to Latvia’s capital and enjoy a guided tour of the city and lunch at the Central Market. Riga’s cobblestone streets reward aimless wandering, but don’t miss the art nouveau district or the fascinating Occupation Museum. On Day 7, cross into Estonia to go local with three nights on a farm on the island of Saaremaa, covered in thick pine forests and empty stretches of sparkling coastline. (5B, L, 3D)

Tallinn, Estonia

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Vilnius / Trakai / Curonian Spit Arrive in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania and explore the medieval Old Town. Visit the Gothic-style Trakai Castle, perfectly perched on an island, before venturing to soft white sand dunes off the western part of Lithuania. You’ll also enjoy a bike tour of the Hill of Witches! (3B)

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SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

• Lithuania’s fairytale castle • Party hard in Latvia’s capital • Enjoy a scenic Baltic cruise


REALM OF THE POLAR BEAR 8 DAYS, Longyearbyen

R53,739

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Longyearbyen

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• See a region few others have seen • Massive glaciers and breathtaking fjords • Expert guides and expedition team

• Experience the midnight sun • Search for polar bears, foxes and more • Learn about the Arctic’s human history

DAY ITINERARY 01

02-07

Longyearbyen Start your quest for the Arctic’s cuddliest carnivores in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s only significant town where there are as many snowmobiles as there are people. Get your first glimpses of the midnight sun and make the most of the wide range of activities on offer before it’s time to board the G Expedition in the late afternoon. You might want to visit the world’s northernmost gourmet restaurant with a wine cellar of over 20,000 bottles. Set sail into the Arctic ice that evening. (D) Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen 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. At one or more of the stops, you can hope to see one of Svalbard’s unique species of reindeer, which are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. Ice permitting, you'll also see spectacular bird cliffs filled with kittiwakes, glaucous gulls and even Arctic foxes. Make sure you’ve packed your camera! There may also be the opportunity to walk on shore to observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. If the weather cooperates, there'll be opportunity to jump in a Zodiac and cruise along the ice edge viewing walruses and seals where you'll get close to glaciers spilling into the sea in front of you. You'll get close to glaciers spilling into the sea in front of you, something very few people will ever experience. As well as being a natural wilderness, this is also a land of history. From whaling to reaching for the North Pole and from trapping to coal mining and war, 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. 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. One thing that should remain the same is the rough distance you travel each day. Journeys are relatively short in the Archipelago and, as there are no ‘open ocean’ crossings, the seas are normally calm.

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Longyearbyen Arrive back in Longyearbyen in the morning for disembarkation. There may be a little time to pick up some polar souvenirs before waving goodbye to your group. One thing is for sure, you'll take home some incredible memories from this unforgettable voyage. (B)

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Trip Style: Marine Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 10 Accommodation: Twin, triple and quad share cabins or suites, all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window (7 nts) Transport: G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $25-35 for meals Note: Drinks/tips not included Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, pub, outdoor observation deck, shop, gym, sauna, medical clinic Group Leader: 1 crew per 10 guests Group Size: Max 134 passengers Tour Code: GAXVRPNX


SCANDINAVIA & THE BALTIC COUNTRIES SCANDI-COATED TERRAIN. . SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

There's more to Scandi and the Baltics than an impressive Eurovision record. From frozen wastelands to cosmopolitan capitals, these northern lands are home to Europe's happiest and most wholesome people. Meet indigenous reindeer herders in Sweden, soak up the midnight sun in Finnish saunas, cross grand glaciers and fortress-like fjords in Norway, visit fairytale castles in the Baltics, and see celestial light shows whenever the time's right!

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Location: Right in the centre of the city, just off the cobbled Kongens Nytorv Square, near the bars on Nyhavn.

Location: Set in a hipster area of the city centre, right by Strøget shopping district and ten minutes' walk from Tivoli Gardens.

Vibe: Fun hostel with six floors of playful interiors and a funky outdoor terrace, game of boules anyone?

Vibe: Vibrant, retro-style hostel open 24-hours. Take a pew in the popular café-come-bar and watch some live music.

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Location: Located on Torsgatan, Just 500 metres from Central Station and the city centre.

Location: In Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, overlooking Lake Mälaren, just a short walk from the Royal Palace.

Vibe: Relatively new on the hostel scene, with plenty of artistic spaces and social hangouts to appeal to both locals and travellers.

Vibe: A popular 18th-century waterfront hotel with 63 bright and uniquely-designed rooms.

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Location: By a parken (obviously), within walking distance of Bergen’s main square.

Location: In the relaxed Katajanokka neighbourhood, one minute from the tram.

Vibe: Great value hostel with casual, unfussy accommodation and a bar.

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Location: In the bustling Old Town district, just five minutes' walk from Central Station.

Location: Situated to the south of the city, 1km from the famous Gate of Dawn.

Location: The Rotermann Quarter lies between the Old Town, the port of Tallinn.

Vibe: Homely, smoke-free hotel with 174 rooms. Wind down in the pool or sauna.

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BEST OF ICELAND 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

R30,699

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

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If you're looking for a short and sharp visit around Iceland, this seven-day trip fits the bill perfectly. It's chock-a-block full of highlights; whale-watching tours, visiting glacier lagoons, and glacier hikes. That's not even mentioning the views! Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and get ready to experience the real Iceland under your feet. Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELBI

inclusions

• Cross geothermal landscapes • Spot seals and whales • Marvel at Goðafoss Waterfall

highlights

• Enjoy delicious Icelandic cuisine • Take in the Golden Circle • Witness a geyser explosion

My Own Room Available: Fr R15,869

Departures 2018

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Private minivan/bus Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included

Reykjavík / Akureyri Arrive at any time in the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavík. Feel free to explore the friendly bars and cafés before meeting your group in the evening. The next morning you’ll drive towards the compact city of Akureyri, stopping for a tasty lunch at a local cantina on the way. Wander around the flowerlined streets and prepare for your whale watching cruise in the evening. Eyjafjörður is the top spot for catching pics of bottlenose whales, humpbacks and minke whales. (B)

03

Akureyri / Mývatn / Borgarfjörður Day 3, make the short journey to Goðafoss Waterfall, one of the most spectacular splashy things in Iceland! Then to Lake Mývatn and the dark lava fields and bubbling mud pools of Dimmuborgir and Námaskarð. End the day with a trip to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, and then bed down in Borgarfjörður in a local guesthouse. (B)

04

Borgarfjörður / Höfn Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður and head to Höfn, stopping at Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest ice cap in Europe) on the way. This is a beautiful journey, as you'll pass through the magnificent eastern fjords along the way. (B)

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Höfn / Vík Today, you can watch seals sunning themselves on the ice of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, or opt for a boat cruise. Then continue to Skaftafell National Park for an optional glacier hike en route to the small community of Vík. Make sure you've packed your camera if you're going hiking - the views are pretty darn spectacular! (B)

06

Vík / Golden Circle / Reykjavík First up today is the dramatic black-sand beach of Reynisfjara. Bird watchers should keep an eye out for puffins, fulmars and guillemots nesting here. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo and stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss along the way. Finish up with the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs of Geysir and the fascinating history and tectonic plate geology of þingvellir National Park. Spend one last night back in creative Reykjavík. (B)

07

Reykjavík Sadly, today is the end of your tour and you're free to depart at any time. If you've got time to spare, it's worth sticking around here. Reykjavík has great nightlife and plenty to see. Check out the famous Blue Lagoon, the Harpa concert hall and even the Icelandic Phallological Museum! (B)

Apr-Sep

Typically 15-16 departures per month

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Typically 5 departures per month

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ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS & GOLDEN CIRCLE 5 DAYS, Reykjavík

R19,719

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore striking lava caves • Reykjadalur hike/snowshoe • Discover pretty Reykjavík

DAY ITINERARY 01

Reykjavík Get into the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, at any time today. Make the most of your free time by heading out to a cosy coffee house or one of the city's many exhibition spaces. Just make sure you return to your hotel in time to meet the rest of your group.

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Reykjavík / Golden Circle / Drumbo Start your journey across one of the world’s most intriguing landscapes and head towards the Bláfjöll Mountains. Don the hard hat and explore the lava caves before continuing on to þingvellir National Park for the Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. As night falls, hunt the Northern Lights in the Golden Circle, and return to your Drumbo farmhouse. (B, L, D)

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Drumbo Take a hike or snowshoe your way through the geothermal valley of Reykjadalur, and stop for a good steaming in the hot river while taking in the stunning landscapes. don’t forget to pack the swimsuit! Later that evening, prepare dinner with the group at the farmhouse before heading out for a second dose of searching for the spectacular Northern Lights. (B, L, D)

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Drumbo / Sólheimajökull Glacier / Reykjavík Catch stunning views on a hike over the Sólheimajökull Glacier, then hit the road and travel along the scenic southern coast back to Reykjavík. En route, stop by the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls for further awesome sightseeing. Enjoy a final night in the city before departing on Day 5. (2B, L)

Geysir Hot Springs, Iceland

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), farmhouse (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELWI

Departures 2018

Álftröo Reykjadalur Sólheimajökull

Jan-Feb & Oct-Dec

Typically 10-11 departures per month

Mar

Typically 7 departures per month

Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss Waterfalls

Reykjavík

EXPLORE ICELAND 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

R39,979

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Reykjavík

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• Explore Reykjavík's bars • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon • Hike up a glacier

• Stop at Skógarsafn Museum • Awe at Skógafoss Waterfall • Tour the Golden Circle

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Golden Circle

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Reykjavík Travel back to Reykjavík on Day 6, stopping to visit the Skógarsafn Folk Museum and Skógafoss Waterfall along the way. If you're feeling active, climb the 400 steps to the top of the falls and take in the views. Depart after breakfast on Day 7. (2B)

Reykjavík

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport: Private minivan/bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $345-450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELING

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05

Skaftafell Lace up your hiking boots today as you embark on an amazingly scenic glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park. The glacier in question, Vatnajökull, offers remarkable views of the tallest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, standing at 2,110m high. (B)

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South Shore / Vík / Skaftafell Discover the awe-inspiring sites of Iceland's south coast today. Visit the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall, hike along a hidden path to the secret waterfall of Gljúfrabúi, and explore the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara. On Day 4, continue along the south coast past moss-covered lava fields to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Opt for a boat ride (May-Oct), then head to the Throbergur Cultural Heritage Museum for a traditional Icelandic dinner. (2B, D)

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

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Reykjavík / Golden Circle / Selfoss Arrive at any time on Day 1 into Iceland's capital and get settled in. Check out the city's bars this evening - Reykjavík is famous for its nightlife. The next day, take a tour of the famous Golden Circle and pass through þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs. You'll visit a geothermal farm and enjoy lunch, then head to a power plant to gain an understanding of geothermal energy. (B, L)

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• Hunt for the Northern Lights • Hike Sólheimajökull Glacier • Visit þingvellir National Park


TREKKING IN ICELAND - THE LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

R34,259

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See the imposing Skógafoss • Soak in natural hot springs • Opt to visit volcanic glaciers

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07

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Reykjavík

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Multi-share room in hostel (1 nts), participation camping (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, private minivan Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-130 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), glacier guide Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELST

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Reykjavík This morning swap pictures and prepare to say your goodbye to your group as your trip comes to an end. You're free to depart any time after breakfast. Not ready to leave just yet, why not extend your stay in Iceland? (B)

Apr

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Emstrur / þórsmörk / Reykjavík Today you’ll begin the trek to þórsmörk, crossing rivers and fields surrounded by incredible views. On the morning of day 6, lace up your hiking boots for one final hike in the beautiful valley of þórsmörk. On your way back to Reykjavík, visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognisable waterfalls in Iceland. Standing at 60m you can opt to climb the 400 steps to its summit or just grab a picture in front of it. Keep an eye out for the constant rainbow generating mist the waterfall creates. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Landmannalaugar / Alftavatn / Emstrur Leave the hot springs of your campsite and begin a hike across lava fields, rivers and streams towards desert highlands. Tonight you’ll camp at the stunning Lake Alftavatn. Continue on the Laugavegur Trail the next morning, this time aiming for a campsite at Emstrur. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lake Alftavatn, Iceland

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Reykjavík / Landmannalaugar Arrive in Iceland’s quirky capital at any time, meet your group in the evening. The next day pass by Mt. Hekla en roue, an active volcano that was once considered to be the gates of hell which erupts every few years. Upon arrival in the afternoon, warm up your legs with a light hike. In the evening, drive across the highlands to your campsite. (B, L, D)

Jan

SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

• Marvel at steaming geysers • Discover beautiful Reykjavík • Cross rivers and lava fields

R40,159

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Discover adorable Reykjavík • Spot some fin in Akureyri • Witness wondrous waterfalls

• Cross volcanic landscapes • Hike ancient glaciers • Tour the Golden Circle

DAY ITINERARY 01-04

05-06 07-09

Reykjavík / Akureyri / Borgarfjörður / Höfn Arrive in the colourful capital of Iceland. The day is yours to peoplewatch in cosy cafés, or visit the city’s many attractions. The next day you’ll drive to Akureyri where you can opt to join a whale watching tour.. On Day 3, head west towards your guesthouse in Borgarfjörður. En route you’ll stop at the wondrous waterfalls of Goðafoss, the volcanic landscape of Mývatn, the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, the boiling pools of Namaskarð, and the cascading jets of Dettifoss Waterfall. Leave Borgarfjörður and travel through fjords to Höfn via Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. (3B) Höfn / Vík í Mýrdal / Reykjavík Leave Höfn for the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where you can opt for a boat ride and a chance to see seals sunbathing on the bright blue ice. Then continue to Skaftafell National Park for an optional glacier hike before making the journey to Vík. Day 6 is a big day! Start with a walk along the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach, check out the salt stacks and then enter the Golden Circle. This route will take you to not one, not two, but three immense waterfalls (Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss), explosive hot springs and a UNESCO-listed national park. (2B) Reykjavík Your last few days will be spent back in Reykjavík. With lots of free time, try a spot of caving, horseback riding, or kayaking. Alternatively, find a nice hot spring and never leave! Depart on Day 9.

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Reykjavík

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private minivan, bus Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget: USD $475-620 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELBR

Departures 2018 Apr-Jun & Aug-Sep

Between 15 and 16 departures per month

Jul

14 departures per month

Oct

5 departures per month


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Flooded with 22 hours of light every day during summer and just a few hours in winter, the impulsive soul of quirky and effervescent Reykjavík is one you’ll want to visit again and again. Gawp at the swirling shades of cloudy green that dance through the sky on a crisp evening (AKA Aurora Borealis), bathe in one of its geothermal pools and hit a Friday night runtur (bar crawl) around some of its notorious nightclubs. Skál!

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Location: Downtown on Reykjavík’s main shopping street, just a few steps from the waterfront.

Location: At the far end of the main commercial street, close to many drinking holes and hipster eateries.

Vibe: 1930s building with a hostel on two floors, boutique hotel on one floor and social hangout areas to bring the two together.

Vibe: Fun hostel with a top floor terrace overlooking the city and (fingers crossed)…the Northern Lights.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Blackout curtains • Bar with craft beer and cocktails • Shared kitchen • Live music • Lounge • Library • Happy hours

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar with local beers • Balcony café • Shared kitchen • Regular music events • Bike rental • Table football tournaments REKHLE

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Location: Minutes from the famous Sun Voyager statue and Harpa concert hall on foot, with gorgeous views across the bay.

Location: On Faxa Bay’s waterfront promenade, just a five minute walk from Laugardalslaug’s heated pools, a favourite local hangout.

Vibe: Hipster, social hostel housed in an old biscuit factory (Kex is Icelandic for biscuit) with craft beer and jazz nights on the regular.

Vibe: Friendly hotel with 249 basic and bright rooms in a convenient area, great for sightseeing.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Gastro pub • Shared kitchen • Heated outdoor patio • Lounge • Gym • Bike rental • Beauty salon • Library • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Satellite TV • Restaurant with salad bar • Bar • 24-hour reception • Computers for guest use • Daily housekeeping • Free on-site parking

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Location: Laugavegur, near many cafés, bars, restaurants, galleries and theatres.

Location: On the fringe of the trendy 101 district, just off from Laugavegur.

Location: Proudly sat on one of Reykjavík’s oldest streets, Hverfisgata.

Vibe: Minimalist, modern and friendly; the living is easy at Hotel Fron.

Vibe: Contemporary. Central. Self-catering. Krona-saving. What more could you want?

Vibe: Well-designed and superior hotel rooms with lots of bright social space.

Highlights: Private rooms • Self-catering apartments • In-room safe • Restaurant • Bar • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Fully-equipped kitchen • 24-hour reception • Bike rental • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Blackout curtains • Bar • Restaurant • Daily housekeeping • Free on-site parking

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BLUE LAGOON

EXREK2

R1,781

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HALF DAY

No visit to Iceland would be complete without a trip to famous geothermal spa; the Blue Lagoon. Set in striking scenery in a lava field (this is Iceland after all), melt away your stress in the milky blue/green waters or under a waterfall. Browse the shop for unique skincare products, and book yourself in for some DIY pampering at home! Note that admission, return bus transfers, silica mud mask and algae mask, one drink and the use of a towel are included. Departs: Daily Transport: Bus Includes: Return bus fare, admission to the Blue Lagoon, pick-up/drop-off from authorised pick-up points, towel rental, silica mud mask/algae mask and one drink of choice Meals: Not included Tour Code: REKBCO

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NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORER

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R2,738

FR

HALF DAY

See the vivid, bright colours of the Northern Lights dance across the sub-Arctic sky on this four-hour tour. Hop in your comfy Super Jeep then head out on a guided chase in search of Aurora Borealis. With cloudless skies, the swaying displays are usually a stunning emerald colour but can also be white, red and rosy pink if the time is right. Rest assured, if the tour goes ahead and the lights don’t show, the trip will be offered again free of charge! Departs: Daily (Sep-Apr) Meals: Hot chocolate and biscuits provided Transport: Pick up from authorised Reykjavik pick up points. Note: If joining the second tour when the lights don't show, this may be in a minibus Tour Code: REKNLH

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WHALE WATCHING

R1,875

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HALF DAY

Combine the famous Golden Circle with a soak in some hot springs on this fab tour. First up - Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to the famous Geysir hot spring area and watch the spouting Strokkur, then stop at the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. End up in the 'secret lagoon' for a relaxing soak.

Get up, close and personal with the largest animals on earth on this unmissable Icelandic experience. With a success rate of 92%, chances are that you will be rewarded with sightings of the minke whales common to the area. No two trips are the same, and if you’re lucky, you may also spot pods of orcas, dolphins and humpback whales.

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GOLDEN CIRCLE

R1,286

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FULL DAY

Pack a stash of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and get ready to feel the full force of nature! From the gushing Strokkur geyser, which shoots steaming columns of water 30 metres in the air, travel on to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates are ripping apart at a rate of centimetres a year. Round off your tour of mother nature’s more, let’s say, offbeat creations with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar farm. And breathe. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Bus Includes: Pick-up and drop-off at Reykjavík hotels/guesthouses, guided tour, admission to Geysir multimedia show and Frioheimar greenhouse cultivation centre Tour Code: REKGOC

GLACIER HIKE AND ICE CLIMBING: BLUE ICE

R2,738

FR

FULL DAY

Hike the impressive Sólheimajökull glacier tongue on this action-packed day trip from Reykjavík. With its intricate ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, Sólheimajökull is a pretty amazing place to spend the day. Test your ice climbing skills with local guides and top it all off with a stop at Skógafoss waterfall on the way back.

CAVING AND SNORKELING: BLACK & BLUE

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R3,427

FR

FULL DAY

If you’re a fan of the underground scene then how about a caving and snorkelling combo in Þingvellir National Park? Explore moonlike lava tubes and drift through the crystal clear waters of the Silfra Fissure. Here you can swim between continental plates in some of the clearest deep water on earth. All caving and snorkelling gear is provided, and you’ll be in company of expert guides throughout the adventure. So no need to panic! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return Reykjavík transfers Includes: Certified PADI dive guide, snorkelling equipment and wetsuit, Silfra admission, expert guide, caving equipment (including helmet) Tour Code: REKBLK

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DIVING: DEEP INTO THE BLUE

R5,493

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FULL DAY

Arguably Iceland's most famous dive site, Silfra Fissure allows divers and snorkellers the unique chance to float in between two continents! This tour lets the divers amongst you see the best of it, with a guided dive at depths of 10-40 metres. All specialised dive equipment, including a dry suit, mask, fins, thermal undersuit, tanks and regulator will be provided for you free of charge, and you'll also get a snack of hot chocolate and cookies post-dive! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return transfers to Reykjavík included Includes: Guided dive, entry fee, snack Note: You must have 10 logged drysuit dives to join Tour Code: REKDPP

STOPOVER PACKAGE

R4,832

FR

3 DAYS

This nifty package takes all the hassle out of a fly-by summer or winter visit to Reykjavík. Arrive at the airport and be taken to your chosen accommodation by Flybus. Social butterflies opt for a four-bed dorm at Kex Hostel or upgrade to a private room. On Day 2, join the Golden Circle tour and visit the Geysir geothermal area, the Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park. Return to the airport for your flight home on Day 3. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4-bed dorm with shared bathroom at Kex hostel (2 nts) or single/double/twin en-suite Meals: Not included Transport: Return Flybus airport transfers, Golden Circle tour Tour Code: REKSGC

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ICELAND WINTER AND SKI 4 DAYS, Reykjavík

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Reykjavík Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Explore lively Reykjavík • Perhaps spot the Northern Lights • Opt to see the Golden Circle

Extraterrestrial landscapes, one hell of a lively city and, oh yeah, hunting for the Northern Lights...this is Iceland! Arrive into the capital Reykjavík at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers this evening, and get ready to plan an attack on the city's nightlife with an included orientation tour. No doubt nursing a sore head the next day, head to the famous Blue Lagoon to soak off the hangover, then enjoy an evening trip trying to spot the famous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Day 3 is yours to do as you choose. Why not opt for a buggy adventure or a tour of the Golden Circle to see spouting geyser, giant waterfalls and ancient volcanoes. Tonight you'll enjoy one last assault on the bars of Reykjavík to end your Icelandic adventure in style. Head off after breakfast on Day 4.

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Trip Style: Winter and Ski Departs: Between 1-4 departures per month (Oct-Mar 18/19) Accommodation: Single or twin-share room in hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Heated coach Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COWWIC

THREE-DAY WINTER PACKAGE

R6,447

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3 DAYS

This three-day adventure weekend takes in all of Iceland’s signature attractions, from lagoons and waterfalls to geysers and volcanic craters. Spend Day 1 hitting the Golden Circle, before exploring Leiðarendi cave. Day 2 will see you hike the Sólheimajökull glacier and take in the imposing Skógafoss waterfall, before soaking up the surrounds on Day 3 at the famous Blue Lagoon. All that’s left to do is find a place to sleep each night! Departs: Daily (Sep-May) Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Includes: Daily pick-ups from Reykjavík and all activities Notes: Moderate fitness level required Tour Code: REKWIN

ICELAND SUMMER ADVENTURE

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2 DAYS

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This three-day package is adventure with a capital A. Find your own accommodation in Reykjavík, then start Day 1 with a trek up Sólheimajökull glacier, before visiting the impressive Skógafoss waterfall. Take a thrilling rafting trip on the Hvítá River on Day 2, seeing all the Golden Circle sites, including the Strokkur Geyser, along the way. Finish up in Reykjavík on Day 3 after a trip to the Blue Lagoon and even a spot of whale watching - cameras out! Departs: Daily (May-Sep) Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Includes: Daily transfers (except pick-up for whale watching) and all activities Notes: Moderate fitness level required Tour Code: REKSUM

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ICELAND SOUTH COAST WINTER EXPERIENCE

• Soak in the Blue Lagoon • Hit the capital's bars • Plenty of free time to explore

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SOUTH COAST SUMMER EXPERIENCE

R7,542

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2 DAYS

Leaving Reykjavík, drive down the south coast past the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and explore the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Next up is Vík and the black sands of Reynisfjara. Tonight’s accommodation is deep in the countryside, a prime spot for Aurora Borealis hunting. On Day 2, get cool (get it?) with a visit to Jökulsárlón's floating icebergs and the Ice Cave. Stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve before returning to the capital.

This whistle-stop tour is one of the best ways to see Iceland's stunning southern coast. After you've been picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík on Day 1, make for the mighty waterfalls of Seljalandfoss and Skógafoss. Next up; the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Stop for lunch in Vík, then overnight in Skaftafell. On Day 2, see the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, hike on the Vatnajökull glacier and head back to the capital in time for dinner.

Departs: Daily (Nov-Apr) Accommodation: Hotel with en suite (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return transfers to Reykjavík included Group Size: Max 18 Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: REKSOU

Departs: Mon, Tue, Thu (Apr-May), 2-4 departures per month (Jun-Sep) Accommodation: Twin-room in hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return transfers to Reykjavík included Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: REKSCE

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Key Highlights Passport Circle Passport Beautiful South

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Gulfoss Geysir Landmannalaugar

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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CIRCLE PASSPORT Like the name suggests, this pass loops right around the country, stopping at Geysir geothermal area (where you'll find the world's first known geyser), Vík's black sand beaches, Egilsstaðir's fjords and Mývatn's thermal baths (to name a few) along the way. With unlimited duration between mid-June and early September, enjoy the freedom of travelling clockwise or anti-clockwise (but not back and forth), stopping as often and for as long as you like. What’s more, this route has plenty of accommodation options, so you'll be sure to find something to suit your needs. Circle Unlimited Duration Pass

Þórsmörk Nature Reserve

Fr R4,267

HIGHLIGHTS PASSPORT This passport gives you access to some of Iceland’s top destinations. Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Þingvellir National Park and Seljalandsfoss? Yup, they're all there. It's also the only pass that visits the top of north Iceland, including Dettifoss (Europe's most powerful waterfall) and Húsavík, and across the central highlands, home to the country's best hiking trails. Note this pass is only valid from mid-June to early September, as the Kjölur and Sprengisandur routes (which connect the central highlands to north Iceland) only open during the height of summer.

BEAUTIFUL SOUTH The south coast boasts some of Iceland's most spectacular scenery, with sweeping black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, icy lagoons and moon-like landscapes all on offer. Explore Gullfoss or Skógafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon or port town of Höfn. Plus with Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, Skaftafell National Park and Landmannalaugar also included, this pass is an ideal choice if you want to strap on your hiking boots and head off the beaten path. Choose from one of five pass durations (3-11 days), with the freedom to travel back and forth as many times as you wish.

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Campervan travel in Iceland is pretty perfect. Everywhere you drive, you'll find stunning scenery, from black sand beaches to glaciers and everything in between. And it's never been easier than with CampEasy. With 5 different vans on offer, you're spoilt for choice!

All Vans Include

available extras

• Unlimited Mileage • Beds and seats for three to five people (Easy Big only) • Quality gas stove • Fridge • Sink with running water • Cookware/kitchenware • Plates, bowls and dishes • Linen, pillows and duvets • Webasto heating system • Radio with CD player and Bluetooth • Two extra batteries • Insurance

Besides all of the inclusions listed, CampEasy also offer a range of extras for life on the road. Choose from coffee presses, discounted fuel cards, head torches, gravel protection insurance, GPS navigation systems, trekking poles, and even acoustic guitars for those Jack Johnson wannabes among you.

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Photography STA Travel takes every care to ensure that photography used to illustrate its tours, accommodation and other products is accurate, up-to-date and representative of the product(s) or destination(s) featured. We are committed to ensuring images are used appropriately, either by crediting the copyright owners, confirming with product or other Third Party suppliers images can be reproduced in our brochures or where necessary, providing financial reimbursement to the copyright owners for the use of their images. Images provided by third party suppliers are reproduced with the knowledge these may be used by STA Travel against particular product(s) only. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type you receive; if you have a preference for a particular room, please ask your Travel Expert. All accommodation or product images within this brochure may be reproduced in other STA Travel collateral in junction with that particular product(s) only.

Pricing The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, dorm or twin-share and is based on lead-in room types. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and may be subject to availability, currency fluctuation and change without notice. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochure’s only as a guide and to ask your Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. Applicable pre-paid taxes and charges are included for flight prices, but airfares do not include taxes or charges collected by third parties or overseas airports. Current fuel surcharges have been included in the advertised airfares and are subject to change without notice. Work programmes exclude applicable visa fees. Seasonal surcharges may apply to some products depending on date of departure. Some products require you to hold an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC discount card to purchase at the cheaper price. If you do not hold any of these cards they can be purchased at the time of booking, subject to eligibility criteria. Local payments may apply for tour operators. Amendment, cancellation and administration fees apply. Please note the 0861 781 781 contact number on page footers is free within inclusive minutes packages on mobile phones, otherwise standard rates apply.

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Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines, and other service providers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply.

responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date into South Africa and all South African passport holders are required to have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport excluding the front and back cover to enable entry visas to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Please ensure that all passports are renewed. Please note that a visa does not guarantee entry to any given country at point of entry and boarding of an aircraft may be denied at any point even if you have a valid visa.


TRAVEL TRAVEL INSURANCE

INSURANCE Leaving on your travels without getting yourself adequately insured is bonkers. So we won’t say this again: Make sure you get travel insurance! 48% of people don’t realise that without travel insurance they’d be liable to pay for their own medical bills abroad.*

There is no one-size-fits-all with travel insurance and each trip is unique, this is why we provide lots of different types of policies and loads of optional add-ons, so you can tailor a policy to you and your trip. Think about what type of trip you’ll be having and decide on which type of policy you might need. Our Travel Experts will be able to tell you about each and every level of cover, or check the policy summaries on our website: travelza@allianz-assistance.com

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT Some of the benefits of booking your travel insurance with us: 24-HOUR MULTI-LINGUAL ASSISTANCE LINE For medical emergencies, hospital treatment and/or repatriation. STA TRAVEL HELP BRANCHES Ready to assist you in more than 40 countries worldwide. MULTIPLE GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF COVER Pay the relevant premium for the area you are travelling to. VARIOUS LEVELS OF COVER Choose the level that suits your trip. LONG-TERM COVER AVAILABLE Cover available up to 365 days of travel, this is mentioned under annual policies. SKILLED MEDICAL PROVIDERS 5,519 global medical providers.

Annual Policies Likely to travel more than once this year? Check out the benefits of our Annual Multi-Trip policy. Provides our premier level of cover No limit to the number of trips you can take each year

SPECIALIST COVER No matter what type of trip you are on, the chances are we have the right cover for you, check out these specialist policies. DEDICATED WINTER SPORTS COVER For loss, theft or damage to ski equipment, compensation for piste closure and refund of ski-pack due to accident or illness. DEDICATED SPORTS TRIP COVER When sport or adventure activity is the main purpose of your trip. STUDY ABROAD COVER Cover for a 12-month period allowing you a trip back to South Africa. TERRORISM EXTENSION Be covered for terrorism by selecting the Terrorism Extension and have peace of mind knowing that you are covered should something happen.

TraveLling with family Our family plans cover provides cover for two adults and up to eight children.

COVER FOR OVER 100 ADVENTURE AND ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES At no extra cost (selected policies only).

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PRINCIPAL EXCLUSIONS Pre-existing medical conditions are excluded Cover is available to South African residents up to and including the age of 70 years old Children considered up to 18 years old Adults considered 19-70 years old Excesses apply to some areas of STA Travel’s insurance policies *Source: FCO Know before you go campaign, Travel Insurance statistics. The travel insurance information displayed within this document is a summary of the products. Please ensure that you read the full terms and condition of the travel insurance policy. Underwritten by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty South Africa Limited (FSP 16722), a registered short-term insurer and authorised financial services provider.


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