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EUROPE START THE ADVENTURE Westfjords Region, Iceland


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 08 Travel essentials 10 Airfares 12 Travel styles 14 Who we work with 16 Get a room 18 Map 20 WORKING ABROAD 22 MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS 23 UK & Europe music festivals 26 UK & Europe special events 28 Christmas & New Year 30 Oktoberfest

31 ON THE ROAD 31 Just Go motorhomes 32 Spaceships campervans 34 Rail passes 37 Busabout 42 EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES 82 UK & IRELAND 95 London 100 Scotland 101 Ireland 102 FRANCE, BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS 104 Paris 107 Brussels & Bruges 108 Amsterdam

111 SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO 120 Mardid 121 Barcelona 124 Balearic & Canary Islands 126 Portugal 128 ITALY & MALTA 136 Local Living Italy 138 Rome 141 Venice 142 Florence 143 Malta 144 CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE 148 Berlin 150 Munich 151 Vienna


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OKTOBERFEST, MUNICH

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EUROPEAN RAIL PASSES

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EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

108 AMSTERDAM

152 Prague 153 Budapest 154 CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS 166 Croatia 167 GREECE & TURKEY 177 Athens 178 Greek Islands 186 Istanbul 187 SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND & THE BALTICS 196 Scandinavia & The Baltic Countries 204 Reykjavík 208 TERMS & CONDITIONS 210 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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SAILING CROATIA

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SELF-DRIVE ICELAND


Our Our story started way back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea: to create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Today, we are the world's largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over 2 million travellers a year to discover the countries, communities and cultures that we love. The world and the tools we have to explore it may have changed over the years, but our philosophy never has. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure. And now, it’s your turn. Peace, love and adventure, STA Travel.

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THE ADVENTURE WITH US

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the backpack and book with us. Here's how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack 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 $1,000 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 $99 deposit and pay the rest later.**

From gap years to grey years, and every Round the World route, adventure tour, language school and working holiday visa in between, we've been mastering the art of escape for almost 40 years.

Our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 with travel advice, crisis management and to help resolve your issues quickly – so you can get 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.

Travel is about freedom and discovery, not about setting limits. Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but for us, adventure is a mindset, not a number or a status.

We know how important it is to feel safe on your trip. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products or properties that compromise our travellers' safety.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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Exploring

NOT EXPLOITING

For us, travelling isn't about bucket lists or bragging rights, it's about discovering how we can be more responsible as travellers. Here's how we're making a STAnd.

FIGHTING

Animal Cruelty WHAT WE ARE DOING

We were one of the first travel companies to make a stand on animal welfare. Our industry-leading animal welfare policy safeguards the wellbeing and protection of animals across all our operations. So far, we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities, including Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and an outright ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We urge our travellers to help us change attitudes within the tourism industry, and to say no to any activities at home or abroad that would hurt or humiliate animals. Our full animal welfare policy is available to view online.

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RESPONSIBLE

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them. From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support 50 projects in over 30 countries. Our Volunteering Codes of Conduct ensure that we only work with projects that can prove to have a lasting and positive impact, meeting the local needs of communities through sustainability rather than dependency, as well as meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. For more information about the projects we work with, pick up a Volunteer, Work & Learn brochure instore. Our full Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct can be viewed online.


Supporting young people LIVING WITH CANCER

THANKS A MILLION

In Australia, three young people are diagnosed with cancer each day. In 2015, we joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand on a global campaign to help raise awareness and vital funds. Today, we work with nine charities around the world, all with one mission in mind: to make sure that no young person should face cancer alone.

Gre en wa rrio r vibe s!

Our goal is to raise USD $1 million. By adding just $2 to your booking, CanTeen can continue to provide crucial support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes to thousands of young Australians. To find out more about our fundraising or to donate, please visit us online or ask instore.

For tips on how to travel more responsibly, green places to stay and green gear to pack, please visit the STA Travel Blog.

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Travel Essentials

How to survive and save on your trip.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your GP at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.  ISA REQUIREMENTS V Remember to check the entry requirements for everywhere you are travelling to well in advance, and if you do require a visa, our service is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. P ASSPORT REQUIREMENTS Don't forget to check the validity of your passport and that you have enough blank pages. Remember, some countries may require you to have at least six months remaining on your passport. T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With two levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 50 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to any budget and adventure. See page 210 for more information. L OYALTY DISCOUNTS AND MATES RATES If you’re travelling with friends or have travelled before, you could save with mates rates, multi-trip offers and loyalty discounts, such as 10% off repeat G Adventures trips – exclusive to us. A IRPORT HOTELS AND LOUNGES Let’s face it, airports can be terminal-ly boring. Get your trip off to a flying and stress-free start by saving up to 50% when you prebook airport hotels and lounge access.

 OAMING RATES R Save up to 70% on international roaming rates in 190 countries, free incoming calls in 80 countries and data from 8c/mb. When in roam... Pick up one of our SIM cards before you go.  TA TRAVEL ACCOUNT S Give a tree a hug and make paperwork panic a thing of the past. Store, amend and share your bookings, check for flight updates, and access travel help. Register on the app or visit my.statravel.com  TA TRAVEL APP S Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, access your STA Travel Account, and search for the coolest stuff to do every time you travel.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS Student, teacher or under 31? Access exclusive airfares with us, plus thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts for foodies, gym bods and even plant lovers! For students, the ISIC card is the ONLY international student ID and comes loaded with 150,000+ discounts in 130+ countries.

ON THE ROAD Run by backpackers for backpackers, visit our Backpacker by STA Travel stores on your trip in Australia, Thailand and South Africa for a homesick hug, free Wi-FI and the best deals on local hostels, trips, flights and transport.

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STA Travel Money Cards You know it makes cents... Worried about how to carry your cash abroad? Our award-winning travel money cards are safe to use, save on fees, and are seriously on the money.

Award winning*

LOAD Lock and load! Load money onto your card or store it in your Cloud wallet until you’re ready to spend. SPEND Use your chip and pin card at ATMs, shops and wherever you see the Visa acceptance mark. SAVE Free transactions, competitive exchange rates and 5% cashback on eligible STA purchases after your departure. Plus, thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts on our ISIC Travel Money Cards.**

SAFE • Extra security as funds aren't linked to a bank account • 24/7 call centre • Free second card included*** • Emergency replacement card posted to you as you travel • Emergency funds can be loaded onto your card by family members SIMPLE Easy to use and control your spending, manage your funds online or by text.

*STA Travel ISIC Cashcard: Winner of ‘Best New Prepaid Product of The Year’ at The Card & Payment Awards 2014 and Winner of 'Best support service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016, as awarded by BETA **STA Travel ISIC Visa Cashcard only. Terms and conditions apply ***Not available on all cards The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is managed by Tuxedo Money Solutions PTY Ltd ABN 21 166 665 050 who are an authorised representative of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited (ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237879). The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is a prepaid card issued by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank pursuant to a license from Visa Worldwide PTE Limited. STA Travel Pty Ltd ABN 34 004 801 512 is the distributor of the card. Card fees and top-up charges apply, terms and conditions are located at http://www.statravel.com.au/cash-card.htm

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Airfares Over the last 40 years, we've worked with the world's leading airlines to bring you exclusively low and flexible fares. From one-way flights to 18-stop Round the World routes, we guarantee to have just the ticket.

THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

First rule of flight club... our club is a little different. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other travel companies, our Travel Experts can help you to create completely unique multi-stop and Round the World itineraries from our exclusive open-to-all and student fares. OPEN-TO-ALL AND STUDENT FARES

Our BlueTickets are just for students and under 31*, however, we appreciate that this does seem a little unfair to tax payers/the over 30s! That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique flexibility. We just didn't call them GreyTickets that's all, out of respect. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper

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price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.** BOOK NOW PAY LATER

Travel truth. Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest-priced tickets selling out first. Therefore, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. Our deposit scheme allows you to lock in the price from as little as $99, then pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.*** PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

If you're unfamiliar with this part of the plane, it's the bit behind the curtain where the flat beds and magical unicorns live. We love the whole backpacker vibe, but we also love splashing out once in a while on our upgraded airfares.

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGES

Let's face it, the only person that ever stuck to their Round the World flight dates was Santa. (24th Dec, lock it in Mr Claus). Our MultiFLEX date change passes give you the freedom and flexibility to change your flights without having to pay the airline or admin fees each time your plans change. If there's a difference in fare because your priced seat is unavailable, then we'll always offer you an alternative date, or you can choose to pay the difference in airfare. Either way, it can still save you hundreds in fees, especially on bigger trips. One change for $49, three for $99 and unlimited for $149.**** *Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm ***Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit option. Please ask your Travel Expert ****Not all tickets are eligible for a MultiFLEX pass. Please ask your Travel Expert


EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES*

STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES

Snuggle down, it's retro storybook hour. 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'd known about airfares - offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious Round the World routings and bargain date changes. They were printed on blue paper, so now, we simply call them blue tickets. (Slow marketing day). Today we have the world's largest airline network for students and under 31, with over 60 of the world's leading carriers on board. You can create any route, book now pay later, and add unlimited date changes to every BlueTicket. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

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Travel Styles Every traveller is different. That's why when it comes to getting around, we've thought of every type of transport and trip style. That's just how we ride.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS PASSES

GROUP TOURS

Best for local culture and maximising your time. First of all, there are some parts of the planet that you just can't do solo. Like Antarctica. Or wouldn't want to. Like Madagascar. Who would sing the 'I like to move it, move it' song with you? Exactly. On the group tours we sell, there's no being herded around in huge groups by flag-wielding tour leaders. Led by local guides, not guidebooks, it’s all about getting away from the crowd, not following it. Expect people just like you, authentic experiences such as homestays, and lots of free time to do your thing. Group sizes and inclusions vary per supplier, but with transport and accommodation included, it's a great way to budget and make sure you get around everything in your timeframe. Meet some of our tour suppliers on page 14.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Best for flexibility and semi-independent travellers.

Best for seeing everything in your time frame.

Travel with the security of knowing that your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pace. Transport varies per country between backpacker and public buses, and passes are usually valid for a year.

Want to road trip but worried about where you'll stay, or how long it will take? On our self-drive tours, we provide the route, maps and prebook each night's accommodation. All you have to do is choose the car hire.

RAIL PASSES

CAR HIRE

Best for green warriors and epic scenery.

Best for classic road trips and groups of friends.

One of the most environmentally-conscious ways to travel, not only will you get a window onto the world rather than just dash from A to B, but rail passes also offer huge savings over buying individual train tickets.

If you're two or more, or just can't make public transport work, car hire will give you both freedom and can save you money. Remember, for non-residents, you may have to be over 21 and have been driving for two years.

CAMPERVAN HIRE

Best for budgeting and the ultimate freedom. If you're a small group of friends or a couple, 2, 4 or 6-berth campervans can be one of the most economical ways to travel. You'll save on accommodation and eating out, plus you'll be the coolest crew on the road.

WE

love

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


INDI INDI //INDEPENDENT

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

Best for our most flexible and fancy-free adventures yet!

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

Best for tailor making your trip, your way.

FLEXIBLE FLIGHTS, TOURS, BEDS AND TRAVEL PASSES.

WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS, SO WHY WOULD

YOUR ADVENTURES, YOUR RULES.

WE TRAVEL THE SAME?

Here at Adventure HQ, we don't penalise our travellers for changing their minds, we embrace it. Flexible payments before you fly + flexible dates on the road = never missing out because you couldn’t commit to dates or your plans changed. Or got waylaid by a dive instructor called Jez.

YOU MAKE THE RULES

Pick any dates, destination and budget, and our Travel Experts will create a bespoke and INDIvidually tailor made itinerary for you. From public buses to private drivers, and tea huts to luxury overwater bungalows, you're in charge.

I'M FLEXI AND I KNOW IT! CHECK IT OUT...

FLEXIfly Book now pay later // Add unlimited date changes with MultiFLEX // Get even more flying flexibility with BlueTicket if you're a student or under 31. FLEXIstay Book now pay later // Pay for a number of nights upfront with our accommodation passes // Choose where and when you want to stay on the road.

FLEXItour Book now pay later on selected tours and passes // Open-dated tours, day trips, hop-on hop-off bus and rail passes // Confirm your dates on the road. FLEXIpackage Book now pay later // Choose from any of our FLEXI flights and products // Watch us put them together to create a fully flexible and free-loving adventure.

ORIGINAL ITINERARIES

Whether you're travelling solo, in a couple or with friends, you’ll have the freedom to create your own trip, but with the security of pre-arranged transport, accommodation and the support of our local ground handlers. MAKE IT PERSONAL

From high-altitude treks to downward dog yoga retreats, make each itinerary personal with our INDI Hits - our favourite local experiences, treks and Nama-Stay wellness retreats. Whether you’re planning a three-week itinerary or just a private driver to get you around a tricky leg of your trip, with INDI, any adventure is possible. Pick up an INDI brochure instore for inspiration and sample routes.

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Who We WORK WITH

We only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. Let's meet them!

redefining small group travel for over 25 years. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with people, cultures and wildlife across the world. Travel in small groups and stay in some truly unique places along the way.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

SERVICE LEVELS

LOCAL LEADERS Trips are led by certified local guides, or Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). Hello, insider tips!

CAMPING Great value. Camping most nights and even the odd hotel stay. Affordable public and private transport.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS Get paired up with a same-sex roommate instead. Lone wolves can opt for the My Own Room option at extra cost.

BASIC Simple digs, great optional activities. Affordable public and private transport.

LIFETIME DEPOSITS Cancelling or postponing? Put it towards another trip in the future - your deposit is protected for life. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you’ve paid, you’re going!

STANDARD Mid-range accommodation, top highlights included. Mix of public and private transport. UPGRADED Living it up! Upgraded everything with more meals, activities and transfers than any other G Adventures tour.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES

10% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Get a tasty 10% discount on your next G Adventures trip when you book with us. FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD Student, teacher or under 31? Grab a free discount card or ISIC/IYTC Visa© Cashcard when you book a tour with this logo.

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TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Light on frills, heavy on experience. Exclusive to 18-39s. CLASSIC Huge variety, wiggle room included for free spirits. ACTIVE Multi-sport tours with equipment and experts on-hand. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS More inclusions, deeper exploration and exclusive access. MARINE Experience the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. RAIL Bringing sexy rail travel back. Awesome views included. LOCAL LIVING Immersive community stays.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

G FOR GOOD Tours that include visits to G for Good projects, funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION Wildlifefocused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.


Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. THE CONTIKI DIFFERENCE

REAL EXPERIENCES The icons you can’t miss, the unique experiences you can only get with Contiki and the unexpected gems that will surprise you. They include more - all delivered by a legendary team. EAT LOCAL Immersive dining experiences (like sharing a home-cooked meal in a local’s home), locally sourced meals in Contiki properties, and local restaurants wherever you go. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION that’s more than just a place to sleep. From centrally located launchpads, to cool next generation hostels, to Contiki-owned properties (A French chateau? An Austrian Gasthof? Yep they own them). EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35s The ultimate experience for young travellers from all over the world.

Create your own adventure. The alternative, award-winning way to see Europe, Asia and North America. Busabout are not your average travel company. By being the alternative choice for freedom-loving globetrotters, they have remained dedicated to their freestyle form of travel and unique hop-on hop-off flexible coach network.

A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family. TREAD LIGHTLY Sustainable tourism matters - Contiki Cares is a commitment to preserving the planet and giving back to the communities Contiki visits. STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Done Contiki before? Book again and save 5% off your next trip.

Their passion to explore the world has developed over the years into innovative adventures, be it island hopping in Greece and Croatia, partying at the world’s biggest music festivals, discovering the ancient cultures of Southeast Asia, or exploring the USA & Canada. With choices and flexibility to create your own adventure, you can live it your way. And no other way. REPEAT DISCOUNT

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Book another Busabout trip with us and get 5% off!

*Terms and conditions apply.

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Room GET A

Bye bye bedlam, hello making choosing and booking beds easy.

MORE CHOICE

From hammocks and hostels, to floatels (floating hotels, it's a thing we swear) and five-star honeymoon suites, we've travelled the world to secure you the best deals on accommodation. This brochure is just the start, with thousands more options available online, instore and on the STA Travel App. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

We've teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, to add their customer reviews to our website and app. So whether you're at home or booking on the road, see exactly what other travellers have to say before you stay.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Swan towel origami is all very impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, working continually with suppliers to ensure that where you are staying is hygienic and safe.

A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION PRICING Prices shown in this brochure are ‘per person, per night’ for the meal plan shown, and are based on the cheapest season for travel to each destination. Unless otherwise stated, accommodation prices exclude any locally-payable supplements such as city taxes, visitor or ‘tourist’ taxes, and hotel resort fees. Airport transfers, where these are a compulsory requirement in order to reach your hotel, are also excluded and will need to be arranged separately at the time of booking. The end.


Shoestring

PLUS PRAGUE - PRAGUE, page 152

Glampacker

GENERATOR ROME - ROME, page 139

Rock Solid

PUERTA DE TOLEDO HOTEL - MADRID, page 120

Class Act

GENERATOR STOCKHOLM - STOCKHOLM, page 196

OUR OWN RATINGS

H10 CUBIK - BARCELONA, page 123

A-List

One country's high-end can be another country's mid-range. That's why we rate properties using our own categories, so that you can see exactly who you're getting into bed with. Shoestring

No frills, but no nasty surprises either

Glampacker Stylish, minus the matching price tag Rock Solid Good value, good rooms, good times

HOTEL INDIGO BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ - BERLIN, page 149

Class Act Comfort dressed up in fancy shoes A-List

Hello, room service? It’s me

Apartments

Look out for our favourite digs, bonus room upgrades, early bird and long stay specials.

Think 'Friends', only with your own mates

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Europe ICELAND ICELAND

REYKJAVÍK REYKJAVÍK

FINLAND FINLAND SWEDEN SWEDEN

BERGEN BERGEN

HELSINKI HELSINKI

NORWAY NORWAY

ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG

OSLO OSLO

BALTIC BALTIC SEA SEA

TALINN TALINN

STOCKHOLM STOCKHOLM ESTONIA ESTONIA

RIGARIGA

5 NORTH NORTH SEA SEA

DENMARK DENMARK

EDINBURGH EDINBURGH

LATVIA LATVIA

LITHUANIA LITHUANIA

COPENHAGEN COPENHAGEN

BELFAST BELFAST

VILNIUS VILNIUS

IRELAND IRELAND

BELARUS BELARUS NETHERLANDS NETHERLANDS

DUBLIN DUBLIN

UNITED UNITED 2 KINGDOM KINGDOM

BERLIN BERLIN

POLAND POLAND WARSAW WARSAW

AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM BRUSSELS BRUSSELS

GERMANY GERMANY

LONDON LONDON

PRAGUE PRAGUE KRAKÓW KRAKÓW

BELGIUM BELGIUM

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LUXEMBOURG LUXEMBOURG

CZECH CZECH REPUBLIC REPUBLIC

MUNICH MUNICH

PARIS PARIS

VIENNA VIENNA

UKRAINE UKRAINE SLOVAKIA SLOVAKIA

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ZURICH ZURICH FRANCE FRANCE

AUSTRIA AUSTRIA

BERN BERN

BUDAPEST BUDAPEST

SWITZERLAND SWITZERLAND

MOLDOVA MOLDOVA

HUNGARY HUNGARY

ATLANTIC ATLANTIC OCEAN OCEAN

ROMANIA ROMANIA

SLOVENIA SLOVENIA

MILAN MILAN

VENICE VENICE

CROATIA ZAGREB ZAGREBCROATIA

BIARRITZ BIARRITZ BILBAO BILBAO

ANDORRA ANDORRA

NICENICE

SERBIA SERBIA

SPLIT SPLIT

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SOFIA SOFIA MONTENEGRO MONTENEGRO ITALYITALY

ROME ROME

ALBANIA ALBANIA

BARCELONA BARCELONA PORTUGAL PORTUGAL

BUCHAREST BUCHAREST

BELGRADE BELGRADE BOSNIA BOSNIA & & HERZEGOVINA HERZEGOVINA

BULGARIA BULGARIA MACEDONIA MACEDONIA

ISTANBUL ISTANBUL

TIRANA TIRANA

MADRID MADRID

LISBON LISBON

TURKEY TURKEY

GREECE GREECE

IBIZA IBIZA SPAINSPAIN

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ATHENS ATHENS

SEVILLE SEVILLE MEDITERRANEAN MEDITERRANEAN SEA SEA MALTA MALTA

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FOR THE LOVE OF BLOG

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Discover where to go, what to see and when to see it. Download a guide to your 'appy place on the App Store or Google Play. HASHTAG, YOU'RE IT 2 DISCOUNTED RATES FOR TOTAL LONDON EXPERIENCE

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RUSSIA RUSSIA

4 €2 DISCOUNT ON ROME 48 HOUR PASS

BLACK BLACK SEA SEA

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GEORGIA GEORGIA

10% OFF SANDEMANS' NEW EUROPE WALKING TOURS

Check out the map for the top student discounts available with your ISIC card. Plus, we're ditching the plastic and going virtual! Plastic is not fantastic. (Sorry Barbie).

CAPPADOCIA CAPPADOCIA

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WORKING ABROAD

g n i k Wor Fed up of the daily grind? Work somewhere else! The UK and Ireland are a whole lot more than just Shakespeare, Guinness and shocking weather (saying that, last summer was a blinder so it’s getting better). This small corner of Europe packs a big punch, and no city or town is the same. You’ll find distinct cultures, languages and more than enough accents to make you doubt your English skills. There’s also hearty cuisine, a great live music scene and sarcastic humour in buckets.

Work Britain Visa Kickstart Each year, thousands of Aussies and Kiwis head off to the UK on a working holiday. However, the visa process can be pretty confusing, and if mistakes are made, it may get rejected. Which means no entry to the UK, no refund of the hefty visa fee and the hassle of having to apply all over again! Eliminate the chance of your visa being rejected with our Work Britain Visa Kick Start programme. We’ll review your application before it’s sent to ensure it’s correct. Once accepted, we’ll also provide lots of handy info on how to set up a bank account and National Insurance (tax) number for when you arrive.

WHO CAN APPLY?

This programme is valid for Australian or New Zealand passport holders aged between 18-30 years. You must be able to show the required ‘proof of funds’ (GBP £1,890) when submitting your application. Visa applications can take up to 12 weeks to process, so make sure you apply early.

WHAT YOU GET $195

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 Help obtaining the 2-year Youth Mobility or 5-year Ancestry visa  Money back guarantee if your application is unsuccessful  Designated visa application account manager Pre-departure information

TYPICAL JOBS IN THE UK

office based work

PUB STAFF

vintage clothes assistant

furniture removal

London or Manchester £10-14 p/h

London £7-£9.50 p/h

London £8-£9 p/h

Manchester £7.50-£9 p/h

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WORKING ABROAD

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Hello London 24 Months

$379

FR

Experience the best Blighty has to offer with BUNAC’s Hello Britain programme. With three months of support, you can work towards setting yourself up with a job and a pad anywhere in Britain. Staying in London? Team your package up with working holiday job search support for up to 24 months, plus two nights accommodation and a guided London tour to get you started. WHAT YOU GET

Work Ireland

$695

FR

Work and travel in the Emerald Isle for up to a year on our Work Ireland programme. Get help obtaining the 12-month Irish Working Holiday Authorisation, greay pre-departure advice from our staff, plus included pre-arranged arrival accommodation to get you settled in. You’ll also get support throughout your time in Ireland, so you’ll always have somewhere to turn to. WHAT YOU GET

 2  4 months work support 2  4 months online job zone access 2 nights hostel accommodation A  ssistance with finding long-term accommodation Accommodation advice and assistance, including a forum where you can find flat or house sharers W  eekly Hello Britain advice drop-in session E  ast London street art walking tour (on a day that suits you!) I nsider city guide to London - with all the must-dos included 1-2-1 England travel consultation with a Travel Expert 24-hour, seven-day emergency contact if something goes wrong

 Visa  assistance for your Irish Working Holiday Authorisation (12 months) Work in Ireland Essentials Handbook – includes everything you need to know about living, working and traveling in Ireland Great flight deals through STA Comprehensive travel insurance from IEP for your working holiday 3 nights accommodation in Dublin, Cork or Galway Comprehensive arrival orientation including information on finding employment & accommodation, CV format, tax & employment laws, mobile phones, SIM card and more Access to exclusive listings of jobs and employment contacts Postal Service- mail forwarding

UK & Ireland Internships

$1,100

FR

These programmes give you the opportunity to boost your CV by interning for up to six months in London or three months in Dublin. Our partners at BUNAC will help you out every step of the way, making sure that the process is as smooth as possible.

Monthly social events, access to social media groups, meal deals and tour discounts Recruitment assistance

WHAT YOU GET

Professional CV advice to maximise your potential to employers Pre-arranged professional internship to suit your skills and interests Dedicated support staff throughout the internship Welcome orientation in London or Dublin Monthly social events 24/7 support, including an emergency hotline Assistance with sourcing accommodation, insurance and flights via BUNAC

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MAR

St. Patrick's Day (Ireland) Page 26

Benicassim: various music (Spain)

APR

SEP

Christmas markets, various cities (Europe)

Tomorrowland: electronic music (Belgium) Page 25

Festival of Lights - illuminations (France)

Ultra: dance music (Croatia) Page 25

Eastern Festive Trek Page 28 Edinburgh Hogmanay (Scotland) Page 29

Outlook: sailing/dance music (Croatia)

ANZAC Day (Turkey) Page 27 King's Day: street party (Netherlands) AUG

Page 26

MAY

Halloween, various cities (Europe)

Amsterdam Pride (Holland)

Snowbombing Festival: music/skiing (Austria)

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Festival No. 6: arts and music (UK)

Bilbao BBK Live: rock and pop (Spain)

Las Fallas de Valencia: fire fiesta (Spain)

Altitude Comedy Festival (Austria)

Boardmasters: surfing/music (UK)  Sziget: music, culture and arts (Hungary) Page 23

Brighton Fringe: mixed arts (UK)

Sonus: dance music (Croatia)

Cannes Film Festival (France)

Defected Festival (Croatia)

White Nights: music/film/ballet (Russia)

La Tomatina (Spain) Page 27

WE

Oktoberfest (Germany) Page 30

OCT

Venice Carnival (Italy) Page 132

Battle of the Oranges: street festival (Italy)

Hideout Festival (Croatia) La Batalla del Vino (Spain)

JUN

FEB

Kiruna Snow Festival (Sweden)

Bestival: various music (UK) Page 24

NOV

Polar Bear Plunge (Netherlands)

Secret Solstice: various music (Iceland) Page 25 JUN

JAN

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

DEC

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Music Festivals

STA TRAVEL BEATS

DRY SHAMPOO

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

EURO BEATS

NEW LINE-UPS

Festival-based small group tours we mixed up with our pals at Beats Travel. See page 25 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 pages 26-27.

It's hard to overstate the fact that European festivals are epiccc. Big, brash, diverse, weird and all about the music.

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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UK & EUROPE

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Music Festivals

The UK & Europe are 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 moshpits of our favourite festivals. Oh, and those wristbands? We know you're cool, but showing them off all year? Kinda gross.  ZIGET FESTIVAL S BUDAPEST

7 August or 13 August

Now into its 27th 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. 2018 headliners included Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Kygo and Dua Lipa but Sziget isn't just about the music. Szitizens will stumble across trippy art installations, fizzy wine bars, geeky game tents, psychedelic chill-out 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 Ăźber-cool Berlin, then make your way through Prague's beer gardens and Vienna's cafĂŠs. By the time you rock up to Budapest, you'll be ready to throw yourself in and party Sziget-style. 10 DAYS 

$2,295

FR

COCCSF

LOLLAPALOOZA BERLIN

TBC

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! 2018 saw The Weeknd, Kraftwerk and Imagine Dragons taking the top spots with other acts including The National, Casper, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren. This four-day 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 hostel, 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 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

$799

FR

BU

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PRIMAVERA SOUND

30 May-1 June

This pumping festival takes place every spring in the city of Barcelona and boasts the greatest alternative and underground beats worldwide. Alongside class music, expect art exhibitions, secret performances, record fairs and foodie wonders. FESTIVAL TICKET ONLY

$286

FR

MAD COOL

TBC

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 2019 has instore? FESTIVAL TICKET ONLY

READING & LEEDS

TBC

Reading & Leeds used to be exclusively for rock-lovers but its rep has since changed, now also hosting a Radio 1Xtra and Dance stage. Hot up-and-coming acts can also be discovered with BBC introducing. Find a cinema tent, silent discos and a comedy stage for extra kicks after all the music. FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

BESTIVAL

$364

FR

25-28 July

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. FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

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$264

FR

ISLE OF WIGHT

13-16 June

$263

FR

LOLLAPALOOZA PARIS

TBC

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. Re-launched in 2002, we have since seen artists such as The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Fleetwood Mac.

Think incredible music, a space taken over by French food & good vibes all round in this three-day fĂŞte. And, it's super eco-friendly. Get cheaper booze for reusing your cups and enjoy a free shuttle bus around Paris. There's also a space totally dedicated to kids for those coming with their families.

FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

CREAMFIELDS

$249

FR

22-25 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 2019 promises to be the biggest yet. FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

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$355

FR

SZIGET

$238

FR

7-13 August

Combine a trip to lively Budapest with one of Europe's hottest festivals. With last year showcasing acts like the Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa & The Kooks, we're excited to see what 2019 has to offer. Expect art, giant puppets roaming the grounds at night, and resident treehouses. FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

$438

FR


18-21 July

This banger of a festival is located in Suffolk, UK. Have a dip in its lake to cool off after seeing an absolute killer line-up. We've seen the likes of Solange, The Killers, and Alt-J hit the stage in 2018. Oh, and you can also float down the river on a punt (classy) and enjoy some good ol' comedy. $350

FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

FR

TOMORROWLAND

TBC

AIRBEAT ONE

10-14 July

This blow-out dance fest features electronic and house beats in the German town of Neustadt-Glewe. One of Europe's biggest festivals, expect huge crowds, light, laser and pyro shows, and various stages spinning trance, EDM, house tech and electro. $176

FR

FESTIVAL TICKET ONLY

ULTRA EUROPE

12-14 July

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.

A huge three-day electro festival which takes place on Croatia's Dalmatian coastline in Split. Big name DJs hit the stage as well as other live acts. The likes of David Guetta, Disclosure and Afrojack have all mucked in. EDM-lovers worldwide come flocking in their thousands. The only ULTRA fest in Europe.

FESTIVAL TICKET, CAMPING, CAMPING EQUIPMENT & SHUTTLE TRANSFERS

FESTIVAL TICKET ONLY

$206

FR

$1,117

FR

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH *Rates are based on 2018 prices and are subject to change

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. Solidify your festival geek status.

ISLAND BEATS CROATIA

Days of sun and sea topped off with awesome sounds from the Beats Travel DJs and entry to the likes of Sonus or Ultra Festival. Either side, enjoy visits so Krka National Park and daytime sessions at secret party locations. INCLUSIONS Age Group: Exclusively for 18-40s Accommodation: Multi-share mixed dorm (7 nts). Private upgrades available Group Leader: Beats Travel guides Group Size: 30-80 Meals: 7 breakfasts Includes: Festival ticket, boat parties, day trips, orientation walks, opening & closing parties 8 DAYS 

BALKAN BEATS

3 July

TBC

$1,117

FR

SPUDEF

SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL ICELANDIC BEATS17 Jul

Experience Eastern Europe like never before, taking in the cultural sights of the Balkans as well as the underground music scene, all leading up to EXIT Festival, held at a magical fortress in Serbia.

Ever thought you'd see your favourite band serenading you from inside an active volcano or a glacier? Iceland is all about the unbelievable! Soak in hot springs, trek across glaciers and party in the midnight sun for three whole days.

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

INCLUSIONS Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Mixed dorm, twin or private room (7 nts) Transport: Bus Group Leader: Beats Travel guides Group Size: 10-50 Includes: Festival ticket, day trips, Beats Travel opening & closing parties

10 DAYS 

$931

FR

SPUBAL

8 DAYS 

$2,753

FR

REKBEA

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

LATITUDE


UK & EUROPE

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Special Events KING'S DAY AMSTERDAM

ST PATRICK'S DAY DUBLIN (FROM LONDON)

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. $829

FR

4 DAYS 

BU

HALLOWEEN IN TRANSYLVANIA

27 October

At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe's most charming and underexplored regions. Explore Gothic architecture and enveloping forests in Bucharest, Sibius, Bran and Sighisoara, and spend Halloween at a costume party in an authentic castle. Think you're not afraid of the dark? You will be. $1,699

FR

7 DAYS 

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25 April

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 multi-share hostel stay, daily breakfast, one dinner and a countryside bike tour. $379

FR

4 DAYS 

UP HELLY AA

BU

27 January 2019 & 26 January 2020

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 

$1,299

FR

BU


LA TOMATINA FROM VALENCIA

26 August

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Wanna throw food and not get told off about it? Thousands of travellers flock worldwide to chuck hundreds of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in the streets Valencian town of BuĂąol. This trip includes a guided walk of the pretty Old Quarter, and full participation in this gigantic food fight. Expect chaos, laughter and A LOT of mess. $669

FR

4 DAYS 

GAESVV

ANZAC CLASSIC

25 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 

$649

FR

COBBAC

EASTER IN SCOTLAND

Spend three days in the great Scottish outdoors, soaking up gorgeous scenery. Visit Dunkeld's cathedral, the mysterious Loch Ness, and explore the rugged Isle of Skye. Take in the stunning landscape of Glencoe, and cross the vast Rannoch Moor. Get your history fix and let nature overwhelm you. 3 DAYS 

PRIDE MANCHESTER

23 August

Right in the heart of Manchester, Pride is a four-day blow out celebrating LGBT+ life. Expect huge acts and big crowds as its happy festival-goers enjoy the big colourful parade, a candlelight vigil to show support to the LGBT+ communities, and plenty of arts, music and culture over the duration of the event. 4 DAYS 

$455

FR

MANPRI

ANZAC ODYSSEY

25 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 

$759

FR

COBBAO

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19 and 20 April

(Adult) FR$329 / (Student) FR$319 BU

LA TOMATINA FROM BARCELONA

27 August

Pick up from sultry Barcelona and travel to Valencia. Enjoy a guided walk of Valencia, all the fun of the world's most famous tomato fight and the official La Tomatina after party. Includes a three-night multi-share hostel stay, daily breakfasts and transfers to and from Barcelona. 3 DAYS 

$579

FR

BU

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MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Christmas New Year AND

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!

Get festive

EASTERN FESTIVE TREK

22 December

One of our favourite festive destinations: Eastern Europe! On top of a NYE party in Prague and Christmas Day in the Polish ski resort of Zakopane, you'll also visit Kraków, Ceský Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest over 11 days. Optional activities include Budapest's thermal baths, dinner cruises on the Danube, skating on Europe's largest ice rink and historical walking tours.

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21 December

Escaping to Europe at Christmas is great: there's snow, cutesy markets and no stress-buying presents. This tour includes a Paris by night bike tour and river cruise, a Berlin walking tour, a welcome beer in Munich (one litre each!), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner, a Swiss dinner and a Berlin New Year's Eve party. Santa who? INCLUSIONS Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (11 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: Munich welcome beer, Berlin New Year's Eve party, Berlin walking tour, Paris night bike tour and river cruise, orientation walks

INCLUSIONS Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (10 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners (Christmas Eve and Christmas) Includes: Kraków walking tour, Schnapps Museum 11 DAYS 

ALPINE FESTIVE TREK

$1,699

FR

BU

12 DAYS  

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MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Christmas crackers CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

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. 4 DAYS 

$635

FR

COWPXM

CHRISTMAS IN AMSTERDAM

23 December

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 hostel accommodation, four meals and return coach/ferry transfers from London. $719

4 DAYS 

FR

COWAXM

MEGA HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS

23 December

The Scottish Highlands are an epic backdrop to any festivity, and this party goes on for five whole days. In the middle of lochs, glens and rugged mountains, go from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and from Inverness to Loch Ness, Christmas dinner and ceilidh included! 5 DAYS 

$999

FR

BU

Where to be for New Year EDINBURGH HOGMANAY

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 

NEW YEAR IN AMSTERDAM

29 December

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 hostel accommodation for three nights, four meals and return coach/ferry from London. 4 DAYS 

NEW YEAR IN PARIS

$915

FR

COWANY

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. 4 DAYS 

$779

FR

COWPNY

NEW YEAR IN LONDON

$829

FR

BU

30 December

See all that London has to offer with a sightseeing tour around the city, and an optional street art tour or a trip to the London Eye for views of the capital. Party London style on NYE with fireworks and good company. Swap your resolutions over sore heads and coffee. 4 DAYS 

NEW YEAR IN BERLIN

$625

FR

COWLNY

30 December

This whirlwind trip to Berlin will see you hitting the sights, taking a street art tour or a historical walk, and ending the year in style with fireworks at Brandenburg Gate and partying hard on New Year's Eve. The next day, take it easy and guzzle on German cuisine. 4 DAYS 

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$589

FR

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Oktoberfest

MUSIC FESTIVALS & EVENTS

21 September - 6 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)

TBC

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM LONDON)

TBC

OKTOBERFEST HOTEL (FROM LONDON)

TBC

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 

$659

FR

COCCBF

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING (FROM MUNICH)

TBC

$999

FR

COCCOF

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM MUNICH)

TBC

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 

30

$399

FR

BU

$759

FR

BU

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$1,515

FR

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Just go MOTORHOMES

ON THE ROAD

Choose your ride!

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 two years old. Minimum hire is 5-7 days (dependent on season), minimum driver age is 25, and you can take your camper from the UK to Europe from and extra $27 per night.

STANDARD INCLUSIONS

RAINBOW 2-BERTH

SEATS : 2

$114

FR

SLEEPS : 2 TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2019

Includes: toilet, shower, gas stove, fridge, grill, oven, TV/DVD player, radiator, reverse camera NAVIGATOR 4-BERTH

SEATS : 4

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

SAVE SOME MONEY

$114

FR

SLEEPS : 4

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2019

Includes: toilet, shower, gas stove, fridge, grill, oven, TV/DVD player, radiator, reverse camera ADVENTURE 6-BERTH

SEATS : 6

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

per van per day

$125

FR

SLEEPS : 6

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2019

TRAVEL PACK The Travel Pack ($89 per day, maximum charge of 21 days) includes CDW, picnic table and chairs, linens and Sat Nav.

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.

PICK-UP/DROP-OFF FROM Toddington, Bedfordshire, UK. Around 65km north of central London, 20km from Luton Airport and 25km south of Milton Keynes. Campers can be taken across into Europe (see charges above) but need to be returned to the UK depot in Toddington.

Fancy a bit of mystery? Save an average of 10% by leaving the exact model choice up to fate. You'll still guarantee a high standard 2, 4 or 6-berth motorhome, but the layout will be chosen for you depending on availability.

ALL VANS INCLUDE

UNLIMITED MILEAGE

SUPER COMFY BEDS

QUALITY KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

FULLY-EQUIPPED BATHROOM

RUNNING WATER

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Spaceships ON THE ROAD

CAMPERVANS & MOTORHOMES

13 ISLE OF SKYE

S

14 THE LAKE DISTRICT

S

15 S 16

TRYFAN MOUNTAIN

BRIGHTON PALACE PIER

19

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38 countries, one spaceship The UK and Europe make perfect road trip territory and a campervan gives you the freedom to travel how you want, where you want. You can choose from a whopping 38 countries to travel to and book custom hires from just about anywhere! Whether it's a road trip, a camping weekend in the mountains or a festival home you're after, Spaceships helps you uncover hidden gems. 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, Switzerland and even Serbia!) is on your wishlist. And, with a bespoke trip planning service and free camp site guide with all hires, what's to lose?

LOLLAPALOOZA OKTOBERFEST

9

11

3

THE LOUVRE

18

LOIRE VALLEY

20

2

TOMORROWLAND

7 SWISS ALPS

CHAMONIX

17

SAN SEBASTIÁN LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA

6

HOFBURG PALACE

SZIGET

5

THE DOLOMITES

10 COLOSSEUM

4

8

PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

12

AMALFI COAST

THE PARTHENON

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Take off and land your Spaceship in depots located in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO INCLUSIONS Put your bevs in the fridge, cook on riversides, and bed down in full-size beds (note: bedding is not provided but available on request). Maps and camping info will help with trip planning, and you can hit up the music with radio & USB connectivity. From just $27 per day you can get an all-inclusive insurance bundle! Insurance excess is reduced to zero and covers more stuff than a bogstandard insurance policy. We'll chuck in a free camping table & chairs, because why not?

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Choose your ride!

Festival Goer

VOYAGER 4-BERTH

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

$70

FR

1. Tomorrowland, Boom

per van per day

SLEEPS : 4

2. Lollapalooza, Berlin

TRANSMISSION : Manual

3. Oktoberfest, Munich

YEAR : 2017-2019

4. Sziget, Budapest

Nature Lover

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

VW CAMPER 2-BERTH

5. Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

$45

FR

per van per day

SLEEPS : 2 TRANSMISSION : Manual

6. Hike The Dolomites, Italy

YEAR : 2017-2019

7. Enjoy the views at the Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Enjoy a new model with a large double bed, a gas cooker and a water tank.

8. Coastal panoramas of the Amalfi Coast, Italy

The most fuel-efficient camper available

Culture Vulture

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

DELTA 2-BERTH

9. See The Louvre, Paris

$52

FR

per van per day

TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2018

11. Uncover The Hofburg Palace, Vienna 12. Visit the Parthenon, Athens

united Kingdom

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

A fridge freezer on board & cooking utensils as well as hookup to the mains power.

MOTORHOME 5-BERTH

13. Discover the Isle of Skye

$105

FR

per van per day

France & Spain

14. Head to The Lake District

TRANSMISSION : Auto

15. Trek Mt. Tryfan, Snowdonia

YEAR : 2018-2019

All you need, with a shower room & toilet, separate bedroom & mains hookup.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

MOTORHOME 7-BERTH

17. Visit La Sagrada Família, Barcelona

$116

FR

per van per day

18. Go hiking in Chamonix, France 19. Explore the Loire Valley, France Perfect for large groups and families

SEATS : 5 SLEEPS : 5

16. Meander the Brighton Palace Pier

Luxury motorhome with underfloor heating

SEATS : 4 SLEEPS : 2

10. Gawp at the Colosseum, Rome

Premium campervan with a large double bed

SEATS : 2

20. Go on a Pintxos (tapas) tour, San Sebastián

SEATS : 7 SLEEPS : 7 TRANSMISSION : Auto YEAR : 2018-2019

A spacious campervan with 2 dining tables & fridge/ freezer and a bathroom.

Prices shown are per van, per day and will vary throughout the year.

ALL VANS INCLUDE

UNLIMITED MILEAGE

24-HOUR ROADSIDE SUPPORT

NO YOUNG DRIVER FEES (21+)

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UK & EUROPEAN INSURANCE

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A queen and a double bed on-board, great storage, and mains hookup available.

Visit page 24 for more information on festivals.

Sleeps four, super efficient with large side-awning

SEATS : 5


Eurail

Trains in Europe are reliable and comfortable, and whizz you across borders with little fuss. Booking individual journeys can get pricey, so organising a Eurail Pass before you go will make your vacation heaps cheaper. Under 28 years old? Then it’s cheaper still! Decide if you want to explore all of Europe or discover just one country in depth. With a Global Pass, you can visit any combination of countries in any order. See our favourite passes opposite.

know?

OFF THE RAILS IN EUROPE!

DID YOU

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PASSES

 ll passes are available with 11 months validity A buy now, plan later! Children travel free when accompanied by a full-fare paying adult Youth prices apply if under 28 years old You can ride on the Eurostar with your Eurail Pass (Terms and conditions apply, ask your Travel Expert for more details)

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

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.

IT'S 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.

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

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.

THERE'S A PASS FOR EVERY OCCASION Planning a long weekend? A week-long birthday trip? An epic three-month voyage? No matter how long you're away for, you'll find a pass to make things that bit easier.

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

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OFFERS ARE ON US! Your Eurail Pass also gives access to discount offers on sightseeing, shopping, accommodation and more! TRAIN SLEEPOVERS Overnight trains are a rite of passage. They're also fun, and sometimes you even get a little croissant in the morning! Cute. Sleeping on a train also means you have one night less of accommodation to worry about. Just arrive and start exploring straight away!

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ONE-COUNTRY PASS

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

Available in over 30 countries these small but perfectly-formed passes give 3-10 days travel within a one-month period. Some of the smaller countries, such as Denmark/Sweden/Finland/Norway and Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg count as one country.

GLOBAL PASS

(2nd class)

(1st class)

$261/$347

FR

The ‘golden ticket’ of European rail travel….the flexibility to explore over 30 countries at your own pace. What’s more, as you can book all Eurail passes up to 11 moths ahead of your intended travel date, you can buy now and plan your route later, Europe is your oyster. 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.

Greek Islands PASS

(2nd class) (1st class)

$79/$96

FR

(2nd class)

$106

FR

Fancy hopping around more than 28 beautiful/scenic/stunning Greek Islands? If so, the Eurail Greek Island Pass is just the ticket! Go all-in with two international trips between Italy and Greece, 4 trips between the Greek islands, and free rail and bus transfer from the international port of Patras to the domestic port of Piraeus; or put your focus on exploring the Greek Islands in full with the 5-domestic trip Greek Islands Pass. Please note: * Conditions Apply. 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.

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RAIL PLANNER APP Make seat reservations via the app with Eurostar, Thalys, TGV and Trenitalia. See train timetables for the whole of the Eurail network; PLUS, you can filter out trains that require reservations. And hey guys, this all works offline!

PASS OR TICKET? - 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!


UK Rail POINT-TO-POINT

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Glasgow 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.

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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

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$122 $36 $95 $30 $60 $173

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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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.

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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.

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

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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

$209

$279

$348

8 days travel within 1 month

$375

$499

$623

15 days travel within 2 months

$564

$751

$939

BRITRAIL Consecutive PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 consecutive days

$165

$220

$274

8 consecutive days

$266

$394

$492

15 consecutive days

$440

$587

$732

england FLEXI PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 days travel within 1 month

$178

$226

$278

8 days travel within 1 month

$315

$399

$499

15 days travel within 2 months

$474

$602

$751

england Consecutive PASS

Youth standard (pp)

Adult saver (pp)

Adult standard (pp)

3 consecutive days

$145

$184

$230

8 consecutive days

$246

$313

$390

15 consecutive days

$364

$463

$577

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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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 38 cities and 14 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 38 & 41) 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?

on Your Itinerary

with Like-minded people

Making friends

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Convenient & Hassle Free

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.

Choice & Flexibility

on your travels

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Network HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES UNLIMITED PASS:

$1,599

Access the entire Hop-on Hop-off network between May & October for ultimate flexibility.

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 40 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.

15-STOP PASS: 12-STOP PASS: 9-STOP PASS: 6-STOP PASS: *3-STOP PASS: **ADD-ON EXTRA STOPS

$1,389 $1,129 $869 $589 $299 $109

Each pass gets 1GB of data to use on the coach. *Perfect for a week or two. Or a great addition to another adventure so you can explore more. **Can only be bought with another pass.


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LINK UP THESE TRIPS: Link these trips before, after or during your hop-on hop-off experience and enjoy massive savings. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

ADVENTURES 1 U  LTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE page 194

4 ITALIAN ADVENTURE

2 ULTIMATE BALKAN ADVENTURE page 165

5 U  LTIMATE IBERIAN ADVENTURE page 116

3 CROATIAN ADVENTURE page 160

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MUSIC & CULTURAL  FESTIVALS 6 KINGS DAY page 26 7 LOLLAPALOOZA page 23 8 OKTOBERFEST page 30 9 LA TOMATINA page 27

SAILING TRIPS 10 CROATIA ONE-WAY SAIL page 155

11 CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER page 156


HOP-ON HOP- OFF

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Timetable 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

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Amsterdam

D:08.00

Berlin

A:18.00

2 May - 1 Oct

Barcelona

D:08.00

San Sebastiรกn

A:16.00

31 May - 28 Sep

Berlin

D:08.00

Prague

D: 13.15

Munich

A:19.00

Budapest

D:08.00

Zagreb

D:14.30

Split

A:21.00

Florence

D:08.00

Cinque Terre

D:10.45

Lake Como

D:15.00

Krakรณw

D:08.00

Zakopane

D:11.00

Budapest

A: 18.00

11 May - 2 Oct

Lauterbrunnen

D:08.00

Lucerne

D:09.30

Munich

A: 17.00

8 May - 7 Oct

Lauterbrunnen

D:08.00

Milan

D:13.30

Nice

A:18.30

Munich

D:08.00

Lake Bled

D:13.00

Ljubljana

D:14.45

Venice

A:18.00

4 May - 3 Oct

Munich

D:08.00

Salzburg

D:10.30

Grunau

D: 13.00

Vienna

A:17.00

9 May - 30 Sep

Munich

D:08.00

Stuttgart

D:11.15

Paris

A:21.30

15 May - 8 Oct

Nice

D:08.00

Avignon

D:12.15

Barcelona

A:18.30

30 May - 27 Sep

Paris

D:08.00

Bruges

D:13.00

Amsterdam

A:18.00

1 May - 30 Sep

Paris

D:08.00

Bern

D: 17.15

Lauterbrunnen

A:18.30

28 May - 25 Sep

Rome

D:08.00

Orvieto

D:10.00

Siena

D:12.15

Florence

A:15.00

6 May - 5 Oct

San Sebastiรกn

A:08.00

Bordeaux

D:11.30

Tours

D: 16.45

Paris

A:21.30

1 Jun - 29 Sep

Split

D:08.00

Zadar

D:10.45

Venice

A: 19.00

Venice

D:08.00

Bologna

D:10.00

Rome

A:15.30

5 May - 4 Oct

Venice

D:08.00

Ellmau

D:14.30

Munich

A:16.30

14 May - 5 Oct

Vienna

D:08.00

Bratislava

D: 09.30

Krakรณw

A:16.00

10 May - 1 Oct

3 May - 2 Oct 12 May - 03 Oct Lauterbrunnen

A:20.00

7 May - 6 Oct

29 May - 26 Sep

13 May - 4 Oct

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Itineraries SUGGESTED

ITALIAN STALLION 3 STOP PASS Venice

Lake Como

+ accommodation; approx $320 @ $32 per night

THE ALL-ROUNDER 6 STOP PASS Paris

Paris

Recommended number of nights: 14

LET'S SPLIT 9 STOP PASS Split

Amsterdam

Recommended number of nights: 28

$589

FR

+ accommodation; approx $449 @ $32 per night

$869

FR

+ accommodation; approx $897 @ $32 per night

THE OLD TOWNER 3 STOP PASS Krakรณw

$299

FR

Venice

Recommended number of nights: 11

+ accommodation; approx $353 @ $32 per night

CITY SLICKER 9 STOP PASS Berlin

$869

FR

Barcelona

Recommended number of nights: 25

+ accommodation; approx $801 @ $32 per night

THE WHOLE HOG UNLIMITED PASS Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Recommended number of nights: 50

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$1,599

FR

+ accommodation; approx $1,602 @ $32 per night

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Recommended number of nights: 10

$299

FR


European Adventures EPIC

We LOVE European cities, established classics and up-and-comers alike. But we also love what's in between: dramatic mountains, sunflower fields and vine-covered valleys.


EUROPEAN HORIZON 10 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

$1,750

FR

Paris or London Exclusively for 18-35s

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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 beautiful Alpine villages. Trip Style: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stays Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEH

inclusions Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (1 nt), hotels (3 nts), hostel (2 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners

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Meet your team and co-travellers in London and sail via Calais to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Famous for its free spirit and 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)

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Mar

Departures 2019 Feb

• Stay in traditional Alpine villages • Wander Venice's St. Mark's Square • See the famous Notre Dame Cathedral

Jan

highlights

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

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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 are these islands still afloat? On Day 6, it's back into the Alps. See Lake Como, then follow the trail of clanging cow bells to the Swiss town of Lucerne and spend the night in a chalet at the foot of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, D)

Day 7-8 Swiss Alps / Paris

Munich, Germany

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, and also see the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Notre Dame on a Paris by Night tour. (2B, 2D) T H E N E T H E R L A N D S

Day 9-10 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)

Amsterdam

U. K .

London

G E R MA N Y

St. Goar/ Rhine Valley

Valley of the Somme

Paris F R A N C E

Burgundy Region Lucerne

S W I T Z E R L A N D

Munich

AUSTRIA

Tyrol Brenner Pass Lake Como Venice I TA LY

Jungfrau Mountain, Swiss Alps

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS 14 DAYS, London or Paris

$2,519

FR

Amsterdam or London Exclusively for 18-35s

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EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

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: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stays Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCPE

inclusions Accommodation: French château (1 nt), village cabins (4 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (3 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Day 1-2 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 Lights, sip Champagne and admire the city's most popular sights the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Notre Dame - illuminated by 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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Departures 2019 Feb

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

Jan

highlights

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

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-10 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, where The Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square are awaiting you. The following day, cross the Alps to Munich; the home of Oktoberfest, the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz Square. (4B, D)

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Day 11-14 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, canallined 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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• Sip Champagne in the French capital, Paris • Stay at a Beaujolais 16th-century château • Strike a pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 5-9 Beaujolais Wine Region / Riviera / Florence / Rome Travel through France's rustic Beaujolais 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)

Day 10-15 Rome / Venice / Tyrol / Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps Journey through the rolling Apennine Mountains towards the canals of romantic Venice on Day 10. Opt in to a guided Hidden Venice walking tour upon arrival (aperitivo included) then see 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 history of the Holocaust. On arrival in Munich, head for the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz Square. Day 15 sees you head into the Swiss Alps, stopping in tiny Liechtenstein and Lucerne along the way. (6B, 4D)

Day 16-20 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, passing by medieval castles and vineyards en route. 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 after breakfast. (5B, 3D)

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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: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stays Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEW

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Set off for Amsterdam to 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)

Day 3-6 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)

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Day 7-10 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)

Day 11-13 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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Day 14-15 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)

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Day 1-3 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. 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, D)

Day 4-7 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)

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Day 8-9 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)

Day 10-13 Riviera / Venice / Pisa / Florence Buongiorno Italia! The floating islands of Venice hoard basilicas and grand churches like they're going out of fashion, not to mention the pretty-in-pink-and-white Doge's Palace, and pigeon-filled St. Mark's Square. See as much 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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Day 14-15 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 and Sistine Chapel, where you can gawk at Michelangelo's ceiling masterpiece. (2B)

Day 16-21 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 goodbyes on Day 21. (6B, 2D)

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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

Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5 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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Day 6-7 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 Gaudí's famous La Sagrada Família, Park Güell 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)

Day 8-10 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. Day 10 is a treat with an insiders tour of Florence by a local Florentine. According to UNESCO, almost a third of the world's most treasured pieces of art live in Italy, so you've a lot to get through! On top of the Duomo and Basilica Santa Croce, you'll also get to observe a leather demonstration in a local shop. Tonight, opt for a Tuscan evening of food and wine. (3B, D)

Day 11-12 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)

Day 13-16 Rome / Venice / Vienna Say goodbye to Rome and head north to Venice, one of the world's most beautiful cities, brimming with ornate churches, palaces and decorated gondolas. Travel north through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna for schnitzel, strudel and schnapps! On Day 16 check out Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces, the Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or wander the stalls of Naschmarkt. (4B, D) Paris, France

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Day 20-21 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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Today, you're off to Munich, the merry home of Oktoberfest, but Munich has more to offer than its famous festival. Full of charm and Bavarian culture, spend your day walking around the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz, before heading off to the beer halls for some traditional German entertainment, food and did we say beer already? You could also opt to partake in a city bike tour, exploring the unseen streets before visiting a beer hall. (B)

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Day 22 Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley Travel through gorgeous Alpine scenery into Heidelberg, famous for its large student population and medieval castle. Then, head on to the wine villages of the Rhine Valley. (B, D)

Day 23-24 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 in Amsterdam is a free day to explore. The city centre is easy to navigate, so head to the museum quarter, indulge in a stroopwafel (two thin layers of crispy dough filled with caramel syrup - divine) and bargain hunt at one of the famous flea markets. In the evening, opt for a canal cruise to explore the city's waterways and enjoy the notorious nightlife. (2B, D)

Day 25 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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Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian Gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (8 nts), hostels (8 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

Day 7-14 Riviera / Florence / Rome / Sorrento / Corfu First port of call today is a visit to a traditional French perfumery. After you've got yourself elegantly scented up, cross the border into Italy and grab a photo at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. 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)

Day 15-29 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 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 Hopfgarten, 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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• Wind through Venice's canals • View Lake Como and Lucerne • Enjoy a Paris by Night tour

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Day 6 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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Vienna

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• Discover elegant Amsterdam • Netherlands cycling (summer) • Take in Berlin's street art

Typically 2 departures per month Typically 3 departures per month Typically 2 departures per month

Jan-Apr

• Walk Prague's gothic streets • Stop by historic Dresden • View palatial Vienna

Day1 London / Amsterdam Cross the Channel from the White Cliffs of Dover to Belgium and up to the colourful city of Amsterdam. Weave through gable houses and canal-lined streets by night after a dinner with your group. (D)

Day 2-3 Amsterdam / Berlin Prague, Czech Republic

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)

Day 4 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 see Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag. (B)

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Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-8 Prague / Vienna Travel through the Czech countryside to Austria and its capital, Vienna, 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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Vienna

Departures 2019/20 Jan-May Jun-Aug Sep-Mar20

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Day 1 London / Amsterdam


EUROPEAN ADVENTURER 37 DAYS, London or Paris

Amsterdam or London

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Two full days to explore Paris Sample wines in the Beaujolais wine region See Gaudí's Sagrada Família 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

Day 1-3 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, SacréCœur and Notre Dame Cathedral. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-5 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 vino 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)

Day 6-7 Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona Next up on this whirlwind European trip is seaside bombshell, Barcelona. Thanks to the artist Antoní Gaudí, 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 Família, take a stroll down the lively boulevards of Las Ramblas or make your way down the city beach for some Vitamin D. (2B, D)

Mykonos, Greece

Day 8-11 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 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)

Day 12-13 Pisa / 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)

Day 14-17 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)

Day 18-20 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) Munich, Germany

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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. (4B, 2D)

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Departures 2019 Feb

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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Day 21-22 Mykonos / Preveza / Tirana

Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (12 nts), hostels (11 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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Day 27-28 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)

Day 29-31 Vienna / Austrian Tyrol / Munich You'll be blown away by the stunning scenery of the Alps today as you travel to your special stay 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. Head to Munich on Day 31 to enjoy some Bavarian beer. (3B, 2D)

Day 32-34 Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley Stop in Liechtenstein before heading to the stunning lake at Lucerne. 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 and learn how to craft beer in the Rhine Valley. (3B, 3D)

Day 35-37 Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London Bicycles, cafĂŠ culture, museums, windmills and canals are all ready and waiting in Amsterdam and a visit to a cheese farm and clog maker's house! Day 36 is yours to roam free. Take an optional canal cruise then party in one of the many nightclubs. 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. (3B, D) U N I T E D K I N G D O M

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Rome, Italy

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Life's too short to hang around. So this trip doesn't! 18 countries, 37 days, and not a single second wasted. Follow the sun along some of the world's most beautiful coastlines and venture over to Eastern Europe and the Balkans.


ULTIMATE EUROPEAN Amsterdam or London

EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

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See Versailles Palace and the Eiffel Tower Stop in Europe's hidden gem, Liechtenstein See Gaudí's Sagrada Família 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

Day 1-3 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, and a trip to Versailles. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-7 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! Picnic in the countryside before starting the journey south across the Pyrénées towards Barcelona. Catalonia's cultural beast will reveal Gaudí's architecture as well as a fun-loving way of life. (4B, L, 3D)

Day 8-9 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 Monaco casino as you rub shoulders with the high-rollers. (2B) Château de Cruix, France

Day 10-13 Venice / Pisa / Florence Explore the canals of Venice and stand in awe of the buildings on St Mark's Square, walk along the Bridge of Sighs and indulge in delicious Italian food, or opt for a leisurely gondola cruise. Visit 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)

Day 14-15 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)

Day 16-19 Corfu / Athens Today you'll pass Naples, glimpse Mt. Vesuvius, and have the chance to tour Pompeii's ancient ruins (at extra cost), before taking the overnight ferry to the Greek paradise of Corfu. Head to Athens on Day 19, where the group will split depending on the option you choose. (4B, 2D)

GREEK ISLANDS OPTION

EGYPT OPTION

Day 20-23 Athens / Ios

Day 20-22 Athens / Cairo / Aswan

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! (4B)

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

Day 24-26 Santorini

Day 23-26 Luxor / Red Sea / Cairo

Check out the blue-domed buildings of Santorini, opt to Next up, Luxor's Valley of the Kings, then to the Red Sea sail out to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and relax on for pristine beaches, a swim and an optional cruise. Fly volcanic sand beaches. On Day 26 return to Athens. (3B) back to Athens on Day 26. (4B, 2D) Athens, Greece

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Day 34-36 Budapest / Vienna Travel north along the Danube River to Budapest. See the twin cities Buda and Pest, Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and Church of St. Matthias. Arrive in Vienna on Day 36 to explore the historic home of the Habsburg Empire. See the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces and elegant Opera House. (3B)

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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, 2D)

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Day 30-33 Istanbul / Sofia / Belgrade

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Back in Athens you'll journey past Mt. Olympus to harbourside Kavala then take a ferry over to Çanakkale, stopping in Troy on the way. On Day 29, make a pilgrimage through historic Gallipoli en route to Istanbul. Please note that the ANZAC departure requires warm and waterproof clothing and a sleeping bag, as you'll be sleeping outside. (3B, 3D)

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Day 27-29 Athens / Kavala / Çanakkale / Istanbul

Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (6 nts), hotels (Greece: 23 nts) (Egypt: 22 nts), hostels (8 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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Day 37-39 Austrian Tyrol / Munich After several days of city-hopping, it's back to nature and on 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 halls. (3B, 2D)

Day 40-41 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)

Day 42-45 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 after a cheese and clog farm visit en route. Opt for a dinner cruise on Day 44 before transferring to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or returning to London the next day. (4B, 2D)

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Journey from London to the far corners of the Balkans and into Turkey. This trip even goes that extra step further with options for a Greek island getaway or a whistle stop tour of Egypt!


THE ORIGINAL 46 DAYS, London or Paris

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With 38 nights of camping in 46 days, one thing's for sure: you'll soon be a champion at setting up tents! This trip 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

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share tents including air mattresses (38 nts), hotels (4 nts), hostels (2 nts) overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 45 breakfasts, 29 dinners

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• Guided walks in Florence and Rome • See Mt. Olympus, Troy and Pompeii • A three-day Greek Island getaway

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• See Paris and the Beaujolais wine region • Explore the emerging cities of the Balkans • Sink into Budapest's famous thermal spas

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Day 1-8 London / Paris / Beaujolais / Barcelona / The Riviera Ease into things at the beginning of the trip with a few days spent in the indulgent 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)

Day 9-19 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)

Day 20-28 Athens / Kavala / Gallipoli / Istanbul / Sofia / Skopje / Struga / Tirana Travel to mainland Greece and across the Corinth Canal on to Athens. Take some time to visit the Acropolis then continue your journey along the Greek coastline to Kavala. On Day 23, make your way to Turkey starting with 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, Tirana. (9B, 8D)

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Day 29-38 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). On Day 37, call by medieval Ceský Krumlov on your way to the City of Spires, Prague. (10B, 6D)

Day 39-46 Munich / Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Amsterdam

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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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• Walk the epic walled city of Dubrovnik • Have fun and fiddle with fondue in Lucerne • Czech out Prague Castle and its surrounds

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• Guided local tours to get you In the know • Discover underground Berlin & Budapest • Explore the little but very lively Ljubljana

Days 1-6 London / Amsterdam / Berlin / Prague Begin your journey in either London or Amsterdam. From London, you will drive past the White Cliffs of Dover and cross through Belgium into Amsterdam, enjoying an introductory dinner with your travel crew once you've popped the bags down. Explore this pretty city by foot or do it the Dutch way on wheels, go along the canals, pop into one of the many quirky museums and fuel on Dutch pancakes. Visit Edam and a cheese farm on Day 2 riding bikes through the charming countryside lined with windmills. Say goodbye to Amsterdam and hello to Berlin on Day 3, delve deep into the history and alternative culture of the city. Bar hop, get lost in numerous museums and fuel yourself with currywurst, you can also opt for a historical walking tour. Head to gothic Prague on Day 5 via medieval Dresden, check-out the Old Town square before a big day of must-see sites on Day 6. (5B, 3D)

Day 7-12 Budapest / Sarajevo / Dubrovnik Heading east, you'll arrive in Budapest with an appetite for goulash. Make your way to the famous ruin bars, which were built in abandoned WW2 properties, and are now at the centre of the city's underground scene. Visit the stunning art nouveau thermal baths and discover both sides of the city (Buda and Pest), before heading to Sarajevo on Day 9. Uncover the historical and political complexities of Bosnia's capital city with a local guide while indulging in culinary treats. Leave Sarajevo for King's Landing... sorry, we mean Dubrovnik... on Day 11, with a lunch stop in historic Mostar. A UNESCO site, Dubrovnik has everything from history to mega clubs, and delicious seafood meals in between. (6B, 3D)

Day 13-16 Split / Ljubljana / Venice Arrive early afternoon in seaside Split, opt for a delicious dinner and then hit up the wild nightlife. Your Croatian holiday ends on Day 14, as you make your way to lovely Ljubljana. Arriving in the evening, you'll have a guided walking tour and then you could make your way towards the bohemian district, sampling local food along the way. See you one day again soon Slovenia, but now it's time for Venice and gondolas and Venetian cuisine. Enjoy a private water taxi ride to the floating city and make your way through the colourful canals before heading to Lucerne. You'll pass by Lake Como on the way to Lucerne, and through the scenic Swiss Alps arriving to an included dinner. (4B, D)

Days 17-20 Lucerne / Paris / London Spend Day 17 strolling the streets of Lucerne and consuming chocolate, or opt to visit the top of a Swiss mountain with a fancy fondue lunch, because a day full of cheese and chocolate is always a good choice! Driving past the vineyards of Burgundy you will arrive in Paris for two days of boutiques and baguettes. Get the perfect picture at the Eiffel Tower, get stuck into the city's secrets on a Paris by Night tour for a beautiful view of the City of Light. Day 19 is yours to see the city, head into the university district of St. Michel for coffee and wander around the Notre Dame, and don't forget to grab a crêpe. You have the option to enjoy a dinner and cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge in the evening before leaving Paris behind and ending the tour in London with fond memories and new friends. (4B, D)

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This is the kind of trip that offers a real mix of European culture. From sunny Split to the underground bars of Budapest, from the pretty and gothic Prague, to croissants and crêpe-filled days in Paris, and the emerging cultural hot-pot that is Ljubljana, there's never a dull moment.


EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 12 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

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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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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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• Try adventure sports in Alpine Austria • Head over to Venice's historic islands • Visit Rome, Florence and Vatican City

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• Kick back in Amsterdam's cafés • Optional wine tasting in the Rhine Valley • See the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe

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Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included

Day 4-5 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)

Day 6-7 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 locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museum. Lose yourself in the city's streets surrounded by monuments, fountains and pizzerias aplenty. (2B, D)

Day 8-9 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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Day 10-12 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 museums. Tonight will be your last night as a group, so why not treat yourself to an optional cabaret 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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Day 1-4 London / Amsterdam / Berlin Ferry across the Channel to Amsterdam where you'll get the chance to explore the Red Light District and the canals and boutiques. On Day 3, 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 a historical walking tour, a visit to the Jewish Museum or the C/O Gallery. For street art, head to the East Side Gallery or Hackescher Markt. (3B, 2D)

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Day 5-6 Prague Say hello to the best beer in Europe. Prague is a firm favourite on the European trail, and not just for the 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)

Day 7-8 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 Altstadt or take note of the thriving arts scene. Day 8, 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 ride through the canals. (2B)

Day 9-11 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 11, head to Florence for a guided tour of Florence to see the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and Giotto's Bell Tower. (3B, D)

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Day 12-13 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. (2B, D)

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Day 1-4 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 see 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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Day 5-10 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)

Day 11-14 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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Day 15-19 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 finish your trip on Day 19 in either Paris or London. (5B, D)

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Days 1-5 London / Paris / Lucerne / Milan Meet your travel buddies in London before hitting the road for Paris, driving past the jaw-dropping White Cliffs of Dover. You'll ferry over the English Channel to Calais, arriving in Paris in the evening just in time for an illuminations tour of the city. Enjoy Day 2 in the city of lurrrrrrve seeking hidden Paris at trendy cafés and boutiques. Opt for a cabaret show and dinner in the evening. Leave Paris on Day 3 taking the scenic route to Lucerne via the vineyards of Burgundy, before visiting the Chapel Bridge and the famous Lion Monument. Leave Lucerne on Day 5 for Milan via Lake Como and the Alps, and spend your free afternoon window shopping and 'gramming the Duomo. (4B, 2D)

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Days 6-11 Rome / Florence / Venice / Tyrol Arrive in historic Rome and visit Vatican City, taking in the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum and the Roman Forum en route. Day 7 is yours to spend at leisure, and you can opt for a guided tour of the Vatican Museum or the Colosseum. Arrive in Florence on Day 8 and enjoy a traditional walking tour before a free afternoon off and an optional Tuscan feast for dinner. The next day, you're Venice bound! Make your way through the mountains and spend the evening exploring the floating city. Say ciao to Italy on Day 10 for the fresh mountain air of Tyrol and two days of adventure sports or relaxing (summer only). Winter departures will go to Salzburg. (6B, 2D)

Days 12-16 Vienna / Prague / Kraków Make your way to Vienna from Hopfgarten on Day 12, soaking up the sites on a tour showcasing the city's music, architecture, cafe culture and historical buildings. Go on the hunt for the city's best strudel and Wiener schnitzel or opt for a fancy evening at a classical music concert with dinner. Arrive in Gothic Prague on Day 13 where you'll have two days to make your way through the cobblestone streets, castles and the Old Town Square. It's going to be tough to say goodbye to Prague but Kraków is waiting and you won't be disappointed. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city on Day 16, opt for a pierogi cooking class in the evening before heading out to discover Kraków after dark. (5B, 2D)

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Days 17-23 Warsaw / Berlin / Amsterdam / London Day 16 begins making your way to Poland's capital Warsaw, but first a stop at Auschwitz concentration camp with a tour, and a quick stop in Czestochowa. Spend Day 18 immersing yourself in Polish history and pastries during a guided walk of the city, visiting the Old Town and Warsaw's quirkier more colourful side. Depart for the alternative and unique Berlin on Day 19, get in the know about this city's edgy culture and history over two days. Visit the famous Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate and venture out to experience the famous nightlife. Make your way across the Netherlands from Berlin into Amsterdam on Day 21, enjoy an included dinner on arrival and the night is yours. Explore the Dutch countryside on bikes (summer only) and visit a cheese farm and a clog maker's house. Opt for a canal cruise and a farewell dinner before wrapping things up in Amsterdam, or return to London on Day 23. (7B, 3D)

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Day 1-2 London / Amsterdam See the White Cliffs of Dover before heading on to the colourful city of Amsterdam. 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. Trust us, there are many a quirky museum in the 'Dam. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Amsterdam / Berlin Motor down the autobahn to Germany's capital, Berlin. See 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)

Day 5-6 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 sit back and relax with views of the Old Town Square. (2B, D)

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Day 7-8 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 and the Hofburg Palace, both royal residences during the golden days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or choose to head to a music concert. There's always some Mozart and Strauss tunes to be heard around the place. (2B, D)

Day 9-10 Vienna / Auschwitz / Kraków Cross into Poland for a sobering visit to the concentration camp memorial at Auschwitz. On arrival in Kraków, uncover its medieval Old Town, browse its market stalls and visit the city's centrepiece, Wawel Castle and Cathedral. (2B, D)

Day 11 Kraków / Budapest Head south through Slovakia, stopping off in the town of Banska Bystrica, practically trapped in time, before crossing into Hungary to absorb all the sights and sounds of its capital city, Budapest, known as the Paris of the East. Head on 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)

Day 12 Budapest A free day is yours to spend. 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. The 16th-century Rudas baths are certainly atmospheric. (B)

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

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Day 15-16 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! You can never have too much ice cream, right? (2B, 2D)

Day 17-18 Rome / Florence Time for Vatican City on an optional tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Later, 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 admiring a demonstration of the city's traditional craft of leather making. (2B, D)

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Make a stop in thriving Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), a genuinely astonishing sight and architectural mishap. 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)

Day 20-21 Swiss Alps / Paris Sample the mountain railways, vertical funiculars and cable cars of the Swiss Alps. Next day, head through the winesoaked region of Burgundy to the City of Light, Paris. (2B, 2D)

Day 22-23 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, opt in to a 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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A tempting platter of European delights. This 23-day, 14-country adventure is as enticing as it is varied, from the übercool buzz of Berlin to the pure Alpine air of Switzerland. If time isn't on your side, split this trip into handy, pocket-sized legs. See details in the list shown below.


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Day 1-2 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 atmosphere. Spend the following day in historic Montmartre, home to quaint restaurants, ice cream shops and cafés (and a fabulous Dalí museum, tip right there) or climb up to the Sacré-Cœur before opting to treat yourself to a Parisian dinner or cabaret show. (B, D)

Day 3 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 by the river. (B)

Day 4-5 San Sebastián On Day 4, it's on to the sultry Basque city of San Sebastián. 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 up in one of its many haunts. For a live jazz venue come gallery, head to Axterri Bar. (2B, D)

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Day 6-7 San Sebastián / 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, see the Olympic Park and gawk at Gaudí's incredible masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Admire its attention to detail, second to none. Squeeze past street artists and stalls on Las Ramblas before treating yourself to a traditional flamenco show in the evening. (2B, D)

Day 8-9 Barcelona / 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)

Day 10-11 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 check out a Florentine leather craft demo - all with a local guide. (2B)

Day 12-15 Florence / Sorrento Travel south through the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento. On Day 13, chill out on the Isle of Capri for striking coastal views and amazing restaurants. Explore the harbour or relax on a boat trip (weather dependent) where the emerald green waters implore you to dive right in. 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 sightseeing tour. Day 15, tap into la dolce vita of the Eternal City 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! (4B, 2D) Isle of Capri, Italy

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Day 20-21 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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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, opt in to a guided walking tour or relax on a peaceful gondola ride along the canals. (2B, D)

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Day 22-23 Berlin / Amsterdam Find out what makes Berlin's capital one of the most cutting-edge cities worldwide with free time to explore. Visit 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)

Day 24-25 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 an optional 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 and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBHM

inclusions Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (25 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 27 breakfasts, 13 dinners Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included

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Day 1-7 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, hop in a car and venture 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 Pyrénées 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)

Day 8-15 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 admire a traditional Florentine leather craft demonstration before heading to Rome on Day 9. On arrival, take a walking tour of the capital'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)

Day 16-22 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, whose former prisoners endured forced labour and human rights atrocities. It's then on to the home of Oktoberfest before a stunning Alpine journey to a Tyrolean village. (7B, 2D)

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Day 23-28 Swiss Alps / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam On your way to the Swiss Alps, cross the border in to (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 museum-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 where you can choose to carry on your trip. (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 cities! 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 and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBHE/COBHEC

inclusions Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (31 nts), ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 32 breakfasts, 15 dinners (Mykonos Island option), 32 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 17 dinners (Greek Island cruising option)

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Day 1-7 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. Choose to wander the charming square of Place des Vosges in Le Marais, surrounded by galleries. On Day 3, make your way through Burgundy to Lyon - France's gastronomical capital - and call by the Château Fontainebleau en route. The next day, wind your way through the Pyrénées towards Barcelona, where sangria flows in copious amounts. Just how we like it. After a drive along the Côte d'Azur, roll up to Nice for two nights in the Riviera. (6B, 3D)

Day 8-15 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, an ancient city home to a vibrant nightlife. (8B, 2D)

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Day 16-20 Greek Island cruising

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)

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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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. If time allows, walk the city's walls to get a panoramic view of the Old Town. On Day 24, move up the Dalmatian coast to Zadar before continuing on to Vienna the following day. (6B, 4D)

Day 27-33 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)

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View iconic sights and museums in Paris Stroll along Las Ramblas in Barcelona Stay in a traditional Swiss Alpine village Get glammed up in Monaco and Nice See the architectural wonder of Pisa Enjoy sightseeing in Rome and Florence

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Wander along the Danube in Vienna Sail through Venice's lagoon Discover historical Dresden and Munich Walk the cobblestoned squares of Prague Immerse yourself in Berlin's creative scene Explore Amsterdam's canals and cafés

Day 1-2 London / Paris Head over the English 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 top of the Montparnasse Tower. On Day 2 stroll among the diverse quarters, shop stylish boutiques or choose to wander the art-filled halls of the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. Later, opt in for a Parisian cabaret show, bubbles and all! (B, D)

Day 3-4 Paris / Lucerne Travel through the wine-producing region of Burgundy to the Alpine stunner of Lucerne. See Lucerne's famous wooden chapel bridge on Day 3, and opt in for a traditional Swiss fondue at an authentic inn the following day. (2B)

Day 5-6 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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Day 7-8 Barcelona / French Riviera This active city will leave you in awe as it shows off its art, architecture and style from every era. Witness Gaudí's Sagrada Família, see the 1992 Olympic Games complex and the winding lanes of the Gothic Quarter. 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 glam resort of Cannes and roll up to the palm tree-lined Nice shores. (2B, D)

Day 9 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)

Day 10 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 on a locallyguided tour, opt in for an authentic Tuscan feast and head out for a night in Florence's biggest club. (B)

Day 11-12 Rome See the Bell Tower and Baptistry of Florence this morning. Then you're off to the Italian relic of Rome. Tonight, set off on 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! Let's just say you can never have too much pizza. (2B, D)

Day 13-14 Venice Day 14, start with a private boat ride through the Venice Lagoon to visit the city's historical heart. It's on to the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square, before an optional gondola ride. (2B, D) Lucerne, Switzerland

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Day 17 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 to drink some bevs with your fellow travellers. (B)

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Wind over the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna. This evening get acquainted with the city's most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, over an optional dinner and classical music concert. On Day 16, see the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the ornate Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Then have free time to wander along the Danube and see the rest of the city. (2B, D)

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Day 18-19 Prague Wind through the German countryside towards Prague. 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)

Day 20-21 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)

Day 22-24 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 with its cafés and shops. Spend Day 23 exploring 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! The trip ends today so choose to extend your stay in Amsterdam, catch the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (3B, D)

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Ahhh, winter in Europe... snow-covered streets, Christmas markets, hearty dinners and mulled wine. All things to give you the warm fuzzies. Spend 24 days travelling across 10 countries, a winter wonderland of delights, and finish up in the savvy party cities of Berlin and Amsterdam for one last festive blowout!


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

Day 1-4 London / Paris / Bordeaux / San Sebastián Meet up with your group 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 Sebastián the next day, known for its sumptuous food. Mmm, tapas (or, technically pintxos here). (3B, 2D) Colosseum, Rome

Day 5-8 San Sebastián / Barcelona / Nice Enjoy a full day in San Sebastián, home to one of Europe's best inner-city beaches, Playa de la Concha. Spend the night at one of its famous pintxos bars before starting the journey to spicy Barcelona on Day 6. With it's Gaudí-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 French Riviera. (4B, 2D)

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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, an enchanting city home to a wealth of art and incredible architecture. (3B)

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Day 1-4 Barcelona / Nice / 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 your way to the magical Renaissance city of Florence and observe a leather craft demonstration. (3B, D) Venice, Italy

Day 5-9 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, peppered with churches and piazzas. (5B, 3D)

It's difficult to overstate how awesome Berlin is. Opt to venture to the open-air East side gallery to admire murals and over 100 paintings on the Berlin Wall, and head to the Topography of Terror for a sobering but important visit. Choose to stretch your legs and pedal over to the abandoned airport of Tempelhof on bike to swerve off the mainstream trail. 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 or finish your adventure in Amsterdam. (4B, D)

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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 Salzburg, fit for fairytale movies, followed by a two-nights stay in Prague. Visit the Old Town Square, meander across the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and opt for a bunker tour. Next up, Berlin! (5B, 2D)

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• Sightsee around Vatican City • San Gimignano visit • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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

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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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 Gaudí's playful and iconic architecture. Opt to hop on a rowing boat in the luscious Ciutadella Park with one of your fellow travellers, and wander the charming streets of the Gothic Quarter with a pastry in hand. Your last stop is Spanish capital Madrid, whose spontaneous lifestyle might just capture you in a spell. This cultural city is certainly not short of museums to visit or grand buildings to admire. Make the most of the cuisine and general foodie atmosphere before the trip ends on Day 13. (5B, 2D)

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Trip Style: Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBDM/COWWDM/ COBBMD/COWWMD

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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 Côte d'Azur and Monaco and Monte Carlo. On Day 8, travel through charming Provence to Avignon. (4B, D)

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

Day 1-3 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, which literally means salt fortress, coined during a time when salt was traded along the Salzach river. (2B, D)

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Cross the border to Germany's Dresden, often dubbed the Florence of the North due to its architectural beauty. Located on the banks of the Elbe River, this city is verdant and cultured. After a lunch stop here, 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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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 cheap beer. Stroll across Charles Bridge and catch the famous Astronomical Clock striking an hour. (2B, D)

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• Sightseeing in Buda & Pest • Lake Bled visit (summer only) • Overnight stay in Venice

Day 1-4 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 only) 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) Colosseum, Rome

Day 5-8 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. In Vienna, opt to visit the Schnapps Museum. (4B, 2D)

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Learn about Poland's tumultuous past with a stop at the Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp. In Kraków 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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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. Opt to float down the river on a gondola ride or choose to sightsee in the Piazza San Marco, home to three major attractions. The tour finishes in Rome on Day 16. (4B, D)

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• Explore the Swiss Alps • Visit historical Florence • See the home of Oktoberfest

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Day 1-4 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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Today, it's on to the Bavarian capital and home of 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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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 Sebastián's beautiful beaches and in its countless pintxos bars before arriving in the wine country of Bordeaux. Make your final approach to Paris on Day 17. Depart two nights later on Day 19. (5B, D)

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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 Gaudí'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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Day 10-14 French Riviera / Barcelona / Madrid

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• Free time in Amsterdam • Prague Old Town sightseeing • A local guide in Auschwitz


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• Montparnasse Tower views • Amsterdam bike tour (summer) • London sightseeing tour

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Once you've touched down in London town, head out for a delicious welcome dinner. The next day, get acquainted with the city on a sightseeing 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 London Eye visit and a craft beer tour. (3B, D)

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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 for an Insider Walking Tour, a Moulin Rouge cabaret show or go full French on the Paris Patisserie Tour. Visit the Arc de Triomphe, rent out a Vélib bike to pedal around the city at your own pace, and chill out in the Luxembourg or Tuileries Garden. The choice is completely yours! (3B, D)

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It's north to the Netherlands on Day 7, where Amsterdam awaits with a sea of highend (...) coffee shops. Day 8's included activity? A Dutch Bike Ride (summer only). 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, so why not choose to have a picnic in the Vondelpark, or head to the famous flower market (the only floating flower market worldwide we'll have you know). Cocktails o' clock at the House of Bols Mixology, maybe? Yeah, we thought so. (3B, D)

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or tripleshare hotel (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager/Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COEXLB/COWXLB

• Visit Kraków's Salt Mines • Loads of optional activites • Enjoy free time to explore

Day 1-3 Berlin Arriving on Day 1, dinner tonight is included so you can relax and meet the rest of your group. On Day 2, dive straight in with an included tour of Berlin's famous haunts. The rest of your stay is spent completely at your leisure, but you'll still get some guidance if you want it! Optional extras include an Eatwith Berlin food experience. Which is where we'll probably be. (2B, D) Budapest, Hungary

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Poland is up next, and the eclectic (sometimes eccentric) city of Kraków. After arriving at the city, believed to have been founded following the defeat of a dragon, enjoy dinner with the group. Over the next two days, opt to take a tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, explore the city by bike and even learn how to make (and eat) a pierogi. The final day includes a visit to the nearby Salt Mines. (3B, D)

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Day 7-9 Kraków

Trip Style: Independent Insider Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager/Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COEXBH/COWXBH

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Hop on the bus and make for Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. 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 Kutná Hora. (3B, D)

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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! Make sure you visit one of the vibrant ruin bars for cocktails, and visit the Dohány Street Synagogue to see a real architectural masterpiece. It's one of the biggest synagogues worldwide outside of Israel. Your trip ends on Day 13. (4B, 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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Day 1-3 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 Square and the Castel Sant'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. This romantic, art-filled haven never fails to impress! On your arrival, you'll be treated to a walking tour of the city's striking buildings and art galleries. (2B, D)

Day 4-6 Florence / Venice / Ljubljana / Plitvice Lakes Swap the charms of arty Florence for the endless bridges, countless gondolas and the opulent squares 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 and its green credentials as one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly hubs. 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 kick back and relax by the 16 lakes as well as its countless waterfalls. (3B, D)

Day 7-9 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, then enjoy the scenic drive to Dubrovnik where you'll be able to see the magnificent walled town (a filming location for Game of Thrones guys). This city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason, with a rich history and plenty of eateries and winding pathways to enjoy. The next day, head into Albania and journey through dramatic mountains and along the coast to Tirana. (3B, D)

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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. Got a sweet tooth? We know we do. Head to Yogart, right in the centre of the Old City, for incredible froyos. If you're looking for some authentic food, why not opt for a traditional Ionian dinner experience while you're here? Insider tip - for a stunning sunset, head to the Monastery of Panagia Palaiokastritsa. Granted, it's touristy, but the view is worth it, overlooking the Ionian Sea. 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. Plus, culture vultures will be delighted to know that entry to Pompeii is already covered! On Day 14, head north past Mt. Vesuvius back to Rome, where your trip ends Day 15. (6B, D)

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Day 1-5 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 - check out the Louvre and the Champs-Élysées before an included 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. Be sure not to miss out on the lively nightlife! Spend Days 4 and 5 revelling in your free time, and sign up to a whole host of adventurous activities, including canyoning, white water rafting and paragliding (maybe a no go if you have vertigo). (L)

Day 6-9 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 Roman Forum, the Vatican 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.

Day 10-16 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 head to the G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students. Opt to check out the Gothic Quarter, Parc Güell and La Sagrada Família before hitting the nightlife. The next day, why not head to the beach for some R&R or head to the charming Picasso museum in the Gothic Quarter? On Day 14, take an orientation walk along Las Ramblas, and choose to venture into the mosaic-clad Gaudí houses for your art fix, before cathing the train to Madrid in the afternoon. Day 15, upon 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. The following day is yours to spend at leisure before heading off to Granada in the afternoon.

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Tour eleven beautiful countries Discover cobbled lanes of medieval Bruges 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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Day 1-2 London / Paris Meet your group late afternoon and catch the Eurostar to Paris. The next day, feast on an included 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 and visit the Dalí museum, or opt to visit the medieval Notre Dame Cathedral. (L) Pisa, Italy

Day 3-5 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 opt ot to try hang gliding, white water rafting or rock climbing! And whatever you do, don't miss the nightlife guys.

Day 6-7 Rome Travel to Rome via fashion-forward Milan, and take your time to get to know the historic city with an orientation walk. 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.

Day 8-9 Florence End your stay in Rome with a G for Good migrant-led walking 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 iced coffee along the River Arno. Opt to visit the nearby Siena on a day trip.

Day 10 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.

Day 11 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.

Day 12-13 Vienna Board the train again, this time to the capital of Austria and take an orientation walk. 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.

Day 14-16 Budapest On to Budapest for an orientation walk 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. Opt for a night out with the group on Day 14. Fancy a little culture kick? The next day, opt to head to Memento Park, the Museum of Terror or the Buda Castle. Day 16, take the overnight train to Kraków.

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Day 18-19 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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Welcome to the once-royal capital of Kraków. 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. The following day, it's on a day-train to Prague.

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Day 20-22 Berlin This morning, catch a train to Germany and take a guided walk to settle in. See the remaining sections of Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz and visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag. Day 22, pedal around on an included bike tour of the city. 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 with all kinds of music.

Day 23-24 Amsterdam To Amsterdam! Enjoy an optional 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.

Day 25 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.

Day 26 London Today, a bus ride takes you towards 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 and lounge in the city's parks. T H E N E T H E R L A N D S G E R M A N Y

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This whistle-stop adventure doesn't slow for stragglers. This is an epic trip that ticks off the busy streets of London and Paris, the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps, takes a quick peek behind the Iron Curtain and parties hard in Amsterdam.


LONDON TO ROME ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, London

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

Day 1-2 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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ROME TO BUDAPEST ON A SHOESTRING 9 DAYS, Rome

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• A day at leisure in Florence • Marvel at the Trevi Fountain • Relax in Budapest's baths

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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. For a meander of an area with a complete mish-mash of architecture, including Roman Baroque, Medieval, Ancient Greek, Mannerist and Art Nouveau, head to Quartiere Coppedèn in the Trieste district. 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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Head into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playground of Interlaken. The following day, set off on an orientation walk to get yourself settled in. 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. You'll have another guided walk on Day 5. Take time out at a nearby lake, perfectly clear and as serene as they come. Bring your swimming gear.

• Float along Venice's canals • Vienna orientation walk • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Rome / Florence Arriving into Rome, head out in search of the capital's famous sights and pocket the perfect Colosseum selfie before meeting the rest of your group in the evening. On Day 2, before heading into Florence, enjoy a G Adventures' supported migrant-led walk of Rome, catching sight of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza and Ponte Vecchio. This project encourages an intercharge of cultures. This fantastic initiative seeks to integrate migrants in search of employment into society. On arrival in Florence, take in its most impressive landmarks, including the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, the ancient bridge over the Arno. Enjoy Day 3 at leisure.

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Day 8-9 Budapest Travel on to Budapest and take a tour before a free afternoon to explore. Spend it at your own leisure, or opt to check out the beautiful Parliament building, wander the streets of the Old Town or soak in the famous thermal baths before you can opt for a final night our with your group. Wave goodbye as your tour ends on Day 9.

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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 tasty Pilsner. Opt to see the famous Lipizzaner 'dancing' horses.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple multi-share hotels/hostels (8 nts) Transport: Train, public bus, metro Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $300-390 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRH

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A scenic train ride takes you to Venice, one of the few cities that is genuinely like nowhere else on the planet. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk to settle in. 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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• Picnic under the Eiffel Tower • Admire art in the Louvre • Get outdoorsy in Interlaken


BUDAPEST TO BERLIN ON A SHOESTRING 7 DAYS, Budapest

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• Free time in Budapest • Kraków orientation walk • Beer hall visit in Prague

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• Visit Wawel Royal Castle • Overnight train to Kraków • Berlin's Big Night Out

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 Kraków.

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

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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 and you're free to depart at any time.

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Day 4-5 Prague This morning take a train to Prague and enjoy an orientation walk around town, with an included visit to an authentic beer hall. The next day is all yours to discover the treasures of the Old Town and the Jewish quarter 'Josefov'. 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!

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, metro Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $225-295 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officers (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEJBB

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Enjoy an orientation walk through Kraków, 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.

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

Day 1-2 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. Bruges, Belgium

Day 3-4 Amsterdam Today takes you to trendy yet historic Amsterdam, home to many a quirky museum (including one dedicated to human deformities). Soak up the city's relaxing atmosphere and start exploring its canals, museums and parks. Opt to pedal the city or head on a hop-on hop-off canal tour and admire the elegant gabled townhouses lining the canals. Nature lovers should choose to head to the Hortus Botanicus to admire rare plants. This botanical garden was established in 1638, and its original purpose was to grow medicinal plants to ward off the Black Death. There's also the Electric Ladyland Museum of Fluorescent Art filled with fluorescent pieces. Don't miss the 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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Day 5-6 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. Opt to visit a local brewery, chocolate shop or sample a tasty Belgian waffle. Later, continue exploring this medieval town and its beautiful market squares, stunning churches and inviting restaurants. Choose 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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VENICE TO BUDAPEST EXPLORER 10 DAYS, Venice

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EPIC EUROPEAN ADVENTURES

• Visit floating Venice • Opt to soak in thermal baths • See stunning Lake Bled

• Guided walk in Vienna • Opt for Budapest bike tour • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Venice / Bled Arrive at any time into this romantic, floating city and get snap-happy. The next day, venture on to Bled, Slovenia, with a stop en route in Ljublijana where you'll enjoy a guided walk to settle in. Choose to visit the castle or take a walk around the stunning lake. Day 3 is a day for adventurers, as this gigantic basin in the Julian Alps is home to a host of outdoor activities, included canoeing, biking and biking. (2B) Budapest, Hungary

Day 4-6 Salzburg / Vienna Board a train to the Salzburg, Mozart's former home, across the Austrian border. Looks a tad like a fairytale town. On arrival, it's off on a guided walk to get yourself orientated before spending the afternoon at your own leisure. Day 5, it's a free day in this charming town, where you can opt to take a Sound of Music tour (the hills are truly alive). The next day, make the most of a free morning before hopping on a train in the afternoon to Vienna where you'll head on a guided walk to get your bearings. Later, it's time to check into Magdas Hotel, a G for Good hotel stay. This social enterprise employs vulnerable refugees seeking employment while also encouraging sustainable development - hotel materials are upcycled to encourage a creative, beautiful space. By staying here you'll be supporting this great initiative! (3B)

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Day 7-8 Vienna / Budapest Today is yours to explore Vienna, where you can choose to visit the famous opera house, admire the artworks at the Belvedere, or feast up on some typical Viennese delicacies. The next day, it's on to the happening city of Budapest, home to booming ruin pubs, eccentric cafés and relaxing thermal baths. Start strong with a short orientation walk, explore on foot, or sign up for a city bike tour if time allows. (2B)

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Relax your sightseeing muscles in a steaming bath, visit the Buda Castle, head to a jazz bar, or opt for a cruise along the Danube. It's home time the next day. (2B)

EUROPE BY RAIL WITH THE GLACIER EXPRESS 12 DAYS, Paris

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• Travel by high-speed TGV • Enjoy Alpine views • Walking tour of Salzburg

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Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-7 Zermatt / Chur / Munich

The Glacier Express, Switzerland

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, and opt to head to a local brewery that evening. Or, choose to wander further afield and visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. (4B)

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)

Day 10-12 Vienna / Budapest Continue by train 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 G for Good's hotels (Magdas Hotel) that provides migrants that have come to Austria with employment opportunities. On Day 11, make your approach to Budapest and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Spend the night at leisure and say your goodbyes on Day 12. (3B)

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Departs: Selected Wednesdays (May-Oct) Trip Style: Rail Age Group: Any age 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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ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE 26 DAYS, Paris

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• Explore Kraków's lively nightlife • Visit artsy and architectural Florence • Stroll 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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Accommodation: Multi-share hotel or hostel (25 nts) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 25 breakfasts Includes: Paris by Night driving tour, orientation walks in Berlin, Bruges, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich

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Day 1-5 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. Later, opt in to a saucy cabaret show! the 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)

Day 6-10 Berlin / Prague / Kraków Explore Berlin at your own pace, 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 Kraków. Explore the city by foot and opt to visit the Salt Mines or the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp. (5B)

Day 11-16 Zakopane / Budapest / Salzburg / Munich Leave the cities behind you and hit the slopes of Zakopane. Opt for a ski lesson, then travel to Budapest 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)

Day 17-21 Venice / Rome / Florence

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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)

Day 22-26 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 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.


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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 are A+

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GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 16 DAYS, London

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• Stroll along Edinburgh's Royal Mile • Try and spot Nessie at Loch Ness • Sample the perfect pint of Guinness

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• See the famous sights of London • Enjoy a Beatles music tour in Liverpool • Wander around York's old city walls

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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 and archery (summer only) or a Lake Windermere cruise. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-5 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)

Day 6-7 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)

Day 8-9 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)

Day 10-12 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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Day 13-14 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! (2B, D)

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Return to Dublin for one last night on the Emerald Isle. Dublin does international cuisine like nowhere else (as well as Guinness-based pies) 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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England, Scotland and Ireland are all masters at reinventing historic cities and making room for new traditions to stand alongside the old. And you'll see plenty of examples on this 16-day trip around the three countries, which'll also take you through the Welsh countryside.


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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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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. On 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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• Be whisked around London's hotspots • See where The Beatles climbed to fame • Take in the beauty of the Lake District

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Day 3 York / Lake District Journey on to one of the country's most picturesque areas, the Lake District. Here, you'll visit Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere for the chance to opt in for some good old country activities such as a high ropes course and archery (summer only). (B)

Day 4-5 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)

Day 6 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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Day 7 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, plus the gorgeous Fairy Pools seen at the top of this page. 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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Day 8-9 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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ENGLAND & WALES ROAD TRIP 14 DAYS, London

$2,312

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London Self-Drive Tour

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inclusions 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

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• 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

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)

Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-5 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)

Day 6-8 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)

Day 9-11 Brecon Beacons / Cardiff / Bath

Bath, England

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)

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Day 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 the seaside resort of 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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See the best of England and Wales on this two-week round trip. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, climb the mammoth peaks of the Lake District and call by the medieval battlements of Caerphilly Castle. Add in hot springs, Stonehenge and plenty of history and you've got yourself a ripper of a trip!


NORTHERN NAVIGATOR ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Manchester

$1,550

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Manchester

Self-Drive Tour

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• 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

Day 1-2 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)

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Day 3-4 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)

inclusions 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

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Day 5-8 Whitby / Newcastle / Keswick / Liverpool / Manchester Continue further north today and stop in the lively city of Newcastle-upon-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)

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DEVON & CORNWALL 5 DAYS, London

$885

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London

Small Group Adventure

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• 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 1 London / Exeter Leave the capital this morning and make your way to the famous site of UNESCOlisted Stonehenge, a prehistoric and somewhat famous stone circle. Continue on to the South Devon coast and to the University of Exeter, an important fortified settlement in Roman times and your base for the next two nights.

Day 2 Exeter / Dartmoor / Postbridge / Tavistock / Exeter

St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall

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. (B)

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Day 3 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)

Day 4-5 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. This sleepy region is known the world over for its namesake festival, one of the biggest in the world. To get a good view of the surrounding area, hike up Glastonbury Tor, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, a Grade I listed building. (2B)

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SURF, COASTEER & WILDCAMP IN CORNWALL Newquay

$243

SNOWDON CHALLENGE

2 DAYS

Bangor

Newquay

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• Get adventurous coasteering • Enjoy four hours of surfing

• Camp out in the wilderness • Go wild axe throwing

Head to Newquay for an adventurous weekend of surfing, coasteering and wildcamping on this awesome trip. High-quality surf lessons get you up on your board and riding waves like you've always dreamed. Push your comfort zone with wild swims, traverses and cliff jumps as you navigate a rugged headland. The cherry on top is a fun night of camping with bushcrafting, slack lining, axe throwing (!) and more. Bear Grylls eat your heart out. Departs: Selected departures (Jul, Aug & Sep) Accommodation: Multi-share camping (1 nt) Meals: Not included Transport: Transfers to/from Newquay not included Note: Sleeping bags are not provided Tour Code: MBACOR

$364

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Bangor

2 DAYS

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• Cycle to the foot of Snowdon • Kayak across Llyn Padarn

• Hike to Snowdon's summit • Enjoy epic mountain scenery

Cycle, trek and paddle your way to the summit of Snowdon and beyond on this overnight adventure. First up, cycle 17km to the foot of Snowdon, hike 7km to the summit, drop back down the other side and finish with a 4km kayak across Llyn Padarn - all in less than 12 hours! Sure, it's hard work, but this is a great challenge for goal-oriented adventurers who want to accomplish something epic. And pack a camera. The views are awesome! Departs: Selected departures (May, Jun & Aug-Oct) Accommodation: Multi-share room in hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Transport: Train station transfers included Note: Guides and equipment are provided Tour Code: MBASNO

Independent Tour

HIKE THE HIGHEST SECTION OF HADRIAN'S WALL Hexham

Carlisle

$347

RAFTING, CANYONING & WHISKY TASTING IN THE HIGHLANDS

3 DAYS

Inverness

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• Walk along Hadrian's Wall • Two days of hiking

Small Group Adventure

• Discover Roman ruins • See stunning scenery

Inverness

$569

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3 DAYS

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• Go white water rafting • Enjoy a canyoning adventure

• Guided whisky or gin tasting • Spend nights by the campfire

Spend two days hiking along the best-maintained relics of Hadrian's Wall on this self-guided trip to the North Pennines. All of the logistics are taken care of, including your baggage transfer, so you can just kick back and enjoy the spectacular scenery. This adventure from Hexham to Carlisle includes two days of hiking, accommodation, train station transfers, maps and route information, baggage transfers and a daily breakfast.

From waterfall abseils to sampling drams of Scotland's finest whisky, this trip offers the perfect weekend adventure in the Scottish Highlands. Get the adrenalin going with a white water rafting adventure along Scotland's fastest river, then top it off with a canyoning adventure. Wind down in the evenings with barbecues around the campfire, then enjoy a guided whisky or gin tasting session. When in Scotland, hey?!

Departs: Selected departures (Feb-Oct) Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 nt), inn (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Train station transfers included Note: Single occupancy is available at a small supplement Tour Code: MBAHAD

Departs: Selected departures (Apr & Aug-Oct) Accommodation: Bell tents (2 nts). Upgrade to shepherd's hut is available Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Transfers to/from activities included Tour Code: MBASCO

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SKYE HIGH 3 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$289 / $279

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Edinburgh

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• See Ben Nevis first-hand • Magical Eilean Donan Castle • Whisky tasting in a distillery

Day 1 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.

The Isle of Skye, Scotland

Day 2 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 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 stonearched bridge. Recognise it? It's been used in numerous film and TV productions, including 'The Wicker Man', 'The World Is Not Enough', 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' and 'Highlander'.

Day 3 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') and Robert the Bruce before returning to the capital for a night on the town.

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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. £25 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 Includes: Dunkeld and Glencoe visits Group Leader: Local guide/driver Group Size: Avg 28 Tour Code: BU

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COAST TO COAST 7 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$809 / $785

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Edinburgh

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• 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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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!

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Loch Ness

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £25 per person per night. This can be pre-paid or arranged on a pay as you go basis 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

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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. As there's a chance for a wee lie in tomorrow, get yourself ready for a huge party in Mo's Bar tonight! Day 5 is completely free so you can explore the area at your own pace. From canoeing on the loch to mountain biking along the Great Glen Way and Caledonian Canal, there's more than enough to keep you occupied for the day. That evening, toast your time at Loch Ness with a drink at Morag's Lodge!

Orkney / Kirkwall

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Day 4-5 Orkney / Loch Ness

Feb

Your adventure starts in Edinburgh, from which you'll make your way straight to Macbeth country and 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 standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar. End the day with a clan dinner in your hostel or in one of the tasty restaurants found in Kirkwall.

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

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HIGHLAND FLING 5 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$539 / $519

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Edinburgh

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Every bit as catchy as Hotline Bling... Go monster hunting on Loch Ness, hike in one of the last great wildernesses of Europe, hear tales of Scotland's bloody history and soak up the culture with a wee dram after a day's exploring. It's all for the taking and more on this whistlestop tour. Trip Style: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Local guide/driver Group Size: Avg 28 Tour Code: BU

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Starting in the Scottish capital, head north on Day 1 and 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' and 'Outlander'. Next, head into Glencoe, famous for its eerie scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan. 'Game of Thrones' fans may recognise the story; author George R. R. Martin states that this true event was actually used as a basis for the 'Red Wedding' scene in Season 3, where numerous main characters are offed in a particularly bloody fashion. End the day in a traditional (and very energetic) Scottish Ceilidh.

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Day 1 Edinburgh / Oban

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Keep an eye out for the legend Nessie! • Soak up some legendary battlefield history • Glug away on Scotch whisky in a distillery

Jan

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• Castles and history galore throughout • Explore the eerie moors of Glencoe • Enjoy incredible views on the Isle of Skye

Jan 20

Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £25 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 Includes: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns and Hermitage Forest

Day 2 Oban /Isle of Skye On Day 2, pass under the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, as you travel through the magnificent scenery and rugged terrain of the Highlands. Take in the views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument, built in memory of Bonnie Prince Charlie's campaign to claim the Scottish throne back in 1745. Potterheads can jump aboard the Hogwart's Express, used throughout the 'Harry Potter' movies (summer only), or stay in the coach and enjoy the stunning views on the Road to the Isles. Continue to the Isle of Skye, where you'll spend the night and get the chance to visit a local pub and sample its extensive range of ales and whiskies.

Day 3 Isle of Skye / Loch Ness Explore the stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye and hear stories of Celtic myths, Viking legends, faeries and clans whilst taking in the views of mountains, castles and dramatic coastlines. Make sure you've packed a camera! Later on, head back to the mainland via Eilean Donan Castle. Overnight on the banks of the famous Loch Ness and enjoy a good ol' knees up in the hostel bar. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Day 4 Loch Ness Start off the day with a visit to the Haggis Grove (selected departures), where you can do your bit for Scotland and plant a tree in aid of the 'Trees for Life' charity. By doing this, you'll help to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest and ensure that Scotland remains as natural as possible. Later on, try your hand 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!

Day 5 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 UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge. Your trip ends upon arrival in the Scottish capital.

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Isle of Skye, Scotland

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COMPASS BUSTER 10 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$1,159 / $1,119

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Edinburgh

highlights

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

Day 1-3 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 and the Isle of Lewis. 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, famous for its beautiful and windswept beaches.

Isle of Harris, Scotland

Day 4-6 Isle of Skye / Loch Ness / John O'Groats / Orkney Islands

SCOTLAND ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh

Self-Drive Tour

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• Enjoy free time in Edinburgh • Explore the Western Isles • Stop at Loch Ness

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West Highland Way (BU) 6 Days, Fr $1,719

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Loch Ness

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Ullapool

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx. £25 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

Mar

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. Hear stories about William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor; a fitting end to the trip!

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Day 7-10 Loch Ness / Oban / Edinburgh

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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 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 burial chamber of the Tomb of Eagles is a definite highlight! Enjoy the night in Kirkwall and check out the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral before searching for a cosy pub to spend the night in. On Day 6, head to the extraordinary Stone Age village of Skara Brae, then it's on to the Ring of Brodgar.

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

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

Day 1-3 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) Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 4-5 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)

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Day 6-7 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)

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Day 8-9 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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Dundee Stirling

Edinburgh

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)


HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND 9 DAYS, Dublin

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• 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

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.

Day 3-4 Galway / Cliffs of Moher / Galway Galway, Ireland

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)

inclusions 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

Day 9 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)

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Day 3-4 Blarney / Cliffs of Moher / Galway

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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. Belfast is also the official home of 'Game of Thrones', so if you're a big fan, don't miss out on a trip to some of the 25 filming locations; all are within easy reach of the city. (2B, D)

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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

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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)

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Day 1-2 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) Glendalough, County Wicklow

Day 3-5 Limerick / Adare / Killarne 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)

inclusions 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

Day 6-7 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)

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Day 8-9 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, the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. (2B)

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• Lunar landscapes of the Burren • Visit castles and cathedrals • Visit the Cliffs of Moher

Day 1 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 of the castle. Next, head down into County Cork (otherwise known as the Rebel County) for an optional visit to Blarney Castle 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. See if the Blarney Stone has worked and get chatting to some locals in the pub!

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Hold onto your hats this morning, as it gets pretty blustery at the Cliffs of Moher, towering cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Used as a filming location for 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'The Princess Bride', it makes for a great stopping point. 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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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 entry Note: Blarney Castle entry at extra cost Tour Code: BU

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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. Grab your pint of the black stuff and get dancing to those lively tunes! (B)

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


CELTIC ROCKER 5 DAYS, Dublin

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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

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 and see all the pubs used in Ed Sheeran's video for 'Galway Girl'! (B)

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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! The legendary castle was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty and dates all the way back to 1446! 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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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorms in hostel (4 nts). Upgrades available Transport: Modern coach Meals: 4 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Cliffs of Moher entry, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct), orientation walking tour of Galway Tour Code: BU

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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 spotting The Sleeping Giant and The Three Sisters. Later on, head to the lakeside town of Killarney, where you can enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the beautiful Killarney National Park and spot Ross Castle. Later on, opt for a night out bar hopping. (2B)

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Day 1 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. This makes a pretty great photo opp! Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

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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. Your trip ends on arrival and you're free to do as you choose. Our advice? Stick around and explore some more of the city. (B)

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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 and grab a few drinks in the local pubs. (B)

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 entry Tour Code: BU

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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 the city'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)

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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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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.

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

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 entry, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór, all transport

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Day 2 Giant's Causeway / Derry (Londonderry) 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. (B)

Day 3 Galway 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! (B)

Day 4-5 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 to the Cliffs of Moher and peer over 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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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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(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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$155 $78

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REST UP LONDON

$18 $38

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Location: Surrounded by bars and restaurants in fashionable Shoreditch.

Location: Just half a mile from Elephant and Castle tube station.

Vibe: Snug, comfy and modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi and smart TVs.

Vibe: Funky and functional hostel set in an early 20th Century lodging house.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • En suite • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • 24hour reception • Vending machines

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Café • Casino • Shopping centre • Close to Waterloo

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THE LONDON PASS

$129

FR

1-6 DAYS

First time in London? Second or third time even? Then purchase a one, two, three or six-day pass and get free entry into over 80 of London's most famous attractions, museums and historical buildings. You'll also get to avoid the queues and be privy to special discounts (up to 65%) at restaurants, theatres and shops. There's also a hop-on hop-off bus tour thrown in, plus you can choose a transport option to make things even easier. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Transport option available. Ask for details Includes: Free entry to 80+ attractions, hop-on hop-off bus pass, guidebook, discounts and fast-track at selected attractions Tour Code: LONLON

WITHLOCALS: LONDON URBAN JUNGLE TOUR

$24

FR

HALF DAY

Check out the amazing graffiti, spectacular street performers and buzzing streets of East London on this locally-guided tour. Discover works from Banksy, the world's most famous street artist, and explore local art galleries famous for their experimental AvantGarde exhibitions. Along the way, check out the local hot spots near Brick Lane and Shoreditch and feel like a true Londoner. The tour lasts around two hours; plenty of information to pack in! Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Not included Includes: Two hour guided tour throughout East London, private guide throughout Note: This is a walking tour so a moderate level of fitness is required Tour Code: LONUJT

JACK THE RIPPER MURDERS

$27

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.

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR FROM VICTORIA & KING'S CROSS

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, see the actual props used throughout the films and explore behind-the-scenes secrets. Tread the stone floor of the Great Hall, explore Dumbledore's office, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley™. Includes return transport from Central London. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Return transport from Central London included Includes: Entrance ticket, return transport to Central London Tour Code: LONWAR/LONKGS

TOTAL LONDON EXPERIENCE

$252

FR

FULL DAY

Grab London by the throat and take in the best it has to offer with this monster of a tour. From the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and a genuine pub lunch to a panoramic view from the London Eye, you won't need to skimp on the sights. On top of that, you'll enjoy entry to the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral, plus you'll get the chance to float down the Thames on a river cruise. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: Packed lunch included Transport: Thames river cruise and all transport included Includes: Entry to the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye Tour Code: LONTOT

THE SHARD LONDON: THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD

$44

FR

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.

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LONDON EYE

$49

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HALF 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. LONEYT


$191

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FULL DAY

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 18th-century aristocrats and now a vibrant city. Get the chance to soak in the famous Roman baths and enjoy a water-tasting session, then head back to London for around 7pm. All in all, an impressive day's sightseeing.

DOWNTON ABBEY AND OXFORD TOUR FROM LONDON INCLUDING HIGHCLERE CASTLE

FULL DAY

Visit Oxford and top 'Downton Abbey' filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, then continue to the Cotswolds' village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as Downton Abbey, in Hampshire, and walk through rooms frequented by some of the show's characters.

Departs: Daily Meals: Packed lunch included Transport: All transport included Includes: Entry to Windsor Castle, Roman Baths, Queen Mary's Doll's House, St. George's Chapel and Stonehenge included Tour Code: LONWBS

Departs: Selected departures Meals: Not included Transport: All transport included Includes: Entry to Highclere Castle, professional guide throughout, signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography Tour Code: VILON2

LONDON EXPLORER 3 or 5 DAYS, London

$211

FR

$339

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London

highlights

• 3 or 5 days exploring London • Included West End theatre ticket • Open-air bus tour

inclusions

Trip Style: Short Trips Departs: Daily Accommodation: Imperial Hotel or Royal National Hotel (single, twin or triple-share, 2 or 4 nts) Meals: 2 or 4 breakfasts Transport: Open-bus tour included. If on the five day option, a 2 day underground and bus pass is also included Includes: All activities mentioned in the itinerary Tour Code: COM3LPR/COM5LPR

• All accommodation included • 'Welcome to London' info booklet • Trip to Stonehenge (5 day only)

Why rush your London experience when you can take your sweet time for just a few more pounds?! Top or tail your trip with either a two-night or a four-night explorer package, complete with extras, activities and sweet as accommodation. Though you won't have a Trip Manager to hand, you'll have plenty of stuff to keep you busy. Enjoy two or four nights' included accommodation, daily breakfasts, a ticket to a West End musical, an open-top bus tour past some of the city's most famous landmarks and a 'Welcome to London' info booklet. If you're here for the five-day option, you'll also get to enjoy a day trip to Stonehenge, an audio guided tour of Bath's Roman Baths, a trip to Windsor (where Harry and Meghan tied the knot) as well as a two-day tube and bus pass for the London Underground and city buses.

BIG BUS TOURS

$50

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FULL DAY REGENTS PARK

MADAME

BIG BUS ROUTES

KINGS CROSS ST. PANCRAS

BLUE ROUTE

STATION

RED ROUTE GREEN ROUTE

TUSSAUDS

HOXTON SQUARE

ORANGE ROUTE

LONDON

heathrow AIRPORT: 24KM

THE BRITISH

SPITALFIELDS

MUSEUM

ST. PAUL'S

MARKET

CATHEDRAL

PADDINGTON STATION

TRAFALGAR

TOWER OF

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ALBERT

PARK

HALL

BOROUGH MARKET

BUCKINGHAM

LONDON EYE

PALACE HARRODS

LONDON

WESTMINSTER

THE SHARD

TOWER BRIDGE

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

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Get around London's biggest attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. The classic ticket includes a guided walking tour as well as a single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London. ISIC cardholders also get exclusive discounts, making things even sweeter. Tour Code: LONBIG/LONBIG2

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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.

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ST CHRISTOPHER'S EDINBURGH

$31 $55

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THE BAXTER, EDINBURGH

$38

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HAYMARKET HUB HOTEL, EDINBURGH

$86 $43

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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 • Free walking tours • 24-hour reception

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

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$130 $72

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ALEXANDER THOMSON HOTEL, GLASGOW

$101 $51

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: The historic Grassmarket area, close to Princes Street and the station.

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: Budget hotel with a choice of rooms or suites. Enjoy a delicious breakfast!

Highlights: Private rooms • En suite with rain shower • Air con • iPod docks • Bar • Lounge • Bike rental • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • En suite • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Lounge • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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GET OUT OF BED Full Day | Haggis: Loch Ness Hunter FR  $84 Full Day | Whisky and Waterfalls  FR $79 Full Day | Skip-the-Line Edinburgh FR Castle Walking Tour $53


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 art galleries. Head east to the laid-back student city of Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, or south to Cork, the real Irish capital according to any decent Corkonian. Finally, how about a hop over the border into Northern Ireland?

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BARNACLES TEMPLE BAR, DUBLIN

$38 $74

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GENERATOR DUBLIN

$30 $173

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CASSIDYS HOTEL, DUBLIN

$146 $73

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FR

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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 • Free walking tour • 24-hour security

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

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$188 $94

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FR

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GIANT'S CAUSEWAY & GAME OF THRONES

$105

FR

FULL DAY

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Location: To the north of the river, a minute's walk from Temple Bar. Vibe: Contemporary apartments with fantastic access to the whole city. Highlights: Private apartments • En suite • Kitchenette • Lounge • Weekly cleaning service • 24-hour reception EXDUB1

Discover sites made famous in television's 'Game of Thrones' on this action-packed tour. Starting and ending in Dublin, you'll call by the Dark Hedges, the Cushendun Caves, the Giant's Causeway and Ballintoy Harbour; all filming locations used throughout the series. Continue via the Glens of Antrim and Belfast back to Dublin.

Shoestring | Isaacs Hostel, Dublin FR $27 Rock Solid | The Metropole, Cork FR  $103 Shoestring | Barnacles Quay Street FR House, Galway $32 Rock Solid | ETAP Hotel, Belfast FR  $54

GET OUT OF BED Full Day | Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket  Full Day | Cliffs of Moher & Wild Atlantic Way 

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The Netherlands was the first first country to legalise same-sex marriage. It's also ranked the sixth happiest country.

Chocolate lovers will be in heaven as Belgium is home to world-famous chocolatiers. They did invent the praline guys.

They love their wine in France, and so do we at STA Travel. The country is rammed with wine bars and scenic vineyards to explore.

Did you know Amsterdam is home to more bikes than people? Yep, that's over 800,000 bicycles. Go green and venture out on wheels.

Walk along an abandoned railway encircling Paris to see urban views, graffiti and eclectic flora and fauna in the city of love.

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TREKKING MONT BLANC 10 DAYS, Chamonix

$1,999

FR

Chamonix

highlights

• Conquer steep climbs • View spectacular glaciers • Admire Alpine meadows

Day 1-2 Chamonix / Les Contamines Arrive in Chamonix for a welcome meeting with your fellow hikers. On Day 2, journey on to Les Houches and take a scenic 24km hike through the luscious countryside to Les Contamines. Enjoy a tasty dinner in the evening. (B, D)

Day 3-5 Les Chapieux / Courmayeur Mont Blanc, France

Today is the first real challenge - an arduous hike over 18km from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux. Prep those muscles as on Day 4 you'll trek an impressive 23km from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur, passing glacial lakes en route. Don't worry guys, Day 5 is your well deserved rest day in the mountainous town of Courmayeur, where you can opt to hop on a cable car to Point Helbronner (or go on a day hike if you just can't get enough!) (3B, D)

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Dec

Nov

$1,899

FR

Nice

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Café culture in Paris • Go wine tasting • Explore Avignon's palaces

Oct

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

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Departures 2019 Jul

Les Chapieux

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Courmayeur

May

Mont Blanc

Apr

Hop on a short bus journey to the quaint village of Champex. Today's 16km hike takes you along the ancient Bovine Way, an ancient trail used to access the high summer cow pastures, across the Col de la Forclaz and down into Trient. Day 9, your final day of trekking, will see you cross a distance of 14km over the Col de la Balme and to the Chamonix Valley. Your tour ends on Day 10. (3B, D)

Val Ferret

Chamonix Les Contamines

Day 8-10 Trient / Chamonix Valley

La Fouly

Trient

Jan

Crack on today with another 14km hike from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret. Trust us, the view is worth the steep climb! Rest up because the next day, you'll be heading on a long steep hike of 20km before bedding down in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly. (2B, 2D)

Mar

Day 6-7 Italian Val Ferret / La Fouly

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: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $210-275 for meals not included Group Leader: Qualified International Mountain Leader as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFMB

Feb

S W I T Z E R L A N D

• Soak up the sun in Nice • Opt to visit Pont du Gard • Enjoy plenty of free time

Day 1-2 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! Opt to head to the L'Orangerie Museum located in the gorgeous Tuileries Garden to see Monet's panoramic Water Lilies. The next day, enjoy an orientation walk then spend your free time exploring the city's museums, cafés, patisserie shops and landmarks. Insider tip - head to Le Marais for vintage shopping and excellent falafel. (B)

Nice, France

Day 3-4 Beaune

inclusions 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

Paris

Day 5-6 Avignon Beaune F R A N C E

My Own Room Available: Fr $639

Day 7-8 Nice

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Nov

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Sep

Aug

Jul

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Nice

Apr

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Avignon

Mar

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)

Feb

Travel south to Avignon, in the heart of the Provence region. Visit the Palais des Papes and the 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)

Jan

Travel to Beaune and head to an included wine tasting session. Afterwards, make the most of some free time and opt to visit the famous Hospices, a former hospital for the poor. The next day is yours to spend at leisure where you can opt to visit the city of Dijon, famous for its wine and mustard. If you're feeling more active, head out to the countryside and get sweaty on a bike ride or hike. (2B)

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Best Place for.. • Falafel: Le Marais's charming streets are filled with foodie-lovers 13 arr. guzzling on falafel wraps on lazy weekends. • Late-night socialising: Canal Saint Martin is a great spot for laid-back wineage. Music included (mostly). • Picnics: Take your pick. But we love Parc de la Turlure, on top of Montmartre with views of the Sacré-Cœur.

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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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$38 $63

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$55 $84

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Two incredible locations: One just 200 metres from the Gare du Nord and one overlooking the famous Canal St Martin.

Location: Situated within a converted office block in the 10th arr., 15 minutes' walk from Gare du Nord and close to Canal St Martin.

Vibe: Designer hostels with lively atmospheres, bars, restaurants and waterfront terraces, ideal for meeting fellow travellers.

Vibe: This once-derelict building is now home to stylish rooms and a lively atmosphere, with stunning views from the roof terrace.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Games rooms • Lockers • Luggage storage • Basement club with DJ • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Basement bar with DJs • Rooftop terrace • Restaurant • Lounge area • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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$115 $64

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BASTILLE DE LAUNAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$196 $113

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set in a quiet street close to the Moulin Rouge, SacréCœur Basilica and less than 250 metres from Pigalle metro.

Location: Marais, a stone's throw from the Picasso Museum and Victor Hugo's house.

Vibe: Situated in an old townhouse, circa 1880, close to the bars and restaurants of Montmartre.

Vibe: Relaxed and traditional townhouse hotel with a bar and patio for socialising.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • TV • Vending machine (snacks and drinks) • Luggage storage • Lift • 24-hour reception • Shuttle service (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Library • Luggage storage • Laundry • Room service • Lift • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

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Rock Solid

$125 $66

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FR

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HOTEL VICTORIA, PARIS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$132 $74

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set between Pigalle and Blanche metro stations, close to the opera and Montmartre's Moulin Rouge.

Location: Situated in the lively 9th arrondissement, this hotel is only 2km from the Moulin Rouge and Palais Royal.

Vibe: An ode to 1930s Paris, this former cabaret house retains its art deco roots.

Vibe: Think modern elegance, block colours and spacious rooms. The perfect place to relax in the midst of the action.

Highlights: Private rooms • TV • Bar • Luggage storage • Room service available • Daily housekeeping • Lift • Close to restaurants • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Terrace Luggage storage • Room service available • Daily housekeeping • Lift • 24-hour reception •

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SAINT DOMINIQUE

$196 $113

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE PARIS PASS

$218

FR

2-6 DAYS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In the heart of the 7th arrondissement, close to the La Tour-Maubourg metro and a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Vibe: As chic as the city it lives in, this is a polished city hotel with bright, sophisticated rooms and suites. Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Soundproof rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor terrace • Bar • Café • Luggage storage • Laundry • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception EXPAR1

PARIS BIKE TOUR

$82

FR

HALF DAY

Live like a local and pedal through Paris on this three-hour bike tour (basket and baguette optional). Your guide will take you to top sights such as Napoleon's tomb, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Cycle a scenic route down the Seine River and stop to put your feet up in the idyllic Tuileries Garden.

See Paris' top sights at your own pace with this awesome pass giving you free entry to over 60 attractions. Paris is home to so many galleries and museums that you'll be spoilt for choice. It includes unlimited Metro travel, a complimentary guide book, a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour plus a wine tasting experience. Waste no time by skipping the queues and enjoying fast track. Choose from two, four or six days to make the most of your trip. Departs: Daily Transport: Unlimited metro travel, hop-on-hop-off bus Tour Code: PARPAS

FR$42 WITHLOCALS A DAY LIKE A PARISIAN TOUR FULL DAY

Discover insider gems with a local guide. Start in cultural Quartier Latin and end up in the lively districts of Oberkampf and St. Martin. See the Sorbonne University, meander the Luxembourg gardens, amble along the Amélie-famous Canal St. Martin with its green bridge and hit a concept store and a buttery bakery en route.

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BRUSSELS & BRUGES TIME FOR CHOC-ULTURE FRANCE, BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS

Think stylish bars, speakeasies, fashion boutiques, vintage markets and festivals galore. Belgium's medieval cosmopolitan capital, and the EU's administrative centre, is incredibly walkable and filled with master-chocolatiers. Get snap-happy in Bruges with its scenic canals, market squares, local breweries and delicious mussels and chocolate (both big hits here). This former seaport is a bijou traveller gem and a foodie's paradise.

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$29 $43

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Location: A converted factory located right on the Charleroi-Brussels canal.

Location: Close to Brussels-South Train Station and two minutes from the metro.

Location: Bang in the centre of Bruges in the Old Town, minutes from Market square.

Vibe: Modern, spacious rooms and shabbychic shared spaces.

Vibe: Set within two Art Nouveau townhouses. Japanese garden included.

Vibe: Distinctly bohemian! A fun and sociable backpacker hangout.

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • In-room safe • Shared kitchen • Bar • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Garden • Computer station • Games room • Lift • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Bar • Lounge • Café • Luggage storage (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

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$176 $102

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$36

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CHOCOLATE WALKING TOUR AND WORKSHOP BRUSSELS

$114

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Location: In the heart of Bruges, with hot local attractions within walking distance. Vibe: A peaceful escape with a relaxing lounge, situated on a tranquil square. Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Bar • Lounge • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping EHBRG1

Tantalise your tastebuds with a 2.5 hourlong beer tasting tour, starting in the heart of Brussels. Venture into local bars and taverns with a knowledgeable guide who'll help you to understand subtle flavours and how Belgium's brewing technique has sparked a flourishing culture. Get savvy while tasting four authentic Belgian beers. VIBRU1

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Calling all choccie lovers! Head on a four-hour guided walking tour, exploring local landmarks and stopping by exclusive chocolate boutiques for dreamy tastings of truffles, alcoholic liqueurs and more. Admire a chocolate demonstration and get stuck into a 45-minute chocolate workshop. Melt in your mouth delicious. VIBRU2

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• Getting lost: Jordaan is a quaint neighbourhood filled with independent galleries, antique shops and cool bars. • Glowing art: Amsterdam sees your gallery and raises you an Electric Ladyland, a basement of fluorescent art. • Flea markets: Waterlooplein, Ij-Hallen and Dapper markets are our favourite spots for fleaing in the Dam.

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The cool kid of Europe, Amsterdam has culture and quirk in equal measure. Alongside red light districts, Heineken breweries and a wealth of 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...

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$36 $48

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$55 $73

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Location: Nestled between the famous canals of Amsterdam, an easy 10-minute walk to the infamous Red Light District.

Location: Situated in the culturally vibrant Overhoeks district, a free, five-minute ferry from Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Vibe: Funky and no-frills hostel with affordable rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a club and a fun atmosphere.

Vibe: Live music and DJs, communal areas and a library make this former 1920s laboratory a great place to meet fellow travellers.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • En suite • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Basement club • Garden • Dining room • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Shared kitchen • Library • Lockers • Laundry • 24-hour reception AMSHAN

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$55 $80

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Location: Situated beside Keisergracht canal, just a few minutes' walk from the Anne Frank House and Dam Square.

Location: Slap-bang in the middle of the infamous Red Light District and close to Dam Square and Centraal Station.

Vibe: Once an art gallery, the Nadia is now a friendly family-run hotel with 52 rooms over four floors.

Vibe: With happy hours, a beer garden and an on-site nightclub, this hostel is the perfect haven for party-lovers.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • TV • Laundry • Free welcome drink on arrival • ATM • Daily housekeeping • Bike rental (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Terrace • Bar • Beer garden • Restaurant • Nightclub • Lockers • Free daily walking tour • 24-hour reception

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GENERATOR AMSTERDAM

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$39 $76

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$195 $98

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Location: Based in Amsterdam's vibrant eastern part, overlooking Oosterpark, and close to the creative De Pijp area.

Location: In Amsterdam's museum district, close to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and down the road from the leafy Vondelpark.

Vibe: A former zoological building, this designer hostel opened its doors in 2016 and is filled with creative touches throughout.

Vibe: Boutique-style rooms set within four classic townhouses. Communal areas are decorated with hipster furnishings.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Outdoor terrace • Bar • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Café • Bike hire • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • In-room safe • Bar • Breakfast area • Luggage storage • Laundry • Daily housekeeping • Bike rental (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

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$128 $74

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$151 $81

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Location: A few minutes' walk from Vondelpark close to the city's lively centre with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Location: Located on the river in Canal Ring, a short walk from the bustling Rembrandt Square & 10 minutes from the flower market.

Vibe: A small, boutique hotel hidden in a beautiful side street. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or have a drink in the stylish bar.

Vibe: Kick back and relax in this stylish and elegant haunt. Enjoy its modern rooms and local attractions within walking distance.

Highlights: Private rooms, suites and apartments • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Terrace • Bike hire • 24-hour reception • Offsite parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Air con • In-room safe • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Café • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception

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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.

Wanna feel like you're flying through Amsterdam? Experience aerial vistas of Holland's hills, canals and UNESCO-listed sights on a simulated ride inside a dome, hands and limbs akimbo. Learn about how the Netherlands was created using polders, windmills, dikes and mounds, and see the country from a new perspective.

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A secret 170-year-old recipe, Lisbon's custard tarts are to die for. Soft, sweet, and lightly browned, they're a gooey wonder.

This breezy Moroccan seaside town is known for its charming winding medina passageways, and iconic blue wooden boats.

Portugal's coastal city has delicious eateries, a beautiful Old Town, stylish cafés and top-notch wine. Also, sun (mostly) and sea.

Salty Serrano ham, succulent croquettes, and garlicky prawns are just some of the sharing dishes you'll find in Spain.

(Lanzarote) Museo Atlántico's submerged art installations are designed to illustrate our destructive impact on the environment.

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SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGAL 15 DAYS, Madrid

$2,515

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Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

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SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

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. 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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• Sample tasty tapas and tagine • View the majestic Alcázar in Seville • See the historic trams in hilly Lisbon

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• Wander around Madrid's Puerta del Sol • Stroll the courtyards of the Alhambra • Haggle like a local in Fes

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Departures 2019/20

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Jan 20

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

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Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 Madrid / Granada Head south past 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)

Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-9 Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / Assilah Admire the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains on today's scenic drive to Marrakech. Learn about the traditions of Koutoubia Mosque, the splendour of Bahia Palace's interior 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)

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Day 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. Later, check out the Bairro Alto for a party! (4B, 2D)

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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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SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Madrid

$3,099

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Marrakech

highlights

• Stroll through Lisbon • Visit the Chapel of Bones • Port wine tasting session

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore the Fes medina • Hike in the Rif Mountains • G for Good collection

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. If you fancy it, opt to board a cruise down the Douro Valley. That evening, visit a port wine cellar and toast your day with your fellow travellers. (2B) Lisbon, Portugal

Day 4-7 Lisbon / Évora / Algarve / Seville

Marrakech M O RO CCO

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$1,787

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Small Group Adventure

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• See Madrid's museums • Tour Alhambra Palace • A night at leisure in Seville

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Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch with AFER, an organisation that supports rural women by giving them employment opportunities. Take a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before journeying on to Fes for a tour of the famous medina with a local guide. On Day 13, travel to Marrakech via Casablanca. Depart on Day 15. Take a medina tour in Marrakech and choose to visit atmospheric Djemaa el-Fna Square, packed with markets, acrobats and comedy acts. (4B)

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Day 11-15 Fes / Marrakech

Seville

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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 $360470 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESMK

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Enjoy two free days in Seville, where you can choose to explore the district of Santa Cruz and the Alcázar Palace. Later, rejoin your group for a dramatic flamenco dance performance. Day 9, cross from Europe to Africa and enjoy a tour of the port city of Tangier before continuing on to the quaint blue city of Chefchaouen. The next day, opt to go hiking in the Rif Mountains and soak in a hammam for some R&R. (4B, L)

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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 nearby Sintra or have a wander around the São Jorge Castle. That evening, enjoy a Fado night (a popular Portuguese music genre based upon feelings of longing - romantic, we know) and a traditional dinner in Alfama. Day 6, travel to Évora and enjoy a tour of the haunting Chapel of Bones. The next day, journey to Seville via the village of Olhão. (4B, D)

• Backpacker-friendly Lagos • Explore the hills of Lisbon • Visit Giralda Tower

Day 1-2 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)

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Day 3-4 Córdoba / Seville

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Today you'll get an orientation tour of Granada, exploring the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens and visiting 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, and take a walk to visit the Giralda Tower, Mudejar Pavilion on Day 4. Want to explore the area from a different perspective? Opt to kayak along the waters of the Guadalquivir River. (2B)

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Day 5-6 Lagos / Lisbon Continue your adventure as you head into Portugal today and make for backpacker hotspot Lagos on the Algarve. Chill out here until your next bus, maybe taking a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean if time permits, 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. Plus, the seafood is immense. (2B)

Departures 2019

Lisbon Córdoba Lagos

Seville

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Shared 4* hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach or minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Trip Leader Group Size: Avg 15, Max 30 Mandatory Local Payment: USD $211 Note: Museum entry fees not included Tour Code: BEMADPOR

Granada

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Typically 1 departure per month

Day 7-8 Madrid Travel back to Spain's capital today and make the most of your last evening. Why not head to one of Madrid's squares (like Plaza Mayor) for a couple of sangrias and some well deserved tapas and TLC. Your trip ends on the morning of Day 8. (2B)

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BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL 14 DAYS, Lisbon

$3,699

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Barcelona Small Group Adventure

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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! 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 Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Public bus, train, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $340-445 for meals not included

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Arrive into vibrant Lisbon at any time on Day 1 and dive straight in on Day 2 with a guided tour. 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 in Alfama, one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods. (B, D)

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Departures 2019 Feb

• Bar hop around Madrid • Relax on a beach in Valencia • G for Good collection

Jan

• Visit Lisbon's Belém district • Sip a beer along Coimbra's riverfront • Explore colourful Seville

Day 3-4 Batalha / Coimbra Leave Portugal's capital and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, with its stunning historic library, before visiting the gothic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander its grounds. Then, move on to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra. The next day, enjoy a free day to check out the city's UNESCO-listed university, its impressive buildings and the bars and restaurants on the quaint riverfront. (2B)

Day 5-6 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)

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Day 7-9 Madrid / Granada Hop on a flight to the cultural haven of Madrid. Spain's capital 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 on Days 7 and 8, you're off to the Andalucian city of Granada, where there'll be a guided walk, and an included visit to the Albaicin quarter (top place to watch the sunset). (2B)

Classic Spain (15 days, Madrid - Madrid) (GAESMM)  Fr $3,899

Day 10-12 Granada / Seville Start strong with a guided tour of the Alhambra Palace, a real masterpiece. In the evening, opt to head to some trendy tapas bars. The next day, it's on to Córdoba where you'll visit the historic Jewish quarter and head to the tranquil Mesquita de Córdoba mosque, an incredible piece of Islamic architecture. Board a train in the early evening to Seville and round off with a flamenco performance (¡arriba!) before a full day of exploring the following day. (3B)

Day 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 for Good Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class prepared by migrant youth, as part of an initiative that aims to integrate migrants into Spanish society. 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, D)

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Coimbra Batalha

Lisbon

ESPAI MESCLADIS, BARCELONA

PROJECT PARTNERS: ESPAI MESCLADIS 70 migrants are enrolled annually to participate in a culinary training program that helps them to find employment and integrate into society.

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Barcelona


FIESTAS & SIESTAS 12 DAYS, Barcelona

$2,319

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Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBFS/COWWFS

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• Wander the trendy streets of Alfama • Visit the hippy hangout of Porto • Opt to see Madrid's Valley of the Fallen

Jan

highlights

• Experience Barcelona's wild nightlife • A city tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter • Visit UNESCO-listed Salamanca

Jan 20

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share in hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 11 dinners, 5 breakfasts Note: Tips, local taxes and service charges are included

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Day 1-3 Barcelona / Pamplona Arrive into sexy Barcelona, home to weird and wonderful Gaudí architecture, delicious tapas and cocktail-bar clad beaches. Spend the evening getting to know your group over a welcome dinner and feel free to hit the town to experience Barca's notorious nightlife. The next day, it's a city tour covering everything from the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter (get yourself some pastries, insider tip), to the sizzling Las Ramblas district. Opt to take a tour of the city's backstreets by bike and sign up for a traditional Flamenco show to spice up your dinner (hips don't lie, really). Choose to round off with sticky, sweet churros and refreshing sangria for a taste of the sweet Spanish life. Day 3, you'll journey on to Pamplona where you'll spend the night, famous for its immense cathedral and controversial bull-running festival. (2B, D)

Day 4-6 Bilbao / Salamanca / Porto Venture on to the bohemian town of Bilbao, and take a stop en route to Spain's foodie capital, San Sebastián. It's coast is also absolutely dreamy. Bilbao is home to the architectural haven of the Guggenheim Museum, so be sure to stop by to get your art fix. Go out for drinks that evening in the neoclassical square of Plaza Nueva and feast on an included dinner. Day 5, it's on to the student mecca of Salamanca. It's UNESCO-listed for a reason folks, with its golden, intricate architecture and rich history. Go discover the old cathedral and meander the streets of the historical centre. Take yourself on a walk past the Casa de las Conchas, decorated with over 400 shells, and the late-Gothic Cathedral Nueva. The next day, it's time to say adiós to Spain and olá to Porto, a hippy hangout and foodie haven, where you'll settle in with a traditional dinner. (3B, 2D)

Day 7-9 Porto / Lisbon Enjoy a full day of exploring on Day 7, hit the charming coffee shops and wander the UNESCO-listed alleys of Ribeira. Take a stroll along the Douro River, take in the colourful views of this coastal city, and journey on to Lisbon. En route you'll spot olive groves, windmills and quaint houses. You'll have one little stop to do first at the multicoloured wooden row boat town of Aveiro. Get snap happy! Touch down in the mosaic-tiled streets of Lisbon, and stock up on indulgent custard tarts (famous here guys) and wander the trendy streets of Alfama. Sip on your favourite cocktail at a rooftop bar, ride on a tram through the cobbled streets and feel charmed by this sought-after city. If time allows, take a trip to Sintra, a restort town nestled in the mountains. In the evening, enjoy a locally-hosted dinner of traditional seafood. (3B, D)

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Madrid time! Enjoy an included alternative guided city tour, then opt for a visit to the Valley of the Fallen. In your free time, explore the trendy Malasaña district, or see if you can spot any rainbows at the Crystal Palace of Buen Retiro Park. Build up an appetite for your farewell dinner (at extra cost), before heading home the following day after a churros brekkie. (3B, D)

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Fancy a combo of delicious tapas, wild nightlife and R&R a la Española? This tour will see you hitting some of Europe's hottest spots, visiting Barca's charming Gothic Quarter, bohemian Porto with winding alleys and coffee shops, historic Salamanca, and rounding off in Madrid, a culture & foodie lover's paradise.


HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL 7 DAYS, Lisbon

• Check out Lisbon's sites • See Batalha's monastery • Drink in Coimbra's bars

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• Sample some port wine • Enjoy traditional food • Learn about Porto's history

Day 1-2 Lisbon Arrive into Portugal's lively capital at any time on Day 1 and check in to your hotel. The next day, settle in with an orientation walk, 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) Lisbon, Portugal

Day 3 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. Visit the Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Head on to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra. (B)

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Day 4 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! If you wish to head further afield, venture to the nearby medieval town of Óbidos or the Templar city of Tomar. (B)

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Day 5-7 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. Day 6 is also a free day, so go to town! See the medieval Ribiera district, cruise down the Douro Valley or just have a wander. That evening, visit the port wine cellars for a tasting. Depart on Day 7. (3B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, 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 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEPLP

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• See the Alhambra Palace • Opt to see a Flamenco show • Sample the delights of tapas

• Soak up Lisbon & Lagos • Visit hidden town of Ronda • Explore Valencia's Old Town

Day 1-4 Barcelona / Madrid / Salamanca Depart Barcelona and say hola to Madrid, a culture vulture's dream. Hit the city's sights on an included orientation walk, chill out in the bohemian Malasaña district for evening drinks, and check out the botanic gardens and museums. It's on to the student mecca of Salamanca on Day 3, with a stop en route to Avila. Get ready for a tapas crawl and drinks galore that evening. The following day, it's off to laid-back Porto, where you'll get your bearings with an orientation walk along the Douro River. Pop to a few wine bars to sample the local cuisine and famous Port wines. (3B)

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Say adiós to Lagos and drive on to Seville with a walking tour on arrival through its winding alleys and squares. Day 11, leave Seville for Granada, squeezing in a stop in Plaza España and Ronda. Spend the next few days sampling tapas, enjoying an optional Flamenco show in a cave (fancy) and wandering on a guided walk of the Alhambra Palace. Day 13, it's on to Valencia! Discover the historic Old Town and sample local paella before a night out in the Ruzafa district. The next day, cruise on to Barcelona, home to the incredible Gaudí masterpiece of La Sagrada Família and a myriad of cutsie cafés. Wave your goodbyes as Day 15 marks your last day. (6B)

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Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostels (14 nts). Twin-share upgrade available Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 14 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Walking tours with local guides in Seville and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Sintra visit Tour Code: BU

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Hang out in hippy, colourful Porto. Venture to the Livraria Lello Porto, the library that inspired J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts library or opt to take a cruise along the Douro River. Set off to the custard haven of Lisbon with a stop en route to Sintra, home to the Pena Palace. Spend the next couple of days in Lisbon, gorging on pastries and discovering the nightlife. Day 8, don your shades as it's time for Lagos, one of Europe's sunniest cities. Get ready for an evening bar crawl! The next day, go swimming, meander the Old Town, opt to join a kayaking excursion to see the sea grottos of the Algarve, or head to the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse for fantastic sunset views over the Atlantic. (5B)

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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. Meander the Plaza de España, Madrid's main square and take in the buzzing atmosphere before heading out for a night on the town. Choose to guzzle on some tasty tapas in an outdoor restaurant, wash it down with some fruity sangria and get your salsa hips on ready for a night out. You'll be right in the heart of the action! (B, D)

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• See Madrid's Royal Palace • Visit the clifftop town of Segovia • Hit San Sebastián's beaches

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, 6 dinners Note: Winter departures follow a modified itinerary and do not visit Ibiza

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Head north on Day 3 via the pretty clifftop town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and squares. See the beautiful Roman aqueduct, composed of a whopping 166 granite arches. You'll then head on to Bilbao, home to groundbreaking architecture, including its very own Guggenheim Art Museum, the metal Euskalduna Palace and Santiago Calatrava's Zubizuri Bridge. Spend the evening sampling regional delicacies, heading back to the hotel with your food baby safely stowed. Start Day 4 with free time in the seaside resort of San Sebastián, known to have some of Spain's finest pinxtos (the Basque word for tapas). Later on, pull into Pamplona, where you'll bed down. (2B, D)

Day 5-9 Pamplona / Barcelona / Ibiza / Granada First stop is the in Roman-style Zaragoza, where you'll roam the casco (old town), admiring its historic architecture see its colourful cathedral and hopefully feast on some traditional sweet Spanish churros. You'll then make your way to the hub of Barcelona. Wander through the Gothic Quarter on Day 5 with its numerous restaurants, pastry shops and cafés and head to the Las Ramblas district for markets galore. Experience plenty of food, fiesta and fashion on a city tour on Day 6, where you'll have time to wander through the mosaic-clad gardens of Parc Güell, designed by the architectural genius Antoni Gaudí. Choose to spend your free time heading to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and take a city bike tour (at extra cost) if it tickles your fancy. If flamenco is your jam, you can choose to turn up the heat with a flamenco show, dinner and drinks before hitting the hay. Hop aboard a flight to Ibiza the next day for two days of sunshine, beach time and plenty of party time (serious nights out here guys). Next stop; Granada! (5B, 3D)

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Day 10-14 Granada / Seville / Córdoba / Madrid Start Day 10 with a tour of the Alhambra, a Moorish-era palace home to intricate patterns and wonderful architecture. It also boasts some of the best views in the city. Choose to spend the rest of the day with a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin and the Capilla Real. Be sure to try some Arab pastries while here, as Granada is known for its yummy delicacies. On Day 11, wind along the Costa del Sol and past the Rock of Gibraltar until you come to Seville - start off with a stroll along the city's river to prep for a full day of sightseeing mañana. The next day, see the opulent Plaza de España 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, where you'll have a farewell dinner. (5B, D)

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Two weeks of eating, culture hunting, partying and floating around Spain. Lap up incredible architecture in cultural Madrid, din on world-class tapas across España, and admire panoramic views of Barcelona in Gaudí's iconic mosaic gardens. See everything from Bilbao to Granada, and dance away in Ibiza's crazy clubs in summer months.


BEST OF NORTHERN SPAIN 8 DAYS, Barcelona

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• Explore Bilbao's Old Quarter • Sip vintage wines in Logroño • Views of the Pyrénées

Day 1 Barcelona Spain's provinces are fiercely proud of their own individual culture and heritage, as you'll notice when you head out to explore before meeting your group this evening.

Day 2-3 Barcelona / Pyrénées Mountains Take an orientation walk of the city's Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas before heading into the Pyrénées Mountains for a two-night stay in a converted farmhouse, a casa rural. Here, enjoy home-cooked meals and optional hikes. (2B, 2D)

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• Explore Spain's capital • Visit the Alhambra Palace • Catch a flamenco show

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Head inland to the wildly underrated city of Logroño at the heart of the Rioja wineproducing 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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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? Head back to Bilbao for the night. (B)

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 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESNS

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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)

• See the ancient Mezquita • Enjoy a tapas cooking class • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Madrid / Granada Arrive into Spain's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Spend the next day having a wander through the city. Head to the Plaza Mayor or opt to visit the famous Royal Palace. Art lovers should head to the Prado Museum, with its wonderful collections of European art. The next day, it's down south to Granada via train where you'll enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Stroll through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicín and check out the sunset! (2B)

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Sadly, today marks your last day in this incredible city, but if you still have the travel itch, stay on to experience all that the city has to offer. Head to the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter, hike up to the Montserrat Monastery for panoramic views (or hop in a funicular bubble if you don't fancy the walk!) (B)

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And you're off up north to the cosmopolitan Barcelona by train, home to fabulous brunch spots, a crazy nightlife and atmospheric squares, and top tapas restaurants. Take a settle in walk on arrival with included visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening, visit a G for Good tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students followed by a group meal to round off your day. (B, D)

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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, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $260-340 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESMB

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Venture on a tour of the Alhambra Palace and choose to discover the various tapas and wine bars! The next day, en route to Seville, stop first via Córdoba for a stroll through the Jewish quarter and a visit to the Mesquita de Córdoba mosque. Spend the next couple of days in Seville with its Moorish influence. Experience a dramatic flamenco performance on your first evening, and while there you'll take a guided walk to get your bearings. Opt to explore the former Jewish district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar Royal Palace or the world's largest gothic cathedral. (3B)

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• Grasp the Catalan culture • Bed down in a casa rural • Sunbathe in San Sebastián

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• 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

Kick off in the sultry Spanish city of Barcelona. From the hip neighbourhood of Gràcia to the architectural masterpiece of La Sagrada Família, there's plenty to do here. Be sure to check out one of Europe's largest food markets, 'La Boqueria' while here, located just off Las Ramblas. Tuck into a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers and see where the night takes you. Barcelona has its very own bar dedicated to shots; 'Espit Chupitos', some set on fire, and over 200 to choose from! Insider tip - Barcelona is also known for its minty-fresh mojitos. The next day, check out the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour before opting to cruise the backstreets by bike or take in a flamenco show. (B, D)

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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 via the medieval walled city of Toledo. 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 see even more hidden hooks and crannies with a local guide on a bike tour. Later, enjoy a farewell Española dinner before spending your last night as you choose. Madrid's nightlife is legendary. Head off on Day 9 and wave goodbye to your new travel buddies. (4B, D)

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Trip Style: Iconic Essentials 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 Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCIB

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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 beautiful isle of Formentera on Day 5 then watch the sunset at the idyllic Café del Mar. (3B)

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• Hit the slopes for two days • Explore tax-free Andorra

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• Eat barbecues on the beach • Opt to go paddleboarding

Just a few hours' drive from Barcelona, this tax-free principality is great for skiing, snowboarding, partying and escaping to the mountains. Depart Barcelona on the Friday (Day 1) and and enjoy a scenic drive to bordering Andorra. Upon arrival, dump your bags and hit the bars! The next morning, take to 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.

Spain's northern coast has incredible beaches, damn good surf breaks and gorgeous views - all just a short distance away from this 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! Bed down in shared tipi tent accommodation, tuck into tasty dinners every day and get a free beach bag thrown in!

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

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share tent (7 nts). Single or twin upgrade available Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Transport: Return transfers Santander/Bilbao Note: Good level of fitness required. Inclusions dependent on package Tour Code: SDRDRF

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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, that is.

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BARCELONA too Gaudí to be true? SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

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 Barca on the map, we're not betting against its potential! As Las Ramblas oozes with sangria, mojitos and mouth-watering pintxos, Gaudí'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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$24

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GENERATOR BARCELONA

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$29 $63

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Location: A six-minute walk from the famous Las Ramblas and close to all the shopping and partying you can handle.

Location: The trendy Gràcia district, less than 20 minutes' walk from La Sagrada Família and Gaudí's iconic Casa Batlló apartments.

Vibe: No-frills hostel, just simple and comfy rooms with chill-out areas and a rooftop terrace.

Vibe: An eclectic mix of designs (think concrete floors, oversized birdcages, hundreds of lanterns), topped off with lots of orange!

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Air con • Linen/towels • Terrace • Shared kitchen • Common rooms • Pub crawls • Walking tour • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers Bar • Café • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Bicycle rental • 24-hour reception

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ST CHRISTOPHER'S BARCELONA

Rock Solid

$22 $69

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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HCC MONT BLANC

ROOM ONLY

$180 $103

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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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 polished rooms, with a terrace and regular live music.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Air con • Personal lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden courtyard • Bike rental • Vending machines • ATM • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Solarium • Bar (with live music) • Poolside bar (summer only) • Garden terrace • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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MADANIS APARTAMENTOS

$83 $129

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2 BED APT. 1 BED APT.

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ACTA MIMIC

$171 $86

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Five minutes from Barcelona FC's legendary Camp Nou soccer stadium, and a short walk to Collblanc Metro.

Location: Situated in the Raval district, close to Drassanes metro and Museu Maritim, and a 20-minute walk from the beach.

Vibe: Modern, bright and spacious apartments, all equipped with kitchenettes and a separate living room.

Vibe: Set in a former theatre, this chic and minimalist accommodation has 89 monochromatic rooms.

Highlights: Apartments • Kitchenette • Flatscreen TV • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Weekly housekeeping • Laundry • Bike rental • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Bike rental • Tour desk • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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HOTEL SANT AGUSTI

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$155 $78

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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H10 CUBIK

$208 $121

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Location: Open since 1840, Sant Agusti is set in a restored convent in a quiet square, only a short walk from Las Ramblas.

Location: Situated in the heart of Barcelona, just a few feet away from the cathedral and the city's historic centre.

Vibe: Gorgeous rustic building with simple but modern, sleek interiors, and funky exposed stone walls.

Vibe: Modern building with cutting-edge interior design and lots of natural light, and city views from the eighth-floor terrace.

Highlights: Private rooms • Family rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • TV lounge • Daily housekeeping • Tour desk • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Flatscreen TV • Plunge pool with views • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Library • Meeting rooms • 24-hour reception

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PAELLA COOKING EXPERIENCE

$58

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HALF DAY

MONTSERRAT EXPRESS

THBCN1

$67

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FULL DAY

WITH LOCALS: BARCELONA'S FAVOURITE FOOD TOUR

$79

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A feast of paella, sangria and even some tapas on the side. Take a tour of the famous La Boqueria market to pick up all the fresh ingredients for the night's menu, and dig in to some tapas on your way around. Later, put your skills in action as a local chef talks you through how to prepare your very own sizzling seafood paella.

Not far from Barcelona, a monastery sits on top of a sacred mountain, a place full of spirituality and Catalan culture. The architecture combines Gothic and Renaissance styles, and inside the basilica you will find a stunning atrium and hear the sounds of the choir. Transportation from Barcelona is included.

Lick the plate clean on this trip around the foodie scene of Barcelona with ten delicious tastings from carefully-selected hosts, showcasing authentic and unique Spanish flavours. Start your journey at a local bar with creamy croquetas and Iberian ham before moving on to the drinks and the churros. Bring an appetite!

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BALEARIC & CANARY ISLANDS paradise, por favor SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

The preferred stomping grounds of sun-worshippers on tour, and we can't blame them. The beaches here are among the best in Europe with sun, sea, sand and sangria taking centre stage. And that's just part of the story. Add to that Tenerife's volcanic hikes, Ibiza's wicked nightlife, Fuerteventura's awesome surfing, Lanzarote's lava fields and the brooding peaks of Gran Canaria. And for peak easy living, Palma de Mallorca has coastal life down to a tee.

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EL JOSTEL,

$43 SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE $44 FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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BARCELO TEGUISE BEACH, LANZAROTE

$171 $117

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HIKE & SURF LANZAROTE

$743

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4 DAYS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Central, park-adjacent and a 15-minute drive from Las Teresitas Beach.

Location: On the seafront of Costa Teguise, metres from Las Cucharas beach.

Vibe: Light, airy and homely with unique social spaces laden with greenery.

Vibe: Recently refurbished adult-only hotel with beautiful outdoor spaces.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Lockers • Private rooms • Outdoor terrace • Shared kitchen • Luggage storage • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Terrace or balcony • Air con • Infinity pool • Atlanticview sun terrace • 24-hour reception

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WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION IN TENERIFE

A surf 'n' turf weekend for anyone looking to buck the beach-only trend of Lanzarote breaks. This trip includes a full-day guided volcano trek in Timanfaya National Park plus a full day of surf lessons among the island's best waves in Famara Bay. Three nights accommodation, breakfasts and two lunches are also included. MBACAN

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$653

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STAR SURF CAMP FUERTEVENTURA

$642

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8 DAYS

Work in one of the world's top destinations for dolphin and whalewatching on Tenerife's south west coast. Help to collect data on local whale and dolphin populations, take part in a community outreach programme to raise awareness of ethical tourism and complete coastal surveys to monitor boat traffic and habitat health. In your spare time you can explore the historic towns, learn to scuba dive and wind surf, or even climb a live volcano!

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 a total of 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 the nearby volcano.

Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Mixed multi-share volunteer house with shared kitchen (7+ nts) Meals: Breakfasts and dinners (weekdays only) Transport: Transfers from Tenerife South Airport available at extra cost Tour Code: TWNWDC

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of mixed dorm, twin or double room (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Includes: 3 surf lessons and equipment hire Note: Good level of fitness required, transport not included Tour Code: FUESTA

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Glampacker

$135 $68

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THB LOS MOLINOS, IBIZA

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$125 $101

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BRICK HOTEL, PALMA DE MALLORCA

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

$68 $109

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: The fancy (and private) countryside of San Antonio.

Location: Right on the beach plus just a short walk from Ibiza Old Town.

Location: Cover all bases in a central spot within walking distance to the beach.

Vibe: Enjoy a drink at the bar or lounge on the sun terrace with views of the sea.

Vibe: We're not sure what we love more, the pool or the day beds (the day beds).

Vibe: Taking exposed brick to another level (a cool, minimalist one). A soon-to-be hit.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Library • Games room • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Outdoor fireplace • Sun terrace • 24-hour reception

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IBIZA BLAST 4 DAYS, San Antonio

$599

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San Antonio

• Party it up with famous DJs • Ibiza superclubs • Check out hippy markets

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Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays (14Jun19-06Sep19) Accommodation: Triple-share basic hotel (3 nts) Group Size: Avg 25 Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Sunset boat party, entry fee to a superclub and pool party, pub crawl and wristband for discounts Tour Code: BU

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• Relax on the beach • Dance at a big boat party • Eat authentic Spanish tapas

San Antonio is fired up and ready to go, so we suggest you do the same! There's no hanging around - once you've checked in, it's time to start the party off with a bang as you join your guide for the world's biggest boat party (a hefty feat!), then it's on to your first night in one of Ibiza's notorious superclubs. The next morning, grub up and prepare to dance the day away at the party of Insta-dreams at one of Ibiza's famous pool parties, or immerse yourself in the historic hippy heritage of the island by checking out one of the markets. Tonight, it's back to the dancefloor in true Ibiza style. On Day 3, soak in the alternative side of the island with an optional day out in the Old Town before spending your last night on the West End bar crawl. Note that exact itinerary will be subject to change in order to optimise your time on the island.

MALLORCA FITNESS BOOTCAMP 8 DAYS, Mallorca

$1,329

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Mallorca

highlights

• Sunrise yoga sessions • 2 fitness training sessions per day • Unlimited access rooftop gym

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Departs: Sundays (May-Sep) Accommodation: Seaside boutique fitness villa (7 nts) Group Size: Max 16 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches Transport: Pick-up in Alcúdia is included Note: Extensions available for up to 8 weeks Tour Code: PMIBOT

• Nature trek • Beach volleyball • Rest in your boutique fitness villa

Fancy a hot workout to make yourself feel fab on holiday? Well how about a bootcamp on the picturesque island of Mallorca? We think yes! This fitness camp aims to motivate you and help start your healthier lifestyle, while enjoying all the things that the bay of Pollenca has to offer like beautiful beaches and fresh yummy tapas. Most days begin after a healthy breakfast and sunrise yoga session, before the training gets tough, and the tough get going... You'll be doing high-intensity training, stand-up paddle boarding, beach training and volleyball, and you can also opt for jogs, bike circuits and kite surfing. Don't forget to take time for yourself, a little R&R on the beach or back at the villa won't go astray. Work out, have fun, make friends and enjoy that feel-good endorphin rush you get some some good ol' exercise.

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PORTUGAL Not faro from heaven SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

Portugal knows how to build a good city. 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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HANS BRINKER HOSTEL, LISBON

Rock Solid

$22 $19

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

TURIM RESTAURANDORES, LISBON

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$162 $107

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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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 and the historic Tagus riverfront.

Vibe: Basic, no-frills hostel with a bar and outdoor terrace for cocktail o'clock! Perfect for history buffs and visting the sites.

Vibe: Recently-renovated hotel and a solid base for sightseers and culture vultures.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • All rooms en suite • Personal lockers • Terrace • Bar • Luggage storage • Laundry • Tour desk • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Café • TV room • Lounge • Reading room • Luggage storage • Happy hour and pub crawls available • 24-hour reception

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BLUESOCK HOSTEL, PORTO

LISSUI

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Rock Solid

$38

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DORM

HOTEL DOM HENRIQUE DOWNTOWN, PORTO

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$140 $75

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Location: In the awesome Ribeira district of Porto, right next to the river, and a few minutes walk from the Ferreira Borges Market.

Location: Porto city centre, less than 200 metres from Trindade metro, and a five-minute walk from the entertainment district.

Vibe: Clean, sleek and rustic chic. Bluesock is a modern concept hostel in a historic building, no fuss but no corners cut either.

Vibe: Standard but comfy hotel rooms with excellent city connections and a bar with killer panoramic city views.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms and suites • Air con • Individual light and socket • Bar • TV lounge • Games room • Library • Daily events in the bar • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Minibar • Panoramic bar with city views • Restaurant • Terrace • Live music • Walking tours available • Gym • 24-hour reception

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Shoestring

$137 $69

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HOSTELLICIOUS FARO

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$25

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Location: A five-minute walk away from the beaches of Tonel and Martinhal and the historical centre of Sagres.

Location: Not far from Faro beach and close to Lethes Theatre, Carmo Church & Bones Chapel and the Old Town.

Vibe: Clean-cut rooms with sea or garden views, so you don't even have to get out of bed to enjoy your idyllic surroundings (but do).

Vibe: The new kid on Faro's block is stripped down with all the makings of a backpacker go-to with individual plugs and free Wi-Fi.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Beachfront • Outdoor pool • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Turkish bath • Spa • Sauna • 24-hour reception • Surf classes available

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Lockers • Terrace • Bar • Happy hour • Shared kitchen • Laundry • Luggage storage • Bike rental • Tour desk • 24-hour reception

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CARCAVELOS SURF HOSTEL, CASCAIS

$47 $57

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

WITH LOCALS: FAIRYTALE SINTRA DAY TRIP

$120

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HALF DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: An ideal spot for surfers and surf-lovers a mere three-minute walk from Carcavelos Beach. Vibe: Basically like staying in someone's house: a laid-back atmosphere coupled with a big private garden and barbecue area. Highlights: Adult-only • Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Sun terrace • Outdoor pool • Outdoor fireplace • Garden • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • TV lounge • Yoga classes • Massage services EHERI1

Your journey starts in Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe, before venturing to a hidden beach. The fairytale begins at a convent carved in rock with interiors made of cork. Take in the stunning views of Sintra from a Moorish fortress before ending your tour wandering around the charming streets and alleys of the old town. Listen to magical stories from days past from your private guide and enjoy a traditional Sintra pastry. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Driver from Sintra central station Includes: Entry tickets, private guide, two traditional pastries, water bottle Note: Tour ends in Sintra Old Town Tour Code: LISFRY

LISBON & PENICHE SURF EXPERIENCE 8 DAYS, Lisbon

$793

FR

Lisbon Independent Tour

highlights

• Ride the best waves in Portugal • Bike ride around lively Lisbon • Visit UNESCO-listed Sintra

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts Transport: Bus Includes: Lisbon electric bike tour, 2 surfing lessons in Peniche, Sintra and Cascais Tour, private return airport transfers Tour Code: BELISSUR

• Visit vacation favourite Cascais • Free time to explore Lisbon • Become a surf pro in Peniche

Welcome to Portugal, folks! After your transfer and check-in, you've got the day to go at your own pace so hit the streets or take it easy. Get on an electric bike on Day 2 and discover the history and secret corners of the city. The next day, head to seaside Peniche and enjoy two surf lessons with an instructor over two days, riding some of Portugal's best waves. Practice your new surf skills then head back to Lisbon on Day 6. With a free day to explore, don't miss Torre Belem, the cafés in Bairro Alto, the city's colourful trams and searching for the famous blue and white tiles (azulejos) scattered around the city. You're in for a treat on Day 7! Make for magical Sintra and the old royal holiday hotspot of Cascais, stop to learn about local wine in Colares and visit pretty seaside towns. Transfer back to Lisbon Airport on Day 8.

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Malta's capital was built in 1566 by the Knights of St. John, it's only 0.8 km2 in size but jam-packed with 16th century elegance.

The world's most active volcano is on Italy's island of Sicily, it erupts almost every day, so if you dare, hike by the incredible lava.

Housing erotic art from the ancient city of Pompeii, when people believed penises brought protection and good luck.

Don't leave Malta without trying its delicious national dish, which emerged when a ban was lifted off the hunting of rabbits.

Venice's Libreria Acqua Alta houses its books in bathtubs, waterproof bins and one gondola, preparing for future flood damage.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY 8 DAYS, Milan

$2,149

FR

Rome

• Guided walk in Milan • Free time in Florence • Leaning Tower of Pisa

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Traditional Roman meal • See the canals of Venice • Panoramic views of Florence

Day 1 Milan

Day 2-3 Milan / Venice The Colosseum, Rome

Enjoy an orientation walk of the city first thing on Day 2 before enjoying some time at leisure. Opt to see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper before taking the train to Venice this afternoon. Start Day 3 with an orientation tour of Venice, a city of marble palaces built on a floating lagoon (the audacity). (2B)

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Day 4-5 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 an iced coffee and some glazed pastries. To. Die. For. (2B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $290-380 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIMR

My Own Room Available: Fr $649

Day 6-8 Pisa / Rome

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$3,499

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Venice

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Leaning Tower of Pisa • Sample fine Chianti wines • Lake Como's elegant villas

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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. Stroll down Via Margutta, people watch at the Spanish Steps, gaze towards the sky at the Pantheon and don't forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening, get a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 8. (3B, D)

• Sea views in Cinque Terre • Explore Venice's waterways • G for Good collection

Day 1-4 Rome / Montepulciano Get yourself to Rome and start exploring the Eternal City. Find your bearings on Day 2 with a G for Good migrant-led tour of Rome, offering you a unique take on Italy through immigrant's eyes. After, you can set off on your own, head to Vatican City, the Colosseum or just people-watch in one of the piazzas. Make your way 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)

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Day 5-6 Florence Lake Como

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Florence

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,249

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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 or wander around St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Leave at any time on Day 14. (5B)

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Day 10-14 Lake Como / Venice

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Siena

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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. You can walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or you could take the train. (3B)

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 Budget: Allow USD $510 - 665 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIRV

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Day 7-9 Siena / Cinque Terre

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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. Walk through piazzas, palazzos and across the picture perfect Ponte Vecchio bridge. 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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SIMPLY ITALY 12 DAYS, Rome

$2,249

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Rome Exclusively for 18-35s

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Take things steady around Italy's favourite spots in just 12 days. The country's irresistible mix of rustic beauty, fashionforward capitals and pasta recipes are what make it such a delight to travel around. Plenty of free time also allows you to find your own bits of Italian heaven. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBSY/COWWSY

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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 sip on a sunset drink overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B, 2D)

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• Private motorboat ride in Venice • Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda • Stay in a cliffside Cinque Terre village

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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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Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included

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Day 3 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, opt to explore the hillside town of Anacapri, take an optional cruise around the island (where you might pass some of the grottoes) or grab a seat and a coffee al fresco with the locals. Shades on, pinkies up, and action. (B)

Day 4-5 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)

Day 6-7 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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Day 8-9 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)

Day 10-12 Pisa / Rome A stop in Pisa to check out the famous Leaning Tower and then you'll be 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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• A traditional Roman dinner • Included tour of a Tuscan winery • Stop by Romeo & Juliet's balcony in Verona

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Day 1-2 Rome Check in to your hotel, 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, walk through the much-loved Campo de' Fiori market, people watch at Piazza Navona, or pick up some kosher biscotti in the Jewish Ghetto and wander through the Roman ruins. You could also take part in an optional tour of the Colosseum or cook up a storm in a Roman cooking class. (B, D)

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 Florence / Venice Today, leave the city behind and make for the rural Chianti region nearby, famous the world over for its excellent wines. After some Chianti and antipati with our guided tour of a Tuscan winery, make for the hillside village of San Gimignano. This quaint village is nicknamed Medieval Manhattan because of its stone turrets, built by families as signs of power and wealth. The town has a skyline of medieval towers and is encircled by 13th century walls. 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. On the way to Verona, stop in Pisa for your classic tourist photo with the awkward leaning tower. Later in the day, continue on to the fairytale-like city of Venice. (2B)

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Day 7-8 Venice / Rome There's no better place to find yourself lost than in the narrow alleyways and along the winding canals of Venice. You'll take a private boat through the canals and islands of the city and see the iconic sites. 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, wow do you have a busy day ahead of you. 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. You could also opt for a Burano Island cruise and dinner in the evening. 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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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.


ICONIC ITALY 14 DAYS, Venice

$4,699

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Rome

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• Pompeii with archaeologist • Sorrento limoncello tasting • Agriturismo experience

• Explore local markets • See the Amalfi Coast • City orientation walks

Arriving in Venice on Day 1, you'll be free to wander the canals before Day 2 begins with an orientation walk through the local markets and neighbourhoods of Venice. You can spend the rest of the day wandering the canals and eating delicious gelato, or go all out and climb the Campanile bell tower for the best view of the city. Day 3, head to the colourful centuries-old seaside villages of Cinque Terre that are perfectly perched on the coast of the Italian Riviera. (2B)

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Days 4-7 Florence / Naples Travel to Florence on Day 4, where you'll have a tour of the lively and ancient streets, and enjoy an aperitivo at a local bar. Florence is the home of the Renaissance, so opt in your free time to explore the Uffizi Gallery and Medici Chapels for a history fix of the period. Hop on the train to Naples on Day 7. Opt for dinner in the home of pizza or a visit to the National Archaelogical Museum. (4B)

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• Entrance to Venice Carnival • Traditional Roman dinner • Orientation walk in Florence

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Hike the famous 'Walk of the Gods' on Day 11, following the ancient paths and trails connecting rural farms and villages, churches and monasteries. Travel to Rome on Day 12, once arrived enjoy an introductory tour, and then it's time to get lost in the cobblestone streets and endless supply of Italian espresso. Depart on Day 14. (4B)

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Day 8 is an absolute treat, with an excursion to the ancient ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist guide. Continue on to Sorrento, remember not to fall asleep on this trip because the views are not to be missed. Enjoy a free day in Sorrento on Day 9, opt to visit the nearly islands. Learn how limoncello is made on Day 10 at an organic lemon farm and sample the delicious drink. Live la dolce vita in Amalfi, enjoying a family-cooked feast of local produce, while overlooking the Mediterranean. (3B, L)

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (13 nts) Transport: Train, minibus, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $550715 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEITNG

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• Day trip to Pisa • Three days of carnival • Free time to explore

Day 1-2 Rome Arrive in the capital at any time on Day 1, and make the most out of your free day. Sit on the Spanish Steps with a gelato and then walk to the Trevi Fountain, don't forget to throw a coin in. 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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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 inhand, 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) the day before Lent when Italians go wild before they give up their favourite things. The streets will be full of elaborate masks, colourful costumes and confetti. You'll be right at the heart of it 'til the end. Depart at any time on Day 9. (4B)

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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 20, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAEIIC

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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. All-time 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 photo included). (3B)

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ITALY HIGHLIGHTS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Rome

$1,262

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Rome

Independent Tour

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• Foodie bike tour of Rome • Accademia Museum tickets • Tablet guide of Florence

• Venice walking tour • Included gondola ride • Free time in capital Rome

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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)

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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Day 5-6 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 Venice neighbourhoods, while your guide informs you about Venice's history as a maritime superpower and Renaissance pioneer. (2B)

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Day 7-8 Rome Transfer back to Rome by train and check in. Enjoy your last evening in the capital before your tour ends on Day 8, with drop-off at the airport included. (2B)

BEST OF TUSCANY 4 DAYS, Florence

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• 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 Cinque Terre

Day 1 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.

San Gimignano, Tuscany

Day 2 Siena / San Gimignano / Monteriggioni / Chianti Today's day trip takes you to four famous Tuscan spots. First up is Siena's Piazza del Campo, renowned for its history and architectual preservation, followed by a brief photo opportunity at medieval Monteriggioni (Tuscany's most preserved medieval town). Next, it's on to the hilltop town of UNESCO-listed San Gimignano, dubbed the Manhattan of Tuscany due to its medieval stone turrets. Round off the day in true Tuscan style in the Chianti region. Get a taste for the local vino among the hills, vines and olive groves of an authentic winery, and soak in the scenery.

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Day 3 Pisa / Cinque Terre After a brief selfie stop at the Leaning Tower, go north to the Cinque Terre and discover the colourful villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. Cinque Terre is a national park so there are no cars here, feel the serenity. Lounge away on the charming beaches of Vernazza and walk the scenic hiking trails nearby.

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Departs: Fridays and Sundays (AprOct) Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: 6/8-bed dorm in a hostel in central Florence (3 nts). Private upgrades available Meals: Not included Group Size: Max 8 Transport: Private transfers Includes: Local English-speaking guides, transport, maps and info pack, and all day trips Tour Code: FLOTUS

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Day 4 Florence Store your bags in the hostel and make the most of your last day in Florence. Iced coffees might well be in order! Climb the 414 steps of Giotto's Bell Tower for sweeping views of the city and treat yourself to a juicy bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine T-bonesteak) and a cheeky glass of Chianti. Depart at any time.

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Reach your accommodation with minimal fuss with included transfers from Rome airport, you have the afternoon to yourself. You could take a leisurely walk from Piazza Navona to the bohemian Trastevere, or simply relax with a bowl of pasta before you get on the move. 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)


ITALIAN ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, Rome

$499

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• 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

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Day 1 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 your 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.

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Day 2 Isle of Capri / Sorrento 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 take a seat on the beach. Or you could grab a chair and an espresso at one of the many cafes in the main square, known as the Piazzetta, the perfect place to people watch in the arvo. Return to Sorrento for the night.

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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Day 3 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 with a fresh panino and eat the best cakes ever at the local bakeries. Make sure to get a photo of the Amalfi Cathedral, a truly stunning building nestled bewtween the buildings of the main piazza. 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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LET'S GO SOUTH 7 DAYS, Rome

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• Tour the sites of Rome • Learn about Vatican City • Entrance to Pompeii

• Try Sorrento's limoncello • Isle of Capri day trip • Drive along the Amalfi Coast

Day 1-2 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, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica at your own leisure. (D)

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Day3-4 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 walk along the cobblestone streets and discover the city's scattered ruins, or go shopping in the district of Piazza di Spagna. 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. Here you'll have a guided tour of the ancient city and enjoy some free time to yourself. Continue to Sorrento and dine on classic Italian staples: pasta, gnocchi and limoncello liqueur. Once in Sorrento your tour leader will take you for a limoncello tasting at a local shop and an orientation walk around the city centre. (D)

Day 5-7 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 bus 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.

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Departs: Mondays (Apr-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: 2 dinners 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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• Milan orientation walk • Tour of Bellagio & Varenna

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• Visit UNESCO sites • Stay in a converted cave hotel

• Overnight in a trulli house • Fantastic sightseeing

Combine fashionable Milan with the towns surrounding Lake Como on a three-day trip. In Milan, pass by the intricate Duomo, La Scala opera house and a medieval castle before finshing up with an aperitivo in the popular area of Navigli. On Day 2, head to Lake Como. The lakeside town of Bellagio will give you some of the best views in the region before you ferry to Varenna for old fisherman's houses and amazing gelato before returning to Milan.

Go off the beaten track with four days of guided walking tours in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the stones of Matera and the unique trulli houses of Alberobello. Some of the architecture in these towns date back 7,000 BC! Spend your days on flat, easy treks, and spend your nights in awesome converted stone dwellings, including a cave hotel and a converted trulli house.

Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Bed in shared dorm or a private double/twin room (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Return train tickets to Como, boat tour Lake Como Tour Code: MILLAK

Departs: Thursdays (Mar, Sep & Oct) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), traditional house (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Airport transfers included Note: Tour needs minimum 5 people to run Tour Code: MBAITA

BEST OF SICILY 8 DAYS, Catania

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Catania

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• See Sicily's best sites • Enjoy a local farmhouse stay • Get up close to Mt. Etna

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Day 1-4 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 Baroque 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 and local snacks. (3B, L)

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Get up early this morning for a visit to imposing Mt. Etna, the most active volcano in Europe and the tallest. 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, we would suggest indulging in as many arancini and cannoli you can before departing the following day. These treats originate from Sicily, so no trip would be complete without them, and really who can say no to deep friend rice balls and ricotta-filled pastry? We definitely can't! Depart Catania on Day 8 at any time. (2B)

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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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Next up is Modica, most famous for its Baroque architecture and 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 tuck in to an included dinner. (2B, L, D)

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i t a ly 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. WE

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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, Sorrento 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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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. 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

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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, enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, head out on the famous 'Walk of the Gods' hike, and get the limoncello lowdown with a how-to demonstration.

Departs: Selected Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (6 nts) Transport: Minibus, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAL

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

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TUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVING

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COASTAL TUSCANY LOCAL LIVING

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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 wine tasting and a traditional home-cooked dinner courtesy of your charming host, Ugo, a native of San Gimignano.

Live the Italian dream at a Tuscan villa in Capalbio where you will sample local olive oil, homemade meals and visit medieval villages and fortresses. Fill your free time visiting the hot springs or cycle to Feniglia beach to snorkel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and try your hand at Italian cuisine with an included cooking class, indulging in local liquors.

Departs: Selected Sundays (May-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

Departs: Selected days (May-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRC

SORRENTO LOCAL LIVING 7 DAYS, Naples

$1,799

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Naples Small Group Adventure • Guided tour of Pompeii • Visit the island of Capri • Homemade organic dinners

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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

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• Boat ride to Sorrento • Pizza-making class • Settle-in walk of Naples

Your home for the week is an organic lemon farm with sweeping views of the sea in Sorrento, where you'll enjoy home-cooked organic dinners. Set off on the beautiful Walk of the Gods trail that climbs along the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano and head back to town via a scenic boat trip. In your free time you can visit local villages, drink cappuccinos and people watch, and pig-out at gelato shops. Enjoy a day trip to the star-studded Capri, here you could hike or chair lift to the highest point of the island for spectacular views and pics for the gram, or splurge at one of the many upscale boutiques. Give cooking a try yourself with a full-day cooking class, or simply enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Amalfi Coast. Also on the itinerary is a tour of the Pompeii ruins and a limoncello 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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• History: Bit obvs but please don't miss the Pantheon, Colosseum, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum. • Nightlife: The Trastevere neighbourood (hands down). Plus the food scene is to die for - your evening, sorted. • LGBT: While not an out-and-out LGBT+ city, Gay Street opened in 2007 and is in full swing on the weekend. BATHS OF CARACALLA

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ROME When in Rome..

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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: Private/shared cabins • En suite bathrooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • 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 ROMROM

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Location: Amid the old-school vibes of the Esquilino District. A short walk from Termini train station with excellent city links.

Location: Central spot just 15 minutes from Termini Station, and the top sites, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.

Vibe: Up there on the backpackers' best-of list, this is one of the coolest hostels around, with a faultless bar to match.

Vibe: A small hotel with comfy rooms. No frills, but everything you need, plus a terrace complete with a bar - salute!

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms with en suite • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Lounge area • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Daily housekeeping • Bar • Terrace • Central location • Tour desk • 24-hour reception

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Location: Two hostels (Alessandro Palace and Downtown) just a short stroll from Termini train station.

Location: Close to Termini Station, and within walking distance to the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps.

Vibe: Alessandro Palace has a lively bar with great drink specials. Downtown has fewer facilities but is more wallet-friendly.

Vibe: Simple interior but everything you need for a comfy stay. Don't forget to enjoy a drink on the rooftop bar.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen (Downtown) • Restaurant and bar (Palace) • Outdoor terrace (Palace) • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Rooftop Bar • Gym • Sauna • Express check-in/check-out • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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$156 $89

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Location: In the heart of the city and within 2kms of the Roman Forum.

Location: In the centre of Rome next to Termini station and the metro.

Location: Away from the noise, just outside Villa Borghese park.

Vibe: Set in an 18th-century building and on the upscale side of budget Rome.

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 • Restaurant • High-speed Wi-Fi • 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 • Spa • 24-hour reception

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COLOSSEUM TOUR WITH FORUM AND PALATINE

$121

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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

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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$38

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It's easy to get caught up in touristy Rome, so why not see it with a local? This tour combines the popular with the one-offs. See the Campo di Fiori market, visit the city's oldest bakery, a century-old bookshop, a hidden church, and a street so small it's not even marked on the maps. Plus, food tastings are all included! ROMHID


VENICE gondola with the wind

ITALY & MALTA

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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ANDA HOSTEL

$34

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$36

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Location: 9 kilometres outside of Venice, a ten-minute bus ride from Piazzale Roma.

Location: Set in Mestre, the urban area of mainland Venice, and close to the station.

Location: The island of Giudecca, minutes from St. Mark's Square by water bus.

Vibe: Easy-going campsite with space to sunbathe, swim and socialise.

Vibe: New, spacious, and clean hostel, featuring cool industrial-style interiors.

Vibe: Housed riverside in a 200-year-old Venetian Palazzo.

Highlights: Dorms • Bungalows or mobile homes • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Nightclub • Airport shuttle

Highlights: Dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Terrace • Bar • Shared kitchen • Library • TV lounge • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage

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CA' DEI CONTI HOTEL

$116 $69

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VENICE AND SMALL ISLANDS IN ONE DAY

$155

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Location: At the heart of the Old Town, walking distance from St. Mark's Square.

Location: Only a short walk from Saint Mark's Square, over a cute small canal.

Vibe: A small hotel spread over three floors in a traditional Venetian building.

Vibe: Charming Venetian residence that once belonged to an aristocratic family.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • Express check-in/check-out

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproofed rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Terrace • Tour desk • 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 lace-making demo in Burano. All this while discovering the city's beautiful hidden streets and piazzas. VIVCE1

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FLORENCE . .and the flying machine

ITALY & MALTA

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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$104 $72

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$113 $65

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Location: Just a 15-minute walk from Piazza del Duomo.

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 and recently renovated. Really helpful and accommodating 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 • 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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$140 $83

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GRAPE ESCAPE

$100

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FULL DAY

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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 • Outdoor terrace • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping

Get grape-savvy with two tasting sessions in the Chianti countryside. Try seven types of wine, local truffle oil and balsamic vinegar on guided vineyard and cellar tours, and learn how to recognise different flavours like a true connoisseur. Cleanse your palate with some world-class gelato at medieval San Gimignano. FLRGRA

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MALTA prehistoric sites & blue seas

ITALY & MALTA

Given that it's only 27km by 14km, Malta packs one hell of a punch. The country is an intriguing blend of British, Arabic and Italian influences with a rich history of battles, invasions and imperial rule to boot. Wander through the sun-kissed streets of Valletta, the country's capital, or take a dip into the famous Blue Lagoon, just off of neighbouring Comino. If you're looking for relaxation time, wind down in sleepy Gozo, just a short boat ride away.

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INHAWI BOUTIQUE HOSTEL, ST JULIAN'S

$24

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$41

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Location: In the neighbourhood of St. Julian's, offering views of St. Julian's Bay.

Location: Situated just two minutes' from the nearest bus stop in the Gzira region.

Vibe: Chic and simple boutique hostel with private balconies and an outdoor pool.

Vibe: Relaxed apartment hotel with simple rooms and private balconies.

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Personal lockers • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • Bar • Laundry

Highlights: Apartments • Private balcony with sea views • Private kitchen • Outdoor pool • Buffet restaurant • Massage services

A fantastic tour for anyone who wants to explore the two islands of Gozo and Comino in one day. Starting in Sliema, leave for the island of Comino and stop for 90 minutes to snorkel, swim and take pictures of the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon. Then, cruise to the island of Gozo for three hours of sun and relaxation.

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MALTA EXPERIENCE 7 DAYS, Valletta

$850

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Valletta Independent Tour

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• Explore Malta's capital Valletta • Discover medieval Mdina • Day trip to Gozo via ferry

Valletta, Malta

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Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Mixed dorm, single or double room in a hostel (6 nts) Transport: Return ferry, all land transfers and return airport transfers included Includes: Valletta day trip, Mdina day trip, Gozo day trip and day trip to Hagar Qim Temple, Limestone Heritage & market Meals: 3 lunches Tour Code: BEMLAEXP

• Learn all about Malta's history • Visit the Rabat Catacombs • Free time to explore at leisure

Fancy seeing out-of-this-world vistas, medieval fortresses and the oldest freestanding monuments in the world? Right this way. With return airport transfers to your hostel included, make for the seaside town of St Julian's on arrival. Start your exploring on a guided tour the next day, and pass by St. John's Cathedral, Grand Master's Palace and St. George's Square. On Day 3, head to the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta's former capital, then continue to the Rabat Catacombs and the San Anton Botanical Gardens. After a day at leisure, pick up the pace again on Day 5 as you catch the ferry to Gozo to see the oldest freestanding monuments in the world, the Ggantija Temples. Day 6 starts with a visit to a local quarry and the megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim. Then, after working up an appetite, make for a local market and tuck in to a tasty Med lunch. The tour ends on Day 7.

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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 9 DAYS, London or Austria

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Day 1 London / Hopfgarten Love the white stuff? Dig out your thermals and your woolly jumpers – it's the ski season! Whether you're a beginner or a pro, this action-packed trip in Austria is the bomb. The week 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.

Day 2 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. There's plenty to do in this quaint little mountain town, situated at an altitude of 622m above sea level. For a bird's-eye view, head up the Hohe Salve mountain (otherwise known as the Rigi of the Tyrol). The panoramic vistas from up here are hard to beat, so this is the ultimate photo opp stop. If you're not feeling quite that active, settle in for the week and get to know your fellow travellers.

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• Stay in a traditional Austrian gasthof • See stunning Alpine views throughout • Experience daily Tyrolean village life

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Day 3-8 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. Beyond free time to explore the slopes, you'll have plenty of other things to do. Take a day trip to Salzburg, the birthplace of 'The Sound of Music' and follow in the footsteps of Maria and her clan, or get the adrenalin going with a tandem paraglide off nearby mountains. Pack your camera or GoPro if you choose this option; some of the views in the area are epic. Whatever you choose to do, you're guaranteed a pretty sweet time. (6B)

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Day 9 Hopfgarten / London It's an early departure this morning as you make your way back across Germany and France to London via coach. Your trip ends upon arrival and the evening is yours to do as you wish. If nine days isn't long enough (and let's face it; we could always do with more time away on holiday), why not extend your trip to the 16-day option? You'll get an added seven days on the slopes; more time to practice and make yourself the next Bode Miller or Hannah Teter perhaps?! As with the nine-day option, you can choose whether to start in London or Austria, and you'll get exactly the same extras thrown in. Just more time on the slopes and in the après-ski bars, pubs and clubs! (B)

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Eat, sleep, plough through powder, repeat. This is the name of the game on this awesome trip. Choose to start from London or meet up with your group in Austria, then get skiing! With plenty of après-ski fun and a day trip to Salzburg included, this adventure has got all bases covered. So grab your salopettes and hot-foot to it.


EASTERN ROAD 13 DAYS, Berlin

$2,830

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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. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COBBRH

inclusions 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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• 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

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Day 1-2 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)

Day 3-4 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)

Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-8 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) Dresden, Germany

Day 9-10 Budapest / Banská Bystrica / Kraków 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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Day 11-12 Kraków / Auschwitz / Warsaw

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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)

Day 13 Warsaw / Berlin

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Make your own way to Berlin and meet up with your group this evening. Day 2 is yours to discover this alwaysevolving 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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Day 3-5 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)

Day 6-9 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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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... While here, you'll be staying in the G Adventures, G FOR GOOD-supported Magdas Hotel, a social enterprise designed to provide opportunities for migrants that have arrived to Austria as refugees. (2B)

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Day 12-14 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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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.


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: Based in the affluent district of Charlottenburg, a 15-minute walk from the palace and peaceful gardens.

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MUNICH The Bavarian capital CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

A pulsing city that crackles for legendary booze fair Oktoberfest. Attracting millions of revellers, you'll spend your days and nights drinking beer, eating 15-inch pretzels and dancing to traditional Bavarian music. If you're visiting outside of Sep-Oct, head to the art quarter of Kunstareal for some of the country's best galleries, or take things easy an channel the locals' Gemütlichkeit - a laid-back attitude coupled with a great sense of wellbeing.

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Location: One train stop from Central Station, a short drive from Oktoberfest.

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VIENNA At the top of our liszt CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

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 palaces and elegant architecture, and the markets to the wine. Surrounded by seven km2 of vineyards, no capital is better equipped for your grapebased needs!

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Location: The best part of the city, between Naschmarkt and Karlplatz Square.

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Vibe: A quiet family-run hotel set in an Art Deco building in trendy Freihausviertel.

Vibe: Clean, bright and spacious rooms with plenty of socialising opportunities.

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Location: Five minutes from St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schwedenplatz U-Bahn.

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"Doe, a deer, a female deer...ray a drop of golden sun..." you know the rest. See all of the locations made famous by the 'Sound of Music' on this full-day tour. Enjoy stunning views of mountains, lakes and peaks, learn all about the real Von Trapp family and fall completely in love with the picturesque city of Salzburg. Problem solved, Maria!

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Explore the magnificent city of Vienna on this half-day city tour. Pass major attractions like the Hofburg Palace, City Hall and the Vienna State Opera as you drive along the famed Ringstrasse. Afterwards, explore the lavish summer home of the Habsburg monarchs, the Schönbrunn Palace. VIVIE2

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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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Location: Around 15 minutes away from the city centre by tram.

Location: Just ten minutes' walk from the landmark Charles Bridge.

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: Vibrant hostel with a social atmosphere. There's a free walking tour.

Vibe: Affordable luxury and friendly staff in an art nouveau building.

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Location: In the medieval Old Town, close to the main train station.

Location: Right off Wenceslas Square in the heart of the city.

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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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Location: On Váci utca, just a short walk from the Gellért Thermal Baths and directly opposite the Grand Market Hall.

Location: Next to Deák Ferenc Tér (three metro lines) and just a short walk from the Danube River. Close to plenty of bars.

Vibe: Convenient hotel with soundproofed rooms and funky dècor. There's a great restaurant serving tasty Mediterranean fare.

Vibe: A spacious, social hostel that gives out a free welcome drink on arrival. There's also an all-you-can-eat brekkie. Result!

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Location: At the heart of the city, close to Blaha Lujza Tér metro station.

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Day 3-4 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 here on their days off. Alternatively, head out on a boat cruise to the nearby Pakleni Islands, a series of islands with a range of pretty beaches and coves. Tonight it's happy hour on board, before Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva Bar and fancy cocktails at Carpe Diem. (2B, 2L)

Day 5-6 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)

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Day 7-8 Makarska / Omiš / Split Stop by the pirate town of Omiš before sailing on to Split. Explore the Roman Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, relax on the waterfront or party at Bacvice Beach. On Day 8, bid farewell to your fellow travellers or stay a bit longer by linking up with the hop-on hop-off travel network (see pages 37-41). There's plenty more to do here so we'd recommend staying around. (2B, L)

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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. Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Captain, crew and guide Group Size: Max 25 Tour Code: BU

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Day 1-2 Split / Stari Grad / Hvar Board the sailing boat in Split, then kick back with an easy cruise to nearby Stari Grad. Here, sign up for an optional excursion to a local wine farm for a traditional pot of Dalmatian peka, with olive oil and wine tasting to boot. The next day, start up the boat again and pause for a quick swim in the waters of the Pakleni Islands 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. (B, 2L)

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• Party in a Croatian cave • Wander the Diocletian's Palace at Split • Explore Mljet's stunning national park

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• Dive off the boat into the Adriatic Sea • Party like a pirate onboard • Sip cocktails on a 14th-century tower

Accommodation: Twin-share cabins (choose from below or above deck cabins, with either shared or en suite bathroom) (7 nts) Transport: Classic Standard, Classic En suite, Cruiser En suite 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 locally on Day 1

Day 3-5 Mljet / Dubrovnik / Korcula 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. The island is famous for its wines, olives and goats' cheese, so we'd recommend sampling some of these delicacies while you're here! 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. Recognise the scenery? It was featured heavily in the series 'Game of Thrones', so see if you can place some of your favourite characters as you walk around it! If sipping cocktails gets too much (who are you?), head round to one of the hidden bays for a swim or 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. (3B, 3L)

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Day 6-8 Makarska / Omiš / Split 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, too. 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. On your last full day, sail to Omiš. After a hike up to Fort Mirabella, make your way back to Split with lunch and a swim stop en route. Have a wander around Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sip a bijela kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront or enjoy the summer entertainment throughout the city. Parties on Bacvice Beach are all-nighters, so bring your A game. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. If you're continuing your journey on the hop-on hop-off network, the next stop is Venice via Zadar! See pages 37-41 for more details. (3B, 2L)

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CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE 8 DAYS, Split

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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)

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Jump aboard your new home, a traditional Croatian wooden cruiser, and leave the turquoise port of Split behind you. 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, its 16th-century theatre and its hilltop fortress for spine-tingling panoramic views over the harbour. It's a hotbed for celebs and five-star luxury, so see if you can get yourself into the A-list groove! Don't miss out on checking out the island's glitzy nightlife! (L, D)

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• 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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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)

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Day 6-7 Makarska / Split 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. On 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)

Day 8 Split Your trip ends this morning after breakfast, so swap numbers and Instagram handles and reminisce on the past eight sun-soaked days. (B)

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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 and Hvar.


CROATIAN ISLAND HOPPER 8 DAYS, Split

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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 epic sun holiday. Trip Style: Sailing, Cruise & Beach Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Captain, crew and Trip Manager Group Size: Boats typically accommodate 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBSI

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• Cruise the sun-soaked Croatian coast • Celeb-spot in Hvar harbour • Float in the Adriatic at sunset

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• 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, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (daily bottled drinking water supplement)

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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. The long beach and promenade are perfect for stretching your legs, so head for the main square for a good nose around the fruit and flower markets. Be prepared: 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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Day 2 Bol This morning, 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 - I mean let's be honest, what else would you be doing? (B)

Day 3-4 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. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat! (2B, 2L, D)

Day 5-6 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, 2L)

Day 7-8 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. If you're a GOT fan, see if you can spot some of the sets used in the series, such as the Jesuit Staircase, seen in the famous 'Walk of Shame' episode, or the Ethnographic Museum Rupe, the location of Littlefinger's brothel. The cruise comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, D)

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SAILING CROATIA 8 DAYS, Dubrovnik

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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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• Explore culture and more in Dubrovnik • Enjoy Hvar's awesome nightlife • Be amazed by the Diocletian's Palace

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Day 1-8 Dubrovnik / Adriatic Sea / 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.

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 bosnia houses and narrow streets. h er ze

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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.

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Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Group Leader: Skipper/CEO Group Size: Max 8 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 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)


CROATIA ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, Zagreb

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• Experience Croatian culture • Discover medieval fortresses • Tour Diocletian's Palace

• Party in glamorous Hvar • Chill in charming villages • Island hopper boat cruise

Day 1-2 Zagreb / Plitvice Lakes National Park 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 Lakes National Park for your overnight stay. Split, Croatia

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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. Recognise it? 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' and numerous seasons of 'Game of Thrones' were all filmed here. Enjoy a final optional night out on the town with a group before saying your farewells on Day 7.

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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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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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• 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

Day 1 Split / Krka National Park / Zadar / Plitvice Lakes National Park Meet up with your group and guide in the morning, 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, and we strongly recommend bringing your swimmers. After all, there's nothing quite like cooling off in the waters next to a gushing waterfall! Then it's off to Zadar, another coastal gem with Roman ruins, medieval churches and cosmopolitan cafés. Here you can grab a bite to eat 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 Lakes National Park, where you can settle in to a comfortable twin share bungalow, grab a cocktail and prepare for your barbecue feast tonight. (D)

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It's an early start today as you aim to head out to see the lakes before the crowds arrive. And it's no mean feat! 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 (who doesn't), Split is a treasure trove of historical charms. Wander under the criss-crossing lines of drying laundry, walk to the walls of Diocletian's Palace, and watch the sun set over the Adriatic. If you stumble across one of the fresh fish markets, make it your dinner stop for the evening. Can't shake the European travel bug? Why not extend your trip by linking up with the hop-on hop-off travel network? See page 37-41 for more details. (B)

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Group Leader: Busabout guide Group Size: Avg 25 Includes: Plitvice and Krka parks entry Tour Code: BU

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ZADAR TO DUBROVNIK 8 DAYS, Zadar

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• Cruise down the Adriatic • Booze cruise from Brela • Discover Dubrovnik

Day 1-2 Zadar / Šibenik / Krka National Park Zadar, a city on Croatia's Dalmatian coast, is known for its beautiful Roman and Venetian ruins. Wander through its pretty alleyways then grab a drink at the chilledout Garden Bar. Later on, head to Šibenik, opting for a bungy jump along the way over the River Krka. The next day, head to Krka National Park. Don't forget your swimmers as there's plenty of waterfalls to cool off in. Later on, explore Šibenik. (B) Hvar, Croatia

Day 3-4 Šibenik / Hvar "Let's go to the beach, each, let's go get away..." you know the rest. Hit the beach today and enjoy lazing on loungers, dancing to club tunes and sampling every cocktail under the sun! Later on, head to Split and catch the catamaran to Hvar. On Day 4, explore the gorgeous surroundings of Hvar, famous the world over for its mighty fortress and epic nightlife. It's up to you what you do, but we'd recommend a day of exploring the hidden coves and beaches of its surrounding islands. (2B)

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Cruise down the coastline to the Pearl of the Adriatic; the stunning city of Dubrovnik. On the way, call in at the River Neretva Valley and stock up on some fresh fruit and veggies. You trip ends on arrival in the capital. (B)

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Spend the day exploring Split and its many charms. Discover its medieval alleyways, used in numerous scenes from 'Game of Thrones', indulge in its quaint cafés and restaurants or just kick back and chill. If you're wanting something to ramp up the adrenalin, why not try ziplining on Day 6? If you're not up for the action, you can always choose to stay in the town of Omiš and relax at the beach. Later on, head to Brela for a beach barbecue, booze cruise and party in the legendary Casa Vecchia hostel. When in Croatia, hey?! (2B)

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: 18+ Accommodation: Hostel dorms (6 nts) Transport: Air con bus, catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 28 Note: Bungy jumping and ziplining are at extra cost Tour Code: ZADDUB

• Hike stunning Plitvice Lakes • Swim in Krka's crystal pools • Party time in beachy Novalja

Day 1-3 Zagreb / Plitvice National Park / Novalja All the best days start on a deck chair with a glass of wine in hand... right? 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) Krka National Park, Croatia

Day 4-5 Zadar / Šibenik / 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 Šibenik 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 paradiseworthy pools of Krka National Park or if you'd prefer, have a cultural day in the historic port of Šibenik, whose narrow streets and hidden courtyard cafés provide ample reward for a spot of aimless wandering. (2B)

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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. (D)

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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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• Hike and explore inland Hvar • Walk across lavender fields

• Sonus or Ultra festival ticket • A day session with Beats DJs

Get away from the 9-5 grind and escape to the Croatian coastline! This three-day island-hopping bundle will get you moving and admiring some of the Adriatic's best coves as you cycle through the vineyards of Brac and kayak the clear blue waters of Hvar. Hike across lavender fields and olive groves and spend your evenings in UNESCO-listed Split, where you can indulge in fresh local meals and a vino. You deserve it.

• Visit Krka National Park • Orientation walks throughout

Join Beats Travel in Croatia for a music-orientated coastal break. Ideal for anyone looking to join a tribe for some of Europe's hottest gigs, Island Beats will run twice in 2019 to coincide with Sonus and Ultra music festivals. The trip will also see you feasting on beach barbecues, day tripping in Krka National Park, and daytime dancing to Beats Travel's best DJs in unique (and top secret) locations.

Departs: Jun, Aug-Oct Accommodation: 3-star private apartment or hotel (2 nts) Meals: Breakfasts Transport: Catamaran, ferry and airport transfers Note: Reasonable level of fitness required Tour Code: MBACRO

Departs: TBC Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (7 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches Transport: All transfers included Includes: Festival ticket, boat parties, day trips, orientation walks, opening & closing parties Tour Code: SPUDEF

CROATIA & THE BALKANS 15 DAYS, Budapest

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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

Day 1-4 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) Hvar, Croatia

Day 5-9 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. Explore the Old Town, visit the unique tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery and wander around the Bascarsija, an oriental bazaar in the heart of the 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)

Cesky Krumlov

Banksa Bytrica

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Durnstein Melk

Vienna

Mauthausen

Bratislava

Budapest

Budapest

H U N G A RY Ljubljana Zagerb

Day 10-15 Dubrovnik / Hvar / Split

C ROAT I A

Novi Sad Novi Sad

It's on into Croatia, and the much-loved city of Dubrovnik. Relax in one of the cafés, 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 mainland Split 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)

Plitvice Lakes NP

Belgrade

Novalja

Zadar

Krka NP

Sarajevo

Sibenik

Split Bol

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,179

Sarajevo

Split

Hvar

Omis Makarska

Mostar

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Mostar

Hvar

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Korcula Trstenik Mijet

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Pusica Cavtat Bay of Kotor/ Budva Herceg Novi/ Bigovo/Tivat

Bay of Kotor Tirana

Bari

Naples Mt Vesuvius Pompeii

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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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MONTENEGRO SAILING 8 DAYS, Dubrovnik

$1,649

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Dubrovnik

highlights

• Snorkel in clear waters • Visit Kotor's ancient port • Dubrovnik's famous fort

Day 1-2 Dubrovnik / Cavtat / Herceg Novi Where better to start your adventure down the Dalmatian Coast than Dubrovnik, one of Croatia's most-visited cities. Meet your skipper at 4pm for a welcome meeting and spend your first night out in Croatian waters. The next day, it's off on a full-day's sailing trip to Herceg Novi. Enjoy access to its best beaches, only reachable by boat.

Day 3-4 Herceg Novi / Budva / Bigovo

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

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Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Sailing (GAECVSM) 15 Days, Fr $3,129

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ADRIATIC ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Dubrovnik

$1,399

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Athens

Exclusively for 18-39s

highlights

• Hike in Montenegro • Cross the border to Albania • Relax on Corfu's beaches

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Bigova Budva

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Tivat

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Kotor

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Cavtat

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, people watch by the colourful boats in the Old Port 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. You do you.

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Herceg Novi

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Dubrovnik

Day 7-8 Tivat / Dubrovnik

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M O N T E N EG RO

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Journey on until you reach 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.

Mar

Day 5-6 Bigovo / Kotor / Tivat

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: 4 twin/double cabins (7 nts), 3 bathrooms, 2 showers Transport: 15m (52ft) sailing yacht Meals: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included. Basic items on board will be covered by a food kitty of about USD $80 per person Group Leader: Skipper/Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8 Tour Code: GAECVM

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B O S N I A & H E R Z EG OV I N A

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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 clear waters and some much-needed R&R.

• Visit beautiful Gjirokastër • Great nightlife in Kerkyra • See Athens' historic sights

Day 1-3 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 waterfront village of Perast where you'll get a front row seat to the beauty of the Adriatic at sunset. Spend Day 3 at your own leisure. Opt to explore the city of Kotor or chill out at Herceg Novi. Kerkyra, Corfu

Day 4-5 Tirana / Saranda

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C ROAT I A

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, internal flight 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

Day 6-7 Corfu

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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. Afterwards you can wander off and do your own thing. Perhaps a final meal in a traditional Greek taverna, or another lap around the ancient sites, and of course, one last drink at one of the old bars in Patsion. Depart Athens any time on Day 9.

Corfu

Mar

Departures 2019

Saranda

Day 8-9 Athens

Feb

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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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 best-dressed brigade and 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 UNESCO listed Gjirokastër.

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• Sail the Dalmatian Coast • Relax on secluded beaches • Sample Budva's nightlife

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BEST OF THE BALKANS 15 DAYS, Split

$3,175

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Split Exclusively for 18-35s

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CROATIA, SLOVENIA & THE BALKANS

The Balkans remain on the outskirts of the mainstream European trail, but these countries are not to be missed. This corner of the world is full of reinvented cities, idyllic bays and some of the continent's most beautiful scenery. There's a lot to do in 15 days. 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: Twin-share 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

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• Party with the locals in Belgrade • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes • Go sightseeing around vibrant Budapest

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 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)

Day 7-9 Sarajevo / Belgrade / Budapest Today, Sarajevo is a city of diversity and tolerance, rising up from a difficult past to celebrate the peaceful coexistence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. You can find many beautiful places of worship in the city, most notably the Ottoman-built Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque where you can admire the many architectural details and chill out in its lush courtyard. Find your feet on a locally-guided tour and make your own way around the historic landmarks. Bašcaršija, the Old Town, is awash with bazaars, restaurants (try cevapi) and cool bars, making it the perfect 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)

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Day 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. Insider tip - the Rudas baths are the oldest and arguably the prettiest. Day 11, head for the vibrant student city of Ljubljana in Slovenia and explore the castle and the Old Town before leaving for another UNESCOlisted site on Day 12, the pristine lakes and waterfalls of Croatia's Plitvice Lakes. (3B, 2D)

Budapest HUNGARY

Day 13-15 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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Ljubljana CROATIA

Plitvice Lakes BO SNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Zadar

Belgrade

Sarajevo

Split

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Mostar

Dubrovnik Kotor MO NTENEGRO

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ULTIMATE BALKAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Split

$1,799

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Split

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Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Guide and driver Group Size: Avg 25 Tour Code: BU

inclusions 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, Meteora monasteries entry, Delphi museum entry, local guide

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Day 1-4 Split / Dubrovnik / Kotor / Budva / Tirana / Gjirokastër / Meteora

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Departures 2019 Mar

• Walk the lively streets of Belgrade • Enjoy a night out in Sarajevo • Scale the Old Town walls of Dubrovnik

Feb

highlights

Jan

• Feast on Greek food in Thessaloniki • Visit Montenegro's Bay of Kotor • Opt to visit Athens' Acropolis

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. (3B)

Day 5-7 Thermopylae / Athens / Delphi / Thessaloniki This morning, visit two of Meteora's 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 and oldest capital city in Europe. Tick off the must-see sights like the Acropolis and Archaeological Museum and spend the evening wandering the streets of the city's oldest neighbourhood, Plaka. Here you can pick up your souvenirs and artisan goods, sit outside at one of the many quality restaurants, and look out for the Ancient Greek and Roman ruins scattered around. The following day, head to the religious centre of ancient Greece at Delphi on your way to Thessaloniki. (3B)

Day 8-10 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. Enjoy a walking tour on arrival and get acquainted with towering Roman architecture and a load of intricate statues. On Day 10, travel to Serbia. After a short stop in 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)

Day 11-15 Belgrade / Sarajevo / Mostar / Split

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CROATIA

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. Travel back in time to the historic Latin Bridge the place where Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke Franz Ferdinand that tragically ignited WWI and changed the world forever. Enjoy a lively night out then get up on Day 13 for an optional tour of the Tunnel of Hope, 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)

Belgrade Sarajevo

Split

SERBIA

Mostar

Dubrovnik

Kotor

Nis MACED O NIA

MONTENEGRO

Skopje

Budva

AL BANIA

Tirana

Ohrid Thessaloniki

Gjirokastër Meteora

Thermopylae Delphi

GREECE

Athens, Greece

Athens

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

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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!


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!

Small Group Adventure

LOCAL LIVING CROATIA SOUTHERN DALMATIA

$1,849

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7 DAYS

DESIGN HOSTEL GOLI & BOSI, SPLIT

$31 $39

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Stay at a rural farm villa (transfer included) with sweeping views of the Konavle Valley. Over seven days, sample local wines, snacks and olive oil then go hiking, swimming and take part in a cooking class. Cruise Adriatic waters, find secluded beaches and go on a cycling trip around Dubrovnik. See page 136 for more info.

$116 $68

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$151 $86

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Location: Just 12 minutes away from the beach on foot.

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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ATRIUM HOTEL, SPLIT INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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HOTEL KOMPAS, DUBROVNIK

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APARTMENTS STRADUN, DUBROVNIK

$130 $82

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

CHILLOUT HOSTEL, ZAGREB

$20 $39

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: A two-minute walk from the beach, overlooking Lapad Bay.

Location: In the heart of the UNESCO protected Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Location: A new hostel in the heart of Zagreb, metres from the Main Square.

Vibe: Spacious rooms featuring balconies and modern, stylish decor.

Vibe: Modern spaces with exposed stone walls and stylish social areas.

Vibe: Add some colour to your day, as well as spacious rooms and social areas.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Beachfront • Indoor & outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa

Highlights: Apartments • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Fully-equipped kitchen • Restaurant • Airport shuttle (extra cost)

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • 24-hour reception

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ABSORBING ATHENS

The Ottomans' were into big pretty things, so much so that four grand tombs of sultans past are resting in this overlooked palace.

A place of literary legend, Troy was besieged ten times & then conquered by Greeks, but it probably wasn't Helen's fault.

This lush Bronze Age city was destroyed by volcanic eruption, and is said to have been the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis!

Blink and you'll miss Atlantis Books, a hidden tiny store packed with great literary works, and a patio with views to boot.

A city dating back to antiquity, Athens has a plethora of architectural styles to marvel at, from Greco-Roman to modern.

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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-of-the-way islands where you'll find traditional villages, vibrant nightlife and the freshest seafood you've ever had.

GROUP LEADER:

Skipper/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) GROUP SIZE:

What's life like at Sea? SMALL GROUP SAILING

All the yachts used for 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 does matter! 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 $1,669 Athens to Santorini

FR $2,899

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 $1,959

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 Andros

Aegina

Kea Kythnos Serifos

8 DAYS

FR $1,629

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Sifnos MIRTOAN SEA

Naxos

Antiparos

Kimolos Ios

Milos

Amorgos

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.

Mykonos

Hydra

Tour Code: GAGVSS (Santorini-Santorini)

Mykonos to Santorini

Tinos

Syros

SEA OF CRETE

Athens Mykonos

Mykonos Santorini

Santorini Santorini Athens

Santorini Santorini

Tour Code: GAGVMS (Mykonos-Santorini)/GAGVSM (Santorini-Mykonos)

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GREEK SAILING 8 DAYS, Athens

$1,695

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Athens

• Explore unspoilt Perdika • Swim in secluded bays • Eat tasty seafood

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Kick back on sandy beaches • Step into Greek history • Get to know the locals

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) Sea of Crete, Greece

Day 3-4 Plaka / Spetses Head south west as you make for the mythical Peloponnese coast and to the stunning port of Plaka, home to a great swimming beach as well as top-notch bars and traditional tavernas - perfect for a beer and fresh seafood. Next up on your voyage is the small island of Spetses. The historic Old Town - the only village on the island - is as lively as ever, and surrounded by secluded bays. (2B)

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G R E EC E

After making the most of Aegina's welcoming port, start sailing back towards Athens and round off the day with a beach stop at Kalamaki. Lower the anchor in Athens and enjoy the evening at leisure. Head out on the town or plan the next stage of your own travels before the tour comes to an end on Day 8. (2B)

SAIL IN GREECE 8 DAYS, Mykonos

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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

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Plaka (Leonidas)

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Today, anchor at Dhokos and Kounoupi islets on your way to Poros, where you can sit back and chill out in its bars and tavernas. On Day 6, sail to the main port on the island of Aegina. According to myth, the island is named after the daughter of the river god Asopos, a nymph who Zeus fell in love with and took away to the island for a good old-fashioned adult sleepover. The island is also popular for its history, its seafood tavernas, its moon crescent harbour filled with fishing boats and its tiny 13th-century Byzantine chapel. (2B)

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Athens

Day 5-6 Poros / Aegina

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 onboard skipper Group Size: Max 8 per boat Tour Code: COCCGS

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Day 1-2 Athens / Perdika / Hydra

• Try some water sports • Watch a Santorini sunset • Have a beach barbecue

Day 1-2 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 after dinner you can opt for private boat party with unlimited cocktails. Later on, head out on a pub crawl through Mykonos Town led by your guide. (B)

Day 3-4 Paros Depart Mykonos and set sail for Paros, famous for its watersports (wind surfing especially) 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 Parikia town with your guide. After, you can wander the cobblestone streets of Old Town Naoussa, with narrow passages leading to the picturesque port. Make for your own private beach party that afternoon then another pub crawl. (2B)

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Mykonos Paros

Day 5-8 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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Trip Style: Yolo Cruise Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Vintage 30ft 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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Typically 2 departures per month

Aug

Typically 3 departures per month


BEST OF GREECE 15 DAYS, Athens

$3,199

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Santorini Small Group Adventure

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snapshot This is Greece in all her timeless glory. You'll explore the cradle of civilisation in Athens, hit the shores of Santorini and meet with dreamy Meteora.

inclusions 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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• 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

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Day 1-2 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. The highlights you can see here are pretty much endless. But, some favourites to check-out would be the National Archaeological Museum, the Roman Agora and the hilltop Acropolis, within whose columned gates lies the mighty Parthenon - completed as early as 438BC! (B)

Day 3-5 Meteora / Delphi Depart Athens on 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)

Day 6-9 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 up 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 cafés. 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)

Day 10-12 Loutro / Iraklio (Heraklion)

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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 and included lunch with a local family, then opt to spend the rest of your time sampling tasty seafood at the town's restaurants, hiking Aradine Gorge or just chilling out on the beach. Day 12, head to nearby Iraklio (also called Heraklion) and pay a visit to Knossos; the ancient site of a Minoan Palace and residence of King Minos. (3B, L) Meteora

Day 13-15 Santorini Hop on a ferry and head to the volcanic island of Santorini, 141km (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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GREEK ISLAND HOPPER 11 DAYS, Athens

$1,499

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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 the Aegean Sea. 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

inclusions highlights

• Discover four paradisical Greek islands • Optional trip to stunning snorkel spots • Explore postcard-perfect Santorini

• Party 'til the early hours in Mykonos • Watch the beautiful sunset in Santorini • Start and end in cultural Athens

Day 1-3 Athens / Mykonos Meet your guide and fellow sailors at the hostel before heading out to explore Athens. Next morning set sail 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 family churches and chapels. Stick with your guide come sunset for a bar crawl of Mykonos' hottest night spots. Next morning, take things easy on Paradise Beach, then enjoy dinner and drinks in the evening. Did someone say superclub? (2B)

Accommodation: Twin-share hostel/ hotel (10 nts) Transport: Ferry Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 dinner Includes: Transfers, guided orientation walks on each island, bar crawls in Mykonos and Ios, picnic dinner and drinks for Oia sunset in Santorini, exclusive discounts for restaurants, bars and watersports

Departures 2019 May-Sep

Typically 14-15 departures per month

Day 4-5 Paros Leave for Paros this morning, the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. 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. On Day 5, 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)

Day 6-7 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. The day is your to enjoy at leisure. Spend it soaking up the heat before arising from your sun haze and heading down to Black Beach to dance. On Day 7, jump aboard your included transfer to the cliffside town of Fira, and set about exploring the island on your own. Overwhelmed by what's on offer? Your guide will be more than happy to help. Tonight, an included excursion showcases Santorini by night. Head north to the beautiful town of Oia, learn about local legends over a picnic dinner, then return to Fira for a night out. Welcome shots included! (2B, D)

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Day 8-11 Ios / Athens Ferry over to the final stop on your Aegean adventure, Ios. Grab a sunlounger at the beach club or make your way to the classic Greek village of Chora, built on hilly terrain it's the perfect spot for scenic views and some quiet before dark. 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. If you've got the time to spare, we'd definitely recommend sticking around to see some more of Greece's beautiful islands! (4B) 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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GREEK ISLAND HOPPING 13 DAYS, Athens

$3,055

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Athens Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COBBGI

inclusions 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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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)

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Day 1-2 Athens

Departures 2019 Feb

• Party hard in the bars and clubs of Ios • Stroll around the old town walls in Fira • Have an epic night out in Mykonos

Jan

highlights

• Chill on Mykonos' sun-kissed beaches • Snorkel and swim in crystal-clear waters • Take in a spectacular Santorini sunset

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 3-5 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)

Day 6-8 Santorini 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. 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. (3B, 2D)

Day 9-11 Ios Cruise on to Ios on the afternoon of Day 9. Lounge about poolside by day and head out to one of the villages by night - that's when this place really come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs. Otherwise, find a tasty dinner in town and join the outdoor party afterwards in the squares and laneways. (3B)

Day 12-13 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 and historically anti-establishment district of Psiri. Psiri seems quiet during the day but transforms at night with chairs and tables of tavernas and 60s style cafés lining the streets, and trendy bars and clubs. Check out all the pop discos, live music bars and jazz clubs while you can because 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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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.


MYKONOS AND SANTORINI ISLAND ESCAPE 9 DAYS, Athens

$2,089

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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 among the ruins of Athens, wander the white-washed walls of Mykonos, and get some great photos of the Santorini cliffs under your belt and on your social. A lot can happen in a week! Trip Style: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 51 Tour Code: COCCGW

inclusions 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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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 - souvlakis all round! 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)

May

Day 1-2 Athens / Mykonos

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• Throw some shapes in Mykonos' clubs • Swim in the green-blue Aegean Sea • Try traditional Greek food and drink

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highlights

Jan

• Explore the ancient temples of Athens • Chill out on the beaches of Santorini • Settle in for stunning sunsets

Day 3-4 Mykonos Wake up on Mykonos, known the world over for its hedonistic nightlife, fashionista crowds and sweeping beaches. Back in the day, the island was a popular pirate hangout spot, and its mascot is Petros the Pelican, a much-loved great white pelican who was found wounded on the islands shores in the late 1950s. Say hi to the beloved bird and 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. And if there's one thing you must do while you're here, it's hitting the town - there's a reason Mykonos has a reputation as a major party island. If there's a place where it's acceptable to stay up past dawn, then this is it. The next day, kick back and settle in to island time (that is, where time has little to no meaning, because paradise). Chill on the beach, hire a car to explore or kick things up a notch with watersports at Paradise Beach. (2B)

Day 5-7 Santorini After three blissful nights in Santorini, you'll probably feel like you've saved the best for last. From the dreamy sunsets to the iconic blue and white domes dripping in pink flowers, the island can't help but live up to expectations. While the island isn't exactly a secret, the crowds it draws fits well within the walls of the towns and villages. While you're here, you could do much worse than checking out Santorini's wine offerings. Producing some of Greece's best and most-loved wines, the fresh, dry whites are (handily) the perfect side to the area's fantastic seafood. Try them out at one of the many tavernas that grace the clifftops, and walk it off while enjoying vast, far-reaching views of the surrounding seas. (2B, D)

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Day 8-9 Athens 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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MYKONOS & SANTORINI ISLAND HOPPING 7 DAYS, Athens

$1,318

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Athens

Independent Tour

highlights

• Begin in historical Athens • Party on Paradise Beach • Try traditional Greek food

• Swim off volcanic beaches • Discover pretty Santorini • Amble white-washed villages

Day 1-3 Athens / Mykonos

Mykonos, Greece

Day 4-5 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.

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Day 6-7 Santorini / Athens Make the most of your last full and free day in Santorini, 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, it's up to you. Treat yourself to one more Greek feast at a local taverna, don't forget to try the local Santorini salad (a twist on the traditional Greek salad with capers and anchovies - yum). You can now go to sleep with your heart and belly full. Next morning, transfer back to port and grab the ferry back to Athens, where your trip ends.

Departs: Daily (Apr-Sep) Trip Style: Independent Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Choose from dorm hostels or 2, 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) Tour Code: BEBEMSAD

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GREEK ISLAND EXPLORER 7 DAYS, Athens

$1,812

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Athens

Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore Athens' sights • See the sunset in Santorini • Visit the famous Acropolis

• Tour Knossos Palace • Gorge on tasty Greek food • Stay in 4* accommodation

Day 1-2 Athens Arrive in Greece's capital city at any time today and transfer to your four-star hotel. Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, with a recorded history spanning over a whopping 3,400 years, so trust us, there's lots to discover here. On Day 2, get out and see all the bucket-list sites with a guided 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)

Santorini, Greece

Day 3-4 Santorini Ferry to one of Greece's most popular holiday islands, Santorini. This little island is a volcanic rock and is home to more donkeys than men. Because of the volcanic landscape the wine supposedly tastes better and has a unique flavour, so have a few for us! 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)

inclusions Departs: Daily (01Apr19-31Oct19) Trip Style: Independent Tour 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

Athens

Day 5-7 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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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!


GREEK ODYSSEY 2 DAYS, Athens

$389

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Athens

highlights

• Explore ancient Delphi • See Meteora's monasteries • Visit ancient Thermopylae

• Learn ancient history • Hear about the Spartans • Enjoy a guide throughout

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Day 1 Athens / Delphi / Kalambaka Get excited, it's time to begin a jam-packed adventure exploring some of Greece's most magical sites. Meet your guide bright and early at the hostel's reception, and hop aboard the private coach with your fellow travellers. Around mid-morning, arrive at your first stop, the heart of the ancient Greek world, Delphi. With your local guide, you'll walk along the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo, visit the Castalian springs and marvel at the Temple of Pronea at the valley of Delphi. Head into the museum to further bring to life your ancient surroundings; don't worry, entry is included. You'll then have some time to grab lunch before you hop back on the coach and journey further north to Kalambaka. Along the way, your guide will tell more tales of crazy mythology, legacy and the battles of ancient Greece. Later on, you'll arrive in Kalambaka just in time to head out for an included dinner at a local taverna. Cheers to an epic first day of exploring, and enjoy the anticipation of tomorrow's spectacle once the sun rises over the magical landscape – yamas! (D)

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Day 2 Kalambaka / Thermopylae / Athens Fill up on breakfast before you meet your local guide and board the coach, then it's on to the magical cliff-top monasteries of Meteora! Your guide will tell you all about the history of this unique and enchanting landscape. You'll visit two monasteries perched high on top of incredible rocky formations, famous for their Byzantine frescoes and spectacular views. Afterwards, make the most of the spectacular surroundings by finishing with an hour-long guided scenic hike (bring appropriate footwear!), descending from Meteora back to Kalambaka. After working up an appetite, you'll have some free time for a well-deserved lunch in Kalambaka, before driving south to the next stop in Thermopylae. Here, the statue of Leonidas stands to commemorate the heroic defence of the Spartans against the Persians - it looks a little different nowadays than what is shown in the movie '300'. Then it's time to return to Athens and say your farewells. (B)

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inclusions Service level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Multi-share room in hotel (1 nt). Upgrades are available Transport: Modern coach Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Group Leader: Guide and driver Group Size: Avg 14 Note: Includes tours of Delphi and Meteora with a local guide, entrance to Meteora's monasteries and site and museum entrance at Delphi Tour Code: BU

Departures 2019 Jun-Sep

Thursdays and Sundays

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HIKE AND KAYAK SANTORINI Santorini

$817

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Santorini

• Kayak the south coast • Hike a volcanic crater

3 DAYS

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• Snorkel Kambia beach • Explore picturesque Fira

Snorkel and kayak the sparkling blue waters of south coast Santorini, exploring coves and white beaches before a picnic lunch at Kambia beach. Hike across the famous caldera, a special form of volcanic crater. You'll walk along the rim against an epic backdrop of the Aegean Sea and distant volcanic islands. The trail will take you through gorgeous villages to Oia, where you'll enjoy a traditional meal in a taverna before returning to Fira. Departs: Fridays Accommodation: Family-run hotel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 light lunches Transport: Airport or seaport transfer included Note: No previous hiking or kayaking experience required Tour Code: MBASAN

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Mavrovouni

$2,300

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2 WEEKS

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• Hands-on experience • Contribute to preservation

• Create project awareness • Experience Greek culture

Get hands-on with a project focussing on the conservation and protection of the beloved turtle. You'll be living in a quiet area near a traditional fishing town, patrolling the beach to locate new tracks and record data. Other tasks include nest relocation and nest assembly, along with educating the public about the project. This could be a great way to jazz up your resume/CV, or simply a way to contribute to the preservation of endangered turtles. Departs: Selected dates (Jun-Sep) Accommodation: Camping Meals: All meals included Transport: Coach fares not included Note: Days are long and you will have to walk long distances during surveys Stay Longer: $880 per week Tour Code: GVIGRE

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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.

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Location: Located in the heart of the Psiri district, just beneath the mighty Acropolis.

Location: Five minutes' walk from both tram and metro stations in Psiri 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

ATHSTY

ATHFRE

Rock Solid

PLAKA HOTEL

$112 $68

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Class Act

ACROPOLIS HILL HOTEL

$140 $74

FR

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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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!

Rock Solid

HAROULA HOTEL, SANTORINI

Rock Solid

$207 $118

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

LOIZOS HOTEL & APARTMENTS, SANTORINI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$105 $53

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Centrally set in Fira just metres from the main square, and near the bus station.

Location: In a block-style property less than a kilometre from Santorini's Old Port and five minutes' walk from the Caldera.

Vibe: Traditionally-built hotel with an outdoor pool surrounded by beautiful bougainvilleas.

Vibe: Relaxed and modern hotel smack-bang in the centre of Fira. There's a pool, and each room comes with its own balcony.

Highlights: Private rooms with balcony • Air con • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Bar • TV Lounge • Garden • Luggage storage • Tour desk • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Apartments • Air con • Private balcony • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Spa • Massage services • Terrace • Garden • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

EYEHAR

EXSAN1

A-List

SPLENDOUR RESORT, SANTORINI

Shoestring

$215 $108

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

PARADISE BEACH, MYKONOS

ROOM ONLY

$52 $33

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Oceanview hilltop spot, just a 15-minute walk from lively Fira town, the island's capital.

Location: Just a stone's throw from one of the island's famous Paradise Beach and its notorious nightlife.

Vibe: Brightly-decorated rooms featuring a private balcony. Head down to the pool to enjoy a cocktail and yummy Greek food.

Vibe: Cycladic-style resort with a party atmosphere, hosting the island's liveliest club and international DJs on the decks.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Garden • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Bicycle rental services • Shuttle services • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Beach • Nightclub with DJ • Garden • Watersports • Dive centre • Snack bar • Shops • Daily parties • 24-hour reception

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ARTEMIS HOTEL, MYKONOS

A-List

$109 $68

FR

FR

PETINOS BEACH HOTEL, MYKONOS

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$387 $194

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A minute's walk from Platis Gialos beach in the south of Mykonos island.

Vibe: Quaint and traditional family-run hotel featuring an outdoor breakfast and bar area with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Vibe: Bright and classy resort with wooden ceilings and stylish decor, featuring a poolside bar and open-air lounge.

Highlights: Private rooms with balcony • Air con • Satellite TV • Terrace • Coffee shop • Bar • Snack bar • Beach • Umbrellas and sun beds (extra charge) • ATM

Highlights: Private rooms and suites with balconies • Air con • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Open-air lounge • Pool-side bar • Buffet restaurant • Gym • Sauna • Terrace

JMKART

EXJMK1

Glampacker

FAR OUT VILLAGE HOTEL, IOS

Rock Solid

$135 $88

FR

FR

FAR OUT HOTEL & SPA, IOS

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$135 $88

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A one-minute walk from beach the hotel is surrounded by gardens and only 4 kilometres from Ios Town.

Location: A three-minute walk from the beach, set against the mountains with views over the Aegean Sea.

Vibe: Elegant hotel with everything you need for a sunny Greek getaway. Sit by the pool and enjoy wood-fired pizzas and cocktails.

Vibe: Featuring elegant rooms with balconies and luxury villas and a relaxing spa with a steam bath, sauna and fitness centre.

Highlights: Private rooms with balconies • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Beachfront • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Cocktail bar • Garden • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms and villas • Air con • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Spa and wellness centre • Hot tub • Sauna • Gym • Cocktail bar • Laundry • 24-hour reception

IOSFAR

IOSSPA

Class Act

DIVANI CORFU, CORFU

$94 $47

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Class Act

AVALON BOUTIQUE HOTEL, RHODES

$155 $78

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Class Act

OLIVE GREEN HOTEL HERAKLION, CRETE

$126 $68

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In the greenery of the Kanoni Peninsula, two miles from Corfu Town.

Location: Located in the heart of Rhodes Old Town by the Grand Masters' Palace.

Location: Right in the centre, close to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Vibe: A great base for exploring, with a fab outdoor pool for end-of-the-day dips.

Vibe: Historic hotel with just six rooms, set in a converted Knights Templar house.

Vibe: Eco-friendly and brightly-decorated hotel with a trendy cocktail bar.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Gym

Highlights: Suites • Air con • En suite • Bar • Deli • Café • Garden • Laundry • Luggage storage • Airport shuttle (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Terrace • Lounge • Luggage storage

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Location: Situated right next to the beach in the village of Agios Stefanos, with a pristine beach and restaurants and shops nearby.


TURKEY CAPPADOCIA 8 DAYS, Fethiye

$1,079

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

Start in Fethiye and drive to the stunning Saklikent Gorge to see the canyon up close on an optional gorge walk, and grab a bite to eat. 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. In the evening, head out for an unforgettable meal where you can feast on some of the freshest food on the Turquoise Coast. (B)

Cappadocia, Turkey

Day 3-5 Antalya / Konya / Cappadocia

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Nov

Oct

$1,199

FR

Istanbul

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Marvel at Gallipoli's history • Explore the ruins of Ephesus • Grab a selfie in ancient Troy

Sep

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BEST OF TURKEY 8 DAYS, Istanbul

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Departures 2019 Jul

Kas

Jun

Konya Antalya

Fethiye Saklikent Gorge

Cappadocia

May

Lake Tuz

Jan

Recharge today as you journey deeper into Cappadocia's hidden gems. Visit ancient churches, aqueducts, caves, secluded valleys and a relic-filled 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)

Apr

T U R K E Y

Day 6-8 Cappadocia / Lake Tuz / Istanbul

Mar

Istanbul

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 Göreme open-air museum, Cappadocia underground tour, Sultanhani entry and a pottery-making display Tour Code: BU

Feb

Leave Kas for Antalya. Spend time on Konyaalti Beach, wander pretty stone streets and grab a drink at the harbour. Grab some souvenirs, see the arch of Hadrian's Gate and explore the vibrant nightlife of the city. On Day 4 you'll stop in Konya to visit Mevlana, the final resting place of the Muslim poet Rumi. After arriving in Cappadocia, spend the night under Mount Hasan in a cave hotel after a local feast. 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. (3B)

• Sail in stunning Ayvalik • Wander fascinating Istanbul • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 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 çöp(m)adam, a G for Good handicraft project addressing the issues of women's employment and the importance of recycling/re-using waste. Later on, enjoy a boat cruise of the area then bed down in a converted Ottoman-style mansion. (2B)

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Pamukkale

Jun

Departures 2019/20

Selçuk / Ephesus

Istanbul Backstreets Walk Day Tour Full Day, Fr $99

My Own Room Available: Fr $409 Mar 20

T U R K E Y

May

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. After an orientation walk of the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Aya Sofia, a walking tour showcases even more of the city, including the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. And the best way to end the day? A traditional hammam. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. (3B)

Feb 20

Ayvalik

Apr

Day 6-8 Pamukkale / Istanbul

Gallipoli Çanakkale / Troy

Mar

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)

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

Feb

Day 4-5 Ayvalik / Ephesus / Selçuk

Jan 20

Istanbul

Jan

GREECE & TURKEY

Day 1-2 Fethiye / Saklikent Gorge / Kas

21 22


TURKEY ON A BUDGET 15 DAYS, Istanbul

$1,399

FR

Istanbul Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAETTO

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highlights

Day 1-2 Istanbul

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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)

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Departures 2019/20

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr $339

• Chill out at fab beaches • Explore frenetic Istanbul • Enjoy tasty Turkish cuisine

Jan

• Admire Troy's wooden horse • Explore Wartime history at Gallipoli • Hit the mud baths of Dalyan

Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), multi-share boat (1 nt, replaced by hotel Nov-Apr) Transport: Public bus, boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included

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Day 3-5 Cappadocia Get excited because today you're on your way to Cappadocia, a city formed millions of years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions and creating the magical fairy chimneys. 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. Opt to sample a home-cooked dinner with a local family, and consider an optional hot-air balloon ride for incredible views. Travel by overnight bus on Day 5 to the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya. (3B)

Customise your trip

Day 6-9 Olympos / Kekova / Fethiye

 Fr $126 Absolute Turkey (15 days, Istanbul - Istanbul) (GAETAT)  Fr $1,999

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, continue exploring the coast and into the port town of Fethiye. Enjoy free time to explore opt for a boat trip to the nearby islands, hike to Ölü Deniz lagoon or visit Butterfly Valley. (4B, D)

Day 10-12 Pamukkale / Ephesus / Selçuk

Istanbul Day Tour A Dolambahçe Palace visit followed by a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait

Turkey Multisport (10 days, Istanbul - Goreme) (GAETIG)  Fr $1,529

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. The Greco-Roman ruins here are substantial, check-out the theatre, baths and temple ruins. 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)

Day 13-15 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 Gallipoli Troy / Çanakkale

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Pergamum Selçuk / Ephesus

Dalyan Kekova

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Cappadocia

Pamukkale

Olympos

Cappadocia, Turkey

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See Turkey's natural wonders and key historical monuments in 15 days. Discover palaces, journey into underground cities, lounge on beaches, and see the magical Cappadocia. Shop the bazaars and feast on pide and kofte, we're ready to go!


TURKEY AEGEAN 8 DAYS, Istanbul

$1,299

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

Head out of Istanbul and on to the historic WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, before ending the day in Canakkale. On Day 2, you're off to legendary Troy, where Achilles battled the Trojans, one of the major storylines in Homer's Iliad. Later, continue to the Anatolian ruins at Pergamum and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and laden with grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period, including the Grand Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Opt for a Turkish bath in the afternoon before heading to the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi for dinner and drinks. (2B)

Cleopatra Bay, Fethiye

inclusions

Istanbul

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotel/hostel (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 Includes: Guided Gallipoli tour, entry and orientation of Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus & Aphrodisias, Pammukale entry Tour Code: BU

Gallipoli

T U R K E Y

Pergamum

Day 6-8 12 Islands / Firnaz Bay / Fethiye

ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA ADVENTURE Istanbul

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Jun

Aphrodisias

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Fethiye

Independent Tour

Istanbul, Turkey

Ancient city walls, Troy

$646

FR

5 DAYS

highlights

• 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: Overnight bus (2 nts), hostel or hotel depending on package (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Bus, air con buses, airport pick-up Includes: Entry fees and guided tours Tour Code: BEISTICA

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Pamukkale

Independent Tour

Istanbul

• Sights galore in Istanbul • Explore magical Cappadocia

Selçuk / Ephesus

May

Spend two relaxing days on the pristine Aegean Sea, cruising past the quiet beaches of the Yassica Islands on Day 6 and enjoying your peaceful surroundings. Swim, snorkel or lay back and soak up the sun before a backgammon and shisha sesh in the evenings. The next day, head for Red Island for another spectacular swim stop among colourful fish, octopus and brilliant coral reefs before returning to Fethiye for one last night of drinking and general revelry. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. Depart at any time or continue your stay. (3B, 2L, 2D)

Apr

Çanakkale / Troy

Mar

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)

Feb

Day 4-5 Aphrodisias / Pamukkale / Fethiye

Jan

GREECE & TURKEY

Day 1-3 Istanbul / Gallipoli / Çanakkale / Troy / Ephesus / Selçuk

GALLIPOLI AND TROY GETAWAY Istanbul

$1,080

FR

Istanbul

5 DAYS

highlights

• Gallipoli battlefields tour • Visit ancient Troy

• Explore old city Istanbul • See ANZAC Cove & Lone Pine

Kick-off your getaway with a tour of old city Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, and the beautiful Byzantine Hagia Sophia basilica. You have an early start on Day 3, heading to Gallipoli where you'll visit WWI battlefields, including ANZAC Cove and the memorial museum. Then it's time to walk the ancient streets of Troy, well known for the epic Greek tragedy involving the beautiful Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse. Depart from Istanbul on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Arrival airport transfer, bus Tour Code: ISTIGT

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MAGIC CARPET 10 DAYS, Istanbul

$1,479

FR

Istanbul

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Istanbul's Blue Mosque • Visit the Gallipoli battlefields • Tour the ruins of Troy

• Acropolis of Pergamum tour • Awe-inspiring Cappadocia • Hit the ancient Silk Road

Day 1-3 Istanbul / Gallipoli / Çanakkale

Cappadocia, Turkey

Day 4-5 Çanakkale / 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)

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Constantinople to Hellas (ISTCHT) 12 Days, Fr $3,475

AEGEAN DELIGHT 8 DAYS, Istanbul

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06 13 20 27

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05 12 19 26

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Konya

Jun

Ephesus / Pamukkale Kusadasi

Departures 2019 May

Cappadocia

Apr

Marvel at the lunar landscapes of the Göreme Valley Open-Air Museum and explore the underground city. Day 9, depart to the nation's capital, Ankara, where you'll visit Kemal Ataturk's mausoleum at Anitkabir. Later on you will head back to Istanbul, where your tour ends on Day 10 after breakfast. (3B, D)

Pergamum

Ankara

Mar

Day 8-10 Cappadocia / Göreme / Ankara / Istanbul

Gallipoli Çanakkale / Troy

Feb

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 an optional Turkish folklore evening! (2B, 2D)

Jan

Istanbul

Day 6-7 Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia

Accommodation: 4* boutique 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

$1,146

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 1-2 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 Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise the waters separating Asia from Europe this afternoon with an optional boat trip. (B) Bazaar, Istanbul

Day 3-4 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 Çanakkale. Day 4, visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and ancient battlefield of Hercules. You'll then tour the epic Acropolis of Pergamum, this city was was once a politcal and cultural centre. Head to Kusadasi for the night. (2B, 2D)

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02 09 16 23

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05 12 19 26

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Pamukkale

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Ephesus Kusadasi

Aug

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)

Jul

Day 7-8 Bursa / Pamukkale / Istanbul

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T U R K E Y

Pergamum

May

Bursa

Apr

Gallipoli Troy

Mar

Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the fruit-wine village of Sirince and a carpet village. On Day 6, head towards Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the therapeutic hot springs that date back Roman times, before returning to Pamukkale for the night. (2B, 2D)

Feb

Day 5-6 Kusadasi / Ephesus / Pamukkale / Hierapolis

Accommodation: 4* boutique hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach, airport transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Note: Includes entry fees Tour Code: ISTADT

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Istanbul

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Turkey Beauty (ISTBEA) 8 Days, Fr $1,363

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Make the most of a free day in Istanbul on Day 1. Next morning, visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia 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 Çanakkale. (2B, D)


TURKISH DELIGHT 7 DAYS, Istanbul

$1,325

FR

Bodrum

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Visit the Hagia Sophia • Spice markets in Istanbul • See ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli

• UNESCO listed Pamukkale • Walk through Ephesus • Shop the bazaar of Kusadasi

Arrive in Istanbul and get ready for seven days of figurative and literal Turkish delights. Hang out in the hotel or wander around the city before meeting up with your travel buddies over dinner. Begin discovering Istanbul with visits to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and over 1,500 years of history in the Hagia Sophia. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Çanakkale / Izmir

Kusadasi, Turkey

Day 7 Kusadasi / Bodrum

Kusadasi

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Bodrum

$789

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Bodrum

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• A relaxing week of sailing • Eat fresh Turkish food • Explore Bodrum in-depth

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Pamukkale

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Share one last breakfast in Kusadasi before making your way to Bodrum. This is where your Turkish delight ends, say goodbye and continue on your adventures. (B)

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T U R K E Y

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Çanakkale

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Istanbul

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Today you'll see the UNESCO listed Pamukkale, home to spectacular white calcium terraces. Take your pics and opt for a thermal pool experience. Make your way to Kusadasi. Trace Cleopatra's steps in Ephesus, home to a temple that is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Feast your eyes upon the many treasures of the bazaar of Kusadasi. Pick up carpets, leather bags, silver goods, souvenirs and local antiques. There are also a number of cafés and bars in the area. (2B, D)

ANZAC Cove

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts) Transport: Coach, cruise ship Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max. 53 Tour Code: COBBTD

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Day 5-6 Pamukkale / Kusadasi

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Leaving Istanbul, you'll journey along the Sea of Marmara before taking a ferry across the Dardenelles to Çanakkale. On the way you'll visit WWI Gallipoli battlefields and ANZAC Cove before settling in for the night in Çanakkale where the night is yours. On Day 4 you'll be cruising the coastline and walking the ancient streets of Troy. Continue on with a scenic mountain drive into Pergamum, a once political hotspot and now historical sight. Opt for the Pergamum Hillside Ruins tour before heading onto your last stop for the day, Izmir, and dig into dinner. (2B, 2D)

• Stroll through pine forests • Opt to bathe in mud baths • Swim in Cleopatra Bay

Day 1-3 Bodrum / Orak Island / Çökertme / Seven Islands 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, take to the crystal-clear waters of Çamli Koy en route to Seven Islands. Here, you'll be free to roam the forests and swim with sea critters, stopping only for lunch aboard the boat. Spend the night in Küfre, and hike up a hill for sunset views. (2B, 2L, 3D)

Bodrum, Turkey

Day 4-5 English Harbour / Cleopatra Island / Ballisu / Longoz

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Kisenbuku

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Ballisu

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Cleopatra Island

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Orak Island

With wild pirate antics set for the night ahead, take things easy by day in Mazi amongst the orange groves. In this small fisherman’s village, you'll get to mooch around the local markets and drift in and out of the sea for cooling swims. 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 - and what a way to finish! This is a well-known party town, lined with clubs and plenty of fishbowls on the menu. Next day, all of this comes to an end as you continue with your onward travel plans. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 6-8 Kisebuku / Pabucburnu / Yaliciftlik Bay / Bodrum

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, 6 afternoon teas Group Leader: Captain and boat crew Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: COBBTS

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English Harbour Pabucburnu Bodrum Çökertme

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English Harbour is calling on Day 4, and being one of the most picturesque stops on this voyage you'll find it hard to tear yourself a way! Most of your day will be spent swimming and lapping up your surroundings. Alternatively, you could opt for a day trip to nearby Dalyan. After checking out the nightlife of Marmaris, Cleopatra Island is next up on Day 5 - a small slice of paradise with white sand and azure waters which supposedly once cooled the actual Cleopatra. There's still plenty of time for more fun in the sun at Ballisu, followed by an evening barbecue and a night sleeping under the Turkish stars at Longoz. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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GREECE & TURKEY

Day 1-2 Istanbul


SAIL TURKEY 8 DAYS, Fethiye

$659

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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

Day 1-2 Fethiye / Samanlik Bay / St. Nicholas Island

GREECE & TURKEY

Set sail out of Fethiye's busy little harbour, and enjoy some time for swimming around the 12 Islands before dinner. On Day 2, find a secluded bay to drop the anchor at breakfast, then make for Butterfly Valley before a swim in the Blue Lagoon of Ölü Deniz. Tonight, stay near St. Nicholas Island, where you can explore the ruins of a Byzantine settlement before sunset dinner and drinks on board. (B, L, 2D)

Day 3-4 Limangazi Bay / Smugglers Cove

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ENCHANTING BLUE 8 DAYS, Marmaris

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Small Group Adventure

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• Sail on a traditional gulet • See islands and secret bays • Visit UNESCO Rhodes

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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)

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Day 7-8 Firnaz Bay / Fethiye

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Kalkan Firnaz Bay

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Samanlik Bay St. Nicholas Island

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Fethiye

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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 Limangazi Bay to catch a fiery sunset. Next day, set sail to Kalkan, a picturesque town of true unspoilt beauty. You'll also have the option to take a halfday trip to the stunning refuge of Saklikent Gorge. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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

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Day 5-6 Smugglers Cove / Demre / Limangazi Bay / Firnaz Bay

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A refreshing swim stop in Firnaz Bay kick-starts today! Later, after docking in the port of Kas, indulge in some drinks at one of the local bars or undertake a spot of souvenir shopping before heading to Limangazi Bay for the evening. Enjoy drinks on the deck in the refreshing salt-cut breeze of the bay. On Day 4, it's on to Simena, a traditional fishing village with an impressive castle overlooking the bay, then pass the sunken city of Kekova before an optional party at Smugglers Cove. (2B, 2L, 2D)

• Swim in the Aegean Sea • Explore Bodrum • Sleep on-deck under the sky

Day 1-2 Marmaris / Ekincik Board your gulet at Marmaris Harbour at 3.30pm, and get the lowdown on the next eight days. Meet the other sailors over dinner onboard, and overnight in the harbour. The next day, cruise to Ekincik and the beautiful beach of Izturu. Nearby, you'll find the ancient city of Caunos where you can opt to take a boat trip up the Dalyan River to some sulphurous mud baths and hot springs. (B, L, 2D) Marmaris, Turkey

Day 3-4 Göcek Gulf / Fethiye Sail towards the Göcek Gulf and anchor at Tersane Island for breakfast and a swimming stop. Later, cruise to Monastery Bay and see the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath that gives the bay its other name, Cleopatra Bay. Arrive at Fethiye Harbour early the next morning. Opt to visit the town centre, or sign up for an optional jeep safari tour. If you're staying on the boat, continue to Samanlik Bay for lunch (and yes, more swimming). Anchor at Ece Saray Marina. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Marmaris

Day 7-8 Iceada Cebekilise / Marmaris Time to start making your way back to Marmaris! First up, cruise through Turnuc and take a swimming stop in either Kadirga or Kumlubuk en route to Iceada Cebekilise, another stunning stop on your Mediterranean voyage. Arrive at Marmaris Harbour late afternoon and enjoy your last evening aboard the boat. You're free to leave at any time after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L, D)

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Göcek Iceada Cebekilise

Day 5-6 Göcek / Yassica Island / Bedri Rahmi Bay / Sarsala Bay Sail to Göcek after breakfast. Take things easy this afternoon - relax on the boat or take to the sea before starting your sail to Turkey's Yassica Island. On Day 6, hop between some of the area's most beautiful bays, including Bedri Rahmi and Sarsala. As the sun sets, the boat will turn towards Aga Limani where it will drop anchor for the night. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Bedri Rahmi Bay Sarala Bay

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Yassica Island

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ISTANBUL shish! what turkish delights

GREECE & TURKEY

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

$25 $42

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Location: A short walk from Taksim Square, and Istiklal Av. full with shops and cafés.

Location: A few steps from Istanbul Congress and close to Taksim Square.

Location: Central location in the historical Sultanahmet district. Close to Hagia Sophia.

Vibe: A glam hostel featuring a rooftop terrace with a bar and a pizzeria.

Vibe: A boutique hotel filled with works of art, and featuring two gourmet restaurants.

Vibe: Friendly hostel built with backpackers in mind. And no curfew!

Highlights: Mixed and female only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Rooftop terrace • Pizzeria • Bar

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Security lockers • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Games room

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Set in the old town, Sultanahmet, a short walk from the Blue Mosque.

Location: Situated in Istanbul's historic district, and short walk from Topkapi Palace.

Vibe: Old-school Ottoman charm with minimalist design and lavish fabrics.

Vibe: Luxurious and modern hotel featuring an indoor pool and Turkish baths.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Terrace • Garden • Coffee house • Bar • Restaurant • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Indoor pool • Terrace • Spa & wellness centre • Bar • Restaurant

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GALLIPOLI DAY TRIP (TROOPER 444)

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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. ISTITI


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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

$842

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Oslo

Self-Drive Tour

SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

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• Explore endearing Oslo • Cruise along Geirangerfjord • See the mighty Vøringfossen

• Stop at quaint alpine towns • Travel the Road of Trolls • Discover ancient glaciers

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-2 Oslo / Hamar / Lillehammer / Skeikampen Arrive in Oslo and explore the city - the fastest-growing capital in Europe - and 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)

Day 3-4 Valley of Gudbrandsdalen / Dombås / Molde / Geiranger / Leikanger Head north up the valley of Gudbrandsdalen and travel through alpine towns to Molde, the so-called City of Roses famed for its annual jazz festival (held in July). The next day, drive the bendy Road of Trolls towards Geirangerfjord for a cruise up close to the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls. Continue past Mount Dalsnibba and around mirror-like fjords until you reach the quaint settlement of Leikanger. (2B)

Day 5-6 Leikanger / Sognefjord / Bergen / Gol

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Valley of Gudbrandsdalen

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

Geiranger

After breakfast, it's on 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 Vøringsfossen waterfall, the highest in Norway! (2B)

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Lillehammer

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Day 7-8 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)

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.

OSLO - SOGNEFJORD - BERGEN 7 DAYS, Oslo

$1,488

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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 1-2 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 worldrenowned bars, restaurants and jazz clubs. For a slice of history, pay a visit to the Viking Ship Museum, housing archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery. (B)

Bryggen, Bergen

Day 3-4 Oslo / Myrdal / Flåm / Vatnahalsen

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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)

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)

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Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Transport: Local trains, ferry Group Size: Min 2 Tour Code: OSLBER

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SCANDINAVIA

$2,885

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12 DAYS, Berlin/Copenhagen

Helsinki 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 Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCSH

inclusions Accommodation: Quad-share hotels/ hostels (10 nts), quad-share Baltic cruise (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with WiFi and power points for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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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

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Day 1-3 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 vibrant Nyhavn on Day 2, and swing by the famous Little Mermaid monument, the Town Hall and the Royal Palace before opting to test out 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)

Day 4-5 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)

Day 6-7 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)

Day 8-10 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 along the way. Day 9 starts with an optional guided tour of the ABBA Museum, then the rest of the day is yours to hang out in this super cool city. Opt in to check out the Vasa warship museum (one of Stockholm's main attractions showcasing the most intact 17th-century ship in the world), 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. Enjoy an included dinner in Stockholm, then catch an overnight ferry to Helsinki on Day 10. (3B, D)

Day 11-12 Helsinki Dock into the quirky Finnish capital this morning and get settled in. Visit the Senate Square and see the Uspenski Cathedral, then enjoy free time. Depart any time on Day 12. (2B)

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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.


SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA PLUS 22 DAYS, Berlin/Copenhagen

$5,179

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Warsaw/Berlin Exclusively For 18-35s

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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. Vodkas all round. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, driver, local guides Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCSR

inclusions Accommodation: Quad-share hotels/ hostels (20 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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Day 1-4 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)

Day 5-9 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)

Day 10-15 Stockholm / Helsinki / St. Petersburg / Novgorod On Day 10, enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord dinner then board an overnight ferry over the Baltic to Helsinki. Dock the next morning and see Uspenski Cathedral, then wander around the markets, the Olympic Stadium and the Senate Square. On Day 12, cross the border and start your Russian adventure. Your 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)

Day 16-22 Moscow / Minsk / Warsaw or Berlin

Tvindefossen Waterfall, Norway

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 capital, you'll enjoy two days to explore and a fantastic opportunity to discover the 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 opt in for a tour of 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, either from Warsaw or by returning on the transfer to Berlin.. (7B, L, 3D)

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NORWAY WINTER & NORTHERN LIGHTS 7 DAYS, Tromsø

$2,899

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Tromsø Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAENTT

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Accommodation: Standard hotels (4 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts) Transport: Private van, ferry, public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $260-340 for meals not included

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• Go hiking in the beautiful Lofoten Islands • Explore the sights of the Polar Museum • Catch a concert in the Arctic Cathedral

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• Get the chance to spot the Northern Lights • Husky-sledding at Polarpark Wildlife Park • Opt to go whale watching throughout

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Arrive into Tromsø at any point and get yourself settled in. Norway is THE place to see the world-famous Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights), and even though you can spot them pretty much all over the country, you stand a better chance of seeing them from Tromsø northwards. Get your spotting hat on, your best camera and pray for a cloud-free night! But it's not just the Northern Lights for which this town is famous. Husky sledding, whale watching and snow hiking are all available, and if you've got time to spare, don't miss out on a 'whale safari' cruise. Should the weather be kind, you'll cruise across the fjords to the island of Sommaroy searching for humpback, killer and sperm whales. All of these species feed around the fjords, but January and February is the best time to see them. On Day 2, travel south to Narvik and call by the Polarpark Wildlife Park along the way. This is the world's northernmost wildlife sanctuary and home to wolves, lynx and bears. Tick off one of those bucket-list experiences here and go sledding with a bunch of huskies! (B)

Day 3-4 Narvik / Lofoten Swap one iconic Arctic animal for another as you visit some reindeer at a local reindeer farm. Learn all about the native Sami people and their nomadic history of herding and farming reindeer in the region. The Sami are the northernmost indigenous people of Europe and one of Norway's oldest living peoples. Fun fact: the Sami mixed with Germanic tribes thousands of years ago and produced the fearsome Vikings; Norse seafarers who raided and traded their way across Northern Europe. Learn all about the Sami's history and culture then set sail via ferry for the stunning Lofoten Islands, a series of far-flung islands situated in the Norwegian Sea. Enjoy a free day here on Day 4 and make the most of the outdoors. The hiking here is second to none; scale the 'horns' of the Floya mountain, said to resemble a goat, or wander along the coast at Utakleiv, on the west coast of Vestvagoy. The seas off these islands are also famous for their whale watching, so if you're looking for a chance to see the biggest animals on earth, you're in luck. Summer is the best time to spot sperm whales, but they're here year round, with fin, killer and humpback whales joining them during the winter months. (2B)

Tromsø, Norway

Day 5-7 Lofoten / Tromsø Travel by bus back to Tromsø and arrive just in time for dinner. If you're feeling peckish, why not head out for a night on the town? Tromsø has plenty of great restaurants and bars to boot, so there's ample opportunity to have a nightcap or two! If you're here during the right season, you may be lucky enough to see a concert in the Arctic Cathedral, a massive church with one of the largest stained-glassed windows in Europe. On Day 6, pay a visit to the Polar Museum; a 19th-century warehouse crammed with displays recounting the daring expeditions taken across the Arctic Circle. Then, the rest of the day is yours to do as you choose. If you're feeling active, why not try your hand at snowshoeing? The best way to explore, snowshoes make it possible to head off-the-beaten-track away from the tourist trail. Soak up the views of 'The Paris of the North' and, if you're lucky, you may spot a reindeer or two! Head off at any point on Day 7. (3B)

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You may have heard that Norway is beautiful, but you ain't seen nothin' yet. This whistle-stop trip takes you beyond the Arctic Circle to Tromsø where whales, reindeer and the Northern Lights rule the roost. So get your snowshoes on and hop to it!


NORWAY FJORD TREKKING 7 DAYS, Bergen

$2,799

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Bergen

Small Group Adventure

• Scenery galore in the fjords • Ice walking on Buer Glacier • Hike to your heart's content

• Admire the Trolltunga views • See Valley of the Waterfalls • Explore beautiful Bergen

Day 1 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.

Day 2 Bergen / Odda Trolltunga, Norway

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)

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Trekking in Iceland (GAELST) 7 Days, Fr $3,149

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MAGIC LAPLAND 7 DAYS, Stockholm

$824

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Stockholm

Small Group Adventure

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• Venture into the Arctic Circle • Relax in a traditional sauna • Have a drink at the Ice Hotel

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Step back into your walking boots and prepare for a full-day hike to Norway's proudest rock formation, Trolltunga. The 'Troll's Tonge' 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 you catch the ferry back to Bergen the following morning. Your trip ends on arrival. (3B)

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Day 5-7 Trolltunga / Skjeggedal / Odda / Bergen

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Today you'll get to stretch your legs in the spectacular wooded ravines of Oddadalen. You'll hike ten kilometres 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)

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: GAENBB

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Day 3-4 Odda / Buer Glacier

• Meet local Sami people • See the Aurora Borealis • Meet Santa at Napapiiri

Day 1-2 Stockholm / Korvala Board the bus in Stockholm for an overnight drive to Korvala. It's a gorgeous view to wake up to on Day 2 as you emerge in the snow of 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 (followed by a good steam, naturally). (B, L, D) Kiruna, Sweden

Day 3-4 Korvala / Rovaniemi / Kiruna

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Narvik Abisko Kiruna Korvala Rovaniemi S W E D E N

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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This morning, you're free to try ice-climbing, hiking or cross-country skiing in the Abisko area. During the afternoon, make your way towards Jukkasjärvi. In this small village, you'll find the famous Ice Hotel. Learn all about its history and rooms during a guided tour, then have a drink at the ice bar. That evening, begin your overnight journey back to Stockholm, stopping for an optional dinner en route.

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Day 6-7 Abisko / Stockholm

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Day 5 Kiruna / Narvik / Abisko

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 on selected December dates) Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Max 50, Avg 45 Includes: Free use of snow shoes, snowmobile tour, fishing gear, skis, tours to Norway fjords and Narvik Optional Extras: Husky sledge, husky safari, cross country ski tour, ice climbing, Northern Lights tour on horseback Tour Code: LAPMAG

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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. The next day starts with a snowmobile tour followed by a coffee break, then it's up to you what you do! Get underground at the world's biggest underground mine, go skiing or join the optional Northern Lights on horseback tour. Alternatively, sweat yourself silly in a sauna. (B)

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NORTHERN LIGHTS SEARCH 5 DAYS, Rovaniemi

$2,032

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Rovaniemi Independent Tour

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Rovaniemi, Finland

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Departs: Daily (Dec-Mar) Accommodation: 4* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Return transfers from/to Rovaniemi Airport included Includes: Reindeer safari, snowmobile safari, evening snowshoe hike, Northern Lights hunt by car and use of thermal overall set during your stay Note: Book ahead in December Tour Code: RVNLGT

• Get active on a snowshoe hike • Enjoy an exciting snowmobile ride • Head out into the wilderness

A Northern Light hunt is all well and good, but this bundle also fits in a reindeer safari, a visit to the bona fide Santa Claus Village, a snowmobile safari and a snowshoe hike. On Day 1, transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to your hotel. At 7pm you'll get your first chance to spot the ethereal Aurora Borealis on a reindeer safari. Seeing this natural event isn't guaranteed, so let's just hope lady luck is on your side! The next day, it's time to meet everyone's favourite bearded home invader at the Santa Claus Village with free time to explore before the hunt continues that evening on a snowmobile safari. The following morning, gear up for a snowshoe hike and get a better grasp of the landscape as you go. That then leaves you with two evenings free to keep a look out for the famous lights before heading home. The trip ends on Day 5.

MOSCOW AND ST.PETERSBURG TWIN-CENTRE 7 DAYS, Moscow

$1,030

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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 main commercial hubs. Starting in the capital, Moscow, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel on arrival and take in some of the sights along the way. For the next three days, you'll get to see exactly what makes the capital tick with two halfday tours of the Kremlin, Red Square, the Armoury and the Bolshoi Theatre. On Day 4, get aboard the Sapsan Express train to St. Petersburg, often called the Venice of the North due to its concentration of ornate bridges. Over the next three days, enjoy a half-day orientation tour of the city and spend a full day at Peterhof (the Summer Palace). Depart at any time on Day 7.

VISA-FREE RUSSIA 6 or 7 DAYS, Stockholm

$566

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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: 18Apr19, 03May19, 23Oct19, 18Dec19 Accommodation: Multi-share cabin on boat (4 nts), multi-share room in hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Day and night ferry, hostel transfers, 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


ULTIMATE SCANDI-BALTIC 15 DAYS, Berlin

$2,399

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Berlin

• Try meatballs in Stockholm • Channel your Viking in Oslo • Explore enchanting Tallinn

Day 1-4 Berlin / Copenhagen / Oslo Start in Berlin and ferry to Denmark's creative capital, Copenhagen. Get your thrills at the optional 19th-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 Viking bike tour. (3B)

Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Day 5-8 Oslo / Stockholm / Tallinn

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BALTIC ADVENTURE 13 DAYS, Vilnius

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$2,449

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Helsinki

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore quirky Vilnius • Climb the Curonian Spit • Admire art nouveau in Riga

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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 Lithuania's Capital, Vilnius. (4B)

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Day 9-12 Tallinn / Riga / Vilnius

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostels (13 nts), multi-share cruise ship (1 nt) Transport: Coach, ferry, cruise ship Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Guide and Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes all orientation walks, Viking walk in Stockholm Tour Code: BU

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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 Estonia's capital, Tallinn, a medieval town not shy of a party. (4B, D)

• Enjoy Saaremaa's traditions • Fall in love with Tallinn • Helsinki's great nightlife

Day 1-4 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 of the Parnidis Dune the evening of Day 3. You'll also enjoy a bike tour of the Hill of Witches and a trip to some sea bird colonies. (3B)

Day 5-9 Curonian Spit / Riga / Kuressaare

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Travel by ferry across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, Finland's forward-thinking 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 / Kuressaare

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Tallinn

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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)

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, private vehicle 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

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Helsinki

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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)

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• Lithuania's fairytale castle • Party hard in Latvia's capital • Enjoy a scenic Baltic cruise


REALM OF THE POLAR BEAR 8 DAYS, Longyearbyen

$5,099

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Longyearbyen

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Trip Style: Marine Age Group: Min 10 Group Leader: 1 crew per 10 guests Group Size: Max 134 passengers Tour Code: GAXVRPNX

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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)

Day 2-7 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. During these six days, you'll be contributing the G for Good's Ocean Health Fund. In partnership with Planeterra, the money you contribute by going on this awesome trip will help combat ocean waste, support ocean research and protect fragile ecosystems and wildlife. (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, but this can change so you'll need to be open to the itinerary changing in abject weather conditions.

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• Experience the midnight sun • Search for polar bears, foxes and more • Learn about the Arctic's human history

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• See a region few others have seen • Massive glaciers and breathtaking fjords • Expert guides and expedition team

Physical Grading: 2 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 not included Note: Drinks/tips not included Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, pub, outdoor observation deck, shop, gym, sauna, medical clinic

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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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From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region's plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop adventure. Set sail for Svalbard, steam through fjords and hopefully spot the star attraction; the mighty polar bear.


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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URBAN HOUSE COPENHAGEN BY MEININGER, COPENHAGEN

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$38 $87

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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: Vesterbro, Copenhagen's trendiest neighbourhood. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, galleries and great coffee!

Vibe: Fun hostel with six floors of playful interiors and a funky outdoor terrace, game of boules anyone?

Vibe: Dressed head to toe in chic Danish design, Urban House is the perfect base for the young and creative.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Lounge • Large outdoor terrace • Petanque court • Chill-out areas • Stylish Scandinavian interiors

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Movie nights • Evening entertainment • Yoga classes • Laundry (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

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DOWNTOWN CAMPER BY SCANDIC, STOCKHOLM

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Location: Located on Torsgatan, just 500 metres from Central Station and the city centre.

Location: Situated in Downtown, just across the road from the Gallerian Mall. Central Station is just ten minutes' walk away.

Vibe: Relatively new on the hostel scene, with plenty of artistic spaces and social hangouts to appeal to both locals and travellers.

Vibe: Fashionable hotel with a camping theme and vintage rooms. Check out the Campfire, a laid-back haunt with a chic bar.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Lounge • Live music • Laundry • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Blackout curtains • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Spa • Massage services • Sauna • Gym • Bike rental • Laundry services

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SCANDIC BYPARKEN, BERGEN

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Location: Beside the Aker River, close to the main shopping street of Karl Johan.

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.

Vibe: Bright, modern hotel with comfy rooms and award-winning breakfasts.

Vibe: Unassuming hotel with simple rooms and dorms.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Shared kitchen • Bar • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Satellite TV • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Gym • Laundry • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Sauna • 24-hour reception

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COMFORT HOTEL LT ROCK'N'ROLL, VILNIUS

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METROPOL HOTEL, TALLINN

$82 $44

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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 and Tallinn port.

Vibe: Homely, smoke-free hotel with 174 rooms. Wind down in the pool or sauna.

Vibe: Relaxed and funky hotel featuring music-inspired artwork.

Vibe: R&R comes first here, with a sauna, beauty salon and massage services on-site.

Highlights: Private rooms • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa • Sauna • Steam room • Laundry • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • Snack bar • 24hour gym • Laundry • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms (some with saunas) • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Massage services • Beauty salon

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NETIZEN HOSTEL, MOSCOW

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HILTON MOSCOW LENINGRADSKAYA, MOSCOW

$188 $94

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STATION HOTEL K43, ST. PETERSBURG

$43 $24

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Location: A minute's walk from a metro station in the city's Tagansky District.

Location: Just three minutes' walk from Komsomolskaya metro station.

Location: Central St. Petersburg, five minutes' walk from the canal embankment.

Vibe: Trendy hostel with spacious social areas; great for meeting other travellers.

Vibe: Upscale hotel occupying a Baroqueand Russian Orthodox–style tower.

Vibe: Clean, quiet and contemporary with uniquely-designed interiors.

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Sushi bar • Café • Co-working space

Highlights: Private rooms • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tub • Lounge • Gym • Laundry • Room service

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Shared kitchen • Dining area • Laundry • Luggage storage

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BEST OF ICELAND 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

$3,099

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

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A short and sharp visit around Iceland packed with highlights, including whalewatching tours, 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 Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Standard hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Private minivan/bus Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $350455 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,639

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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 flower-lined 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)

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Day 1-2 Reykjavík / Akureyri

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Departures 2019 Mar

• Enjoy delicious Icelandic cuisine • Take in the Golden Circle • G for Good collection

Feb

• Cross geothermal landscapes • Spot seals and whales • Marvel at Goðafoss Waterfall

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Day 3 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)

Day 4 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)

Day 5 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)

Day 6 Vík / Golden Circle / Reykjavík

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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. Then, explore the G for Good -supported Solheimar Ecovillage, a sustainable community of over 100 people dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Continue back to creative Reykjavík. (B)

Day 7 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)

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ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS & GOLDEN CIRCLE 5 DAYS, Reykjavík

$1,799

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Reykjavík

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore striking lava caves • Reykjadalur hike/snowshoe • Discover pretty Reykjavík

Day 1 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. Why not enjoy a welcome drink with them all to toast your trip?

Day 2 Reykjavík / Álftröó

Geysir Hot Springs, Iceland

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, then enjoy a tasty lunch at the G for Good project Solheimar Eco Village, a sustainable community offering people with special needs varied employment opportunities. That afternoon, stop at a traditional horse farm then head back to Álftröó. That evening, head out in search of the Northern Lights. (B, D)

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Day 3 Álftröó Explore Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling between the tectonic plates. Opt to visit a natural hot spring and see the famous Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. Later that evening, enjoy a hearty dinner at your guesthouse before heading out to try and see the Northern Lights again. (B, D)

Day 4-5 Álftröó / Sólheimajökull Glacier / Reykjavík Catch stunning views on an optional 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)

Thingvellir Álftröo Reykjadalur

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELWI

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,119 Reykjavík Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls Skógafoss Sólheimajökull Glacier

Departures 2019 Jan-Mar, Oct & Dec

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EXPLORE ICELAND 9 DAYS, Reykjavík

$4,199

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Reykjavík

highlights

• Explore Reykjavík's bars • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon • Hike up a glacier

• Stop at Skógarsafn Museum • Awe at Skógafoss Waterfall • Tour the Golden Circle

Day 1-2 Reykjavík / Skaftafell 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, discover the beauty of Iceland's south shore, catching views of the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi. Stop in the hot spring village of Hveragerði then visit the Lava Centre. (B)

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Day 3-4 Skaftafell / Vík

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Day 8-9 Snæfellsnes / Reykjavík Move on to Borgarfjörður and see the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Stop at Krauma Spa for a soak before heading back to Reykjavík for your final night. (2B)

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Visit the Skógarsafn Folk Museum and Skógafoss Waterfall, then continue to the Gullfoss Waterfall and the mighty Geysir. Enjoy lunch at the G for Good project, Solheimar Eco Village, a sustainable community dedicated to helping people with disabilities. On Day 6, enjoy some time in Þingvellir National Park then gorge yourself silly at a local Icelandic Farm. Then, continue to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. On Day 7, spend the day exploring the peninsula and see Búðir Church, the Lóndrangar sea stacks, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell. (3B, 2L, D)

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private minivan/bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $435-565 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELENG

Jan 20

Continue exploring the south coast today. Visit Crystal Beach, scattered with icebergs that wash up on the black sands, then continue to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Then, hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall. On Day 4, embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park and see intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. Later on, go for a stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach. (2B)

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TREKKING IN ICELAND - THE LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

$3,149

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Reykjavík

Small Group Adventure

• Marvel at steaming geysers • Discover beautiful Reykjavík • Cross rivers and lava fields

• See the imposing Skógafoss • Soak in natural hot springs • Opt to visit volcanic glaciers

Day 1-2 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 route, 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, D) Lake Álftavatn, Iceland

Day 3-4 Landmannalaugar / Álftavatn / 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 Álftavatn. Continue on the Laugavegur Trail the next morning, this time aiming for a campsite at Emstrur. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Multi-share room in hostels (2 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Local bus, private minivan Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $145-190 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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Landmannalaugar Álftavatn Emstrur

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$3,899

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Reykjavík

Small Group Adventure

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• Discover adorable Reykjavík • Spot some fin in Akureyri • Witness wondrous waterfalls

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COMPLETE ICELAND 9 DAYS, Reykjavík

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þórsmörk

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)

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Day 7 Reykjavík

Reykjavík

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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, D)

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Day 5-6 Emstrur / þórsmörk / Reykjavík

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• Cross volcanic landscapes • Hike ancient glaciers • Tour the Golden Circle

Day 1-4 Reykjavík / Akureyri / Borgarfjörður / Höfn Arrive in the colourful capital of Iceland. The day is yours to people-watch 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)

Dettifoss Waterfall, Iceland Akureyri

Day 5-6 Höfn / Vík / 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. Later on, visit the G for Good Solheimar Eco Village, a sustainable community of over 100 people dedicated to helping people with disabilities. (2B)

Day 7-9 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. (3B)

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Golden Circle

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Vík

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My Own Room Available: Fr $2,499

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private minivan, bus Meals: 8 breakfasts Budget: USD $445-580 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELBR

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FIRE & ICE 6 DAYS, Reykjavík

$2,799

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Reykjavík

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Enjoy tasty local food • Tour the Golden Circle • Soak in the Blue Lagoon

Day 1-2 Reykjavík / Vík Ok, so you may not spot Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow or three dragons wandering about, but this trip promises fire and ice nonetheless. Touch down in the capital Reykjavík at any point on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Meet up with your fellow travellers over a hearty dinner and get chatting over the plans for the week ahead. On Day 2, see why everyone bangs on about the country's scenery with an included trip to the Golden Circle. From the turquoise ravines of Þingvellir National Park to the erupting geysers of Haukadalur, this is pretty epic stuff. (B, D)

Skaftafell, Iceland

Day 3-4 Vík / Skaftafell / Selfoss

Reykjavík

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$1,295

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Reykjavík

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Explore lively Reykjavík • Maybe see Northern Lights • Opt to see the Golden Circle

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Enjoy one last slice of the Icelandic landscape today as you enjoy a soak in the azure waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. It'll warm you, soothe you and no doubt leave you positively lost for words. Later on, head back to the capital for one last night. Reykjavík is renowned for its lively nightlife scene, so what better way to toast your trip than with a night on the town? Skál (cheers)! (2B, D)

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Selfoss

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Skaftafell

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Golden Circle

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin or triple-share rooms in hotels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Note: Optional add-ons available at extra cost Tour Code: COWWFI

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Day 5-6 Selfoss / Reykjavík

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Continue the scenery theme as you head to Skaftafell via the tiny village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (try and get your mouth around that one). Here you'll find a peculiar pavement of volcanic rock, the rivers and glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park and the Eldgjá volcano and canyon. If you've got time to spare, take a walk to one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, Ófærufoss. After all that action, recuperate with a two course local dinner. Dried fish (harðfiskur) or sheep's head (svið) anyone?! On Day 4, take in the best of the south shore, stopping at mighty waterfalls and black sand beaches along the way. If you're lucky, you may spot ponysized horses with teal blue eyes; unique to Iceland! Recognise one of those beaches? You may have seen it in 'Game of Thrones'; it's the beach at Eastwatch by the sea where the men in the night's watch are spotted guarding the wall. (2B, D)

• Soak in the Blue Lagoon • Hit the capital's bars • Plenty of free time

Day 1 Reykjavík Extraterrestrial landscapes, one hell of a lively city and, oh yeah, hunting for the Northern Lights... welcome to 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. Later on, enjoy an included trip to spot the famous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Let's hope lady luck is on your side. (D)

Day 2 Reykjavík

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Time to melt your troubles, aches and hangovers away with an included trip to the otherworldly Blue Lagoon. Not only is this geological wonder beautiful, but it has also been proven to be good for your health, so soak away! Later on, head to the oldest parliament in the world (founded in 930 A.D.) and explore the geothermal area of Lake Þingvallavatn. (B)

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Nothing is set in stone today, so you can spend it as you please. However, two optional activities are available to showcase Iceland's incomparable landscapes away from the capital. Take to the roads on a buggy adventure or go on a tour of the Golden Circle to see spouting geysers, giant waterfalls and ancient volcanoes. The three main stops are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, which erupts every ten minutes! Head back to Reykjavík for the night - beer aficionados shouldn't miss out on a trip to Kaldi Bar, Iceland's first microbrewery with brews made using natural spring water from the Sólarfjall mountain. (B)

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Service Level: Standard 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 Note: Optional add-ons available at extra cost Tour Code: COWWIC

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SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

SOUTH COAST EXPERIENCE

Small Group Adventure

Small Group Adventure

Reynisfjara, Iceland

Skógafoss, Iceland

$661

FR

2 DAYS

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• Go ice caving • Try and see Aurora Borealis

• Visit Skaftafell Reserve • Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon

GOLDEN CIRCLE, SOUTH COAST AND ICE CAVE TOUR

• Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon • See mighty waterfalls

$1,188

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3 DAYS

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• Go caving in an ice cave • Explore Reynisfjara Beach

Leaving Reykjavík, drive down the south coast and go 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 with a visit to Jökulsárlón's floating icebergs and then head to Diamond Beach and Vatnajökull ice cave. Stop at Skaftafell National Park before returning to the capital.

This tour is one of the best ways to see Iceland if you're running short on time. Head to the Golden Circle first and pay a visit to Strokkur, a geysir where water erupts 25 metres high every ten minutes. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The next day, head to Vík, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the black sands of Reynisfjara black beach, then end on Day 3 with a glacier hike and an ice cave visit.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel with private or shared bathroom (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return transfers to Reykjavík included Group Size: Max 18 Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: REKSOU

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel with private or shared room (2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast Transport: Return transfers to Reykjavík included Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: REKSCT

Independent Tour

Small Group Adventure

Sólheimajökull, Iceland

THREE-DAY ICELAND SHORT BREAK

$431

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3 DAYS

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• Hit up the Golden Circle • Soak in the Secret lagoon

• Visit Skógafoss waterfall • Whale-watching tour

This three-day adventure takes in all of Iceland's signature attractions, from lagoons and waterfalls to geysers and volcanic craters. Spend Day 1 exploring the Golden Circle, winding up the day at the Secret laggon of Gamla Lónið. Next up is the Southern Coast, including the Skógafoss Waterfall and the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Finish on a high with a whale-watching tour in the North Atlantic. Note that accommodation is not included on this tour. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Includes: Daily pick-ups from Reykjavík and all activities Notes: Moderate fitness level required Tour Code: REKWI3

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ICELANDIC BEATS SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL Reykjavík

$2,753

FR

Reykjavík

8 DAYS

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• Summer Solstice Festival • Included day trips

• Based in the capital city • Welcome party on arrival

Imagine raving at a festival where the sun doesn't set for three full days. Enter the Icelandic Beats Secret Solstice Festival. Set in Reykjavík, past acts have included Stormzy, Gucci Mane, the WuTang Clan and Massive Attack, with awesome side parties held on surrounding terrain - where else would you go to a gig in a volcano or on a glacier? Over eight days, enjoy included visits to national parks, black sand beaches and the famous Blue Lagoon. Departs: 20Jun19 Accommodation: Dorms, twin-share or private rooms in hostels (7 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Summer Solstice ticket, all transport, day trips as specified, warm-up party, travel guide throughout Tour Code: REKBEA

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MÝVATN, AKUREYRI & NORTH ICELAND TOUR 3 DAYS, Reykjavík

$1,030

FR

Reykjavík

highlights

• Mývatn Nature Baths visit • Spot humpack whales • Explore the capital Reykjavík

Day 1 Reykjavík / Dalvík With pick-up included from the capital, it's an early start on your first day as you hit the Ring Road at around 8am. First up is a short (but refreshing!) hike around the volcanic Grábrók Crater, a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater. At the highest point of your climb, you'll be able to see two other craters and a 7km2 lava field on top of the dramatic surroundings. Continue to Hvítserkur, a 15m high basalt stack that looks like a dragon or an elephant drinking from the water (we'll let you make the call on that). Continue to your accommodation at the fishing village of Dalvík via a beer tasting session at a local microbrewery.

Dimmuborgir, Iceland Dalvík

Day 2 Dalvík Your second day starts with a drive to a stunning and historic waterfall, Goðafoss. Another short stint on the road takes to you to the Lake Mývatn region, where you'll get to explore geothermal ice and lava fields, bubbling mud pools and the Skútustaðagigar pseudo craters. Will so many things on show, this is unsurprisingly one of Iceland's most valuable protected reserves. Things only get more dramatic at Dimmuborgir, a lava field that demonstrates the area's violent volcanic history with massive lava sculptures, huge rock pillars, caves, caverns, tunnels and lava bridges. After a stop at the Námaskarð geothermal fields, take things down a notch with an optional soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths - the Blue Lagoon of the North!

Day 3 Dalvík / Reykjavík Day 3 often ends up being the highlight of the tour for many - and that really is saying something! With such a high success rate in terms of sightings (up to 99% in the summer), Dalvík is an ideal spot to go whale-watching. Hop on the boat and get ready to search the waves for humpbacks, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales. On your way back to the harbour, catch your dinner with a sea angling session, and fire up the barbecue on the shore before returning to Reykjavík.

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Lake Mývatn

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inclusions Departs: Mondays and Thursdays Accommodation: Single, twin or double room with en suite in hotel (2 nts) Group Size: Avg 18 Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Return transfers from/to Reykjavík, guided activities as per itinerary, beer tasting tour, whale-watching tour, English-speaking guide throughout Note: Entry to Mývatn Nature Baths is not included Tour Code: REKMYU

LAUGAVEGUR HIKING BUS PASS 5+ DAYS, Reykjavík

$192

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Reykjavík

highlights

• Explore The Valley of Thor • Hike the Laugavegur Trail • Pass by dramatic ice caves

• Hike at your own pace • Iceland's most popular hike • Return transfers throughout

Often regarded as Iceland's most popular hiking trail, the Laugavegur Trail (or Laugavegurinn Trail as it's sometimes known) spans 55 kilometres of wide, open spaces from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk (aka The Valley of Thor). The scenery, as you'd expect, is out of this world - this is Iceland, after all - and you'll pass ice caves, black volcanic deserts and rainbow-coloured hills along the way. You'll also be able to spot the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap, famous as being the volcano that stopped almost all air traffic to and from Europe in 2010 due to its long-overdue eruption. This bus pass is a great option for anyone thinking of doing the hike - a real chance to get off the beaten track and right into the heart of the Icelandic landscape. A bus transfer is included from Reykjavík to the starting points at Landmannalaugar, Thórsmörk or Skógar (so that's the first hurdle taken care of), and you'll also get to sign up to an included return transfer back to the capital once you're done. And the best part about it? The pass is valid from mid-June to mid-September, so you can take as much time as you want to soak up your surroundings along the way. And boy, will you need it! Take sturdy shoes, a hiking stick and a place to sleep, and let the road lead the way.

Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

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Reykjavík Landmannalaugar Thórsmörk Skógar

inclusions Departs: Daily (Jun-Sep) Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Includes: Bus pass from Reykjavík to start/end points Tour Code: REKHIP

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• See the Grábrok Crater • Go beer tasting in Dalvík • The Hvítserkur Sea Stacks


REYKJAVÍK colour & contrastS SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND &THE BALTICS

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 (also known as the Aurora Borealis), bathe in one of its geothermal pools and hit a Friday night runtur (bar crawl) around some of its notorious nightclubs. Skál!

Glampacker

HLEMMUR SQUARE

Shoestring

$52 $127

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

LOFT HOSTEL

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$107 $150

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Downtown on Reykjavík's main shopping street, close to the waterfront and the trendy new Hlemmur Mathol food court.

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

REKLOF

Glampacker

KEX HOSTEL

Rock Solid

$66 $157

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOTEL CABIN

$181 $109

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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 regularly.

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 • Bar • Restaurant with salad bar • Computers for guest use • Daily housekeeping • 24hour reception • Free on-site parking

REKKEX

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Rock Solid

$249 $132

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

APARTMENT K

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$282 $141

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Class Act

$275 $165

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SKUGGI

ROOM ONLY

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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 • Apartments • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • 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

$192

FR

HALF DAY

No visit to Iceland would be complete without a trip to famous geothermal spa; the Blue Lagoon. Set in a lava field (this is Iceland after all), melt away your stress in the milky blue/green waters or under a waterfall. Admission, return transfers, silica mud mask and algae mask, one drink and the use of a towel are included.

EXREK2

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORER

$271

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HALF DAY

See the vivid colours of the Northern Lights dance across the sub-Arctic sky on this four-hour tour (Sep-Apr). Hop in your Super Jeep then head out on a guided chase in search of Aurora Borealis. If the tour goes ahead and the lights don't show (they like to tease sometimes), the trip will be offered again free of charge!

REKBLC

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIAL LAGOON

$293

FR

FULL DAY

Featured in 'Batman Begins', 'Tomb Raider' and two James Bond films, this beauty has star attraction written all over it. And with transfers and stops at Skógafoss and Seljalandfoss waterfalls, Diamond and Reynisfjara beaches and the Lava Centre, you'll get plenty of clout for your króna. Upgrade for a boat tour on the lagoon. REKGCC/REKGIA

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GOLDEN CIRCLE

$141

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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, 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 with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar farm.

REKNLH

WHALE WATCHING

$192

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HALF DAY

REKGOC

GOLDEN CIRCLE AND SECRET LAGOON

$159

FR

FULL DAY

Get up close and personal with the largest animals on earth on this unmissable Icelandic experience. With a success rate of 92%, chances are you'll 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.

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.

REKWHA

REKSCT

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Trips to Iceland are all about superlatives - the wildest landscapes, the bizarrest natural wonders and even the most colourful sky (hello, Northern Lights). Packed full of things to see and do, this place was made for road tripping. But where to start? Don't panic. We're on hand with our trusty advice on where to go in the Land of Fire and Ice.

SIGLUFJÖRðUR JÖKULSÁRGLJÚFUR AKUREYRI

EGILSSTAðIR

HRAUNFOSSAR & BARNAFOSS

SNÆFELLSNES

STÖðVARFJÖRðUR

BORGARFJÖRðUR

South Coast

5 DAY SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Fr $1,400*

10 DAY SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Fr $2,585*

The way to Iceland, why not explore it all? From Reykjavík, head along the south coast up to Höfn, then continue to Lake Mývatn and the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula.

GULLFOSS FALLS

GEYSIR

VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK

ÞINGVELLIR N.P. SECRET LAGOON

REYKJAVÍK

Starting and ending in the capital, spend five days exploring the south's best highlights. Call by Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, then finish up at the Golden Circle.

Full Island

BAKKAGERðI

LAKE MÝVATN

BLUE LAGOON

HOFN JÖKULSÁRLON GLACIAL LAGOON

SELFOSS KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR

SELJALANDSFOSS

EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL SKÓGAFOSS VÍK

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NOT INCLUDED

 Accommodation for suggested nights Rental car hire, including free unlimited Wi-Fi and use of GPS Pre-departure meeting Map of Iceland and personal itinerary 24/7 helpline Taxes and service fees

Flights Personal travel insurance Petrol and tunnel fees Lunch, dinner and drinks Entrance fees and activities *Prices is per person, based on 2 people sharing

Camp Easy

hit the road, jack

$100

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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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STOPOVERS TOP OF THE STOPS!

BANGKOK ARRIVAL

$131

FR

3 DAYS

Don’t arrive in Bangkok dazed and confused. This hassle-free start to Thailand includes an airport meet and greet, two nights accommodation in the Khao San area plus a half-day floating markets tour, welcome drink, massage and free internet usage to settle you in. We even store your extra luggage for up to one month!

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It's important in life to stop and smell the roses (or aromatic spices) every so often, otherwise we just end up rushing around and missing all the good stuff. These stopover packages will have you spotting wild animals under the cover of darkness, washing huge Asian elephants, and bounding around desert dunes in jeeps. So pause your in-flight entertainment system for a few days, stretch those legs and discover a new destination.

SINGAPORE WELCOME STOPOVER

$212

FR

3 DAYS

Ease your way into the Lion City. Enjoy an included transfer from the airport to your hostel and spend the evening settling in. With free time on Day 2, you can discover the city exactly how you want to before sitting down with a local Singaporean family in the evening. Check out on Day 3, and go where the wind takes you!

LAO2NU

DUBAI STOPOVER

$339

FR

3 DAYS

With so many connecting flights, the UAE has become a popular stopover for the world's globetrotters. This three-day bundle requires minimal effort and includes return transfers, hotel accommodation, a 4WD desert safari, sandboarding, and a Bedouin barbecue and belly dancing show!

DXBSAL

HONG KONG

$320

FR

3 DAYS

With an airport pick up, two nights hostel accommodation and a half-day Hong Kong tour, you’ll wish this was more than just a stopover. The tour includes a tram to the top of Victoria Peak, a visit to Aberdeen Fishing Village, and a temptation-testing trip to Hong Kong's traditional open-air street markets.

BESINWEL

ABU DHABI STOPOVER

$185

FR

3 DAYS

STAHKG

DOHA STOPOVER

$196

FR

3 DAYS

Get the VIP treatment on this stress-free two-day bundle, which includes hotel accommodation at Centro Yas Island Hotel, return airport transfers and daily breakfast. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Abu Dhabi, and the satisfaction of squeezing in a new city to your travelling itinerary.

Strapped for time but keen to see Doha? With included return airport transfers and two nights' accommodation, this is the perfect hassle-free stay. And you’ll have time to explore the city solo. Get lost in the Souq Waqif bartering with the vendors on your hunt for clothing, crafts and spices.

AUHTNT

DOHCB3

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than 56 days Period before departure when a significant change is notified AUD $40 Despite anything to the contrary in these general terms or conditions, changes beyond our control to the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable to compensate you in any way, if a significant change is made to your booking for reasons beyond our control. These include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, and changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event. Note: Prices are correct at time of print (Jul 2018) and subject to change. Photographical representation deemed accurate at time of print.

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On top of the medical, cancellation and luggage cover you’d expect from our travel insurance, you’ll also find some inclusions that you wouldn’t. Why? Because we know you’re not ordinary (in the nicest possible way), so neither is our insurance.

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The Cover You Can Expect No complicated plans to choose from – just great cover you can rely on. Here are some of the inclusions you can expect with your STA Travel Comprehensive International Cover: O  verseas Emergency Assistance M  edical & hospital Expenses C  ancellation cover A  ccess to 24 hour emergency assistance

Plus, cover for: L uggage and travel documents (including sporting equipment while in use) D  elayed luggage allowance M  oney T  ravel delay expenses H  ospital Incidentals L oss of income D  isability A  ccidental death P  ersonal liability

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Annual Multi-Trip Cover Plan on travelling a few times over the next 12 months? Consider this 12 month policy that covers any number of trips (you choose the maximum number of days per trip). For more information chat to your Travel Expert or go to www.statravel.com.au/ travel-insurance.htm

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INCLUSIONS JUST FOR YOU We’ll make it nice and easy... Here are our top five reasons to buy STA Travel Insurance. MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVER Peace of mind if you need help on the road. LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED LUGGAGE No depreciation on luggage and personal effects under our Comprehensive policy. WORKING HOLIDAYS AND STUDYING ABROAD Planning on working or studying overseas? No problem - we cover working holidays and overseas study. TOUR CANCELLATION If your selected tour is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we’ll cover amendment fees, up to $500, to help rearrange your trip. SPECIAL EVENT COVER Late for an important date because your scheduled transport is delayed? Don’t miss out - we can help you reach many special events on time.

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